Long Beach Love Story: Michelle & Ryan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

As a wedding planner, it is not every day that you get to help an old friend get hitched. So for the second week in a row, we are very excited to share a wedding that is extra special to the Marisa Nicole team.

This is the wedding of Ryan & Michelle! I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan in college, and we’ve been good friends ever since. When Ryan shared the good news of his engagement to the lovely Michelle, I was more than happy to help.

These two lovebirds got hitched at the historic Ebell of Long Beach. This 1920’s architectural beauty is reminiscent of the Spanish-Revival, making it the perfect backdrop for a simple elegant design with DIY touches.

Between the indoor courtyard, tiled floors, sculpted portico, old-school parlor, fountain, chandeliers, and dark-wood dining room, this venue and all of it’s eccentric, vintage decor speaks for itself.

As if this venue wasn’t perfect enough for the couple, it also happens to be located right across the street from one of the couple’s favorite coffee shops. Immediately after running down the aisle, the bridal party followed and the whole group sipped on cappuccinos and espresso before heading back over to join cocktail hour.

Their overall design was clean and elegant. Not wanting to take away from the venues beauty, Ryan and Michelle opted for simple florals. They lined their aisle with long, single-stem pink roses, and repurposed them as their centerpieces.

Their cocktail hour, which took place in the parlor, was sprinkled with dainty florals and candles. This couple proved that bud vases and votives still have the power to transform a room.

This was truly a family affair. With help from both sides of the family (and even their bridal party & friends!), they crafted a seating chart, welcome sign, signature cocktails, and signage for both the bar & dessert table, and table numbers.

Speaking of food, Baked It Myself served up a delicious buffet that left everyone happy and full. For dessert, the couple brought in a new school twist to offset their historic surroundings by serving donuts instead of the traditional cake or small treats. Donut Snob offered up fun flavors like “blueberry earl grey” and “razzy lemon lulu”.

To end the night, the couple was cheered goodbye by all their friends and family -it truly was the perfect end to a perfect night.

So to my dear friend and your beautiful wife, we wish you all the best! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

For more inspiration behind this fab wedding, you can watch their wedding video here.

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Santa Barbara Lovin’: Kristin & Ryan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends!

We are excited to share a wedding that is so near and dear to my heart. I met Kristin in 2013 when she was a bridesmaid in one of our weddings. We got along so well (and she liked our work so much), that Kristen went on to send a number of her friends our way (thanks Kristin!). When it was time for her to get hitched to her foxy fella Ryan, she too opted for a Marisa Nicole Events fête. Without further ado, please enjoy Ryan & Kristin’s Santa Barbara soiree!

Kristin and Ryan’s special day took place in early November at the historic Riviera Mansion in Santa Barbara, California. The couple loved this venue because it allowed them to host a semi-destination wedding, where their LA friends could feel as if they were “getting away”, but that was still close enough to travel to and plan with ease. They also loved the aesthetic of the venue and how the space’s character lent itself to a casual yet chic affair.

Kristin & Ryan didn’t want anything to feel to fussy or too modern. Ryan is super handy and has a love for all things fancy cars. We worked with the couple to craft a homespun, DIY celebration that not only highlighted their personalities and aesthetic but also incorporated the old world charm of Santa Barbara and the feel of venue.

On top of the creams and dark browns that serves as base color story at the Riviera Mansion, we collaborated with the floral designer and rental company to bring in vibrant hues including plum, wine, greenery, grey and gold. At the ceremony, we brought in potted items to line the aisle. In the reception, we incorporated a mix of size and textured blooms. The guests ate, drank and danced the night away!

We are so so happy for Kristin & Ryan, and wish them all the best on their journey of married life. Cheers to the couple and thanks for allowing us to be part of your day!

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Modern Coastal Backyard Wedding: Cindy & Alan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Summer is almost here and that means backyard soirées are all the rage! Today we’re excited to share one of our gorgeous backyard weddings to help you get in the mood!

This is the wedding of Cindy & Alan! They tied the knot at a beautiful private estate in the Pacific Palisades. The backyard had a priceless view of the Pacific Ocean and the estate itself is somewhat famous as one of eleven “Case Study Houses” in LA County. Our overall vibe for their celebration was elegance with a modern twist. We worked to create a clean contemporary version of a classic look.

We covered the aisle with white petals and ghost chairs. Cindy wore a simple, yet fab, white dress and swoon-worthy shoes. She carried a bouquet of white luscious peonies with roses and anemones sprinkled throughout for a touch of color.


The guests worked their way across the backyard, allowing the Pacific to serve as the perfect backdrop throughout the celebration. We hung bistro lights over the dining area and icicle/drip lights in the tree that grounded the head table, creating a sense of whimsy and romance after sunset. Cindy & Alan decided to highlight medium grey tones, light purples and blushes with some creams and gold for metallic touches. We just love how clean and fresh everything looked.

We could go on for days on how delicious and mouth-watering the food was! Guests couldn’t stop asking for seconds (or thirds). There was a tapas bar that made it fun for guests to create their own gourmet appetizers.

We loved being a part of Cindy & Alan’s beautiful day and night! Congratulations again to this perfect couple on tying the knot!!

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Magnificent Malibu Wedding: Cassidy & Cutter Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

One of our favorite things about weddings is how it brings people together and can be a family reunion. One of our 2016 weddings was a big celebration of a couple that has many friends and family who were all very excited to finally see them get married.Cassidy & Cutter… what a gorgeous couple! Their wedding was romantic with an earthy elegance that was brought out by different details. The overall vibe was easy and delicate. They tied the knot last fall at Villa Sancti in their hometown of Malibu. It is very special to be able to have a wedding at this venue since they host a limited number of events per year. Villa Sancti has views of the Pacific Ocean and gardens with pink roses and fountains. The venue transports everyone to the south of France or Tuscany.

For this wedding, we went with a pallet of mainly greens and neutrals with small metallic and varying warm touches. These colors complemented the earthy, natural and easy feel we were looking for. The couple said their “I-dos” in front of a lush archway with a backdrop of a sweeping view of the pacific.

The table setting was clean and simple. Cassidy LOVED silver dollar eucalyptus, so we used it everywhere, particularly all over the tables (laying in a linear fashion, this greenery makes for a gorgeous yet understated table runner) and at each place setting! We also incorporated small touches of elegance into the tablescape with metallic candles, delicate vessels and full blooms. Variety was our mantra, and it served to create dimension and interest throughout the couple’s laid back yet elevated feast!

The meal was served by one of our favorite’s, Whoa Nelly. They decided to do family style which was perfect for the occasion and made it easy for everyone to enjoy a variety of food. The food was absolutely mouthwatering from the salmon to the steak.

After dinner, the couple and guests enjoyed dancing the night away with a live band and scrumptious desserts. This celebration was one for the books! We wish Cassidy and Cutter a wonderful life together and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their wedding!

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