Archive for August, 2009

**Stephanie and Seth**

I met Stephanie and her mom back in January, when they had already gotten plenty of their planning behind them for the big day in June.  Steph had already booked several of her vendors, including the venue, the Four Seasons Westlake Village.  She definitely had a clear vision for her wedding, that incorporated her love of fairy tale Europe, and also the colors eggplant and gold…..and the day came together to a T!  Below are a few of my favorite images from the day, shot by Michael Brannigan from David Michael Photography:

I love this picture for two reasons.  One, it shows the adorable pajama outfits that Stephanie bought for all of her bridesmaids.  Two, it shows how AWESOME her bridesmaids were at every turn…..helping her put on her shoes was just one of the many many things they were on top of!

 

 

After their first look, Stephanie and Seth took some time out for some couples portraits.  The Four Seasons has such gorgeous grounds, there are a million backdrops to choose from…..my favorite being the pagoda below:

 

 

 

 

 

Steph and Seth had such a chic-looking bridal party…..that deep rich color of the eggplant dresses made me swoon!!

 

 

Lindy at Commerce Flowers really did an outstanding job with the florals…..I couldn’t get over those eggplant mini callas tucked in Steph’s bridal bouquet!

 

 

I found that huge smile on Stephanie’s face coming down the aisle so endearing…..she was SO excited to finally marry the man of her dreams!

 

 

And Seth waited for Stephanie, equally as excited!!

 

 

A great fishbowl shot of the gorgeous gazebo area!

 

 

The brand new Mr and Mrs!

 

 

A few of Steph’s DIY ceremony details…..her and her mom put thought into every last aspect of the wedding!

 

 

I just had to fit this picture in somewhere……Steph’s dad holding on to God’s perfect food: the mini-slider:

 

 

I’ll start the reception details off with Steph’s DIY castle that sat atop of the escort card setup.  Steph has a special place for Europe, specifically Prague, in her heart…..she even get engaged there!  So she knew she definitely wanted to bring in some of that old European feel into her wedding vision.

 

 

Steph’s DIY table names…..black and white photos of different cities in Europe:

 

 

The DIY menus sat inside napkins that topped off the gold-rimmed chargers.  It was all finished off by a tiny sprig of greenery, bringing in a bit of color pop onto each placesetting!

 

 

Her awe-inspiring centerpieces, made by Commerce Flowers, complemented the tablescapes and room perfectly.  The amber uplighting really added a warm glow to the ballroom, while letting those AMAZING chandeliers do their sparkly thing!

 

 

This has to be one of my favorite cake table setups of all time…..the cake literally looked like it was sitting in a bed of grass that was adorned with blooms!

 

A big thank you to Michael Brannigan for allowing me to showcase this beautiful wedding!

Steph and Seth:  Thank you SO much for allowing me to be a part of your perfect day…..there was no bigger pay-off than seeing your happy faces when seeing the ballroom for the first time!!  I wish you both the very best!!

And Phyllis…….I will miss you dearly, it was SUCH a pleasure to work with you every step of the way as well!!

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**Ashleigh and AJ**

Sometimes you just meet a bride whose wedding vision you love SO much, that you get giddy every time you think of their wedding.  When I met Ashleigh last July, all I heard was DIY, crafty, bright bold colors, sunset on the beach and I was SOLD!!  Her colors reminded me much of my own wedding vision, with dark chocolate brown linens as the base for amazing pops of raspberry and tangerine accents, and Ashleigh wanted to make sure every aspect of the wedding was personalized in some way. 

Ashleigh and AJ were so adorably in love!!  AJ would come with Ash to all of their meetings, being her support as we decided between the slight variations of raspberry vs fuschia, which would have driven any other man to madness, but he stayed strong!!   His mom, another crafty goddess, was also Ash’s right hand woman…..tearing through the downtown fabric stores with us, as we searched for the perfect items!  Their day at the Sunset Restaurant was captured beautifully by the simply fab photography team Louis and Erin at  Palos  Studio……and below are some of my favorite shots of the day!

 

I never tire of getting ready shots…..I love that instant transition from gal to BRIDE!!  Annie Wolfson from Blushing Bridal Makeup and her hair girl, Helena (shown in the picture, placing Ash’s Twigs and Honey hairpiece), made Ashleigh look and feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

 

Kate Baker did her magic again on Ash’s florals….her bouquet took my breath away.  I love unexpected additions to bouquets, like those fluttery and bright parrot tulips!

 

 

I LOVE this…..boys never get to have enough fun with their outfits, usually having to wear the same dark suits or tuxes.  Ash gave them a chance to shine their personalities a bit, with these fun and funky socks!  And the Cons were the perfect shoe when AJ decided to kill time waiting for his bride by riding his skateboard around in his dapper suit!

 

 

After their first look, they were off to the beach, for some gorgeous shots on the beach.  This is my all-time favorite veil picture!!

 

 

Their bridal party soon met up with them to get some fun shots on the sand!

 

 

One of the many details that Ash incorporated into her wedding day was this precious sign to point guests in the right direction to the ceremony!  And in the background, you can spot the super RAD  DIY threaded cylinders that Ash and her mother-in-law rocked out for the aisle decor!

 

 

The ceremony was everything Ashleigh ever wanted…..getting married to her man on the beach at sunset!!  I was already so giddy about it, and then as if on cue, dolphins started jumping out of the water behind them….it was simply magical!!

 

 

Love that happy couple moment during the recessional!!  That billowy and bright huppah in the backgound was one of my all-time favorites…..Kate Baker took Ash’s vision and inspiration and rocked it to a whole new level!

 

 

I just adore this shot of Ashleigh and AJ in the empty reception room!   The alternating raspberry and tangerine napkins on the chocolate linens made for such eye candy, and peeking behind the couple you can take a peek at the bright and bold centerpieces that Kate Baker created for the big day, nailing Ash’s vision to a T!

 

 

Some of Ashleigh’s amazing details…..her beautifully coordinated wedding stationary was all designed by Melissa at Isabella Ink! 

 

 

I puffy heart lush cake/cupcake table setups…..this one, with a spectacular cupcake tower by A Sweet Design, decorated with florals by Kate Baker, just couldn’t be more fab!!

 

 

Even the candy bar had panache……with it’s color coordinated candy and the super cool oversized barware vessels!

 

 

The pair during their first dance…….they were so happy and hopelessly in love that it plastered a Chesire cat grin on my face the entire night.

 

Please visit the Palos blog for more amazing shots of this utterly spectacular day!  PS, I adore the Palos…..they are the perfect combo of sweet and funny, which is what I would want in a photographer that would be hanging out at my wedding all day….not to mention, they take ROCKSTAR photographs!!

Ash and AJ –  You two are the cutest couple EVER!!  Ash, your constant giggles (even during your ceremony) were so endearing, and AJ’s quiet calm demeanor is a perfect match to you!!  It was touching to see how excited and happy you two were, and I am so happy that I was able to bring your dream wedding vision to life!  Please keep in touch!!

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