Intimately Enchanting Celebration: Annalee & Ethan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday lovebirds,

Today, we couldn’t be more excited to share with you another real wedding! Annalee and Ethan are one of our favorite couples of all time. We worked with them to create a celebration that was playful, relaxed, romantic with a touch of whimsy, and had a sense of intimate enchantment… and we absolutely loved how it turned out!

Annalee and Ethan’s gorgeous celebration took place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California. This venue is super unique because it is located in the Rancho Wildlife Foundation which really added the wow factor to the wedding. The colors we chose to focus on for their fête were true blues (navy to medium), greens, whites and pops of diluted mauve/blush. We just love how classy and sophisticated these combinations look together.

To make their soiree even more special, we brought in a set of vintage arched glass doors to mark the entrance of the aisle. Swoon. We utilized a mix of wooden and clear acrylic signs throughout the event to pair the rustic venue with a clean, chic vibe. Finally, we surrounded everything with romantical, lush and organic florals galore to transport the guests into a fairy tale wedding.

The couple really wanted their wedding to have details while remaining extremely clean so for the reception, we exposed all the wooden tables and spiced the setting up with clear chargers with gold rims and blue colored glasses. To make the ambiance more romantic, we also added twinkle lights, glowing candles and blush-toned florals.

It was very important for Annalee and Ethan that their celebration was intimate. To that end, we brought in rocks with each guest’s name on it (in a foxy diluted teal hue) as a personalized take-away from the day. To get from the cocktail hour to the receptions, guests walked through a three-story cafe. We filled every nook and cranny of this space with over 100 family photos.  

The night ended with lots of dancing and a super fun cake. We chose a playful patterned linens to serve as the base of our dessert and cocktail tables and the outcome was truly stunning.

And this is it for now lovebirds! We hope you enjoyed this as much as we loved putting this wedding together. Thank you Annalee and Ethan for allowing us to create this beautiful celebration and we couldn’t be more excited for our mama to be!  

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Cirque Du Soleil Themed: Michelle & Kenneth Married!

Happy Thursday lovebirds!

Today, we have a super fun, sexy cirque du soleil themed wedding to share with you. This celebration had the perfect combination of modern and romantic with pops of surprise and we absolutely loved it! So without further ado, let’s give it up for Michelle and Kenneth.

Michelle and Kenneth’s lovely fête took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. They really wanted their celebration to be sophisticated while remaining grandiosely glamorous so we decided to use varying blue hues as the focus, resembling serenity, and paired with white, silver and gold. The outcome was truly stunning and breathtaking.

The reception though, was definitely the highlight of the night. The ballroom was set with glistening chandeliers and we covered the space with glowing lights and candles galore to create a sense of drama throughout the room. We utilized blue and white hydrangeas and organic greenery to bring in a soft and romantic vibe. We also incorporated menus with a gold foil rim at each place setting and super fancy gold linens, making the atmosphere all the more grand and lavish.

Of course, we saved the best for last. We brought in masquerade masks for each guest and intermittently throughout the evening, we had a surprise performances for all to enjoy! …And let’s not forget about their wedding cake, for which we stuck to the blue, white and gold color scheme. Isn’t it stunning?

And this is it for Michelle and Kenneth’s classy, sexy and magically romantic soiree! We hope you loved their wedding as much as we did and we wish nothing but the best for these lovebirds.

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Personal Bridal Party Tips From Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds,

As mentioned last week, this week we will be continuing our mini series on personal wedding day tips. Today we will be focusing on sharing advice for your wonderful bridal party members. It is no doubt that being a bridesmaid (or bridesman) can be extremely fun and exciting but there are also a few things that we want you all to keep in mind so that our bride can have the best day possible. So without further ado, here are our top 10 tips for all our bridesmaids out there!

Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

1) Don’t wake the sleeping beauty

Of course, we all want our bride to get as much rest as possible for her big day so just let her be! Let her sleep and help her get to bed at a respectable hour so that and get all the rest she needs until it’s time for her to get ready.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

2) Keep it upbeat

Obviously bridal party members are people that the bride cherishes and wants to have fun with so just keep the day upbeat. Have some fun, play music, keep it airy and light and maybe even pop some champagne! The day deserves to be celebrated!

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

3) Be self-reliant

At the venue, it is so important that everyone takes care of themselves… Bring enough water, snacks and other necessities to keep you running for the day. All the vendors on-site will be busy putting the couple’s dream wedding together so just make sure you’re prepared for the day!

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

4) Focus on the couple

We know that being a part of the bridal party can be super fun and exciting but it is important that you don’t get carried away. Focus on the couple and shower them with love! Keep an eye on the couple throughout the party and help them out when needed!

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5) Be your best self

On the day of, we just ask everyone to be their best selves. Be on time and don’t complain too much about hair & makeup if something isn’t exactly how you would like it. Of course, we’ll do whatever we can to make sure everything goes as ideal as possible, but try not to make yourself the focus.

Photo Credit: Nick Radford

6) Comfy shoes

You will be on your feet and toes running around all day, so we recommend that you bring at least 1-2 pairs of shoes to change into throughout the day. Trust me, you’ll thank us later!

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

7) One for one rule

What is a celebration without some booze? We know you all want to have fun, but just make sure you stick to the one for one rule (one glass of water per boozy drink) so that you can last all night without feeling sick.

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photography

8) Come to us!

If something doesn’t seem to be going as planned for the couple at any point in the day, the first people you should be reaching out to is the planner or coordinator because that’s what we’re there for! The last thing you want to do is stress the couple out for no reason so come to us first and we’ll see what we can do.

Photo Credit: Indigo Photography

9) Ceremony walking

A lot of the times, bridal party members are unsure of what to do when they’re walking down the aisle. We suggest that you just walk as comfortably fast as your feet will allow and smile! During the ceremony, make sure your shoulders are back and don’t lock your knees. Stay relaxed and remember, your bouquet isn’t your necklace.

Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

10) RELAX AND HAVE FUN!

While there are so many things to keep in mind as a bridal party member, we also want you guys to have fun on the day so just be as calm and relaxed as you can. Enjoy the special day just like the couple wants you to!

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

This is it for now gals! We hope you found this helpful and have a wonderful time at the wedding!

Personal Bridal Tips from Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds,

This week, we’ll be starting a very exciting mini-series focusing on the do’s and don’ts for wedding days. We totally get it, wedding days can be stressful and nerve-wracking… especially for brides. But hopefully, our personal tips and experience will bring you a little comfort and you’ll be more prepared for your big day! So without further ado, here are our top 10 tips for all our beautiful brides out there for making your day as fun-filled and smooth as possible.

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1) Hydration

Make sure you drink at least 2 cups of water right when you wake up in the morning. We can’t stress how important this is because not only will it keep you skin looking fresh and glowing, it will keep you moving throughout the day (and of course, not get you too tipsy too early)!

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2) Eat!!!

We know that on your wedding day, it is easy for eating to fall low on your list of priorities. We get it, there are better things to do than to stop and sit down for a meal on your wedding day. And you may not even be hungry. However we strongly suggest that you try to make an effort to eat a little carbs and protein so you’ll have energy for the day.

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

3) All writing related

Whether it is personal vows or a letter to your significant other, please please please don’t wait till the last minute to put pen to paper! Make sure you give yourself at least 2 weeks in advance so you can gather your thoughts and let your loved one know exactly how you feel.

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4) Comfy shoes

For your special day, you’ll most definitely be running on your feet all day. Make sure you keep your toes and feet open and bring 1-2 comfy shoes to change into so that you can show off your dancing feet at night!

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

5) The person

This often gets overlooked but it is so important that you have at least a person to go to the final dress fitting with so that she knows exactly how to bustle your dress on and you’ll have one less thing to worry about on your big day.

Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

6) Bathroom break

You want to be as comfortable as you can for your big day so make sure you go potty before your get into your beautiful dress. Then do it again between cocktail hour and the reception. This way, you’ll be more stress-free walking down the aisle and you’ll get as much time as you possibly can with all your guests.

Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

7) Gratuity

Whether it is gratuity for your vendors or gifts for your wonderful bridal party, it is recommended that you organize these at least 3 days before the wedding. You want to be generous and the last thing you want to do is forget about someone!

Photo Credit: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke

8) Personal emergency kit

Prepare a personal emergency kit so that you’ll be more equipped for all kinds of situations on your big day. Some things to consider are:

  • A travel-sized deodorant
  • Baby powder because nobody likes chaving
  • Your lipstick for the day so that you can touch-up whenever you want
  • Tissue but make sure you give this to your maid of honor

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

9) Bouquet placement

You’ll want to look your best while walking down the aisle and one thing that you may not pay attention to is the placement of your bouquet. You don’t want to be blocking your face or dress so just keep in mind that your bouquet goes lower than you think!

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

10) LET GO AND ENJOY!

The week of your wedding is when you want to start letting go of things. This means no more DIYs or adding things to your wedding that wasn’t already planned. This is the time when you want to really enjoy yourself and be in the moment. So before you walk down the aisle, just have your phone, watch and timeline away and have a great time!

Photo Credit: Jillian Rose Photography