Honestly, I can’t believe it took me this long to share this incredible wedding with you from July 2016. The couple is near and dear to my heart, as I’ve known Jess (the bride) for over 10 years! Both the couple are visionaries and creatives. Todd is an amazing photographer from Chicago and obviously moved out here for Jess; but the weather, food and the people ain’t so bad either huh? And Jess is a videographer, director, and producer and the hot/cool teacher at a private school in Rancho Santa Fe that all the boys pretty much have a crush on. I’m sure of it.
Jess and Todd met while working on a documentary film together, traveling the Camino de Santiago following a man who has stage IV cancer and who dreamt of doing this walk. In the midst of producing this film, Jess and Todd got to know each other and obviously fell in love….and well…the rest is history and here’s the proof!
I’ve taken a little break from blogging my weddings from last year, but I’m back at it now! As most of you know, I just welcomed my second son right before Christmas and now that we are all starting to adjust to being a family of 4, I am ready to dive into my 2017 weddings! So far in this winter, it’s been pretty rainy but I’ve been loving it. I have a fire started, my oldest has his line of garbage trucks in a row and my littlest is napping like a champ, which give me some time to just day dream of the amazing weddings I was able to be apart of last year. I couldn’t be more blessed to be doing something that I love, all the while being at home with my children. Being a full time stay at home mom while running a small business full time comes with its challenges (i.e.: I answer calls in my closet/bathroom to keep my clients from hearing my screaming kids or Daniel Tiger/Thomas the Train that is blasting in the background) but it’s all so worth it because I get to meet amazing couples like Kirby and Katie!
This wedding gave me all the feels! Call it my 30 week pregnancy hormones in 90 degree heat at the time, but no really, this wedding was STUNNING in every way! Jen, the bride, had thought of every detail and it was utter perfection!
From Jen’s dress to the color palette to the venue, I couldn’t have dreamt for a dreamier backdrop for vows to be exchanged!
Last month I had the pleasure of hosting my first workshop in my studio! It’s always been a dream of mine to gather women together to craft and bond and learn from each other. Every one has such an amazing story to share and we are all on this journey together, so why not grow together! And I’ve always thought life is just better when we do it together. So drawing community together through workshops was something I have been brewing for sometime. It just gets crazy to fit it all in with a toddler, weddings and events that are already booked, and pregnancy! But luckily with all the holidays coming up, I was able to host one that was sure to get us in the festive spirit! And what better way to test out my first workshop, than on my church’s Moms Group.
This venue and this couple was just pure magic! For my non-local San Diegean brides, I have to work with them over the phone and I don’t meet them usually till their big day, so sometimes we take longer to communicate styles and inspirations (thank God for Pinterest right?) but for Jenn, I knew after the first phone call! Her kind and trusting personality came across immediately and I just loved working with her on this all whites and greenery magical wedding!
Her style was very clean, romantic, modern with a touch of whimsical.
There’s something so magical getting married under a giant tree with string light, surrounded by the people that love you and with warm summer breezes in the air. This little venue is tucked away in the side streets of Pasadena called Happy Trails Catering that offers the warm backyard feels of their space to get hitched.
For Chrislynn and Scott’s wedding I used a soft, dusty lavender palette, complimenting that with a dusty blue from blue thistle, dusty rose from quicksand roses, mint from dusty miller, and grey from silver bruina balls to neutralize the tones even more.
If you ever meet Hannah, you will immediately be drawn to her personality and after 5 minutes of talking to her, you’ll feel like you’re talking to one of your best friends. All of our meetings have been twice as long because we just had so much fun talking about wedding, flowers, and life! Hannah is also a professional personal trainer/weight lifter and competes competitively. So don’t mess with her, the girl’s got guns!
What a fun wedding to be apart of when you just adore the couple as much as I adore Andrew and Jeanette! Both are coffee connoisseurs and amazing creatives! I love how they focused on a couple key pieces of their wedding to be the statement: the ceremonial arbor installation and Jeanette’s dress!
This has to be the biggest bridal party I’ve ever seen! But that is such a reflection of who Andrew and Jeanette are as people and how they are amazing friends and the value they put in their community. Love it!
When I first met Allie, I was immediately drawn to her energy! She is just so sweet and spunky and I loved it! Later I found out that she worked for Young Life which I absolutely love! Young Life has made such an impact on so many of my friends growing up, helping them in tough situations in life. So I admire that Allie was a Young Life leader and loved the impact that I know she made on so many lives!
One of the things that I love to do is travel. So much so that I even get so excited to eat at the airport even though my husband tells me how awful and low quality airport food is because it is provided by a generic company not by the actual restaurant. I don’t care! And even the $10 chex mix (and I don’t really like chex mix) tastes so good! Does anyone get excited about the airplane food too? Like the mini peanuts and pretzels or if you’re doing an international flight, the small tv tray of food? Ha! No one? Just me? Ok, cool.