The Creation Of An Event (In an Airport Hangar!!!) {Redding, CA}

Unless you work in the event industry, it may be a mystery how events are developed and created. We got together with Heidi Marker who was the Event Designer & Coordinator for an 85th birthday party that took place in an airport hangar to shed some light on the topic. The end result is simply amazing... Enjoy!

The guest of honor is a cattle rancher & we knew that we wanted to give a nod to some of his favorite things in the design.  His wife wanted the party to have a fun, casual, elegant feel. Our goal was to create a space where their guests would feel at home. We decided to use a private airplane hangar as the venue because we loved the unique feel and grand scale of the space. We started the planning process 6 months in advance. We hired 18 part time staff in addition to the vendors listed. It took 3 days to load in and set up and a full day to load out.

We had an 80x80x 40 foot high blank canvas to create the look and feel we envisioned. The first thing we did was order a custom built 16 foot x 16 foot shelving unit with individually lit squares for the back of the bar. We also ordered a custom, three tiered chandelier with the antlers from the deer and elk the guest of honor had collected from his past hunting adventures. The rest of the space was developed around these two large scale pieces. 

The stationary, signage, truffle boxes, dessert napkins and gobo were adorned with his cattle brand. The logs stripped of their bark were used as end tables and accent stands throughout the room.  Walker Printing in Red Bluff refined our vision and created a masculine and classy stationary suite.


Jon Thompson, from Net Sound provided the sound and lighting for the event. He used amber LED lights to back light the 12 foot ivory pipe and drape, which created a warm glow throughout the room. Jon ordered a custom gobo to illuminate the wall behind the band.

Sarah Bos, from Sera Bella Flowers created stunning centerpieces with yellow and white spring florals and lush greenery. The rustic lanterns and birch log votive holders were from Jamali 


Party Dogs Rentals provided the rentals. The mahogany Chivari chairs created a crisp, classic look against the textured ivory linen. The 12 foot tall ivory pipe and drape hid the mechanical gears of the large hangar door. 

Premiere Catering created a fantastic menu that was absolutely delicious! Chef Sean and his staff provided amazing food, top shelf bar and excellent service to the guests.

bc Catering provided the exquisite desserts for the dessert station. Barbe Cervantes is a master with sweets and desserts. She created beautiful and tasty bites for the guests to enjoy.

The large truffles were hand made by Chocolat de Nanette in Redding. Nancy Matthews takes great care in her candy making. The truffles were the perfect party favor for guests to enjoy after dinner or to take home.

The amazing and talented Katie Luther shot the beautiful images for the party. She is joyful and so fun to work with. 


Event Design by Heidi coordinated the vendors and designed the celebration. Heidi specializes in the design of luxury events. 


Event Design/Coordination: Event Design by Heidi

Catering: Premiere Catering by Sean Gafner

Photography: Katie Luther Photography

Sound & Lighting: Net Sound

Floral Design: Sera Bella Flowers

Rentals: Party Dog Rentals

Dessert Station: bc Catering

Truffles & candy: Chocolat de Nanette

Norcal Studiobooth {Redding, CA Photography Service}

Norcal Studiobooth is not only one of our Featured Vendors, but they are also one of our sponsors for our website launch party on April 30th at The Stirring in Redding CA. (So if you come to the party, you will get to see them in action!) We have really enjoyed getting to know Norcal Studiobooth & wanted you to have the opportunity to get to know them better too, so we setup a little interview!


NCES:  So I understand the NorCal StudioBooth is somewhat new in Redding. Tell us more about who you are.

Studiobooth: That’s right, we’re the new kids in town!  But that doesn’t mean the StudioBooth is new. It was designed, tested, and ran successfully for a couple of years in Southern California. When we decided to move back to Redding, we had to wait for a year to run out our SoCal contracts before moving the StudioBooth to Redding with us. Now that it’s here, we’re spreading the word about what we think is the raddest photo booth you’ll experience!

NCES:  Why do you call it the StudioBooth?

Studiobooth: Because it is a portable studio. And because it is a photo booth. It takes the best of both worlds to create a killer photo booth experience! The photographic components of the booth are a what you’ll find in upper end studios, giving our clients amazingly high quality images.  While the photo booth components allow for large groups, instant prints, and the largest live view screen built into the kiosk that you’ll find in any photo booth giving our clients and their guests a super fun and user friendly experience.


NCES:  What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen happen in your photo booth?

Studiobooth:  I’m not sure it’s appropriate to say! Seriously though, a lot of liquor induced party people have enjoyed the StudioBooth so we’ve seen a lot of creative and funny poses. Our favorite moments are when the DJ has some killer music pumping and the entire crowd of guests makes a circle around the booth and cheer each other on and try to outdo each other in their creativity. We love to see it bringing people together!

NCES:  What makes you stand out from other photo booth services?

Studiobooth: I think I’ve hit on this a bit already. Bringing clean, studio quality, images to the photo booth experience is a big difference for sure. To our knowledge, we use the largest live view screen in the industry, making it extra easy and fun for guests to use the StudioBooth. It’s also fully controlled by the user – and the guests really seem love to have that control. 


NCES: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about your services?

Studiobooth: One other thing that we think is important for people to know is that along with offering photo strips that print on the spot at your event we also edit the photos before uploading them to a gallery where guests can download their images and make prints.

If you would like more information about Norcal Studiobooth, you can visit their website at