Friday, April 30, 2010

Neo-Classical Prettiness and Mid-Century Tea Party, Anyone?

Wow, we've been busy. :)

We LOVE April. It never fails to deliver in the creativity department ~ parties and open houses, bridal shows, beautiful spring weddings...

Good times.

We're honored to have been invited to take part in two events this month that are still the topic of water cooler conversation. The Open House for Concepts Event Design on April 22 was a smashing success (thanks to the rock star cast of participating vendors and the expert planning of Mr. Thomas Bui). Industry professionals, clients, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the success of beloved Haydee and Fred Alderete and their outstanding team.

Our thanks for Sean Capshaw of Resolusean for sharing his beautiful images.

Using linens, custom "shabby chic" chairs, and chargers from Concepts' inventory, we partnered with off-the-hook floral designer, Sharon Mintz of Organic Elements, to create our group interpretation of Neo-Classical Pretty.

Sweet Cheeks Baking Company generously added a touch of delicious to our wedding-inspired pink plates.

And on April 11, we partnered with floral lovely, Adrianne Smith, and vintage goods connoisseur, Patricia Laurice of Che Laurice at Leaping Lotus, to create a Mid-Century Tea Party for the U.S. Grant's Wedding and Event Showcase. Pulling items from every one's personal collections, we touched upon our united love for the fresh and fun in life.
Thank you to Jeff Almquist for sharing his beautiful images.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

REVOweddings ~ Open for Bids on April 16!

San Diego's top wedding professionals have donated their services to start a REVOlution, and Red Letter Days Events is honored to participate!
REVOweddings, created by Suzanne Hansen, Sabrina Cadini, Kate Capshaw, Sharon Mintz, and Meaghan Schmaltz, provides the opportunity to support a person in need in our community through online biding for wedding services. This year, the proceeds will go to San Diego floral designer Peggi Walker (Metro Floral) who, this past September, was diagnosed with colon cancer.
REVOweddings' online auction will be open for bids April 16-30, 2010. Visit the site today to shop and get ready to bid!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Join us this Sunday at the U.S. Grant Wedding and Event Showcase!

Red Letter Days Events is excited to participate this Sunday, April 11 in the U.S. Grant's Wedding and Event Showcase from 12:00 - 4:00p. Purchase your tickets here!

We are honored to partner with Adrianne Smith Floral Design and Chez Laurice (vintage goods shop located within Solana Beach's Leaping Lotus) on a display that will have the Mad Men theme song running through your head...

Friday, April 02, 2010

Reflections 4.2010

It's Spring! It's warm(er). Daylight lasts longer. People's pants get shorter. Time for play on the beach, runs along the bay, or mountain hikes.

Time to get out and enjoy wide open space. Time to breathe. Time to appreciate the simple and beautiful.

So easy to write, so challenging to do as much as I'd like. Although I've never fancied myself the full-on "outdoors type," I'm thankful for the inherent ease that comes with Spring and fully embrace the gorgeous environment I now call home.

When I lived in Washington D.C., my favorite season was Spring. Amidst the concrete and chaos was the sweet fragrance of renewal. At that time, I was a full-time fundraiser for The Washington Ballet and part-time graduate student in arts management at American University. Life was exciting, full of possibility, and very busy (like my current life). Although I had retired my pointe shoes several years earlier, I still danced occasionally to stay active within the world that I called home for so many years. It's how I got out; enjoyed wide, open space; breathed.

Dance was my continual Spring. It put a little San Diego in my day before I even experienced San Diego. It's what brought me back to the simple and beautiful.

From "Esplanade" by Paul Taylor

All Photography: Paul B. Goode

I credit my years of dance and performance for directing my path towards the launch and growing of Red Letter Days Events with Mia. Essentially, Red Letter Days is now my continual Spring. One choreographer, however, played a vital role in teaching me the example of celebrating the beauty of simplicity, the importance of wide open space, and the value of breathing, to always keep Spring present in whatever I approach -- Paul Taylor.

Paul Taylor is a genius of movement (no, I never danced in his company...I've just been mildly obsessed with his work). His choreography celebrates the miracle of pedestrian motion and his thematic work tells a complete story without too much fluff. His signature piece, Esplanade, is my favorite piece of choreography ever. Set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, its power mesmerizes the audience not by flash and bang, but its homage to simple gestures and glances, and full use of wide open space.

My years of dance and studying Paul Taylor's work has taught me to approach everything as a blank canvas, making sure that the foundation of the project is solid and clear, making sure that we start from Spring and grow from there. And, oh yeah...breathe.
In San Diego, we're so fortunate to have awe-inspiring space in which to choreograph events that celebrate the beauty and simplicity of life. Celebrating love, life, milestones -- none are simple achievements, but they each are simple to appreciate. The glance that a groom gives his bride during their ceremony because he is enraptured by her natural beauty; a delicious meal created from recipes passed down from generation to generation; a hike and celebratory picnic arranged in honor of a friend who received a clean bill of health...

All of these are Spring. All of these are a dance of sorts. And at this moment of Spring 2010, I reflect on the esplanade that I've traversed to arrive where I am. Looking back, every accomplishment, every event that was most successful for me occurred from keeping things simple, keeping Spring forever present.
Thanks, Mr. Taylor. I'll make sure to get out and run through the Flower Fields down the street from my home and then go jump in the ocean.