Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Lora and Gary : A Sleepy Hollow Wedding

November 30

Years ago I started researching a place to spend Christmas with my family. Somewhere in driving distance so lots of people could attend, somewhere beautiful, in the open, but that still held that feeling of home. I stumbled upon Figueroa Farmhouse and fell in love! So when Heather from Amorology Weddings asked me to be a part of Lora and Gary’s wedding and told me where it was I was overjoyed! This venue is gorgeous – a farmhouse, rolling hills, sunset views and beauty as far as the eye can see. Not only is the venue amazing but Lora and Gary’s vision was so unexpected and so fun. They wanted a beautiful elegant event but with touches of their favorite stories and shows – Twilight, Sleepy Hollow and True Blood. It seemed like a challenge, but with Heathers ideas and lots of fun design elements we made it all happen! The wedding was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes – see lots more photos here!

The invitations were created with burnt edges which Lora placed inside books and mailed to each guest. One of my favorite pieces from this wedding was the welcome book. Lora and Gary are from the UK so everyone traveled from out of town. The welcome book had all the details for guests staying at the farmhouse, events and even a farmhouse map to help them find their way around.

Guests found their way to their tables with curled tags displayed on pumkpins. Designs and decor had fun elements of the dark stories with crows, poppy seed favors and their favorite quotes from each story. But the decor was still strikingly feminine and beautiful at the same time to balance out the eerie touches.

Event Coordination : Amorology Weddings
Photography : Brandon Kidd Photography
Florals : Flowerwild
Venue : Figueroa Farmhouse 

Exquisite Weddings Magazine Spring 2012

May 7

I had several fun projects in the recent issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine on newsstands now! There are a few real weddings, and some fun photoshoots that I will share with you over the next few days as they all deserve a little more of a story. A few of them are below to start things off. I designed the pink banner on the back of the trolley for the staff photo and some sweet signage for the gorgeous candy table shoot created by Christina from A Sweet Addition – have you seen her candy buffets? They are amazing!

Exquisite Weddings Magazine Spring 2012 cover

Exquisite Weddings Magazine Spring 2012 Staff Photo Banner

A Sweet Addition Candy Buffet Photoshoot Exquisite Weddings Magazine Spring 2012

Honey Love! The 2012 US Grant Wedding Showcase, Love Etc.

March 14

I recently got to work on an amazing collaboration for the US Grant Wedding Showcase. Jen of Jen Likes took her inspiration from here and turned it in to one of the most stunning booths I have seen at a bridal show. Honey Valentine turned into Honey Love which inspired sweet honey favors, honey stick handouts, honeycomb patterns and a plethora of gorgeous details.

Bridal show booth, honey love

The table was filled with gorgeous white and gold details; gold honeycomb netting floating in the vases, gold flatware, bright florals, and gold-leafed paper details. There was a fun and modern photo backdrop made up of small various shaped photos from Shewanders Photography that appeared to be floating behind the table.

Honey tags, paper accordion quotes

I created paper accordion pieces that were placed above each plate to add a pop of color and give each guest a little smile when they read the song lyrics on the piece which are a favorite of the bride and groom. All of the paper pieces were created with hand gold-leafed details – I LOVE the irregularity and textural element that the gold-leaf adds to each piece.

Panel invitation

Gold leafed, panel invitation

The invitation was a three panel piece with a tear off rsvp postcard. It included color coordinated vintage stamps, gold-leafing and a modern mix of honeycomb and chevron patterns.

Panel Invitation, vintage postage stamps

custom LOVE pillows

Gorgeous custom pillows made by Jen Likes

carnation florals

The carnations that Katherine of Root 75 used in the centerpieces were gorgeous! And this sweet pea arrangement below was so fun and whimsical I felt like it was going to get up and walk off the table!

sweet pea florals

US Grant team 2012

Here’s part of the wonderful team (from left) Suzanne & Mike from Shewanders Photography, Courtney from Brightly Designed, Katherine from Root 75 Florals, and Jen from Jen Likes.
Also involved (not pictured) were Audra Rene Studio, Concepts Event Design and Mikolich Family Honey.

The Paper Story : Pretty in Pink

November 11

A photoshoot that is near and dear to my heart was recently featured on The Bride Suite blog and I wanted to shed a little more light on all the prettiness. Suzanne from Shewanders Photography found this amazing pink dress by Claire La Faye and decided we needed to plan a shoot around it. We scoped out the perfect location at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and an idea took flight. From the minute I saw the tree I knew I had to fill it with paper. I am a sucker for vintage frames and have quite a few hanging around so they became the focal point for the backdrop. I hand cut words, silhouettes and hearts to “float” in the frames, I loved them so much that they found a home on my mantel for quite some time after the shoot. I also took on the task of designing the table which I must say was a lot of work, but who doesn’t love to shop for pretty things!! I found gorgeous plates and wine glasses at Anthropologie and filled in with more frames and my great-grandmothers silver. Paper played a huge part in the design of the table. I topped the linen with a paper runner and wrapped the vases in gorgeous printed paper to soften things even more. I wanted something dimensional on the plates so I created a scrolled menu and placed it with an antique soup spoon. The invitation was a fun piece that brought in soft stripes and a metallic pocket  with a framed window to showcase a simple heart when the invitation is first removed from the envelope. Topped off with some of my favorite vintage stamps it all added to the “pride and prejudice” feel of the shoot. Also, to add to the fun day, my sister Ashley was a bride for the day (the blonde)! Enjoy the amazing photos and check out more of them at The Bride Suite!

Table Design & Paper Goods: Brightly Designed, Photography: Shewanders Photography, Florals: Organic Elements, Chairs and Linens: Concepts Event Design, Dresses: Claire La Faye, Jewelry: Jennifer Rea, Location: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Hair and Makeup: Audra Rene, Hairpieces: Rachel Larraine, Wedding Cake: Cake