Thursday, October 29, 2009

DYI Photograph Table Name Cards

With so many unique, personalized touches you can add to your wedding- do it yourself crafts are awesome because it lets you show your creativity and saves money! I saw this example for table name cards and thought it was such a beautiful idea- taking photographs and mounting them on small boards.

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The photographs can be practically anything you want. Some ideas include photographs of the couple, landscapes and scenery, famous landmarks, and themes that correspond to your wedding.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Enchanted by HoneyDew Favors

Today I met up with my good friend and fabulous wedding professional Ani Kitsinian ( HoneyDew Favors ) and she showed me some of her newest and most beautiful creations. I have never seen such attention to detail... just AMAZING! She makes and sells favors for every occasion and creates spectacular flower arrangements that I just had to share with all of you!

Enchanted Collection

Venue: il Cielo Beverly Hills

Photography by: Meher Kourouyan

Ani~ Thank you for creating such beautiful things and sharing your creativity with us!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Centerpieces for Every Wedding!

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Centerpieces are such a beautiful accent to the reception. They liven up a table and continue the theme and elegance of the wedding ceremony. However, do not feel like you need to limit your centerpieces to flowers. There are so many different ideas and ways to add decoration to your tables with more than just flowers! Not only will this be an opportunity to help budget your wedding, but also it allows you to be more creative, and adds a fun and unique approach to the traditional centerpiece look.

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To bring in a romantic feel try using mirrors and candles. You can also add a bold, colorful and fresh look with fruit, such as lemons. If you are having a fall wedding try grains and dried grasses. I love the idea of making a coral and seashell centerpiece for a beach wedding. There are really so many different ideas and amazing things you can do to make your reception tables look stunning without one flower.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Recipe Shower

I love the idea of throwing a unique bridal shower. One fun idea I found was to throw a recipe shower. When sending out the invitations, include a few recipe cards for guests to fill out. They can fill them out with favorite recipes they have come across or even family recipes that have been around for ages. The guests can bring them to the bridal shower and put them in a special cook book for the bride to enjoy. sells everything you need for this shower.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Love Letters

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I have recently been noticing a huge trend in monogramming details at weddings. I think this idea is so classic, yet trendy and can add a lot to your wedding details. Monogramming is a way to individualize your wedding, and a great way to use letter that represent both you and your husband and now the unity you have together. Monogramming is also another fun way to thread a theme through your wedding. Find a monogramming style you like and have it represented on your invitation, program, menu, napkins, favors, and even your cake! Take this lasting trend and truly personalize your wedding!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bridesmaid Dresses

The past weddings I’ve gone to bridesmaids were wearing short dresses, a style I had never cared for until I really saw it in person and with the overall affect of the wedding. Short bridesmaid dresses are fun and playful while still chic and sophisticated. They also seem more comfortable and flattering to wear. I love the dress colors of plum, burgundy, and gold for fall and winter weddings. JCrew has beautiful bridesmaid collections, but also look in major department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, where they have various colors and sizes available. Photo from
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Reanna's Secret Garden Birthday

It was one of my best friends birthdays this past friday and I decided that I wanted to throw her an intimate garden style birthday dinner party. I asked her to give me the names of her 12 closest girlfriends and that I would do the rest...

Here are all of the details:

I made favor boxes for each setting... This is the birthday girls favor box. She loved the dove charm...

I hung pictures of her and everyone coming to the party in the trees that surrounded us...Each ornament was made from Scrap-book paper, photos, and stickers...

I placed mini cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcake at each place setting.

I had everyone write a message to Reanna... Their message could be words of wisdom, words of encouragement, love notes, favorite moments, etc...
Then I had them hang it in the trees and then through out the night one at a time each girl would get up and share their personal message with Reanna in front of everyone and then hang it on her Wreath of LOVE... which you will see it below!

Gerber Daisies are her favorite flower so I tried to incorporate them as much as possible!

Black and White shot... Classy!

I used light pink roses to add the soft tea/garden touch to the table.

This is the Wreath of love... after each girl wrote a message and then read it aloud to Reanna they tied it onto this wreath which she got to take home at the end of the night as her birthday gift! I placed a butterfly at the top and two little birds in at the bottom just to add special touches...

The Birthday Girl!!

All of us...

At each setting their was a mini cupcake, favor box with charm sewed on, and a gerber daisy.

Happy 24th Reanna! This was such an amazing night and I know that Reanna knew how much she was loved... it was the perfect girlie dinner party. LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The New Something Blue

One afternoon downtown I saw a bride getting out of a limousine and noticed her awesome blue high heels! They were a light shade of blue; I thought this was a cute spin on the traditional "something blue" often incorporated into a bride's wedding attire. Blue heels are pretty easy to find, and if you can't find the perfect wedding shoe in blue buy it in white and then you can have them dyed to your favorite shade.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Capturing the Moments

A fun and memorable idea for your wedding reception is to rent a photo booth! Guests of all ages can participate and enjoy the photos immediately after taking them. These photos make great wedding favors and a cute idea that I saw was to have the bride and groom’s names and wedding date printed on the bottom. You can also have hats and other props on hand for guests to get silly and creative with! Many companies offer CD-ROM copies so you can save and enjoy the pictures yourself. If you are interested in renting a photo booth for your wedding, Red Cheese Inc. offers free delivery services in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Irvine. Another company to check out is California Photo Booth Company at

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Cute Bride and Bridesmaids Shirts

Wedding Chicks Couture and The Knot Wedding Shop both sell Bride and Bridesmaids shirts. I think these are cute, chic and fun for the bride and her bridesmaids to wear to the bachelorette party, wedding rehearsal and even for wedding day preparations. What a fun way to get extra attention, and why not…it is your special day, so let everyone know!!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Keith and Vanessa's Wedding Day

Keith and Vanessa came to me to help them pull together all of the final details of their wedding day and to make sure that the day went smoothly! I was thrilled to take it on! They are such an amazing couple, truly in love and so excited to be having their dream wedding.

Here is the story of their day:
It was a sunny day on August 8, 2009 that Keith and Vanessa committed their lives to one another in front of their friends and family. It was a sophisticated bay side wedding.

They chose the Hilton Resort and Spa in Mission Bay as the location for their celebration of love!
Their photographer was Darryn St. John Photography .
He was amazing... he caught every moment and displayed it in such a beautiful way! This is the first time I had worked with him and now I would highly recommend him to anyone.

My favorite shot of the day: (Amazing Darryn!!!)

Here are the rest of the details:

The Dress

The Guys

I loved this little detail shot of the shoes... too cute guys!

Beautiful Bride

and her Ladies...

Ceremony Site: Hilton Mission Bay Lawn

Make-up & Hair by: Looks by Christina

Cakes by: Flour Power

Grooms Cake... gotta let the Groom have something...

Fabulous Mariachi: Mariachi Champa Nevin
(they played at Cocktail hour and to introduce the Wedding Party to the reception)

Happy Bride and Groom... I couldn't ask for more...

Keith and Vanessa's Wedding was BEAUTIFUL and I was honored to coordinate their special day! I know that together they can do anything...
ALL RIGHTS TO PHOTOS BELONG TO: Darryn St. John Photography

To Vanessa and Keith: I wish you all the best in your marriage and your future together... Love Is All You Need !

~ Krystel Tien, Couture Events