Justine & Tyler – Style Me Pretty

Today is a very exciting day and a big career goal for me…a feature on Style Me Pretty! Go check out the beautiful photos from Abbey Lunt Photography of Justine & Tyler’s big day! XO

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Chelsea & Chris 6.29.13

This wedding took place at Five Crowns in gorgeous Corona del Mar. It was the perfect backdrop for the English Garden-style reception. My client Chelsea was one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. She knew exactly what she wanted her wedding to look like and had every detail covered, down to the stamps chosen for their invitations. It is so much fun to work with someone who appreciates the same small crafty details you do. There were many conversations about font choices and how props were being made. Chelsea even borrowed some of the antiques for the wedding from her grandmother, making things extra special. My personal favorite detail was their vintage cake topper. Loved it! You could tell how happy they are to be together and as corny as it sounds, you could feel the love in the room at their wedding! They are such a great couple and I enjoyed getting to know them better over the past months. Chelsea…I miss working with you! XO

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Wyrick!

Enjoy a video from their big day at the end of the post!

Thank you to Green Photography for these beautiful photos!

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Mallory & Andrew 6.1.13

I am so happy to share these beautiful photos by Jeff + Amber Photography! This wedding was very special to me because I have known the Bride since elementary school! She is the sweetest person in the world and trusted me with basically changing her entire wedding decor the month before her wedding! I wanted their wedding to reflect their personal style and be classic, clean and elegant. I know there are so many trends out there right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow them. Sometimes classic is better! This couple has been together for almost a decade and I have to say that just about everyone we knew couldn’t wait for them to get engaged. It was the first time that I worked and attended a wedding and it was one of the most fun receptions I have ever been to. I am so happy for these two and I know they will have the most amazing future together! Cheers to the beautiful newlyweds! XO

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Photography: Jeff + Amber Photography

Event Decor: Samantha Dapper

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Bright Centerpieces! 2013 Trends: Day 1

Bright Centerpieces!

A huge trend in 2012 was soft, romantic and muted colors. Tablescapes featured combinations of blush, beige, and tan. It can be very beautiful, but sometimes a lot of details can be lost with layers and layers of the same tones. Nothing has the chance to pop! I am sure the rustic-chic décor will be here to stay for at least a little longer so I hope brides will be open to more color! Your centerpieces should be bold and intriguing for your guests to look at. That’s what they are there for! You can still do the beige and blush that everyone loves, but add a pop of fuchsia or yellow. It doesn’t have to be the focal point, but it adds much-needed dimension.

With the help of Alyssa Marie Photography, I put my spin on three tablescapes that are both classic and on trend.

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I had no idea how many people love mason jars, but they do! Let me remind you that there are many different rustic container options out there. So lets switch it up a little (milk glass, wooden boxes, vintage liquor bottles).  I used a rustic wooden box with a hand-painted chevron runner. I love the contrast of the old and new together. I love how noticeable the centerpiece is on the table. It is fun and playful and it has a lot of impact, which is what every wedding needs! The arrangement is filled with yellow and coral roses, yellow “billy balls” and yellow ranunculus. Each place setting has a mason jar, for those of you who love them 🙂 Mason jars are super cute for drinking stations and are definitely cost effective, if they are your guest’s designated glass for the evening. I also chose an edible mini-wedding cake favor for this display. I almost always suggest an edible favor. It saves you money and it is something that your guests will definitely enjoy. Most favors are an added cost that is very unnecessary and your guest will probably never use. So get creative! What is your favorite snack or treat together? Make it personal to you!

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::Classic-Elegant::

I love a centerpiece that has a lot of layers. The more flowers and candles for me, the better! My current obsession is banquet tables. Having décor run all along the table makes me very happy 🙂 And there are so many options! You aren’t designated to one centerpiece and 6 votive candles per table like a traditional wedding. You can do whatever you want. Mixtures of high and low centerpieces are my favorite, with bud vases scattered in between. It really makes your guests feel like there are having a real dining experience.

For this tablescape I used a vintage decanter, a mixture of mercury glass, with tapered and votive candles. I love combining different textures and prints. I used a silver sequin linen with a thin black and white stripe napkin in a bow fold on the china. This is a very traditional and popular combination of black white and silver. I used the pop of lavender and fuchsia in the flowers for the contrast. The vases are filled with stock, anemones and dahlias.

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::Bright-Bold::

The brighter and more detail the better! Using soft tones like beige and gold are beautiful together. When you add contrast colors like aqua and pink to it, it POPS! Of course too much color together is not always a great thing, but when done right it’s gorgeous and can make your wedding décor so much fun. I tell all my couples that their wedding décor should reflect who they are and what they love. Your guests should come to your wedding and pick up your style immediately. It should really remind them of you two.

For this tablescape I used an aqua lattice-patterned runner as the contrast to my focal point arrangement. Again, find something with a lot of impact and not a lot of space. I used three different size vases for my pink ombré floral arrangement. The vases are filled with different shades of pink roses, ranunculus, and stock. I used patterned votive holders for a more playful feel against the traditional gold and beige tones. There is also a sparkler at each place setting for a sparkly send-off; of course 🙂 I chose a boxed macaron favor for this setting. They are delicious and so cute! I also added a set of wine and toasting flutes. It is nice when they are non-descript and can be enjoyed again, instead of being packed away when the wedding is over.

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Trends can be great, but find a way to make it your own. As corny as it sounds, your wedding décor should be as unique as you are. If you see an idea you like, that’s great, but think of a way to put a twist on it…and don’t be afraid to add some color 🙂 XO

Event Styling and Floral Decor: Samantha Dapper

Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography 

Great Gatsby Inspired – Brooke & Paul

 

 

 

Where do I begin with this wedding!? First of all, I have been dying to post this, but haven’t had the time!

Here we go…I met Brooke my bride-to-be in October of 2012 and she told me she wanted a Great Gatsby themed wedding. I was thrilled and immediately my mind went to all of the amazing decor possibilities! Then she told me her wedding date was November 17th 2012. I had one month to pull this together! As crazy as it sounds, it was the easiest wedding planning process I have ever had. Brooke and her mom were so amazing and let me take the reins completely to do whatever I needed and they were there to help at every step. The greatest part was the pace of it all, there was no going back and forth and being unsure about a napkin color. If we liked an idea, we decided and moved on. I basically had the easiest Bride in the world, who was happy with everything, so that helped 🙂 It all moved so quick and on schedule that I was almost waiting for something to happen. No wedding could be put together in a month and go smoothly, could it? Well it did…almost. There was a 20% chance of rain on the wedding date and no tent had been ordered because there had been nothing in the forecast. With gloomy clouds overhead at 9:00AM, we ordered a tent. Thanks to the amazing rental team at All Occasions, I was able to get everything under the tent decorated, literally with a second to spare before the most torrential rains poured down. The 20% chance of rain turned into a hurricane. I can’t thank the people enough that helped me that day (Alyssa Martinez). We proved that rain doesn’t ruin your wedding day…it just makes it shiner 🙂

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Of course, I had to add my two favorite vendors. DJ Robert and Photog Alyssa 🙂 I can’t tell you how much easier they make my life!

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Floral & Event Design & Coordination: Samantha Dapper

Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography 

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Mr & Mrs Ramos!

Thanks to the amazing Katherine Elizabeth Photography I can now feature the incredible photos from Matt & Pam’s beautiful backyard wedding in August! I knew these photos were going to be amazing, simply because this wedding had SO much detail! The decor and feeling of the wedding perfectly reflected the Bride & Groom’s personality. I would honestly post every single photo Katherine sent me, but I narrowed it down as best as I could!

I started working with Pam about a year and a half ago after a chance encounter at the mall…of course. A few months later plans were put on hold. She contacted me again in April of this year and when we met up she told me that she was aiming for an August wedding. “August of this year?”, I said. Planning a wedding from start to finish in four months presents an obvious challenge, but that’s for an average wedding and this was NO average wedding. One of my first tasks was finding out how they were going to have their ceremony on the Bridal Path on Euclid Ave. I think everyone at City Hall thought I was crazy, but we made it happen. You can tell in their photos how intimate and beautiful the ceremony really was.

Their reception was held in the backyard of the Groom’s parent’s home. It was the perfect backdrop for their lighted canopy tent. Again, this wedding had SO many details, I was lucky enough to have a small army of their amazing family friends helping me set-up on the Wedding Day. I knew everything had to be perfect and had to exceed this couples expectations.

This was truly one of the most special events I have ever done and I am so lucky to have gained two new friends on top of it! I hope you all enjoy the photos and can we talk about how beautiful they are!? It’s not even right!

Happy 1 month and 1 week anniversary Matt & Pam! XO