Holiday Rum Remix Cocktails

It’s that time of year again! My favorite time, really. Your tree is up, the garland is hung, your wreath is adorned with a big red bow. It’s the holidays. And when it’s the holidays… there are holiday parties. And when there are parties… there are cocktails. And I’m where the cocktails are at! Truth is, I’m usually at home… making my cocktails, but that’s another story!

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Houdini Estate Wedding

If you’ve never been to the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles before.. you are missing out. This place is out of control. Not your typical wedding venue to say the least. Perfect for an unconventional couple. Alexandra and James wanted a unique day filled with “attractions” and magical moments. Which wasn’t hard to accomplish at a place like this. So we set out to design a completely unique wedding day filled with some traditions when it comes to the ceremony, but the rest was to be a complete “experience” for their guests. Complete with a map of fun things to do strategically placed throughout the property to encourage their guests to wander and explore the property and experience the magic themselves.

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Can 36 Questions Lead to Love?

The New York Times posted an article back in 2015 about falling in love and intimacy, that a former bride sent my way a few months back. We were talking about the fact that more and more couples are getting married by dear friends and family rather than a Rabbi, Pastor, or Priest. Which is great! But what happens is they often aren’t doing the traditional premarital classes/counseling that those officiants require to have them do your nuptials. We weren’t commenting on whether this is good or bad… it was more of a concept we noticed and wondered if couples felt as prepared before saying “I Do” as they did in the past having gone through some type of counseling. With the rising divorce rate… I was curious if it was at all related and how couples were feeling before taking that next step. Prepared? Or not? We discussed some ideas on what couples could do to deepen their relationship or go over important topics together without their officiant and what that would look like. That’s when she sent me the article.

The author, Daniel Jones, goes onto to reference a study by Psychologist Arthur Aron that considered whether intimacy/love between a couple could be accelerated by asking a series of questions of each other. Sounds simple, right? Obviously the study is based on a mutual understanding of vulnerability and honestly between both parties. Otherwise, I’m assuming it wouldn’t work. But what an interesting concept! In a world filled with dating profiles (that you can meticulously plan out and edit) and so much of our communication rooted in texting… the idea of sitting across from a partner, looking into their eyes and being incredibly vulnerable seems really intense… but isn’t that what we should be doing anyways? That’s my opinion… but the question is are we actually doing this? I would argue that many are not. Or not enough.

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York Manor Summer Wedding :: Stefania & Connor

I worked with Stefania on her wedding for literally over a year! This babe planned not one, but 3 weddings all across the globe!! She is out of control ambitious. Oh, and she was getting her masters at the same time. No biggie. I played a small role in coordinating her Los Angeles reception at The York Manor. Did I mention her other “weddings” were in other countries? Yeah, a wedding in Romania (her home country), another wedding right after in Ireland (Connor’s home country) and then rounding out the wedding season with an epic party in the heart of Los Angeles.

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Clear Wedding Invitations by Basic Invite

Trend alert! I have recently discovered clear invitations from Basic Invite and I am in LOVE!

I’ve seen on Pinterest countless acrylic invitations that are akin to the front of photo frames – beautiful… but thick and expensive. And expensive to ship no less! I’ve always loved the look of these and even guilty of repinning a few myself to inspo boards… but I couldn’t justify actually recommending the option to most of my clients. It just isn’t a practical/affordable option for most. UNTIL NOW.

We’ve been fans of Basic Invite for some time now. If you haven’t heard of them, Basic Invite is a rad site that allows you to make semi custom wedding invitations¬†seamlessly through their site. They have tons and tons of templates (over 900!) to fit any wedding style and you can customize pretty much everything.¬† Each template comes in a full set – invite, rsvp, menus, programs, even thank you cards. Their ordering process is crazy simple and super affordable. You can order a sample before pulling the trigger – which is a great way to test the quality and just a good feel for your invites before ordering them all. And now, they offer clear invites – that are STUNNING!

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