Give Back Inspired Styled Wedding!

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Happy Thursday Friends!

I have been just itching to share these photos with you all for quite a while now! We were honored to have this lovely little project featured last month on Rustic Wedding Chic and seeing the images all over again made me squeal with delight! Not only is the mission of this shoot near and dear to my heart, the style and fashion of it gets me all kinds of excited! We brought the design dream team from the Route 66 Styled Wedding back together again as the creative genius behind our ethically conscious wedding!




Kelly, Whitney and I came together with the idea to create an ethically conscious wedding where all the details give back to the community or environment. We sought to find vendors and make design decisions that are completely ethical. Our hope is to inspire couples to spend a part of their budget on items or vendors that not only help make their wedding outstanding, but also give back to the community.


welcome table detailsWe’ve collaborated with a fantastic group of wedding professionals and not-for-profit companies to stage a wedding that showcases how you can create a fabulous celebration utilizing design elements and vendors that “give back”. We styled a welcome table, ceremony backdrop, sweetheart table, photo-booth and leaving table. We wanted the colors, shapes and textures to exude a celebration of life and love while feeling grounded. All the decor you see in our welcome table is real fruit, legitimately vintage, or fair-wage.

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We created our ceremony backdrop by slashing and tying together old curtains, supported by one of the world’s most renewable resources: bamboo! We reused ceremony decor and turned it into a photo-booth backdrop by simply displaying the same item differently! Our sweetheart table shows how you can have your guests dine like royalty on environmentally friendly products. Our farewell table allows our couple’s guests to give to their favorite charity in lieu of gifts.

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We also wanted to make our bride look just as beautiful on the outside as in by having her dress completely in clothing, shoes and jewelry from non-profits that give back to the community. Our signage, fashion and decor items created specifically for this shoot are eco-friendly as well! Our printed items are all hand printed from an antique letterpress onto recycled paper, tree-free paper and or plantable seed paper. Our accessories are all re-purposed, reused or up-cycled.


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Finally, the natural beauty of Rancho Las Lomas gave us the perfect backdrop for our “Give Back Wedding” with a hint of African style.




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Two Years as a ‘Best of Weddings’ Winner and it Feels so Good!

Happy Friday Friends!


We are crazy excited to announce that we have the honor of being voted by brides on TheKnot as a ‘Best of Weddings’ Winner for 2013! This is our second year in a row to receive the award and we are over the moon happy about it. Thank you to all our brides who took the time to vote for us and write fabulous reviews about our services! It is rather amazing that we have always received a full 5 stars from the couples we’ve helped get hitched (we miss you!). We just loved being a part of your day and look forward to helping many love birds tie the knot in the years to come!

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Going From Bride Inadequate To Bride Empowered!

Happy New Year Friends! (I know we’re a little late, but better that than never, right?)

We have some amazing celebrations to create this year and can’t wait to tell you all about them! But hold your horses, before we dive into 2013, we need to make sure we show you at least some of our fab fab fab events from 2012 (I know, we are so busy that we’ve had no time to communicate with you whatsoever – but here is a sneak peek of one of our recent cutie couples!).

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However, today is not about gushing over wedding gorgeousness (don’t you worry, we’ll have plenty of this in the coming months – and throughout this post I thought I’d give you a teaser of some of our upcoming weddings), but about addressing an issue I find many of my brides going through this time of year: the post holiday “OMG, my wedding will never be as good as___” syndrome… the case of the inadequate bride! Unfortunately, sometimes the holiday season can create the perfect storm where many brides can start to feel horrible about the whole thing. Think about it: family members bugging for details and comparing everything you say to something they saw on a popular wedding show + your wedding consultant’s (and/or key vendors) office is closed through the New Year and you have no professionals to bring your questions to (or to call when you freak out about something) + time off from your regular schedule to spend hours pouring over blogs/pinterest for wedding ideas = feeling like your wedding sucks and that you should be doing more to make it the best night your friends and family have ever experienced… ever.

taliaandbennett_postcardI love fabulous wedding blogs and love being featured on them (hint… hint… Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, Grey Likes Weddings, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty…)! They help brides believe they can do more than what everyone else does. They inspire couples to make their weddings tell the unique story of their love. They help vendors strive for excellence and innovation. However, sometimes (just sometimes, especially during the holidays) wedding blogs can make my brides feel bad about themselves and their weddings… like they should be DIYing every single detail of the day: like they should bake individual sized pies for their guests, they should have someone whittle the chuppah from a single pieces of wood, they should be weaving baskets to house their hand crafted favors and make gorgeous signs with their beautiful handwriting, they should design and sew their own gown (made from pieces of their grandmother’s gown, of course), they should create a backdrop for their ceremony that no one has ever even thought of before (and it will be stunning), and they should do all this on just 20K!


Today I want to encourage all you 2013 brides out there… no matter what you have seen other couples doing on their day (via real life or the world wide web), your wedding will be fabulous and fun! Please do take the time to think through details, both aesthetically and throughout the flow of the event. Do intentionally design each detail of the day. However, don’t kill yourself trying to make your day look like someone else’s! The key to personal touches and details is making sure everything that you do for your wedding is in some way a reflection of your story as a couple, your style and/or your personalities! I have seen too many weddings where a bride has incorporated an idea that she saw on the internet and it was not cohesive with the overall visual story of the day and did not make any sense to those who knew the couple. Just because you see something that you like, doesn’t mean it is the right choice for you (and hiring someone like me will help you figure these details out!).

And now to my final point: getting inspiration from the internet can be such a great help to you as you go about figuring out your wedding style and coming up with exciting ideas for your day! However, please keep everything in moderation. Spending too much time looking at other people’s weddings can’t help but make you feel insecure about your own – so please be careful! You are not inadequate and your wedding will be anything but average! Cheers to you and I hope it is hands down the best day of your life!Maria.Jon Save the Date

Love at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Hotel: Tonya & Nick Married!

Happy Wednesday Friends!

With the holidays right around the corner, today I find myself in quite a nostalgic mood for all things merry and bright! On this freezing Wednesday (or at least as close to freezing as we get here in LA), I’m happy to share with you a wedding we put together, start-to-finish, in exactly two months, for three days after Christmas!

Last October, I met Tonya and her fabulous mother who live on the East Coast for the first time and signed on to plan her Beverly Hills wedding for December 28th! The family had decided to spend Christmas in Los Angeles and the happy couple surprised everyone by announcing their plan to elope. We quickly chose the Royal Suite in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel as the backdrop for our little celebration.



The ceremony was held on the roof of the hotel, giving the couple’s families a spectacular view of the hills and city!

Being ‘foodies’ both the cake and the cuisine had to be absolutely amazing (and it was!). My goal was to make the reception a glowing banquet where Tonya & Nick were the king and queen! We brought in both deep and dusty purples to the already gorgeous suite. I was so glad Tonya chose a deep orange cake to create a pop of perfection!

Throughout the day, Nick & Tonya were the kind of couple that simply couldn’t get enough of each other. I still miss my weekly chats with Tonya & her mom Alice and wish Mr. & Mrs. Mercer a happy almost 1 year anniversary!

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