Carats & Cake

With the onset of fall, we are quick to reminisce over warm summer days –especially when thinking of one of our favorite events in Napa. Featured on Carats & Cake, this NorCal wedding combined the ethereal and the rustic to create a fabulous affair. See the featurette here.

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Always, YO, Stef & Co.

Photos by Shira Weinberger


Garden Glamour

“This wedding is best described by the bride as boho with a side of fancy, fancy which translates into equal parts killer style and vendor dream team. From design by Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove, to richly hued florals by The Velvet Garden and Gia Canali behind the lens. In the full gallery you’ll find a moonlit ceremony so enchanting followed by a ballroom reception with glamour tucked into every nook.”

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Always, YO, Stef & Co.

Showering of Flowering.

Whether going with light, fresh and airy or a classical pavé arrangement, Spring is the season to explore your every floral whim. We love vibrant gem tones throughout our arrangements -mix and match to your heart’s content.  What are the current YOA favorites? From Oren herself, “Coral Peonies are freaking brilliant.” For our magnificent Art Director, Zaid, Queen Anne’s Lace is a top pick. One of our premier Event Lead’s, Carolyn, finds beauty in Fringed Tulips. And as for Managing Partner, Stefanie Cove -she just can’t get enough Anenomes and Ranunculas –talk about Spring Fever. See some of the faves featured below.

Always, YO, Stef & Co.


Photo Cred: Gia Canali; Event Producer: YOA Productions.; Flowers by The Velvet Garden


Flowers by Saipua


Photo Cred: Gia Canali; Event Producer: YOA Productions.; Flowers by The Velvet Garden


Flowers by Unknown

Molly Sims wedding photo by Gia Canali - close up photo of singl

Photo Cred: Gia Canali; Event Producer: YOA Productions.; Flowers by The Velvet Garden


Flowers by Yasmine Floral Design

Ancient Location, New Inspiration.

Today, Yifat & Danielle had a site visit at the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the purpose of a “site visit” is to scout out a venue to feel for the look, layout and, of course, design of the space. Well, scout we did. Built in 1872, before cars were even in existence, the newly remodeled Wilshire Boulevard Temple is truly breathtaking. With its restored murals lining the sanctuary walls, beaming panels of the refurbished dome above and metallic detailing of the temple gates –the temple imbues life, culture and history. What a wonderful way to start a Wednesday and get our event minds turning.

Always, YO, Stef & Co.


Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch…

Hi all –

First of all, apologies for the delay in posting, Stefanie and I have been super busy with new projects for this year and next.    A couple of weeks ago we left the big city behind and drove up about an hour north east of Santa Barbara to a client’s private ranch.   Somehow, we managed to avoid rattlesnakes, coyotes and mountain lions… and didn’t run over any cattle, which I consider a major accomplishment.   The bride, an uber groovy designer of what happens to be one of our favorite clothing brands, Joie, grew up coming to her father’s ranch.  While growing up, Katherine and her dad came out to the ranch on the weekends and built the barn together.  How’s that for some father/daughter bonding?  I don’t know about you, but I love a girl who knows her way around a tool belt. The bride and groom had a very specific vision of what they wanted and we happily obliged.  The guests were greeted with a basil vodka gimlet (yum!) and a nectarine basil lemonade,  because immediate refreshment on a hot day is really a must in our book.  At the ceremony the guests grabbed parasols, fans and a bit of insect repellant, to protect them from the elements.   The programs were designed and hand sewn by the talented Jennifer Parsons of  Tiny Pine Press.  The best thing we’ve seen in some time was the awesome bluegrass trio; a fiddler, mandolin player and guitarist. The statuesque bridesmaids stood on the wood deck (built by the father of the bride, of course!) in their divine bridesmaid creations, each individually designed by the bride.

Have I mentioned her own dress was out of this world insanely gorgeous?!   

Post ceremony, the trio, in Pied Piper fashion,  led the guests up a path strewn with galvanized aluminum tubs of wildflowers to a the top of a small hill for the cocktail reception and dinner tent.

Loved this reception.    The look was groovy rustic elegant,  how’s that for a juxtaposition?   The Floral Decorator was able to find beautiful peonies (the bride’s favorite flower),  not an easy task this late in the season.   The majestic peach and white peonies adorned the table semi-haphazardly  in sweet mason jars,  complimented by wildflowers in petite crates custom made from reclaimed barn wood.  A combination of stringer bulbs and crystal chandeliers covered with olive branches and silver dollar eucalyptus  leaves created just the right ambient lighting.

Lastly, an area was set up outside of the tent overlooking the expansive mountains and views, a sort of deconstructed flea market lounge, complete with Chesterfield sofas and hay bales covered in cream colored canvas. See what I mean about juxtapositions?  This was the perfect spot for stargazing and dancing after dinner.  Katherine and Colin couldn’t be greater, we love them and wish them a beautiful life together and many happy days at the ranch.

Promise to post again soon!    Yifat & Stef

PS – A special thanks to the talented Sasha Gulish who took these beautiful photos, we love the feel of them.    We didn’t know her before this wedding, but we are sure to be working with her again.

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.