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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!

Epona Estate Styled Shoot

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I’m a girlie girl and a true romantic at heart so I must admit, I love Valentine’s Day.  I realize it is a commercialized holiday but I don’t care.  I love seeing all of the hearts and reds and pinks in store windows.  I love making valentines with my kiddos and picking out little treats for them.  I love dark chocolate Dove hearts and I always buy a few boxes of conversation hearts even though I don’t care for them – there is just something so nostalgic about them…they take me right back to my elementary school days (pink and white were my favorite flavors)!  Because I love this time of year, I was inspired to design and style a shoot using the romantic colors of Valentine’s Day as my inspiration.  I recently shared my inspiration board for this shoot via February’s Monthly Mood Board.  The shoot took place at Epona Estate and an amazing team of vendors collaborated to make it truly beautiful.  It was featured on Inside Weddings last February and I think now is the perfect time to share it here with all of you!

Epona Estate is a magnificent ranch and vineyard nestled in Hidden Valley California, surrounded by the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains.  I chose a romantic color palette including various shades of red, fuchsia, lavender, and mixed metallics.  I felt this unique pairing of elegant and feminine colors to be just perfect for a celebration of love.  The deep shades of crimson, burgundy, and scarlet mixed with muted lavender and metallics truly oozed romance and elegance.  This color combination contrasted with the greenery of the vineyard in such a beautiful way!  This color palette may look familiar – I featured the inspiration board I created for this shoot earlier this month on “Monthly Mood Boards”!

Our bride and groom, Michelle and Kylin, are a real life couple and have been together for more than six years.  Michelle was dressed in a gorgeous Jim Hjelm lace gown.  Her bouquet of garnet blooms, which includes deep red peonies, was the inspiration for her striking red lips.  The dining table was draped in a wonderfully textured amethyst linen and the table was adorned with beautiful floral arrangements.  The mix of peonies, roses, dahlias, and antique hydrangeas, created great depth and texture and we loved the varying heights. The watercolor inspired stationery suite added just the right amount of whimsy to the elegant decor. The cake was designed to mirror the stationery and complement the color palette.

I loved using a real life couple as our models for this shoot because their love for one anther is so clear.  They are a truly gorgeous couple!  FUN FACT: Kylin proposed to Michelle shortly after this shoot and they have just tied the knot in Oahu, HI!  I was grateful to assist them with the design of their Hawaiian wedding!  I can’t wait to share it with you – stay tuned!

Vendor Credits

Bridal Gown – Jim Hjelm

Cake & SweetsFrost It Cakery

CateringCommand Performance Catering

Designer/PlannerStar Hansen Events

FloralsXO Bloom 

Hair & MakeupCheek to Cheek Artistry

Linens  Luxe Linen

PhotographyJenny Quicksall Photography

RentalsTown and Country Event Rentals

Stationary & SignageGubba Gumma Stationary Studio

TuxMen’s Warehouse

VenueEpona Estate

Heidi Turns One – Oktoberfest Style!

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The first day of fall is just three short days away and Oktoberfest, one of the world’s most well known fall traditions, has just begun!  At noon on September 17th, the Mayor of Munich had the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer and so the festivities began!  Millions of people travel to Munich, Germany every year to attend the world’s largest beer festival which includes rides and games, traditional Bavarian foods and most importantly, drinking large amounts of Oktoberfest Beer!  Although I’ve traveled to the beautiful city of Munich, it wasn’t during Oktoberfest – it is definitely on my bucket list!

Many of my extended family members are from northern Europe and I’ve always enjoyed the cultures of these regions.  I named my daughter Heidi after the classic novel of the same name by Johanna Spyri.  When I planned Heidi’s first birthday, I used her traditional European name as inspiration for her party.  I wanted to incorporate many of the elements that make the northern European region unique and special and since it is September, I thought it would be fun to include a bit of Oktoberfest as well!  I chose a bright color palette highlighting pinks, yellows and blues.   Flowers were a primary theme and used in various ways, from flower garlands, to a flower embellished “H” in honor of Heidi, to oversized handmade paper flowers used as a background for Heidi’s smash cake.  Flower crowns are traditional accessories at Scandinavian festivals so we encouraged the girls at Heidi’s party to wear flowers in their hair by decorating their own flower crown at the DIY flower crown bar.  Oktoberfest props were available to guests at the “selfie station” and guests giggled while adorning themselves with jumbo pretzels, steins of beer and funny hats.

Guests enjoyed a spread of European inspired cuisine including  Bavarian pretzels, sausages and a selection of German beers served in our “Biergarten”.  Aebleskiver, which are round Danish pancakes topped with powdered sugar and served with jam, were cooked onsite and offered to guest throughout the party.  This was a highlight as many guests had never tasted a delicious fresh Aeblesiver before!  For dessert, we served a variety of sweets including cupcakes, Danish Kringle, and sugar cookies iced to look like Dalah horses.  Sweet little Heidi was dressed in a pink pinafore dress with a white apron and she wore a special felt flower crown handmade just for her.  She was most comfortable in Mama’s arms for most of the party but did enjoy eating the sprinkles off of her birthday cake!

Vendor Credits

Event Design & Decor – Star Hansen Events

Photography – Jenny Quicksall Photography

Signage – Gumma Gubba Stationary Studio

Sugar Cookies & Kringle – Kirsten’s Danish Bakery

Our Feature On 100 Layer Cake!

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Hello and welcome!  My website has been under construction for quite some time and I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to share it!  Building it has been a labor of love and I have so much appreciation for Julie Chalker of JAC Design Studio who helped make my vision a reality.  With my new website comes this brand new blog which is where I will be sharing some of my favorite inspiration, featured events, planning tips, DIY projects and other lovely things I think you might enjoy!

Today I’m delighted to kick off this new blog by sharing our most recent feature!  A few months ago I designed a styled shoot at Cielo Farms, a gorgeous outdoor venue in Malibu, and yesterday, it was featured on 100 Layer Cake.  I had the privilege of working with an amazing team of vendors so everything came together really beautifully.  Please see the bottom of this post for a full list of vendors.

The concept for this shoot was a mix between French country and bold Californian glam.  We chose Cielo Farms as the location for this shoot because it is such a unique and beautiful outdoor venue.  Nestled in the Santa Monica mountains and surrounded by vineyards, the view is breathtaking and oozes romance!  When designing the details of this shoot, we knew we wanted to convey a sense of cozy elegance and celebratory romance.  The 2016 Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, were the inspiration for this shoot; however, we wanted to incorporate complementing shades of pinks and yellows to showcase the bright colors of summer.

Details of the invitation suite were carefully curated to ensure it highlighted the designs of the shoot.  We chose to use the Serenity blue with simple clean font and calligraphy, with watercolor flowers– a little foreshadowing of the florals that will be used.  Other details included a 2.5 carat emerald cut ring surrounded with pave diamonds in a blush pink jewelry box, and a pair of ivory jeweled bridal shoes.  The intimate ceremony was set up with a charming collection of cozy benches, vintage chairs, and love seats.  A handcrafted wooden arch was decorated with big beautiful blooms arranged in an organic, whimsical fashion.  The bride carried a beautifully arranged bouquet of anemones, bright colored garden roses and peonies.  The bouquet was tied with striped black and white ribbon to complement the striped runner of the dining table.

The dining table was draped in a simple white linen and topped with a black and white canopy striped runner.  There is something so classic about black and white stripes and we felt it fit in so beautifully in this vineyard setting.  Each place setting was unique thanks to a delightfully mismatched collection of vintage dishes, glassware and flatware.  The table was adorned with a plethora of bright and colorful flowers including peonies, garden roses, and anemones all nestled in white ceramic vessels.  We showcased a collection of amazing food and beverage items.  A gourmet coffee bar whipped up a variety of hot and cold drinks which were not only delicious but also quite beautiful!  Gorgeous appetizers were delicately placed on silver platters and a colorful salads and gourmet entrees were plated.  The entrees were complemented with Cielo Farm’s wine, the venue’s private label.  The dessert bar included a variety of sweet treats and featured a beautifully hand painted three tired wedding cake topped with rice paper flowers.

And what says more California glam than a vintage Rolls Royce car for the bride and groom?!  We chose to decorate the two toned getaway car with lush florals and a beautiful brush lettered sign.  You can visit 100 Layer Cake to see the original feature; however, I can’t help but share a few photos here as well.  I hope you enjoy them!

Vendor Credits

Cake & Sweets – Delicious Artistry
Catering – Contemporary Catering
Coffee Bar – I Do Coffee
Event Designer and Coordinator – Star Hansen Events
Florals – Unique Floral Designs
Getaway Car – Classy Chassis Rentals
Gown – Nha Khanh
Hair & Makeup – Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Jewelry – Bridal Diamond Palace, Inc.
Linens – Luxe Linens
Photography – Jenny Quicksall Photography
Rentals – Party Pleasers
Vintage Rentals  Pretty Vintage Rentals
Stationary & Signage – Simply Rooted
Tux – Friar Tux
Venue  – Cielo Farms