Stoli’s 1st Birthday

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I can’t believe it has already been a year since our gorgeous baby girl was born.  She has taught me so much not only about parenting but also about myself in such a short time here.  I wanted to share a little bit of Stoli’s first birthday party and her photo shoot.

The theme we chose for her birthday was a Garden Theme.  There are so many different ideas for this theme that I drove myself crazy in the beginning wanting to do everything. We chose to have the party at our house since it is the end of May in Las Vegas, our pool was perfect to cool off in.  Below are the ideas we used for this perfect little party:

  1. Welcome Sign:  I found a super cute floral poster board from Hobby Lobby and added gold lettering also from there to welcome guests.  I made my husband hunt down a wood pallet for the sign to go on.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #welcomesign
  2. Guest book: We used the ever so popular fuji film mini polaroids for our guests to take pictures of themselves and write Stoli a note for her 18th birthday.  I’m collecting so many things for her future that I believe will be a nice surprise to her. I made a floral backdrop out of tissue paper and twine for guests to stand in front of.  I also purchased adorable photo props through zulily and amazon.
  3. Outfits:  Stoli wore an adorable tutu dress by Grace and Lucille throughout her party.  For the cake smash, she wore a birthday girl diaper cover from Hobby Lobby.  To clean the cake off of Stoli, she jumped in the pool in her rose floral swimsuit with attached swim diaper from Zulily.
  4. Flowers:  These are obviously a must for a Garden party and although they are beautiful, they can be extremely expensive.  I went back and forth a lot about this finally deciding to go with mixed summer bouquets from Sam’s Club that come in a bulk of 10 bouquets (10-12 stems per bouquet).  We used the flowers all over the party.  I bought watering cans to create centerpieces that were used throughout the space.  We have a pergola that I wanted to hang flowers from.  We couldn’t use glass though to hang so for the weeks leading up, I had a bright idea about using the Ice drink bottles to hang.  I loved the way this turned out and wanted to keep it all summer (but the flowers won’t hold up in this Vegas heat).
  5. Flower Crown:  Along with the floral, we had to have an adorable fresh flower crown for Stoli which was provided by the amazing Naakiti Floral.  My go to florist in town for everything!
  6. Gift Table:  Going with the theme, I added one of the centerpieces to the table so it wasn’t empty as guests arrived.  I also found an adorable letter S from Hobby Lobby and a birthday chalk sign through zulily to adorn the table.  Throughout the party I had banners and decor by Kathy Davis.  For a card box, I just turned over a wood crate and added some loose flowers.#gifttable, #firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit
  7. Banners:  As mentioned before the banners by Kathy Davis, I added a personalized touch by using wood bunting letters from Hobby Lobby spelling Stoli Vela.  I also made a high chair banner with a wood number 1.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #banners, #custombirthdaybanner, #firstbirthdaybanner, #customnamebanner
  8. The Menu:  I decided to hire a personal chef to cook for the birthday so we could relax and enjoy the event.  I chose Fed by Dawn and she did such an amazing job putting everything together.  The menu consisted of all kid friendly but adult happy items.
  9. Dessert Table: I decided to do a dessert table instead of a birthday cake for guests.  I ordered rice krispies, pretzels, and cake pops from Party Time Chocolates.  Three different macaroons flavors of champagne, raspberry, and coconut.  We had garden themed cupcakes made from Sam’s Club and also purchased cotton candy there.  The centerpiece and most important part was Stoli’s naked smash cake that was adorned with flowers and a wood “one” cake topper. Her amazing sitter Theresa made the smash cake for both our photo shoot and her party. The dessert table doubled as favors.
  10. Favors:  In addition to the desserts, there were favors for the kids and the adults. The kids were all around 1 year olds so they received a goody bag of a ball, a flower pot duck squirter, gold fish crackers, bubbles (for parents to use).  The girls also received mini watering cans with shovel and racks to stick to the theme.  The boys received boats.  The kids favors were from Oriental trading, Amazon, and Target. The adults went home with a flower pot to watch their own flowers grow which I also found at Target.IMG_1544
  11. Activities:  Since they are babies, I set up an area with all of Stoli’s toys for them to play in.  I realized at many 1 year old parties there isn’t an area for the kids to crawl around in so this was number 1 on my list.  We also bought a bounce house which Stoli absolutely loved playing in. As I previously mentioned, we had the pool open as well and the daddies enjoyed cooling off with the little ones.

Please check out more photos from the party below:

Stoli had her First Birthday photo shoot that took place at the Dry Lake Bed.  We had a gorgeous but windy day although our amazing photographer Susie captured Stoli perfectly.  Please check out her amazing work below and visit their website http://www.susieandwill.com to book your next photo shoot or event.

 

I just want to thank everyone for your help on throwing this gorgeous party for our baby especially the vendors:

Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Catering: Fed by Dawn

Floral Crown: Naakiti Floral

Tutu Dress: Grace and Lucille (on Etsy)

Photo shoot: Susie and Will

Party photos: My husband RJ & friend Erika

Cake: Theresa (our babysitter)

Desserts: Party Time Chocolates (on Etsy)

Set up and clean up crew: My amazing Mother in Law, best friend Erika & Josh, and everyone else who helped.

 

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Tropicana Havana Room Wedding

I had the privilege of meeting Stacy & Charles while setting up for a wedding in this gorgeous space.  They happened to be doing a walk through of the venue and I had a moment to speak to them.  A week later Stacy contacted me and from then on we began planning this beautiful wedding.  Stacy is from California and Charles is a local so throughout the year I had the opportunity to meet with them for planning.  Every time I met with them they were so sweet and both had a twinkle in their eyes at each other.  Charles always had the perfect answer to his bride… “Whatever you want, dear”.

The day began with hair and makeup by Concierge Makeup.  The ceremony and reception took place in the Havana Room at the Tropicana Las Vegas.  The beautiful flowers were created by the ever so talented Naakiti floral who brought all of Stacy’s visions to life.  Stacy provided the vases so all of her local guests had an extra take away from the wedding.  The ceremony was officiated by Stacy’s Stepfather which put the perfect personal touch into the wedding.  During the ceremony since Stacy was not only gaining a husband but also a son, they did a sand ceremony to unite the three of them.  Catering and the exquisite wedding cake was provided by the Tropicana, including the exquisite groom’s cake of a camera (everything edible- see awesome photo below).  Charles is a videographer/videographer and with his surprise there wasn’t a cutting of that cake as he wanted to keep it forever.  The menu consisted of a three course plated dinner featuring: Lobster Bisque, chipotle caesar salad,  guests choice of herb grilled chicken breast or roasted organic salmon.  During cocktail hour the bride and groom’s favorite food chicken wings were served.  The Chef custom made the wings of their favorites: Buffalo Hot, Salt & Vinegar, Lemon Pepper, and Teriyaki.  Also during cocktail hour they had a violinist, Tony B performed.  The signature cocktail chosen by them is their favorite drink of Kentucky Mules. All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by Indigo Foto.  They also had cinema created by K+A Creative.  The final personalized touch were their adorable wedding favors of maple syrup.  The story behind it being they are each other’s perfect match because one only likes the outside of a pancake and the other only eats the inside so together they have a whole pancake (with maple syrup of course). Stacy & Charles, I could not thank you enough for having us as part of your perfect wedding day.  I look forward to seeing your future together!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Indigo Foto for capturing every moment:

Thank you so much to our amazing creative team for making this day so special:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Indigo Foto

Videographer: K+A Creative

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on This

Hair & Makeup: Concierge Makeup

Dj: DJ Pros

Venue: Havana Room at Tropicana

Cake: Tropicana

Violinist: Tony B

 

Four Seasons Wedding

When I think of Jinley and Mario’s wedding, I see glamourous outdoor elegance.  Having a Las Vegas wedding without actually feeling like you are in Vegas is something that the Four Seasons provides.  Jinley reminds me of myself as she knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it.  Every detail she wanted we made sure came to life on her wedding day.  Her husband Mario is quiet and just wanted her to get what she wants. (The perfect match)  From the invitation details to the cake and entertainment, every little detail was well thought out and executed.  Speaking of the custom wedding invitations, along with place cards and seating chart were all produced by 1st Impressions Invitations.  After first speaking to Jinley over the phone, we had everything planned within weeks so she could relax and enjoy their engagement.  She couldn’t have been an easier bride to work with and although she is from Hawaii, there was no stress at all.

The day began with hair and makeup by Sarah Redzikowski & team for 8 bridesmaids and the mothers.  The ceremony and reception took place at the Fountain Terrace at Four Season’s Las Vegas in April.  The weather was 80 degrees with minimal wind and the perfect spring day for an outdoor wedding.  The beautiful flowers were created by the ever so talented Naakiti floral who brought all of Jinley’s visions to life.  During the ceremony, the romantic music was provided by TAJ, a duo act from T Entertainment.  Rustic signs throughout the wedding were created by a very talented and close friend of mine Kelly from her Etsy Shop From Kelly with Love.  Catering and the exquisite wedding cake was provided by the Four Seasons.  The menu consisted of 4 tray passed Hors D’oeuvres: mini lobster club, beef tenderloin, Maryland crab cake, tempura shrimp served during cocktail hour.  The reception menu was a 4 course plated dinner that included: portabello mushroom and cheese ravioli, crab louie, roasted and carved prime rib, and their 3-tiered custom wedding cake served as a duo plate of strawberry shortcake & carrot cake.  (Check out the cake photo below… it was absolutely breathtaking).  They also had two ice carving luges from Ice Occasions; DJ, photo booth & Marquee Letters from Elegant Entertainment, and Bistro lighting from LED Unplugged.  All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by one of my favorites Susie and Will.  They also had cinema created by Adam Trujillo.  The highlight of the wedding of course was having their dog Weezy as the Ring Bearer.  Jinley and Mario, I could not thank you enough for allowing you to trust in me to plan and be apart of your perfect wedding day.  I look forward to seeing what the future brings you both!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Susie for capturing such beauty in every element:

 

Special Thanks to our Awesome Creative Team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Venue: Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons

Photographer: Susie and Will

Videographer: Adam Trujillo

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on This

Rustic Signs: From Kelly With Love

Dj, Marquee lights, & Photo Booth: Elegant Entertainment

Bistro Lighting: LED Unplugged

Ice Sculptures: Ice Occasions

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Redzikowski

Cake: Four Seasons

Wedding Favors: Macaroons by Bouchon Bakery

Stationary: 1st Impressions Invitations

Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings

Musicians: TAJ

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal Show Checklist

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Are you newly engaged and ready to begin planning?  Typically every bride from the moment that ring hits your finger (if not the day you started dating) you already have ideas of how your wedding will be.  Where do you begin?  Of course being a wedding planner, I highly recommend hiring a planner immediate for Full Service Planning because it just helps make the whole process easier and enjoyable for you.  However, if you feel that is out of your budget or you are not sure right away, a great way to find out is by attending a bridal show or open house.

Bridal shows and open houses are a fabulous way for a couple that does not have an idea of vendors, venues, or styles.  Pinterest is great for ideas but it definitely can not find and book your vendors for you.  First I want to just let you know the difference between a bridal show and an open house.  A bridal show is different from an open house because at bridal shows, there are many different venues there along with vendors.  An open house is actually at the venue and they have a preferred amount of vendors there to use for that property.  You of course do not have to book at the open house that venue but you will also not have information available on other venues.

I want to share a list of helpful information for any of you that plan on attending one or more of these events to make it actually worth your time.

  1.  Before you attend the event have a list made on exactly what you are looking for (photographer, videographer, DJ, and so on).  This way when you arrive and are handed a map, you can circle all the booths you definitely want to see.
  2. Go as a couple!  It is great to get your bridesmaids together and have a fun girls day out but you essentially could be meeting someone that you want to book for your wedding and your fiance will not be there.  This would typically mean that instead of having the initial meeting out of the way, you will have to set up an additional appointment to meet them.  Plus, vendors love seeing couples together because it shows how involved and in love you two are.
  3. Share the correct information.  Although none of us love having tons of spam emails, these emails will be helpful to you as they are from all of the vendors at the show.  Some offer discounts, a free gift or other incentives for booking them so it is a great way to see special offers.  You can always opt out as you are receiving them.
  4. Pricing is key.  If you are on a strict budget, you need to be sure to meet vendors that fall within that budget.  If someone is significantly out of your budget and you want to book them, it will break your heart.  Get information on pricing before you go into getting to know the person.
  5. Shop around.  You are there to find the perfect venue or vendor that completes your style.  Be sure to visit multiple booths for each vendor so you can see their different styles, packages, and personalities in order to find the one that best fits you.  It is not always best to go with the biggest bargain.  Pricing ranges quite a bit, especially in Las Vegas.  Make sure your vendor has the experience and quality of work that you wish.
  6. Ask vendors important questions.  Be sure to ask each vendor if they have a business license as well as insurance.  Most of the vendors at a bridal show will definitely have this but this is great advice whether you are looking at a show or online.  Any one can be a planner or a DJ, be sure that you are actually getting someone that has a reputable company.  Most venues require a copy of the license as well as insurance for each vendor.
  7. Sign up to enter their contest.  The vendors already have your contact information from registration so do not be afraid to enter into their giveaways.  You will get emails from them regardless and you never know if you could be the winner of a free engagement photo shoot from an awesome photographer.
  8. Have fun! Enjoy every minute of these shows.  They are meant for you to take all the stress off you for your planning experience.  Take in everything it has to offer.  Enjoy cocktails, sweet tastings, fashion shows, everything they have to offer.

Finally I want to just add, if you still need help finding some vendors you can always hire a wedding planner for partial service planning to help you out.  Regardless if you need that or not I always highly suggest having a day of coordinator from an independant company.  All venues come with wedding coordinators but most of their responsiblilties fall on the venue side and does not include assisting in setting up any DIY decorations or making sure all of your vendors know how the day is going to flow.  Please feel free to contact me for any assistance in planning your gorgeous day!

If you are traveling for a bridal show or open house, please visit Las Vegas Travel Packages to book your stay.  Contact me also if you need any assistance on planning your wedding day or vacation stay.

Also save the date for the following upcoming shows and open houses:

Revere Golf Club Open House– Sunday February 26, 2017

The Kosher Bridal and Mitzvah Expo– March 26, 2017

Bridal Spectacular Veils & Vino– August 18-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Elegant Entertainment

Gorgeous Lake Tahoe Wedding

Allison and Brandon are not only a gorgeous couple but their wedding was without a doubt also just as gorgeous.  This wedding is different than most of the weddings we plan because instead of becoming lifelong friends after the wedding, we already had a close friendship.  In fact, I have basically known Brandon as long as I have known my husband.  He lived with us for a few months when I first moved into our home.  I will never forget when he met Allison.  It was like a spark went off and although we were not there, I knew that he was completely smitten over her.   Every time he talked about her he had a glowing smile that you could even “see” when you were just on the phone with him.  When we had the chance to meet Allison, the second I said Hello to her, I knew one day these two would marry.  Both of them just had this contagious love and smile from the very start of their relationship.

Living locally in Las Vegas, they decided to escape Sin City and wed in the ever so beautiful South Lake Tahoe.  Their wedding took place at Edgewood Tahoe.  The outdoor ceremony overlooking the mountains and the lake was breathtaking.  This is a backdrop that you can’t find as it is just the natural beauty of the land.  The reception was also at Edgewood just inside with the same views that looked unbelivable as the sunset.  The bridal party made their grand entrance letting guests know that it was time to party by toasting with shots of tequila.  Everyone at this wedding definitely had an amazing time as the dance floor never had room.  Thank you Allison and Brandon for trusting us to be part of your wedding day.  A huge thank you to their amazing photographer Nina Photography for capturing their day.  Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding day:

A huge thank you to all of the creative team that helped make this stunning wedding come to life:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Nina Photography

Videographer: Xoxo Video

Venue: Edgewood Tahoe

DJ: Lake DJ

Flowers: Rose Petals

Cake: Safeway

Officiant: I Do Tahoe Weddings

Hair/Makeup: Tahoe Weddings A-Go-Go

Violinist/Guitar Duo: Avalanche Acoustic Duo

 

Jen & Pat

Wedding Planners Las Vegas

Jen and Pat met with me about a year before their wedding date on a trip to Las Vegas to check out wedding venues.  When I met with them it was basically an interview for me as they didn’t know if they needed a wedding planner or even what their exact plans were.  I remember the meeting so well because they were going to visit venues after our meeting and they had set up appointments around 12 different venues.  All of which were very different from one another.  During our meeting even though I wasn’t hired as their planner I gave them planning advice to narrow their choices as it is difficult getting too many options.  About a week later, I received an email from Jen thanking me for meeting with them and she claimed they did not take my advice as they should have.  Long story short, they booked me that day for their wedding.  Jen and Pat are probably two of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Both of them had smiles that elimuinated the room when they walked in and when they looked at each other you could see that sparkle in their eyes.  The wedding was just as beautiful as them.  Throughout the whole process being an indecisive bride, Jen trusted my opinion which could go either way.  It is always a risk for any bride or groom not knowing what their venue looks like until the food tasting or even the day of the wedding. I remember being so nervous as we went to their food tasting to show them the venue but it was exactly what they wanted.  They loved every detail about their wedding and so did I.  Jen actually chose her flowers and they turned out absolutely gorgeous.  Every little detail was amazing for their wedding.  We loved being part of this event as everyone there had such a good time and was such a great group of people supporting this loving couple.  I think the biggest compliment I have ever received was from Jen and she said: “Desi, I feel like a guest and I’m just having so much fun”.  This is our ultimate goal for every wedding.  Thank you Jen and Pat for having us as part of your wedding day.

Here are some of my favorite photos by the amazing Susie and Will.

 

Thank you to our amazing creative team that help put this beautiful event together:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Photographer: Susie and Will (www.susieandwill.com)

Venue: World Market Center (www.lasvegasmarket.com)

Catering: Cut and Taste (www.cutandtastelv.com)

Florals: Mylo and Shino (www.myloandshino.com)

Dj, Uplighting, and Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment (www.elegantlv.com)

Officiant: Pastor Pete (www.elegantvegasweddings.com)

Desserts: Freed’s Bakery (www.freedsbakery.com)

Hair and Makeup: Paper Bag Beauty (www.paperbagbeauty.co)

 

Pool Party Wedding Reception

When I met Sara and TJ, I knew I had to immediately be part of their wedding.  They got married in June in Las Vegas and I never encourage an outside reception but theirs was brilliant.  I will add first, the family was coming in from the Ukraine and couldn’t wait to attend a traditional American wedding but this is not quite what they experienced.  The wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Sayer’s Club inside SLS.  Their guests were told though to wear resort casual and even their swimsuits.  Many were stunned when they invites arrived and no on showed up to the ceremony in their swimsuits. Everyone did however come to the cocktail hour and reception in their beach wear and ready to take a dive in the pool.  Their reception took place at the Lux Pool at SLS and it was a pool party reception.  They had the huge swan and flamingo rafts as decor for the pool so guests could enjoy a float on them.  This definitely wasn’t your traditional wedding reception but it was a huge hit.  This wedding was so much fun to plan and it truly was a great idea.  I encourage all of my summer couple’s if they must get married in Vegas in 100 + degree weather, why not do a fun nontraditional reception.

Here are a few of my favorite photos by the amazing David Burke:

A big thank you to our creative team for making this wedding so perfect:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Photographer: David Burke (http://davidburkephoto.com)

Floral: Naakiti Floral (http://naakitifloral.com)

Officiant: Nick Amon

DJ: DJ Uffe Moller

Uplighting: Elegant Entertainment (http://elegantlv.com)

GOBO: All Night Long Entertainment (http://www.goallnightlong.com)

Cake: Groom’s Aunt

Doughnut Cake: Pink box doughnuts (http://pinkboxdoughnuts.com) (*cake was created by Desirable Events by Desi)

 

*All photos provided by David Burke.  Please do not copy or alter any of the photos.