Friday, February 26, 2010

Meet Jenny May & Swede

Artwork by Kelli Murray

 Meet Jenny May and Jonas
 (aka: JMay and The Swede)
They are the newest Couture Couple! They currently live in the San Fransisco area and will be wed in Orange County! While we have only spoken over the phone, I know that Couture Events is going to be a perfect fit for them. They are eclectic, vintage, and inspired!

A little about this amazing couple:
He: Born & Raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Practical. Pro Golfer. Entrepreneur. Loves ping pong, making his biceps bigger, and anything outdoors. He makes her laugh! 

She: California Girl. Miss Impractical. Paralegal by day and screenwriter by night. Loves record players, Mexican food, and hearing a beautiful voice sing. She makes him laugh!

They will be Wed on: June 5, 2010

 You can follow their story on their blog: The Swede Records

"THE PROPOSAL: They were vacationing in beautiful Sweden last July & spending time in the archipelago. Jonas was very close to his grandfather who had passed away a few weeks before and told Jenny he wanted to make a video for his memorial.

  They hiked up to the top of an island overlooking the water and sat down on the rocks. Jonas told Jenny he wanted to make the tape for his Grandpa and asked her to film it. Jenny willingly took the camera and began filming Jonas as he was speaking in Swedish, little did she know..."

Yes, I cried while watching this... my breaking point was after he has proposed she is hugging him and all you see is her skirt blowing in the wind and all the peaceful water in the background and you know you are sharing in someones sacred moment. It's just so beautiful!

I love this couple and I am so excited and honored to be their coordinator! It's going to be a wedding full of wonderful DIY details, vintage touches, and lots of love! 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sweet Cheeks Baking

This week we received a wonderful package full of goodies from Sweet Cheeks Baking, and to show our appreciation I wanted to share this wonderful bakery with all of you!

“Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. is a fun, motivated, all-woman company, driven to encourage healthy ingredients in otherwise fabulously rich & delicious cakes, cupcakes, snacks & cookies, and breakfast breads. Our goal is to sneak in quality items such as flax seed, whole wheat, wheat germ, fresh juices and purees, and even gluten-free flours when necessary...never losing sight of the most important ingredient: great taste!

Donna Cellere, "The Left Cheek," formerly cooked for both Presidents Clinton & George W. Bush, Jr. at The White House and created chocolates and souffl├ęs at the French Embassy as well as the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. She is a stickler for organization and cleanliness from her NAVY background and is a fabulous dancer to boot! She has been baking her whole life and continues to crank out amazing cakes one after the other with perfection.

Elaine Palminteri Ardizzone, "The Right Cheek," has owned & operated restaurants and now the bakery since graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. To aid with flavor pairing and creation, her Sommelier degree from the Court of Master Sommeliers helps with both ideas for flavor combinations and the Sweet Cheeks' unique cake tasting format of "Component Tasting." She operates the business and designs the cakes from inspirations gathered thru art, nature, tattoo, and of course from clients' interests.

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. has an amazing combination of talent, both in baking and design, and has been featured on FOOD Network's "Road Tasted with the Neelys" for their signature "Chewy Chocolate Cheeks" and Cheebee's Best Carrot Cakes as well as recently on TLC's "Ultimate Cake-Off" through our decorators Charity George & Christy Russell. Look for us again in the near future with more potential TV spots...Go team!” –Elaine


Monday, February 22, 2010

Bliss Bride

Couture Events is very happy to be partnering with Bliss Bride, an enchanting store with a beautiful selection of wedding dresses.  Located in Del Mar, I was surprised to find such a treasure so close to my own home.  They carry very unique dresses in their whimsical and feminine store, including Vera Wang, Christos, Claire Pettibone, Reverie by Melissa Sweet, Rosa Clara, Anne Barge and Amy Kuschel.  If you would like to see more, their website is

~ Christinna

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sharon & Casey's DIY Wedding: Part I

Dear Couture Readers, 
Many of you have seen and read about Sharon and Casey's Wedding on Style Me Pretty, but I just had to share all of the wonderful details (including a few of my own comments) and my favorite photos in my our blog. This is going to be the first blog out of three for this amazing DIY Wedding! 

All of these stunning photos are by Sean Walker Photography . He did such an amazing job of capturing every moment!

The major theme of their wedding was community. According to the Bride, “That’s how a wedding should be- a network of the people that you love and that love you coming together and joining family and friends from both sides to celebrate marriage.” The brides mother passed away from breast cancer two years ago, so her mothers best friends and her father’s bible study joined together to help make this wedding a reality.

Part I: Getting Ready

Sharon had her dress made by Chris Gennaro. He is an incredible freelance designer that works out of his home, even with six kids running around! The bride wanted the J. Crew Sascha dress, which at $2000 would have put them over their entire budget. Chris copied the dress for her, but made it extremely flattering to her body. She ordered a custom silk flower and her vintage shoes on It was perfect.

Sharon ordered next-to-nothing Dallas Cowboys fabric from Ebay and her good friend Sarah made the garter. 

Quote from the bride: “I didn’t want my bridesmaids to spend hundreds of dollars on their attire; neither did I care for a bulky taffeta number. The dresses were from Urban Outfitters. Going with the eclectic feel, and the fact that I had nine bridesmaids, we broke up the monotony with three different dresses. We went with tights for warmth and flair (Macy’s) and super comfortable heels from DSW. I made a Forever21 run a week before, got jewelry and hair pins I thought would go well with the dresses, and put out a box the morning-of for them to choose from if them wanted.”

I love this little bridge in the Meiers Backyard, it made the perfect backdrop/prop for the photos (Amazing angles Sean!)!

The photo above is one of my favorite photos of the entire day! Its perfectly done, it looks like Sharon just wondered into the frame by accident. It's a beautiful moment in the whimsical woods! 

These girls deserve a lot of THANKS! They really helped in making this day happen with all of the amazing prep work that went into this wedding. 

Sharon makes such a beautiful Bride, she was definitely glowing all day! 

Ceremony and Reception to come...


Sharon & Casey's DIY Wedding: Part II

Many of you have seen and read about Sharon and Casey's Wedding on Style Me Pretty, but I just had to share all of the wonderful details (including a few of my own comments) and my favorite photos in our blog. This is the second blog out of three for this amazing DIY Wedding! 

All of these stunning photos are by Sean Walker Photography . He did such an amazing job of capturing every moment!

The Woodland Whimsical Wedding- Ceremony and more... 

The wedding was held in San Diego in the backyard of a friend’s home. Sharon and Casey wanted to get married outside with a backdrop of trees and leaves. They knew it was a risk to plan an outdoor wedding in January, but the thought of bare trees and twinkle lights overcame the fear. The free venue helped! It ended up being one of warmest and most beautiful days of winter.

I took the couple to a wholesale flower shop to buy their flowers. It is incredible how far eight dozen roses and 80 hydrangeas can go when you’re going for a backyard look. The day before the wedding, because the arrangements would have been a little thin, the bride and her best friend ran around the semi-rural neighborhood where the wedding was, cutting wildflowers and naturally-growing plants from the side of the road as fillers. No one knew the amazing arrangements had no florist help and were comprised of half-weeds!

One of Sharon’s bridesmaids made her bouquet. She stuck all the flowers together, affixed them with burlap and tied her mom’s wedding ring to the base with twine (it was one of the brides favorite little touches in the wedding).

The couple decided to string pennants throughout the trees. The pennants started out as mere aesthetic but soon became very nostalgic. Bride’s Quote: “Most of the fabric was my mom’s, an avid crafter. She was truly woven throughout the entire wedding. My amazing bridesmaids and I spent two days in my living room-turned-sweatshop, cutting pennants, passing off to the next person to iron, to the next person to sew, to the next person to string. I wanted them to be in trees, down the aisle, anywhere there was room!”

They couple took communion during the ceremony, this little table that the elements were placed on was decorated by her bridesmaids in a mosaic pattern with beautiful ceramics and china
I love to take a step back and look at the big picture! This wedding really was incredible, a dream come true- like a wedding you see in the movies! I have seen many weddings but none quite as whimsical and magical as this one! 

The brides best friend’s husband, Devon, went out into the mountains and gathered wood to make a four-posted chuppah for them to stand under during the ceremony. He nailed it together and draped muslin over the top to make it focal point to the woodland theme.


How Beautiful is this couple... COME ON! 

Can I just note that  I ADORE THIS COUPLE! I love everything about them and throughout the process of getting to know them while planning their wedding, I began to see the love they had for each other and the amazing creativity of Sharon. They are just spectacular!