New website and blog up and running!!

We finally launched the new website and blog

Please visit us there from now on and be sure to update your Google readers and RSS feeds!

Thank you SO much for your patience…..we are SO excited about the launch!!

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Sneak peek at the new JCE!!

This is so way overdue that it is even embarrassing to blog about.  A clean, updated, and revamped website and blog have been in the works for a ridiculously long time……and now it’s finally almost done!!    I’m seriously so happy about it, I feel like dancing. 

We will be unveiling everything very very soon, but in the meantime, watch out for it, and please make sure to update your Google readers once we make the switch!

And now…..a sneak peek at our logo’s facelift:

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GASP WORTHY: Phillip Lim lace shift dress

I adore it when my clients do a fun wardrobe change at some point in their reception…..it reminds me of the good ol’ days when the bride would change into the most exquisite chic white suit right before her farewell send-off .  I ran across this little number and swooned…..Phillip Lim can do no wrong, plus, who doesn’t want to show some leg at her own wedding?  Buy it here:

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Lisa + Tom @ The Bel Air Country Club

Lisa was referred to me by my clients Elvi and Carlos (a June wedding I’m SO ridiculously excited about!!) and came to me with a gorgeous smile and a tight deadline.  Her and her fiance, Tom,  had set the date for their wedding for 2 months out, and on top of having to rally a team of amazing vendors to pull it off….their venue had cancelled on them.  I was ready to take on the challenge though, since we instantly clicked….and by the end of the meeting we were hugging and we were off to plan a most gorgeous and intimate wedding at the Bel Air Country Club!

Below are a few moments of their amazing day, captured by their photographer, Vernon T. Williams:

The gorgeous Lisa getting her dress on, assisted by her equally lovely sister/maid-of-honor:

 

Does it get any better than gold Choos?

 

The florals, provided by the ever fabulous Flowers on Mars, were simply stunning.  We decided to have the bridesmaids carry a simple but elegant cloud of baby’s breath, while Lisa got to carry the real showstopper…..a breathtaking cascade of bright magenta phalaenopsis orchids and dark feathers.  The groom’s bout matched the bride’s bouquet….a bright orchid with some unique metal wire accents.

 

 

Lisa had her heart set on getting married on the club’s beautiful white bridge, but once we set foot on it, and realized that even with a few people on it the thing swayed like a jumprope, we quickly had to put the kabbash on that idea.  I knew she wanted something unique, something that her 40 guests had never seen before, so I suggested that we do a spiral ceremony setup.  This way, she would get to walk past each and every one of her special guests as she made her way down the spiral to her groom! 

 

The gorgeous newleyweds!  Both Irish transplants, they met and fell in love instantly across an ocean….they were clearly meant to find one another!

 

I puffy heart small weddings because the setup usually entails something that would never work with a bigger party (have you ever seen a 200 person spiral ceremony, for instance?).  Lisa wanted the reception to feel intimate and cozy, so we decided to seat all of the guests at one huge long table covered in a luxe champagne linen (custom made by Flowers on Mars) ,  and decorated in lush florals in classic neutral tones with  hints of purple and lavender.

 

There was one thing that was a definite must for Lisa….a decadent and beautiful dessert display with sweets from Vanilla Bake Shop

 

Lisa treated her guests with mini bottles of Moet Champagne as their favors!

 

And I’ll end the post with a couple of my favorite shots of the bride and groom!

 

Lisa and Tom – Thank you so much for giving me the chance to be a part of your beautiful day!!   It was so sweet being a part of such an intimate wedding, the entire guest count being all of your immediate family and closest friends.   Best of luck to you both!

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GASP WORTHY: Christian Louboutin peep-toe glitter pumps

One of my 2010 New Year’s resolutions was to be a much more regular blog poster, so I’ve decided to add a weekly feature to the blog entitled “Gasp Worthy”.  It will feature one or two items that I’ve stumbled upon that week that I crave, covet, and/or would rob a bank for.  I’ll be blogging about them in hopes that one of my dear clients will purchase said items, and I can then live vicariously through them while they prance around in the said shoes/dress/clutch/underwear/headpiece/etc.

Today’s gasp worthy item was found while perusing Saks.com for a birthday item to add to my list.  Although the hubs is a most amazing gift giver….it turns out he is an even more amazing gift giver when I drop hints about what I like.

Wouldn’t this be THE most amazing bridal shoe?  Glittery, metallic, and most importantly…..red-soled.  Own it here!

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**Jenn and Thanh**

When Jenn and Thanh approached me about their October wedding at the Los Angeles Arboretum, I flipped.  I am in awe (and also terrified) of the peacocks that swarm the Arboretum and had been wanting to work that venue space for some time.   The natural beauty of the gardens are breathtaking, and that, combined with Jenn and Thanh’s warm and kind spirits, were going to make for a memorable day!  Below are just a few of the FAB shots of the day, taken by the most stealth photographers (these guys were everywhere, they never missed a shot!!) I’ve seen in some time…..Furious Photographers:   

Prior to their Western ceremony, Jenn and Thanh participated in the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  Jenn looked like royalty in her qipao:

 

Soon after the two tea ceremonies were performed, we had Jenn change into the most beautiful lace dress for her Western ceremony:

 

 

And while the girls got ready, the guys helped Thanh sort out the red envelopes!

 

A few shots of their beatiful ceremony, complete with the crystal strand backdrop.  All decor and florals provided by Commerce Flowers:

 

 

 

 

After the ceremony, the bridal party and the newleyweds drove around the arboretum and shot some super fun portraits!  I was in love with the bridesmaids’ merlot colored dresses and their blingy sash:

 

 

 

 

Jenn and Thanh – Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day…..your wedding was beautiful, but most importantly your guests had a blast!  I really enjoyed working with you guys, most especially our final meeting at the Chinese restaurant.  I feel so worldly now, having eating the traditional fish stomach soup!  I hope to keep in touch with you both!!

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Save money, save paper AND save the date!!

I love my clients….many of them are SO creative and think outside the box.    I just received a “save-the-date” from two of my June clients that they sent out to all of their lucky guests.  In today’s age of technology (and thinking “green”), I think it’s just perfect.  Feast your eyes on their You Tube slideshow Save-The-Date.  

Joan and Manie, you guys are awesome….I am in love with this idea and SO excited for your wedding!!

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