25 02, 2012

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine!

By |2012-02-25T14:29:27-07:00February 25th, 2012|Featured|

Elizabeth and Matthew

For Elizabeth and Matthew the good things in life — oranges, avocados, and true love — can be found in Ojai. As a tribute to their SoCal alma mater, where they met, they designed their wedding around the school’s colors, orange and green.

On the big day, guests were greeted with citrus cocktails, and Elizabeth walked down an aisle lined with foliage and oranges. The theme continued to the reception, where tables were decorated with arrangements of fiery flowers and even more oranges.

The Invitation

Invitations, designed by Lisa “Ceci” Johnson at Ceci New York, featured fancy flourishes and a custom crest that includes “things important to us,” says the bride. “Like horses, an orange tree, an anchor for Matt’s love of sailing, and a toad — our high school mascot.”

Save the Date

Booklets with letterpressed wood-grain paper covers were mailed to loved ones to spread the news.

Bridal Party

The bride is flanked by her pals (in Vera Wang frocks), two of whom accessorized with cowboy boots.

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Each of Elizabeth’s nine bridesmaids carried a bouquet of tulips, gardenia foliage, rosemary, ranunculus, freesia, and oregano tied in orange ribbon


Groomsmen, in J. Crew Suits, Hermes ties, and Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew loafers, kick back with cold beverages.

The Boutonnieres

Rose hips, rose buds, Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields,’ and oregano added a bright pop to the men’s lapels.

The Location

The couple returned to the idyllic orange groves surrounding Thacher, their alma mater in Ojai, to exchange vows. They wanted to be reminded of the time they spent riding horses and snacking on fresh fruit in this very location.

To create “Thacher” the horse, florist and event designer Mindy Rice filled a life-size topiary frame with hay. The party animal “made his debut at the rehearsal dinner wearing New Mexican riding blankets,” says Mindy, then showed up at the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, each time sporting new attire.

Ceremony Programs

The wedding program, held here by Elizabeth’s brother, outlines the ceremony, gave a shout-out to the couple’s parents and grandparents, and thanked the Thacher School.

Ceremony Decor

A bustling arrangement in shades of tangerine, pink, and green adds a bright pop of color to the stone bridge leading to the ceremony site.

Vows with a View

With its spectacular vista of the Ojai Valley, Thacher’s Outdoor Chapel requires scant adornment. Simple touches, like a garland of fresh oranges and foliage draping from the podium, feel organic and natural.

Just Married

The couple share a private moment. “We knew we had to get married at Thacher to bring everything full circle,” says the bride.

The Reception

Guests headed to Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for the wedding reception. Foliage, fruit, and leafy wreaths on the chandeliers transform the inn’s ballroom into a lovely orchard.

Cocktail Hour

Chilled melon-mint soup provided refreshment for friends and family

Table Settings

Earthy linens and iridescent taupe charger plates offered a sleek, muted balance to vibrant flowers.

Reception Decor

Slatted wood boxes filled with fruit and orange blossoms brought fragrance and color to the cocktail tables.

Custom Headpiece

The bride’s custom headpiece used the same hand-painted fabric as one of the layers in her silk-and-tulle Vera Wang gown.


LocationsThe Thacher School(ceremony); Ojai Valley Inn & Spa(reception and catering)

Photography: Jose Villa Photo

Event PlanningLa Fleur Weddings & Events

Event Design and FlowersMindy Rice Floral and Event Design

StationeryCeci New York

CalligraphyLaura Hooper Calligraphy

DessertsLaStarr Cakes� and Enjoy Cupcakes

Music: Ceremony: Aurora Ensemble; cocktail hour: Anthony Ybarra; reception: James Gang

RentalsClassic Party Rentals

LinensLa Tavola

LightingBellavista Designs

Wedding FilmographyJoel Serrato Films

Hair and Makeup: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

14 02, 2012

Montecito Real Wedding Featured on Bridal Bar Blog!

By |2012-02-14T11:13:28-07:00February 14th, 2012|Featured|

Romantic Red and Gray Wedding

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner there couldn’t be a more perfect time to share this romantic red wedding from Frame 36 Photography and La Fleur Weddings and Events. Rachel and David wed last summer at a private family estate in beautiful Montecito, California. Their twinkle light inspired invitation set the stage for an intimate and luxurious outdoor wedding with a rich red and gray palette.

Guests picked up their textured die-cut place cards and proceeded to enjoy hors dourves and cocktails under a sea of lanterns. Meanwhile, the newlyweds took advantage of the properties matching color palette to snap a few sweet photos. It always helps to work with what your venue already has, and the pink and red blooms at the estate perfectly complemented their wedding decor!

The estate’s grounds were transformed into an elegant reception with long tables swathed in gray linens and accented with those bright pops of textural red florals. More delicate lights were strung above (recognize them from the invitation!?) so everyone could enjoy this stunning celebration long into the night.

Congratulations Rachel and David!

All Photos by Frame 36 Photography

Other Participating Vendors:

Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings and Events
Floral Design: Camilla Couture Flowers
Catering: New West Catering
DJ: 11H Entertainment
Guitarist: Ybarra Music
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Ambient Event Design
Beauty: Team Hair and Makeup

6 02, 2012

Classic Europe Wedding Inspiration Shoot with Jose Villa Featured on Ruffled Blog!

By |2012-02-06T12:52:43-07:00February 6th, 2012|Featured|

Classic Europe Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the ever-ending romance and classic style that the old continent reminisces, Sugar and Fluff dreamed up an equally gorgeous translation to wedding design, all captured by Jose Villa. The large flower arrangement was inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel, and the idyllic setting in Santa Barbara was the perfect spot for a Tuscan-inspired backdrop. So without further ado, I will leave with you Aasim of Sugar and Fluff

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From Sugar and Fluff:

The shoot was inspired by classic European elements; From trips to farmer markets to Rembrandt still life paintings that captured composition and transformed common items around the kitchen or house into art. We were able to make this vision come to life by experimenting with new ideas of rustic statement pieces and centerpieces of today’s dining contour. Our inspiration for the floral was heavily inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel.

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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One of the most romantic colors of the season is a deep burgundy that adds the right depth to our centerpiece and focal point of the table, an asymmetrical arrangement of wildflowers cascading down our table assembled by Mai of Bunch Studio. The rhythm is kept throughout the table with organic ombré apples, misted with edible (yes, edible! look up gold spray paint for your food here) gold paint. The rich purple tones were brought back to the table through tarnished flatware, etched porcelain dinner plates and blackberries.

The invitations were designed as a preview of the event–inspired by the hygienic movement of the 1930′s. “Spatial dimensions were also determined in order to optimize the workflow” in which we framed our simple serif typeface with a floral wreath.

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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View more images here in the gallery

Taking the concept of the colorful bins of beans and lentils one would find at a farmer’s market, we used the legumes to represent each guest’s place card with a distinct array of colors. We were able to find a charming grid-iron Eiffel Tower, which we contrasted with bright cascading flowers that brought our soft pastel palette to the guest table. The shoot wouldn’t have been complete without our Hilly fields of Santa Barbara in lieu of a Tuscany setting.

Classic European fashion is all about basic colors, simplified accessories, and being sexy without showing much skin. When choosing wardrobe for this shoot, the first thing that came to the stylist’s mind was mixing black, white and pink. Those colors represent classic femininity.The wardrobe worn by the model needed to be modest but still show her body. The high waisted skirt showed her tiny waist and the cream lace top, drew attention to her neck and collar bones. The pink dress, again showed her tiny waist and the slits on the sleeves gave one a peak of her arms. The accessories needed to be elegant and bold, yet not steal the attention away from the beauty of the model; Pearls, gold, and little pops of color.

Photography: Jose Villa / Event Design: Sugar and Fluff / Flowers: Bunch Studio / Wardrobe and Styling: Ashley Taddei Styling / Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

31 01, 2012

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-01-31T12:45:05-07:00January 31st, 2012|Featured|

Santa Barbara Wedding by TEAM Hair and Makeup + Mi Belle Inc.

January 31st. 2012 by Erin | 16 comments

We can appreciate a Bride with a bold sense of style. One that can rock a pretty, pink, feathery number like no other and one that looks so drop dead GORGEOUS in the process. Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup worked her magic on the already beautiful Bride for a knockout look that we are completely on board with. And as far as the equally magical wedding? It’s outdoor dining at it’s best with one pretty image after the next by Mi Belle Inc. and the whole package is nothing short of stunning. See it all here!

Click here for the FULL wedding!

From Mar of TEAM Hair and MakeupWe absolutely loved working with Victoria! Who knew blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick could look so good! Victoria requested a dramatic eye with a soft, neutral lip. So we went with a blue-grey shadow, then lined her eyes with a dark grey pencil and swiped her lash line with a black shadow to create definition, which brought out her beautiful hazel eyes. For the lip we added a soft pink stain, just a hue brighter than her natural color, to give her that extra pop! For her hair, the whole goal was for it to look as effortless as possible. We used a textured hair creme to give it a piecey look and enhanced the natural wave of her hair by taking different-sized pieces of hair and wrapping them around a medium size ceramic curing iron. Victoria’s skin glowed, and her overall look was dramatic while at the same time soft and romantic. A perfect look for the modern bride!

From Josh of Mi Belle Inc. We started at the Santa Barbara Inn for prep photos where Victoria and all her girls were rocking out to good tunes and good champagne. We left and headed over to the Santa Barbara Courthouse for the best first glance ever! Shooting at the courthouse is beautiful, and with subjects as good-looking as these two it was almost too easy. We were giddy with the shots and so excited about our couple and how easy they were to photograph. Jordan and Victoria could not take their eyes off of each other. They are head-over-heels in love with each other and were so excited to be getting married. After some family photos and a giant wedding party sequence, it was off to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for the ceremony and reception. Gavin Roy rocked the house and TOAST Event Planners made the museum sparkle with amazing flowers and decor.

Wedding Photography: Mi Belle Inc. / Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum in Santa Barbara, California / Wedding Coordination, Design + Flowers: TOAST Event and Design Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Parker Seamen, Family Friend / DJ: Gavin Roy / Catering: Seasons Catering / Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries / Lighting: Bella Vista / Hair + Makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup / Wedding Printed Materials: Pica Press / Linens: La Tavola

23 01, 2012

Featured in Wedding UK Magazine!

By |2012-01-23T11:53:44-07:00January 23rd, 2012|Featured|

Floral + Event Design: Bella Raines Garden Studio •  Dress Designer: Saja •  Reception Venue: The Lavender Inn •  Cake Designer: Jana’s Creative Cakes •  Hair & Makeup: Jenny Barrett for TEAM Hair & Makeup •  Equipment Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center •   Caterer: Seasons Catering •  Invitation Designer: InspiraDESIGNS •   Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux •   Jewelry: The Black Spot Books •  Photography: Lavender & Twine

23 01, 2012

Hawaii Elopement Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-01-23T11:20:08-07:00January 23rd, 2012|Featured|

Wrap It Up Pretty + Winners!

January 20th. 2012 by Dawn | Filed Under | 5 comments

Can you believe it’s Friday, SMPers?!?  I can’t.  After spending the entire week completely lost in fabulous wedding inspiration, the weekend just snuck right up on me.  Which means I’ll be making some last minute plans to enjoy this winter weather we’ve been having… and thanks to this drop-dead gorgeous Hawaiian elopement, brilliant images captured by Lacie Hansen Photography and the makeup and styling expertise of TEAM Hair and Makeup, I won’t have to look far to fill my Saturday and Sunday with pretty.  Plus, with this darling duo’s BEYOND romantic, warm.your.heart love story, this is already starting to look like the best weekend I’ll ever have.  So, join me for a night of sweet gallery gazing and then have a wonderful weekend, lovelies! xoxo

Can you believe it’s Friday, SMPers?!?  I can’t.  After spending the entire week completely lost in fabulous wedding inspiration, the weekend just snuck right up on me.  Which means I’ll be making some last minute plans to enjoy this winter weather we’ve been having… and thanks to this drop-dead gorgeous Hawaiian elopement, brilliant images captured by Lacie Hansen Photography and the makeup and styling expertise of TEAM Hair and Makeup, I won’t have to look far to fill my Saturday and Sunday with pretty.  Plus, with this darling duo’s BEYOND romantic, warm.your.heart love story, this is already starting to look like the best weekend I’ll ever have.  So, join me for a night of sweet gallery gazing and then have a wonderful weekend, lovelies! xoxo

Click here for the entire gallery of images!

Ami & Poai met in Japan while Poai was training to go into the UFC as a pro Jiu Jitsu fighter.  Speaking not a word of Japanese, somehow the two were able to communicate with the few words Ami knew in English.  Ami fell in love with the kindness and gentleness of Poai, and began teaching him Japanese. After 2 years of dating, the two of them moved to Poai’s hometown of Hilo, Hawaii.  After such a big move, having a big wedding was not in the cards, so they decided to elope.  One of the most important aspects of the elopement was to have a film photographer who was familiar with the natural outdoor setting of Hawaii.  Poai reached out to Lacie Hansen Photography & they instantly connected.  For beauty and wardrobe, Poai sought out Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup. Together they collaborated on a clean, soft, natural look.  Mar brought several wardrobe options to the location on the day of, and the BCBG was a perfect fit!  Ami & Poai are a beautiful couple and you can see the love between them in each shot.

Wedding Photography: Lacie Hansen Photography / Hair, Makeup & Wardrobe: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup / Bride’s Dress: BCBG / Turquoise Jewelry: Vintage

17 01, 2012

Jose Villa Mexico Workshop Featured on Rock My Wedding Images by Catherine Mead

By |2012-01-17T11:42:24-07:00January 17th, 2012|Featured|

And Then There Was Light.

January 17th, 2012 by Charlotte@rockmywedding Leave a reply »

There was. That perfect kind that seems to cast an almost undefinable glow upon everything and everyone within it.

And it fell into my inbox on a particularly grey and gloomy day… sunshine medicine if you will. Photographer Catherine Mead single handedly managed to switch on my inspiration light switch with the moments she captured whilst attending the Jose Villa Workshop in Mexico. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

The Claire Pettibone 2012 collection gowns are out-of-this-world , I want someone, anyone to wear a frock with just the faintest hint of a pale blue and then carry it through to their accessories and decor….just because….and I want someone to wear a veil hood because frankly, it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen since dresses with pockets.

And the bouquets?

Welcome to the new UBER rustic folks. 2011 saw the increasing popularity of hand-tied and hand-picked style and now we’re moving one step onwards – roadside chic. No I am not losing my mind, there is just something incredibly intriguing about a bunch of florals that look like they could have literally been swiped from the bank of a dual carriageway en route to the ceremony.

I want.

And I’m afraid these are not models but actual real couples that offered to participate in the workshop and yes, they really are that beautiful.

I die.

Catherine Mead: Photography is my greatest love, and it’s all I’ve ever been passionate about. After graduating from a degree in Photographic Arts when I was 21, I’ve worked as a photojournalist for the national broadsheets and magazines ever since.

My client list include The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Grazia Magazine and many more publications, and I’ve been sent around the world photographing a variety of assignments ranging from the slums in Kolkata and refugee camps, to London Fashion Week, Bonnie Tyler’s living room and various top celebrities’ plush homes.

I photographed my first wedding a few years ago, and immediately fell in love with wedding photography too. I’ve photographed a wide variety of lovely weddings, from being flown out to photograph a 400-guest wedding in Cairo, to a wedding in The Cotswolds with just the couple, and myself and the venue coordinator as their witnesses.

I bring a creative approach to photographing weddings, blending a mixture of portraiture, gorgeous details and relaxed, happy moments throughout the day, bringing together a unique and stylish account of a wedding.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my clients’ weddings featured in Brides and You & Your Wedding Magazine, and it’s always such an honour and a privilege to be hired by my clients and be invited to share their most important day together. In short, I’m totally in love with my job!

You can see more of Catherine’s work at www.photographybycatherine.co.uk

You want more? Yes? Ok then as you asked so nicely…….

Bouquets With Bracken: This (image below) is what I was referring to for “Roadside Chic”, the warm tones of copper and golden yellow would work well for an Autumnal affair or anything outdoorsy (I’m thinking vows in an enchanted forest, that type of thing…)

Sharp Grooms: I don’t think a slim fit black suit has to be restricted to an “evening dress” theme or indeed the winter months, this looks unbelivably stylish any time any place…especially with a contemporary skinny tie. And is it me or does the man donning said suit bear a remarkable resemblance to Mark Ruffalo…?

Oversized Accessories: I mentioned the hood (seriously – I am contemplating an occasion I can justify wearing one to) but how about the other head wear? I have loved a giant single flower forever (and if you are definitely going avec veil for W-day there is no reason you can’t swap to one of these beauties for the dancing) and now I am worshipping at the floor of the silvery sky-hued version complete with feathery bits….. Any takers?

Hair & Make-up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

Flowers: Flower Wild Design

Bridal Gowns: Claire Pettibone

Hair Accessories: Mignonne

Photography by Catherine Mead *All of the pictures taken during a Jose Villa Workshop*

With huge thanks to Catherine Mead for getting Rock My Weddings glow on.

And I want those that are opting for a Claire Pettibone, a groom in a sharp black suit or indeed a bouquet in the style of roadside chic* to leave a comment and let me know the exact details. Just so I can y’know, get all green eyed and girly.

Big I’m Keeping It Firmly Switched On Love

Charlotte xxx

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