Twitterpated Weddings featured on BellaLu Photography’s Blog

I just looked at the last time I blogged, and…OUCH…January?? So I need to get something up here to show that I am still here, still kickin’ and still in business. It has been a BUSY year and it is already looking like next year is going to be even busier. Yay for the lucky couples who got married and were “twitterpated”, Boo for letting my blog posts fall to the wayside.

So to get something up here quickly, I am going to cheat and post another person’s blog post. Ok, well, it IS a spotlight on ME from BellaLu Photography , so it’s not exactly cheating. Enjoy and I promise to get some more posts up soon from the  2013 season.

Click here to go to BellaLu Photography’s blog or read the post below!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spotlight on Amy Frugoli-Twitterpated Weddings

For about oh 9 months I’ve been wanting to start a spotlight series featuring Bay Area wedding vendors. I think to a degree we are all ignorant to so much of the behind the scenes work that goes into creating a kick butt wedding-I know Nate and I had no clue how multifaceted the process is (totally outside of photography which is complicated enough). We’ve made it a point to familiarize ourselves with the workflows and experiences of all of our fellow wedding vendors which has made us more equipped to successfully jive with the flow of the wedding and better serve our clients.
I think a common misconception is “you charge that much for an 8 hour wedding!?!!?!??” which is SO FAR from reality. I know I speak for many wedding professionals when I say the chunk of time spent on the actual wedding day is probably the smallest amount of time spent working the complete wedding itself. For photographers (and videographers) much of the process doesn’t even begin until after our couples have jet-setted to some crazy awesome island and are well into their 5th cocktail.
So to kick off this series I visited one of my all time favorite wedding coordinators Amy Frugoli of Twitterpated Weddings. I caught up with her at her office where she not only runs her wedding design company but also manages an adorable food truck Sugar Tree Sweets and Treats with  co-creator Adrienne San Filippo.
What do you look for in a couple who you might work with?
Someone realistic, open minded-someone who understands the value of what I (and other vendors) do. I definitely seem to draw couples who are a little quirky and unique. Their style doesn’t matter half as much as their attitude. It’s a wedding! Have fun! Be flexible! And trust your vendor team.
What’s the best/word part of your job?
The best part of my job is taking the couples ideas, seeing them clearly in my head (even when they don’t) and executing them. I love exceeding what they envisioned. I love the relationships that are built and how they trust me. The worst part is trying to fall asleep the night before-and my sore feet the day after 🙂
Did you hire a wedding planner at your wedding? Why or why not ?
Um….no….and that actually really fueled my desire to do this. The site coordinator did a good job-the best she could do-but my wedding had so many personal details and so much got missed. I wish I had a coordinator to help me put together a better timeline, to refer better vendors and prioritize where to spend my money based on what was important to us. (um, WHY didn’t anyone  tell me I would regret not having a videographer??!!!)  My wedding was fun,  however, there are so many things I look back on and shake my head knowing better now…photos of important things got missed, the cake was not the quality or design I REALLY wanted, the dj didn’t really pay attention to some of our requests or take the time to really learn who everyone in the bridal party was etc, etc. We looked for inexpensive over quality and I regret those things…a lot!
Wedding planners are expensive-is it really worth it? How much should one expect to spend on a great one?
Wedding planners have one of the craziest jobs ever. We end up being a huge resource for the couple and besides their parents, quite possibly, no one cares as much about our couples’ weddings more than us! We live for weddings!  Once we become involved, we are all in. Phone calls, emails, texts…calming a bride down, helping a groom plan a surprise getaway car, timelines, checklists, dealing with families, etiquette and traditions. Plus working with vendors to make sure they have what THEY need and communicating with them. Rehearsal, set up, wedding day management , clean up, follow up…and that’s just if everything goes to plan! If not, problem solving and using our resources. SO many hours, ideas, decisions…we are there through out all of it as a sounding board, support system and a trusted, unbiased confidant. Like I said, some people see our value and get it. Some never will so I never try to convince them.
If you are paying less than $2000 minimum (for a basic wedding day management package) there is probably a reason. You pay for the experience, training (and past mistakes) that we all have to go through to become seasoned and natural and great at what we do.

What’s the biggest financial expectation you help your clients understand?
There is a HUGE difference between cheap vendors and vendors with great value. There is the “wedding you want” and a “price you want to pay” and you have to give in on one side or another to get to that happy place.
Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
Maybe expanding my business. I am hiring someone for the first time since I started my business which is a huge deal for me. The plan is to teach and mentor others so I can have the opportunity to do new things. I really love watching others learn, grow and succeed so continuing to be a resource in the industry is a goal.
Then again, a reality TV show would be fun too… 😉
Thank you Amy for being a rockstar and letting me stalk you for a day 🙂
If there’s someone you’d like to see spotlighted email!

Cecille & Scott are married!

On Saturday, April 17th I had the pleasure of coordinating Cecille and Scott’s wedding. They were married at the Old Mission San Jose in Fremont and after a great session of photos, they were on their way to the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon for their reception.  

This wedding was amazing for so many reasons (from my standpoint) because of the great team of wedding professionals working together, the couple, their family and their friends. Throughout the entire day, Cecille and Scott never failed to say “thank you” at every turn. The groom even made a point to come over to the vendor table as he was visiting tables to personally thank us for an incredible day!  

It just felt great to be a part of such happiness…and feeling appreciated at that level was pretty cool too 😉  

Here are some pics I took…not to be confused with the ones taken by their photographer, Jeanine Brown, check out her blog posting with some of her great pics!  

The team on this wedding:  

Ceremony: Old San Jose Mission  

Reception: Bridges Golf Club  

Wedding coordinator: Twitterpated Weddings 🙂  

DJ/Video/Lighting: Amos Productions   

Photographers: Jeanine Brown/Stefan Hack  

Cake: Minia’s Bake Shop  

Transportation: Le Grande Affaire Limousine Service  

Flowers: I Do Floral  

Bustle and veil inspection at the bride's house


The bride arrives...


Cecille right before she walked down the aisle


Walking down the aisle to meet her (soon to be)husband


Cake by Minia's Bakeshop  

The groom enjoying a cold one during pictures


The beautiful Bridges Golf Club


Honeymoon Dance loot and cool lighting=Big smiles 🙂


Winners of the 2010 SF Dream Wedding Giveaway!

About The Dream Wedding Giveaway

San Francisco is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic spots in the country. It’s also the perfect choice for this upscale destination wedding valued at $100,000.00! One very deserving bride and groom, along with 75 of their closest friends and family, will celebrate in style, at the luxurious Hotel Vitale, located in the heart of San Francisco. After the wedding, the winners will head to Napa for a relaxing 3 night honeymoon, filled with quiet dinners, private wine tastings, and other exclusive activities.

The 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway is more than just a wedding contest. Over forty premier Bay Area wedding and hospitality vendors are collaborating to make this once in a lifetime dream come true. They’ll work together as a team for almost a year, planning, coordinating and designing the most unforgettable Wedding of the Year, for one very lucky couple in love. By implementing exquisite details and top-notch products and services, this amazing wedding will definitely be worthy of platinum status.

The Winners!

Vanessa and Mike

Currently residing in Virginia, Vanessa Muza Teskey and Michael Hawkins were chosen by the public as America’s Sweethearts, and we are thrilled by this exciting news!  Vicki Grafton of My Simple Details in Fairfax, VA surprised the couple with the news, and Silk and Silver Productions caught it all on video and Kate Triano captured these pictures as the news was revealed.

Here is Vicki Grafton revealing for the first time that they won!

Vanessa and Mike met after graduating from the Air Force Academy, and fell in love after Michael’s friends encouraged him to ask her out.  Mike deployed overseas and Vanessa was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From 11,000 miles apart, their belief in God and the contest gave them hope for a brighter future.  Throughout the course of the contest, Vanessa’s health has been improving.

What They Get!

The prize they have won includes everything needed for a high-end, luxurious wedding, and all they have to do is show up!
Along with 75 of their closest friends and family, Vanessa and Mike will enjoy two separate catered parties: first a rehearsal dinner at 1 Fort Mason, and then the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing at Hotel Vitale.  The wedding reception menu includes tray passed appetizers, and a three course Chef’s tasting plated dinner, followed by a custom-designed cake from Cake Coquette. Mike and Vanessa will dance to the sounds of The Misa Malone Project, enjoy wines from Robert Mondavi Winery,  and have their images sketched by talented local caricature artist, Jon Casey.
Also included:  Event designer, wedding planner (that’s me!), custom designed invitations, favors, three florists, classical guitarist for ceremony, jazz trio for cocktail hour, DJ/Emcee, specialty lighting, specialty linens, and all rentals.   Wedding gown, bridesmaids’ dresses, mothers’ dresses, bridal party shoes, hair, makeup, spa treatments including manicures, pedicures and massages.  A three night honeymoon to Napa at the Milliken Creek Inn & Spa tops off this dream destination wedding.
For a complete list of Dream Team Sponsors, please visit the website.

I’m no photographer, but….

…I have to say I was super stoked that the Tri Valley California Visitors and Convention Bureau used one of my pics for their marketing materials!

 I took this pic of the Gordon House at Concannon Vineyards while taking a tour of the Tri Valley, CA area with fellow members of the ACPWC

Although I am only armed with a little pink Sony Cybershot, it takes some great shots when I use it correctly. (Thanks to my photographer friends who give me tips )

I took this pic!

WNA Holiday Awards Dinner at the San Jose Hilton!

I am a member of an incredible and inspiring women’s group called the Women’s Networking Alliance (WNA) It was founded by Debbie Quintana about 4 years ago, in her living room with a group of women business owners  looking for camaraderie. Now the WNA is going national with 12 chapters already started and being formed. For more information go to the WNA website.     

On Thursday , December 3rd, the Women’s Networking Alliance founding chapter had their annual awards dinner at the San Jose Hilton. I jumped at the opportunity to coordinate this event so that my fellow WNA members could enjoy a beautiful and relaxing evening.     

Here are some photos of the ladies and some of the details that I had fun dreaming up!     

Thanks so much to all the professionals that helped me put all of this together to create a fab event 🙂     


San Jose Hilton     

Menu Cards/Table cards/Invitations      

Cara Laine of Sleepy Hedgehog Press     


Natti Pierce-Thomson of North American Theatre Technology     


Above The Law     


Provided by Gourmet Gifts      


Kellye Clifford of Precious & Blooming     

Caricature Artist     

Jon Casey     

Event Coordinator     

Amy Frugoli of Twitterpated Weddings     


Sharon Garza     


The ladies of WNA - Chapter 111


Some decor:     

I created this WNA decor for the buffet table



Menu cards by Cara Laine of Sleepy Hedgehog Press


Cake by my talented friend, Sharon




Floral design/lighting by Precious & Blooming, North American Theatre Technology


Blue table decor


Blue lighting and moving snowflakes


WNA collected donations for Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart Community Center





Caricature artist Jon Casey capturing the guests in a playful way


Snowflakes! Lighting and decor



2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway

The 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway is more than just a wedding contest. Over forty premier Bay Area wedding and hospitality vendors are collaborating to make this once in a lifetime dream come true. They’ll work together as a team for almost a year, planning, coordinating and designing the most unforgettable Wedding of the Year, for one very lucky couple in love. By implementing exquisite details and top notch products and services, this amazing wedding will definitely be worthy of platinum status. The contest officially opens on August 4, 2009 at 7:55 a.m. PST.

Here is my article describing my part in the giveaway:
Amy Frugoli, owner of Twitterpated Weddings joins the Dream Team with a very important important role. Amy will serve as the “wedding coordinator” for the 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding, acting as the event manager.
Amy will be working closely with wedding planner and contest producer, Liz Guthrie of
San Jose Wedding Consultants, and wedding designer, Kathryn Kalabokes of Dream A Little Dream Events.
Why 3 wedding consultants for this one wedding, one may ask? Well, The 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway is not just “any wedding”, and it requires a well-oiled team to produce an event of this status and caliber. Each wedding consultant will be dealing with three entirely different aspects of the wedding planning process. This will ensure the lucky winners who get married on May 14, 2010 receive unparalleled attention to detail and experience what it means to be the stars of what is being dubbed the “wedding of the year“.
Amy will be working with the bride and groom, as well as the entire Dream Team, providing event management services. She’ll be there for the bride and groom throughout the planning process to answer their question sand guide them along. Another big part of Amy’s job will be to coordinate with over 40 vendors who are donating their goods and services, managing the logistics of the wedding day.
She’ll also be constructing the very detailed time line for the wedding, by incorporating information based on all the relevant vendors’ jobs, as well as all aspects of the wedding ceremony and reception.
She’ll keep track of the bridal party and immediate family. She’ll manage the wedding rehearsal and the wedding itself, keeping the events running according to schedule.
The value of Amy’s donation is $3,000.00.
Why Amy is Excited to Participate in the Giveaway
Amy says, “I consistently strive to give back to my community, as well as globally, in any way I can. I believe that even small gestures make a difference in people’s lives. This contest allows me the honor of giving back something incredible for someone deserving.”.
How Twitterpated Weddings was Born
Amy was working as a bridal consultant and Fine Tabletop and Giftware manager when she found herself spending hours chatting with bridal couples about their wedding plans. She had always been interested in wedding planning, but once she realized how many couples really DID need some guidance, the decision to open her own wedding consulting business was born.

What is unique about Twitterpated Weddings?
As a wedding planner, Amy helps her clients plan their dream weddings all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Amy says, “I believe in keeping it real. What you see is what you get.”. She started this business to make each couple’s journey fun, easy and stress free so that’s her goal with each wedding. Amy also serves on the board of the prestigious ACPWC.