A Year in Review

Let’s just start by saying that I feel extremely embarrassed, considering I haven’t  “blogged” since July of 2017! I blinked and here we are!  Trust me when I say I meant to blog, to post after each event, to share DYI ideas and random thoughts…but life happened, and I failed miserably on that mission. However, rather than feeling guilty about it, I will try to focus on all the things that I did accomplish, and I like to think they are the reason I didn’t have a chance to blog.

2018 was an incredible year for Say I Do to Details! It was also challenging in many different ways. We planned just about 50 events in total, we made new friends, we learned new lessons, and we opened our own office! (Office, Store, Studio, Party Shop, Girl Gang Hub) – Opening our own location was a long time dream of ours. As event planners, we don’t “need” an office, as we meet clients on site, coffee shops, and we can even handle our meetings virtually through Video Calls. But as our brand grew, and so did our dreams, having an office was like a “trophy” for us. So we decided to pursue this dream of ours. We stumbled upon a location in Redondo Beach, we contacted the agent, (with excitement and a LOT OF fear,) and we made an offer! Our exact words were ” If it is meant to be, it will find its way” – and so it did ! Our offer was accepted, and we took on this huge but rewarding responsibility! We remodeled for almost two months. We turned the place around, and created the space of our dreams!

To celebrate our victory, we had a soft opening party in late May, and our store is now open Monday – Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Meetings are done by appointment only. If you haven’t had a chance to come by, please come say hi soon.

Here are a few photos, from concept to reality,  including a before and after!


This major milestone in our event planning career, have been an amazing adventure this far and we are so excited for what 2019 will bring to our little space. We are almost done with the store website, and we plan to focus our marketing efforts, so we can hopefully become the number 1 party boutique in the South Bay.

Back to the many things that kept us busy this year, to be exact, we did 29 weddings, and 21 events! We worked at the new venues, met new vendors, built new relationships, and embraced the Community Over Competition movement, where we partner, support and help fellow industry planners and vendors.

Looking back in January 2018, we started the year with a fusion Indian/American wedding at the Natural History Museum Downtown in Los Angeles. Christine and Adi tied the knot at the Dinosaur Hall, and had the cutest DYI centerpieces made by the bride’s family. These centerpieces were made out of straws, and you would have never known, unless I told you.

Still in January, we had a wedding at the beloved South Bay event space, Smoky Hollow. Hannah and Jason had a ceremony at the beautiful church in Palos Verdes, followed by a reception at Smoky Hollow. Hannah’s dress give us all those Fairytale feels, not to mentioned how stunning she looked. Her flowers were also to die for, and her bouquet still got me speechless!

As we enter the month of February, we thank God we actually didn’t have any events. It just so worked out that this was the month in which we signed our lease, and our energy and focus had to be in our office. (as you can see from the previous pictures) Sandra took a much needed vacation to Brazil, where she recharged and came back ready to take on 2018.

March on the other hand, was a busy month! For me personally, it was a challenging one, as we had a destination wedding in San Juan Capistrano, and that was the first time I traveled without my daughter Dahlia Rose. We spent two long nights without each other. The events however, went without a glitch, and even the rain in San Juan Capistrano did not stop our beautiful event. We also also showered the beautiful now Mrs. Cayton and we also did our first wedding at the Ebell in Los Angeles.

Fast forward to April, and it was a busy month with a total of 5 events! We started the month with Sterling’s 4th Birthday party (3rd planned by us), followed by a “4.20” inspired wedding, (literally, with “weed favors” for guests), than three events on April 21st, at Carondelet and Smoky Hollow and China Town respectively,  and closing the month on April 28th with another beautiful event at the Natural History Museum.


And just like that it is May. May was special, as it was my first mother’s day. I spent time with my daughter and felt truly special. In the month of May, we also had a super fun Indian/American fusion wedding at Smoky Hollow. It was over a year planning with the sweetest bride Gwenn, and I was so pleased with the results. We also celebrated Joanna’s 8th birthday party, and planned the sweetest first birthday party for Maite.


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And just like that it is July!

It’s such an old saying, and we all have said it and we all continue to say over and over that “Time flies” – It does seems that time does not only flies, but it flies faster every year, and even faster when you are enjoying life and having fun. All of this to say, are we really already in the middle of July? Where did the past 6 + months go? As we look forward to all the events we still have coming up in the next half of 2017, and considering we have “neglected” our blog for the past few months, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do a mid-year recap and quickly summarize all of the fun events we have already done this year.

We started the year with the cutest 1st year birthday party! We celebrated Bianca’s birthday with colorful flowers, fresh fruit in the sweetest farmer’s market theme. Still in January, we showered Lily Damico to welcome her baby boy Nicholas. It was a very adorable woodland. Moving on to February, we did a beautiful wedding for Natalie and Andrew at Carondelet House, and we are so excited to know her wedding is soon to be featured! (Stay tuned)



With a blink of an eye, we are already into March, where we planned 5 events: A Sweet Sixteen, 3 weddings and 1 beautiful Engagement Party. Did I mention that 3 out of the 5 events were all on the same day? On March 11th, the Detailists were hard at work! We started in the morning setting-up for Lindsey and Michael’s Engagement Party (be sure to catch more photos on Kara’s party Ideas) and by mid-day, Sandra and Jacky headed to Smoky Hollow Studios for Jen and Ed’s wedding, while Liz and I went to Carondelet House to set-up for Hannah and Josh’s wedding. What an eventful day, (literally) to say the least! Fast forward one week, and we are back at Carondelet to celebrate a very special Irish Wedding on Saint Patricks Day. Sophia and Doyle tied the knot in a green and fun celebration!!


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Introducing Greenery

Drumroll please… PANTONE’s 2017 color of the year: Greenery! This refreshing and revitalizing shade is the perfect shade for bride’s to incorporate into their weddings as it is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.


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Engagement Season

Is there such a thing as an Engagement Season?! You bet there is!

Engagement season starts at Thanksgiving, and in theory ends on Valentine’s day. Study shows that most couples get engaged during the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and on Valentine’s day.

If you watch any TV, you will notice an increased amount of Jewelry, and engagement rings commercials during this time. (That is not by chance)

When were you proposed to?

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Nice to meet you!

Hello you,

We are so glad you have come across “the world” of Say I Do to Details! A world that is colorful, happy, and fun! Here you will find planning tips, design inspiration, DYI projects, and so much more. We will share our recent work, our crazy ideas, and our random thoughts. We hope you will get to see our personalities, learn about our individual styles, and even get to know our dreams!

So to start off our new adventure, please meet The Detailists:

Paola Franco

Main obsession: Nails

Favorite Accessory: Shoes (High Heels)

Favorite Food: Chocolate

Words to live by: Live, Love & Dance

Sandra Favero:

Main Obsession: Crafts

Favorite Accessory: Shoes

Favorite Food: Potatoes

Words to live by: Never give up

Jaclyn Mundy

Main Obsession: Synchronized Swimming

Favorite Accessory: A good Lipstick

Favorite Food: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Words to live by: Try your best and have fun

We look forward to sharing this journey with you!


Photos Credit: Anya Kernes Photography

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