• Wedding Pros

    Wedding Photographer & DJ: Cheetah & Cheetah

    This month’s spotlight is shining brightly on the husband and wife team Cheetah & Cheetah. The Cheetah’s, Nadine and Brian, were introduced in spring of 2000 by a mutual friend who recognized their mutual love of Cheetahs.

    Nadine, a fashion design graduate obsessed with all things cheetah print, and Brian, the loud and very friendly DJ Cheetah, discovered that besides Cheetah’s they also had a mutual love of music.

    Nadine: “We bonded over our love of music. Going to Melrose in LA was one of our favorite spots. We could spend hours digging through records trying to find that record we just couldn’t live without. After finding records we would go shopping on Melrose looking for that unique outfit no one else has.

    After dating for two years Brian proposed on a hill called “the top of the world” in Laguna Beach and on September 8th, 2002 we got married at the Hotel Laguna.

    In 2009 when their son was 4 years old and expecting their daughter, they decided to make the move to San Luis Obispo, the happiest city in America! SLO, to all the locals, really is the best place to raise a family.

    Starting over in a new location was a challenge, but after years of hard work they were back on top and booking most of their weddings together as a husband and wife team.

    Brian:Watching our business grow each year is such a rewarding experience. Especially knowing that we did this all on our own.

    Working together is their preference, always looking for ways to help each other out. As an example Brian will get on the mic and make an announcement to help me get the perfect shot. And Nadine, being out among the guests, will help pass around the wireless mic during toasts. Being a team the collaboration makes things run smoothly. Brides and grooms can be at ease knowing …

    Nadine’s love for photography started when she was a teenager.

    I had a pink film camera that I used to take photos of my friends and pets. I would drop off rolls of film to get developed. It was so exciting to get the photos back and see how good my shots were. I also loved to buy fashion magazines, tear out all the fashion photos that inspired me and put the images up all over my walls. The walls in my room were completely covered with beautiful Supermodels like Nadja Auermann, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Shalom Harlow, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. In high school the book LaChapelle Land by David LaChapelle inspired me take photography classes. Which lead me to photographing the fashion section of my high school year book. Being a wedding photographer is the perfect fit for me. I get to photograph brides in beautiful dresses. Giving me that perfect mix of fashion and photography”.

    Brian’s DJ career started by seeing a ‘DJ wanted’ flyer while in college. 

    “I answered the ad, got the job and immediately knew this was my passion. Bad Boy Bill and Richard Humpty Vision inspired me with the way they mix music. I love to feel the music and bring energy to the dance floor by beat mixing, scratching and adding sound effects. I enjoy weddings because every client has different music requests for me to mix. It’s fun to find new songs that work well together inspiring me to create new mixes.I have so much fun at every wedding I DJ. It is so rewarding to keep the dance floor packed and watch my clients having a good time.

    In 2017 The family, together, made the decision to legally change their last names to cheetah. It is because of their mutual love of cheetahs Brian and Nadine met, married, started a business and a family.

    We all feel very proud to have the last name cheetah.

    Book the Cheetah’s for your next event.

    Follow the Cheetah’s on Instagram: @DJCheetah.CheetahPhotography

    LIKE the Cheetah’s on Facebook: @DJCheetah.CheetahPhotography

  • Real Weddings

    Jackie & Mireya’s Wedding in Paso Robles

    Jackie & Mireya were married on November 17th, 2018 at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. The event was filled with gold, deep reds, and creams with a few skulls placed around the venue. A simple, but elegant November wedding. Photographed by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography.

    Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

    Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

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    Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

    Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

    When did you know you were meant to be together? I knew before we were anything serious that she was the one. My soul genuinely felt calm and at peace anytime I was around her.

    Who Proposed To Whom? Mireya proposed to me. We had kind of tossed the idea back and forth for a while and almost eloped to Vegas (where else?!) the day she proposed.

    How / Where Did You Get Engaged? It was spur of the moment.We were enjoying a cup of coffee at our favorite local bakery, talking about being married and just decided to go for it! We went and picked out a ring together. When her daughter got out of school that day we had a picnic in a cemetery. It sounds creepy, but the cemetery had always been a special place to us. However, about a year before we were engaged my mom had passed from breast cancer. Visiting the cemetery had allowed me to feel close to her. Mireya dropped on one knee while we were there. It was as if my mom was also able to share that moment with me.

    What was your Wedding Date? November 17th, 2018

    Venue? Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles

    Did you have a Coordinator / Planner? Not really. My friend was our day-of coordinator.

    Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it? I wouldn’t call it a theme. We had skulls around our venue and our colors were gold, deep reds, and creams. It was very simple, but elegant.

    Catering? The Vineyard did the catering and cake and was phenomenal! One less thing to worry about! We did the tastings in their restaurant and that’s what won us over on the venue. We planned our wedding from out of town so it was really convenient.

    Photographer? Nadine of Cheetah and Cheetah. Brian and Nadine were a sweet and groovy couple to work with.

    Dj? Dj Cheetah

    What was your song? Our First dance was Bad Habits by Maxwell

    Florist? Bloom N’ Grow Florist

    Hair/Makeup? Jacob Hernandez did our hair and FacebyFabe – Fabian Alexander did our make-up

    Any advice for couples planning weddings today? Find a quiet moment to have with your spouse right after the ceremony and before the party starts. That special moment, the “why” you decided to spend your life together, is what you will remember after the tequila and champagne hit!

    What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Our quiet moments with just the photograph before the party got started. I look back on those pictures and remember exactly how happy I was to have my forever.

    Anything Else You’d Like To Share? Enjoy the party and don’t sweat the small stuff!

  • Weddings & Receptions

    The Best Top 29 First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

    Finding that first dance song is never easy. Some songs may fit one personality, but you want something that represents you both. Maybe you have a song that you fell in love to, when you first met or had your first kiss. From classic to contemporary, romantic to sappy, rock and roll to country to rap – it’s your day, it’s your song. Below are our top 29 picks for a first dance – not 30, just 29.  Our first dance song was Love Me Crazy by Moonshine Collective and we were lucky enough to have them at our wedding. What song did you chose for your first dance?

    1. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake

    2. “At Last,” Etta James – sung by Beyonce 

    3. You & I – John Legend 

    4. All of Me – John Legend

    5. Perfect – Ed Sheeran

    6. Simply the best – Noah Reid

    7. Stand By Me – Tracey Chapman

    8. Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

    9. New York – Alicia Keys

    10. Love me crazy – Moonshine Collective

    11. Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

    12. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri –
    13. Amazed – Lonestar

    14. One More Try – George Michael 

    15. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – George Michael

    16. You’re My Best Friend – Queen

    17. Better Together – Jack Johnson

    18. Yours – Ella Henderson

    19. You Are The Best Thing – James TW 

    20. Marry Me – Train

    21. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding 

    22. You Are The Reason – Calum Scott

    23. Home – Michael Bublé 

    24. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 

    25. The Rest of Our Life – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill 

    26. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Haley Reinhart

    27. Someone Like You – Van Morrison 

    28. No one – Alicia Keys

    29. “Marry Me” – Jason Derulo

    Let us know in the comments below what song you chose for your first dance.

  • Weddings & Receptions

    The Wedding Registry: Exciting Places To Register For The Big Day

    Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

    If you’ve recently become engaged, congratulations! Check out our wedding registry guide below of exciting places for you to navigate and register for gifts, making gifting easy—for you and your guests. Don’t be shy, your friends and family want to give you whatever will make you smile. Keep checking back too, this list is continually updated with new and exciting places to register.

  • Gifts

    Cufflinks – Your No-Nonsense Guide for Buying & Wearing Cufflinks

    Confused about whether a bullet back, whale back or a fixed backing is best? Not sure whether metal or polished stone cufflinks are more formal? And are French cuffs really necessary to wear cufflinks? Our cufflinks guide answers these questions & a few more too.

    We’ve broken our guide into three sections so you can
    read what you need and get on with your day, and included some nifty info graphics too.

    Section 1: Anatomy of a Cufflink & How You Fasten It To a Cuff

    Section 2: Cufflink Types

    Section 3: Cufflinks for Every Occasion – Everyday, Business, Formal Wear, Weddings, Gifts

     

    A *very* BRIEF HISTORY of cufflinks

    Cufflinks, considered one of the most traditional pieces of male jewelry, were created to replace fabric ties or ribbons used to hold cuffs together. Cufflinks remained an upperclass status item, usually presented as a gift to mark a special occasion, until the industrial revolution allowed mass production of metal cufflinks, making them affordable to a much larger population. It wasn’t until the 1950’s, however, that cufflinks started to become a popular fashion accessory as designers and artisans began experimenting with an increasing number of materials and finishes.

    Today, you can find novelty cufflinks with your favorite pro team or
    Marvel comics character, and in every color, material and price range. You can wear cufflinks at your wedding, to the office and to celebrate the end of the week. Women increasingly are wearing cufflinks too.


    SECTION 1: Anatomy of a Cufflink

    Fastening a cufflink to a shirt cuff looks challenging, but is not when you start with the end in mind…you want the face of the cufflink to be facing up when you have your arm extended as though you are about to reach across a table. Check out our YouTube video on How to Fasten a Cufflink.


    SECTION 2: Cufflink Types

     

     

    We are often asked if there is a backing that is “best”? Generally the fewer moving parts there are in the design, the more durable and long-lasting your cufflinks will be.
    Fixed backings are the most durable — “knotted designs”, “ball return”, “stub & button” styles all fall into the “fixed” category.


    SECTION 3: Cufflinks for Every Occasion

    Casual “Everyday” Cufflinks.

    Though traditionalists would say there is no such thing as “everyday” cufflinks, we disagree. More so today than ever before, it is both stylish and fun to see a pair of cufflinks glinting at the base of your single cuff shirt sleeve while doing your everyday stuff. Here’s the deal though – keep everyday cufflinks colorful and/or whimsical. Cufflinks with flannel? Why yes, tailors can make any long sleeved shirt cufflink friendly. Cufflinks with jeans? Absolutely, but please avoid jeans with lots of distressing; because: a) it’s not 1980 and b) with fashion especially, less is often more. And because it’s a casual look, there is an endless assortment of cufflink colors, designs … and prices. Be guided by fashion’s golden rule – it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Here are a few of our current favorites…

    HogWarts Shield Cufflinks

    Hogwarts Shield Cufflinks

    Take A Look

    Black Panther Cufflinks

    Black Panther Cufflinks

    Take A Look

    Superman Shield Cufflinks

    Superman Shield CUfflinks

    Take A Look

    These are all officially licensed, high quality cufflinks with iconic characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and DC Comics.  Or if sports are your obsession, there are NCAA and pro teams to proudly wear, like these officially licensed bullet back closure cufflinks.

     

    Business Cufflinks

    Here’s the only rule you need to follow when wearing cufflinks at work:

    Your cufflinks ought to work with the overall look and feel you’ve created, not compensate for it or compete with it.

    Your cufflinks can liven up a straightforward office look with your own personal style, but don’t over do it. If you are wearing French cuffs, you don’t want to dress down your look too much. Often, something refined and neutral like metal cufflinks with initials or a monogram, work well. Sometimes a small pop of color makes all the difference, like silk knot cuff links. But particularly in a business setting, you may
    not want to be remembered as “the guy with the crazy cufflinks”.

    Think Madmen, the right pair of men’s cufflinks can set you apart from the pack. Think confidence, and use your cufflinks as part of your signature style. Taylor Street has some beautiful stone cufflinks and precious metal cufflinks that will take your business attire to the next level.

    Stainless Steel Gold Tartan Plaid Cufflinks

    Stainless Steel Gold Tartan Plaid Cufflinks

    Stainless Steel Rectangle Engravable Framed Cufflinks

    Stainless Steel Rectangle Engravable Framed Cufflinks

    Formal Wear Cufflinks

    When it comes to formal occasions you need formal cufflinks, you just do. Is it black tie or white tie?
    White tie events are the most formal and have a relatively specific dress code. White tie events call for Mother-of-pearl cufflinks and studs; they are a must wear accessory. Sterling silver, platinum and white gold are preferred metals. Not sure? Check the dress code for the event.

    Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

    Mosaic Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

    Mother of Pearl Studs

     

    Mosaic Mother of Pearl Studs

     

    Black tie events, while requiring a black tuxedo or dinner jacket, are less formal and provide some room for personal fashion statements. There really are no “must haves” regarding cufflinks, but as a formal affair, classic materials that create a sophisticated look are expected. After all, if the host had wanted casual and eclectic, he or she would not have said “black tie”!

    Here are a examples of classic cufflinks that have beautiful details and won’t pull attention from your outfit.

    Classic Black Onyx Cufflinks

    Vermeil Classic Formal Onyx Cufflinks

     

    Stainless Steel Striped Onyx Cufflinks

     

    Stainless Steel Striped Onyx Cufflinks

    Getting Married?

    Many grooms want to give their groomsmen cufflinks they can wear and enjoy on the wedding day. Similarly, family members want to give newlyweds keepsakes to commemorate the day. You will have to decide, however, if the cufflinks are designed to be single use or a gift that can be worn on other occasions. “I Do Crew” or “Best Man” engraving on cufflinks limits their use to one pretty specific event, much like certain bridesmaid dress styles and colors limit future sightings.

    I Do Cufflinks

    I Do Cufflinks

    Pewter Best Man Cufflinks

    Pewter Best Man Cufflinks

    As an alternative, engrave a more subtle personalization, like a date or location, initials or a monogram.  Personalization ideas like these add significance without making them one-off’s. Whether you’re purchasing for a groom, best man, best friend, husband or dad, engraved cufflinks make a memorable gift with a lasting impression.

    Stainless Steel Round Engravable Framed Cufflinks

    Stainless Steel Round Engravable Framed Cufflinks

    Or, if you go the other direction, you can have some serious fun without spending too much. Increasingly, grooms have been getting creative with theme socks, ties and cufflinks as a fun and whimsical way to show camaraderie, treating cufflinks more as a keepsake to remember the day.

    When Pigs Fly Cufflinks

    When Pigs Fly Cufflinks

    Either way, Taylor Street Favors has cufflink ideas for you. We offer modern and traditional cuff links as well as unique designs that your ‘I Do Crew’ will love.

    Cufflinks as Gifts – Gemstone, Novelty, Seasonal and Semi-precious Stone Cufflinks

    Always an awesome gift choice, cuff links [and tie bars!] imbue confidence and add a subtle and sophisticated finish to a man’s or woman’s outfit.

    Women’s Cufflink Ideas

    Gemstone Cufflink Ideas

    Seasonal & Novelty Cufflinks

    Day of the Dead Skull CufflinksWonder Woman Action Cufflinks

    A great pair of cufflinks can become a family heirloom. A fun pair of cufflinks can become a bond to a moment. And while cufflinks make beautiful gifts to mark special occasions, you
    can buy cufflinks for yourself, too. Try out different options and eventually you’ll discover what works for you as you define your personal style. A friend, who is a brilliant artist, will jump directly into any project with a “I can figure that out, I can do that!’ attitude. That same attitude applies to creating your personal style. Confidence comes from trying, discovering and learning what style works for you.

    Style is putting your personality in what you wear and how you live.

    To paraphrase Coco Chanel, “Dress shabbily and they remember the clothes, dress impeccably and they remember you”.

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Signature Drink: Fig & Honey Martini

    Fig & Honey Martini

    Photo by Ash Edmonds on Unsplash

    Trivia: Did you know that 43 percent of weddings will take place from late September to November?

    That’s a whole lot of drinking! Wine and beer are fine, but couples increasingly are offering a signature drink at their reception, and creating yet one more wedding decision to make, ‘
    What signature drink should we serve at our fall themed wedding reception?’.

    Well, I can now offer a tasty solution. I was watching WeddingWire’s Creative Director, Jeffra Trumpower, on the
    Today Show and she mentioned a new fall favorite — the Fig & Honey Martini. Talk about ‘fall’-ing in love with fruit. – I am all over this one. One, I love figs and really, to be honest, any drink that sounds like dessert – I’m all in.

    Clearly I am no bartender, but I am so willing to jump in and give it a shake. Here’s a recipe I found that I thoroughly enjoyed…a few times…all trial and error for the sake of perfection.

    • 8 ounces vodka
    • 2 ounces elderflower flavored liqueur
    • 6 ounces apple juice
    • 1/4 cup honey thyme syrup (below)
    • 4 fresh figs, halved*
    • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

    Add the vodka, elderflower flavored liquor, apple juice, honey syrup and figs to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (A
    muddler is a bartender’s tool, used like a pestle, and mash—or muddle—the figs, and add to the shaker. Add ice. Replace the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 4 martini glasses. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.

    Honey Thyme Syrup

    • 1 cup honey
    • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

    In a small saucepan combine the honey, 1 cup of water, and the thyme. Bring to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.


    *If fresh figs are not available, 2 teaspoons of fig preserves can be used. Just make sure to stir the preserves until incorporated and then strain.

    And on a healthy note, figs are nutritional powerhouses loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Figs and honey have been shown to do everything from calm stomach troubles to lower blood pressure (and don’t we all need to lower our blood pressure just a little bit). Figs are also thought to have a high amount of Vitamin B5 which makes them so amazing for the skin. So no matter how you slice the fig they make the perfect cocktail!

    I feel healthier already. Don’t you?

    Now, I bet you’re wondering ‘
    What am I going to pour this amazing martini into?’. Well, Taylor Street can help you with that. Below are a few suggestions that will take your martini up a notch. I’ve created a search link as well for a great selection of Martini Glasses. Click here.

    Stemless Martini Glasses by Viski | Item No. 7394 | $18.88 | The minimalist design of these lead free crystal glasses adds a modern vibe to an iconic drink. Available in sets of two, these also make an excellent gift to add to a home bar collection.

    Of course you’re going to need a napkin to place those Fig & Honey martinis on. Share the merrymaking with this Martini Glasses Printed Napkin, offered in multiple color options to add a pop to any party.

    Martini Glasses Printed Napkins | Item No. 438 | $19.98 | Foil Printed Personalized Paper Napkins. Cheers! Perfect for any festive occasion, this design features two martini glasses clinking in celebration.

    We’d love to hear about your Fig and Honey Martini experience. Send us a comment below, tell us on
    FacebookInstagram us your Martini (#TaylorStreetLife) or send us a tweet. Right now, I am off to shake up another good ol’ fashioned healthy fig & honey martini. You know, for my skin. Cheers!

  • Gifts

    Please, no belt. Love, Suspenders

    Classic Suspenders | Autumn Harvest Design | Brown

    I am going to start this off with the golden rule of suspenders. Don’t wear a belt!

    First off, it’s redundant. Second, it’s unflattering and third, it’s redundant.  No good can come from wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time – it’s just plain wrong.

    Now let’s get to the good stuff…questions like: Suspenders are appropriate for which occasions? What are the right type of suspenders? Are there different ways to wear suspenders? X or Y back?

    Last question first: We say Y-back. Because Y-back suspenders are considered more up-to-date and on-trend. The top choice of suspender aficionados.

    Now that the X vs Y back is settled. Let’s start with the types of suspenders.

    Button-On Suspenders

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    Formal Suspenders | Royal Sapphire Design | Navy
    Item No. 8505 | JJ Suspenders

    Style: Business and Formal

    Required: Buttons – trousers, pants or jeans that have six rounded buttons hidden along the inside of the waistband for the suspender’s loops to button onto.  Where are the buttons? In the back, they are located on the inside of the waistband, about 2 ½ ­to 3 inches apart, 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches on each side of the center seam – and 1″  below the top of the waistband. In the front you will find them inside the waistband about an inch down from the top and 2″ apart. If there are no buttons – don’t panic. A tailor will know the correct placement and techniques for adding suspender buttons to your pants for under $20. If you’re buying un-hemmed trousers, just ask the tailor to add the buttons when hemming your pants. If you intend to wear only suspenders with your trousers you can ask the tailor to remove the belt loops. This will give the pants a much cleaner & sophisticated look.

    Clip-On Suspenders

    Leather Suspenders | Chestnut Java Design | Brown
    Leather Suspenders | Chestnut Java Design | Brown
    Item No. 8502 | JJ Suspenders

    Style: Causal

    Required: trousers, pants, jeans, city shorts. Clip-on suspenders are more versatile but definitely more casual. Clip them in the back middle of the waistband, pull them over your shoulders, attach the remaining clips to the front-waistband. Easy – clip them on and go!

    But now you’re thinking But, how do I choose the right width? There really is not a right width so much as a scale: the skinnier the suspender, the more casual the look. Subtle changes in width can dramatically impact the look. At the wider end of the spectrum, suspenders become classic, and ultimately, formal.

    Thin or Wide Suspenders

    Thin ‘skinny’ suspenders, like our Chestnut-Brown Leather Suspenders or our Jet Set Skinny Suspenders, offer up a more trendy and casual appearance. These .75″ wide ‘Skinny’ suspenders can be worn with khakis or jeans and a dress shirt, a t-shirt or over a slim-fitting sweater. Elevating a casual outfit that can be worn out on date night or a night out, streetwear, office casual; even casual weddings. For versatility in fitting keep this in mind — leather suspenders have a front strap that can be loosened or tightened just like a belt: via a buckle and holes.

    Leather Suspenders | Sierra Nevada Design | Dark Tan
    Leather Suspenders | Sierra Nevada Design | Dark Tan
    Item No. 8506 | JJ Suspenders

    Classic ‘modern’ suspenders, like our Autumn Harvest Classic Suspenders, allow for more versatility. Casual to dressy, these 1.15″ wide ‘modern’ suspenders can be worn with dress pants; a suit or tux; nice jeans or khakis. Neither skinny enough to be hugely casual, nor wide enough to be considered formal, these “Goldilocks” suspenders are perfect for t-shirts & khakis or jeans (casual); dress shirt & dress pants (less casual). Wear these to work, weddings (perfect for your groomsmen) or cocktail parties.

    Classic Suspenders | Navy Tides Design | Navy
    Classic Suspenders | Navy Tides Design | Navy
    Item No. 8499 | JJ Suspenders

    Formal ‘traditional’ suspenders, like these Royal Sapphire Formal Suspenders, send the message that you’re in charge. These 1.5″ wide classic ‘traditional’ suspenders are dressy, classy, and formal. Perfect for red carpet events, business settings, weddings and formal occasions. Be sure to pair your suspenders with a quality shirt. For formal events in general, french cuffs are always a great choice. Add some eye catching cufflinks to your look to finish it off.

    Formal Suspenders | Back to Black Design | Black
    Formal Suspenders | Back to Black Design | Black
    Item No. 8501 | JJ Suspenders

    Let’s Button This Up (did you see what I did there?)

    A quick search on the internet will bring you a ton of suspender articles to help you hone your suspender skills. Just remember, suspenders that come with clips allow most pants or shorts in your closet to be suspender-friendly. Suspenders with buttons require more up front work, but are generally a more traditional/dressy look. Whichever way you go with suspenders, you’re making a style statement that is part of a great looking trend that continues to gather momentum.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on suspenders. Tell us what you’ve learned in the comments below.

  • Gifts

    Groomsmen Gifts

    Check out our Groomsmen Gifts. Gifts that are beautifully made and built to last.

    Groomsmen Gifts. Gifts that are beautifully made and built to last.

    Stay cool in the hot summer heat with this Central Park Travel Bottle
    Central Park Travel Bottle in Matte Gold with Typewriter Monogram | Item No. 4286.

    Finding awesome gifts for the guy(s) – and gal(s) – in your life is a breeze when you shop our collection of personalized gifts for your best mangroomsmen, and dads. We offer gifts as special as the man you’re shopping for – stylish, personalized and thoughtful gifts for men that are beautifully made and built to last.

    We are all in on Groomsmen Gifts with this Wood Beer Bottle Caddy With Opener
    Wood Beer Bottle Caddy With Opener | Item No. 7007
    ll groomsmen need a shave - here and there. How about giving a gift they'll use many times over. Personalized Grey Dopp Kit
    Personalized Grey Dopp Kit | Item No. 8348
    Your 'I do crew
    Marvel’s Avengers 3 Pair Socks Gift Set | Item No. 6803.
    Perfect carry on choice for your next weekend trip - Genuine Leather & Canvas
    Weekend Carry On Bag – Genuine Leather & Canvas | Item No. 8138.
    Hogwarts alumni or still waiting for your acceptance letter? You'll need these Hogwarts Crest Cufflinks
    Hogwarts Crest Cufflinks | Item No. 8489
    It's a can. It's a glass. It's a Personalized Beer Can Shaped Glass
    Personalized Beer Can Shaped Glass – Gold Seal Printing | Item No. 7495.
    A striking gift for any Groomsman! Best Groomsman Ever Etching Silver Lighter.
    Best Groomsman Ever Etching Silver Lighter | Item No. 8312

     

    Taylor Street Favors makes personalized gift giving easy. We have a huge selection of cufflinks – with themes from Star Wars to Marvel to your favorite sports team, most are available engraved in a variety of styles. We also have a wide range of personalized wine & bar accessorieswalletstie clips and outdoor gear from well known, quality name brands like Cufflinks Inc.True BrandsWeddingStar, Susquehanna Glass and Teals Prairie. We know your best mates will be proud to stand at your side. Show them you appreciate their friendship with a one-of-a-kind, personalized gift.

    We are big supporters of gender neutral bridal parties – so if you’re shopping for gifts for both women and men as part of your Groom Squad, we’ve got you covered! From personalized totestravel bags to engraved jewelry & jewelry boxes, our gifts represent a wide range of individual tastes. And whether it’s with craft beer or a prized malt liquor, we’ve got the personalized copper mugssteinsflasks & shot glasses you’ll need to raise at any congratulatory toast your groomsmen or “I Do Crew” will give.

    At Taylor Street Favors we also make it easy; you can ‘same-gift’ a group like your wedding party (personalized for each person, of course) with a few clicks, or you can pick and choose unique, personalized accessories based on each man’s, or woman’s, style. And if you are just not sure, we are here to help. Call us, text us, or chat with us.

    Take a look through our collection to find your perfect thank-you gifts to let the special men & women in your life know just how much they mean to you. When it’s time to celebrate – Taylor Street Favors has you covered.

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Signature Drink: The Americano Cocktail

    Cocktails should be fun, easy and, most importantly, delicious.

    So you’ve decided its time to try your hand at a classic.  Good for you!  Stirred, never shaken, your first sip of a perfectly mixed Americano delivers refreshing magic.

    A notable drink for its place in James Bond history, an Americano is the very first cocktail ordered by James Bond in Fleming’s first 007 spy novel “Casino Royale.”  Beautifully bright and refreshing, the Americano is the older cousin to the Negroni cocktail (gin instead of soda) and is composed of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda. [NOTE: Bond preferred Perrier, “…the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.”, over club soda.] The Americano is not for everyone; though it is a gentle introduction to Campari, a somewhat bitter aperitif characterized by its dark red color. According to Mr. Bond “…a drink like this is better suited for dining at an outdoor cafe.”  Maybe, but that depends on the cafe.

    The at-home recipe is a simple combination of equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth over ice, served in our Old Fashioned Gold Rim Whiskey Glasses topped off with club soda.

    1.5 oz Campari
    1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
    2.0 oz Soda Water
    Garnish with a lemon twist or orange slice.

    You’ve just built yourself an Americano!

    Ice or no ice?  The ultimate Americano is stirred (and then strained, much like a Negroni), into a chilled glass (served “up”) or poured over fresh ice (on the rocks).  Freeze our diamond-bright stainless steel liquor sphere, then pour your drink directly over it. More important than the ice/no ice decision, the best bartenders always start with ice-cold ingredients — less ice melt = better tasting high ball.

    The Americano originated in Milan, created by Gaspare Campari to sell his product. American tourists made it famous in the early 20th century.  This drink remains a classic & will not leave you with a huge hangover in the morning

    We have a few Old Fashioned barware options to help you out.

    Irving™ Bronze Rim Tumbler by Viski | Item #4509 | $23.99
    Personalized Names with Date Tumbler – 14oz | Item #7654 | $15.60
    Raye: Dipped Crystal Tumblers By Viski
    Raye: Dipped Crystal Tumblers By Viski | Item #6961 | $38.98
    Dapper “All You Need Is Love” – 14oz | Item #6397 | $15.60

     

    Freeze our diamond-bright stainless steel liquor sphere, then pour your drink of choice directly over it.
    Polar Glacier Rocks | Item #4531 | $14.59
    A fabulous start to a memorable night, these custom shot glasses are must haves.
    Personalized Shot Glass – Monogram Etching | Item #8353 | $5.95
  • Real Weddings

    Trish & Greg Tie The Knot in Arroyo Grande, CA

    April 28th, 2018

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    When did you know you were meant to be together?

    Greg and I were friends in high school but we both had significant others so after graduation in ’08 we broke up with our SO’s and started hanging out more. I actually ended up moving to Fresno for a bit and Greg would drive up every weekend and either take me back to Bakersfield to spend the weekend or stay in Fresno with me. That’s when we knew this was something special!

    Who Proposed To Whom?

    Greg proposed to me.

    How / Where Did You Get Engaged?

    He took me to Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach at sunset to one of the outlooks (where he asked me to be his girlfriend 8 years ago) it was our 8 year anniversary of being together. He said “let’s go closer to the edge I think I see an otter way out there” I walked close, he stayed back and I turned around and there he was on one knee with the ring!

    What was your Wedding Date?

    April 28th 2018

    Venue?

    Cypress Ridge Pavilion in Arroyo Grande, CA.

    Did you have a Coordinator / Planner?

    My mom and I basically took that job over and did everything ourselves but Jodi (day of coordinator at cypress ridge) was my day of and she was amazing!

    Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it?

    We wanted it to be very simple but pretty. We picked a color called silver sage which is beautiful very neutral and then tan and gold for accents!

    Catering?

    Cypress Ridge provided an amazing dinner.

    Did you have a special cake made?

    We did!! It was by Pardon My French in Grover Beach, CA it was simple with a vanilla buttercream outside and the inside was salted Carmel with some gold splatter on the outside.

    If Yes, what was your Cake Topper?

    A gold cursive “ALWAYS” (because I had to incorporate Harry Potter SOMEWHERE in this wedding) 😂.

    Photographer?

    Nadine cheetah of Cheetah Photography!! Seriously such an amazing woman and so helpful and fun to be around! I couldn’t have chosen better!

    Dj?

    DJ cheetah (Brian Cheetah Nadine’s husband) also so fun to work with and so into doing what we wanted and not starting us in a different direction even though we had some crazy songs we wanted played!

    What was your song?

    ‘Only one in color’ by TRAPT.

    Florist?

    Lori Boe Florist!! She only made my bouquet the girls bouquets were homemade by my mom.

    Hair/Makeup?

    Hair was done by Melissa Martinez of Indie Salon in Arroyo Grande and makeup was done by Lindsay Nettleton of Bakersfield!

    Any advice for couples planning weddings today?

    Don’t get too caught up in the planning. There is always going to be things that you can’t control (like the weather) you only get to do this once and planning is so much fun. Enjoy it and make sure you and your fiancé are planning some things together, it makes for awesome memories! Also it’s a little time consuming but I highly recommend making your own playlist. It adds a personal touch!

    What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

    Dancing!! Just looking around at all the people I love in one spot, all here for us, smiles on their faces and just having the time of their life. That was my favorite part!

    Anything Else You’d Like To Share?

    Take it all in! Don’t be stressed. This day goes by so fast. Just enjoy every minute!

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    Photographer: Cheetah Photography | Venue: Cypress Ridge Pavilion Cake: Pardon My French in Grover Beach, CA Flowers: Lori Boe Florist | Hair: Melissa Martinez of Indie Salon | Makeup: Lindsay Nettleton | DJ: DJ cheetah