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Alisa and Josh’s Malibu Vineyard Wedding | Cielo Farms

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Alisa and Josh’s tied the knot on Labor Day weekend at the beautiful Cielo Farms in Malibu, CA. The weather was unseasonably warm but as the sun began to set, the clouds rolled in giving us the most gorgeous sunset and even a bit of summer rain! The parasols that guests used to shield the sun with during the ceremony were brought back out and used to keep the rain away! Thankfully the rain only lasted a couple of minutes and it made for quite a bit of excitement making the Alisa and Josh’s wedding day even more memorable!

Josh was a sweet and supportive groom throughout the planning process leaving the big design decisions to Alisa. At the beginning of the planning process, Alisa had so many different ideas and I worked with her to hone her wedding day vision. She ultimately decided on a gorgeous creamy neutral color palette and chose décor pieces that complemented the stunning natural setting. The views at Cielo Farms are breathtaking and the beauty and lightness was captured so perfectly in the photos! Not only was the wedding classically beautiful, it was also super fun and representative of the happy couple! From their welcome table display of lovely parasols and trendy sunglasses, to a custom-made signature cocktail list that included a special drink for every member of the wedding party, it was clear that both Alisa and Josh planned a night that their guests would never forget!

During our planning meetings, Alisa and Josh often talked about the dance lessons they were taking. Their First Dance ended up being one of my favorite moments of the night! Their super cute choreographed first dance was so fun and quirky and executed perfectly. Seeing not only the bride and groom having the times of their lives, but also their family and friends that surrounded them, truly made for a definite picture-perfect moment! Alisa and Josh were grinning from ear to ear all day long, from pre-ceremony, to the exquisite moment of “I do”, and into the reception as they danced the night away! At the end of the wedding, as Alisa and Josh said their goodbyes to me, Alisa said “I’m tired – I danced A LOT”. I concurred – she did not leave the dance floor, not even for a piece of wedding cake! This wedding was unquestionably another one for the books!

Vendor Credits

BeautyCheek to Cheek Artistry

Cake and SweetsDelicious Artistry

Catering/Bar/DessertsContemporary Catering

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour MusiciansAaron Medina/Black Diamon Duo

DJDJ Krieger

Event PlannerStar Hansen Events

Floral DesignThe Little Branch

PhotographyChristine Skari Photography

RentalsPremiere Party Rents

Stationary and Signage – Kelly Patrice Calligraphy

VenueCielo Farms

VideographyTheater 10

November Monthly Mood Board | Copper and Cozy!

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Credits: Floral wreath via Siberiack Blog | Single floral arrangement on stool via Amber Glanville’s Instagram | Gold adorned place cards via Wildfield Paper Co’s Instagram | Menu via Fortu Designs | Cakes via Junebug Weddings | Charcuterie board via Wilkie Blog’s Instagram | Place setting via Brit + Co | Coffee via West Elm

It has finally cooled down here in So Cal and after the crazy heatwaves we had in October, the cooler weather is very welcome!  As we begin to spend more time indoors in our cozy home, my family and I start using the word “hygge” a lot!  Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish word that can mean many things but loosely translates to “cozy togetherness” or “the art of creating intimacy”.  It can be used as both a verb and an adjective – “What a hyggeig living room!” or “It was so hyggeligt to see you!”, but to me, Hygge is a feeling.  Growing up in a Danish home, hygge was a word we used often.  This time of year I like to bring it out in my home and for my family by lighting candles, baking sweet treats, and cozying up by the fire.

The feeling of hygge was my inspiration for this months mood board.  Hot drinks, sweet treats and warm color tones are all things that make me feel hygge.  I incorporated traditional fall colors and elements, allowing the copper tones to really pop!  It is amazing how the addition of a metallic can really glam things up!  I love the warm richness this season brings and wanted it to shine through on this board while still keeping the overall ascetic very fresh and clean – just the way I like it!

Jessica and David | Enchanted Summer Garden Wedding

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I had the honor of assisting Jessica and David in designing and planning their wedding which took place at Hartley Botanica in Southern California in early July 2017. From the moment I met them, it was clear that they were madly in love. The held hands across the table during our first meeting and they giggled and lit up as they talked about their wedding day. I worked alongside Jessica throughout the entire planning process and was so excited to see it all come together on their wedding day. When I work closely with my clients for so many months, I get to know them and their relationship and we often become friends. Because of this, their wedding days are particularly special and even emotional at times.

Walking into Jessica and David’s wedding was equivalent to crossing over into an enchanted garden. This ethereal experience was enhanced by twinkly lights, crystal chandeliers, silk draping and an exquisite color palette of shades of pink and gorgeous mixed metallics. As Jessica walked down this dazzling aisle, she instantly lit up when she saw the grinning face of her handsome husband to be – a perfect moment that foreshadowed an amazing night ahead. Not only was the setting to-die-for, but the vendors that created this masterpiece unquestionably brought the venue to life. From the remarkable floral arrangements to the elegant table drapes, to the gorgeous table top pieces and lounge furniture – it was all quite stunning! Not only was the wedding beautiful, it was also super fun! The dance floor was packed all night long and guests cooled of with fun signature cocktails and custom ice cream sandwiches from the McConnell’s ice cream bar! To top off this fairy-tale night, the couple was escorted out with a sparkler exit and drove blissfully away in a vintage fire-truck (only fitting for the groom who is a fireman!).

This summer garden wedding was simply magical and was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. Please take a look at the original feature and enjoy the below collection of a handful of my favorite photos from Jessica and David’s wedding. We are so proud of this wedding and so excited to share it all with you. Surely, Jessica and David will never forget this night – but neither will any of us!

For a super cute clip of Jessica and David’s sparkler sendoff – click below!

Vendor Credits

*Featured On – Style Me Pretty

Beauty – Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Cake – Catherine’s Cakes

Calligraphy – Kelly Patrice Calligraphy

Catering/Bartending – Command Performance Catering

DJ – DJ Krieger

Event Design and Planning – Star Hansen Events

Florals and Rentals – Bell of the Ball

Ice Cream Bar – McConnell’s Ice Cream

Invitations – Julie Song Ink

Linens – Luxe Linen

Musicians – Aaron Medina/Black Diamond Duo

Officiant – Reverend Jerry Bellamy

Photo Booth – Red Carpet Photo Shoot

Photography – Jenny Quicksall Photography

Rentals – A Rental Connection

Rentals – Pretty Vintage Rentals

Transportation – Pacific Platinum

Venue – Hartley Botanica

Videographer – Press Films & Media

October Monthly Mood Board | Hello Fall!

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Credits: Black Floral Moon via Merry Thought | Boots and Pumpkins via Craft Berry Bush | Floral Bouquet via  Deer Pearl Flowers | Florals with Black Ribbon via Sarah Carpenter Photography  | Sprinkles via Sweetapolita   |   Cocktails via  Rebecca Hansen Weddings  | TableScape via Ruffled | Flatware via Camille Styles

If you know me, you know that summer is my favorite season but since fall is here I must embrace the change right? Though it is sad to say goodbye to the long days and warm nights of summer, I always get a little bit excited when October comes around.  In my eyes, it is the unofficial start of the holiday season.  I love festive decor and traditions and this is the time of year when all of that fun begins!  I’ve always enjoyed Halloween – I remember begging my mom to pull out the Halloween decorations so I could decorate our front porch for the three or four trick-or-treaters that we got every year.  I have fond memories of trick-or-treating in pretty costumes, ending the night with a bag full of candy (my favorites were always Sour Patch Kids and good old fashioned candy corn!). Halloween is even more fun now that I’m a mother.  I’ve so enjoyed the early years of my kid’s lives when I could choose cute coordinating costumes but we are now at the point where they want to choose their own.  This year my son has decided to be a king (complete with a scepter) and my daughter wants to be little orphan Annie.  I can’t wait to take them trick-or-treating!

As much as I love coming up with unexpected color palettes for my Monthly Mood Boards, I felt like keeping things a bit more traditional and aligned with the season this month.  When I think of October, I think of Halloween which makes me picture black, white and orange.  So, this month’s mood board is inspired by Halloween and those typical colors that come with it.  With black and orange being at the forefront, I thought it would be nice to bring in shades of white and gray to offset the predictable and sometimes cheesy vibe that orange and black can give.  These neutrals make the overall look a bit more grown up and the gold adds a bit of glam!

The Apple of Our Eye Turns Two!

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Our Heidi is turning three next week and I am busily planning her little birthday party.  I feel like I’m so behind this year but it is tough to plan a party in the middle of wedding season!  Thankfully she is forgiving and will be happy with just about anything as long as she has a pink cake!  This year she has decided on a unicorn theme which works out nicely for me since I designed and planned a unicorn themed birthday party for a client earlier this year so it is fresh on my mind.  Although unicorns are anything but unique nowadays, I think they are popular for very good reason.  Who can resist pastel rainbow colors, sparkles, and magical mythical creatures?!  I’m having so much fun with this theme and am excited to share details and photos with you all!

As I’m in the middle of planning this year’s party, I am realizing that I never shared photos from her party last year.  Since September is in full swing and the kiddos have all just started to school, it is the perfect time to share her apple themed 2nd birthday party.  As you probably can imagine, when I plan a party for a family member or friend, it is always quite different than when I plan an event for a client.  I have to work with a smaller budget so I end up DIYing most of the decor and even baking most of the desserts myself (which I love doing).  For Heidi’s apple party we kept things pretty simple but it was still super cute and she had a blast!

Heidi’s invitations read “Sweet as Pie, the Apple of Our Eye” and set the tone for the party.  The color palette included various shades of greens and reds with a bit of pink mixed in and there was apple decor everywhere!  We scheduled the party for late morning and served brunch style food – yogurt parfaits, doughnut holes, pumpkin bread, fruit, and breakfast burritos as well as juices and coffee.  We had apples of all colors and varieties all over the place and the kids noshed on them throughout the party.  We even set up an apple peeling station where kids could use a really cool contraption to peel and spiralize their apples.  I made cinnamon play dough and put little pie pans and cinnamon sticks out for the kids to “bake” apple pies.  I also had a build your own candy necklace station where the kids could string their own necklaces of rainbow cereal, yogurt covered pretzels, and gummy apple Os.  For dessert I made caramel dipped apples and cinnamon vanilla cupcakes topped with super cute fondant apples.  We also served a selection of pies and sugar cookies decorated like apples.  Our little guests received apple shaped apple cinnamon play dough as a favor when they left.  All in all it was a really fun day and our little Heidi definitely enjoyed being guest of honor (and having free reign of the dessert and juice bars ;).

I SO enjoy planning parties for my littles!  Can’t wait for the next one in a couple of weeks!

Vendor Credits

Cookies and Cupcake Toppers – Kirsten’s Danish Bakery

Design and Planning – Star Hansen Events

Invitations – Pristine Print Co.

Photography – A Pocket of Time

September Monthly Mood Board | Going Bold With Teal and Mustard Yellow

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Credits: Cake via Wedluxe | Stationery via  Owl Post Calligraphy | Programs with Yellow Bow  via Kitty Meow Boutique and Star Hansen Events  | Florals via Cat Hepple |  Cocktails via  Tending the Table | Fabric via a Pinterest Unknown Source | Reception space via Kate Holstein Photographs| Chair with bouquet via Lauren Balingit

Over the past couple of years I’ve had a love affair with teal and while blush pink (or ballet slipper pink as I used to call it) has been my favorite color since I was a little girl, teal is now definitely up there!  I find myself drawn to it for home decor, apparel, heck – even when choosing a crayon to color with my kiddos!  Teal feels elegant and chic (a grown up version of turquoise in my opinion) yet is still super bold and playful.  I incorporated teal into a styled shoot I designed at Vibiana last year and loved how the color popped against all of Vibiana’s white marble.  This shoot was featured on Green Wedding Shoes – you can check it out on my blog here.

I’m a big fan of unexpected color combinations and September’s Monthly Mood Board fits the bill.  The three feminine neutrals complement the bold and moody mustard yellow and teal so beautifully!  I don’t recommend overdoing it with teal or mustard yellow at an event, but a few pops here and there would be gorgeous and unexpected! Some of my favorite ways to incorporate these colors is through cocktails, cakes, ribbon details and lounge furniture. It doesn’t need to be in every detail, but a couple of hints can really bring a reception to life!

Fall officially starts later this month and I think the colors and design elements in this board are a really great way to transition into the new season.  Although today we are expected to hit a high of 98 degrees where I am (no joke!!!), we all know fall is upon us.  I’m seeing pumpkin spice everything at coffee shops (which is not my thing but I know some people looooove it) which means fall is right around the corner.  I’m a summer girl through and through so it does make me a little sad but with the weather being so hot, I know we still have a few more weeks of summer left!  I’m going to soak it up!

Ice Dying – My Favorite Way to Tie Dye!

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This summer has flown by!  We’ve executed a handful of amazing weddings and are in the process of planning many more that will take place this fall.  Although the summer has been busy, we’ve definitely enjoyed this lovely season!  My kids are at such a fun age (my son is 5 and my daughter is almost 3) so I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with them this summer.  We checked almost all of our “Summer Bucket List” items off the list including making homemade ice cream, going to a water park, hosting a summer bbq/pot luck, checking out a few local museums we’d yet to explore, and of course, tie dying (still need to have a lemonade stand, and grateful that we technically have a few more weeks of summer to fit that in)!  

Anyone that knows me well knows I love to tie dye and we’ve done it every summer for the past couple of years.  To me, it’s not summer until you tie dye, so to celebrate the end of the season, I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to tie dye.  Earlier this summer I invited some other moms and their kids over for a tie dye party!  We used a few different techniques including spray dying, a vat of indigo tie dye, Rit dyes, and of course the classic tie dye kits that you can pick up just about anywhere in the summer.  One of the things I love most about tie dying is that no matter what materials you use or how you do it, the outcome is always so cool!  It is really hard to mess up tie dye.  I enjoy all of the different materials and techniques but I have to say that ice dying is my all time favorite!  I only learned about this style of tie dye last year and it has quickly become my obsession and I fear that soon, I will own nothing white (since it will all be ice dyed!).  It is unbelievably simple and you only need a few things.  This method often goes unnoticed, but it is SO entertaining and enjoyable – and it is probably the most kid friendly way to tie dye so big yay for that!!

I know there are plenty of tie-dye instructions floating around, but let’s face it – sometimes we just want to get to the basics! So, below you will find a few simple steps to the art of ice dying.

What you’ll need:

  • Powdered Rit Dye 
    • This kit can be bought at any craft store – Joann’s, Michael’s…even Amazon!
  • Fabric
    • T-shirts, towels, cloth napkins, bed sheets maybe…anything white!
  • Ice
  • An open space to get messy!
    • I let my kids do this on our grass in the back yard, but others do it over a bucket or a foil pan!

Step 1: 

Choose your fabric!  

We’ve  ice-dyed t-shirts, towels, table cloths/runners, cloth napkins (one of my favorites), and kitchen hand towels!  The world is certainly your oyster with this decision and anything and everything goes!

Step 2:

Wash your fabric in soda ash! (Suggestion)

It’s suggested that before you ice dye, the fabric that intends on being dyed should be washed in soda ash before-hand. However, if you barely have enough time to breathe (like me!), there is simply no way we can get around to do this – so I’ll let you in on a little secret…my dye turned out just fine without the soda ash!! 😉

Steps 3 and 4:

Wad, Fold, and Scrunch…then add the ice!

Once you have your fabric and space for magic, it’s time for the fun part!  You are going to want to wad up your fabric and bunch it in any way you please. (Somewhat like the picture below!) There’s tons of folding techniques for indigo tie dye and traditional methods, but when ice dying, this good ol’ crumple method is best!

No rubber-bands are needed with this technique mostly because the natural melt results in the watercolored effect that is desired when ice dying.

After you have wadded up your fabric, it’s time to cover it inch by inch with ice.  The more ice, the greater effect you will see in your dye. Go ahead and pile it on!

Step 5:

Sprinkle the Dye!

Once the fabric is covered with ice, sprinkle the powdered Rit Dye all over the ice and fabric – cover pretty much every part of the garment (using as little or as much as you’d like).

*TIP: I wouldn’t go crazy with a rainbow assortment of colors… (I know this might be tough with kids who would love to sprinkle every color in sight!) But instead, try and pick a palette of colors that go well together so your fabric doesn’t end up turning brown.  Think blues, purples, and pinks or maybe some yellows and oranges!

Step 6:

Let it melt!

Last but not least, its time for the ice to melt and for the masterpiece to come alive!  Now, you can either let the ice melt naturally in the sun, or for a more fun and interactive way for the kiddos (or if YOU just can’t wait!!), you can use a squirt bottle filled with water to speed up the process.

Step 7:

Wash the fabric!

Before you throw the fabric in the washer, be sure to RINSE first with cold water until the water runs clear (if you are dying outside on the grass, a hose works great for this). When washing in the machine, I would highly recommend washing the pieces of fabric separately for the first couple washes to avoid any color bleeding!

Step 8:

Enjoy!

Now that I’ve shown you the steps to Ice Dying, it should be made clear that this new trend is certainly not just for children or a wacky t-shirt!  The result is really beautiful and the watercolor effect is anything but psychedelic.  Ice dyed pieces can be incorporated into special events including baby showers, birthday parties, even weddings!  If you just pick the right color palette (maybe grays and whites) this tie-dye DIY can be super chic and absolutely gorgeous.  Trust me when I tell you that all this fun can be used for unique occasions, as I have done it myself!  Click on this link which showcases ice dyed table cloths I made for a baby shower I designed last year – told ya this tie dye can work wonders!!  Before summer officially comes to a close, I encourage you to give this technique a try!

 

Below are a few photos from our tie dying party.  The kids chose different techniques and they enjoyed showing off their masterpieces.  My son and I made matching indigo tie pieces for our little family because a family that tie dyes together, stays together, right?!  My husband is a really good sport – don’t you think?

Photos courtesy of Jenny Quicksall Photography

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