Wedding Season 2012 - In Full Swing!

Where I've been this summer......

Kristine and Ronnie married!


Fun escort card display


Beautiful Bouquet by LaFleur by Tracy


Diana and Jason tied the knot!


Beautiful couple on the grounds of the Westlake Village Inn


Tina and Ray's fun Greek reception - Flowers by Mark's Garden



Chocolate Bar for a fun-filled bachelorette night!  


A stunning centerpiece by The Hidden Garden for Elisha and David's reception
Beautiful bride Judy, just before she walks down the aisle to marry Gary!


Stunning backyard setting in Los Angeles


Another view of Judy and Gary's backyard reception


Amber and Andrew married!


Fun details from Amber and Andrew's reception  at the Big Red Barn, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Whew!  It's been a fun-filled summer so far!  Stay tuned for more weddings!
photos 1, 2 and 3 courtesy of D. Park Photography
All other photos by Deanna Nash Events

Favorite Dress Designers...Carol Hannah

I literally swooned when I first saw Carol-Hannah's Spring 2013 collection.  I loved Carol-Hannah during her run on Project Runway, and I'm still a big fan today.  Just a few favorites from the collection....

the word "ethereal" comes to mind.
For more, visit Carol Hannah's website

via Carol Hannah's blog, photos by Corbin Gurkin.
this is not a sponsored post.  I'm just a huge fan!


A sneak peek.....

Hi Friends!  Seems like I've been away forever, but I'm back!  And, I'm happy to report that it's official - we were married last week in beautiful San Francisco - so we're officially Mr. and Mrs!  I'm thoroughly enjoying calling him my husband now!

Photos to come soon, but in the meantime, a sneak peek of my hair and makeup.  Mei of Triple Twist Hair and Makeup in San Francisco did an amazing job.  The hair was literally a last minute decision and I could not have been happier with the final result.  Thank you Mei!

And, see those pins in my hair - I made those!  A how-to tutorial is in the works.  They were super-easy to make and I loved how they looked.

Happy Friday!



I Love Mondays - Ombre!

Hello Friends!  I want to wish you all a Happy 2012 - but it's almost embarrassing to do so since January is practically over!  Where have I been?  I've been here and there, planning weddings, meeting brides and grooms, exploring new and exciting venues, and putting the final touches on my own wedding, too!  So, embarrassed or not, I do wish you a fabulous new year!
I'm finally back to blogging, too, and wanted to kick-off the new year with an emerging trend in the wedding industry - ombre!  When I first noticed the ombre trend trickling into weddings, I was not sure the direction it would take.  Now, though, I'm really loving it.  It feels fresh and fun.  It lends itself to casual or super elegant, and everything in-between.  You can flirt with ombre, such as with the flower arrangements shown below, or you can go all out with an ombre wedding dress.  The color (spectrum!) is yours to play with. 
LOVE this ombre-inspired centerpiece.  
I'm particularly fond of ombre bridesmaid dresses - the look is unified without being matched exactly. 
ombre - loosened up.
The ombre-effect in hair highlights is really hot in Hollywood right now.

And if you want to take the look from top to tip, ombre nails!  I think this would look really fun on toes too!

Thank you all for sticking with me, and check back soon for regular updates!


photos via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Plans of a Planner - A Change of Course

As you might imagine, plans are everything to a planner.  Heck, as a wedding planner, the word plan is even part of my title.  Just as important as a good plan, though, is the ability to roll with the punches when the plan changes.  And friends, my plans have changed.

Rather than the country club wedding we were planning, we've decided to elope!  Some might question my use of an exclamation point at the end of that sentence, but it's one of the most perfectly placed exclamations I have ever used (and for those of you who know me, you know that I'm a prolific user of the e.p.).  See, I'm very excited for us and for our new plan.  In actuality, eloping was our first plan of action, even before we were engaged, so we've come full circle back to what we really wanted to do.

What's the plan?  Glad you asked.  In the early spring we're traveling up to beautiful San Francisco and getting married in that city's iconic City Hall.  Our amazing photographer has agreed to go with us, and of course the day wouldn't be complete without our parents and my future brothers-in-law.  A month or so later, we'll travel to...wait for it...Paris for more photos and our honeymoon!  I am SO excited. 

San Francisco City Hall

The Eifel Tower, Paris, France

Lesson for other brides:  follow your heart, do what feels right to you.  Do I regret my country club plans?  No way, definitely not.  It would have been a beautiful way to celebrate our marriage.  We've just decided to stay true to ourselves and do what feels most like us.

photos (1), (2), (3)


I Love Mondays - Brightly Hued Wedding Nails

I think I'll dub 2011 the year of the bright lip and even brighter nails!  This year, more than any other year I can recall, women of all ages have embraced colorful lips and nails, and that trend has definitely found its way into wedding fashion as well.  For as long as I can remember, pale pink polish or the ubiquitous french mani have been de rigueur when it comes to weddings.  No more!  Brides are embracing their passion for color, from mis-matched floral centerpieces to fun painted furniture as accent pieces, to their lips and nails.

Love this look on Drew Barrymore.  Girl can pull off just about any look, and she does vintage here quite well.

Bright flowers with equally bright nails.

Lovely coral...and Chanel to boot!

Love that her nails are short, but she went for red anyway.  My kind of girl!

I love this look, but I would be hard-pressed to wear it myself.  However, I would definitely wear each of these colors.

Notice that the "moons" of her nails are a lighter color - intriguing!

Love this color -  need it now!


I'm calling this one the "party nail."  So elegant and eye-catching.  Would you try it?

Happy Monday!

all images via my Pinterest page


Happy 1st Anniversary Becca & Chris!!

One year ago today I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful couple exchange wedding vows!  I can't believe it's been a year already.  
We had planned their ceremony for the wide green lawn at Malibou Lake Mountain Club, but mother nature wasn't in the mood to cooperate that day.  With the early afternoon came rain, first a drizzle, then large drops.  Lucky for us, the side patio of the clubhouse was covered, and with a few heaters added made the perfect back-up ceremony site.

Becca's favorite color, purple, played a big role in setting the tone for the day.  Along with the fall foliage and the mountains surrounding the club, it was the perfect note to offset a grey day.

I had so much fun with these two, and now have the privilege of calling them friends.

We spent many a weekend hunting down vendors and coming up with fun ideas for their wedding, and when the big day arrived, it was nothing short of amazing!


Thank you Becca and Chris for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful wedding!!


photos by our amazing photographer, Suzanne Mapes Photography.



Wow...I needed a moment to process that this photo is not from last century, but from a couple of months ago.  I love the timelessness of both of their looks.  Of course, the amazing Ralph Lauren is the genius behind Lauren's dress and David's attire too.  Published in Vogue (and found on here at, the beautiful photos are the punctuation point to a great love story, too. 

photo by Norman Jean Scott via


I Love Mondays - Soft Wedding Bouquets

Hello!  I'm finally back to the I Love Monday series.  I've missed writing about my favorite things, and thank you for letting me have a little time to get things in order!


To kick off my return, today I'm writing about something that surprises me - my new-found love for soft bouquets. You see, I've always been a structural flower kind of girl.  And I've almost always gravitated toward bouquets and arrangements that were comprised of a single flower.  I guess old dogs can learn new tricks, though, because more and more I find myself drawn to beautiful arrangements comprised of soft, almost paper-like flowers. I really love soft colors bound with a striking ribbon.  And I've always loved bouquets that were personalized with charms, small lockets with photos of loved ones, and rosaries. 



ohhhh how I love anenomes


ranunculus and roses are divine


while a little more structured, the dusty miller and anenomes soften the overall look


I love this one so much...I think those are ranunculs and roses, but what are the papery pink blooms?

I really could look at these photos over and over.  And a little hint.....these shots are accompanying me on my visit with my florist for our wedding!  :-)

Thank you for your patience, and...Happy Monday!


photo credits:
established in paris
Martha Stewart Weddings scanned by Deanna Nash Events


The Plans of a Planner - Decision Making 101

As we move through the process of planning our wedding, I'm realizing that one of the most difficult aspects of being a wedding planner and planning my own wedding is this: I love too many styles! Black-tie formal wedding - yes, sign me up! Country barn wedding complete with hay bales and champagne in ball jars - absolutely! City chic wedding with feathered centerpieces and ultra-modern details - but of course! is a bona-fide lover of all things wedding supposed to choose just one style for her own wedding?

Well, my friends, it hasn't been easy, but I'll let you in on a few of my secret weapons of planning.


1. Don't make rash decisions - let them marinate. I've practiced what I preach on almost all of my decisions. Case in point: I've tossed and turned trying to figure out what I want to do about the reception music: Band, DJ, Band, DJ, Band, DJ. I really, really want the evening to flow like a long dinner party without many stops and starts for dances, bouquet toss, etc. So finally, after months on the fence, I made a final decision, emailed my favorite vendor, and voila, done!



2. Once you've made a decision, don't continue to shop for vendors/items in that same category. This is a deadly no-no. Case in point: For months I thought about the type of wedding dress I would want. Once I started researching designers, I found 2 dresses from the same designer that I really loved. I made an appointment, viewed both dresses, made a decision and placed the order. Done. Then....about 2 weeks ago I started looking through wedding magazines (something I haven't had much time to do lately) and found myself drawn to the dresses, and began questioning my purchase. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! My advice to myself: back away from the magazines (at least the dress ads!). I knew right away that I had to stop thinking "what if..." and continue down the path that I happen to be very happy with.



3. Trust yourself and your planner. Others will definitely want to give you their opinion, tell you what they did for their wedding, suggest something they think is pretty on you, etc. That's great, listen graciously, thank profusely, and then trust your own instincts as to what works best for you and your fiance. It's YOUR wedding. Fortunately, everyone knows I plan weddings and I haven't had to fend off unwanted advice. In fact, I've gone searching for advice and opinions from those I know will be honest with me. At the end of the day, though, it's my and my fiance's final decision on what we want for our big day.



So there you go, my no-nonsense easy-to-remember wedding planning secret weapons.



Happy Planning!






I Love Mondays - Eternity Wedding Bands

Now that I've been given the most beautiful engagement ring in the world, it's getting close to the time when we need to look for wedding bands. I've loved the look of eternity bands for as long as I can remember. Even before I knew what my engagement ring would look like, I knew I would want an eternity wedding band. There are so many different styles, that I'm anticipating having a tough time choosing! I love when the diamonds are individually set, though I've also been admiring the look of the channel setting. So many options!

Here's the twist....I plan to wear my wedding band on my right hand. Gasp! As I'm sure you all know, in Western cultures the wedding band is worn on the left hand, an age-old tradition that signals a woman (or man) is married. It's not that I'm experiencing a rebellious streak or want to show that I can buck tradition, it's really a matter of practicality. See, the shape of the setting of my engagement ring would force that I not have an eternity band. In fact, it would require that I have one of those wedding bands that is open in the middle and allows the engagement ring to slip down into that setting. Not my style at all.

Luckily, my beloved doesn't care one bit which hand I wear it on, as long as I wear it! I also have a friend or two who wear theirs on their right hand, so I never gave it a second thought. That is, until I was getting ready to write this post and did a little research. Imagine my surprise when I found that some believe wearing your wedding band on the right hand means you're married but willing to have a fling! Still others believe it means you're not totally committed to your relationship (which would lead back to the first explanation, I suppose). Ugh.

Not one to be deterred so easily, I've decided to still wear it on my right hand. And to be on the front lines of the movement to declare that wearing your wedding band on your right hand means you want to be sure everyone knows you're taken, no matter which hand they're looking at!

Happy Monday!



The Plans of a Planner - Getting started

Hello! I can't believe it's mid-August and I'm just now getting around to writing about my wedding plans. Well, actually, I can. See, I'm a procrastinator, and I admit it. I've always done so, and find that I work well under the pressure-cooker that proctrastinating can create! So here we are, 5 months away from our wedding, and I've got a lot to tell you.

First, I'll admit, it took me a couple of months and a date change to get into the planning process. We originally thought we'd get married mid-November, and since we'd been engaged at the end of April, didn't seem like a big deal. Then life kicked-in, and work got a bit crazy - 5 weddings in 6 weeks - and I realized that I had no time to think about our wedding, nor the energy to do so. I told my fiance that I really wanted to enjoy being engaged and at the same time didn't want to wait a year or more to tie the knot, so we pushed back 2 months to mid-January and relaxed a bit.

So mid-January it is. The date is special to us, not only will it be our wedding date, but it is also his parent's anniversary, and they'll be celebrating 45 years on the day we exchange vows. Given that the date fell on a Friday, was in January, and held a special significance, we went for it.

Once we decided on the date (normally I would advise couples to be a bit flexible with date so that they can have their pick of venue, but I ingored my own advice!), we set about searching for the place. I thought this would be a slam-dunk - I knew the vibe I wanted - beautiful but not too fussy, relaxed, restaurant setting. Ahem. This proved to be the most challenging part of the planning so far. I went first to the restaurant I had always envisioned. Turns out it was too small for the guest list we had put together, and to rent the whole restaurant was fiscally not in our budget. On to choice #2, a neighborhood place that really seemed perfect. They promptly replied with a quote, not too bad on the food and beverage end, but on the buy-out for the evening, ridiculous. Moving on. I was standing at the back of the crowd during a wedding ceremony at a beautiful country club where I'm lucky to plan tons of weddings - a location I had not even considered - when it hit me - why had I not considered it? Honestly, I was afraid it would feel like work to have my wedding there, but once the idea was planted, I couldn't get it out of my mind. So I approached my sweetie with the idea, we visited and took an official tour, and a few days later signed on the dotted line and we had our venue!

Once the venue was chosen, I sat back and let it sink in. Having planned well over 100 weddings, I knew that my first plans would not be my final plans, so I took my time and let things marinate. And marinate, and marinate. I was stumped. I found myself unable to get into the planning process. Was it because this is what I do for a living? Was I having trouble making decisions? Nope. None of the above. This next part is going to seem like shameless salesmanship, but it isn't (but please do hire a wedding planner!). I was visiting my friend Joanna at her office and she asked me how my wedding plans were coming along. My answer was bleh, they weren't coming along at all. She was surprised and asked why. Then she did me the biggest favor - she asked me about details - dress, location, flowers, etc. I walked out of her office anxious to get back to my own and get started with the planning! I went home and was on fire with getting my ideas put into action. Later that evening, it hit me why I had been so unable to move forward: I wasn't talking about my plans with anyone. Typically, one of the roles I play as a wedding planner is to be the sounding board for brides - we brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other - this is how a wedding gets planned. I realized after talking with Joanna that I wasn't doing that with anyone, that while I had all of the plans in my head, not expressing them to anyone had stymied my creativity.

That was about a month ago, and since then I've ordered my dress, bought my shoes (again, thanks to the sharp-eyed Joanna seeing the perfect pair online and sending me the link), booked a photographer, put our officiate on hold, mailed our save-the-date cards, setup our blog, and have come up with what I want in terms of decor and music. It's all so exciting, and I'll share more of those details in the coming weeks - tune in next week to read my thoughts on budgeting for your wedding.

Until then...



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I Love Mondays - Brightly Hued Wedding Shoes

I'm back! Apologies for the long delay, my only excuse is that it's wedding season! Oh, and I've got that wedding to plan for myself too. Now that I'm in the lull that is always August, I have a few moments to catch up on the blog, so I thought I'd start with the accessory that is always my favorite to shop for - shoes!

I love love love when brides wear colorful shoes as part of their wedding attire. They're spunky and fun, and definitely show the personality of the bride.

A few of my favorites...

These spicy red numbers are by the brilliant Mr. Louboutin. These shoes totally say 'Spanish Beauty' to me. Imagine them paried with a beautiful ballgown and cathedral length veil with a lace edging. Red lips and a gorgeous red rose bouquet to finish off the look. Perfection.

Love this green - so fresh and spring-y. These would look lovely with an antique-inspired lace dress, or even a fresh and breezy dress for your beachside nuptials.

Ahhhh...Manolo Blahnik. There are no words to describe your perfection. I would wear you morning, noon and night if you graced my shoe closet!

These lilac beauties have me envisioning an ivory ballgown with beautiful pickups and a matching lilac ribbon sash fastened with an antique brooch.

I want to salsa dance in these hot pink numbers. I think they would look magnificent paired with silk-chiffon halter dress and a hot pink flower in your up-do.

And just because I love them so, Manolo Blahniks again, this time in royal blue. If you're a fan of 'Sex and the City' movies, you'll recognize these as the beauties that sat abandoned in Carrie and Big's 'heaven on 5th' penthouse, until Mr. Big realized how daft he'd been, proposed to Carrie and used these to seal the deal. Before we were engaged, I secretly hoped my beloved would do the same! shhhh!

What will your dancing shoes look like?

Happy August!!





Fabulous Friday Five List!

Happy Friday, friends! What's on your agenda for the long 4th of July weekend? We're both still recovering from summer colds and have decided to stay home for the weekend. I'm thinking some gardening and perhaps a flea market trip might just be the cure!

Before I sign off for the week, thought I would share some loveliness from around the web. Enjoy, and have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!!


Anyone who's been to my home knows I love the color (non-color?) white. Most of my home is decorated with white and pops of accent colors. One of my favorite white elements at a wedding is white flowers, so I was thrilled to see white wedding bouquets featured on OneWed. So pretty!

This post over at French Essence has me really thinking about my makeup routine - I love the idea of less is more.

Kate Spade bedding collection is now available at Bed Bath and Beyond! How fabulous is this spring-y bedroom set...I really just want to taking a running leap and land on that bed!

On the reading list for the weekend - Matchbookmag's July issue!

Another beautiful dress on the BHLDN site - love the blush color and the sweetness of this dress!

Happy weekend!!

image via modgirl blog


I Love Mondays {especially when it's Tuesday!} - DIY wedding details

Happy Tuesday! Due to a spotty internet connect yesterday and most of today, I was forced to write about how much I love Mondays - especially when it's already Tuesday! Don't you just love when you think it's one day of the week, and it turns out to be another?

Today I want to talk about some of the fun DIY trends that are popping up everwhere in the wedding world. There are many websites dedicated to DIY (Do-it-Yourself) crafts and projects, here are a few of my favorites:

Labels, labels, labels! These lemonade bottles are really fun. How cute would it be to have these lined up and use them as placecards for each guest?

I love these fun flags - they really set the tone for a celebration!


DIY flag bunting is one of my favorite trends - the uses are endless - perfect for the imaginative bride.


via DIY Wedding

via diy wedding

One of my very, very favorites - stripey straws! You can use them to convey a message, such as "Thank you for being here," or use them as placecards as well.

via seagrass interiors

via the knotty bride

I also love pinwheels! I've seen them used as a decor element, placecards, in lieu of tossing petals or rice, table numbers....the possibilities are endless!

via Emmaline Bride

via Emmaline Bride

Hope your Monday (and Tuesday!) were fun-filled.



Fabulous Friday Five List!

photo via etsy can be purchased here

It's a bit drizzly here in LA this morning - but I quite like it! I know the dog days of summer are are in our not-too-distant future, so I'm enjoying these last few days of cool mornings, overcast days, and chilly evenings. What a great excuse to continue to wear the fun trench coats I purchased this spring!

Additionally, it's Friday! And I have a weekend of no official duties or plans, except maybe an impromptu trip to the LB flea market, I'm at loose ends this weekend! Woohoo!

So, to kick-off what I envision to be a great weekend, here are five favorites from around the web:

Five things I love about this short film of model Coco Rocha's wedding: the dress! the location (France, of course)! The cinematography! Candles, candles, candles! The rain! Click here , sit back and enjoy!

The muted color palette of this wedding had me at hello! See all of the photos and a video on Style Me Pretty.

I found this wedding on the website - and it took place in my hometown of Glen Rose, Texas! Ahem, Glen Rose folks, if you're in need of a hometown wedding planner, go <here>!! :-)

If I were having bridesmaids, I'd put them in this pretty pewter dress.

Chunky wedding jewelry, or classic pearls? So many decisions, but thankfully enough time to make them before I have to put one on and walk down the aisle!

Happy Friday!!



Happy Birthday to my Favorite Auntie!!

Confession: I am horrible at remembering birthdays. Days, weeks, even months may pass before I think, "hey, it was *insert name here* birthday months ago. Ugh. I hate that feeling of forgetting. I really need to hire an assistant and her first job would be to keep me on track for birthdays and other special dates! It's not that I don't want to celebrate - I do!!! - it's simply that time gets away from me.


So here it is, my favorite aunt's birthday, and of course no card has been sent and no gift procured. However, I did at least remember on the correct date that today is the day!

So to my Aunt Donna - Happy HAPPY Birthday! You've been my biggest fan and most fervent supporter all of my life. We've survived both the good and the sad together. We laugh hard when we're together, and cry equally hard when we part. If we lived closer, I'd probably be at your house every day, drinking a Dr. Pepper and solving the problems of the world together! Most of my favorite childhood memories include you, from nail-painting parties to cooking up a storm while the world around us was hushed under a blanket of ice. When our worlds were devastated by the passing of loved ones way too soon, we clung to each other and somehow survived.


Thank you for always being there, and Happy, HAPPY Birthday to you!!!! I love you with all my heart.



I Love Mondays.....Birdcage Veils

Hello Love-lies! Today's "love" is for birdcage veils. Actually, this love started a few years back when I first watched the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" and Melanie Carmichael (nee Smooter) walked down the aisle on her Daddy's arm wearing a beautiful yet simple gown with an equally simple and stunning birdcage veil. It was love at first sight -for the veil, that is. For me, her look personified City-fied Southern girl (sound familiar??).

Years later, I still swoon over birdcage veils. To me they are the essence of elegance, and I've long since envisioned myself wearing one on my wedding day. Additionally, and this is just my opinion, they also work for a bride who might be a bit older than the average age of 27, and with me being just a shade past my 29th birthday (ahem), it just feels right. Just a shade past 29, ya'll. **have the decency to turn your head if you're snickering at that!** :-)

via Utah Bride Guide, photo by Justin Hackworth

via Ruffled, photo by Stephanie Williams

via blissweddings

via 1st-wedding-veil

Happy Monday, Loves!!