SAIL AWAY – Moroccan-inspired Sweet 16

When I first met Alexa’s father over a year ago, I knew this would be a special Sweet 16.  He has been looking forward to giving his daughter her dream party and therefore took an interest in every detail of the event so it would be perfect. The Sweet 16 party took place aboard the FantaSea One, Marina Del Rey’s largest luxury yacht owned by FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club.

Meeting Alexa was a breathe of fresh air. She was not your typical 16-year-old. I would describe her as sophisticated, stylish and elegant. Her Sweet 16 was not going to be an over-the-top colorful and glittery event. Oh no!  Alexa had her own distinct style for sure which I loved. She loves clean lines, modern and chic design elements.

We spent many hours together discussing what she likes in order to create  a concept that will portray  her style throughout. To tie in  to the yacht and  ocean, we selected white satin linens with sheer patterned Tiffany blue organza overlay for the main dining deck with matching chair ties for accent that worked great with the gold Chivary chairs and gold accents of the room. Linens were custom made by CMC Party Rentals. The table were decorated with tall multi level cylinders with Tiffany blue sand, sea shells and white orchids submerged in water. Additionally we incorporated a bit of “bling” with crystal-like crusted votives and DIY crystal picture frames that really tied it all together. Chic, and Elegant

Some additional details included: Guests were greeted at the lower deck by the amazing Flamenco guitarist Richard Hastings.  Seating cards tied to Tiffany blue, cream and navy blue star fish, buoy with Alexa’s name and event date on it and a beautiful cake by Cake Divas. Jonie and Leigh did a fabulous job once again, this time  creating an ocean-inspired cake carefully decorated with gold leafed shells and a clam. Thank you!

Another important detail for Alexa and her father was to incorporate their heritage into the event. Being Jewish-Morrocan, we decided to create a Moroccan lounge on the top deck under the stars with authentic Moroccan furniture, carpets, lanterns and tea service.

{Those Who Inspire Us}

Photography: Signature Exposure Photography (

Videography: Oliver Altman (

Catering: Gilles Durat

Lighting: Sky Productions

Entertainment: Check One2 Entertainment (

Flamengo Guitarist: Richard Hastings (

Photo Booth: Sparkle Photo Booth (

Cake: Cake Divas (

Rentals: CMC Party Rentals (


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