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Black, White + Blush Seaside Wedding

You know what we love? Prints that go pow! And this wedding photographed by Ashlee Raubach is ripe with them. A stunning black, white and blush colored palette, modern details crafted by Amorology, all white flowers by Oak And The Owl and lots and lots of cake – as in a whole beautiful table of them by Hey There Cupcake. Can you say perfection? See even more right here!

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From Emily, The Bride… I would have to say that the entire day from start to finish was my oldest/biggest dream that I have ever actually lived out. It would not have all been possible without the love and support of my family, friends and most importantly this husband of mine that I get to live my “happily ever after” with. He truly is “MY CONSTANT” and I am so grateful he waited ever so patiently for me. Timing is everything and God truly knows what he is doing when he is doing it. I am grateful that I trusted in him to get me to the person I have been searching my whole life for. I am so happy to have found my other half or “puzzle piece”, as we call each other. As for any inspiration behind this magical day… I have been following Amorology weddings for quite some time now and have been impressed with the beautifully, personal, passionate work they put into each particular element of the weddings they do. When I got engaged one of the first things I did was set up an appointment with Heather at Amorology and never looked back. The masculine yet feminine feel and colors of our wedding have always been my dream. I wanted something that was timeless and classic yet patterned and fun. Having it by the beach, decorated in patterns of black and white, slate and a hint of blush, and serving delicious Mexican food (my favorite) all couldn’t have expressed me better in one place at one time. Each element was perfect. The weather couldn’t have been better and the sunset was to die for that night. I am truly appreciative of all the individual talent making up our day to be a true, living, dream!

Photography: Ashlee Raubach Photography | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Wedding Dress: Penelope's Dresses | Cake: Hey There Cupcake | Reception Venue: The Scripps Seaside Forum | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Expressions | Catering: Crown Point | DJ: Hit It Music | Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse | Groomsmen Bowties: Tom Ford | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Elements: Peanut Press Creative | Photo Booth: San Diego Photo Booth Rentals | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Rentals- Sweetheart & Dessert Table: Witty Rentals | Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith: Rolls Livery

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Romantic Cal-a-Vie Inspiration Shoot

On my Monday agenda?  Spending some QT drooling over this colorful (+ gorgeous) bundle of inspiration.  From the beautiful blooms from The Vine’s Leaf to the fab paper goods from Copper Willow Paper Studio to the breathtaking setting that is Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, it’s what I call a day well spent.  See it all captured by Chris and Kristen Photography right here.


From Chris and Kristen Photography… When coming up with the inspiration for this shoot, the venue, Cal-a-Vie, was inspiration enough. Walking up to the chapel for the first time, we felt out of place, like we weren’t in California anymore. My mind was suddenly transported to an imaginary little chapel in southwestern Europe. For the shoot, we wanted to create a romantic, old age look that would compliment the emotion we felt at Cal-a-Vie and that would accentuate the vintage beauty of the venue itself. The brass candlesticks and dim candle light, with vintage coverless books and rich, lush florals were used in a way that wouldn’t overpower where we were, but create a time and a place we dreamt of being in.

Photography: Chris and Kristen Photography | Floral Design: The Vine's Leaf | Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Hair: Ashley Locks | Dresses and Veil: Kirstie Kelly | Furniture, Dishes and Accessories: Archive Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Brides by Kelly Jo | Venue: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

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Whimsical Baby Shower

I dare you to find a baby shower lovelier than this. From Native Poppy‘s incredible florals, to every last whimsical detail, perfectly executed by Hitched With Huff, it’s safe to say that sweet baby Amelia Rose is one lucky little lady. And if you’re looking for more (oh yes, there’s more!), the gallery is where you need to be. Jose Valdez has outdone himself on this one!

From Hitched with Huff… When new parents-to-be Veronica and Jeff came to me wanting something completely different than a traditional baby shower, I couldn’t resist. I have always had an affection for smaller, intimate affairs, graced with good food and meaningful sentiment! They wanted to celebrate our growing family with all the things they love: family and friends, good food and drinks (Jeff loves a well made cocktail!) 

We brought a classic mix with a touch of vintage, allowing for a casual, delightful gathering of loved ones and close friends. From the minute guests walked through the door they were greeted with a touch of whimsy and relaxed elegance. A wooden swing of stunning florals floated beneath a golden Amelia Rose sign. The same font used for the sign was also incorporated throughout the design of the invitations and the hues continued throughout with menus and signage. A beautiful gown passed down from generation to generation was displayed near the entrance next to beautiful florals arranged in a very special vase that was delivered to the hospital the day the mom-to-be was born. Notes from loved ones were also gathered for Amelia Rose’s baby book.

Crafted in love, we kept things artisan, authentic and unexpected. Muted color palettes and subtle pops of color complimented handcrafted chairs and tables for guests to sit and connect over well-made cocktails and locally-sourced ingredients. The big hit was a vintage food station we nestled in near cozy picnic areas, featuring beautifully prepared seasonal dishes made with love from Veronica’s family’s kitchen. Guests delighted over the sight of artisan cheese boards, charcuterie platters, hand pies and gourmet grilled flatbread. Small sweet bites of salted caramel brownies and lemon cheesecake bars helped sealed the deal. The presentation was lovely!

Native Poppy kept the vibe laid back and natural by incorporating eucalyptus garland dotted with gold leaves and pods on the bar area and draped over the salvaged barn door. Creamy white roses and pops of pink ranunculus were strategically placed throughout the garlands and centerpieces and heartier elements of artichokes and rosemary were sprinkled throughout the celebration. The result — a charming event space with low lighting and high spirits.

It was incredible to sit back and watch guests delight in the excitement of a different kind of baby shower.

Photography: Jose Valdez | Event Planning: Hitched With Huff | Floral Design: Native Poppy | Invitations: Marissa Huffman, Hitched With Huff