Fabulous Friday Five List

Oh Friday, how I love thee! For today's Fabulous Friday Five list, I've decided that rather than post links from around the web, I would post five wedding dresses that caught my eye as I began my search for my own wedding dress!! Anthropologie's new BHLDN line is beautiful and ethereal - could one of these be "the one?" You'll have to wait and see later this year!!

Happy Friday! Have a Fabulous weekend!!



all photos courtesy of BHLDN.

I Love Mondays - Cake, cake and more cake!

I had a fabulous weekend - and I hope all of you wonderful mothers out there did too! Since I'm a doggy-mom, my sweet fiance took me to my favorite Tex-Mex joint for lunch, and then we commenced with some wedding planning activities. And you know what? We had a blast!

Our first stop post-lunch was a local beachside hotel that is currently under consideration as the venue for our wedding. While I've been to this hotel many times and have done multiple events there, my fiance had not and it was great to see the space through his fresh perspective. We both really like it, and can imagine ourselves along with our family and friends there, so we've added it to the short list.

Next stop: wedding registry. I thought that we would have fun, but I didn't anticipate how MUCH fun it would be! We had so much fun that mr. fiance commented that he should get married more often. That drew a laugh from me, and sideways glances from our fellow shoppers...hehehe. Needless to say, mr. fiance got to hold the zapper/gun/thingy while I got to point to the items we need and tell him how many of each to add to the list. **Note to our future guests - we might have gotten a tad carried away with the zapping, so we're going to edit the list before making it public.**

Finally, (and here's where I'll get to the point of today's post) we stopped at a local bakery to try some of their tasty delights. Again, I've been to this bakery, used their services for weddings, and may have tasted a bite (or two or three) of their goods before, but my sweets-loving fiance had not. There was a bit of a line, but that gave us time to decide what flavors to try: vanilla bean frosting on vanilla cake for him, vanilla bean frosting on chocolate cake for me (we are WILD, aren't we?). The verdict: YUM, definitely serving their cake at our wedding. In fact, why stop at just one cake, when you can have multiple? And therein lies the plan - we'll have multiple cakes in varying flavors and design. Now we just need to go back to the bakery and officially "taste" them and make final decisions. Oh, it's a rough life, but someone's gotta do it!

So, in anticipation of the big cake reveal, some of my favorites from around the web:

martha stewart weddings via this is glamorous
via the knot.com

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via theknot.com

via doublyhappytoo.blogspot.com

via theknot.com

via theknot.com

martha stewart weddings via this is glamorous

Happy Monday!

I Love Mondays - Royal Weddings!

A lot to love on this Monday....First, I'm still basking in all the beauty from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (also known as Prince William and Kate Middleton) Royal Wedding. So many beautiful images, and it was clear that they are very much in love. So for today's installment of "I love Mondays" some of my favorite photos.

via *this is glamorous*


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Oh, and one other bit of good (great, really) news: I'm engaged!! My sweet, sweet boyfriend (now fiance!) proposed over the weekend! No doubt I'll chronicle our wedding planning here so stay tuned.

Have a great week, everyone!!



Happy Anniversary Cassie and Gary 4.24.10

One year ago today I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing Cassie and Gary exchange vows at the always beautiful Sherwood Country Club. Cassie was a stunning bride, and together with her handsome groom they had a fairytale, vintage-inspired wedding. It was an amazing day, chock-full of laughs, tears and memory-making moments.

Congratulations Cassie and Gary - it was a privilege to work with you!

Floral Design by Ricardo Luna, Luna Gardens.


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!!


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!


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


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

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

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)

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

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!!



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 .

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.

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

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

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!

Jenn and Chris, January 30, 2010


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