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Let's Talk Wedding Blogging



 
 
I love weddings.  That's no secret.  I love blogging about weddings.  That's probably not a secret either.    What might be a secret is that I find it hard to blog about weddings.   CrayZayTown!

How can that be, you ask?  Well, while I was considering how to answer that question, I counted my cursor blinking approximately 82 times.  And therein lies my problem-o.  I am easily distracted.  Sounds bad?  Not really, what I'm distracted by is all the pretty wedding information one can find online these days.  I get so busy reading other wedding blogs and websites and pinning on Pinterest, that my little blog falls by the wayside.

Additionally, I'm seriously critical of myself (aren't we all), and even more so when I stop to think that what I'm putting out there for the world (well, 8 followers) to see will be...gasp...judged by others!  My worst nightmare!  I fear being judged and deemed inadequate.  There.  I've admitted it.  So instead of upping my game, I make excuses for why I have no time to blog.  BS radar detector is beep, beep, beeping!!

So, I've decided to leave all that worry behind and do what I love.  Prepare to see fresh content more regularly.  I won't promise daily, and in doing so I'll avoid disappointing both you and me.  But I do promise content.  Fun ideas. Beautiful wedding eye-candy.  Maybe even a DIY project or two.  Stand by...

P.S.  If you want to become a follower, look to the right.  And if you want to show me some love, you can "like" me over at www.facebook.com/deannanashevents.  No judging, I promise!

xoxo
d.

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The Perfect Wedding



While we love planning exquisite, elegant, perfect weddings, I want each of my brides and grooms to remember the quote above.  The day will be perfect because you're marrying each other.  We'll add the icing on the cake by making it the best day possible, helping you create memories for a lifetime.

Happy Monday!
xo
d.

p.s.  want help planning your perfect wedding?  Give me a call!

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Sneak Peek - Natasha and Jason's E-session!

I'm excited to share a sneak peek of Natasha and Jason's engagement session!  
We've been working together for a few months to plan their wedding, and these pictures capture the essence of who they are as a couple just perfectly!  Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography took these amazing shots.  I can't wait to see what she does for their wedding this summer!
Sunset at the Beach

 

This fun mural was at a Union 76 station!
Jason proposed to Natasha on one of these boats.  This is such a romantic shot!


And the photo below sums up what it feels like to work with Natasha and Jason - FUN!!

 

I can't wait for August!
xo
d.
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Sneak Peek - Sylvia and Cesar's Old Hollywood Wedding

OMG!!  I've just received Sylvia and Cez's photos from their Old Hollywood themed wedding - Amazing!!  I'm so excited that I can't wait to share a sneak peak....

Cez - her hero, on their wedding day and every day!!


I love this couple and their wedding was nothing short of amazing.  Can't wait to share more soon.

xo
d.

p.s.  Look at that dress!  Stunning!  More soon!

Photography by Lorenzo Hodges

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Amber and Andrew's wedding video!

 


I'm so excited to share this video from Amber and Andrew's Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Wedding.  They were among some of the funniest, kind, and warm people I've ever worked with, and their wedding was Ah.Maze.Ing.  Just watch to see for yourself!

Enjoy!
xo
d.

Big, Gigantic, HUGE thanks to Kim Fox Photography for the still photography, and Perfect Fit Studios for the Video.  You both ROCK!

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Feeling a little Mad(Men)-ish this afternoon...

Confession: I've only watched a few episodes of "Mad Men." There. I've said it. It's on my Netflix list, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. However, I'm "mad" about the wardrobe and styling, and love seeing designers incorporate this style into their collections.

 

Happy Friday!  Here's to getting around to a few more episodes this weekend! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

1.  Bibhu Mohapatra gown via Martha Stewart Weddings, 2.  BHLDN Comme Il Faut gown, 3.  Carol Hannah La Cite gown, 4.  Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti via Martha Stewart Weddings, 5.  Carol Hannah Bellevue gown, 6.  BHLDN Bouvier Column Gown 7.  Maneul Mota Vitoria gown.

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Kristine and Ronnie's Wedding!

Beautiful couple, beautiful setting, beautiful day.  I'll let the amazing photos by D. Park Photography tell the story....

 

As always, BIG thanks to Sherwood Country Club, and the amazing vendors who were all such a pleasure to work with:
Photography - D. Park Photography
Videography - LA Color Productions
DJ, Lighting, Photobooth - DJFX Entertainment
Hair and Makeup - Chiali Meng
Officiant - Greg Daum
Floral Design - La Fleur by Tracy
xo
d.
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Wedding Dress Wednesday - Grand Entrances and Exits

When shopping for your wedding dress, of course you should look for a dress that will frame you beautifully as you make your grand entrance toward the altar, but what about once you get there?  As I was looking through my Dreamy Dresses board on Pinterest, I noticed that almost every dress I pin is beautifully adorned, many of them with spectacular back details, and thought I would share some of the dreaminess.   What dress details most often catch your eye?
Yes, I know this is a front shot, but (1) what a GRAND entrance this would make (and I just KNOW is has an amazing back), and (2) it's Elie Saab, and I can never get enough of his stunning creations.
Happy Wednesday!
xo
d.
p.s.  If you would like help creating the wedding of your dreams, email me at deanna at deannanashevents dot com.  I'd love to help!
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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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"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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happy anniversary keren and jeffrey!



























































I have so many beautiful photos from past weddings that it seems a shame not to include them simply because I'm just now beginning to blog. So in an effort to be all-inclusive, you may see posts about weddings past...
The first one happens to be on the anniversary of past clients Keren and Jeffrey. Both performing artists, K&J had a collective wonderful eye for detail, and chose the exciting Cooper Design Building for both their wedding and reception.

If you're not familiar with this space, think blank white canvas with tons of windows and natural light. The space is huge, but with the help of event designer Brian Worley, hundreds of yards of filmy white fabric, and lots of pipe and drape the space was transformed and designed to open up as a surprise reveals as guests moved through the evening.
As guests entered the space, they came upon black-aproned wait staff passing glasses of cold bubbly and a very elegant ceremony space with huge white paper lanterns (these lanterns have to be 5 times larger than any I've ever seen) and sun streaming through the windows. Following a beautifully touching ceremony, white curtains were moved aside to reveal a long bar, tons of candles, and beautiful manzanita trees dressed with crystals, from which dangled the guests escort cards.
As dinner began, the curtains were moved again to reveal a very chic downtown-vibe dinner scene, featuring wheatgrass centerpieces and tables named after K&J's favorite albums (K is a singer-songwriter). Additionally, the ceremony location had been turned over to a dance floor, and colorful uplighting set the mood for the party.

Following dinner, the couple's first dance was preceded by a surprise performance by Keren, singing a beautiful song she had written for Jeffrey. It truly was an enchanted evening, and I was so fortunate to help K&J turn their dream into reality.

photos courtesy of Suzanne Mapes Photography
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