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Unconventional Wedding and Shower Gifts

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Shopping for the perfect gift for an engaged couple is often the hardest thing about being a guest (aside from picking out the perfect outfit, of course!). That being said, I’m going to reveal some of my favorite hidden treasures that every happy couple didn’t realize they needed. I, myself, cannot live without many of these items, which is why I feel confident in suggesting them to you! While I would always recommend shopping from the couple’s registry, there are some instances in which you will not be provided with one and in these cases, creativity is left in the palm of your hands. So, ladies and gents, grab your piggy banks and let’s go shopping!

Cover images by Loved and Found

  1. Royal Copenhagen Fluted Contrast Mug  –  Royal Copenhagen makes the most gorgeous pieces. I am part Danish and grew up with Royal Copenhagen treasures around my home. I’ll always love their classic china but I love that they continue to evolve with the times and are constantly coming up wth new styles. These Fluted Contrast Mugs represent the ‘perfect blend of the aesthetic and the functional.’ These mugs can be used for anything – coffee, plants, toothbrushes, pens, etc. – the complete multitasker for the new couple! My husband and I love these mugs and have a set of 12 in a variety of colors.
  1. Personalized Address Stamp  –  Not only could this personalized stamp be used for return addresses on thank you cards post-wedding, but the couple could even utilize it for their wedding invitations too~ Shower gift? Check!  
  1. Baking Set  –  This baking set includes every size dish that any baking extraordinaire could potentially need to create a masterpiece! They are unique and beautiful yet completely functional.  Move out of the way Easy Bake Oven!  I don’t have this set but it is definitely on my wish list!
  1. One-Line-A-Day notebook  –  Each page in this handy notebook features a month and a day, along with 5 different places to record the year and the current day’s events. How fun to track what happens daily for couples in the first 5 years of their marriage!  I’ve been writing in one of these books for the past six years and it is so fun to look back at what our lives were like in the early days of our marriage.  Life was very different 😉
  1. Pucket  –  One of my favorite games ever! We’ve given this game as a gift over and over and everyone loves it.  Trust me when I tell you that nearly anyone will get a kick out of this – maybe even challenge the couple to a game in the future!  
  1. Ring Holders  –  This is one of those trinkets that follows me in every room of my house! From my kitchen to the bathroom sinks, and of course my bedside – my ring holders are a nifty way to keep my most prized possession safe and sound!  I see them as a necessity for both men and women.

July Monthly Mood Board – Red, White, Blue… and Blush!

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Credits: Bride and Groom + Bouquet via Jenny Quicksall Photography and Star Hansen Events | Chairs  via Hey Wedding Lady shot by Nicole Colwell | Cocktails  via Bridal Musings | Groom and Bouquet via Hey Wedding Lady | Cocktail Table via Bridal Guide | Stationery via The Wedding of My Dreams  | Berry Cake via The Wedding of my Dreams| Bridesmaids via Jenny Quicksall and Star Hansen Events

July Monthly Mood Board

Fourth of July is right around the corner which means summer is in full swing!  I couldn’t be happier – despite the crazy heat we’ve been experiencing, I absolutely LOVE summer!  Enjoying longer days is kind of a given, but there are a number of other things that make summer my favorite season:

  1. Allowing my kiddos to run around our backyard in their undies for hours, playing in the water or doing messy art projects
  2. Summer produce (particularly watermelon and peaches)
  3. Eating every meal outside
  4. Tie dying
  5. Rose all day (ok, lets be honest, I’m past the point of “all day”, but Rose… for a few hours 😉 )

Another reason why I love summer is Fourth of July!  It is one of my favorite holidays because I just love the excitement it evokes!  It is a low pressure holiday full of fun activities and good food!  Often times, red, white, and blue, make people think of Firecracker Popsicles, stars and stripes, and fireworks.  I love all of these things on the Fourth of July and have been known to make fruit platters designed to look like the American Flag.

The colors red, white, and blue don’t typically make people think of weddings, but I challenge you to think differently about them.  If you darken the red and blue shades to more of a crimson and navy, pair it with a creamy white, and pop in a little bit of mauvy pale pink –  you have a gorgeous unexpected color combination!  Patriotic red, white, and blue were my inspiration for this month’s mood board, but I enjoyed glamming these colors up a bit and taking this color combination to the next level.  This look would be beautiful for a July wedding… or any time of the year!  With the dark hues, it lends itself to fall and winter weddings as well.  In fact, my clients Kathryn and Scotty utilized a similar color palette for their wedding last January.  Click here to see photos from their wedding.

Vibiana Styled Shoot | Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

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Vibiana has always been one of my favorite event venues.  From the moment you walk in you know it is a special place and it definitely has that “WOW” factor.  I was honored to be asked to design and style an inspirational shoot at this iconic venue in Downtown Los Angeles and I had so much fun coming up with the concept, color palette, and design elements.  I worked along side a dream team of vendors who all helped make the end result truly lovely!  I even had the opportunity to work with my little sister who modeled as our bride.  Isn’t she gorgeous?!  I am so thrilled to have had this shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes – one of my favorite wedding blogs!

Vibiana is a gorgeous cathedral located in the historic area of Downtown Los Angeles. Built in the late 1800s, the cathedral was originally used by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and was the official cathedral of Los Angeles for more than 100 years.  In more recent years the building has become a sought after event venue specializing luxury weddings, special events, and performances.

With its high ceilings, abundance of Carrera marble, and breathtaking altars, we felt Vibiana was the perfect backdrop/venue for this glamorous winter styled shoot.  We chose a color palette of bright jewel tones mixed with metallic and moody accents to contrast Vibiana’s bright and clean interior.  Traditional décor elements mixed with modern pieces made for interesting contrast in this historic setting.  The outdoor walkway outside the bridal suite is a beautiful location for portraits with the Los Angeles sky line as a backdrop.  There are so many lovely nooks for unique photos.  Some of our favorites are the staircase, the gold dome, and the confessionals.  Below are a few of my favorite photos from this shoot.  I hope you enjoy them!

Vendor Credits

Bridal Gown – Jinza Couture Bridal

Cake – James Rosselle Cakes

Calligraphy and Signage – Kelly Patrice

Event Design and Planning – Star Hansen Events

Favors – Salt & Pepper Co.

Florals – Butterfly Floral

Hair & Makeup – Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Jewelry – Bridal Diamond Palace, Inc.

Linens – Luxe Linen

PR – Rayce PR

Manicurist – Luminous Nail Boutique

Model (Bride) – Anisa Diaz

Model (Groom) – Cody Medler

Photography – Jenny Quicksall

Rentals – Classic Party Rentals

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Stationary – Kitty Meow Boutique

Sweets & Cocktails – Vibiana

Tux – Friar Tux

Venue – Vibiana

FEATURED ON – Green Wedding Shoes

June Monthly Mood Board – Neons!

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Summer is upon us and I couldn’t be happier!  There are things to love about every season but summer is hands down my favorite!  I love the sunshine and warm weather, the summer produce, and eating every meal outside!  We have lots of amazing weddings ahead of us this summer and I can’t wait to watch our couples tie the knot!

I planned a wedding in Palm Springs last month for two amazing grooms and the whole day was such a dream.  Their love was electric and their wedding so beautiful.  They incorporated lots of unique elements into their wedding decor and it made for a very memorial day for everyone!  I can’t wait to share more about this wedding on my blog – stay tuned!  My assistant and I  stayed at the Saguaro, which is known for tons of colors! Each room is actually a different panel of colors – even the A/C unit is neon. We got the chance to explore the property a bit, and fell in love with the vibe and wanted to bring a little of it to you!  The funky fun neon colors at this hotel were my inspiration for this month’s mood board.  Although they might not be everyone’s cup of tea for a wedding – you can’t deny that they scream playful summer fun!  These colors would be the perfect addition to a summer pool party, bbq, or bachelorette party.

Neons can feel overwhelming really quickly if overdone.  I love pops of neon paired with a neutral color palette.  Neon colors are unexpected paired with wood, stoneware, or kraft paper and I love this look!  You can also consider selecting just a few neon colors rather than using the whole slew of them.  Kids love them (especially when paired with a black light) and they bring out the inner child in adults!  Palm Springs or not – give this look a try this summer!

Credits: Cake via Peche Petite Bakery | Shoes via Stylish Petite | Drink Stirrers via Leslie Lukas Weddings | Chevron Place Setting via Te Leuk Trouwen | Florals In Pink Box via Ruffled | Stationery via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Ghost Chairs and Table on Lawn The Saguaro Palm Springs | Three Chairs at Table via Raisa Zwart

Welcoming Baby Easton | Baby Shower At Malibou Lake

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Planning a social event such as a baby shower honoring someone close to you can be intimidating!  You want everything to be perfect and to encompass all of the things they love.  The details, games, food, and decor all add up to create such a special day for the expecting mommy to be.  I recently had the opportunity to assist in planing an intimate baby shower honoring Jeanette and her baby Easton.  The shower took place at a private home in Malibou Lake with gorgeous lighting and views for days!  We knew we wanted to incorporate lots of blue in honor of baby Easton and also wanted to incorporate a bit of boho flair in honor of the Jeanette who loves that style.  The hostess wanted to add her own personal touch so she hand made dream catchers for each and every guest – they doubled as chair decor!  As you may know, I love crafting and was excited that she was open to lots of handmade decor elements.  I ice dyed the table linens using various shades of blue and hand painted the napkins to create a watercolor ombre affect.  Pretty Vintage Rentals‘ blue goblets added the perfect pop of blue to the table and Letter Bliss created some gorgeous signage to help personalize the event.

Jenny Quicksall photographed the event and she captured some amazing moments!  Some of my favorite photos from the shower are of the gorgeous mama to be and her cute bump, the tablescape, and the delicious food and sweets.  We were honored to have this baby shower featured on both Popsugar Moms and Rustic Baby Chic.  I will be sharing a few more DIYs from this shower in the next couple of months.  Please subscribe to see when they are posted!

May Monthly Mood Board – Bring on the pastels!

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We are smack-dab in the middle of spring and I’m loving the longer warmer days.  Although summer is right around the corner and we may have our minds on the beach and summer activities – spring is still in full swing and May, one of my favorite months has just begun.  I love May for many reasons.  For starters, my birthday is in May and so is Mother’s Day (two of my favorite days of the year… obviously).  May is also when my backyard roses bloom like crazy and peonies are abundant at flower shops (Trader Joe’s offers the most beautiful ones for a really great price in the weeks before Mother’s Day).  The end of May is also the unofficial start to summer which is always so much fun!  As we enjoy the last full month of spring I think it’s time for delicate and soft pastel colors to come out and play!  They were my inspiration for May’s Monthly Mood Board.

I love pastels at spring and summer events.  Over the years they’ve been a go-to for weddings but they have to be used cautiously to avoid an outdated look.  I love when pastels are paired with neutrals and mixed metallics.  I also love it with lots of white and lucite for a crisp and clean ascetic.  Using various shades of a few pastel colors (e.g. pinks and purples or blues and greens) is lovely but I also think that a mix of a variety of pastels can be really pretty if done right.

Water color is a great way to incorporate pastels into your event design.  Although watercolor has been quite popular in recent years, the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  Whimsy pastel florals are always gorgeous and I love the ‘dipped’ watercolor linen shown on the board – it is such a fun way to add a  little color to an all white tablescape allowing the linen to pop from the table, instead of blending in.  Its all so gorgeous!

Credits: Cake via Ruze Cake House | Stationery by Oh So Beautiful Paper | Table Setting via The Cinderella Project | Florals via Flickr Artist | Bridesmaids via Tania Olsen Designs | Place Cards via  Colin Cowie Weddings | Ghost Chair via Izzy Hudgens | Linen and Floral via Minted

Watercolored Easter Eggs with Gold Leaf | DIY Tutorial

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Watercolored Eggs with Gold Leaf | DIY Tutorial

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to craft and create.  Before I had kids I went to Michaels, JoAnn’s and/or Paper Source on a weekly basis and I was always crafting and DIYing – anything from embellishing or transforming household items, to handcrafting holiday and party decor, I tried it all… and who can forget that phase when I stamp embossed everything?! I still love creating things with my own two hands though I can’t devote quite as much time to it nowadays.  Holidays and my kid’s birthday parties are when I manage to make time for fun crafty projects.

Dying eggs has become one of my favorite holiday projects.  I love that it is something that allows for complete creativity and that it is generally a very kid friendly activity that my kiddos love!  No matter how you decorate an egg, it always looks pretty right?!  Over the years we’ve tried many different techniques from all natural dye where we used things like red cabbage, onions, and beets to dye the eggs, to shaving cream marbling, to Sharpie tie dying to sponge painting.  This year we kept things simple, coloring our eggs with liquid watercolors and embellishing them with gold leaf for a little extra bling.  I love how they turned out and I’m so glad we use faux eggs so we can enjoy them year after year!  Isn’t the pink egg with the gold lettering so pretty?!  My friend and colleague Kelly Patrice is an uber talented calligrapher and worked her magic on it!  These would be so fun as place cards at an Easter celebration.

I hope you enjoy this project.  It really is quite easy and the outcome is so lovely!  See below for step by step instructions.

Supplies:

Part 1

  • White eggs (hard boiled or faux craft eggs)
  • Liquid watercolors (diluted a tiny bit) in spray bottles – I used pink and turquoise

Part 2

  • Zig glue pen – I purchased mine from Amazon
  • Gold gilding flakes – I purchased mine from Paper Source

Instructions:

First off – be sure to lay down paper or a plastic table cloth as the first part of this project is quite messy!  Take an egg and begin to spray it with your liquid water colors.  If you like the speckled look, spray the eggs from far away.  Let them dry, then spray the other side.  If you like the marbled watercolor look, roll the eggs in your hands (gloves optional) or around in the liquid watercolor that will eventually form on your work surface.  There is no rhyme or reason – just color them until you are happy with the result.  Let them dry.

Once your eggs are dry, use your glue pen to apply glue all around the egg.  Again, no rhyme or reason to this – just dot it on and then pat it all around the egg with your fingers.  Let the glue dry for a few minutes until it is tacky (do not let it completely dry), then apply bits of your gold leaf to the tacky areas – eventually rolling the egg around in your hand to apply the gold foil to all of the places with glue on them.

It’s as easy as that!  My favorite thing about this project is that there are no rules – you just do your thing with your watercolors, glue, and gold leaf and play around until you are happy with the result.  It’s the perfect project to do with little ones (my four year old enjoyed helping – that is his little hand below) or with a glass of wine by your side, since it doesn’t require too much concentration.  Happy spring!

Monthly Mood Board | April | Spring Has Sprung!

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Spring has officially sprung here in Southern California so I was inspired to bring in some fun springy colors to our Mood Board this month. Because of the all of the rain we received this winter, the grass is greener than it has been in years, the flowers are showing their colors just a little bit more than usual, and wedding planing is in full swing over here at Star Hansen Events!

When creating mood boards, I love bringing together unexpected decor pairings and unique color combinations to inspire and show versatility.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love neutral weddings, and blush and gold are some of my favorite colors; however, lately I have been loving the addition of bright bold color into some of my designs and pushing those wedding boundaries that we all know and love.  Mint and peach are a beautiful and well loved color combination, but I really like the addition of bright berry and bold green shown below.  It takes this color combination to the next level and I just love it!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking in all of the fresh blooms showing their faces on the hillsides in my neighborhood and we’ve been enjoying spring’s delicious produce!  My kids and I have also been doing lots of outdoor art projects.  Painting on all kinds of surfaces and with all types of tools has been a favorite activity lately.  The stunning backdrop showcased on this board inspires me to create something similar… for what?  I don’t know!  But I’m pretty sure I could find a use for something so lovely!  What have you and your family been up to this Spring?  I’d love to hear!

Credits: Back drop via MARISA BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY | Popsicle via Conrad New York | Bouquet via May Flowers | Peach Linen Design via Heart & Dash | Stationery via Arina B Photography | Place Setting via Octavia and Brown | Cake via Heart Sweet Cakes | Bar Sign via Fat Orange Cat Studio, Li Ward

Kathryn and Scotty’s Wedding | St. Maximilian Cathedral, Westlake Village, CA

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Kathryn and Scotty got married this past January at the gorgeous St. Maximilian Kolbe Cathedral in beautiful Westlake Village, CA.  Their day was filled with so much love, beauty, and tons of dancing!  There were multiple choreographed dances throughout the night and they even extended the wedding because no one wanted to stop dancing.  The dance floor was jam packed all night it was clear that everyone was having an awesome time!  Kathryn and Scotty wanted a feeling of warmth and coziness which we accomplished with lots of candle light and bistro lights.  They love the great outdoors so we brought elements of the outdoors in with wood tables and chairs, lots of greenery, and a gorgeous wood backdrop for the sweetheart table which was hand crafted by the bride’s father.  They plan to use this backdrop as a headboard for their bed.  An idea that I just love!

From the very beginning Kathryn was a low key bride and not once, throughout the planning process or wedding day, did I ever see her lose her cool.  She had a smile on her face every time we met and I truly enjoyed our time together.  In the beginning, we toured a number of venues but Kathryn and Scotty decided on family’s church for both their ceremony and reception.  When planning, I could tell that although Kathryn appreciates beauty and has great taste, the details weren’t as important to her as the fact that she was going to be marrying her best friend.  This melts my heart and I know they will have a long happy marriage!

To see photos from their engagement shoot, click here.

Vendor Credits

Catering – Command Performance 

DJ/Photo Booth – Hey Mister DJ

Event Planner – Star Hansen Events

Florals – Unique Floral Designs

Hair & Makeup – Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Monthly Mood Board for March – Featuring Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year!

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Its official…the Pantone Color of the Year is having quite the moment. Now, if you’re not familiar with Pantone – they are a world renowned provider of color systems. They forecast color trends and inspire a multitude of industries world wide including, fashion, interior design, and special events. Many designers and planners, myself included, use Pantone colors as inspiration for their weddings and events. Every year, Pantone shares a “Color of the Year”- representing a color snapshot of what is expected to be used globally for the upcoming year. For 2017, Pantone announced – Greenery.

Greenery has been highly talked about, because of its bold “trans-seasonal” color while also having a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade”.  Honestly, I was a bit unsure whether I liked the color when it was first announced; however, it is definitely growing on me.  We’ve had a lot of rain in So Cal this winter and Pantone’s Greenery is literally popping up everywhere!  On grassy hillsides, on sprouting leaves, even in moss that grows between the pavers in my backyard!  I have come to really appreciate this shade of green which symbolizes growth and a fresh start and I think it is so perfect for spring!  What I love most, is how Pantone described the shade as the pursuit of passions and vitality. Because a wedding is so personal, it can be quite easy to include this Greenery shade into your special day, combining the passions of both the bride and groom.

Although Greenery is named the color of the year, I recommend using it somewhat cautiously – I prefer it as an accent color. Whether you plan to use it in stationery, tableware, or florals, knowing how to carefully include the color is key. Greenery was my inspiration for March’s Monthly Mood Board. I hope you enjoy seeing how versatile this color, and all shades of green can be!

Credits

Greenery down the steps via Damaris Mia Photography | Upper right bouquet via Deer Pearl Flowers | Bottom middle bouquet via 100 Layer Cake | Vibiana Bar Set up via Krista Mason Photography | Bottom Menu and Table Scape via Krista Mason Photography Published on Strictly Weddings  | Green Gown with Bouquet via Star Hansen Events | Green Goblets via Krista Mason Photography