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March 14, 2019 - 13 comments

Laid Back Moab Wedding at Under Canvas

When I say that Fall 2018 was busy, I really mean it. That's why I am just now getting around to posting about one of our Moab weddings during that time! It was at the beginning of the year that Gabby asked me (Jessica) to hop on her team and help with some events and office things. I agreed and then was quickly introduced to Alyse, a future 'Cause We Can Events bride!

Alyse & Jake took their very first trip, as a couple, to Moab years before their engagement. With that idea in mind, they decided to host their "End of Summer Camp" themed wedding at Under Canvas Moab.

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Glamping tent at Under Canvas Moab. Great outdoor venue for boho weddings and adventurous couples

CREATING THE INVITE & SETTING THE MOOD

With most guests coming from Alaska, it was important to the couple that their guests knew what it would take to get to Moab and how to make the most out of their trip. Alyse worked with a friend to design an invitation they would go on to create themselves! In the blink of an eye a website, save the date and super cool invitations were born. If you need assistance creating your invite design, we recommend Basic Invite. PRO TIP: We always recommend you create a website for a destination wedding. It’s the easiest way to get information to all of your guests at once! TIP FROM THE BRIDE: Price out invitation ideas with how much postage will cost! 

Fun adventurous wedding invitations. Postcard save the date, camp-style wedding invitations for camping wedding at Moab Under Canvas

WELCOME DINNER

As guests arrived on Friday afternoon, they were greeted by the Under Canvas team and checked into their luxury tents. PRO TIP: provide gift bags when your guests arrive to make them feel extra special! That evening Alyse & Jake hosted a welcome dinner equipped with "Tent Talks", their version of Ted Talks. They invited a couple key family members and friends to stand by the fire and share a story with all of the guests. This by far was one of the most memorable moments of any 2018 wedding we did! It's a pretty special and rare moment when you can make a gathering of 100 guests feel intimate. After "Tent Talks", everyone hit the outdoor firepit for s’mores and live music all provided by Under Canvas. It was the perfect start to summer camp.

Bride and groom ride in golf cart after ceremony in the desert at Under Canvas Moab

GETTING READY

The next day, our team worked closely with a core group of friends to switch up the decor and setup the platform for the reception. All Good Super Fresh had their cute trailer ready to go so they could serve breakfast to the guests! During our setup, Alyse got ready with friends at the Desert Day Spa while Jake hung out with his bike and drone close by.

Airstream trailer bar used to serve drinks at a glamping wedding in the desert at Under Canvas Moab. Moab desert wedding for adventurous couple!

 

PARTY TIME
Catering in Moab can be tricky if you have a specific budget and idea in mind, not to mention power but we will save that for another blog post. We talked to a local restaurant, Miguel's Baja Grill, as we were looking for a fajita station to serve to the guests! For their first time catering a wedding, they really knocked it out of the park for us. After dinner, the night continued with a lot of dancing and good times for all.

Bride and groom walking in the desert in Moab. Bride wearing a satin champagne dress and groom in light grey suit

 

Planning: ‘Cause We Can Events // Venue: Under Canvas Moab // Photography: Emily Klarer Hair & Makeup: Hairby_Linzy // Dress: Thrift Store // Friday Catering: Zax Pizza // Saturday Catering: Miguel's Baja Grill // Bar & Breakfast Catering: All Good Super Fresh // DJ: Echo Talent // DJ Chu // Rentals: Moab Event Services

Alyse & Jake’s wedding was a special one for so many reasons and we could not have done it without the amazing vendor team we had in place. Not to mention, the great friends & family that came along for the adventure.

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October 25, 2017 - 10 comments

Heather + Gabe’s Colorful Summer Wedding

Ok, I know, Summer is over but with the weather we just had this past week, it kind feels like August all over again! Speaking of August, today I'm sharing Heather and Gabe's colorful summertime reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Oh and that dress? SO PRETTY! Wait until you see how it transforms for dancing.

bride and groom in cactus garden palos verdes

Getting ready with your squad

You know it's going to be a great wedding when the girls get ready together with some champagne, cute robes and some photos of them jumping on the bed!

bridesmaids laughing in cute floral robes on bed

bride and bridesmaid jumping on bed

bride cheers with champagne in white robe

Meanwhile in the guys room...everything was under control and they were so well behaved!

groom's brown shoes brown sunglasses brown belt and pattern tie

groom getting ready white shirt

groom putting brown shoes on and argyle socks

handsome groom looking in mirror getting ready

groomsmen helping groom get ready redondo beach

First Look in the garden

Then came the First Look. One of my favorite parts of a wedding. We had a First Look for our wedding and I felt 100 lbs lighter after it. It's so good to see your fiancé and it really helps calm nerves. It also makes for incredible and emotional photos!

groom covering eyes before First Look

bride, bridesmaids and wedding planner getting ready for First Look

bride in beautiful fairytale gown in garden for first look

bride and groom see each other first the first time in garden

bride and groom under tree at south coast botanic garden for first look

peachy bride bouquet

The reception details

The couple chose to have a private ceremony a week before and wanted to celebrate their marriage in a beautiful outdoor setting which is why they chose to have their reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, CA.

garden wedding reception at south coast botanic garden

round tables and wooden chairs for garden wedding

The bride, Heather, found all of these blue bottles at different thrift stores and shops over the course of several months. She kept costs down by buying her own flowers for the centerpieces and adding a cool blue and white patterned table cloth overlay and marble table numbers. Each table was equipped with a shot glass and disposable camera that guests used throughout the night. I hope those photos turned out good!

blue bottles with bright flowers as centerpiece

bright blue bottles and flowers with marble table number

custom shot glass for wedding favor

This crafty couple also took the time to make their own seating chart with screws spelling out their names, how cool is that? The signage at this wedding was all really good. I love the clever Hasta Luego sign.

wooden seating chart with flowers and screws

screws spelling out bride and grooms name

batenders from cocktail minglers at outdoor wedding

drink menu sign with signature cocktails

 

wine barrel cocktail tables for wedding

Romantic photos around the Garden

We snuck the couple away to the cactus garden for some gorgeous sunset photos and then brought them back for a fun grand entrance followed by some dancing! Photographer tip: definitely scout this venue before you shoot a wedding there because there are 87 acres of garden and you may want to take your couples out into a different part of the Garden for those golden hour photos!

grand entrance at the south coast botanic garden

bride and groom outdoor grand entrance

guests around bride and groom for grand entrance

 

bride and groom kissing fairytale in cactus garden

bride and groom sunset photos in cactus garden

close up bride and groom sparkly gown in cactus garden

bride and groom dip kiss with fairytale ballgown in garden

Dance the night away!

Let the party begin! We had Chunk-N-Chip's ice cream sandwich bar come by for a few hours which was a total HIT for guests, awesome beats by Diego from VOX DJs and the perfect weather for a dance party. Also, this groom's got some MOVES!

Bride and groom first dance under bistro lights

bride and groom dance at south coast botanic garden

couple dancing under bistro lights

dance party wedding at the south coast botanic garden

groom break dancing

groom dancing at garden wedding

wedding party dancing

chunk and chip ice cream sandwhiches

ice cream sandwich set up

dance party for wedding at garden

Remember that gorgeous fairytale-like gown the bride wore? Well, guess what! It's a 2-piece and the skirt comes off for dancing!

hasta luego sign for wedding

Congratulations Heather and Gabe!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Nichanh Nicole Photography // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // DJ Diego VOX DJs // Rentals Choura Events // Catering Wheat & Fire Pizza Oven // Desserts Chunk-N-Chip //

 

 

October 23, 2017 - 12 comments

Why we decided to live on a boat

By now, most of you know that Chris and I live on a boat in San Pedro, CA. What you may not know is why we decided to do it, what we love about and what we miss about living on land. Today, I thought I would take a break from posting about weddings and give you a little peek at our life on water!

living on a boat in california

Why did we decide to live on a boat?

A lot of you Southern Californians know how expensive renting can get. I quit my corporate job in 2016 and decided to give my wedding planning business a chance to grow. With that big leap came some financial insecurities but still so many dreams of traveling and adventuring. So paying $2000+ per month on a tiny apartment in a less than desirable neighborhood didn't exactly feel like something we wanted to do.

border collie looking out at the water

Why a boat?

Flashback to his early 20s, Chris lived on a small sailboat up in the Ventura Harbor. He didn't know anything about sailing but met other liveaboards and old time sailors who showed him the ropes (literally...so many ropes). He told me about his experience and how inexpensive it was to live on a boat, but still I wasn't sold.

What really did it for me was this YouTube channel called SV Delos. This crew from Seattle bought this amazing sailboat, sold their belongings, quit their jobs and sailed around the world. I loved everything about their lifestyle. The adventure, the way they cared about the people they met, their ethical fishing methods, the way they all had roles and responsibilities on the boat and just their overall outlook on life. Why wait until you retire to have all the fun, right?

paddleboarding in cabrillo marina san pedro

little dog looking out into the marina living on a boat

So next thing you know, we are boat hunting! We opted for a power boat instead of sail because of the comfort and space aspect. We're both working on land for a few more years and I love all of the big windows and space we have on our current boat. Her name is Solstice.

living on a boat in San Pedro 42ft trawler

What do we love about living on a boat?

So many things! But if I were to name a few, the first thing would be the fact that we OWN a home! I know this sounds crazy but so many people our age do not and will never be able to afford a home in Southern California. Although we do pay slip fees (about $900/month which includes water and power and use of marina facilities), we were able to buy our boat and that feels so good.

Also, I love the minimalistic living. We sold all our furniture, donated a lot of items and live off of the essentials. I can't complain. We truly have everything we need on this 500 square-foot house on water.

Last but not least, we can take our whole house to Catalina! We've already done it 3 times where we've secure the dogs in their seats, brewed some coffee and motored the three hours to Catalina Island surrounded by dolphins every.single.time.

newlyweds living on a boat in california

margarita cheers in boat galley kitchen liveaboard

dog and couple living on a boat

What do our dogs think of this lifestyle?

They absolutely love it. Every morning we take the dogs out for a walk around the marina and stop at a big grassy area where our border collie, Fiona, anxiously waits for us to pull the frisbee out. Our little chihuahua, Cheech, is really the boss of the ship. No one shall enter unless authorized by this little fur ball!

liveaboard on old fishing trawler

girl on paddleboard living on a boat

What do we miss about living on land?

Not much really. I do like living in a marina as opposed to being out at anchor because we do have the opportunity to get off the boat and go on some hikes or meet up with friends whenever we want. I do miss live TV. Not gonna lie. But I think I'll be ok without it!

couple living on a boat hanging out on rooftop

wind blowing in hair on top of boat

couple walking down on boat dock with dog

newlyweds boat living with border collie and chihuahua

All in all, we figured that we most likely will never look back and say "man, I really regret living on a boat as newlyweds". If we decide to move back on land to have kids in a few years, then so be it. I just never want to go through life regretting not doing something adventurous.

sunset from a boat in san pedro

bistro lights on rooftop of boat for dinner

bistro lights on boat and dancing at sunset

HUGE thank you to Tiffany Luong Photography for capturing these intimate and all too real moments of Chris, me and the pups on our boat, Solstice!