Sunrise/Breakfast Inspired Styled Wedding!

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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!

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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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Give Back Inspired Styled Wedding!

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Happy Thursday Friends!

I have been just itching to share these photos with you all for quite a while now! We were honored to have this lovely little project featured last month on Rustic Wedding Chic and seeing the images all over again made me squeal with delight! Not only is the mission of this shoot near and dear to my heart, the style and fashion of it gets me all kinds of excited! We brought the design dream team from the Route 66 Styled Wedding back together again as the creative genius behind our ethically conscious wedding!

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Kelly, Whitney and I came together with the idea to create an ethically conscious wedding where all the details give back to the community or environment. We sought to find vendors and make design decisions that are completely ethical. Our hope is to inspire couples to spend a part of their budget on items or vendors that not only help make their wedding outstanding, but also give back to the community.

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welcome table detailsWe’ve collaborated with a fantastic group of wedding professionals and not-for-profit companies to stage a wedding that showcases how you can create a fabulous celebration utilizing design elements and vendors that “give back”. We styled a welcome table, ceremony backdrop, sweetheart table, photo-booth and leaving table. We wanted the colors, shapes and textures to exude a celebration of life and love while feeling grounded. All the decor you see in our welcome table is real fruit, legitimately vintage, or fair-wage.

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We created our ceremony backdrop by slashing and tying together old curtains, supported by one of the world’s most renewable resources: bamboo! We reused ceremony decor and turned it into a photo-booth backdrop by simply displaying the same item differently! Our sweetheart table shows how you can have your guests dine like royalty on environmentally friendly products. Our farewell table allows our couple’s guests to give to their favorite charity in lieu of gifts.

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We also wanted to make our bride look just as beautiful on the outside as in by having her dress completely in clothing, shoes and jewelry from non-profits that give back to the community. Our signage, fashion and decor items created specifically for this shoot are eco-friendly as well! Our printed items are all hand printed from an antique letterpress onto recycled paper, tree-free paper and or plantable seed paper. Our accessories are all re-purposed, reused or up-cycled.

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Finally, the natural beauty of Rancho Las Lomas gave us the perfect backdrop for our “Give Back Wedding” with a hint of African style.

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Holiday in SoCal Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Happy Thursday lovelies!

Today I’m happy to share with you our ‘Holiday in SoCal’ inspired wedding shoot that we produced and designed with Becca of Becca Rillo Photography! When Becca told me the idea of a Christmas wedding with a twist, I was immediately on board! For almost every wedding I help plan around Christmas, the couple always feels as if they have to pay homage to the holiday season through their decor and end up with saturated red and greens, super shiny silvers and golds and twinkle lights everywhere. Although we love all the holiday season has to offer, we wanted to inspire couples who are getting married around the holiday season to think outside the Christmas box and hint at the holiday without making your wedding look like Santa’s workshop. Exchanging reds for coral, peaches and pinks and greens for Tiffany blue, we went to work on creating our modernized winter wonderland wedding!

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Becca and I worked together to create a world of snowflakes and branches as the backdrop for our shoot. We had our couple tie the knot in front of a wall of handmade snow flakes falling from one of the fabulous trees at the Ahmanson Ranch. Becca and her mom worked their fingers to the bone creating this whimsical look! Don’t you just love it?!?

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One of my favorite ideas for this wedding was to have the couple give individualized wrapped presents to their guests: a twist on the traditional wedding favor! We were looking to create a toned-down mad-hatter kind of effect with a pile of immaculately wrapped colorful presents for their guests to find their name and take home.

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Every time I look at our head table, I am wooed all over again. I love how the whole set-up perfectly combines a modern look while keeping the whole party posh and formal! The beauty of our table is what happens when three amazing rental companies, a fabulous floral designer, and two sassy stylists come together with a fantastic photographer there to capture the whole thing! I simply can’t get enough of this table!

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I’m in love with each and every detail of this styled shoot. Just the site of both the sweets table and designer cocktails makes my mouth begin to salivate.  And how cute are our models!?!

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I hope you enjoy the photos from this shoot as much as we all enjoyed creating our holiday in so-cal inspired wedding. We’ve been lucky to have our look be featured on several blogs as an example of fabulous design and a fresh color pallet. Thanks to Fabulously Wed, Hostess with the Mostess, Smitten Soiree, Wed Savvy, and Something Old, Something New for spreading our style around!
Vendors
Planning, Styling & Design: Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events
Photography & Concept: Becca Rillo Photography
Venue: Ahmanson Ranch
Styling Support: Tasteful Tatters
Floral Design: Enchanted Gardens Floral Design
Graphic Design: LLY Designs
Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Table Co.
Wedding Dress: The Gown Swap
Hair & Makeup: Elegance by Alex
Sweets Table & Cake: The Butter End
Rentals: A-1 Rentals

Route 66 Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

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Last October, I had the best time collaborating with a team of fabulous wedding creatives to put together a Route 66 Inspired Wedding Shoot. This was seriously one of my favorite things I’ve done as a wedding designer to date, which is why I am so happy to share the images with you today. Everything turned out so well that the whole thing was featured on Style Me Pretty!  I wish I could take credit for the idea itself, but that claim belongs to our talented photographer (and my foxy fiance), Tim Ronca. The two of us took a trip down Route 66 and came upon a little town called Newberry Springs. We knew right away that this was the perfect backdrop for our couple’s wedding.

 

I took the idea to Kelly of Kelly Makes Things and Whitney of Five Sparrow Design Studios and the three of us ran with it, designing each and every vintage, fun and quirky detail to the nines! As you can see, the smallest details coupled with the already fantastic background (and a beautiful couple) make for some gorgeous shots!66 inspiration-78

 

 

Before I completely dive in, let me pause to give credit where credit is due and show a little vendor love:

Planning & Design: Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events, Photography: Ronca Productions, Styling & Design: Kelly Makes Things, Graphic Design: Five Sparrows Design Studios, Floral Design: Margit Holakoui Florist, Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Table Co., Venue: Bagdad Cafe

One of my favorite set-ups was the “fuel up” area: It is amazing how bringing just a few of the right items together can create a super cute refreshment area.  All we needed was an old table, doughnuts, coffee and a fun sign set-up  next to an old gas pump and voilà:

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Every-time I look at this sweets buffet, my mouth waters (we got to eat the left-overs and let me tell you, the red velvet cake was seriously yummy)!

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How fun is this: We took old records and stamped our couple’s wedding monogram on the middle to create some oh so cute chargers!66 inspiration-5

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Since our couple just loves a good road trip, we thought we’d have the wedding guests help Greg & Ginger figure out where they should explore next.  As they give the bride and groom their road trip location suggestion, they are able to share something personal with the happy couple while signing their ‘guestbook’ at the same time… two birds, one stone!66 inspiration-62

Of course, with names like Ginger & Greg, designer cocktails are a must!

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And when the day is done, the happy couple hit the road, seeking their next adventure!

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For a nice, round ending to this feature, here are a few more shots for the road… Enjoy!

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