March 6, 2017 - No 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!

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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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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!

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

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

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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!

November 14, 2016 - 2 comments

BTS Desert Sunrise Shoot

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 Styled Shoot

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

October 31, 2016 - No Comments!

Moroccan Inspired Boho Brunch

This is an oldie but a goodie! Since redoing my website, we've had to restart the blog but I love digging into my old photo files and reposting some of my fave shoots. This one was in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA with just a few vendor friends and I playing around with color and flowers. Hope this can be used as inspiration for upcoming dinner parties, bridal showers or even a Sunday brunch!

P.S Happy Halloween!

 

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Photographer Alissa Noelle Photography // Flowers Pavan Floral // Dishes Dish Wish 

This shoot was featured on Inspired by This last year if you want to see more!

October 24, 2016 - No Comments!

Greenhouse Engagement

I am SO in love with our engagement photos! Many of you have probably already seen a ton  on my Instagram and Facebook but I thought I would share a few more on the blog. After working at the South Coast Botanic Garden for 2 years I had dreams of taking some photos in this Greenhouse. It may not have much curb appeal but it's a tropical paradise inside!

P.S A lot of these are film scans from my fave photographer and friend, Chloe Moore!

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We also have no idea where we will have our wedding so we decided to take pictures in the cactus garden, alpine section and tropical garden just in case we decide on a destination wedding!


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That's a wrap! Thank you to my friends/vendors for making this happen:

Hair/Makeup Nicol Artistry // Photography Chloe Moore Photography // Wardrobe Styling Circa Vibes // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden

 

 

October 17, 2016 - No Comments!

Crystal + Joe’s Whimsical Wedding

Crystal and Joe put on a heck of a good wedding! With live music, a margarita truck and a ton of lawn games, this couple knew how to impress their guests and have a good time. A combination of rustic and whimsical decor in a beautiful garden setting made for a picture perfect wedding. Take a look!

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The couple had a beautiful intimate ceremony in the amphitheater with a natural backdrop and some rad vintage doors. The reception was pure fun with a live Mariachi band, whimsical couches and games and of course, a wild Margarita Truck as the bar!

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Photography Darren Kelly // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Vintage Rentals Circa Vintage Rentals // Margarita Truck Rasta Rita //

 

October 10, 2016 - No Comments!

Lisa + Steven’s Fall Garden Wedding

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Fall is here! Every year I hope to see the Southern California trees change colors but instead I settle for the somewhat cooler weather and the appearance of all things pumpkin at Trader Joe's. The fall wedding season is definitely one of my favorites. Guests get to enjoy seasonal menus, darker colors in their decor and get cozy by the fire pits. We're celebrating this lovely fall wedding on the blog today! P.S the bride designed her own invitations and hand painted all the pretty signs!View More: http://jenfujphotography.pass.us/lisastevenwedding

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After a beautiful wedding with a traditional tea ceremony, modern vows and lot's of happy tears, guests were escorted to the meadow for some sushi, drinks and dancing!

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Photography Jennifer Fujikawa // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Hair + Makeup Theresa Huang // Florals Hana Hana Flowers // Desserts Le Paradis Macaron // Wedding Arch Blue Fish Event Rentals // Invitations Fiber and Dye