Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Yay! You’re engaged, now what?! 

At this point in our series, we are about 8-10 months away from one of the best days of your life! 

In the midst of selecting your wedding day vendors, there are some other details to pick out. 

One of the first selections will be what your wedding party will wear.

Dresses and tuxedos… The options are endless! 

Fairy Godmother Wedding Attire

Photograph by Left Coast By Design.

There are a few things to remember when selecting your wedding party’s attire! One is that your wedding party is the face of your wedding, they will be in majority of your photos, and most of all- you don’t want to be the couple that made their wedding party wear something atrocious! 

When it comes to your bridesmaids, you want to make sure that their gowns won’t upstage your bride while remaining cohesive with the style. Whether you personally select each person’s attire or give them free reign, you have to have some sort of direction regarding wardrobe, after all it is your wedding day!

Groomsmen are a bit more simple, with a lot less wiggle room as far as accessories and wardrobe choices are concerned. A solid color tux, or suit, accented with a color relative to the wedding decor makes it easy and still looks great!

If you’re more of a relaxed, carefree couple you may consider deciding on a color scheme and let your wedding party decide on their own outfits. 

It is important to keep in mind your party’s body types, budgets, and personalities in mind. We all know that there is nothing worse than being stuck in something that you feel extremely uncomfortable in.  

 Let Fairy Godmother help plan your big day, not only plan, but to share our advice on proper wedding party wardrobe for your magical day! Contact us to schedule your consultation!

Collaboration of Creative Partners April Luncheon – Fairy Godmother Friday

We love the phrase “Community Over Competition,” which is simply described as “getting to the top by building others up!”

Fairy Godmother was born here in Bakersfield, what we like to call the “biggest small town,” and we first grew simply by word of mouth. There was no advertising, our growth was directly correlated to referrals of past clients, guests, and friends.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Part of this business is education. We attend conferences, and are even invited to special events with the most elite vendors in the business. At one conference in particular, ISSE in Carmel, Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra were rubbing elbows with the one and only Colin Cowie.

At this conference, Colin shared that our vendors are SO much more than just your caterer, or your photographer… They are our friends! We are all in this together and that we should let that show by calling them “friendors.”

If you have been witness to a “Fairy Field Trip” you should know that more than one creative mind with a notepad on the move is just a pinch of the fairy dust that Fairy Godmother offers. The ideas were brewing and viola, the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheon was born.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Paper Product by Matinae Design Studio.

Once a month, the Fairy Godmother family invites a handful of guests to share an intimate lunch and allows for this table of “friendors” to talk and share stories outside of our events and meetings!

At our most recent April luncheon, we learned that Stephanie of Gimme Some Sugar Bakery got her name from her grandma always saying “come here and gimme some sugar!” Marianne of Marianne Lucas Photography used to be a Supervisor in the Kern High School District before taking her leap of faith into full-time photography. Angela and Patricia of Enchanted Bridal Boutique find their greatest happiness in putting their brides in their dream dresses. Christina of Kwik Signs is a super mom and loves organization, Teresa of Jo Ron Co. finds love in working within the community, and Amy of Alpha Omega Valet Services took over her business and employs orphan and foster youth, some of whom come from her full-time job at CASA of Kern County

Wands full of thanks from all of us at Fairy Godmother, we appreciate you all taking the time out of your day to join us, we know how valuable you are to your business!

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?!

Now that you’re big day is shaping up, it’s time to add in all the details.

One of the most memorable parts of your wedding day will be what you get to look back on, your photos!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

This is one job that we HIGHLY recommend you entrust to a professional.

Memories are forever, we want you to make sure that your day lives on just how you remember it. From the portraits to the details, a professional photographer is sure to capture every element and detail of your wedding day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Makenzie Photography.

First things first, never just choose a photographer because your mother’s brother’s cousin’s friend owns a really nice camera and takes a really great selfie. Look into their portfolio, do you like their style? Are there photographs similar to what you are interested in? Does their style fit your personality? These are just some of the beginning questions that will pave the way towards your decision.

One of the best things you can do is to consult your planner. Anyone who is anyone will have a reputation in the wedding industry. Your planning, or event producer, will help you make the best decision!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Gwen Corona Photography.

 What are the things that you notice most about photos? Does your potential photographers satisfy your eagle eye?

One of the BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT questions to ask yourself is “Are our personalities compatible?” Aside from your wedding coordinator, your wedding photographer will be the one vendor that is with you for a major chunk of your day. You want to be sure that your needs, desires, and all those little things that go “unsaid” are met or exceeded.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by J.Michelle Photography.

Another rule of thumb is to compare the packages that your potential vendors may offer. What is the “basic” or “entry” level package of one photographer, may be a middle grade for another. It is important to let the vendor share about what they offer, but it is very important to make note of any questions that may remain unanswered.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have a photographer who understands you, has your interests at heart, and is willing to do what it takes to make it all come together. Compatibility is a must!

Lastly, be sure that you have a contract signed by both parties involved! A contract will bind your photographer to what is expected of them, this includes the hours they will be with you, the equipment they will be supplying, and the rights that you have as the client. All of these things are vital to your day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Shelli Renee.

Let Fairy Godmother help you find the perfect photographer for you, contact us today!

Remember, a photo says 1,000 words!

 

 

Middle Earth-Inspired Wedding – Fairy Godmother Friday

Have Fairies, will travel!

This past Fall, Fairy Godmother had the opportunity to go to Sequoia National Park for a wedding at the Wuksachi Lodge.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The best part? The wedding was inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was a wedding that Erin & Shelby’s guests would soon not forget!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

This magical day was perfectly photographed by Christina Hopper of CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Flowers by House of Flowers. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Guests arrived dressed in their most appropriate middle earth attire, cloaks and gowns abound!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The day would not have been complete without their officiant dressing in wizard drab, Pastor Rich was more than excited to do so.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The Fairies weren’t the only things that took a roadtrip… The gorgeous bouquet was from Downtown Bakersfield created by the one and only House of Flowers!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Erin and Shelby exchanged vows in the presence of their closest family and friends on a wooden bridge amidst the tall Sequoias and outdoor splendor.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The middle earth decor at the reception site was compiled of centerpieces referencing the couple’s favorite scenes from Lord of the Rings, elfish candle wraps by Matinae Design Studio, and elements of the wilderness.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The wedding cake was all but average, a three tier elfish hideaway the couple were able to cut right in with their swords of choice.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

A lantern lit exit was the grand finale for this magical day, Erin and Shelby were off to celebrate a new life together!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

 See their full feature in Offbeat Bride, here!

Easter Brunch – Fairy Godmother Friday

For this “Fairy Godmother Friday” we want to help you get ready for your Easter brunch!

We loved designing our Easter collaboration, with a fabulous team of “friendors” we were able to bring out the best that springtime had to offer!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

First things first.

You will have to gather some holiday décor, but don’t fret! You probably have everything you need right in the comfort of your own home.

Starting with the simple things… A spring wreath, some Easter literature and egg ornaments are some of the more simple options that allow you to engulf your guests in this festive experience!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

Now lets get hoppin’!

Invitations can be for all occasions! Invite your guests with the best paper products, remember less is more and simple is elegant!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Paper products by Matinae Design Studio. Photographed by Tim Chong.

At a proper table setting, napkins are purely a necessity. What if we took that necessity and turned into more… like bunny rabbit décor!

With the proper fold you can turn that boring old napkin into Mr. Cottontail himself, now how fun is that?!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Let’s talk about some of the rabbit food… Florals!

Flowers always steal the show, but what if there was just a little “something” more?

In our Fairy Godmother styled concept shoot, we added a lush basket of mixed greenery complete with tulips and even some cabbage!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Yummy bites with a bit of garnish add that much needed flare to bring out the green accents, juxtaposing the light yellow colors with the bright greens.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Catering by Elevation 9. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Catering by Elevation 9. Photographed by Tim Chong.

And what makes brunch taste even better? Yummy treats of course!

Chocolate covered bunnies and pastel ombré cakes make for the perfect dessert!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Of course, if you add a little festive wildlife you may have an even “hoppier” event!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

 While your brunch may be so elegantly exerted, we all know who which attendees will really steal the show!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

 

20th Street Cottage Interior Design – Fairy Godmother Friday

Exciting things have been happening at the 20th Street Cottage, here in Downtown Bakersfield!

After having the 20th Street Cottage Community Room redesigned by the one and only Jamie Urner of Jamie Urner Interior Designs, we realized that a much needed project had landed upon our fairy wings… The cottage needed a complete facelift!! 

Jamie Urner is no stranger to the Fairy Godmother family, after Fairy Godmother Colleen produced her sister’s wedding. 

When it came time to do some revamping at the cottage, we knew just who to call. 

Once the redesign of the Community Room had concluded, we had an itch we just couldn’t scratch… We quickly had Jamie dive into design options for the hallway and kitchen.  

Cinderella’s glass slipper and fairy blue accents added subtle hints to the kitchen, and you know that we are all about the details!

We were completely thrilled with the outcome!  

We wanted a feel that combined our love of our namesake Cinderella, the class of brides before us like Jackie O., Lucille Ball and Grace Kelly, and then added finishing touches from the modern era. Jamie took all of this and created her own magic at the 20th Street Cottage!

When it came time to redesign our office, we let Jamie take the reigns. Taking productivity and elegance to create a functional workspace that would double as an elegant setting when the Fairies aren’t hard at work.   

Jamie absolutely nailed it! Adding in light touches of our beloved “fairy blue” bringing our brand to life in our office, mirrored shelving to showcase our great works, and a new table giving us the chance to gather around the table… literally!

A complete facelift wouldn’t be complete without every room… All that we had left was the loo! 

Jamie added some fur, vintage mirrors and new lighting to bring the room to its full potential!

Come visit us at the Fairy Godmother office, contact us today for your no obligation consultation! 

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

You’re engaged! There has been so much planning up to this point, but you are moving right along with the help of your planner!

At this point in our “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?” series, you are approximately 8-10 months away from your magical day!

Now that you have nailed down some of the finer details, lets jump into more of the fun stuff… Choosing your wedding party!

Your wedding party is usually compiled by your very best friend along with siblings or other immediate relatives. This is not where you find a place for your entire family, but maybe a cousin or someone who has been your trusted confidant for many years. Maybe even a college roommate! This is also not the place for your new friend of five minutes.

Save yourself a little sanity and think about who has been there for you when you’ve needed a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to tell a secret to. Those are your people.

Fairy Godmother Valdophye Wedding Party

Photo by Valdophye Photography.

Your wedding party can be as big, or as small, as you desire. However, think of things such as time, activities, and patience when considering your party. If you are interested in a fairly quick ceremony, but you have a bridal party of 15 on each side, it may take them a minute to all walk down to the altar, and stall your speedy plans.

 Remember, when asking your friends to join you in your nuptials, be sure to mull over your options. Ask yourself, “Will I be as close to this person in 10 years, as I am today?” If your answer is no, you may want to reconsider. Another final tip is to make sure that your wedding party will all get along and mesh perfectly! 

If you haven’t already, contact Fairy Godmother and let us share our fairy magic with you to create a seamlessly magical event! 

And They Lived Happily Ever After… – Fairy Godmother Friday

“Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!” – Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

We have shared countless events with you, and you have been there to cheer us on as we have continued to grow. We know that we couldn’t do any of this without you, we are so thankful for our “Fairy Followers!”

One couple recently came to Fairy Godmother wish a vision. This vision was in direct correlation with one of their many shared passions, Disney!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

When Fairy Godmother Cassandra first met Mindi and Julian, she knew that she was going to have to break out her fairy dust and get creative.

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The wedding took place at the historic Noriega House here in Bakersfield, amidst the bright green lawn, perfectly juxtaposed with the bright white of the arch surrounded by all of their closest family and friends.

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Paper products by Matinae Design Studio.

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Gwen Corona of Gwen Corona Photography captured the day perfectly! Stunning portraits to capturing every intricate detail, we are so proud to call her a “friendor!”

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Disney Wedding

 Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Mindi’s bouquet is a one of a kind creation by As You Wish. It was compiled of many, many unique broaches and embellishments, and we can’t forget the pearls!

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The seating chart was as unique as the day, and keys were tagged with guests’ names and table numbers.

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“Whos its and whats its galore!” Mindi and Julian had plenty. The reception table centerpieces were decorated with unique Disney trinkets all relative of some of Disney’s most commonly known movies such as The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast!

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Some of Mindi and Julian’s guests even got into the Disney spirit and joined the fun!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

 Guests were fully immersed into this Disney-inspired wedding, no detail was spared in planning.

Everything was considered from the cake topper, to handpicked books and even lanterns inspired by Alice In Wonderland! 

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A spoon full of sugar was the perfect guest favor for this absolutely magical wedding.

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

This wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride, see it here!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Thank you, Mindi and Julian for trusting Fairy Godmother with your magical day. We are truly honored!

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The Black Tux Groom’s Guide – Wedding Wednesday

Okay, grooms. You did it, you popped “THAT” question! Now it’s time to get to work.

Our friends at The Black Tux have put together a guide for wedding planning, just for grooms!

This guide includes all the “do’s” and “don’ts” of groom’s wedding etiquette.

Well, we say “etiquette,” The Black Tux refers to the levels of the guide as “party foundations!”

It is 2017, it’s time for the gentleman to do more than pick their favorite cake flavor…

Leaving all the work to mothers and brides-to-be is just uncalled for!

Let’s dive in!

As we begin, we know that the groom will be an active part in two pieces of wedding planning… #1. The proposal and #2. The vows.

Lets beef it up a bit and add in a few more helpful ways for the groom to save his future spouse from a true headache!

Have a valid opinion! Let your voice be heard and share your ideas in your appointments, being indecisive doesn’t help your partner make a choice any easier.

Suggest hiring a wedding planner to help keep your plans running smoothly, Fairy Godmother would LOVE to help plan your day!

Next up, bridal party!

How to choose your mates doesn’t have to be the most difficult part of wedding planning, we promise.

Brothers, soon-to-be brothers, closest friends, and ultimately it boils down to who could you trust with your final pre-wedding fiesta, or better yet, the rings!

Your magical day has finally arrived! All of your planning has come to an end, and you are going to finally be able to enjoy your big day.

There will be a lot to do on your big day, but with the help of your planner it will go without a hitch!

Contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning your magical day, and let the co-planning begin!

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Yay! You’re engaged!

Now, you have chosen your venue, date and wedding planner… Let the fun begin!

What is one thing that we love more than wedding planning? Shopping!

A wedding gown is one of a bride’s most prized possessions, you want it to be absolutely perfect!

It is best to start your shopping excursions as early as possible, gowns can take up to a year to prepare!

In this day in age, with as many different brands and styles available, brides have so many options. It is imperative that you consider any potential religious restrictions to your gown. 

Shopping around early for your gown is best because you don’t want to feel rushed, and you want to be sure to try them out and see what you love!

Help yourself alleviate the potential stress factor of wedding gown related business by getting ahead of the game and staying on top of your appointments.

When shopping for your gown, you want to be sure that you are in full understanding of your chosen store’s policies and practices, along with what is included in your purchase when you are ready to do so. Inclusions may or may not include your hairpiece, veil, or alterations.

Staring points when you head out to find your perfect gown are simple…

First, have your budget ready!

You want to make sure that you spend your time focused on gowns that are in your investment zone.

This will help narrow down your potential options!

Let the bridal salon make recommendations. You know how the old saying goes, “don’t knock it ’til you try it!”

They are in their profession for a reason, and have seen many brides try many gowns! See what they have to offer, you never know how it may go!

Many brides will bring their everyone in their phonebook if they can to their dress fittings… Don’t do this. Limit your squad to your core group of those who will have valid points and make solid recommendations, limiting your crowd will give you a more intimate experience for something as special as this!

One note that will prevent a potential headache is to make an appointment! If you want the attention that you so deserve, make an appointment to get an expert to cater to you. Let the experts immerse you into a proper experience.

Finally, trust your instincts! If your squad has to constantly tell you that you look stunning, and you aren’t feeling it… Chances are it’s not the “one!”

This is totally okay, but don’t settle. You are supposed to feel just like the princess that you are on your big day, don’t let the wrong dress make you feel otherwise!

Original Fairy Godmother Wedding

The original Fairy Godmother wedding. Check out that train!

If you are looking for wedding planning guidance, contact Fairy Godmother and let us use our magic to make sure all of your wedding day needs are met!