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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Diana & Rudy – Laguna Beach

I had the pleasure of working with Diana & Rudy for a little less than a year, only meeting twice before the wedding! They are an amazing couple from Southern California who are now living in Tennessee…which you can imagine is a little difficult to plan a Laguna Beach wedding from so far away! There were many, many phone calls and emails over the course of the year. Diana was one of the most organized clients I have ever worked with and I cannot tell you how helpful it made the entire process. I kept asking myself when the planning was going to get tough and it honestly never did! It was so much fun developing the design scheme with Diana, and so refreshing to go against the usual beach-wedding decor. It was soft and romantic and complemented the gorgeous setting perfectly. It is such a strange feeling when you work with someone for so long and then their wedding comes and goes so quickly…it is possible to miss emails from someone, even when work related! I am so happy for the new Mr. & Mrs. Moya and wish them nothing but the best for the future. Now come back to California! Lastly, I have to thank Alyssa Marie Photography for these gorgeous photos and for being the best support system on these long wedding days. You’re the best!

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Wedding Coordination, Styling & Floral Design – Samantha Dapper

Photography – Alyssa Marie Photography

Videography – Jeff Roy, Visioneer Media 

Venue – Hotel Laguna

Paul & Brooke – Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

I featured photos from this wedding a few months back in a previous post, but these are from the lead photographer that day…and it’s another reason to showcase this gorgeous wedding! Thank you to Gavrielle Graham Photography for sending me so many beautiful images that captured such an amazing day!

Every wedding is so different from each other and this event was no exception. No matter how much you prepare, something always happens. On this day it was RAIN. Pouring rain…all day long. There was a small percentage of rain in the forecast so we tried holding off on tenting the dinner area, but on the morning of the wedding the rain never stopped. Thanks to the most amazing rental team, a tent was put up in record time and the set-up continued. My right hand man Alyssa Martinez Photography was there shooting details and helping with the other hundred finishing touches and I couldn’t have done it without her.

All in all, the dinner tent was stunning and so intimate and the rain never put a damper on the dancing. It was truly one of the most fun receptions I had ever seen. If you want your dance floor full for the entire evening, please contact Robert at Platinum Peaks Entertainment…one of the best in the biz and too much fun to work with!

For the decor, the Bride and I decided on a nod to the 1920’s mixing bold black with mixed metals. It was sophisticated, while also being a little whimsical…my favorite. Hope you enjoy these beautiful photos! XO

Event Design/Styling/Floral Design – Samantha Dapper

Entertainment – Platinum Peaks

Photography – Gavrielle Graham Photography

Rentals – All Occasion Rentals

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Roaring 20’s! 2013 Trends: Day 5

My 5 day countdown has come to an end and I had to go out with a bang! I am obsessed with the 1920’s right now so it had to be one of my top trends. Everything about the style is fabulous. It’s all so decadent and over the top. There are so many different things you can pull from this trend and that is what makes it amazing. Mixed metals and Art Deco can be made very modern and could be the perfect addition to your wedding decor.

The point I always stress is that trends are great, but you have to find a way to make them your own. The glitz, fashion, and decor of the 20’s provides a plethora of ideas to go off of…How about jazz music playing during cocktail hour, a champagne tower to great your guests as they enter the reception, and candelabras lining your dining tables? Find the elements that you like best, and use that as your starting point. I am hoping that clients will want to increase the glam and nod back to an era of extravagant style. Your wedding will probably be the biggest party you ever throw, so why not dial up the splendor!

This post is also a tease of what’s to come! I am working on a 1920’s inspired styled shoot that will be posted in March and I cannot wait to feature it! Also, thank you to Alyssa Marie Photography for being my wingman during this countdown! I couldn’t have done it without your amazing talent!

So…in the meantime, throw up some confetti, sip on Champagne and enjoy!0603 04

Styling: Samantha Dapper

Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography

Let’s get Nautical! 2013 Trends: Day 4

One of the most popular wedding styles is a beach theme. It is casual and is a very easy look to create. Instead of the usual sand and shells, go nautical! It is timeless and gives an upscale feel to your event. Add subtle details like rope and anchors to compliment your wedding aesthetic and not overwhelm it. Modernize your decor with classic white vases and candle holders. They are pieces that will always be in style! Bon voyage!

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Styling: Samantha Dapper

Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography 

Headpieces! 2013 Trends: Day 3

I am all about creative ways to dress up the bridal party. They should…almost…look as fabulous as the Bride & Groom. Once again, get creative with the accessories. I LOVE unique headpieces. Don’t get stuck with the traditional bouquets and up-dos. Embellished head bands and floral headwear are unexpected and so chic. Floral bouquets are gorgeous, but they get placed on a table after the ceremony. Design them on a smaller scale and put your money into something that makes more of an impact. Your wedding photos last forever and you want everyone in them to look like a stunner. XO.

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Bottoms up! 2013 Trends: Day 2

Cocktails! Who doesn’t love them? You know what they say about first impressions and drinks are the PERFECT opportunity to set the tone for your reception. It is one of the first things your guests will notice about your personal style and event decor. Play it up and have fun with it! Signature cocktails are also very cost effective if you aren’t hosting an open bar. By selecting one or two signature drinks, you give your guests the opportunity to drink a liquor option, besides the obvious beer and wine. It is even more special if the drink is one of your personal favorites.

At a wedding…everything matters, even the smallest detail can make a big statement. Take another minute to pick out a straw, swizzle stick or garnish!

Cheers!

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Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography