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Behind the Invitation: Watercolor Wedding Wonders

Watercolors are always a win and add in a scenic California celebration (and a ferris wheel!) and we have magic in the making! To get guests prepped and pumped, Anticipate Invitations set the scene with this folded invitation suite. With pics by Jennifer Yarbro, we’re diving into the details of this romantic romp through Cali and wishing we were one of the lucky guests to get one of these beauties in the mail!

From Anticipate InvitationsIt was nothing but pure romantic sweetness for Lauren and Evan’s small, folded wedding invitation. The smaller size and folded format of their invitation was actually a cost-reducing element since we were able to combine the map with the invitation. But smaller here simply translates to cute and works to their favor.

Wrapped in delicate, white tissue paper and tied with twine, the front of the folded card had a painted laurel wreath with Lauren and Evan’s initials. The card opened to reveal a hand illustrated watercolor map of Malibu and the Southern California coastline. One of the highlights of their venue was a vintage ferris wheel, which marked the spot on the map, along with other iconic California favorites. The open spans of the Pacific was the perfect spot for their invitation wording to land.

The back of the invitation had a blush pink pocket adhered, which held the response card, also done in watercolor, and a return envelope.

Sometimes budget restraints or other obstacles can lead to great creative solutions that turn out to be even better than Plan A. Proof that good things do come in small packages!


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Photography: Jennifer Yarbro | Invitations: Anticipate Invitations | Wedding Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Photography - Assistance: Anticipate Invitations

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A Gorgeous Berry Color Palette for a Luxe Ranch Wedding

Leave it to Joel Serrato to photograph one of the most striking weddings I’ve come across in quite a long time. No surprise, the equally amazing Smith + James Events was behind the planning and design, playing up the beauty of Santa Barbara in a serious way. There’s no question, Christine and Joshua’s berry-hued love affair is worth every last second spent in the gallery.

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Fall
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Rustic

From Tory Smith of smith + james events… Christine was an amazing bride who put a lot of trust in us to make her wedding day beautiful. Her one request? She wanted color – which we were thrilled to hear! At smith + james, we approach every wedding we design by first taking into account the venue and its surroundings. It’s important that all the details make sense within the environment and don’t feel forced or out of place.

The San Ysidro Ranch is a warm and inviting hotel set among the lush, Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara landscape. This setting played a major role in our inspiration and we ended up going for a refined yet organic feel. Santa Barbara is a town of unpretentious luxury, and we wanted to bring that vibe to the decor. We went with textural, elegant florals in vessels of wood and glazed terra cotta evocative of the area. We were really happy with the way the whole day came together and even more thrilled to have been a part of Christine and Josh’s love story.

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Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy : Anne Robin | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Paper Goods: Amber Moon | Planning + Design: Smith + James Events | Tabletop Rentals : Casa de Perrin

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This Happily Ever After Starts with a Tale as Old as Time

We’ve been counting down the days to the premiere of Beauty and the Beast and it’s finally go time people. Who’s with us? This wedding inspiration crafted by Posh-itively Perfect Events with rose infused blooms by Fleur-ish and the prettiest fairytale details captured by Damaris Mia will hold you over until your date with Emma Watson. Get inspired to craft a happily ever after worthy of a Disney movie right here as well as a film by Miguel Garcia Studios below.


Have you ever thought of your wedding day as a real life fairy tale? What does your “Happily Ever After” look like? Whether you dream of having a true princess wedding or a more modern, elegant affair, this bridal inspiration shoot is for you!!! We have taken the classic fairy tale story and brought it into our modern-day era!! The beautiful ballroom at the Richard Nixon Library provided the perfect backdrop for this photo opportunity. The gorgeous crystal chandeliers set the scene for a sophisticated event. Seating assignments were inscribed on a stylish yet whimsical large scroll which boasts “Be Our Guest and Bon Appetit! The gorgeous antique gold mercury mirrored table gave reflection to the stunning florals running down the center of the table. Crimson menu cards placed on vintage glass dishes and scrolls cascading down the wine glasses were a wonderful compliment to the look of the table. Gold ornate frames and stained glass were hand-painted on the cake to create a stunning masterpiece. The lounge, set in front of the stately fireplace, beckons you to sit, sip, and enjoy the moment. The timeless invitation suite sets the expectations of this magnificent affair with its crimson and gold envelope liner, delicate rose imprint on vellum, and the classic rose and clock wax seal ties everything together perfectly. A seven foot tall hand-drawn storybook draws you into the most intimate and fanciful ceremony. This larger-than-life detail, embellished with a balance of lush yet daintily draped greenery, is nestled amongst the mature pepper trees. All in all, this classic storybook romance comes to life in a regal, timeless and elegant way. So please take a moment to allow yourself to be transported to a faraway land where you can get lost in the romantic and whimsical essence a tale as old as time!

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Photography: Damaris Mia | Videography: Miguel Garcia Studios | Event Planning: Posh-itively Perfect Events | Floral Design: Fleur-ish | Cake: Rooney Girl Bakeshop | Calligraphy: Daelyn Wood Design | Grooms Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Richard Nixon Library | Bridal Accessories: Petal And Stones Accesories | Bridal Salon: Mary Me Bridal | Cake Stand & Candelabra: Baker Party Rentals | Hair and Make up Artistry: Studio MM&B | Linens: Luxe Linen | Photography - Assistance: Dennis Roy Coronel | Rentals: Jake Duke Studios | Ribbon: Nettle Textiles | Specialty Rentals: Trinity Staging | Stationery Designer: Jasmin Michelle Designs | Table Top Rentals: Sundrop Vintage

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