A few weeks back we were featured on Style Me Pretty for an amazing NYC shoot we did with Jill La Fleur & Matthew of CLY Creation. I wanted to post a few before and after shots of the model– often times we have amazing before & after shoots of our trials but ususally they are taken with our little point and shoot camera in the studio, but this time we lucked out since Matthew had taken some pro pics of the model before. Truth be told it’s amazing what a little hair and makeup can do!
June 27th. 2011 by Mallory | 5 comments
Good Monday Morning LBBers! Boy do we have a great line up of gorgeous nuptials this week. Starting here – Oh my goodness. This wedding needs very little introduction. This bride put together an all star LBB team, including The Youngrens amazing photography, TEAM Hair and Makeup, rentals fromWildflower Linen, and lighting by LBPS Events. Really, what more is there to say? I could mention the pretty in pink decor, or the amazing custom bridesmaid dresses, or even the absolutely stunning floral design, but really, if I started on the killer style of this affair, I could go on for days. So instead, I’ll let you take it all in. From start to finish. And then more – at The Youngren’s blog.
After much persistence from a co-worker who swore her nephew, Joshua, and I were destined to get married, I agreed to go on a blind-date. It was not good. In fact, it went down as one of the worse blind dates I had ever been on. After two years of no contact with Joshua, but still a diligent persistence by his Aunt, Joshua and I agreed to meet again. This second-first date found us both on a path of making positive changes in our lives and pursuing our passions. It was perfect timing. We never looked back from that point.
After one month of dating, Joshua bought me blue, Christian Loubouton peep toed shoes. I knew I was going to marry this man… and not just because I had found a man who liked to shoe shop. I vowed not to wear them until our wedding day. We were engaged 5 months later.
When it came to planning our wedding, there were a few non-negotiables – being married by my father who is a pastor, having an abundance of white flowers, and having our big day in a beach city. Joshua and I are lovers of boutique hotels, so The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara was the perfect location. The minute I walked into the hotel I was pleasantly bombarded with the architecture, décor, color and patterns that ardorn the lobby. The rooftop had stunning views of the mountains and the red-tiled roofs Santa Barbara is famous for. It would be perfect for the chic yet whimsical wedding that Joshua and I wanted to create.
Joshua and I prefer more intimate settings. We wanted our big day to reflect this. On that day we were surrounded by 75 of our closest family and friends. Our wedding invitations set the tone for the blush color and Spanish-style floral pattern that we carried throughout our wedding day; in the programs, escort cards, menus and the three bridesmaid dresses that were custom made.
For our ceremony, we had a candle line aisle and a four post canopy dripping in white hydrangeas and orchids. We wanted a sit-down dinner in the ballroom to feel more like a dinner party rather than a reception. We had guests sit at either square or rectangle tables draped in matte satin beige linens and embellished with sweet centerpieces (created by the amazingly talented Jackie Combs of Jackie Combs Floral Design) of white vases with an array of white flowers.
A seperate ballroom for dancing housed a white dance floor, white couches and even more white flowers. We know that the smallest details created the strongest memories for us. From my blue shoes, to our custom Lakers groom cupcakes. From our “first-look” pictures to the custom made bracelet I wore. From taking communion for the first time as a couple to having my seven nieces and nephews a part of our ceremony. These are all memories Joshua and I will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Photography: The Youngrens / Flowers: Jackie Combs Floral Design / Event Design: Jackie Combs Floral Design / Ceremony Location: The Canary Hotel / Reception Location: The Canary Hotel / Shoes:Christian Louboutin / Cake: Montecito Confections / DJ: AMS Entertainment / Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Rentals & Lounge Furniture: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Lighting:LBPS Events / Invitations: Bella Figura / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lauren Bradley
June 24th. 2011 by Mallory | 0 comments
Now that summer is here, we’re sure you’ve got BBQs and pool dates and weddings, weddings, weddings to keep you busy all weekend, but, call us crazy, we still get excited for Monday morning when we’re back full steam with gorgeous wedded eye candy for your whole week. And I promise, next week is filled with some pretty fantastic pretty parties for you! Before I bid you adieu, we must take a few moments, hours, days (good thing you’ve got the weekend!) to take in this amazing inspiration from Ashley Hoskins Photography & Modern Ink Mag. We’re totally loving everything about it – from the sweet couple, to the delicious details, to the grape-filled shoes. And we especially love it, thanks to TEAM Hair and Makeup, some of our favorites, who were in charge of the look. Click here for more, and I’ll see you Monday! xoxo
We are so excited about being apart of Jose’s Mexico workshop again this November! Below is the Announcement featured on Style Me Pretty!
Jose Villa Workshop Announcement
It’s been a Jose Villa kind of day here on SMP. With one perfect piece of wedding candy after another. Well, we’re wrapping up this Jose party with one last burst of gorgeousness along with the official announcement of his next intensive photography workshop, being held November 13-17th of 2011. An opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the best of the biz and experience wedding beauty at an entirely new level. Here is a peak of his last workshop, where Joy Thigpen whipped together one of the most lovely engagement and wedding photoshoots I have ever seen. And I’ve seen quite a few. Click here to see all of the gorgeous goodness.
And the amazing (seriously, you might die of envy after seeing the experience that these lucky photographers got to have)…
Jose Villa Photography, TEAM Hair and Makeup, Joel Serrato Films, La Fleur Weddings & Events and Erica OBrien Cake Design are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
The next workshop is being held November 13-17th, 2011 and will include such superstars as Kate ofFlower Wild, Karina Puente, Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup, Joel Serrato Films & Jill La Fleur. Oh and you just might get an appearance by yours truly. That’s right. I’m packing up and heading to Mexico to experience this incredible, once in a lifetime workshop, gabbing about getting your weddings published and using the internet to really allow your brand to thrive.
Jose’s workshops have been known to sell out within MINUTES of their official announcement so if I were you, I would head right over to his site and reserve yourself a space. After speaking to about 10 attendees from this last workshop, I can tell you that they were giddy…bursting at the seams excited to apply all of the knowledge and experience that Jose shared. If you can swing it, this workshop truly is a career changing experience.Vendors who contributed to the above shoot…
Photography: Jose Villa / Cinematography: Jose of Joel Serrato Films / Flowers + Design + Planning:Joy Thigpen / Workshop Location: Hacienda El Carmen, El Carmen, Jalisco, Mexico / Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap / Ring Holder: Paloma’s Nest / Slip Dress: Saja / Sweetheart Neckline Gown: Ivy & Aster / Cake: Erica O’Brien / Guest Speakers: Jill La Fleur, Joel Serrato, Amy of Wedding Chicks, Brian ofRichard Photo Lab, Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup
Saja and Ivy & Aster are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Metropolitan Building Photo Shoot by Jill La Fleur + CLY Creation
Who knew pink + lavender could be such a smashing combo? And set against the backdrop of the Metropolitan Building with it’s exposed brick and perfectly peeling walls, this styled shoot is fast becoming our favorite and is positively brimming with fabulous details for you to infuse into your own big day. Perhaps it’s the lavender dress that you take away from this (we’re dying over that number), the single blooms at each place setting or maybe the feathers are what really caught your eye? Styled by the virtuoso of wedding decor, Jill La Fleur with photography by Matthew Lee of CLY Creation, FABULOUS hair and makeup by Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup and gorgeously crafted paper goods by none other than Ceci New York, we have quite the gem on our hands. It’s boasting a dream palette of romantic colors mixed with gorgeous feminine details and old world charm woven throughout. J’adore to bits and bits. See it all here!
From Jill La Fleur… As soon as Matthew, the photographer, showed me images of the Metropolitan Building, inspiration for this shoot came rushing in. I fell in love with the location! The 9,00 square foot, 4 story building is filled to the brim with antiques, furniture and all sorts of collectibles that we were able to incorporate into the shoot. With huge wrap-around windows with beautiful city views, exposed brick walls with chipping paint & wood floors, we were able to create a unique, antique, ultra-romantic Victorian feel.
The colors for the table setting were ivory, creams and touches of light dusty blue/grey. I wanted the flowers to bring a pop of color to the table with shades of pink. The vibrant pink bouquet also played nicely off the lavender dress. For the escort card table, I had individual antique tea cups with a bloom in each one placed next to an antique door knob as the card holder. We also incorporated the antique door knobs next to the name tags on the table, along with ostrich feathers placed across the menus to add that bit of Victorian romance. The etched crystal with brass lids also added my favorite touch of Anthropologie to the table. For the linens, I layered a blue/grey natural linen with an antique ivory lace overlay, to give texture. I had a wonderful time visiting New York and being apart of such a wonderful shoot with such talented vendors. I can’t wait to plan a wedding at this amazing location!
Styling: Jill La Fleur / Photography: Matthew Lee of CLY Creation / Location: Metropolitan Building / Invitations: Ceci New York / Hair & Makeup: Mar for TEAM Hair & Makeup / Linens: La Tavola / Floral:Designs By Ahn / Cake: Magnolia Bakery / Dresses: Tadashi (Lavender Dress) + BCBG Max Azria(Ivory Lace Dress)
Possibly one of my favorite engagement sessions to date! Such a beautiful couple, location, and photos by the film master Jose Villa.
Summer Tip of the Week: After you finish your makeup application, spritz your face with a hamonized water like Osmosis Clear. This will help settle your makeup, a give you a natural looking summer glow!
For engagement sessions like this, I like to keep the hair and makeup natural, radiant and flawless. For the wedding day, the bride can choose to glam it up, but for the engagement I like to keep the bride looking like an enhanced version of her everyday self.