We had a great time with our friends at the San Francisco NACE (National Association of Catering and Events). This is the big annual gathering of the local chapter and was a gorgeous event.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the night.
We have been a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) for several years. They are an events industry association that brings together event professionals from all over the world to facilitate collaboration and communication. It is a fantastic group to be part of and its filled with wonderful people.
Each year, ILEA throws a huge party in San Francisco for its members and other industry professionals. This is an amazing event – not only because it is spectacular to experience – but also because it is completely sponsored by in-kind donations from all of the event vendors.
I was the photography chair on the gala planning committee this year and also photographed the event with several other photographers and videographers. Once again, this was an incredible event and I’m so grateful to all those who made it possible.
To give you a taste of what it was like, here are a few of my images from the event.
Finally, here are some of the guests having a great time. That’s me with Colson and Christine in the selfie 🙂
There were so many awesome vendors that made this event possible. Here is the full listing:
This year’s gala committee members:
Graphics & Marketing Committee
Photography & Videography Committee
Silent Auction Committee
Below are the sponsors that made the night possible:
Event Photography provided by
Event Videography provided by Mirrorless Media
Rainforest to Universe Tunnel Sponsor
General Event Sponsorship provided by
Today the guest post series continues with some fantastic tips from a highly respected figure in the San Francisco event entertainment arena. Natasha Miller, president of Entire Productions, has been programming and supplying top class entertainment worldwide since 2000.
Tip #1 – Dare to be different! Take the road less traveled when selecting your music. Your guests will delight in the unexpected! Instead of a standard string ensemble, hire a special group like the Synchronicity String Quartet that can play classical repertoire and fine-tuned arrangements of your favorite Coldplay or Rihanna hit. The element of surprise is always welcome at a wedding.
Tip #2 – Make a special request repertoire known to the musician(s) as soon as possible! If you want a specific song played at your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner or dancing, let it be known the MOMENT you know, preferably when signing the contract or at least 6 weeks before your wedding so that you give the musician(s) ample time to create an arrangement for their specific instrumentation in time. Artists will typically prepare one extra song and any additional arrangements usually cost extra depending on level of difficulty and instrumentation.
Tip #3 – If you want someone (a friend, family member, etc) to perform at your wedding with the musician(s) you’ve hired, PLEASE arrange for them to rehearse before. It will cost additional to have the professional musicians attend a rehearsal but it will make for a much better performance. Especially if your friend, family member is an amateur or even semi-professional musician. They tend to get nervous and sometimes don’t have the experience with performing with the particular instrumentation they’ll be expected to perform with.
Tip #4 – Hire musicians from a reputable agency. Agencies handle all of the contracting–a must for both the client and the artists–details, communication with the artists, client and wedding planner, carry the necessary insurance for the artist AND the venue (most independent artists don’t carry this insurance), and hold the artist to a very strict timeline. Agencies can also assist on translating the clients needs and repertoire to the bandleader/artist making sure everyone is on the same page. Ask your wedding planner, caterer, photographer or other wedding vendor to recommend an agency.
Tip #5 – RELAX–After you’ve hired the best talent from a great agency, and have given them your schedule and repertoire, you can concentrate on everything else. Like how amazing you’re going to feel walking down the aisle and seeing all of your friends and family all night long!
Natasha started Entire Productions in 2000, and has been booking talent for special events, producing corporate-sponsored concert series, handling publicity, and serving as a marketing and production consulting service ever since.
She is a classically trained violinist, accomplished songwriter and jazz vocalist. You might have caught her at the Monterey Jazz Festival, headlining at Yoshi’s, and performing in Teatro Zinzanni’s Cabaret Lunatique. She is a recording artist on the Poignant Records label, with 6 critically acclaimed CD’s under her belt. Natasha has had the honor of having her songs placed in feature films as well as on jazz radio stations all over the world.
Natasha has been the recipient of the Business & Professional Women “Women of Achievement in the Arts” award as well as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award designated by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.
Entire Productions is a San Francisco-based entertainment production company that programs and supplies musicians and other talent for corporate and social events all over the world. Their full service A/V and production division provides sound, staging, and lighting, as well as back line, projection, and stage management.
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