Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pies, Bow ties and Happiness!

Marion & Ryan - Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch - St. Helena, CA
Ryan with his dapper bow tie.

Bowties in the decor, too!
First look!

Custom chevron runners and eclectic florals by centerpiece: floral & home, St. Helena

Keeping it fun with Corn Hole toss!

Marion & Ryan have a pre-ceremony milk shake at Gott's - St. Helena, CA
Dinner on the lawn with live fire preparation for the family style meal
Mini apple pie jars - yummy!
Marion + Ryan spinning at their first dance.  I loved that she changed into her tutu dress!

Venue - Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch, St. Helena, CA

Caterer - Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch /

Florals - Centerpiece: floral & home /

Photographer - Kate Harrison /

Hair/MU - It's A Date /

DJ - Peter Haley of the Spinheads /

Linens - La Tavola, Napa /

Rentals - Classic Party Rentals /

Heidi + Tom - Stryker Sonoma - Geyserville, CA

On a beautiful sunny day in Geyserville, CA Heidi and Tom said "I do" at Stryker Sonoma Winery.
Surrounded by close friends and family the day went off without a hitch (all puns intended!)

A moment of celebration in the Barrel Room

Stunning ceremony site, gazing out at the vineyards.

Sweet floating blooms in the fountain.

By using existing shelves in the tasting room, Karin, working with RE Associates created a unique 
display for the escort cards.

A gorgeous setting for dining al fresco 

Pretty in Pink florals by Emily and her team at SoulFlower

Great ambience provided by candlelight and market lighting

Delicious + unique cake by Crisp Baking Company

Milk + cookies at the dessert station

First dance under the stars + market lights

Planner- Karin Kamb for RE Associates 

Caterer – Girl and the Fig /

Photographers – Matt and Allison Edge /

Florals – Soulflower /

Band – Popfiction / 

Guitarist – Jean Paul Buongiorno / 

Rentals – Bright Rentals /

Cake – Crisp Baking Company /

Officiant – Rev. Peador Dalton /

Saana & Gareth - Healdsburg, CA

 On a beautiful sunny day in May, Saana + Gareth invited friends and family to their wedding ceremony at the stunning Thomas George Estates in Healdsburg, CA.  They then moved the celebration into the quaint town of Healdsburg to dine al fresco and dance the night away at the eclectic venue Barndiva.

Welcoming entrance to Thomas George Estates 

Lovely, textured boutonnieres for the Groom and his men

Here comes the Bride!

Expansive and stunning views for the ceremony

Green and white bridal bouquet design by Dragonfly Florals

Welcome to Barndiva!

Delicious appetizer selections from Barndiva

Eclectic + fun design finds around the grounds of Barndiva

Clever table seating chart, perfect for the garden setting

Guests enjoy dining al fresco under the garden pergola + market lights

Taking the celebration into the barn

Venues - Thomas George Estates /  + Barndiva /

Caterer – Barndiva /

Photographers – Matt and Allison Edge /

Florals – Dragonfly Florals /

DJ – DJ Cams /

String Quartet– Bellarosa /

Rentals – Encore Rentals /

Hair/Make-up – Make-up Dolls/It’s a Date /

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wondering where I have been?…..on a fire truck, on an ambulance and in the classroom!

Hello Everybody!

As you can see, been awhile since I've posted on my blog because I have been busy becoming a volunteer fire fighter and EMT.
Me in my "turnouts"- fire gear.

After returning to my home town of Mendocino, I wanted to get involved in the community somehow and be of service.  I have always had a fantasy of being in emergency medicine but really didn't know how I would go about it.  Alas, a small town fire dept. seemed to fit the bill.  I started my journey on July 4th, 2013 when I volunteered to sell fire t-shirts for our hometown parade.  Mendo has two fire houses; the historic Station 841 in town on Lansing St. and the more active Station 840, just up Little Lake Road, one minute out of town proper. 

 The 4th of July celebration in town is classic American home town pride with bbq's, beer drinking and the famous parade where the fire dept. manages the parade flow and provides first aid for bystanders.  I happily arrived at 9:30am that morning to greet my old geography teacher Mr. Gross (a TSG or technical support group for the fire district).  We reminisced about growing up in a small town and as the day went on, I kept meeting old classmates (some were fire fighters) and chatting with people about maybe joining the dept.  Everyone said, "just come to a meeting,"which are on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm.  I thought about it for a day or two and while doing my run around the headlands in town, I passed "the chief," Ed O'Brien.  The words just flowed out of my mouth without much thought, "I'll see you at the next meeting chief," I blurted.  It was done, I made a verbal commitment to try fire fighting!

Now the fun part….training and getting in fire fighting shape, signing up for EMT school and buckling down.  After a few months of attending weekly meetings and trainings as a bystander, I was voted in as a Probationary ("probie") member.  Two months later I was beginning EMT school in Boonville, 40 miles south of Mendocino.  In April I finished my emergency medicine training and took my National Registry exam to get my EMT certificate.  I passed and received my badge shortly afterwards, making me a full-fledged fire fighter.
Getting my badge, April 2014
My fellow fire fighters at MFD.
Me in full gear after a traffic accident.
It is now almost two years later and I love being a first responder for my community.  I go on about 150 calls a year, at all times of the day or night.  I now teach CPR and First Aid to kids in the schools and to the community.  I also drive the ambulance for Boonville one night a week.  I believe in volunteering and giving back and can safely say, this has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

So now, maybe you all can forgive my lack of blogging and keeping up with the social media of the event world; sometimes there are just more important things to do in life!  
Be safe and be well, Karin