Modern Coastal Backyard Wedding: Cindy & Alan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Summer is almost here and that means backyard soirées are all the rage! Today we’re excited to share one of our gorgeous backyard weddings to help you get in the mood!

This is the wedding of Cindy & Alan! They tied the knot at a beautiful private estate in the Pacific Palisades. The backyard had a priceless view of the Pacific Ocean and the estate itself is somewhat famous as one of eleven “Case Study Houses” in LA County. Our overall vibe for their celebration was elegance with a modern twist. We worked to create a clean contemporary version of a classic look.

We covered the aisle with white petals and ghost chairs. Cindy wore a simple, yet fab, white dress and swoon-worthy shoes. She carried a bouquet of white luscious peonies with roses and anemones sprinkled throughout for a touch of color.


The guests worked their way across the backyard, allowing the Pacific to serve as the perfect backdrop throughout the celebration. We hung bistro lights over the dining area and icicle/drip lights in the tree that grounded the head table, creating a sense of whimsy and romance after sunset. Cindy & Alan decided to highlight medium grey tones, light purples and blushes with some creams and gold for metallic touches. We just love how clean and fresh everything looked.

We could go on for days on how delicious and mouth-watering the food was! Guests couldn’t stop asking for seconds (or thirds). There was a tapas bar that made it fun for guests to create their own gourmet appetizers.

We loved being a part of Cindy & Alan’s beautiful day and night! Congratulations again to this perfect couple on tying the knot!!

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Honoring Your Mother At Your Wedding

Hello Wonderful Sons & Daughters!

Mother’s Day is almost here and it is time to celebrate mom and all the things she has done for you throughout the years (even though you should celebrate your mom every single day!) She has been the one holding your hand through every hardship, happy moment, and moment in between! Your mom is probably over the moon for you to get married. However, it is important to remember that it will be hard for her to let gn. Weddings in our mother’s generations were different than they are now. Back in the day, a woman’s turn to plan a wedding was when her daughter got married. But nowadays, couples want to take the lead on planning their wedding and often mothers get lost in the hustle and bustle of it all. We get it, you want to have your own wedding that tells the story of your love and is reflective of your tastes and preferences. However, don’t be too hard on your mom when her opinions get a bit pushy and things become tense. She was likely not all that involved in planning her own wedding and has now missed out on the chance to plan yours. At the end of the day, we know that your mom wants you to be super happy and you want your mom to feel involved. To that end, in honor of Mother’s Day, we have compiled a list of ways to honor your mom on your special day.

Photo Credits: Jessica Hickerson Photography

Something Borrowed, Blue & New

Walking down the aisle with a part of your mom attached to you is a way to honor your mom and show her how close she is to your heart.

Photo Credits: Becca Rillo Photography

Get Ready Together

Your mom wants to spend as much time as possible on your big day. She wants to be there from the moment you wake up to the moment you get your hair done to you putting on your gorgeous dress. She wants to see her little girl turn into a beautiful bride.

Photo Credits: Ronca Productions

Let Her Give a Toast

Your mom is one of the people that knows you the best. She is the one that knows all your quirks, all your stories and is the best memory keeper of your childhood. Let her share all her memories of you to a room full of people who know and love you just as much as she does.

Photo Credits: Kate O’Connor and Rudo Vacula

Dance with Mom

Make sure your mom is able to showcase her dance moves. I am sure she will surprise you on the dancefloor! Let her pick a song that is special and close to her heart. She will cherish those few minutes swaying with you.

Photo Credits: Amanda McKinnon

Showcase Her Wedding Photo

Have a picture of your mom on her wedding day for all guests to admire. This is a way for your mom to reflect on her big day and how excited she is for you to have the same feelings.

Photo Credits: Chloe Moore Photography

Walk Down Aisle with Mom

Your mom will appreciate the thought of having her be a part of walking you down the aisle. Letting her be apart of that special moment when she gets to pass you off to the man that will take care of you for the rest of your life is unforgettable.

Photo Credits: Nick Radford

Mention Your Mom in a Speech

Giving you mom that extra shout out will put a smile on her face. It is easy to just thank your parent’s and move on. Try and individually thank both of them and say something heartwarming about them.

Photo Credits: Amanda McKinnon Photography

Remember that your mom was always there for you and will always be there for you after you are married. We hope that you and your mom have an amazing Mother’s Day. However, we at Marisa Nicole Events believe that you should honor your mom every single day so make sure you tell her how much she is appreciated.

Photo Credits: Becca Rillo Photography

 

Wedding Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Design Inspirations!

Happy Humpday!!

Who doesn’t love a great party, or shall we say fiesta? Cinco de Mayo is this week (thankfully on a Friday) and that means endless margaritas, chips & of course guacamole! We at Marisa Nicole Events are pretty much obsessed with Cinco de Mayo styled celebrations since this holiday is all about being playful with colors and giving a nod to all things Mexican through details and food. In honor of this day of fun and flair, we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for a Cinco de Mayo themed wedding.

Photo Credits: Ely Fair Photography

Signage

We love these signs that incorporate fun sayings to get the party or fiesta started!

Photo Credits: Sposto Photography (Left) Sara Richardson Photography (Right)

Ceremony with Maracas

Have your guests shake some maracas once walk down the aisle as and officially married couple!

Photo Credits: Dear Wesleyann

Escort Cards

Start the night off right with tequila shots for all. This is probably one of our favorite ideas for place cards. Your guests will love the fun right from the start of the reception!

Photo Credits: Aislinn Kate Photography

Tablescape

When creating your Cinco de Mayo inspired tablescape think color and color and more color! You can practically incorporate the whole rainbow (paired with neutrals)! Also add a patterned runner. Oh and you cannot forget the cactus and succulents.

Photo Credits: Megan Welker Photography

Drinks

Margaritas, beer, and tequila… need I say anymore? We love the idea of having a margarita or sangria bar with different flavors for your guests to try. And who wouldn’t get excited about a high-end tequila tasting bar? We encourage you to let loose and have fun with your drinks. For a vibrant, playful styled wedding, cutesy accessories are not only appropriate, but encouraged!

Photo Credits: Dyan Kethley Photography

Photobooth

Have your photo booth props stay with the fiesta theme. Sombreros, pinatas, maracas are all a great choice!

Dessert

We at Marisa Nicole Events love sweets… especially anything fried! A warm cinnamon churro served with melty chocolate is the perfect way to end the celebration on a high note (other dulces will do the trick as well… we don’t discriminate when it comes to desserts).

Photo Credits: Melanie Romanoski-Rebane (Left) Heather Roth Fine Art Photography (Right)

Wedding Favors

For your favors, keep with the hot, mexican theme with some hot sauce! Let people bring the heat for future meals.

Photo Credits: Dennis Kwan Photography

Remember if you are planning a fiesta, Cinco de Mayo themed wedding to just have fun with it! It is all about the colors and playfulness! In the midst of all this vibrancy, do remember to pair all these fab hues with neutral tones, to keep your overall aesthetic simultaneously grounded and elevated. We wish you all a fun and fabulous Cinco de Mayo filled with endless margs and guac!

Photo Credits: Wild Whim Design & Photography

Bling Bling: Our Favorite Rings

Happy Fri-yay!

Today we are talking all about that bling bling! One of the more exciting parts of getting hitched is picking out your wedding rings. You should fully in love with what you choose to put on your finger because it is the most important jewelry you will wear for the rest of your life (no pressure…). Here are some of our favorite wedding rings from our former couples!

Photo Credits: Amanda McKinnon Photography

Gold or Silver Band

Before you decide on what kind of stone you would like, make sure you pick whether you want a silver or gold band! This will make picking out the rest of the style of your ring easier and make sure it is more cohesive.

Photo Credits: Jillian Rose Photography

Simple

Sometimes less is more and that is very true when it comes to rings. We love this simple silver diamond ring. Also, a diamond is a girl’s best friend!

Photo Credits: Ronca Productions

Incorporating Color

If you have a favorite color or a color that has a special meaning to you, then definitely add that into your ring. We love this topaz ring!

Photo Credits: Dennis Kwan Weddings

Extra Bling

We at Marisa Nicole Events do love a lot of bling! So if you do too, then a ring with extra diamonds on the band is a great option!

Photo Credits: Iris & Light

Symbols

We love the idea of having a non-traditional wedding band. This infinity ring is gorgeous and symbolizes forever and always.

Photo Credits: Becca Rillo Photography

Engraving

There are a million different ways to add a quote, picture or names into your rings. This ring is a great example of showing love, friendship and loyalty.

Photo Credits: Kim Fox Photography

Make sure you remember that your ring decision is what makes you happy, not anyone else. Pick something that goes with your personal style. Also pick a ring that is timeless, just like your love. Your ring will be worn on your finger but will also be attached to your heart.

Photo Credits: Chloe Moore Photography