March 29, 2014

I am completely obsessed with all of this weeks creative wedding posts ~ weren’t they awesome!!! I have been super, super busy – working on a few special things that I cannot wait to share with you… so stay tuned for a few big announcements! I wish you a wonderful weekend of relaxing and wedding planning. Thank you so much for stoping by… xoxo


image courtesy of: Karli Cadel for Christopher Duggan Photography

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This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring so many awesome posts!!! We shared a lovely vintage spring-chic wedding inspiration shoot, we are hosting a GIVEAWAY for WeddingMix, the gorgeously DIY-ed beach wedding of Jesse and Jenn, a beautiful wild flower Bouquet Blueprint, a simple burlap table number tutorial, and last but not least, my favorite, how to make a multi-strand bridal statement necklace! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 


March 12, 2014

“Rachel + Andrew’s wedding was such a relaxed, fun celebration of love! They were so smart to pick such a fantastic venue… Orcutt Ranch is one of those locations where everywhere you turn you see something new. Having the reception in the garden created a feeling of being transported to another time, and the little details they brought in worked so seamlessly with the space. You don’t need much when surrounded by roses and a historic house from the 1920′s!” – Candice Benjamin Photography


“The wedding venue lent itself very well to a DIY bride, because it was a beautiful blank slate – every little thing had to be brought in. After making lists upon lists of everything we needed, from extension cords to ribbons, one of my favorite moments of the wedding day was finally being done with the lists and the worrying and walking from the bridal suite to the ceremony. When I heard the song that I had chose so many months earlier (Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day”) and saw my soon-to-be husband waiting for me under this breathtaking sunny sky and huge tree, its one of the memories that I flash on most often…


… Yes! The burlap wreaths on the aisle were sewn by my mom, the kid gift bags at the reception with coloring books and little toys were stuffed and stamped with love by me, my Mom sewed the awesome purple lace that was made by her Mom onto the ring pillow, I made the chicken wire table assignment from a frame I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the street name signage at the tables were an Etsy purchase, my mom and I glued ribbon around the edges of the cheap-o dessert stand to class it up a little bit and it hid the corrugated cardboard really well, and Andrews graphic designer friend made the cutely worded bar signage for us. I strung the childhood photos in the dessert room on the twine to fill up the empty shelves, it was a fun way to get our moms involved (they are both out of state) by going through old photos and choosing their favorites. I also had a friend string nylon rope outside and then he attached all those globe lights to the rope with zip ties and that alone saved us over $2,000! My brother and cousins did all of the globe light removal/tear down at the end of the night too, total lifesavers. The caterer also was the table/chairs/linens vendor and that was a huge relief, less coordination for me to do! Our officiant was one of my oldest friends from growing up in New Mexico who did such a great job, people asked if he was a professional wedding officiant!


..My something blue were my shoes; something old was my grandmother’s handmade lace wrapped around my bouquet; something new was my dress and something borrowed was my earrings…


..My planning advice is to only focus on what’s important to you and your husband. I don’t remember every detail of the menu because it wasn’t as important to us as spending hours deciding on music playlists! My ceremony advice to the future brides is to remember to look over at your family after you become a wife – with your family sitting on your side, they end up being a bit out of sight and I didn’t really make eye contact with my parents or brother after we became husband & wife!” – Rachel, the bride


Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography // Dress: Maggie Sottero/Madison Marie – purchased from Kay’s Bridal in Simi Valley // Grooms Attire: Jos A Bank // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor // Flower Girl Dresses: Mini Boden // Hair Stylist: Novak Salon // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Orcutt Ranch // Caterer + Rentals: Pierre’s Catering // Mini-pies: Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop // Florist: The Exotic Green Garden // Invitations: ‘Dappled Glade’ by Wedding Paper Divas // DJ: DJ Bumbaclot – Andrew Veeder

November 11, 2013

“Hana & Eric’s wedding was an absolutely beautiful, well thought out masterpiece of matrimony. Their fun loving and beautiful bridal party were a delight to be around all day. Beautiful family and friends gathered at the Barn at Boyden Farm to enjoy a full day of sunshine, lawn games, and excellent catering by The Skinny Pancake. We got to spend one incredible golden hour with these two love birds and their bridal party making for some excellent portrait photos – some of our favorite so far! Limo rides, libations, nostalgic 90?s hits and an abundance of pretty and intricate details helped paint this perfectly executed fun loving day. Congrats Hana & Eric!” – Ampersand Wedding Photography


“There are so many! The moment with my Dad before we walked down the aisle was like the calm before the storm, soaking up the fun with all of my closest friends in the limo (complete with a dance playlist and tequila shots) had me smiling from ear to ear, but above all the first dance with my best friend (and now husband!) surrounded by the smiling faces of the people I love most was honestly surreal and something I’ll never forget…


..We did tons of things ourselves in order to keep costs as low as possible. I covered large mason jars with lace to make hanging lanterns, my mom cut and hemmed all of our linen and burlap table runners, Eric and I spent a Saturday (with burnt fingers and on a total sugar high) making salted caramel to can for our favors, and we collected wine bottles and random vintage bottles as a decoration around the edge of the barn. My maid of honor also helped me make custom chalkboard signs which ended up being one of my favorite projects! We spent the year checking out local thrift shops for old picture frames that we painted a light blue and covered the glass in chalkboard paint so that we could use chalkboard markers to create the sign. They came out beautifully and really acted as statement pieces that were setup throughout the entire day and venue…


..Of course! My something old was my Nana’s lace handkerchief that I wrapped around my bouquet, something new was my dress, and something blue was my garter. I forgot until the last minute that I needed something borrowed so one of my bridesmaids let me wear her tiny knot ring (that I had given them all the night before) for the day!


Enjoy it ALL! I know it’s SO hard not to stress out and sometimes the planning seems never ending, but from the other side I can honestly say I miss (some) parts of it. Staying organized really helped me since I didn’t use a wedding planner. It was helpful to look at books and websites to get rough estimates of timelines for when big deadlines needed to be met. Also, if you’re not using a wedding planner, be sure to delegate day-of duties that could easily be overlooked (keeping track of your bouquet, bringing cards and gifts home, packing up some dinner and cake for you to bring home since its so hard to find time to eat, handing out tips, etc.) so that you’re not trying to deal with issues when you should be enjoying your day.” – Hana, the bride


photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography // venue: The Barn at Boyden Farm // dress: Morilee // rustic details and planning: Hana, the bride // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // flowers: Fifty Flowers // invitations: Invitation Consultants //catering: The Skinny Pancake // Cupcakes: New Moon Café and Catering // Tuxedos: Needlemans

August 21, 2013

“Here is what you need to know about Maria and Julian’s wedding. They had karaoke at their reception….they had full blown, “Bohemian Rhapsody, Livin on a Prayer, Lets Get it On” karaoke. If that wasn’t cool enough, they also got married in San Juan, Puerto Rico which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. The ceremony took place at the San Juan Cathedral in Old San Juan, a cathedral that was originally built in 1521!!!! Following the ceremony, we took pictures just outside the church in Old San Juan making use of it’s gorgeous and colorful alleys, walls and doors. It also helped to have a breathtaking sunset. The reception then took place at the quaint yet grand Casa Olimpica. After a few speeches, dances and dinner, the karaoke ensued, led by Maria and Julian of course. Not pictured in this feature is the amazing traditional Puerto Rican fare that was served, two tasty beers brewed by one of Maria’s brothers for the reception and the photo booth complete with hats, boas and fake mustaches. A beautiful location and an equally beautiful couple. Congrats to Maria and Julian!” – Ben Elsass Photography

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Ok, how freaking cute is this picture!!! …do you see those gorgeous gold heels… guess what!? She DIY-ed those babies! You go Maria!!! We love your glam DIY style!


“That’s a hard question! Every single second was magical. But if I had to pick just one… it’s probably when I caught the first glimpse of my husband to be – I was all set and ready in my hotel room, waiting for our guests to arrive in the cathedral via shuttle before I departed with my dad and maid of honor. I sneaked a peek from my balcony and to my surprise I saw Julian standing by the shuttle, making sure everyone was accounted for. I quickly rushed back in so that there was no chance he’d see me! My heart totally skipped a beat… he looked so incredibly handsome, and he was surrounded by all these people we love, friends and family who traveled from near and far for our special day. That little moment crystallized what was about to happen, it’s like a tiny movie that will live in my memory forever.


..DIY was a big part of the wedding – everything from our table numbers to the photo booth props, to the cake and dessert display, to the wedding favors created by an artisan cousin and the two home-brewed beers handcrafted by my brothers. I’m surrounded by an incredibly creative family and everyone rolled up their sleeves and volunteered to take something on. Besides saving money, those DIY accents just make your wedding day even more special and unique. At the end of the night I looked around in amazement, this incredible day came together with so much love with help from so many people I love! The fact that we pieced it together, with our own hands, was such a special feeling.


..Yep! Something old is a good one…  I originally bought this pricey pair of designer shoes, but then realized that it was probably an unnecessary extra expense, I had a nude pair of pumps that I loved and were super comfortable. So my mom, sister-in-law and I tossed around some ideas of how we could DIY them. A couple of days later, I woke up to find that my mom had covered them in this gorgeous coppery glitter – they looked amazing! It was a total Cinderella moment, and I had found my something old! For something borrowed I wrapped a beautiful heart shaped pendant that my mom wore on her wedding day around my flower bouquet – a very special token for me. Something blue… a sexy pair of undies!


..Keep a level head and remember the true meaning behind all the potential craziness – you and the man of your dreams are celebrating the start of a new chapter and throwing a big party filled with all these people you love. Remember that your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple, with all your charms and quirks. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, hire vendors that match your budget and personality, and have fun! It’s true what they say… the day goes by in what feels like a second, one little magical second.” – Maria, the bride


photography: Ben Elsass Photography // church: Cathedral San Juan // cake: Bientesabe // dress: David’s Bridal // DJ: DJ Rock Hand // hair: Juan Rodriguez Escalera // tuxedo: Manny’s Formal Wear // flowers: Manteleria // venue: Casa Olimpica

July 16, 2013

“Michael and I met in college while working at Trader Joe’s. We hit it off instantly becoming great friends but eventually we found ourselves single and decided to jump into an amorous relationship that’s lasted 9+ years. So it was no coincidence that his proposal took place at Trader Joes, where we first met. We married outside on a private estate in San Jose, Ca. We wanted a place that felt like home and more intimate than most wedding venues feel. Our theme was a “a joining of two cultures” since Michael is African American and Im Mexican American. We had Mexican and African American traditions such as jumping the broom and a mariachi band which actually played as we landed our jump. Both were one of our favorite and cherished moments.” – Erica, the bride

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“Wow! It’s so hard to pick just one but it had to be walking back up the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. We were so happy and overjoyed we hugged each other tight and shared a few happy tears!


..our wedding was full of DIYs! The program fans, all signs, escort cards, candy favors, cookie favors….uhhhh I think I had too many DIYs. If I had to do it again I would’ve had the escort cards professionally made, I ran out of time and ran into a few problems with the printer (typical)! My advice is to have your friends and family help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.


..keep calm and carry on. The end is near and it’s going to be the happiest day of your life! So don’t worry all the work and money – is worth it in the end.” Erica, the bride


photography: Chloe Jackman Photography // venue: Bella Montagna, San Jose CA // dress: Enzo Anglioni // grooms suit: Burberry // invitations: Pistachio Press // florals: The Card Mart // cake: Margarets French Bakery

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