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:

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!).