Cutie-pie. It’s been so fun watching Chanel change over these past couple of months. She’s gonna grow out of these onesies in a hot minute!
Another Love & Splendor wedding, this time in Santa Barbara! We had a beautiful multi-day Indian celebration at Bacara Resort & Spa this past weekend, and ohmyword, it was an extravagent, beautiful affair.
On Friday morning, I woke up at 5:30am (!), picked up Michelle (L&S assistant), hit the flower mart in DTLA, picked up custom calligraphy place cards by Anne Robin Calligraphy (the names were written with white ink on fresh LEAVES!), and arrived at Bacara at 10am.
I’m not familiar at all with the traditions that accompany Indian weddings, but Day 1 was an outdoor celebration (next to the ocean, of course) with the craziest Indian buffet, mehndi (henna) stations for the women, traditional wedding rituals, and dance performances. The entire celebration moved at 10pm to an indoor dance party with more drinks, performances, and desserts until 1am!
Angel wore a beautiful sari and she bought traditional Indian outfits for me and Michelle. Don’t I look like a Christmas ornament? 😉
Day 2 was the actual ceremony (called the baraat), followed by dinner and more dancing (but of course). Per tradition, the groom entered the ceremony first (on a HORSE!), with guests dancing alongside him the entire way. [Above photo, and following two photos by Jessica Claire, via here]
Although it was starting to sprinkle just before the baraat, the skies cleared as the ceremony started… just in time!
Pure joy! Isn’t the bride gorgeous??!
The ceremony took place on a grassy lawn right next to THIS. I mean, come onnn.
At the reception site, place cards (with guest names + table numbers) were strung on baker’s twine between these two ladders, adorned with florals by Kelly Kaufman.
All ready for dinner!
A closeup of the beautiful florals. Kelly did such an amazing job.
‘Twas a long weekend (the celebration continued into Sunday with a brunch!) full of so much color, dancing, good food, and love. Happy to have been a part of such a beautiful event. Thanks for having me, L&S!
Finished my second batch of summer reading books! (First batch here). Actuallyyy, I only read 8/10 because I couldn’t get through two of them. I really, really hate not finishing books I start, but I’m learning to move on and not waste my time… there are way too many other books out there I could be reading (and enjoying), right?
My next 10 books!
Thanks for all your reccs, friends. 🙂 As always, happy reading!
I made it.
One year of consistently blogging twice a week. One hundred twelve posts.
When I wrote my first post, I was nervous as all hell to commit to this blog, even though it was really just a passion project (and should, in theory, be easy and fun- HA).
A few months in, I felt conflicting feelings about blogging, but I committed to posting ’til the year was up.
Well. Here I am. In the last couple of months, this blog has turned more personal and less DIY (Tina Made… Nothing), but I think that’s okay too. Like everything else in my life, the intense creative itch comes in waves, and now is not that time.
Does this blog still bring me joy? Mostly yes.
Do I want to continue? Mostly yes.
Twice a week on a schedule? Not really.
I’m really, really proud of myself for sticking this through, even when it was no fun, even when I had to rack my brain just to post something mediocre… because I love when I finish a project to completion. Will I continue this blog? Probably. I’m going to try and let go of this twice-a-week-scheduled-posting-thing though, and let it be more organic. Which may mean a dramatic decrease in posts, but who knows?
All I know is that… I made it.
Chi-town #TBT; with my college besties circa ’09.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Asian fusion at Sunda
Crack the Whip sculpture at Navy Pier Park
Brilliant blue skies over the Chicago River
Downtown. Background– Chicago Tribune building and American Gothic statue
City view from The Signature Lounge
Reflections in the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park… aka “The Bean”
The wedding I worked on 4th of July was a super special one, because Olivia of Zoie Events got married! I’ve been freelancing as an assistant coordinator with her this past year and aside from being an awesome boss and event coordinator, she’s now a sweet friend. 🙂 Olivia married Peter, with whom I went to high school (he was a senior when I was a freshman) so I saw some old friends at the wedding I hadn’t seen in about 10 years!
Um, gorgeous much?! Photo by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography, via here. Cannot wait to see the rest!! (I also went to high school with Jen..!)
The wedding was held at Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank. The ceremony was outdoors on a beautiful grassy lawn, with an indoor reception in the Polo Room. Some details from the welcome table… all florals and paper goodies and event design by Mai of Bunch Studio (who is unfortunately no longer taking clients). She is one of the most talented people I have ever met… like EVER.
Guest”book” photo-frame– Mai painted this beautiful LA/SF skyline with watercolors (where P & O are from, respectively)
The “OMP” of #projectOMP used to stand for “oh my proposal” as Peter was planning his proposal with the help of friends, but turned into “Olivia Marries Peter.” Loved this sandwich board sign at the entrance to the Polo Room, adorned with olive branches, seeded eucalyptus, and tons of other gorgeous greens.
Hand-lettered place-cards, with a garland of florals and greens with the prettiest blush and peach garden roses
Some tables had one large centerpiece; others had a collection of various vintage vases like this one. I may or may not have made some of those arrangements. :X I assisted Mai for a couple days before the wedding with florals, and hooooly moly, flower arranging is so much harder than it looks! I really thought I’d pick it up super quickly but the learning curve was steep for me. Which is why I stuck to the smaller arrangements, ha!
On the bread plates were pairs of coasters with Olivia and Peter’s emblem heat-embossed on the corners. Menu cards were placed on the napkins with sprigs of lavender on top… they smelled so good!
Loooved Mai’s lettering on this sign (and on the sashes on the back of O&P’s chairs). Awesome foreals.
Hooray!!! Congratulations, beautiful Olivia (+ Peter, taking this photo)! Love you so much! ❤
Should I be posting something red, white, and blue, in honor of (almost) fourth of July?
No. Because gold trumps all. Always!
I’m on a quest to find the perfect gold sandal. Something casual and comfy that I can wear all summer! Kinda want all of these below…
Happy early 4th! Hope y’all get to enjoy the 3 Fs tomorrow (friends/family, food, and fireworks). I’ll be working a wedding all day at the beautiful Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank. Hopefully some pictures next week!