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.

Belly Dancing & Bagpipes!

David DuncanThis weekend I had the extreme privilege of working with a couple who is not afraid to let loose and have fun. One of my favorite things to do is help two individuals from completely different backgrounds come together for a multicultural wedding celebration. The evening was full of surprises aimed to shock, awe and delight their guests. Both Vera & Elie wanted to pay homage to their heritage throughout the evening. Add her Scottish Background to his Lebanese family with a strong desire from both to keep the party moving and what do you get? Belly Dancing & Bagpipes!

66486_c2e1d9a1007a4f24a58cac6ecccfe2c7Although we had planned many fun opportunities for the couple to give a nod to their backgrounds, what I find myself reminiscing about today were these two professionals.

Believe me when I tell you that there was not a dry eye in the room when Vera surprised her new husband with David Duncan’s bagpipe musical stylings (boys, you will love that he played both the Star Wars and Last of the Mohicans theme songs). And although the feminist in me dies a little at the sight of men throwing money at a woman wearing next to nothing dancing, Olivia Dunkley was able to keep it classy whilst moving her body in ways that I won’t even venture to attempt. Now I want bagpipes at every wedding! Dance floor getting a little drowsy? Bring in a belly dancer to liven thing up!

Wishing Vera & Elie all the happiness in the world. Thanks for a super fun reception that got even myself and Emma out on the dance floor!