I have had an opportunity recently to travel to the Bay Area not once, but twice in recent weeks. (I am seriously racking up some frequent flyer miles!) The first trip for a Bridal Show at Ruby Hill Winery and Golf Club, which was orchestrated by my freinds and co-horts at Image Three Events. The trip was a whirlwind but so much fun. We (the guys and gals at Image Three and myself) were launching our new collaborative business: Lush Weddings!
I’ve known Bob Gonas and Ken Greer from Image Three Events for years. Thier company has been around for, well, decades. They are a full scale event planning and design company. Most of thier work has been in the Coporate world, with clients such as Mercedes, McAfee, Bell Systems, to name a few. I was lucky enough to go along with them in 2008 to produce a huge event in the US Virgin Islands. Needless to say, I love these guys.
In 2010, after my daughter was born, I had taken some time off to be a Mom. Eventually, I approached Bob and Ken about using thier workspace in Concord from time to time, so that I could get back into doing some events, without the huge overhead and burden of running my own studio (which I had let go before Sofia was born). The answer was a resounding Yes! And, a conversation started…
Eventually, we decided to collaborate. With their invanualbe expertise, and years in the business of planning events, and my design skills and 15 years in what I call “Wedding World” we decided we could pool our resources and knowledge and launch a wedding planning and design business. Of course, over the 30 years they’ve been doing this, they’ve done weddings before. But it has never been thier main focus. Now, together, we have created a seperate faction of thier company, and mine, which with our joined knowlege, expertise, and aesthetic abilities, becomes a unique, and dedicated wedding design company: Lush Weddings.
Of course, my sudden move to Las Vegas sort of threw a new twist into our plans. But, we decided to forge ahead. The flight to SFO is just over an hour, and, with any luck, I’ll be racking up those frequent flyer miles even more in the near future.
Here are a few images from the Bridal Event at Ruby Hill, where we got to flex some design muscle. Check out the custom arch that was built in-house by the incredibly talented Bob LeDoux (who has worked with Image Three for 20+ years). The arch has a custom back drop that can be switched out to any color, or left out altogether, for a more open feel. We are excited about this arch because it can be used in so many different ways: filled with tea light candles inside the circles, interwoven with fabric, or of course decoated in inumerable ways with flowers! And, I haven’t really seen anything quite like it elsewhere.
Custom built ‘circles’ arch. Custom sewn runner, and mock Bride all created in-house.
Aisle entry arrangements, (created by yours truly) atop custom ‘circles’ pedestals.
I marvel at how much time Bob LeDoux must have spent with that jigsaw to create an entire structure of circles. I like the blue back panel, but am also looking forward to using it outdoors with no back panel and getting to fill some more of those circles with flowers, of course! I really like the two larger cut outs on either side (used here for arrangements).
Thank you, Tiffany and Marita of Adeline and Grace Weddings, for all the images!
Coming up next: Images of our vendor area, where we got to throw down some tablescape design!