The world is full of romantic, unique, and beautiful places to visit. As couples experience these, some become more popular than others. We urge you to do your own research before making a decision. We urge you to look beyond the travel brochures and the media and find your idea of paradise.
As you may have already heard, I'm getting married April 2018! I have to say, it's been surreal being on this side of things for once after planning weddings for other couples for the past 5 years. I've (little by little) been showing my followers, colleagues, and clients bits of my engagement journey these past few months and I'm excited to now reveal our engagement photos!
Every so often in life you get a "pinch me" moment. Well, this styled shoot I designed alongside photographer, Anya Kernes, was one of those moments in life for me. Ever since I started my company almost 5 years ago, I'd spend hours upon hours thinking of what my brand should exude and what type of images I wanted out there in the world to best exemplify my style. I've done styled wedding shoots in the past but this one was by far my favorite.
We kicked off our first wedding of the 2017 season at Ole Hanson Beach Club in San Clemente. This wedding was especially sweet because we got to work alongside a former bride of ours, who now works for 24 Carrots Catering.
This past fall we had the honor of sponsoring an event industry appreciation party at the new Pasea Hotel & Spa located in Huntington Beach. The hotel wanted to show off their alternate event space, called The Blue Room, to fellow wedding industry professionals. The room is modern and sleek with a cool city beach vibe. We used all of their existing furniture and added in some fun fall decor to keep in line with the season. Guests enjoyed the photo booth, DJ, food stations, bar, ice cream cart, and had great conversation into the evening by the venue's patio fire pits. It was an overall success!!
Chris and Hannah got married at Tiato, in Santa Monica. An industrial designed restaurant with a beautiful courtyard, filled with succulents and other plants. A great mix of rustic and urban! The couple wanted to infuse some personal touches to their wedding, such as naming each table after a city the couple had visited together. We created a map of the US for the seating chart to show guests which "city" they were assigned to. They also wanted to keep with the vibe of the restaurant itself, and since it's already decorated so interestingly, we didn't have to add too much to make a statement! Sometimes, less is more! It was the perfect laid-back vibe they were going for and everyone had such a fun night with VOX DJs spinning great music.
For traditional brides, a white wedding gown is a no-brainer. But, we're seeing more and more brides departing from tradition when it comes to their attire and embracing some color. Blush or champagne is probably the more common color outside of white or ivory, but gray, blue, and gold are great alternatives too! It doesn't have to be bold or dark, but you should have fun with what you wear and wear something that speaks to your style and personality. Below is a group of gowns that we just LOVE!
Stephanie & Dennis got married at one of our favorite LA venues, Bel Air Bay Club. We lucked out with great weather in February, not too hot, not too cold. The outdoor ceremony began with a Hawaiian tradition of blowing of a conch shell, performed by the Groom's cousin. Using ocean colors of blue and white, the couple kept the tropical theme throughout their wedding with a surfboard guest book and centerpieces of floating orchids with banana leaves and seashells.
Sharlene and Ian's nuptials were held at a friend's private home in Los Feliz. An intimate crowd gathered around the couple before they made their big move as a new couple to live in Brazil, where Ian's new job was located. The wedding had many Latin American influences to honor the bride's heritage such as a guitarist for the ceremony, Dia de Los Muertos themed decor, and food from their favorite restaurant, Guelaguetza. Guests dined on the property's back patio and sipped cocktails under the stars all night.