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? 😉

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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!

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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. 😉

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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)? 😉 Hope to be back here soon! Thanks for having me, L&S!

Life Right Now

It’s been two weeks since my life turned insanely busy (seemingly overnight), and I am pretty exhausted. No. Very exhausted. A look into some things I’ve been doing (briefly mentioned in my post here)…

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I’ve been working at Everly Clothing a few days a week to help coordinate their upcoming exhibit at WWD Magic (fashion tradeshow). We have 2 weeks left to go, and then we’re off to Las Vegas for a week with a bajillion other exhibitors from around the world. My time at Everly is spent multi-tasking like I’ve never multi-tasked before, and even though I consider myself OCD-organized, it challenges my capabilities to the max. I do love that I make tons of checklists though, because every day, I’ve been checking off boxes like no one’s business. Pictured above right– sneak peek from Everly’s ridiculously beautiful SS14 look book!

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A couple Saturdays ago, I freelanced at a wedding with Love & Splendor again. I had a blast with these crazy girls! They are so sweet and kind and hard-working… such a blessing to be able to work with them. 🙂

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A picture of the beautiful sweetheart table. The venue was the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Such a pretty space!

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And finally, I’ve been interning with Bramble Workshop. Here’s a Smilebooth backdrop I helped Jessica make for Method‘s photobooth at Alt Summit. Fringed tons and tons of silver mylar (and cut tons and tons of green fabric), and she sewed it all together. So crazy. Pictured above right– Jessica’s adorable dog Basho models in front of the mylar strips.

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Here it is in action! Hopefully someday, I’ll be able to actually attend Alt Summit (in Salt Lake City every year). Photographs above from Say Yes blog’s IG here, and Method’s IG here.

….That’s pretty much it. Of course, I’m still doing my OT work, and I started my weekly Photoshop class. Keeping busy for now, but who knows what next month will bring. 🙂 Taking things one week (sometimes day) at a time.

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A Day Full of Love & Splendor

Last Friday, I had the privilege of freelancing as an assistant coordinator with the lovely ladies of Love & Splendor, an event design firm. I’ve been a huge fan of their work so it was such an honor to join them! We coordinated a wedding for Van Ness Wu and Arissa Cheo at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. What a GORGEOUS venue for a snazzy couple. The bride and groom enforced a no photograph policy all day (minus the actual photographers, of course), so the pictures below have been credited with the appropriate sources.

We started off the day in one of the villas (pictured below), where the girls had slept over the night before, and did some last minute detail work, like stamping muslin bags with a monogram and filling them with confetti. This probably sounds torturous to some but I love doing stuff like this. 🙂

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Picture above via here

Afterwards, we headed to the venue site and helped set up for the reception along with all the vendors, including Mike ColónJose Ortiz FilmsWhite Lilac and Casa de Perrin. By the time we were finished, the room was filled with gorgeous canopies of flowers, candles in hanging glass orbs, beautiful place settings, and tons of intricate details.

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No pictures of the ceremony site, but the picture above is from Pelican Hill Resort’s website, and you get can a good idea of the general set-up and the ocean view– it was unreal, especially as the sun was setting during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

I manned the guest check-in with a few of the cousins of the bride and groom, flanked by Pelican Hill security. Following cocktail hour, we made sure the reception went smoothly. It was ridiculously hectic at times (think: literally running at some points), but the L&S girls were super on top of things. During the less busy times, we were able to take turns eating dinner, sample the desserts, and take photo-booth pictures.

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The photo booth had a custom step-and-repeat! Silly girls.

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Above: The only personal picture of the day, taken on the balcony of the villa by the girls’ makeup artist from 10.11 Makeup— Me, Koko, Angel, and Michelle. Aren’t they gorgeous??

I needed an outfit that was black-tie-appropriate but would also be comfortable enough to move around in– enter Rent the Runway, where I found this Nha Khanh dress. I loved it so much! It was black with lace detailing, knee-length, classy, comfortable, and had a pretty back cut-out. I paired it with black Tahari plaform pumps with gold detailing and a gold+pearl J.Crew necklace. Better pictures of the dress below:

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Van Ness and Arissa posted a few pictures on their Instagram accounts following the wedding, via photographer Mike Colón (eeep, his work is to die for…!)–

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Aren’t they just stunning?? A few more pictures of the details– place-card menus here, their Louboutin shoes here (!!!), and their invitations/favors here. Truly a “rock-and-roll-fairy-tale-glam” wedding… which is exactly what they were going for. 😉

All in all, I was up from 5am to 1am the next day (20 hours) and “on the clock” for 15+ of those hours…! Longest day ever but so fun (and worth the cold I woke up with the next morning :X). Hopefully, I’ll get to freelance again soon. Thanks, L&S!!