When your dream client comes along and trusts you to put together a dream team of vendors then magic tends to happen.   Talia and Tim are adored by every person that they meet and with their vivacious, generous and kind spirits it is easy to see why.  There was so much love surrounding this weekend between Tim and Talia but also from their friends and family.  The ceremony brought tears, laughter and good vibes all around and the reception was full of wonderment and surprises at every turn.  We are so honored that we were able to be a part of it!  And we are honored to have their wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

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photography: Fondly Forever / venue name: The Colony Palms, Palm Springs, California, USA / event design and planning: Sweet Emilia Jane / florals, escort cards and table numbers: Shindig Chic //wedding dress: Lihi Hod / bride’s shoes: Steve Madden and Rachel Comey / hair stylist: 1011 Makeup / makeup artist: 1011 Makeup / groom attire: custom Trunk Club suit he designed with bride’s sister / videography: Grimace Films / paper goods: Minted / /catering: Colony Palms Hotel / cake: Exquisite Desserts / furniture rentals: Signature Rentals / linen rentals: La Tavola Linen / music: RedshoeLA / veil : borrowed from childhood friend / earnings: Barneys / bracelet: Tiffanys / ceremony musician: Subito Strings / swimming performance: Aqualillies

We helped Nicola and Luke plan their romantic al fresco celebration from 6,000 miles away.  Their main criteria for the venue was that it had to be an estate and they had to be able to party all night long which surprisingly isn’t an easy find in LA.  And 2am wouldn’t cut it….the party wasn’t going to be any good unless they were still going strong at dawn.  After traveling all over Southern California we finally happened upon a quirky venue that met the requirements and also had a lot of charm.  With different levels for every event during the evening including the inside of the mansion where guests could dance until morning and a pool for a recovery brunch the next day the Houdini Estate was the bohemian wonderland we were seeking.  Guests were welcomed with a pre-ceremony Pimm’s cocktail at the foot of the waterfall from which they ascended to the lawn for a sweet afternoon ceremony.  As they mingled on the gorgeous mosaic driveway the lawn was flipped and transformed into a romantic reception under the stars where guests enjoyed the delectable creations of Heirloom LA.    After a hefty dose of dancing on the driveway to tunes provided by DJ Vinjay of the Flashdance, the Patty Wagon arrived with late night snacks before guests continued the celebrating indoors.
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Photographer: Our Labor of Love / Wedding Planner: Sweet Emilia Jane / Venue: Houdini Estate / Florals: The Little Branch / Caterer: Heirloom LA / Cake: Figgy Bakery / DJ: The Flashdance / Photo Booth: Smile Booth / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Speciality Rentals: Casa de Perrin


If you pay attention very carefully you may notice that there are actually seasons in Southern California.  The biggest seasonal switch up that I look forward to every year is Spring.  We usually get a little bit of rain amidst all the dry weather and the flowers, trees and foliage that come around March and April are simply magnificent.  It’s stunning to watch the transformation in our own backyards.  Along with this awakening comes a fresh approach to wedding attire.  The wedding season gets into full swing around this time too so some of you may be heading out to a few celebrations.  I love this simple, straightforward infographic from The Black Tux which outlines what is appropriate to wear based upon the style of the event.  A couple other tips from us –

+Definitely do a little research on the venue before you go.  If it’s outdoors on grass or somewhere a little more rustic be mindful of your shoes.  No stilettos please!  Flats or wedges work perfectly for al fresco weddings or bring along some heel protectors if you must wear heels.  If it has rained recently be careful of long gowns especially in light colors which will show dirt more than a darker color.

+Yes, the days are warmer but the nights can still get very cool.  Bring along a light jacket for casual events and a chic cropped jacket for a more formal look.  I’m loving this gold jacket for cocktail or black tie.  Personally I just throw my black leather jacket over a sundress or an evening gown.  

+Guys, you have it a little easier but The Black Tux simplified things even more for you!  Check out their infographic below for the best attire options for you this Spring.  And they have you covered for every option with their suit and tuxedo rentals.  Don’t be afraid to add in a little color or pattern with your accessories.  I am loving the floral pattern ties and pocket squares I’ve been seeing on some of my grooms and guests this year. 

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And, just an FYI, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I just really like The Black Tux!  Happy renting!

 

The very first day that I met Tiff and Vic in my office I knew that I had to be a part of this whimsical couple’s Joshua Tree wedding.   Joshua Tree holds a very special place in my heart.  It is a location like no other and I swear true magic exists there.  This vibrant, quirky and unique celebration was the perfect pairing for my favorite desert town.  As avid X-File fans of course we had to bring in some extraterrestrial and celestial inspiration from their amazing invitations by Shipwright and Co. to custom mystical creature table number drawings.  These two were not afraid of bringing in color and we did just that with mismatched fabric the bride found, multicolored parasols and rugs for the ceremony, and lush, bright blooms paired with gold metallic touches.

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Photography: Zoom Theory / Venue: Sacred Sands Bed and Breakfast / Florist: McCool + Daughters / Caterer: Los Lobos Food Trucks / Bar: Mint Bartending / Cake: Over the Rainbow / Hair + Makeup: Thorne Artistry  / Photo Booth: Pixster / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Videographer: DP Weddings / Invitations: Shipwright and Co. / Macrame Backdrop: The House Phoenix

I can still remember our first SmogShoppe wedding many, many moons ago.  We have done a dozen or more weddings there since then but it still remains a favorite Los Angeles venue.  They attract the best clients and Crisella and Anthony were no exception.  In fact, they are the cream of the crop in my opinion.  Just the kindest, most giving, sweet couple and their wedding day was truly special.

   

 

 

Photography: Rachel McCauley / Getting Ready: The Culver Hotel | Venue: SmogShoppe | Coordinator: Sweet Emilia Jane | Florals: McCool + Daughters | Caterer: MIHO Gastrotruck | Videographer: Gio Barot | Hair & Makeup: Mobile Bridal | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | DJ: 101 Party Production | Bar: The Cocktail Concierge | Ice Cream: Chunk-n-Chip | Valet: White Label Valet | Babysitter: VIP Nannies | Dress: David’s Bridal design by Oleg Cassini | Suit: Men’s Warehouse | 2nd shooter: Stephanie Sparks

One of our hands down favorite weddings has to be this epic El Capitan Canyon wedding we were lucky enough to be a part of two years ago.  Being surrounded by this gorgeous setting and some of our beloved vendor friends –Day Of GalAmber Moon DesignRed Shoe LAThe Little Branch just to name a few – was a dream.  We built custom benches (a labor of love for sure) and curated some amazing decor pieces.  We always love seeing our copper arch used in real life.  It looks stunning here against the mountainside with lush, pampas grass arrangements. When a couple trusts their vendors to create something magical for them magical things can really happen!


Photography: Nirav Patel | Cinematography: Modern 8 Films | Coordination: Day Of Gal | Event Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Floral Design: THE LITTLE BRANCH | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Invitations: Amber Moon Design | Engagement Ring: Rock For Her | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Makeup: Brides by Kelly Jo | Hair: Jessica Liparoto | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Venue: El Capitan | Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography – Assistance: Logan Cole | Rehearsal Dinner Band: Moonsville Collective | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: El Capitan | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU

We fell in love with The Ruin in Pioneertown’s Pipes Canyon the moment we set foot on it’s sandy foundation.  It really takes some creativity and vision to see this structure and transform it into the magical place like Paul and Tony have done.  All the changes that they have made and the changes that they don’t make (keeping the structure as is for the most part) create this romantic, wonderful, spectacular setting.  We had so much fun being a part of Laura and Dan’s wedding there.  It’s always windy in Yucca Valley but it was exceptionally windy this day which presented some challenges. We had troubleshoot a bit but everything turned out just beautiful in the end (thanks to lots of tape, wire and grit!).
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Wedding Coordinator: Sweet Emilia Jane / Floral Designer: McCool + Daughters / Photographer: Othello Silla / Venue: The Ruin / Caterer: F10 Creative  / Bar : Mint Bartending / Cake: Exquisite Desserts / DJ: Haute Mobile Disco / Ceremony Musician:Rico Entertainment / Venue: The Ruin / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Neon Signs: Abis Signs Inc / Hair + Makeup: Styling by Melissa

We adore Big Daddy’s Antiques.  Not only do we want to live there (please can we live there) but it’s one of the most amazing hidden gem wedding venues in Los Angeles.  Every piece of furniture or decor that you could ever want in one place?  Yes, please!  Stellar backdrops and eye candy around every corner? Sign us up!!!  Mai and Matt’s wedding will go down as a favorite in our books.  I mean look at these two!  Could they be any cuter??  Every detail was solid and every moment spectacular!  Chris Glenn killed it in the photography department.  Wedding Planner

Photographer:Chris Glenn / Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques / Caterer: Little Nelly / DJ: RedshoeLA (Manny!) / Centerpieces: DIY / Bouquet: The Little Branch

  • Chris G - February 23, 2017 - 7:01 pm

    GAH!!

    Such a good day. Everything looked so so amazing!!ReplyCancel

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