Archives for January 2014

Tis the Season for New Interns: Meet Tori!

Hey Everyone!!

I’m the new intern at Marisa Nicole, Wedding and Events. Yay!!  I love working with Marisa and her team. My official first day was in January but I got sneak peak into my future when I  helped out with Rachelle and Jay’s Wedding in December. This experience has already been a dream come true!  Since I’ve been on the team for almost a month now, I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself.

  • Fave Wedding Blog: I just love Style Me Pretty. Everything they post is just so stunning and organic.
  • Fave Wedding Cake Combo: I have to admit that if you put wedding cake in front of me I will eat it! However, if I have to choose carrot cake is my favorite. I just can’t say no to cream cheese frosting!
  • Fave Event Styling Genre:  I love vintage weddings with a ton of personal touches!!! It’s your special day remind people of that.
  • Ideal Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Being a mind reader! I could accomplish everyone’s needs before they even have to ask!
  • Veil, Flower, or Headpiece: I am all about the veil. I just love that simple, elegant look.
  • Fave Wedding Tradition: Cutting the cake. You never know if the couple is going to be naughty or nice (I prefer when they are naughty!). A little cake in the face always seems to liven up a wedding!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you tears: I am a crier so pretty much every moment of a wedding makes me cry! But without fail when the groom sees the bride for the very first time as she is walking down the aisle always warms my heart.


Here isa shot of all of us at Rachelle and Jay’s Wedding. Thanks Amanda McKinnon for the fabulous  photo!  I had so much fun being able to be part of the team on this special day. I look forward to working with the Marisa Nicole team throughout the rest of the wedding season. Love these girls!!!

The Sweet Side of Weddings!

Here at Marisa Nicole we love sweets (and our team often doesn’t get a chance to eat at weddings until dessert is served… so yeah, it is kind of important to us)! Therefore, today we thought we’d share with you some ideas on how to make the ‘sweetest’ part of your day perfectly reflect who you are as a couple and what you like to indulge in.

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A good portion of our couples opt to go the traditional cake route (and there is nothing wrong with that!). You could go all out with a ton of details, shapes, colors and décor, or you could keep it clean and simple.  If a traditional cake is what you’re into, don’t let yourself to feel limited by structure or presentation, the possibilities are endless! We could all take a cue on “thinking outside of the (cake) box” from Kaley Cuoco, who had her cake hang upside down from a chandelier. Talk about the element of surprise! Kimberly Bailey owner of The Butter End Cakery designed Kaley’s over-the-top cake and we just can’t get enough of it!


If a standard cake isn’t your style there are various other ways to feature dessert on your special day! Many of our couples ditch the cake idea all together and offer their guests a collection of mini treats when it comes time for dessert.

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One of our couples incorporated touches of southern flare throughout their fête and continued in that vein by having cobbler for dessert. Serving pie aligned with the overall theme of their day, and believe me when I tell you that no one was missing cake!


Sweets not your thing? Not a problem, take a moment to think outside the box like this couple did. They choose to have a cheese cake, in the literal sense of the word. This may look like a regular tiered cake. but the whole thing is comprised of various rounds of cheeses.


All that to say, do not feel limited when it comes to selecting the “cake” for your day. It’s your wedding, so choose to serve what you want to eat! Having the dessert that fits your style can really add a ‘sweet’ ending to an already amazing wedding day!

Love at Verandas Beach House: Rie & Hiro Married!

Happy New Year Friends!


Today I am happy to share Rie & Hiro’s wedding with you. They are seriously one of the sweetest, kindest, most gentile couples we have had the privilege of working with. It is crazy to think these lovebirds got hitched a whole year ago. And we were all super excited to have Style Me Pretty feature the wedding on their blog recently!






The couple tied the knot at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan beach. The venue was just perfect for the couple. There is an easy elegance about the place, which fit effortlessly with Hiro & Rie’s personalities and sense of style. It is amazing to me that the venue finds a way to be both elegant and laid back at the same time, and with the beach only a few blocks away, the couple was able to get their toes in the sand for a few beautiful ‘love shots.’







We decided to go with an aesthetic pallet of white, cream and blush with gorgeous little pops of gold. We wanted the whole thing to feel simultaneously romantic, classic and modern and I am happy to report that everything turned out simply gorgeous. We brought in satin gold linens as the base for our table-scape. Soft, full blooms and florals were utilized in neutral and blush tones to bring out the romance. Every table number, sign and printed item was designed with a type of pho-calligraphy that helped keep things modern, but also brought in a sense of timeless elegance. Thank God Erin J Saldana was there to capture each meticulously designed detail.





The specialty drinks were particularly fun! Hiro choose a Moscow Mule for his designer cocktail, but Rie’s pink lemonade was super fab with its’ sparkling gold rim. The favors also had their own charm that enhanced the overall vibe of the day. The couple purchased baby French Macaroons from one of their favorite bakeries, cased them in clear boxes and then wrapped them with super cute ribbon and a customized tag. Finally, to make the party space feel more festive, we hung tissues puffs in the couples’ colors at varying heights over the dance floor.





On a personal note, the thing that I most remember about Rie & Hiro’s wedding was just how dang emotional the whole day was for everyone involved (in a good way, I promise!). When they laughed, they did so with great joy, when the bridal party pitched in to help, they did so with great vigor. And when they cried during the toasts, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (including mine). It was a gorgeous, fun day that no one in attendance will soon forget. Happy Anniversary Rie & Hiro!



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