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Chic Carondelet House Wedding

When it comes to indoor fetes, the Carondelet House wins me over every time. Charm? Check. Texture? Check. Urban flair? Check. And Sposto Photography captured it’s glow sooo beautifully at this chic affair. From the sparkling Bride to the warm, family-style dinner, you’ll leave this gallery feeling a cozy kind of love.


From Sposto PhotographyConstructed in 1928, this gorgeous Italian Villa offered such an amazing backdrop for Allyson and Jaz’s wedding. The exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and endless natural light painted a lovely scene for their guests to enjoy. Allyson and Jaz chose a vibrant spring color pallet of pinks and purples. Which Lavenders Flowers just knocked out of the park with their floral design.

Green Apple Event Co styled the ceremony site with glowing candles and lovely vineyard chairs to complement the chic charm of this incredible venue.

Dressed to the nines, the guests began to arrive shuffling through the courtyard to take their seats for the main event. Having not seen each other before the ceremony, Allyson and Jaz had a very emotional and joyous reunion down the aisle and into each other’s arms. The heartfelt ceremony concluded with a roar of applause and support for the newlywed couple.

The dinner service was impeccably executed by Tres L.A. served by their dapper waiters appropriately styled for the event. Everything from the champagne trey pass to the delicious dessert table was served with love and style.

As the heartfelt toasts began and the music began to play, Allyson and Jaz concluded their night with a dance under the arches of iconic grand room. It truly couldn’t have been a more lovely evening.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Green Apple Event Co. | Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Couture | Cake: The Great Dane Baking Company | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Carondelet House | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Post: Edelweiss Post

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the vondys. + A Giveaway!

Whenever a newly engaged bride-to-be asks me where to start the planning process, my answer is always the same: first a date, then a photographer. And when you have an option as amazing as the vondys., you’re guaranteed to have wedding photos that are bursting with beauty. The vondys. style is a mix of photo journalism + natural light which creates stunning images; you could say we’re obsessed.

The offspring of the award-winning L.A. based photography company Shannon Lee Images, the vondys. are an uber talented husband + wife team that provide a photography experience unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries or traditional and modern wedding day photo styles, this dynamic duo create pinch-me-perfect images that you and your honey will treasure forever.  Have I mentioned they’re hosting a knock-your-socks-off giveaway? You are in for a treat! 

The vondys. are celebrating their new name + site launch by giving one lucky couple getting married in 2016 a complete wedding day photography package FOR FREE ($5000 value)! The kicker? The wedding can take place anywhere worldwide!

Win A Wedding Photography Package Worth $5,000

What: One lucky 2016 couple will win the following complete wedding day photography package (a value of $5000!) including: eight consecutive hours of wedding photography coverage with the vondys., online viewing and ordering wedding gallery to share with friends and family, usb of your professionally edited, full-resolution digital images, one-hour engagement session.

How: Head over here for official details and rules to enter to win!  Entries must be received by Sunday, August 23rd.


Black Tie Botanical Wedding Inspiration

A black tie bash is a straight shot to my wedding-loving heart. There’s something so exciting about seeing your family and friends all fancied up and dressed to the nines. But that doesn’t mean black tie has to be overly classic, or traditional. Case in point? This slice of inspiration from Diana McGregorHarmony Creative Studio and Heirloom Design House. It’s sophisticated and organic all in one—and well, complete perfection. See it all here!


From Harmony Creative StudioCrystal from Heirloom Design House utilized over 60 different types of flowers, ivy, plants and trees to make our Black Tie Botanical paradise at the new HNYPT (or ‘Honeypot’) venue in Downtown Los Angeles. We were able to highlight the amazing trusses that span the length of the roof; draping both ivy and sheer fabric for a soft romantic look. We kept that look going with an organic backdrop of greenery, gold and candles that was a beautiful juxtaposition with the industrial walls of the venue.

The exposed electrical workings and pipes are one of my favorite corners of the venue, and by inserting plant life directly into the crooks and crannies, it became an ideal spot for our bar set up. Signature drinks are always a big hit at all HCS weddings, and here we kept with the theme by using some of the scientific botanic names for the ingredients in the names:

His: ‘C. Limon Juniperus’ Gin, Mint Leaves, Bitter Lemon

Hers: ‘Vitis Vinifera’ Champagne, Hibiscus, Lavender

Lauren from A Fabulous Fete just outdid herself with the gorgeous invitation suite. She thought up a crest surrounded by ivy, which we adored so much we brought it to life over our lounge area. By keeping to a neutral palette of ivory, leather and wood pieces by Found Rentals, the hints of greenery, gold and our bridal party were able to take center stage.

Our bride is wearing a fabulous Sarah Janks dress, with 3D flowers that fit in perfectly with our romantic botanical theme. Her maids are upping the sparkle factor in contrasting colors, which is proof your ladies don’t necessarily have to match everything (or anything!) else to be right at home in your wedding palette. And while flower crowns are wonderful, adding just a hint of greenery to hair allows for natural beauty to shine through while still being on trend. And while the inside of HNYPT is a fantastic white canvas, the exterior walls are a sublime dark blue, which makes for perfect portraits! We were so fortunate to have the amazing Diana McGregor capture everything on film, her photography just brings such a lushness to each and every aspect.

Head to The Vault for even more wedding inspiration!

Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Cake: Frost It Cupcakery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bloomingdale's | Makeup: Alicia Wheeler Makeup & Hair Artistry | Hair: Kacee Geoffroy Hair And Makeup | Venue: HNYPT LA | Bride Model: Kori Agee | Bridesmaid Model: Meghan Lubeck | Bridesmaid Model: Claudia Serven | Engraved Bride Hangers: DeLovely Details | Event Design, Coordination & Styling: Harmony Creative Studio | Groomsmen Model: Don Wesley | Groomsmen Model: Phillip Abraham | Paper Goods + Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop + Glassware Rentals: Dish Wish

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The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

Let’s talk about wedding planning for a moment, shall we?  Or, more specifically, let’s talk about wedding planning with The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, the fabulous catering and event planning company that is about to take your wedding to the next level.  Think yummy food meets top-notch service meets that Southern California vibe you know and love.  THE perfect wedding?  You know it.

With The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, putting together your dream day has never been easier… or more amazing.  That’s because The Kitchen for Exploring Foods is 100% committed to delivering you the day you’ve always envisioned, from start to finish.  I’m talking everything from customized menus to impeccable service a one-of-a-kind look that will leave all of your guests talking.  Not to mention that you’ll be working with a team of experts that is as dedicated as they are talented, which means a no-stress planning process for you – from that initial meeting to the handwritten thank you note.

Whether you envision a wedding that is classically simple or a day that is seriously complex (it’s your big day, after all), The Kitchen for Exploring Foods’ team of top chefs, designers and food stylists will happily make each and every one of your dreams come true… and all with that extra dash of quality they are known for.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Start your journey towards a magical wedding day by contacting The Kitchen for Exploring Foods today.  You’ll be working with some of the friendliest and most amazing people in the biz… AND an Event Manager who will work with you step by step throughout the entire process.  We love that.

Photographer: Braedon Flynn | Event Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Florals: Mark's Garden | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods | Decor: Revelry Event Designers

Alvina Valenta Trunk Show + A Promotion!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), then trunk shows are totally your thing.  Especially when that trunk show happens to be held at the JLM Flagship Salon and features the new Alvina Valenta Fall 2015 Collection.  A lineup soooo incredibly stunning, you’re guaranteed to find the dress of your dreams.  Mark your calendars for August 7th-9th, loves… this is a can’t miss weekend.

From breathtaking ball gowns to sweet lace numbers to sassy fit and flare dresses that will leave all of your guests talking, the new Alvina Valenta Fall 2015 Collection has a little something for everyone. Which means that whether you’re tying the knot in your hometown church, your favorite garden or that funky + cool locale downtown, Alvina Valenta will make sure you’re doing it in complete and total style. Think luxe fabrics, fabulous detailing and flattering silhouettes that will make you sooo happy.

Don’t delay, loves… start planning your trip to the Alvina Valenta trunk show happening on August 7th-9th at the JLM Flagship Salon.  To book appointments, simply visit the website here or call 424.249.3909.


All brides who say yes to the dress the weekend of the trunk show will receive 10% off the gown of their dreams! Click here to book your appointment.