Need something for the kids to do on your wedding day?

Want to make your wedding more enjoyable for all the parents invited?  This week, while at the ABC Coordinators Luncheon at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, a perfect solution was presented to me in the most adorable box. “Quiet kids equals happy bride” is the trademark for Busy Box Company. This is such a great gift idea for the kids and the parents at your wedding. Whether you are a mother getting married, matron of honor, or parent guest at a wedding, there is always the stress of making sure the kids are included, occupied, and having fun. Below are some pictures of some of the goodies inside the box. Make sure to check out their website too!

Top Wedding Trends to expect in 2014

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. 2014,

Your future holds a wedding filled with fabulous trends. Details such as the dress, the decor, the menu; here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your special day.

The Gorgeous Gown

Gowns in 2014 will take on an extremely romantic and unique feel. Long lace sleeves and dramatic backs give the perfect combination of beautiful, sophisticated, and sexy in one dress. Pictured below are a Julie Vino gown and Galia Lahav gown.

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A Pop of Color…and Sparkle

Make sure to pack for all types of weather this year, the clouds are bringing in some shades of blue, pops of color, and slight showers of sparkle through our Southern California venues. Below are some color combinations that you will see this year.

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Want your bridesmaids to choose their own dresses? A little variation in the dress hue is perfectly fine! Various shades of blue work especially well together.

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The touch of sparkle in this color combination truly is eye catching. You can never have enough sparkle in your life!

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Love the blues and pops of color in these two combinations.

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Action Stations

Lets face it we all love and look forward to good food! Action stations or interactive food stations are a creative way to enjoy your meal in more than one way and a fantastic alternative to the traditional buffet line. We love this fresh and entertaining idea and can’t wait to see more of this. One of our favorite new actions stations is this Paella Station created by Room Forty.

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Let’s not forget dessert! This inventive and interactive S’mores station is sure to amaze even the biggest S’mores fanatic!

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Scrumptious S’mores by Room Forty

Tapas Style & Small bite Reception Dinners

Tapas style reception dinners are another menu trend that we are going to see more and more of in 2014. These small bites can be tray passed, plated or served family style. This allows your guests to enjoy a little bit of everything. For a more casual dining experience you might try mini gourmet sliders or even add an elegant touch with fresh ravioli or gazpacho shots.

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Decor with a Purpose

Elaborate decorative displays add an exciting and colorful touch and bring another dimension to your reception space while at the same time being functional. These rave worthy bar displays are truly stunning!

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Feathers, Feathers, Feathers

From the bouquet, to the table, to the dress, this 1920’s Gatsby trend will make its way through to 2014 adding a soft, feminine and glamorous touch.

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Creative Lighting

Lighting is going to steal the show when it comes to decorating your wedding space this year! There are so many ways to light up a room. Lighting can completely change the atmosphere of a room from a romantic setting to a dance party. In 2014, we will see lighting used in unique and beautiful ways, giving life to any space.

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We’re looking forward to seeing some of the most gorgeous weddings to come throughout 2014!

Kaleigh & Brent’s Pacific Club Wedding – by Nicholas Gingold Photography

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Kaleigh and Brent are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met and it was such an honor to be a part of their special day! Throughout many months of their relationship they’ve lived clear across the country from one another and somehow mastered (seemingly effortlessly I might add!) a long distance relationship and planning a wedding apart from one another. I initially had the pleasure of meeting with Kaleigh and her mother and knew instantly that this was a wedding I wanted to be a part of. Kaleigh had a beautiful vision for a Labor Day weekend wedding featuring a vibrant color palette including shades of persimmon, deep reds and yellows accented with navy and wine-themed decor elements. Every little detail was attended to with such care and said something special about this couple. A huge thanks goes out to Nicholas Gingold Photography for capturing such fantastic images of Kaleigh and Brent’s unforgettable wedding day! NGingold_KaleighBrent_0527NGingold_KaleighBrent_0112

NGingold_KaleighBrent_0087NGingold_KaleighBrent_0096Kaleigh chose a gorgeous tulle and lace embroidered tea-length gown that showed off her gold glittering Louboutin heels perfectly. Adorable! brideNGingold_KaleighBrent_0213bridesmaidsNGingold_KaleighBrent_0191NGingold_KaleighBrent_0024

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NGingold_KaleighBrent_0278 NGingold_KaleighBrent_0303Kaleigh & Brent chose the Pacific Club in Newport Beach to host their ceremony and reception. This club is a special place to the bride and her family who have been members for many years. The couple chose to exchange vows outdoors next to the club’s beautiful pond. Kaleigh and her mother designed a rustic wine-themed vignette as a welcome table to give this space an inviting feel. Guests enjoyed the sunshine while sipping on strawberry-mint infused water and iced tea as they waited for the ceremony to begin. A friend of Brent and Kaleigh’s officiated their ceremony, which added such a personal and special touch to the day. programsNGingold_KaleighBrent_0355NGingold_KaleighBrent_0360NGingold_KaleighBrent_0456NGingold_KaleighBrent_0499NGingold_KaleighBrent_0586cocktailNGingold_KaleighBrent_0617

After enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres outside on the lawn, guests were invited inside to the candlelit ballroom decorated by AC Floral Design with gorgeous rustic, wine inspired centerpieces in the couple’s vibrant color palette.

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One of my favorite elements of their day was the Sprinkles Cupcake display that they chose in lieu of a traditional tiered cake. Both Kaleigh and Brent are huge fans of Sprinkles and chose their favorite flavors and even had the cupcakes decorated with customized sugar pendants. My favorite was the mini “UCLA” sugar pendant they chose to represent their alma mater. Just another way they added their personal touch to their wedding day. Visions Entertainment provided the DJ, MC and lighting services and they not only set the mood, but also kept the dance floor packed the entire evening. It was truly a magical wedding!

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Pooja and Kiminori’s Crystal Cove Wedding – by J Wiley Photography

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When I first met Pooja and Kiminori, I could instantly tell what a perfect match they were! Their love for each other was so evident and their joy was contagious! They had a gorgeous vision for their wedding that blended the bride’s Indian heritage with the groom’s Japanese culture. Though they lived on the East Coast, they chose Crystal Cove in Newport Coast, California as the setting for their nuptials because of the special place that Orange County held in their hearts. Pooja and Kimi met while studying at UC Irvine and with family coming from India and Japan for their big day, they felt there was no better place to celebrate their love than with a destination wedding where it all began. With a little over 2 months to plan the special day, we had to work quickly, but in the end everything fell seamlessly into place. When their wedding day finally came, the weather was perfect and more importantly the day was filled with love, joy and laughter! I’m so excited to share with you a few of the images from Pooja and Kimi’s day captured so wonderfully by the talented team at J Wiley Photography.

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Pooja and Kimi opted for a “First Looks” moment which took place at the gorgeous Island Hotel where each made preparations with their bridal party. After seeing one another for the first time, they were whisked away by the J Wiley team to begin pre-ceremony photos around the hotel and on the beach at Crystal Cove.

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When planning the decor for their day, Pooja and Kimi drew inspiration from organic, rustic and bohemian elements. A wildflower bouquet was the perfect pairing for Pooja’s delicate lace sheath gown. I also loved their sweet and simple ceremony decor which consisted of an ivory altar table adorned with vintage vases filled with wildflowers and clusters of astilbe tied with raffia lining the vineyard chairs on the aisle way. The beautiful flowers were all provided by the talented team over at Rogers Gardens.

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As a gift to their guests, Pooja and Kimi custom designed a box of 9 artisan chocolates and wrapped each box in an authentic Indian scarf prepared by a friend of the bride. It was such a sweet and personal gift that I know their guests really enjoyed! Their dining tables were also decorated with vintage vases filled with wildflowers and terra cotta pots of herbs and succulents – keeping with their rustic and organic theme.

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Venue Spotlight: Sunstone Winery Villa

Last week I had the pleasure of touring Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez for the first time with one of my lovely brides! What an incredible venue! Upon arriving at the Villa you feel as if you’ve stepped into Tuscany. This venue has so much Old World charm. Picture Tuscany meets Restoration Hardware. So beautiful it left me speechless! Already can’t wait for Brielle & Stephen’s wedding here in October 2014!!

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The villa offers 5 spacious rooms, many with private bathrooms and these gorgeous footed bath tubs!
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Sara & David’s Spring Chic Wedding by Studio 28 Photography

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California meets Texas in this adorable couple’s Spring wedding masterfully captured by Studio 28 Photography. When I first met Sara and David, I fell in love with their vision for their wedding day and their adorable personalities. They met while attending A&M university in Texas where they currently live, but chose Mariners Chapel and the Pacific Club in the bride’s hometown here in Southern California to host their special day. Their wedding was the picture of a perfect Spring day with whimsical, elegant and classic touches throughout.
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The bride, groom and bridal party chose the Fairmont Newport Beach as the setting to make all the preparations for their big day. The lovely ladies over at Design Visage provided hair and makeup for Sara and her bridesmaids and Sara found her perfect gown at The White Dress – a gorgeous architecturally-inspired Aire Bacelona Rosa Clara gown with the most beautiful train.
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After exchanging gifts and notes to each other, Sara and David shared a precious first-looks moment in the gardens surrounding the Fairmont!DavidSara-8381

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Their ceremony took place at beautiful Mariners Chapel – with soaring ceilings and stunning stone and wood beam elements. Seaside Strings performed many modern and classical selections that set the tone for such this special moment.Marinerswedding

The mint, soft lavender and peach color-palette was perfect for a classic Spring wedding and accents of elegant mercury glass, stunning cherry blossoms and rustic touches completed the look!Details-0205

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Sara and David’s dramatic feast table with seating for the bride, groom and their bridal party was the centerpiece of the ballroom. Dozens of candles adorned this table and put off a beautiful glow that set the mood for the entire evening.Details-0106

The bride designed her menus with a whimsical, mint-colored font and their talented florist, Florals by Jenny, accented each place setting with 2 sprigs of fresh lavender. Their gorgeous scent that filled the reception room. Details-0116

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The cake table was decorated with a glam, sequined chevron table cloth provided by La Tavola and a cake just as gorgeous as it was delicious, provided by It’s All About the Cake.Reception-0418

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Atmosphere Entertainment provided the music and color-changing uplighting for the evening. Guests packed the dance floor, dancing the night away to many country hits and both classic and modern pop hits! I loved this Texas crowd and how they mastered the line dance and two-step!dancing

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[Ceremony Venue] Mariners Church, [Reception Venue & Catering] Pacific Club, [Photography] Studio 28 Photo, [Videography] Turquoise Video Productions, [Florist] Florals by Jenny, [Hair and Makeup] Design Visage, [Ceremony Ensemble] Seaside Strings, [DJ & Lighting] Atmosphere Entertainment, [Dining Table Linens] Signature Party Rentals, [Chair Rentals] Bridal & Event Lounge, [Cake Table Linen] La Tavola, [Cake] It’s All About the Cake, [Bridal Gown] The White Dress, [Wedding Planning] Infinite Love Weddings

Jenna & Caleb’s Springtime Southern Charm Wedding

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Jenna and Caleb’s Spring wedding this past May was the quintessential picture of Southern Charm! These high school sweethearts are as fun and playful as they are sweet and caring and I loved that their adorable personalities were apparent in nearly every aspect of their wedding day. Everything from the table numbers to the hand-beaded cake knife and server set had that extra special homemade yet elegant touch. Adam Padgett Photography did a fantastic job capturing the spirit of Jenna and Caleb’s sweet nuptials. Even the Spring showers couldn’t dampen the joy and warmth of this couple’s special day!

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When it came to selecting a venue, there was no question, the historic Whitehall Mansion and Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky would be the perfect setting for Jenna and Caleb’s afternoon wedding. This 19th century mansion boasts beautiful Plantation style rooms furnished with French and American antiques and is surrounded by a host of gardens with hundreds of varieties of trees, plants and flowers. It’s charm is evident from the second you set foot on the property of this historic landmark.

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Their garden ceremony was relocated to the reception tent due to the May showers, but this goes to show how beautiful “Plan B” can actually be. The trickle of the rain behind their altar created such a peaceful and precious tone to the ceremony.

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The gorgeous pink and purple color palette perfectly accented the stark white mansion and lush white linens and fabrics – all gorgeous hues perfect for Spring.

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Following their ceremony, they hosted an appetizer-style reception. Guests noshed on delicious appetizers like petit chicken cordon bleu, baked brie en croute and of course wedding cake! The bride and groom enjoyed every second dancing, chatting and celebrating this special time with their closest friends and family.

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Vendor Credits

[Venue] Whitehall House & Gardens, [Photography] Adam Padgett Photography, [Rentals] Reliable Rentals, [Flowers] DIY by Bride, Bridesmaids and Infinite Love Weddings, [DJ/MC] Yancey Entertainment, [Catering] Masterson’s Catering, [Cake] The Wedding Cake, [Dress] Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique [Suits] Men’s Wearhouse, Vera Wang Collection, [Hair/Makeup] Crista Bowman, [Officiant] Pastor Stone [Wedding Planning] Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating & Consulting

Paige and Daniel’s Huntington Beach Wedding

Great friends and family, a beautiful couple and a party that lasted all night long! Paige and Daniel’s April nuptials had all the markings of a memorable and perfect wedding day.  After about a year of planning, it was so much fun to watch the day unfold on the most flawless Spring afternoon at the Hilton Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach. The cool blue palette was perfect for the seaside affair with just the right combination of a modern edge and subtle Spring sweetness and Mike Arick Photography did a fantastic job capturing the playful and joyful emotion of this wedding. Enjoy!p1588134890-6p1588137128-6 p1588137454-6p1588138038-6 p1588138754-6 Paige’s gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore sheath gown was perfectly accented by the cobalt blue slip dresses that the bridesmaids wore, while the guys wore sleek black tuxes that set a formal tone for the evening.p1588138880-6 p1588139370-6The couple opted for a “First Looks” moment in an intimate setting prior to their ceremony!p1588139728-6 p1588139970-6p1588142132-6 p1588142218-6p1588144422-6p1588146644-6p1588149970-6

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Many of the members of Paige and Daniel’s bridal party came to California all the way from Australia, where the groom grew up, just to be there on their best friends special day!
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p1588188786-6Paige and Daniel’s Grand Entrance and First Dance was one I will never forget! This couple sure knows how to dance!
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Inspiration Board: Soft Neutral Tones

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There is something so classic and elegant about a neutral-toned wedding! This palette conveys such a timeless quality. I love the idea of mixing different color neutral toned bridesmaids dresses, linens, and stationary and having the look feel cohesive, but yet not too “matchy matchy.” This inspiration board displays a neutral toned color palette with a slight rustic touch. Enjoy!

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Photo Credits: Style Unveiled, Southern Weddings, Bride in Dream, One to Wed, The Bridal Detective, Ruffled Blog, Project Wedding

Vendor Spotlight – Enjoy Cupcakes in Los Olivos

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Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to travel up to Santa Ynez for a walk through at the private estate venue where one my lovely couples will be getting married later this Fall. When I realized that Enjoy Cupcakes was less than 10 minutes away from the estate, I couldn’t resist a quick visit. I mean come on…it was for work, right?! I had heard about Enjoy Cupcakes and how they catered weddings all over Santa Barbara and the surrounding wine country, but I had yet to try their delicious and inventive cupcakes. As a wedding planner, I’ve had my fair share of cupcakes from pretty much all over California and anyone who knows me, knows what a “cupcake enthusiast” I am. I love cupcakes, and if it were at all possible, Enjoy Cupcakes just made me love them even more! They have the most adorable store front in the Saarloos & Son’s tasting “house” in Los Olivos, California and the relaxing vibe is only enhanced by the rustic lounge chairs and tables on their front porch dining area. The cupcake flavors they offer are easily the most unique I have ever tried, with most having some sort of wine component incorporated. Saarloos & Sons also provides a tasting options of wines that pair well with each of the daily featured flavors that Enjoy Cupcakes offers. Check out a few of the photos from my visit as well and visit the website to view Enjoy Cupcakes’ full menu.photo photo-2 photo-1 photo-3