Planning a wedding without a planner? Take a look at the “Whirlybird” and “Early Bird” services from Twitterpated Weddings.

Twitterpated Weddings offers many different types of services from wedding day management to full service & design. However, we also offer something for couples who decide, for whatever reason, they don’t need a wedding coordinator throughout their planning or on their wedding day.

Although we are happy to meet for consultations with couples at any point in their planning, these are the two most crucial points and the ones we get the most inquiries for:

The Whirlybird: For the last few weeks before your wedding to make sure nothing got missed and pull all your hard work and planning together.

The Early Bird: For the beginning of your planning process to get you on the right track

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“The Whirlybird” is a “whirl” of info in a jam-packed planning session!
This is a single consultation meeting ,usually 2 to 4 weeks from the day of the wedding.
We will go over all the details of your wedding and plans you have so far. We can offer last-minute advice, help sort out your priorities, create to-do lists and give you any remaining vendor referrals.

You will leave this meeting with a list of anything you may have overlooked as well as a list of tasks that should be completed ASAP.

Just imagine how much more at ease you will feel knowing if you are on track …and if not, how to get there! This is valuable service for couples who can use a bit of
help towards the final stretch of their engagement and wedding planning.

 

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Appropriately called, “The Early Bird”, we can also offer the same type of meeting at the BEGINNING stages of your planning to put you on track right from the start. Vendor referrals, to-do lists, prioritizing…basically a wedding planning compass .We simply give you the info and tools, you run with it. Easy as pie.

Meetings are up to two hours long and are held at the Twitterpated Weddings office in South San Jose. You may find that you do want to hire a coordinator after all, or maybe you don’t, either way, there is NEVER pressure to do so and you are never under any obligation to use Twitterpated Weddings for anything else.  It is just a service to make your life a little easier. Promise!

Please contact us for more info at amy@twitterpatedweddings.com

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Na Young and Tim are married! Private residence wedding in Campbell

Na Young and Tim hired me for reception coordination so I didn’t have a chance to see the ceremony that took place in Santa Cruz overlooking the ocean, but from the photographs taken by Urban Shutter Bug, it looked beautiful!

I loved all the natural elements in the decor for this wedding. We used blue ticking linen, burlap, twine and natural vegetation in most of the decorating with some crates, paper lanterns and some unique DIY items in the mix.

This is an example of a private residence reception. We took a small space that had never been used for a wedding before and turned it into a party! Don’t be fooled though, it isn’t easy to do and requires a lot of planning, lots of challenges to overcome and lots of extra hands and supplies brought in to make this kind of event work.

We think it came out pretty cool though and hope you do too!

Escort Cards

Cake table

Cocktail hour nummies

Guest tables & decor

Buffet table & menu

Kids table complete with bags of cotton candy!

The couple walking in to their reception!

Group photo

Although we didn’t help with the ceremony coordination, here are some great shots of it!

Vendors:

Reception planning and coordination: Twitterpated Weddings 🙂

Photography: Urban Shutter Bug Photography

Food: Andy’s BBQ

Cake: Icing on The Cake

Hair: Roze Johnson of Oebius Salon

Flowers: By Madeline Trait

Linen/rentals: Williams Party Rentals

Roze and Kyle are married! Michael’s On Main, Soquel Wedding

Roze and Kyle got married at Michael’s on Main in Soquel and had plenty of creative DIY elements. The overall theme was Alice In Wonderland and guests were encouraged to dress in their steampunk attire. It was jackets, top hats and bustiers galore!

I actually met Roze when she came shopping at the bridal store I was working at. I helped her choose a wedding dress that she loved (of course she had it modified a bit to fit her theme) and we clicked right away. A few months down the line she contacted me to help with her wedding planning and coordination. I was very excited to help with her and Kyle’s wedding in Wonderland – you will know why when you see all the fun elements below!

So…enter here…or there…

Guests were greeted by this sign:

Ceremony decor

Details

Amazing bustle and corset added to the dress, custom for Roze!

How cool is this?

Another one of the bride’s personal touches

EAT ME cake complete with teacup on top

The sun was shining on them during their first dance…perfect.

Me and the amazing bride!

Venue: Michael’s On Main

Master of Ceremonies: Jason Spencer of Spencer Entertainment

Cake: Gayle’s Bakery

Hair & Makeup: Oebius Salon

Allie and Garrick are married! Nestldown, Los Gatos Wedding

Allie & Garrick were married at the ever magical Nestldown in April 2012 and from the moment I met them, I knew we would have great fun. ESPECIALLY when they didn’t look at me like I was cray cray when I suggested black and white striped linen on their tall cocktail tables and actually chose to use them. I was  finally able to see some of my black and white stripe obsession come to life at a wedding! Woo Hoo!

A few well placed upgraded linens made a huge difference at the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. It just goes to show you don’t have to go overboard, but rather mix some standards and upgrades to get an interesting look.

~Sand ceremony table with textured overlay~

~Fun & bold stripes tied in with their pops of yellow and red accent colors~

~Shot glass escort cards…they were later filled with lemon drops for the toasts instead of champagne~

~The Sweetheart table and 2 flanking VIP tables had a special textured overlay over the same linens that the rest of the guests tables had.

A fun way to embellish the head tables without straying too far from the overall look~

~The amazing cakes from Studio Cake~

~A for Amy!

Ok ok, really for the newlyweds last name ;)~

~I know its done a lot but I love having a special touch at the bride and grooms seats, it never gets old to me~

~S’mores!~

Here are some shots from the professional photographer, Michael L’Heureux Photography

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Allison & Garrick » MICHAEL L'HEUREUX | PHOTOGRAPHY – Wedding & Portrait Photography in California and beyond.

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Venue – Nestldown www.nestldown.com

Coordinator – Amy Frugoli www.twitterpatedweddings.com

Caterer – Thomas John Events www.thomasjohnevents.com

Photographer- Michael L’Heureux Photography

DJ – Paul Burchfield Big Fun DJs

Bakery – Studio Cake www.studiocake.com

Florist – Precious and Blooming www.preciousandblooming.com

Hair & Make-up – A Perfect Look www.aperfectlookmakeupandhair.com

Officiant – Tara Menefee

My 2012 weddings AKA The recap! (Part 1, Jan-March) Mountain Winery, The Clement Monterey, Carmel Weddings

I really dropped the ball on blogging in 2012 so I wanted to get some of the goodness out there in the blogoverse. Here are some of my favorite things and/or favorite photos from some of my 2012 weddings. I have fallen in love with all the weddings I have worked on and all the couples I have worked with, but 2012 was a particularly epic year with couples that seemed to be a perfect fit. I also had the chance to work with some of the best vendors that were a joy to partner with and get to know.

Happy 2013 and enjoy some of my 2012 memories 🙂

(Broken into several parts/ blog posts because I added more than I thought to each post…not as easy to choose as I thought it would be!)

SARAH & WILL

Sarah & Will got married in January at The Mountain Winery and  the thing I remember most is that is was COLD. I believe in the 40’s…brrrrr…But you would never know it by the photos because the girls, even in their sleeveless chiffon dresses, were troopers during the formal shots taken outside. It did however lead to some great outtake shots of the dresses and hair whipping around.

And of course I love this pic I took of photographer Todd Rafolovich getting his shots 🙂

One element I really loved was the use of tangerines for escort cards, it was a great natural element and when guests brought them to their seats, Boom! …instant color and decor at the tables to add to the existing centerpieces of candles surrounded by oranges.

I also loved the billowy tent the ceremony was in with simple topiary at the front

Sweet shots

SABRINA & JOE

Sabrina & Joe got married at the fantastic Intercontinental The Clement Monterey in March. Rain meant Plan B, but as I always say, sometimes Plan B ends up being a blessing in disguise. Awesome pics, more intimacy. and everyone pulling together to make the best of things…things usually end up being better than planned!

I always have this black and white umbrella in my Twitterpatedmobile and I always love how it looks in photos.

One of my fave shots, I took myself, of couple with said umbrella

The rain also led the professional photographer, Tom O’Neil of TGO Photo, to some interesting places indoors that he wasn’t planning on. He wasn’t expecting it, but he stumbled across a black light mini golf course and candy store which equaled unique and fun photos.

My favorite part of the Clement Monterey, hands down, is the stairway with the jellyfish chandelier, glowing lights on the walls with soft, watery music playing. I always spend a couple extra seconds there when I am running back and forth up and down the stairs just taking it all in. It was the spot for the first look for this wedding as well as a million other group shots and a few shots of just the couple at the end of the night.

Here are a few taken by Tom and myself.

Yes that is me holding the frame in this one 🙂

I took this one too which was one of my faves since it really summed up how down for anything this couple was. I mean, I have seen couples follow photographers crazy directions for a great photo opportunities, but when I told them to lie down because I had an idea for a shot, they just did it, no questions asked. Now only if I took better pics this would have been amazeballs. But still glad I got the shot 🙂

And here are just some cool shots from Tom and myself that I had to throw in here…there were just SO many great ones

First Look reactions

They do!

Cotton Candy late night sweets in the lounge by Sugar Tree Sweets and Treats

Burning up the dance floor

Photobooth fun

AMY & KEN

Amy & Ken called me from out of state and hired me over the phone for their Carmel wedding at Rancho Canada in March. She works for a popular national magazine and he is a movie director and works on lighting and production. To say they were bringing their own crew in was an understatement. They had friends who were professional photographers, videographer, musicians, emcees, an actor/friend as their officiant and theycreated almost everything on their own. From centerpieces, the cake topper, escort cards, directional signage, it was all them… and they even hung their own string lights for some ambiance. The great thing was, this was by no means a “platinum” overdone, overpriced, over budgeted wedding. It was simple, low maintenance, personal and , well, just plain fun and comfortable for everyone. It rained so the ceremony was moved inside, but that just meant we got to improvise and that, my friends, is what actors and wedding coordinators do best 😉

Of course my absolute favorite thing was the programs…they made these themselves (of course) to look like movie posters and I even got credits as “A Twitterpated Weddings Production”  I may or may not have this framed in my office 🙂

They had a dictionary for guests to circle a word and sign their names by. The words could be something to describe the bride and groom, special words, inside jokes, etc. But it got pretty darn funny and even a little risqué’ it was a BLAST to look at. Great idea indeed.

They had cupcakes and Psycho Donuts (brought all the way from Campbell) for their dessert table! Psycho donuts!!! Yesssss.

Amy made the cake topper herself,  a fair likeness of her and Ken.

I even found these little typewriter keys with their initials to put on their cupcakes

Cheeky bride

Planking Bride and friends

Rock and roll

Thug life

A surprise fencing dual during toasts

Right before the first look, Love this!

Ceremony in background of head table

My famous black and white umbrella again

Just love this shot

Fun signs

My absolute favorite. The photographers staged this shot and the groom post produced it and filled in the monsters to create this masterpiece!

Coming soon….some more weddings from 2012! Thanks for looking at my joy 🙂

Yosemite Wedding ~ Yosemite Valley Chapel and Ahwahnee Hotel

It was by complete chance that I met bride-to-be Stephanie (as she likes to say, it was Serendipity) We just “clicked” and before you know it she and her finace’ Aaron had hired me for their destination wedding in Yosemite.

I hadn’t been to Yosemite since Winter 1986 so this was something I was very excited to do. The wedding was to be in October 2011 and I knew it would be amazing in the fall.

I met Stephanie and Aaron for our site visit at the Yosemite Valley Chapel and Ahwahnee Hotel in June 2011 and fell in love with Yosemite Valley!

I took some time to explore the valley a bit:

Me sitting in front of the Yosemite Valley Chapel

The view when you walk out of the chapel. Amazing!

Short hike to Lower Yosemite Falls

Fast forward to October and it is wedding time!

The colors and theme were centered around fall – orange, red, yellow and brown. There were a lot of natural elements including twigs, sticks, pinecones and moss. I had the most fun ever at this wedding partly because I heart this couple mucho, partly because I had an amazing team, and partly because Yosemite just takes my breath away. Enjoy some pics I took and a few that their photographer , Ken Kato, took. (His are the really awseome scenic ones and the ones with me in them 😉

The fab vendor team included:

DJ:  Jason Spencer of Spencer Weddings & Entertainment

Photographer: Ken Kato Photography

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Yosemite Valley Chapel/The Ahwahnee Hotel

Florist: Sweet Pickins

Cake: The Ahwahnee

Groom’s Cake & Cake pops: Sweet Tooth Confections

Table numbers,escort cards, invitations: Sleepy Hedgehog Press

Jewelry: One World Designs

Wedding in the cutest chapel – Yosemite Valley Chapel

This amazing Photo is by Ken Kato Photography

This amazing Photo is by Ken Kato Photography

Sweetheart table with a breathtaking background. Wow.

The wedding cake and grooms cake. The funny thing is I brought these tree trunks INTO Yosemite from Palo Alto. Who brings trees TO Yosemite??

EVERYTHING on this grooms cake was edible. Yes everything. Sweeet Tooth Confections is amazing!

Memorial candle

The fab couple, congratulations Stephanie and Aaron!

Fixing Stephanie’s dress and being a little silly (Photo by Ken Kato)

The bride and groom having some fun with me, my assistant and the DJ (Photo by Ken Kato)

Lauren & Mike are married! Santa Clara Mission and The Ranch Golf Club ~ 5/14/11

Finishing touches on the bride
Finishing touches on the bride

Lauren and Mike are a super sweet couple who got married at the same place they got engaged, The Santa Clara Mission. After the wedding, guests made their way to The Ranch Golf Club in San Jose.

This wedding was one of the most seamless weddings I have had the pleasure of working on and a lot of it had to do with the fabulous team I worked with. I also loved the cooperation and complete respect I got from the couple and their friends and family.

These are some pictures that I took from a “behind the scenes/wedding coordinator “point of view. Enjoy!

My FAB team of wedding professionals included :

Hair and Makeup – Monina Wright of Natural Images

Ceremony – Mission Santa Clara

Flowers – Precious and Blooming

Ceremony Music – An Elegant Touch of Strings

Reception – Chrissy Wolfman at  The Ranch Golf Club

Photographer – Ken Kato

DJ – Turner Hayes of Elite Entertainment

Wedding Stationery – Sleepy Hedgehog Press

Cake – Jen’s Cakes

Transportation – Lone Star Limousine

Wedding Coordinators – Melissa Reyes, Nodie Chariter and Amy Frugoli of Twitterpated Weddings 🙂

Santa Clara Mission before the guests arrive.

The bride arriving and getting some pre ceremony pictures

Going to take some pre ceremony pics

Beautiful

Papparazzi!

It's almost showtime!

A little easy reading before the ceremony.

One of my favorite times of the wedding day. Bride and dad lined up ready to go

Card holder (My newest birdcage available for client use!)

Escort cards

Me and Chrissy, the site coordinator, setting up the cake table. (Thanks Turner for the pic!)

Cakey goodness

Cookie favors.Yum!

Table numbers

The bride and groom arrive to The Ranch Golf Club for their reception

 
 

Bustling the bride's dress

Getting the wedding party lined up with the DJ for the grand entrance

Having some fun with the bride and getting some Facebook pics up 🙂

Me and Lauren!

 

Jenny & Tony are married! Sept 27th, St. Anthony’s Church / Longbranch Saloon

I have been working with this couple (and their families) for almost a year and I have to say it was a wedding that was near and dear to my heart. Along the journey, I got to know the couple very well and shared a lot of laughs (and some tears as well). This was one of those weddings where there were little snags around every corner of the planning.

Jenny kept a great attitude through every unexpected twist, turn and road bump. One thing she did do – she took my suggestions and advice very seriously … a wedding consultant’s dream.

 Jenny and Tony had so many unique elements throughout the wedding and reception and Jenny was NOT going to let this day fly by in a blur…she held a small video camera with her bouquet while walking down the aisle, she took photos from her POV with a small camera she kept on her all night, and she took a few key moments to just stop and scan the room from one side to the other to really “see” everyone and everything.

The couple did everything right on the day of their wedding from having a great breakfast, surrounding themselves with friends willing to do everything possible to make their day perfect,  not letting anything get to them and just plain enjoyed their day!

This was a western sunflower theme wedding that will make you say  “Yeeeeeee Hawwwwwww!”

Enjoy some pics I took 🙂

Thank you to the wonderful team of vendors I had the pleasure of working on this wedding with!

Venue: Longbranch Saloon & Farms

Catering: Crystal Springs Catering

DJ: BluEdge Productions

Desserts: Cake/Cupcakes by Jen’s Cakes (Pies from Trader Joes)

Photography: Tinywater Photography

2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway ~ Vanessa and Mike ~May 14th, 2010

  

It all started about a year ago….  

…first,  Liz Guthrie put together the “Dream Team”  of vendors.  

Then the contest opened up and we were flooded with entries.  

Then the Dream Team narrowed it down to 5 finalists.  

http://www.sfweddinggiveaway.com/we-are-looking-for-5-couples/  

Then the public voted for their favorite.  

http://www.sfweddinggiveaway.com/all-about-voting/  

Then the winning couple was chosen.  

  

http://www.sfweddinggiveaway.com/announcing-the-winners/  

Then, on Friday, May 14th 2010… we had ourselves a WEDDING!  

You can read about the winning couple and their beautiful love story here:  

http://www.sfweddinggiveaway.com/vanessa-muza-teskey-andmike-hawkins-204/  

Vanessa flew in to San Francisco from Virginia on Monday and from the time she got to our fair city she was on the go. Meetings, fittings, picking things up, dropping things off, trips to the airport, etc, etc.  

She did it all with a big smile and endless energy, I was impressed!  

I was able to get a piece of her time on Tuesday to do a walk through of  her ceremony and reception areas at Hotel Vitale with my fellow wedding coordinator and designer, Kathryn Kalabokes of Dream A Little Dream Events.    

Vanessa and I at Hotel Vitale

 

Vanessa and Kathryn Kalabokes going over layout

 

I also joined  her during her walk through with rehearsal dinner coordinator, Kathy Goodman of Well Rehearsed, at 1 Fort Mason.  

One of Vanessa's bridesmaids, Vanessa and Kathy Goodman going over the rehearsal dinner details.

 

On Thursday we had the rehearsal (smooth sailing, of course!)  at Hotel Vitale followed by the rehearsal dinner at 1 Fort Mason.  

      

  

The day of the wedding started out early with the brides room bustling with activity. There were hair and  makeup people, the photographer,  the videographer,  bridesmaids, family and of course me, all fussing over Vanessa.  

  

  

Once Vanessa and Mike were dressed and  ready, we started with a photo shoot at various landmarks in the city. Talk about paparazzi, we had 2 photographers from Lilia Photography, 2 videographers from Studio MSV, and a writer, broadcaster and photographer from Air Force Magazine. I was just trying to keep an eye on Vanessa and Mike while staying out of everyone’s shot…no easy feat!  

  

  

  

  

The ceremony was on the 5th floor Terrace and was touching and so, so sweet. The yellow and platinum colors were perfect for this urban setting 

 

 

The cocktail hour was on the 7th and 8th floor terraces. Passed hors d’ouvres and Mondavi wine were served.  

  

When the reception started, it was a PARTY!  The couple was announced in and started the party with their first dance to ‘Glory of Love’ by Peter Cetera.  

  

  

After some touching toasts and a tasty dinner ( filet mignon, yum!)  The Misa Malone Project got the dance floor full with incredible vocals. Whew! You have to hear Misa sing!  

  

The cake was cut, the garter and bouquet were tossed and it was time for DJ EL of Spintronix, to begin and switch into “club” mode. Besides great music to dance to, there was a photo booth by The Laugh Box and caricature artist  by Jeanette Madden for the guests to enjoy.  

  

  

  

  

  

You would think with 40 plus vendors that it would be just INSANE and hard to coordinate, but I am happy to say that everything was on time all day with no major disasters on the wedding day at all! (That I know of anyway)  The “Dream Team” pulled through and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Not only was the entire team professional, but they all had huge smiles on their faces and I sensed they felt as honored as I did to be a part of something so wonderful. Below are just a handful of the group of wedding professionals that I had the pleasure to work with.  

Lilia and Ray Ahner of Lilia Photography, Andrew Hsu and James Burkhart with Studio MSV Videography, Natti Pierce-Thomson and Jonathan with North American Theatre Technology all watching the cake cutting

 

Dexter of THe Laugh Box (photo booth) and SF Dream Wedding Giveaway Producer, Liz Guthrie

 

Stacie Tamaki (The Flirty Bide/The Flirty Guide) standing next to her cake topper that she customized for Vanessa and Mike's cake. Cake by Gabrielle of Cake Coquette.

 

 Although this wedding has been over a year in the works and I am a bit sad that it is over, Vanessa and Mike’s new life together is just starting and I feel joy in knowing they had a fantastic dream wedding!  

  

Congratulations Vanessa and Mike! Love ya!  

Here is a complete list of all the vendors in the San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway, aka, the 2010 DREAM TEAM!

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 🙂