Tanya and Aaron at The LA Athletic Club

When I met Tanya we had an instant connection – it was like chatting with an old friend. I understood what she wanted and she was totally on board with my recommendations. Tanya and Aaron are both architects and really care about design, which is why they selected The Los Angeles Athletic Club due to its rich history and newly renovated event space. Their ceremony was a lovely one at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which is one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen. On their wedding day, it rained and Tanya and Aaron took it in stride, laughing throughout their photos. They didn’t let the rain dampen their day at all! Here are some of my favorite photos from their big day!

Tanya and Aaron Wedding Video

Photography by Annie McElwain
Florals by Honey and Poppies
Videography by Max and Molly
Music by The Flashdance

Engagement Session – Chloe and Mike

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The Cream Event

I have been attending The Cream Event since the very beginning, so when I was asked to participate I was immediately excited and knew I would have to create something amazing since vendors and brides attend in order to be inspired. When I was told that the theme would be whites and creams, there was another level of concern since I am someone who LOVES color. I knew it would be a challenge, but luckily I was able to pair up with my friend Danielle. Danielle, from Brown Paper Design, and I have been working together for years and our events are some of my favorites. She is one of the most creative people I know, so I was confident we would come up with something special. She recently launched a new company called The Plant Library and wanted to showcase it at The Cream. She asked if I would be ok with using plants as opposed to flowers and suggested I go to a nearby nursery to immerse myself in the plant world. I headed over and took a million photos and by the time I was done, I knew what we would do! I came up with the idea of Cuba during prohibition – it seemed like we would be able to do something tropical and it would be a good backdrop for plants. Cuba has a rich history and background in the rum trade so I figured it would work perfectly for this event. We had many calls and meetings and I think we came up with something pretty unique. We had rustic vintage pieces from Found, a custom runner and draped backdrop, plus some textural tabletop items sourced from all over. We ended up having a lovely, artisanal look and I adore all of the green (of course)!

You can see coverage of all of the talented vendors here over at Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake and Grey Likes Weddings.

Photography by Michael Radford
Plants by The Plant Library
Rentals by Found Vintage
Paper Goods by Copper Willow Paper Studio

Kelly and Mike at Colony Palms

I am a huge fan of Palm Springs and I love taking the opportunity to work on events in the area whenever I can. When Kelly came to me, she was in the midst of her planning and had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted. She was already working with my good friend Danielle, over at Brown Paper Design, and I came in to tie up all of the loose ends.

Kelly had a beautiful palette of rich jewel tones that perfectly complemented the existing decor at Colony Palms. She had details that evoked a roaring twenties feel from the invite design to the bridesmaid dresses. And like every wedding that is laid out around a pool, she jumped in at the end! You can check out more on her wedding on Martha Stewart.

Photography by Mi Belle
Florals by Brown Paper Design
Rentals by Classic Party Rentals
Linens by La Tavola
Paper Goods by Plurabelle
Dessert by Sweet and Saucy