New Estate in Malibu Available for Events

We are totally jazzed about a new event location in Malibu.  For those of you who know Malibu, great locations are hard to come by so this is particularly enticing.  We wanted to share this new location that our clients can use to host their next party.  The location has never been used for events before, so this is really exciting.  It is an impeccable Italian Villa with 180 degree ocean views and.  The property can accommodate up to 250 guests and there is a tennis court that is perfect for a reception (under the stars or tented) .  The grounds are beautifully manicured, imagine yourself on the Amalfi Coast, fresh lavender and Cypress trees.  Heaven.

Contact for rental info.

A Refreshing Shower

Last weekend, we created a delightfully groovy bridal shower.  It really turned out swell.   The client had envisioned a 60’s Boho type hippie atmosphere (“you know, long flowy dresses and wreaths in your hair”)  in a Beverly Hills garden, how fun is that? Check out the cool fabric suite we made pillows with.  Upon arrival, guests were treated to lemon verbena water, raspberry lemonade and iced orange blossom jasmine tea poured from glass pitchers which were embellished with bunches of lavender and basil.  The servers passed Bellinis  (amazing, I might add, with fresh farmer’s market peaches pureed) and  my favorite summer drink, Lillet, garnished with a slice of orange.

The guests sat atop woven stools on the grass and big comfy pillows custom made with Indian inspired tapestries (I think I was channeling the Beatles in India when I went fabric shopping). The menu by FoodInk Catering consisted of fresh summer fare of chilled shots of cucumber gazpacho and a salad of bresaola, artichoke hearts and shaved ricotta served in Chinese take out boxes.

Thoughtfully, each lady guest brought a succulent to put together a “love” planter for the husband and wife to be.  Being that it is spring, the floral selection is amazing.  The arrangements designed by the brilliant Kimm Birkicht of  The Velvet Garden were stunning.  The dahlias, peonies and garden roses took our breath away.  The bride-to-be even wore an angelic head wreath made of spray roses, ivy and lavender.

No games were played (whew), but the guests took mini Polaroid pictures and wrote words of advice to compile in a journal for the guest of honor.  During the gift opening, blood orange sorbet, chocolate gelato and rose petal ice cream were passed around in mini ice cream cones.   Coffee was served with to-die-for macaroons and raspberry-topped double chocolate brownie bites (covered in ganache).    A perfect day in every way.  Now I want some Lillet!

Two Shoppers

Just met the loveliest young ladies.  Jessie Gainsley and Lindsey Colhoun have a great company called Two Shoppers.  We were introduced by a mutual friend, talented designer Jenni Kayne.  Two Shoppers is a personal styling company with a division specifically for weddings.  Isn’t that genius?  Finally, talented stylists that can put together a look that works for you, your bridesmaids, mothers and all the guys.  These gals have a great eye and all the connections.  They are totally flexible and accommodating and most importantly (at least for me), they will save you so much time.  The service would also be helpful for the all the other events you must dress for; rehearsal dinner, brunch, showers, etc.  Your look at each event should be well thought out, appropriate and timeless.  Contact them directly for different packages available.    I kind of want these girls to shop for me!  Lindsey or Jessie at Two Shoppers: or 310.867.4888.

Two Shoppers Wedding Services

A Wedding from Within

Some of you may have met Amy Cain during her time at YOA.  Recently, Amy married her now husband Osamu and Stefanie and I were so honored to be invited (seriously, the guest list was tight).   Anyhow, it was kind of amusing to attend a wedding as a guest, I kind of didn’t  know what to do with myself.   Amy was a stellar event producer during her tenure at YOA and did a tremendous job on her own nuptials, as to be expected.   Here are a couple of shots taken by the ever talented Gia Canali.  Amy’s bouquet was all Peonies (really, why bother getting married in May if you’re not going to have peonies??).  The florist, GD Designers, used a coral colored Peony, which could just be my favorite flower on the planet,  I want to live in it.   The lovely young couple was  married in front of a wall of succulents so the ceremony took place in a circle of succulents,  simply beautiful.

Osamu is moving to Northern California so he may complete his medical residency at Stanford (not such a dummy), and sadly for us he is taking the delightful Amy with him (also not a dummy).  Amy was a great asset to YOA, there was really very little that Amy couldn’t do.  She revamped our website, designed the new office addition, had a great eye and intuitively knew what I would like/dislike aesthetically, and of course produced some great weddings and events.  She will be missed.  BUT, thanks to the wonderful world of technology, Amy will be working on some projects remotely.

Best wishes to Amy and Osamu.