Tablescape at Ponte Winery-Rustic Vineyard Elegance
April 4, 2010

I had the pleasure of working on four tablescapes with the talented Kelly Manson of The Olive Rose. I’m a huge fan of Kelly’s floral designs, so this was an exciting collaboration. Below is one of four tablescapes we worked on at breathtaking Ponte Winery in Temecula. We call this tablescape, Rustic Vineyard Elegance.

Thank you to the talented Jessica and Robert of Jessica Elizabeth Photography for taking these magnificent photos!

The underlay consists of a silver charmeuse satin linen. To convey that rustic feeling, we placed a chocolate charmeuse satin linen on top and left it blowing in the wind…..a bit crooked too. Yes, we did that on purpose to achieve just the right look! To compliment, silver cushions were placed on fruitwood chiavari chairs. A very special thank you to Fusion for the beautiful linens.

Notice how Kelly used a mixture of Leonida, Black Bacara and Black Velvet Roses to make the table pop with color against the chocolate linen. I borrowed that embroidered lamp from my parents’ home. I saw it and couldn’t resist. I think it fits in just perfectly!

The napkins are a chocolate pintuck. Resting on top is one of my custom favor boxes that I love to make for brides looking for something a little more original to match their decor/color schemes.

Oh yeah, these are my very favorite charger plates! I love them so much, I keep them on my table at home all the time. You never know when an unexpected guest will stop by; I believe your table should always look great for entertaining.

Don’t you think this would be the perfect setting for a proposal? All you guys thinking about about getting engaged, give me a call. I’d love to arrange a romantic setting for you and your soon to be fiance.


Check back soon for another one of our tablescapes…..see you then!

Kerry Pulverman
de Luxe Weddings & Events

New Venue – The AVIA Hotel in Long Beach
March 23, 2010

Jessica and I love to scope out new and delightful venues for our bride’s to consider for their ceremony and wedding receptions. We recently had the pleasure of visiting the AVIA Hotel which is located in Long Beach. Can I tell you how much I am in LOVE with this hotel? I’m going to break up this post in a few different blogs so you can fully appreciate this sophisticated yet understated elegant hotel. But for now, I want to focus on what I love about this hotel.  

This Boutique Style Hotel is comprised of 7 Stories with 138 Rooms and 12 Suites.


Level of Service – From the minute you step foot in the lobby, you feel welcome by warm smiling faces. It’s obvious their employees are proud to work at this hotel.  

The Lobby - Check Out the Tree Trunk Vase with Orchids!


 Simplistic Beauty – You can tell much thought went into the design of the hotel with its calming spa colors and natural elements.  

The Lobby - Love the use of driftwood in floral arrangements!


 Appreciation for Local Area – As you enter the lobby, you are reminded that you are not very far from the surrounding waterfront area.  

Stare at the Ceiling and you will find a Painting of an Aquarium.


Culinary Pride – Don’t bother looking for your standard chicken dish here. Chef Tony Maalouf believes in mixing up flavors to create a signature dish for your event. He’s all about the presentation of the dish. Love it!  

The AVIA Kitchen


Special Touches – From 5-7 PM in the AVIA Lounge, the chef offers complimentary small plates which pair well with their wines.  

AVIA Lounge – At the end of the lounge area is a cozy space. Comfortably seating 7 people, it’s an intimate and fun area for the couple to do their menu tasting with their parents.    

Lots to Do! – The AVIA is located in The Pike, a waterfront entertainment district located in the heart of Long Beach. Ideal for your out of town guests looking for something fun to do while in town.  


The Rooftop Pool Terrace  – I think the pictures say it all! Isn’t this amazing?  


  The View – Imagine your friends sipping cocktails for your engagement party while checking out this view from the Rooftop Pool Terrace.  

The Grand Prix is Scheduled for April 16-18, 2010. Looking for a Great Seat? How about the Rooftop Pool Terrace?


 Check back next time for photos of the Gallery, Courtyard, Club Room, rooms and suites. I will also share some beautiful nighttime photos of the hotel.  

Thank you to Jessica Elizabeth Photography for providing these lovely photos.  

Kerry Pulverman