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Woods Hole at Pebble Beach

We recently held our annual off-site 3-day planning meeting at Woods Hole—a private home right on Pebble Beach Golf Course—and it’s a wonder we got anything done. Lounging around on comfy couches and chairs, we had the perfect seats from which to ogle the mesmerizing view through a wall of glass: verdant blufftop fairways giving way to a sapphire-blue sea and cloudless sky. You try focusing on a 10-page to-do list with that gorgeous panorama constantly tugging at your peripheral vision!

Woods Hole at Pebble BeachWell, we did have an incentive to finish everything on the list as quickly as possible: free time to relax in our 6-bedroom getaway or stroll along the links (when the golfers had gone home) or take a quick drive to Carmel or Point Lobos. Some of us even climbed down to the tide pools at the base of the bluffs to pet starfish and admire the artful way sea kelp arranges itself over the rocks. And every night we watched the sun slip below the horizon, turning the sky a brilliant orange as it disappeared into the water. Sigh. This place is so romantic—too bad our better halves weren’t there to share it with us.

Julia and Lisa at Woods Hole at Pebble BeachBut then again, 3 days of girl-time was big fun: we hung out every night in our PJs, scarfing down chocolate chip cookies and chili-cheese Fritos and staying up way past our bedtime. Seriously, this is a fabulous place for a bachelorette party…or a wedding, family reunion or any intimate event where you want everyone to feel at ease.

Jan Posted by Jan on Nov 17, 2008.
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iDo Wedding Software

Weddings are the ultimate planning challenge: Getting the wedding dress, making—and revising!—the invite list, securing a reception location, booking the caterer, the photographer, floral designer…all while trying to squeeze in some time for a quick manicure and haircut before the big day so you look your best. Whew!
With all those responsibilities duking it out in your pretty little head, at least you have technology on your side. You’re certainly off to a good start using, but as you save, share & contact your favorite locations and services in one convenient place, you may wonder if there’s even more out there to help you tame that wild wedding.

iDo Wedding from Elm SoftwareDid you know there’s actually wedding software available to help you stay organized? Back in my wedding planning day (waaaaay back in 2002), we never had such a thing. iDo wedding software has features to enable you to take control of the guest list, wedding budget, and even track the gifts each guest gave you. Sounds like a dream come true at $29.95, but I’m wondering if it’s really helps. Who’s using iDo?

If you’re not using IDo, what other methods are you using to keep yourself organized?

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 14, 2008.
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Midnight Blues

I occasionally get to work at actual weddings with some of our fantastic Certified By The Guide event professionals, like floral designer Nancy Liu Chin.

To get you in the wedding mood, here’s a little inspiration from her own blog, Brown Bag:

Courtesy of Nancy Liu Chin's Blog, Brown Bag

Nancy Liu ChinThere’s something cool about hues of sapphire, graphite, taupe, sky, and peridot. Together, this combination is arresting; simple but sophisticated, serene yet relaxed, serious without being overly pretentious. Only the most confident of brides choose such a color palette—and it works!

Add to these colors the crisp blue sky and Ferry Building clock tower in the background, and we’re definitely talking a San Francisco kind of wedding. For this urbane event, there really isn’t a better location in The City than the patio decks at Hotel Vitale. And nothing comes close to the charm of a cable car motif and dainty pastries by I Dream Of Cake. The final touch of a beloved photo tucked into the bridal bouquet captures the essence of what really matters.

These photos by Melinda Li are dynamite. Lighting and drape were done by the fabulous Enhanced Lighting. Furniture was by BluePrint Studios and linens were provided by Wildflower Linens. All the fine detail touches were created by event designer MB Weddings, who also did the coordination. The bridesmaid dress is from Priscilla of Boston.

Denise Posted by Denise on Nov 12, 2008.
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