October 29, 2007
I am kind of completely obsessed with silhouettes lately. I think they are such a fun, elegant motif to incorporate throughout a wedding. Whether you incorporate them on your paper elements, (simple silhouettes of you and your fiance would look classic and clean on an invitation, or would be fun to print on coasters or cocktail napkins for your reception...) I also love the idea of silhouette wall hangings displayed at the wedding with a really thick, yummy ribbon. It is a look that is modern, but also timeless.
Silhouettes are no longer only made the old-fashioned way either. Instead of cutting images from paper, silhouettes now can be done much more quickly, accurately and easily-digitally from one of your photos. Order a high res pdf for your own printing or a gorgeous 8x10 on archival paper.
Fabulous companies like Classic Silhouettes and Simply Silhouettes let you do this easily. :)
Brides Against Breast Cancer Wedding Gown Sale
October 24, 2007
Making Memories is a wonderful organization whose mission is to grant wishes for breast cancer patients while continuing to support, educate and increase resource awareness. One of their fundraising programs, "Brides Against Breast Cancer" gives brides to be the opportunity to find their dream dresses at discounted prices. All the proceeds go toward raising money for breast cancer. Most gown prices range from $89- $799 and include hundreds of name brand and designer gowns (some valued at up to $8,000.) Even exclusive designer gowns valued at up to $20,000 will be available at 25%-75% savings. About half of the dresses come directly from manufacturers, designers and bridal stores- so you will find a huge selection of styles, fabrics and sizes. Brides Against Breast Cancer will be in Los Angeles from November 5th through November 7th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza:
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California 90067
November 5th- 6pm-10:30pm VIP night
November 6th- 8am-10:00pm
November 7th- 8 am - 5 pm
If you are already married and interested in donating your gown to this wonderful cause, click here and scroll down to find the downloadable form. (Or you can drop it off at the gown sale!)
Shower for the cure
October 19, 2007
October is breast cancer awareness month, so I wanted to share one of my very favorite products right now- Philosophy's "Shower for the Cure." It is soo yummy- it has this fresh tangerine-y with a hint of sweet vanilla fragrance...mmmm- perfect way to start the day! (And help save lives!) 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the shower gel is donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund. Go grab a bottle for yourself, your bridesmaids, anyone! It is a great gift for a great cause.
Think Pink at the Viceroy!
October 18, 2007
So, speaking of thinking pink.. I just found out that the uber-chic Viceroy is offering a "Think Pink" rate- where if you book a stay during the month of October, 10% of the rate will be donated to the UCLA Breast Center. Even more good reason to get out of town next weekend..
Shannon and Jon's wedding
October 15, 2007
I am so excited to share these beautiful pictures from Shannon and Jon's wedding (shot by the incredibly talented and wonderful Anna and Michael Costa. )
Shannon and Jon were SO much fun to work with. These two were the absolute sweetest and so much in love. It was a most perfect day full of love and laughter and all about celebrating family and friends.
The Firestone Crossroads estate provided the perfect rustic backdrop and the fresh coral and pink tones throughout the wedding added a vibrant summery elegance. There were tons of yummy peonies, ranunculus and dahlias mixed in with more rustic pieces of willow and branches of berries.
The ceremony took place under the Firestone's famous Oak tree. Shannon and Jon's good friend Mark officiated the ceremony while long flower strands swayed gently in the breeze from the tree's branches. The sky had the most intense shades of blues and pinks (caused by the smoke from the fire along San Marcos Pass..)
A gorgeous lounge area with white puffy couches made the cocktail area extra cozy and Shannon and Jon's good friend Dave played the most beautiful music on his guitar. (Shannon had always dreamed that her friend Dave would play at her wedding someday..)
For the reception, guests moved inside the barn where incredible branch centerpieces adorned the tables. The branches had dozens of white flowers individually wired to each branch and they looked as if they were just floating in the air. A most touching (and funny!) toast was given by Jon's 8 (yes, 8!) brothers and sisters.
Their fabulous vendors also included Pure Joy who created an amazing spread and as always were such a pleasure to work with.
Lisa Carter with Behind the Scenes who showed yet again that she is a floral genius!
Rachel with AMS Entertainment did a great job keeping guests on the dance floor.
Dawn at Decadence who created their oh-so-yummy wedding cake.
Julie Morgan did a beautiful job achieving Shannon's soft and elegant, totally romantic hair and makeup. (Not that she needed any help!) and Shanon looked absolutely stunning in her Kirstie Kelly gown.
Because of the heavy wind that comes through the Santa Ynez Valley, we secured these escort cards with a simple, shear ribbon- which helped the cards stay in place and looked gorgeous!
John with his most adorable little brother (the "flower boy") and sister (the "ring girl.")
Shannon could not have been a more beautiful bride!
How perfect are these peonies?!!
Perhaps my favorite detail of the day were these 7 foot long flower strands hanging all throughout the branches of the ceremony Oak. The way they glistened and glowed as the sun began to set was something magical.
October 9, 2007
To celebrate our second anniversary, we went away to wine country again (of course!) but this time went a bit farther north to Paso Robles (where we had not ventured to yet..) Wow. What a special trip. I tried to turn off my wedding filter for this one weekend of vacation- but I could not help but imagine the possibilities in this GORGEOUS area.
We stayed at the incredibly romantic Hotel Cheval (thanks to Jenn and Jeff for the fabulous recommendation!) complete with a wine, cheese and chocolate bar, outdoor fire places with cozy furniture and- I loved this part- complimentary horse and buggy! (ooh and they do (smaller) weddings there!)
We had a yummy romantic dinner at Villa Creek and a lovely brunch at Artisan. (I am a fan of any place that offers fresh, fried donuts with dipping sauces for a brunch appetizer!)
We also did a lot of wine tasting at some really great wineries- my husband's favorite, Four Vines (where even as loyal wine club members we could not get our hands on a single bottle of the amazing Heretic..) We also loved Denner (highly recommend their "ditch digger" and zin!) and Tablas who makes some really awesome blends.
It was the perfect romantic getaway (and really not that much farther from LA than to the Santa Ynez Valley..) perfect for an anniversary, or just to get away from the stresses of daily life for a weekend. We can't wait for an excuse to go back! (Paso Robles weddings anyone?! hehe...)
Two year anniversary!
October 8, 2007
Yay! I cannot BELIEVE it has already been two years since our beautiful wedding day. Time really does fly when you are having fun. While the big day does go by so fast, I still remember everything like it was yesterday- the smells, the sounds, the feelings..I will never forget the look on Dave's face when he saw me come down the aisle- and the smell of my bouquet, the nervous excited feeling from the sound of Canon in D, the bubbling of Champagne in my nose..
There is also something so amazing about photographs and the way they can take you back to a moment in time. I feel so lucky to have incredible photographs of our memories. (Thank you Jose Villa!) It really was the most special day, and I feel so lucky to be a part of that with so many couples I work with. :)
I thought I'd share some photos from my own big day..
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.