Thursday, December 5, 2013

Visit the new Laurie Arons Special Events Blog

I'm excited to announce my newly redesigned blog site, Visit me there for the latest in weddings, events and inspirations.

Friday, February 8, 2013

As Seen In: Style Me Pretty

We heart Style Me Pretty here at Laurie Arons Special Events, so we are thrilled Abby and her team shared Ruthie + Ian's gorgeous summer wedding yesterday. Working with this couple and their families has been one of my favorite planning experiences to date. Our team of spectacular vendors pulled out all the stops to make this bride's dream a reality, and of course, Jose Villa captured it to perfection.  

Stop on over at SMP to indulge in it all!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happenings: Gump's Bridal Event

I'm once again looking forward to my favorite bridal event in the city - Gump's Wedding Chic. I always recommend my brides visit Gumps for their registries - they carry the most beautiful table top items and unique pieces to grace a future home. This event is a wonderful way get started on a registry, as well as meet with some of the city's top wedding purveyors. I'll be there, along with the lovely and talented Kathleen Deery. Sip sparkling wine and enjoy delicious treats by Taste Catering. It's Sunday February 10th at 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 11, 2013

As Seen In: C Weddings

C Weddings is quickly becoming one of my favorite wedding publications, so I was thrilled when they wanted to feature two of my weddings from 2012. Both were photographed by the always-flawless Jose Villa, so its no surprise how beautiful these images look in the pages of the magazine.

First was Ruthie & Ian's designer dream wedding at my exclusive venue Z Modern Estate in Napa. Ruthie's modern style, love of color, out-of-the box creativity and impeccable taste opened the door for such innovation when planning their event. We took inspiration from high fashion, interior design and fine art to craft a truly unique wedding. It's an experience I'll never forget.

Later the magazine features Stephanie & Tyler's black tie affair at Durham Ranch in St. Helena. This couple also comes from the fashion world ~ their careers in the industry brought them together and Tyler now owns and manages Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco. Prepare yourself for the stunning Oscar de la Renta Stephanie chose for her wedding day - a gown as beautiful as the bride herself.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Housewarming Holiday Party

With Christmas just days away, I wanted to share one of my favorite seasonal events I had the pleasure of planning. Former wedding clients of mine wanted to throw a housewarming party in their new and newly renovated San Francisco home. So we selected the first weekend in December and began planning this stunning holiday cocktail party for family and friends.

The halls were decked in tones of gold and copper, accented by acorns, pinecones and magnolia leaves for a nod to nature. Petite wreaths hung in every window of the house, with a beautiful statement wreath on the front door.

Guests arrived to the sound of a boys choir caroling by candlelight in the entryway. They were then met with trays of beautiful seasonal cocktails and a spectacular dinner buffet by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. The highlight of the meal (and my favorite detail of the night) was the unforgettable White Truffle Risotto station. Having recently been to Italy during truffle season and knowing my client's Italian heritage, I suggested they serve this at the party. I must say the dish was every bit as delicious as those I tasted in Italy.

Of course no holiday party is complete without sweets. Paula LeDuc and Jill Sassa from PS Paper teamed up to design a winter wonderland dessert buffet featuring Egg Nog Pot de Cremes, Miniature Coconut Snowballs, Caramel Lady Apples and more.

But just so no sweet tooth went unfulfilled, each guest took home a charming stocking favor stuffed with Recchiutti S'mores Bites. A merry Christmas indeed.

Photography by Kristen L. - Meg Smith & Associates.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tyler Florence Catered Sonoma Wedding Menu

Celebrity chef Tyler Florence prepared a spectacular Italian-inspired wedding meal for Mia and Kendrick's Sonoma wedding. Mia herself is an entrepreneur in the food and wine industry so the collaboration between them resulted in a truly memorable meal. The family's personal wine collection also provided inspiration, for a four-course tasting menu that still makes my mouth water.

Wedding Dinner in Honor of Mia + Kendrick

Burrata and Caviar
cherry tomato, roasted corn, chervil and truffle emulsion

Farmers Market Wine Company, Sauvignon Blanc 2012


Capay Organic Beet Carpaccio
mia's playground compressed strawberries, fromage blanc, poppyseed and kumquat

Mia's Playground Pinot Noir 2006


Italian Lamb Pie
grilled and braised lamb, anson mills polenta, spinach, six-minute egg

Treefort Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma 2012


Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam
roasted apricot, sicilian pistachios, grilled toasts and lavender honey

Glen Carlou Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2012

Photography by: Meg Smith

Friday, December 14, 2012

Beautiful + Bright Sonoma Wedding: Mia + Kendrick

Mia and Kendrick are an adorable wine country couple who planned their wedding at the bride's parents' spectacular Sonoma home. The estate's stunning architecture and manicured grounds were the perfect canvas for an elegant affair. But the bride's playful personality was ever-present throughout the event, creating the seamless marriage of formal and fun. 

Guests witnessed the couples vows amid a classic palette of pale pink, white and brown. But when they moved to cocktails, the decor was injected with bright bold pink for a punch of colorful fun. Charming escort buttons hung from young maple trees replaced formal seating cards. 

Mia's Italian heritage and love of good food and wine meant the wedding dinner had to be a show-stopper. So the couple enlisted celebrity chef Tyler Florence to create their dream meal. A four-course affair featuring Italian favorites like burrata, carpaccio and lamb (more menu details to come, check back soon!). 

The dancing under the stars was one of the most memorable parts of the night. Mia and Kendrick took their first dance surrounded by sparklers, which continued to burn while Mia danced with her dad. Chef Tyler even came out of the kitchen for a spin around the floor with the bride. 

The crowd then moved inside the home's magnificent foyer for wedding cake by the Perfect Endings. More dancing to a DJ followed, then a late night party in the wine cellar kept things going into the wee hours.

My favorite decor detail from the day were the lovely individual wreaths on the ceremony chairs, so charming and perfect for the setting. But my favorite moment has to be the bride and groom's first dance surrounded by sparklers. Instead of the usual sparkler send-off, the whole wedding encircled them with light in such a romantic, memorable way. 

Photography by: Meg Smith

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