Lovestruck at the Lombardi House: Ginny & Jaimie Married!

Happy Thursday!

We are happy to present a wedding that you will never forget. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event and have the honor of being featured on Ruffled. Without further ado, let’s give it up for Ginny & Jaimie!

Ginny & Jaimie’s wedding was a truly special celebration. It was important for the couple to incorporate aspects from their hometowns and backgrounds to bring together their families from various parts of the country. Once they visited the Lombardi House in Hollywood, Ginny & Jamie knew it was the perfect venue for them.

We were looking to infuse and combine mid-west, desert and coastal touches into the wedding aesthetic. From the moment the love-birds saw the barn, mixing something so quintessential Americana, smack in the middle of the excitement of Hollywood, the gals were in love.

We worked to craft a vibrant, elevated, comfortable affair, mixing cool blue and green tones with pops of warm hues.

The couple wanted their wedding to feel like one big dinner party for their nearest and dearest. The guests dinned family style at feasting tables under an enchanting blanket of bistro lights.

We paired textured light linens with wooden vineyard chairs to evoke both the modern and rustic feels! We lined the tables with a mixture of soft, open blooms with potted cacti. One of my personal favorite details was the silver patterned china and textured glassware at each place setting (foxy, foxy, foxy!).

One of the most memorable moments of the night was when the couple used Jaimie’s father’s military sword to cut the cake.

Throughout the night, the food, sweets and drinks never stopped flowing and the guests danced the night away. Ginny and Jaimie’s wedding is definitely one for the books!

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Bridal Beauty: Your Wedding Hair & Make-up Done Right!

Happy Thursday Friends!

We’re finishing up wedding season and today’s post is aimed at helping all you brides that are stressing about what to do with your locks and looks on your special day. I’ve come up with five tips to share with you that will help ensure your hair and makeup on your big day are simply fab fab fab (from a wedding planner’s point of view, or course!).

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Tip #1: Go With A Pro

Believe when I tell you that going with a professional is one of the best things you can do on your wedding day.  Even if you are an talented with a makeup brush and super handy with a curling iron, I have seen many brides break under the self-imposed pressure of making herself up on her wedding day. Relieve that stress from yourself by bringing in someone who knows what they are doing and is 100% focused on making you look like a rock star. Your wedding day self will thank you and your photographer will bless your name! Something to keep in mind is that the camera will take off 25-50% of your makeup in your pictures. You’ll be glad you invested in a professional with sustainable products so your hair and makeup will be one less thing to worry about.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Tip #2: Choose A Style That Looks Like You

The goal for each of my brides is for them to look their best for their big day. Your wedding day isn’t the time to try something new. Too often a bride will get excited and want to try colors and styles that she would never consider under normal circumstances. While we do want you to stand out, remember to keep your choices consistent with your everyday life sense of style. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to look back on your wedding photos and think, “That doesn’t even look like me” or “what the heck was I thinking?”

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Tip #3: Time It Out Right

Make sure you give your stylist enough time to perfect your wedding look. Wedding days are crazy: people run late, tasks run behind, but make sure that you reserve time to get your hair and makeup done right!. You want to make sure you have between 2.25-2.5 hours for your hair & make-up to be completed. Even though your stylist may say only 2 hours are needed, give yourself some extra time in case you need to change something or something unexpected happens.

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

Tip #4: Spring For The Trial

Seriously, I can’t impress this upon you enough. You absolutely, 100% need a trial before your wedding day to make sure that the look you want actually looks good on you. This will also give your stylist the opportunity to get to know your complexion and hair-type so that they know the best products that will work for your particular hair and skin type. Don’t take chances on your wedding day. Seriously, despite the cost, take the trial!

Photo Credit: Jessica Hickerson Photography

Tip #5: Communication Is Key

Before you go in for your trial, send your stylist photos of the hair and make-up styles that you are considering for your wedding day. It is extremely helpful for you to provide a visual example for your stylist. A verbal description won’t be enough. Make sure your stylist can see the look you like, and also hear a verbal explanation of why this is the look you want to achieve.

During your session, don’t be afraid to vocalize any concerns while you’re in the chair! If you’re uneasy about what you are seeing, communicate your feelings. It’s your big day, you deserve to look the best!

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

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*Bonus*: Show Your Stylist Some Love

Show your stylist some appreciation by including a tip with their final payment. Vendors will go above and beyond to make sure your day is as perfect as possible so don’t forget to give them your thanks. Tip your stylist!

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If you’re struggling to find a makeup artist and hair stylist that is right for you, use these tips to help guide you in the right direction and narrow down your options. Stay beautiful, my loves!


New Trends in Town: Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week

Hey darlings!

Bridal fashion week has come and gone and our hearts are a flutter thinking about the gorgeousness that is coming our way next wedding season. Today we’re here to show you some of the top styles to inspire all you ladies out there who still searching for the perfect gown for your wedding! Designers have introduced new trends and brought back some of our favorites. Here are the top 5 fashion trends that we found in Fall 2018’s Bridal Fashion Week. Enjoy!

Trend #1: Off-the-shoulder sleeves

Photo Credit: Lela Rose (Left) Marchesa (Right)

Off-the-shoulder sleeves are back! We just can’t get over the elegance of this style and apparently neither can anyone else. Off-the-shoulder sleeves of any kind will soften your neckline, having you look gorgeous as you walk down the aisle.

Trend #2: Ballgowns

Photo Credit: Anne Barge (Left) Inbal Dror (Right)

Whether it’s sweet and simple or intricate and detailed, the ballgown is a classic. This trend will never fail to make a bride feel like a princess on one of the happiest days of her life!

Trend #3: Capes

Photo Credit: Zuhair Murad (Left) Reem Acra (Right)


Veils are out, and capes are in! With capes as the new trend, you can rock a gorgeous hair-do while also adding extra flare to your already stunning dress.

Trend #4: Blush tones

Photo Credit: Zuhair Murad (Left) Naeem Khan (Right)

Blush tones are so pretty, yet still neutral and will make you stand apart from the white color that most brides are accustom to wearing. What can we say? Pink is the new white.

Trend #5: Pantsuits

Photo Credit: Lela Rose (Left) Naeem Khan (Right)

Men aren’t the only one’s who can rock pants on their wedding day. It’s time to step away from traditional wedding dresses. Pantsuits are not only functional and easier to manage, but they are also classy and chic for any of your wedding occasions.

Photo Credit: Lela Rose

We hope these fashion trends in the Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week will give you some inspiration for your future wedding dress. Stay fabulous, lovelies!


Wedding Planning in a Nutshell Pt. 3: Final Logistics

Happy Tuesday, friends!

We are back today with the final installment of our wedding planning in a nutshell series. In week 1, we shared a visual via our wedding planning cheat sheet. In the second part of the series, we talked you through the first three levels of wedding planning priorities including hiring a fab planner, choosing your venue, designing your day and hiring some of the bigger vendors. Last week we talked you through the middle three levels of priorities in the wedding planning process including booking the majority of your vendors. Now that you have the majority of your wedding day team and design in place, it is time to focus on the minute logistics to make sure everything goes as planned. Here are the final three levels of priorities to focus on in the last few months leading up to your wedding!

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Tier 7 – Officiant, Valet, & Bar

Now that you have the majority of your high costing vendors in place, you need to determine who will officiate the ceremony! The choice of an officiant varies between couples. Some couples choose a family friend to do the deed, while others hire a professional. If hiring a professional, you’ll want to find someone you connect with and feel comfortable around. The next thing to consider for your event is whether you have any outstanding parking or valet needs. We tend to need valets most frequently at urban venues or private estate weddings in a neighborhood. Venues like these tend to have limited parking options and hiring a valet will prevent your guests from worrying about having to find a place to park when arriving at your event. It will be one less stress for your guests and you won’t have to worry about any of your guests getting a ticket on your special day. Now is also the time to determine the details of your bar. From a beer and wine only bar to a partial bar with a few specialty cocktails, or a full bar to a full bar with specialty cocktails, whatever you decide to offer your guests, we always suggest offering a hosted bar (switching over to cash, just isn’t the classy thing to do). A beer and wine bar is the most cost effective way to go, while a full bar with specialty cocktails is the most costly. Keep your budget in mind and make the decision that is best for you and your party. Once you decide which way to go, touch base with your caterer or bar company for the type of bar needed and the drink quantities based on your guest count. Pad that number a bit, and make sure that everything you need for your bar is either on the bar or catering order (we often get mixers, ice and water through the caterer).  Just remember that for many venues, if you don’t bring it to the party, it won’t be there if you need it. Oh, and don’t forget to ask for the beer, wine and bubbly to be chilled for delivery (trust me on this one).

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Tier 8 – Day of Flow, Aesthetics & DIY Projects

One of most difficult projects to attack for a wedding, is crafting together a solid day of flow that outlines everything that happens on your wedding day, by whom and when. By now, you should have pretty much all of your vendors booked and your design nailed down. With the major details in place, you can switch gears to figuring out how this whole day will play out by putting pen to paper and creating a detailed day of timeline. This will indicate both specific times (such as vendor arrivals and bridal party call times) and specific tasks (such as items to be set-up and announcements to be made), all the way until you and your partner are back in your room at the end of the night as an official married couple. At this point, it is time to really flush out the overall design with some personalized touches and DIY projects. This can be as party favors for your guests or minor details just to add a little fun to your event with your “couple signature.” Personal details are the best way to make your event unique and memorable for your guests. For you Pinterest lovers, this will be your favorite part of the planning process. Get creative and have fun with your projects!

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Tier 9 – Final Logistics: Lists, Seating Assignments, & Layout

This tier will be the last of your pre-wedding “to-dos”, yet most important part of your day. You will need to compile lists, seating assignments, and venue layouts to keep everything organized and how you want it on the day. First you will work with your venue, caterer and planner to get a good looking venue layout in place for each section of your wedding. This layout will show where all rentals, tables, chairs and structures will be placed so that everyone knows where to put things on the big day. From there, you can turn your focus to the many lists needs for your wedding. You will want to give your photographer a list of family/friend formal or posed photos that are important to you (be specific, list names!). You will also need to create a music list of specific songs and genres you’ll want your entertainment company to play at specific times throughout the wedding. We have also found it helpful to have a “packing list” of all the items that you are providing for the party (not through a vendor). This will help keep you organized on the crazy days leading up to your wedding to ensure that everything you planned to bring to the wedding is actually packed up and present on the day. It will also help your execution team get everything back to you at the end of the celebration. It may go without saying, but you should have a compiled vendor list with email addresses, special notes and day of emergency contact info in addition to the other lists. Finally, you will need to create a thorough guest list with table and meal indication in two forms: alphabetically and by table. If you choose to assign your guests to specific seats, you will need a map indicating this as well. These final logistics are absolutely essential for the production of your big day. Your lists and layouts will serve as aids for everyone working at your wedding so the whole day runs smoothly.

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Well, that’s all folks! That is pretty much a breakdown of how to plan a wedding Marisa Nicole Events the Marisa Nicole Events way. We hope you found our wedding planning cheat sheet helpful. Don’t hesitate to use this blog series as your guide to plan your perfect wedding day!