Thursday, December 13, 2007

Catherine Cowen to Jon "Put" Putnam

Pretty pretty pretty gorgeous pretty awesome fun cool pretty sweet amazing! Why yes, you guessed it: It's another Red Letter Days wedding! It's featured in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine 2007-2008, pages 472-73. You can view it online here.

The theme for Catherine Cowen and Jon "Put" Putnam's wedding was "Life Is Sweet," and it shines through in every image.

For starters, check out these rehearsal dinner favors (yum!) . . .

. . . and Catherine's great shoes and bouquet (by Olga Brouwer at Rituals Floral Designs).

The bride (and bridesmaids!) were just beautiful. She's as radiant as her flowers.

I love the details at the ceremony site, Calumet Park.

It's so considerate to have water readily available for an outdoor ceremony, and the labels are a great way to keep color present and personalize things.

Look at this! I would love to come up to such lovely chairs and find a flower waiting for me. Wedding flowers are almost always gorgeous, but they're pretty hands-off for guests. I love this touch -- and again, what a great way to bring color to an outdoor space.

The reception was just as beautiful -- warm, gracious, and fun. Doesn't it look inviting?

The tablecloths are a great color. They fit so well with the overall scheme and ground the lighter pinks, like the roses in this pretty centerpiece.


And in farewell, guests got to leave with these favor boxes -- sweet reminders of a lovely, lovely day.
But no one was happier than these two.

Life is sweet indeed.

Ceremony Venue: Calumet Park
Reception Venue: The Grande Colonial La Jolla
Photographer: Lori Krause
Videographer: Katherine Greene / Tangerine Video Productions
Florist: Olga Brouwer / Rituals Floral Designs
Officiant: Tim Cowen (Father of the Bride)
Caterer: Nine-Ten Restaurant at The Grande Colonial La Jolla
Dessert packaging: ABC Giftbox
Rentals/linens: Classic Party Rentals
Entertainment: Dale Gottschalk / San Diego DJ & Video
Guest transportation: Cloud 9 Shuttle
Additional guest accommodations: The Empress Hotel
Bride's dress: Richard Glasgow
Bridesmaids' dresses: J. Crew
Men's wear: Banana Republic
Hair/makeup: Patricia Garcia-Norvell / Cara Mia
Rehearsal dinner venue: Sante Ristorante
Rehearsal dinner guest favor: Cookies by Design

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Staff Soiree: Hotel Catering

What a treat! Thursday night, Bek and Mia hosted all the Red Letter Days staff, plus a couple of special guests, at one of their social and educational soirees. One of the cool things about the company is that on a regular basis, they invite everyone over for an evening of delicious snacks, catching up, and learning more about wedding and event coordination.

This week, working with a hotel catering staff was on the agenda. Julie from the Omni, Amber from the Grande Colonial, and Chrissy, drawing on her extensive experience at the Grande Colonial (see Chrissy's bio), generously donated their evenings and shared their best tips for ensuring a great flow and smooth event. As with so many things in life, it turns out that by being respectful and organized, we're already on the right track -- and that makes Chrissy and Bek very happy!

Okay, to be honest, there's a lot more than that to coordinating a successful hotel event. Mia and Bek had excellent questions and possible scenarios, and Julie, Chrissy, and Amber gave great advice and background on how things work at the venue. There is so much more going on than the guests (or the hosts) ever realize, and a strong relationship between the coordinating staff and the hotel personnel is essential. Thanks to this get-together, the staff is all set to make that happen -- every time!

I love all the information at these soirees, and it was flying fast on Thursday. Having the expertise of professionals from two different types of hotels -- a lovely historic property and a grand modern space -- was awesome. Julie, Chrissy, and Amber covered all the bases, and happily, everyone still had time to enjoy the snacks! Mia's baked brie with homemade pesto is a crowd favorite. I can't wait to stuff more information into my brain (and munch a bunch more brie) at the next staff event.

It wasn't all work, though, and we have the pictures to prove it! Taylor, Scarlett, Julie, and Jen spent some time in the kitchen exchanging tips and having fun.

As we chatted and learned, we caught Taylor during a quick break in the kitchen . . .

. . . and Jen and Scarlett hanging out on the couch.

Bek and Mia gave an update on the company and what's coming up, and I can reveal that there are so many great things in store at Red Letter Days. The coming year is already booked with a ton of fantastic events, and things are just getting brighter and brighter. I'm so excited!