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July 8, 2019 - 2 comments

What it Takes to be a Boho Bride or Groom

I think at this point in the game, it's pretty obvious that our team produces a ton of boho desert weddings. We team up with Under Canvas a lot and we could not be more thankful for that partnership. When we are working in the desert, our team tends to talk a lot about how our clients are the ideal glamping couple. They tend to be very calm with whatever is thrown their way and always have a great time. If you're trying to decide if you'd enjoy your time out in the desert for your wedding weekend, here’s a quick list for what it may take to be the perfect glamping bride or groom:

Bride in Grace Loves Lace dress with cape and groom in light grey suit at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree

1. BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

You are going to have friends & family staying on the same property for the weekend, it’s impossible to please everyone but we've found ways to work around it. One being, the first night we suggest you keep it semi mellow so everyone is well rested for the big wedding day.  We aren't saying don't have fun but a welcome dinner with cocktails is the best bet! We recently did a wedding that had live acoustic music and that was a huge hit. On the actual wedding day you should consider setting a curfew for outdoor amplified music. Once it hits midnight, we suggest moving indoors (if possible) or turning the volume down a bit. We also found that a welcome kit equipped with earplugs can go a long way. It’s your day so you make the judgement call!

Bride and groom first dance at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree. Desert wedding with groom in light grey suit and bride in Grace loves Lace dress with wings

2. GO WITH THE FLOW

All wedding planners would love for their couples to go with the flow but it is a completely different ballgame when you are playing in the desert for the weekend. It’s important to remember that we are up against Mother Nature. The desert can bring wind, rain, heat & cold all within the same month! With the weather being wildly unpredictable, it is important you are able to trust Plan A and Plan B. You will want to keep a close eye on the weather 2 weeks prior to your big day. Pending what Siri is showing you on the forecast, you may have to move the ceremony indoors, order a last minute tent or, our personal favorite, push everything back a bit and see what happens. You never know, you could get lucky two of our desert couples end up with a double rainbow during your ceremony!

Bride and groom walking through the desert in Joshua Tree. Desert wedding at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, CA. Destination wedding planner Cause We Can Events

3. BE FASHION FORWARD

We suggest you ditch the heels and go with some comfortable boots for your glamping wedding! You will feel more confident and definitely more comfortable. As we mentioned, the weather can be unpredictable so make sure you check the weather and pack a cute jacket to go along with your wedding attire just in case you need it.

Bride wearing Grace Loves Lace wedding gown with wings and brown boots for her desert wedding at Rimrock Ranch. Joshua Tree wedding designed and planned but destination wedding planner Cause We Can Events

As always, we highly suggest you don’t tackle your glamping wedding alone. It is important you find the right event planning team to help your desert dreams come true! Read more about that topic HERE

Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Hair + Makeup Emerald M Makeup // Flowers Best Day Ever Floral Design // Venue Rimrock Ranch 

August 15, 2017 - 29 comments

5 important things to remember when choosing your Wedding Photographer

Want to know what the number 1 thing couples regret not doing for their wedding? Hiring a really GOOD wedding photographer! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that they wish they had spent more on an experienced and really talented wedding photographer. That, and hiring a wedding planner but that will be a post for another day ha! Choosing a wedding photographer can be pretty hard because there are so many talented ones out there. Here are some things to remember when searching for your wedding photographer.

1. Find your photography style

First, look through some wedding photos and find out your personal style. Would you rather have professional portrait photos? Do you prefer more action shots and candid moments? Or are you a nature-lover and are more passionate about whats in the background of your photos? Esthetically, do you tend to like the bright and airy photos or gravitate toward the warmer and moody tones?

Bride and Groom at TreePeople Park Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

 

bride and groom kiss in the desert in joshua treePhoto by Alissa Noelle Photography

Photo by Samantha Roy Photography

2. Scheduling

This is important if you run into an issue when the photographer is booked for multiple events. If you want someone that is all-in and dedicated to getting the photos back to you quickly, you might want to look for someone who doesn't have a crammed schedule around the time of your wedding. Also, some photographers have different pricing if you want to hire them personally or one of their (very talented) associates. Just make sure you know who you're getting!

art deco bride and groom

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

3. Budgeting and Extra Charges

Before your special day, make sure everyone is on the same page with the costs. If you are, the next question would be if they charge extra for special services you might want. Do they charge for extra travel? Do they include an engagement session or is that additional? These are all important questions to ask to make sure you can stay within your budget.

bride and groom canyon walk

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

4. Second Shooters are a must

We assume that every photographer brings along a second shooter to help them out on the wedding day but sometimes that comes as an additional charge. I really believe it's important to find someone that includes a second shooter because while your main photographer can snap some photos of you getting your hair and makeup done, the second shooter can capture all the decor photos and even a few candids of guests arriving or family members hugging. One photographer can't be at 2 places at the same time!

5. Personality Check

Most couples will be able to feel if a photographer is right for them. He or she will be interested in knowing your story as a couple and want to portray that in the photos they take. It is important to have a few in-person meetings to become more comfortable with each other and create chemistry. You want to be genuine and natural when taking these photos, so make sure you and your photographer have a solid relationship of understanding and friendship. Don't forget, your photographer will be with you for at least 8 hours on your wedding day so choose someone who makes you feel like you've been friends forever.

photographer Chloe Moore behind the scenes

retro just married getaway

Photo by Amy Lynn Photography

That’s all! Five simple tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your wedding day. I hope it was helpful and it sparked some good questions for you to ask. Let us know what tips you have when searching for your ideal photographer.

July 11, 2017 - 17 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!

Smoky Hollow Studios wedding at sunset

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.

cute rompers bridesmaids

bride and bridesmaids cheers in rompers

lace bohemian wedding dress on hanger

bride and mother getting ready

red head bohemian bride

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.

bright coral and pink bouquet with sandals

invitation suite with soft pinks, greens and ivory

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

groom in light beige suit and grey tie

white and green boutonniere on light suit

groom and groomsmen in light suits and grey ties

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.

sweet first look in front of plant wall

first kiss in front of plant wall

bride and groom kiss in front of succulent wall

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!

smoky hollows studio outdoor patio

marquis love sign at smoky hollow studios

macarame ceremony backdrop with greenery

green and white floral centerpieces on farm table

branded beer pint on farm tables

pink, coral and peach flowers on farm tables

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!

ceremony at smoky hollow studios

ceremony in front of garage doors

ceremony with macrame backdrop

wedding vows at smoky hollow studios

first kiss in front of smoky hollow studios garage doors

newlyweds after ceremony smoky hollow studios

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!

coral bridesmaids dresses at smoky hollow studios

bridal party in front of brick wall

bride and groom in front of warehouse

bride and groom kiss outside smoky hollow studios

chalkboard drink menu on wooden wall

Border Grill catering truck

chalkboard menu sign

wooden card box and guest book

selfiebooth station at smoky hollow studios

ladies posing at selfiebooth station

desserts from SusieCakes on farm table

naked cake by SusieCakes

 

cake cutting in warehouse

dancing at smoky hollow studios

selfiebooth at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom dancing

funny hats during wedding dancing

bride and groom dance-off

groom dance moves

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

dip kiss bride and groom white brick wall

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

 

April 4, 2017 - 10 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

capped sleeve wedding dress with slit

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!

capped sleeve wedding dress with open back

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

high neck wedding gown

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.

high neck and cross back wedding dress

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

long sleeve and high neck lace wedding dress

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.

sexy wedding dress with side slit and long sleeves

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

open back wedding dress with long sleeves

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...

capped sleeves short wedding dress with texture

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

capped sleeve wedding dress with lace

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.

capped sleeve wedding gown lace

 

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.

bohemian wedding dress grace loves lace

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.

deep v neck wedding dress

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?

open back wedding dress with capped sleeves

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. off the shoulder wedding dress lace

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.

off the shoulder long train wedding dress

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!

mod short wedding dress with embellishments
structured wedding dress with collar short

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?