Amorology Overseas!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

We've been lucky enough to get some of our weddings published in Wedding Magazine, which is based in the UK. Julia, the Art Director for Wedding Magazine also happens to be a photographer and even has her own blog! She just sent us a note to let us know that she would be featuring us today. We checked it out and were so touched by her sweet words. She is also going to be featuring some of our weddings there as well. So be sure to head over to her blog and leave some love :)

Many Thanks Julia! It has been a pleasure getting to know you!!

Romance Meets Urban Loft

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Although we did partial planning on this wedding, and not full design, we had fun getting to know Paola and Steve and wanted to share their special day with you all, especially because it was shot by one of our favorite photographers, Jamie Hammond!

Paola's dress was just wanted to touch it with all of it's amazing texture. She wanted to add something unique to her dress so she had this custom belt made just for her! It definitely made the dress pop and looked like it was meant to be!

The two married in a traditional Jewish ceremony at at a darling Temple here in San Diego. The temple is nestled amongst cobblestone pathways, colorful historic buildings and beautiful parks. It was definitely the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple :)

Paola is a graphic designer by trade and created all of the beautiful paper elements of the wedding. From these whimsical programs to the guest book and the table names, Paola designed them all, tying everything together perfectly!

The reception took place at Botanica, who also happened to do all of the amazing florals for the wedding as well. The couple wanted a european nightclub feel to the evening, and Botanica was the perfect fit!

Each table was named after their favorite flowers - Daisy for this lucky bunch. The beautiful arrangements of roses, lisianthus, succulents and hydrangea ran the length of the tables along with bottles of wine. Hundreds of candles floated above the guests in existing chandeliers, creating an intimate glow.

Botanica allowed us to play with all of their pre-existing structures and decor elements to add visual interest throughout the room. We fell in love with the hanging candle spheres, oversized moss balls and even this mounted bull.

Paola is Brazilian and her family all flew in from Brazil and got straight to work! Her mother made the amazing cake that was absolutely delicious, and her sister also helped to make homemade Brazilian sweets and candies for the guests to take home as favors. Paola also had this custom cake topper made of her, Steve and their adorable cat :)

The couple had a photobooth on site so guests could take their pictures and leave a fun message for the guest book!

Everyone had such a great time dancing the night away! They got to party all night long and really celebrate their day!
I love this picture of Paola and Steve getting a quiet moment together in the midst of all the festivities!

We had so much fun putting together all of the details that Paola and Steve had worked so hard on for so long :) It was such a fun night and all of the guests had a great time! Best of luck to you, Paola and Steve! We wish you guys a lifetime of love and happiness!!

Sharing the Love: Wedding Paper Divas and The Wedding Chicks

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Wedding Paper Divas has just sent out their 2010 Wedding Trend Report...and we were so pleasantly surprised when we saw our darling couple Paige and Doug's vintage carnival wedding featured on the cover and inside. Jamie Hammond Photography was responsible for capturing the "refined-retro, carnival chic!!" Thanks Wedding Paper Divas for showcasing our work!

In equally exciting news, the lovely ladies over at the Wedding Chicks let us know that Tammy and Aaron's Pride and Prejudice wedding made it into one of their "sweet treats" inspiration boards last week! The Image Is Found duo shot the gorgeous image you can see here so head over there to check it out!!

Natural Chemistry: Robyn and Branden

Friday, April 16, 2010
When our bride Robyn came to us we were so excited by her enthusiasm for her wedding, and her desire to do something unique and different. We love brides who are willing to trust us and have fun with their special day. Being an elementary science teacher, it seemed only natural that we create a wedding for the bride that depicted some of her background with the elements of the earth and the chemistry she had found with her true love. Our minds wandered to beakers and test tubes, organic succulents, Bunsen burners and all of the natural components of chemistry and life science.

For Robyn and Branden’s ceremony, Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals created an altar like no other. Fashioned from bamboo and twigs and adorned with orchids and amaranthus, the ceremony structure featured single stems of purple allium in suspended test tubes that appeared to be floating above the bride and groom.

In lieu of a traditional unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom each had a mason jar filled with soil they poured into a potted plumeria tree and then watered together, symbolizing the roots of their relationship and the growth that was sure to come with the nurturing of their new marriage. Their love plant, now in their home, serves as a daily reminder of the vows they made to each other.

For cocktail hour, guests were welcomed with ice cold glasses of “punch drunk love,” “love bird lemonade” and “H20.”

Guests left love notes and words of wisdom on a vintage typewriter before searching the “science lab” for their table assignments. The escort cards were placed in corked test tubes that sat in trays of various minerals and elements.

All of the beautiful shots and fun details were captured amazingly by Jimmy Bishop of Gideon Photography. He was great to work with and also did Robyn and Branden's adorable engagement shoot.

The periodical chart found it’s way onto the table names with subtle images that hinted toward the different elements. In keeping with the feel of life science, the centerpieces were composed of organic succulents, drift wood, protea, cobra lilies, orchids and moss with subtle touches of feathers, creating textural biospheres at each table. Beakers filled with natural minerals held the periodic table names.

We worked with Brightly Designed to create the periodic table names, test tube escort cards and candy station signs. The paper elements really helped to tie everything together!

I love, love, loved the purple tulle in Robyn's dress. It was such a sublte touch but really added a fun splash of color!

The periodic elements were also carried over to the molecular sugar table – or the candy station for you non science people. Playing upon the elements, we used things such as candy bananas to depict the K for potassium, gold foiled chocolates for Au, salt water taffy for sodium and bubble gum to represent helium. Candy bag labels crafted by Brightly Designed, featured complex molecular structures and read “bonded for life.”

The evening was full of entertainment, dancing and a surprise performance by the groom who rocked the house with his trombone. As for one final element of the night, fireworks and sparklers showered the couple as they headed off on their tandem bicycle along the ocean shore.

Robyn and Branden: you guys were so much fun to work with! We wish your many, many years of love and happiness as your love plant continues to grow.