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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

Classic White Wedding with DIY Details

One look at this wedding and boom. Prettiest wedding ever. Maybe it’s the ahh-dorable flower girls or the lace inspired cake design or the blush hued hydrangeas. Maybe it’s the bride’s gorgeous gown or the moments of scripture tucked into the most elegant spaces or all of the handmade details. Or maybe it’s Candice Benjamines’ gorgeous images…regardless, we’re in love.


From the Couple…What did we love about our wedding? Well, besides the obvious-making a vow to be married forever and always no matter what – the day was a complete dream! There was beauty every where, and not just in the venue or the decorations, but in the people. It’s rare to have everyone you love in the same place, and at our wedding, we were living the dream with 300 of the most important people we know. There was also a lot of cuteness … from the poofy dresses of the prettiest flower girls, to the little groomsmen breaking out the worm, it was amazing. The twinkling lights, lace, flowers and details of the wedding really made all the difference, though!

What We Made: Chalkboards with old cabinets and pieces of wood | Mason Jar Favors | Painted and Glittered Bocce Balls and a Croquet Set  | Scrabble Board with meaningful words | Mr. & Mrs. Signs for the backs of the chairs | Banners with our names | All the signs, ‘wedding’ ‘love is sweet’ ‘last chance to run’ etc. | 1800′s baby doll carriage that my mama refurbished to carry a 6 month old baby. (She even added an attached diamond ring rattle and seatbelt…I was impressed)

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videography: The Adventures Of | Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride | Cake: Cute Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | DJ: Earl Henry | Coordination: Kimberlin Silva Correia | Custom Stamped Flatware: For Such A Time Designs | Florals: Carmin Cermak

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