Happy Valentine’s Day Lovelies!
Today I am happy to tell you all about a wedding that will go down as one of my favorites of all time; a wedding whose photos I’ve been swooning over for months now. Without further ado, I present to you Lauren & Jrue’s fabulous fête!
From the first moment I met Lauren & Jrue, I fell head over heals in love with them. They were just so crazy about each other and fun to be around that we hit it off right away. I was actually kind of embarrassed because they are both professional athletes, and I had no idea who they were. Haha! I think that is partially why they ended up choosing me. Whatever the reason, everything turned out simply gorgeous. And it doesn’t hurt that they are both naturally ridiculously good looking, so all the photos turned out amazing! Thank heavens Iris & Light was there to capture the whole day!
The one thing the couple knew they for sure wanted from the get-go was spectacular ocean views. We quickly determined there no better spot to act as the backdrop for their day than Cypress Sea Cove in Malibu. I mean, does it get any more gorgeous than this?
For ‘the look’ of their day, we decided to go toward designing a naturally elegant affair that felt easy and comfortable. We went with long wooden banquet tables paired with vineyard chairs and a simple lace runner as the starting point for our dinning area. Lauren just loved the look of super neutral flowers with pops of colors that were already on the property (touches of soft pinks, peaches, magenta and purple). Enchanted Gardens brought Lauren’s vision to life with big, soft and rufflly blooms, clean orchids and candles galore (glow was a big thing for the couple, we fought with the wind all night to keep those candles burning!). Finally, as the backdrop for their vows, with the ocean on one side and their friends and family on the other, they stood at the foot of a simply adorned cross and made their love legal!
I always love it when a couple chooses to invest in lovely aesthetic details for their day. One of the things I love about Lauren is that she let me do it! We brought in a full luxe lounge set-up and housed it under a wooden cabana. Then topped that with a ceiling of twinkling lights. It was just gorgeous!
Lauren’s family also got involved with the day of aesthetic details! Lauren’s mom and sister (who I seriously love, adopt me please?) created the cutest favors. Lauren & Jrue love lemon drops, so they created mason jars with the candy in it and put a tag on it; Viola, a fab yet transportable favor for all to enjoy (which also gave us an awesome pop of yellow on the table, which made Missy one happy wedding planner!). We brought in Prim & Pixie to make some day of signage items, but Lauren’s brother-in-law is an artist and created all the chalkboard artwork you see.
Along with the overall look of the day, the cuisine was something that was very important to these lovebirds. They wanted to bring in a southern flair to the day. Command Performance Catering really came through with innovative ideas and meal options. During cocktail hour, we served things like catfish tacos, mini crab cakes and fried chicken & biscuit bites. Dinner was served family style and our old picnic favorites were present: barbeque short ribs, stuffed chicken, mac & cheese, cornbread, okra, sweet potato bites… I mean can I say “yum!”
Now onto two of my favorite details of the day: Lemonade and Pie. Neither Lauren nor Jrue drink alcohol, so along with the bar for the guests, we wanted to do something special for the couple. They are crazy about lemonade, so with the sweet gazebo in the backdrop we founded a lemonade stand in their honor with three different kinds of specialty lemonade. The couple also isn’t really into traditional wedding cake; so we said, “forget the cake,” and brought in the best pies we could find in California! They were seriously delish!
The couple with their family & friends danced the night away and had an all around wonderful time! Okay, now it is time for me to stop gushing about this wedding! I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Lauren & Jrue’s wedding as much as I enjoyed helping them plan and design it!
And to see how their day unfolded, check out their fab wedding video: http://vimeo.com/76934093
- Wedding Planning & Design: Marisa Nicole Events
- Venue: Cypress Sea Cove
- Photographer: Iris & Light
- Cinematographer: Andrew Abajian Creative
- Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design
- DJ: Zuno Productions
- Photobooth: Vintage Vault
- Catering & Pies: Command Performance Catering
- Rentals: A Rental Connection
- Make-Up: Marissa LaFayette
- Hair: Irene Legaspi
- Officiant: Dudley Rutherford
- Day of Signage: Prim & Pixie
- Liquor: Liquid Catering
- Portable Restrooms: Andy Gump