Archives for December 2017

Love Found in the Heart of L.A. – Allison & Matthew Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Before the end of the year, we have one more wedding  to share with you. We loved creating this wedding with the couple to bring in their different backgrounds and fun personalities into the fabric of their day. Without further ado, we are happy to share the wedding of Allison & Matt with you, one of our favorite couples of last year.

Allison and Matt are a fun-loving couple that doesn’t take themselves too serious. The love between the couple sparked when they met in college at Yale University. Matt is a Jewish actor and composer while Allison is a catholic scholar of love in literature. For Allison’s Irish background, the couple opted for a traditional wedding at St. Ambrose Catholic Church located in West Hollywood. As urban-foodie lovers and Allison’s love for literature, it only made sense that the couple decided to hold their reception at Cafe Pinot located in the heart of downtown directly beside the Los Angeles Public Library.

We worked with Allison and Matt to create an enchanted urban garden filled with color and pattern that the guests could never forget. The design had a tailored elegance inspired by the colors of their alma mater using navy and greens with white touches and pops of copper (foxy, foxy foxy!). We wanted the place to glow, so we used florals with muted, neutral tones surrounded by candles galore to emphasize the natural and organic atmosphere with bistro lights overhead and uplights throughout the space to light up the night.

If you had not noticed, the name cards were paired with Irish bells. This Irish tradition is two-fold: to keep the bad spirits away, and as a signal for the couple to kiss (opposed to the old glass clink)! It was really important to this pair that their guests have a super fun time, so we incorporated “game night” fun with customized playing cards as party favors, and board games in the lounge area. Oh, and our favorite touch was the fancy-pants scotch tasting bar that kept the party going all night long!

The food was catered by the Patina restaurant group and was absolutely to die for. The night ended with an adorable cutting of the cake and a sweet kiss from the couple as the guests partied the night away.

Allison and Matthew’s wedding was a celebration to remember. We are so grateful for apart of this celebration for Allison and Matt! Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for another fun night out!

Vendor Love

Floral Frenzy: All About the Flowers

Good morning, lovelies!

Fall is here and winter is coming, but at Marisa Nicole Events, our minds are always on spring and summer where everything is in bloom and the sun is shining. We just love all things floral and thankfully, here in SoCal, we don’t have a hard time getting fab florals year round. Although many elements work together to craft the aesthetic story of your day (linens & lighting, china and tables, and more!), florals tend to be the one piece in your wedding design that captures people’s attention. While other mediums sometimes take a supporting role in the look of your day, florals get first billing. We know that constructing your floral design can be difficult and couples may need help. Where do you need an arrangement and where can you go without? Today, we’re going to walk you through the various places throughout your wedding that you will want to incorporate floral decor into your day.

Entrance

Photo Credit: Anya Kernes Photography

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon (Left) Booth Photographics (Right)

Your welcome table will most likely be the first thing your guests will see. You will want to accessorize your table in a way that will invite your guests to leave sweet notes in your guest book. Remember to “dress to impress!”

Personal Flowers

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photography (Left) K Stone Photography (Right)

Photo Credit: Lukas Van Dyke

This includes bouquets, corsages, nosegays, and boutonnieres. These will go out to everyone in the bridal party, immediate family members, or any V.I.P. members of your wedding that should be visually honored.

Ceremony Decor

Photo Credit: K Stone Photography (Left) Iris & Light (Right)

Photo Credit: Jessica Hickerson Photography

For your ceremony, you will have to decide on the style that you like to determine what flowers to use. You can put some florals to ground you at the altar, or hang items from a tree or columns. You can even rent a chuppah and decorate it with beautiful florals. You will also want to include something to line the aisles. You can use a trail of petals, or shepherd’s hooks with hanging details. The idea of the floral design in your ceremony is to frame the altar and create a direct line leading to it. If aisle decor is not in your budget, then focus on framing the front for the couple and the back as an entrance for the ceremony.

Cocktail Hour

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Every surface should have a bud vase or floating bloom with decor like votives and tea light candles. Once the sun is down, the candles are a perfect way to glow up the night.

Bar

Photo Credit: Anya Kernes Photography

You can use florals to make your bar look fun and beautiful. However, it is important to keep in mind that the bartenders may move the arrangements to make room for their services so plan for simple floral designs that are easily transportable, if you are opting for florals on the bar.

Reception

Photo Credit: Iris & Light (Left) Amanda McKinnon (Right)

Photo Credit: Booth Photographics

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon

Photo Credit: Nick Radford

We highly suggest some sort of decor lining the seating chart or table assignments as well as the cake/dessert table. Every tablescape should have a centerpiece for the perfect organic touch to your party, including the sweetheart table for you and your other half. You can even substitute florals for succulents to add some greens into your design. We love using floral tucks, bud vases, and candles; but your design is ultimately up to you!

Etiquette

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The last thing to remember when it comes to your floral arrangements is the proper etiquette that comes with them. Typically, florals can be taken, but vessels cannot. Talk to the onsite wedding coordinator to talk about reusing florals and to determine the intangibles. We are big advocates for reusing florals, but you can’t do it all the time. Generally, if all your events are held in one room, the florals will not be moved.

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As you can see, there are many things to consider when picking the florals that will brighten up your wedding day. We suggest thinking about each of these categories to help you with your decision. Hope this helps!