Sneak Peek: Lauren & Jrue’s Wedding Style!

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Hi friends, it’s Katrina the new Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events intern here!

Today I’m happy to give you all a sneak peek of one of the first weddings I’ve done with the Marisa Nicole team.  From the spectacular venue to the beautiful décor, I couldn’t get enough of Lauren Cheney and Jrue Holiday’s wedding.  My iPhone pictures don’t do this wedding justice, but I hope that it gives you a glimpse of the sweet details of this wonderful wedding!

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Let’s start off with Lauren and Jrue – they are simply the best!  These two are the most down-to-earth people and anyone can tell that they’re in love from a mile away.  They made their wedding reflect their fun and charismatic personalities with just a touch of southern elegance.

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Cypress Sea Cove in Malibu was the venue for this special day.  It was literally located on the ocean!  Need I say more?  The beautiful wooden cross at the front of the ceremony complimented the wooden chairs that sat their loved ones during their “I Do’s.”

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After the ceremony, the bridal party and guests made their way over to cocktail hour on the other side of the venue. To grab a mask for snapshots at the photo booth or to grab espresso from the coffee station: that was the question!  If neither of those options appealed to one’s fancy, guests could always just sit back and relax in the custom-built lounge areas.

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Prior to the family style dinner service, everyone had the opportunity to admire the beautiful table décor and flower arrangements.  The white lace runners set the stage for the gorgeous array of summertime flowers (compliments of the rather fantastic Enchanted Garden Floral Design) that brightened up these wooden dinner tables.

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I have to say that my favorite parts of this wedding would be the uniquely designed lemonade stand and pie station.  From basil mint lemonade to strawberry rhubarb pie, these set-ups could cure anyone’s sweet tooth!  Let’s just say that wedding cake and champagne might be replaced with pie and lemonade as major wedding traditions very soon!

I hope that you enjoyed my sneak peek of this fabulous Malibu wedding.  Stay tuned for professional photographs from the wonderful team at Iris & Light, with full details, in an upcoming blog! Oh, and a special thanks to Andrew Abajian (our super talented cinematographer) for the top photo of the love birds.

Meet the Marisa Nicole Wedding Team!


We’re right in the middle of our busy wedding season and thought it was high time for you to get to know more about our dream team for this year!  From brainstorming your look & feel to assembling your perfect vendor team and from setting up all those super cute DIY details to getting the bridal party down the aisle, this is the group who makes the magic happen.  Meet our fabulous team!

marisanicolevertical-3Marisa Albanese Ronca: Owner, Lead Consultant & Planning Specialist

  • Fave Wedding Blog: Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Ruffled, SMP, GWS, Rustic Wedding Chic, Grey Likes… I just can’t choose!
  • Fave Wedding Cake Combo: I’m kind of a red velvet gal at heart, but I do love me some pistachio with vanilla buttercream.
  • Fave Event Styling Genre: Rustic Art-Deco
  • Ideal Event Planning Super Hero Skill: It would be really helpful if I had the ability to completely control the mood of a room (like Jasper from Twilight).
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Birdcage baby!
  • Fave Wedding Tradition: The Send Off – Whether we’re using sparklers, napkins, lanterns or streamers, it is always such a fun moment of sheer celebration!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: When I see the bride (someone who I’ve been planning this day with for months) completely dressed and ready to start the festivities; gets me misty eyed every time!

marisanicolevertical-5Claire Tecce: Associate Event Coordinator

  • Fave Wedding Blog: Green Wedding Shoes
  • Fave Wedding Cake Combo: Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling and Buttercream Frosting
  • Fave Event Styling Genre: Anything vintage-inspired, I like the “something old” part of weddings.
  • Ideal Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Getting everyone fed with a drink in hand all at the same time (I’m Italian, it’s my prerogative)!
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Headpiece
  • Fave Wedding Tradition: Any and every special detail or moment of celebration that reflects the couple’s culture(s)… be it the Filipino money dance, Italian Wedding Soup, a Chinese tea ceremony, the Hora or even jumping a broom!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: This robot don’t cry! But a heartfelt toast always does the trick to warm my heart.

marisanicolevertical-4Katrina Malaiba: Event Planning Intern

  • Fave Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty
  • Fave Wedding Cake Combo: 4 layers of goodness – pink champagne, chocolate mocha, red velvet, and Italian rum layers complete with a cream cheese frosting and dazzled with vanilla-flavored pearls
  • Fave Event Styling Genre: Whimsical, I’m a hopeless romantic who believes in fairytales, so a magical wedding complete with glass slippers and a horse-drawn carriage is perfect in my eyes!
  • Ideal Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Teleportation – Because event planners have to be in so many places at once!
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Veil
  • Fave Wedding Tradition: Cutting of the Cake – You never know what to expect from the couple, be it romantic or comical…
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: Father/Daughter Dance

Cheers, The Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events Team


Love at Ahmanson Ranch: David & Donna Married!

d-d-resized-6Wedding season is in full swing, love is in the air and today I’m happy to share with you one of our swoon-worthy DIY weddings from last year. It is true, we at Marisa Nicole have been so preoccupied with throwing fabulous fetes that we’ve been quite delinquent in sharing our weddings with you; but fear not my friend, today all that ends!


David & Donna wed last summer at one of LA’s very own rustic ‘blank-slate’ venues, Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas. Although this location is gorgeous on it’s own, the couple’s love for each other – coupled with Donna’s talent for all things crafty – brought out the best in this little ranch.

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Donna handmade everything from flowers to the cake topper. We swapped out traditional bouquets for super cute parasols and ceremony arrangements for oversized balloons to create a relaxed environment where guests could kick back and enjoy both the views and the booze (hey, I rhymed!). David dreamed up and built an all-in-one s’mores station for their guests to enjoy.

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Vendor Love

Love in Santa Barbara: Bre & Eric Married!

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Happy Tuesday Friends! Today I am just giddy to share with you one of my favorite weddings of 2012. And what could be better than having the fabulous Jessica Fairchild Photography there to capture each and every moment?

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Bre & Eric decided to get married in Santa Barbara, since their families live in different parts of the state and that is where they met and fell in love. Within two minutes of meeting Bre & Eric, I could tell two things: 1) They are a super special couple and 2) they bring out the best in each other. Within two minutes of meeting their friends, I could see what great people they are. I have literally never had a couple whose friends are so down to help out! Since they were on a tight budget, their friends and family worked tirelessly setting up and tearing down chairs to save the love birds some dough.

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From the very beginning, I fell in love with this couple’s style. Looking back at the photos I just can’t get enough of Bre’s necklace. Most brides toil over their day of jewelry, but Bre just picked it up casually about a week or so before the big day and thought it might work, and oh did it! That fabulous turquoise adornment not only looks stunning on our gorgeous bride but also perfectly complemented the Moroccan feel we were going for with the overall design of the aesthetic. Don’t you just love the table-scape?!? I can’t stop gushing…

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The couple decided to meet at the beach early in the morning to start the day off in prayer. Bre and Eric wanted their first kiss as a married couple to be absolutely unforgettable, so they choose to refrain from doing so in the month leading up to their day. This couple is so dang sweet, they’re seriously going to give me a cavity!

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The reception was just pure fun. At one point Bre and her ladies did a routine especially designed to woo Eric (as if he needed any encouragement). The guests spent the night dancing under the stars and munching on Bre & Eric’s favorite cupcakes.

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A lot of talented professionals worked together to bring Bre & Eric’s wedding to life, here they are: