Friday, June 1, 2012

A Très Fabu Photography Vendor is Shooting Underwater!

Critsey Rowe invites brides and grooms to join her in Mexico this September
Critsey Rowe of Charlotte, North Carolina is offering a once in a lifetime chance to have some of the most amazing photos taken…underwater. The session can be an “After Session”: romantic portraits taken of the bride and groom in their wedding attire. Taking photos after the wedding has become very popular—it allows the couple to feel more relaxed and act more natural, providing for some gorgeous shots. 

The price is $1200 and includes:
  • the session with beach or resort romance photos and the famously fabulous underwater shots
  • a wardrobe consultation for the best look
  • a full resolution disc of images from your session in a custom DVD case

If brides are worried about wearing their wedding gown for the underwater session, there are other options. Some clients have purchased a second wedding gown just for the shoot. Or, if you just want to wear a gorgeous gown for the session that works just as well. Critsey will do a wardrobe consult for anyone that is doing the session for fun and not wedding related. 

Critsey is headed to Mexico the first part of September 2012, call now to schedule!

Critsey Rowe is a lifestyle photographer who shoots weddings in the most vibrant places around the world. She is inspired by her clients to photograph their unique experiences in a modern-contemporary fashion. Her signature style is refreshing and innovative, offering each client personal boutique style service, from luxury brand albums to custom fine art prints.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tres Fabu’s Bride and Groom of December 2009 Celebrate the Birth of Their Child

Justin and Stephanie are Proud to Introduce Rose Adora Castillo
Written by Allison Hopkins for Très Fabu Event Planning and Design 

[announcement was designed by CinZo Photography]
Rose Adora was born on February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm. She weighed six pounds and five ounces and was 18 inches long. She is truly a precious baby girl, blessed with Italian and Guatemalan beauty.

Just two months prior to her birth, Justin and Stephanie celebrated their two-year anniversary of their beautiful “church” wedding and romantic courtyard reception, both at The Sheraton Grand Sacramento. The ceremony included hundreds of candles and unique lighting…an amazing transformation of the room into a quaint church. The entire celebration was planned and executed by Très Fabu Event Planning and Design.

Stephanie and Justin are loving this time with their baby girl. Stephanie is also a special education preschool teacher and Justin continues to work with computer programming.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

When Adam Found His Pretty Woman

Meagan and Her Groom Celebrate Their First Year of Bliss with Fond Memories of a Beautiful Celebration
 Wriiten by Allison Hopkins for Très Fabu Event Planning and Design 

Adam and Meagan Corrigan met while walking down the street in Las Vegas. Two years later, on the evening of February 25, 2011, they were dancing to their first reception song, “Pretty Woman.” She caught his eye and couldn’t help but inform him, ‘That’s me! I am your pretty woman!’

The Vegas trip was followed by a long distance relationship between London and Sacramento, a time when Meagan and Adam’s love grew stronger. When they decided to take the next step, they were under a bit of a time crunch since Adam was visiting on a tourist visa. They knew a wedding planner was in need. They had 6 weeks to plan the day!

“I have known Debra [Très Fabu Event Planning and Design] for several years,” says Meagan Corrigan. “I knew I could trust her expertise to see the little details that would make our event fabulous!”

Since the couple needed to make sure all the paperwork was filed prior to Adam’s visa expiring, they decided to split the ceremony and reception into two different days. It also gave Adam’s family (from London and Austria) time to make travel arrangements for the reception.

The Ceremony:

The couple was married in a small ceremony performed by a judge at City Hall in San Francisco. It was under three minutes and they read their own vows. It was followed by a beautiful dinner at Morton’s in the city, where she wore a white, knee length, strapless dress and he wore a grey suit.

Then…a month later…The Reception!

Date: February 25, 2002, 6pm
Location: Holiday Inn on J Street, Sacramento
Guests: 90
Dinner: American Cuisine

“Debra was my hero,” says Corrigan. “She exceeded all of our expectations when we walked into our reception room. It was beautiful and everything I could have dreamt of.”

The reception took place on the 16th Floor with panoramic views overlooking all of downtown Sacramento. Debra incorporated yellows, red, and golds into a very rich décor for the Friday evening celebration. The bride wore a dramatic gown that she adored.

“She [Debra] met with us several times during the planning process and new exactly where to get the items for the reception,” says Corrigan. “She also knew what questions to ask when working with the venue and how to make requests to ensure we were fully taken care of. For someone who has a lot of experience with the bits of a wedding (having photographed several hundreds), I knew the difference it makes to have one commander and a chief. It allowed all of my family and friends to be guests fully at our reception.”

How did the couple feel about their vendors? In Meagan’s words….

Debra Hiebèrt, Owner of Tres Fabu – “Our Hero”

Mike Anderson, Creative Memories, DJ – “Rocked the house, such a professional”

Jackie’s Flowers, Florist – “Beautiful designs full of texture; both my bouquets were one of a kind”

Phillip Alan Films, Videographer – “An inspiration. We premiered our wedding ceremony short film with our guests at the reception for the first time. It was like they were there with us!”

Michael Hall Photography and Andrea Bucheli Photography – “Both dear friends and a joy to have them with us on both days; our photographs are fun and beautiful!”

Ettore’s Bakery – Carrot Cake, both of our favorites! Cannolis, Cookies, and a Fruit Basket cake for guests!

Nora at the Holiday Inn – “very sweet and accommodating!”

Meagan and Adam went on a mini moon to Mendocino, where they rode bikes, relaxed in the saltwater spa, enjoyed massages, and ate vegetarian meals grown in the massive garden on the property.

One year later, the couple would ‘do it all over again’ and answers their current state of life as ‘L.O.V.E.’ Meagan is continuing to photograph brides and grooms (her career of nine years) and Adam is continuing his career as a professional fighter in mixed martial arts.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tres Fabu Events Featured in The El Dorado Hills Telegraph Newspaper: Hiebert Plans to Make Your Event Special

By Menka Belgal, El Dorado Hills Telegraph Newspaper Correspondent 

Menka Belgal • The Telegraph
Debra Hiebert, owner of Tres Fabu,
meets with clients months before
the big day to plan the event from
the lighting to the venue and
everything in between.
Debra Hiebert has been the founder, creative director and lead event designer of Tres Fabu Event Planning and Design for the past 13 years. She said she takes pride in planning unique events. One of her weddings included a Cinderella carriage complete with footmen and horses and another was televised on the show, “Platinum Weddings.” Her events have been featured in numerous publications and on KCRA Channel 3 and Fox 40.

How did you get involved in the business?

I was throwing a family member a birthday party in May of 1998 and booked 12 events from June through December of 1998 from that sole birthday event. It was an amazing ride that continues today.

What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you?

The highlight for me this year was actually having Hollywood celebrities, Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren, in attendance at one of my clients’ weddings at The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

I also met Cal Ripken on a flight to Colorado. He kept telling me he was a pro-baseball player. Who names their son Cal for heaven’s sake? I never even heard of the Orioles. It sounded like a box of morning boxed cereal to me. When our plane landed a couple of small boys came running up to him asking for his autograph. It was hilarious.

I meet Kenny Loggins with veggie pizza in my mouth. That was nice. My favorite though was having a conversation with Clint Eastwood about his old movie “Paint Your Wagon,” again another hilarious moment in my life. It was me and Andrew McCarthy outside a cafe in Southern California.

Wherever I go, I am surrounded by humorous doings and I find humor in all situations in my life, positive or negative. That’s just how I roll. I simply roll in humor.

What are your favorite books?

One of my favorite reads a few decades back was Pillars of the Earth. It’s similar to the details you find in a vintage Dickens novel — chapters of details and layers in the novels just in building the scene, place, storyline and characters.

I adore anything Austen for it resonates with the walking romantic that I am. Robert Ludlum wrote the fabulous thrilling page-turner. My heart paces each time I pick up one of his suspense novels.

Do you give back to the community?

I had volunteered for several years in Pebble Beach/Monterey for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I now pretty much have my sights set on anything that involves the neglect and abuse of animals. In particular, dogs & horses.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Anything that keeps me outdoors and away from technology: A game of tennis, walking, hiking the wonderland of Yosemite and Tahoe and any beach front from the Pebble Beach Peninsula down to Southern California and beyond the border.

Tell us about your family.

I’m married the most amazing man in the Western Hemisphere — in the globe for that matter. I swear (but won’t) he should wear a cape half the time. He is just that good of a man. My own super hero. He saved me as well as our three precious pups: black lab, beagle and chihuahua. They have all saved me in their own way. They have shown me unconditional love. All humans can take a few cues from doggies any day of the week.

What are you most proud of?

The legacy of being involved in these young couples love story and assisting them in building the foundation their marriage is built upon through my work in weddings.

I always like to remind them, that in the end when this wedding day is done and over, it is truly about the ceremony everyone is uniting together around them and not the most perfect color of petal pink.

It’s about what they say, do, sing, and recite as we are gathered amongst them this day as their witnesses as they pledge themselves to each other, for forever through all the peaks and valleys this life offers each of us. Again, I am such a hopeless romantic. In 13 years, I only know of three of my couples divorcing. I was heart-broken for each couple when news reached me.

What causes are you passionate about?

Anything that involves animals and small children. Both are defenseless without our help and love. It’s that simple.

What are some things about you people might be surprised to learn?

I completely miss skateboarding, horseback riding and playing massive amounts of softball. Only to be 12 again. I also love Bach to Muse, bluegrass to rock, and R&B to jazz to mad metal. Classical and vintage jazz are my favorites.

I am currently going through a Schubert and DeBussy faze. I adore all music for I associate life with it. Music assisted me in the loss of my little brother almost 21 years ago and recently my beloved Daddy and my best friend’s mother, whom was like my own mom since I was 14.

Music is wondrous. It helps make you a survivor in this world. Music does assist in healing ones soul. Music brings joy. Again, I adore music. Seriously, you should see my iTunes listing. It’s slightly insane.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year from Très Fabu Events!

Wriiten by Allison Hopkins for Très Fabu Event Planning and Design 

"Here’s a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near.  May the future be pleasant; The past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear."  ~ Anonymous

At Très Fabu Event Planning and Design, every new year marks the beginning of new celebrations! Many couples are looking ahead towards their 2012 wedding with excitement and joy. With this comes a time for planning…a time for creating a most magical day.
Debra Hiebèrt, owner of Très Fabu, has been designing unique and fabulous events for the past 13 years. From the elegant and intimate gatherings to the outside-the-box creations, Debra’s artistic team executes experiences that are unlike any other.
A few past brides have shared their thoughts…

“I felt so calm and reassured knowing there was someone who cared about my wedding as much as I did.”  ~ Molly

“They [Très Fabu] can take your lives and pick out so many moments that they know will mean the world to you later.”  ~ Jillian

“Not only is Debra’s creativity unmatched, but her contacts—florists, photographers, DJs, linen companies, etc.—made planning and executing the wedding substantially easier, allowing us more time to enjoy the process.”  ~ Alissa

“Thank you for making our wedding the most magical and unforgettable day of my life. The wedding was everything I wanted: simple, classic, and elegant.” ~ Carly

As Très Fabu Events prepares for another year of beautiful receptions and ceremonies, Debra would like to share a few highlights from 2011:
  • Très Fabu Events was formally invited to be a partner on The Ritz-Carlton’s list of preferred professional event vendors for its Half Moon Bay Resort location!
  • awards Très Fabu Events “Best of Weddings 2011”!
  • Debra and the Très Fabu Events Team executed a mega wedding at Serrano Country Club last April — wedding video viewed by more than 11,200 people worldwide since it posted 3 months ago! 
Here’s to 2012 ~ CHEERS!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mary & Paul ~ A Philadelphia Love Story in Sacramento

Wriiten by Allison Hopkins for Très Fabu Event Planning and Design

"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Paul & Mary Luu reside in Sacramento, California. For their chosen professions, Paul is an Anesthesiologist and Mary is a Clinical Pharmacist. They both love to travel, experience different cultures, and try new foods. 

How They Met 
Mary and Paul met through a mutual friend when they were both living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for school. They did not date at the time, but kept in touch throughout the years.  They didn't start dating until four years later, when he was in his final year of anesthesia residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she had already moved back to California. They had a long distance relationship until he graduated from residency and moved back to California.

The Engagement

For their one-year anniversary of dating, Paul took Mary to Hawaii. She didn't really suspect anything until the day he was going to propose. She had gotten herself a fun costume jewelry ring from the Chanel boutique as a souvenir of their trip, while shopping earlier that day. When she showed it to him he said, "That's not a ring!" He said it a few more times, and that's when she got a tiny bit suspicious. He didn't propose at dinner though, so then she forgot about it.
After dinner that night they went for a walk on the beach. He picked a spot in the sand to sit down and watch the ocean in the moonlight. He then asked if he could see the ring that she had bought that day, because he wanted to get a better look at it. After looking at it again he said, "That's not a ring....(long pause)…THIS is a ring!" He then pulled out a box with the engagement ring, and asked Mary if she would marry him! It truly WAS a ring, and she quickly took off the Chanel ring so that he could put the new engagement ring onto her finger. He proposed to Mary with a beautiful 2.5-carat center stone on a platinum band. He then explained all of the research that he had put into choosing the perfect ring, regarding clarity, cut, color, table depth ratio, culet, and all of these things about a diamond that she had never even heard of before. She was extremely impressed.


The Wedding 
Their wedding was on December 18, 2010 in Sacramento, California. They had a traditional Vietnamese ceremony in the morning, where the groom's side of the family comes to the bride’s house. His side of the family lined up in a procession in front of her house before coming in, and then presented red trays of gifts that contained jewelry for the bride and wine, tea, fruits, and cookies for her family. Over 100 of their "closest" family members, on both her side and Paul's side, came to her house for the ceremony. It is customary for the groom's side to then bring the bride back to the groom's house, but since his house was far away, they brought the ceremony to the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, and that represented the groom's house. The ceremony was held in the Capitol Room, which overlooked the California State Capitol. They had a tea ceremony and then had a wedding lunch. The wedding reception in the evening was held at the Asian Pearl restaurant. Their guests were treated to a 10-course dinner, open bar, and entertainment by Mary’s favorite famous Vietnamese singer, Y Lan. Mary’s mom flew Y Lan and her entourage up from southern California to perform at the reception.

Interesting Tidbits: 
For their Honeymoon, Mary and Paul went to: Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Malta. 
Wedding Day Shoes: Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent. Mary bought her blue Louboutin wedding shoes months before even picking out her wedding dress! When she saw this pair in blue, she absolutely knew that those would be her "something blue.” 
Wedding Gown: Demetrios  
 Vietnamese Wedding Dress (ao dai): custom-made by Thai Nguyen Couture

Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Michael M.

Professional Event Vendor Team:
Event Design; Planning & Production: Debra Michelle Hiebèrt & Très Fabu Event Planning and Design
Wedding Reception Venue: The Asian Pearl
Wedding Tea Ceremony I: The Nguyen Family Residence - Riverlake
Wedding Tea Ceremony II: The Hyatt Hotel - Sacramento
Linens: Mimi & Company
Floral Design: Floral Artistry
Pipe/Drape: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: BP Productions and Classic Party Rentals
Entertainment/Band: Y Lan from Southern California
Photography: David Kim Photography
Event Paperie: Yen Nguyen Designs
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Wedding Gown: Demetrios
Shoes: Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent
Wedding Cake: Divine Desserts

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nod of Gratitude from Parents-of-the-Bride for Tres Fabu's 9.24.11 Wedding Celebration

Dear Debra ~

I wanted to send you a note of appreciation for all you did to help make Lindsay & Jeff’s wedding a dream come true. 

The whole day was so amazing!

I felt that their ceremony was particularly meaningful and intimate, the cocktail hour lovely and relaxed, dinner delicious, and the party. . . . fun, fun, fun!

Ken and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!  Shelley McArdle of Floral Artistry’s florals were incredibly beautiful and the rose petal ceremony aisle exquisite.  Dominic Fournier of Extreme Productions did a fantastic job as their DJ and Master of Ceremonies, Christina Addegio of Catta Verdera Country Club was a wonderful wedding coordinator, Cindi & Lorenzo Bartone of CinZo Celebration Photography captured the day beautifully and made us all so relaxed and Esther Aguirre of Divine Desserts by Aguirre’s cake was beautiful and delicious.  BUT none of this would have run smoothly, would of been so perfect, be beyond stunning without you overseeing the entire flow and design for their wedding day.

Everything flowed beautifully and seamlessly.  I am forever grateful for that . . . I did not worry about one thing all day.  I just enjoyed ever second with my daughter and my family.

I also must tell you how stunning the reception room looked!  I am so thankful Ken and I had our own ‘reveal’ of the wedding reception room.  Your attention to the details was amazing.  The tables were set perfectly.  The Head Table and the Fireplace were designed amazingly beautiful & we loved the cake table ~ we LOVED everything.  The room was just transformed into an exceptionally lovely and romantic setting. 

We received many, many compliments!  I know It was a lot of hard work, but I hope you enjoyed the day also.    ;)

I know how busy you are, but perhaps you can find time to meet for coffee or lunch sometime.  Let me know.

Love, Liz & Ken Snyder

Thank you Liz & Ken Snyder for this fabulous note to myself and my hard working team!  The Tres Fabu Event Planning and Design team, along with our preferred and stellar professional vendor team strive for reviews such as the above.  Thank you both for writing to ALL the vendors individually as well.  Incredibly thoughtful.  So many times our lives become so busy we cannot sit down to write a few notes of gratitude to whom we feel indebted somehow.  We appreciate the time you wrote your thanks to ALL of us.  Thank you for hiring and trusting all of us with your daughter, Lindsay & Jeff, your new son-in-laws, wedding day.  It was wonderful to be a part of the journey this past year creating, then full-filling their day as you all wished!  

Thank you to Shelley McArdle/Floral Artistry; Dominic Fournier/Extreme Productions Entertainment, LLC., Esther Aguirre/Divine Desserts by Aguirre; Cindi & Lorenzo Bartone/CinZo Celebration Photography; Emily King/Classic Party Rentals; Christina Adeggio/Catta Verdera Country Club; Baja Limo; Martin Films; Captiol City Confections; By Invitation Only; and everyone else for making this wedding a fun and fabulous day!

Looking forward to our lunch to connect & reminisce about Lindsay & Jeff's wedding weekend in the very near future!