Shoulder Kisses

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I love seeing brides take risks when it comes to what they wear. The one shoulder look is a sexy, modern statement without over doing it. There are many ways to rock it- bold, romantic, grecian.. there are also fabulous options for bridesmaids. Here are a few ideas I put together.

1st Inspiration Board (Clockwise)
Purple Bridesmaid Dress: David's Bridal -  F13185
Yellow Bridesmaid Dress: David's Bridal -  83170
Large Photo Bottom Rt Corner: DB - WG9888
Vera Wang - Fall 08 Collection
Maggie Sottero - Eleanor
Jennifer Salzman - 31597123
Large Photo Top Lt Corner: Maggie Sottero - RD1044
Ian Stuart - Cabaret
Center: Tia Mowry's Gown by Kevan Hall

2nd Inspiration Board (Left to Right)
Green Dress - Bari Jay 641
Tuquoise Dress - Allure 1209
Pinkish Red Dress - Windsor Fashions 051012981

Signature Scent

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On your wedding day, you'll most likely be surrounded by a sea of people you probably haven't seen in a long time, not to mention hand in hand with the amazing love of your life! Not only do you want to look your best, you'll want to smell your best as well.

When I think of a bride, I think of the words, fresh, happy, vibrant, floral, romantic, beautiful, timeless.

The ideal scent would probably be something that was soft, yet has a presence, without being too overpowering and most of all, a fragrance that will last all day.

After chatting with my perfume-junkie friends, raiding Sephora and doing some online research, I present to you some of the most bride-worthy scents, in no particular order.:

Feel free to leave a comment with your fave bride-a-licious perfumes as well!

Notes of chic, green tangerine, violette, and pink jasmine mingle with soft patchouli, musk, and delectably sweet strawberry leaves and caramelized popcorn for a delicious scent that's truly irresistible.

Dew Drops, Radiant Sicilian Bergamot, Black Currant Leaves, Paperwhite Narcissus, Honeysuckle, Lavender Musk Accord, Moroccan Cedar, White Iris Root.

Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Sungoddess Rose, Marigold, Ginger, Chamomile Oil, Yellow Freesia, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Day Lily, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk.

Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach, Madonna Lily, Muguet, Plum, Jasmine, Vetiver, Vanilla, Amber, Musk.

Top notes are red berries, italian lemon and cassia; middle notes are indian jasmine and bulgarian rose; base notes are patchouli, sandalwood, amber, madagascar vanilla and honey.

Vetiver, White Peony, Tree Moss, French Tulip, Mimosa, Magnolia, White Hyacinth, Rose, Sandalwood, Musk.

Living Dew Drops, Icy Black Currant, Purple Wisteria, White Lilac, Lotus Flower, Living Orchid, Angel White Jasmine, White Lights Azalea, Snowbird Azalea, Musks, Cedar, Cashmirwood, Amberwoods.

Patchouli, Musk, Vetiver, Orris, Vanilla, Jasmine.

Halloween is classified as a sharp, flowery fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of floral iris, lime blossom, gardenia, mimosa, rose, lavender.

Glamour recently did a post entitled "5 Absolute Best Perfumes for Brides." Here are their top picks, categorized by personality types:

For the classic bride: Quelques Fleurs
The notes in this timeless floral scent have remained a secret for 90 years--but that hasn't diminished its popularity. "This is a fragrance that gets passed down through generations," Saxby says. You could buy it for your own daughter before her wedding day, too.

For the cool, modern bride: Voyage d'Hermes
This crisp, woodsy new fragrance--which Saxby recommends for "a chic, cultured bride"--is one you could share with your groom-to-be; it's unisex!

For the beachy bride: Creed Sublime Vanille
This vanilla/citrus blend is "light, airy, and free-spirited," just like the girl who elopes to a Caribbean beach. Don't kill me when you look at the price tag: I know this one takes splurge to a new level. But hey, maybe you can rationalize it because you're saving so much by not having a huge wedding?

For the fun, flirty bride: Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum
Go for something upbeat and flowery! Saxby names this one as "the perfect floral scent for a wedding day"; it blends airy, energetic notes of violets and pepper.

For the ultra-romantic bride: By Kilian Love, Don't Be Shy
This girly mix of neroli, sambac jasmine and a hint of vanilla is "sweet and innocent--what every bride wants to be on her wedding day," Saxby says. FYI, the travel-size spritzes are a more affordable option.

Strike a Pose

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photo booths are usually a big hit with guests during the wedding reception. Rent one or D-I-Y using a fabric backdrop or decorate a makeshift wall with wallpaper and some vintage frames, add a few props and you're good to go!

Photo Credits:
BW: Unknown
Sign: Karisa + Arvind
Mini Collage: Catie + Ben
Vintage Frames: Sasha Souza
Yellow Backdrop: Lena Corwin
Filmstrip: Jeff + Amanda

Eric + LaTanya

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm ecstatic to share with you EE's first featured wedding! Eric and LaTanya's chic destination wedding took place April 30, 2010, on the gorgeous grounds of Cabo Del Sol in Mexico. I couldn't help myself, I posted quite a few pictures capturing their day, which was beautifully vibrant and truly reflected the essence of their love, not to mention their impeccable sense of style.

LaTanya said she was inspired by South Beach and chose a palette of aqua, ivory, oranges and yellows. The bride wore 2 stunning gowns, one was custom made and the other was by Rivini from R-Mine Bridal. Heels by no other than Christian Louboutin, the Groom was in a custom-made suit by Perchelle and Bridemaids were in Bella. Wedding Coordination was by April Bonds of Baja Events and spectacular photos are by Alec & T.

Congratulations Eric & Tu, may you have a richly blessed and amazingly fulfilled life together!

11 Ways to Have an Eco {Chic} Wedding

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

1. Invitations: Your wedding announcement or invitation can set the tone for your environmentally friendly wedding. There are tons of pre-made or DIY options for 100% recycled, partially recycled or completely tree free papers from wedding invitation suppliers.

2. Time of Day: Daytime allows natural light to cut down on electricity. if you're set on night time, consider using soy candles for a romantic ambiance; they burn cleaner and last longer.

3. Bridal Registry: Add fair-trade items to your registry list or have your guests donate to world changing causes such as saving the rainforest in your name.

4. Wedding Party Attire: What a perfect opportunity to implement "something borrowed." wear something that has been passed down or get your mom's dress re-done. You can also rent, buy used or recycled @

5. Rings: Look for a jeweler that uses environmentally concious precious metals and conflict free diamonds.

6. Natural Face: Wear organic or mineral make up from brands that say no animal testing.

7. Serveware: Use eco-friendly and natural dinnerware.

8. Local Wedding: Choose a venue that's close to the majority of your guests. Think beyond traditional wedding venues. Look into unique locales such as a nonprofit spaces, botanical gardens, museums, art galleries, or historic buildings that operate with the same degree of concern for the earth that you do. Consider an outdoor setting such as a park, beach, lakeside, or mountaintop to take advantage of natural beauty that requires minimal embellishments by you.
Eco-friendly event venue in Los Angeles

9. Transportation: Choose to get around in a vehicle with low emissions, shuttle your guests or encourage them to car pool.

10. Vendors:
Go with locally grown, organic food, vineyards, fair trade flowers.

11. Eco-conscious Honeymoon:
Create the perfect blend of romance and eco-conscious travel.

If you had a green wedding, what are some things you did? We'd love to hear your ideas!

Grey Matter

Monday, May 17, 2010

At some point, I used to think of grey as such a bland color. In the past couple of years, it's emerged as a versatile hue, a fresh alternative to the black, ivory and tan suits/tuxedos. There's definitely something that strikes my fancy when I see a well-dressed man in grey.

Thought I'd put together a few visuals for you to check out, perhaps it will inspire your groom as well!

From top to bottom:
Calvin Klein "Legend", After Six "Catalina", Jean Yves "Savoy", Jean Yves #4875, Taboo's (Black Eyed Peas) custom-made light grey tux.

9 Money-Smart Ways to Plan Your Wedding

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I'm all for the bride on a budget! It doesn't mean you can't get what you want, it just means you plan things with purpose instead of impulse. Weddings are a bazillion dollar industry and you can easily get sucked in the black hole, spending hard earned cash on spur-of-the-moment glitzy gadgets that are more so a want than a need. I compiled thoughts on a few categories to hopefully get you started on the right track. Even if you already crossed a few things off this list, you can still plug right in. Feel free to message us with your advice as well!

1. Date
“Did you set a date yet?” That seems to be the 1st question everyone asks once you’re engaged. There are factors to every date; depending on where you live, some think the summer may be too hot, it rains sporadically in spring, the original date you wanted isn’t available at the venue etc. Consider an off-peak season. “You can shave 20 to 30 percent off the cost of a wedding by planning it for November, or January through March―except for Valentine’s Day,” says Alan Fields, coauthor of Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget. Also, you might be surprised to find out how much you can save getting married on a Friday or Sunday vs. Saturday.

2. Venue
Following the when, is the where. Instead of choosing a place that is typically known for hosting weddings, such as a banquet hall or hotel, consider a non-traditional venue such as a home, boat or historic landmark. You can jazz up any place by hiring your own hand selected vendors and having more creative control.

3. Dress
Go ahead, get inspired online or from magazines but don’t let the thousand dollar price tags stop you from wearing what you want. Consider getting your gown custom-made, buying a vintage or second-hand dress, borrowing, renting or tracking down your dream dress from trunk sales and off sample racks.

4. Food
Having your reception during the day and serving brunch or lunch tends to be much cheaper than dinner. Other options are a limited buffet course instead of a 5 course meal , a cake & punch reception are also popular money-saving alternatives.

5. Liquor
Offer a signature cocktail (ex: sangria) or provide previously bought alcohol (ex: red and white wine only), vs. an open bar. Even if the open bar is open for a limited time, it will encourage guests to drink as much they can in a short amount of time, which isn’t necessarily beneficial for the party or the bill. I know for some brides alcohol is an “must”, but consider skipping out on the liquor altogether. I personally did this for our wedding and the one thing our guests were raving about was how much of a (surprisingly) good time they had without the booze!

6. Cake
Sure, the fancy multi-tiered cakes are wondrous to behold, but unless your aunt Becky is baking it, those aren’t cheap! (See my previous post entitled “But I Don’t Even Like Cake”). A good rule of thumb to remember is: the more height, the more money, this goes for all the embellishments in between. Opt for a smaller cake, do the finishing touches yourself and get a sheet cake to serve to your guests.

7. Flowers
Simply, simplify, simplify. Consider using one type of flower, which will add a monochromatic theme to your wedding and/or use local, in-season flowers. This will cut down expenses from your florist having to do a special order on exotic flowers. You can either do the bouquets or centerpieces yourself with real or silk flowers, I’ve even seen weddings where the couple bought orchids that came already in simple and chic pots and just placed them on the table to instantly dress up a bland tablecloth.

8. Photo/Video
Photography and Video are important elements to not skimp out on. After countless hours of planning picture-perfect details, besides your memories, they are the only keepsakes that document your Big Day. Consider hiring a photography/film student or someone looking to expand their portfolio who will work with your budget. If you can, ask for the raw footage or copies of all the original files and get them edited or re-touched at a later time when you can afford it. Remember, the best photographers and videographers were up and coming at one time or another!

9. Invitations
Get your bridal party involved and put their creative talents to use! Friends and family are always looking for ways to help out. How fun would it be to organize a get-together-invitation-making assembly line? If you don’t want to go the D-I-Y route, there are tons of simple, affordable invites that still look classy. Check out Seal ‘N Send invites by Carlson Craft. We got ours from for approximately $130 for 125 invites. Not bad, huh?

...saving all this money, sweet segue into splurging on your well-deserved honeymoon!

Sky High

Friday, May 14, 2010

Every now and then, I come across brides asking about platforms to wear on their wedding day because their fiance is tall. Here are a few stand out options I put together, nothing clunky, just a nice, sculpted heel.. to wear with a short, fun dress, perhaps!?! (Ideas in my post called "Short & Sassy").

Nine West "Vella", Stuart Weitzman's "Glowicky", Glo "Hipitch" & "Glodivine".

Honeymooners: Get the Most Bang For Your Buck

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Many couples looking to go on their honeymoon pick the place first, then do the research. How about starting from a backwards perspective? In this economy, every penny counts. Sure, it would be romantic to just spin the globe and go wherever your heart leads you, but let's face it, most of our wallets frankly aren't that deep. I'm not saying anyone should have to feel like settling, but what a thrill it would be to experience an exotic country we normally wouldn't have considered. There are some fabulous destinations waiting to be discovered if only we took the time to read about them. Many places have a bad rep because of what we hear from the media, when these occurences can happen almost anywhere. There are good and bad parts in towns across the globe. Research where the good parts are and you can still have a funtastic vacay while going where the dollar is strong. Have you compared the value of the US dollar to the currency in other countries lately?

A handy site to use:

MSN wrote an article called "8 Exotic and Cheap Vacations"
Here are the countries listed:
Hondouras' Routan Island

When planning my own honeymoon, I always wondered, is there really a "best time of the week to purchase airline tickets?"
Finding out that time of day really did make a difference prompted me to do my own research. Although there are some people saying the following isn’t completely accurate, it is commonly believed that the major plane ticket search engines (Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz etc) release their new prices on Wednesdays. When you buy plane tickets online, you can get the best deals on Wednesday from midnight to around 5am of the homebase of the carrier you are travelling with. For example, Delta Airlines is based out of Georgia, which is 3 hours ahead of California. So I would go online to purchase tickets from 9pm to 2am pst. Hey, it wouldn't hurt to test this theory. We did it and saved nearly $400 for our trip to Spain. I know there are other variables that someone else could better explain, so I encourage you to look more into it since there is tons of great advice out there.

A passport or plane, however, isn't necessary to have a good time. Californians are blessed to be in a state of this much sunshine! Another option would be to drive up or down the California Coast. There are beautiful coastal towns to take in and enjoy. How about staying at a Bed & Breakfast in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara or San Diego?

..I know, so many choices, so little time! Whatever floats your boat, wishing you happy 'moon planning!

Fave Wedding Movies

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sometimes we just need to be refreshed, inspired and entertained with someone else's comical pursuit of love. Nothing like a good flick to pop in when you need to unwind and step away from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Here are some of my faves. What are some of yours?

Letters to Juliet
Made of Honor
The Wedding Planner
Runaway Bride
The Wedding Singer
27 Dresses
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Father of the Bride
My Best Friend's Wedding
Wedding Crashers
Leap Year

Short & Sassy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

These little white dresses make me happy, I just had to share!
Short dress, long veil, anyone? :)
Cymbeline Paris Saline, Romona Keveza, Lanvin Resort

Melissa Sweet, Carmela Sutera

But I don't even like cake.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I am blessed to have a husband that is very supportive of my heart for all-things-weddings and likes to read my posts to give me his two cents (thank you honey). He asked me yesterday, "Did you tell them about the cake?" This one was suggested by him :)

The title of this post is inspired by my daughter. She likes sweets, but something about cake or cupcakes just doesn't appeal to her (I know) until she tasted the following...

I dreamed of having an incredibly delectible chocolate cake for our wedding. And it had to be from a certain bakery that specialized in this mouth-watering delight. When I called to ask about cake tasting, I was baffled by the price. It was $5 per slice and $6.75 per slice if I wanted fresh flowers. WHAT?!?!?!?!?? If this was a song, you'd hear the pause button quickly end my joyous optimism. I had to ask the sales rep to repeat himself to make sure I heard him right, as I tried to quietly contain my shock. I knew this cake was good, but it wasn't that good!

I started calling other bakeries and found out the range of a decent cake (not high end/not low end, reputable bakery) was indeed around $3-5/slice. What's with this per slice thing? I know I don't order cakes much but I just had no idea. I was still under the assumption that one could order a sheet cake; it seemed simple enough to me. I couldn't bear the thought of horrible cake at my own wedding. There had to be a tasty yet cost effective way.

Pondering this predicament and continuing to call pastry referrals and not getting an affordable solution, I remembered this cake that my cousin introduced me to on a previous trip to Arizona. At her local supermarket, Kroeger's, they sell slices of "Tuxedo Truffle" cake. OMG it's a slice of heaven in your mouth. (My daughter even agreed). Layers of decadent chocolate; I can hardly begin to describe how good it is, you'll just have to take my word for it. I called them to see if they could possibly ship it or perhaps our groomsmen who lived out there could drive up with it. The baker was amazed that I liked it so much and asked me where I lived. After I told her "Southern California," she said "oh, you can order this cake at the Ralph's Chain there." (This is where the song would suddenly pause again). "Really!?!? I said?" She confirmed, we hung up and I drove straight to Ralph's. I was so happy to see the cake through the glass window I took a picture of it and texted it to my cousin. You might be thinking "grocery store cake?" Yes my friend, but this is no ordinary grocery store cake. It's definitely something you've got to taste to believe.

This cake was sold in eighth, quarter and half sheets. I could serve approximately 40 people per half sheet AND not everyone eats cake. So for our 300 guests, I ordered enough for 180 people- 4.5 half sheet cakes and then a quarter sheet for our cake cutting photos. (The cake was to be taken to the back to be cut by our caterer and our personal cake would be decorated with frosting and placed atop a gorgeous cake stand surrounded by fresh flowers by our florist). At the end of the night people were coming back for seconds and we still had some left over! All this cost a whopping $280 whereas with the other options, at $5/slice it would be $1500 and $3/slice would be $900.

I know the general saying is "you get what you pay for," but in this case, the quality is outstanding and the price of this confection was truly icing on the cake!

Hair Wear

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I absolutely adore bird cage veils, hair pieces with feathers, color, jewels, netting.. something about that combination just sets off such a vintage glam edge that excites me! Anyone else with me on this one?
There are tons of variations, I thought i'd share a few that caught my eye. Enjoy!

All hair pieces from the following sellers, top to bottom:
satanica, YJdesign, hairsewvintage & luluspendor

Spotlight: SoCal Venues

Friday, May 7, 2010

I was going to feature one particular venue but I thought why not showcase a few! I LOVE being outdoors so most of my picks have that outdoor appeal even if they are somewhat covered.

calamigos ranch ~ beautiful malibu beach location

inn of the seventh ray ~ nestled in the topanga canyon mountains, this romantic gem is known for their awesome organic/vegan menu

occidental college ~ earthy tones, cozy yet airy outdoor/indoor vibe in eagle rock (inbetween pasadena/downtown la), you would never guess you were at a college campus
hotel figueroa ~ hotel in los angeles w/ plush moroccan decor

marvimon ~ perfect combo of artsy industrial loft and outdoor patio (this is where i wanted to get married but didn't accomodate our large # of guests)

vibiana ~ classy restaurant in downtown la

villa del sol d'oro ~ gorgeous italian villa in sierra madre. this picture doesn't do justice (2nd place i wanted to get married but they didn't have our date available)

i'm a sucker for historical sites for wedding venues (we got married at a museum!)
other options are: the beach (you don't need a permit for your ceremony as long as none of your guests are sitting), mansion/estates, parks...
Here's a great link to peruse:

The New White Dress

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Who says you HAVE to wear white on your wedding day? I think these dresses scream fabulousness in the most bride appropriate way!

Here are some celebs in soft pink/blush tones for inspiration. Ok, so they may not exactly be "bridal" but they sure are stunning!
If those don't make you wanna blush, here are more colored gowns all by:
blue~estella, silver/grey~lynette, red~amara royale, light gold~sabelle

Flowers For Every Season

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I am personally not a fan of roses, I enjoy more exotic flowers that have a simple elegance to them, if that makes sense. When we got married in September, I was really excited to find out that dahlias were a late summer flower. However, I found out the day before our wedding, that particular flower was not available at the LA flower mart :(

I know we all google images and look at other bride's bouquets for inspiration but if I may suggest to you, before getting your hopes up, first find out if the flower of your choice is: in season, available locally and if you can afford it. I know I wanted certain orchids as well for our center pieces, but my florist was able to suggest a comparable candidate, as it would have been quite costly doing that for 30 tables. Luckily we were still able to have the orchids because when we shortened the height of the vase, we didn't need as many orchids! There's always a creative way to get around it! (You'll see this re-curring theme throughout my real-life wedding stories :)

I found this flower generator where you plug in the colors, seasons, area you live etc and it recommends flowers for you. How cool is that!

Here is a list of flowers by season:


Apple or cherry blossoms
Forsythia branches
Lily of the Valley
Sweet Peas


Calla Lilies
Jacobs Ladder
Queen Anne’s Lace
Shasta daises


Gerbera daisies