Palm Springs Love Fiesta: Sophie & Aaron Married! (Part 1)

Hi lovebirds,

Today, we’re ecstatic to share with you the wedding weekend of one of our favorite couples from 2017. We had the pleasure of working with them to put together 5 events over a 4-day weekend (wooh!), and it was definitely one for the books! Next week, we’ll be sharing more of their wedding day but today, we’ll show you all the fun festivities that surrounded the weekend. So without further ado, let’s give it up for Sophie and Aaron.

Sophie and Aaron’s fête took place at the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs. We kicked off their wedding weekend with a welcome reception where we served mezze, munchies and handcrafted cocktails to show all the guests what they have in store for the weekend.  

The day before the wedding, we put together a giant pool party that spanned over 2 pools. While 1 pool was your typical tiki-themed pool party filled with floaties galore, the other one was reserved for more mature guests and it had a more laid-back and relaxed vibe. To bring their vision to live, we prepared leis, sunglasses and flip-flops for all the guests to enjoy.

To complete the true pool-party experience, we had deliciously exotic snacks served all day and even set-up a tiki bar with tropical drinks. Just before you thought it couldn’t have gotten any better, we also brought in games and a DJ spinning real vinyl throughout the day; it was so much fun!  

Following a whole day of fun at the pool was the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Since Aaron is Australian, we decided to go with an Aussie-vibe where we had an outdoor BBQ and fun for all. All the guests had the choice of red or white sangria upon arrival (Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi! Oi! Oi!). We lit up the whole backyard with Chinese lanterns to make the venue all the more romantic. The night was filled with sentimental toasts and delicious Mexican food, needless to say it was truly beautiful and heart-warming.

On Sunday, the morning after the wedding, we had a farewell brunch for all the guests and it was honestly the perfect ending to the weekend. We had brunch foods, mimosas and bloody marys served all morning, leaving all the guests with a happy tummy! In terms of decor, we chose to use vibrant florals but clean linens in order to tie together the wedding and the rehearsal dinner.

This is it for Sophie and Aaron’s wedding weekend festivities. We hope you had as much fun reading all about it as we did planning it and stay tuned for next week’s blog post on these lovebirds’ beautiful wedding day!

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Intimately Enchanting Celebration: Annalee & Ethan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday lovebirds,

Today, we couldn’t be more excited to share with you another real wedding! Annalee and Ethan are one of our favorite couples of all time. We worked with them to create a celebration that was playful, relaxed, romantic with a touch of whimsy, and had a sense of intimate enchantment… and we absolutely loved how it turned out!

Annalee and Ethan’s gorgeous celebration took place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California. This venue is super unique because it is located in the Rancho Wildlife Foundation which really added the wow factor to the wedding. The colors we chose to focus on for their fête were true blues (navy to medium), greens, whites and pops of diluted mauve/blush. We just love how classy and sophisticated these combinations look together.

To make their soiree even more special, we brought in a set of vintage arched glass doors to mark the entrance of the aisle. Swoon. We utilized a mix of wooden and clear acrylic signs throughout the event to pair the rustic venue with a clean, chic vibe. Finally, we surrounded everything with romantical, lush and organic florals galore to transport the guests into a fairy tale wedding.

The couple really wanted their wedding to have details while remaining extremely clean so for the reception, we exposed all the wooden tables and spiced the setting up with clear chargers with gold rims and blue colored glasses. To make the ambiance more romantic, we also added twinkle lights, glowing candles and blush-toned florals.

It was very important for Annalee and Ethan that their celebration was intimate. To that end, we brought in rocks with each guest’s name on it (in a foxy diluted teal hue) as a personalized take-away from the day. To get from the cocktail hour to the receptions, guests walked through a three-story cafe. We filled every nook and cranny of this space with over 100 family photos.  

The night ended with lots of dancing and a super fun cake. We chose a playful patterned linens to serve as the base of our dessert and cocktail tables and the outcome was truly stunning.

And this is it for now lovebirds! We hope you enjoyed this as much as we loved putting this wedding together. Thank you Annalee and Ethan for allowing us to create this beautiful celebration and we couldn’t be more excited for our mama to be!  

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Cirque Du Soleil Themed: Michelle & Kenneth Married!

Happy Thursday lovebirds!

Today, we have a super fun, sexy cirque du soleil themed wedding to share with you. This celebration had the perfect combination of modern and romantic with pops of surprise and we absolutely loved it! So without further ado, let’s give it up for Michelle and Kenneth.

Michelle and Kenneth’s lovely fête took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. They really wanted their celebration to be sophisticated while remaining grandiosely glamorous so we decided to use varying blue hues as the focus, resembling serenity, and paired with white, silver and gold. The outcome was truly stunning and breathtaking.

The reception though, was definitely the highlight of the night. The ballroom was set with glistening chandeliers and we covered the space with glowing lights and candles galore to create a sense of drama throughout the room. We utilized blue and white hydrangeas and organic greenery to bring in a soft and romantic vibe. We also incorporated menus with a gold foil rim at each place setting and super fancy gold linens, making the atmosphere all the more grand and lavish.

Of course, we saved the best for last. We brought in masquerade masks for each guest and intermittently throughout the evening, we had a surprise performances for all to enjoy! …And let’s not forget about their wedding cake, for which we stuck to the blue, white and gold color scheme. Isn’t it stunning?

And this is it for Michelle and Kenneth’s classy, sexy and magically romantic soiree! We hope you loved their wedding as much as we did and we wish nothing but the best for these lovebirds.

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Personal Wedding Day Tips For Grooms From Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds!

After giving our personal wedding tips for our beautiful brides and bridal parties out there, it is now time for you gentlemen! We know that you want to make your beautiful bride’s wedding day just perfect, but you might not know exactly where to start which is why we are here to share a few tips that will help you be successful in that pursuit. These guidelines are small, yet thoughtful gestures that will ensure you have a great day together! Most brides work really hard on planning out the details of her wedding day. Therefore, grooms you will want to consider doing the following to make that happen on your big day!

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

The Wedding Gift

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This doesn’t have to be something that is super expensive (but it can be). It can be something big or small, it doesn’t matter, but it is simply a way of saying thank you to the gal you love for agreeing to become your wife! Whether you get a card or some kind of present, it should ultimately be something to show her how much you love her and how happy you are to soon be her hubby for life.

The Honeymoon Suite

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Decorating the honeymoon suite isn’t something that you actually have to execute yourself. It is important that you are really enjoying every second of your reception. However we highly suggest that you make a plan to secure all the items you will need in advance. This being whatever is going to make the place you and your new wife go to spend your wedding night a romantic love nest that she will never forget! Perhaps have one of your groomsmen connect with one of the bridesmaids and ask them to spend a few minutes making the suite feel special. Petals, champagne, whatever your style is, do something. For one day you should be uber romantic, and not hold back on the extra step. Your bride shouldn’t have to lift a finger.

Keep It Classy

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Your wedding day is one of those days that should be super fun for both you and your partner. With that being said, we encourage you to hold back the reigns on the form of “fun” you engage in with your crew until after the ceremony. If you are a cigar guy, please don’t have one before you walk down the aisle (so that you don’t smell like cigars the first time she sees you – yikes!). A bit of pre-wedding drinking is not only acceptable, but encouraged. However we beg you not to go overboard. Keep it together, and be the classy gentleman we know you can be.

Be an Us

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Be by her side, and take on your wedding as a team. There is a time and place for hanging with the boys, jamming with the band, and managing family drama, but you should stay together as much as possible. She has celebrated with her crew, and you with yours, so this is the time for everyone to come together and celebrate as a group.

Take the Weight Off Her

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Again, most brides are very active in working out the details for her wedding day, so help take the load off her by pitching in if need be. You can think of it as your way of repaying her for all the work she did. If there is stuff that needs to happen last minute, offer to do it or try to find a solution that doesn’t involve her so she doesn’t have to be the one to make it happen. If she is getting frazzled, be the one to help calm her nerves. Let’s try to keep her worrying to a minimum. Take the initiative to make sure you have all your items organized and ready for the big day – your shirt, cuff links, all your belongings, etc. This way she and her gals can worry about her stuff and you are worrying about yours. She shouldn’t have to remind you to bring your vest or get that haircut she keeps dropping hints for.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Soon-to-be-grooms, these tips are for you and you can do with them what you will. All of these gestures and actions are simply small ways of telling your bride thank you, and showing her that you are doing the most you can, and the best you can. Show her your best! Be romantic, be thoughtful, be on top of your game, or be whatever she needs you to be. At the end of the day, this day is all about you guys as a couple, and we want you to have the best day possible!