Archives for April 2014

Love at Rancho Las Lomas: Maria & Jon Married!

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Oh Happy Day! This fine Friday I have the pleasure of sharing one of my favorite weddings of all time with you! Almost a year ago, Maria & Jon got hitched at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. Thankfully, the dynamic duo of Lukas & Suzy Van Dyke Photography was there to capture each and every fabulous detail (for more of our work at this fab space, check out our Give Back Styled Wedding blog post). The venue, the couple, the style: everything about this wedding just makes me swoon with delight.

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The look & feel direction we decided to take for Maria & Jon’s day was “Rustic Elegance.” Maria chose a visual pallet that incorporated all the colors in a sunset sky. It was also important to our lovebirds that the day had a sense of progression to it, which was partly what made Rancho Las Lomas such a great fit for their fête. The guests started off the event at the ceremony, which took place on a wooded staircase under a canopy of lush trees. The guests then moved to the tiled pool area for cocktail hour (during which time they were encouraged to partake in a scavenger hunt, designed by the groom, allowing guests to explore the on-site zoo). After cocktails and small bites, the guests were brought through a small house, which was littered with cute signs and framed photos of the couple, in order to enter the reception patio where dinning and dancing ensued. Finally, at the end of the night, the guests were invited to join the couple in the lodge (with a fireplace and everything) for post-party dancing and mock-tails! The guests were continually ohhing and ahhing as they progressed through each part of the celebration. There was never a dull moment to be had!

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maria and ring

Maria’s personal sense of style was simply lovely. From her designer blush gown, to those Jimmy Choos on her feet, and everything in-between, there was absolutely nothing ordinary about her look! She gifted her ladies with super cute kimonos for the getting ready festivities and each bridesmaid’s dress captured a different aspect of the sunset sky. But we can’t leave out the fellas! All Jon’s guys were looking foxy in their corresponding (yet not precisely matching) get-ups. Jon looking the sharpest of all in his custom made wooden glasses! When it came to designing the day, the couple and I were a (wedding planning) match made in heaven from the get-go. We organized the whole affair in barely five months and sometimes Maria’s sense of style and my eye for design could be a quite dangerous combination. However, as iron sharpens iron, we worked together to create a day that was 100% fabulous in both the areas of aesthetics and guest experience. PS – I seriously love it when a bride has exquisite taste!

maria and jon combined

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bell thing

Maria had some great friends who pitched in to create a ton of super fun DIY details. For the ceremony, streamer ribbons with bells were created for the post-kiss celebration. The couple loves to travel, so we used colorful old postcards in a vintage suitcase to serve as the day’s guestbook! The floral designer (Judy at Enchanted Gardens) had a great time brining the aesthetic vision to life. We used a combination of big soft blooms with smaller textured pieces to create variety and depth. Judy brought in a plethora of small metallic and crystal trinkets to give the day a detailed, vintage feel. We paired Tuscan wooden tables with neutral burlap runners and a combo of colorful napkins as a base for the floral arrangements. No two pieces, bouquets, or arrangements were identical and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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flower and door

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One of the things I just loved about this day was the ample amount of signage! Let’s just say that if people got lost or didn’t know what to do, it was not from a lack of communication on our part! We used a combination of DIY crafted signs, immaculately designed printed items, and chalkboard signage to make everything both cute and informational! Maria’s mom made the wedding cake and hand crafted stacked cookie favors for each place setting (and both were crazy yummy!).


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The couple and guests danced the night away to a live band as the on-site animals watched over the party. Maria & Jon choreographed their own wedding dance and the traditional money dance was most definitely one to remember. Once everyone was all tuckered out, they sobered up by the fireplace at the lodge with good conversation and yummy comfort food. All in all, it was one of my favorite weddings to date, and I have never had a more tiring day of work in my life (it was a huge venue with lots of steps, and I was in heels all day, don’t judge!)

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Happy Anniversary to Maria & Jon!  We at Marisa Nicole wish you a lifetime of happiness! To check out their same-day-edits wedding video, click here!

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Love at Adamson House: Talia & Bennett Married!

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Today we’re excited to share Talia & Bennett’s wedding from last August with you. Their wedding is just the sort we love to be a part of: great couple, fab venue, and tons of personal details!

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These lovebirds got hitched at the Adamson House in Malibu. Not only does the venue have an incredible view, the house and grounds of the estate are equally gorgeous. With a backdrop as stunning at the Adamson House (which is a historic estate, you should go visit!), we didn’t have to go over board with décor to make everything look lovely. Thankfully, Kim Fox Photography was there to capture each and every detail beautifully.

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We chose to replicate the feel of the coast in our aesthetics, from the custom designed printed items (compliment of a friend of the couple) to bringing the colors of sand, water, and driftwood into our table-scape! We introduced this look to the dining tables by using matte tan lines as our base and adding satin aquamarine runners to frame the table. Then we placed a chocolate napkin atop white china plates to bring the look together. Talia wanted the floral designs to have a wildflower, fresh picked from the field, feeling to them. We used a variety of vibrant colored flowers, small to mid sized blooms and textured greenery to bring this vision to life. A mixture of white washed pails and almost milk-glass style vessels were used to display our “hand-picked” arrangements. Finally, Talia added touches of red to her personal style to keep things spicy (check out her shoes, super foxy!)


funny couple with vases



beer and olive oil

One of the aspects of this wedding that I appreciated the most was just how invested Talia & Bennett were in making the day truly reflect their story, style, and personality. They weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and took on many a DIY project…my kind of couple! They got engaged in Italy, and brought back with them some crazy good olive oil; so it was only fitting that they divvy it up into small bottles, tether a cute tag around them, and make them their favors. Bennett has been known to brew a keg or two in his day, for the wedding, he doctored up a specialty “I Do Brew”. It was served with the weddings featured beer. On every guest’s plate was a small box of caramels made by Talia and Bennett’s friend and amazing pastry chief, Justin Chao of Le Bon Garcon (his caramels made Oprah’s favorite things list a few years ago!).




hanging flower and chuppah

When it came time for the ceremony, family members were super involved, which made the whole thing feel deeply intimate and personal. The couple got married under a chuppah built by Bennett and his new father-in-law; the top of the chuppah was a piece of Talia’s mother’s wedding dress, and both sets of parent’s wedding anniversary dates-as well as the wedding couple’s anniversary- were embroidered onto it. We hung wildflower arrangements in mason jars from the large tree that anchored their ceremony. Bennett’s aunt, a professional French horn player, played the music that accompanied the bride and groom down the aisle. Talia’s grandmother also officiated the ceremony. The Ketubah, a reminder to the couple of their vows to each other, was signed by Talia & Bennett’s 5 siblings and siblings-in-law.

couple under house and signed thing




Once our lovebirds were officially hitched, the whole party feasted like kings via a family style dinner by Whoa Nelly Catering. Just thinking about the food on their wedding day still makes my mouth water. Talia & Bennett didn’t feel tied to many reception traditions, so we threw out the old rulebook and just focused on everyone dancing and having a great time. Bennett’s been a member of a few bands throughout his life, so it was an extra special treat for the wedding quests when he, with two of the bands he is a part of, were able to have a live jam session during the celebration. At the end of the night, the happy couple hopped on the last shuttle with their friends and family (and the left over alcohol) to get the after-party going. It was definitely a night to remember for all!




couple dancing and random

After the wedding, I asked Talia if she had any advise for those in the midst of planning their weddings, and here is what she had to say: “Treat the entire planning process as a celebration. Whether you’re a natural planner or not, celebrate each decision; it takes away some of the pressure from having to get just one day totally perfect, and by the time the wedding is here you feel like you’ve been celebrating for a year already—a truly great feeling. (And if you have Marisa by your side, you really can feel like you’re celebrating all year long!).”


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