Monday, September 22, 2014

Spanish-themed Wedding at the Monterey Country Club

"We were married two days after our five year anniversary. We always knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, family-friendly, and beautiful! We wanted the focus to be on the start of our marriage and our love. 

We had our wedding in Palm Desert, California, where we both grew up and currently live. We designed our wedding around the Spanish-themed reception venue and opted for only a few small but powerful design touches--talavera tile table numbers and cookie favors, and desert-y flower arrangements with succulents in terra cotta pots. We made kids' tables with lollipop centerpieces, paper tablecloths, crayons, glow sticks, and disposable cameras. We had only a Maid of Honor and Best Man and were married by the same Deacon who baptized my husband when he was young. 

Our wedding day was full of so many amazing moments. Our families were very much part of the ceremony and our parents stood up there with us when we were pronounced husband and wife. My favorite moments were the kiss (of course!), our first dance (which we never practiced), and sitting in the venue at the end of the night after everyone else was gone. We sat together in the quiet and said, "Oh my gosh...we're married!!" -the bride & groom

Wedding planning adviceRemember that your wedding day is a celebration of your marriage and love! Don't get bogged down by the celebration details. In the end, it doesn't matter what shade of pink your flowers were, what your bridesmaids wore, or what went're married!!

Vendors: Photographer: Vera in August Fine Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church | Reception Venue: Monterey Country Club in Palm Desert, Riverside County | Wedding Gown: White by Vera Wang from David's Bridal | Florals: The David Rohr Floral Studio | Invitations: Minted | Hairstylist: Just Blow Drys | Make-up: Wink Lash and Beauty Bar | DJ: On the Go DJ Pro

Honeymoon: Park City, Utah | Stayed at Montage Deer Valley | The most enjoyable thing about our honeymoon was that we were able to completely relax! We had a couples' massage and spent a day at the spa--definitely the best day!

Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Best Beach Wedding Ceremony Tips

Hello Southern California Bride readers! My name is Jen Carreiro and I write a creative wedding blog called Something Turquoise, that truly embraces the DIY bride. I was a major DIY bride - but I was also a destination beach wedding bride, and I’m completely obsessed with beach weddings - almost as much as I am with DIY weddings. So when Damaris started this blog I was all over it! Isn’t it just lovely? As a huge fan I was inspired to write a special article just for you about my 10 best tips for having a beach wedding ceremony. Although these might point out all the risks of celebrating your love in the sand... I feel that a beautiful beach ceremony is soooo worth it. If you can keep these simple tips in mind while planing your seaside event, it’s sure to go off without a hitch!

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1.  Sandy Feet. It’s not easy to walk in the sand with shoes, so you might want to think about kicking them off before you reach the sand. Keep in mind that it’s also not fun to put dirty sandy feet into shoes of any kind. So my tip for you is to make time to rinse, wipe (with wet wipes) or wash your sandy feet before you put them into your beautiful wedding shoes. It will not only keep your new shoes clean but it will also make your feet very happy for the rest of the day.

2.  Beach Hair. On any other day beach hair is fine, great even. The ocean air does crazy things to hair, so if at all possible have your hair dresser on hand to do touch-ups right after your ceremony. Keeping your locks fresh and camera ready. You’ll be glad you did.

3.  Possible On-lookers. Since most beach wedding venues are public beaches, the possibility of on-lookers is very high. Ask your wedding planner or venue what they do to make sure that at least during your ceremony, no thong-clad beach-goers will be photo-bombing you.

4.  Clear Directions + Parking. Getting to a beach ceremony location can not only be tricky but it can be very hard to find parking. Include this type of information on an insert card in your wedding invitation or on your wedding website. If on your wedding website maybe even add a few pictures, it might help.

5. Wind. It’s the beach and there is a major possibility of wind. The later your ceremony the worse the wind could get. One day the beach will be beautiful and still and the next day the wind is so bad the sand is flying and hitting your legs like little needles. Make sure to have some type of ‘wind’ backup plan, just in case it’s too much to bear. I know this sounds awful, but it’s one detail that is too often overlooked.

6.  Sunshine. Make sure to spend some time out on the beach at the exact moment that your ceremony is to take place and make sure that you are ok with the amount of possible sun. Stand as you would during your ceremony and make sure that no one (bride, groom, attendants, officiant and guests) will have the sun beating into their eyes. You want  everyone to have a pleasant sun experience and to be able to see you making the biggest commitment in your life. The sunshine will also play a part in your photography. If the sun is high and bright it will cast shadows. Another good tip is to take pictures at that same time, right where you will be standing so that you know exactly how you will look in pictures. No surprises. A slightly overcast day actually makes the perfect beach wedding pictures.

7.  Trash. Delegate someone (or a couple people) to make sure that there isn’t loads of trash in the sand around your ceremony. Nothing worse then your guests finding a plastic bag with old food in it or tons of cigarette butts. Yuck.

8.  Sunset. Take advantage of the beautiful light and how it changes throughout the day. Communicate with your photographer about the time you will be taking portraits and if there are specific times that you might want to go back to the beach to take more portraits, just when the light is right.

9.  Signs + Sand. We are huge fans of wedding directional signs, especially those shoved in the sand. But what you might not realize is that some sand is either too soft to hold a sign or too hard. If you are planning to incorporate this detail into your event, take your sign to the location if you can and make sure that the sand will hold it - or that you can get it into the sand with little effort. Many a father has been pounding away at a sign to get it to stick in the ground... and no one wants to be worrying about that.

10.  Sweat. Our last and final tip is to stay in the shade! Actually it’s to have cute umbrellas on hand. Standing in the shade on the beach can decrease the temperature by 15 degrees. Not just for you and your bridesmaids but possibly for your guests as well. If you have a long walk to the ceremony destination, if you have a long ceremony, or if you have elderly guests - providing inexpensive paper parasols is a lovely touch that will be much appreciated by all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Elegant Blush Backyard Wedding

This elegant and intimate backyard wedding is sure to be one of the prettiest backyard weddings we've seen yet. Taking place at a gorgeous estate on New Year's Eve, this wedding is filled with elegant details yet it incorporates personal touches like the couple's favorite food trucks. We can't get over how beautiful this intimate wedding is! 

About their weddingTrevor and Kelley tied the knot at their family's estate in Sherwood Country Club. It was an intimate, yet grand, affair. About 100 of their closest friends and family joined them to witness their exchanging of vows and to celebrate their marriage (and ring in the New Year!) What made their ceremony so special is that their uncle married them and I just love their personal vows (as you can hear in the gorgeous video). The sparkly blush linens complimented with black, white, and gold decor, were perfect for a New Year's Eve wedding. The bride, Kelley, was stunning in her Monique Lhuillier dress and blue Manolo Blanik heels. They had their favorite food trucks: Patty Wagon, King Taco, and The Urban Oven. And instead of cake, they had The Fry Girl come to serve individual custom donuts made to order. They danced the night away to their favorite songs and had the perfect midnight kiss to ring in the New Year and new life together! A fabulous New Years Eve Wedding!
Vendors: Photographer: Allison Maginn Photography | Cinema and Video: 618 Studios | Transportation: ABC Valet | DJ: Danny Vasquez | Makeup Artist: Fabiola | Caterer: King Taco | Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuiller | Day of Coordinators: Ooh La Love Events | Event Planner: Jennifer Davis | Hair Stylist: Patricia Morales | Specialty Foods: Patty Wagon | Floral Designer: tenley erin young | Caterer: The Fry Girl | Specialty Foods: The Urban Oven | Other: Town & Country RentalsInvitations/Programs: The Paper Door | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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