Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Sneak Peek and Inspiration for Saturday's Wedding

Hi Guys!

I thought it might be fun to share some sneak peeks of the inspiration that went into this weekend's wedding for G+A.  I'm so excited for this lovely couple as they create a new family together.  They have truly been a delight to work with and I think I might be a bit of a cryer on this one...

We loved the draping for this Ceremony spot with iron lanterns and gorgeous garland.  
Photo by The Nichols

Our main inspiration image from this stunner at Haiku Mill.  
We loved the long tables and fantastically romantic chandeliers!  
We'll switch out the gold chairs for silver and have tall silver centerpieces in between the chandeliers.
Photo by Aaron Delesie

La Tavola's new linens will please this polka dot loving bride!  
We're pairing it with silver ball chargers and a gray-purple linen napkin.

Can't wait to celebrate G+A on Saturday!  





Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Monday!

This weekend was full of beauty (I don't get to say that every weekend so I'm going to brag a little :)

RSE's third wedding of 2014 was held at Stable Cafe, coincidentally where I got married in February.  The charming space clearly holds a lot of special memories for me.  And it was an honor to help Whitney and Eric host their beautiful day there.  I'll be sure to share more photos soon but I'll leave you with this sweet sentiment for the beginning of the work week.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Our Rehearsal Dinner

As of today, I've been a happily married woman for three months.  Can't believe how quickly that happened!

I figured it's time to go ahead and show some fun wedding details.  I'll start with our Rehearsal Dinner which was hosted at The Wayfare Tavern, one of our favorite SF restaurants.  Celebrity chef, Tyler Florence does his thing there and the food always amazes!  Additionally, it has a distinctly NYC feel which is very special to us as NYC is the city we met and fell in love in.

The only photo of us from our Rehearsal Dinner.  
Really wish we had hired our photographer for this night too :(  
I had met Taylor's sister for an awesome blow-out at Dry Bar earlier that day to ease a little stress and to catch-up with my soon-to-be sister over mimosas!  Taylor bought me the dress when we were out running errands one day from Betabrand, an SF start-up.  
And my Alice and Olivia shoes have tiny red hearts on them for our Valentines Day celebration. 

We reserved the Bartlett Room upstairs which is long and skinny.  It features a view into their wine collection on one side and lush velvet curtained windows on the other side.  There's a bar at one end and a screen at the other end where you can play your own videos or watch enchanting black and white scenes of old San Francisco, we did both!  The long dinner table was perfect for our family style meal.  
We first hosted a private dinner for our family and then opened up the rest of the evening to all guests.  This worked perfectly for us as we wanted to give special time to our family but also wanted to see all of our friends who had flown in to be with us. 

 Since it happened to fall on Valentines Day, I made up a little sweets table in the front of the room with vintage Valentine candies and my mother's heart shaped rice krispie treats.

I bought vintage Valentines off of Etsy and hand wrote all of our 
dinner guests names in gold for place cards.  
We now have our "Bride" and "Groom" place cards framed 
with the personalized menu below in our kitchen.


The dinner was delicious and we had the sweetest toasts from family members.  At the end of the meal, we played a slideshow that my mother made for us of pictures of Taylor and I growing up and then as a couple too.  It was emotional and beautiful and later when our friends started to arrive, we couldn't believe how many people were there to celebrate us.  It's truly one of the most overwhelmingly awesome things you realize when you host your own wedding.  More from the big day later...off to make my husband a little three monthiversary surprise!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Zara Home for your Event!

This morning I stumbled upon Zara Home's site.  I'm sure I'm late to the game (typical,) but am newly obsessed!  I think a lot of their pieces would make great statement pieces for weddings/parties.  For our wedding this February (photos soon!), I brought in a lot of pieces from our own home to make it even more special to us as a couple.  Now when I see them in our home, I am instantly transported back to the day we said "I Do" among all of our favorite people.

The items below from Zara would be so cool as party decor then used again in your home!  Also, I'm experimenting with Photoshop now, please be patient with me as I teach myself :)

Tablecloth, Rug, Gold Candles : Zara Home
Dress : Zara
Wedges : Kate Spade



Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Dream Fulfilled

It may seem minor, but today, I filled a dream of mine, working from bed!

When I started working for myself a few weeks back, I kept thinking, one of these days, I'm going to get up, make coffee, and get right back in bed with my laptop.  Meetings/site visits/etc. have prohibited that from happening until today.  And I have to say, man, this is a nice, comfy way to work!

It's the little things...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here We Go Again!

I started this little ole blog a few years ago and had so much fun with it.  However, solely writing about my favorite things while enjoyable, seemed to lack a bit of direction.  Inevitably, I lost steam about two years in and my blogging faded as my work/social life bloomed.

Now that I've jumped ship on a full-time job and wandered into the scary world of working for myself, I think I've finally found a direction again for the blog.  I'll be sharing some of what I've worked on over the past couple of years and also where I hope to go!  I hope my remaining readers will enjoy all that Ryder Sloan Events has to offer!

Here are some gorgeous images from our clients Sera and Sean's NYC wedding at Public from November 2012, oh yeah, we're takin' it way back to get started!  All photos by the talented PhotoJJ.


More images featured on Jenny J's blog HERE and Style Me Pretty.  

Thanks guys and Happy Hump Day!




Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ryder Sloan Events

After years of dreaming, I have finally started my own event planning company!  Ryder Sloan Events is now open for business!  Well, officially, as of November I was open but now I've applied for the LLC, created a website, had a custom logo designed, helped two lovely brides to plan their nuptials and even have one more on the books.  So far, so good.

With the creation of the new website, seen HERE, I was encouraged to include a link to my little ole blog here.  I agreed, however, I'm incredibly embarrassed as I haven't actually blogged since last May.  So here we go!  Back in the blogger game.  Hoping to keep it up although no promises.  My RSE Facebook page HERE is definitely the best way to keep up with the new company.

For my first post back though, I thought I'd share an image per month for the last ten months I've been away.  Hope I still have some readers out there, if not, this will just be a fun exercise for me at least to remember a great year :)

June: Purchased a new camera for my trip with KTW to Tokyo!  Trip was amazing, will try to share photos soon, unfortunately they're on another computer so my new camera will have to do, it's pretty right?

July: Saw Mates of State at the Independent (officially a groupie now I think after five shows), their opening band was The Stepkids and we loved their white screen, white outfits and crazy graphic light show.  This would be so fun to do at an event, great backdrop! 

August: Did day-of coordination on my own for the first time for an Amy Nichols Special Events wedding who I've been freelancing with for almost two years now.  It was such a magical day and furthered my desire to pursue my own company!  

 September: Went to Berkeley for the Edward Sharpe Show, proclaimed it one of the best experiences at a concert that I'v ever had.

 October: Hosted a Halloween party, glittered some pumpkins and used blue hydrangeas to decorate.

 November: My first wedding under Ryder Sloan Events for sweet Sera and Sean.  We even did all the florals seen here on the floor of their room at the Bowery Hotel. I lived in NYC for five years and never made it to the flower mart, bucket list item checked!

 December: Sorry for the grainy photo...hosted dinner for my Cookbook Club and was able to use those same glittery pumpkins as place cards.

 January: 2nd Ryder Sloan Events wedding for Jenn and Ben, first sword arch at a wedding.  Love this so so so much!

February: Family visited and we spent a day in Napa.  Their trips are always bittersweet, I hate dropping them off at the airport.

March: Perhaps our biggest news, we've bought a condo!  We get the keys Monday and start renovations right away.  Looking forward to sharing some before and afters!

It's good to be back, thanks for reading!