Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sabrina & Jurgen

Last month, I had the pleasure of being a part of the wedding of an incredible couple. Sabrina & Jurgen are wonderfully laid back, genuinely nice and truly in love.

Their wedding at Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel was intimate, beautiful and so much fun! Here is a peak of their wedding day, with photos by Imagery Immaculate:

A couple shots of the beautiful bouquet: Flowers by 3 Petals

Our original design was using shades of blue & white. The amazing team over at 3 Petals had a great idea: Jurgen is Dutch and we were trying to think of ways to encorporate his culture into the wedding. They suggested adding in orange to the flowers for the national colors of the Netherlands. It turned out beautifully- really made everything pop and made something as simple as the color choices more personal and sentimental.

The gorgeous ceremony: (Amazing Ceremony Music by Naples Chamber Ensemble)

The ceremony decor:

The altar arrangements were inspired by the floral arrangements in the Ritz Carlton's lobby. If you have ever been there, you know how incredible they are; they have large glass vases lining the entire lobby floor. They are always filled with water and are overflowing with amazing flowers. Jurgen & Sabrina loved these and decided that they wanted to go with a similar look. It turned out beautifully. So- always be looking for inspiration- you never know where you might find it.

A few shots of the reception tables: Flowers & Linens by 3 Petals

The tasty cake from the Ritz:

Sabrina & Jurgen had us make customized CD's for them as their favors. They picked out a great playlist and we labeled the CD's with photos of the two of them. They came up with a really unique idea. Because they had a small guest list in an intimate room, they decided that instead of using table numbers, each table would be signified by a photo of the couple. The CD's doubled as escort cards: Guests looked at the photo on their CD it signified the table they were sitting at. The guests loved it!

I got to work with one of my favorite DJ companies: Red Shoe LA. I highly recommend them- Ian & Tony are classy, have great taste in music and can get a dance floor movin. You can also check them out at some great LA clubs many nights during the week.

One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jurgen's guests from Holland stood up and sang a traditional wedding song. It was so fun! The photo below is of the groom's parents, standing and leading the crowd in many rounds of "Hip Hip Hoorahs". So cute!

**A very fun idea: Rather than having a sweetheart table, Jurgen & Sabrina decided to have a progressive dinner. It was such a fun idea! We left two chairs open for them at each table and they switched from table to table at each course change. That way, they were able to spend time with all of there guests without missing out on the great food and without standing for an hour straight. Of course, this only works with small guest lists, but it was a lot of fun!

Sabrina & Jurgen: Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day. It was a pleasure getting to know you and we wish you the best as you start off your marriage!


Monica said...

How beautiful. So unique!!!! Greast job!

Sabrina said...

Courtney, thanks again for making it all happen for us. So smooth and un-stressful. We wish you all the best with your new family! Yay!!! :)