RINGing in the NEW YEAR!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The last blog of 2011 and what a FANTASTIC year it has been!

For those of you thinking of one of the best ways to start off the new year, create an incredibly FUN party and way to never forget your anniversary. Thought i'd put together a few elements for a joyous NYE wedding bash!

The How
An intimate backyard ceremony with a sleek lounge sitting area, lantern lit trees, complete with countdown after party

The Look
He: A jewel toned velvet blazer | She: A metallic hued sequins cocktail dress

The Vibe
Confetti sprinkled tables, non-assigned seating to encourage guests to mix & mingle, a sparkler send-off

The Food
International hors d'oeuvres: Spanakopita, Stuffed Mushrooms, Dumplings, Sausage & Cheese Platter

The Dessert
A Fire pit Smores Station 

The Drink

Have any of you gotten married on NYE or are you in the midst of planning a NYE wedding? We'd love to hear your ideas! 

Looking forward to all that 2012 has to bring. See you all next year!



DIY ~ Paint Inspired

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I don't remember the last time I did a DIY post and here we are at the end of the year... shame on me! Last night I was admiring my friend Oti's handmade wrapping paper when the idea came to me, a paint infused wedding!  

Here is a photo of one of Oti's uniquely wrapped presents. To see more of her lovely creations, please click here.

DIY Monet watercolor inspired votives as seen on OnceWed.

DIY Painted Wooden Peg Cake Toppers by Mrs. FunnelCake of WeddingBee

DIY Brick Painted Table Numbers by SomethingTurquoise

I absolutely LOVE this idea of a painted guestbook from Kezia & Ashton's Wedding as seen on GWS!

I had the pleasure of seeing wedding painter Sam Day's live painting creations at the Wedding MBA I attended this past September. The details he was able to capture of this wedding reception featured on Seattle Bride Magazine are AMAZING!!!

White Haute Wedding

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oh my, the things a girl has to do to finish a blog! The baby is finally asleep so blogging in the dark it is :) Kudos to all you mama bloggers, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!

One of the 2012 Wedding Trends is a white palette. This is typically something I'm not personally drawn to, but it has grown on me. An all white monochromatic wedding has a clean, elegance about it.

Winter Wonderland!

Ornament escort cards / favors to tie in a winter themed wedding.

love, Love, LOVE this wintery, ornament center spread!!!!

My favorite part of this set up is the elevated candles.. subtle romance!

Cool, calm and oh so chic! LOVE this lounge set up, don't you?

I completely dig these white moroccan lanterns. Sooo pretty when lit up!

Would you brides dare to wear a three piece suit?

Ya know I had to throw something vintage in here ;) How about a stunning white milk glass and rhinestone choker?

Bridesmaids in white too! I had to do a double take since two other gals besides the bride had long dresses, but the Mrs. is rockin the 'something blue' heels :)

I searched for a photo of groomsmen in all white but I guess it isn't too popular with the guys!

Image Credits:
Marzime Hubpages
Jasmine Star
Getty Images

Serendipity Inspired Photo Shoot

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hi lovelies :) It's been an emotional week for me. My mom passed away last Thursday so needless to say, I haven't been around my computer as much. This week's post is a bit later than usual but brings a smile to my face and I hope it does to yours. I'm sure you've seen all the gorgeous movie inspired engagement shoots floating around online. This one is near and dear to my heart because I got to coordinate this with some of my amazing friends. 

I'd like to share some holiday cheer with you! Presenting... a Serendipity inspired engagement shoot!

Why Serendipity? 
It's a romance film that has left me with an imprint beyond the holidays. Ten years since it's release and it still gets me every time I watch it! I think deep in the heart of each person, one of their greatest desires is to not be forgotten. People yearn to know that there's someone out there who cares so passionately about them, they are willing to fight for their love even though time, distance and other variables keep them apart. From a fortunate accident, to a series of events in between, the journey of these two lovers has a gratifying on-screen ending which marks the beginning of their lives together. This makes me think about all the couples who are on their path to marriage and what they had to go through to end up with each other.

Meet Kellen & Karla Mills, who were married last August. A married couple for an engagement shoot you may wonder? Yes, it was intentional! Throughout the movie, there is a spirit of spontaneity, fate/faith, joy and perseverance that carries the main character's (Jonathan & Sara) relationship through. When an engagement is over, it doesn't mean you stop pursuing that person. It means you are committed to continually being spontaneous, faithful, joyous and persevere together. This movie is a favorite of Karla's and reminds them both to have as much if not more fun together as they did when they were first getting to know each other. Captured by Rick Navarro who also shot their original set of engagement photos (and wedding day), here is our rendition of a Los Angeles Serendipity, an extension of their ongoing engagement and seasonal depiction of the Mills' ever evolving, ultimate love story. To all the single, engaged and married couples, may this encourage you to continue your pursuit and never give up on love. Cheers!

{Behind the Scenes}
Coordinator: Eileen de las Alas, Enamor Events
Photographer: Rick Navarro 
Make-up: Penelope Vazquez
Locations: Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, Bloomingdales (Sherman Oaks), Marmalade Cafe (Sherman Oaks), Marriott (Woodland Hills), Woodland Hills Ice Skating Rink.

Here Comes the Dog

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good morning all! Before I get into this week's post, just wanted to give a shout out to Janie Medley of JM Flora in Virginia! For those of you who don't know, she's the talented floral designer behind The Bride's Cafe and took an interest in our recent 50's styled wedding inspiration shoot. Thanks so much Janie for featuring us on your lovely site!

This post is for all you dog lovers! I don't have one but if I did, he definitely would've been a part of my wedding day! There are so many fun ways to suit up your four legged friends to get them ready to walk down the aisle. Here are a few different ideas for dogs of varying sizes. Don't get me started on wedding dresses for dogs, and yes they do have them!

I know... this last one isn't very weddingish, but I had to throw it in for folks who're planning an urban wedding. Tweed and herringbone blazers are perfect for a fall/winter wedding. Who say's your pooch can't coordinate!?

Image Credits:
Jennifer Bowen
Marie Labbancz
Scooter & Friends