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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 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 - 9 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