16 11, 2011

Featured on Style Unveiled!

By |2011-11-16T16:34:37-07:00November 16th, 2011|Featured|

BHLDN Wedding

There is not a single word I adore more than COZY 🙂 I love being cozy, dressing cozy, and decorating my home in a cozy fashion. So, when I saw this cozy, wintery wedding styled shoot, I was super excited about featuring it on Style Unveiled. We’re talking gorgeous BHLDN shrugs, yarn details, spools of thread, cozy winter colors like grey, winter white, and lavender … each and every detail is planned with great thought and attention (when Jill La Fleur is leading the planning, you know it’s gonna be good!). And the fact that it was shot (by the master Jose Villa and his students) at a cozy mountain farmhouse? Makes it a complete success in my book. Love it all below!

XO ~ Heather

PS. Be sure to check out the awesome feature on Green Wedding Shoes, too … She always does such a brilliant job with her posts!! 🙂

Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Jose Villa Coordination and Design: Jill La Fleur Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals Flowers: Flowerwild Dresses: BHLDN Hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade Invitation Suite: Ceci New York Beauty: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup Linens: La Tavola Linens Calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

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10 11, 2011

Fall Vineyard Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2011-11-10T16:29:24-07:00November 10th, 2011|Featured|

Fall Vineyard Wedding by Miki & Sonja Photography

November 10th. 2011 by Erin | 12 comments

This wedding has a lot of gorgeous things going for it but one thing is for certain Fall and Wine Country are a lovely match. Like peas in a pretty pod those two are and all the fab images from Miki & Sonja Photography have us dreaming of a twinkle light filled dinner with lots of great wine and loved ones alike. And we can’t go without mentioning all of the autumnal florals by Jackie Combs Floral Design. Those beauties pulled us in at first glance and all of the fun details coordinated by Mary Sushinski of Occasions kept us coming back for more.  Check out the gallery for the FULL cozy fête.

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From the Happy Couple…Whitney was bored at work on Valentine’s Day, 2005 and decided to enroll in an online dating site. That night, Alex came home from a dinner out with friends, saw Whitney’s profile and decided it was worth the dollar it would cost to email her — which means Whitney was on the dating site less than 24 hours before finding her match. After exchanging emails and talking on the phone, Whitney and Alex officially met for coffee on February 28, 2005 at a coffee shop near both of their houses. Alex proposed in front of this coffee shop about five years later on New Year’s Eve, 2009-10. They took their first post-engagement photo in the Rite-Aid up the street because it was the only thing open and, because Alex is a clean freak and a germaphobe, they do spend a lot of time in that drug store. Alex likes to make a silly face, known as “The Face” in our family (and captured on more than one occasion on our wedding day). He proposed by stopping in front of the coffee shop and pulling a box of mints from his pocket. “Do you want a mint?,” he asked Whitney. She said “sure.” Then he pulled out a ring box and said “Do you want to get married?.” Then he made “The Face”.

The first vacation Whitney & Alex took together was to the Santa Barbara area. This is also the first place he said “I love you.” They are also big foodies, so we wanted to have our wedding in a region known for its local flavors and seasonal ingredients. Alex and Whitney also like puns and the sort of idyllic notion of a rustic Americana. So we riffed on the idea of A&W Root Beer to play off our initials. Our wedding invitations incorporated that logo and theme and we placed A&W signs and bottles around the space. We even served root beer floats instead of a cake. But we knew some people would still want cake, so we had the cake designer also make mini treats to go with the Americana vibe, such as small Rice Krispie treats and ring dings.

We also used the A&W theme for our escort cards and we used twine to tie the escortcards around bottle necks of different sodas to note their menu choices. Those who ordered meat got an A&W Root Beer. Those who ordered fish got an orange soda (our fish dish was an orange-glazed black cod). The vegetarians got cream soda.

Alex and Whitney are both writers by profession, so we found a working vintage typewriter on eBay and let guests type their messages instead of using a traditional guestbook. Alex is a bit of a clean freak, so our wedding coordinator thought it would be cute to include handy wipes as part of the table settings. She even found wipes with labels that matched our color scheme! Whitney loves Jelly Bellies. In fact, gifting her with the beloved candy resulted in Alex receiving his first kiss from Whitney. Naturally we had to have jars of Jelly Bellies as party favors. We got colors to match our wedding colors — plus, of course, A&W Root Beer and cream soda flavors.

We also included classic rock ‘n roll songs in the evening. Whitney’s mother taught her to love The Beatles at a young age, so her parents escorted her down the aisle to George Harrison’s “Something.” We hired a rockabilly band to play our reception, pomodores and all, and our first dance was to Dave Clark Five’s “Because.” The band leader also sang the Beach Boys’ version of “I Can Hear Music” during the ceremony’s processional.

Whitney and Alex were both close to our grandparents and older relatives. But, as is often the case, most of our grandparents had passed on before our wedding. Whitney incorporated her “something old” by binding a ring from her grandfather and a necklace charm from her grandmother around her bouquet.

Coordinator: Mary Sushinski of Occasions / Venue: Firestone Vineyard / Wedding Photography: Miki & Sonja Photography / Catering: Duo Catering / Ceremony Music: Festival Strings / Music: Memphis Music Entertainment / Rabbi: Rabbi Eugene Levy / Wedding Cake: Decadence / Hair + Makeup: Jenny of TEAM Hair & Makeup / Floral Décor: Jackie Combs Floral Design / Lighting: Ambience Event Design / Linens: Elegant Designs / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Invitations: 8 Illustrations / Transportation: EOS Transportation / Shuttles: Road Runner / Tuxedo: Rik Ducar / Sitters: Westside Sitters / Wedding Concierge and Event Resources: The Bridal Bar

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7 11, 2011

Fall Inspiration Shoot Featured on: Green Wedding Shoes!

By |2011-11-07T14:30:22-07:00November 7th, 2011|Featured, Photo shoot|

This afternoon we are off to the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse – in reality as Jason and I are driving there to speak at workshop – AND in this gorgeous fall inspiration shoot captured by the one and only Jose Villa and designed by the talented Jill La Fleur. The inspiration for this shoot started with big rolls of fluffy ivory yarn. With the feeling of fall in the air, Jill wanted to create an environment where you would want to sit down, relax, snuggle up, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor views of the farmhouse. Filled with soft fabrics, tons of yarn, and fall colors of soft greys, creams, and lavenders, Jill collaborated with Found Vintage Rentals and Kate of Flowerwild to build some unique spaces. The beautiful dresses and soft wraps are from BHDLN (and some of my personal faves!) and the custom-made headpieces by Mignonne Handmade.


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BHLDN wedding dress

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bride in one shoulder wedding dress

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For the ceremony, Jill tied bunches of yarn that streamed from the white washed benches where guests would sit, and asymmetrically placed some large spool tables on either side of the “altar” area.

rustic spools

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bride in flower hair piece

yarn basket

sewing inspired table

needlework circle

bride in BHLDN dress

white and green bouquet

spool yarn basket

black and white chairs

rustic yarn table decor

silverware molds, blue tablescape

white and green centerpiece

bride in blue knitted shawl

bride in blue knitted shawl

blue vintage paper goods

The beautiful invitation suite by Ceci New York brought knitting and yarn elements into the pattern that appeared on the envelope, table number, and address label. And keeping with the fall feel, they printed the actual invite and RSVP card on a light wood.

white and green bouquet

big rustic spools

yarn decor

Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for sharing some lovely fall wedding ideas with us today! I’m definitely ready to snuggle up with my sweetie outdoors this fall. 🙂 And if you love this venue (who wouldn’t!) check out this real wedding we shared a few weeks ago that took place there.

photography: Jose Villa // design + planning: Jill La Fleur // venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // rentals: Vintage Found Rentals // floral design: Kate of Flowerwild // dress: BHLDN // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade // invitations: Ceci New York // hair + makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup // cake: Maggie Austin Cakes // napkins: La Tavola Linens // calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

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