Posts Tagged ‘French’

DIY Wednesday: Watercolor Paper Goods
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Caroline Drake

Watercolors are such a fun trend right now, and a great way to splash your wedding colors on just about anything! Dessert or food labels can be dressed up easily with just a few strokes of watercolors, and it makes a huge impact on a delicious table spread. Here’s the how-to:

Materials: Watercolor paints in your colors • Paint Brush • Water • Watercolor Paper • Scissors or a decorative paper punch

Step One. Print out, or write the food labels you need onto watercolor paper.

Step Two. Cut the labels out with scissors, or use a die cut or paper punch for a more decorative edge.  When you make your cuts, leave room for the watercolor design.

Step Three. Paint a few lines of watercolors onto the label.  Repeat for all paper goods in the spread.

Step Four. Place the watercolor paper goods on the table to label the goodies for your guests.  Mini easels are also a fun way to display them, and you can find them at most craft stores.

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Gold + Blush Springtime Luxury: A Styled Shoot by Christopher TODD Studios
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

Now here’s a dose of springtime glam to swoon over. Filled with tulips, peonies, soft pastels and dashes of rich, elegant gold, the southern California dream team of Christopher TODD StudiosExpressionary Events, and Ooh La La Studios collaborated to produce this ‘French luxury-meets-springtime bliss’ photoshoot.  These stunning photos speak for themselves, so go ahead and indulge in all of the glamorous eye candy, and read about their design inspiration down below! 

The bride wore a strapless stunner by Allure from Bridal Elegance, and looked utterly gorgeous in hair and makeup by Rock Me Up.  With ‘love’ written in rose petals down an aisle flanked by tulips, the setting spelled romance and modern refinery.

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Samantha + Tanner: A Hint of 1920’s Paris
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings, Reception

Samantha and Tanner got engaged in Paris, symbolically creating a ‘lock of love’ on the Pont Du Alexandre III Bridge, throwing the key into the Seine River.  Talk about romantic…  They drew from their epic engagement to plan a wedding with French inspirations, every detail a charming tribute to their commitment to one another.  A day of feather, furs, glitter and glam unfolded, here’s their story in photos by Ashley Rose Photography. Samantha wore a chic, fitted Priscilla of Boston gown; Tanner wore a custom tuxedo with a herringbone button down and bowtie. Don’t they look totally perfect together?!  Shades of plum and indigo gave the palette wow-factor, while simple white pomanders hung along the aisle on the rooftop of  Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach.  The bride’s favorite moment was standing at the altar next to her future husband, as her brother officiated the ceremony. She says, ‘At that moment, all the noise of the outside world faded away as he spoke directly to us. It felt as if we were the only people present.’  After the dashing afternoon ceremony,  everyone headed down to the Media Room for a dramatic, 1920’s Paris-style reception.  Guests scooped up vintage key escort cards as they made their way into the glamorous party, which was outfitted with crystal chandeliers, tall feather centerpieces, and the glow of magenta light.  

Samantha’s advice: ‘Take the boring traditions you don’t like about weddings and throw them out the window! But most importantly, enjoy every second of it because it really does go by in the blink of an eye.’

A sincere thank you to Samantha and Tanner for sharing their stunning photos and romantic story with us; we’re awe-inspired.

Photography by Ashley Rose Photography

Bridal Gown by Pricilla of Boston

Bridesmaids Dresses by BCBG

Mens Attire by A Better Deal Tuxedo, The Ascot Shoppe

Florals by Blooms

Venue: Seven Degrees

Invitations by 519 Weddings

Band: 40 Watt Hype; DJ: Dash Entertainment

Photobooth by Foto Cabina

Heirlooms and Extras by Make Something Happen


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A Shabby Chic Wedding by Focus Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Courtney, the bride,  loves shabby chic décor, details, and styling so she knew she wanted the day to have a shabby/vintage feel. As a couple, she and Adam wanted to host an event that felt whimsical, romantic, and homey. Something beautiful and fun, but not too stuffy. After seeing The French Estate in Orange, California, they knew it was the perfect backdrop.  Here’s their sweet wedding day story in photos by Focus Photography.

The pair met six years prior via  Adam actually proposed to Courtney at the same place they went to on their first date, a little cove in Laguna.  On a gorgeous eighty degree day in October of last year, they tied the knot on the front porch of The French Estate. A soft palette of chocolate brown and romantic pink, some Parisian-tie-ins, and charming florals added to the shabby-chic, vintage feel. After photos around Orange, an intimate gathering of about sixty people ensued in the backyard of the estate.

Darling! Happy wishes to the lovely couple ♥

Photos by Focus Photography

Bridal Gown by Casablanca via Jaclyn’s Bridal in Santa Ana, CA

Bridal Shoes: rsvp

Bridal Hair and Makeup by Kacee Geoffroy

Headpiece by Erica Koesler; Veil by Brenda’s Bridal Veils

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Upsy-Daisy Wedding Hair & Makeup

Bridesmaid’s Dress: B2 by Jasmine

Venue: The French Estate

Florals by Art with Nature Design

Officiant: Greg Mohr

Ceremony and Reception Music by Ultimate Events

Catering by Elegant Affair

Cake by Rockwell’s Creative Cakes

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