Posted on April 18, 2017
The Magnolia flower was Sandra’s grandma’s favorite. Her own family had a magnolia tree back when Silicon Valley was still known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Jeremy’s grandma always preferred succulents, and their deck garden was overflowing with drought-friendly arrangements of all colors.
These two favorite plants were an unlikely pair, but Sandra and Jeremy felt strongly enough about incorporating this sentimental inspiration into their wedding plans. They worked with a Bay Area florist and their wedding planner to envision a rustic green, natural, and white color theme that relied heavily on the true forest setting of their venue. The simple tiered cake had white icing that was textured like magnolia petals with just one large and one small Sedum succulent peeking around the lowest tier. The bouquets were a creative mix of hardy, silvery teal succulents, as well as soft, white magnolia blooms. They even brought some of Grandma’s decades-old potted Jade plants to stand as sentries around the reception courtyard.Continue Reading
Posted on April 14, 2017
Did you go to summer camp when you were a kid? If so, you no doubt have fond memories of playing team sports, frolicking in the fresh air, and telling ghost stories around the campfire. All of these activities helped transform complete strangers into best friends in a matter of hours. At the end of every night you’d climb into your bunk utterly exhausted, but with a sense of deep contentment and excitement for the following day.Continue Reading
Posted on April 12, 2017
Everyone has a favorite wedding moment. Mine is always the cutting of the cake—and up until recently, I thought it always would be. There is something so moving about a newlywed couple cutting into a beautiful, tiered cake together—it’s their first task as a married couple. But last summer, I went to a wedding where there was no cake at all. Instead, the bride and groom had opted for gourmet doughnuts. Of course, the doughnuts didn’t allow for the traditional cake cutting, so instead the couple each held one, tapped them together as if they were clinking glasses of champagne, interlaced wrists, and took a huge bite. I was charmed.
More and more couples are opting out of the traditional fondant-covered wedding cake for more modern, unique options that not only taste amazing, but that look fun too. Since the doughnuts, I’ve seen a lot of innovative ideas for desserts at weddings. Each couple seems to have a favorite dessert or sweet that they want to be able to share and enjoy with their guests, so they incorporate it into their big day. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for unique alternatives to the traditional wedding cake that are trending this year.Continue Reading
Posted on April 6, 2017
Requesting permission to officially archive the following:
- Trust Falls
- Role Playing
- Blindfold Challenges
- Human Knot
- Group Hug
The Team-Building Committee has determined, through simulated employee satisfaction studies, that these activities have depreciated to obsoletion. Please, sign off on transferring said items to the records department.
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Posted on April 5, 2017
There’s something undeniably romantic about the thought of getting married in a forest. Trees swaying lightly in the fragrant breeze, birds singing merrily, and the sun shining through the cracks in the canopy make for the most magical of weddings. Not only does a forest themed wedding ensure beautiful photos, it also gives you and your guests a peaceful escape from city life to pause, take in some fresh air, and celebrate love in a naturally beautiful, serene environment.
Posted on March 31, 2017
Burnout is a real thing in the Silicon Valley. Competition is high, workdays are unfathomably long, and staring at a computer screen all day can be exhausting. You know this, and your employees know this, but the busy, fast-paced nature of the tech industry seldom gives employees the opportunity to take time away from the office to recharge. Humans are not like computers—being plugged in day in and day out can actually drain our energy.Continue Reading
Posted on March 24, 2017
Your wedding meal is about so much more than just the food. It’s a token of appreciation for your guests, and it’s a symbol of love—for family and friends who are in attendance and of course, love between you and your partner. Author Alan D Wolfelt writes that “food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” This rings especially true on your wedding day—a day when words so often fall short—when a delicious meal shared with loved ones speaks volumes.Continue Reading
Posted on March 22, 2017
Have you wondered whether it’s possible to bring your wildly creative wedding ideas to life so that your event really is one-of-a-kind? Cari and Darrell did more than wonder: they let their imaginations run wild, then committed to following through with grounded expressions of the love and community they value most. Their wedding was a wonderfully honest reflection of their past, present, and future life together.Continue Reading
Posted on March 17, 2017
A true retreat is more than just time set aside; it’s a refuge in which you can be vulnerable in your spiritual practice, one that opens the door for reflection and awe. A place of sacred harmony, removed from life’s common distractions, revives your connection with your spirituality—not just during the time away, but even as you step back into your normal routines. Your choice of where to hold your church retreat is as important as what you plan to do there because every experience will be held by the space. As you find clarity around your ideal program, keep in mind the space and the practical details that will make it possible.Continue Reading
Posted on March 15, 2017
Looking forward to a yoga retreat means something very different for organizers than it does to retreat guests. If you’re putting together a yoga and wellness retreat, your yogis’ expectations are at the front of your mind, and this journey has the potential to be more stressful than it is stress-relieving for you. Or not.
Where you decide to hold your retreat will underlie your guests’ every experience—and your own. Some venues will make your job harder, and some will make it easier. But so what if you’re stressed; it’s not about you, right? Of course, it’s about you! Your students will sense the tension in your voice, feel it as you give adjustments during classes, and absorb it as you spend days together immersed in what was meant to be an expansive, relaxing getaway.Continue Reading