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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wedding Feature: Central Coast Celebration

A "Day at the Beach" is a far cry from the magical afternoon and evening that we were
privileged enough to create for Sandra and Michael.  Bringing Valley elements to the
Central Coast happens in three large trucks!  Stems began creating a cliff-side
ceremony and tented dinner reception eight months prior to the November 15, 2014

While Sandra knew what she wanted for style and colors, Stems sketched and
composed numerous concepts for her look.  We began with an all white and green,
heavenly ceremony and transitioned it into a midnight blue, white and gold cocktail
celebration. Blossom filled colossal iron urns on the edge of the cliff, framing the couple
as they exchanged vows, consisted of hydrangea and lilies while panicles of ethereal
orchids danced in the ocean breeze. 

The great lawn was filled with eclectic lounge furniture in gold, silver and champagne
that we hand-selected, piece by piece.  Mounds of fashionable pillows were laden on
ottomans and sofas for the guests to relax on while enjoying the California autumn
sunset. Large golden Manzanita branches were dripping in strands of white orchids and
glowing with hanging vases of candles.  Hors d'oeuvres and flutes bubbling with
champagne were hand passed amongst the buzz of guests flooding the bride and groom
with well wishes and showering them with love and joy.  

We created an entrance to the tent with sheer fabrics and amber up lights, a beginning
to a magical dinner reception in warm and inviting grand style. We designed the stark
white tent to have the ceiling lined in sheer fabric billows, with golden lights tucked in
behind this treatment, glowing through like soft sunshine.  We then had side lights and
amber up lights striking all angles of the walls and ceiling.  Instantly, this white vinyl
room became a welcoming, private party.

Tables laced in gold silken linens were kissed with romantic and dramatic floral displays
bursting in reds, wines and bronzes. Tall trumpet vases and low gold trophy bowls were
decadent and spilled natural blooms onto petal-laden table tops, amongst the glow of
dozens of votive candles.

Guests toasted, dined and danced into the star filled night.  Upon their exit to their
guest suites, they were treated to a hot coffee station with liqueurs and each couple
received a custom golden box filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies, a sweet
ending to  a wonderful celebration.