Archive for June, 2010

Bride and Groom kissing at San Diego wedding If you’ve noticed that we’ve been on a little blogging hiatus the past week, it’s not because we’re lazy (promise).  Actually, we’ve been living it up in SoCal and celebrating the wedding of our brother Liam to his gorgeous girlfriend Caro!  Liam and Caro have an incredible story – he was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida with the Navy and she was living in Montreal, Canada as a mountie, and the two happened to meet in Rome.  It was love at first sight for these two and after returning from Rome they started a long distance relationship.  After five years together, Liam and Caro recently moved to San Diego and decided to tie the knot!!

Their wedding was completely unique; instead of going with a traditional venue, the two rented a fabulous beach house for the reception and held the ceremony on the sand in front of the house.  Friends and family came from all over the US and Canada to participate their celebration, which was intimate, laid-back, and chic.  We all had an amazing time and are so happy to welcome a new sister to the family!!  Who knows…maybe we will become a Four-Sister Team?! 😉

For now, check out some pics from Liam and Caro’s absolutely magical wedding weekend…

Beach ceremony site at San Diego wedding

The beach ceremony site

Bar and dancefloor at San Diego wedding

The downstairs bar and dancefloor

Reception site at San Diego wedding

Dinner was held on the house's second floor

Table assignments at San Diego wedding

Love the unique turquoise, red, and white color scheme. And the tables were named after important dates in their relationship - such a good idea!

Bride and beach house at San Diego wedding

The beautiful bride making her way down the aisle! There's also a great view of the house in the background.

Groom's siblings at San Diego wedding

The three of us girls with our brothers...not too shabby, huh?

Bridesmaids and Bride and Groom at San Diego wedding

The bridesmaid's looked great in their navy dresses with bright red flowers, and Caro's dress was one-of-a-kind and completely stunning. Plus, how cute are her red shoes?!

Congratulations to our brother Liam and our new sister Caro, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful wedding!!


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There are a lot of new tCatrina Maria Designs Logohings happening here at Catrina Maria Designs.  We just opened up our new space with Garden of Weedon and Jenn  Bartell, we nixed the name Arcularius Events in favor of something slightly easier to pronounce and remember, and we just completed our shiny new website!  Whew, we’ve been busy!  We are just lovin’ our new site and we hope you do too – there are lots of galleries to check out and information on “Green with Envy, “ our new focus on green wedding planning.  So, take a look at our new site and let us know if you think it’s as fabulous as we do!

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We had such a great time at the grand opening parties for our new studio space in downtown Sacramento!  We celebrated on Thursday night and on Second Saturday with great food from Tres Hermanas (get it? tres hermanas…three sisters), delicious homemade sangria, and lots of fabulous company!!  We were so happy that so many people came to check out our new space and celebrate with us – check out all of our photos from the events below.

Our new space!
Catrina Maria Designs magazine features
Catrina Maria Designs table with Garden of Weedon floral design

Yet another incarnation of the glass-topped table

Florals by Garden of Weedon Floral Design
Jenn Bartell Photography and Catrina Maria Designs Logos

Garden of Weedon Logo

Catrina of Catrina Maria Designs and 2Chic Events
Catrina and the lovely ladies of 2Chic Events
Jenn Bartell PhotographyChandelier at Catrina Maria Designs studio
Lounge space at Catrina Maria Designs studio
Three-sister team of Catrina Maria Designs
The three sisters – Mairead, Catrina, and Marianna
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us, we can’t wait to really begin using this fantastic space!

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This Thursday the three sisters here at Arcularius Events will be busy celebrating the grand opening of our new studio space in downtown Sacramento.  We’re sharing the space with Garden of Weedon Boutique Floral Design and Instruction and Jenn Bartell Photography and Design, which means our new space will practically be wedding planning heaven!  Moreover, Arcularius Events is undergoing a name change and will soon become Catrina Maria Event Planning & Design.  What better way to celebrate a new space and a new name than with a party?  The studio is at 2418 K Street in Sacramento, so feel free to stop by anytime between 5 and 10 PM to check out our new digs.  For those who can’t make it on Thursday our doors will be open for Second Saturday as well…that means there’s no excuse not to come!!

We hope to see you all there!!!
-Catrina, Marianna, and Mairead

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The Knot: what bride-to-be doesn’t love it?  We totally love the Knot, too, and were ridiculously excited when we were picked as one of The Knot’s 2010 Best of Weddings vendors.  Besides all the warm fuzzies that we got from receiving this award, we also got to attend the 2010 Knot Networking Bash in what may be San Francisco’s coolest venue, the California Academy of Sciences.  We got to meet tons of wedding professionals from Northern California and learn all about what The Knot is up to, all while surrounded by the Academy’s gorgeous exhibits.  It was definitely a party to remember – check out all our pics from the event below!

The Academy was given a modern nightclub feel with chic lounge areas scattered around the building
Lounge at California Academy of Sciences
Another lounge at California Academy of Sciences
Seating in front of penguins at California Academy of Sciences
We fell in love with the earthy centerpieces, which included lots of succulents and biodegradable pots, and which perfectly complemented the safari feel of the decorations
Succulent centerpiece at California Academy of SciencesAnother centerpiece at California Academy of Sciences
BBC did a fantastic job catering the event, offering fun specialty cocktails, delicious fresh finger food, and yummy cupcakes
BBC Catering at California Academy of Sciences
Catrina and Marianna at California Academy of Sciences
All in all we had a wonderful time, met great people, and fell in love with The Knot even more!  Thanks again to all who nominated us for the 2010 Knot Best of Weddings!

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We’re a little slow in getting around to posting this, but we just have to share how ecstatic we are that we earned a spot in in the top three of the KCRA A-List!!  We know that there were a lot of wedding planners nominated this year, so we feel extremely grateful to have made it to the top!  Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us and wrote such lovely reviews – we couldn’t have done it without you!!

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