Archives for November 2016

November 21, 2016 - No Comments!

Simple Thanksgiving Escort Cards

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A few years ago I decided I wanted to jazz up our traditional Thanksgiving paper escort cards. You know, those little tent cards we see at conferences? Yeah, those! So I spray painted some pine cones gold and printed everyone's name on a cute little tag. Well we have used those for a few years in a row and now it's time for something new. We usually get over 30 people at our Thanksgiving table and I wasn't about to make everyone a knitted hat so here's what I did instead.

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What you'll need:

  • 1-2 thick branches (4"-5" diameter)
  • A wood burner (check Amazon)
  • A mitersaw (or ask someone to cut them for you)
  • 1 can of Fast Drying Polyurethane (Clear semi gloss)
  • Earplugs and safety goggles (or in my case, sunglasses)
  • A handy fiance to help you
  • Good tunes

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Step 1: Measure out the desired coaster width. Use that 2x4 that you see in the photo above as a stopper. You can adjust it in the clamp once you reach the perfect thickness. I truthfully have no idea how to do that but Chris magically made it happen.

Step 2: Slice away! Safely. Wear your earplugs and goggles (or sunglasses).

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Step 3: Plug in your wood burner. Wait until it's really hot and practice on a separate piece of wood. All I wanted to do here is write people's names in block letters and "2016" underneath. I tried to write cursive and it was so hard so block letters it is!

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Step 4: Once you have a batch of wood-burned coasters ready, head over to your staining station for a nice little semi glossy coat of polyurethane. This is not eco friendly by any means and I would love to find another alternative if you have any ideas?

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Step 5: Thank your team for the support and pose for silly photos!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 14, 2016 - 2 comments

BTS Desert Sunrise Shoot

Joshua Tree photoshoot

November has just been full of adventure! From visiting my brother in Stillwater, Oklahoma for Homecoming to a girls' weekend getaway in Palm Springs, I just can't get enough! One of my favorite adventures happened last week when myself and a few other #bossladies headed to Rim Rock Ranch for some SkipBo and wine...oh yeah and a really cool sunrise styled shoot. Here are a few iPhone sneak peek photos.

Behind the Scenes Joshua Tree Wedding Planner

Bohemian bride at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Photoshoot with bohemian bride in Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rimrock Ranch Pioneertown

And now for a very special treat from one of my favorite videographers, Wandering Study. Click on the photo below to see a few magical seconds of the sun rising over the desert!

wedding ceremony set up at Rimrock Ranch Joshua Tree

Don't worry, we always make sure to play as hard as we work too. We spent a couple of hours exploring Pioneertown, enjoyed a hearty lunch at Papi's & Harriet's and took the obligatory "Face in the Hole" photo!

behind the scenes in pioneertown

Can't wait to share the REAL photos with you soon!

Venue Rim Rock Ranch // Photographer Red Anchor Photography // Videographer Wandering Study // Design + Styling by Us // Hair + Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Dress Dreamers and Lovers // Florals Flower Duet // Accessories Styled by TC // Arch BlueFish Event Rentals

November 8, 2016 - No Comments!

Spanish Inspired Shoot at Casino San Clemente

colorful wedding at San Clemente Casino

If you've ever had the chance to drive down the California Coast towards San Diego, you will pass by (and hopefully stop at) a beautiful little town called San Clemente. They have some of the most amazing ocean views, great food and friendly people. We had the pleasure of putting on a styled shoot at the historic San Clemente Casino and it was oh-so-dreamy.

purple hand lettering invitations

churro dessert bar and handmade sign

wedding rings at casino san clemente

bright wild bouquet at casino san clemente

wedding chuppah with bright bouquet at casino san clemente

ceremony at the casino san clemente with bright flowers

We just loved the idea of combining bright colors with darker fall hues for the reception tables. The venue itself was so beautiful that we really didn't need too much to decorate other than some great rentals from Thrifted Sisters Vintage Rentals, classic dishes by Dish Wish and of course, beautiful blooms by Barnes Botanicals.

vintage wedding reception table a casino san clemente black wine glasses

reception set up in front of the casino san clemente fireplace with green garland

black wine glasses and colorful table decorations and florals

eclectic and colorful wedding set up at casino san clemente

Ok shall we talk about the desert bar for a second?! Not only did Sugar Cloud make a masterpiece of a cake, but we also got some delicious churros and fresh figs to complete the table.

dessert table with churro bar and colorful cake

fresh figs on colorful wedding cake

bride and groom cake cutting at casino san clemente

bride and groom at dessert table casino san clemente

Photographer Lily Tapia Photography // Design by us // Venue San Clemente Casino // Coordination Cucumber Bride // Rentals Thrifted Sister Vintage Rentals // Wedding Arch Blue Fish Event Rentals // Dishes Dish Wish // Florals Barnes Botanicals // Cake Sugar Cloud // Hair Jessica Tyransky // Makeup Makeup Ceenz // Gown & Veil Dreamers and Lovers // Tux The Black Tux // Accessories The Blushing Bird // Stationary Typecast Lettering // Pillows & Rugs Mirchant 

P.S This shoot was featured last week on The Perfect Palette if you want to see more!