I can’t say enough great things about this wedding! I have known Bridget and Mike for years so when they got engaged I was thrilled to be able to help them with their planning process. They are both huge fans of mid-century modern decor so the obvious choice for their wedding was Palm Springs. After some venue scouting they decided that the Parker Palm Springs would be the best place to hold their event. They planned to get married on Sept. 1st, which was their anniversary, and it fell on Labor Day weekend so they really wanted to host everyone and have a fantastic few days filled with activities. They held a casual welcome dinner at the Gene Autry House with games and karaoke, offered a golf outing and had a great brunch the day after their wedding.

The wedding itself was full of details that made it special, from the letterpress programs to the custom dance floor. We had lucite signs made to go with their mid-century vibe, an art installation piece for their escort cards, a same-day edit of their wedding video, a choreographed first dance and several confetti blasts to kick off their dancing. This wedding was definitely one for the books! Check out the full wedding on Green Wedding Shoes by clicking here.

Photography – Braedon Flynn
Flowers – JL Designs
Ceremony Music – Lynn Lockwood
Cocktail Music – Elan Artists
Paper Goods and Graphics – Posh Paperie 
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals
Linens – La Tavola
Desserts – Sweet and Saucy Shop
Reception Music – The Flashdance/Gary Ames
Confetti – Confetti Unlimited
Lucite – I Love Lucite
Lighting – Lighten Up
Beauty - Fiore Beauty
Videography – Aqua Vivus

 

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Check out these beautiful photos from Jesse and Hayley’s engagement session on the beach in Malibu. Tyler Branch did an amazing job of capturing the couple and I can’t wait to be a part of their big day in June. They will be getting married at a private estate in Bel Air and it is sure to be a great one!

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Kate and Ryan had such a pretty wedding at Adamson House in Malibu. For anyone who wants a beach wedding and also wants a bit of greenery, this venue is a great compromise. Guests are welcome to have guided tours of the historic home during cocktail hour which was a nice touch. You can check out more of their wedding as seen on Wedding Chicks here.

Photography – Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain
Catering – Whoa Nelly Catering
Rentals – Premiere Party Rents
Flowers – Twig & Twine

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Katie and Greg are such a great couple – they are super-active and fun to be around. Their upcoming wedding will be taking place at Ojai Valley Inn and I can’t wait! In the meantime, here are some pretty shots of them from their engagement session taken by the talented Annie McElwain.

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Joy and Joe were such a pleasure to work with. From the moment they came to me, they had so many wonderful ideas about what they wanted to do. They had already selected a dream venue, Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai and with that settled, we all worked together to come up with a design that they would love.

Joy and Joe opted for a daytime wedding for family and friends so they could really enjoy the beauty of the property. With Joy’s eye as a visual merchandiser, no detail was left unattended. Her palette was earthy; creams, muted browns with pops of soft oranges and pale pinks. She brought in fantastic props she had collected throughout the years, that truly made the space feel like their home. She layered awesome Casa De Perrin rugs with some natural hides to create a fabulous lounge area near the outdoor fireplace. Joy even bought a beautiful antique gate on which she affixed her escort cards, which she had hand-stamped on kraft paper.

Modern Floristry did an outstanding job with the flowers, using herbs, dahlias and garden roses to adorn each table. Joy provided her aged terra cotta pots for the arrangements to add to that Tuscan feel. The tabletop was very important to Joy and she selected natural linens from La Tavola to go with the ivory flatware and china from Classic Party Rentals. We used a lavender sprig at each setting, as a nod to the beautiful Ojai surroundings and the cross-back farmhouse chairs really completed the look!

Whoa Nelly! Catering worked their magic, decking out each table with antipasto boards while the guests feasted on delicious slow-roasted scottish salmon or Niman ranch hanger steak with chimichurri sauce.

Dessert was another stand-out, with a lemon cake set atop a table that Joe built just for the occasion. Joy and Joe picked Jonathan Adler bird salt and pepper shakers as their cake topper, which added a fun modern touch to the cake, which was decorated with gorgeous seasonal fruit.

Joe was super-involved in the design and planning as well, not only did he make the sweet dessert table, but he built all of the benches for the ceremony and created a roman sail shade to keep the guests cool under the daytime sun. His craftsmanship was amazing and the pieces were seriously drool-wrothy!

Twin Peaks Ranch is just such a gorgeous venue and there is no shortage of spots for beautiful photos; great moments were captured throughout the day by the talented Annie McElwain. Guests enjoyed every bit of the property as they played croquet and listened to the musical stylings of Vincent and Vedant, a gypsy flamenco guitar and violin duo.

The day was a great success and you can see more of this beautiful event on Green Wedding Shoes here.

Photography - Annie McElwain 
Catering – Whoa Nelly Catering
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals
Linens – La Tavola 
Rugs – Casa de Perrin
Flowers – Modern Floristry
Paper Goods – Bella Figura from Urbanic 

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This blog post is a little bit different for me. I enjoy posting fun engagement photos of all of my couples, but this one is extra exciting because I set this couple up. I got to play Cupid and it actually worked!

Jason and I went to Boston College together and he has always been a great guy and a true romantic. A few years ago, he was looking to settle down and I promised to keep an eye out for someone special. Enter Shauna. Shauna and I had been working out together at a beach bootcamp for well over a year. We had never actually spoken, but I had seen her interacting with others and she appeared nice plus I could see that she was pretty (which I knew Jason would appreciate). It was at 7am, so no one was very chatty and then one day it just hit me, as we were finishing crunches, I turned to her and asked if she was single. When she said yes I told her all about Jason and she seemed interested. I tried to get them to meet at a few group outings, which all fell through, but it turned out to be better because they were able to go out one on one. I still have the text messages from each of them asking about the other and gushing about how much they were enjoying their time together.

Their first date was January 10, 2012 and now they are getting married this January 2014. It goes without saying, I am a FULL SERVICE planner – ha! I will set you up and then plan your wedding. And I am definitely looking forward to theirs.

images via Holly Carlyle

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Timaree and William were such a fun couple to work with. Timaree had a very distinct vision of what she wanted – she liked bright citrus colors and uniformly spaced polka dots. William had a real love for lemonade and they both just wanted to host a great party for their friends and family, many of whom were flying in for the wedding. They hands down had one of the best first dances I have ever seen! Their wedding was packed with amazing details and was recently featured on Style Me Pretty – head on over to see it all here.

Photography – Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain
Venue - Calamigos Ranch
Flowers – Brown Paper Design
Paper – Posh Paperie
Cake and desserts - Sweet and Saucy Shop
Linens – La Tavola
Vintage Rentals – Found Vintage Rentals

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How awesome are these engagement photos???!!! The light is sooo good! Annie McElwain did a fantastic job and if you want to check out more photos from this shoot head on over to her blog. Becca and Andrew are getting married very soon at SmogShoppe and I am pretty excited to share their big day with them!

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I have been a totally delinquent blogger, good thing blogging isn’t my full-time job! But I wanted to share these supercute pics of Kate and Ryan from their engagement session on the beach. Annie McElwain did a great job of capturing their fun and laid back personalities. Their wedding took place at Adamson House in Malibu and I can’t wait to share the photos!

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Well, I have been a very bad blogger, but it has been for a good cause – planning more weddings! At least I am coming back with something fun. Dare and Garrik were featured in Brides Magazine and on brides.com - hop on over to check out the details of their beautiful Napa wedding.

Photography Kate Webber
Venue The Carneros Inn
Flowers/Design Brown Paper Design
Linens La Tavola
Paper Goods Olive Route
Dress Carolina Herrera

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