Vintage DIY Wedding, Mustard and Gray

My dear friend's Apple and Martín got married last weekend and I was honored to be a guest/coordinator at their vintage inspired wedding.  For this wedding, style was everything.  Apple's dress was a tea length, lace, 1950s original.  She paired it with mustard yellow heels, and when it got chilly, a brown leather bomber jacket.  Very cool, right?  It gets better.  The bridesmaids wore handmade cotton dresses from Etsy, the groomsmen were all in bow ties that Apple made and grey cardigans, and Apple and her bridesmaids carried gorgeous fabric bouquets.  Also made by Apple!  Here's a look--I was able to take some Instagram shots. Aren't they adorable?  And that cake guessed it, made by Apple.  2 vintage plates, one vintage vase, hot glue...voila!  Here's a comprehensive list of everything Apple made for her wedding, and that her amazing bridal party helped me set up:

DIY -Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen -Bow tie necklaces for the bridesmaids (so cute!) -Bow tie, cuffs, ring pillow for the canine 'flower girl' -Fabric flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids -Pocket square for the groom -Fabric flower centerpieces -Yarn wrapped small vases and mason jars and votives for mis-matched centerpieces and accent decor -Tiered vintage cake plates -All invitations and signage w craft paper and stamps -The table numbers -Fabric pompom flower garlands for the walls of the reception room and the bar -A 'guestbook' made of fabric squares  for guests to write little notes, then pin on a clothesline strung up in the bar -Large fabric hand painted bows for every dining chair -All props and signage for the photobooth -Escort card favors that included goat's milk soap from Etsy and small bingo cards for the game played later in the reception

The reception was at the Fort Mason Center Conference Center and was catered by  Villa Del Sol.  The location was a perfect mix of San Francisco charm and blank-slate-DIY-possibility.  I had a wonderful time and I'm so happy for my friends. Congratulations, Apple and Martín!



A Whisper of Color {Inspiration Board}

This gorgeous array of inspiration originally came to me two ways 1) the romantic floral arrangement positioned front and center 2) "a whisper of color", a beautiful phrase that just captured me the other day. These two lovely creations worked together so nicely to style an understated romance with just "a whisper of color" through out. I threw in a pop of pink from the bridesmaid dresses to bring the look to life. I have another stunner here, that exemplifies the perfect combination of understated romance and absolutely chic details.

Earrings | Guest Favors | Arm Chair | Pink Bridesmaid Dresses | Floral Arrangement | Pink Lace Dress | Shoes | Cake

Great Gatsby {Inspiration Board}

Hi friends and yay for Friday! Things are definitely in full swing around here in the wonderful world of weddings and we couldn't be more thrilled to start seeing sneak peaks of our couple's big days. Over at Wedding Row California, we just published a gorgeous wedding planned by your very own Christy Daly - make sure to check it out here. I wanted to share with you today a hot topic in the industry right There's so many ways gold is being incorporated into everything - fashion, events, home decor, chevon, polk-a-dots, color blocking. You name it and gold works. Although gold is a very fresh look in fashion and design right now, I still find it to always have vintage notes. This takes me to today's inspiration board - a soft spot in my heart for the 1920's era and the sassy look of the Great Gatsby style. I wanted to infuse some modern gold trends, with a touch of that Great Gatsby glamour. Possible bridal shower inspiration? So chic.

For some more sparkly inspiration, look no further.

Purse | DressesVaseHair PieceStationery | Great Gatsby

Historic Charm

I am so excited to share today's post!  I haven't done this yet, but I want to include weddings that inspire me on this blog.   So here we are with my very first inspiring wedding to share!  My beautiful cousin got married last year and I simply loved her wedding.  From start to finish there were personal touches, and sweet details met us at every turn.  Being a guest was a delight--I sipped the signature cocktail, I found my name on the charming escort card fence, I danced the night away under pretty paper lanterns.  Courtney and Geoff created a fun, personal, and intimate family-oriented celebration.  I enjoyed every minute of it and commend them on throwing such a great party!

Here is Courtney's wedding story, in her words:

I was raised in Virginia, it's the state my husband and his military family lived the longest, and more importantly, it's the place we met and fell in love.  The Thomas Birkby House's 18th century origins, brick terraces, and manicured gardens appealed to our sense of history and home. We wanted to introduce our guests to our state and our love story in an intimate garden setting full of romantic and personal details. Inspired by the shades of Southern porch ceilings, painted blue to mimic the sky, we chose dusty aqua blue and rich chocolate brown to ground our wedding color palette, providing a sweet contrast to antique silver and creamy petal accents. We displayed family wedding photos to celebrate the great love stories we know best, and incorporated handmade touches throughout the decor- hand-tied posy pins and cookies baked from a family recipe served as favors, built a frame to display our handmade escort cards, covered books in blue paper in a nod to our university beginnings and love of literature, and in one daring DIY escapade, I made my first ever mosaic after a case of mercury glass votives arrived broken (and non-returnable). There isn't a single lemon that can't be turned into lemonade when you keep your eye on the prize- honoring your partner and the love you share.



Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography, Florist: Growing Wild, Venue: The Thomas Birkby House, Makeup Artist: Ryan Krasney, Blend, Caterer: Joan Wolford, Savoir Fare, Design Coordinator: Carrie Moe, Fleurish Events, Cake: Jason Reaves, Market Salamander, Monogram Design: Jennifer Olmstead, Deleted Space Creative,

(And thank you for contributing, Courtney.  You were a stunning bride and you are a fabulous writer!)






Blogs We Love. 1st post: Modern Kiddo

Hi there!  So the wedding industry is all about connections, connections, connections.  We seek inspiration from storefronts and architecture, art and craft, history, literature, geography, food, nature and fashion.  We like to stay on top of current and emerging trends and we like to stay connected to others in the industry as we all share our clients, ultimately.  A wedding planner does not work in a bubble!  Keeping up with everything is a wonderful challenge and most days, there simply aren't enough hours.  I strive to maintain a healthy life/work balance and that means that to-dos on my to-do list today often end up on tomorrow's list.  So I love it when I can combine my life with my work.  Afterall, my greatest inspiration comes from the everyday, the often mundane, and the view right in front of me: Life.  For example, as a working mom, I'm on pinterest pinning wedding flowers, reception signage, the next pair of flats I want, easy recipes, organizational ideas, and stuff for kids--games, decoration, apparel, rainy day name it.  My pinterest boards represent my life--it's a mixed bag, people!  A mixed bag of awesome.

When I come across a blog that hits more than misses in how it relates to MY life, I am a dedicated fan.  We wear a lot of hats and I love getting to know other moms doing the same juggling act.  Michelle, the owner of Allure and my dear friend, is one such mom, and she recently introduced me to this blog:  Michelle's friend, Alix, edited the copy for the original Allure website--I'm sure some of that very copy remains on the site today!  Alix is a "vintage and design lovin' mama" and her blog is AWESOME.  It's exactly what I am talking about: the content fits many parts of my life--not just the 'wedding planner' part, although there is plenty design inspiration there for weddings and parties.  It's about kids, fashion, design...all with a super cool vintage focus.  Very fun.

Another cool thing about this blog...Alix's own wedding story.  Probably the most unique wedding post I have ever seen.  Alix and her husband got married 10 years ago in Palm Springs at the same house Elvis and Priscilla rented for their honeymoon (and where they most likely conceived Lisa Marie!)  Read about the history of this "House of the Future" and check out the pics of Alix and her husband chilling where Elvis once partied.  Seriously kick-ass.

Hope you enjoy Modern Kiddo as much as I do!

More on Pinterest in an upcoming blog!