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:

Candy Station Mania!

It’s official, we at Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events LOVE candy! This season we’ve added a new service to our repertoire: candy stations… and let me tell you, it is sweet! For any couple with a sweet tooth or that have a soft spot for nostalgia, a candy bar is just want the doctor ordered…  Twizzlers, gummy bears, pop-rocks or heresy kisses, what could be better than all your movie theater favorites in one spot for your guests to enjoy!?!

As a wedding planner, my love for candy stations run three-fold: First, it provides your guests an activity to engage in throughout the event, giving your friends a family a reason other than the dance floor to get up and mingle. Second, I love how visually stimulating a sweets station is. The sky is the limit with the colors, textures, shapes and sizes that can be represented through your personal candy-land! Finally, I’m just crazy about the ‘shock & awe’ factor that varying sized glass apothecary jars filled with mouth watering candy goodness can evoke. Anytime we as event designers can facilitate engaging multiple senses at once, is home run in the wedding world!
 Which candy would you choose to indulge in???

Love at Happy Trails: Caroline & Kurt Married!

Happy Friday Friends!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite weddings from last year! The whole ceremony and celebration took place at a venue that is near and dear to my heart: the enchanting Happy Trails Catering in Pasadena.


I’m sure that with one look at these photos, you’ll fall in love with both this couple and this venue! Where else can you get the gorgeous combination of red brick and garden greens with a fabulous tree right in the middle of all the action? I am seriously in love with this wedding location in case you can’t tell!


0048_07.09.11_C_K resizeCaroline & Kurt are a set of love birds that were simply made for each other! I really loved this couple’s sense of style. I still think Caroline’s shoes just might be my favorite wedding shoe selection to date: just the right combo of sassy and bridal! And check out the super cute flower embellishment on her dress… seriously! Kurt had fun with his guys’ look as well: with the sunglasses and chucks, it made for a well styled, yet comfortable crew of men to back him up.

I’m so glad I was a part of this fun and magical wedding shot by the talented crew at Hello Studios (also check out this wedding’s feature on Something Turquoise!).

Tuesday Tip: Wedding Hair & Makeup Done Right!

Happy Tuesday Friends!
We’re right in the middle of wedding season and my post today is aimed at helping all you lost soul brides who 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!).
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 artist with a make-up brush and super handy with a curling iron, I have seen many a bride break under the self-imposed pressure of making herself up on her wedding day.  Choose to take 374326_267582316618300_264100191_ncare of yourself by bringing someone in who knows what they are doing and is 100% focused on making you look like a rock star. Your stress level with thank you and your photographer will bless your name! FYI, the camera lens will take off 25-50% of your make-up. You’ll be glad you invested in a professional with sustainable products to protect your hair & make-up from looking drab in those all-important photos.
2: Choose A Look That Looks Like You!
My goal for each of my brides is that they look their best for their big day. Too often a bride will go crazy with colors and styles that she would never even consider under normal circumstances. While we do want everyone to be able to tell immediately that you are the bride, 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, “I don’t even look like me” or “what the heck was I thinking?”
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 the time you schedule to be in hair & make-up is protected. 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 a bit of extra time in case you need to change anything or something crazy happens.
228981_230528473657018_1429862_n4: 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 what you think you’d like your wedding style to be, actually looks good on you. Don’t take chances on your wedding day! This will also give your stylist the opportunity to get to know your complexion and hair-type so that they can use the best products that will work for your particular hair & skin on your special day. Seriously, despite the cost, have the trial!
5: Communication Is Key!
Before you go in for your trial, send your stylist photos of both hair and make-up styles that you are considering for your wedding day. Describing what you like verbally won’t be enough. Make sure you give your stylist a visual example of what you are looking for and then explain why you like the photos and how that translates to your wedding look. Also, don’t be afraid to be verbal while your in the chair! If you’re uneasy about what you are seeing, make sure you communicate your feelings!
Bonus: Show Your Stylist Some Love

Just as you would always tip your hair-dresser or manicurist in a salon, make sure to show your wedding stylist some love and include a tip in your final payment! Always remember that happy/well taken-care-of vendors go above and beyond to make sure your day is perfect.