Rhea and Mike: Modern in Monterey

November 11, 2010


One service I provide is day-of design coordination, which takes all the stress out of the whole wedding decor installation process. This is a much more affordable alternative to hiring a Wedding Coordinator or Planner, and ensures your day turns out just like you envisioned. Brides that want to have creative control and craft their own wedding can do so with my help. I can consult and give decor advise as well as take control of day-of deliveries, installations, styling and arrangements to make sure all the bride does is sit pretty and relax before she walks down the aisle. 

When my good friend Rhea contacted me and asked if she could hire me as her day-of design coordinator, I was so excited. We met in design school and have seen each other through huge projects, deadlines, and endless sleepless nights.  I was sure her wedding would be fabulous and perfect. Just like me, Rhea is a perfectionist and extremely detail-oriented. Her ideas for her simple, modern, romantic wedding came together beautifully - I'm so proud to share her special day with you!

The wedding was held at the Inter-Continental in Monterey - breathtaking! Rhea created all the crafty decor herself. A true eco-chic bride, she made sure to choose details that were either recyclable, reusable, or environmentally friendly. She loved the pew boxes I created for Carina and Miguel's wedding, so she followed my step-by-step instructions and created her own version filled with eco-fetti for the guests to toss. The ceremony consisted of paper pom-poms from Etsy, and some custom programs created by the Bride herself. For the 30-person reception, Rhea fashioned some paper flowers and attached them to manzanita branches as the centerpiece for the banquet table. She created "mad-gabs" for each person to fill up - such a fun detail! I arranged a scrumptious sweet station with cupcakes by SweetieCups. The couple had their own cupcakes with custom toppers that Rhea created using their baby photos (too cute!!). 

Fabulous photographer Rizza San Agustin captured the special day. See the photos of Rhea and Mike's special day featured in her blog.

There's only one advice I give brides that want to tackle their wedding DIY-style: If you're going to DIY then DIR - Do It Right! You have to think about the tiniest details, pay attention to them, and make sure you have the skills and capacity to move forward with your projects. Make sure you have a strong look that can be pulled together with thoughtful little touches. I've seen a few DIY weddings that ended up sloppy- perhaps the Bride had the right idea, yet she didn't have the  attention to detail , the time, or the help to refine everything. Needless to say, Rhea was the perfect example of a Bride that DIY'd and DIR - Did It Right!

Congratulations Rhea and Mike! 






















4 comments:

  1. I love the beautiful purple and white flower puffs!

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  2. Lovely aren't they? Rhea ordered them from Etsy. They are also very simple and easy to make on your own! Maybe i'll post a DIY on how to make them.

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  3. Yay! Thank you so much for the post, Therese! I am so thankful for all your help that day, it was great catching up with you during the process. I knew I could trust that you'd get my vision and you executed it beautifully (I couldn't have done it better myself!) A million thanks! <3

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  4. The pics are beautiful! Great job!

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