Boxwood Avenue’s Glamorous Lake Tahoe Wedding


Today I get to share my wedding photos with all of you!! I mentioned before that A Savvy Event planned my wedding, and I can’t imagine what my day would have been like had I not had their help! Over the course of the wedding planning process, ASE Jamie and I became great friends. She welcomed me into her home with open arms, and went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect.

I now feel lucky to call the other ASE girls my friends too! They are an amazing group of driven women, and they inspire me! Something I didn’t mention on SMP is that during the sparkler send off, Jamie’s husband Herold nearly fell in the lake trying to fill the trash buckets with water. Now that’s dedication!

David Newkirk captured the day so well, and made me feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera lens (but let’s face it, the real chore was making Greg feel comfortable, which David accomplished!). The Dax Victornio crew stopped at nothing to get every important moment into our wedding video, which is one of my favorite parts of the evening. I was on the fence about hiring a videographer, and I am so glad that I did. If you’re a bride who is also on the fence, I can’t recommend it more. Greg and I watch it almost daily.

My wedding day was what dreams are made of, so thank you to the entire team that made this possible. Enjoy!

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Vendors: Dax Victorino Films | David Newkirk Photography | A Savvy Event | West Shore Cafe | Paris Custom Cakes | Swoon…A Bridal Salon | Flowers by Karen | Reno Tahoe Ceremonies | Camelot Party Rentals | Frances Lane | La Tavola Fine Linens

West Shore Cafe Wedding: Chloe and Greg from Dax Victorino Films on Vimeo.

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Welcome to the new A Savvy Event Blog


Welcome to the brand new A Savvy Event blog! Your newest spot for all things wedding and events. We will be sharing behind the scenes content from all of the A Savvy Event girls, party inspiration, and of course, real weddings!

My name is Chloe MacKintosh, blogger of Boxwood Avenue – a modern farm blog sharing DIY projects, farmhouse living, and hostessing inspiration. I am so excited to now also call myself an ASE (A Savvy Event) girl! If you have yet to work with the other girls at ASE, you wouldn’t know just how fabulous each of them are. I consider it an honor to get to work alongside them now, and share all of their favorite things with you!

Kayla F Photography - Boxwood Avenue

Kayla F Photography

To tell you a little bit more about me, I live on a cattle ranch in northern California in a town of 99. My husband is a cattle rancher, and while he tends to the cows, I run Boxwood Avenue. From here on out, I will be sharing weekly real weddings, design inspiration, and event planning right here on the A Savvy Event Blog.

In the meantime, make sure you’re following A Savvy Event on Instagram

You can follow me too, I sort of love Instagram!

Oh So Inspired is coming up!


Oh So Inspired is a 3 day, intimate, hands-on learning retreat for new and established creative professionals looking to ignite passion for their creative wedding business! Check out all the details at 1

As a creative individual or business, did you know that your value is highly influenced by your level of creativity? Unfortunately, the daily grind of running such a creative small business can often hamper, extinguish and interrupt the creative spirit. Isn’t it time to invest in your own creativity? There will never be a good time to get away from your daily routine. However, one can’t afford not to invest in their value, marketability, and creative spirit. After all, you are your brand, you are the creative soul of your business.

Set in the heart of beautiful California Wine Country, Oh So Inspired will be held at the Luxurious Ramekins of Sonoma. We have planned a 3 day gathering, after which you’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge having participated in a variety of interactive lessons that you’ll be able to implement in your business. }Whether you are a photographer, florist, event planner, blogger, designer, business owner, or considering a similar creative career path, this 3-day workshop is filled with opportunities. We’ll take you through a floral class, sketch lesson, calligraphy tutorial, culinary cooking experience, and you’ll also get to partake in a styled photo shoot ( at a secret location ) alongside one of the Nation’s top photographer’s, KT Merry. In addition to all the education, you’ll get a chance to hear stories of inspiration and humble beginnings from successful entrepreneurs, as well as bond over a fire-side chat.

Sounds like your cup of tea? Cozy up with us this November and indulge in learning, renewal, and honest to goodness growth; take your business to a whole new level while creating life-long connections.

Sometimes it’s not finding inspiration, but rather cultivating it from what already exists!

The start for Oh So Inspired was sparked when Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, Mary Phan of The Sketchbook Series, and Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event got together to share how each reignited a passion for their work.  For Kelly, it meant remembering that her goal was to provide her clients with a unique event —each one a stand-out because of her care and creativity.  Nancy needed to challenge herself again—delving deeper to create original designs that might perhaps serve as motivation for others.  Mary’s journey took her back to her roots as a sketch artist, but also down a new path as a teacher—her endeavor fueled by the excitement of the students in her classes.

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For these women, the inspiration necessary to take their work and business to the next level sparked a desire to bring a different kind of learning. This is what they hope to share with you, a way to find that something within. Perhaps it will click during the sharing of stories, or an AH-HAH moment will strike after hearing one of our presenters speak, or maybe you’ll awaken the inner artist after participating in one of the many interactive lessons. In the end, the goal is for you to see that Oh So Inspired is really just Oh So You…We can’t wait to meet you!

Interested in participating as a speaker, have an amazing product you’d like to share with our attendees, would like be to involved as an event sponsor, or have a question about the experience, let us know!

Photography by Milou + Olin

To sign up register here

What to Wear: the Rehearsal Dinner


Our latest installment of What to Wear: the Rehearsal Dinner version. You don’t have to wait for the wedding day to wear white – why not wear it at the rehearsal dinner as well?

The Earrings:

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 Secret Garden Studs

The Dress:

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 Scalloped Lace Dress

The Bangle:

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 3.08.23 PMHeart of Gold Bangle

The Clutch:

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Ring Clutch

The Shoes:

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White Pumps

Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Shower Styled Shoot


Meren and Brittany had pleasure of working with Ramekins and their event venue, The General’s Daughter, on this gorgeous bridal shower inspired styled shoot. Challenged with the idea of designing a beautiful and elegant bridal shower that perfectly accompanied the venue, Meren and Brittany chose this gorgeous color palette full of neutral tones, blue, and silver. The result ended up being a beautiful shower that we know will inspire you.










Event Design + Planning: Meren Dehaze and Brittany Westerman of A Savvy Event

Venue: The General’s Daughter

Photography: Claire Dobson Photography

Paper Goods: ForeverHeyday

Florals: FleurEssence Floral Design

Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

Linens: La Tavola Linen

Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Showers


All of La Tavola’s 2014 linens have inspired us to talk about Bridal Showers! First up, we’d like to showcase a very special bridal shower – the bridal shower of Amanda Tennant, the talent behind ForeverHeyday. Hosted, designed, and planned by our very own Brittany Westerman, Amanda’s shower luncheon featured bright colors, great food, and of course – fun stationary.






Event Design + Planning: Brittany Westerman of A Savvy Event

Photography: Volatile Photography

Florals: FleurEssence

Stationary: ForeverHeyday

Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

Linens: Classic Party Rentals

Cake: Susie Cakes

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother’s Day is next weekend (Sunday the 11th). So, today we’re sharing with you a round up of some of our favorite mother’s day gift ideas. Ranging from lip balm to a Clare Vivier clutch, we have gifts that will be perfect for any mother.

Wallet_Clutch_-_Camel_Nubuck_Neon_Pink_Stripe_MAMAN_JE_T_AIME_1024x1024Clare Vivier “Maman Je T’Aime” Clutch.

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Tocca Boxed Candle from Anthropologie

Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 10.15.14 AMAlbeit Nourishing Lip Balm from Anthropologie – we love the gold lid! 

Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 10.15.56 AMFringe Studio Soap & Dish Set from Anthropologie

gc_worldsgreatestmom_mAnd, of course, a “World’s Greatest Mom” Card from Rifle Paper Co.

Vendor Highlight: HowAboutWe for Couples


Have you heard of HowAboutWe for Couples? It is a great date service for couples, and especially helpful for very busy couples. They make date night happen.

HowAboutWe curates your city’s best experiences for couples, offers them at members-only prices and take care of all the details for you. Every HowAboutWe Date has been hand-picked for its quality and originality. Special menus at the best restaurants, private lessons from top chefs, weekend getaways, behind the scenes tours of wineries, galleries and museums, HowAboutWe Dates are designed to be unforgettable.


One of their featured dates is Dinner at SF’s New Food Truck Park, G Food Lounge in SoMa. The date includes vouchers for two main courses, two sides and two glasses of beer or wine. All for $30.

You can try your first month for free, and then continue on to a membership.

If you become a member you’ll receive:

  • One complimentary date every month.
  • Members-only pricing on every date in our collection.
  • Exclusive experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Extras like flower delivery, movies tickets and car service.
  • Unlimited access to our Free Concierge Service, for personalized date planning

The price of membership is only $18 per month, for two.

What to Wear: Bridal Shower


It’s spring, and that means wedding season has officially started! We’re so excited about all of the upcoming weddings this year, and we know that there will be lots of showers and parties for our brides to attend, so we wanted to share a new fashion series: What to Wear. Today’s What to Wear is about the bridal shower – here’s a look at our favorite choices for the bride to wear at her lovely shower.

The Dress:




Little White Lies Layered Polka Dot Organza Dress via ASOS

The Earrings:

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Say Yes “Mrs” studs from Kate Spade

The Clutch:

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The Shoes:

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What are you wearing to your bridal shower?

A Savvy Bride to Be: Audrey


We’ve been following Audrey’s journey to the altar this year (you can catch her past entries here and here) – we’ve introduced you to Audrey and Matt, chronicled their engagement story, and now we finally get to tell you more about her wedding!


Tell us a little bit about your wedding.

We are getting married on July 26, 2104 at Ahmanson Ranch, which is a stunningly beautiful property in the Santa Monica Mountains on Calabasas. The house on the property was built in the 1930’s, and the serenity of the ranch quickly sold us as we were searching for the perfect venue. Historic scenes from Gone with the Wind and many other movies were filmed on the ranch, and we are so excited to make it our own this summer!


Are you incorporating any special traditions or unique details into your wedding?

Yes, we are working very hard to incorporate details that are meaningful to us. Matt’s uncle is going to marry us in a personalized ceremony that we are creating together with him, and our dog Shadow will be walking down the aisle before I do (she even has her own veil). Given that I am from Texas, we will also be incorporating a few southern elements such as quotes from our favorite country songs, comfort foods, and a first dance to George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart”.


When did you know that Matt was “the one”?

I knew that Matt was “the one” after only a few dates. I immediately felt very comfortable being around him, and I came home after our first date and said that I felt like I had known him for ten years. There was instantly something so easy and refreshing about our connections, and I knew quickly that he was my forever.



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