Love at Middle Ranch Lodge: Kurt & Cynthia Married!


Cynthia_&_Kurt_Wedding_0813Thank God It’s Friday friends!

Remember that great looking couple that was featured a few weeks back in our Tuesday Tips: Making a Splash While Breaking Glass post? As promised, I shall not make you wait any longer to see more of their beautiful wedding!

Kurt & Cynthia’s wedding is definitely one of my fondest memories as a wedding planner to date. It was really a pleasure helping them get married. I hate to pick favorites, but this couple is seriously one of my favorite set of love birds to help tie the knot. Why you may ask? Well, read on…




Their day was absolutely gorgeous and thankfully Iris & Light was there to capture each and every moment. The wedding was held at the Middle Ranch Lodge, which is a functioning ranch that is just lovely and filled with greenery. They were going for an ‘Italian Summer’ style with a touch of vintage and I think the whole thing turned out wonderfully. The flowers were designed by another one of my favs, Margit Holakoui who designed everything in white and green (and just little touches of blue). I am squealing with delight just thinking about it! The chuppah was made by Cynthia’s father and various mason jars for their centerpieces were collected from several trips to the flea market. One of the details in this wedding that makes me swoon is the tile table numbers. What I love about the whole ‘Italian Summer’ look is the easiness and simple elegance of it all.  Yes friends, I myself am kind of in love with this style! Going along with this theme of simple elegance, Cynthia wore a fabulous Nicole Miller dress.  Don’t you just love the back?!? They ended out the night with dancing to indie music compliments of Sean Sweeney who has all his records on vinyl. I can safely say that a good time was had by all!







Looking back on their wedding, I can describe it as a pure celebration of their love. Their friends and family gathered around the couple to honor their union and it was like you could feel the joy from miles away. This is probably because Cynthia & Kurt are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is a social worker and he is an author. Together they make quite the dynamic duo of sincerity and generosity. Believe me when I tell you that they are seriously ‘salt of the earth’ kind of people.







At the end of the night, they were so concerned with lending a hand during clean up that they were the last ones to leave the venue with me! At one point, I turned around to see Kurt, in his tux, carrying out one of the DJ’s speakers, and Cynthia, in her bridal gown, loading a box of records into the DJ’s car. I’ve never seen this before or since (and almost had a cow when I saw it this time), but that just shows you how caring this couple is. I hope you enjoy the images from this wedding as much as I enjoyed being a part of Cynthia & Kurt’s special day!


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Vendor Love:

Tying the Knot with Tim: Engagement Session by Becca Rillo!


522770_428870480457664_164949520183096_1600579_1970279840_nMany of you know that I myself am getting married this wedding season to my sweetheart Tim. Let me tell you, it is going to be glorious! And there to capture each and every detail all will be the fabulous Becca Rillo Photography. We’re super excited to have her on our team of wedding vendors!541159_428870257124353_164949520183096_1600571_329373876_n

Today I’m sharing with you shots from our two-part engagement session. The first session was taken in Pasadena, where Tim and I fell head over heels for each other. The second was taken in Playa del Rey, where Tim and I currently live (yes, I live right by the beach, get jealous!). Enjoy!545810_428870060457706_618105389_n


Intern Spotlight: Meet Emma!

I’m super excited to announce that we have a new member of the Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events team! The lovely and talented Emma Rogers has flown clear across the Atlantic to assist us this wedding season. Yes, on any given weekend, you will be able to catch a glimpse of her hanging decor from trees, arranging place settings, and doing anything and everything that needs to get done to make our clients’ special day a success. I thought it was high time a introduces her formally.  Without further ado, meet Emma:

       I am so privileged and excited to say that I’m the new intern at Marisa Nicole, Weddings and Events! Like many of you reading this, I’ve been obsessed with events and weddings for some time now. It sounds cliché but I have to pinch myself every time I sit and think about being here in Los Angeles, amongst some of the nicest people I have ever met and working at a job I absolutely love.  A few years ago, I would never in my DSCN2409wildest dreams have pictured myself here! I was born and raised in North Wales in the United Kingdom. Events, especially weddings has always been a passion of mine starting from a young age as my parents own their own company supplying portable toilets to many weddings and events spread across the UK, so to say I have been around events for most of my life is an understatement. I study Events Management and Marketing at the University of Chester which I absolutely love.  My first year at university was exciting because it was the first opportunity I’d had to really study and learn about something I was passionate about; Events. As a part of my studies I have worked on and at various events over in the UK which I have enjoyed and have gained a valuable insight and knowledge of the events industry already. I’m super excited to be here, in Los Angeles, working on weddings with Marisa Nicole this summer! She promised to teach me everything there is to know about planning and coordinating stellar events in exchange for accent lessons!  All I can say is that she tries her best, and we have a LONG way to go.
Isn’t she sweet! For those of you who are our clients or will be a guest at a wedding we’re running this summer, you will have the privilege of seeing our fine friend from the east in action very soon.  For those of you who won’t be at one of our weddings, I guess this little intro will just have to do for now!

Love at the Smog Shoppe: Mallory & Davin Married!

IMG_4347Mallory & Davin got married last year at our of our favorite LA venues, the Smog Shoppe! What makes the Smog Shoppe so great is that it has so much eye candy built into the venue that you really don’t have to do much to create a fantastic, modern backdrop for your wedding. Yes, I’m in love with both this wedding space and this couple!dsc2468-e1337214868850

_DSC2350I first met Mallory & Davin at Intelligentsia in Venice for coffee. I knew from the very beginning that they were my  kind of couple (when I asked them what they liked to do together, they both said “Brunch”, I mean what could be better?).

I was honored to be a part of making their day glorious!

Mallory was very much a DIY bride: from the photobooth to the wedding flowers, Mallory’s hand was in every last detail of the day’s decor. Her creativity and organization rallied everyone around her to pitch in to make this wedding happen._DSC2234





Mallory’s mom took on the centerpieces, while her dad was charged with the photobooth logistics, the DJ was a close friend, as was their sweets table baker and their photographer is a cousin! Talk about coming together as a family to make Mallory & Davin’s dream wedding a reality!




One of the things that impressed me about Mallory & Davin was what an amazing group of friends they had in their bridal party!





Having a fabulous time celebrating with their friends was almost just as important as the actual marriage portion of the day!

Their close friendships made for some super fun group photos. Everyone ate tacos, drank margaritas and had a blast!



Husband And Wife

The happy couple rounded out their wedding with a mini-moon to the ACE in Palm Springs: the perfect end to a perfect day!

The Happy Couple

Coordination: Marisa Nicole Events
Photography: Matthew Bronner
Venue: Smog Shoppe:
Catering: Rasta Taco:
Bar & Rentals: Huntington Catering Company:
Doorman & Valet: TACT Event Management:
Floral Deisgn: Mallory’s mom!
Sweet’s Table: Meg Colvin
DJ: Al Ortiz
Videographer: Matt Ford