Al Fresco Dining with Marisa Nicole Events

Happy Friday, friends!

Fall is in the air and wedding season is still going strong here at Marisa Nicole Events! At the beginning of the summer, our team took a moment to gather for an al fresco dining photo session (and to take new images for the “about” section of our website). The best part of the Marisa Nicole Events crew is that we actually know how to have a good time together and are pretty obsessed with yummy cuisine, so it was only natural that we centered our annual team photoshoot around family style mezze, wine, and a gorgeous tablescape.

To craft our tablescape, we started with finding a rad linen that matched our brand. When I ran across this linen from La Tavola, which prominently featured an easy, delicate design in coral and blue, I knew it just bad to be the base of our family style feast. We paired this colorful table with mismatch natural wooden chairs from Premiere Party Rentals.

After determining our base, we chose to fill our place settings with off-white china from Premiere that had a slight mediterranean/spanish detailed edging that created a unique shape. We layered these atop of a clean clear charger with a gold rim (swoon) and topped off the layers with a fab knotted linen napkin with just a touch of sheen. My favorite detail of our table was our cut crystal and blue glassware. The blue goblets, yet again, brought in the cool hue of our branding, while the crystal maintained that clean, fancy feel.

Enchanted Garden Floral Design came in for the win with gorgeous white blooms and fresh greenery. Varying potted fresh herbs stretched down the length of the table. We added taper candles to add in just a touch of glam.

After designing our tablescape, we turned our focus to our feast. We all love charcuterie and graze foods: olives, marinated peppers, cheese, grapes, cherries even caprese salad… If it looked fresh and yummy, we incorporated it into our meal. You can’t wine and dine without the former, so we popped open a bottle of pinot noir and rose to accompany our mezze. The rose in the cut crystal glassware perfectly added another hint of coral that we needed to drive home our branding (rose all day, ladies!).

We even popped a bottle of bubbly to start off the meal prior to relaxing over each other’s company and our family style feast.

We hope you enjoyed this shoot as much as we enjoyed sharing it! Most importantly, we would like to give some vendor love to La Tavola Linens, Enchanted Garden Floral Design, and Premiere Party Rentals for helping us put together this fabulous dinner party. We could not be more thankful. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our new updated “about” page here to officially meet the team!

California Wedding Day Best Of 2017: Explore Our Amalfi Coast-Inspired Wonderland!

Hello loves!

We were super excited to have been honored at this year’s California Wedding Day Best Of 2017, in not just one but two ways! Today we’re sharing all the elaborate details straight from the event!

California Wedding Day is one of the most elite wedding style magazines in the country. Each year they host an awards celebration to honor the top California based companies in the wedding industry. On May 24th, magazine presented its “Best Of 2017” awards at the incomparable Vibiana. We at Marisa Nicole Events are thrilled to have been one of only four companies nominated for the category of “Best Wedding Planner – Los Angeles.” You read that right, that makes names us in the top four wedding planners in the whole of LA county. Yes! In addition to the honor of the nomination, we were one of three designers chosen to craft the interior of the celebration.

The theme for the event was “A Trip Around the World” and it began with guest check-in to their “flight,” accompanied by flight attendants and pilots in main lobby. Each guest got their very own special ticket to travel around the designed spaces in the venue.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth so we decided to construct our area so exquisitely that the guests felt like they were transported to the classic Mediterranean landscape.

We worked to create a sense of organic elegance by pairing natural elements with charming luxe touches.

We based our pallet on saturated, varying blues, whites, creams and greens, and then incorporated small pops of warm touches with specs of gold hues and magenta bougainvillea. Our designs were full but loose, utilizing a variety of textures to bring our vision to life.

Because cuisine is of major importance to Mediterranean life, we designed our Amalfi corner around family style feasting tables situated under a Italian pergola. By hanging Edison lights, lush greenery and bougainvillea, we crafted an easy, enchanting coastal feel.

We loaded up our tables with blue and white linen and china, mixing patterns and colors to really bring out the aesthetic of the Amalfi culture. We also added in a touch of love to represent authentic Italian culture, brought to life by the Amore cutouts at each place setting.

We brought varying blues and crystal glasses, and gold touches in our place setting.

Candlelight, greenery and neutral blooms brought a sense of romance to our tablescape.

We mix and matched vineyard cross-back with upholstered chairs to reinforce our pairing of simple, relaxed details with yet elevated pieces.

Travelers were served libations from our Italian style bar from curated goblets.

After dining and drinking to their heart’s content, tourists took refuge in our lounge seating, which was made up of blue and white rugs, comfy couches, arm chairs and both glass and wooden tables.

Along with our Amalfi Coast-inspired lounge and reception, there were two other destinations to visit during the event: a Morocco-inspired lounge (designed by Events by Robin), and a London “Brit invasion” bar (designed by Kristeen LaBrot Events). The guests entered into the mod style London area clad with bright colors and abstract shapes.

Next up was the Moroccan lounge which highlighted two vignettes that imagined the Moroccan lifestyle: half the space incorporated crisp white and gold accents, while the other half showcased vibrant colors, patterns, and textures. We were so impressed by the hard work that the creators put into their spaces!

All photo credits: Carissa Woo Photography

We are so thankful to be nominated and to participate in such a wonderful event.

Vendor Love

Italian Summer Styled Inspired Wedding Shoot


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We have been waiting forever to formally share images from our Italian Summer Styled Wedding Shoot with you, and that day has finally come! We were honored to have our Mediterranean designs from this project featured in the latest print issue of California Wedding Day (Fall/Winter issue – page 30) – and last week they showcased the shoot online, so we thought it high time to share some of our favorite shots with you as well. As an Italian lady in the wedding industry, this project was one that is very near and dear to my heart. I poured my soul into crafting this shoot, and was so pleased with how everything turned out. I wanted to design a wedding that brought all the goodness the Italian Mediterranean has to offer. We are so honored that people love this shoot as much as we do and now without further ado…View More:

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Welcome & Lounge Areas

Upon guest arrival, we thought it would be fun for our couple not only to welcome their guests, but share in the glamour of their day by displaying jewelry with which guests could adorn themselves throughout the celebration. We also wanted to shake up the standard lounge and games areas that are super popular at weddings. Our couple is encouraging their guests to let loose and relax with Italian soda in their lantern illuminated low lounge. And because every Italian grows up playing Bocce ball at family gatherings, we thought it, along with Chess, should be available for guests to enjoy post nuptials.

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All These Bars

If Italians love anything, it’s to mosey around, “mangia” (eat) and chitchat. To that end, we created three different areas where guests could engage in the whole Italian experience throughout the wedding. The first is our Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar. Guests are actually invited to “gusto”, meaning “taste it.” This area was designed to feel like a mixture between a traditional antipasto display with lots of fresh nuts and fruits, but feel like a wine tasting, with a variety of items to taste and dip with! We also set up an after dinner drinks bar. Traditionally this drink course serves to “digestivo”, or help the guest to digest their food and cleanse their pallet prior to dessert.

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Everyone on the vendor team participated in setting up the table scape and, in my opinion, is the crowning jewel of this styled wedding. We used a vibrant medium blue and white linen that brought pattern, color and texture to our base. From there, we set down gold chargers, stacked mismatched white and blue vintage china at each place setting, and utilized gold toned flatware and mismatched vintage glassware to dress the table. Wedding guests found their assigned seats via namecards protruding from fresh herb-filled goblets (a great take-away!). To complete our vision, we used lush and loose white and blue florals with vibrant touches of green in antique vessels throughout our centerpiece to create a look that is modern & luxe while feeling easy and organic! Finally, it is an Italian tradition to gift wedding guests with 5 Jordan Almonds which represent five wishes for the couple: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.

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Florals & Printed Items

We wanted the flowers to reflect the essence of an Italian hillside garden while incorporating organic elements one might find growing wildly around such a place.  The floral palette included dahlias, garden roses, thistle, scabiosa, various pods and thistles, sage, rosemary, thyme, olive branch, peppercorn, and various lush vines.For all printed items, romantic curvy lines and relaxed versions of formal fonts were used to bring our look & feel to life.

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It was important that our bride’s look be one of easy elegance. We dressed her in a simple, delicate silhouette that featured a relaxed lace overlay. She was adorned in foxy blue and gold toned jewelry and a two rad floral headpieces. Her ladies wore airy blue and grey dresses to replicate the colors and movement of the Mediterranean. The fellas wore light, laid back outfits of diluted blues and whites.

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Vendor Love

Sunrise/Breakfast Inspired Styled Wedding!


This morning I am happy to share with you all a sweet little shoot that we created with Becca Rillo Photography! It has been featured on several blogs over the past year (including Trendy BridePaper Moon WeddingsThe Frosted Petticoat, and Urban Style). At the first meeting I have with each of our couples, I always ask them what they like to do together. I can’t tell you how many times the couple says, “we love to go to brunch.” From reflecting on this single phenomenon, the idea emerged to put together a wedding for a couple that just loves the morning, getting up to exercise, and all that the sun rising and the most important meal of the day have to offer!





For this wedding, the guests were invited to partake in a short hike up to the fabulous Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, where the couple would tie the knot with gorgeous views of downtown Los Angeles in the distance. Upon arrival, the guests were provided with shots of espresso to help them wake up and get ready for the sunrise ceremony, along with sunglasses and blankets to get them comfortable and ready to watch the show!

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Breakfast Shoot Resized-3After the ceremony, festivities commenced with one of my most loved set-ups of the entire year – a cereal bar with everyone’s childhood faves to bring out their kid at heart! We also created a brunch spread with super cute signs from both Prim & Pixie and Painted Joy, styled to perfection by the dream combo of Becca, Judy (from Enchanted Gardens) and yours truly.

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BeccaRillo_20120412_0100Breakfast Shoot Resized-4One of my personal favorite details of this shoot was the waffle cake Becca created for the couple. Every time I look at these photos, I am overcome with the pressing desire to bust out the old waffle maker and indulge! There are so many fun and beautiful things you can do at a morning wedding, and today I hope you consider getting up early and making a day out of your celebration!

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