I wanted to take a moment between real wedding blog posts to talk a little bit about our process and specifically what it means to be one of our lovely, amazing Design Clients.  We have two kinds of Design Clients – the Full Design Client and the DIY Client.  We love both equally and will touch a little bit on what it means to be Full Design vs DIY at the end of this post.  For now, we’ll focus on what it means to be a SEJ Full Design Client.

Consultation and Questionnaire

After you’ve hired us to be a part of your wedding dream team we’ll sit down and get to the nitty gritty of getting to know you, your style and your vision.  We do this in a couple of ways.  One is looking through everything that you find inspiring.   This can be images, quotes, decor, places…whatever it is that speaks to you and your ultimate dream wedding vision.  These don’t need to be strictly wedding-related and, in fact, we find it more helpful to look outside of the wedding world for inspiration from your favorite lyric in a song that is special to you or the first place you visited as a couple.  These are the things that will really get our creative juices flowing and make the overall design more personal.  Next step will be the big, fat questionnaire which we think is really fun to fill out.  This is where we find out all the awesome, quirky, beautiful things that make you unique and will, ultimately, make your wedding unique.

The Blueprint

After spending time letting all that information sink in, coming up with ideas and finding the perfect photos and examples to express those ideas, we send you what we call the Design Blueprint.  This is a 20+ page document, based on your inspiration and your questionnaire, outlining everything that we could include in the overall design from the invitations to the linen choices to one-of-a-kind, handcrafted decor pieces.  Your blueprint will also include an inspiration board, color palette, overall style and theme description, and, if you’re taking on any projects of your own, materials resources and project instructions.

Sourcing and Creating

Once you have fallen in love with your Design Blueprint and we all do a little happy dance, we get to work on making that vision a reality.  We will contact your design vendors, create rental orders and proposals all based on your Blueprint.  We will source, purchase and store any and all decor as well as handcraft all those awesome, personal touches in-house.

The Big Day

After working with your vendors, sourcing materials and creating decor we are ready to put everything into place.  Whether we are by your side as Coordinators as well or not, we will install, set-up and style every aspect of the Design as well as work with all those vendors who have a hand in making the vision come to life – lighting, florist, rentals, etc. – to ensure that everything reflects your style and vision.

DIY Clients

For our incredible DIY clients, the process for the Design Blueprint is basically the same.  Through going over your inspiration photos and your questionnaire we create a custom Design Blueprint.  In addition to everything mentioned above we will also include Vendor Referrals and Project Instructions so that you can have all the tools to create a perfect, personalized wedding day.  A great option for the DIY couple is to have us come on for the day-of to install, set-up and style all the beautiful decor that you have put your love into over the planning process.  That way you can feel confident that your vision is put into place just the way you want it without needing to stress or lift a finger on your big day!

 

I’m so excited to share this Santa Barbara wedding with you today!  Melanie and Justin have the most fun personalities and styles (obviously as a stylist Melanie knows a thing or two about style!).  I was honored to take on the task of creating a bold, beautiful, fun, flirty wedding for them at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  It was rustic meets modern at it’s very best with some of the most awesome personal details.  Our favorites from Studio Castillero are below and you can check out more at Style Me Pretty today!

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Photography: Studio Castillero | Videographer: Seven Pines Production | Florist: S.R. Hogue | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Reception: Santa Barbara Historical Museum| Caterer: Room Forty | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: RedShoeLA | Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman | Bar Service: Pharmacie LA | Bridal Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Ceremony Musician: Eric Kufs | Coordinator/Designer: Sweet Emilia Jane | Groom’s Shoes And Tie: J Crew | Makeup: Kristine Studden | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photography | Rentals: Tent Merchant

I just adore this couple!  They are undeniable adorable, super stylish and had the most fun Palm Springs wedding ever.  I loved that they wanted to play with pattern, bright colors and a ton of glitzy glam goodness.  Michael Stonis’ photos are beyond delicious.

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Design Concept, Coordination and Florals: Sweet Emilia Jane / Venue: Riviera Resort Palm Springs / Photography:Michael Stonis / Desserts: MA Cakepops / DJ: James Gonzalez / Videography: Element Wedding Films

I am SO excited to final share these images from Birds of a Feather with you!!!!  Holy cow!  This wedding was gorgeous!  First of all, the Bride’s family home is pretty much my dream abode and styled to perfection!  I felt so lucky to be able to design a wedding around such a stunning space.  Then there’s the couple – Emily and Dan – who are straight out of a movie…so stunning and their bohemian, Mallorca-meets-Morocco-meets-Mexico vision swept me off my feet.  I love that they wanted to incorporate so many traditions and rituals from different parts of their history and varied cultures.  It made for one of the most memorable and authentic ceremonies I’ve ever seen.  The day was beyond beautiful and with Flashdance’s DJ Gary Ames at the dance floor helm the night was pretty rad too!  Of course, my favorite gals at Whoa Nelly brought their culinary craftiness to the table and put together a family-style menu to-die-for!!!  Talk about a dream team!  See more on Style Me Pretty

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Photography: Rebecca Fishman For Birds Of A Feather | Videography: Tower Films | Event Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Floral Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Wedding Dress: Les Habitudes | Cake: Whoa Nelly | Invitations: Brenda Himmel Stationary | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Rings: Diamond Center | Catering: Whoa Nelly | DJ: Gary Ames Of The Flashdance | Groom’s Attire: Barneys New York | Backyard: Family Home | Hair/Makeup: Christine Craven | Music: Debois Entertainment | Paper Goods: Sweet Emilia Jane | Projector/Screen: Adroit Sound And Entertainment | Rentals: Town And Country | Transportation: Corporate Coach Charters | Valet: Star-Lite Parking Services

A couple of months ago we celebrated some of our favorite colleagues in the event planning industry with an intimate, super fun Wine and Cheese Social at The Fig House.  The Little Branch brought the magic floral touch that they are known for with these GORGEOUS tropical arrangements that were perfect for the space.  I love the little marble trays we made for each of the centerpieces and the hand-dyed cocktail napkins.  Of course, life isn’t complete until you’ve had a divine cheese creation from Room Forty!  Big THANKS to Ashley Kelemen for hanging out with us and snapping some stellar pics!

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And how rad are the invites that Papermade Design created for us!

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Venue: The Fig House; Coordination and Design: Sweet Emilia Jane; Cheese and Wine: Room Forty; Florals: The Little Branch; Invitations: Papermade Design

I don’t like to play favorites but Jenn and Stephen are definitely up there in the list of most awesome clients ever.  Funny, smart, kind, creative…these two have it all and their wedding was hands-down the most epic dance party ever.  I loved all the details we created for them – their greenery-covered chuppah, the lace bar backdrop, the custom table runners.  We also had a dream team of vendors –  My Floral Bliss,  SEP Entertainment and Lighting and, of course,  The Why We Love.  Their video is amazing….check it out below!  And see even more photos on Ruffled!

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Stephen + Jenn | Huron Substation | Super 8 Wedding Film from The Why We Love on Vimeo.

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographers: Zaugh Photography and Lauri Lannan / Event Planner and Designer: Sweet Emilia Jane / Floral Design: My Floral Bliss / Venue: The Huron Substation / Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeleyvia The White Dress / Wedding Shoes: Chloe / Hairpieces: Renee Pawele Bride / Hair and Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Klein, Epstein, & Parker / Wedding Caterer: Huntington/ Wedding Cake: friend, Alix Hester / Lighting: SEP Entertainment and Lighting / DJ: Brett Mullins / Band:Dustbowl Revival / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Love vs. Design / Cinematography: The Why We Love/ Photo Booth: Robert Beckwith

 

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