Archives for June 2016

California Coast Wedding: Annie & Kevin Married!

Happy Thursday, friends!


A couple weeks back, Annie & Kevin’s beautiful beach side wedding was featured in California Wedding Day (YAY!). We are so excited that their wedding received so much love that we wanted to share more from their special day! Annie & Kevin met in NYC, got engaged in Hawaii and knew that they wanted to get hitched on the California coastline. We scoured the coast from San Diego to Malibu, looking for the perfect right-on-the-beach location (but without the whole toes-in-sand thing) and in the end, the Montage in Laguna Beach was the setting that hit all the marks the couple was looking for: great atmosphere, great food, and a fab location for people coming from all over the world to enjoy!








Together we set out to create a celebration that combined the couple’s love of the easy polynesian island vibe, quite a bit of of class, and a healthy amount of glam. We called it “tropical elegance” and used vibrant tones in peacock blue, magenta, fuchsia, blush, yellow, chartreuse, orange and purple along with mixed metallics to bring our vision to life! “Annie’s bouquet was inspired by all of her favorite tropical blooms and included ginger, orchids, explosion grass, bougainvillea, anthurium, and even mini pineapples.  We worked with Enchanted Garden Floral Design to continue this palette throughout the rest of her wedding and combined the decor with lush tropical foliage such as elephant ears, monstera leaves, song of India shoots, and maranta leaves. Finally, we tucked in large and mini pineapples everywhere and anywhere we could.







Upon arrival, each guest was greeted with a refreshing tropical mocktail to set the tone right off the bat. The couple said their “I-do’s” in front of a simple backdrop of vibrant blooms with the ocean to their right and cliffs to the left. Swoon. A ukulele player serenaded both the ceremony and cocktail hour with smooth Hawaiian tunes. We served themed specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as guest mingled with a 180 degree view of the ocean. During dinner, the guests were entertained by a polynesian dance troupe, who eventually brought the whole bridal party to the dance floor to perform as a group. In the end, we designed an elegant tropical paradise fête with an aesthetic that wowed, a feast that made for happy bellies, and an evening that kept everyone guessing as to what would happen next. A good time was had by all!

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From the blushing bride (Annie)

My favorite moment of the day had to be walking down the aisle towards Kevin to the amazing voice of Tini Grey singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow on the ukelele and seeing our vision become a reality. That was the moment all the emotion just hit me. And I loved that my veil got caught on the bush and Marisa had to rescue me – that moment just got rid of all my nerves and I just felt radiant. Saying our vows to each other was absolutely incredible (and yes!  Kevin shed tears!!!). Being showered with the vibrant colored petals as we walked back down was so much fun. The entire ceremony is one that we will remember for the rest of our lives.


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A Colorful Industrial Wedding: Kelley & Steve Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesdays, lovelies!


It is finally June and to celebrate the warm weather, I wanted to share with you a wedding that has embraced all the colors of summer. Kelley & Steve had the perfect industrial, colorful, DIY wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios. The couple wanted to host a laid-back, super fun celebration for their nearest and dearest that was different from all the other coastal, ranch or hotel weddings that they have been attending together for the past years. Yes, Kelley and Steve were highschool sweethearts and have been together forever. They are one of the kindest and most caring couples I have had the pleasure of working with.





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Aesthetically, the couple wanted to create a vibe that was romantic. We wanted it to feel both soft and bold at the same time. Beauty in variety was more or less the mantra for this wedding. Smoky Hollow Studios has great bones for party space. With it’s mixture of brick and chalkboard walls, hanging edison bistro lights and a garage door to boot, you get the best an urban space with tons of great natural lighting can offer! The couple got married in front of a backdrop of colorful hanging ribbons with the light from the garage door coming through. Swoon.



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We brought in rectangular tables, and dressed them in a champagne colored linen with a bit of shine. We used gold-toned flatware, clean white china, and yellow-tinted glassware to create the base of our tablescape. We used a mix of wooden and colored vessels, along with simple bud vases to house florals with in an array of vibrant colors and varying sized and textured blooms. Turquoise, coral, muted peach, pops of gold, and soft yellow, we simply could not be limited by a three hued color story!


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resized for blog-5Kelley loved succulents and Smoky Hollow has a succulent wall on its patio, so we used desert plants whenever and wherever possible. With chalkboard walls at every turn, we felt it would be a disservice to the space to not incorporate chalk-art into the day, so we brought in an artist to create our bar and dinner menus, a welcome sign, and more.

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Family is super important to the couple, so we created a family tree wall. Since Steve’s family is Chinese, we thought customized fortune cookies to be the perfect wedding favor for this celebration! The guests feasted on barbecue (which was smoked before their very eyes during cocktail hour), danced the night away, and a great time was had by all…


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Enchanting Garden Wedding: Flora & Moises Married!

Happy Friday Friends!


A couple weeks ago, Flora & Moises’s wedding was featured on Something Turquoise and, with all the excitement, we thought it high-time to share with you more moments from their special day captured by the ever-so-talented Amanda McKinnon Photography. Flora and Moises’s wedding employed a modern yet hand-spun twist in their traditional Church wedding. The couple wanted to create an easy going celebration with touches of clean elegance and DIY projects, which all came together beautifully for their enchanting garden party reception.


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One of our favorite details was the yellow tinted glassware paired with square plates and specs of gold sprinkled throughout their floral vessels and candle holders. We absolutely fell in love with the hand-crafted sweetheart table backdrop the couple created together from wax paper, string and wood. It was the perfect airy, sweet and chic visual to frame the couple as they dined al fresco. We could go on and on about this couple (and how much we adored them and their wedding), we thought it might be nice for you to hear more details of this celebration from the bride herself! So without further ado:


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From Flora:

For this wedding, we asked the bride to say a few words… The vision for our wedding came together in a very organic way, without defined expectations or creative restrictions. We wanted to capture a classic romantic feel with tones of blush and cream that would fit into the greens of our outdoor venue. Combined with a traditional Catholic ceremony in Moises’ childhood church, our wedding day was simply us— timeless and intimate.


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For the church we kept the décor simple, with beautifully crafted lanterns that framed the altar and allowed the natural stained glass and marble to shine through. No one can really describe the feeling of walking down the aisle. The moment the wooden arch doors opened and all you can see is the smiling face of your spouse to be. It was in this moment that our wedding became a reality.


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Following the ceremony, we couldn’t wait to get to our reception. The amazing work of our florist, wedding planner, and design team brought our scattered ideas of romance and whimsy together. Wooden king’s tables decorated with simple runners, blooming centerpieces, and touches of gold detailing. At the center of it all, our master DIY project, the backdrop to our sweetheart table. A family effort, to create strands of wax paper that hung from a wooden frame (the result of Flora’s chance encounter with the perfect Pinterest picture).

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As we danced the night away under the cover of sparkling lights from the tree in our enchanted garden, we couldn’t help but smile as we felt the love of our family and friends.


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