Real Wedding: Sydney & Nick

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Sydney was the dream bride. She works in television as a director’s assistant. So basically she is a wedding planner for a tv show. I’m sure I’ll get in so much trouble for comparing the two. But in all seriousness – she creates timelines, budgets, vendor lists, etc. She runs the behind the scenes, keeping everything flowing and thinking of every possible scenario for potential problems that could occur. Which is pretty much what I do on the day of the wedding. She got it. And she was SO thorough and organized. And our emails felt like I was emailing myself! It definitely made the whole planning process so easy and smooth =)

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Real Wedding: Heather & Justin

Today’s love story is so so sweet. As you may remember from a few weeks ago, I’ve been wanting to share more of the stories from my couples than just, “this was their wedding I designed/coordinated.” ” Look how pretty they are.” The end. Haha  – not that there is anything wrong with that (and that sounds way more dramatic than it really is). I do hope, you find some visual inspiration on here. But at the same time, there is so much hate, violence, judgement, and evil out there in the world – I decided to share my couple’s unique and beautiful love stories along with their wedding photos to inspire those souls out there that just need to be reminded in the power of love.

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Heather and Justin met pretty early on in life. Kindergarden to be exact! Can you believe that?! I sure couldn’t. Heather found her kindergarden class photo and it was displayed at their guest book table – so many guests didn’t know they had known each other that long, so it was super fun to see their surprise as they showed up for the ceremony. Now, I know what you’re thinking… these two “dated” since they were 5?! No, no… Heather and Justin didn’t start dating until after college. Talk about a long wait! But let me tell you, it was oh, so worth it. >>> Yes, that is a horse drawn carriage Heather took to her wedding vows. Swoon!

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Bridesmaid Gifts That Do More Part 2

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Yesterday I spoke out about Bridesmaid gifts and ways to do MORE with those gifts and how you can change someone’s life through the gift of sight – by simply purchasing a gift for your bridal party by partnering with TOMS. Seriously cool stuff. Even if sunglasses aren’t your thing, I hope it inspires you to simply do more with the money you are already spending on your wedding day. There are so many cool resources out there for you. After my post, the owner of The Blacksheep Bride reached out to me letting me know about their vast online resources for Brides looking to do just that! I just love social media and how it connects us all =) Be sure to check out their site for more inspiring ways to do more with your wedding beyond the actual day, and make a difference in the world.

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Bridesmaids Gifts That Do More :: Part 1

Last month I had the coolest opportunity. I got to partner with TOMS and my local Optometrist, Dr Gore O.D. in Pasadena, CA. I offered my services in helping them plan a huge Anniversary event where they showcase their most popular optical brands with crazy sales, food, face painting, music, Photo Booth, etc. So fun, right? Well, we decided to take that one step further and highlight one of their newest brands, TOMS Eyewear. TOMS is not new. In fact, I’m sure most of you at one time or another stood in a line for 2 hours for an annual factory sale for TOMS shoes (you know who you are!) TOMS has this awesome one-for-one model where every pair of shoes purchased, another is donated to a child in need. And now, they have a similar model for eyesight. YES. I said eyesight. Every time TOMS eyewear is purchased, they give sight through a 15 min surgery for a child who cannot see. NOT only that, but they give free eye exams as well as glasses to those in need. Something so simple, yet so life changing to a young child. Now, I have terrible vision. I’ve been wearing glasses since 6th grade. I seriously don’t know how I could function without gaining my eyesight. I couldn’t own my business… I for sure couldn’t blog!

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Real Wedding: Kate & Josh

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Kate and Josh came to me pretty calm cool and collected about their wedding. They had a general plan, but needed some help with the loose ends and day of management. What intrigued me about this wedding was the uniqueness of their approach to the day. They didn’t find a “typical wedding” venue that suited their personalities. They are so laid back and just love spending quality time with friends and family (which makes sense, because their friends and fam are pretty much the coolest). So they put their thinking caps on and thought -why don’t we just rent out an epic house for the whole weekend and just get married there. Umm, can we sway genus?! So, they found the perfect estate in Pacific Palisades off Sunset on airbnb.com. Rented the house for the whole weekend so all their loved ones can be with them the whole time. They lived together, ate dinner together, hung out on the gorgeous patio and talked for hours, oh, and celebrated their wedding all together. It was so perfect for these two and I was beyond thrilled to be apart of it with them. It was truly a whole family effort. And that dress?! Custom made for the bride. I die.

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