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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.

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

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

Paramour Estate Wedding | Sophie and Josh

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Sophie and Josh’s wedding day was filled with love, laughter, and tons of style. When I first met the bride and groom, I immediately picked up on their casual and unconventional taste. With their venue being at the unique and historic Paramour Estate in the heart of Los Angeles, Sophie and Josh wanted to incorporate as much of themselves into the design as possible. Paramour Estate extends over 4 acres, with sweeping views of Downtown, the Los Angeles Basin, and the Hollywood Hills, and is known to be a “magical Landmark” for weddings and events. The view is breathtaking and the design and decor in the mansion is so special!  The mansion is bold and opulent and oozes Gatsby era. You can just imagine the parties that took place here in the 1920s and 1930s!

One of the noteworthy aspects of the wedding was the ceremony setup. Reinforcing that casual aesthetic, the bride and groom decided on an eclectic mix of seating options for their guests – love seats, sofas and wood chairs, as well as cocktail tables for those who preferred to stand during the ceremony. A talented duo who are also friends of Sophie and Josh started off the ceremony by singing the bride and groom down the aisle.  This was such a sweet element and brought a ton of emotion to the processional. The ceremony, although short and sweet was lovely and the bride and groom wrote and spoke their own vows (which I always love).  One of my absolute favorite moments of the whole wedding was when the Josh pulled out a selfie stick at the end of the ceremony and the bride and groom took a selfie with their wedding guests.  So fun!

Something you will notice as you look through the photos is the amazing style of the Bride, Groom, and Bridal Party. The Bride was absolutely stunning in her classic white gown which she paired with the most beautiful pair of purple Prada sandals. They were the perfect pop of color to compliment the couple’s bold jewel tone color scheme. Complimenting the Bride, the Bridesmaids were dressed in gowns of their choice, completely mismatched and fit to tell each personality perfectly. The Groom and Groomsmen were suited up with some of the coolest boutonniere’s I have ever seen and completely rounded out the close friends that made up Sophie and Josh’s Bridal Party and their truly unique and special wedding day.

Guests were encouraged to celebrate from the moment they walked in the door when they were handed a glass of Champagne.  The Bride and Groom’s signature cocktail was a dirty martini ad cocktail hour by the pool felt very “old Hollywood”. The entire night had an amazing vibe and guests danced the night away!  The Bride and Groom even decided to extend the wedding because no one was ready to leave!  That is when you know its an amazing party! I overheard a number of guests say that this was the best wedding they’d ever been to and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of executing this amazing day for Sophie and Josh!

Vendor Credits

CakeSweet Lady Jane

CateringContemporary Catering

Event PlanningStar Hansen Events

DJThe Flashdance

FloralsJoseph Free

Furniture RentalsArchive Rentals 

Photo Booth – BookIt Photo Booth

PhotographyHeather Kincaid Photography 

RentalsPremiere Party Rents

Sketch ArtistMiles Lewis

ValetPremier Valet Parking

VenueThe Paramour 

 

My Favorites From New York International Bridal Week

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New York International Bridal Week just concluded at The Piers.  It is the premier bridal trade show in NY featuring the best names in the bridal industry.  Bridal manufacturers from all over the world showcased their newest designs including bridal, special occasion, and flower girl gowns, as well as an assortment of headpieces, veils, and accessories.  Those lucky enough to attend in person were treated to a taste of what we have to look forward to in 2017.  Those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to attend were able to live vicariously through those who were there and were kind enough to share photos and videos with all of us via blogs and social media.  I’ve been glued to Instagram over the past few days, searching hashtag in hopes of getting a glimpse of what has been featured!  Let me tell you, based on what I’ve seen, I think we are in for the most epic year of wedding gowns ever!  The designers have really stepped outside of the box and created gorgeous gowns with new and exciting elements!  Unique necklines, sheer fabrics, full and flouncy skirts, and cutouts were some of my favorite details.  These wedding gowns are one of the reasons I wish I could get married all over again (to the same amazing man of course!).  Seriously, SO much loveliness.  I loved so many of the gowns featured at this show, but I selected a few of my most favorite gowns to share with you here.  Get ready to swoon!

I have to begin with my favorite gown of all… this stunning sheath dress with an embroidered illusion bodice by Sachin & Babi.  This gown is the perfect blend of sweet and sexy and is just all around gorgeous!

Sachin & Babi, photo credit JP Yim/Getty via US Magazine 

These two gowns have the most gorgeous necklines and sheer elements!

Left: Marchesa, photo credit Thomas Concordia/Getty via US Magazine  – Right: Alon Livne White, photo via Instagram user @ibitroko_weddings

Two gorgeous strapless gowns with lots of fullness, flounce and flair!

Left: JML Couture Lazaro, photo via Instagram user @lazaro – Right: Monique Lhuillier, photo via Instagram user @estilismomurcia

 

Spaghetti straps with plunging necklines and lots of gorgeous embellishments!

Left: Marchesa, photo via Instagram user @belezo.b – Right:  Berta, photo via Instagram user @weddedwonderland

 

For a little color, check out this blush pink gown adorned with blooms.  Its SO beautiful!

Mark Zunino, photo credit Albert Urso/Getty via US Magazine

 

And last but not least, I’m going to end with this stunner.  How gorgeous is the detailing on this gown?!

Isabelle Armstrong NY, photo via Instagram user @isabellearmstrongny

Brandon and Carly’s Tropical San Diego Beach Wedding

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Brandon and Carly met thirteen years ago and fell in love quickly.  They are one of those couples that always seem so happily in love and they were content with their relationship as it was – neither of them were in a big hurry to tie the knot.  When Brandon finally decided to pop the question and Carly accepted, they began to get excited about planning their big day.  They both knew they wanted a casual affair on the beach with reggae music, delicious cocktails, Stargazer lilies, and lots friends dancing barefoot in the sand.  They tied the knot on September 17th, 2016 on Mission Beach in San Diego, just a block away from their cozy apartment.  This specific beach is where they have spent most of their time throughout the course of their relationship so it made perfect sense for them to hold their wedding on Mission Beach, the place that is most near and dear to their hearts.

September 17th was an absolutely gorgeous summer day, the kind of day that makes you wish summer would last all year long!  Carly wore a gorgeous bohemian lace gown with a flower crown in her hair while Brandon opted for a simple white Tommy Bahama shirt and kaki slacks.  A bamboo arch adorned with palm leaves and lilies framed the the couple for their ceremony on the sand.  The reception was held just a few steps away at a charming Spanish style estate.  Tables were decorated with palm leaves, pineapples and candles, and twinkle lights hung overhead.  Guests enjoyed craft cocktails and local beers, and were treated to a Hawaiian style dinner including a whole roasted pig – something the Groom was very excited about!  These guest knew how to have a good time and danced the whole night through.  The night was filled with lots of laughs, sentimental moments, and a killer sunset!  Brandon and Carly’s wedding was simple and sweet, and was the perfect reflection of their relationship and their love for one another.  I’m grateful to have been a part of their special day!

I hope you enjoy this beautiful collection of photos from the talented photographer, Amy Millard.

Vendor Credits

Catering – Ilnlyf Foods

DJ – Super DJ Production

Event Planning – Star Hansen Events

Florals – Wholesale Flowers and Supplies

Hair and Makeup – Kendall Suniga with Lighthouse Salon

Photographer – Amy Millard

Rentals – San Diego Party Rentals 

Videographer – Silhouette Videography 

Wedding Cake – Jamie Holst with Alpine Beer Co.

Wedding Gown – Rue De Seine

Gorgeous Wedding Chair Decor Ideas

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Photo courtesy of Maui’s Angels Weddings

There are so many gorgeous chair options for weddings and special events.  From cozy upholstered armchairs, to ghost chairs, to wooden vineyard chairs, to classic chivari chairs – there is something for every style and budget.  Lately, I have been so inspired by chair embellishments.  Chairs are a necessity at weddings, so why not spruce them up a bit?!  Chair decor is a trend that has been going strong for quite some time, and its easy to see why.  This unexpected design element can truly transform a simple chair into something magnificent.  Not every chair in the venue needs to be decorated, depending on your style and budget, you may prefer to embellish only the Bride and Groom’s chairs.  Whether you choose to embellish a few key chairs or all guest chairs, you can’t go wrong with a bit of chair swag!  The possibilities for chair decor are endless, below are a few of my favorites!

Adding signage is a playful way to make the couple’s chairs stand out at a wedding.

Left side: Top image from Glamour & Grace, middle image from Nouba, bottom image from Etsy shop Letters to You.
Right side: Top image from Swooned Magazine, bottom image from Ruffled.

I love the whimsical feel that is added when a chair is adorned with beautiful blooms!

Left image from Style Me Pretty.  Middle image from Ruffled.  Right image from Style Me Pretty.

Fabric draped chairs ooze glamour and romance!

Left image from Style Me Pretty.  Middle image from Mod Wedding.  Right image from Wedding Chicks.

And when you want to add a little bling, one of these chair embellishments might be just the thing!

Left image from Story Board Wedding.  Middle image from Style Me Pretty.  Right image from Wedding Chicks.

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