Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vintage Estate Wedding at The Villagio Inn by Soiree by Simone Lennon Featured in Wedding Chicks

We are thrilled to see Katherine and Bejamin's wedding featured in Wedding Chicks this week. This adorable couple, their friends and family, and their cute pup, Paxton, traveled all the way from the great state of Texas to celebrate their union in Napa. We had an amazing time planning every detail and are excited that Wedding Chicks loved as much as we did. 

I loved all the chalkboard treatments, bright floral and grand kings tables we created for the fete. Take a look at the full feature here

Congrats Ben and Kath! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Signature Cocktail Inspiration: Ginger Grapefruit & Bazil Spritzer

I love all things related to grapefruit so this "mocktail" is like heaven in a glass for me. Not to mention, gorgeous when served in the perfect crystal stemware with a sprig of bright green basil and a slice of grapefruit. If you're looking for a good time, spike it with some vodka or top it with some sparkling wine.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cavallo Point Wedding by Soiree by Simone Lennon Featured in California Brides Magazine

We are so excited to see Bob and Natalie's Cavallo Point wedding featured in the newest edition of California Brides Magazine. We had the best time planning and designing this affair and we just absolutely love this couple to pieces. I, personally, think of them often and I'm so glad to call them friends.

Check out the digital feature here or go pick up a hard copy now in stores.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Soiree by Simone Welcomes Associate Planner, Caroline McAndrew to Our Team!

Photo Credit: Hannah Suh Photography
Soiree is growing! 

We can't be more excited to announce the addition of Caroline McAndrew as our new Associate Planner! I feel super lucky to have her as part of our team as we begin to execute some seriously gorgeous weddings all over Central and Northern California for 2013. 

If you are one of our clients, you'll get to know her very well during the planning process and as well as trust her as a big support on your wedding day. 

Caroline comes to us with an extensive background in event and wedding coordination. In her most recent position, she coordinated weddings and special events for several five star resorts in Sydney, Australia. She's also a graduate from Stanford University and a former Olympic swimmer. Needless to say, our girl is smart, ambitious and competitive.

What I love most about Caroline is her passion for all things related to weddings, her amazing taste and her infectious positive energy. She's an absolute joy to have around and knows how to get things done with a big beautiful smile.

Getting to know Caroline

Photo Credit: Hannah Suh Photography
Simone: What is your sign?
Caroline: I'm a Gemini.

Simone: What is your favorite part about the wedding day?
Caroline: My favorite part of the day hands down is seeing the grooms face when he first sees his bride in her dress. Its so amazing to see a man's facial expression be so vulnerable and exposed.

Simone: We are total foodies here at Soiree. What is your favorite thing to eat?
Caroline: I love Ice Cream. There was a period in my life where I ate it every day.

Simone: People who know me know that I love to drink wine with my favorite people in my favorite places. Do you have a favorite varietal?
Caroline: I love a good "woody" Chardonnay.

Simone: We are lucky enough to travel to some of the most beautiful places to plan weddings. The dining experience is an important role in wedding planning. I love taking our team to some of the best places while we are in town. Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Caroline: Doyle's in Sydney AUS. It is a lovely seafood restaurant that is on the edge of the water at the East end of the Sydney Harbor. The serenity of the water with the view of the Harbor is incredible.

Simone: What do you love to do in your time off?
Caroline: Cooking has become a passion of mine over the past few years, I love the creativity that comes in creating new dishes and the relationships that are built around sharing a meal with friends.

Simone: Do you have a favorite place to vacation?
Caroline: My husband and I went to New Zealand with my sister on our way back from AUS, and the place is indescribable. The surreal mountains pouring into the clear blue lakes is majestic, and there are endless activities and things to do. It would be a dream to plan a wedding there one day!

Welcome to our team Caroline! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Holman Ranch Wedding by Soiree by Simone Lennon Featured in Wedding Chicks

We love Holman Ranch, and as one of their preferred wedding planners, my team gets to work at this extraordinary property quite a bit each season. Even though we produce anywhere from four to eight weddings per season at The Ranch, each and every wedding is completely different in theme, tone and style since each event reflects each of our client couples.

We are super excited that Wedding Chicks featured our sweet couple's May wedding from last season. It's fun, bright and youthful, just like our gorgeous couple, Yaxi and Kai. We hope you love the photos by Delbarr Moradi as much as we do.

Don't forget to check out the entire feature here.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Calistoga Ranch Wedding by Soiree by Simone Lennon Featured in Style Me Pretty California

 We're a little late, but we are excited to post that our Calistoga Ranch wedding from last December was featured in Style Me Pretty California last month. We loved this sweet little winter affair and we're super happy the editors at Style Me Pretty did as well.

 See the entire feature here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Holman Ranch Wedding by Soiree by Simone Lennon Featured in Style Me Pretty

We snagged a cover feature on Style Me Pretty this week! 

We're so excited to see the beautiful images of Blake and Lily's September Holman Ranch wedding featured.  Rightly so, as it was one of the most beautiful and glamorous weddings we had the honor of producing last year and captured by the insanely talented Delbarr Moradi

From the vintage diamonds and Rolex watch provided by Fourtane Jewelers to the floral perfection to the super glamorous tablecapes, this truly is rustic elegance with a touch of glamour at it's finest. Enjoy!

See the entire feature here

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Signature Cocktail Inspiration - Orange Mint Julep

It's Friday afternoon...
definitely 5 o'clock somewhere...
a three day holiday weekend...
and almost 70 degrees in San Francisco!

I feel it's only appropriate to post a delicious signature cocktail inspiration.

Since we are deep in the details of many of our summer weddings this season, I'm sharing a cocktail that's fitting for a warm summer day but also packs a punch for the gentleman.

The Orange-Mint Julep is a twist on a classic Mint Julep cocktail but refined enough to serve for any chic affair. This drink is best served during any high point of the citrus season when the fruit it ripe and bright.

As with all details of your wedding, it's all about the presentation - the crystal, the garnish and display. I love the little handheld bottle basket these gorgeous amber glasses that are presented in shown in the image above.

Orange Mint Julep
2/3 cups of sugar
1 cup snipped fresh Mint
1 teaspoon shredded orange peel
2 cups orange juice
2/3 cups lemon juice
1/3 cups of Bourbon (or Vodka)
2 cups water

Directions: Mix sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; pour over mint leaves. Stir in orange peel, orange juice and lemon juice. Cover. Let stand at room temp for one hour. Strain mixture through a mesh strainer and add liquor. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Serve over crush iced and garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of a ripe orange.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Save the Date for {The One} Bridal Show

40th Floor Skydeck - Mandarin Oriental Hotel - San Francisco

I pretty much attend any event California Brides hosts. Love their publication and their great editorial staff. 

If you're in town and want to enjoy a gorgeous bridal show debuting Vera Wang's 2013 bridal collection while eating some great food and drinking champagne, come join me!

It's not often you enjoy some bridal luxury on the 40th floor SkyDeck in one of the most gorgeous hotels in San Francisco, the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco.

Tickets available for purchase here

If you are my client, contact me for a comp'ed ticket.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Olivia & Seth {Real Wedding} Calistoga Ranch, Napa, CA

Photo Credit: Tia & Claire Studios
I first begin working with Olivia in February of last year after she was referred to me by one of the venues she targeted on her recent visit to the Bay Area. She was looking for the perfect place to host her winter nuptials and she had a very clear vision on how she wanted it to feel.

Being from Texas where large weddings are the norm, it was decided that they would do something a little bit different. Olivia's vision was an intimate destination wedding for only the most important people in California's wine country.

From the start, Olivia had her heart set on an elegant winter affair in one of the most beautiful regions in all of Northern California. It was equally important that the food and wine experience was unsurpassed while still feeling very relaxed. Olivia toured a half a dozen beautiful venues and nothing really felt like it was "the one" until she experienced Calistoga Ranch. The exclusivity, serenity and gorgeous accommodations felt just right, and the vision of having a romantic and warm candlelit dinner was exactly what she was looking for.

One of the biggest reasons why she elected to have an intimate destination wedding was so that she could share the very things she and Seth loved the most with the people whom they love the most.

A full four days of festivities were planned for their forty-five person guest list - a welcome reception at Hotel Yountville, a custom wine blending class, hot air balloon rides, and a fantastic family-style rehearsal dinner at Michael Chiarello's flag ship eatery, Botegga.

When we begin to conceptualize the wedding design, it was important to us that it felt warm, romantic and inviting, but still very connected to the winter season and the environment of Napa Valley. We loved the olive trees that are lush along the Silverado Trail, the hardy nature of succulents and herbs, and all the exposed wood at Calistoga Ranch. Since we used the magical wine cave for both the ceremony and dinner reception, we wanted all floral to be very structured and for the lighting to play a large role throughout the entire event. It was also important that we matched the elegance and formality of Olivia's gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown called "Catherine".

We loved the cool tones and bright contrast of our color palette of white, lavender, slate gray and moss. We also focused on using natural wooden components such as exposed wood kings farm tables, various styles of wooden dining chairs and natural wood floral vessels. To compliment the cool tones, we decided to bring in silver metallic and mercury glass accents in the form of tall taper candlesticks and votive candles to add that special sparkle.

To set a tone of warmth and romance, we flooded the wine cave with hundreds of candles in various vessels such as lanterns, water votives and glass hurricanes. The feeling was so inviting that each guest felt relaxed and excited as they entered the wine cave.

Since the wedding was so close to Christmas, Olivia really wanted to incorporate one of her favorite family holiday traditions into their wedding by giving each guest a special ornament as a take home keepsake. To incorporate this element into her event, we created elegant ornaments made of clear glass spheres filled with Air Plants attached with slate tags with each guests' name and table using white ink calligraphy. The ornaments were then placed on a bed of dried lavender on top of glass trays at the entrance of the dinner reception and were used as escorts and then taken home as favors in custom letter press boxes.

One the most special and beautiful details that we created for Olivia and Seth were our Prayer Scrolls. As a couple, along with their families, have a deep spiritual faith which played a huge role throughout their entire wedding. We asked Olivia to select her favorite scripture about love which we broke into individual lines and had embroidered on to ivory muslin scrolls. As part of the dinner prayer, we placed a single scroll across each guests' dinner place setting and had them recite their line around the room in sequence of the scripture. It was so beautiful to hear the words spoken by each person in their group that was there to celebrate in their union.

After a three course dinner of a Cranberry-Ginger Amuse Bouche, Winter Squash Risotto, Sea Bass and Beef Short Ribs, they danced the night away to the amazing sounds of The Wall Street Band.

It may have been 37 degrees and raining on their wedding day, but only a feeling love and warmth and sounds of laughter exuded from within the wine cave at Calistoga Ranch.

Congratulations to Olivia and Seth.

Vendor List:
Wedding Planning & Design: Simone Lennon, Soiree by Simone Lennon
Floral Design: Yasmin Zialcita Ali, Floral Theory
Photography: Tia and Claire Studios
Catering: Calistoga Ranch
Venue: Calistoga Ranch
Videography: Jessica Ringer, LoveSpun Films
Event Specialty Lighting: Enhanced Lighting and Sound
Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Vintage Furniture Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals
Specialty Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Letter Press Invitations: Oblation Letter Press via Union Street Papery
Menus and Escort Cards: Union Street Papery
String Quartet: Garden Strings
Band: The Wall Street Band
Hair and Make-up: Sarah Hyde, sHe Beauty Company
Bride's Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaids Gowns: Monique Lhuiller
Prayer & Chair Scrolls: Esty by Tree & Ink