By: MANGO MUSE Happy hump day and welcome to a new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  We’re celebrating a birthday this week and our topic today is just perfect as we are talking about wedding cakes (cakes and birthdays just go hand in hand):  I’ve picked out my wedding cake and I’m really excited about it.  I think it’s going to be beautiful and super yummy. What I’m trying to figure out now is whether I need a cake stand.  How do I know if I need one?  Or what do I need to know to even make the decision? Oh to cake stand or not to cake stand, that is the question… Cake stands can be a great addition to your wedding cake, but it’s not always necessary or the best idea depending your cake.  So, it’s great you are asking because it is not a given.  There are 2 general types of cake stands, the kind that have a foot or a pedestal and the ones that are more of a base.  The pedestal cake stands are what you typically think of when you think of a cake stand.  They come in all types of colors and styles and are mostly round, although sometimes they are square.  These tend to work best for smaller round cakes and I usually suggest them for cakes 3 tiers or smaller.  Since the pedestal raises the cake up, from a stability standpoint but also from a cutting standpoint, you don’t want your cake too high.  And the taller your cake the higher probability of it falling over or of you having a cutting issue (especially if you are a shorter person).  In addition, these pedestal cake stands usually only come in a few standard sizes, which means if your cake is larger, your base tier will most likely be larger than the cake stand and won’t work.

A pedestal cake stand with a one tier round cake (Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography) The base cake stands are larger in size and are thicker, so they work better for larger and taller cakes.  These stands are also better for non-round shaped cakes like squares or hexagons or ovals or a mixture of shapes.  They are generally metal, but they can also be wood as well (think wood slab).  Since they don’t have a pedestal they are also more secure, but sometimes people don’t like the look of these cake stands as much because they don’t have that traditional pedestal look.

A base cake stand with a 3 tier square cake (Photo credit: VAS Photography) Now that you know the types of cake stands and what they are good for (or not good for) you should have an idea of what the possibilities are given your particular cake (not just size and shape, but design wise as well).  The last option is to not have a cake stand at all which many couples choose to do.  Your cake baker will provide a base layer to the cake no matter what, so you don’t necessarily need a cake stand.  This can the be ideal way to go if you are concerned about height or just budget.  Your cake will still look great and be totally secure.

A mixed shape cake with no cake stand (Photo credit: Chrisman Studios) Now the decision is up to you and what you like best.   Go forth and eat cake!


Molly and Patrick’s love for each other is so evident and infectious. It was their wedding and sweet thank you note that led me to write this article about why I love my job. These two were made for each other, and I feel blessed to have worked with them to design and plan their destination wedding at Beltane Ranch. Molly and Patrick wanted a romantic and whimsical celebration. With this in mind, we were inspired by the ranch’s garden surroundings as well as the area’s fresh and local offerings. Already one of my favorite weddings of my career so far, I’m thrilled to see it featured on Wedding Chicks today. Below are just a few of my favorite image by One Love Photography, so click here to see the full gallery on the Wedding Chicks Wedding Blog. Scroll all the way down for the full list of the amazing vendors we worked with to throw this wedding and for my tips on how to throw a night time wedding.

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Photographer: Keana of One Love Photography | Venue: Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen | Event Designer/Coordinator: Kaella Lynn Events | Makeup and Hair: Skyla Arts Beauty | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | Peaches: Twin Girl Farms | Videography: Zomei Video Productions | DJ: Sonny Garcia of Fog City Entertainment | Flowers: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Stationery: Lucky Penny Paperie | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals and Wine Country Party | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Officiant: Jason Hince (Cousin of the Groom) | Dress Designer: Rosa Clara | Groom’s Attire : Brooks Brothers and Zara | Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Ann Taylor | Shoe Designer: Prada | Veil: Mira Couture  
By: MANGO MUSE EVENTS Happy March!!  2 months have gone by in 2014 and it’s a bit unbelievable isn’t it?  But, we love March over here at Mango Muse Events for so many reasons and are feeling refreshed and excited for the month to come.  Anything is possible!



While the rest of the world is still seeing white, us Californians have to escape to Tahoe to find some winter! Here’s a little sneak peek at Katie and Casey’s gorgeous winter wedding at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe to cool off your Monday until we can unveil the whole amazing event!

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Woo Hoo!  We just found out that Sarah and Gus’ wedding was voted “Best of Vineyard Weddings” in The Knot for 2013.  Here are a few of our favorites from Meg Perotti Photography but you can see many more at The Knot.

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The Amazing Team we worked with!

Venue:  Thomas Fogarty Winery

Floral:  Amy Burke Designs

Catering:  Taste Catering

Photography:  Meg Perotti

Hair and Makeup:  Nicole of Blush Bar

Invitations:  Hello Lucky

Wedding Dress:  Cymbeline of Paris via Nouvelle Vogue

Linens:  La Tavola

Rentals:  Hartmann Studio Rentals

DJ:  Entire Productions

Cake:  Taste Catering 


Hello you awesome people and welcome to our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  This is where we answer all yourwedding planning questions so that you can get the help you need. This week we are talking about officiates:  The person officiating our ceremony is a pastor and a family friend and I’m really excited about it as it will be so nice to have someone we know marry us.  I want to pay him for all the work he is doing, but he said he isn’t charging us and wants to do it for free.  I still want to give him something as a thank you, so I’m planning on putting together a little note and some type of thank you gift.  But, I’m wondering when I should give it to him?  On the day of the wedding?  Before the wedding?  Or after the wedding?

Great question!  First off I want to say that I agree that it’s great that you have someone you know marrying you.  The ceremony itself will be so much more personal since they know who you are, but you’ll also just feel more comfortable on the day of with someone you know vs. a stranger.  Now, to answer your question, you really could do any of the options you mentioned.  You could give it to him on the day of the wedding and this option is nice because it’s an immediate thank you.  Now, if you choose this option, I’d suggest that you designate someone to hold on to your tips for you.  If you have a wedding planner, they’ll take care of this for you, but if you don’t, then choose a responsible family member to take on the task.  You’ll still want to be the one to give it to them since you know them and they are a friend, but your designated person will be the one to hand it to you (and remind you) after the ceremony.

For all couples, the wedding can be rather hectic and many don’t want to have to think or worry about handing out a tip, so giving it to your officiate either before or after the wedding can be a better option.  After the ceremony rehearsal is a great time to pull him to the side and hand it to him before the wedding.  Or if you like the idea of thanking him after the wedding, then you can always mail it a few days after the wedding.

All three options are totally fine since this is a tip and a thank you, but one thing to keep in mind is that if you are giving him a physical gift, you’ll want to give it to him before or after the wedding so that it is both easier for you and for him to handle.

By: MANGO MUSE EVENTS Welcome to a new week and with it some inspiration to invigorate you.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily rituals and irritations of life, but remember that life is short. We must all live to the fullest, so love and live abundantly.

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By: Kaella Lynn Events

Courtney and Ryan were high school sweethearts planning their wedding all the way from England. Ryan, who is in the airforce, is stationed there and Courtney, being the supportive partner she is, moved there with him to attend school. They came to me with their venue and caterer, but needed a couple more referrals and help narrowing down the design. Her top 3 themes were Autumn, airplanes (a tribute to Ryan) and DIY. She really wanted to craft many of the details herself, but wasn’t quite sure where to start or how to execute, which is where I came in. I developed a travel themed design and provided several DIY ideas for her to choose from. Many skype calls later, she and Ryan were at Cornerstone getting married on a perfect Fall day in November. PhotographerPhotographerPhotographercourtney and ryan photos dressesPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographercourtney and ryan photos 1courtney and ryan photos 2PhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographerPhotographer

Photography: Kelly Freedman | Wedding Coordination and Styling:  Kaella Lynn Events | Venue: Cornerstone Gardens | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Florist: Ashley (friend of the bride) | Music: DJ Jason with Joel Nelson Productions | Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Cake by Charlene (cousin of the bride) | Airplane banners, lace votives, paper goods: crafted by bride | Makeup and Hair: Nikol Elaine Makeup Artistry

Authored by Event and Floral Designer, Nancy Liu Chin When I first met Victoria and Xavier, I remember how important it was for the wedding to be fresh and vibrant. Casual yet sophisticated. Charming but not too vintage or whimscial. Highly individual with attention to the fine details. Xavier wanted it to reflect that they were having a summer wedding. Victoria is a warm person, always cheerful with such a sunny disposition so we landed on bright summery yellows with spring green and blue accents. Ultimately —- the most important thing was that their guests felt relaxed and at ease. The venue they choose was the iconic Rosewood Sand Hill right in the middle of the Silicon Valley with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s Contemporary California architecture featuring beautifully landscaped floral gardens, contemporary art, and high ceilings with grand windows that let in the sun perfectly melded with Victoria and Xavier’s modern, stylish and relaxed aesthetic. The ceremony started on one of its landscaped gardens where olive trees lined the edges. White and bright yellows were used to make the space rather understated and crisp. Victoria walked down the aisle in a lovely and feminine strapless wedding gown with floral petal appliques. She carried a bouquet of white and yellow flowers that featured garden roses, dahlias, billy balls, and lisianthus with long aquamarine ribbon streamers. Both wore something blue! As guests transitioned from the ceremony, they were brought to an intimate Terrace where an al fresco reception was set up. Under a covered terrace, we designed the dinner to focus on one long table so that the two dozen guests could feel like they were part of a big family dinner. We choose this modern pattern linen with a pale aqua hue to contrast with the bright yellow Oncidium orchids, mini callas, green moss ball dianthus, scabiosa pods, and twisted grapewood. White modern shaped vases had simple textural flowers while bright green ceramic vases had mixed color flowers all done simply. Aqua votives finished the table. Over the table hung dozens of clear glass bubbles with votives so as the sun set, there would be tiny little flicker of lights. Our bride, Victoria created her own invitation after searching for months but not finding exactly what she wanted. Her invitation suite featured aqua hues with bright yellow accents with swirling of circular patterns. All the place cards were hand written by our bride for a nice added touch. Guests dined on a menu specially selected by the couple with wine pairings to match. In the evening, guests were invited indoors for dancing and a dessert buffet. At the end of the night, homemade jams by the couple were sent home with all the guests.


Photography:  Vero Suh // Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Rosewood Sand Hill // Event and Floral Design:  Nancy Liu Chin // Wedding Dress:  Alvina Valenta // Wedding Shoes:  Manolo Blahnik // Photo Booth:  Say Ya Photo Booth // Hair & Makeup:  The Glamourist // Music:  Denon And Doyle //  Dessert & Cake:  Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel // Lighting:  Enhanced Lighting and Sound // Rentals:  Hartmann Studios  

I’ve had such a creative week this week and can’t wait to share it with you!  With all the design I do for weddings, I need to be able to express my designs to my clients, especially when it’s a custom creation.  I’m not the best at drawing, so I just spent 2 days this week learning how to sketch, creating 3D images and playing with watercolor.  It was hard work, but super rewarding.  At the end of the day, I was amazed at what I learned and what I can now do.  If you are a creative professional or would just love to learn how to sketch, this amazing new workshop is being taught by a friend of mine, Mary Phan from Very Merry Events.  She’s super talented and the class is super fun.

Check out some of the creations I made from the workshop.

My first sketch of a real cake designed by Alison of Pretty Please Bakeshop.

My second sketch of a real floral arrangement by Nancy of Nancy Liu Chin.

And a work in progress of a watercolor ranunculus.

Not bad huh?  I still have more to learn, but I’m pretty proud of myself and I’m hoping to only get better!  If this seems up your alley and you’re interested in learning too, Mary is doing another Sketchbook series in Sacramento in March, just click here for tickets.  Have fun and be creative!