wedding trends

Pantone’s Color of the Year – Emerald

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 Weddings Comments Off

Pantone recently announced the 2013 color of the year and I couldn’t be any more excited about it!

Emerald: Lively.Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

It’s time to start your own Pinterest board for your 2013 Emerald Green wedding! Here are a few of my favorite pins:

- Jill

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Sweet Sensations with Style

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

Specialty coffee stations and espresso bars are more popular than ever. How fun to personalize your guest’s experience with their favorite Espresso Macchiato or Spiced Pumpkin blend at your wedding!

In the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of California Wedding Day, I was intrigued to learn about some of these exciting and fun dessert alternatives to enhance your reception.

Dolly’s Cotton Candy

Krista Thompson brings her cute pink cart right to you! They have 15 classic flavors to choose from, including pink vanilla and sizzlin’ lemon. These 100% organic fruit flavors are made with cane sugar and have no additives or dyes.

Meringue Bake Shop Pushcakes

These easy to eat pushcakes combine the nostalgia of the old-fashioned “push-up” ice cream treats with a high end cupcake in a to-go container. Layers of cake are combined with three layers of buttercream frosting in exciting flavors such as Oreo, Banaberry and Salted Caramel. The best part – labels can be customized!

Cupcakes Couture

Cupcakes Couture makes the cutest macaron pops and cupcakes in a jar, which come with customized ribbons, stickers and utensils! Another favorite is Love Spell, a dark chocolate cake layered with homemade raspberry jam and white chocolate frosting.

Itty Bitty Sweets

Itty Bitty Sweets makes hand-dipped pretzels, which make the perfect wedding favors!

Li’l Puffs

Li’l Puffs artisan marshmallows are another great favor idea and are perfect for chocolate fountains. They come in many different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and more!

Sweet Lucie’s

Sweet Lucie’s provides premium organic ice cream and organic toppings in a classic 1959 ice cream truck or a vintage Italian ice cream cart. They use organic, all natural ingredients and their ice cream and sauces are handmade specifically for your special event!

Ice Ice Shavie

This is not a sno cone – Ice Ice Shavie serves the finest, fluffiest, ice with unique artisinal syrups made from all fresh ingredients. Two of my favorites? The Blackberry Bramble and the Eastside!

Blackberry Bramble\ Blackberry, Lemon + Sugar

Eastside\ Cucumber, Lime, Mint + (optional) japlapeno

– Jill

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Unique Themed Weddings

Friday, October 19th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

I’ve seen many different types of themed weddings over the years, but these themed weddings are so unique and completely representative of the couples that I had to share! I truly and honestly believe a wedding should be 100% about the couple (their interests, hobbies, even pets!) and these weddings fully express their life together!

Photos from

- Chelsea

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Grooms Cakes

Monday, October 15th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

While a long standing tradition in the South, the groom’s cake is slowly making its way into the ballrooms of LA weddings! The groom’s cake is a great way to create a cake that is totally different in style and flavor than the bride cake and showcases the interests and hobbies of the groom.

Here’s a little bit about Groom’s Cakes from YumSugar:

A reliable history of the groom’s cake is difficult to trace. Among the many legends, some believe it was served by the groom to the bridesmaids; others say a bride wanted a chocolate cake for her wedding without forgoing the white color scheme. Despite the dessert’s nonessential role in the wedding, it’s long been traditional in the South, and has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years.

Because the cake is a gift from the bride to the groom, it often reflects the groom’s interests and comes in a variety of flavors (although chocolate has been historically popular) and themes (such as sports teams). A groom’s cake with a sentimental message is a heartfelt, timely, and surprising wedding present to your significant other. If the idea of another cake at the wedding sounds redundant, consider serving it at the rehearsal dinner, an apropos occasion since the groom’s family typically hosts the occasion.

Here are a few of my favorite groom’s cakes:

- Chelsea

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Must-Have Photos with Your Groom

Friday, October 5th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

I love wedding photography. The best photographers have a way of capturing every moment exactly the way it happens, making you feel like you were there for the whole evening. The intimacy between the couple and their photographer is not to be taken lightly, especially when you consider that the photographer is there to capture your last moments of singlehood and your first moments of marriage.

The Langham has an endless supply of romantic and intimate locations for these photos. I love the little nooks and crannies found by the Lobby Lounge, at the base of the Japanese Garden or on a guest room balcony overlooking the San Gabriel Valley.

I found this article on Bridal Guide that lists the fifty must-have photos with your groom. Here are some of my favorites from the article!

An Enthusiastic First Kiss - Photo by Emily Blake Photography

In Your Own World on a Busy Street – Photo by Hoffer Photography

Silhouettes After Sundown - Photo by Visionyard Photography

Wrapped Up in Your Veil - Photo by Hoffer Photography

Under the Moonlight - Photo by Hoffer Photography

I think my favorite photo is the one taken under the moonlight. What is the number one must have photo on your list?

- Chelsea

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Fall Weddings are Here!

Monday, September 24th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

With the colors, the food and the sweaters, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, also making it my favorite wedding season! I wanted to share a few of my favorite fall wedding photos, to give you some inspiration for your wedding planning!

- Chelsea

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New York Fashion Week Goes Bridal

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

It’s my favorite week in New York, FASHION WEEK! And there’s not another second to waste. Here are some trends that we’re seeing on the runways:

Gone are the days of champagne and soft pink hues for your Wedding Dress. Pure White is back, and it’s gorgeous if you ask me!

Vera Wang
While everyone else is saying ‘White,’ Vera Wang is saying BLACK and BEIGE!

Featherweight Skirts
The skirts on these dresses are airy and have movement. Goodbye 100lb dresses!

These dresses speak for themselves. They are sexy, yet sophisticated.

Laser Cut
I love how edgy this is. Notice how the tulle and sheer organza have ragged-looking edges which were laser cut!

Thank you Angelina Jolie!

3D Floral Detail
So feminine; I just adore these!

And there you have it, hot off the runway!

- Nickie

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The Trends of Fall 2012

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

In my mind, Fall is always such an exciting time for Weddings because of the cooler weather and vibrant colors. Fortunately for this year’s Fall Brides, the current trends certainly do not disappoint.

While looking through magazines and surfing the web, there seems to be an unending amount of Ombre – everywhere from the Cake to the centerpieces, the place cards to even the Dress!

The big color trend this fall seems to be tangerine, yellow, and orange mixed with gray, gold or silver.

I’m also seeing metallic and glitter on everything, again from nails all the way to the cake.

And if you’re having trouble trying to figure out how to incorporate your most favorite bold color into your special day, take a look at this fabulous website, When my sister was getting married, this was the most resourceful tool for her. It has loads of beautiful pictures of real weddings showing how you can match even the most vibrant of colors together with softer tones that result in elegant color schemes. The possibilities seem endless. It’s a site that I love to peruse just for fun.

Cheers to Fall!

- Nickie

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Wedding Cake Bling

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

I received this picture from a recent wedding that I had the pleasure of working on, and loved the style they chose for their wedding cake so much I had to share! I love that they layered the crystal ribbon over the pink ribbon to soften the crystals and create an elegant bling look. The cake was also enhanced by a crystal beaded cake stand, specialty linen for the cake table with small beads and crystals, and matching crystal beaded votives as added decor. It is a beautiful cake table that matched an even more amazing wedding!

- Christie

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Signature Cocktails

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Weddings Comments Off

One trend that seems to be here to stay is the signature cocktail; which is great since everyone knows the best part of any good party is the bar!

To get started on planning your signature drink, think about what you and your honey love to drink when you go out. Signature cocktails can be made with any liquor, so you can just add your own twist to the alcohol you’re already serving. I always enjoy a wedding theme name for the drink – like the Lindstini or Monica-jito!

Here are a few of my favorite news ideas, which I found on the Martha Stewart Weddings website:

Cucumber-Mint Gimlet

Serve the ultimate country-club libation: gimlets. Swap out vodka and Rose’s lime juice for cucumber gin, fresh lime, and simple syrup tinged with mint.

Starlight Royale

A delicious concoction of gin, lime juice, and Champagne topped off with a splash of grenadine for a pink glow. Dip the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle!

Pomegranate Caipiroska

A sprinkling of the fruit’s juicy seeds adds bright flavor to vodka, lime, seltzer, and sugar.

Grapefruit-and-Mint Mojito

Is anything more refreshing than a minty mojito? Yep, a grapefruit and mint one! Just add ruby-red grapefruit to the mix for a sweet-and-sour twist.

And don’t forget your monogrammed cocktail napkins!

- Chelsea

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