California Wedding Day Best Of 2017: Explore Our Amalfi Coast-Inspired Wonderland!

Hello loves!

We were super excited to have been honored at this year’s California Wedding Day Best Of 2017, in not just one but two ways! Today we’re sharing all the elaborate details straight from the event!

California Wedding Day is one of the most elite wedding style magazines in the country. Each year they host an awards celebration to honor the top California based companies in the wedding industry. On May 24th, magazine presented its “Best Of 2017” awards at the incomparable Vibiana. We at Marisa Nicole Events are thrilled to have been one of only four companies nominated for the category of “Best Wedding Planner – Los Angeles.” You read that right, that makes names us in the top four wedding planners in the whole of LA county. Yes! In addition to the honor of the nomination, we were one of three designers chosen to craft the interior of the celebration.

The theme for the event was “A Trip Around the World” and it began with guest check-in to their “flight,” accompanied by flight attendants and pilots in main lobby. Each guest got their very own special ticket to travel around the designed spaces in the venue.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth so we decided to construct our area so exquisitely that the guests felt like they were transported to the classic Mediterranean landscape.

We worked to create a sense of organic elegance by pairing natural elements with charming luxe touches.

We based our pallet on saturated, varying blues, whites, creams and greens, and then incorporated small pops of warm touches with specs of gold hues and magenta bougainvillea. Our designs were full but loose, utilizing a variety of textures to bring our vision to life.

Because cuisine is of major importance to Mediterranean life, we designed our Amalfi corner around family style feasting tables situated under a Italian pergola. By hanging Edison lights, lush greenery and bougainvillea, we crafted an easy, enchanting coastal feel.

We loaded up our tables with blue and white linen and china, mixing patterns and colors to really bring out the aesthetic of the Amalfi culture. We also added in a touch of love to represent authentic Italian culture, brought to life by the Amore cutouts at each place setting.

We brought varying blues and crystal glasses, and gold touches in our place setting.

Candlelight, greenery and neutral blooms brought a sense of romance to our tablescape.

We mix and matched vineyard cross-back with upholstered chairs to reinforce our pairing of simple, relaxed details with yet elevated pieces.

Travelers were served libations from our Italian style bar from curated goblets.

After dining and drinking to their heart’s content, tourists took refuge in our lounge seating, which was made up of blue and white rugs, comfy couches, arm chairs and both glass and wooden tables.

Along with our Amalfi Coast-inspired lounge and reception, there were two other destinations to visit during the event: a Morocco-inspired lounge (designed by Events by Robin), and a London “Brit invasion” bar (designed by Kristeen LaBrot Events). The guests entered into the mod style London area clad with bright colors and abstract shapes.

Next up was the Moroccan lounge which highlighted two vignettes that imagined the Moroccan lifestyle: half the space incorporated crisp white and gold accents, while the other half showcased vibrant colors, patterns, and textures. We were so impressed by the hard work that the creators put into their spaces!

All photo credits: Carissa Woo Photography

We are so thankful to be nominated and to participate in such a wonderful event.

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Intern Spotlight: Introducing Megan!

Hi beauties!

I have been working with Marisa Nicole Events for a while now and would like to formally introduce myself. I have put together a tell-tale Q&A for you all below… enjoy!

Photo Credits: Tim Ronca

  • Favorite Wedding Blog: I love 100 Layer Cake. My favorite part is the DIY section: it’s the perfect way for a bride & groom to put their own special twist on their big day and save a bit of money too!
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor Combo: Funfetti! (or “Sprinkle Cake” in the wedding world). With vanilla frosting and some floral detail along the edges, it’s a fun walk down memory lane!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: I love a mix of romantic and vintage. You can’t go wrong with the classic romantic touches, and using some older, vintage pieces can add so much depth to your wedding!
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: The ability to be in two places at once! I would be able to help the couple, my lovely boss Marisa, execute the wedding perfectly, and still have time to snag a piece of cake (that’s allowed right?)
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Veil/headpiece together! A long veil attached to a one-of-a-kind floral or jeweled headpiece creates the best of both worlds.
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: The first dance is my favorite, the bride & groom can slow dance to an older song, or perform their signature dance moves!
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: Watching the love between the couple while they share their vows that they crafted for their big day is so special to me. I cry easily, so hearing even the first few words gets me every time!

I hope you had fun getting to know me a little better, and I sincerely hope to work with some of you soon!

Dreaming of Dresses: Bridal Fashion Trends for Fall 2017!

Hello loves!

Every little girl dreams about her big wedding plans, and most notably: her future wedding dress. Bridal fall fashion week was just a few weeks ago. We were so taken by the upcoming trends and styles we saw, that we decided to share some of our favorites with you!

Photo Credits: Jessica Gold Photography (Left) Julia Park Photography and Cinema (Right)

Cold Shoulders

Off the shoulder tops have been noticeably gaining popularity in the past year, and why not continue it? This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You can go for a more casual off the shoulder look, or use the off the shoulder pieces to bring intricacy and detail to your dress with a bit of lace or embellishments.

Photo Credits: Lauren Fair Photography (Left) This Love of Yours Photography (Right)

Lace off the shoulder sleeves can give your wedding dress the extra flair it needs to be unforgettable down the runway… I mean, aisle!

Photo Credits: Heather Waraska (Left) Ether & Smith (Right)

High Necklines

Raising the neckline while also raising the detail of the dress! A high neckline can be achieved in a few different fashions, and can give your wedding dress a sense of class and structure.

Photo Credits: Lauren Peele (Left) Perry Vaile (Right)

If you want a more structured look, you can choose a dress with a solid front and high neck. Three-quarter or long sleeves are other ways to achieve a more conservative dress design with a high neck as well!

Photo Credits: Ruth Eileen Photography (Left) Courtesy Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week (Right)

If you like the look of the lacy high neck but aren’t too sure about the chest coverage, you can always pair another trend from the runway along with the high neck and choose a dress with a plunging backside or open back!

Photo Credits: Jose Villa Photography

High-Low Hemline

Asymmetrical hemlines have always been in style, but they are taken to a completely new level in a wedding dress! For a more classic look, a larger, more fuller high-low skirt is the way to go.

Photo Credits: Greg Finck (Left) erin jean photography (Right)

A more structured high-low skirt is also popular and can add the perfect amount of simplicity to your wedding dress!

Photo Credits: French Grey Photography (Left) Jose Villa Photography (Right)

If you’re looking to take the high-low hemline as casual as possible for your wedding, you can try a loose hanging dress, or bring the hemline of your dress way up!

Photo Credits: Jose Villa Photography (Left) Hannah Costello (Right)

Hopefully our little overview of fall 2017 bridal fashion trends has left you inspired and excited for weddings to come. Stay fabulous, darlings!

Intern Spotlight: Meet Haley!

Hello lovelies!

I am very excited to be a part of the Marisa Nicole Events team! I cannot wait to learn more about wedding planning and help make a couple’s dream wedding come to life. Here is a little bit about me…

  • Favorite Wedding Blog: I love StyleMePretty! They have beautiful photos and have amazing inspiration for all wedding trends. There is a DIY section that has creative and great ideas!
  • Describe the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavor
    Combo: 
    I believe that a simple vanilla cake with vanilla frosting is the most delicious and a flavor that everyone loves. And it must of course be decorated with beautiful light pink roses!
  • Favorite Styling Genre for Event Design: Romantic all the way. I love the simplicity of romantic weddings and how it reminds me of a fairytale.
  • Event Planning Super Hero Skill: Being able to read the engaged couple and family member’s mind. It would make it so much easier and I would not have to stress because I would know exactly what they want.
  • Veil, Flower or Headpiece?: Veil! It is so classic and beautiful. And when else can you wear a veil in your life??
  • Favorite Wedding Tradition: The toasts! They are always so clever, funny and sentimental. It is hard not to be feel some sort of emotion when hearing them.
  • The moment in every wedding that never fails to bring you to tears: When the father walks the bride down the aisle. I think it is so special for him to hand off his little girl to someone who will be a special part of the rest of her life.