Friday, November 07, 2008

Jennifer & Michael: The Details, part 2

Welcome back to the fun wedding of Jen and Mike!
Here is a look into their reception:

The gorgeous centerpieces:

Aren't they breathtaking? We wanted something elegant, dramatic and different. I loved the variation on the low arrangement of have the flowers around the candles. I also loved how Flower Allie, the florist, submerged the orchids in the water on the tall centerpieces. Along with the tall centerpiece, each table had these little beauties around the main arrangement:
How amazing are those red damask votives? Here is the story behind them: at our meeting with the florist, Jen brought a candle she owned that she loved. It was a red and white damask print. They were no longer sold where it was from, so we brainstormed how we could recreate the look. We came up with the idea to have the damask print designed and printed on vellum and then cut & attach the vellum to the votive holders. It was a huge undertaking, but definitely paid off! Stacia of Serendipity designs created and printed the graphic and Jen and her family spent countless hours cutting, taping and glueing. There were hundreds of them! And the best part? Jen came up with the idea to resell them to another bride after the wedding. 
Love, love, love this sweetheart table. So romantic!
Some more details:
The favors:
Inside each of the boxes, there was a scrumptious red velvet cupcake for each guest. This was in addition to the cake. Double dessert? I'm in!  Here is a peak at what the cupcakes, made by For the Love of Sugar, look like:
The kids got their own goodie bags, filled with little toys, activities and their own special cupcakes, designed like jungle animals! 
Jen & Mike also created a special surprise, a hand-made coloring book, featuring the animals found on the Rancho Las Lomas property:
The DIY details never end: Jen even labeled these bubbles and tied a ribbon on each. An easy touch to take something from generic to adorable!
Sweet first dance moments:
Want your girls to love you? Give them flipflops to wear while dancing:
Seating Chart:
We stuck candles anywhere we could. One of my favorite spots was along the bridge to the reception area.
All lit up at night:
Jen's mom and a group of her college friends performed a few line dances for the new couple. It was adorable!
Yum and Wow!

I could look at this wedding all day. It was such a blast to help design and bring to life. Jen and Mike, I hope you are doing wonderfully in New York. Thank you for allowing me to share in such a special day, in addition to our long days of planning on your two trips out here. I so enjoyed getting to know you and your relationship is so sweet and special. Your thank you speeches to each other brought tears to my eyes and were some of the best I have ever heard. May you have as much, if not more, wonderful things to say about each other 50 years from now!

The rest of the amazing vendor team:
*Photo: Sweet Chenin Boutwell 
*Video: The wonderful Joe from Todays the Day Weddings
*DJ: The always fabulous Eric with SoCal DJs
*Linens: The lovely crew over at Fusion
*Catering: Craigs- a big thanks to Danielle & Daniel for being so wonderful to work with!
*Beautiful Strings: Fiddlestix
*Lighting & flat screen TV's for slideshow: Rainbow Lighting (thanks for rockin the TV's at the last minute!)

*Gorgeous cake: Great Dane Bakery 
*Calligraphy: The oh-so-talented Laura Hooper 


Meg said...

So so beautiful Courtney!!! You are really so amazing.

Amanda Auer said...

Courtney that sweetheart table, dripping with flowers and petals and romance, UGH it's killin' me!! I can't wait to see you in print!! xoxo!

Shan said...

This could quite possibly be one of my favorite weddings - so pretty!

Laura said...

What a gorgeous gorgeous wedding!! Beautiful job and thanks for the shoutout :)

Vegan said...

This is soooo gorgeous, beautiful, breath-taken & well executed, I may just have to do a blog posting on my own blog ( & reference you, AND I'm thinking of altering my color scheme from Tiffany Blue & brown, to Tiffany blue & red!!! (I have been having SUCH a hard time trying to find flowers for blue & brown, jeepers)!! Thanks for the inspiration LOVE!! We're having a giveaway of raw, vegan cheesecakes until tomorrow so pop on by if you're interested! Also, let me know if you'd like to trade links! You seem like a great, dynamic wedding planner & you have a beautiful blog!!
To success!
:) Candy