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Blogger Bride Series: Custom Paper Goods & Invitations

Hey again, fellow wedding lovers! Honest question: who DOESN’T love a beautiful invitation suite? Answer: just about no one. Paper goods are the bomb – and if I do say so myself, we’ve got a pretty stellar team of creatives on our side for our upcoming wedding this October (we’re looking at you, The Aerialist Press and Brown Fox Calligraphy). Kaella and I had a fantastic time dreaming up all sorts of creative ideas for our invitation suite – though I admit, we ended up going a completely different (and much better!) direction that I had originally planned, thanks to her expertise, and that of our fabulous vendors. Thank goodness for professionals – I am definitely ‘the crazy bride’ in this situation, and from time to time, I need someone with a level head to bring me back to center.

Custom Pop-Up Wedding Invitations | Calligraphy stamp by Brown Fox Callugraphy | Wedding Planning/Design by Kaella Lynn Events | Photography by Jake and Necia Photography http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015

Photo by Jake + Necia Photography from Kaella Lynn Events wedding of Asal and Hamed. Custom inking by Brown Fox Calligraphy. Featured on Grey Likes Weddings.

Here’s the thing about invites and calligraphy: your paper goods are not edible. Nobody is going to sit on them, drink them, dance to them, or otherwise have a major physical interaction with them on the night of your event. But does this negate the importance of making sure they’re executed well? Personally, I say absolutely not! Your invitation is the very first piece of your wedding experience that your guests will hold in their hands: a tangible representation of your design and vision, and a first impression of sorts for you and your betrothed as a married couple. And your accompanying wedding day signage, from ceremony programs to dinner menus, bar signs and hashtag monikers, will further carry through the expert vision that you and your event designer have carefully crafted, and complete the circle of the visual representation of your love. Signage also helps ensure that an event flows smoothly, which is truly the highest goal for a successful wedding. How’s THAT for big picture?!

With matching paper goods providing continuity throughout all aspects of the event, the wedding feels whole and finished – and typically looks stunning, to boot. I’m so excited to send out our wedding invitations next month, and proudly display the accompanying paper goods around our event in just 80 days: because they’re going to be beautiful, and I’m so grateful to have had a team to help craft them around Ned & my individual style, and our wedding design. YAY FOR INVITATIONS! Below, I’m sharing a few of the biggest inspirations Kaella and I used when designing both our wedding invitation suite, day-of signage, and other paper goods in tandem with our vendor team – and we can’t wait to share pictures of them on our wedding day soon!

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

A custom invite suite by Plume Calligraphy and shot by Katie Grant Photography (featured here on Green Wedding Shoes). I am STILL in love with the subtle balance of classic beauty and moody elegance in this suite – a truly timeless design!

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

A shot from Jose Villa and husband Joel Serrato’s wedding day that perfectly captures the two dapper gents, and their divine leather-focused invitations (shot by none other than Elizabeth Messina. Because #WeddingGoals). Set in a rustic locale, their wedding is the embodiment of masculine perfection and neutral restraint, and I can’t get enough.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

Swanky envelope calligraphy really IS a must for making your envelopes pop! Here, Carolyn Jane Designs brings this Amalfi Coast wedding inspiration to new heights with gold calligraphy, and KT Merry Photography captures the shot perfectly – swoon.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

CAN WE TALK ABOUT PROGRAM GOALS? These letterpressed fan-fabulous beauties are the work of East Six Design, and are photographed by Kelly Kollar Photography. The blush silk ribbons are a ballerina’s dream, and I love the fresh approach to creating a ceremony program in a functional shape.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

The paper goods and calligraphy for Asal and Hamed’s wedding (some of our favorite KLE clients, featured on Grey Likes Weddings here!) was expertly calligraphed by our very own Brown Fox Calligraphy – and I’m obsessed. Her handiwork is just gorgeous! I love the deckled edging and gold ink here, fatefully photographed by our own wedding photographers, Jake & Necia.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

MORE Team KLE magic (also featured in Grey Likes Weddings, here, because Kaella is a #GirlBoss) – this time, paper goods were created by The Aerialist Press and captured by our dear friend and fab photographer, Edyta Szyszlo Photography. I love this invitation suite, because it perfectly gets at the bride and groom’s style – who they are, what they love (equestrian! Which is also how they met…), and how their life together is going to begin. LOVE-LY. And aren’t those checked linens from La Tavola fine linen just divine!?

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

How rad is this custom suite from Cheree Berry Paper? Ahem, it’s aptly titled ‘Fit For a Queen’, and I can’t stop staring at it. I love the gentle neutrals, old world monograms, and perfect balance of lettering and iconography.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

This table setting with custom leather menus is everything – and look at that perfectly balanced dinner plate situation and beautiful calligraphy! Adore everything that is going on here.

KLE Blogger Bride: Custom Paper Goods

Okay, one last favorite from Kate and Bryan’s Wedding (shot by Edyta Szyszlo Photography), because in all my years in the wedding industry, I have never loved ceremony programs more at a client event – these are my all time favorite, Aerialist Press! They’re just perfection – and the ribbon is the icing on the cake.

The Glam Guide to Tented Receptions

Ah, the great outdoors! For every wedding that happens in a ballroom or building, there’s three more happening outside every wedding season. Al fresco weddings have become extremely popular on both coasts and throughout the country in the last few years – and for good reason! Nature is beautiful and provides a great backdrop for many events, and plenty of wedding venues boast flexible outdoor spaces that can be used for a variety of events. From dinner on the lawn to cocktail hour in the courtyard, the possibilities are endless – just don’t forget to take weather into consideration!

For a many events, the design begins with a mood or a palette, and gradually expands to encompass party details, like furniture and tabletop rentals. Occasionally, depending on location and seasonality, couples may opt to rent a tent for fail-proof coverage while dining or dancing outside.

But what if your wedding tent (or tents!) was/were an integral part of your wedding design: more inspiration piece than afterthought? We proudly present: the glam guide to wedding tents! Below are 10 of the most fabulous examples of swoon-worthy tented receptions in all different styles and sizes. The key takeaway from each and every example? A dream-worthy tent can take even the most beautiful outdoor wedding venue, and make it that much more glam!

Kaella Lynn Events: Glam Guide to Tented Receptions

Photo via Style Me Pretty

Featured on Grey Likes Weddings: Kate & Brian

Kaella Lynn EventsI am thrilled to announce that Kate and Brian’s California ranch themed wedding is featured on Grey Likes Weddings today! This couple, with their hobbies, passions and family backgrounds, truly provided so much inspiration for my creative heart. And I am so grateful they trusted me throughout the process. Head over to Grey Likes for exactly what I found so inspiring about Kate and Brian, and don’t miss the full feature of gorgeous images by Edyta Szyszlo Photography.

This wedding wouldn’t be what is was without the amazing vendors who worked against the odds to make this day perfect for Kate and Brian. Scroll below to see the list of rock star vendors who made it happen.

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Brian is a 7th generation Californian and was often referred to as a “Modern Cowboy” during our discussions. Kate family’s Greek and Italian culture had a great influence on her as does her love of literature. They met through their love of horses and riding together in the California outdoors is huge part of their relationship. This rancher and horse riding life lead the core inspiration behind the design, which you see not only in the overall vibe, but specifically in the paper goods, julep cups, horse shoes (which came from Kate and Brian’s own barn), vintage trophy. Kate’s heritage was represented in the olive branches, pops of colorful flowers by Huckleberry Karen Designs and delicious menu by Culinary Eye Catering. Not to mention the table names that were drawn from quotes by her favorite authors. The outdoor setting at the gorgeous Thomas Fogarty Winery, crisp white linens and farmhouse furnishings had a very whimsical and Californian vibe.

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Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Wedding Planner and Designer: Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events | Florist: Huckleberry Karen Designs | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Candles: Theoni Collection | Menu holders and guesbook: BHLDN | DJ: Calibur DJs | Lanterns: Got Light | Paper goods: Aerialist Press | Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes | Hair and Makeup: Skyla Arts Beauty | Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August

Blogger Bride Series: Wedding Floral Inspiration – making a statement

They say every wedding can be perfect: that if the day and event are truly a reflection of the bride and groom as individuals, their shared wedding will be a delightful ceremony (and party) to symbolize coming together as one. I fully believe this – and as I’ve shared with my fiancé more than 100 times since the beginning of our relationship, I want our special event to be totally tailored to us. I also have this thing with flowers…


Flowers by Siren Floral Co., Photo by Joielala // via 100 Layer Cake

It all started when I was a little girl, buzzing around in my grandmother’s garden: I could pick anything I liked, as long as I could recite the flower’s name and promise to put it in water promptly. Ever since, I’ve had what could be labeled as a borderline obsession with flora – growing them, arranging them, giving them as gifts, you name it. So when we needed to prioritize area of focus for our wedding (scout’s honor, you can verify this) my VERY first order of business was working with our planner to come up with a floral design, and then finding a florist to bring it to life. Forget what people would be eating or sitting upon – flowers are my thing, and I was going to make CERTAIN we made a statement with the floral design for our event.

We started with the facts: I am a girly girl, and I like to make a splash. There is nothing I like better than the color pink (in all of it’s varieties), and I have a dark side too – so moodiness and balance was something I couldn’t live without. I’m also what Ned once described as ‘a beautiful mess’ – my act is usually together, but my hair is a bit wild, and I prefer wearing jeans with holes in them. All this and more was used to build and shape our custom floral design – and together with the magical Siren Floral Co. and Kaella Lynn Events, I finally saw my dreams take shape in flower form. The key to making a statement with your wedding florals, if that’s what you’re after, is to really go all in on personalization (and volume, in my opinion) – make those flowers reflect you entirely, and I guarantee they’ll turn out perfectly. Below, I’m sharing some of my favorite statement-making wedding florals, straight from my heart to all of you:

Flower Girl LA

Flower Crown by Flower Girl Los Angeles

Floral 1

Moody and fabulous Bridal Bouquet by Siren Floral Co.

Escort Card Florals

Living Floral Escort Card Display (via Pinterest)

Siren Floral Co. Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet by Siren Floral Co.

Floral Cake

Cake Flowers by Bows+Arrows, Photo by Ben Q. Photography


Ancillary arrangement by Flower Talk, Photo by We are all Stardust photography


Featured on Grey Likes Weddings: Asal and Hamed’s Legion of Honor Wedding

Kaella Wilson Favorites-0059Thrilled to see Asal and Hamed’s romantic, soulful Legion of Honor wedding featured on Grey Likes Weddings today! How I came to work with this couple was true happenstance. A week before jet setting to London, I received an inquiry from Asal and Hamed who lived there, but wanted to be married in the Bay Area. It was quite the serendipitous that we were able to meet in person the following week!

In order to create truly unique weddings, I draw inspiration for each wedding directly from the client – their experiences together, heritage, passions, interests and so on. This wedding is a great example of how to add personalized touches to your wedding. Read on to find out some of the personal details that made this wedding truly unique. And don’t miss the full feature on Grey Likes or the list of vendors below who came together to make it a success.Legion of Honor Wedding by Kaella Lynn Events // Photo by Jake and Necia Photography The groom’s custom suite. Fitted to perfection.Kaella Wilson Favorites-0017View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 A custom bridal gown – simply elegant.

View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 Kaella Wilson Favorites-0027View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015A Persian runner flown in by the Bride’s parents made for the perfect aisle decor.View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015Hamed, a skilled pianist, played his bride down the aisle to a song he wrote after getting engaged. Talk about romantic!   Kaella Wilson Favorites-0038 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015Instead of flower bouquets, the bridesmaids each carried traditional elements of the Sofreh, which is the traditional Persian ceremony spread. Another way we were able to incorporate a bit from their cultures in to the wedding.   View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 Kaella Wilson Favorites-0047 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 We paid tribute to Asal and Hamed’s pet bunny with these darling table number holders. Kaella Wilson Favorites-0101 View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015Asal and Hamed found these pop-up cards in a Singapore market. They ran around gathering enough of them to use for their invitations and Brown Fox Calligraphy created custom stamps to imprint them.

View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015Wedding Planning by Kaella Lynn Events // Photography by Jake and Necia PhotographyDrawing from one of their favorite dates, we had gospel singers surprise guests with a show during dinner. Kaella Wilson Favorites-0074View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015 The Persian knife dance kicked off the dancing portion of the evening.  View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015The wedding party surprised our couple with a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller – rumored to be an inside joke. Kaella Wilson Favorites-0142View More: http://jakeandnecia.pass.us/hamed--asal-2015

Venue: Legion of Honor | Photogapher: Jake and Necia Photography | Wedding Planner and Designer: Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events | Caterer: Betty Zlatchin Catering | Day of Coordination: Kate Siegel | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
| Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Designer 8 | Lighting: Got Light | Specialty Glassware: France Lane | DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment | Piano and Gospel Singers: Entire Productions | Videographer: JMarc Media | Florist: Mandy Scott Flowers | Makeup and Hair: Melissa Hoffman Beauty | Invitations and signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy