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Ugh- why can’t they sell incredibly unique and modern and COOL stuff in the USA? Seriously. These chairs are making me drool right onto my laptop.

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Thank you, House To Home, for bringing this vision into my life! I shalt never forget you, deliciously colorful bentwood chair. Can we have a party now or what??

Fill your weekend like a crayon box stuffed with colors!

xoxo,

A.

Table Palette | March

POSTED BY Amanda

What’s that now?? A storm is a-brewin’ once again in So Cal! Ya don’t say!!

It completely, 100% FIGURES that I’d plan yet another trip to my favorite area [the downtown LA garment and flower district] on a day when torrential downpour is very likely to ensue. Yet, my motivation is strong, and my excitement is rumbling inside my brain louder than the thunder could roll!! Here’s a little sneak of the colors I’m putting together for our lovely March tabletop. Of course it’s got an Irish feel to it- it’s March! I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be outrageously, utterly, ridiculously fabulous. And that’s not just because it’s me putting it together. Okay maybe it is. Jury’s still out… I’ll let you all decide!

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What do you think of when you see this? When you think of March?? When you dream of Ireland??? Curious to hear the answers that you come up with! It may or may not make it’s way onto the March table!

xoxo,

A.

Random Rundown!

POSTED BY Amanda

That’s right, y’all! Bringing back a little randomness from the In The Now team for you. I’ll bet that you’re pretty excited at this point, aren’t you?? Well, I am too!! So here’s a few randoms from yours truly to kick things off!

1. For Valentine’s Day my husband got my a stuffed lion [with a sunflower petal collar] that sings the song “Sunflower” by Neil Diamond in 3-part children’s choir unison. It’s disturbing at best. If you have absolutely NO idea why he’d do this, go here. The trouble is, I make the bed every morning and put it right in between our pillows as a joke… but now it’s kinda become a habit. Yikers.

2. I’m almost ready to reveal the new site. Like, in the next 48 hours, keep your eyes peeled. It’s gonna be epic sauce. And with the new site, I’ll likely be taking on a new intern for the office. I just feel they coincide. I’m super extremely overly ridiculously excited about that!

3. I’ve been doing a lot of designing lately. In fact, you’ll notice once the new site is up that design services are included in every In The Now package. For this, I am thrilled. But it also means that I have trouble sleeping at night with my head exploding and ideas pouring out onto [in the morning] illegibly-scribbled notepads. I’m kinda obsessed with it. I’m eclectic and random and scattered and all the signs of a great designer. But, I have the skill to reign myself back in. I literally separate my week into design days and organizing days. It’s become very efficient! A few of my iPhone pics that are inspiring me lately:

This specific orange-yellow tone of wood:

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Mini champagne splits [dying]- BOTH being used in upcoming projects:

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Lorina Lemonade with it’s feminine bottle shape:

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Wallpaper at the Barnes & Noble. Hello, they’re mini ampersands!

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VIBE! Dinnerware [plates, chargers, bowls] a la Town + Country Rentals:

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And one last picture that always keeps me going:

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Husband’s special note to me whilst cooking dinner. Love him, too!

4. Two Auer Photo. Okay I said we’d talk about it so here’s the talk. NO I’m not “becoming a photographer”. NO I don’t shoot weddings. TAP was essentially created because we have great light in our studio space, a nice camera, and I’m a control freak that wants to ensure I get the images I need from each table setting. Really, it’s much more simple for me to commit to designing one table a month when I know I don’t have to orchestrate a photographer to come lend their time shooting it for me. It’s worked out fabulous thus far. and The TAP blog is just to post images of our shoots on a place that isn’t associated as much with In The Now. I don’t want people coming here, seeing that Josh and I have taken the photos, and being confused. Simple as that! We don’t shoot people. We shoot things. Things that can’t move. Where the variables are considerably less and where [and when] we can control our settings, lighting, etc. That’s the way I like it! SO- now you know! A quick peek into “getting the shot”:

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And here is the shot itself:

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Kinda totally worth all the MacGuyver moves we had to make [at one point, Josh had his iPhone under the spoon- which was sideways still- holding up the camera! Ridiculous]!

5. I’ve been cooking at home a lot. It makes me feel like a lady. But it also gives me dishpan hands. Big sigh.

6. I don’t consider myself a DIY craft oriented type of person. But right now I’ve become increasingly distracted with paper products like this:

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And this:

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SHOOT me dead, I just love it so much! It makes me motivated to create and recreate!

7. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that we hear a lot of familiar songs while watching Cougar Town. That’s because this is one of the FIRST shows that Josh has been placed on [with his music] that we can actually stomach watching. It’s quippy, smart, and fast-paced. Stuff that I love. The only problem is that when we do know he’s getting placed, I’ve already been distracted by the plot and I’m not paying attention! If you watch it, just know that if they’re in the bar, there’s a great chance my husband’s song is playing in the background as ambiance music. He’s been placed 7 times so far [and they’ve only had 15 episodes]! It’s pretty fun.

8. Something that made me smile today when opening a random folder:

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Sometimes I miss my clients after their weddings. But it makes me bubble with pride, hope, and joy that they’re off creating families and lives and sharing last names! Thanks to Jonilyn for this one. And Christine + Tim of course!!

9. Do you notice that I release my blogs each day at 10:30am? I typically try to write in the evening, in advance, and then release at 10:30am for consistency. It’s currently 10:31am and I’m so anxious I’m biting my nails over it!

10. Since we’re changing the site and blog, we’ll have a lot more flexibility with writers and content and etc. So, I’d love feedback on what you’d like to see more of, what keeps you coming back, what you look for in a blog you love, and what will enhance our impact in your wedding world! Please, don’t hesitate to leave comments. We’d love it! I want to introduce you to our world in an intimate way, but I don’t want our features to be sloppy or incomplete. Tell me what you’ve liked, tell me what you haven’t so much cared for! I’ll give you all a dollar. Just kidding. I probably won’t.

And now for a soapbox moment: The deliciously adorable Shannon and her husband Scott entered the Green Wedding Shoes contest for a photo shoot and styling! They’re finalists!! Give your vote for them here!! SO proud of her styleboard! :)

Hope your day is filled with random JOY and bursts of laughter- the best kind!!

xoxo,

A.

I’m creating a styleboard at the moment. I don’t do this often, you see, because I’m semi Photoshop inept and mostly the things I’d love to see come together are all in my head. But, this one… this one is special. This one has a purpose, and because of that… a styleboard is on it’s way! Moments like these make me eternally grateful for my talented team that works along side of me. Thanks Rachel + Shannon for the help!! Until the board is revealed, I will leave you with this:

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Think rocky-sand east coast beaches meets white shingled houses and uppercrust people. I want the design to exude style and grace, and embody the cool wealthy beach vibe as it used to be in past times. Hamptons. Cape Cod. Nantucket. Grab a Tom Collins or a Long Island Iced Tea [garnished with a fresh slice of orange], put on a long flowing dress, and join me on the deck to soak in the sound of the sea.

Keep your eyes peeled for more.

xoxo!

A.

Okay so if you haven’t heard of Megan Gray [aka the guru from Honey + Poppies], you may be missing out on the best kept secret in southern California. She’s a fantastically fun designer that puts her heart into her work and takes her art personally and seriously. I know, because I just had the pleasure of working along side of her for the Romeo and Juliet workshop. This picture of one of the loose, gardeny bridal bouquets she made absolutely thrills me. It’s just perfection with a side of texture and an extra helping of color. Serious style.

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And so Megs, this Friday Lovely is for you! Blown away by this specific image [as you can imagine, from a workshop of 70+ photographers we’ve got literally hundreds of images to sort through in tons of various styles], which is brought from your computer screen STRAIGHT to your eyeballs via Cindee Bae. Helloooooo, Cindee. You’ve got a career ahead of you! And of course the beyond-cute married couple, Ashley and Sean, acting as our models didn’t hurt either!

Have an inspired, garden-style weekend where you let everything go with the flow, roll off your shoulders and soak in the sun!

xoxo,

A.

Does my title say it all or WHAT!!

I’ve kinda gotten into the bad habit of forgetting to blog things that have been published online elsewhere. I will stop this- I promise. It’s important to me that you guys can come HERE to see my work and not have to track us down all over the old dubbeya dubbeya dubbeya for fantastic images of wedding inspiration.

Since my commitment to designing a new fresh tabletop each month is in total full effect, you’ll be bombarded almost constantly with images and features and inspiration boards and the like here on the blog. Which, I kinda have a crush on the thought of. Love it. The tabletop sessions for this year will actually focus more on party-style get togethers than actual weddings, but I like to think of my wedding style as more of an elegant, laid back design aesthetic whether or not it’s a party, wedding, or family get-together. So, it works. Here’s where the “+ Events” comes into play from the In The Now Weddings + Events. Ya see??

That being said, if you didn’t click over to the feature on Style Me Pretty, and if you didn’t see the ridiculously delicious teaser image that I posted last week, here are some of my faves! These images are all compliments of Two Auer Photo:

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You had me at “cat-shaped-wine-bottle”!

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My favorite, of course!

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Love. Is. Forever.

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Lace table cuff?? SO easy to do and such a big impact!

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Ariel shots are totally my fave…

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Texture of bengaline linens make me smile! Above, that’s my favorite detail shot. SO fun!

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To see more description, pictures, goodness… click here and revel in the glory of Valentine’s Day all over again!!

xoxo,

A.

So I had the distinct honor of styling an event for about 70 budding photographers thanks to the SoCal Photog ShootOut. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind as I’ve been in a furry to plan everything and stylize it to perfection, but I am SO happy with how it all came out!

Brian Khang, one of my faves, snapped some amazing detail shots [and still had time to be a group leader] and I just had to blog brag for y’all to see!!

The massive vendor list included:

Styling by In The Now
Catering by Jay’s Catering [and the FAB Mary Lallande]
Venue was The Romanesque Room
Floral Fabulousness by Honey and Poppies and Megs- the rockstar!
Paper Details all created by Alliwell Studios
Pipe/Drape and Lighting provided by Flowers On Mars
RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING FURNITURE through Fete Accompli [I could work with them weekly, lemme tellya!]
Rentals via Classic Party Rentals [an In The Now staple!]
Linens provided by Wildflower Linens
Bridal Attire graciously lent to us by the staff at Mariposa Boutique [and everyone RAVED about the quality and selection]
Guys’ suits gifted by Friar Tux [the only place to rent navy suits- worth it!!]
Hair/Makeup by Alisha as well as Kacee and Becca
Model Styling by Michelle @ Mila Photo
And of course- cupcakes by Colette [Fancy That!]

Phew, right? I’m tired just [re]thinking about it! Now, some gorgeous detail shots…

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That lace shawl, above, was painstakingly sewn by hand- each row of lace unique, with love and tender care by your favorite southern California event designer [trust me, she remembers every minute of it]. It is so so so gorgeous in person!

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We really wanted to create a dreamy effect by ripping up chiffon and tulle and lace and shimmery organza into strips that were featured everywhere! On the chairs, in the curtain at the ceremony.. truly, it turned out as an exquisite piece!

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Hope you’re floating in off of a love-infused cloud after the romantic vibes this weekend! I know that for me, every day is Valentine’s day in my heart- I just gotta make it that way! Remember: romance is in the eye of the beholder!

xoxo,

A.

Can I just preface this by saying I can now officially die HAPPY?? What wedding vendor isn’t going out of their mind at the thought of being featured on Style Me Pretty!!

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I’m indebted to Abby for posting our images on her blog! I adore this Valentine’s table 100% and cannot think of a better place than Style Me Pretty to have it posted! There are tons more photos coming from this shoot but honestly- Abby posted them all over there!

So head on over to check it out and be SURE to leave a comment telling the world how much you love me! :D

Happy hearts and stuff!

xoxo,

A.

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