Friday, January 28, 2011

SOOO In LOVE With This

A shout out and congratulations to Olivia Stansfield & Brett Smith
on their upcoming May wedding!

It's about time after 7 wonderful years :)

You both are so dear to me, and I just cannot wait for your big day.

Now to the FUN stuff!

Olivia created these custom Save the Date magnets that are just perfect for their
Adamson House Wedding!

DIY here!

Such a great way to send out the word.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

These Colors Make Me Happy


Spring Wedding Inspiration

Yellow and Tiffany Blues

Can't get enough.
Imagine on the beaches of Mexico!

Okay, let's go :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lindsey & Chris: Journey to the Perfect Vintage, Eclectic, Classic Wedding! Buellton, CA

Yesterday was so much fun with Lindsey & Chris in Santa Barbara. They are getting married in one of my favorite parts of California. It was a pleasure joining them for their menu and wine tastings. (Lindsey and I both joined the wine club, that's how much fun we had!)

The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Arotin, of Arotin Airlines)

The first stop of our day was the food and wine pairing at Pierre Lafond Bistro on State Street in the heart of Santa Barbara. The food was AMAZING! I mean wow, not only was it the perfect pairing for what Lindsey and Chris wanted, but all the food is home grown on the Lafond farms.

After that, we were off to Buellton, CA -- about 30 mins. north of Santa Barbara -- where we did a walk through of the vineyard and completed the layout for the big day. When Lindsey and Chris get married this April, the vines will be at just the perfect bloom. It is going to be an amazing weekend and one that I am honored to be a part of.

Lindsey's mom, Kathleen, a Veteran of the United States Military, joined us during the day. Lindsey wanted to make sure her mother liked what they decided on, and she definitely did. Again, the food was superb.

Lafond Vineyard Grounds

75 more days!
Excited for the transformation!

I love indoor/outdoor wedding sites!
Bunting and twinkle lights, here we come!

Dancing the night away in the Barrel Room.
Promise we won't run out of wine :)

Back to Basics

I really enjoy when I get to create wedding invitations. Invitations are not only how I got started in the event planning business, but invitations are the first thing people see when it comes to your wedding.

April and Nick chose a semi beach-themed wedding with a touch of the classics. It's exciting to see all the elements come together for their April wedding at the Malibu West Beach Club. Their invitation was a fun one for me... I always LOVE when I get to use wax seals!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The 2011 Wedding Trend Predictions!

We all love to keep up with the trends, not only for the fun purpose but for the savvy budget bride purpose!

The came out with the 2011 wedding trend's to keep in mind!! I have to say I LOVE the man cave aspect, and the video guestbook!! So many fun ideas, and new updated options. Top 11 Wedding Trends for 2011:
  1. Prohibition-Era Elegance: So long, Mad Men—the most stylish new show is Boardwalk Empire and brides are noticing. From dusty nudes and lace dresses for the ladies to wing-tip shoes for the men, couples are falling in love with the dapper fashion of the 1920s. And it wouldn’t feel like Prohibition without alcohol. To reinterpret the boozy nights of the Roaring ’20s, couples are serving up “moonshine” and Prohibition “bathtub gin” in their very own speakeasy bar, all while guests dance the night away—to jazz, naturally.

  1. The Redefined Princess: With a royal wedding around the corner, you can bet Kate Middleton’s going to alter what princess style is all about. Put away the ball-gown skirt because the new princess silhouette will be body-skimming but with a bold train. Add statement-making headwear like tasteful tiaras (seriously!) and cathedral-length veils. And you can count on sophisticated sequins and beading showing up on everything from the wedding dress to the floral arrangements and the wedding cake.

  1. Sultry Ballerina Style: From feathered headpieces and shredded fabrics to airy plumes and pale pinks paired with black, the look of the season is all about Black Swan, right down to an ambience where everything happens after 8 p.m. One idea we love? Romantic ceremonies by candlelight.

  1. Ivy League Chic: From Fair Isle sweaters to Vineyard Vines ties and Tommy Hilfiger blazers, preppy chic is back in a big way, and weddings aren’t immune. Brides will be channeling their inner Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl or Ali MacGraw from Love Story and incorporating Ivy League-chic details like plaids and stripes for the perfect remix of retro, preppy sensibility.

  1. Exotic Indian Inspiration: From Katy Perry’s Indian wedding and Eat, Pray, Love to Nicole Richie’s exotic elephant as a wedding greeter, India will definitely be the “it” country for wedding inspiration. Think vibrant color palettes like purples, reds and golds, lavish d├ęcor elements such as beading and rich drapery, and exotic, spicy dishes.

  1. Wedding Man Caves: Blackjack tables, brandy bars, PlayStations and stogies. The man cave has officially moved from the home to the wedding, so don’t be surprised if you see all the male wedding guests in the new “groom’s corner” at the reception.

  1. Prewedding PJ Parties: This isn’t Bachelorette Party, Part Two. Before the big day, brides will be planning a night of pampering and bonding via JHS-style slumber parties, complete with matching pj’s of course.
8.       Food Truck Fun: Waffles, tacos and dumplings, oh my! People’s hunger for gourmet food trucks has seeped into weddings, and brides will be embracing it wholeheartedly by requesting makeshift sidewalk carts during the cocktail hour or food trucks for the wedding after-party.

9.       Haute Desserts: Blame it on the popularity of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Amazing Cakes and Cake Boss, but desserts and wedding cakes will be taking center stage with gourmet flavor and haute style. Chocolate tart with a dash of sea salt, anyone?
10.   Video Guest Books: Building on the popularity of “wedding photo booths”, wedding guests can expect confessional-style video booths and even iPads dressed up as guest books as the newest way to “write” well wishes to the happy couple. Bonus? Post wedding, couples can easily share their guest book online via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Vimeo.

11.   Surprise Honeymoons: Couples will be taking a cue from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and have the groom plan a surprise honeymoon.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Aileen Secord Photography

Back in November I got to work with Reina & Mark on their wedding! It was stunning, simple, and fun.

Aileen Secord is an incredible photographer who really captures that magical essence of your day. I love working with her and can't wait for all the summer weddings we have booked!

Here are a few shots she took from Reina & Mark's amazing day:

Wedding Reception Venue -- Malibu West Beach Club

Wedding Planner, Candy Bar -- Helen Hening

Decor, Flowers, Lighting -- CFS Designs

Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby LOVE, My Baby LOVE

A HUGE congratulations to my friend Carrie Fick Sawyer and her husband, Andy!

They are going to welcome a baby girl this April. It will be the couple's first.

Carrie's mom and sister are hosting the shower and are doing hot pink, chocolate and orange for her colors -- I LOVE! They are so different, modern and fun.

I had fun doing this baby shower invitation! With grace and simplicity, we welcome a baby into her life!