V-Day Almost Here!

One of my favorite holidays: Valentine’s Day! Love the colors, the cute details and celebrating LOVE! It used to be that I took Valentine’s Day week to surprise my husband with a date and then he would take another week to surprise me. Seven years ago, he surprised me with a proposal!! Our surprises still live on, but not quite with the lavish spending like before, but still with creativity!

Here’s a Valentine’s Day inspired board, that goes beyond the traditional color palette to combine something fresh & fun with oranges, yellows, pinks and a splash of red!

Photo credits:
calligraphy: michelemichael.com <http://michelemichael.com>
bridesmaids: by Jill Thomas Photography via Thesweetestoccasion.com
candy favors: www.youaremyfave.com <http://www.youaremyfave.com>
fans: by Rebekah Westover Photography via thesweetestoccasion.com <http://thesweetestoccasion.com>
invitations: ohsobeautifulpaper.com <http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com>
streamers: by W. Scott Chester Photography via 100layercake.com <http://100layercake.com>
mojito: marthastewart.com <http://marthastewart.com>
flower dome: by jnicholsphoto.com <http://jnicholsphoto.com> via stylemepretty.com <http://stylemepretty.com>
cake favors: by Lisa Warninger via frolic-blog.com <http://frolic-blog.com>
cake pops: weddingsofdesire.blogspot.com <http://weddingsofdesire.blogspot.com>
heart balloons by Hak Lonh via ohjoy.blogs.com <http://ohjoy.blogs.com>
fans: bhldn.com <http://bhldn.com>
cocktails: marthastewartweddings.com <http://marthastewartweddings.com>
party hats: openingceremony.us <http://openingceremony.us>
welcome bag: marthastewartweddings.com <http://marthastewartweddings.com>



Royal Navy Inspiration

Beautiful photos just in by the talented and very fun photographer, Scott Groller! Amanda & Kirk pulled their wedding inspiration from a true passion: the British Navy! And the California Yacht Club was the perfect venue to celebrate their special day! The bride & groom took on some key creative projects… They created a movie poster style Save The Date which we later turned into an actual poster for guests to sign day-of. They designed a very personal coat of arms that represented their family union as one; this logo that became their signature on their programs and the guest favors: engraved pilsner glasses. Each table had a different floral and artifact grouping such as colored vintage vases, brass jars, containers, candles, and the like… executed by our wonderful floral designer, Gretchen of Flower Power LA! The tables were named after real ships and Kirk designed ship table names! Their attire was adorned with special family heirlooms including tux cufflinks made from Kirk’s grandfather’s WWII Naval uniform! Loved the ship bells the guests rang in the church upon announcing Kirk & Amanda husband & wife! And beyond the signature design details was the amazing wedding experience Dave Burns and his Cover 2 Cover Music band created, along with special appearances by Kirk, his parents and Amanda’s brother- truly a talented bunch! Enjoy their signature wedding…



Color Trend: Yellow + Purple

With Spring in our near future, yellow and purple color combination provides a chic, fresh wedding look. Working with the lighter shades of the colors allows you to play with a vintage flair. Using the bolder hues gives you more of a modern feel. Which shades will you chose?

Photo Credits:
boutonnieres: 100layercake.com <http://100layercake.com>
lantern decor: socalledbridetobe.blogspot.com <http://socalledbridetobe.blogspot.com>
lilac dress: by heidi ryder via 100layercake.com <http://100layercake.com>
bouquet: stylemepretty.com <http://stylemepretty.com>
champagne: everlytrue.tumblr.com <http://everlytrue.tumblr.com>
yellow table decor: 100layercake.com <http://100layercake.com>
straws: by Hazelnut Photography via stylemepretty.com <http://stylemepretty.com>
succulents: by Gia Canali Photography via stylemepretty.com <http://stylemepretty.com>
bow: mustloveweddings.com <http://mustloveweddings.com>
cupcake: by Emily Heizer Photography via whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com <http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com>
yellow ampersand: by mathieu photography via etsy.com/shop/OldNewAgain <http://etsy.com/shop/OldNewAgain>
invitation: www.zazzle.com/pippiphooraywedding <http://www.zazzle.com/pippiphooraywedding>
lemonade: ilovewildfox.com <http://ilovewildfox.com>
ice cream: Corrie Cond for Marie Claire via dustjacketattic.blogspot.com <http://dustjacketattic.blogspot.com>
individual desserts: karaspartyideas.com <http://karaspartyideas.com



Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Time to put your finishing touches on your New Years Eve party plans! 24 karat gold is always hot…add some bling or black and you’re ready to kick off the new year in style! Here’s some fun ideas to get you in the glitzy, glamorous spirit! Cheers to an amazing 2012!

Photo credits:
Lanterns by Yang Tee Mon
Glasses by Sweet Tea Photography
Candle backdrop by Estera Events
Shoes by citified.blogspot.com
Bouquet by Martha Stewart Weddings
Cake from Style Me Pretty
Tabletop by Aruna B. Photography
Firework photo by Beautiful Day Photography
Invitations by JWD Paperie on etsy.com
Dessert by Amber Carson Events