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YAY- Rachel’s insanely ridiculous design skills were struttin’ their stuff today on the stylish blog Grey Likes Weddings! Our “industry event” [meaning, we were entertaining our peers and “competition” by designing and planning a brunch as a grand opening for the new venue Serra Plaza, located in San Juan Capistrano] was such a hit! The space was gorgeous, the day was flawless, and we worked our fingers to the bone making every detail painstakingly perfect. It was worth every single moment to see Rachel’s baby come to life and be received so well!

Scoot on over to Grey Likes for the original post [and lots more inspiration, just- you know- on a daily basis], and leave Rachel some love while you’re at it! Quick side note: she pulled this whole shebang together in a mere 2.5 weeks! Now THAT is some inspired design!

So much thanks headed over to Ashleigh Taylor for her gorgeous images and her push to submit these! We’re always hoping that our designs inspire other vendors to work their best as well- and this event was the culmination of truly inspired art between peers and friends. So thrilled!

Rachel- you truly knocked this one OUT of the park!!


You know when you’re little and your parents take you out for ice cream- and then one day, they let you get the doublescoop? Two heaping scoops of yummy flavor packed on top of a [if you’re me] pointy sugar cone! Well, that’s how I feel about this right here. Wanna know why? Because we were promised- like most features in Ceremony Magazine, two pages: a standard, two-page spread featuring Brandon’s gorgeous photos from one of my favorite summer 2010 weddings.

But we got four. We got four pages- and we didn’t ask for it, and they didn’t tell us about it, and we’re 100% thrilled by it. It’s a good surprise! It’s the BEST surprise!

So many hugs and so much love and such fun was had at the wedding. Can’t congratulate Melissa and Alfonso enough- if anyone deserves for their love story to be splattered in the pages of an annual magazine like Ceremony, it’s them! Pick one up sometime this year for more heart-melting eye candy.

Hoping that your day is filled with double scoops [of different flavors] and exceeded expectations!


Celebrate: Bianca!


Time to share more pics from our recent feature in Inside Weddings Magazine, an intimate party in honor of Bianca Juarez [the fabulous twin of photog extraordinaire Jasmine Star]. Such a fun family to work with!

Our intimate seating table complete with hanging crystal-and-plexiglass chandelier, whipped together by the In The Now team!

To give you a quick background: this event was loosely based off of the inspiration shoot we’d worked on together a few months prior. An upscale bridal party for a group of close friends was the idea [almost a bridal party brunch of sorts] and we whipped out some fabulous details that were original and gorgeous [umm just ask me- was that too much tooting of my own horn?!]! For this shower, we wanted to give a distinct look and feel that was different than the last shoot we’d done, but still emulated the idea of intimacy and class. So, we themed it right quick: diamonds are forever.

Left: each of the girls, on their place settings, received a perfectly obnoxious large fake diamond ring to flaunt for the day. Stuck in the ring box for this photo, is the menu. We kept it simple by printing on pretty white paper and wrapping with a sparkly twine. Each “i” in Bianca’s name was adorned with a rhinestone accent.
Right: we wanted the party to feel very clean, simple and streamlined, so we opted for all-white, monochromatic and mono-styled florals in clear rectangle vases. Shown is a vase of tulips but we varied them between roses, hydrangea, and ranunculus as well.

Left: Because we wanted things to be uncluttered, we opted to brand the water glasses as a way to seat the guests. Each name was marked on the outside of the glass using a vinyl sticker.
Right: A view of the table’s details- the gorgeous sparkling charger plate as well as the luxe dupioni silk napkin. We paired frosted plates with white china to mix elements of diamond white and sparkle throughout the event!

Jasmine mentioned this on her blog- but, the real inspiration for this party was the fact that Jas herself had to miss her sister’s bridal shower due to the busy wedding season. We wanted to create something extra special and ultra personal. We did our best to infuse style and class into a party we knew had to be kept intimate and special for someone so near to Jasmine’s heart!

Left: our menu, which was thematically named after the “four c’s of diamonds”- cut, color, clarity, and carat. They also coincided with each dish, which I loved! We’re quite thematic.
Right: A detail shot of our gorgeously dripping chandelier

Left: A twist on the perfume station at the shoot, we opted for a salt scrub station with simple scent options at Bianca’s party. The jars were pre-filled with chunky salt and an unscented base [baby] oil, and ready for scenting!
Right: The oils were displayed neatly, stacked onto boxes full of crushed white glass and donning simple descriptive name tags. Spoons were placed to the side of each, for the gals to give a quick stir and mix in the scent thoroughly.

A shot of the scent station all lined up.

The invitation read that the guests should wear white to this daytime soiree- and it worked out perfectly that Bianca wore a steel grey dress [that of course we found for her- because what girl doesn’t love being STYLED for her special occasion!] to give her that extra pop of special attention.

Left: In the blurry foreground, you can see that our simple cake plates were adorned with shimmery ribbons to give extra pop. Our branding was kept simple and featured throughout the event on these clear stylish easels.
Right: The cake was simple, luxe, and delicious! With a sugar-encrusted center tier, and complete with a “floating” cake topper [which is really a plexi disc and embellished with vinyl decal], it was a smash hit!

For an extra fun bonus, we set up a white chocolate fondue station complete with white hot treats! The gals munched and laughed as they relaxed in these ridiculously fun exaggerated wing back chairs.

Left: Mini covered ice cream dishes were brought out to compliment the warm fondue goodies. Guests could dip their choice of cheesecake, angel food cake, or rice crispie treats [or all 3!]. The clear skewers set the perfect mood, as did the thick glass plates the items rested on. In case you can’t tell, the clear skewers are also crystal-adorned at the bottom tip! An extra touch of perfection [and a painstaking detail!!]
Right: A shot of our coveted wingback chairs [as well as a splash of our homemade sequin lumbar pillows- soo cute! We’re thrilled the gals enjoyed this sweet treat station!

More dipping, eating, and laughing!

I firmly believe that presentation is EVERYTHING when it comes to even the smallest of parties. So, when we focus on our events, we focus on how the guests will be exposed to the details. Things like trays, description or instruction cards, lining up of signature drinks, or any display become crucial elements in your guests’ experience of your day [wedding or not!]. Knowing this, we planned B’s gift station accordingly. With a place for everyone, and everything in it’s place.

Left: Bianca’s thrilled to open her gifts from guests- you’ll note the ridiculously oversized clear disc with the word “gifts” splashed across it. That allowed guests to know where to drop their offerings. The small settee made a perfect place for the bride to sit. Each chair for the guests had a mirrored table next to it, boasting a personal champagne bucket, mini POP bottle, and a flute for sipping.
Right: A light splash of French Lemonade [like sparkling lemon water, really] lined up just so and enjoyed along with the desserts from earlier.

Left: To really give a flow to the event, and knowing this portion was to be outside- we continued the feel of the blue color by bringing it in through the mini bottles of champagne. This close-up look at the side tables shows what each guest was offered at the event while Bianca opened her gifts [typically this time is such a “write off”- we really wanted to make it a touch more special for this one!].
Right: After the gifts are open, a group hug and toast all together was enjoyed by the girls

And just so you know how fun it really turned out to be, here’s a few shots of the gals enjoying themselves in it:

I tend to refer to myself as a ‘Mama Bird’- both to my clients [I love being the guiding, protective mama bird from the industry to them] and also to my team. So, this Mama today is so incredibly, endlessly proud. And, I’ll be honest- I’ve been proud for a long while: since October, when Christie and Seth tied the knot and my girls Rachel and Sharon rocked their flawless, totally detailed wedding day into existence. So when I heard that the wedding was recently featured on the stellar Wedding Chicks blog, I was brimming and beaming about it for my girls [and for all the other vendors involved]!

The wedding was fun, whimsical, rustic, chic, and totally personality-driven with one of the most characteristic and lovely couples we had the pleasure of working with from 2010. It’s always an honor to have our efforts noticed [and featured]- and I couldn’t be more honored to have a team of people assembled who are willing to work hard, make beautiful events happen, and do it all with a smile on their faces!

Hop on over to the post for lots of pictures of their gorgeous wedding feature! And of course- more thanks must go to Matt and Molly Snelson for their incredibly consistent work capturing amazing photos of our truly-in-love-ly couples [um, just made that term up and I am SO into it!].


Have you ever had a secret so good that you just want to pinch yourself to make sure it’s true? But then you can’t really- because it’s still a secret. And the less you “can” talk about it, the more you want to talk about it but then you have to take about it in code and it really makes no sense anyway? I lost you on that last part, didn’t I?

Well- THIS was my secret! Ever since we had the chance to work with Jasmine Star earlier this year, we’ve been connected at the emotional hip. So when she called me to ask about designing a fabulous party for her twin sis, Bianca and her quickly approaching wedding, we were absolutely delighted [and honored, inspired, thrilled, literally laughing with excitement]! The best part? It was for an intimate group of good friends. So, one table to set, one delicious activity needed, one small cake and one day to totally leave a lasting impression for a girl I grew to love like my own family. Bianca is just as infectious as her twinner and I’m so honored to know them both. The shower we put together graced the pages of the most recent issue of Inside Weddings Magazine [their winter issue] and I couldn’t be bubbling with more joy from it!

The 2-page spread:

This is truly just the tip of the iceberg for images from this perfect soiree. I cannot wait to do a full feature of Jasmine’s gorgeous images in the near future [you’ll die at the fondue station, the mini milk shots, and the crystal chandelier that didn’t make the feature]!

Jas and B: thanks for entrusting this huge job to us! We truly loved being a part of it, whipping it together- making it classy, timeless and full of love for such a special lady. This is just the tip of the iceberg for you, too, you know. :)


YAY! My totally and completely adorably-in-love DIY Queen of a client Jamie and her lovely beau turned husband Steve were featured on Brenda’s Wedding Blog! If you’re looking for a little inspiration and motivation for your situation send that can-do attitude over to the post and you’ll be whipping out your own details in no time!

Thanks to Kristin Rogers for setting this feature up [with a little encouragement from yours truly]. This wedding was a total wonder to work [um, hello mini sliders as a plated dinner and a chorographed first dance to that epic song from Stranger Than Fiction?? SIGN ME UP!]. I love reliving the moments of it through each and every photo.

Hop, skip and jump on over there already!


Wow. I can’t believe it. TWO features in ONE day? God is truly smiling on us. Amanda and I had such a great time designing this shoot together, and I’m so happy the whole world gets to share it with us! Okay, maybe not the WHOLE world, but a good chunk of it! Many thanks to Leila Khalil from Be Inspired PR for putting this shoot together and Becky Hill for her super awesome photos. Go ahead and check the whole shebang out HERE!

YAY!! The fabulously classy love story of Elena and Nathan was featured on the One Lovely Day blog [by Project Wedding]. I’m a huge fan of Project Wedding [and you can visit my page listing for real reviews from our real lovely clients, too], so naturally being on their blog is such a fun little pre-Thanksgiving surprise!

Thanks again must go to Dave and Sandy Richards for the wonderfully vibrant, happy photos. And, seriously, doesn’t everyone want ‘happy’ photos?? I know I do for you!

Visit the rest of the images [and you can click through the gallery, too!!] here!

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