Geode and Succulent Styled Wedding at Estate on Second in Santa Ana, California with Events by the Cea and Harper & Grace Photography

The owner of Events by the Cea and I first met when I snuck behind the scenes at Kara’s wedding (link) to photograph some of the pieces I worked on. Shortly thereafter I emailed her asking if she had any styled wedding shoots in the works that I could collaborate on and luckily she was just starting to plan one for that fall!

I was so thankful for my first opportunity to work on a styled shoot (a mock-wedding photoshoot for wedding vendors to collaborate on to showcase their talents). And because it was local to me, I was able to attend the shoot too! The creative energy at the shoot was tangible! I soaked it all up and learned so much watching Christina and her team work their magic on decorating tablescapes, interiors, and floral installations.

But now let me step aside and allow the photos to speak for themsleves, all taken by Harper & Grace Photography:

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As published on The Every Last Detail and The Perfect Palette!

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Planning & Design: Events by the Cea // Photographer: Rachel Matonis of Harper & Grace Photography // Dress Designer: Shop Blush Elegance // Hair + Makeup: Navany Macias // Stationery & Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates // Floral Designer: The Flower Story Co // Tuxedo & Men’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop // Equipment Rentals: Baker Party Rentals // Catering: Jays Catering // Venue: The Estate on Second

 

Romantic Winter Elopement at Sacred Mountain in Julian, California

Just wanted to pop in on this lovely Valentine’s Day and share some of my favorite photos from this styled shoot I got to collaborate on last month! Katie Hammond gathered quite the team of vendors, models and even a horse to all come together for such a gorgeous set up! My favorite part would be the reception table surrounded by the draped white linens making a nice secluded and romantic area for dinner, however the ceremony floral circle backdrop would be a close second!

This was my first styled shoot that I’ve participated in with multiple photographers. It’s so amazing to see everyone’s different perspectives of the same subject! Between the different angles and the post editing, each photographer created such unique pieces of art, moments captured in time forever…

Coordinator and Designer: Katie Hammond Photography | Model: Spencer Jones | Model: Rebecca Jesslyn | Model: Kaila Cotler | Model: Lesli Hope Jones | Other: Wine Tasting Jen | Groomsman Attire: Stitch and Tie | Vows Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates | Invitation Designer: Bloom Stationery Co | Beauty: Bridal by Haydee | Dress Designer: D’Angelo Couture | Cake Designer: Sweet Maples Creations  | Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design | Event Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian

Since this stylized wedding was shot by multiple photographers, please view the captions for proper credits.

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Invitation Design by Bloom Stationery Co, photographed by Brittany Szabo Photography

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Photo by Marisa McDonald

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Photo by MCJ Impressions

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This styled shoot has been featured on Strictly Weddings and Luxe Mountain Weddings.

Kara and Jaime’s White Lace and Gorgeous Greens Summer Wedding

2017 has ended and while I am still coming to grasps with that, I didn’t want another day to flash by without sharing photos of my friend Kara’s gorgeous summer wedding!


To start of course, we need to take a look at the gray lace invitation with their watercolor brush calligraphy envelopes! Kara wanted simplicity in her invitations so we kept the design simple but with an intricate lace design in the corners in a pale gray for low contrast.

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The wedding ceremony was held outside of the Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse. It was truly one of the most gorgeous ceremonies I have ever attended… I just loved the cascading botanicals framing the bride and groom as they became husband and wife!

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After the ceremony, the guests came inside the Clubhouse to attend the cocktail hour and find their seats on this amazing table seating chart created with a variety of silver and white frames within 2 vintage window frames. It was such a unique concept and I loved getting to work on it with them!

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The last item I got to work on for the wedding was handpainted placecards for each guest! Kara and I came up with a fun way for the server’s to know what dish to provide the guests… the different amount of leaves in the corner of the card would say whether they got steak, shrimp or vegetarian! I loved it (the shrimp and the outcome of the tent cards!)!!

 


Wedding photography by George Street, photos of my handlettering designs were taken by me.
Wedding Coordinator: Events by the Cea
Wedding Venue: Eagle’s Nest Restaurant & Clubhouse
Florist: Benabese
Table numbers painted by Skript Shoppe

Lindsey and Anthony’s Tropical Wedding at Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego—Watercolor Wedding Stationery

You guys, I wrote this post TWO years ago, just after the wedding and then I found out I was pregnant and my blog pretty much burnt out for a bit while I struggled with a full 9 months of morning sickness and then newborn craziness and then just working mom life with a baby. So I hope you’ll indulge me with this “throwback post” as I’m excited to be posting this now even though it’s two years later!!

This was such an amazing wedding to work on!! First of all, I got to be bridesmaid AND the stationery designer so that’s always fun!! Second of all, Lindsey let me paint all over everything! And that is extra fun!!

Lindsey and I have been friends since 4th grade. She was in our wedding several TEN years ago and I was honored that she asked me to be in her wedding as well!!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from the wedding, of my work and the day itself!

First off though, let’s start with the wedding invitation suite….

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It was my first time painting flowers of any kind, I definitely learned a lot during pages and pages of practice! Even looking back two years later, I still love this suite so much. It was also my first time addressing envelopes in watercolor. I went through quite a bit of purple watercolor paint that summer!

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We even worked on some rehearsal invites to go with the theme as well…

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Okay okay enough of nerding out over paper goods in my home photo studio, let’s see the real wedding photos… by photographer Melissa McClure! And you can see her blog of the day here with so many more amazing photos!

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The reception was held at the Bali Hai Restaurant in La Jolla. It was a gorgeous restaurant right on the beach with a dock down into the water.

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For the placecards, we created individually painted bookmarks which would then fit a photo strip from the photo booth!

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And just a few more pictures of the beautiful bride and groom and I’m sneaking one in of me with the bride too! Isn’t she lovely!!

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Taylor and David’s Wedding at The Crossings, Carlsbad — Elegant Lace Wedding Stationery

Not every day does a designer get the privilege to have their hand, in my case that can be taken literally, in so many aspects of a single wedding. My wonderful family friend Taylor, had me create so many amazing pieces for her wedding last year two years ago… from the save the dates and invitations, to the tent cards to signage, I got to do it all—and I loved every piece! I have been so excited to share this special day with you all and the time has finally come! Just in time for their 2nd anniversary!! What the what?! Where does the time go?!

Starting with the Save the Date… we started to explore the type we would eventually use and the overall look and feel.

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Then a few months later we started on the invitation. I love every bit of it even still after these last two years! I found the lace embellishment on shutterstock.com and after showing Taylor, she LOVED it as it reminded her of her wedding dress. So that was the perfect border elements to our stationery for the invitation suite and day of paper goods. After you take a look at the invite, there’s beautiful photos from the wedding day itself ahead!

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Okay okay, enough invites already… here’s the beautiful wedding day photos captured by Heather Elise Photography.

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Guests first look after arriving to the wedding was seeing this amazing table set up for the place cards! I loved the circle design these tent cards were placed it with the large silver vase in the middle.

But of course, before the guests were to find their seats. We needed to watch those two lovebirds get hitched! It was such a beautiful ceremony! Not only did I cry, but I laughed as the groom handcuffed himself to his new bride… and then they couldn’t get the handcuffs off later. Oh my.

Taylor and David are beer snobs connoisseurs, so the reception tables were named after their favorite breweries.

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Thank you so much, Taylor and David, for letting me be such a special part of your wedding day. Creating your paper goods was such an honor. Love you guys!

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Two Oh Fifteen

I totally missed the months where the reminiscing posts are made, but I still want to take the time to look back on the crazy year of 2015. It was a year I will never ever forget…

January + February

These months were so work-centric. Tons of overtime and I know I’ve shared so much of Etsy based stuff so I’m just rushing past this… if you don’t mind 🙂

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March

The month started off with a bang, just mere months after celebrating the BIG 1,000th Etsy sale, I made my 2,000th sale! And after that very stressful 2014 year of working a “getting busier by the month” Etsy shop while maintaining a full time job, I finally decided to put notice in at my job to be able to fully focus solely on my shop. Even though I still worked both for another few strenuous months, there was finally light at the end of the tunnel.

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April

Following a weekend trip to Salt Lake City for BBQ, my best friend Amie and I with her little 4 month old, Hudson, in tow, we traveled to go see the missing piece to our set: our bestie Joyce in New York.

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May

In May, Andy and I traveled up the state of California to the coast of Oregon where Rooftop BBQ took calls in every category at the Coos Bay BBQ Competition and won Grand Champion! We then drove from Oregon to Colorado (yes, we are crazy) to compete in Loveland, spending a few days at my aunt’s in the mountains where we got some rest and work done before the competition and the drive home.

Rooftop Barbeque Grand Champion Oregon 2015

Watercolor Envelope Addressing from Sam Allen Creates

June

Toward the end of June, one of my best friends from high school, Brittany (who you’ve seen around here quite a bit!), gave birth to her sweet baby girl. While I don’t get to see them very often and not even close to enough, I was so happy to take her newborn photos and get some extra cuddles in with the lil’ princess. More photos here.

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July

In July, Etsy was at it’s peak. My full time job had finally and officially ended. I started working on my sign designs that as I know now, would end up being sold in Hobby Lobby (!!!!). One of my best friend’s wedding was coming up in less than 30 days so there was lots of painting, work to do and celebrations to have… and then we left for a road trip to Montana for my family reunion in which we flew back early for the wedding itself! Whoo!

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August

My beautiful friend Lindsey’s wedding was sandwiched right between our TWO Montana trips of last year. It was such a beautiful day and the wedding was a blast! I was so honored to get to stand up with her as she married the man of her dreams!

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A week later, Andy and I drove right back up north to compete in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. In Wyoming, Andy won his second Grand Championship of the year and I can’t believe I got to be there by his side. I’m so incredibly proud of his talents and love when he gets recognized for his amazingness.

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September

This was our month to relax and recoup before the BIG trip to come.

Owen at the Beach, September 2015

October

At the start of October, we were already in the midst of our cross country trip that would be taking us to Missouri, Tennessee and finally to Florida before the long journey home.

In Missouri, Andy and Joe competed for Rooftop BBQ at the (Invitational and Open) American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City. They not only got some high trophies, including a first in brisket, but they also were awarded their first ever PERFECT score!

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From there, we spent a couple weeks crashing at my cousin’s house (more on our time in Missouri here) before heading on to Tennessee where Rooftop competed at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg—winning another top ten call for their brisket (it’s really that good, seriously).

Before making the final trip east to Florida, we spent a few days around Nashville including a cave tour! I’m 5 weeks pregnant here… even though we wouldn’t find out for another couple weeks!

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November

The start of November 2015 is where we found ourselves in the midst of a brand new adventure. The morning of November 2, hours before we planned to tourist around Walt Disney World… we found ourselves excitedly staring at a positive pregnancy test. After so many years, it seemed like a lost dream. I’ll be posting more about it (soon), so for now I just wanted to share our first official family photo at the Happiest Place on Earth.

P.S. The photographer who took this for us was the first official person to find out about the pregnancy! Ah!

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December

The last month of 2015 is a total blur as I spent the majority of the month in the throws of morning sickness… but we did manage to have a quick photo session with my friend Courtney and make an announcement about our little one to come!

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So all in all, 2015 was a pretty spectacular year!

xoxo

How Andy Proposed, Reflecting Back 8 Years

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Yesterday marked our 7 year wedding anniversary, so today marks our 8 year proposal anniversary! That’s something to celebrate right?

Read how Andy and I met, our MySpace fairytale here.

I thought I’d take today to share how Andy proposed, because I just love this story!

Once upon a time…

Toward the end of the summer of 2006, Andy and I knew that we would be getting married in the next year or so—even before he proposed. So when he suggested checking out the chapel at the Christian camp that he and all our friends grew up attending, I didn’t think anything of it! We drove the 5 hours up to the Sequoias for my first ever visit to Quaker Meadow—the camp where so many lives had been changed and pledged to Christ. I was really excited to just see this beautiful place in person!

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Taken by our friend David who got us into the camp, before we went on our little hike.

After checking out the chapel and some of the other grounds, we took a mini hike, more of a walk, out to Inspiration Point—a view point where you can see quite a big tree filled canyon.

As we are walking around out there and climbing on the rocks, I thought to myself for the briefest of instances, “man, this would be a great spot to propose!” That thought then left my mind as quickly as it came.

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I still had no idea what was to come.

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Our last selfie photo as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Our last selfie photo as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Minutes later, I was shocked and overjoyed with surprise when Andy then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him by saying something along the lines of “here is where I dedicated my life to Christ, and now I dedicate myself to you.”

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Notice the drastically increased joy in our smiles in our first selfie photo as fiances!

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Of course, I said yes!

 

 

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Nothing much has changed in the last 8 years, as even back then I felt the impulse to document every moment of our lives, down to the dirt Andy knelt in to propose!

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As we were walking back, I remember looking back and thinking, that’s where we just got engaged…. Oh my gosh, we are engaged!

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And lastly, calling the parents from the camp phone! Thanks again David, semi shown below, for taking us up to camp!!

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Thank you Andy for 7 marvelous wedded years together, looking forward to all that’s to come!