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Great Gatsby Inspired Photo Shoot from Posh Peony Event Design + Desi Baytan Photography

For those of you who haven’t heard, The Great Gatsby is making a comeback.  A resurgence that may or may not have a little something to do with a certain handsome actor named Leo… OR just the simple fact that the 1920′s are all kinds of awesome.  Either way, we are loving it in a big, big way, especially when it means spending our days soaking in some Gatsby-inspired inspiration.  Inspiration dripping in the fab stylings of Posh Peony Event Design, they yummy treats of Erin Grace Events and a whole lot of magical moments captured by Desi Baytan Photography.  (To be exact.)  See them all in the full gallery.


This shoot was designed around 1920′s vintage flare to capture the era that was full of glamour and glitz. I wanted to have details that were very genuine to the images painted in the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The women were painted as very beautiful and poised with flawless elegance. My inspiration came mostly when reading about Gatsby’s lavish mansion parties. The high-class society entertained and celebrated life with music, love, and lots of sparkle.

Sparkle, glitz, and glam were a primary element I wanted to incorporate throughout all the details. The main colors were black, gold, white, ivory, pearl, and silver. The table linens chosen were black chiffon sequined a rosette textured pattern. Strands of pearls accented the linens between the florals and candleholders. The black satin napkins with jeweled napkins rings countered the gold charger plates and added lots of sparkle and glitz. Gold chiavari chairs were a great accent piece to bring out the gold tones.

The centerpieces were designed around white hydrangeas, ivory vendela roses, and white phalaenopsis orchids and were loosely arranged on elevated glass tulip vases with hanging crystals and draped pearl accents. Sounding the floral arrangements, were multiple level vases with bouquets of white tulips, roses, hydrangeas, and orchids shooting over each edge to create a fuller look below the slim vases. I used multi-leveled candleholders to bring in a romantic ambiance and capture the sparkle all around. The photographer captured the shoot beautifully using natural light, delicate poses, and vintage filters using both film and digital cameras. He was very animated and painted the tone verbally to capture the models in their elegance.

Ivory shimmer paper was selected to create an elegant and bright foreground for the black text and gold backing. The fonts used were a mixture of vintage and contemporary styles using various sizes and alignments. Gold borders and clipart where added to add a vintage look. Professional models participated in this shoot and were styled with vintage glam in mind. The attire was very clean and sophisticated with Designs by Casablanca and Justin Alexander. Selections had subtle textures and rhinestone details to emphasize the elaborate jewelry and headpieces popular in this era. I wanted the make up to look very fresh and simple with a bold lip and nude eyes.

The Bride wore fitted lace gowns with vintage lace and jewel encrusted headband and head veil. Her make up was very fair toned with the bold lip and elegant eyes and side swept pin curls. The Groom wore a classic tux with bow tie and side swept hair. The maid of honor wore fitted satin gowns with elaborate head and jewelry accents. Dessert Bar: Sequined linens, feathers, gold platters and stands were used to prop up multiple sweets.

Photography: Desi Baytan Photography | Floral + Event Design + Linens: Posh Peony Event Design | Dessert Bar: Erin Grace Events | Stationery: Papermints | Wardrobe: Uniquely Elegant Attire (Justin Alexander Style 8626 and Casablanca Style 1978) | Hair + Makeup: Fairytale Hair and Makeup | Hair Accessories + Bridal Styling: Sandra Nicole Designs | Rentals: Chiavari Chairs: Tmmpro | Models: Kelli and Richard Serio + Lori McShane | Jewelry: Paseo Jewelers, Pasadena, CA | Venue: NOOR

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Vintage Inspired Wedding in Pasadena from Full Spectrum Photography

Dripping in vintage-inspired details and one drop-dead gorgeous moment after another, this Pasadena affair is kind of taking my breath away.  Which makes perfect sense, really, since classic meets vintage is sort of one of my favorite ways to celebrate.  Add in a crazy gorgeous setting like Pandora on Green, the fab stylings of Lux Events and Design and a whole host of pretty captured by Full Spectrum Photography and let me tell you, lovelies.  This is one fabulous gallery. Join me there for every ounce of lovely.

From Lux Events and DesignTeresa and Daniel were such a wonderful couple to work with. She wanted a classic and vintage wedding with pearl and lace details. Teresa and Daniel were married in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alta Dena, California. There is something very romantic about a church wedding. This church had so much character. Dark woods and beautiful carvings added to the quaint character of the church.

Teresa wanted lots of handmade details for her wedding and that is what Lux Events and Designs delivered. We made a beautiful photo table backdrop out of strands of lace, traditional cans for behind the car and fun straws with banners to drink from. We gathered vintage books, cameras, photos, and lace to compliment Teresa’s vintage taste. The reception took place at a really unique venue, Pandora on Green in Pasadena. This venue is full of exposed brick and open beamed ceilings but keeps its elegance with beautiful grey glass chandeliers.

This day was full of love, laughter and dancing and the night ended with a sparkler send off!

Wedding Photography: Full Spectrum Photography | Cinematography: Amanda Madeline Studios | Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Pandora on Green, Pasadena, California | Event Design + Planning: Lux Events and Design | Floral Design: Paradise Florist-Los Angeles | Invitations: Full Spectrum Design Studio

Pasadena Wedding from Mi Belle Photography

Pasadena. The land of pretty. And weddings in that gorgeous part of the world? Divine. Particularly when captured by Mi Belle Photography like this pretty little number hosted at the stunning Ambassador Mansions & Gardens. It was a day filled to the brim with love, and the talents of some of our favorite vendors including TEAM Hair and Makeup and The Little Branch (just to name a few). But most of all, it was a day celebrating the love between these two now newlyweds, which is obviously the best detail of all. See it all here.


From the Bride…When you’re lucky enough to marry your best friend the rest is just icing on the cake! After eight years of dating Gilbert proposed with my godmothers stunning emerald family heirloom, and just like that we started the journey of planning our wedding. Originally we wanted a destination wedding but it quickly became apparent that not all of our friends and family would be able to join us. To that end, our endless search for a beautiful California venue began.

For the big day we had envisioned an outdoor venue with effortless elegance that would easily lend itself to be the backdrop to one of the most important days of our lives. As fate would have it, one day while perusing Style Me Pretty, I came across a Pasadena venue called the Ambassador Campus. If I had to describe this venue with one word it would be “PERFECTION.” This location transports you to a completely different feel and space, many of our guest said “we’ve live here all this time and never knew this place existed.” We knew we had picked the perfect place.
Once we booked the venue we realized that we only had 6 months to plan our wedding. Honestly, we would have not had the wedding of our dreams if not for the support of our family and friends, and of course having some pretty amazing vendors. Without fail you have to trust that your vendors will be able handle unexpected surprises. One of those surprises turned out to be the unexpected weather.  One would think that “Sunny” Southern California is without weather storms. However the day before our wedding we had thunderstorms. I remember as I was driving over to our wedding rehearsal my iPhone had a flood alert in Pasadena. At that point, my wonderful photographer and event planner kept assuring us that rain or shine our event would be spectacular, and it truly was. The day of our wedding we had clear skies and rainbows, the weather was perfect.

Our advice for all the newly engaged couples is to tackle one thing at a time, once you’ve made a decision don’t second-guess yourself. Also, allow your friends and family to help you, trying to do everything yourself can become overwhelming.  And lastly don’t let the little things upset you because at the end of the day all your friends and family will be celebrating your love and nothing else will matter.

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Catering + Rentals + Day of Coordinator: Event Professionals | Ceremony + Reception: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Cake: Cake Sensations South Pasadena | Invitations: Jennifer James from Paper Goose (818.760.0621) | Hotel: The Langham Pasadena | Transportation: Uber | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Brides Dress + Veil: Winnie Couture | Brides Earrings: Nordstrom | Emerald Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom | Shoes: Alfani | Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG | Bridesmaid Shoes: Marciano | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Kenneth Cole via Mens Wearhouse | Groom + Groomsmen Ties: Michael Kors | Grooms Watch: TAG Heuer

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