vendor crushes

Real Weddings | B R Cohn goes Rustic Elegant

There are countless weddings that I will always treasure but this one will remain one of my all time favorite because of the wonderful couple Joanna and Chris who made the process of wedding planning so smooth and enjoyable. Of course what makes a couple so wonderful to work with starts with trust. I don’t often get a client who doesn’t need to meet with me because they put their trust in their planner who hand picked their team.

Through their planner Michelle Chen Miyairi, all the flowers were planned via emails and phone calls. (Talk about incredible! ) It helps that Michelle and I go way back. She came out of retirement to plan this wedding so I knew it took a special client for Michelle to agree to it.

Prior to this wedding, Michelle and I were quite familiar with each other’s design style as well as work style…especially when I also was the floral designer for her sister’s wedding. Because of the experiences that we had, we started the wedding design built on trust and respect. In this business you need that to create a flawless wedding.

Such ease was created because Michelle (with the couple’s okay) had also picked some of the best vendors that I have worked with as well. They include Jasmine Lee as the photographer, Aimee Lam as the Hair and Makeup artist. Cooking and catering was Jessica Laskey who has become one of my go to recommendations for catering. B R Cohn, the venue, is also managed by Victoria Campbell who I knew from Oh So Inspired’s workshops where she was our venue go to person. Victoria, of course, greeted my team and I with warmth and made us feel like working at B R Cohn was a home away from home.

Teamwork happens when you love the vendors you work with.

Finishing out the team was videographer Kevin Chin who I am married to. This was a solid team of experienced vendors who combined have 1000s of weddings under their belts so no wind, on cloudy and overcast weather would dampen the brightness of this couple and their wedding guests.



Vendor Crushes | Theoni Collection

What am I crazy about right now? It's not a thing.  It's not a flower.  It's my adoration for Betsy Stone and her company Theoni Collection.  First of all, I love people who are creative.  So when I saw their mobile showroom the other day, it totally just blew me away.  It's so one of kind.  And I love how creatively courageous it was to do something so innovate yet so simple in theory.  Why not have a showroom on wheels.  Brilliant idea.  But it's not just the brilliance of it but the execution of something that sets a company a part from others.  Which leads me to my second reason for why I'm so crushing on Theoni Collection right now.   

I love people who are passionate and who go overboard with their passion to be amazing.  Betsy and her husband Herb who have founded Sisters Rentals, Bella Linens, and La Tavola Linens are no strangers to the Bay Area's event rental scene.  But one thing that I adore is that with each company they have opened they know the phrase --- "do it right".  They do it So Right.  And Betsy does it to perfection.  Her ability to create something and to pick products so relevant, so interesting, so needed makes her and Herb people that I crush on. But they go out of their way to not only have wonderful products but create an amazing experience from their website to their showroom to their details. It's so RIGHT! 

Visit Theoni to see their collection of chairs, china, tabletops, flatware and accessories for your next event.