August 30, 2014
Villa Verano, Santa Barbara, CA
These two beautiful brides, Melanie & Marissa went the distance to show that there was no stopping them from tying the knot. The two Arizona natives celebrated together with their families and hosted their private nuptials at the gorgeous Villa Verano in Santa Barbara, California. Family members drove and flew in from New Mexico, Arizona and even Georgia. It was so sweet to see that after nine years of being together these two were able to make it official and spent a quiet weekend away with their closest friends and family. Thank you sharing your special day with me…it’s weddings like this one that make me love what I do! Cheers to you two and here's to many more years of love and happiness! xo
Family is very important in any celebration, especially a wedding. When I suddenly lost my grandmother in 2004 I was devastated at the thought of knowing she wouldn't get to see me walk down the aisle. So when Trevor proposed to me I knew I wanted to incorporate as many of both our ancestors as we could. I had inherited several of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers brooches which are so fancy I never knew what to do with them, until I thought of putting them into my bouquet. They were perfect. To top off my creation I found an old locket that had belonged to my grandma and I added a picture of her and tied it around my flowers, so she was able to walk with me down the aisle after all...it turned out beautiful and it was one of my favorite things on our wedding day!!!
My other favorite thing that I was able to wear was a crystal bracelet that had belonged to my grandmother. My mother found it just weeks before the wedding and it looked stunning on and I felt like a princess.
The other major thing I knew I wanted to incorporate were old family wedding photos. This was a lot of work, but it was so much fun. We found our grandparent, parents; aunts & uncles and great-aunts & uncles wedding photos and it looked marvelous. I displayed them all on an olive tree which was planted in honor of my grandfather who had passed away. I used baby clothes pins that I had found in the flower district in downtown Los Angeles and they were the perfect size.
I loved all the little hand-me-downs that were loaned to us on our wedding day. It was very comforting to know that a little bit of all our ancestors were with us on our special
August 9, 2014
Paramount Ranch, Santa Monica, CA
I've never met a couple more perfect for each other. This fun and eclectic duo has an energy unlike no other and they tied the knot this past August! They are so loving and easy going and theirs guests gave off the same generous energy. The two were married at Paramount Ranch which is snuggled in the Santa Monica mountains. It was a warm day in southern California, but everyone managed to stay cool with smoothies and dance the night away with live music by two awesome bands and celebrated these two magical lovebirds! Thank you, you guys for such a memorable summer and happy tails to you…
When I got engaged I knew I wanted my wedding day to be colorful, special and unique. I also knew I wanted to make everything to save money. I am pretty thrifty when it comes to spending money and I knew I could stretch our budget out. In the beginning I wanted to go as far as make all the food and even our wedding cake, but my family quickly set me straight and said I was but one woman and I could only do so much in one day.
So I picked a handful of things that I knew I wanted to make and focused on that. The first thing I made was our cake topper. Since our theme was Route 66, I knew I wanted to incorporate maps, but I couldn't figure out how. So as many brides before me, I set out to discover awesome ideas on Pinterest. I found one woman on Etsy who made paper cake toppers and I thought to myself, I can do that.
I still don't know how I did it without a tutorial, but it was trial and error and luckily I was able to get a next to perfect product on the second try. I personalized the bride and groom to represent where we both grew up and spent our childhood. The groom was made out of Big Bear Lake as well as Glendale, Burbank and the greater Los Angeles area and the Bride was constructed of where I grew up; Turlock, Modesto and smaller towns located in the Central Valley here in California. And I must say that once I finished this big project, I knew I could do anything.
Once our cake topper was completed, I practiced making large roses out of maps that I had gotten from AAA…boy did this take a while!! It took almost six months for me and a couple of my bridesmaids and other friends to complete making over seventy five map roses and over five hundred smaller roses in various shades of green, blue, yellow and white. My husband and I had twelve friends in our wedding party and I also made corsages for our immediate family and special guests: seventeen in all and six bridesmaid’s bouquets. It was totally worth it though.
These paper flowers turned out so beautiful and vibrant, it was amazing! I even had extra smaller flowers as well as larger map roses to put on our sweetheart cake. My baker even made edible map flowers to put on top of our cupcakes. It was gorgeous! I think the best thing about making these flower is once you get used to making them, they are quick and easy to do, and they can be used for any holiday or event!!
If you have questions on how I made anything, please let me know! I'd love to help any other crafty couples!