Beer Tasting with the Hubby at Fieldworks Brewery

To keep a marriage solid and healthy, it needs to be worked on, and the best way to do that is date your hubby! You gotta keep that spark alive, right?! These days, that seems nearly impossible with our schedules. Between traveling, and all the kid’s activities, where do you find the time? Plus, moving away and losing all our sitters, how the heck are we gonna do this!? What did we do to ourselves!! A day date is what we were able to work out. I wanted to do something that would excite my husband, and beer tasting would give me major wifey points. Luckily for me, there are a ton of craft brewery places around our new stomping grounds. I discovered Fieldworks Brewery on Instagram and fell in love with this fun hip place. 

Photos by Liz Zimbelman

Being spontaneous and skipping out on work creates this fun, romantic, and impulsive time spent together, kinda like it was before kids. I mean don’t make a habit of it, but once in awhile is totally doable. We headed to Midtown to see what kind of trouble we could get ourselves into. I immediately fell in love with Fieldworks Brewery. I mean cmon just look at that wall! Then, I discovered they had a tropical pale ale called Island Time, and I was sold! If I was gonna drink any kind of beer, this would be the place to do it at. 

Fieldwork Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded in Berkeley, CA with a focus on exceptional, honest beer-making. Fieldwork brews are served in Berkeley, Napa, Sacramento and San Mateo Taprooms, and at the finest craft beer-focused establishments in northern California.  If you are in the Northern California area, you will definitely want to stop by one of their taprooms, check out all their beers here.

We had the best time chatting with each other, tasting some new flavors, and getting to spend some alone time without being interrupted every 10 seconds. We made a promise to each other, to try to do this at least once a month.

Now, back to reality…

xx

Abby

 

 

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By on September 21, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Heaven Sent – A Baby Boy Shower for Speidi – Featured in US Weekly

Lucky us had the pleasure of planning and designing Speidi’s baby shower.  Yup, that’s right, Spencer & Heidi Pratt.  We were contacted in July to work with Heidi and she told us she wanted the theme to be Heaven Sent.  Immediately I thought of whites and baby blues, a very ethereal feel.  On her must have list were cotton candy, a photo booth and games for her guests.  It was so fun to plan a celebrity baby shower and we are so thrilled that we were featured in US Weekly for it!!  Like seriously, pinch me!!

Keep scrolling to see the details…

Heidi was really a dream to work with and beyond sweet.  You can tell her and Spencer are so excited to be parents.  All of her family and friends were beyond excited for them as well.  It was awesome to see the support they have around them!

We had some great support from our fellow vendors that made this event happen with us!  We couldn’t do it without them!

Adore Folklore brought all the pretty rentals, they seriously transformed the entire space!  Wild Child Party did the amazing balloon installation, of course!  And our friend MV Florals did the beautiful floral arrangements.  I stuck with that ethereal vibe through the colors and florals, and I really love how it turned out!


The bar was one of my favorite elements of the party!  The ombré sign is by Meghann Miniello, she also did all of the calligraphy through-out the party.  I’m still obsessed with that tile bar from Adore Folklore too, so so good!!!

All of the tabletop is from Borrowed Blu, their marble collection is so insane, I have been dying to play with it!!  All of their pretties pair so well with MV Florals arrangements, right?

Yup, that’s another iPhone shot below, one of the three photos I took that day, but I love that angle ;)

Colette’s Catering always goes above and beyond for our events and this was no exception!  Guests were treated to delicious and beautiful food, along with cute waiters, haha!

Desserts were obviously a must!  Sweet & Saucy made our baby boy dreams come true right here!  We also had cotton candy but unfortunately, no photos of it!!  Swoonful Cotton Candy had the sweetest set up though, and we loved their fun flavors!

The photo booth was definitely the high light of the day though!  Foto Vibe Photo Station had the prettiest backdrop that MV Florals added to, and the cutest props for a baby shower!!  They even do GIFS of your photos which everyone loved!!  It was definitely the hot spot of the party and we think every party should have a photo booth – they’re not just for weddings anymore!!

You know we had to jump in there as well!  We can never turn down a good photo booth at a party!!  Here we are with our main girl boss Sarah from Colette’s Catering, she’s the best!!

It was such a pretty event that we feel honored to have been a part of!!  Head to US Weekly for more of the details!!

xx

Jacquelyn & Leah

 

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By on September 20, 2017 in BABY SHOWER, CELEBRATIONS, CELEBRITY

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Treat Yourself 2nd Birthday Party for Zizi

Today I am sharing the cutest 2nd birthday we designed and planned last month.  This party will have you very envious of Miss Zizi, our birthday girl.  Her mom wanted a day with all of Zizi’s favorite things.  Swimming in the pool, getting pampered and eating ice cream.  Talk about a dream day for any girl, no matter what age you are!!

We mixed in some of Zizi’s favorite colors – rose gold!!  A girl after my own heart!  And butterflies of course, because what Zizi wants, Zizi gets!!  The theme turned into “treat yourself”, as in treat yourself to some spa time and then treat yourself to some ice cream.  Are you jealous like I said you’d be?!  I am, and for those wondering, this is exactly what I want to do for my birthday next year!  Ha!

Also featured on Kara’s Party Ideas today
Photos by Thanh Lai

We’ll come back to those ADORABLE lounge chairs, but first let’s start with the invite!  Courtney from Poppy Jack took Zizi’s love of butterflies, mixed it with pretty pinks and a romantic feel for the perfect invitation sent to each little lady.  And how about that cute little custom stamp of Miss Zizi herself enjoying some spa time!?  Just a little taste for our guests to see how much fun they were going to have!

Now let’s take a look at the table…  When I first designed this party for Zizi I began with the color scheme.  Her mom Mahsa had great ideas as far as colors like black and white and pinks, but I also brought up using navy and rose gold and she loved it!  From there I started looking at rentals and found the perfect black table along with baby ghost chairs.  Then I practically died because they were about the cutest thing ever!!  Thank you Teak & Lace for having such cute kids inventory!!!  I have been wanting to do place cards as stickers on ghost chairs and this was my opportunity!!

Poppy Jack made the adorable butterfly wooden placemats and drink stirrers, and the rose gold tabletop was all from Meri Meri!  The gorgeous watercolor floral napkins are by Hostess Haven and the amazing florals were by Palms & Petals.

You may have noticed the insane balloon install by my favorite friends Wild Child Party.  That’s another place I added that rose gold, how amazing are those balloons?!  Adorned with pretty blooms by Palms & Petals of course!!  

They also brought their mad balloon skills to the backyard for our dessert set up and beauty station!

Speaking of beauty… Each of our lovely ladies were greeted with a custom robe to wear after their pool fun and for pamper time!  We were obsessed with the lounge chairs Mama Mahsa found on Amazon!!  We just had Palms & Petals adorn them with some pretty florals to make them even better!

Last but not least, a fun ice cream set up for the girls to make their own sundaes!!  We had custom cups and ice cream cones full of flowers for decor!  Plus loads of toppings to make any ice cream lover happy!!  Then there was the amazing ice cream cake by Great Dane Bakery to top it off!

Everyone had so much fun and were serenaded by the beautiful Victoria Bailey as well!  She is such a talent and so great with kiddos, you should reach out to her if you ever want some musical entertainment for your littles!

Hope you like this one as much as us!  Special thanks to all the vendors who helped make it pretty!!

xx

Jacquelyn

Styling/Design – Beijos Events
Photographer – Thanh Lai Photography – @wonthanhphotography
Rentals – Teak and Lace 
Calligraphy/Signage/Invite/Placemats/Drink Stirrers – Poppy Jack Shop
Balloon Installation – Wild Child Party
Florals – Palms & Petals
Napkins – Hostess Haven
Tabletop – Meri Meri
Cake – Great Dane Bakery 
Singer – Victoria Bailey Music
Face Painters – OC Face Paint

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By on September 19, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, KIDS

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Visiting Gather & Mill in Grass Valley

Moving to a new city, you get to discover new places to shop! I discovered Gather & Mill on Instagram and immediately fell in love with the store and most of all the two sweet owners.  Gather & Mill is not only a place to shop all handmade products made by artisans, but also a studio, rental company, and a place to get your creative juices going with workshops and events. I got a chance to stop by the shop and well… shop and chat! If you are in the Grass Valley area, you definitely need to stop by Gather & Mill
 
Photos by Katie White
 
Tell us about how Gather & Mill began…
 
Gather & Mill began very suddenly and organically.  We were both a part of the building prior to taking over the lease, because we were members of the wedding collective that used to occupy the space (Erica has a rental company, Tin Roof Farmhouse, and I own a photography business, Katie White Photography).  When the owner of our wedding collective decided to move locations, Erica realized she’d have to move her rental storage space or take over the lease; but the timing wasn’t ideal and she reached out to me in desperation.  After reassuring her that everything would work out, we both realized this may be the perfect opportunity to fulfill some goals we both had only dreamed of: owning a retail space!  Neither of us expected it to happen the way it did, but when a door opens, sometimes you just have to walk through and see what happens…  when we started brainstorming ideas for our shop, we were surprised at how similar our visions aligned.  We both wanted to showcase and support local artisans who used sustainable materials & valued quality and beauty.  We also wanted to host gatherings and creative workshops to bring our community together.  The more we talked about our business, the more we realized it was truly meant to be… and that simple realization pushed us to accomplish our dreams.
 
How did you two meet ?…
 
We met at a wedding we were both hired to work, and immediately hit it off!  We exchanged phone numbers, and planned a styled photo shoot together.  In that first collaborative effort, we realized how well we worked together, and a friendship quickly blossomed.  Erica and I almost seem to read each other’s minds…  it’s always seemed as if we’ve known each other forever.  We feel very fortunate for this sweet connection.
 
 
 
Now, not only do you both own Gather and Mill, but you also own separate creative businesses, could you brag about those for a second! And how do find time to do it all?
 
Yes, we do!  As I mentioned before, Erica owns Tin Roof Farmhouse Rentals and I own Katie White Photography.
Erica has collected special items and vintage pieces for as long as she can remember, and has an amazing knack for re-purposing old and undesirable things into masterpieces.  She also has a natural ability to style any ordinary space into a dreamy set-up; so, after receiving her MBA in Sustainable Business, she decided to turn her fun hobby into a career, bringing all her creative talents together!  She loves working with couples and making their dream wedding a reality.
As for me (Katie), I’ve always been immersed in the arts, but found my passion grow for photography once my children were born.  After being asked repeatedly to photograph friend’s family portraits, I realized I might actually have a chance to turn my hobby into a career, so I went to school and also shadowed an amazing wedding photographer (Megan Clouse Photography) who took me under her wing and mentored me.  From there, I built my portfolio and started my business.  The rest is history!
We both feel that you make time for the things you’re most passionate about–  sure, it’s hard to balance everything and sometimes we both feel like we’re going crazy trying to keep up with everything, but we LOVE what we do, so it just works!
Tell us how this beautiful space is just not a storefront, but also space for creative people to gather…
 
Well, we have a huge warehouse space that connects to our retail shop…  part of it is used for Erica’s rental showroom, and we offer the rest of the space for events, creative workshops, pop-up shops/trunk shows, and anything else you can dream up!  Plus, we style our events using Erica’s rentals!  It’s a really inspiring space, with an industrial feel and big, beautiful windows along one side that looks into our private backyard space, which we also make available for events.  It’s amazing how the spaces can transform depending on the look and feel of the occasion.
Tell us about some fun workshops you have coming up!…
 
I’d love to!  We just announced our Fall workshops which include an indigo dyeing workshop, a weaving workshop, an up-cycling jeans/clothing workshop, an embroidery workshop, and a “Soul of Creativity” Workshop that incorporates yoga, creative writing and art.  We also have some fun events on the schedule, including yoga classes every Tuesday morning (beginning 9/19), Pop-Up Shops, and an evening of poetry reading and wine tasting….  and we’ll be adding more to that list soon!!

You also have some mini sessions coming up for the holiday right?
 
Yes we do!  Erica and I love styling and photographing mini-sessions together.  In previous years, we’ve used different locations around Northern CA to host our mini-sessions, but this year we’re using our own space.  We’ll be doing Fall Themed and Holiday Themed sessions.  For more info on how to schedule a session with us, you can visit our blog at www.gatherandmill.com/blog
 
 What’s next for Gather and Mill…
 
We have so many different ideas and plans for the space, and can’t wait to watch Gather & Mill evolve.  Without spilling too many secrets, we’re working on expanding into another room to accommodate more products; specifically, more home goods.  We also have some fun things in the works for the holiday season, as well as community events for next summer… but we can’t quite dish the details YET.  You’ll just have to stay tuned!!
 
Can’t wait to see what you ladies have in store! 
xx
Abby
 
 

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By on September 18, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT

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Erin + Chris – Santa Ynez Wedding

Wedding season is coming to a slow end for us as we approach Fall.  Our crazy but fun Spring and Summer we worked with the most amazing couples helping them execute their vision on their most important day to date!   It’s the best part of our jobs seeing them so happy, and having the best time with their friends and family.  Erin and Chris were no exception here. Erin contacted us and from our first conversation I knew she would be a Beijos bride.  Her sense of style and attention to detail was right up our alley and we couldn’t wait to help her design and plan out her day.  Plus she had already picked out her venue, Gainey Vineyard, which is in the heart of one of our favorite places, none other than Santa Ynez.   The light is just super magical against the rolling hills and rows of endless vineyards.

Lovely Photography by Ryanne Bee

Also find it here featured on Style Me Pretty last month!

As a bride, Erin was a master planner. A dream to work with as she was super organized and knew every detail she wanted to execute. With a beautiful venue like Gainey Vineyard on her side, she made plans to make it a super memorable one. Plus, with Beijos to bounce ideas off of and guide her vision, the day was literally perfect. It was overall rustic, which fit the surroundings.

It brought in a pretty dainty vintage vibe in the signage and tabletop but also had a fun edge to it with the catering and band. All of these elements making it very personal to Erin and Chris becoming “The Roses”. The ceremony space was breathtaking underneath a huge gorgeous oak tree overlooking…you guessed it, the beautiful rolling hills and the endless vineyards! How picturesque this place was!

The flowers fit the scene so well too with soft pinks and olive branch touches. The dance party though…wow! Erin was set on her band from the second she got engaged. Flash Plants, the 80’s tribute band was super entertaining, and the crowd was loving it!

From the couple… Before we started conceptualizing the style, we knew we wanted the whole weekend to feel like us, having our personalities and love shine through. We also wanted to give us and our guests a really really really good time and make it a memorable experience! Our ceremony was very personalized, emotional and heartfelt and our reception was just insanely fun! We felt it struck the perfect balance!

Style-wise I feel like, if Joanna Gaines and Kate Moss had a baby, it would be our wedding. The vibe was romantic and vineyard-chic and we had pops of fun, cool personal touches everywhere. We opted for a soft color palette of blushes, pinks and creams, mixing in olive tree leaf green and wood to play up the location, topping it all off with and an eclectic mix of warm metallics and of course touches of rose gold.

The one advice I would give, is to listen to the advice that everyone tells you – coming out the other side, it’s all true! I didn’t want to believe it, but yes, the day flies by; yes, it’s an out of body experience; yes the day won’t be perfect; yes make time in timeline to just enjoy and party and yes, make sure you eat!

 

 

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Hands down one of the best dance parties we’ve been to at one of our weddings!!  Congratulations Erin & Chris, we will remember your special day always, thank you for letting us share your special day!

Xx Leah

Photography
 
Videography

Epoch Productions

Event Planning + Design

Beijos Events

Floral Design

Fleur De Rye

Wedding Dress
Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Show Me Your Mumu

Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen’s Attire

Friar Tux Shop Of Orange

 
Officiant

Seaside Ceremonies

Transportation

Jump On The School Bus

Wedding Venue

Gainey Vineyard

Photobooth

805 Party Pix

Calligraphy on Jacket

Bash Calligraphy

 
Hair & Makeup Bridal Party

Chiffon Salon

Caterer/Bar

Cowboy Flavor

 
Band/DJ

Flashpants

 
Mariachi Band

Mariachi Los Toreros

 
Signage Calligraphy

Perfect Fete

Bride’s Leather Jacket

Silence + Noise

Bakery/Dessert

Solvang Bakery

Bridesman’s Attire

The Black Tux

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By on September 12, 2017 in BEIJOS BRIDE, BEIJOS WEDDING, CELEBRATIONS, WEDDINGS

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