What a busy night! On April 30 I attended three events in about three hours; all of them were very entertaining and resourceful. I had the opportunity to see old friends and colleagues, and meet new professionals. I love the San Diego event and wedding planning scene!
The “tour de force” started with the Bloomingdale’s Pre-Wedding Party at the Fashion Valley store, one of my favorite locations to start your wedding registry. Isabelle von Boch (from the internationally renowned company Villeroy & Boch – see our March post) was one of the guests, and Kathy Wright created a breathtaking tablescape in peacock and cantaloupe. When I mentioned to Kathy that one of my recent Tavolozzas was “Peacock and Apricot” (see it in my April posts), she said “Two great minds think alike!” What an honor…
Julie and Robbie Frans of Dining Details, the featured caterer, spoiled all of us with delicious tastings from tray-passed hors d’oeuvres to a fabulous wild mushroom risotto to a mouth-watering asparagus soup. They gave demonstrations and prepared their creations in the store’s kitchen department.
Desserts featured cure cookies in different colors from Dazzle M Desserts, each one so tempting!
Second stop was the 20th Anniversary of Waters Catering at Diamond View Tower, also known as The Ultimate Skybox, with a gorgeous view of downtown and Petco Park. What a lovely event! Flash drives were distributed in lieu of gift bags to all the guests with “green” advice from Waters, and the food (catered by Andrew Spurgin’s team) was phenomenal. M Bride presented more show-stopping gowns from their bridal collection, everybody admired linens in different colors and textures from Irene at A Perfect Table, and gorgeous arrangements from Tricia at The Floral Department.
Third and last stop was the Grand Opening of Suite & Tender, the newest trendy spot in San Diego inside the Se’ Hotel (read my April post). A clubby crowd filled the Dodd Mitchell-designed venue while great music, exceptional food by award-winning chef Christopher Lee (lobster, short ribs, decadent chocolate) and unusual stations (vodka-Tabasco-oyster shots anyone?) kept the party going. The after-party was, of course, at the beautiful Siren, located on the rooftop deck, with special performances by geishas gently waving feathered fans in bright colors by the pool.