Allure Wedding: Kate and AJ's Pretty Outdoor Fete

One of my very favorite weddings last year was featured on I Do Venues today.  I worked with LA couple Kate and AJ to plan their Northern California celebration for almost a year and I truly enjoyed every minute of it!  Their wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View was on a gorgeous Fall day and it was everything we had envisioned.  Check out some of the beautiful photos by Gavin Farrington, and my description as seen on the I Do Venues post.

Kate and AJ wanted a traditional, classic, and laid back wedding. Their first priorities were fun and family, and they wanted to dine outside with candle light and strung lights that provided the ambiance. The historic Victorian The Rengstorff House in Mountain View provided the manicured lawns and brick patio for the outdoor ceremony and reception, The Other Woman catering company provided the strung IPLs and delicious gourmet BBQ and mac & cheese, and Kate and AJ hosted family and friends and plenty of kids on their big day. The overall look was fresh and pretty, with monochromatic white flowers and touches of clustered baby’s breath accenting the clean, crisp green grounds of the property. Gavin Farrington caught gorgeous golden light as the sun set over the water and reserve. The wedding was filled with hilarious and touching toasts, several servings of seconds, simple personal touches and more hugs, kisses, and high fives than I’ve ever seen before at a wedding. Kate and AJ were a dream to work with and they got their dream wedding!

Wedding Credits: Venue -Rengstorff House at Shoreline Reserve in Mountain View, CA; Photographer -  Gavin Farrington; Wedding Planner and Designer – Christy Daly Matthews, Allure Consulting; Flowers: Shawna Futagaki, Flower Divas; Caterer and Lighting: The Other Woman Catering; Cake and cupcakes: Frost Cupcake Factory

Winter Flower Inspiration

It's beginning to chill out around here -- both weather-wise and work-wise.  Which can only mean one thing...Winter is Coming.  (Yes, I am a Game of Thrones fan.)  My wedding season substantial slows down once I hit mid November and as the holidays take over, I enjoy lots of family time, catching up on projects, and doing a little Christmas decorating.  I'm no Martha Stewart, but I've been known to set a nice table or two!  As I start to think about that now, I have been inspired by winter wedding centerpieces and bouquets.  I'm leaning towards the ones that don't include pinecones or holly berries.  Here are some of my favorite winter floral looks; appropriate for a small holiday party, a fun photoshoot, and of course, a winter wedding! My favorite bouquet flower--the mini calla lily--is available this season, in many colors!  I love mini callas in deep reds and plums, but I find the simplicity of this monochromatic bouquet stunning.  And the pewter sequins around the stems?  Gorgeous.

I love the hot pink and yellow of the following bouquet.  Black and white anemones are preppy and pop-y and make for a youthful, fun winter bouquet!  This bouquet speaks to the Allure brand...modern and memorable.

A cable knit table cloth might not be appropriate at my house (toddler-ruled), but how gorgeous is this tablescape by Sullivan Owen in Philadelphia?  I pretty much love everything about it.  A perfect mix of textures makes a table welcoming, personal and festive.

Baby's either love it or hate it and I LOVE it.  I think it is romantic and soft and perfectly winter-y!  The photo below is by Max Wanger Photography, and when I finally throw a grand holiday soiree in my big Colonial Revival house (of the future), I will design a dinner table in the very vein of the table below.  Decadent, lush and a little over the top!  The toddlers will have to fend for themselves at a kid table.

These are some of my very favorite photos for holiday inspiration.  My decor this year might consist more of handprint reindeers and DIY advent calendars, but I dream big!  And who am I kidding?  I love those little paint handprints.


Fresh and Simple: Allure Wedding in Shoreline sneak peek

chalkboard DIY wedding Hi there!  September is full of Allure weddings and I am thrilled to share some of my Instagram pics from last weekend's wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View.  It was a gorgeous day, and a truly perfect wedding.  I am so fond of this couple--Kate and AJ--and I can't wait to share more of their wedding with you once I get pictures from their awesome photographer, Gavin Farrington.  Including shots of the happy couple themselves!




Centerpiece by Flower Divas.  I LOVE them!