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Interview with Borrowed and Blue

Glow Event Design recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to give couples everything they need to know about our event planning services.

 If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day? There are so many good ones! If I have to choose one, I think my favorite moment is when the couple has the chance to see each other for the first time. As a bride, this was definitely my favorite part of my wedding day. There are so many moving parts to a wedding – guests arriving, family running around, etc but in this moment the couple has a chance to focus just on each other and remember the true purpose of the day – a celebration of their love and commitment to share the future together.

Describe your event aesthetic in three words. At Glow we live by the 3 C’s – Colorful, Chic and Cohesive


Photo by Michelle Walker

The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?Tell me about your love story! How did you meet and what things do you enjoy doing together?” I want to know who they are as a couple – what makes them tick, and what are their personalities like. This helps me during the design process so I can weave in details that represent them as a couple into the decor. Maybe they have a special inside joke, or did the bride discover a love of macaroons during their trip to Paris? These are the details I can infuse into their wedding design and make their day personal.

Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged? 1. Start with a budget in mind. Even if this number ends up changing down the road, having a price range in mind from the start. You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing a general price you’d like to stay within, and planning a wedding shouldn’t be any different. 2. You can’t please everybody – someone will complain about the date, or not like the destination. Trying to make everyone happy will only make yourself miserable. So plan the wedding that you as a couple want instead of trying to cater to everyone else. 3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of trying to make the day perfect. However, as is the nature with live events, something will most likely go wrong and the key is to let it go. The waiter might fold the napkin the wrong way, or perhaps the flower girl is too nervous to walk down the aisle. If you don’t stress, your guests won’t either. Just focus on the most important thing of all – that your wedding day marks the start of spending the rest of your lives together.

Most important detail of wedding decor? That one key item you will forever remember. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a 6 tier cake, or a bouquet of yellow peonies. Whatever it is, make sure to prioritize that one thing and make compromises in other areas if needed to attain it. On the flip side, if there is something that will irk you forever, don’t ignore it. For example, if you can’t stand the look of the ballroom chairs, pay to upgrade them. You will forever see them in your wedding photos and be reminded of them if you don’t.


Photo by Gavin Farrington

Your thoughts on DIY weddings? If you enjoy crafting and it’s something you want to do because it’s fun, go for it. If you’re opting for DIY because you think it will save you money, think again! DIY details are always more difficult than expected and can lead to a lot of stress. Many times it’s more expensive to DIY by the time you add up all of the materials plus your time. If you opt for DIY, make sure it’s something you can prepare weeks in advance, such as favors of programs. Anything that needs to be done close to the wedding date should be handled by a professional…You don’t want to be up the night before your wedding trying to make 25 centerpieces! I personally love Etsy for anything requiring more than tying a simple bow.

What would your ideal tablescape look like? I’m loving the lush, asymmetrical centerpiece trend we’re seeing these days. An arrangement should have a look of natural movement, not a tightly formed round ball. Candles are also key to giving your table a romantic glow.

Photo by Clane Gessel 

Your favorite of all the San Francisco wedding venues? We’re doing an event this year at the Fairmont Penthouse, which is an exclusive part of the hotel many never get to see. It’s a beautiful private residence that includes a formal dining room, living room, balcony and library. It’s perfect for a very private and intimate wedding.

Photo by Clane Gessel 

The most important part of wedding planning? Hire professionals! Put your trust in those who do this for a living, not hobbyists or friends. If a problem arises during your wedding day, the pros will be able to handle the hiccup while a friend might have to come running to you for help.

Describe your dream wedding. I adore outdoor weddings. There is something about saying “I do” outside that feels so authentic and real. Dining alfresco under the stars is so magical – just remember to always have a weather backup planned, just in case!”

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Photo by Verite Photography

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