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Statement Flower Girl Dresses

Recently my role as wedding designer lead me on a rabbit hole search for adorable and non-traditional flower girl attire for several clients. I’m a big believer in giving your flower girl a statement all her own. And with so many unique and adorable options out there, I couldn’t help but share. Check out some of my favorite finds.

I only have boys, but if only I had a little girl, she would have a closet full of these whimsical flower girl dresses by Nellystella. How rad is the styling from her Fall campaign?! Statement Flower Girl Dresses by Kaella Lynn Events 2015AW-16b-LOVE 2015AW-39b-LOVE

For a dose of the super girly Doloris Petunia is your gal. Love these styles for your more grand, traditional or classic wedding.

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Party dresses with fun details at a very affordable price by Pink Peony Boutique. A new fave!

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Carrying styles from sweet to sassy, Return to Eden is affordable too!

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Introducing: KLE Bride Cait McRea!

Launching a new series on the blog where you get to follow one of our very own brides through the wedding planning process. Our very first blogging bride for KLE is none other than our very own Associate Planner, Cait McRea. That’s right, she just got engaged! I’ll let her kick things off by telling you the story of her proposal and how they found the perfect venue for the big day.

xo Kaella Lynn 

Oh my stars, we’re engaged! Hey y’all – Cait here, and today I couldn’t be more excited to kick off my ‘Blogger Bride’ series for Kaella Lynn Events. Working in the wedding industry as a planner has given me a fantastic perspective into the lives and weddings of my clients, mentors, and friends – and now it’s my turn to run the gambit, book the vendors, and enjoy the dress fittings and cake tastings. I’ll be checking in right here along the way to share my experiences: from choosing a planner and selecting a venue all the way to the big day, and I hope you’ll follow along – it’s going to be a wild ride, and we’re going to learn a lot together!

Now that we’re engaged, I’ll be the very first to tell you that the old adage about “when you know – you KNOW…” could not be more true. My fiancé Ned and I met at work and were friends first, dated later, and made this thing official last month in a garden on the waterfront in Brooklyn (10/8/2015). I knew the whole time that he was going to be my husband someday – there’s a calm certainty in our relationship that was there from the very beginning. No one is smarter, kinder, sweeter, or a better care-taker than him: and that’s before you take his dashing good looks and killer personality/outlook on partnership into consideration. After surprising me with a walk across the Brooklyn bridge at sunset and magnificent dinner at the River Café on the waterfront, Ned got down on one knee in a twinkle-lit private garden outside of the restaurant, and asked me to marry him with the prettiest ring I’ve ever seen. Of course I said yes!

As a creative (and wedding aficionado) I have high hopes for surprises, and was blown away by how surreal and magical our surroundings were in that garden – it was the perfect setting for the proposal, and I couldn’t have picked a better spot if I tried! Ned and I both love good food, great drinks, and being outside. We’re also both romantically inclined and into perfect proposals, as it turns out, and the whole evening was more than I could have ever hoped for. The VERY next day, I started thinking about our wedding venue. After all, you can take a girl out of the office on vacation to New York – and propose to her – but you can’t take the wedding planner out of the girl!

Photo by Jose Villa

Photo by Jose Villa

In a wedding venue, Ned and I had previously agreed upon three necessities: it needed to be outdoors in an area with good weather, it needed to be in Los Angeles (my hometown), and it needed to be capable of providing a spectacular guest experience. Our family and friends are flung far and wide – from Rochester to DC, California to Australia and in between – and we needed a central location that could boast convenient travel, ample accommodations, and a variety of family and visitor friendly activities in the surrounding areas. I had always been interested in a ranch property I saw featured prominently online, and was pretty certain that my favorite hotel in Westlake Village would provide exactly what we needed in terms of a hotel. I booked walkthrough appointments two weeks out at the ranch + three additional venue locations, all in the Westlake Village/Agoura hills area (near the hotel).

When the day of the walkthroughs arrived, I was a big ball of nervous energy, grilling the onsite coordinators at every stop, and referencing my giant binder of information I had assembled on each location. Not that I intended to be a bride-zilla, but I wanted to be CERTAIN that we had all of the information we needed to make an informed decision, and I couldn’t help putting my ‘industry professional’ hat on. We walked through some venues that were awful (but boasted really great farm animals), and one that felt like a wedding factory, hosting more than 5 events each weekend – no thank you. When we got to Triunfo Creek Vineyards, Ned was the first to offer praise of the landscape – he liked the trees, and the shade they provided (since it can be hot during the Indian summer in LA). We both loved the hills of grape vines and the green space outdoors, and agreed that the French-revival farmhouse on property would set an excellent backdrop for our event. We also thought the vibe of the space would fit well with our shared aesthetic, and what we wanted in a wedding day. Most importantly (and brides, take note, because this is key), we LOVED our onsite coordinator, and got an extraordinary feeling from meeting with her. No question was too detailed, no request was too arduous: she was calm, prepared, flexible, and pleasant to work with – and that is exactly what you want in a venue representative for one of the most important days of your adult life.

Within a week, we had put down our deposit and booked our date: a perfect year + 1 week from the date of our engagement, Saturday October 15th, 2016. We opted to host our ceremony and reception in the same location – it was just too pretty not to! With this huge hurdle out of the way, the very next item on my bridal to-do list was choosing a wedding planner – and I had a great feeling about one in particular that I knew really well…

Stick with us – I’ll be sharing more on choosing our planner in my very next post!

xoxo until then – Cait

Seasonally Styled: A Winter Bride’s Guide to Accessories

Call us picky, but a winter down parka and your beat up snow boots does not a bridal wardrobe make – particularly if you’re as chic and fabulous as some of the winter brides we’ve been crossing paths with this season! Who wants to spend arguably the most glittering day of their adult life in the same old winter coat – or worse: shivering without one?! We’ve curated a series of the best bridal accessories for the holiday season here, and we hope they keep you warm and wintery on your big day. In the cold months, when the weather is dreary, cold, and occasionally impractical, your accessories don’t have to be!

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A glittering hair accent and bright smile // Photo by DeFiore Photography via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A moody winter bouquet // Photo by Hyer Images via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

Diamond Snowflake earrings // via 1stDibs

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

Well attired attendants in fur wraps // Photo by Jordan Brittley via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

Bundled little snow bunnies as flower girls // Photo by Jeff Sampson Photography via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A perfectly pink faux fur bolero // BHLDN Montmartre Jacket

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A gilded winter floral crown // Photo by Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A glimmering wintery white wedding gown // Photo by Paper Antler Photography via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

A snowy mixed material clutch // BHLDN Blushing Clutch

Kaella Lynn Events // Winter Bride's Guide to Accessories

Ladylike mittens for snowy photos // Photo by Anastasia Photography via Grey Likes Weddings

 

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Victoria and Sean

Victoria and Sean’s wedding is featured on the Style Me Pretty: California blog today! Check out the photos from Milou + Olin Photography of the modern and geometric wedding that took place at our beloved Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. You know your bride is awesome when she buys adult onesies for her bridal party to get ready in the day of the wedding. And I just loved her Hayley Paige dress with it’s detachable lace overskirt.

Theme: Casual, Modern, Rustic, Vineyard, Minimalistic

Color Palette: Neutral tones with muted accent colors. Cream, grey, blue and plum. 

Scroll below for all the vendors that helped make this wedding happen and don’t miss the full feature on Style Me Pretty: California.

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Photographer: Milou & Olin Photography | Event Planning and Design: Kaella Lynn Events | Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Caterer: Ramekins | Rentals: Bright Rentals |  DJ: Jason Mitchell of Gatsby Entertainment | Florist: Fig and Twine | Dessert: Delish Designs | Hair/Makeup: Gabriela of Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Napkin: Cost Plus World Market | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Monogram, menu sign, escort cards: Designed by Groom | Bridal dress: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew | Favors: Govino Glasses personalized by Production Zone

 

Styling: Custom Invitation Suites

“One never gets a second chance to make a first impression” – we’ve been hearing this mantra for years, always reminding us to dress up for a meeting or carefully consider your hostess gift for an event, making sure its just right. But what about your wedding? How do you take to set the right mood and tonality from the very beginning? And how do you convey your own personal style and brand as a couple to your guests, letting them know what to expect? In some ways, you’re letting them in on your love story: giving them a peek behind the curtain of what makes your union special, and why they should come celebrate with the two of you (outside of the obvious!).

Cue the custom paper suites! The first indication of your wedding and upcoming nuptials that any guest will receive is typically a save the date, and then an invitation. Even if you decide to put together a website, the paper goods begin ‘the conversation’ with your guests, and the website comes second to reinforce the information already conveyed (‘Black tie’, ‘Adults only’, ‘stay at the Four Seasons’, etc). When we, as planners and stylists, think about a wedding’s customization opportunities, the paper suite is a HUGE part of the puzzle – and it should be for you! Imagine a perfectly designed set of cards and stationary, both beautiful and functional, that is suited exactly to your taste and the mood of your wedding. Whether your event is garden formal, a beach getaway on a far off tropical shore, or an intimate gathering of friends and family in the forest, your paper goods should speak to who you are as a couple, and your unique event. There’s no better first impression than a customized invitation suite, and we’ve gathered ten of our favorites here that will have you RSVP’ing ‘YES’ instantly!

Kaella Lynn Events // Custom Paper Goods

Paper by Mon Voir // Photo by Kelly Sauer via Grey Likes Weddings

Kaella Lynn Events // Custom Paper Goods

Photo via Ruffled Blog

Kaella Lynn Events // Custom Paper Goods

Paper and Photo by Blue Magpie Invitations // via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Custom Paper Goods

Paper by Smitten on Paper // Photo by KT Merry via Style Me Pretty