July 11, 2017 - 9 comments

Alli + Rob’s Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding

There are so many things I love about this Smoky Hollow Studios wedding but one of my favorites was that this local Hermosa Beach couple made it a priority to have great speeches. I know that's pretty much impossible to show you in photos but, trust me, they were EPIC!

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Like any great wedding, the day started out with the girls getting ready at the brand new ocean front Redondo Beach Shade Hotel. Armed with cute rompers and a glass of champagne, the bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done by the lovely Emerald of Makeup by Emerald M.

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The bright floral bouquet by Floret Moon Designs with all of its different shades of pink and green really popped against Alli's ivory dress. The invitation suite matched the whole color palette perfectly and added that extra touch of detail.

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Meanwhile, Rob and his groomsmen were putting on their jackets, tightening their ties and putting the finishing touches on their groomsmen attires.

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The First Look took place in front of a really cool live succulent wall on one of the Shade Hotel patios. Although it was quite windy, Chloe Moore managed to capture some really sweet moments between the soon-to-be newlyweds.

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After some cute photos, the couple and their bridal party headed to the ceremony and reception site, Smoky Hollows Studio in El Segundo. This venue is a warehouse meets trendy rustic studio right in the heart of the South Bay. It's filled with plants and a ton of cool eclectic decor. Alli and Rob, who brew their own beer, had branded pint glasses, farmhouse napkins and colorful floral arrangements on long wooden farm tables. The ceremony arch was a giant macrame backdrop surrounded by greenery and ferns. Such a great look!

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The ceremony itself was both sweet and funny. I don't think there was a single dry eye in the room. Once Alli and Rob were pronounced husband and wife, guests were given a margarita and Border Grill was ready with some delicious food!

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With Vox DJs in the house, we were now ready to get the party started! There was a selfie booth, great food, epic toasts, homemade beers and lot's of desserts from SusieCakes!

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And just like that, the night was over and two awesome humans were now husband and wife. Congratulations again Alli and Rob #hoppilyeverpalaniuk !

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Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photography by Chloe Moore Photography // Flowers by Floret Moon Designs // Hair and Makeup by Makeup by Emerald // Videography by Luna Bay Films // Music by Vox DJs // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Choura Events // Venue Smoky Hollows Studios // Catering by Border Grill // Desserts by SusieCakes

 

May 19, 2017 - 2 comments

Arwa + Zohaile’s Intimate Woodsy Ojai Wedding

Sometimes a destination wedding doesn't actually have to be very far from home. It also doesn't mean it has to be on a beach resort in Mexico. Arwa and Zohaile live in San Diego but wanted to have their guests come together and enjoy the beautiful Ojai area and the views of the Los Padres National Forest. Lucky for them, Zohaile's family has a Ranch right in the heart of Ojai that fit the description perfectly.

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Arwa and Zohaile come from two incredible cultures rich in traditions. They chose to incorporate pieces of them during the ceremony but also add new ones, like a tree planting, to truly make it their own.

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Arwa chose to get ready at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (one of the most beautiful resorts ever) just a few miles down the road from the wedding venue. Rich with greenery, trees and natural light, it's a photographer's dream place for those candid getting ready photos. The bride and groom also did their First Look there to be able to have a few moments together before joining their friends and family at the Ranch.

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While all of this gorgeousness was happening at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the 'Cause We Can Events team and other vendors were busy setting up and making Arwa and Zohaile's wedding vision come alive. The overall wedding design was a little bit of rustic charm with some bohemian vibes and a whole bunch of natural beauty. We wanted to create a super cozy space for friends and family to enjoy.

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As guests arrived at the private venue, they were encouraged to sign a Jenga piece as the guestbook. Such a fun idea! Our bartending team from The Events Boutique welcomed everyone with handcrafted lavender mojitos that were incredible! The mint was fresh from the Ranch's garden and picked only minutes before the event started. Yum!

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The ceremony itself was a beautiful blend of cultural traditions and the union of two beautiful souls.

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Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs! I love how excited our ring bearer is in the front row. Now, it's time to celebrate, take it away DJ Jack!

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The food from The Lime Truck was SO good! Guests enjoyed something like 5 courses of fresh Mexican fusion dishes. For dessert, some traditional Persian cookies and tea along with a modern donut wall were served! Guests actually dined on top of the pool which we had covered by Persiano Event Rentals.

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We had such a wonderful time being Arwa and Zohaile's wedding coordinators and being part of such a cool, adventurous couple's wedding day. We even got to stay in yurt while we were in Ojai so that was an added bonus! Thank you to Laura Goldenberger for always capturing the most perfect moments.

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Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Music by DJ Jack Farmer // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Persiano Event Rentals and Blue Fish Event Rentals // Venue Private Ranch // Catering by The Lime Truck // Bartending by The Events Boutique

 

May 2, 2017 - 5 comments

Best and Worst Types of Flowers For Your Outdoor Wedding

As Monet once said, "I must have flowers, always, always." And I'm the first person to agree!

Happy Spring and Happy May! In celebration of this gorgeous time of the year, let's talk about flowers. For an outdoor wedding, picking the perfect flowers for your bouquet or centerpiece can be a stress.

Have no fear! I've put together a list of 5 sturdy blooms that won't wilt in harsh weather conditions and 3 buds that you might want to steer clear from.

  1. Succulents

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Starting off with succulents, of course! These are so hard to resist when planning your outdoor adventurous wedding. They have such a unique look and are so versatile, add them in your bouquet or in a bundle for your centerpieces. Some of them, like the airplant, don't even need to be planted in soil so you could have them hanging from a ceremony backdrop for a dramatic effect.

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Succulents have an extremely long life and need very little water. Another good thing is that they are sold fully bloomed, so no waiting time. I love how Lisa and Steven incorporated little succulents into their bouquet and boutonniere. With their wedding taking place before we got all this great rain, having some drought-resistant bits and pieces was key!

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You can even use smaller succulents as wedding favors for your guests. A little something they can re-pot back home. The "Thank You" tags that we made for this wedding were actually made from seed paper which guests could take home, plant and watch the wildflowers grow!

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2. Craspedia Billy Balls

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These flowers don't even look real! Add these globe shaped blooms to your bouquet or centerpieces and you have yourself a whimsical-nature look perfect for any outdoor wedding.

They bring such an interesting texture and visual interest to bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.

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They are in ready to use form and they last for days. Fun for adding pops of color, use these for your spring wedding! You can also find dried versions of them which would keep even longer. These would also look really good in tall wine bottles on long farm tables, am I right?

3. Eucalyptus

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Ugh! I am obsessed with Eucalyptus. I think it is so woodsy, fresh and a great way to add greenery in bridal bouquets. Fun Fact: Eucalyptus trees can live more than 250 years. So these are extremely durable for your rustic garden wedding.

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This is the perfect touch if you're imagining a cascading bouquet as you walk down the aisle. Eucalyptus adds more of a personal feeling to your wedding, showcasing your nature-loving spirit.

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Also, you can't go wrong with a long eucalyptus garland on your ceremony arch or as a natural table runner. Bonus: they smell SO good.

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4. Garden Spray Roses

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Now, I'm not usually a fan of roses. They're almost too classic for me but the Garden Spray rose has a sort of Peony look to it. Rather than sprouting upward like a traditional sweetheart rose, the petals on these bloom more outward which makes for a fuller bouquet.

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This gives your bouquet an eccentric, offbeat look while adding texture and fullness at a fraction of the price. Our bride, Misha's bouquet made by Hilary's Flowers and Such was all about being wild and free but with some soft pinks and blues to add a little romance.
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These flowers also look BOMB on wedding cakes. Combined with greenery, you'll have a dessert table that makes a statement.

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These are also the most durable in the rose family, so if you're looking for a touch of romance with a little bit of edge in your bouquet, this might be it!

5. Jasmine

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While I was looking for some photos of jasmine, I came across so many ideas for cakes that incorporated this beautiful flower.

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I mean.. I can’t get over how carefree and natural that is. Looks like the cake came out of the woods that way!

Now, I hate to do this but you'll thank me later.  If you are having an outdoor wedding, here are 3 not-so-great blooms you should stay away from when picking your bridal bouquet flowers .

  1. Hydrangea

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“Such a sensitive little flower” No, literally. Hydrangeas have such soft, showy blooms that are so springy and fun but these must be kept hydrated and die pretty quickly (especially if you're going to be out in the sun). Unfortunately, might not be worth the risk!

2. Gardenia

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These are such a popular flower for wedding bouquets. But for an outdoor wedding? These flowers tend to brown super easily, especially if put in a harsh weather environment. Such a shame, these are such a classy and timeless flower.

3. Tulips

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Crisp and dainty, these add a sophisticated sense of style to any bouquet. But tulips thrive in the ground where they are originally planted. The stalks will droop, petals will fall, and this flower will wilt at the sight of heat. It’s best to keep them in your garden!

 

Well there you go, some of the best and worst flowers to use for your outdoor wedding. Hopefully this was informative and gave you some inspiration. I know I'm feeling even more in the Spring mood after writing this!

Remember, Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be, so plant a garden and believe in tomorrow!

April 18, 2017 - No Comments!

Top 5 Venues for Festival Weddings

If you've browsed through our website, you may have noticed that Festival Weddings are kind of our jam. I didn't set out to specialize in this type of wedding but holy smokes do I love it! A whole weekend of music, food and nature? Sign me up! So, if you're just starting your search for a Festival Wedding venue, I have a few places in mind that you might like to check out.

  1. Moab Under Canvas, Utah

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A gateway to two stunning national parks, Moab Under Canvas offers the perfect mix of wilderness and comfort. Your guests can venture to Canyonlands National Park for the euphoric, top-of-the-world sensation and can come back to their cushy teepee for the ultimate glamping experience.

Pros:

  • You can have a multiple-day wedding/event
  • Bring in your own vendors
  • Accommodates 120+ guests on-site
  • Tons of daytime activities near by
  • Breathtaking views and natural beauty
  • No curfew
  • Cleaning staff on-site for tents/teepees

Challenges:

  • Very limited power and lighting (requires generator rental)
  • Limited cell service (I use radios for this venue)
  • Must bring in all rentals (tables, chairs, lighting, bar, etc.)
  • Set Up is logistically hard - PLEASE hire a Wedding Planner!
  • It's a little far from airports and about a 13 hour drive from Los Angeles

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2. RimRock Ranch, California

RimRock Ranch is where I'm getting married in September! The reason I chose this venue is because we can have it for 3 days, it's next to Joshua Tree National Park, our pups can attend and it has a few airports nearby. The sunrises and sunsets are going to be incredible and I barely need any decor items because of the natural beauty and cool eclectic decor in this space.

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Pros:

  • Can have multiple-day events
  • Rad owners - Gwen and Eric
  • Accommodations for 22 people
  • Tons of AirBnBs nearby
  • BYOV (bring your own vendors)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Near Pappy & Harriet's music venue

Challenges:

  • Caterer must be self-sufficient (food trucks are ideal)
  • Can get very hot - rent some parasols!
  • Requires a little more planning logistically
  • Rentals required

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3. The Ruin Venue, California

If you were planning your wedding 5 years ago, you would never even consider an abandoned stone house as your venue, right? Well now it's all about finding unique, off-the-grid and super creative venues to represent the couple's personalities.

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Pros:

  • Right next to Joshua Tree National Park
  • Unique setting + natural backdrop
  • BYOV
  • Cool tent frame where you can hang lights
  • Includes generator, string lights and porta-potties

Challenges:

  • No on-site accommodations (an Inn is coming soon!)
  • No shade
  • 1-day rental (with load in on Friday, load out on Sunday)

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4. Kiva Koffeehouse, Utah

Nestled in beautiful Escalante, Utah you'll find this friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop called Kiva Koffeehouse. Known for their homemade soups, fresh bread and hot coffee , they also offer their space for small, intimate weddings.

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Pros:

  • Very flexible and easy to work with - family-run
  • Access to their tables and chairs (cafe style)
  • On-site catering provided
  • Can bring in your own teepee for decor

Challenges:

  • Only two cottages available on-site
  • Rental can only start after 6pm (when the cafe closes)
  • No pets allowed

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(photos from their website. P.S we will be doing a wedding here in September 2017 and hope to report back with a ton more photos!)

5. Dunton Hot Springs

I want to go here so bad! Located in Dunton, Colorado, the Dunton Hot Springs is so magically you'll want to cry. It has a ton of land and several little cottages and teepees for the perfect bohemian wedding. Bonus: they have natural hot springs for you to enjoy!

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Pros:

  • Natural Hot Springs (duh)
  • Several different packages and accommodation options
  • Guided activities
  • Option to rent the whole town!

Challenges:

  • Up to 60 guests only
  • Quite pricey to rent out the whole town

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There you have it, 5 wonderfully bohemian wedding venues to host your magical day or weekend at. I can't wait to go explore more of them myself this year and share them with you!

April 4, 2017 - 2 comments

7 Unique Wedding Gowns for Boho Brides

Our brides are one-of-a-kind. Some are hopeless romantics, edgy lovers, and simplistic dreamers. What they all have in common is their desire for the perfect dress without the glitz and glamour. Our brides love feeling confident and beautiful while staying true to their personal styles.

Here are 7 bridal gowns with YOU in mind.. these are sure to get you 1000% times more excited to walk down that aisle!

  1. Whimsical Woman

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Starting off with a gown with a design that I've never seen before but caught my eye immediately. If you're looking for something without lace but still crave a touch of detail in your gown, this might be what you're looking for!

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The details throughout the gown and the unique cap sleeves give it the perfect combination of edgy and sweet. I can imagine this bride at a coastal wedding and all she wants for dessert are 'Smores and conversations by a fire pit!

This embroidered chiffon dress with a plunging neckline is designed by Jet Set Diaries and you can find it at David's Bridal priced at $289.95. A steal!

2. Garden Party

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She's simplistic but loves to dance, this is Harriet from Grace Loves Lace. The neckline is my favorite part of the gown. Paired with an up-do and simple earrings you will be looking long and lean in any and all photos taken.

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The back is light and dainty but adds a touch of "I'm his bride!" This gown is priced at $1700.

3. Va-Va-Sexy

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For our brides who want a little bit more sex appeal (without being too scandalous), this gown is it!  Also from Grace Loves Lace, the Blanc gown is priced from $2500-2999.

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This dress is a show stopper and I can't get over the side slit!

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Details, details, details. Also the keyhole back is to DIE for! Currently fanning myself, this dress is HOT.

4. Let's Dance

This gown is different, and I couldn't help but imagine this unconventional bride on the dance floor. I can see her swaying with her love at their wedding in an art exhibit. Or even a vow renewal! The ideas are endless...

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The gown is by Soieblu and you can find it at David's Bridal for $99.95. Another steal!

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I couldn't help draw a bit of inspiration from Whitney Port's wedding gown. If you haven't seen it, hope over to Green Wedding Shoes and take a peek. Trust me, I'll wait for you to come back.

My favorite part about this dress is the fishtail hem, giving it a high-low illusion but keeping it bridal.

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5. Simplistic Romantic 

Okay, okay.. I know, another dress from Grace Loves Lace? I just couldn't help it, seriously check out their site. This is the beautiful Genevieve gown.

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She's been dreaming of her wedding day since she was young, but doesn't see herself as a ball gown princess. Genevieve is spot on with its desperately romantic touches and soft fabrics.

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If you imagine yourself looking like you just walked out of a forest, threw on a gown, and met your beau at the aisle, this might be what you're looking for! Am I right?

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How can you not gasp at the shoulder detail?! Genevieve is priced at $1,360.

6. Hippie Dreams

For our flower-child bride who wants her wedding to be all about love but also show off her personal style, this is a winner. The Lizzy gown from Dreamers and Lovers (I love following them on Instagram too) and is priced from $1,755-$2,054. IMG_2141

I also imagine this bride to be a bit sporty and wanting to show off her beautiful shoulders! Even the silhouette is so unbelievably flattering.

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No words, except for... Drop, Dead, Dancing through Daisies! Were you expecting me to say that? Me neither.

7. Embellishment Babe

Okay, this is different but bare with me. I am obsessed with any kind of interesting and quirky embellishment and embroidery, it makes for a truly one of a kind piece. This is a Viktor & Rolf gown priced from $3,500-$3,999, this is a true delicacy!

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She's art-deco with an off-the-wall sophistication.

If you really wanted to splurge, imagine pairing this with a floor length silk chiffon skirt that is a bit more sheer to attach to your waist line. There's so much to draw inspiration from with this dress.

Well there you have it. 7 beautiful and unique wedding gowns for our equally beautiful and unique brides.  Now, which one is your favorite?

March 6, 2017 - 2 comments

Misha + David’s Big Daddy’s Antiques Wedding

A few months ago I posted a Sneak Peek of Misha and David's super rad warehouse wedding and now I'm ready to show you the full thing! Are you sitting down? Because you're about to get blown away by the gorgeousness of these details. Their wedding was also featured on 100 Layer Cake, so make sure to check it out for more photos.

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The bride and groom got ready at the bright and beautiful Culver Hotel. Seriously, this might the best dang first look I've every seen. That natural light is incredible!

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What did I tell you! The bride, Misha works in the fashion industry so obviously her style is impeccable and her venue choice for the ceremony and reception will also blow you away. Folks, welcome to Big Daddy's Antiques where vintage-eclectic antiques meet elegant and romantic wedding designs.

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The ceremony took place in their outdoor courtyard filled with cool cement pots, tons of greenery and even an old motorcycle. The macrame backdrop was the perfect addition to the weathered wooden wall and our florist, Hilary's Flowers and Such, added a little extra greenery and some delicate white orchids to pull it all together.

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Check out this fun reception though! Planning this wedding was anything but boring. We had such a blast and loved working at this incredible venue. It's a wedding planner's dream really. We had so many great vintage pieces to work with!

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Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Laura Goldenberger // Venue Big Daddy's Antiques // Flowers Hilary's Flowers and Such

December 22, 2016 - No Comments!

Lessons from 2016 and my Motto for 2017

As we're getting ready to welcome a new year, I've been seeing a lot of posts on Goal Setting, How To Make 2017 Your Best Year EverGreat Things are Happening in 2017, etc. But what about 2016? Shouldn't we look back and try to see what we might have learned from this last year? Well, most people I've chatted with actually HATED 2016. So much crappy stuff happened to them and as we all know, to the world as a whole. I get it. I agree and I do think all the terrible things that happened this year are making us stronger and will in turn, help us all shine in 2017.

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On a more personal level, 2016 was actually really amazing for me. It was a time of self reflection, determination and exhilaration. The biggest thing was that Chris and I got engaged (YAYYYY!), I quit my day job once and for all (scary) and I did a full business rebrand that was spot on. On top of that, I attended a million networking events and wedding industry meet ups to finally realize on December 21st that the only people I should be spending this much time with are my closest friends and family. They are the ones that encourage me the most, they inspire me, they're full of good (and different) ideas that can help me push my business forward. Don't get me wrong, I love a good #GirlBoss hangout with other super talented ladies but I would prefer to spend my free time with people I know well and love.

So that leads me to my last point which is my motto for 2017:

Do Less, Book More.

Sounds too good to be true, eh? Let me clarify. I could go into this whole thing about the universe and energy but since there are so many beliefs out there let me just say this: The more you can replace the things that don't love with things that make you happy, the more you'll attract those happy things. Basically, in 2017 my "business plan" is to do more yoga, more travel, more dinner parties, more horseback riding, more wine nights, more family time and more exploring. I will be going to less networking events, spending less on marketing, driving less, stressing less and most importantly, I will be saying "No" to clients that just don't fit my "ideal client" mold (highly recommend listening to My Creative Empire Podcast - Episode #6 to learn more about the "Gentle No" concept).

So farewell 2016, you have been a great year for learning but we're all very excited to welcome 2017!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Updates
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December 6, 2016 - No Comments!

Hanna + Jesse’s Lemon Grove Wedding

This love story is as good as it gets! Hanna and Jesse met while working at lululemon a few years ago. Jesse and I were actually in the same hire group and Hanna was one of our mentors. Even though all the girls in the store had secret crushes on Jesse, he knew from the beginning that Hanna was the one.

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When it came time for them to plan their wedding, we all knew LEMONS would make an appearance, but this just blew us away! Take a peek at one of the most spectacular outdoor weddings of 2016 at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, CA.

 

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The breathtaking ceremony took place at the St Sebastian Church in the cute little town of Santa Paula, CA.

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Can we stop for a second and talk about how cute their getaway car was!!?! Obsessed.

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getaway car for the newlyweds santa paula

bride and bridesmaids with baby's breath bouquet

groom and groomsmen in navy and gray suits Limoneira

bride and groom kiss at limoneira ranch

bride and groom in lemon grove at limoneira ranch

bride and groom at limoneira ranch santa paula

couple at limoneira ranch in santa paula

Get ready for some amazing reception details! The bride and groom thought of everything. From clever signature cocktail names served at Lemonade Stands to Pick-Your-Own Lemons  in lululemon bags as favors, it was a wedding planner's dream!

escort card table with map of the world

lemonade stand bar at limoneira ranch

custom bar menu at wedding at limoneira ranch

yard games at limoneira ranch

lemon picking at limoneira ranch for wedding

lemonade stand bar for wedding at limoneira ranch

sweetheart table at limoneira ranch

hoola hoop kids at limoneira ranch

The evening was not complete without an incredible surprise dance from the newlyweds, a real BBQ meal and SO. MANY. MOUTHWATERING. DESSERTS!

wedding reception at limoneira ranch

bride and groom dancing at limoneira ranch

fun bride and groom dance at limoneira ranch outdoor wedding

best dessert table ever donuts and tassles

sprinkle donuts at wedding

donuts at wedding dessert bar

bride and groom kiss in from of Jeni's Ice cream truck

bride and groom eat jeni's ice cream

jenis ice cream truck at limoneira ranch

bride and groom kiss in lemon grove

sweet couple in lemon grove in santa paula

bride and groom at limoneira ranch under the lights

And then the night magically ended with 'Smores and breakdancing.

s'mores and firepit at limoneira ranch

dancing at limoneira ranch under the bistro lights

Venue Limoneira Ranch // Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Amy Lynn Photography // Catering // Ice Cream Jenis Splendid Ice Cream // Florals

 

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!