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Cozy Kitchen Engagement Shoot

The idea behind this engagement shoot? Well, it’s really kind of perfect. Take two sweeties set in the kitchen with nothing but a recipe for galettes and a whole lot of love. The result is an authentic capture of togetherness…and to be honest, that’s what an engagement sesh is truly all about. The amazing Melissa JillAVE Styles and their team of collaborators brought the vision to life, and there’s lots more sitting right here.

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From Melissa Jill PhotographyWe believe that engagement shoots don’t have to be incredibly elaborate. They should showcase the timelessness of a couple’s love for one another. For this inspiration shoot, we wanted to portray love in its simplest form: two people making food together, sitting down to share a meal and delighting in one another’s company – true quality time.

The team of creatives behind this project were ready to simplify things to show our clients that they can achieve a gorgeous, “pin-worthy” photo session in the comfort of their home. We wanted to showcase love the way many couples show love to one another – acts of service and quality time. Cooking for someone is an easy way to show them that you care. Even if your cooking skills aren’t the greatest, simply making a pot of coffee and sitting down together can be a cherished moment.

The home featured in this shoot is actually the home of our prop stylist – Coley from Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. It’s real. It’s authentic. Love and life happens in this space every day.

Alex from AVE Styles chose simple clothing for Liz and Cesar, focusing on items that many couples might have in their closets: a denim jacket, khakis, a sweet dress, a t-shirt, an a-line skirt, etc. A mixture of pieces owned by the models and of vintage pieces from Grow Op, everything Alex chose felt “lived in” and comfortable. She even gave Liz a mismatched apron and a men’s shirt because that’s what real life often looks like – mismatched, comfy clothes pulled from our beau’s closet, and breakfast in bare feet. Stephanie Neiheisel kept Liz’s makeup very fresh. Many women don’t wear a full face of makeup every day at home, and Stephanie wanted to show brides that they can look naturally beautiful for their engagement photos, too.

Jessica with SEE Salt wanted the food to feel “lived in” as well. Galettes are great because their shape is never quite perfect. They look a bit messy, but they also take some time and care to make, which makes this breakfast more special. And it tasted delicious, too! However, she still wanted to stay simple and authentic, so she chose pressed coffee over a fancy latte.

The flowers were the icing on the cake! Hoot & Holler selected an easy color palette of green and white that added the perfect final touch. All of the flowers used are wild flowers that many can find in their own backyards.

Melissa Jill captured this inspiration engagement session on film to preserve the light, romantic atmosphere. Her photography caught and enhanced the glowing beauty of the everyday.

All of the collaborators in this styled shoot are excited to show our clients that casual and comfortable can be stunning!

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Concept And Wardrobe Styling: AVE Styles | Floral Design: Hoot & Holler | Makeup Artist: Stephanie Neiheisel | Food Styling: SEE Salt | Prop Styling: Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market | Wardrobe: Grow Op | Assistant: Alyssa Hodson – AVE Styles Intern | Models: Liz & Cesar Garcia With The Agency AZ | Venue: Private Residence 

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Elegant and Cozy Backyard Wedding

Every love story is unique, and this one gives true meaning to the phrase ‘Home is where the heart is’. From childhood friends, to college sweethearts, to a destined day in Phoenix, their story ends with an intimate backyard ceremony at the house they call home. Maria Del Rio and Alejandra Vidal captured every DIYed detail (like Mom’s homemade cookies), and there’s more to be swooned over right here!

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From The Bride…I first met David in Cleveland, Ohio when I was just 9 years old. It’s where both of our families are from and where we have deep roots. We spent our Summers playing together until he moved to Phoenix, Arizona while I was growing up in San Diego, California. After 10 years apart, we re-connected again in college and began to date.

After graduation, we both wanted to chase our dreams and started careers in two different cities. David stayed in Phoenix while I went on to live in Los Angeles and New York. We would date on and off, but eventually called it “quits” and didn’t see each other for three years.

Luckily (as fate would have it) I was in Phoenix for one night for work and ran into him. Shortly after, I moved into his adorable house (but total bachelor pad at the time!) and we began to build a life there together. It’s also where he proposed, so when it came time to pick a venue, our home was the perfect choice.

It was important that our wedding reflect us, as a couple. We wanted it to feel up close and personal, laid back (but still stylish) and unique. Most of all…warm, comfortable, relaxed and cozy. Note: If you ask David, he might tell you that “cozy” was my favorite wedding planning word!

I couldn’t think of anything more cozy than getting married right in our own backyard, surrounded by friends and family, dining under Portifino lights and dancing under huge woven lanterns hanging from our trees.

Even my dress had to be “cozy” – I didn’t want anything too grand or formal, but had a vision of long sleeves with an open back. I am forever grateful to Michael Costello for bringing my dream dress to life. He made the most gorgeous custom gown and I can’t thank him enough for making me feel so beautiful.

For bridesmaids, I had them choose whatever style of dress they wanted – shades of cream, off white and blush with gold accessories. And I had my maid of honor wear a different color shoe. (They didn’t actually walk down the aisle, so there wasn’t a need for bouquets.) We all got ready together at the Arizona Biltmore and took first look, family and friend photos at the hotel before heading over to the house. All guests were taken from the hotel to our home, via trolley.

As guests entered the backyard, they were greeted by our adorable little neighbors and enjoyed a pre-ceremony cocktail hour with great music and mingling. Servers and bar-tenders (all wearing matching navy and gold bow-ties) tray passed the St. Germain signature cocktail along with hors d’oeuvres. We also styled bar carts with all of the necessary ingredients, straws and “B” coasters.

Both being creative types, planning every last detail from start to finish was a wonderful artistic process for us. And coming up with fresh, thoughtful ideas led to many DIY projects (and many late nights working!)

We started with our DIY save the date – we actually got on a real school bus for the shoot and then photoshopped a road behind us – a fitting reference since we’ve known each other since grade school and because it really has been a long ride (over 10 years long!) Hence our tag line, “It’s been a long ride. Join us as we make the final stop.”

Next came our DIY invitations. We designed these as pamphlet style, fold out invites with illustrations to map out the whole weekend. We included rehearsal dinner and ceremony information, transportation pick up times, suggested wardrobe, Sunday brunch details, etc. I addressed the envelopes by hand for both the save the dates and the wedding invites to give them a personal touch.

We then created a custom RSVP site www.wearethebaum.com (our last name is Baum) so people could easily RSVP for all the weekend events. As a result, it saved lots of paper, stamps and time. We even included a spot for guests to type in a song request that would get them moving on the dance floor.

The gable boxes were perfect for out of town guests. We designed and printed the weekend itinerary for the front of each box (the font, color and style matched our invites and RSVP site) and tied with ribbon. It was filled with a “Lucky Life” AZ lottery ticket, our favorite chocolates from Cleveland, Ohio, Sun Chips, Arizona Iced Tea, my aunt’s homemade nut mixture, Boots makeup removing wipes and poolside essentials for the weekend: Supergoop sunscreen and Burts Bees lip balm.

For our DIY dessert and favors we did cookie bags. David’s mom is famous for her homemade cookies, so she baked them and I had stamps custom made that said, “Homemade Cookies From Baum’s Mom.” This also tied in nicely with our overall “home” theme. I found mini brown paper bags at Michaels and stamped each one. For additional favors, we did matches that had our J&D wedding logo, our wedding date and ‘perfect match’ printed on each matchbook. We also did custom yamakas in our signature colors with our names and date on the inside.

For DIY bridesmaid gifts, I sprayed the bottom half of canvas makeup bags gold and stamped each initial of their first name on the front. I then filled it with some of my favorite things and wrote on the tag “A few of my favorite things for one of my favorite people.”

We hung a huge DIY banner that we designed and printed. David and I hand wrote 5 things about each other and this was something that people said they had never seen before! It was also really fun to see and read what we had written about each other.

Our DIY Ikea hack bar backs were bookshelves from Ikea that we mirrored ourselves and styled with liquor, flowers, glasses, etc. PRO EM then built us a custom navy blue tufted bar to match our color scheme.

For our DIY cake topper, I really thought it would be great to have clay figures of us sitting in the car that we sketched on the invites. That car is actually David’s vintage car, which is his other true love :) It was sculpted, painted and baked in the oven (using FIMO clay) by my brilliantly talented cousin. We will keep and cherish it forever.

For the decor, we were inspired by two of our favorite places: ABC Kitchen in New York and the garden rooftop of Soho House in Los Angeles. In order to give our backyard the same sort of intimate and chic feel, we used a lot of our own patio furniture. We spruced it up with decorative Missoni pillows, fur throws, potted plants and bud vases.

The dream team over at PRO EM was at our house for 3 days covering our entire pool! It was much needed space and we could not have had our wedding and reception in our backyard if it wasn’t for them. As a result, it’s where we were able to place all of the pretty wooden dining tables. We decided on no tablecloths – just stripped down wood with gold candlesticks, french tea towels, gold silverware and simple, garden-like florals. All flowers were put together effortlessly by my friend, Jason, who is the special events stylist and floral designer for Neiman Marcus Scottsdale.

We chose to do a massive buffet dinner so there were additional large plates at the buffet. I liked the look of just a small appetizer plate at each setting. And white lights strung from high in the trees to create a tent-like atmosphere over the dining area.

Robert’s Catering provided all of the food and the cake. We have used him for other events in the past because he is simply the best. Every single person who attended our wedding said that it was hands down the best food and most delicious cake they had ever eaten. I swear. Literally, everyone.

Rabbi Barton Lee made our ceremony so special – touching, emotional and funny. He would only marry us after the sun went down, so we strung lights in our DIY Chuppah – a piece of fabric we draped and tied with gold rope on the sides. As soon as the sun went down, the Chuppah lit up beautifully. We read our vows under a full moon and illuminated sky.

As the night went on, we put out baskets of black slip on socks for dancing (mine were white) neon glow sticks, blow up music toys (David’s request) and cigars. We also had a late night delivery of pizza and In-N-Out (David’s request, again) after a packed dance floor for hours. There was not a slice of pizza, burger or piece of cake left when all was said and done!

And to top it all off? The police ending up coming to our house and giving us a noise violation and so we had to turn the music down at midnight (always the sign of a great party, right?) But it did make for a classic DIY thank you card. We sent out copies of our violation/ticket from the city and designed it to say “Thanks for helping us shut it down…xo The Baums”

It was such a special weekend filled with so much love, happiness and joy. To celebrate our long journey with the people we love most, right in our own backyard, gives true meaning to the phrase, home is where the heart is.

Photography: Maria Del Rio | Flowers: Jason Hammer | Wedding Dress: Custom Michael Costello | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | DJ: Knick Knack | Groom's Shoes: Asos | Additional Photography: Alejandra Vidal | B Drink Coasters: Sugar Paper | B Wine Glasses: Pottery Barn | Banner Printing: Trademark Visual | Bartender & Server Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Brides Makeup: Cristina Jaramillo | Brides Sandals: Valentino | Bridesmaids Makeup: Stephanie Neiheisel | Bridesmaids Rings: Sterling Forever | Bud Vases: ABC Carpet & Home | Catering & Cake: Robert's Catering | Cubbies/Bar Backs: Ikea | Custom Yamakas: Kippahs Your Way | Decorative Pillows: Missoni | Gable Boxes: The Packaging Source | Getting Ready Location: Arizona Biltmore | Gold Pots: Anthropologie | Grooms Ring: Leo & Lynn | Initial Pillows: C.Wonder | Invitation Printing: AlphaGraphics | Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman | Matches: Tie That Binds Weddings | Month-Of Wedding Coordinator: Katherine Thornhill | Mother Of The Bride/Bridesmaid Makeup: Lillian Fogel | Party & Event Rentals: PRO EM | Party Dress: Sarah Seven | RSVP Custom Website Development: Revelation Concept | Ring Dish: Ben's Garden | Something Blue: Leo & Lynn Ring | String & Button Envelopes: Paper Source | Transportation From Venue: Mercedes Sprinters | Transportation To Venue: Ollie The Trolley

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Golden Bohemian Affair in Arizona

I am a self-confessed gold junkie through and through so the second I spotted this boho bride and her glamorous “goldie” dress from Sarah Seven, I was hooked. And the day behind that sparkling gown is equally as fab. It’s a beautiful mix of modern art gallery meets floral halos by Butterfly Petals and glam details planned by Hello Gem. Head to the gallery captured by Elizabeth McDonnell for so much more.

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From the Bride… When you marry into the surname Gold, you are basically hand-fed the perfect wedding theme. From there, it was simple: Sarah Seven “Goldie” wedding gown, chunky ByAMT classic gold wedding bands, a neon “Stay Golden” sign, and gold foil invitations. We wanted our wedding to be like our relationship: deeply intimate, frolicsome, and unorthodox. Originally when our creative backbone/day-of-coordinators Hello Gem asked what I envisioned, I told them I wanted our wedding to look like Juliet’s bedroom in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo & Juliet.

A Golden Affair was structured around the idea of throwing a modern, industrial bohemian party in the desert. We chose the Icehouse as our venue for it’s exposed brick walls and ceiling ducts. Our florist Butterfly Petals, assembled a bougainvillea trellis to serve as an alter piece, and we lined the open-ceiling ceremony space with an ombré runner, candles, and wooden pews to create the illusion of an old, deconstructed cathedral. The white column room allowed us the creative space to hang a light installation that pooled onto the concrete flooring and suspend hand crafted, dimly lit clouds from the ceiling beams. White geodes and terrariums were collected to create the centerpieces. The head table was lined with forty Louis chairs to seat our bridal party and their respective dates and faced the dance floor, naturally delineated by family-style wooden picnic tables, adorned with wildflowers and candles.

Perhaps our favorite element of the wedding was the ceremony. I walked down the aisle under a cotton candy-colored Arizona sky to “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + the Machine live at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony itself, inspired by a traditional Buddhist wedding, incorporated mindfulness and a collection of readings we felt captured the intellectual spirit of our meeting and union. We chose Chito’s cousin, Tara Martell, a yoga instructor and a close friend, to officiate our wedding, for her positive energy and free-spirit. We wrote our vows together, based on the virtues we believe make for a blessed and happy union. In the beginning we collectively settled on three components which we believe make a wedding enjoyable for others: good beats, toothsome food, and a limitless open-bar stocked with the holy trinity of booze-whiskey, tequila, and champagne. By far the most difficult task for us was finding a DJ; we wanted Erykah Badu meets Adventure Club. We ended up flying out DJ Smiles Davis from Los Angeles and were enamored with her beauty, energy, and ability. Our very talented and close friend, chef, and restaurateur Aaron May of BLTconcepts designed a menu of gourmet comfort food items served buffet style. In lieu of a wedding cake, we opted for a dessert table of our favorite confections including: lemon meringue tartlets, doughnuts, strawberry rhubarb pies, and très leches.

I wore “the Goldie” dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride in New York City; a headpiece of purple peonies; Olcay Gulsen lavender suede scalloped pumps with gold piping; a favorite vintage gold cross my deceased mother purchased in Santorini, Greece one summer during my childhood, as well as her gold Rolex watch, paired with a Cartier love bracelet that was a wedding present from my father and his current wife. Chito, the groom, wore a midnight blue tuxedo made-to-order from Brooklyn Tailors in Williamsburg, and Dsquared2 patent shoes. Each of the ten bridesmaids wore a unique white dress, because, honestly, what is sexier than a woman in a sundress? The maid-of-honor, my sister, wore a vintage floral kimono from our parent’s wedding in the 1970’s. Half of the bridesmaids wore floral headpieces, and the other half metal headpieces made by Pamela Love and Jacquie Aiche. Our friend Alexis, owner of Avenue Boutique, in Tucson, gifted each bridesmaid a unique necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings. Each girl carried a simple bundle of lavender, cabbage, or wildflower. The flower girls wore apron dresses, caftans, and rompers by Tutu du Monde with floral headpieces. Former brides always give you terrific advice for the day-of: take time to eat something, don’t get too hammered, embrace the madness, etc. At the end of the day, we really felt like we put such a tremendous effort into creating this gathering of our most beloved and intimate kin, and we made a pact to be present in the moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We sat down and ate together, had conversations with the people we love, danced, and sipped champagne. Afterwards we sat and discussed our favorite moments: His was our un-choreographed, puerile first dance to the Montmartre remix of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” because he said it was the only time he felt alone with me; mine was him sprinting outside insisting that I come dance because Smiles Davis was playing “Flawless” by Beyoncé (do you see why I married him?).

Photography: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography | Event Planning: Hello Gem | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Aaron May | Invitations: Jay Strehlow | Ceremony Venue: Ice House | Reception Venue: Ice House | Catering: LTB Concepts- Aaron May | Make Up: Glam Lounge | Hair: Lisa Fresa Palacios | DJ: Smiles Davis | Bridesmaid Gifts: Avenue Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Kelsey Shirley Photography

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Desert Engagement Inspiration in Hues of Blue

After poring over the images from Brett Heidebrecht, I’m thoroughly convinced that all engagement shoots should be captured in a desert. There’s something about that dreamy red rock landscape that photographs impeccably. And with the cool blue styling by Kylie Swanson paired with king protea florals by Poppy Lane Design and the prettiest hand lettered save the date courtesy of Lindsay Letters, you’ll probably agree that this inspiration is one for the books.

From Brett HeidebrechtThe desert can be a scary place. Ragged rocks for days with not much life other than cactus sprouting up and scorching sun. But there is a lot of beauty in the desert as well. I teamed up with Kylie to produce this beautiful engagement session inspiration and the team she put together as the creative director and stylist was over the top. What better way to cool down the desert landscape than with hues of blue… so Kylie reached out to the folks at Neiman Marcus about outfitting our couple and we were blown away that they obliged to provide the wardrobe from head to toe along with some beautiful jewelry. My favorite had to be the light blue and very form fitting Victoria Beckham dress. It was such a nice contrast against the desert colors. We knew we wanted to add some floral elements but we didn’t want to forget that we were in the desert so we kept it as simple as possible and Poppy Lane Design really came through in a big way. Lastly we had the amazingly talented Juliet Grace and Lindsay Letters produce a map of the desert as well as a save the date to tie everything together. With all the details taken care of by Kylie, all that was left to me to do was shoot this beautiful and in love couple as they enjoyed some time gallivanting around in the desert.

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Venue: Phoenix Desert Mountains | Creative Director / Stylist: Kylie Swanson | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper / Calligraphy: Lindsay Letters | Paper / Calligraphy: Juliet Grace Designs | Wardrobe: Neiman Marcus

Arizona Biltmore Wedding

When two seventh grade sweeties grow up and tie the knot, we get all sorts of giddy. But when that wedding just so happens to be shot through the lens of Callaway Gable? Well, you know we’re in for a serious treat. Get lost in every inch of pretty in the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Only in hindsight have I truly come to appreciate our wedding. Looking back, I marvel at how everything came together. I’m happy to share the story of our wedding not because we did everything right, but because in the end, by focusing on our love and our loved ones, with a little luck and a lot of help, we enjoyed a day more beautiful than we ever imagined.

I guess you could say we fell in love in seventh grade. (I decided in English class that he was the nicest boy I had ever met, and he said I was the prettiest). After more than a decade spent side-by-side, after high school and college, studying abroad and traveling to 36 countries together, we knew we would be together until the end. Dan consulted my father, who was a luxury jeweler for many years, and they designed the most beautiful vintage engagement ring. Needless to say, I said yes!

Wedding planning coincided with my stress of applying to Ph.D. programs, determining on which side of the country to live, and some difficult family circumstances. At first, I insisted on being married in Los Angeles near the beach. After booking our vendors and spending six months preparing for a Southern California wedding, we re-evaluated what was important to us. We realized that we wanted our wedding to be more about our families and friends than about a particular destination. So we started over and re-planned our entire wedding to be in Phoenix, where we both grew up, near all of our family and friends. Fortunately, our dream photographers, the insanely talented Callaway Gable, agreed to relocate with us!

Every summer throughout my childhood my dad took my siblings and me to stay at the Arizona Biltmore for a kind of local stay-cation. When we decided to be married in Phoenix, my dad finally admitted to me that he had always dreamed of seeing his little girl marry in the same place we shared so many childhood memories. Not only did the Biltmore’s art deco style fit our elegant vintage theme, but it was such a special place for the whole family. We were thrilled to use the opportunity of our wedding to host a four-day, Fourth-of-July wedding party for all 200 of our guests. From a private fireworks show, to a speakeasy rehearsal party, an elegant reception to a day-after pool party, we enjoyed a celebration of a lifetime.

Initially, I was worried that by choosing a resort as our venue, we were destined to have a cookie-cutter wedding. As a result, we were inspired to infuse every element of our wedding with our personalities and interests. We love books, travel, wine, and all things art deco. We chose our colors (seafoam, blush, eucalyptus, and gold) from Botticelli’s Venus on the Half Shell, one of our favorite works of art from our time in Florence. With the help of our families, we collected antique books – one for each guest – to create unique invitation suites, which doubled as keepsake gifts. Dan gave antique pocket watches to each of his groomsmen as gifts, which they wore on our wedding day. Instead of a ring pillow, we used my great-great grandmother’s Bible and tied our rings to it with lace. We turned our wine cork collection into a giant logo of our initials for the cocktail hour bar. Instead of a guest book, we asked our loved ones to sign an awesome globe, which has become a central feature in our new home together. For our cigar bar, we made custom matchboxes from old bullet casings. And my father surprised us and spent months designing custom Frank Lloyd Wright Arizona Biltmore keepsake boxes as a gift for each guest.

Our wedding would have been nothing without our incredible team of vendors, many of whom have since become our friends. After showing him our invitations, John at Flora Bella immediately understood our vintage vision and brought it to life in a way we could only imagine with candelabra, babies breath, and more books. Ella from Classic Cakes created a lovely dessert table, complete with my favorite French macarons; the Hamptons Band segued from jazz standards into a 12-piece dance party band to keep our guests on the floor all night. And Callaway Gable captured all of the memories we will pass on to our children and their children and their children so that they too will believe in love.

Photography: Callaway Gable | Florals And Event Design: Flora Bella AZ | Wedding Coordinator: Everything Susie | Wedding Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Cake: Classic Cakes And Confections | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church | Reception Venue: The Arizona Biltmore | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair And Makeup: Arizona Biltmore Resort Spa | Band: The Hamptons Band | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Paper: Victoria York | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Olive & Ivy

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New Year’s Eve Inspiration Shoot

Believe it or not, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. So before you panic and head to the drawing boards for last minute party planning, have a looksy loo at this elegant 2014 affair brought together by Erica VelascoHouse of Glitter and so many more. It’s an inspiration goldmine, but we’re just getting started. We’ve got lots, lots more right over here!

From House of Glitter… New Year’s Eve is the most celebrated holiday in the world, combine that with the most memorable day in a couple’s life and you have a recipe for an extravagant and memorable party that no guest will ever forget!

Once I had the New Year’s Eve themed wedding in my head, I could only dream of one venue to shoot at- The Ice House- and the most amazing photographer to bring my vision to life-Erica Velasco. There are three completely different rooms in the venue, but what I had dreamt about was the White Column Room. Floor to ceiling white brick, white columns, concrete floors, and an open airy layout. I knew that the perfect complement to the room would be clear acrylic, so I recruited Event Rents for the ghost chairs and ghost chivari chairs, and Kool. Party Rentals for the exquisite acrylic chandeliers. As much as I love a good hanging chandelier, I felt that the ceremony was to be focused on the bride and groom coming together as one, so I decided on placing them around the altar and when the lights are dimmed there would be a soft glow as the couple exchanges intimate vows in front of their loved ones.

How gorgeous does the bride and bridesmaids look? Thanks to the amazingly talented makeup artist, Stephanie Neiheisel, the girls look flawless! Party curls and a giant top knot absolutely complete their look, Keith Smith and Danielle Hacche were just a dream to work with. The bridesmaid attire is from a local designer called Cleo and Clementine. She designs the most unique wedding and party dresses I have ever come across! All I could picture was pure sequins dresses, and she delivered the most perfect ones for a New Year’s Eve themed wedding. The men’s attire is from Brothers Tailoring, the sheen finish on the suits just scream lux! The bride’s dress.. I don’t know if I have ever fallen in love with a short bridal gown the way I have with this particular one. I went into Schaffer’s bridal with a specific look in mind- short, fun, something that would be different and stand out for a New Year’s theme. I think it’s safe to say they nailed it. I can’t take my eyes off of this dress, and the cut out back..to die for! Claudia’s Custom Jewelry accessorized the girls with such beautiful jewels, and I am pretty sure that crystal clutch needs to be in my closet.

With La Tavola Linen’s amazing sequin table cloths and the spray painted gold florals, the paper goods Rene from Celebrations in Paper created truly came to life. Instead of the traditional place cards we worked to create a fun and memorable name card that guests could wear and show off throughout the party. Every party hat is different and really represents the guests’ personalities. Rene did an incredible job in bringing the vision of sparkle, sophistication, and an extravagant New Year’s Eve party to life.

Jay from Kick Ass Kakes created the perfect cake to go along with the sophisticated party atmosphere of the reception. The individual, mini sugar sequins he created perfectly mimicked the bubbles in champagne. For the cake and champagne table I wanted to add my favorite thing, rock candy! It adds another texture to the champagne glass and is absolutely delicious to sip on- try strawberry rock candy with champagne, yum! And of course we had to have sparklers, what’s New Year’s Eve without them!?

The popcorn bar…what can I say, I am now addicted to all sorts of flavored popcorn because of My Popcorn Kitchen! With a party that will continue to be rocking well past midnight, we had to have a good “midnight snack” table. And who doesn’t love popcorn? We chose half to be savory flavors, like the Spicy Buffalo Wing, and half to be sweet and sugary, like the Triple Berry Cheesecake so that every guest’s craving would be satisfied. And how cute is the picture of the bridal party throwing the popcorn in the air like confetti!

To end the reception with a bang we created a silver tinsel photo booth backdrop and gave the bridal party confetti and party horns to play with. The champagne tower was one of my favorite parts of the photo shoot, when the groom popped open the bottle it flew and the bride actually screamed! It was the perfect end to the perfect day, so candid and full of laughter and joy. I want to thank all of the amazing vendors that helped being this vision to life. You are all a dream to work with!

Photography: Erica Velasco Photographers | Event Design: House of Glitter Wedding and Event Planning | Floral Design: House of Glitter Wedding and Event Planning | Wedding Dress: Schaffers Bridal | Cake: Kick Ass Kakes | Invitations: Celebrations in Paper | Bridesmaids Dresses: Cleo And Clementine | Catering: My Popcorn Kitchen | Makeup: Stephanie Neiheisel | Hair: Mercantile Salon/Danielle Hacche | Hair: Keith Smith | Groom's Attire: Brother's Tailors | Accessories: Claudia's Custom Jewelry | Groomsmen Attire: Brother's Tailors | Linens: La Travola Linens | Rentals: Kool. Party Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents

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