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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 1

Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?

engagement party invitation

The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!

The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!

 engagement party

 The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.

pink and orange centerpieces

All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.

decor -- engagement party

Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.

pink and orange flowers

The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.

Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).

We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.

Vendors mentioned above:

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Vases for centerpieces |  Blumebox

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The perfect invitation {+ sneak peek!}

It’s no secret that the invitation sets the tone for the party, baby shower, wedding — or whatever the event may be. Making or finding the perfect one however can be tough. For me, it’s my favorite part of the party planning process. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it’s a long process, but once I’ve found “it” I get extremely motivated (and excited) to plan the rest of the event!

Once in a while I’ll make my own invitations (it’s that former stationery-designer in me) like I did here and here. Other times, I know right away that I need to turn to a pro. My go-to? Kori from Paper and Pigtails. She hit it out of the park with this sports party invitation and these spring brunch printables and I knew for my next event she would be my only choice.

For this upcoming engagement party, I had an exact vision of what I wanted the invitations to look and feel like. Kori (as she always does) was able to jump into my crowded mind and deliver — the. perfect. invites.

Classy and sophisticated …. yet a little whimsy and fun. Black with a touch of orange and bright pink, great fonts and (my favorite part) an original pattern designed just for this party. Here’s a look!

 

 You can see the pattern in the picture above, it covers the entire reverse side of the invite and was meant to bit a bit of a “surprise.” I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think?

Many more professional photos to come of this event so stay tuned (I snapped this with an iphone real quick because I just couldn’t wait to share!)

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A Pink Summer Wedding {Mine!}

Here is a wedding that I know you have never seen before. I know because it is my wedding — the day I married my love. Not many (quality) photos exists which is why (7 years later) I am JUST bringing myself to share them. The lack of photos? Well, that is for an entire separate post (hint: the title could be ‘The photographer is the most important vendor you will hire’). For now, I will share these few photos with you and although I have no proof for those of you who did not attend, believe me when I say it was much more beautiful than what was captured.

There we are (just 7 years younger!). Even looking back, that was still the “perfect” dress. I don’t think I would change a thing about it. The veil? Eh…. I was NOT a veil person. However, there was some “insisting” by some and well, there I am… with a veil. Brides: don’t be afraid to speak up – if you don’t want a veil, don’t have one (ok PSA over, promise).

pink wedding centerpieces

The setting was a far off green on a golf course where an 150 year old stone house was located. Here is a line up of all the centerpieces before they were placed onto the tables. Several shades of pink Gerber Daisies with swirls of Lemon Grass in the bottoms of the vases. They were simple but looked amazing.

My bouquet (which I LOVED).

A glimpse at our gorgeous wedding party. Bridesmaids in lovely fuchsia tea length dresses and these darling 3 flower girls (they were so small back then, melts my heart!). The guys wore black tuxes with silver vests and ties.

You can see a (rather blurry) peek at our arch. Boy was it stunning! I hope I can uncover a close up photo someday to share.

pink wedding bouqets

Bridesmaids bouquets (this photo makes them appear more purple than they were).

pink wedding cakes

The cake… oh the cake. Not only the best tasting cake I’ve ever had but it was visually stunning. I had NO idea what the floral part of the cake would look like until I saw it at the reception. I trusted my florist 1,000% and told her to surprise me (still shocked I did that, boy how I have changed since then!). The flavor was perfect for a warm summer wedding. White cake soaked with Midori, lemon butter cream filling and a white icing that had just a hint of orange. It may sound odd — but the cake was really refreshing.

So, there may not be many photos that captured that night as I remembered it — but that night, in that moment we had nothing on our mind but the new life we were beginning. No photographer upset, nothing to dampen our mood. I suppose it has taken me 7 years to realize that in the big scheme of things, the poor photographer choice was a minor hiccup.

Plus, maybe we will just have to renew our vows in three years and do it again. But if so, you better bet we will be choosing the BEST photographer we can find!

Vendors

Venue | Temecual Creek Inn

Florist | No longer in business, but deserves a huge shout out…so, thank you MARY!

Cake | Jodee’s Bakery

Photographer | To remain unnamed

So, make me feel better — anyone have any wedding do-overs they’d like to fix? (Just please don’t say the groom!)

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Spring Brunch {Part I}

About a week ago, I posted my Spring Brunch inspiration board and a sneak peek a recent shoot I styled. Today, I’d like to share more pictures with you {Part I}! I was honored to be asked by Aleah & Nick Valley of Valley & Co. to style a shoot for the second edition of their fabulous e-zine and share my Spring brunch ideas! With sunny thoughts flooding my brain, I just couldn’t resist. For the full story behind my inspiration, be sure to check out their e-glossy pages here.

{Part 1} The Table

white party ideas

The setting was a bright green field. The perfect backdrop for an all-white, crisp table.

spring brunch ideas

When I think of Spring, images of fresh clean linen hanging from a clothes line in a big green field dance in my mind. That is what the table felt like to me — just perfect.

white wedding flowers

Six white vases of different shapes and sizes were grouped tightly and lined the center of the table. The all white flowers were gathered from the local farmers’ market and included hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses and wax flowers. These centerpieces could also be great inspiration for white wedding flowers.

Whether you are looking for your own Spring brunch ideas or just white party ideas in general, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

**Check out Part II of this feature! I’ll show you the Spring Brunch menu and great pops of color added by our talented vendors!

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Love Birds | Decorating with Birdcages

Considering using birdcages in your wedding decor? I came across these stunning images showing birdcage decor at it’s finest.

The birdcages hung from an old tree seem like an unexpected delight.

I can see decorating with birdcages for weddings, bridal showers and even engagement parties (think love birds or tweet-hearts). These images are from Duet Weddings- well worth a look!

What do you think? Do you see birdcages in your decorating future?

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Wedding: Leela & Jeff

This wedding comes to us from Mike and Natala of Choco Studio Photography. You might remember their amazing work from this vintage white wedding we featured as well.

Natasha shares:

A short and sweet ceremony was held near a pool of water with overgrown with lilies. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to the Birch Garden for cocktails and encouraged to explore the nine acres of the garden and enjoy the art.

The wedding was just perfect – intimate and relaxed, with everybody having lots of fun! Here are some favorites:

The lovely bride Leela with her Maid of Honor and Groom Jeff with his best man.

The location: gorgeous cornerstone Gardens in CA.

Thank you Natasha & Mike for sharing your wonderful work with us. You captured the beauty of this great location and the pure love of Leela and Jeff’s perfect day.

For a list of the vendors used and more wedding photos, head over to Choco Studio.

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