4 Keys to the Perfect Toast

Writing and sometimes giving a toast can be very nerve-racking.  We have put together the 4 must haves to help you write the perfect toast.


  1. Start by acknowledging the bride, groom AND thank their parents.
  2. Add a funny story about the bride or groom but make sure its nothing that will embarrass them.
  3. Tell something heartwarming whether an experience or trait about both the bride and groom.
  4. Close with a “Happily Ever After” sentiment.

Before your toast enjoy a drink (but limit to one or two) to loosen your nerves without giving the “drunken toast.”  Good Luck! You are going to be great!



Gianna & Tim – Featured on Style Me Pretty

Gianna & Tim’s picturesque wine country wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty and if you scroll through the images below it’s completely understandable why.  With a soft color palate, luscious florals, and high end touches in the details, this weddings is as romantic as it is elegant.

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From the Bride… We really loved working with Lindsey and Julia of L’Relyea Events.  Together with my parents and my husband Tim, they really helped us to put on the wedding of our dreams at Solage Resort on July 13th, 2013.

Tim and I lived in Hermosa Beach at the time, so having someone as capable, organized and familiar with the area (and the resort) as Lindsey was a huge blessing! From the very first day that we met Lindsey, she reassured us in regards to EVERYTHING! She truly put me, Tim and my parents at ease from the get go and that feeling continued throughout our actual wedding day.  That’s a really important quality in a wedding coordinator because there are so many moments of “ahhhhhh craziness” and having some one who can take charge with grace was so appreciated! :)

Not only that, but Lindsey brought us some truly extraordinary vendors.  She introduced us to the wonderful Amber McKenny of “Sweet On Cake”, who made our beautiful and delicious wedding cake (and a fun surprise groom’s cake to boot), the unbelievably talented designer, Emily Foran from “Three Little Words” who not only created our wedding invitations, but she made sooooo many day of  materials that were beyond words fabulous, annnndddd she found the BEST florist, in Olivia Rivas of “Papillion Floral” (people to this day are still commenting on her work).  

Lindsey and Julia truly helped us to bring a year’s worth of planning to life.  Tim and I loved just BEING at our wedding.  Julia and Lindsey made it so that we didn’t have to worry about anything that day.  They were doing so much behind the scenes and helping to ensure that the entire day went perfectly and I can assure you, it most certainly was perfect.  

I miss getting to speak with Lindsey on a daily/weekly basis! She is truly an amazing woman, an incredibly talented coordinator, and a true professional.  She went ABOVE and BEYOND her “responsibilities” and for that we couldn’t be more thankful.  You are in great hands with her and Julia and they most certainly will help you in building and executing one of the best days of your life :)  

The word that I keep hearing to describe our day was “magical”.  Thank you Lindsey and Julia for making that magic happen!

Photography: Marianne Wilson Photography | Videography: Artisan Production | Event Design: L’Relyea Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Ceremony Venue: St. Helena Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo – Bella Bridesmaid | Make-Up: Marisa Perel | Hair: Stella Stevens Hair Designs | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Confetti: Confetti Unlimited | Custom Printing +Invitations: Three Little Words | Florals:Olivia Rivas of Papillion Floral | Food/Catering: Solage Calistoga | Groom & Groomsmen Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Lighting Design: Lux Lighting | Music: DJ Josh Dukes | Rehearsal Dinner: Farmstead At Long Meadow Ranch | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Website: Wix

LRE Real Weddings: Marissa + Kevin

Marissa and Kevin have impeccable taste. We designed a wedding that showcased some soft romance with bold poppy red colors. Beautifully captured by Stacey Pentland.  Marissa and Kevin decided on a summer wedding in wine country and Solage located at the top of Napa Valley held their modern and chic styleMarissa glowed in her two piece Monique Lhullier gown and her satin Badgley Mischka heels.  And Kevin wore a sharp grey Hugo Boss suit and they left no detail unattended right down to the scent of the reception space.  Above all the tiny details it was the love and their chemistry that truly took your breath away.

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Planner: l’Relyea Events | Lindsey Relyea | 707-217-0451 | lindsey@lrelyeaevents.com
Venue/Catering: Solage Calistoga | Kristen Seaholm | 707-226-0813 | kristen.seaholm@aubergeresorts.com
Ceremony Officiant: Fr. Charles Grande | 530-432-2636 |charlesgrande@gmail.com
Cinema: Video BASICO | 510-325-7750
Photographer: Stacey Pentland | 415-710-2619 | stacey@staceypentlandphotography.com
Ceremony Music: Bride’s Sister / Guitarist – Glenn Staller | 925-457-3961 | info@glennstaller.com
Reception Music: Spinheads (DJ) |Peter Haley | 415-279-6372 | PeterHaley@thespinheads.com
Florist: Hunt Littlefield | Neil Hunt | 415-738-2360 | Neil@HuntLittlefield.com
Wedding Cake & Favors: Patisserie Angelica | Condra | 707-827-7998 | info@patisserieangelica.com
Hair & Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty | Katie Nash | 530-400-9468 | katienash22@gmail.com
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & La Tavola Linen
Lighting: Got Light | Ashley Hughes | 415-863-4300 |ash@got-light.com
Photo Booth: Snap Fiesta | Gene Kosoy | gene@snapfiesta.com | 415-797-4363
Stationary: Three Little Words | Emily Foran |415-722-8513 | Emily@threelittlewords.com

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