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February 27, 2020 - No Comments!

Hotel Figueroa: A modern boutique hotel and wedding venue

Part of our job (and trust me it's a fun part) is that we get to visit wedding and event venues all over Los Angeles and beyond to see if they might be a good fit for our clients. Sometimes they are venues that we know about but have never been in person and sometimes it's an old venue that got a new facelift. This time, Jessica, Kari and I headed downtown Los Angeles to check out the trendy and newly restored, Hotel Figueroa.

Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies

 

The Rooms

First we got a tour of the rooms and suites. We love checking these out because we can see where our couples will be getting ready and how the lighting and space will look for our photographers. Good news, every single room and suite looked photo-ready!

Bedroom Suite with leather headboard. Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies

Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect wedding venue for the modern bride or corporate event space for trendy companies

The event spaces

Next, we headed into the main area of the hotel to check out their cool event spaces. With over 10,000 sq. feet of event space Hotel Figueroa can offer an intimate and outdoor gathering on the Terrazza (for up to 140 guests) or something more elaborate in the Gran Sala complete with Spanish Colonial Architecture right down to the limestone fireplace.

Hotel figueroa ballroom. Spanish modern wedding venue in downtown Los Angeles

Hotel Figueroa Ballroom. Wedding venue in Downtown Los Angeles for the modern and bohemian bride

Even beyond events themselves Hotel Figueroa is welcoming to all its guests. With many lounges scattered across the property it’s a perfect place to relax and mingle with old friends and new. P.S their cocktails are INCREDIBLE.

Modern lounge at Hotel Figueroa - boutique hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for weddings and events

Cool lounge at Hotel Figueroa - boutique hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for weddings and events

The food + drinks

As beautiful as this place is the facility is only part of the story. On our tour we got treated to lunch and ordered delicious dishes from their in-house restaurant, Breva. We sat outside in their tropical-modern-moroccan patio overlooking the pool. This space is available to rent as well!

Hotel Figueroa outdoor pool and bar. Wedding venue in Downtown Los Angeles for the modern and bohemian bride

Flatbread pizza at Hotel Figueroa

 

After lunch, we ended the tour in their separate beach bungalow! This is typically open as a restaurant and bar but clients can do a full buyout and even use this space as the wedding after-party. I think this was my favorite space, look how colorful the design is.

Pool at Hotel Figueroa downtown Los Angeles

greenery archway at Figueroa Hotel

Cause We Can Events team at Hotel Figueroa - destination adventurous wedding planners

Want more details about the Hotel Figueroa for your wedding or event? Email us! hello@causewecanevents.com

Photos by Kari Dirksen

November 29, 2018 - No Comments!

Modern Navy and Grey Wedding at The Colony House

He was from LA, and she was from the Bay. Two different lifestyles over 400 miles apart, but the one thing that bonded them through the distance was their love for basketball. It played a huge part in their relationship as they both grew up playing and watching the game, and then playing with/watching each other as they got older! This past summer, we helped celebrate their love with their old teammates, friends, and family at The Colony House in Anaheim and it was nothing short of an amazing night.

Getting ready for an intimate First Look

Janet and Chris got ready at the Marriott in Fullerton and then headed over to The Colony House to take some photos. The Colony House has a really cool upstairs loft area which is where the couple had their First Look. Grab the tissues because it was such a tear-jerking moment!

Handsome groom in dark suit and plaid blue tie getting ready for First Look.

Beautiful modern bride with white floral bouquet posing before wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Bride walking toward groom for First Look at The Colony House.

Bride surprising groom for First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's First Look for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Picture-perfect moments

Some things I absolutely love about this venue are the glass walls and windows, plentiful lighting, and beautiful exterior that made for perfect backdrops. Our photographer was able to capture so many great shots of the couple, bridal party, and family.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by nature and orange flowers at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos beside brick wall at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by hanging lights at The Colony House.

Bride and groom running away together in photo at The Colony House.

Bride and groom taking pre-wedding photos surrounded by hanging lights at The Colony House.

Groom and groomsmen in navy and grey attire for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and bridesmaids in dark navy dresses with white florals laughing before modern wedding at The Colony House

Bridal party for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim

Bride and groom with family at The Colony House.

Details

Meanwhile, our team was working on a few finishing touches for the ceremony and reception. Check out some of the beautiful details of this elegant and modern wedding.

Escort cards hung by clothespins for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Rustic wooden welcome table for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Welcome table decor with Minnie bride ears for modern wedding at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Decor for the bride and groom on rustic wooden table for modern wedding at The Colony House

Photo of bride and groom printed on rock surrounded by bride and groom dolls.

Rustic wooden box to put cards and gifts in for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

1,000 Japanese gold cranes for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Reserved seating for wedding ceremony at The Colony House.

Greenery and hanging lights on outdoor patio of The Colony House for modern navy and grey wedding.

Cornhole with SF Giants bean bags for wedding games.

Cornhole with LA Dodgers bean bags for wedding games.

Escort cards replaced with polaroid photos of guests, hung by mini clothespins and string.

Photo of bride and groom surrounded by white florals for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House. Wedding favors for modern navy and grey wedding.

Ceremony

We used the upstairs loft area as the staging area for the bridal party. The loft has a large, clear glass window overseeing the entire downstairs space which gave us the perfect view of the entire ceremony.

Indoor ceremony set-up with grey metal chairs and hanging lights for modern wedding at The Colony House

Modern wedding ceremony lit by hanging lights and natural sunlight at The Colony House.

Bride and groom on stage at The Colony House for modern navy and grey wedding before saying vows.

Bride and groom saying vows with rustic wooden wall background at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom kiss after saying vows at modern wedding.

Bride and groom walking down the aisle under twinkling lights for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Modern bride holding white floral bouquet and walking down the aisle with groom after saying vows.Right after the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour upstairs and on the patio while we flipped the ceremony space into the reception area. 24 Carrots did an amazing job at preparing all of the tables ahead of time so that the break-down and set-up of the ceremony space was super quick and easy!Friends drinking during wedding cocktail hour at The Colony House.

Cocktail hour in the sunlight on the outdoor patio of The Colony House.

Indoor reception set-up under twinkling lights for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Grand entrance + first dance

After cocktail hour we welcomed guests to their seats for dinner as Janet and Chris made their grand entrance. Everything about this wedding brought tears to my eyes, but especially watching their first dance.

Bride and groom's grand entrance under twinkling lights at The Colony House.

Bride and groom's grand entrance for modern wedding at The Colony House.

Romantic black and white photo of bride and groom singing to each other during first dance.

Bride and groom's romantic first dance under twinkling lights at The Colony House in Anaheim.

Reception

Following toasts to the bride and groom, dinner was catered by 24 Carrots. This crowd did not need to wait for dinner to end for the party to begin! Guests were singing and dancing to each other from across tables and I could not stop laughing. They were having so much fun, and we were having so much fun watching them.

Friends toasting to bride and groom.

Happy friends hugging and celebrating at The Colony House wedding.

Desserts + Cake

Desserts included donut holes from Café Dulce and an ice cream sammich bar from Chunk-n-Chip set up on the patio. Talk about delish! But first, can we talk about how gorgeous this cake from Torrance Bakery was?

Bride and groom cut beautiful white 3-tier wedding cake with navy and silver details.

Bride and groom taking a bite of their wedding cake while friends applaud and celebrate.

Dessert bar set-up including sprinkled donut holes and cake slices for modern navy and grey wedding at The Colony House.

Ice cream sandwich bar set-up for wedding desserts with rustic wooden decor and navy details.

Party time!

Once the plates were cleared and drinks were flowing, the party continued on the dance floor. I don’t know about you, but I could tell that this was a celebration that everyone would remember forever. Cheers to Janet and Chris!

Bride and friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating and posing for camera during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Modern bride and groomsmen celebrating and dancing during reception at The Colony House wedding

Groom and friends celebrating and dancing during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Friends celebrating during reception at modern wedding at The Colony House.

Bride and groom celebrating and dancing together during reception for modern wedding at The Colony House.

 

Photographer JustinElement Productions // Planner Cause We Can Events // DJ Eric Vispares // Catering 24 Carrots // Cake Torrance Bakery // Desserts Café Dulce + Chunk-n-Chip // Hair & Makeup Kelly Zhang Studio // Florals California Petals

 

November 8, 2018 - 11 comments

Bohemian Wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Kate said she wanted a man that was smart, funny, handsome, and from the South. Lucky for her, she found her dream man! Clem checked all the boxes off on her list, and he lived right here in the South Bay. It was only fitting that they celebrate their love locally with their friends and family, and they could not have picked a more perfect venue: Smoky Hollow Studios.

Getting Ready

Kate and Clem got ready at their home nearby, but arrived at Smoky Hollow Studios a bit earlier to take some pre-ceremony photos with each other and with the bridal party. A couple things I love about this venue is the upstairs loft that we used as the bridal suite, and the fact that the exterior is so beautiful and has so many cool places for photos. Check them out below!

Bohemian bride getting ready for wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and bridesmaids toast before wedding ceremony

Bohemian bride and bridesmaids in white and pink dresses at Smoky Hollow Studios

Groom and groomsmen having fun before wedding ceremony

Bridal party for Bohemian wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place on the patio right outside the studio. Guests gathered around on the patio while the couple exchanged vows from inside. From where we stood, this was our view. It was definitely cozy but it made for a very intimate setting.

Bride and groom saying vows at Smoky Hollow Studios

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Smoky Hollow Studios

Couple saying vows under sunlight at Smoky Hollow Studios

From guests’ point of view, the couple actually stood above eye-level because the studio itself is on raised grounds. With the sunlight hitting perfectly and the beautiful interior of the venue in the background, it made it so much easier to ooh and ahh about this special moment—and so hard not to cry!

Outdoor wedding ceremony on patio of Smoky Hollow Studios

bridal party on patio of outdoor wedding ceremony at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom say I do at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom kiss after ceremony

Happy parents at wedding ceremony

Bride and groom walking down aisle after ceremony

The Reception

Another thing I love about this venue is that we were able to create the ceremony and reception in one space. So after the ceremony, guests came back inside for the reception. Take a close look at some of the details of this bohemian-themed wedding. All the furniture, tables chairs, bars, couches etc. are included in the venue which is really amazing.

Rustic bohemian theme florals for wedding

Rustic themed sign-in table for bohemian wedding

Card box for bride and groom

Seating arrangements on blackboard for rustic bohemian theme wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Place setting for BBQ at wedding on rustic wooden table

Buffet setup on long wooden farm tables for wedding reception

Rustic bohemian theme wedding reception at Smoky Hollow StudiosBride and groom grand entrance at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bohemian bride and groom wedding reception at Smoky Hollow Studios

Rustic wedding reception under twinkling lights at Smoky Hollow Studios

Party time!

After a delicious BBQ dinner from Baby Blues BBQ, it was time to party! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun just WATCHING everyone have fun! This crowd sang and danced the night away to classics and when I tell you that everyone was on the dance floor, I mean EVERYONE!

Bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

Couple dancing at wedding celebration

Happy friends celebrating at wedding reception

Man doing splits at wedding reception

VIPs Entertainment band performing at wedding reception

Friends celebrating at wedding reception

Friends doing limbo at wedding celebration

Bride celebrating with friends at wedding reception

Man dancing and celebrating at wedding reception

The Cake

This couple decided not to have the big traditional wedding cake. Instead, they went for something smaller, tastier, and easier to eat (and cut!) – good ol’ Sweet Potato Pie! They also had several mini pies as desserts for guests, all from Know Reality Pie.

Bride and groom cutting cake at Smoky Hollow Studios wedding

Bride and groom eat wedding pie

Did you like this bohemian industrial wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios? Check out this Winter wedding at Smoky Hollow next!

P.S Want to get inspired by other couples and ask questions to professional wedding vendors? Join our Adventurous Weddings & Elopements Facebook group!

Wedding vendor team

Photographer Geoff Rivers // Planner Cause We Can Events // Band VIPs Entertainment // Catering Baby Blues BBQ // Bar National Bar Staffing // Videographer Wandering Study Video // Desserts Know Reality Pie // Lettering Blue Poppy Lettering // Hair Dry Bar // Florals J Flowers

December 6, 2016 - 8 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.

Getaway car for bride and groom red convertible

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.

 

groomsmen in front of historic Santa Paula Chapel

dapper ring bearers with navy bowtie and overalls

bride with flower crown and bright bouquet

lace wedding gown and flower crown

bride with lace dress and flower crown

red convertible getaway car with bride

bride with bright bouquet and red convertible

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

ceremony at Saint Sebastian Church Santa Paula

bridesmaids in navy with baby's breath bouquet

wedding ceremony at saint sebastian church santa paula

beautiful saint sebastian church santa paula

 

newlyweds at saint sebastian church

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

just married getaway red convertible

newlywed kiss in red convertible

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