Vintage Fall Wedding {Nikki+Jeremy}

On October 1st Nikki & Jeremy exchanged their vows at Gardens of Paradise in Agua Dulce, CA their hometown where they both grew up and fell in love. When I first met the stunningly beautiful yet down to earth bride, I knew this would be a fun wedding because it was at the beginning of my favorite season (and yes, with my favorite color orange for those who don’t know yet), and a bride who knew exactly what she wanted. Love that.

Nikki who was always so appreciative and nice to work with had an even nicer family, a super involved fiance who’s father performed the ceremony and a soon to be mother-in-law and sister-in-law who were both crafty hands on at all times. How fab is that? It was a beautiful experience to see the whole family engaged in the wedding planning process. Thanks to David and Jodi Ross of R & R Photography for the outstanding craftsmanship.

The color pallet that Nikki selected were hues of orange, red, black, browns and golds that were incorporated throughout every detail of the wedding including invitations, shoe accents and of course flowers and centerpieces all created by the amazing Charmaine’s Flowers

Bride and Groom showed off their wild side with fun and colorful shoes, and fun nail polish to go with the theme of the wedding.

For guest seating, envelopes with guests names were hung on old window panes with wood laundry pins. Inside each envelope were Nikki & Jeremy’s favorite fall food recipes which were also the table names where the guests sat (caramel popcorn ball, pumpkin spice latte, apple pie, etc)

Additional vintage window frames were used to share the couple’s fun photos and engagement photos. An old desk was used for guests to sign a guest book and write well wishes for the bride and groom on old vintage postcards.

FABULOUS MOMENTS…. Nikki & Adee

{THOSE WHO INSPIRE US}

Photography: R & R Photography (www.randrphotography.com)

Videography: Piece by Piece Films (www.piecebypiecefilms.com)

Event Design & Coordination: Event Pros LA (www.eventpros-la.com)

Flowers: Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Flowers (www.charmainesbouquetcanyonflorist.com)

Lighting & Music: SOS Entertainment (www.sosrhythm.com)

Venue: Gardens of Paradise (www.gardensofparadise.com)

TRICK OR TREAT, SMELL MY FEET {Halloween Inspiration Board}

Who doesn’t love Halloween? There are so many directions one can take the design and decor elements of a Halloween wedding or Halloween party  other than the expected. You can go classic, goth, vintage and have fun with it. Below are some fun ideas from fabulously talented people in the industry who inspire me daily.

Oh how I adore the sweet station by  Intimate Weddings. Too fabulous.

Credits (clockwise)

Thank you to Weddings In Full Bloom! Wooden sign (gorg!) via Estilo , pumpkin place holders from The Knot, long table with floral centerpieces,orange napkin image and black favor boxes were sent in from a previous bride (if you know the source, please email me), the bridesmaids dresses are were found on The Knot.

Thanks to Project Bride for this. Great ideas.

and of course… my favorite. Thank you to Camille Styles. You inspire me daily.

RANDOM FRIDAY {Autumn In A Glass}

Pumpkin Martini

I love fabulous moments. Especially when I discover things that make me smile. The Pumpkin Martini has long been a favorite cocktail for fall. I rescently tried a few fall-inspired drinks and the two below were for sure made me smile and want to put on a winter coat and go ice skating in Central Park although I live in LA.

Although it has recently become difficult, well impossible, to find pumpkin schnapps or any pumpkin liqueur. Until another pumpkin liqueur comes on the market again you can substitute pumpkin spice syrup or pumpkin puree. You might also want to check out the Pumpkin Spice Martini, and  Pumpkin Divine 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1 tsp whipped cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
  4. Shake again.
  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick

Ginger Smash

ginger and cranberries are in season, and barkeeps Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric are muddling them with apple liqueur and wet gin in their throat-tickling Ginger Smash(recipe) by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only in New York. Pomegranates are also peaking as they combine with brandy, chai-infused vermouth, and a touch of lemon juice in the spicy Mata Hari (recipe). Garnished with dried rose buds, this slightly creamy, sweet-and-sour drink tastes almost like melted gelato.

Happy Friday.

FALL IN LOVE {Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board}

As much as I love the Summer, as  the month of August quickly approaches, I cannot help but think of the fast approaching time for Autumn and Fall weddings.

I love the colors that the leaves turn and the deep hues of orange, golds and browns that surround us in nature.  There is so many details that can be included into your Fall wedding which will make it unique and a truly memorable one.  I had a Autumn wedding and really used burned orange colors to my advantage.

Below are some inspired ideas. One direction to go is with pumpkin-inspired  decor which is always fun and will put your guests into holiday mood.  Be sure to use it sparingly and creatively!

Another direction for a beautiful Autumn-Fall weddings is to blend hues of burnt orange, gold, coppers and creams throughout your wedding theme. Below are some fun ideas.

Those that inspire us: beau-coup,  iheartcakes, style me pretty

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