Marisa Nicole Featured at Creative Connection’s International Wine Event!

Happy Thursday Friends!

The votes are in! On Tuesday millions of Americans got out and voted for their candidate, but today I want to tell you about a lesser known little election that took place two weeks ago. On October 25th, I was happy to be a featured vendor for Creative Connection (Los Angeles Chapter)’s October Main Event!

We worked together with Emilee of Tasteful Tatters and Whitney of Five Sparrows Design Studio to design and organize a fun and fab event for female creatives in LA county.



We added an element of suspense to the evening by having two mystery wines (a red and a white) to test the ladies wine identification abilities. With all the cultural representation around the room, I was feeling as if we were slighting one of the most important wine countries of all – California! Therefore the mystery bottles, with labels covered by cute wraps compliments of Five Sparrows, were California wines. Apparently I made the white too easy to guess. Despite the Riesling we put down as an option to throw everyone off, at least 25% of the group correctly identified the white as a Moscato. However not a single attendee was able to correctly guess the Zinfandel – my Malbec rouse on the ballot worked perfectly and no one figured out the truth until the big reveal! The winners received perfectly packaged prizes from Tasteful Tatters and everyone enjoyed the evening.


The event was a success and the three organizers went home with a couple bottles of wine each.  Every lady left with a mini bottle of wine with my business card attached (best party favor ever!). The whole gathering was captured by talented Emilee Anne Hendryx.

Seriously though, if you’re looking for a fun party to host for your friends, this is the perfect way to get everyone together, chatting, having a good time and without costing you and arm and a leg (just assign everyone a different country and watch the magic come together). Good times, good times!


Hints On Hinting Your Guy Toward The Right Ring!

Engagement season is just around the corner and many a fella will soon be hunting down the perfect ring for his sweetheart. So how can you make sure that the unthinkable doesn’t happen: he gets you a ring you, well let’s just say, aren’t crazy about? Once you two have pretty much decided to take the next step, how can you make sure the bling on your finger is something you actually want to wear the rest of your life?  If you’re anything like me (and Carrie Bradshaw), the wrong ring on this finger could have could have been all kinds of ugly (my hands are more like paws: short and stubby, so the wrong cut and style would have looked awful!).


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Today I’m sharing with you some ways to get your guy on the right track. Please note, these hints should only be used once the couple has already had ‘the talk’ – where they decide they are ready to move forward in their relationship and all that’s missing is the proposal and the details. Be advised, these should never be used if the couple is just flirting with the idea of getting married!

#1: Be verbal – he can’t read your mind, so don’t expect him to!

Tear DiamondAlthough you’ve pinned 7 different rings that all have the same structure and style, if he is anything like my husband, your groom to be does not keep up with the latest on your Pinterest boards. Find ways to subtly (seriously ladies – subtly) and specifically comment about your friends’ engagement rings or rings in general. You could say things like “I love your ring Jenny, princess cut is always so beautiful!” OR you could mention how you love this old ring from college because it’s so dainty or due to it’s antique look. Or you could mention how at the end of the day you just prefer jewelry that’s simple and clean. The key is positive reinforcement (avoid saying thing like “Kate’s ring is so not cute – I loath baguettes!”) and being precise in what you like. He can’t read your mind as to why you like a ring, so make sure you fill in the details!

#2: Have your gals do the dirty work!

kate-middleton-engagement-ring-look-alikes-001As I mentioned before, it doesn’t matter how many clippings you’ve saved or how many rings you’ve pinned, he most likely won’t ever see them. However your ladies can be your best advocated in pointing your guy in the right direction. Share your likes (once again, be super specific) with one of your besties and have her share it with your beau. Make sure she does it with tact and says something to the effect of “I saw Susie looking at this last week and she said it was the perfect ring… just thought I’d help you out – just in case, for whenever that time comes”, and then have her add in something about a specific super important detail; for example “she especially loves that it is a yellow diamond”… Yeah, there are many guys out there who take pride in picking out the ring himself, however having a photo of what you like and why will go a long way toward making sure your most important criteria is met.

#3: Have an open convo about it honesty is both the best policy!

dia725i-IKUMA-Canadian-diamond-engagement-ring-14kOnce you’ve had that all important DTR where you’ve both decided its time to move forward toward marriage, it would then (and only then) be appropriate to suggest checking out rings together to get an idea of what looks good on your finger and what you both like. He has no intention of getting you a ring that you won’t like and you certainly don’t want to get a ring that makes your finger look fat, so take a trip together to a jeweler to scope things out. Once again, be honest and specific about what you do and do not like (without being offensive about it). If he wants to choose it without you there, just make sure you point out the one or two features that are most important to you and let him have fun with the rest. Make sure you don’t get too attached to an individual ring, just in case he wants to design something for you himself or surprise you – the key is that you get an idea of what he likes and he gets an idea of what you like and in the end, everyone will be happy with the result!

Happy shopping friends!

Love at Rancho Capistrano: Bud & Kerry Married!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Between my wedding and all the other celebrations we’ve helped create this summer, things have been crazy here at Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events. I’m happy to say that we’ve finally had a moment to breathe, which means our blog hiatus is officially over (I know, you were so worried…).  Although I’m anxious to show off all our fabulous weddings from this season, it would be an absolute sin to neglect sharing some of the best of our weddings from 2011 with you first.

The wedding I’m excited to show you today is one very near and dear to my heart. Kerry & Bud are one of the happiest, cutest couples I’ve gotten to work with. You can tell from just one look at their photos how in love they are. They really do bring out the best in each other and I so loved helping them get married! Part of what made this wedding so special was how much of a collaborative effort it was. All their friends and family pitched in to make their day simple perfect.

Bud & Kerry’s wedding was held at Rancho Capistrano, where nature and Spanish style architecture come together just gorgeously. From the red brick patio and colorful tiling to the lush green grounds and sturdy trees, I just can’t stop gushing about this venue. Kerry & Bud made the space their own my hand making each and every décor detail. This was a wedding born out of blood, sweat and tears. They were going for a rustic/woodsy feel with a touch of vintage and boy did they bring it!

Bud personally cut each slice of wood that anchored the centerpieces. He and his best man worked tirelessly the day before the wedding hanging lanterns at the ceremony site and stringing lights to make the reception area glow. Kerry made all the super cute signs, their guest book love tree and scoured the OC for just the right vintage glass that would add dimension to the overall design. Kerry’s bridesmaids and close friends pitched in too, spending hours cutting burlap, handcrafting necklaces and boutonnieres for the bridal party, and decorating the guests’ mason jars.

The ceremony was held under a tree that I like to refer to as the tree of life. Isn’t is just stunning!?! The couple, along with their friends and family spent the evening feasting and dancing on the Spanish patio. They ended the night by exiting to a sea of sparklers. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Vendor Love:

From Wedding Planner To Blushing Bride In Just Two Weeks!

It’s official friends, in 16 days I will turn over my event planner keys to my lovely assistant Emma and go from wedding designer extraordinaire to a blushing bride. Those of you who know me well know that I’ve spent much of the time I should have been working on my own wedding this summer focusing on other people’s weddings. Although I’m happy that I can firmly say not a single wedding I’ve helped put together has suffered due to my own, the problem is that now I find myself in serious trouble. All summer I’ve been breaking my own rules and now I have to pay the price!

It is so weird for me to hear myself referred to as ‘the bride’. But in the past two weeks I’ve found myself living into a Bridezilla stereotype that makes me cringe!  Here’s a glimpse of how the tables turn when a wedding planner get’s married.:

Dress Fitting Tears:

Last week I took my friend Claire to my final dress fitting. Everything looked perfect. I was so happy. However, when I busted out my veil to try on with the dress, it became quite clear, very quickly that I had ordered the wrong type. For several minutes, we tried to make the dang thing work, but when it became clear that this was not at all going to do what I wanted it to, I began to cry uncontrollably. The whole thing was like an out of body experience. I felt as if I watching myself freak out and couldn’t stop. The solution: I went crazy that night and now have 3 veil options for the day of… out of control!

Wedding Nightmares:

signage_inspiration_Penn_CarlsonI can’t tell you how often my brides share their wedding nightmares with me. Up until a week ago, I could not relate, but since then I’ve had my first wedding nightmare and woke up in a cold sweat. It felt so real! Of course, since I’m a wedding planner and designer, my biggest fear was not that Tim left me at the altar or that someone made an embarrassing scene, or even that I spilled red wine on my dress… my nightmare was that NOTHING was planned out. We didn’t finish our music list, we hadn’t made table assignments, all of my DIY projects were only partially completed, and there was no signage!!! Gasp! In the dream I was so sad, but the funny thing is that even in the context of my dream, in the end, everyone had a good time and everything came together. It really was a silly dream, but man it put me out!

All that to say I can now join the club of brides who are watching themselves react ridiculously to minor set-backs and situations. Thanks to all my friends and family who are helping to keep me sane (barely) through this crazy time of having my own wedding smack in the middle of wedding season. Thanks to Emma for all your help! And thanks to my clients for asking about my day, even though we are focused on yours. Hopefully the whole experience of actually being a bride will make me even better at what I do! Oh and thanks to this man for just being amazing: