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Vintage Chic Bel Air Estate Wedding

I’ve got a serious crush on this wedding, and admittedly, this stylish couple. Aren’t they snazzy? The Bride in her Inbal Dror dress, fancied up by Artistry By Danika and the red bow-tied Groom looking dapper in a white jacket. Oh, and cruising around in a vintage Porsche, too. See? I told you they were awesome. And their wedding is just as fun as they are. Tyler Branch snapped it all up right here.


From the beautiful Bride…The beautiful home where we chose to have our wedding is named Casa Contenta, and has been in my husband’s family since the 1940′s. Many a great parties took place here, where my grandparents-in-law would host the likes of Clark Gable and The Reagan’s. On the night of our wedding, a distant relative informed us that Cary Grant was actually wed there as well! As we planned our wedding together, it became our mission to bring these old parties to life for our friends and family: a big bash on the very first day of Summer!

I’m originally from South Carolina and my husband grew up in London. As if these three converging settings weren’t enough, let me add that my mother-in-law is from Oaxaca, Mexico! It was very important for us to incorporate our unique, respective backgrounds into one special day. The result was a collection of incredible local vendors, and many DIY elements that were unique to us.

My aunt, who owns a slip cover shop in Charleston, SC created custom green & white striped covers for the wrought iron cabana beds and chairs – while another aunt lent the most beautiful calligraphy to our place cards and table numbers. My father and brother-in-law spent countless hours creating heart pine signs and an elegant card box, reclaimed from an old school house from the 1800′s in South Carolina. My mother lent me my great grandmother’s handkerchief for me to take down the aisle, and perhaps most impressively of all – my dear friend, Emma (who introduced my husband and I!) created every last flower arrangement (including the giant bouquets of peonies) for us as a gift.

We started setting the vibe for our party long before June 21st rolled around – with the help of our stationer, Lilly & Louise. She incorporated old newspaper clippings from some of the fabulous parties that were thrown at the Casa Contenta! On the day of our wedding, I surprised my husband with a vintage Porsche – what ultimately ended up being one of the most popular aspects of our wedding (hello photo opp)! Guests mingled in different areas of the estate among vintage copper tables and in a special room of the house called “The Copper Room” that took everyone back to another place and time.

For as much as we debated throughout the planning process, the one things we completely agreed on was the food! We were so fortunate to have Chef Alejandro Ruiz (one of Latin America’s 50 Best Chefs) fly up from Oaxaca to treat our guests to some of the local specialties he creates at his restaurant, Casa Oaxaca. Guests nibbled on garnachas and ceviche before sitting down to a three course meal followed by red velvet cake from Sweet & Saucy and cooling down from the dance floor with organic ice cream selections from Sweet Lucies.

Seeing all of our hard work and preparation come together was one of the great joys of my life. My advice for any bride is to do your research. Take time in selecting your vendors. If you’re like me, you could spend up to a year with these great folks, developing a relationship with many. Don’t be afraid to get “Pin Happy”, but know WHEN to ultimately put down the Pinterest Button (great advice from my friend / floral stylist), about a week out from the wedding)!

Photography: Tyler Branch | Videography: Satellite Weddings | Floral Design: Emma Crowther | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chef Alejandro Ruiz Of Casa Oaxaca | Hair: Stacey Ho Of Meche Salon | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Hillary | Lighting: Stage Labs | DJ: Andy Marlow Of Los Angeles DJ | Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Brides Shortie Set: Plum Pretty Sugar | Custom Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Custom Slipcovers: Etsy The Slipcover Shop | Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Golf Cart Rental: Lou's Golf Carts | Grooms Bow Tie: Monsieur Jean Yves | Guest Accommodations: Hotel Bel Air | Ice Cream Truck: Sweet Lucie's | Invitation Suite: Lilly And Louise | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Tabletop Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals | Veil: Panache Bridal | Venue: Private Residence | Vintage Porsche Speedster: Black & White Car Rental | Vintage Rugs: Casa De Perrin | Wedding Cake: Sweet And Saucy

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‘Fall in Love’ Wedding Inspiration

Fall-lovers unite and feast your eyes on this slice of autumn pretty from Betsi Ewing Studio and Pretty Lil Details. It’s the marrying of dusty plum, pomegranate red, sweet fall peach and earthy olive green. The table is set with gold sprinkled cake pops, cinnamon sugar-rimmed spiked ciders in mini milk bottles, goblets and vessels galore from Pretty Vintage Table, overflowing blooms from Knot Just Flowers and one seriously gorgeous cake from Frost It Cupcakery. There’s even more in the gallery!


From Pretty Lil DetailsMe and my amazing team of gals wanted to colab on a styled shoot for Fall. For this particular event I chose a “Fall in Love” themed wedding. I wanted to capture the regal side of Fall – a season not just filled with whimsy, but also grace. My vision was to highlight the bounty of fall through both the food and décor. I mixed amber tones with a blush pink and added some rose gold for that romantic flare.

I stopped by Pretty Vintage Rentals showroom in Westlake Village and picked out some timeless charming pieces. I fell in love with the stunning amber and pink pressed glass goblets, amber pedestal bowls for florals, beautiful gold mirror trays and florentine trays, as well as some statement furniture for desserts, drinks and a vintage farmhouse table to complete my vision of creating a romantic ambiance.

Next, I thought of a signature cocktail that ties in with my theme. I decided to make a “spiked apple cider”, which highlighted an apple cider mix, champagne, and vodka. I used milk jugs and a beverage dispenser to create a drink station, I then tied cinnamon sticks using twine to each mini vintage milk jug for a special touch. Dinner was a hearty family style with heavy hors d’oeuvres to start.

For dessert, the amazing Frost It Cupcakery created a delectable naked vanilla cake with crystallized ginger layered with pomegranate buttercream. To incorporate the fall theme, the cake was embellished with pretty lil gold acorns.

For florals, the uber talented Sharon Lopez from Knot Just Flowers created gorgeous arrangements with loose fall greens, amber flowers with a lot of texture in crystal glass vases. She wanted to incorporate dried flowers into the arrangements and bouquets to reflect the harvest aspect of fall.

On the table, I chose a pretty rose table runner with white organic napkins. Ceramic plates sat upon antique books used as chargers. I also brought in a variety of staging props such as decorative pumpkins in orange and gold, tons of candles, apples, pumpkins, pomegranates and sprigs of fall leaves and acorns.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Event Designer: Pretty Lil Details | Florist: Knot Just Flowers | Bakery: Frost It Cupcakery | Entertainment: One Up Entertainment | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table | Venue: Private Residence

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Hayley Paige Trunk Show at JLM Couture Boutique

I’m having a serious I-wish-I-was-a-bride moment right now since hearing about the Hayley Paige Designer Trunk Show taking place at West Hollywood, California’s incredible JLM Couture Boutique.  From August 22-24th, brides can feast their eyes — and try on! — gowns from the Spring and Fall 2014 collections. Mark your calendars, my dears!

Known for her fresh, lively and feminine designs featuring incredible detail + texture, each Hayley Paige dress is more stunning than the last. At the upcoming trunk show, brides will get the chance to meet the uber talented designer as she helps brides find the gowns of their dreams!

To make an appointment at JLM Couture Boutique for the Hayley Paige Trunk Show, call 424.249.3909 or head over here. Happy dress shopping, lovelies!