Archive for June, 2011
It was so wonderful to see how all the details surrounding Kaity and Luke’s wedding came into fruition. From the first time I met Kaity and Luke, I could truly see how excited they were about getting married. They are such a sweet and endearing couple with so much vibrant energy, which was visibly contagious throughout the evening.
For their reception, The Viennese Ballroom was transformed into an enchanting garden by the creative minds of Stephanie Grace Event Planning & Design. Their rich floral arrangements were contrasted by the soft uplights, which created a magical backdrop for the wedding celebration.
At one point before the reception, I was in the service hall behind the ballroom when I heard a loud squeal of excitement – it was Kaity and Luke taking their first glance of the ballroom before the doors opened! Seeing the pure joy on their faces made all of us who were involved in the planning process realize, once again, why we enjoy what we do.
Take a look at some photos from Kaity and Luke’s wedding, which were taken by John Partridge Photography:
Gone are the days of the basic white pump! We are seeing more and more funky alternatives, including my personal favorite: the glitter shoes. They can be found in all different styles and colors and add that little glitz that you may be looking for to your wedding day!
Here’s the link to the Green Nouveau tabletop display that was shot here at The Langham:
This is a fun and unique way for couples to honor their heritage as Emi and Shingo did by including Japanese Taiko Drummers into their Wedding Day.
Sandra and Robert also decided to pay tribute to their cultures by having Irish Dancers and a Flamenco Guitarist spice up their reception.
Some couples simply want to add an element of surprise or that “WOW Factor” to the Wedding Reception, which Shefalee and Sameer accomplished when they had an Aerial Acrobat perform at their wedding!
Other couples simply want to liven up the reception and choose to incorporate professional dance routines or unique performances such as Belly Dancers to get the crowd pumped up and ready for a night of fun! Both Mariana and Kurt as well as Nina and Sam did just that with a wide range of performances at their celebrations, which got the crowd on their feet and ready to party!
Ryu also surprised his beautiful new wife when he played the piano and serenaded her in front of the crowd. There wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom!
Including a specialty form of entertainment not only can pay tribute to a specific culture or heritage, but it can also incorporate a little touch of the bride and grooms personalities while spicing up the wedding reception and blowing the un-expecting guests away. Your wedding will surely be an event to remember!
I recently worked on a wedding with the most adorable couple, Nicole & Matt. Their special day turned out so beautiful that I thought it would be fun to share their Same Day Edit video, by Elysium Productions. Check it out!
Speaking of Style Me Pretty, I met a darling couple last week who found us through their website. While discussing the bride’s theme, we started to talk about cake stands and where she could find vintage ones that would fit her theme.
Then today while visiting another one of my favorite wedding blogs, 100 Layer Cake, I found a local company called Bountiful, which carries heirloom cake stands! Their store is located in Venice on Abbot Kinney and the cake stands are made by a family right here in the USA.
They have a special plate designed for tower cakes, which is made from cast iron and covered in a while porcelain finish. It comes in 14-inch and 16-inch, which are perfect sizes to support a three or four tiered wedding cake!
Yesterday morning while watching the CBS Sunday Morning show, I caught the blogosphere segment which featured an interview with Abby Larson from my favorite site, Style Me Pretty.
There are several wedding blogs that I visit each week, but Style Me Pretty is the one I always visit first. Abby Larson and the SMP crew have created such a beautiful and stylish site with so many helpful tips and tools for brides, including do-it-yourself projects and wedding inspirations. They also have their own Little Black Book, which they describe as a “highly edited collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers.” We recently received a special invitation to be included in their Little Black Book which we are thrilled about!
SMP’s newest feature, which I just can’t get enough of, is the Inspiration Board. When your mother was planning her own wedding she may have had a three-ring binder containing pages torn out of magazines, with her favorite colors and styles. Well, SMP’s Inspiration Board is today’s online equivalent! It’s the perfect tool for helping you hone the look and style of your wedding day, allowing you to select and combine elements and colors you love, to come up with a day that reflects who you and your fiancé truly are. Plus, they help you easily communicate your style ideas to your florist or wedding coordinator.
So often I am working with a bride who tells me she has an impossible professional schedule, no sense of what her wedding style or vision is and frankly just no time to figure it all out. To her I say get yourself to Style Me Pretty, use the Build a Board button to get started, and prepare to be inspired!
One trend that is still extremely popular with our couples is creating a specialty cocktail for their big day. This is yet another area of the wedding where creativity can take over and the sky becomes the limit! A specialty cocktail can be unique, or simply a twist on a traditional cocktail. This also allows you the freedom to come up with an exciting name for the drink and even match it to your wedding color scheme!
Diana and Oscar decided on a Watermelon Martini rimmed with gold sugar as their specialty cocktail. This was the only martini served at the event and was named “European Honeymoon” which was in fact where the two would be spending their honeymoon.
Sandra and Robert decided to have two unique cocktails at their celebration. They had the “Hong Kong Charm” for the Gentlemen which consisted of; Makers Mark, Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth, Lillet Blanc, and Angostura Bitters as well as the “Spanish Rose” for the ladies which was a delicate blend of Mount Gay, Campari, Fresh Lemon and Guava Juices. In addition to the individual names for the cocktails, they also dubbed their specialty drinks “Robandra” and included signage explaining that this was their “Hollywood” name, which was such a cute and unique idea that fit their personalities perfectly!
Creating specialty drinks is a fun way for each bride and groom to share their personalities with their guests. The Langham Team can assist in creating that perfect blend of flavor, color and garnish to create a truly memorable cocktail that is sure to reflect the bride and groom perfectly.
We all fell in love with fascinators when Anthropologie launched its bridal line, BLHDN back in February. This fanciful headwear became popular in the early 20th century and is often worn to the side or the front of the forehead. Since the Royal Wedding and The Kentucky Derby, the sales of fascinators have exploded!
CNN recently reported: “Fascination over the Fascinator is growing in the United States, with Google searches up 50% for this style of hat since January… David’s Bridal Design Director, Dan Rentillo states “demand is up now so we’re making sure we have more of them in stock and we now sell them in all of our stores”. In the United States, Rentillo said he can foresee fascinators popping up at cocktail parties and other events.
Consider wearing a birdcage veil for your ceremony and removing the veil for your reception leaving the adornment in your hair – a tasteful touch of elegance and whimsy.
Myra Callan, creator of Twigs and Honey delicately hand presses petals of silk and lace, softly hand manipulates feathers curled to perfection, and hand stitches tulle veils to round out her designs. The Salem, Oregon designer officially began in early 2008 with the goal of introducing others to a completely fresh and modern interpretation of hair adornments.
Here are some of my favorite Twigs and Honey pieces:
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