Seven Year Itch?

Since childhood, I've had a love affair with creating beautiful environments. I was the kid who moved furniture around and drew house plans for fun. I took my first college-level interior design course as a sophomore in high school, after getting special permission from my principal and talking my mom into driving me to class every week for a semester. I continued my training in college, earning a degree in the field. Then came marriage and full-time motherhood. For many years, I only used my training for personal projects - designing the three houses we built and countless interiors for our family over the years. About the time I became a widow, I also became an empty-nester as my four kids got married, one right after the other. Planning all four of their weddings within the span of about two years, I realize I had an aptitude for and really enjoyed designing events, so I founded Storybook Wedding Design and Management. I've loved designing beautiful, personal and well-executed weddings for my clients over the last seven years but have been feeling a little restless this year. Maybe the myth of "the seven year itch" isn't just a myth after all. During 2017, I had the opportunity to help some friends, family and a non-profit with interior design projects and the experiences rekindled my first love and fueled my desire to work on more interiors.

Interiors and events? You might be wondering what these two have in common. Turns out, just about everything. Both are about designing a space that tells your story - one will be lived in for years and the other for just one special day. Both involve developing a color palette and space plan. Both are about sourcing the right elements to bring the design to life. Both require selection and management of craftspeople and vendors who will make it all happen. Both need efficient budget and timeline oversight. And above all, both thrive in a collaborative client-designer relationship. I'm very excited to add interiors to my already successful event design business and re-brand under a new name - A Curated Story. Here's to scratching what itches!

Inspiration Boards...

Starting your wedding planning with a clear vision helps with every decision you'll need to make, but due to the visual overload found in bridal magazines and on Pinterest, you may find yourself overwhelmed and in need of a way to focus it all into one cohesive (and achievable) design.  That's exactly what my Design and Resource Service does. This service is offered alone or as part of my partial and full design services and also features a list of potential venues and vendors that would work well within your aesthetic and budget. Here's a sampling of inspiration boards I've designed for previous clients ~ I'd love to do one for you!

Tahoe Blue - Dustin and Jeanenne's Storybook

These former members of Cal's ski team love nothing better than spending time together in the great outdoors.  Whether it's skiing or hiking or tennis, Dustin and Jeanenne love it all.  When it came time to plan their wedding, there was no question that it would be among the pines and ferns of Lake Tahoe. As busy professionals living in San Diego, this Tahoe wedding was a destination affair lasting the entire weekend...many family and friends, along with the entire bridal party, stayed at the nearby Granlibakken Resort. True to their normal lifestyle, this arrangement afforded Dustin and Jeanenne the opportunity to share leisurely meals, tennis, hiking and a beach day with their guests. The laid back elegance of the venue and Jeanenne's love of bohemian elements led us to decor elements like wooden farm tables, mismatched linens, vintage brass, feathers, ferns and, as a nod to the beautiful Lake Tahoe, cobalt blue glassware. Planning a celebration that shared what they enjoy with those they hold dear was the perfect way for this couple to tell their love story their way. (Photography by Theilen Photography; vintage elements from {storehouse}rentals)

Vineyard Vistas - Joseph and Rebecca's Storybook

Rebecca and Joseph are very spiritual and sentimental so many elements of their day were inspired by that.  They chose to be married on July 11th, St. Benedict's Feast Day, to commemorate the fact that they met at a Benedictine University.  For the ceremony, they chose St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the same parish where Rebecca had grown up, gone to elementary school and received all her other sacraments.  Joseph's Scottish heritage was celebrated with a bagpipe processional.  Since he had proposed on the top of a mountain with a beautiful view, they were looking for the same feeling in their reception venue - Lucchesi Vineyards, with its panoramic vistas was the perfect choice. Long banqueting tables provided the couple the opportunity to share their meal with the bridal party and other friends.  Each guest table was named for a favorite author or book with the escort cards typed onto book plates and placed in a vintage card catalog.  Continuing to highlight their love of literature, cover-less book stacks were incorporated into the table decor.  Rebecca's grandmother baked the couple her famous sponge cake with whipped cream frosting as their personal cake; they cut the cake with a sword, used in generations of Joseph's family's weddings.  For dessert, guests were treated to homemade fruit pies, provided by family and friends, along with a dollop of ice cream. Honoring their individual histories and their joint faith was the ideal way for Joseph and Rebecca to tell their love story their way. (Photography by Amy Nicole; vintage elements from {storehouse}rentals)


Mediterranean Marketplace - Tom and Katy's Storybook

This Nor-Cal boy and So-Cal girl met in college and, after a two-month, post-graduation backpacking trip through Europe, decided to marry.  Tom and Katy wanted a venue in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, since that's where they'd fallen in love.  Empire Mine fit the bill perfectly from its location, to its ties with mining (Tom is a geologist/miner) to its old world feel (Katy's favorite look).  Some of their favorite memories revolve around their travels so that was a natural jumping off point for the personal touches seen throughout the celebration. Guests were guided to their tables, each named for a favorite travel spot, by small paper airplanes.  Lavender, a favorite from their time in the South of France, was used extensively in the bouquets, centerpieces and even in the frosting of their cake and the lemonade served at their "Farmer's Market" cocktail hour.  Also featured was Tom's home-brewed beer, sporting labels with photos of the couple and their two fur-babies, Chubs and Olive. Even the cooked-on-site Paella dinner hearkened back to their adventures.  Surrounded by their memories and those they love as they began life as a married couple was the perfect way to tell their love story, their way. (Photography by Poise Photography; vintage elements from {storehouse}rentals)