Perfect Planning {Snippet}

In my family we do something called neenies. It basically is us getting EXTREMELY excited about something, we cannot contain it! Well I have been doing them for the past couple days because Alpha Lee has just embarked on a brand new adventure. We just launched our first Snippet called “Perfect Planning.”

What is a Snippet?

Glad you asked. Snippet is an App in the App Store full of great, information packed books. They are quick reads, with each chapter being no more than 1,000 words. As you are reading pictures, audio and video are incorporated to allow you the reader to really connect. Check out more about my friends at Snippet here http://thesnippetapp.com/

Perfect Planning:

Anyone who has planned an event knows very well that those two words do not go together. The planning process is perceived as stressful and overwhelming. Well I feel that it should be enjoyable and memorable. That s why I wrote this.

It is from the standpoint of me as once a bride and as a planner for the past five years. With personal photos, tips to save money, questions to ask venues/vendors and so much more I hope it gives you insight and confidence while planning your wedding. Now this is not just for the brides, i have included a letter to the groom, bridal party and parents of bride/groom because sometimes they are unclear of what their role looks like. I also go into detail of what a planner really does. I am constantly asked that so on almost every chapter I go over when my involvement is in each step of the process. Here is a glimpse of a few chapters.

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One of the greatest features of the Snippet is it links you directly to my Twitter account for questions or to share ideas. I have heard from numerous brides that they feel lost and overwhelmed with information or where to go. With Perfect Planning it not only goes over all the areas but I really am here to help and answer the questions you submit. The cost of this bill to provide the information and available for questions is $1.99!!! I can claim that’s the best deal in town;)

 

How to get it?

Visit the App Store and search Snippet

You will see Perfect Planning in the library

 

 

So spread the word. Even if you are not getting married you might know someone who is or like you see above this is to help with everyone involved, parents, groom, bridal party and so much more. Let’s make the planning process enjoyable and memorable!

Happy manic Monday

-Kim

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Shawntel and Paolo {Vision Board}

Well it is about that time to present the vision board for Shawntel and Paolo’s upcoming wedding.

 

WHAT IS A VISION BAORD?

For Alpha Lee Events it is a small visual guideline for the elements involved in a upcoming wedding. Because of the resources of blogs, Pinterest and so much more we are able to pull from these creative folks and put together a vision board. This not only helps the couple see different elements but also us vendors to try and capture that oh so specific vision.

 

ARE THESE THE EXACT DETAILS?

Nope! They are usually chosen because of the overall concept or color but in almost all cases are tweaked to the specific wedding. Sometimes I will choose a photo just because of that perfect tone of yellow they showed, now it could be on a school bus and the school bus has nothing to do with the wedding but that color has everything to do with it. Make sense 🙂 ?

 

You will also see a color scheme for the event. These are the main colors that will be incorporated for the big day.

 

So here we go…

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After months of planning these are just a handful that have inspired us for this day. Now for the exact outcomes you will have to wait till the day. I cannot wait for this sweet day. Shawntel and Paolo’s style is half romantic and classy and half comfortable and casual. Their outdoor setting will tie everything together and provide an incredible background for all elements created. Thank you Shawntel and Paolo for allowing us to share this with our friends.

Thanks for checking in and sharing in our vision, have a good Tuesday.

-Kim

River Highlands Ranch {Stylized Shoot}

Well you have heard me build up to our stylized shoot then gush over how great it went. The photos are in and I am so excited how it turned out. These shoots are so fun because as a team we were able to create so many fun elements that hopefully inspire all of you.

Welcome to River Highlands Ranch, our view and blank canvas for the day.

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Working with Forever Vintage Rentals is a dream. We created a coffee bar! It is a great design piece to included in your big day as well as providing something for you guests! I love all of the design concepts out right now, but I really feel like everything needs to have a purpose. What goes with coffee…treat!

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Our beautiful table layout with most serene backdrop.  Thank you to DeAnn with Rodarte Floral for providing these bright and whimsical floral pieces.

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Emly and Alex are so sweet together. You can create so much for a shoot but not the connection the two of them have.

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No guest can leave without taking a token to remember the special day. Baby redwoods were the favor in this day. To take, plant, love on and let love take root!

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Thank you to the following talented people

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

Venue: River Highlands Ranch

Floral: Rodarte Floral

Rentals: Forever Vintage

Desserts: Sugar Lillie Bakery

Hair and make up: Minx Salon and Spa

Signs: Sweetly Spoken Signs

Tree’s: CRC-Californai Redwood Company

Style and coordination: Alpha Lee Events

And our lovely bride and groom Alex and Emly

Have a great week!

-Kim

Venue spotlight: River Highlands Ranch

Happy Monday! Well we had a very busy weekend. I had the privilege to work with some incredible people to create a unique and beautiful wedding shoot. I cannot wait to share with you all the images and stories from the shoot but today I thought I would highlight the talented folks that helped. Today we will start with…

River Highlands Ranch

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This was the back drop for our beautiful shoot. When you drive on their property your blood pressure drops and you are in awe of the land. Rolling green hills, gravel pathways, vineyards and a beautifully designed barn that looks out on the 600 acres. RHR is designed perfectly for an event. From the design work you can do in the barn to the fun elements you can bring in because you truly have a blank canvas. One of my favorite additions is the duck pond cabin. This cozy little cabin sits on a beautiful stream, has a fire place, darling kitchen, bathroom and large bed.

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It’s a perfect spot for after you say I do. I love working with Juanita, she knows the property and it’s capabilities so well and is so helpful. You can find more information and pictures at http://riverhighlandsranch.com.

For more from our shoot check Alpha Lee out on Instagram, @alphaleeevents. Have a great day!

-Kim

Anne and Chris’ wedding day

I have to say these are my favorite posts to write. I love reflecting back on the day and falling in love with all of the moments and details all over again.

Anne and Chris’ day was so special. They were so excited for it as were their guests. Anne had such a clear vision of what she wanted to see come alive as far as decor and little touches, but the basis was she wanted to marry her best friend and do it it front of the one’s she cared about most and God. Anne is one of the most sincere and caring people I know. All day she kept asking if I was doing ok and if she could get me anything…really!! Here is the day summed up by the talented Anita Martin Photography.

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This is the moment in a planner’s life that really makes you choke up. This is Anne’s response to seeing her long awaited vision come about. It’s the moment where you take that long awaited breath as a bride and say it’s here, the day is here and this is what I’ve planned, hoped and prayed for. For me this is why I do what I do, so a bride, groom and their family can have this moment and enjoy it.

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Anne and her mom Mary, have a relationship that is extremely special. They have a unique and special bond that this picture screams.

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This one melts my heart. This is Anne and her sweet ring bearer Hudson. These two share a sweet bond and it also just shows the care and love Anne has. She took the time to give Hudson a pep talk, tell him how handsome he looked and how much she loves him. The best news… Hudson went down the aisle like a champ!

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 Ok wipe the tears, let’s switch over to the details. Anne really wanted a beautiful/clean winter white setting, but also wanted everyone to be comfortable and cozy.

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All of Anne and Chris’ family and friends pulled together to make this dessert buffet. Their favors were custom hot chocolate mugs and a decked out hot chocolate bar full of fun toppings.

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Loved this sign! Created by Carly Pray with Sweetly Spoken Signs.

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Chris and Anne are amazing golfers and share the love of golf. Forget the sand ceremony, this wedding called for a ceremonial chip shot.

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Thank you Anne and Chris for allowing me to share in such a special and treasured day.

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For much more of Chris and Anne’s wedding visit Anita Martin Photography’s blog. Have a great day and happy friday!

Photography: Anita Martin Photography

Venue: Morgan Creek 

Flowers: Rodarte Floral

2013 Bridal {hairstyles to swoon for}-Guest Blogger Maddison Carey

I am so excited for this post. Maddison Carey owner and stylist at Minx Salon and Spa in Loomis, CA is sharing some beautiful styles with us. She has collected her favorites and put together a helpful and style inspired post for you to enjoy! Thank you Maddison, love working with you!!

2013 Bridal  {hairstyles to swoon for}

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2013 is here and so is the start to spring wedding season. With each new season we are introduced to the amazing creative work of  the upcoming looks designed by hairdressers everywhere. This season has has moved away from the overly tossled,, well played water fall braid and into a new look.

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Easy breezy beautiful UpDo

We take a look at these amazingly romantic styles; soft swept curls, ballerina buns, chignons, and loosely laid French twist. All so delicately pined to perfection.

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Retro Waves

At this years golden globes retro wave dominates the runway. This vintage look has major fancy factor while still allowing a bride to feel comfortable and in her own skin.

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Bouncy bombshell

For all you long hair lovers out there this season bodacious bombshell look is for you. Big, sexy, shinny curls bouncing down the isle with you is what this look is all about!

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To check out more about Maddison and her talented team visit their site http://www.minxsalonandspa.com/.

Have a great day!!

-Kim and Maddison:)

All about the shoe

The shoe has become that piece of a brides attire that you can have fun with. You catch that little glimpse of color or pattern when they lift their dress…I love it! This is not a new and brilliant tip but do make sure they fit and are comfortable. Wear them around before the wedding day, do not make the first time you wear those puppies on the day. Also consider a change for the reception if they are a pair that can’t last you the whole day. Last tip, make sure to bring the exact pair to your dress fitting to make sure your length alteration is spot on.

Here are a few that I thought were pretty fun, all at different price points.

Ruche…LOVE this company. From their clothes, to their jewelry and they have a great bridal department. They have great price points on all of their pieces and they ship it quickly if it is in stock.

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J. Crew. I love J.Crew, their styles are so classy yet comfy. We found a few cute pairs over on their site.

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Or get totally comfy…

 

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I love Sperry’s; they are comfy and they have every color and pattern under the sun!

 

 

 

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There are so many options out there like Nordstrom, Macy’s, GAP and don’t forget DSW, Nordstrom Rack and my new favorite site HauteLook. 

 

We will be back tomorrow with another group of our favorites!

-Kim

Pretty paper picks

For the next couple weeks we will be featuring our favorites that make up different events! This week is dedicated to weddings!

Today will be some of our favorite invitations that are out there. I used to design invitations so I have a huge appreciation for the creativity and design time that goes into each.

Invitations are important…they set the tone for your wedding and are the first glimpse a guest gets of your special day. I don’t know about you but I look at an invitation and it tells me what I should wear, something formal or casual. So really look around and find that invitation that sets the specific tone for your wedding.

These beauties are from Wedding Paper Divas. They have great designs, fabulous papers and great customer service.

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Next up is Smitten On Paper

I love all of their designs it is so hard to choose! I received a look book from them just a few weeks ago and I am amazed by the quality.

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Another designer that I absolutely LOVE is Ceci New York! Her creations are pieces of art and all of the elements are so unique and beautiful. I love everything on her site so head over there, get inspired and fall in love!

Thank you all of you creative designers out there and happy Monday everyone. Keep an eye out for our other favorite wedding pieces this week, tomorrow I am thinking shoes…

-Kim

Interview with our soon to be bride

Shawntel and I took a break from planning to talk about how the process has been and share with all of you some of the details and some tips from the bride herself!

AL: What has been your favorite part of the planning process this far?
S: Is it May yet?!?! I am so excited to get married and everything has been so fun and exciting. I have to say though, my favorite part so far would have to be designing the wedding, piecing it all one by one. We are getting so close to the end and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!
AL: What is the most important goal for you to achieve on your day?
S:One of my goals for this wedding, it to be a witness to my friends and family. Paolo and I have been trying, and will continue to try and make our relationship a God-cenetered relationship. I want all our family and friends to know that!
 
AL: Have you hit any points in your planning process that have been stressful?
 
S: I would definitely have to say that money is just stressful in general. My parents have generously provided Paolo and I with a budget for a nice wedding. Thankfully Paolo’s mother, as a wedding gift, gave me a wedding planner! Kim has been a HUGE help with this. She has been able to break everything down for me and has helped me keep on track with our budget. At times I found myself stressing out with the budget, but we have managed to do everything within our budget.
 
AL: If you could give your wedding a title or theme what would it be?
S: Paolo would laugh at me if he knew I said this, but the one word that I find myself saying about our wedding is, VINTAGE! Apparently I use it a lot 😉
AL: To all of the brides out there what is your best piece of advice for them?
S: Brides to be…get a wedding planner 🙂 Seriously, they are so helpful and relieve so much stress!!
AL: Is there anything that you were surprised to learn that a wedding planner does? 
 
S: So I know this will sound funny, but since I am a funeral director, I thought I would be able to plan my own wedding no problem. I am able to plan well and fast. However, once we were engaged I started stressing immediately. Planning a wedding is a lot different. Yes, we have more time to plan, but there is SO much into it. Paolo’s mother called me and said as a gift she was going to give me a wedding planner and I was so thankful. Kim has been so wonderful and literally has done so much for Paolo and I. I joke with Paolo saying that I talk/text with my wedding planner more than him! It’s the truth! I do have to say though, Kim and I have planned this wedding well and fast! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
AL: When you tried on your dress did you know it was the one?
S: This is actually not your traditional answer! When I went dress shopping I went with my mother and my soon-to-be mother in law. My two younger sisters were not able to come so my mom was taking pictures and sending pictures so they could help me pick one out. I went to a small boutique in Chico called, The French Door, and I had two dresses that I liked…one more than the other. Both of my sisters told me that they did NOT like the one dress that I was favoring. Funny thing was, I already bought the dress. I told them that I loved the dress and bought it. They both called and said that the other dress was way better!! I didn’t know what to do! I had already bought the dress and I couldn’t believe my sisters didn’t really like it. Thankfully the owner of the store told me that if I wanted to exchage the dress for the other I could. So right before we were about to leave the store, I decided to try back on the dress that my sisters loved. Once I looked at the pictures of me in the dress my mom took of me, I too, saw why my sisters loved the other dress. Needless to say, I exchanged my dress for the other one and FELL IN LOVE with it more and more. I went back for my fittings and some how managed to fall more in love with it! Thank you sisters 🙂
AL: Does Paolo have any requests for the wedding?
S: Ha! Paolo is being so good during all this, he’s really stepped back and has let me plan the wedding. Though, he did have a FEW requests that I honored 😉
One being that he and his groomsmen could wear white tennis shoes with their suits. It acutally looks GREAT!! The second request is that we have good food, and lots of it! Done! We have an amazing caterer.

Thank you Shawntel for the interview! We will catch up with her and maybe even Paolo too after the wedding and hear them give all the details about the day and if their vision for it came about.
Have a great evening
-Kim