Orange County Soiree – Tina & Steve Married!

Hi lovebirds!

It’s been awhile since we last shared one of our real weddings. Today, as Steve & Tina celebrate their one year anniversary, we couldn’t be more excited to share their super colorful, super memorable orange county soiree with you (woohoo)! Without further ado, let’s give it up for Mr & Mrs. Adams!

Tina and Steve are both fun loving  individuals with a large friend base. We worked with them to create a thoughtful, easy, intimate and vibrant wedding at the amazing Heritage Museum in Fullerton, California. Talk about a modern crafted fetê.


Since the venue is very nature-oriented, we elevated the space with vibrant splashes of color, including varying blue and green hues along with pops of bright pinks and gold. To further spice up the already enchanting setting, we utilized a variety of textures, incorporating a mix of muted cacti (a nod to Tina’s Arizona roots) with soft bright pink blooms to transform the venue from pretty to perfect!

The couple really wanted this wedding to be memorable for their guests, with a takeaway that everyone would treasure. Killing two birds with one stone, Tina’s bridesmaid, Chelsea, hand calligraphed personalized agate rock for each guest at their seat (fozy!). Sticking to the desert motif, the love birds also gifted their guests with cutie cacti treats for everyone to take home!

One detail that we loved about this wedding, was how Tina & Steve incorporated all the kiddos in their lives into the wedding. They had a army of cute as a button flower girls and page boys at the wedding.  

To end this oh-so-fun and beautiful celebration, the couple had their neighborhood ice cream truck driver pop by the wedding for dessert! The guests went crazy. It was the perfect cherry on top to the perfect wedding sundae.

Thank you to Tina and Steve for giving us the privilege to help create such fun wedding! Congratulations and Happy One Year!

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2019 Wedding Dress Trends

Hi Lovebirds!

With 2018 flying by like an arrow and 2019 approaching before we know it, I’m sure some of you 2019 wedding season brides are already looking forward to or dreaming about your future gown plans. With Bridal Fashion Week taking place this Spring and in wake of the Royal wedding, we couldn’t help but swoon over all the beauty that is coming our way next year. Today, we’ve gathered the top 5 most gorgeous upcoming fashion trends and we hope we’ll inspire you to find the perfect dress for your special day. Enjoy!

Trend #1: Conservative yet stylish  

Photo Credit: Romona Keveza (Left) Monique Lhuillier (Right)

In the upcoming wedding season, it is clear that designers can’t escape from the Royal Wedding fever and neither can we. These dresses scream conservativeness while remaining stylish and sophisticated. And the best part? You’ll definitely be walking down the aisle looking like a princess!  

Trend #2: Clean & simple

Photo Credit: Romona Keveza (Left) Amsale (Right)

Over the last couple years, minimalism has most definitely been making its way back into the fashion world, and bridal fashion is no exception. Not a fan of all the glitz and glamor? Try and go for something clean and simple, it is timeless and will never go out of style!

Trend #3: Jumpsuits

Photo Credit: Tadashi Shoji (Left) Rita Vinieris (Right)

The jumpsuit trend has been making an appearance in bridal fashion and we absolutely love it. Whether it is for your bridal shower or a second look for the reception, it is guaranteed that you’ll be looking chic and elegant all night!

Trend #4: Classic ball gown

Photo Credit: Monique Lhuillier (Left) Reem Arca (Right)

The classic ball gown has never really gone out of style but with the Royal Wedding obsession, this trend is making a comeback onto the top of our minds. Looking for something regal, timeless and elegant? This one’s for you!

Trend #5: Heavy embellishments

Photo Credit: Lela Rose (Left) Romona Keveza (Right)

In the upcoming wedding season, designers aren’t afraid to hold back on the embellishments. The 3D floral addition adds a nice touch to the dress without looking too messy, leaving the bride walking down the aisle looking stunning and fab!

Photo Credit: Alyssa Greengerg

We hope you’re as excited for the 2019 wedding dress trends as we are and we can’t wait to see you rock your fab dress down the aisle!

Refreshing, New Cocktail Ideas for Your Wedding Libations


Hello Lovely People,

We are just now heading into wedding season, and we can already use a drink! With the heat shining down on us all we want to do is sit back and relax with a nice, cold beverage. Most of our couples love the idea of having a signature drink or two at their celebration. To help inspire your choices, here are some of our favorite cocktail mixes for you to consider for your wedding!

Photo Credit: Birds of A Feather

Hawaiian Mimosas

Sip on this yummy treat by following the recipe below.

Photo Credit: Crazy for Crust

Photo Credit: Crazy for Crust

Ingredients

  • Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Juice, cold
  • Champagne or Prosecco, cold
  • Pineapple slices and/or cherries

Directions

  • Per mimosa: add one-ounce coconut rum and two ounces pineapple juice to a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with pineapple and/or cherry.
  • To make a pitcher: add 1 cup coconut rum, 2 cups pineapple juice, and an entire 750mL bottle of champagne or prosecco to a pitcher. Add pineapple slices and/or cherries to the pitcher or glasses for garnish.

Blueberry Mojito

In the mood for something sweet and tangy for the Summer? Try out the recipe for this cocktail below!

Photo Credit: Baking Beauty

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries, (Set aside a few for garnish if desired)
  • 4 Ounces Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

  • Blend or muddle blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  • Use a muddler or wooden spoon to blend in mint leaves and sugar.
  • Stir in rum, lime juice, and blueberry mixture.
  • Pour into glasses over club soda & ice. Gently stir.
  • Garnish with extra blueberries, lime, and mint if desired.

Summer Sangria

Try out this new recipe for a Summery Sangria!

Photo Credit: What the Fork

Photo Credit: What the Fork

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
  • 2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
  • lemon-lime soda, for serving
  • ice cubes

Directions

  • Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
  • To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon-lime soda.

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

Everything is peachy-keen when you have this Moscow mule in your hand!

Photo Credit: Whitney Bond

Photo Credit: Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 large lemon (quartered)
  • 8 oz peach vodka
  • 24 oz ginger beer

Directions

  • Fill four glasses with ice. Preferably copper cups, but any cocktail glass will work!
  • Add 2 oz vodka and 6 oz ginger beer to each glass.
  • Squeeze one-quarter of a lemon into each glass, then add a couple pieces of fresh basil.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together.

Malibu Sunset Cocktail

Take a mock vacation to Malibu with this sunset cocktail.

Photo Credit: Homemade Food Junkie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoon of grenadine A Splash to make the bottom of the glass red

Garnish with:

  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 slice of pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Malibu Rum with Coconut Liqueur

Instructions

  • To make this yummy drink, simply put 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of a glass.
  • Pour the pineapple juice and the rum over the ice.
  • Next, pour the grenadine slowly down one side of the glass (pouring too fast will mix the grenadine in and you won’t get the cool color separation)
  • I stuck 2 cherries and a pineapple chunk on a toothpick for a garnish.
  • Enjoy your drinks immediately.
  • Please remember to drink responsibly and kick back and relax!

Photo Credit: Kat Braman

With these cocktails in hand, you can’t go wrong!  Your guests will love something summery and fun to enjoy at your wedding. And the fun part is that you could even throw a party trying to figure out which drinks to choose for your wedding.

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Ingredients For Your Wedding Design Plan

Hello, Love Birds,

Today we are talking design again. Last week we discussed where to go to get the inspo. and today we will talk you through the various mediums for where you can actually implement these new inspirations. Each item works together to craft the overall feel of the wedding, so pay attention to details. So without further ado, here they are.

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Florals and Candles

This is the most obvious design area that works to create the look of a wedding. Beautiful blooms in fab vessels, paired with glow is the perfect recipe to get your tables, nooks, and crannies of your wedding looking foxy. Be sure to think through the style of florals you like and use those blooms throughout your day: down the aisle, as the backdrop for the ceremony, on cocktail tables, on functional tables (welcome, escort, bars, dessert, etc), as centerpieces, any and everywhere you can imagine. Floral arrangements in gorgeous containers with candles all around are the most visual aesthetic aspect of your design… so be sure to do it well!

Photo Credit: Salt and Sky Studios

Lighting

The great thing about lighting is that is both functional and decorative. The type of light you choose will not only serve to light up your wedding world but also to make it look just the way you envision it: whether you are looking to create a whimsical enchanting secret garden or an industrial speakeasy, the lights overhead and around the space will work to create that vibe.

Photo Credit: Ronca Productions

China, Flatware, Glassware

These elements are where you get to have some fun! You can play around with options of patterned and colored flatware and glassware, and elegant china. The choices are endless! Keep it clean and streamlined, or mix and match with curated pieces, this is one of those smaller details that will really bring the character of your wedding look to life.

Photo Credit: Birds of A Feather

Linens and Napkins

Your linens and napkins for the table can make a big difference. Make sure you are choosing ones that go well with the china, flatware, and glassware you are vibing and matches overall style, as this piece serves as the base for your guest dining designs.

Photo Credit: Jessica Hickerson

Tables and Chairs

Table and chairs aren’t always the first things you think of when you hear “wedding design”, but they create a large effect on the aesthetic! Make your choices wisely, whether you are trying to have a rustic wedding with cross-back vineyard chairs or a modern wedding with ghost seats.

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Structural Rentals

These can be items that we bring in or fixed items to a Ballroom such as the walls and carpet. You should begin to think of all of these different components when you visit your venue ahead of time. Be aware of if it is outdoors and you will need a tent, or if it will be at a hotel and need pipe and drape so that your “walls” will look nice with the aesthetic that you truly want.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Fancy Rentals

Oh, how we love to lounge! Bringing in fun pieces such as furniture, pillows, bars, bar backs, statement pieces and more for the reception. You will never run out of options regardless of your aesthetic and location choices, just make sure you keep in mind what you want your overall look to be!

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Signage and Paper Goods

To make sure the everything is cohesive, paper goods should be coordinated well in advance with a printing company. Signage should not be for the bride or groom to write the weekend of the wedding or even the day before. If the rental company is providing large “write-on” pieces for your wedding, make sure to hire or designate someone else to have it done in advance! This way you will know exactly how it will look with your design plan.

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Cutesy smaller items

It is these smaller items that really help showcase our couples’ personalities. These items could include things such as favors, a guest book, a cardholder, fans, bathroom amenities and more. The best impression is made when every detail is thought out and executed well. Creating these little items to flow smoothly with your color scheme and design direction will support the overall look that you want to achieve. All these little things add up!

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We know it’s overwhelming to see this list, but thinking it through detail by detail will lead you to a successful wedding and will help you make sure you are covering all your bases. We know this guide will help your wedding be much more manageable. Happy planning!