We have tons more goodness from our latest featured wedding, but before we dive right in, I wanted to mention that Amy Nichols is guest blogging over on Backstage all about becoming a wedding planner. Lots of great tips and info!
So, I'm thinking you guys are about as jealous of this wedding as I am. It's the kind of wedding that I want to model my home after...modern but not too stark. Elegant but not stuffy. Eclectic, meaningful and filled to the brim with organic, but oh-so-chic details. Oh and the cake that Amy at Vanilla Bakeshop crafted...well, it's the reason that I am so obsessed with my job.
photographs by the FABULOUS Jasmine Star
Carissa and Brian wanted their wedding to feel totally relaxed, totally laid back. So a formal sit down dinner wasn't going to work. Instead, they created a lounge style space with cabanas, ottomans and coffee tables. Carissa's mom made over 50 pillows in varying shades to make the area seem even more cozy. They accented with capiz shell chandeliers (that her mom actually re-made from an existing chandelier), chunks of white coral and shells andhe most fabulous cake you've ever seen in your life.
And speaking of the cake, Brian (the cute groom) actually designed it himself. Being an architect, he wanted something that had clean lines and was really structural. Amy at vanilla bakeshop brought it to life, adding white coral and green succulents to make it even more perfect. How cool is that? They placed the cake on a clear acrylic podium filled with white crushed glass and sand blasted manzanita branches.
A few more details...the very small bridal party all got to choose their own chocolate brown gowns in a non formal fabric, accessorized with gold jewelry and shoes. Since Brian and Carissa are tv junkies (a couple after my own heart), they printed their favorite lines on cocktail napkins for guests to enjoy. "No soup for you!" "We were on a break!" and "Let's talk about chicks man (chicks man)" were a few of the favs. They hung over 50 glass vases with water and floating candles from the large tree behind the cake display. They also added about 25 glass test tubes that held cymbidium orchids to make the effect even more beautiful.
I know what you are thinking...it just keeps getting better and better. Impossibly beautiful. Well, you can read all about the process and even more fabulous details by checking out Carissa's blog, JL Designs. It's SO worth the trip!