This bat mitzvah is the perfect party for the artists in your life, no matter how young or old they are.  Coordinated by Pop Color Events and shot by Powell Woulfe Photography, this beautiful mitzvah is an explosion of color that will fill anyone with joy!  Check out these galleries and get ready to draw some inspiration from this gorgeous gathering.  😉😍

Like with pretty much every party we see, there is so much we’re obsessed with (sorry, not sorry 🤷🏼‍♀️).  One of the many things we love is the artist palette signage sprinkled throughout the Loft at 600F.  Each sign has sayings on art, color, and life, with calligraphy by Shrimp Salad Circus — a perfect decor addition for this celebration! 🎨❤️

“Colors are the smiles of nature” ― Leigh Hunt

We love this Leigh Hunt quote and believe it’s one of the most exact statements to describe the stunning flowers by EightTree Street.  Roses, ranunculus, anemones, peonies and more are featured in these arrangements, and we cannot get enough of their vibrant colors!  The flowers scream happiness, and it’s clear to see why many artists are inspired by nature.

The colorful creations don’t stop at the gorgeous flowers!  The birthday girl lucked out and got some of the cutest desserts created by Simply Sabrina.  The beautiful watercolor cake was accompanied with cookies and cupcakes in the shape of palettes and paint brushes.  Each goodie was its own piece of art and perfect for the birthday of a budding artist.

What’s your favorite part of this fun, vivid bat mitzvah?  The mini, personalized paint sets for each guest?  The watercolor invitations?  Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Gathring!

Vendor Credits: 📷 Powell Woulfe Photography | Planning Pop Color Events | 💌InvitingLee |🖋 Shrimp Salad Circus | 💐 EightTree Street | 🍰 Simply Sabrina | Hair & Makeup TCBeauty | Details & Gifts Party Favorites | Dresses It’s My Party Consignment  | Venue Loft at 600F


Wedding Wednesdays Q&A answered by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Q:  My parents are divorced.  My dad is remarried and my mother has a boyfriend.  While I get along with my parents and their respective significant others, they don’t get along with each other.  To make matters more complicated, my fiancé’s parents are also divorced and also don’t get along with each other.  While I’m excited about the wedding and I want them all there, I’m also really nervous.  How is this all going to work?  How do I make this work?

Thank you for sharing your situation and your question.  I know this is a really sensitive situation.  And there is a lot of emotion wrapped up into it.  You’re happy and excited, but you’re understandably worried about what could happen with divorced parents.

So, first off, while divorced parents can be a bit of a nightmare with you in the middle, keep in mind that they love you.  No matter what else is going on, they love you.  They ALL love you.

And because they love you, they’re going to be on their best behavior.  Because unless you have particularly selfish parents, they don’t want to ruin your wedding day.  They want you to be happy.  And they know that requires them to be happy and not fighting.

With that being said, it doesn’t hurt for you to take some precautions.  It can only help make you feel better and ensure a happy wedding day.

Bride and groom kissing on the beach at their Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)


So, I’d start by having a conversation.  It will be uncomfortable for sure, but have it.  Sit down with them, all individually and discuss not only their involvement in the planning (and how involved you want them to be), but your request.

And what’s your request?  That they try not to fight for your sake.  That it would make you happy if they could just be happy and excited for you.

Tell them that you love them and that it’s important they’re all a part of your wedding.  But, you need them to be civil.  They don’t have to be best friends, just civil.  If they love you (and they do), they’ll agree.

Groom and the father of the groom having a moment together before the ceremony at a Hawaii wedding on the Big Island by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Emily Piraino)


Then when it comes to the planning itself, involve them as much or as little as you want.  But, if you involve them, keep them separate.  Maybe your mom comes dress shopping with you, and your dad helps pick the wine.

Don’t force them to work together or talk to each other if they don’t have to.  It will just be easier if they’re separate.  And keep it all happier.

But, if there is an instance where your parents need to be working together, give them a heads up.  That way they can prepare and know what they need to do.

As you’re working through things like invitations, dances and your ceremony, you may run into some sticky situations.  If so, do what will make you happy and will cause you the least amount of stress.

And if you really want something to happen that could be a problem, talk to your parents about it and see if they’re on board.

Mother of the bride helping the bride get ready on her wedding day by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)


And then most importantly, on your wedding day, be very careful how you seat them.  Think about both your ceremony and reception.

Strategically place your parents so that they don’t have to sit next to each other.  Create some buffer if they’re in the same row or on the same table.  But, if you can pick different rows and different tables for all of them, that’s even better.

Once again, this just makes it easier for them to be civil.  The less interaction they have to have, the easier it will be for them.  And thus, happier for you.

One issue you may run into with this is fairness.  You don’t want one parent to feel like they aren’t as important.  So, try to be as equal as you can in terms of placement so that everyone feels like they’re close to you.

And if you can’t be equal, just do your best.  And then you can let them know ahead of time and explain the situation so they aren’t surprised.

Bridal processional with her parents at Chapel of our Lady for a San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

I know dealing with divorced parents is not easy.  And planning a wedding while having to keep your parents and their issues in mind is just one more thing to worry about.  But, if you take precautions and try to make it as easy as you can for them, it will make it easier for you.

And then you can have them involved, but do it in a way that keeps everyone happy.

Do you have a wedding planning question?  Let us know in a comment below and we’ll answer it in an upcoming post.






Can you feel it?  Fall is coming.  Summer is over and it’s back to school time.  And while you may not be in school, the seasonal shift is a good time to take stock of your wedding and look forward.

Things may have fallen to the wayside during the summer holidays, vacations and beach time.  And that’s ok!  Everyone needs down time from work, from your normal routine, even from your wedding.

But, now is the perfect time to get back on track so that your wedding is everything you want it to be.


Bride and groom having fun on some old train tracks at their wine country wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: VAS Photo)

Step #1 – Schedule it out

It’s time to take stock of what you’ve done and how much time you have left.  So, take a look at your timeline and your to do list.  What have you accomplished? Congratulate yourself on what you’ve done, because it’s great!

Now, take a look at what you’re behind on.  What didn’t get completed?  Or what decisions do you still need to make?  It’s ok, don’t feel bad.  Everyone falls behind at some point.

And then you want to look ahead.  What do you have left to do?

Then take your list and make a new schedule from now to your wedding day.  Space out the items you have to take care of.  This includes the items you still haven’t done and the future items you need to do.

This will help to right the ship and get your wedding back on track if you’ve gone a little astray.

This also gives you due dates to shoot for which is always helpful.  And it also allows you to pace yourself so you’re not doing everything all at once.

Bride and groom walking to an art installation sculpture at their Cornerstone Sonoma wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

Step #2 – Go shopping

Now that you have your new schedule, it’s time to get what you need.  You won’t be shopping for pencils and notebooks, but it could be your wedding dress or rings.  You may still need to register or get your marriage license.  Maybe you’re looking into decor.  Or perhaps you need to start hiring vendors.

Take a look at what you need and start researching.  Figure out what you want and take a look at some options.  Then talk to some people and make a decision.

Most of these items can’t be done in a day (although some easy items might be), so starting early gives you time.  It gives you time to go through the process and make a decision that makes sense for your wedding.  Which gets your wedding back on track and moving forward.

Wedding rings on a sari at a Indian Chinese wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

Step #3 – Get stuff done!

This is a great time for some reflection.  Not just on what you’ve done like in step #1, but where you’re spending your time.  And how you’re feeling.  Reflection can help you assess what’s working (and what isn’t) so you can move forward in the best way possible.

The biggest job you’ll have when planning your wedding is making decisions.  And it can also be the hardest because you need info in order to make a decision.

But, in order to get stuff done you have to make decisions.  That’s how you move forward.

If you’re struggling because you can’t seem to move forward, it’s time to assess how you can help that.  Take a look at where you’re spending your time and if you want to be spending your time there.  Take a look at what frustrates you or is hard for you and then ask for help.

You won’t be asking a teacher, but you can get help from a pro wedding planner.  Get help to make the areas that are either hard for you or things you don’t want to do, easier.

This will make planning your wedding so much easier because then you can focus on making decisions.  And in turn, get stuff done and get your wedding back on track!

Bride looking up at her soon to be husband at their first look at a destination wedding in Sonoma by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

Summertime can be a little lazy and we all need a little lazy in our lives.  But, now is the time to get your wedding back on track.  Whether you’re a little behind or a lot behind, take the time now to go through these 3 steps to get your wedding back on track.  So, that you don’t end up super stressed at the end.

And if you need help to move forward and get stuff done, contact us today.  We can help you whether you’re just starting out or whether you’re right in the middle of planning your wedding.  It’s never too late to get some help!


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San Francisco, CA:  Sunday Oct 14th, 2018  & Saturday Oct 20th, 2018
Winters, CA:  Saturday Oct 27th, 2018
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Happy Monday! We hope your week is off to a running start, and we’re excited that Cinematt Films is brimming with new ideas and creative endeavors that are sure to show themselves in the coming months. Not to mention that each new wedding we shoot gets us newly inspired to do what we do with a passion.

Here are a few things you may have missed lately: 


Emily + Henry

This wedding is beyond classic perfection. Emily and Henry are as different as can be, but make an awesome duo. We had the best time capturing every beautiful, timeless detail at their Pullman Hotel San Francisco Bay wedding.

Head over to the blog for their full film, including a liquid nitrogen ice cream popup, one-on-one interviews with the bride and groom, and a ton of sweet toasts.

Judy + Pablo

The iconic Calistoga Ranch is such an idyllic setting for a California wedding; we are thoroughly smitten with this venue. There are so many things to love about this couple’s big day – a sweet first look, touching toasts, a beautiful ceremony made wonderfully sweet with a gaggle of ring-bearers (or in this case, sign-bearers!) as well as a black-tie pup! Add in a breathtaking cake and endless dancing in the Calistoga Ranch Wine Cave, and these guests were in for an unforgettable event.

See their entire film on the blog now, and get inspired!

Instagram –

If you’re not following Matthieu, you really should! He posts behind the scenes photos from his shoots, insider looks at his gear, and amazing views from wherever his office happens to be that day. If you’re ready to get some #wanderlust on your feed, it’s with this world traveler!

Have a wonderful Monday, and we’ll see you later this week with another fabulous love story caught on camera.

– The Cinematt Team