Thursday, March 18, 2010

Julia Santos to Michael Maraviglia

From the moment we met Julia and Michael, we knew their destination wedding would be a celebration we would be honored to assist in creating. Not only do they have terrific senses of humor and a sweetness that we just love; they also possess a maturity, respect for others, and intense love for each other that makes being in their presence a gift.

The vendor friends who came together to create this intimate, beautiful, bright day were a dream team, and we thank photographer Helene Cornell for capturing its moments so perfectly. We are also thrilled that mywedding.com has generously featured Julia and Michael's wedding on their Ideas & Trends blog.



Julia and Michael spent the morning enjoying the company of their immediate family while details were prepared.




Stunning personal floral that was vibrant! Coral, aqua, and sunburst were the colors of the day.




Growing up outside New York City, Julia knew her dress would come from Kleinfeld Manhattan.


Julia's parents escorted her to meet Michael.






The beauty of the feast table that greeted guests for dinner moved Julia and Michael to tears.


Custom bottles of olive oil were gifted to each guest.





A very happy day...


...for a beautiful couple.

Photography: Helene Cornell
Floral Design: Rae Florae
Entertainment: Joe Bigham
Hair Styling and Makeup Artistry: Clairestyle
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Manhattan

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Our best to you for a day filled with celebration, good food, and fine drink!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thank you, Ceremony Magazine!

We adore our clients.
We adore the vendors with whom we collaborate.
We consider it an honor to be included in the creation of celebrations that inspire.

We love our professional play.

We also love it when others recognize the artistic awesomeness that arises from great partnerships. This year, Ceremony Magazine gets a HUGE shout out and THANK YOU from us.

The January / February 2010 cover for San Diego features the bouquet created for Red Letter Days bride Maureen Hope Galofaro (whose wedding is featured on pages 344-349 of the magazine) by none other than LaVonne Crawford and her incredible team at Adorations Botanical Artistry. Our dear friend, Cary Pennington, captured its beauty to perfection at The Grand Del Mar.

We are also thrilled that Red Letter Days bride Karen Richards Mayberry is the March / April 2010 cover girl for San Diego. Cary Pennington again delivers the impeccable by showcasing Karen's natural elegance in her Ines Di Santo gown from M Bride framed by the beauty of The Grande Colonial La Jolla. You can see the adorable engagement photographs that Cary shot with Karen and her husband, Matthew, on pages 228-231 of the magazine.

We look forward to sharing images from both weddings with you on the blog over the next month. Again, our deepest appreciation to Ceremony Magazine and all the professionals who created perfection for our clients.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ranch & Coast Best of 2010


We are honored and ecstatic to have been named in Ranch & Coast's Best of 2010 in the event planning category. A HUGE THANK YOU to those who cast their vote - it means the world to us!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Reflections 3.2010

Let's dance...
Put on your red shoes
And dance the blues...
~David Bowie

Growing up, it was common practice for my mother and me to play music LOUDLY. David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Mendelssohn...it was our response to whatever showed up in life that day. My classmates in grammar school would say "Beki, your mom's here" when my mother would pull up to campus blaring Guns 'n Roses because she was in a great mood. My mother would know I had a rough day at dance rehearsal if she was met with no response to her calls for dinner because I was completely engrossed in the magic of The Smiths.

It was what we always did, together and individually. And it is a practice I continue with great fervor, especially this week.


This Wednesday, March 10th, my mother would have celebrated her 60th birthday. It is, of course, an adjustment for our family and friends to honor such a dynamic, amazing woman in any way other than in her beautiful presence. But this is why we have music.



Music marks the significant and transports us to times past. It is an integral part of the human experience. It is emotion, movement, spirituality, and celebration. It is an extension of who we are.

On March 10th, I have some pretty important music to play. I will turn my speakers to 11 so that Mom can dance to "Back in the High Life" and "Groove is in the Heart." I will celebrate LOUDLY in her honor and remember that to her, every day really was a red letter day.
*My thanks to Lori Krause, photographer and Red Letter Days family member, for spending time with my mother and me for two fine days in June 2006. Lori, I am forever grateful for the gift you have given me and those who loved my mother.