Vendor Spotlight: BIG FUN Disc Jockeys

Hello Honey!

This week, we share with you our go to DJ, Paul Burchfield!
In our conversation with Paul, he describes hit songs that are played at special events and distinguishes between a live band and a DJ.
Read more to learn about Paul and what it would be like to work with BIG FUN Disc Jockeys!

How did you start in the wedding industry?
BIG FUN Disc Jockeys was founded in 1989 by two graduates of Stanford University, with the intention of playing dorm and fraternity parties at Stanford. The company was very successful, playing on Stanford’s campus nearly every weekend during the school year, for several years. When those partygoing students graduated and became engaged, they contacted us to DJ their weddings. At first, we explained that we played for college and some high school parties and knew nothing about weddings. This didn’t seem to phase those former students, who asked us to “just do what you did at Stanford parties”. Fast forward a few years, and while the Stanford dorms were still calling us to play parties for them, the “problem” became that they would call us on Tuesday for a party happening the next Saturday. However, since weddings book so far in advance, we were never available on such short notice.

And so, we ended up becoming a wedding DJ company. This is a common occurrence among wedding DJ companies. In fact, if you find a DJ company that plays predominantly college and high school parties, it’s likely that they haven’t been around too long because once they have been and develop a positive reputation, they’ll end up becoming wedding DJs whether they’re prepared to make that transition or not.

How would you describe your average work day?
Have you ever heard an interview with a sports figure where they are asked about their routine on the morning of a game? Most of them talk about a “game day mode” where they wake up and begin to focus on their performance for the upcoming game. That’s the same thing for me.

By the day of the wedding, I’ve spent a lot of time planning and preparing. All the music is prepped. Songs that needed custom editing are complete (like shortening a First Dance song or creating a medley for the Father/Daughter Dance). The event timeline is complete and detailed. And everything that needs to go to the event is packed and double-checked.
At each event, it’s important we stay coordinated with the other wedding professionals.  For example, we are always prepared to connect the videographer’s equipment to our sound system to provide them with a clean recording for your wedding video/film. For the officiant, we will check their final words of the ceremony so we’ll know to start the recessional at the perfect moment.
For couples and their guests, the energy has been building all day. It starts at the ceremony when everyone witnesses the commitment the couple makes to each other. And the celebration continues through cocktails and dinner. Then, after dinner, we help channel that energy into an amazing dance party. What we can do, though, is set the perfect environment so that if anyone was ever going to dance, it would be at this moment. A standard part of the equipment we include is an amazing 16-piece dance lighting system. Our experience is that dancing is more fun when we use our dance lights than when we don’t.

About an hour after the event ends, we’ve finished tearing down our equipment, packing our van, and can begin the drive back to our warehouse and then head home. One the drive, we replay the day in our minds and remember the great moments that made it special. And we’re extremely thankful that we were able to be a part of the beginning of that couple’s life together.


Finally, on the way home, I’ve found that grocery shopping after midnight guarantees no crowds (and often good deals in the meat department!).

What is your favorite part of your job?
The personal high associated with packing the dance floor with hundreds of happy people. What other job delivers this satisfying feeling?

What would you say to a bride and groom who is torn between a live band and a DJ?

This is the biggest day of your life, and you should get the entertainment that you want for your reception. There is no “right” answer for everyone, but here is a pro/con list to help on-the-fence couples make this decision:

LIVE BAND
Pros:
- Live performers at an event feels "grander" in scope; increases the perceived importance of the event
- Live performers commands more attention from the guests; they will feel more like they "should" dance and so will
- There is a more organic feeling to the sound of a live band because sound comes from multiple origination points
- Guests appreciate human musical talent and truly enjoy clapping after each song for the performers - it's like they're at a concert
- Lead singer who talks to the crowd in the middle of a song are seen as cool and can help get the crowd pumped up (if a DJ does so, it's cheesy
)

Cons:
- Less likely to sound just like the original artist; at best it will be "close"
- Less likely to be as diverse with different musical styles (no matter how good the band, prerecorded music is GOING to be more diverse)
- Live performers typically take breaks (usually a couple breaks of 15 minutes per hour)
- If included, lighting is focused/directed at the band
- To be courteous, guest attention is focused on the live performers while they perform, less on each other
- If few people are dancing for certain songs, it can be awkward for the band and thus the Bride and Groom/Guests
- Typically, bands do not staff a professionally trained MC for introductions, Grand Entrance, etc.
- Multiple mouths to feed at dinner

DJ
Pros:
- Music played will sound exactly like the original artist (because it IS a recording of that artist)
- DJs play a wider variety of musical styles than is possible with any live band
- Most DJs (including our DJs) do not take breaks
- Lighting is focused/directed at the guests dancing, not on the DJ
- During dancing, guest attention is typically focused on each other and not on the DJ
- If few people are dancing for certain songs, the DJ simply mixes/cross-fades to a different song right away
- Most DJs (including our DJs) are professionally-trained MCs and specifically monitor the timeline
- Only one mouth to feed at dinner

Cons:
- Having a DJ at an event can feel more "common"/less "special"; can seem less "original" than having a live band
- It's okay to ignore a DJ playing dance music without seeming rude (as it might with live musicians); can result in fewer people dancing
- The sound of a DJ sounds like a good sound system or a nightclub but lacks the organic feel of live musicians

Are there songs that you recommend for the perfect playlist?
Every wedding is different, and every playlist is, too. Where one couple might like disco, funk, and 80s music, another might prefer EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop. It’s not just lip service to say we play what our couples want to hear...it’s a fact. For most couples, their goal is to fill the dance floor, and their preferences are often a good starting point for what might work best for dancing.

At that point, we can target specific songs that would likely be appropriate crowd pleasers. That might be “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, or it might be “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. Or both. Or just about anything in between.

Top 5 favorite first dance songs? The three songs you hear the most requests for?
We hope that couples find a First Dance song that has meaning to them. When we meet with couples and talk about the details of their day, their First Dance song may be one they haven’t selected. Initially, we encourage couples to put some thought into this on their own.

Having said that, we never want our couples to become frustrated, so we let them know to reach out if they’ve given it some thought and still need suggestions. And we’ll talk about their music tastes and help them come up with one.

Some recent songs that we have used as First Dance songs include:
“All Of Me” by John Legend
“Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
“You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

As far as dance song requests go, here are three that come to mind over the past 6 months:
“24K Magic” by Bruno Mars (he is putting out one big fun hit after another these days)
“I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys (1990s music is big once again)
“Get Lucky/One More Time (Remix)” by Daft Punk (combines two huge Daft Punk songs)


What can bride and grooms expect when they sign up to work with your company?
No deposit, yet a guaranteed 100%, 27-year perfect attendance record
No payment of any type until 30 days AFTER the wedding
No lengthy legal contracts - a simple, straightforward booking process
A comprehensive in-person planning meeting with the actual DJ staffing your event
Responsiveness to any of your questions whether by text, email, or phone
Clear documentation of all meetings and follow-up email conversations
Professional appearance
On-time readiness on the day of the eve
Professional looking and sounding equipment

Professional, polished, friendly announcements - no cheese!
Team approach when working alongside your other wedding professionals

What should couples look for while researching a great DJ?
First, it’s reasonable to identify the following truths about hiring a wedding DJ:

  • Since this is a wedding and not a random Friday night party, hire a professional wedding DJ. There are many, many reasons for this covered in numerous blogs, but we can summarize by saying that just as you wouldn’t go to a “hobbyist” to perform LASIK on your eyes, there are simply too many negatives for hiring a hobbyist to DJ your wedding. If you wouldn’t trust your eyesight to a hobbyist LASIK operator, you shouldn’t trust the success of your wedding to a hobbyist DJ.

  • You can immediately tell which are the professional DJ companies by looking at their websites and checking Yelp reviews. It’s obvious if you are dealing with “one person” with some DJ equipment, versus a company that has the resources to handle unexpected circumstances that might occur on your wedding day. In short, make certain that the success of your entire wedding reception isn’t in the hands of “one person” who could be sick or injured on the day of your wedding. If they hem and haw about “knowing a friend” who could back them up on your wedding day, move on. It simply isn’t worth the lower price.

  • Speaking of price, even when comparing professional DJs, keep in mind that numerous surveys have discovered that after the fact, a majority of couples who hired their DJ on the basis of “best price” ended up recognizing that the surprisingly important role of DJ as the quarterback of the wedding reception (in his or her role as MC) meant that comparing prices was the very worst way to hire a DJ.

    Instead, set a price range that you can afford and once all of your options fall anywhere within that range, learn to ignore the prices and focus on everything else about those DJ companies. Choose based on who makes you most enthusiastic. As long as they fall within your acceptable range, you’ve met your budget requirement.

  • Once you’ve narrowed your search to professional wedding DJ companies, you can ignore most “list of DJ interview questions” that you find on the web. Why? Because it turns out that they are not the right questions, as they don’t help you differentiate between professional DJ companies. ALL professional DJ companies are insured, have backup equipment, have large and diverse music collections, will happily obey your do-not-play and must-play-lists, will assist you with choices for your Father/Daughter dance (and the other formal events that need a specific song), and will dress professionally. So these are empty questions and frankly a waste of your time.
    Similarly, recognize that any professional DJ company has probably already played at your venue, so you need only to name the venue and which spaces/areas you’re using. You really don’t need to ask about how much time the DJ will need to set up or teardown. Why? Because professional DJ companies don’t charge for set up or teardown; you’re billed starting when the guests arrive and ending when the event (dancing) ends. Asking those types of questions is like asking a photographer what lenses he or she will use, or the caterer how they pack their supplies into their truck.

  • And although it’s relevant to ask how many weddings they DJ per year as a company, it’s not useful for you to ask for any more detail (such as how many weddings they DJ per weekend in June vs October), as suggested at certain wedding websites. What would you do with that information anyway? Your primary concern is that they DJ a lot and thus have solid experience.

So then what ARE the things couples should look for when researching a DJ?

  • Get an accurate price quote by giving accurate and complete information.
    DON’T SAY: “I need a DJ next September.”
    DO SAY: “I need a DJ on Saturday, September 2, 2017.”

    DON’T SAY: “I need a DJ for about 5 hours.”
    DO SAY: “I need a DJ to begin playing guest arrival music starting at 4:30 pm followed by music and microphones for the 5:00 pm ceremony, then cocktails, dinner, and dancing, which will end at 10:30 pm.”

    DON’T SAY: “The event will be at Hotel ABC in Millbrae.”
    DO SAY: “The event will be at Hotel ABC in Millbrae, with the ceremony outside on the lawn, followed by cocktails in the courtyard, then dinner and dancing in the XYZ Ballroom.”

    It’s very simple and quick to define the times and the rooms/spaces. And by providing informative sentences in your first email, you’ll get an accurate price with little delay and no surprises later.

  • Ask to see photos and video clips. But know that it’s not cool to ask to attend an upcoming wedding because that’s super awkward. If you wouldn’t like some random people coming to your wedding, then it’s likely that other couples don’t want you to attend theirs. It’s fascinating that wedding websites suggest asking this since it’s so tacky!

  • Read Yelp reviews. If a DJ company has many fails, it will come through clearly in Yelp reviews.

  • Ask them what sets them apart from other DJ companies. That’s a fair question, and their answer may or may not be important to you. Thus, if their answer includes a differentiator that does matter to you, that DJ company might be the right one for you. In essence, you’re getting them to help you with the deciding factor.

  • Your gut feel is key. If you get a great feeling about a DJ company, and you’ve checked out their Yelp reviews, their photo and video clips, and the communication with them has been quick, responsive, intelligent, and friendly, AND the price is within your acceptable range, don’t hesitate. Book them. Because the best companies book up all available spots quickly. Remember, if you’re getting married in September, ALL of the other couples getting married in September are likely hiring their wedding pros now, just like you are. Don’t procrastinate. Get the DJ company you want, not the only one left.

What is your favorite quote to live by?
Being a DJ, I’m going to quote song lyrics. And I hope you’ll indulge me as I share two quotes.
The first is meaningful to me as a father. When I hear this song, I think about my daughter and of the couples who are starting their lives together and wish this for them:

"Your dreams stay big and your worries stay small"
- "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

The second quote is something we should all take to heart when given the opportunity to dance:
"So don't just stand there, bust a move"
-
"Bust A Move" by Young MC

What does H&T stand for to you?
Well, at the end of your wedding day, happy and tired! Happy that you’re married and that your day was memorable and fun. Tired since you danced with your families and closest friends for more than two hours to awesome music and nightclub lighting.

Check out BIG FUN Disc Jockeys:
http://bigfundj.com/ | Instagram.com/bigfundj
Photography: Todd Rafalochi Photography and Danny Dong Photography

Until Next time, stay sweet!

Source: BIGFUNDJ

Vendor Spotlight: Makeup by Christina

Hello Honey!

Your big day has arrived, so make sure to you look your best!
"Wear what you normally wear,  but refine it. Those pictures need to transcend time."

This week, we are giving you a sneak peak at one of our favorite makeup artists: Christina Chen!
We chat with Christina about common makeup mistakes and lasting beauty trends in the industry. Read on to learn more about Christina :)

Make-up Artist: Makeup by Christina Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

Make-up Artist: Makeup by Christina
Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

What is your favorite part of your job?
Besides getting to doll girls up and making them feel beautiful, I love getting to know different people during one of the most wonderful times of their lives!  It's a lot of fun, and also very rewarding. 

How would you describe your average work day?
I typically spend most of the earlier parts of the day doing makeup and hair in my studio or on-site.  Then, I typically spend the rest of the evening online responding to emails, and managing my social media accounts to make sure my newest work is shared.  :)  It's probably more administrative work than most people would imagine.  

What is your favorite hairstyle and make up look for brides and bridesmaids?
I am a huge believer of keeping your makeup and hair timeless on the wedding day since you don't want to look back in 30 years and think, that was so '2017'.  
I typically suggest a 'myself-but-better' makeup look which allows for you to look like you're done up in photos, without being unrecognizable.  
My personal favorite hairstyle for brides is side-down which looks flattering on most face shapes.  For bridesmaids, I think it looks great for the girls to have their hair half up or in a low side bun.

What are some common beauty mistakes that brides make?
Choosing inspiration photos which show hair color/facial features very different from your own.  I often times have Asian brides who have thick straight heavy evenly cut slippery virgin hair show me all inspirational photos of platinum blonde girls with fluffy light hairstyles and braids.  While we can try to mimic the hairstyle, it's important to realize that it won't look the same as in the inspiration photos.  Also, sometimes hairstyles/makeup inspirations look great for that one shot, but is not suitable for an all day outdoor event.  This is something you'll be work out with your artist during the trial/consultation.  

What would you say to a bride who is unsure of getting a make up artist?
Not to be biased, but I do think your makeup and hair is probably one of the most photographed/seen things on your wedding day.  Everyday makeup and makeup for photography is quite different so I would suggest hiring someone who has experience with bridal makeup and hair.  However, I do understand that it can be pricey and not everyone  can budget for it.  There are always alternatives, such as going to a salon instead if your budget doesn't allow for an on-site artist.  

Can you share your top five favorite make up face products?
Foundation- Cle De Peau
Highlighter powder (Skinfetish #003)- Pat Mcgrath Labs
Lashes - AK
Eyeliner -Angel
Contour powder - Kevyn Aucoin

What is your everyday go-to make up look?
To be honest, I just wear a tinted SPF 50 sunscreen and lip balm on a daily basis.  Sometimes, I'll throw on some fun lip color; but since I have extremely sensitive skin, I try to limit my makeup application unless I'm attending a special occasion. 

What does H&T stand for to you? (For us it is Honey & Twine but for you it can stand for honor & trust ect.)
Happy & Tasty (I love food!) 

What is your favorite quote to live by?
There are a few quotes that I keep close to my heart that go together:
Happiness is the secret to all beauty.  There is no beauty without happiness - Christian Dior

Nobody is in charge of your happiness except you.   - Anonymous

I choose to be happy today. - Anonymous

Esmeralda Franco Photography | Daniel Kim Photography | Esmeralda Franco Photography

Check out Christina Chen:
makeupbyQ.com | instagram.com/quissy | maqeup.com

Until next time, stay sweet!
 

Imperfect for Each Other

A quick flashback to 2014!

We want to show you one of the most fun and eclectic weddings we had the honor of working on a few years ago. 

We knew this one would be exciting from the first meeting. M&S are two truly creative souls. They didn't want to celebrate the kind of love that is factory-made to fit, they wanted to celebrate the kind of love that makes you laugh in surprise at how unexpectedly perfect it is. So we came up with the theme "imPerfect for each other: bringing seemingly mismatched things together to create perfect harmony."

We hope you enjoy all of these fun and colorful DIY elements, and most of all enjoy the pure energy and love that these two exude. Thanks to the incredible Alison Yin and her partner Adm for the photos!

Thank you to all of the vendors involved in this fabulously fun day!
Photography: Allison Yin Photography   Venue: Piedmont Community Hall   Hair and Makeup: Erin Dudley   Cake: Kingdom Cake  
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Caterer: Culinary Eye   Lighting: Impact Eye   Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Yvonne & Tod

The weekend is almost near, and we are daydreaming about our past weddings as we get ready for this years wedding season to begin!

Take a look at our Flashback Friday all the way to 2013!! We love the details such as the Guestbook Puzzle that we had at Tod & Yvonne's wedding. It's always in the little things..

Vendor Spotlight: Caitlyn Cutler Films

Hello Honeys,


This week begins our series of Vendor Spotlights! We'll be introducing you to some of our favorite vendors in the industry and telling you a bit about each one. We hope you love them as much as we do :)

The ladies of Honey & Twine believe that there are few things in life that move you the way that love captured on film does.
If you follow Honey & Twine on Facebook, you know that we share wedding films on our page every Tuesday!
Well this week, we are giving you a special sneak peek at one of our favorite videographers: Caitlyn Cutler! 

We spoke with her about her love for film and couples in the industry. Read on to get to know a bit about Caitlin and what it would be like to work with her on your special day! You can also check out her work by clicking here!

Do you remember the exact moment you wanted to be a videographer?
I don't know if there was an exact moment that I knew I wanted to be a videographer, but I remember in 7th grade I was asked to make a video for a science project and I think I spent more time on that project than any school project ever! Ha! My parents gifted me with a little Flip Video camera for Christmas in 8th grade and from that point on I think I made at LEAST three videos a month of just stupid things me and my friends would do all through middle school and high school. By the time I was a senior in high school, I got a job with a company to make commercials and testimonials and I've been doing it full time ever since!

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of making wedding films has always been the realness of it. With photography, its very easy to stage a moment and make it look perfect but with video, you have a to actually capture the moment in real time and that is very hard to stage. That's what I try to achieve in my videos. I love to capture the tiny little moments that just happen naturally because I think that realness is what is so beautiful. 

How would you describe your average work day?
My average work day consists of me going to a nearby coffee shop and editing ALL DAY LONG. Seriously, I've had to buy those weird computer glasses so that I don't hurt my eyes from looking at a computer for too long. Ha! On average, I shoot about one to two videos a week, so I typically shoot those and then edit the rest of the week.

What would you say to a bride and groom whom are unsure about getting a videographer?
I love this question because I have to answer it ALL THE TIME. So many brides will come to me and say they aren't sure if they need a videographer. It's hard for me to try to convince them to get one because it sounds like I'm just trying to sell myself, but in all honestly, if I had a nickel for every time a bride told me that their wedding video was their favorite thing they spent money on... I wouldn't need to charge people to make wedding videos anymore ;) ha! I think videos capture the things that photos can't, you get all the little moments and you put that to music and it makes your wedding day look just as magical as it felt which is why people will watch their wedding videos for the rest of their lives!

What should couples look for while researching a videographer?
Make sure the style of the videographer is the style that you want! My style is not very traditional so typically I get a lot of weddings that are different. Occasionally I'll get an email from someone that sends me a video of a very traditional videographer and they ask me to make one like that. My best work is when I feel free to make things however I want so when I'm asked to copy another videographer, my job starts to feel more like, well, a job ha :) and I think you can see that in the video!
Long story short, watch the other videos the videographer has made and if you like them the way they are, hire them! It sounds simple but you'd be surprised how many times I've seen that problem.

What can couples expect when they sign up to work with you?
It's wayyyyy more laid back than you would expect! I work with so many couples and after we shoot will always say, "That was easier than I thought."
I think that best footage for a video comes when people are being natural so when I do engagement videos I basically will just plan an activity and film the couple doing whatever they want. Ha, we're essentially just hanging out. Same goes for the wedding day; I think a lot of couples get nervous because I kind of become a fly on the wall and try not to interfere with the moment so they worry that I'm not capturing anything but are always surprised when they get back the finished product and realize I was literally filming EVERYTHING, like even the tiny little moments when they thought no one is watching... I'm always watching ;)

Caitlyn, you seem to combine story telling with videography so effortlessly. Do you frame the video around a certain story?
Yes, this is one thing I try really hard to do. When I first started making wedding videos, I HATED it. I think it was because I was seeing so many wedding videos that were cheesy and exactly the same. There was absolutely no emotion and I realized that I was doing the same thing. That's when I switched up my style and decided to have no rules and just make the video based on what happened during the day. No posing, no instruction... just film what I saw and make a video around that instead of planning the video before.

What are your favorite songs to use?
I can't really say I have a favorite song to use for a wedding video. I try really hard to make all my videos different so I've never used the same song in two wedding videos. I think I'm typically drawn to more alternative indie music or indie electronic type stuff but I try to match the music to the feel of the wedding day so I have a pretty wide range of music.

What is your favorite quote to live by?
I heard this quote by JD Salinger a couple years ago and I've never forgotten it. It's about writing but I apply it to when I create basically anything:

"If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world would you most want to read if you had your heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself. I won’t even underline that. It’s too important to be underlined."

I try to apply that when I edit a video and when I finish I ask myself, "Is this a video I would want to watch if I didn't make it?" I think it helps me stay an artist and not just someone being paid to make a video.

What does H&T stand for to you?
For me H&T stands for honesty and time. I've always tried to run my company very honestly which is why I don't add in hidden fees and I want people to know exactly what they're paying for. As for time, I don't charge people by the hour. I do a flat rate for unlimited shooting hours on the wedding day because I want to be there for all of the little moments, I think that that is what makes the video interesting. The waking up and getting ready all the way to the leaving late at night, it's all beautiful and I want to be there for all of it! 

"How can you not fall in love?"

Check out Caitlyn Cutler:
www.caitlyncutler.com | www.instagram.com/caitcutty/ | www.instagram.com/caitlyncutlerfilms/



Until Next time, Stay sweet!

Northern California Photo aesthetics

Hello Honey,

Engagement and wedding photos have a tendency to be in pretty stereotypical places-- the beach, at home, in the woods etc. Here are some fun, unique places around the bay to spice up your shots. 

 

INSTEAD OF THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS...

How about some romantic shots next to the California Academy of Sciences fish? Or perhaps on top of the green dome?

Or the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers. What a sanctuary!

NOT YOUR GENERIC CITY PICS...

For an interesting angle, shoot from Alcatraz?!

Sick of the beach...

Watch the waves crash in front of the Brixby Bridge in Big Sur as you gaze longingly in your lover's eyes "click goes the camera."

GALAVANTING THROUGH NATURE....

Mount Diablo is prime for greenery and sweet photos. So gorgeous

Until next time, stay sweet.

Magical Moments

Hello Honey,

"I hope your 2017 is better than your 2016. I hope it’s your best year yet. I hope you find meaning in your life, in the lives of those around you. And I hope you have the curiosity to go looking for it. 


I hope you learn to let go of the things that are holding you back; leave them behind in the past. I hope you make new memories that you’ll keep forever; put them in the top pocket of your favourite shirt so you can take them out every so often and smile. 

I hope you do one thing that scares you every day; that you make new friends who don’t always share your views. And that you learn about places halfway across the world, and push yourself to keep trying but forgive yourself when you don’t always meet your goals.  

I hope you smile at least once every day, and that you surround yourself with people who are kind and funny and honest. I hope you find a place where your happiness is permanent, not temporary. I hope you find that place in yourself."

What are you looking forward to this year?
Let us know below!


We are looking forward to more magical moments like these ones:

Until next time, stay sweet!

Photography: Nicole Leever | Quote: Sue Zhao | Videography: Garydee Films + Tyson J. Henderson | Music: "He is We - All About Us" + "COAV - Waves" + "Bird Passengers - When I'm Up"

What We Loved

Last month we had the opportunity to work with Shannon and Andrew on their #BestDayEver. It was a beautiful rustic wedding set in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts with a quaint reception at Fort Mason. It's the details that makes a wedding a success. Here are some deets that we loved. From the DYI signs to the custom napkins, this wedding was a hit!!

Nothing Sweeter Than Honey

Hey Honeys!

Hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine as much as we are. We put together some summer recipes that we tried with our very own honey, the perfect ingredient for a sweet treat. These goodies are perfect for a summer snack or a wedding dessert. Enjoy!

With Love,

Honey + Twine

 

 

HONEY CUPCAKES WITH HONEY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
a recipe by Lauren Kapeluck
{makes 1 dozen cupcakes}

For the Honey Cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In medium bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.   Set aside.
  3. In small bowl mix together wet ingredients: buttermilk, honey and vanilla.  Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until combined.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients, alternating starting and ending with dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Using ice cream scoop fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

For the Honey Cream Cheese Frosting:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons honey
yellow food coloring (optional)
yellow sugar sprinkles

  1. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until combined.
  2. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and continue to mixing scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Mix in honey.
  4. If desired, add a few drops of yellow food coloring to slightly tint the icing.
  5. Place the icing in a piping bag fitted with a round decorating tip and swirl the frosting on top of the cooled cupcake, going in a circular motion.
  6. Top with yellow sugar sprinkles.

 

HONEY POPS

Author: Chana Scop

Serves: About 20 lollipops

 

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour honey in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. If you have a candy thermometer, use it to tell you when the honey reaches about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. It'll take about 10 minutes. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test the honey by dropping a bit of it into a cup of ice water. If it hardens (like candy) it's ready. If not, keep on boiling.
  2. *Keep a super close eye on your honey. It will seem like nothings happening for a while, then it will increase in temperature very quickly. It's better to test often and too soon, than to miss the mark and burn a batch.
  3. When the honey reaches 300 degrees, remove it from the burner.
  4. Pour small circles on the silpat mat or a piece of parchment paper. After pouring five or so circles, stop and put the lollipop sticks in each circle of honey. Give the sticks a little twist to be sure they're really stuck in there. Continue creating small honey circles on the mat, stopping every few minutes to put in the sticks.
  5. Allow them to cool and harden on the counter completely at room temperature, about a half hour.
  6. To store, wrap them with a bit of plastic wrap and secure them with string or a twist tie or package them in individual cell packets tied with string. Adorn with a cute personalized labels and tags!

 

 

MINI HONEY PECAN CHEESECAKES

Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell

Serves: 12

 

INGREDIENTS

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 8 oz. blocks Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c Tate + Lyle honey Granules
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla

Pie Crust:

  • 2 c Pecans, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt butter and add crushed pecans.
  3. Form the pecan mixture into 1 inch balls and place them in your mini cheesecake pan.
  4. Use tamper to firmly press the pecan ball in to the bottom of the pan.
  5. In bowl beat cream cheese, honey granules, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Add flour slowly, mixing it in completely.
  7. Pour cheesecake mixture over pecan crusts, filling each tin almost to the top.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely.

 

 

 

Thank you to:

Homemade Interest

Evermine Occasions

The Cake Blog

Borrowed & Blue Q + A!

Honey & Twine Weddings and Events’ Q&A with Borrowed & Blue

 

If you’re looking for a wedding planner, look no further. Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, teamed up with Honey & Twine Weddings and Events for an in-depth interview to give couples a closer look into our event planning services.

 

Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:  

 

  1. If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day?

    Ah! There are so many great moments that make up the day. One of my favorites would have to be the couple’s first dance. By now, any stress or worry they may have had has been eased and they are just loving their special moment together. It’s when we know that our work has been done right and get to enjoy the love and happiness that is written on their faces.

 

  1. Describe your event aesthetic in three words.

While we design weddings catered to each unique couple, my favorite style has always been a combination of vintage, intimacy and elegance. Less can always be more, and we enjoy creating a style that feels personal and timeless—while always keeping it classy.

   

  1. The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?

I always start with asking them how everything is going. While they are usually newly engaged, they are also suddenly very aware that they need to plan a wedding, and some couples come to me already stressed! This helps us both start on the same page, and with a check in on how they feel in these moments. I find it eases couples right away to get any stress, out of the way so that we can enjoy the rest of our meetings.

 

  1. Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged?

  1. Take time to enjoy what’s coming! While at times the stress can pile up, this is a beautiful journey that isn’t to be forgotten or looked over. Enjoy every tasting you attend, choosing the music to represent you and your fiance, and most of all, take the whole day in! It’s easy to let the day consume you and we are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s one of the best days of your life—let’s make sure you remember every detail!

  2. Plan your needs first. I’ve found that many couples get caught up on things that other people want, and what might be expected as the right thing to do. This is your special day! Ignore all the things you’ve heard about, and choose the details and plans that will make you happiest on your wedding day! Everyone else will enjoy the day you put together, because at the end of it all, they are there for you.

  3. Don’t forget the reason behind it all. While we are be busy planning the wedding, it’s easy to forget we are planning a celebration of you and your fiance and the first day of your future. Behind all the plans and details, it’s about the two of you. Go on dates, enjoy the engagement! Don’t get too caught up on what’s being planned and forget that the best part is what comes after the wedding day.

 

  1. Your thoughts on DIY weddings?

Pinterest fools many of us that think we can DIY through everything, but sometimes we just can’t. Many brides go into their wedding wanting to be a part of the creative aspect and make their own signage, favors, decor, etc. The problem is, especially with a high guest count, they misjudge the amount of time and money that it will actually take! Not to mention the frustration if it doesn’t turn out to look just like the picture. If you’re going to DIY, make sure it’s something doable and have it well thought out. Otherwise, let’s find a third party that can get it done quickly and at a better cost!

 

  1. What would your ideal wedding colors be?

I love the look that comes with simple off white linens, light greenery for the florals, and a slight pop of color. Whether it’s a nice hue of orange, or a bright red—the simplicity mixed with a vibrant color looks great in any season!

 

  1. The most important part of wedding planning?

At Honey & Twine, we believe the most important part of planning a wedding is making sure to plan a day that represents the couple getting married. We want the welcome table to be a look at the two of you together, the favor to represent something special that you want your guests to take with them, and for all your guests to look around and feel the love from great relationship that they are celebrating!

 

Book Honey & Twine Weddings and Events for your event today! Thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A.











 

Our First Dance Favorites

Hey Honeys!

We know how difficult it is trying to pick the perfect song for the perfect day. We put together the ultimate list of songs that our first dance favorites! Hopefully you'll find ones that won't be heard at each wedding you attend this year! Enjoy :)

 

 

1) "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Haley Reinhart 

We are obsessing over this Elvis Presley cover right now! It's the perfect combination of slow instrumentals and powerful vocals that will bring the guests watching to tears as the bride and groom waltz across the dance floor. 

 

2) "Only You" by Joshua Radin

First of all, Joshua Radin is a favorite artist of mine. Second, this is an uncommon, and beautiful choice that will definitely stick out from other soft first dance songs!

 

3) "Marry Me" by Train

Who doesn't love Train?! Also, he asks the girl to marry him each and every day. You cannot get more romantic than this!!

 

4) "Together" by Brandon and Leah

Brandon is Caitlyn Jenner's son and is in a duo with his high school sweetheart and now wife, Leah. Fangirling about the backstory aside, the song itself is about the going through life together with your partner. Very Sweet!

 

5) "Mess Is Mine" by Vance Joy

 Sweet folksy sound + strong vocals + an uncommon pick = great choice!

 

6) "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran

I couldn't resist putting one of the king of romance's songs on here. This song, besides being perfect, has a great buildup, which I think is necessary for a first dance song. 

 

7) "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

This is a cute song that one probably wouldn't think to consider.. Hear me out and give this one a chance! It's a fun, quirky choice for those couple's looking for a more upbeat first dance!

 

8) "Work Song" by Hozier

I went to a wedding recently that used this as their first dance choice and loved it! Tugging at the depths of your heart when you think about having your loved one come back from the grave for their beloved.. 

 

9) "XO" by John Mayer

Okay, so John Mayer is obviously bae, but then he covered a Queen Bey song? The feels...

 

10) "Yellow" by Coldplay

We have all heard this one. Have you actually listened to the lyrics though? Try to find more truly romantic words than: "For you, I'll bleed myself dry". Perfect choice for professing your love on the dance floor.

 

I hope you found a few songs that would fit your perfect day! Comment below with the song that you and yours truly chose for your first dance. We'd love to hear all the great options :)

'Till next time, Honeys!

Sweetly,

H&T

Photo Credit: Dinner for Two by Kitchen Charm

 

 

 

The Biggest Wedding Trend of 2016

While 2016 still loves romantic lighting and rustic charm, the biggest trend taking over this year is as simple as it gets: minimalistic! 

This trend no longer requires lavish flower arrangements, glamorous venues, and luxurious foods. Couples are leaning more towards wispy greenery, industrial settings, and comfort foods. This trend may sound a little too relaxed for some brides but this style is so simple that you can go any direction with it. It also saves couples a ton of money and who doesn't love that? Below we'll list categories and the recent minimalistic approach couples are taking on them.

Dress: 

Jenny Yoo Collection

Jenny Yoo Collection

Venue:

Amy Gawlick/ Prospect House/ Green Wedding Shoes

Amy Gawlick/ Prospect House/ Green Wedding Shoes

Florals: 

Jemma Keech Photography/ Brides 

Jemma Keech Photography/ Brides 

Tables:

Amy Arrington Photography/ Southern Weddings

Amy Arrington Photography/ Southern Weddings

Peaches & Mint Photography/ Wedding Sparrow

Peaches & Mint Photography/ Wedding Sparrow

Food: 

Photo by Amy & Stuart/ The Knot

Photo by Amy & Stuart/ The Knot

Cake: 

Loft Photography/ Ruffled Blog 

Loft Photography/ Ruffled Blog 

Sometimes less really is more. How do you feel about this simplistic trend?

Sea of Love Styled Shoot

Here in San Francisco, we've been inspired by the fog that rolls in every evening, creating an air of soft romance. We can't help but be swept away by the quiet wildness of love and the sea. Our Sea of Love shoot below took inspiration from natural ocean elements: pearls and shimmering fish scale jewelry, seaweed invitations, sea glass calligraphy, and flowers that look like they could have washed ashore from an enchanted island.

We hope you love this cool tone, charming beach shoot as much as we do! Please like, comment, or share.

Styling: Honey & Twine Weddings and Events, Designer: Tria

Photography: Andria Lo

Florals: Ha Rue Floral Design Studio

Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs

Rentals: Pieces By Violet

Hair & Makeup: Julie Dy

Model: Charis Briley

Tattoos: Shimmer Tatts