Archives for December 2017

2018 Edition: New Year Resolutions For Our Brides!

Hello there, lovelies!

The New Year is just about to peek over the horizon, and we’re all dazzled up with excitement to welcome in 2018! With all the glitz, fizzy drinks, and resolutions, there’s no shortage of anticipation for good things to come… including a fabulous wedding day! For those of you who will be tying the knot in the coming year, we want to give you a few little tips going into 2018…  Here’s our 5 Bridal Resolutions!

Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

Resolution 1: Accept the help!

Many times brides will turn family and friends down when they ask if there’s anything they can do to help with the big day. Let people help you if they offer!  Many hands make light work in making your wedding a success, and you’ll be glad you did. Delegating jobs, tasks, DIYs, and roles will make your life much easier (plus keep picky mamas or curious aunties busy and feeling important)!

Photo Credit:Docuvitae 

Resolution 2: Be you on your wedding day.

Many brides go into the wedding process with big plans to be “sweating for the wedding”. We’re all for staying healthy and fit, but making any kind of drastic body change right before your wedding is never a good idea. And by drastic, we mean extreme workout regimens, dieting, a new hair color, or visits to the tanning salon. Otherwise, years down the road, you’ll look back on photos and either be pining for your crash dieted body or wonder what you were thinking when you got that spray tan. We get that you want to look your best, but you also want to look like yourself. Be beautiful you!

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

Resolution 3: Go easy on yourself.

As humans, we tend to be quick to compare ourselves to others, and we totally get it. It’s very easy to compare your wedding planning and design to what you’ve seen on Pinterest, Instagram, wedding blogs, at the weddings of friends, etc. Don’t be too hard on yourself if something doesn’t come out as fantastic as you pictured.  We want you to remember that in the end, it’s going to be you and your sweetheart’s wedding day, nobody else’s… which leads into our next resolution.

Photo Credit: Carisa Woo Photography

Resolution 4: Keep your eyes on the prize.

The most important resolution is to not get so caught up in the planning, prepping, and coordinating that you forget who you’re marrying. Don’t let creating the most beautiful wedding in the world get in the way of your relationship with your fiancée. Remember that the goal here is to be married, not have a wedding. In the end, it’s all about you two together.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Resolution 5: Enjoy it!

Making decisions, working with family, and planning complications can get stressful, but just be in the moment. If you’re not having a least a little fun during the process, it’s time to take a deep breath and a step back. You can never get back this exciting time of preparation, so try to be present and enjoy each moment.

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photo

We hope that you will remember these tips going into 2018, especially if your wedding is just a couple months away! Cheers to your very special day coming up very soon, and to ringing in the New Year!

Photo Credit: Emily Millay Photography

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

Styled Shoot – Ruffled DIY “Love Letters”

Hello, darlings!

We absolutely loved partnering with Ruffled and a fab team of collaborators on this DIY project. Ruffled supplied us with files for the letters in the alphabet, along with a vision to showcase scrabble-letter style decor and we did the rest! We decided to incorporate Ruffled’s letters in two ways into a wedding day: hanging as a part of a ceremony backdrop and as a menu for our sweets station!

Creating these looks took time, however what we love about this project is that the steps are so simple that I am confident any of my clients would be able to accomplish this! The best part is that the project is relatively cost effective and the letters really make an impact on your design!

Once you determine what you would like to spell out, here are the steps we took in order to accomplish these two looks:

Step 1 – Print & cut-out letters

Before you start printing, we suggest you get organized. You’ll want to figure out how many of each letter you will need print accordingly. We used cream cardstock and a small printer for the letters. Then, we used a small paper cutter to get perfectly straight and measured letters that matched the look we were going for.

Step 2 – Choose your wood type & size

We needed our letters to be light, so we used the lightest wood we could find, Balsa wood. For our ceremony set-up, we cut the wood into individual pieces slightly larger than our paper letters via several runs from a sharp exacto knife. For our sweets set-up, we just found a 10-pack of balsa wood sheets on Amazon in the size that we needed, 36”X6”.

Step 3 – Adhere letters to wood

We used matte mod podge to carefully adhere the paper letters to the wood.

Step 4 – Display

Lastly, to display our set-up for the ceremony, we drilled small holes in the top of the wood in order to weave fishing wire through the individual pieces. For our sweets set-up, all we had to do was stick the wooden sheets to the wall, which we did with mounting putty (as to not damage the venue’s walls!).

Thanks so much to Ruffled and the whole team for collaborating with us to showcase these simple yet sweet love letters!

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

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Before the year is up, we have one more wedding to share with you. We loved creating this celebration with the couple to bring 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 seriously. The love between these love-birds sparked when they met in college at Yale University. Matt is a Jewish actor and composer while Allison is a catholic Irish 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 to have been a part of it! Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for another fun night out!

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