Santa Monica Beach Wedding ~ Fiore Beauty + Ian Grant Photography
March 23, 2011
United States
Beach Weddings

Ever wonder what happens when three of our rockstar Little Black Book members get together and collaborate on one event? It looks a little something like this incredible Santa Monica beach wedding! Fiore Beauty did their part to help the bride and her ladies look drop dead gorgeous, Vanilla Bake Shop provided the drool-worthy cake, and Ian Grant Photography was there to make sure the rest of the world gets to see this absolute stunner of a wedding through his amazing photographs! Seriously, this wedding rocks. Stop by Ian's blog to see more from this wedding!

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Jaimi from Fiore Beauty said ... We loved doing Carey's classic look! Carey was more worried about her hair so we'll start of there.  Her hair is very curly and what she wanted was for us to take her natural curl out but still maintain lots soft body and height.  Carey wanted an updo that used a lots of texture to create a detail which resulted in a soft but clean look in the front and very romantic and beachy in the back.

For Carey's makeup, we tied in the peaches, pinks, and golds from her flowers and the other wedding details and it was absolutely gorgeous on her olive skin (we should all be so lucky to be blessed with skin as pretty as Carey's!). It was an overall clean look with a little bit of highlight on her eyes and lots of lashes.  She was a gorgeous, classic bride.

We also got the honor of glamming up Carey's bridal party, including the moms. Carey wanted each girl to shine so each got to work with Phoebe (Carey's makeup artist) and Kristin (Carey's hairstylist) to find the look that was going to make them feel most gorgeous for her big day!

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And of course, there is always more in the gallery!

From the bride ... My wedding day was the day I had always dreamed of.  We wanted a vintage beach wedding, and I think it turned out perfect. Fun, upbeat, classy, but comfortable.  My now hubby and I had our hands in every detail of the event.  We designed our own invitations with the help of Urbanic Paper Boutique, found and applied vintage stamps, designed and printed our programs and menus,  hand stamped our place cards, and tied the perfect knots (no bows allowed in this wedding) in the sandals which were our favors to our guests.

I felt amazing the whole day. Both our makeup artist and hair stylist were from Fiore Beauty, and did such a beautiful job that day! My vintage inspired dress was all ivory French lace over a café colored base with a scoop neck and a birdcage veil by Sara Gabriel topped off the look.

We always knew we would have the wedding at one of our favorite spots, a private beach club in Santa Monica, where I spent most of my childhood playing in the sand.  We now spend most of our summers there and we knew we would both feel right at home there. The colors were the most important aspect of the wedding.  I wanted warm, welcoming colors that would look great against a beach background.  Despite the fog that rolled in right as the ceremony began, everyone had that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

An important aspect of the ceremony and reception was to make everyone feel comfortable.  Sandals were available to everyone since our ceremony was in the sand.  Our three ring bearers were building sandcastles during the ceremony.  After a very personalized ceremony with traditional vows, our cocktail hour started with a steel drum band playing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in the background. Continuing the vintage feeling of the wedding, the music during the reception started with old hits from artists like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald then progressing through the decades as the hours went on ending with the bouquet toss to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. Our cake from Vanilla Bake Shop was absolutely amazing! It definitely went with the "making people comfortable" theme; everyone loved it!

In the months preceding the wedding, our families spent hours searching for milk glass at antique shops and online.  Eventually we compiled around 60 pieces which were to be used as the centerpieces for our tables.  Our flowers included dahlias, billy balls and garden roses.  To finish off the vintage feeling to the table tops, we added hemstitch napkins and milk glass votives.

As an alternative to the popular photo booth, we created our own.  We purchased old vintage frames which we put our parents and grandparents wedding photos in as well as 3 larger frames which were cut out inside to allow our guests to peek their heads through for more photo ops.  We added our own props for good laughs and fond keepsakes for our guests.

Venue: The Beach Club / Photography: Ian Grant Photography / Flowers: Ixora Floral Studio / Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop / Invitations: Urbanic Paper Boutique