Happy Tuesday, lovelies!
Get ready for some serious swoonage friends, because today is the day that we share one of our favorite weddings of 2014 with you. Haely & Dave are an awesome couple, who love to have fun and live life to the fullest. They came to me and wanted to create an English Garden Party Chic celebration that just happens to also be the party of the year for their nearest and dearest.
They wanted their venue to be a super special place, where few of their guests had actually been to before and in a location where it was far enough away from Los Angeles where the whole celebration could go on all weekend long. Taking their look, feel and vibe into account, I immediately thought of private residence that I had done a wedding at before in Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara. The couple fell in love with the venue at first sight and we got to work designing their day. Dave has a real head for financials and Haely has quite the eye for all things fabulous, so with our powers combined we created quite the wedding dream team. Thankfully Andrew Abajian was there to capture each and every fantastic moment.
Haely envisioned a luxe yet light garden party type of celebration. Our color story incorporated whites, creams, champagne and soft pinks (swoon). We brought in vintage pieces to help bring a bit of a throwback feel to the day (doors, furniture and props, oh my!). We used wooden tables and chairs, paired with gorgeous ruffled blooms and greenery, to bring the garden party feel to life. We draped champagne chiffon over cabanas and archways (oh the romance…). We hung varying sized lighted lanterns in the dance area and bistro lights over the dining area to create a sense of enchantment everywhere you looked.
Haely & Dave’s guests having a great time was probably one of the couple’s top priorities for their day. They provided school-bus style shuttles from where the guests were staying to the wedding, after-party and back again at the end of the night (super fun!). Each guest was greeted at the ceremony by a homemade lemonade station, and the night only got better from there. Everyone had a blast – playing life-size jenga and corn-hole, feasting like kings and dancing their booties off to a live band. Haely & Dave aren’t big cake eaters, so we ditched the traditional cake and cutting for a fondue swap instead. We dipped fruit and bite-sized sweets into chocolate for dessert. Yum!
If you haven’t noticed from my incessant gushing, I seriously loved working with this couple and this whole wedding was just a dream! The style, the romance, the fun-loving personalities – not to mention the amazing vendor team that made this wedding happen – it just doesn’t get much better than this.
- Planning & Design: Marisa Nicole Events
- Venue: Hope Ranch
- Photography & Videography: Andrew Abajian Creative
- Florist: Enchanted Garden Floral Design
- Caterer: Command Performance Catering
- Band: Vanity Fair
- Rentals: A Rental Connection
- Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
- Hair: Unveiled
- Make-Up: Marissa LaFayette
- Transportation: Jump on the School Bus