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Our wedding: paper goodness & signage

July 20, 2017

Paper goods are very important to me.  As a graphic designer, there are few things I can’t do digitally, but the art of letterpress and calligraphy and everything in between is craftsmanship I have not mastered.  That’s why you need a Tim.  Over the last two years I’ve been working with Tim from Quality Letterpress, and I can’t say enough amazing things about him.  We just get each other.  He has helped me with so many swoon-worth creations, I couldn’t wait to have him help me with my own wedding stationery.  So I bought a pack of handmade deckle edge cotton paper and started designing.

Save The Date

I did a trial-run with our Save The Dates, and I loved them.  I wanted to play on blush tones, and the subtle pink in Gmund’s Powder Pink paper was just right; just enough girly.  I went with a severe script in an all-over gold-foil press that apparently no one could read.  I said I was ok with that because we were trying to get our guest count down (haha) but in the end, I simplified our invitations for reader ease.


All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist

Our invitation suite involved a few artists, multiple textures, delicate details, and a lot of cursive.  I wanted to go for a super Old-Hollywood vintage, sophisticated and dainty look to set the tone for the wedding.  I had admired artists like Brown Linen Design forever, so I knew I wanted to incorporate their style, and workmanship, into our suite.  I enlisted them to draw our GORGEOUS map, and I worked around their talent.  I used the same powder pink paper for the details card, outlining the events we had lined up for the weekend.  I also decided to do an online RSVP because our Wedding Website came with a simple template, and we had more than one event to RSVP for, so it was extra easy.  Ultimately, we had a formal invitation wrapped in a hand-drawn map and sealed with a feather and wax seal, bundled with our details card.  I ordered complimenting handmade cotton envelopes too delicate to mail on their own, so they became our inner envelopes that my very talented girlfriend addressed.  Finally, we sealed the parcel in a thicker cardboard envelope, and I loved how it felt like a gift.  Naturally, I took to eBay and Etsy to curate a set of vintage stamps, paired with forever stamps, tying the whole suite together.

Ceremony Programs

When we decided not to do paper menus at each setting, I wanted to add a Ceremony Card to the mix.  I love when couple’s introduce their wedding parties and pay tribute to the officiant and special speakers, and I wanted to highlight our ceremony songs, too.  The wedding party walked down to Gospel by The National, I walked down to Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones, and our recessional was Let’s Dance by Bowie.  I will never listen to those songs the same (or without crying).  Together Erik and I wrote a little note at the bottom of the programs – we wanted a personal touch – and had them on the seats as to surprise my mom (she couldn’t know every last detail I was planning!)  Tim helped press our signature E+C crest at the top, and I will forever cherish them (all 200 because no one took them!!!) ♥

Escort Signage

The talented Frankie of Quite Frankly Creative killed it with our wedding signage.  Her signature cursive became a delicate statement throughout our wedding.  I loved the idea of big vintage mirrors; they introduced a Beauty & The Beast element that I had never seen done the way we did it.  We found a monster gold mirror that was perfect for all 150 names for escort signage.  We leaned it against the opening of the courtyard to keep guests contained during cocktail hour.  That way, we were able to keep the reception area a surprise reveal as we transitioned into dinner in the backyard.

Our welcome mirror was a gift from my mother-in-law that was originally intended for the seating signage.  When we realized we needed something larger, I knew it’d be the perfect statement piece to create a grand welcome.


Place Cards

For place cards I wanted to incorporate more black, so Frankie worked her magic with a rose-gold pen.  It was the perfect touch to the tables.


The paper goodness and signage throughout our wedding was so special; I would go the extra mile again to recreate it all.  The last piece of my curated wedding paper goods are our thank you cards, that I’m still eagerly working to finish & send.  More details to come on those bad boys.


Our wedding: boudoir

July 12, 2017

If you have the opportunity to do a boudoir shoot, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.  I had always wanted to do boudoir photos, but sometimes they felt a little cheesy.  Still, the thought of planning a day with a girlfriend or two, getting dolled up, having fun pics to surprise Erik with on his 30th bday, etc, it all sounded so fun.  But it never worked out or it felt a little forced or it simply didn’t happen.  And then I met Andria, our wedding photographer, and she offered it as a wedding add-on and I knew it was the perfect time.  I planned my bridesmaid brunch the Thursday before the wedding so I could shoot with Andria on Friday.  Little did Erik know while he was enjoying his Golf with the Groom outing his little wifey-to-be was gettin’ sexy.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  We played music and popped some bubbly and I had Courtney and Kelly there for moral support.  Added bonus: it gave me an opportunity to have girl time with Andria and basically become besties, which made for even better wedding photos.  I highly recommend doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer.  I am so happy we took ours with Jordan Lutes, as Andria’s in Seattle so it would have been impossible or v expensive anyway, but now I know why its such a good idea.  If nothing else, its important to meet for coffee or wine or have some good phone convos – it just makes the whole process so much more comfortable when you’ve established that bond beforehand.

But back to boudoir.  I probably wouldn’t have felt as inclined to do a boudoir sesh the day before my wedding if Andria wasn’t Andria.  I felt comfortable with her, and it gave me an excuse to get extra pampered and then head over to our Rehearsal Dinner feelin’ sexy.  That night I wrote Erik a card and teased him with a few Polaroids Andria snapped during our shoot.  He loved them ♥

Once I got the hi-res pics back, I had so much fun creating a gorgeous Layflat Album (above) with Artifact Uprising.  I plan to use them for our wedding and honeymoon albums, too.  Eventually.

If your wedding photographer doesn’t offer boudoir or it’s too hectic to do the day before your wedding, I still suggest doing them at some point during your engagement (even better to surprise him with day-of?!) or maybe for your one-year anniversary.  Nowadays there are so many creatives that offer sessions like Andria’s Oh Sh!t, We’re Sexy workshops.  Start doing some digging in your city, or reach out and I’ll help you find some!

But there you have it.  The most fun/interactive gift you can do for your hubby.  In Andria’s words, boudoir photos are a “little gift to him for your wedding? sure.  more like little gift to you to remind you….damn girl, you fine.”

Our wedding: decor

June 30, 2017

All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist

It was really hard for me to decide on a theme for our wedding; it’s simply all been done before.  You don’t realize how much work it is to pull off such an event, especially one that looks good, because the blogs and magazines all make it look so easy, so typical.  Some brides, grooms, families, know exactly what they want.  I would have been happy with five different weddings, all different styles, 15 different dresses, etc.  But when it came down to it, I approached our wedding like I approached my dress: timeless.  I wanted to conjure an overwhelming sense of romance, elegance, charm, but also the unexpected and interesting.  Normally Palm Springs weddings are met with a retro kitsch, or a desert chic minimalism.  I wanted to bring Old Hollywood back to the Movie Colony, so the boys were wearing tuxes in the desert.

Throughout the year, I picked up a lot of vintage trinkets like vanity mirrors, decanters, glass boxes and cloches.  My mom collected a bunch of gorgeous lanterns and we created a metallic theme.  We grew the vision and started introducing vintage mirrors.  I wanted to incorporate the mirrors as signage and signature props – all ~30 of which now have a home in our condo.  As my vision came to life there were a few more elements I knew our Old Hollywood wedding needed: a black & white checkered dance floor, colorful goblets, pampass grass.  We were getting somewhere.

I needed to remind myself to stay consistent with my vision because too many times I found myself drawn to ombre placecards or anything geometric – incorporating them all would have been too busy.  I also had to pare down colors because I loved the idea of all things jewel tones.  I was able to identify and deep berry and soft blush contrast as my starting point, and everything else kinda fell into place around them.  The rest just happened.  Our wedding had every element of whimsical and interesting that I had always dreamed of.  Palm Springs isn’t a hideous backdrop to paint, either.  The Spanish bones of our venue, the cactus and palm fronds, the moody mountains, the bou gain villea.  It wasn’t easy.  But it was perfect.   Our florists.  OMG.  Bloom Babes absolutely blew my socks off, from the beyond gorgeous pampass grass ceremony arch to the pool installations and unreal tablescapes.  They were the ones who really brought our tables to life.  I still can’t get over the centerpieces.  We decided to do a combination of larger arrangements spilling over brass vessels and stretching across the tables, and then softer, dainty glasses with single buds paired with hundreds of taper candles to break it up.  We somehow pulled off my vision of long tables with such a funky backyard layout, and so the rotating centerpiece styles really opened up the feel.  We went with black on black chiavari chairs which added such a beautiful contrast to the greenery of the landscape and the boldness of the florals.  Then we had clear glass dinner plates, rose gold silverware and a variety of pink, purple, grey and crystal goblets to top the tables.  I loved all of our vendors and was so impressed with their inventories.  Signature Party Rentals provided us with all the equipment (kitchen, lighting) and basics (glassware, serving-ware), but they also had a great selection of specialty items like our black chiavari chairs, rose gold flatware and fabulous dance floor.  Adore Folklore was amazing when it came to so many options to match the vibe we wanted: the lounge, gold bookshelves behind the bars, farm tables, the yellow dessert tablecloth.  I’m so thankful it all came together so wonderfully. The lounge.  I could live in that lounge.  There’s a gorgeous Pepper tree in the backyard of La Chureya that made for the perfect focal point for the lounge.  We hung a bunch of mirrors of different shapes and sizes from the branches.  The rest of the lounge was a combination of my personal stash and Adore Folklore’s.  Rental companies offer the convenience of delivery and set up, but there were some things I knew I could buy cheaper, and just liked the hunt.  I found our gorgeous velvet couch from a thrift store for $150, and now it’s the perfect addition to our guest bedroom.  I bought one of the spun fiberglass chairs on Chairish and sprayed it copper.  I now own the same brass drum coffee table because I loved it so much, and it’s perfect on my patio.  The rest of the gorgeous throw pillows and rugs were from Adore; they have such an amazing collection. At the last minute I saw these table numbers and had to make them happen.  I spent too much on these frames but figured I’d have plenty of pictures to put in them after the wedding.  Then I collected and pressed all kinds of wild flowers and assembled the frames with a little army of helpers. My girlfriend Kaitlynn is the head designer at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. and I was fortunate enough to have her craft my cakes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is SO incredibly talented and I love her.  I basically gave her a color scheme and said I wanted berry tones with varying textures, and she started sketching.  The two side cakes are actually fake!  One being simple fondant and the other fondant wrapped with an ombre wafer paper.  The middle cake was colored Italian buttercream with a large hobnail design, and she added sprinkles to the batter to give it a funfetti effect.  In addition to the middle cake being cut and served, we had a ‘His & Her’ passed dessert: a key lime pie for the bride and assorted cheesecakes for the groom.

Venue >> La Chureya | Coordinating >> Beijos Events | Design >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Beijos Events | Photography >> Andria Lindquist | Videographer >> Gold & Gumption | Photobooth >> Classic Photo Booths | Florals >> Bloom Babes | Rentals >> Signature Party Rentals // Adore Folklore | Catering >> F10 Creative | Bartending >> Shake Bartenders | Stationery >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Brown Linen Design (Map) | DJ >> Gabe Messer | Dress >> The Dress Theory San Diego | Bridesmaid Dresses >> Reformation | Hair >> Katie L’Heureux | Makeup >> Blair Berndes // Bernadette Durkee  | Neon Sign >> Neon Mfg | Guest Book >> Bo + Luca

Our wedding: the registry

June 29, 2017

When it comes to registries, you need to think about what you want, but also what you need (ain’t that the truth for more than just registries).  I had this childhood vision they’d close Tiffany’s for us and we’d gallivant through the store scanning whatever we laid eyes on.  Of course we need that 24k gold leaf Venetian glass vase, and why yes, we’d make use of a set of sterling silver mint julep tumblers, on special occasions.  But the Internet makes things too easy and we have no business registering anywhere that even shares a wall with Tiffany’s.  We knew there were some home basics we could use, but were also in the midst of planning our honeymoon and knew money would help even more.  I think it makes the most sense to do a combination of both (make the moms happy, make your credit cards healthy).  We decided to go with Crate & Barrel for the basics, Thankful Registry for the off-the-registry assortments, and Honeyfund for a playful way for peeps to contribute to our honeymoon.  I’ve outlined them below, both pros and cons, hoping its helps!

Crate & Barrel  Because, classic.  I truly didn’t know which Big Girl Store was appropriate to go with (some are so expensive, some come off pretentious, some feel cheap) but Crate & Barrel has always been a classic in my eyes.  We were gifted everything we needed, and didn’t need, and our house, especially our kitchen, feels so complete.  A few of my favorites picks were the welcome dinner plates, edge champagne glasses and omg, our white linen sheets.  There are always coupon codes or sales, and I’m pretty sure its free shipping within the registry, so you really can’t go wrong.  I’m also a huge fan of CB2.

It’s the teenager with champagne taste in me.

Con: This was the first list to deplete, probably because it’s so straight forward and easy to use.  Not a bad thing, but my mom kept asking me to add items, to which I responded, no!  I’m not going to add things we don’t need, and we still have available items on Thankful and Honeyfund.  She understood.  

Thankful  This was hands down my favorite.  If you know me, you know I enjoy giving gifts, and I’m typically an off-the-registry kinda girl.  This site was perfect for me.  Collecting things for our condo, especially with my eclectic taste, doesn’t translate well with Pottery Barn, or just one store for that matter.  With Thankful I was able to pull things from anywhere on the Internet – Anthro, Etsy, Australia – and I love its UI Design.  These were also the most fun gifts to receive because people were able to get creative.  Even if friends didn’t purchase the exact item from our registry, they had guidance to find something similar to the items we picked.  For example, I registered for a cute fabric umbrella and one of my best friends/bridesmaids upgraded us to an even cuter version.  I loved having the freedom to add (or subtract) items from all my endless searching.

★ A few things we registered for below ★

Con: It’s a one-time $30 fee to use, which really isn’t that bad.  However, we didn’t get as many items from our list as I thought we might.  I think it was a little trickier to use, as the items were pulled from all over the web, and things don’t automatically update (like if they sell out or go on sale) like they would if it was all under the same brand.  Or, maybe we didn’t have enough options in different price ranges.  I’d love to know your thoughts and/or feedback if you’ve ever used it!  

Honeyfund  Some of my mom’s friends had a hard time with this one because it’s just money, right?  And I totally get that.  I’m such a tangible gift-giver.  But there are two main reasons, and a bunch of minireasons, why I love and recommend Honeyfund.  First, lets face it: we’re young and we’re planning a wedding and SHITS expensive; we need the money!  In my eyes, its so much more rewarding to get help towards your honeymoon over a sterling silver trinket IF you don’t need the trinket but could use the help.  Second, its such a fun, interactive way to let your friends and family know where you are honeymooning and what you have planned.  There are general categories you can add like flights and accommodations, but you can also get more detailed and highlight ‘Couple’s Massage’ or in our case, ‘Futbol Tickets’.  Erik knew his friends would love to contribute to us going to a Chelsea game, and they did.  And it’s so fun to see the email alerts pop up in your inbox!

Con: Honeyfund charges a percentage of the gift, which is a bummer, but its a business so I get it.  There wouldn’t be a fee on cash otherwise.  There is an icon you can add to Thankful that gives people the option to contribute to your Honeymoon via check or PayPal but again, that feels more like giving money than Honeyfund.

Hope this helps all you blushing brides & golden grooms.  Happy registering!  Here are a few things

Our wedding: my bridal details

June 27, 2017

All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist

Oh the details.  A girl could get used to all the outfits and accessories you’re allowed to collect throughout the engagement for all the festivities along the way.  But we all know the pivotal piece of the bride’s wardrobe.  The item you’re dying to ask about once the groom and venue are decided.  The one garment so important, it can take months to find and even longer to alter.  Yes, the dress.

The Dress

Omg, I can’t say enough about my dress.  I am so in love with my dress.  Remember when I said there were a few things throughout the wedding I was indecisive about?  I didn’t even give myself a chance to be indecisive about the dress – I flat-out had no idea what I wanted.  My only requirements were classic (timeless, elegant, beautiful) NOT CUTE.  I have a thing with the word cute.  I think it’s a complex shorter girls develop from always being called cute because they’re petite and then never outgrow cute and are deemed forever cute instead of pretty for the rest of their (my) lives.  So nothing that even suggested cute.  And not trendy.  I LOVE me a daring trend.  I love to test the waters and wear something funky and I don’t even regret it years later, most of the time (except when nighties were a ‘going out dress’ thing in college, that was not a good look for me).  Anyways, I couldn’t have cute and I didn’t want trendy, so timeless it was.  I also wanted an element of sexy, because hello its my wedding, and I tend to dress more flowy than fitted and I needed to eliminate cute.  So I went on Pinterest.

Go on Pinterest.  Do a lot of research.  But also listen to what the inner girl who’s been planning her wedding since she was five wanted.  Don’t agonize so much that you’re postponing your wedding because you’re waiting for next season to roll out their latest, but try on enough to educate yourself.  You will find that sometimes the style you always thought you wanted doesn’t necessarily complement your body, or maybe you did want a little more flare.  But it will happen, you will find it.

Over the last few years I started to fall in love with French Designers like Laure De Sagazan and Rime Arodaky.  Problem was, they weren’t in the States yet.  When I found out Rime was bringing her dresses to SF and later, having a trunk show at the Loho Bride in Los Angeles, I told Erik I had to go, with or without a ring. The trunk show ironically fell ~three weeks after we got engaged, so I had the ring.  Check.  We made a day of it and tried on alllll the dresses; my sister even dazzled in some fabulous maid of honor gowns, and it really got us inspired for the real deal.  The dresses were stunning, representing the rock-n-roll, alternative bride with a classy touch, but it felt too early, and they weren’t the ones.

A few months later, I decided to plan a shopping day with my mom and sister, and Erik’s mom and sister as one of those commemorative, girl bonding days.  I did not intend on finding my dress that day.  The only other time I had dress shopped was the day my sister and I met with my wedding planner in Orange County and decided to pop into Panache Bridal.  It was fun to try on some Inbal Dror show stoppers, but I had yet to find the one.  So I made appointments at Elle Bridal and The Dress Theory, and off we went.  I loved Elle, they had the sweetest designs and an even sweeter stylist helping me.  I had a few great contenders, and I almost felt guilty not leaving with one of their dresses just because they made me feel so special, but I knew they weren’t the ones, and today wasn’t the day.  By the time we got to the Dress Theory, everyone had let their guard down a little.  Champagne was popped, opinions were flying, and it was more relaxed – more fun.  I probably had 25 dresses draped all over my dressing room, not even knowing where to start.  Long sleeves, floral appliques, you name it.  Dress 6: By the time I got my Alexandra Grecco Evette Gown to my knees, I had a really good feeling.  One of those feelings where you’re almost nervous to feel the feeling.  The feeling like “this isn’t supposed to happen but I can’t stop it” feeling you get few times in life.  The buttery material, the rich color, and then the way it felt.  I walked out of the room and I was glowing.  My mom on the verge of tears, my sister and future sister-in-law pouring more champagne, my mother-in-law-to-be exclaiming “I love it, it’s the one”.  I had a mini panic attack.  My mom looked at me and said “do you need to try on a few others?”  I did.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love it – it was love at first sight – but it wasn’t supposed to happen this soon.  I wasn’t ready to commit that easily, and I had a million other dresses in the room.  So I went back in and sped through a handful of others, each one beautiful but something a little off and finally, I was ready to commit.  I walked back out in the one, was handed a veil – the veil – and next thing I know we’re off to Madison to celebrate.

I looooove The Dress Theory.  From their insanely dreamy boutique (I want to live there) to the coolest stylists and their amazing in-house seamstress, Karen Thomas, it was such an amazing experience.  They have a killer selection of dresses, hand-picked and carefully curated with all the best designers.  You walk in there and this whole world of wedding dress magic is unleashed.  I didn’t even grab my dress off the rack, but Shannon understood me.  I am forever grateful to The Dress Theory and their team of wonderful.

PS. I added the buttons down the spine of my dress because I’ve always loved the look.  They add such a regal touch without being too overwhelming, and my dress designer and seamstress made it so easy.  It was exactly what I had envisioned.

And even though I planned to wear my dress for the entire wedding, I had to have an after party dress.  I found this Leanne Marshall Silk Tafetta Dress on Etsy and I died.  It was a no-return sample sale (sz zero, I’m generally a two), so I said ummmm I’ll think about it.  And that little dress wouldn’t get out of my head and I had to have it.  Sample sale = sketchy, but I was willing to take the risk.  Not a chance I could fit into it right now but yolo.  I want to frame it it’s so fabulous.

Getting Ready Gown

Got this vintage beauty on Etsy from now one of my favorite shops ever – The Unordinary Vintage.

Again with the vintage, it ended up fitting me like a GLOVE.  It was so beautiful some girls might actually wear it as a wedding dress.  It felt so meant to be, and I will cherish it in my little wedding keepsake box forever.  Or pull it out on occasion when I’m feeling Belle of the Ball-ish.  My mom and sis also got me the most gorgeous vintage-inspired robe from BHLDN.  It made me feel like a queen.

The Accessories

The Shoes

Since the day I saw this Brides Magazine cover (2008) and those fuchsia Louboutins, I knew I wanted a pop of color for my wedding shoes.  As I matured I started to fancy a jewel tone like Merlot or mustard yellow, but I’m so glad I went with the olivish green-gray goodness I did.  The velvet made them feel even more romantic and Old Hollywood.  My Joie heels were butter and I will love them forever.  And this pic of my bb sis helping me put them on ♥

Nabila Velvet Heel Ash Green

The Earrings

I was planning to borrow my mom’s diamond studs to wear in my second holes (and as my something borrowed) and then Erik surprised me with these.  Holy wow – I’m in love.  And my husband has really good taste.

The Veil

The veil kinda spoke for itself.  Since my dress was so simple, any little desire I had for lace that my dress lacked, my veil made up for [in big ways].  My only disappointment is I wasn’t able to wear it longer, but the photos I have are all I need.  I felt like an Italian / Greek goddess walking down an outdoor cathedral aisle.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Do people still do this?  I love the tradition of it, but sometimes its hard to check all the boxes – I almost did.

For my something old, I wore my mama’s gold chain that she gave me (normally worn with her gold unicorn pendant that I cherish, but not for the wedding).  I just wanted something that would kinda glimmer when the sun hit it, but almost unnoticeable.  I knew my earrings would be my statement jewelry.

For my something blue, my mom gave me the cutest baby blue panties with Swarovski crystals that say ‘I Do’.

Besides me dress, my something new was my beautiful chandelier earrings by Samantha Wills.  Added bonus, her packaging is SO cute – the earrings came in a fabulous hand-carved wooden box.

I guess instead of something borrowed I had something made – my leaf applique barrette.  I wanted a show-stopper hair piece to wear after I took off my veil.  I had been drooling over this Casablanca Headband by Bo + Luca, but it was $390 and I couldn’t justify that, especially for something I wasn’t even sure would fit right.  You guys.  I bought this leaf applique on Etsy and added backing and a barrette, and it looked like a million bucks.  It was $5!  I can’t believe how perfect it turned out – it was the ultimate statement piece for the reception.  A huge thank you to Glory’s House for being so sweet.