Weddings in California

Pinterest is Your New Best Friend

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So the amazing thing about the internet is the endless amount of options and variations of ideas we are presented with! Now we have thousands of wedding blogs, websites, and search engines to help us plan the big day. This could get a tad overwhelming since most brides love A LOT of different things. Hopefully, you have heard of this great website called “Pinterest.” 😉 Now is the time to use Pinterest to your advantage! If you are having a hard time nailing down a theme or consistent ideas, it’s so easy to create a couple different boards that you can contrast and compare themes to! Here are some wedding themes I love and used my Pinterest to compare them:

Pinterest boards

Industrial Wedding- Exposed brick, pipes, minimal florals, mismatched chairs, think, “Less is more.” This style allows the venue space to be a blank canvas and for the decor to ‘paint’ on the simplicity of the walls. Get creative and think out of the box; industrial weddings are all about turning nothing into something to really catch your eye like that wooden crate turned floral chandelier on one of my pins.

Industrial photo grid

Old World Wedding- Every last detail is completely ornate yet delicate at the same time. (Make’s me think of Rose from Titanic: extremely intricate and complicated, yet she had the most graceful beauty.) That’s the look you’re going for with an Old World Wedding! Bring in old books, maps, your grandmother’s china, old passports, etc. It’s in the tiniest of details that bring this style to life.

Old World Photo Grid

Bohemian Wedding- Be one with nature with lots of wildflowers, tall grass, trees, and maybe even opt for no shoes!  This type of wedding is made to look effortless (even though there is much effort applied). Let your hair and decor fly with the wind with ribbon in trees, relaxed fit dresses, the more ‘thrown together’ the better!

Bohemian Photo Grid

Glam Wedding- Time to get your Gatsby on: glitter, sparkle, spot lights, shine…there is no limit here! You want glitz, lace, pearls, AND feathers? GO FOR IT. Love the idea of sparkly bottle of champagne as a favor.

Glam Photo Grid

Western Wedding- Western weddings are so fun and cutesy but can still bring that glam to a wedding! Using boots as a floral vase and a symbol like a horseshoe for all your paper goods gives the western vibe a cohesiveness.

Western photo grid

Tuscan Wedding- There is something so romantic and simple about olive branches, speaking Italian, and long tables with a view of the sunset. Wine, pasta, and food food food everywhere!

Tuscan Photo Grid

Timeless, Classic Wedding- All weddings are beautiful; and of course when it is your own it is absolutely unforgettable. For those who love the classic looks of white, lace, splashes of pinks and gold these timeless elements can last forever. Candles and simple colors are easy on the eye and draw all the attention to the Bride and Groom.

Timeless Photo Grid

Bright Wedding- Colors are a great feature for any wedding! They make statements and add pops that bring a fun element without saying, “Welcome to Wonderland.” To incorporate these pops of colors, focus on a core group of 4-5 colors and put them in your accents. (i.e. flowers, escort cards, ribbons, shoes, etc.) The rest of your decor can be a backdrop for these gorgeous hues to shine!

Bright Photo Grid

Being engaged is one of the most testing times in decision making. So many decisions are made (hopefully with your fiancé) in a short amount of time, it’s tempting to want to second guess yourself. But don’t look back! Choosing a central theme and gathering all of your elements around it, make your day that much more unique and memorable and help push you to keep moving forward to the big day! Happy Planning!


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A Rainy Day

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So your wedding is a couple weeks away and you are still checking every day. Why? Because when you booked your outdoor venue for wintertime or spring in California the last thing on your mind was rain, especially in this drought! With no more than one weeks notice, there it is…65 degrees with a 60% chance of rain on your big day. Don’t get too discouraged, you have plenty of trendy options!

  1. Go with a tent– This may be on the high priced scale but it could be worth saving those brand new Manolo’s from muddy ground! If your wedding is an outdoor venue, it’s better to be safe under a tent rather than wishing you had one. You can go for a clear tent and still get that complete outdoor feel. Clear tent
  2. Stock up on some old fashioned umbrellas– Let’s get real: who has not fantasized about kissing in the rain under a cute umbrella? Your dream has come true!                                                                                                    umbrella kiss
  3. Opt for a cute winter fur coat– So there’s no rain but just a bit chilly. (If you’re anything like me, weather under 70 degrees is cold) LOL Be prepared with an adorable fur shrug to keep warm.                                                           fur shrug
  4. Outdoor heaters– A great way to keep your guests happy at their table is to keep them warm! A couple of heaters spread through out the reception goes a long way.
  5. Keep your positivity! Nothing can ruin a day faster than a bad attitude. Remember you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend! A little rain just makes it that much  more fun;)                                                        rain2     rain1

Hope this helps you see the silver lining in the chance of a down pour; no matter what the weather,  your wedding will be as great as you make it!


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Inspired By…

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Wedding Season has been busy this year, and we have been surrounded by inspiration all season long. Today, while looking through some photos from recent events we came across this beautiful shot of the ceremony decor from one of our recent weddings at Hamilton Oaks Winery. We love the bright summer colors mixed with the organic feel of succulents and wildflowers. What are you inspired by today?



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Rustic Styled Photo Shoot at the Beautiful Hamilton Oaks Winery

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It’s no surprise that the lush landscape, blossoming citrus grove, and historic 1920’s carriage house make Hamilton Oaks Winery a photographers dream, but can we say that the icing on the perfectly moist buttercream cake is that this gorgeous venue is located in San Juan Capistrano, recently named “America’s Paris”. What better place to say “I DO!”

Thank you to Colorful Snapshots for these breathtakingly beautiful photos. And thank you to the rest of the hardworking team of vendors that made this shoot our favorite to date!

Needless to say, we are head over heels in love with everything about this shoot!

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Venue: Hamilton Oaks Winery
Photography: Colorful Snapshots
Event Design & Rentals: Jake Duke Studios
Hair & Makeup: Katelyn Alford Makeup Artistry
Flowers: A La Carte Flowers
Deserts: Sweet Misty’s Custom Cookies
Bridal Gown & Stylist: Mary Me Bridal
Models: Dani McElwee & Josh McCuistion

Private Estate – Renee and Jon’s Wedding

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Renee and Jon’s Wedding celebration at VIP Private Estate, by VIP Events and Weddings.


Sanya Strelec with VIP Events and Weddings


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Judy Tran


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