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A Festival of Love: Margo and Avi Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

We are especially excited to share Margo and Avi’s unique summer wedding with you. With the feel of an enchanting music festival, this celebration of love was nothing but fun! To execute this destination wedding (with a 2 week old newborn at home), we partnered with Quality Event Design in the Lake Tahoe area to execute our plans and designs. We are very appreciative of their coordination in helping run the show and perfecting the awesome florals – love you QED gals (#teamworkmakesthedreamwork)! So, without further ado, please enjoy Margo and Avi’s festivities!

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Margo and Avi got married at Chalet View Lodge in Portola, CA. Surrounded by towering pines, the space was rustic and woodsy, with no shortage of natural beauty. To contrast the subtle greenery of the venue, we chose to focus on a mix of vibrant colors. The magenta, orange, turquoise, and yellow popped against the navy looks rocked by the bridal party and complemented the couple’s magenta and light pink ensembles.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The florals were everything! The big, colorful blooms, personalized for each individual, added a magical touch to the day. Margo’s bouquet incorporated pinks, oranges, and yellows, which paired flawlessly with her gorgeous magenta gown. The bridesmaids bouquets of varying colors and varieties of flowers combined stunningly with the groomsmen unique boutonnieres.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The ceremony site was perfect for the occasion! The space was natural with fun elements add to create the music festival vibe. Upon entrance to the seating area, guests were greeted by playful elephants made from greenery and a rustic wine barrel set up, adorned with colorful florals and simple wooden lanterns. The canopy at the end of the aisle was wrapped with soft orange fabric and decorated with a floral and greenery arrangement. Handmade dreamcatchers flowed freely in the wind throughout the ceremony.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Rustic Indian cultural elements were incorporated throughout the festivities. For example, a traditional Indian mangalfera ritual took place during the wedding ceremony, incorporating fire and the exchange of vows. It created a very meaningful moment for the couple.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

At cocktail hour, the bar and drink stations were colorful and lit by hanging string lights. Guests were greeted with fun cocktails which included a vodka, soda, and popsicle treat – refreshing and eye catching! We also brought in ladder ball and cornhole for friends and family’s enjoyment.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

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The reception space was intimate, with tables placed around the centered dancefloor. The colorful draping fabrics were magical and incorporated lots of movement into the space and creating the feel of a festival tent. The string lights, visible after dusk, made for an enchanting evening. The tables were topped with a variety of colorful pieces. Simple floral arrangements were placed in tinted vases and candles lined the center of the tables. Colorful elements were balanced by the use of simple exposed wooden tables and chairs.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The couple and bridal party changed into traditional Indian outfits and participated in a choreographed cultural dance. Check out Avi’s epic headstand! This performance set the stage for a rocking dance party.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

A fun dinner featured a variety of food stations, after which guests enjoyed donuts and made smores as the night came to a close.

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The setting was natural yet vibrant, and elements of surprise created a music festival vibe, making for a great party! This fun-loving couple was an absolute pleasure to work with. Margo and Avi, we loved being a part of your big day and wish you the best!

Festival of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

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Wedding Day Self Care: 10 Tips for Brides To Live Your Best Life on Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is almost upon us and there are many things to consider when preparing for the biggest celebration of your life. You’ve read all the tips on how to choose catering, colors, and guest favors. Since this day is your day, we want to make sure you also take care of yourself! Feeling great and looking your best will help you get the most out of your big day. Here are our top ten golden nuggets of advice for all you foxy brides out there on your wedding day!

1. Start hydrated and stay hydrated.

First things first: drink two large glasses of water when you wake up on the morning of your wedding day. By doing this, your skin will be glowing and you will feel refreshed. Throughout the entirety of the celebration, remember to consume extra water.

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

2. Abandon your phone and watch.

Ditch your phone and watch for the day! Don’t be concerned about what is being posted to social media or who may be texting you. Designate a trusted bridesmaid or friend to manage your essential communications. Trust your wedding planner to coordinate timing appropriately and keep the day flowing. It is important to be entirely in the moment and enjoy your wedding day.

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photography

3.  Surround yourself with people who make you truly happy.

Getting ready for your wedding should be relaxing and pleasant. Prioritize your experience and keep your immediate company to those who will add positively to your day. For example, if you have a bridesmaid you felt obligated to include in your wedding party, discretely organize hair and makeup sessions to give yourself some distance from that person. If your beloved mom can also be a bit overwhelming, ask your best friend to be on “mom duty” for the day. By making these arrangements in advance, you will minimize conflicts on the wedding day.

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Salt and Sky Studios

4. Look like you.

Hair and makeup is a fun way to enhance your natural beauty for your special occasion. Do what makes you feel your absolute best. Don’t be convinced by others to get carried away with a crazy hairstyle or heavy makeup that doesn’t make you feel like yourself. To get an idea of how a certain look feels on you, do a trial run of planned hair and makeup to find the style you love before a date night or your Bachelorette party!

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Salt and Sky Studios

5. Monitor your alcohol consumption.

Feel free to enjoy a bit of bubbly with your bridesmaids while getting ready. However, don’t forget to balance your alcohol consumption with water, food, and time before the ceremony. We encourage you to have a good time, but not to go overboard.

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

6. Eat!

Brides often get wedding day butterflies that give them a weird gut feeling, reducing their normal appetite. However, it is essential to make yourself eat something before the celebration begins. Dinner will be a long time away, and standing for extended periods of time in a long dress is not easy. You don’t want to feel poorly or, worst of all, faint. Before hopping into your gorgeous gown, munch on a little something — you’ll thank yourself later!

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

7. Pack extra shoes.

There is nothing worse than being miserable by the time cocktail hour rolls around because your feet are killing you. We encourage brides to change their shoes often. Wear your cute heels for the ceremony and photos, but beyond that we urge you to wear heels only when you absolutely must. Bring a comfortable pair of flip flops or slippers to get ready in, a pair of flats for after the ceremony, and your most comfortable shoes to dance the night away. Being comfortable will allow you to have a good time!

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Holding & Co.

8. Stick with your partner.

We always encourage you to enjoy the company of your best girlfriends, but your wedding day is all about celebrating you and your partner. Make a conscious effort to spend the day side by side. Make memories together, enjoying the start of your new chapter!

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

9. Get out on the dance floor!

If you want the dance floor at your wedding to be fun, lead by example. No one else will start dancing if the couple isn’t, so make sure the DJ starts the night with some of your favorites and get out there! This is a time to let loose and enjoy the festivities, so soak it all in and let yourself have a good time.

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Hom Photography

10. Plan your exit ahead of time.

There comes a point in the night where there are few enough guests remaining that you will have to say goodbye to each and every person, leaving yourselves the last people left at your own wedding. Do not wait until this moment to leave! Avoid this uncomfortable scenario by planning a sendoff in advance. Or, if you prefer, do an Irish farewell, quietly exiting and letting the party continue. Either way, plan it!

Wedding Day Bridal Tips | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Nick Radford

From properly fueling yourself for the day to prioritizing your own comfort to making arrangements that will help the day flow smoothly, these tips will help you, as a bride, enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!