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Love in the Hollywood Hills: Alana & Jack Married!


Happy Friday Friends!

I just love it when we get to work with couples that everyone can tell are simply perfect for each other. Alana & Jack are precisely that couple (and it doesn’t hurt that they are ridiculously good looking, so I knew from the get-go that the photos would turn out awesome!).

Goldstein Wallis-8Goldstein_Wallis_Amanda_McKinnon_Photography_Wallis022_low For the backdrop of their little fete, they chose the home of a close friend in the Hollywood Hills. Alana and I had so much fun working out the design details for their day. It was important to the couple that the whole party had a sense of movement to it. We swapped out a traditional banquet style table set-up for small cocktail tables, so the guests would feel more like they were in an intimate French café rather than a stuffy formal gathering.

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Goldstein_Wallis_Amanda_McKinnon_Photography_AM0553_lowGoldstein Wallis-3One of the things I loved so much about this couple (and their family) was how much time and energy they all invested into the details of their day. Alana & Jack created their own super cute invitations. These are still some of my favorite printed items of last year! To bring our Parisian feel to life, we brought in flowers, food and signage that would fit the bill. I am still in love with these simple yet fabulous milk glass arrangements with which Alana’s dad adorned the tables.

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Goldstein Wallis-4Alana’s family and friends handcrafted the boutonnieres, and I just love how they turned out! It was so funny to show up the morning of the wedding where Alana & the gals were getting ready to find a whole table full of ladies creating boutonnieres like nobody’s business.

Goldstein Wallis-7The week before the wedding, Jack, along with his dad, worked like crazy landscaping the property to make everything for the big day look lush and green. Those lovely lace doilies that are layered onto each of our mini tablescapes were individually gathered and hand stained by Alana’s sister. Jack, along with his new dad-in-law, worked together to build the chuppah from the ground up.  All that to say, this wedding was truly a family affair!

Goldstein_Wallis_Amanda_McKinnon_Photography_AM0452_lowGoldstein Wallis-6Between the chalkboard signage, wishing tree guest book, amazing family members (who weren’t afraid to get dirty and help our team turn over the ceremony to a reception in a matter of minutes – and then go crazy and party like it is 1999!), handmade details galore and sweet couple, this wedding was definitely one of the most memorable from last wedding season. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed helping these love birds get hitched!

Vendor Love

Tuesday Tip: Communicating Table Assignments with Flair!


Here at Marisa Nicole, we pride ourselves on crafting distinctive celebrations that tell the love story of our couples. One area that we always encourage our love birds to get creative in is how they communicate  table assignments to their guests. Taking care of this logistical item in a unique and unexpected manner is a great way to share more about our bride & groom’s personalities, embrace the theme of day, and tie in the overall look and feel we are going for. We just love it when our couples take this opportunity to share their style – from simply writing names on tented cards to utilizing photos of guests to attaching cute tags to favors – anything is possible!

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This weekend, we fell in love with these cute “message in a bottle” name cards below, which were hand-made by our bride.  Each little bottle had a guest’s name that could be seen from the outside.  The guests then proceeded to take out their “message” and discover what table number they were assigned to.  It was a fun mini scavenger hunt!  We ‘buried’ the bottles in boxes filled with sand, which made it easy to place the names alphabetically so guests could easily find their own special bottle. And the guests just loved it!


If you want to go with the more traditional approach of writing names on place cards, make sure you do the math first!  It’s important to count the number of cards in advance to make it easier to divide into even rows and columns on your display table.  Be warned – any pictures or floral arrangements placed in between the name cards can throw off your count!


We hope that you enjoyed this Tuesday Tip!