Weddings Galore

A few pictures from three more Love & Splendor July weddings– ’twas a BUSY month of weddings, to say the least!

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Wedding 1: The Loft on Pine in Long BeachРloved this new venue that opened just late last year! This was the ceremony site that was flipped during cocktail hour to become the reception site (sweetheart table pictured).

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Escort cards were individual succulents!

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Wedding 2: Private residence in Beverly Hills. There’s something so intimate about having a wedding in a backyard– it was the home of the groom’s grandmother. All of these potted plants were already there so the dessert table didn’t require much to make it look pretty. ūüôā

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Tons of white lights and red lanterns strung up everywhere– they created such a beautiful glow and ambience as the sun set.

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Wedding 3: Private residence in Irvine. Actuallyyyy not a wedding but a 5-year vow renewal. I wish I could post every single picture but trust me when I say that this event was BANANAS. It was a carefully curated event with the most INSANE tablescapes, menu, and decor, with each detail perfectly designed by the craziest team of vendors ever.

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Speechless. Check out the list of vendors here.

Looking forward to one more wedding with Zoie Events later this month, then finishing up the year with a wedding in November that my friend and I are coordinating ourselves! More about that later. ūüėČ Woohoo.

Indian Wedding Weekend

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!

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Look at the bride’s DRESS! She looked like a princess. Photo by Jessica Claire¬†via here.

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Angel wore a beautiful sari and she bought traditional Indian outfits for me and Michelle. Don’t I look like a Christmas ornament? ūüėČ

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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]

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Although it was starting to sprinkle just before the baraat,¬†the skies cleared as the ceremony started… just in time!

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Pure joy! Isn’t the bride gorgeous??!

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The ceremony took place on a grassy lawn right next to THIS. I mean, come onnn.

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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.

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All ready for dinner!

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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!

Project OMP

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. ūüôā 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!

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Um, gorgeous much?! Photo by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography, via here. Cannot wait to see the rest!! (I also went to high school with Jen..!)

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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.

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Guest”book” photo-frame– Mai painted this beautiful LA/SF skyline with watercolors (where P & O are from, respectively)

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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.

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Hand-lettered place-cards, with a garland of florals and greens with the prettiest blush and peach garden roses

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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!

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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‚Ķ they smelled so good!

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Loooved Mai’s lettering on this sign (and on the sashes on the back of O&P’s chairs). Awesome foreals.

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Hooray!!! Congratulations, beautiful Olivia (+ Peter, taking this photo)! Love you so much! ‚̧

Wedding by the Sea

Hi y’all. Just wanted to share some photos¬†from a recent wedding I worked with Zoie Events at the Malibu West Beach Club.¬†‘Twas a PERFECT day in Malibu and the venue was right off the water– you could walk downstairs and literally right¬†into the waves! The couple kept the beach-themed decor clean and simple (lots of DIY!), with just the right amount of color and charm.

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Loved this Instax polaroid station! Photos of the guests (taken by one of the photographers as guests arrived) were taped on baker’s twine with gold and white washi tape and added a cute personal touch at the entrance of the venue.

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Unique driftwood placecards designed by the bride

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The bride also made these gold fin table name signs, and floral design was by the amazing Fleuretica. Especially loved all the peonies mixed into the centerpieces <3.

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White linens, white lights, white lanterns, with a pop of color.

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Everything in this photo is gorgeous, especially the bride!

Wedding season is most definitely underway, so more to come. Hooray!

Oh Boy

After 3 months of commuting to Hollywood, crafting my heart¬†out, and being a part of Joy’s awesome team, my Oh Joy internship ended this past Friday. I almost still can’t believe that all of this¬†even happened– I’ve admired Joy’s work and brand for years (and her blog has always been my favorite!), so¬†to work alongside her has been a dream. Though I’ll miss being¬†in such a creative space with a million ideas coming to fruition at any given point, I honestly think I’m ready to move on.

I’m approaching the one year mark for having quit my full-time OT job, and I’m starting to feel a little restless. As much fun as it’s been exploring my creative passions these past 10 months, I’m doing some serious thinking to figure out what the next step is. I’m still at my OT clinic part-time and doing events/weddings on the side, but it may be time for another change. Ohhhh boy.

Anyway, my last day at Oh Joy was full of good food, fun, and laughter (as is¬†often the case in her studio). One of her assistants had a birthday, so we ate¬†lunch at the Ace Hotel in DTLA (the grilled cheese was to die for), devoured the infamous¬†Lady M¬†mille¬†crepe cake (also to die for) back at the studio, and had Justin Timberlake blasting all day. Of course, we stopped for a quick photo shoot (below) when all of us, minus Joy, realized we were wearing outfits with back-cutouts. ūüôā

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“Flash-back-Friday”

Leaving something good behind is always bittersweet. But¬†I’m ready to¬†move forward, so I’m excited to see what lies ahead in this crazy life of mine.

Happy Monday, friends.

Saddlerock Ranch

Last Saturday, I joined the Love & Splendor team for another freelance wedding gig at Chateau Le Dome of Saddlerock Ranch (part of Malibu Family Wines). ‘Twas the most gorgeous venue EVER, nestled¬†on a hilltop surrounded by rolling vineyards everywhere.

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The Chateau itself is a dome-shaped stone house (see next picture). It’s available for bridal parties to get ready, but the ceremony and reception sites are outdoors.

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Dance floor + reception tables, all ready to go

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Panoramic views of the vineyards

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Michelle (right) acted as lead coordinator for this wedding, but Angel (founder of L&S), stopped by with her darling Olive (hidden in our hair and shadows haha) and brought us delicious lunch from Urbane Cafe.

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The stone path leads down from the Chateau (and reception area) to the beautiful cocktail hour + ceremony site.

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Picture taken post-ceremony. Earlier in the day, Michelle and I put up that white draping on the oak tree arch (a permanent structure), and the florist added those beautiful arrangements. I sprinkled (and then picked up) five bags of white rose petals along the edges of the aisle.

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The bride and groom had a cute frame available as a photo op, which Michelle and I obviously took advantage of when we had a free moment. ūüėČ

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The venue has these gorgeous white lights hanging from its many trees. At night, it looks like a total dream.

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Another one, later in the night! Too pretty.

Saddlerock Ranch– love at first sight (site)? ūüėČ Hope to be back here soon! Thanks for having me, L&S!

Life Lately

Last Thursday, Jessica (from Bramble Workshop) and I went on a field trip. We walked around LA visiting a bunch of cool stores (and oh, there are so many), got inspired, and enjoyed the perfect weather.

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First stop: CHAY. We both fell in love with this store…!

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Ack. Lurrrrve all this gold. For more pictures of the store, check out designlovefest‘s post of CHAY from last week, all floral-ed out by Moon Canyon Design)

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Third stop (second stop was the OK Store) was RTH. Upcycled robots + cement lightbulbs.

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Chair made out of horseshoes. People are creative.

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Perfect weather!

Today’s my last day working with Jessica. ūüė¶ We’re still trying to figure out how we’ll continue to work together though, and she’ll be back in LA often enough for projects, so I guess it’s less a good-bye and more a see-you-later‚Ķ!

A few pictures from our latest photo shoot for another DIY for designlovefest— a gorgeous amethyst mirror. I painted my nails for this one‚Ķ -_- (too bad there’s nothing I can do about my veiny hands).

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Photos above by Brittany Wood. And a few behind-the-scenes pictures…

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Brittany and Jessica setting up

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Oops my chicken legs.

Finally, a few pictures of my first project with¬†Oh Joy— a photo shoot for a¬†DIY table runner¬†with Joy’s gold confetti from her¬†Target¬†line. It was literally the first thing I did when I walked through her studio doors on the first day of my internship. Is hand modeling in my future? Ha. Photos by Casey Brodley.

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That’s all for now, folks. It’s been go-go-go and it’s gonna be another busy week. Let’s do this.

The Good (Oh Joy!) and the Bad

Some good and bad news.

Shall I start with the bad?

Jessica of Bramble Workshop is moving up to Portland in a few weeks, which means my internship is ending! D: WAH.¬†It’s been an amazing 4 months of assisting her with various projects and I am so thankful to have had the chance to work with her. I am so so sad she’s leaving, but we’re going to try and still work together (she’s still taking LA projects, folks), whatever that may look like! Portland is gaining a huge creative asset and LA is losing a gem, but I’m excited to see what the Pacific Northwest has in store for her. Onward, ho!

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Pictures (via Smilebooth) are from the first thing we did together when I started– attend an industry holiday party. ūüėČ We’re not so good at the photo booth thing.

And the good news.

Last week, I interviewed for and got hired as an intern for Oh Joy!, which happens to be my favorite blog of all time. Even though I’m thrilled beyond all belief (!!!!!!!), I hesitate to say toooo much, lest I jinx my probation period, which is over in a couple weeks. I started last Friday, and it’s already been very creatively “stretching”– I anticipate learning and growing a lot, so am hoping for the best in the upcoming months.

As one internship ends, I start another, and thus begin yet another creative endeavor– exciting! Also, last week, I got hired as a freelancer for a third events company (ack!), and will be starting with them in May. Keeping busy for sure (and thus compromising my social life a bit‚Ķ sorry friends D:), but I know this craziness won’t last forever (every month of my life is so different these days!), so I’m embracing it and trying not to go nuts.

Have a great week, everyone‚Ķ and go to your local Target to check out Joy’s new party line (Oh Joy for Target) that launched yesterday– tons of amazing/affordable party-ware!

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Photo via Oh Joy!— check out the rest of the alphabet here, styled from the line

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Wall Hangings

Designlovefest published another¬†Bramble Workshop¬†DIY this past Monday and I thought I’d share some pictures. Jessica¬†made these pretty wall hangings made out of copper and yarn and we shot the pictures the same day as the dip-dye placemats¬†(so yes, more hand modeling for me‚Ķ ha!).¬†Photographs by Brittany Wood; see the rest here.

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And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Prepping all the materials for the shoot

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Above left: Promise I’m not pissed.. just focusing intensely on keeping my hands as still as possible while straightening out that copper wire. Above right: Yup‚Ķ shooting the placemats at the same time. ūüôā

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Closeup of the copper coupling

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Brittany working her skillzz. What a dreamy studio with the best light.

There’s another Bramble Workshop for designlovefest photo shoot coming up soon so look out for more DIYs in the next few weeks!