An Enchanting Evening of Love: Emily and Brett Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

Today, we are so excited to share with you another beautiful celebration of love! We enjoyed working with Emily and Brett to make their dream of an intimate vineyard dinner party come to life. The soirée had a natural rustic feel with a contemporary flair, and we absolutely loved how it turned out!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Emily and Brett tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. With the perfect combination of natural beauty and rustic charm, the venue set the stage for a stunning celebration. The colors we chose for the event were whites and greens, with diluted blush touches. These selections paired perfectly against the cobalt blue groom and groomsmens’ suits. We accented the venue with wooden details in order to keep with the natural, rustic feel.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Overlooking beautiful vineyards within the Santa Monica Mountains, this venue was the ideal location for the couple to exchange their “I Do’s.” Guests were greeted with a glass of the couple’s favorite Saddlerock wine, Rosé (all day!). The intricate oak Chuppah was bound with grape vines, which we perfected with chiffon hanging drapery and a touch of greenery, along with delicate white and blush florals.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

For cocktail hour, we set up an intimate lounge area with a modern and clean feel. Since the couple wanted to maintain a fun and playful atmosphere, we included a games, such as cornhold, jenga and even tic-tac-toe… XOXO! The couple also selected signature cocktails to inspire their guests’ drink choices. These could be enjoyed in the lounge area, alongside appetizers. The miniature tacos were surely a guest favorite!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

For the reception, we draped white table runners over exposed wooden tables to further incorporate the simple, rustic feel. The tables were topped with organic greenery and gorgeous white and blush arrangements. The table settings were minimal, with a clean look, and were each completed with a blush-toned glass to add a pop of color. One of our favorite parts of the reception was the stunning sweethearts’ table, the perfect place for the newlyweds to enjoy their evening surrounded by loved ones.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

By night, the dance floor transformed into a magical space illuminated by glowing lights. The draping garden lights, ornate chandeliers, and hanging fairy lights created an enchanting atmosphere for guests to dance the night away. It truly was straight out of a fairytale.

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

The night concluded on a playful note with dancing, photo booth shenanigans, and an ice cream sundae bar. Good times were had by all, particularly the new Mr. & Mrs!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

That’s it for now, lovebirds! We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at Emily and Brett’s stunning celebration. We feel so grateful we were able to be a part of their special day, and wish all the best for them in this new chapter together!

An Enchanting Evening of Love | Marisa Nicole Events

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Designer Cocktails for your Spring Soirée

Hello again, Lovebirds!

Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are excitedly putting finishing touches on plans for your big day. Signature cocktails have become a fun way to personalize your reception, and we want to make sure both you and your wedding guests are equipped with the most delicious, beautiful libations at your springtime celebration! No matter what your alcohol of choice is, we’ve got you covered! So find your favorite, then try out these flavorful recipes.

Designer Cocktails for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

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Vodka: Tuscan Pear Cocktail

The only thing better than how good it looks is how good it tastes. For a decorative and unexpectedly delicious treat, try out this pear-infused cocktail!

Cocktails for Spring Soiree | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Wine Traveler (Left) Birds of a Feather (Right)

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire pear-flavored vodka
  • ½ part Limoncello
  • ½ part Ginger Liqueur
  • ¾ part Blood Orange Juice
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish (optional): Mint Leaves, Dried Pears, Lemon Confit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until fully mixed.
  • Rim serving glass with sugar and fill with crushed ice.
  • Pour mixed drink into glass.
  • Garnish with mint leaves, dried pears, or lemon confit.

Tequila: Strawberry Paloma

In the mood for something sweet and tangy? This drink is sure to please your guests and add a pop of color to your cocktail hour!

Strawberry Paloma for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Garnish (optional): Grapefruit Wedge or Strawberry

Directions:

  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and strawberry simple syrup.
  • Top with grapefruit soda.
  • For a little something extra, garnish with grapefruit wedge or strawberry.

Gin: Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Here’s a delicious, fun twist on a classic. For a casual garden touch, we suggest serving this one in a mason jar!

Cocktails for Spring Soiree | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Craft and Cocktails (Left) Craft and Cocktails (Right)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Small Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 6 oz Tonic Water
  • Garnish (optional): Juniper Berries, Rosemary, Sliced Grapefruit

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, and rosemary sprig in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Fill glass (or mason jar) with ice.
  • Pour combination over ice, and top with tonic water.
  • Add choice garnish, if you wish.

Whiskey: Blushing Whiskey Sour

Think pink with this delicious, beautiful rendition of a classic!

Blushing Whiskey Sour for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Frankly My Dear

Ingredients:

  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 oz Simple Lemon Syrup
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Garnish (optional): Blackberries

Directions:

  • Combine blackberries, simple lemon syrup, and Irish whiskey in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until blackberries begin to break apart (to ensure the beautiful blush shade!).
  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Strain mixture into glass.
  • Top with a few extra blackberries.

Rum: Raspberry Rum Mule

A guest-favorite with a sweet twist… you can’t go wrong with this one!

Raspberry Rum Mule for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Vine Pair

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • ½ of Lime, Juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • 5 Raspberries
  • ½ cup of Ice
  • ½ bottle of Ginger Beer
  • Garnish (optional): Raspberries and Rosemary

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with rum, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries, and ice.
  • Shake well, until completely combined.
  • Pour mixed ingredients into glass, and top with ginger beer.
  • To top it off, add some raspberries and rosemary.

Champagne: Blackberry Thyme Champagne

No celebration is complete without some bubbly! Prepare the syrup ahead of time, mix with champagne when cocktail hour arrives, and enjoy.

Cocktails for Spring Soiree | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Lark & Linen (Left) The Perennial Style (Right)

Ingredients:

For Blackberry Syrup:

  • ⅓ cup Blackberries
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Sugar

For Cocktail:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne, your choice!
  • Garnish (optional): 8 Blackberries, 4 Sprigs of Thyme

Directions:

  • In small saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain blackberries and let syrup fully cool.
  • In each champagne glass, add 2 tablespoons of homemade syrup.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Add sprig of thyme and a few blackberries to finish it off!

These cocktail mixes are guaranteed to have your guests coming back for more! Not only are they sweet and tasty, they will be the perfect, eye-catching addition to your springtime wedding. Cheers!

Cocktails for Spring Soiree | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Anya Kernes Photography (Left) Christina Bernales (Right)

Simple and subtle ways to make your Valentine’s Day wedding special

Hi Lovebirds!

Today we will be discussing how to gracefully incorporate Valentine’s Day into your special day. While the day is already special in itself, it is a popular day for people to tie the knot! Some may think getting hitched on Valentine’s Day can be cheesy and tired but we believe that there are so many subtle and fun ways to get into the holiday spirit! Whether it be your food and drinks, decor, or guest experience, we have some cute and simple ideas to decorate your wedding!

Photo Credit: Rachel Solomon Photography

Cuisine and Cocktails

A Valentine’s Day wedding often brings colorful food and drink items and sweet treats! Simple and popular red or pink treats can go a long way without being too tacky or over the top. Pink macarons or a non-traditional red velvet wedding cake are a few of the many elegant ways to incorporate a Valentine’s Day theme. When it comes to cocktails, fruits and grenadine can often fit the fun and flirtatious theme you are vying for.

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Decor

Valentine’s Day can often entail bright red colors however deep reds, burgundy or blush pink can help make your wedding elegant while staying on theme. By balancing these colors with white or leafy greens, you can get that elegance and simplicity you desire. These color themes can be gracefully incorporated into your bridesmaids dresses, invitations or table settings.

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Photo Credit: Posh Parties (Left) & Lacie Hansen Photography (Right)

Guest Experience

Getting to share this special moment with your nearest and dearest on the most romantic day of the year can call for some sweet and sentimental experiences to set the mood. By creating elegantly themed experiences for your guests you can also create that romantic vibe that Valentine’s Day brings. Some fun ways to include your guests can include casual seating areas, favors, or even a kissing booth photo booth!

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Photo Credit: Brooke Schwab Photography (Left) & Juice Box Media (Right)

If you are considering a Valentine’s Day wedding, there are numerous ways you can create that fun and flirty vibe you desire. Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year and we are so excited for you to share this day with your loved ones.

Ringing in the New Year: Expected Ring Trends of 2019

Hello Lovebirds!

As we begin 2019, we just love to stop and take a look at the major ring trends we are expecting to see throughout the year. We understand choosing a ring is an important, so to help you choose yours, we have rounded up the new and continuing trends for inspiration!

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1. Shapes

Diamonds come in all sorts of shapes in sizes. Some common shapes that you’ll see this year include the teardrop and the hexagon.

2. Two Toned Bands

Can’t decide between gold or silver bands? Why not choose both? This year we are expecting to see more two toned bands around. This unique style incorporates both silver and gold and can go with anything!

3. Horizontal Placement

Many oval or rectangular diamonds face north and south but this year we are expecting to see a lot more east to west facing diamonds. This unique type of setting gives us all the feels!

4. Two Stone Rings

Having two stones instead of one can be such a fun and unique touch on a classic single stone ring. Whether it be two diamonds or a diamond and a pearl, this is a style we think will last a while.

5. Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones have become more popular over the past few years and we expect to see this trend continue throughout 2019. Colored rings can really emphasize your unique personality. We personally love a dark red or blue gem!

6. Halo Setting

This classic setting will never go out of style. There is nothing like setting your diamond within more diamonds! Choosing a halo setting will make your center diamond look bigger and bolder.

7. Band Twists

This type of band creates such a unique spin on the traditional band! It creates variation and allows you to be more creative with the number of diamonds that you choose. We can’t wait to see this band trend continue throughout the year!

Photo Credit: Simone Anne

No matter what style you choose, it is important you choose what fits you and your personality. At the end of the day it’s what brings both you and your husband happiness and lasting memories for the rest of your lives.