70′s Modern Glam Styling Comes Alive with Roche Bobois for Riviera Magazine
We were recently asked to come on board an amazing collaboration for the To Dine For feature in the September 2013 issue of Riviera Magazine where they combine San Diego’s top designers & artists with notable chefs to create inspired designs and culinary creations that complement each other. Talented interior designer Nicole Webb of Roche Bobois in La Jolla and I worked to create a cocktail style setting with the famous mah jong passiflora sofa that chef Fabrice Hardel of The Westgate Room was also inspired by for his passion fruit and lemon grass pana cotta which topped off his delectable menu. We also worked with Isari Flower Studio to design a super sleek styling of multi-hued flower balls, flush mirrored flowers boxes and even brought in florist extraordinaire Tam Ashworth’s homegrown passion flower vines to drape around the stylish decor we infused into the setting. While no dining setting would be complete without some seriously stylish pieces to serve off of, Hostess Haven brought in some glam with her amazingly chic 70′s dinnerware, serving trays and goblets for the lucky diners to sip and nibble off of.
Enjoy the photos below taken by yours truly in addition to the sneak peaks I leaked on my Instagram which you can follow here!
Furniture & Decor by Roche Bobois
Styling by Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events
Tableware by Hostess Haven
Flowers by Isari Flower Studio
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Americana Country Style BBQ Rehearsal Dinner
Whether having a destination wedding or a local wedding, creating a fun and relaxed rehearsal dinner to welcome your guests and kick off the festivities is a great way to set the tone. For Melissa & Scott’s La Quinta Resort wedding we featured here we created a down home country style bbq rehearsal dinner complete with checkered table clothes, sunflowers and of course some sweet cherry pie to get the weekend started right.
For this summer time rehearsal dinner we created a country Americana style BBQ complete with bandana & checkered linens, pulled pork sliders, BLT’s and corn on the cob for a truly down home, casual celebration before the big day.
To create this look we combined a ton of bright sunflowers in galvanized buckets and watering cans accented with bandanas and tossed around salted peanuts to give the guests a colorful yet fun and relaxed vibe. We worked with the chef’s at La Quinta resort to create a fun country menu including pulled pork, french fries with dips, corn on the cob, grilled cheese and other fun small bites which were easy to grab and mingle at the same time.
Guest’s were welcomed to cool off from the desert heat with pink strawberry lemonade we served in mason jars as well as buckets of icey cold coca-colas in vintage glass bottles.
For a super down home country style dessert bar we offered guests an array of mini-pies in apple, blueberry, cherry and blackberry along side big fresh slices of watermelon and fresh strawberries.
Mix in some country tunes and bales of hay for a perfectly fun and casual way to welcome your guests to your wedding weekend!
Event Design, Flowers & Planning by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Photography by Justin Lee
Venue & Catering La Quinta Resort
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Luxury Picnic: The Ultra Indulgent Way to Dine al Fresco
With summer upon us and the weather warmer, it’s such a shame to take your date nights indoors. Take advantage of the late setting summer sun and bring you and your beau to an al fresco glam picnic! (P.S. Gents: This would be an amazing way to propose to your lucky ladies!! Wink wink..)
Riviera Magazine San Diego recently paired me up with the talented Andrew Spurgin to bring our over the top picnic vision come to life & to catch up with all that’s been going on in the world of Alchemy Fine Events. For this summer time shoot I wanted to create an intimate design for 2 that you could recreate in your own backyard, local park or beach with a few easy upgrades to infuse into your luxury picnic. As a die-hard foodie myself, I was so excited to get to work with Andrew who created the most delectable gourmet & gorgeous bites… including spoonfuls of caviar we washed down with rose champagne. My kind of photoshoot! With a little help from my friends… we brought an over the top sexy, splashy luxurious picnic to the lake shores of Fairbanks Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe.
Here are my top 5 picnic essentials to make your glamorous picnic a huge success!!
TOP 5 LUXURY PICNIC STYLE ESSENTIALS
1. GO BIG – the luxury of what makes a picnic so fun is the unexpected. Anyone can have wrapped up PB&J’s in a basked but bring out the caviar, champagne and amazing cheeses to nibble on al fresco. Forgo the paper plates for a few beautiful serving pieces such as these gorgeous tiles by Tuo Sogno or some sassy vintage china & glassware by Hostess Haven. The contrast of luxury in the outdoors is what makes it so fun!
2. Super Soft Blanket & Pillows- I’d suggest an ultra soft cashmere throw from Missoni to snuggle up on when the sun sets.
3. BUBBLES –Beau Joie Brut Rose- the gorgeous copper laden bottle will impress even before letting the crisp, sweet bubbles hit your palette. After all, the only thing better than bubbles is pink bubbles. Bonus point: when served ice cold the copper keeps the bottle cooler longer! Style & purpose.
4. THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATE- from truffle laced Goudas to creamy Bries served on chewy nutty crackers with a dollop of goose liver pate. Vennissimo is my favorite go-to cheese shop in San Diego.
5. LUXURY PICNIC LUGGAGE - I am obsessed with vintage cocktail cases that make your perfect dry martini with a blue cheese olive very do-able! I also LOVE gourmet trotter cases out of the UK for a complete set of your essentials all on a gorgeous stacked case set of roll-able luggage.=
Photography by Robert Benson
Event Design & Styling by Alchemy Fine Events
Catering by Andrew Spurgin
Tableware by Hostess Haven
Flowers by Isari Flower Studio
Fashion Stying by Hall & Saks
Tiles by Tuo Sogno
Beauty by Beauti On The Go
Models provided by NO Ties
Pillows by La Tavola
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La Jolla Luxe Asian Zen: Part III THE DESSERTS
The couple did not want a typical cake cutting ceremony, but the bride knowing of her husband’s sweet tooth, wanted to surprise him with amazing desserts. So to really knock it out of the ballpark, we didn’t just create one dessert table, but an entire secret dessert room. Closed off from all guests until later on in the evening, the grand revealing exposed a 16-foot dessert bar featuring five custom designed tiered cakes from Sweet and Saucy shop among an array of delicious miniature treats from puddings to custom cookies all arranged on lucite trays. This was just the beginning of the sugar rush. At one end of the room dozens of unexpected, but delectable flavored warm cookies from The Cravory tempted guests, while an old-fashioned copper cappuccino machine lured guests to the other end of the room for a hot beverage. Along the way, guests were greeted to bell jars filled with tons of Old-fashioned candies, from gummy bears to oversized gumballs. The sugar fix continued to the outdoor patio where Sweet Lucie’s ice cream cart dished out their best flavors and a warm donut station produced fresh pastries right in front of your eyes. Silver Chinese take out boxes allowed guests to take these tasty treats with them to nibble on until the wee hours of the night.
The Ultimate Dessert Bar by Alchemy Fine Events & Sweet and Saucy Shop
Wedding Photography: Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Wedding Venue: Scripps Forum | Event Design, Planning & Stationery: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations| Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio | Catering: Urban Kitchen Catering | Furniture & Production: Hire Elegance | Draping, Lighting & Chuppah Production: Your Bash! | Furniture & Decor Rentals: Revelry Event Design | Tabletop Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Casa de Perrin | Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray | Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop, The Cravory, Sweet Lucies, Images Printed on Chocolate, Cappuccino on Call | Entertainment: Elan Artists & Freeze Frame | Dress & Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier |Beauty: Fiore Beauty
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