December 19, 2013

“Facebook, when you really think about it, is fascinating for so many reasons, and I marvel at it sometimes. It has also brought millions of people together, has reunited love and has sealed-the-deal on love for many. In Taryn + Eddie’s story, Enterprise Car Rental brought them together {as friends}, and Facebook ‘sealed-the-deal’ for their love. I’ve got to mention that Taryn found ME on Facebook too…

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..In ’08, Taryn + Eddie met at Enterprise Rental Car but were just ‘friends’. When she left, she never expected to see Eddie again. But a year-and-a-half later, when Eddie poked her {a Facebook, “wink” of a sort, or maybe just a “hi”} to get her attention, it must have worked. Wonderfully! Taryn and Eddie shared a long-distance friendship for 5 months until they mutually expressed that they both wanted something more. You can tell that they were placed on this earth to be each other’s soul mates. Five years later they ‘sealed-the-deal’ forever, at the gorgeous and historic Darlington House in La Jolla, California, adored by 100+ friends and family.” – Petula Pea Photography

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“My first favorite wedding day memory was seeing Eddie be so emotional and for me to be the calm and soothing one. We had our first look before the ceremony and while I was expecting him to be a little emotional I wasn’t expecting tears. Usually he is very calm and collected and I need him to calm me down. During the whole ceremony he had tears running down his face and I kept wiping them away and telling him to breathe. It made me focus on him and not my own nerves. It is really a sweet memory…

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..Yes! A lot of our details were DIY! My cousin Marget is a freelance graphic designer and she designed our Save the Dates, Invites, Rehearsal Dinner card, Response Cards, Table numbers and seating chart flags. We had them printed at a local print shop which was very inexpensive and then we used a Martha Stewart Punch on everything! My hand was sore for days from all the punching but they turned out so beautiful! Everyone asked where we got them.

I bought picture frames from the dollar store and painted them gold for the table numbers. 

I also made the succulent centerpieces for the tables. I found plant sales around Encinitas, where I live, and got succulent cuttings from friends and bought jam jars at Smart and Final. I planted them months before the wedding so they would have time to grow and fill in their jars. A few days before the wedding we added moss to the top to give them a more romantic look. I also made candle holders with the same type of jam jars and moss. 

When I was doing these projects it felt like a lot of work but in the end I’m glad I did it because I felt more attached and proud of the end product because I had worked so hard…

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..My old was my mom’s veil from her wedding. My new was my coral shoes and hair comb. My borrowed was my mom’s pearl ring and earrings, and my blue was my tiffany blue garter that my mom had made for me!

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..The best advice I got was from my co-worker Angela, so I’ll pass her advice along. ”Make sure that after you finish dinner you go to all the tables and say hello and thank you to everyone. Once that’s done you really don’t have anything else to worry about.” It was so true! Not only did I feel like I didn’t need to search everyone out to say hello but it really added a personal touch to our guests. They came to see us (a lot of them came from very far away) and it was nice that we took time to have a personal moment with all of them.” – Taryn, the bride

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photography: Petula Pea Photography // second shooter: Katie Beverley // event planner/coordinator: WED: San Diego by Liz Cutrano // venue: Darlington House // officiant: Dr. Gail Smith // flowers: Moments in Bloom // dress: Blue by Enzoani, purchased at 2000 Dreams Bridal // shoes: Seychelles //  hair: Karla Vazquez of Illusions the Studio // makeup: Dana Gray of Girl on the Go // bridesmaid dresses: Bebe // grooms attire: John Varvatos from Nordstrom // groomsmen attire: Perry Ellis from Macys // cake + sweets: Elizabethan Desserts // rentals + catering: Peartrees Catering // DJ: Vynce ‘DJ Phreek’ Pham // invitations: DIY and design by Marget Nagy // ceremony chairs, centerpieces, seating chart flags and table numbers: DIY-ed by the bride

December 2, 2013

We have a super fun New Orleans wedding to share with you today! Tomas + Samantha wanted a unique, heartfelt and special event that reflected them as a couple… and they pulled it off in style. Make sure to read the brides feedback below for the inside scoop on the days fab details! 

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“It’s so hard to decide! Do I have to pick? :-) I’d have to say there were two favorite moments. My first was when the curtains opened and I walked down the aisle with my Mom and Dad, and saw my husband-to-be standing at the end in his Army Blues waiting for me. That moment was so beautiful as our string trio played and inch-by-inch I walked down seeing the faces of our closest family and friends illuminated only by candles and lanterns until I reached Tomas. Secondly, a very different favorite moment, was  surprisingly how we ended our wedding in-fashion by parading the streets of the French Quarter at the stroke of midnight with the streets closed for us, our dancing shoes, my custom parasol, the truly inspiring Lagniappe Brass Band and the historic Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Tribe leading our guests to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” 

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..Yes! I didn’t want to have a standard wedding where the venue planned everything as-usual. My poor Mom and Tomas traveled with me three times to New Orleans to go over all of the details and our DIY projects. Thankfully since it’s our favorite city, we were always up for an excuse to get down to NOLA. Here are a few of my DIY projects:

       *Rather than a guest book, our nearest and dearest wrote us personalized anniversary letters to be opened on whichever anniversary date they chose. We found a great vintage box with an old chalkboard to write the directions to our guests and then I created our own personalized cards that read Monsieur and Madame Elfmont.

       *Since I have a creative vision, but am not necessarily crafty, I used a lot of Etsy vendors to help bring my visions to life. For instance, I really don’t like when dinner tables are numbered (it feels awful to be at table 16, don’t you agree?) so rather than number tables, we had our favorite NOLA streets and places as table names (for example, St. Charles, Royal Street, the French Market). I also really want to incorporate our fur baby (French Bulldog named Tootsie) and love for animals into our evening so I transformed two Frenchie Ornaments into our Pie Toppers, and designed our To-Go Cups for the parade based on French Bulldogs kissing in the French Quarter. 

     *I also picked out the masks and crowns for every guest, and put together welcome bags with my family to include our New Orleans favorites like local chewy pralines and Zapp’s spicy cajun crawtator chips along with mardi gras beads, Advil and timelines I designed to help guests keep track of all of the weekend wedding festivities. Don’t think you can take on everything by yourself – it’s impossible – you need a handful of support for all of those personalized touches! 

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Something Old: My Mother gave me my Great-Grandmother’s beautiful diamond European Cut band from Scotland that is passed down to all the women in my family. It’s sentimental to me because I always remember my Grandmother wearing it as a child, and me of course trying it on even though it always slipped of my finger. My grandparents were my best friends growing up and since they passed before the wedding, having my grandma’s wedding band on throughout the day, and even now, reminds me that she’s always with me. 

Something Blue: Royal Blue Badgley Mischka’s from Bloomingdales New York, a birthday gift from my Mom.

Something Borrowed: My best friend prior to Tomas was my Grandfather who has now passed. Tomas reminds me so much of him: a war hero, a true gentleman, someone who is always up for an adventure, and someone who knows that a scoop of ice cream  is the best way to cheer me up. My Mom lent Tomas my Grandpa’s hankie. 

Something New: Oh so many things. My two dresses, the Etsy “Mrs. Elfmont” hanger, my earrings and “I Theodora You” OPI nail lacquer…

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..Don’t feel that you need to follow a rule book. It’s your day, so don’t hold back, sometimes the non-traditional aspects of the wedding are the best part! For instance, Tomas and I really do not like cake, and even though we were pressured to have one, we didn’t give in! Instead we had a pie table filled with some of our favorite pies like Key Lime, Sweet Potato Praline, Buttermilk Almond and Chocolate Bourbon. And since we were holding our wedding next to the place Banana’s Foster was invented, we only found it only fitting to also offer that to our guests.

We had a lot of music at our wedding – a string trio, traditional New Orleans brass, a DJ and even the Second Line parade. Let’s just say our guests were on their feet. No matter how classy your event, pass out some flip flops for your guests’ aching footsies. 

And if it’s in your budget, a farewell brunch the next day is a great way to rehash great memories from the night before, catch up with guests you may have missed on the actual day-of, and most importantly finally relax with your new husband!” – Samantha, the bride

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photography: Sparkle + Tumble Photography // venue: Latrobe’s On Royal, NOLA // flowers: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events // pies: Shake Sugary Bakery // wedding dresses: Casablanca Bridal // shoes: Badgley Mischka // tux: Suit Supply // bridesmaid dresses: ML Monique Lhuillier // lighting, design, decor: Luminous Events of New Orleans // videography: Contrast Films // ceremony music: New Orleans Finest // reception music: Lagniappe Brass Band // trolley: Capital City Trolleys // carriage: Mid City Carriages // handmade parasol: Bella Zahara // pie toppers: Stanley & Stewart // table tents and escort cards: Shanna Michele Designs // bridesmaid jewelry: Bijoux & Couture // stationary: Minted

November 25, 2013

“I am completely smitten by these two! Audra & Kyle had such a wonderful energy about them that radiated onto their guests & you could feel their love for each other in every detail of the day. They were such a great couple to work with and the photographs we made together are just beautiful slices of such a magical day! Audra made her own beautiful headpiece, Kyle had arranged the flowers & made the centerpieces, the wedding cakes were also handmade. Their guest book was a notebook they bought together while backpacking in Nepal and to make the evening even more romantic the band playing was a favorite of Kyle & Audra’s to go watch on date nights!” – Kendra Elise Photography

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“I would have to say that my favorite memory was seeing Kyle and his reaction to seeing me for the first time. We went back and forth about doing ‘first look’ pictures for a while before deciding to do them and I am so happy we did. The weeks leading up to our wedding were a little hectic, finishing up final details, visiting with out of town guests, etc.  Having that moment of just the two of us was really special and emotional. It also produced some of our favorite pictures!

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..I feel like I should say what didn’t we DIY!?! Kyle and I made almost everything for the wedding, table numbers, chalkboard signs, photo booth props, menus, custom painted corn hole boards in our wedding colors.. I also handmade my headpiece and my parents did all the flowers. It was a lot of work and definitely stressful at times but I love how everything turned out. I feel it gave our wedding a unique touch which worked with our personality as a couple that we couldn’t have achieved otherwise. I also don’t think I could have accomplished everything without all the help I got, I am truly lucky to have a husband that was willing to spend his weekends hunting for supplies and crafting with me!

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..My something old was a pair of antique cameo earrings that were a gift from my step father. My something borrowed and blue was a beautiful aquamarine and diamond ring from my mother. My something new was the easiest, my wedding dress…

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..Enjoy the whole process as much as possible and do what makes you happy! My fiancee and I choose what to include in our wedding, and didn’t pay attention to the things that “we should do”. Also consider taking pictures before the ceremony it worked out perfectly for us. Doing so gave us the opportunity to enjoy cocktail hour with our friends and family, celebrating with everyone one you love is one of the best feelings out there!” -Audra, the bride

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photography: Kendra Elise Photography // venue: Arlington Town Hall Auditorium // dress: Lazaro // suit: J.Crew // wedding invitations: Elli // headpiece, cake, flowers, signs, table numbers, etc… all DIY-ed by the Bride and her family!

October 2, 2013

“This whole experience was like something out of a storybook – including but not limited to being flown on location to the venue where there were rose petals covering the swimming pool, and the groom riding into the ceremony on a white horse. I have never in my life seen so many flowers converged into one setting! I knew this wedding was going to be high energy, resplendent decor, and good people ~ so I was twitching in anticipation for weeks before the event. However, I was not prepared for the extreme dose of fun insistently injected into every moment of this party. People in California like to dance, they like to laugh, they like to cry, and they like to gesticulate – emphatically. At least, that’s my impression after spending time with Emma’s family and friends. Makes for good times, but tough photo culling. I spent an entire day (literally), trying to select the images for this submission. I easily could have posted thrice the images, but I did my best to make it short, and sweet…

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..It was a fusion wedding, East meets West style, with a Hindu ceremony and a Catholic ceremony, and it took place over two days. Emma wore a traditional Indian regalia for the ceremony, and then an outfit switch – to a traditional white gown for the reception. The day before the actual wedding we photographed the Mehndi (henna) ceremony and the rehearsal dinner, where we were privy to amazing speeches and a few fun surprises Ravi and Emma had for each other… 

This in not the territory for a speech, but, I just have to say thank you to Emma and Ravi for insisting we come all that way to photograph your wedding. And thank you to all of you involved in making us feel so welcome, (Susan, Jeannie, Peter to name a few). We were truly delighted to participate in the unfolding of this extraordinary event.” – Darshan Photography

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This is the absolute best first look I have ever seen!!! The expression on Ravi’s face is to die for… and I’m sure that Emma is so glad she has these darling images below to relive his excitement in that moment.

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“My favorite memory was when I was peering out the front door and saw Ravi on the horse coming down the road with his friends and family dancing around him. I don’t know why I had expected a sheffield pony or something small and there he was on this giant white mare! He looked so handsome and happy and the significance of the whole day became so apparent in a wonderful way…

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..I didn’t do much DIY – unless you count seating, which I slaved over. I’m not necessarily the most artistic of beings so I left most of the design to my mother and the professionals (Gordon Pashgian + Andy Ferrara) and they blew my socks off. That said, Ravi and I did have a lot to say about the food and booze choices!

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..My grandmother’s diamond earrings, my mothers gold bracelet, my mother-in-law gave me stunning wedding jewelry – necklace and bangles, and my “blue” was underneath everything!

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..We wanted both our families to feel the love and respect we have for our different cultures and religions. We love each other for our different backgrounds and our top priority in this wedding was to make sure that we could bring them together in a joyous way – embracing both our differences and similarities. 

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..Remember that it’s one day and just have a blast!!! Dance dance dance and believe everyone when they say that in those last few days the weight will just fall off!” – Emma, the bride

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photographer: Darshan Photography // other: D&B Photo // musicians: Richard Michos // caterer: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // planner: Jennifer of Joie de Vivre & Co. // event design: Gordon Pashgian + Andy Ferrara // flowers: Mark’s Garden // cake: The Cakery Bakery // white dress: Camille de Pedrini // indian lehenga: Ritu Kumar // makeup: Tamra Auzenne, Pasadena // hair: Traci Jane, Pasadena

September 30, 2013

“Katie and Rian are such a sweet, fun loving couple! They have been together FOREVER and finally became husband and wife this summer. All parts of their wedding took place at the beautiful Inn at Longshore, in Westport CT, which complemented their love of all things nautical as well as their coral and navy color scheme. It was a pleasure working with them!” – Candace Jeffery Photography

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I absolutely love these darling gifts that Katie gave her bridesmaids! Beautiful styling… and I bet her girls were absolutely thrilled! Make sure to do something nice like this for your besties… I’m going to buy that bracelet, I’m obsessed! 

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“We have so many great memories from our wedding day, it’s hard to choose just one! But I would have to say our first look. I got a ride on a golf cart and met Rian where he was anxiously waiting in the middle of the huge oak trees that line the long windy road to the Inn At Longshore. It was so beautiful, romantic and exciting. It was so nice to have that special moment together and some relaxing time before we said “I do”…

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..We had many DIY projects for our wedding. I feel that it’s the little details that truly make your wedding unique and special. We were very lucky to have the help of a friend and artist Molly Shanahan who’s amazing talent helped make this possible. A few were hand painted chalkboard signs for the bar, bathrooms, favor table and thank you photo. As escort cards we came up with the idea of message in a bottles laid in sand, which were so adorable! As table numbers we purchased blown glass balls with nautical rope and attached sand dollars to them with the table numbers written on. A top favorite was our favors which was my Uncle Kenny’s homemade relish! As a family we spent many hours canning and putting the jars together. It was definitely time consuming but well worth it to see the final product beautifully displayed at our wedding!

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..Have Fun!! It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all there is that goes along with planning a wedding. Take the help when offered. Give yourself plenty of time if possible to plan your wedding. This will ease the stress and also allows you to really get creative and most importantly have fun doing it! Go with your instinct, if you like something and think it’s a good idea then go for it! There will be many different opinions but do what you feel will make you happy. My family and friends and I made some amazing memories throughout the whole process!” – Katie, the bride

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photography: Candace Jeffery Photography // venue: The Inn at Longshore // dress: The Wedding Embassy // bridesmaids dresses: Mariellas Creation // shoes: Nordstroms // jewelry (bridesmaid’s): J.crew // makeup: The Beauty Bar // hair: Hair by Asije // grooms apparel: Melluzzo Menswear // flowers: Agnew Florist // stationary: The Greeting Shoppe // cake and cannoli display: Mozzicato, Hartford CT // band: Marty Q Band // calligraphy artist: Molly Shanahan 

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