Friday Fun List!

Happy Earth Day, and Happy Friday! Hope you had a fantastic week. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few fabulous "green" links from around the week.


I'm loving these bamboo canisters from Crate and Barrel.


Beautiful Easter tables with recycled and re-used materials, featured on House of Turquoise.


Ideas for going green with your wedding flowers featured on Savvy Scoop, Onewed's Bridal blog.


Green favor ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings.


How awesome would it be to go green by riding this Kate Spade bike to work?

Hmmmm...is it gree to go 6 months without washing your hair?

Have a great weekend!!

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Friday Fun List!

Does anyone have any fun wedding plans this weekend? I'm taking a 3-day weekend this week and re-connecting with friends. Tonight one of my good friends and I will be at the Janet Jackson concert in LA, and tomorrow I'm seeing my best friend "Schmoopy" who lives in Indiana, at her sister's home for what I anticipate will be an evening of uncontrollable laughter. That's usually how we spend our time together. I can't wait!

 

 

But first, I thought I'd share some of the amazing, fun, inspiring posts found this week on the blogs I regularly visit. Enjoy!

 

Some might call this Holiday hair, but I call it perfect wedding hair!

 

Ohhhh...imagine wearing this dress is a candlelit room, filled with your bestest friends and the man you love.


Drool-worthy glimpse of what I imagine to be an amazing couture wedding dress.

This vow-renewal featured on Style Me Pretty captured my heart for many reasons: Their story is beautiful, the setting was perfect, and the decor was amazing, but the element that really captured my heart: their cute doggie in his bow tie!

Wishing a very happy wedding day to one of my favorite bloggers, Erin from House of Turquoise!

Love these vintage dresses featured on Ruffled.

 

Another fabulous collection from the amazing Vera Wang. See her Spring 2012 collection here..


I'll be back Monday with another "I Love Monday." In the meantime, happy weekend everyone!

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If it's Monday it Must Be Love...Vintage-Inspired Tabletops

Ah, Monday, how I love thee...well, at least I love writing about weddings on Mondays! This week's installment of I love Mondays is one of my favorite themes for a wedding - Vintage-inspired tabletops. I love love love the look of vintage pieces mixed and matched with current pieces for the perfect table arrangement. Vintage can be interpreted in many ways, from many eras. For Jasmine and David's reception, we used mix-and-match tables and chairs, nixed the idea of table linens, and added old house numbers to act as table numbers.

Jasmine's Mom Denise spent months hunting down the perfect shade of aqua blue-green Ball jars to act as vases, and we incorporated clear Ball jars as candle holders. Finally, our fantastic florist, Holly Flora, incorporated some of their funky vases to highlight their beautiful flower arrangements. Vintage perfection.
For Alyssa and Anselm's wedding, we interpreted vintage as a bright palette of flowers in funky vcontainers to give a 60's MadMen-ish vibe. We used simple white linens and minimalist place settings to complete the look. It was unique and fun, and perfectly matched this lovely couple's aesthetic.


Another favorite idea - forgoing plain rented china for old patterened sets. I love this look, and this totally lends itself to my love of scouring flea markets. For someone who loves having old pieces around, this is a great way to both build your collection and formulate the perfect, one-of-a-kind table setting. If you want a unique look and love vintage - this is the way to go to ensure your look is like no other.

Happy Monday!


photos: one, two and three, Raya Carlisle Photography. four and five, Suzanne Mapes Photography. six via coutryliving.com

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If it's Monday it Must Be Love...

Happy Monday everyone! I'm thrilled to share with you my next Monday love - Letterpress invitations.

To say I love paper products would be an understatement. I could spend hours perusing my favorite paper stores, finding obscure little paper items to bring home. So to combine my love of weddings with my love of papers, what better to represent that crossroads than letterpress wedding invitations!

I know what you're thinking - letterpress can be pricey. Yes, it can be, I won't deny that. However, in the age of the internet, you can find everything from bespoke items to ready-designed paper suites in a range to fit almost any budget.

So, without further delay, some of my faves...

Danielle - Honeybee PressLesley - Honeybee Press
New Calligraphy - Bella Figura
Danielle - Honeybee Press

Chapin - Bella Figura

Popular Country - Bella Figura

Barcelona - Bella Figura

Typology - Bella Figura

Anna - Honeybee Press
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If It's Monday it Must be Love...

Happy Monday! Here on the west coast Monday is quickly coming to a close, but I wanted to share with you another of my "Monday loves" - single colored florals. Don't get me wrong, I love multi-colored bouquets as well, but for me personally, there's just something eyecatching about a bouquet comprised of multiple flowers in the same shade. They can be elegant and playful, brightly colored or subdued, but each time I spy one of these beauties I stop and stare. The interest provided by the different textures is the winning ingredient for me. So
enjoy these beauties, and check back here next week for another installment of "I love Monday!"

Susan Bordelon Photography

Rebecca for Docuvitae

Susan Bordelon Photography
Joy Harman, Wildflowers Photography
Susan Bordelon Photography
Suzanne Mapes Photography

Susan Bordelon Photography

via weddings-receptions-flower ideas.com

Joy Harman, Wildflowers Photography
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If It's Monday it must be Love.....

There are oh-so-many things I love about weddings. Blushing brides, handsome grooms, tears of joy and yummy cakes, to name just a few. So with today being Valentine's Day - the day of love - it seems only fitting to begin a new weekly blog series "I Love Monday," where I'll share my love for all things wedding. It's my hope that on Sunday evening, rather than dreading facing the boss in the a.m., you'll anxiously await the next installment of I Love Monday and tune in here for a dose of wedding eye-candy!

So, without further delay, I am proud to introduce my first Monday love: Wedding dresses with a strap or sleeves.

Don't get me wrong, strapless dresses are stunning and flatter many shapes and sizes. But I'm a sleeve girl - always have been. When flipping through wedding mags, I'm always drawn to dresses that have either a strap or a sleeve. So, to celebrate this first I Love Monday post - drumroll please - a few of my favorite dresses, each with a bit of fabric gracing the shoulder. Enjoy!


(Elie Saab via This is Glamorous blog)

(Carolina Herrera Sonia via theknot.com)

 

(Lela Rose - The Woods)


(Peter Langner Xantia Due via Martha Stewart Weddings)

(Vera Wang Farrah)
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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! 2010 was an amazing year filled with fabulous weddings and happy couples. I have so many photos of beautiful weddings to share in the weeks ahead, but first, a sneak peek of Sara and Paul's big day at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Enjoy!


















All photos: Rebecca for Docuvitae
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Takin' Care of Business...

My business partner during our most recent accounting meeting...



As per usual, he's a stickler for the numbers!

Sorry, just couldn't resist posting this cuteness!!

xo
d.

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Youliny and Steven

I was so privileged to be a part of Youliny and Steven's wedding on June 27th of this year. Their warmth and love for each other was evident in all of the details of their beautiful day. Once again, Sherwood Country Club provided a breathtaking backdrop, and top-notch vendors like photographers Ken Jung and Mitchel Wu and DJ Bill Child made the day run smoothly.




Thank you Youliny and Steven, it was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding!

 

 

For more photos, visit Mitchell Wu's blog .
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Sweets for the Sweetest Day of All

The cure for the common sweet tooth...candy or dessert bars at your wedding! I am pleased to announce the newest addition to my list of services.
Custom-designed candy and dessert bars!

Dessert and Candy bars are a great way to say thank you to your guests, and to send them home with a little leftover sweetness from the sweetest day of all.


























































all photos by Susan Bordelon and Jenny Flores.
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Having His Cake, and Eating it Too

No, I'm not referring to that. I'm referring to what I like to call the resurgence of the groom's cake. Have you experienced it too? At more than one wedding this year, guests have been treated to what is usually a feast for both the eyes and the palate. One of the most interesting was this Mario Brothers inspired 3-tier cake. As you might imagine, the men were swarming around it!


In my mind, the groom's cake was a Southern tradition. After all, growing up in Texas, it was practically a staple at any wedding. Unfortunately, while my interest in weddings started before I hit double digits, my interest in the logistics of weddings wasn't yet fully formed, so I have no idea if the groom chose his cake or if the bride (or her mom) chose it for him.

 

Upon doing a little research on the tradition of the groom's cake, I found that it was indeed originally a "southern thing." More than one website also noted that the groom's cake was to be a gift from the bride to the groom, and more interesting, was not meant to be consumed by the groom, but was to be wrapped up to be taken home by guests. This is also apparently the origin of the old adage that if a girl sleeps with a piece of the cake under her pillow, she'll dream of her future husband.

 

Groom's cake, anyone?
photo by Joy Harmon, Wildflowers Photography
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Rachel and Lonney, March 20, 2010

Sometimes, all the stars align, everything is just right, you meet your soulmate, fall in love, there is a proposal, followed by the most perfect wedding. At least that's my version of Rachel and Lonney's story.

I met Rachel and Lonney just about a year ago and immediately knew I wanted to work with them. They are fun, loving, dedicated to each other, family-people, who also just happen to have two adorable corgis.

All the stars aligned again a couple of weeks ago for their perfect wedding day. All of the elements were in place: a beautiful bride, dashing groom, breathtaking venue, fun-loving guests and fantastic vendors. I'll let the photos from amazing photographer Susan Bordelon tell the rest of the story...













































































And once again, an ocean of gratitude to our wonderful vendors:
Videography - Walter Pawluk
DJ - Bill Child
Hair - Piper White-Baker
Makeup - Tifanie White
Ceremony Musicians - Angelica Strings
Officiant - Rabbi Melissa Buyer
Transportation - United Limo and Charter
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East Coast Style + West Coast Vibe = Fun, Fabulous Wedding!

Jessica and Ryan trekked from the East Coast westward for their March 13 wedding in Marina del Rey. Held at the amazing Ritz-Carlton Hotel, theirs was one of the most fun-filled weddings I've been privileged to be a part of. They were fun. Their families and guests were fun. Even the food was fun!

After a cold rainy week, beautiful weather prevailed and their nuptials went off without a hitch.

Check out the fabulous photos by the VERY talented Wayne Yuan Photography.




























































Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this event a night to remember!
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Jenn and Chris, January 30, 2010


CHRIS AND JENN CINEMA REALE by dvartistry.com
 

Words can't express how fun and full of love Jenn and Chris' wedding was, so I'll let this video tell the story. The setting was the magically beautiful Sherwood Country Club, just after the sun set, and it was stunning.


Thank you to all of our vendors, you were all fantastic to work with!!


Flowers - Jenn at Belle of the Ball Designs
Photography - Joy Harman, Wildflowers Photography (see more photos at Joy's blog)
Makeup - Heather Coopersmith at Makeup the Bride
DJ/Band - Ben Nafissi at 4th Dimension Entertainment
Videography - Weston Reel at Imaginiqe Cinema
Photobooth - Photoboof at Transglobal Entertainment
Ceremony Musicians - Rossi Music
Cake - Pastries by Vreeke
Transportation - American Luxury Limousine
Rentals - Ventura Party Rentals

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"Favor"ite Ideas

The most oft-asked question from brides and grooms is "what do you think of wedding favors?" Hmmmm...how to answer. Of all the details that go into planning a wedding, ironically, I think choosing favors can be one of the hardest decisions to make. I've witnessed couples wrack their brains over the perfect gift for their guests.

 

My advice is to think practically when choosing a favor. When scouring the internets for the elusive unique favor, put yourself in your guest's seat and consider what you would like to take home and use. Better yet, think what you'd like to nibble right there at table number twelve. I always encourage my brides and grooms to give edible favors when possible. Why? Well, from the planner's birds-eye view, when I am clearing table at the end of a wedding, I either see lots of favors left unopened, or I see lots of favor boxes opened and the goodies are always missing. Ninety-nine percent of the time when a favor is edible, it is consumed before the evening is half-way through! On the other hand, when a single votive holder or other such gift is left for guests, at the end of the evening I end up packing those back up for the bride and groom to take back home. Sad, but true.

Another great idea that I'm seeing more often: In lieu of a favor, the bride and groom make a donation to their favorite charity in honor of their wedding day and their guests. AWESOME. This gift is truly a gift. If you choose this route, you can tastefully denote your "wedding favors" in either the program or on the menu card or on the guests seating assignment.

 

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!!

 

image via Williams-Sonoma website
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Not your Mother's Photobooth

While I can't take credit for this brilliant idea, I have been pitching the idea of what I call the "un-photobooth" all year long. I love the addition of a photobooth to a wedding; guests have a great time creating their "shot," while the bride and groom benefit from unexpected poses and spontaneous groupings of all their wonderful guests.

photo by Bec from Carson Hall Photography via ruffledblog

On the downside, old-fashioned photobooths, which require delivery, setup and often an attendant or two to operate throughout the event can sometimes be pricey when budgets are tight. This is where DIY booths come in. Set out cameras and film (old polaroid cameras are a fun option), a few fun props, perhaps a piece of fabric or beautiful curtain panel to act as a backdrop if your venue's natural surroundings aren't the look you're looking for, and, voila!, photobooth at a fraction of the cost!


Photo by You Look Nice Today via ruffledblog


In terms of props, try feather boas and funky hats, or continue the theme of your wedding by adding items that reflect the overall look of your day, such as vintage glasses or handheld chalkboards as they've done in the photos above. You'll have fun, spontaneous photos of your special day to enjoy for years to come!
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Vintage Wedding Idea: Retro Cabana

photo via Absolutely Beautiful Things

 

Vintage Wedding Idea: This fabulous vintage glider turned retro cabana, urns of tall swaying grasses, surrounded by gigantic urns of pink peonies, green hydrangea, and sweet little black-eyed anemones; apothecary jars filled with pink lemonade and southern iced tea; waiters in white tie, twinkling lights and paper lanterns, and guitar duo playing in the background. Wouldn't that be a great setting for a late summer wedding?
It also looks like a great place for a nap!



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