Now, I don’t play favorites. I mean, seriously and honestly: I feel blessed beyond measure to work with all of my clients. I’ve said from the beginning [and follow up each email from brides who respond saying that they have not chosen us with this same phrasing] that God hand-picks our clients for us, knowing that they trust us and are the right fit for our humble company. But sometimes, you meet those couples and you’re just excited to be picked! Amanda and I became fast friends trading texts and delving deep into the fun side of planning, so it was a shock when I found out I was due [with my baby] the week before her wedding! Although I had aligned capable hands for her with the rest of the team, including stellar planner Sharon, I knew she’d be sad if I wasn’t able to make an appearance. Low and behold, a 41-week-pregnant Amanda graced the Historic San Clemente Casino that day, around for set up, direction of styling/design creations, and- of course- lots and lots of hugs and excited shrieks. It was a fantastically perfect day after all!

As I was strolling down memory lane, scrolling through images of Amanda and Theo, I just kept thinking about how perfectly mermaid-y her color scheme was. In the best of ways, it was a dreamy, sparkly event with just the right touch of all things fancy fun. The aisle decor, seen above, is no exception. You don’t have to break the bank to make an impact but REALLY- Aly @ The Vine’s Leaf did an exceptional job with that curly willow arch! Eye popping. And the sweet strands of shimmering ribbon and tulle down the aisle are the simple reminder that this is a special day, and a very special aisle.

Just LOOK at those two lovebirds. I die for that killer Amanda smile! And we’re always fortunate when the client allows us to take their design from beginning to end- after crafting Amanda’s invites along with her amazing friend Queeny, who created her monogram, we were able to truly put a custom stamp on their day all the way through. I hope you’ll see in the pictures to follow, but first- here’s their sweet suite:

A unity act is always something that people are trying to re-invent. It’s tough to find something symbolic, simple, poignant, and have it be realistic for your big day. Amanda and Theo opted to tie a unity knot, tightening it and promising to keep their love strong and to fight for it. Gorgeous, I say. You’ll also see that they presented roses to their mothers. True class acts, these ones!

And a little post-ceremony-aisle-moment:

The room at the Historic Casino sparkled and glimmered. Some fun details included quartz rock candle holders nested into floral arrangements, sequin and sparkling linens, an amazing shimmering ribbon and fabric backdrop [that can only have justice done to it by viewing in person- I promise], glitter-dipped candles, and more! Fun touches were absolutely everywhere.

The best part is how many guests were clamoring to take pictures with the couple against the stunning sweetheart backdrop. My heart sings when I see these moments!!

Whence there’s a fireplace on site, I can never resist a little late night, intimate s’mores session! This was no exception [and, the guests loved it…. I coin our station the “gour’mores” because we use the fancy chocolate, you know]!

Totally my favorite cake cutting candid of all time:

The past year has shown these little puppies to be an In The Now staple [as much as an array of mini desserts seem to be a wedding staple], dessert names ON the cake stands! I love it.

This will always be one of my favorite simple, adorable guest books. And I can’t take credit, it’s all classic Martha! Mini envelopes matching darling notecards applied inside a book for guests to tuck their notes away!

[Thanks Queeny!!] Remember how I said we put that monogram everywhere? I truly meant EVERYWHERE! Custom pre-ceremony beverage station with monogrammed cups, that fits the bill!!

Amanda was obsessed with our glitter table number idea, so we made a special one for her and Theo to take home and display, to remember their big day!

Blue signature drink, anyone?? No? Well, maybe now that you’ve noticed it has a glitter-tipped plexiglass swizzle stick in it!!! That’s what I thought. And I’ll take two, please! And, just another small taste of their glittering cocktail hour… they spliced their tables with half all-sequin drapes, half shimmer drapes. It was a sight to be seen. Just perfection!

There is so much more to say about this day. So much more to show, really! They had a killer dance floor monogram, an exceptional escort chart [full glitter background!], and cute details abundantly. But, I’ll leave you with this, so you can remember the soft, romantic side of this special day:

And, on a personal note: my baby girl arrived the morning after this wedding at 8am. It was quite the moment, quite the rush, quite the crazy. I am forever indebted to my team who took such great care of our clients in my absence. They’re truly remarkable people and I just pray you’ll have a chance to encounter them and let them whip their wedding amazing at you. You’ll be shocked and stunned. Of course, we’re only as good as the people we align on your behalf, and in this case, so so so many props, thanks and love to each of these:

Casino San Clemente [setting the gorgeous scene, always]
The Vine’s Leaf [blooms to take your breath away]
Sweet and Saucy Shop [ridiculously cute and delicious confections]
24 Carrots Catering [amazing food, amazing staff]
After Dark Entertainment [for musical services, DJ style]
Piper at Allure Express [for hair and makeup]
Pat Moyer [for snapping with style- without him I’d have nothing to show for!!]
Signature Party Rentals [my peeps, haha]
La Tavola LinenSharkpig

And my exceptional, wonderful team of friends-that-are-family, who created this day on behalf of a company I started with my bare hands 9 years ago. I am humbled to call them associates, and even more humbled that they’d be my friends.

Amanda and Theo: I die. Just looking at these images again, I truly die for your love for one another. For your pretty wedding. For your friendship. For the good times so clearly had by all. You are everything, you two!!