Nicole & Chris | San Jose Wedding | Boulder Ridge Golf Club

Photo by Tom Vo Photography

Photo by Tom Vo Photography

Nicole and Chris were married at the Golf Club at Boulder Ridge in San Jose last spring and I’m so happy to finally have some time to sit down and write about their wedding day.

These two are amazing people and I was just so honored to be able to work with them.  Nicole was one of the most organized brides I’ve ever seen!  She took so much care in every step of the planning process… from selecting vendors (and she put together an AWESOME team!), to making sure all of their out-of-town guests had everything they needed, to putting together beautiful modern ceremony and reception details.  Chris was very involved as well and together they just created a gorgeous, fun and meaningful day.

Here are a few of the details from their wedding that I’m just crazy about:

  • Nicole is from the East Coast and met Chris in New York City, so I loved that she brought a little bit of the city to their day with the NYC map ring pillow that she found on Etsy and the ring shots with that day’s copy of the New York Times.
  • Their ceremony, officiated by Irene Kane of Ceremonies & Celebrations, had the sweetest ring warming. It was an intimate group already, but passing the ring around for everyone to add their blessings was such a personal way for all of their loved ones to participate in the ceremony.
  • Probably my most favorite detail of all was the ice cream truck that they brought in for a surprise after-dinner treat for their guests. And I’m not talking just any ice cream truck…it was TreatBot, which is an ice cream truck AND a mobile karaoke machine. It was so fun and just so them! I didn’t try any, but heard that the Ube Purple Yam flavor was pretty incredible!
  • And there was just so much more! I can’t leave out the view and the fantastic team from Boulder Ridge and the gorgeous bright jewel-tone florals by Huckleberry Karen Designs that decorated the day!

These photos from Tom Vo Photography totally bring back great memories from Nicole and Chris’ wedding. Hope you enjoy!


Ring pillow

BouquetsRing NYTCeremonyArborBridesmaidsMenuTablesTreatbot

Happy anniversary, Chris and Nicole! I can’t believe it has been a year! Cheers to many, many more years of happiness and best wishes in everything you do!

- Kristy

Planner  |  Kristy Meinhardt Weddings 

Venue | The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge

Photography | Tom Vo Photography

Florist | Huckleberry Karen Designs

Stationery & Signage | Simplicity Papers

Officiant | Ceremonies & Celebrations/Irene Kane

Hair & Makeup | Get Flawless/Lucy-Zayne Nsour

Ice Cream Truck  |  Treatbot



DIY Favor Boxes | Kristy Meinhardt Weddings | Half Moon Bay Wedding Planner

DIY Favor Boxes

Hooray, I’m finally back with some weekend crafting inspiration!

I discovered this project on It’s Always Autumn last year when I was looking for a DIY treat box tutorial for the loads of Christmas cookies I usually bake to hand out over the holidays.  I’ve found that most of the favor or treat boxes that you find in stores usually don’t hold very much and I wanted a DIY option that I could make larger if I wanted.  This project is super easy and is also a great way to use up extra cardstock or scrapbook paper that you may have on hand.  Plus it’s just so much cuter than giving cookies on a paper plate!



  • Cardstock paper
  • Double stick tape
  • Sheet protectors
  • Wax paper
  • Ribbon, twine, washi tape (and whatever else you want to dress up your boxes with)
  • Cookies/treats


  • Paper cutter
  • Scoring tool with scoring board
  • Cricut (or other circle paper cutter)
  • Scissors


  1. Start with two sheets of cardstock that are 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches.
  2. Cut a circle in one of the pieces of cardstock for the top box.  I used my Cricut Mini, but you can use whatever circle cutter you have.
  3. Use a scoring board to score 2 inches from all sides for the bottom box and score the next line over from all sides for the top box, making it just slightly bigger so that it will fit over the bottom box.
  4. Cut a 4-inch square from your sheet protector and tape it into the inside of the top box for the circle.
  5. Cut flaps as shown below.
  6. Form the box by creasing at your score marks.
  7. Fold down the corners and add your double stick tape.
  8. Adhere the corner flaps to the inside of the top and bottom flaps.
  9. Use wax paper to line the box.
  10. Fill with goodies and decorate as you wish!



Fill with goodies

The final product is a 4.5-inch box that I was able to fit six medium size cookies into.  For embellishments, I tied a sprig of rosemary (because I like the scent) and a few berries with some red twine.  And the stamp is our Christmas stamp that I got from Amber Housley.

Finished product

Note: I just made about 20 of these and they are a bit time consuming.  If you’re doing a lot, like for wedding favors or welcome treats for out of town guests, I recommend having a crafting party (and I totally LOVE crafting parties, especially for weddings!) so that you can set up an assembly line of your bridal party, friends and family and crank these out faster.

And the most important part of course is the treats that you fill them with!  These yummy White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal cookies are honestly my favorite cookies EVER.

Happy weekend, friends!

DIY Painted Bottle Centerpieces

If you ever visit my home, you will probably notice that I almost always have fresh cut flowers around the house.  I try to shop our local farmer’s market every week, but if I’m short on time, I will pick up a bunch at the store or even just cut a few blooms from our yard to put in a bud vase.  Anything to have fresh flowers in the house.  So, when I saw this pin for DIY bottle centerpieces, I knew this was something I needed to try.

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Yarn Wrapped Bottles

I’ve missed a few weeks of my Weekend Crafting Inspiration (sorry about that), but I’m hopefully making it up to you with this super easy, super fun craft idea!  I found this tutorial for yarn wrapped bottles on Wedding Chicks.  I decided it was a must-do because 1) the bottles are too cute, 2) I can always use a few more bud vases and 3) I go through a yarn-buying phase, where I think I have time to pick up knitting again, at least once a year.  So…I have yarn coming out of my ears!

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My “365 Days of Gratitude Project” on Instagram

This past July, I celebrated my 39th birthday (I know, yikes!) and I decided to honor the last year of my thirties by starting a gratitude project that I had seen on Pinterest.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now; I just needed to create the time.

For the project, I’m using my Instagram account to take a picture of something I’m grateful for each day for an entire year.   When I first saw the idea, I knew it would be a good way to force myself to take a step back and say thank you on a daily basis, since I truly believe that when you show gratitude for the abundance of greatness that’s already in your life, you just draw more of the same into your experiences.  Plus I just like the idea of having a collection of pictures that represent all the things I love the most at the end of the year.  Maybe I’ll do a book…

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Fabric Flower Pins

Ever have a project that starts off so easy and ends with a frustrated crafter about to go out of her mind?  That was the last couple days for me!  Earlier this week, I started playing with some fabric scraps I had lying around and was inspired to make fabric flowers.  I found this tutorial from Lil Blue Boo for a fabric flower headband and stayed up far too late making just the flowers!  (So much fun!)

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Rope Monograms or Words

The weekend is here (hooray!) so it’s time for some more weekend crafting inspiration.  I found this project almost a year ago on Green Wedding Shoes (see original post here).  As with last week’s project on paper baskets, this one is also versatile and can apply to weddings and events, or just to every day life.  You’ll notice that I modified the original tutorial somewhat by making a monogram instead of rope words.  I did this mostly because I love monograms, especially for weddings.  I feel like they’re a symbol of the family that you’re building and they fit perfectly in your home after the wedding is over.

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How Pinterest Inspires Me

I don’t know what the folks over in the Pinterest promotions department are doing, but whatever it is…it’s working!  It seems that the site has exploded just in the last month and having mentioned that I’m a Pinterest addict on FaceBook multiple times, I have received many questions from family and friends over the past few weeks.  What is it?  Why should I join?  How do I join?  I requested an invite, but I haven’t heard back.  Etc, etc.

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Heirloom Jewelry

It’s hard to believe we’re in November!  I hope everyone had a great October and an excellent Halloween!  I’ll admit, Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays.  However, it’s amazing how things change once you have a child.  Dani and I had the best time walking around our neighborhood for her very first attempt at trick or treating.  She loved it, even if we did skip most of the houses.  She was just happy to be outside, I think!  And her ladybug costume was ADORABLE…thanks Grandma Carol!

On to today’s blog post.  This is one that I’ve had on my mind for some time now and is somewhat personal.  Starts a little sad, but it gets happier and I promise there’s a point.

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