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Blogger Bride Series: Preparing for your Honeymoon!

Hey everyone! Cait-the-bride here, coming to you with some tips for preparing for your honeymoon. Your wedding is a huge to-do: from the traveling family, hotel room blocks, and endless vendor commitments to your day-of details, theres no shortage of activities that you can spend your time planning. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a honeymoon (or even a mini-getaway), there’s a bright spot at the end of all of that preparation: and you and your new husband have a lot to look forward to!

We went back and forth when talking about our upcoming honeymoon: Ned and I both work in sales, and are getting married in the middle of October, which is crazy timing work-wise – not to mention the fact that our wedding is 3,000 miles from home, so travel schedules needed to be carefully navigated. Before we got into the nitty gritty of planning and booking, though, we took a few months to talk, and really figure out what we wanted out of our honeymoon, and where we might want to go. We agreed on three simple principles: we wanted to go somewhere warm and tropical, we wanted enough time to really tune out and relax with each other (vs. tour and explore a lot), and we wanted a flight that wasn’t so long it was going to cost us a full day or two on either end of our trip.

Ever since we took our first vacation to Maui together when we started dating, we have both been in love with the island – and that’s really where we fell in love, walking along the beach at sunset after dinners, talking and laughing by the pool, and learning about each other. So with our wedding in LA, and Maui only a 4.5 hour direct flight away, choosing our destination ended up being a no-brainer! Below, I’m sharing my top 5 tips for preparing for your honeymoon, tried and tested by yours truly:

  1. Pick a location with meaning: if you’ve always dreamed of visiting a city together, or fell in love somewhere specific like we did, this is your chance to go there! Your honeymoon is an opportunity for the two of you to relax, spend quality time together, and really soak in everything that has brought you together, and happened at your wedding events. Ned and I plan to visit so many new spots on the island, but we also want to be sure to have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Lahaina, and visit the Old Lahaina Luau for good old memories from our very first trip there!hawaii-princeville-2
  2. Decide on your priorities: ours were enough days out of town to really relax, a destination with plenty of activity but also tons of opportunity to restful downtime, somewhere we can hike and get into nature for a bit, and a place with really great food! Whatever is important to you, be sure to bake that into your travel plans – you don’t want to settle for 7 days of guided tours, when all you’re really dreaming of is a day at the spa.

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  3. Pack WELL: if visiting Maui nearly every year since I was a kid has taught me anything, it’s the value of packing the correct items (vs. everything in your closet) in your suitcase. You will never wear socks and sneakers on the island (unless you’re working out), don’t pack more than 1 or 2 pairs of pants, and when in doubt, load up on bathing suits and sundresses and a good pair of rubber flip flops. They will carry you far! Also, it’s always a good idea to bring at least 1 bathing suit for every 2 days you’re there, in case you need to wear more than one in a day. Hello night swims!

  4. Plan a few special touches: my mom taught me that there is no substitute for a good surprise, and that the little details count for a lot when you’re in the moment. For this reason, make sure you bake a few special honeymoon touches into your trip – these can be as small as ordering ahead for a bottle of champagne to your room upon arrival, or alerting the hotel that you’re celebrating, so they know and can honor your visit. You can also plan an excursion to surprise your better half, or call ahead to make a special dinner or drinks reservation. Whatever your plans, make it a trip to remember, more than anything else, by creating small moments of magic with your new husband or wife.

  5. Document, and write it all down: I’m a big believer in making memories, and then documenting them so I can go back and reminisce later! One of the ideas that I’m definitely planning on using on our honeymoon is a travel journal, where we save special little snippets (tickets, cocktail napkins, photos) from our trip, and then paste them into a small journey specifically for this trip. You can also write a little blurb each day about what you did/ate/saw, and this will serve as a great tool to jog your memory when you look back later. PS: Never be afraid to ask someone trustworthy-looking to take your photo – you’re a honeymooner, that’s WAY cooler than a “tourist”, and you’ll be glad to see two smiling faces in all of your photos later.

With love,

Cait

Blissful Blush: Inspiration for Gowns & Blooms

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We know, we know…we’re not the first to fall in love with a blush pink bridal palette. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year is rose quartz – and pale pink exploded this season, everywhere from bridesmaid gowns to wedding tents. But hear us out: not all pinks are created equal! And not every shade is perfect for your own big day. On the contrary: as true connoisseurs of color, and purveyors of fine design, we feel strongly that there is an ideal color palette for every wedding couple. Some of the factors that might help you establish your color scheme include your personal aesthetic (and that of your fiancé(e)), event style, seasonality, and even geographic location. That said, should you find yourself in a similar state of mind as this planner (read: thinking pink), we have a style guide for you that’ll have you tickled pink in no time!

As bride Shelby (in the movie ‘Steel Magnolias’) once said, “Pink is my signature color” – and if the same can be said for you, we’ve paired a series of pink wedding gowns and bouquet inspirations to suit every style and modern bride. The trick to pink perfection, without overdoing it? Stick to your personal style, and incorporate a shade or two of pink that best fits your event design, along with plenty of textural variety. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to be the blushing bride on your big day…

Style Guide: for the Sweet and Feminine Bride

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This delicate two piece lace corset and chiffon skirt combo, photographed by Sally Pinera, gets at the heart of every girl’s sweet dreams of her wedding day.

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Paired with these sugary pink blooms from The Backyard Bouquet (photographed by Bethany Erin), this duo is perfection for the girly girl in all of us.

Style Guide: for the Artist’s Muse Bride

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Captured by photographer Jose Villa, this mauve Vera Wang structural ballgown is all about the luscious lines and textured tulle – a combination that would have the likes of Rembrandt swooning.

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Set next to this artist’s dream bridal bouquet from Bows and Arrows (shot by Kayla Barker), this pairing has all the makings of a divine still life painting, complete with trailing ribbons and lavish blooms.

Style Guide: For the Edgy Modern Bride

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This Krikor Jabotian sequined cape gown (photographed by Le Secret d’Audrey) is a modern marvel – unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with just a tinge of silvery pink tulle to keep things grounded in all of that sparkle.

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We suggest a fabulously irreverent pairing for a French wedding in early spring: complete with a sassy protea and thistle bouquet, and finished with barely-there pink tulips (from Peony and Plum, photographed by Ether and Smith Photography).

Style Guide: for the Wildly Whimsical Bride

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Nothing says whimsy quite like a train full of fluffy powder pink ruffles, and this Monique Lhuillier gown from KT Merry Photography does not disappoint.

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Pair it with a wildly sprawling and perfectly pink floral bouquet from Kelly Kaufman Design, photographed by Jose Villa.

Style Guide: for the Garden Party Bride

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If your bridal style is more croquet than cocktail, and you prefer brunch on the lawn to drinks in the ballroom, this Zahavit Tshuba dress is for you, photographed by Light & Lace Fine Art Photography.

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Paired with a classic bundle of blooms befitting an ‘English Rose’ herself, you cannot go wrong with garden party styling by Sweet Woodruff, and photographed by ARTIESE Studios. Pass the tea and crumpets!

Style Guide: for the Punchy Pop Bride

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Feeling punchy pink, like Gwen Stefani circa 2002? Make the most of this pink tinged tulle gown from Tara Keely Bridal, and show your pop side.

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What more perfect accompaniment than this bridal bouquet, packed with pops of electric pink peonies and bursting with ranunculus from Bristol Lane Florals, photographed by Sophie Epton Photography. Party in a bridal bouquet, if you ask us!

Style Guide: for the Classically Romantic Bride

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There’s nothing prettier than the classic lines and soft tulle of this putty pink Reem Acra Gown – the romance is almost palpable.

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Accompany a classic gown with an equally perfect bridal bouquet, complete with trailing ribbons and fairytale ivy. Floral design by Brandie Chisolm, and photographed by Ryan Ray Photography.

Q&A with Borrowed & Blue

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As a wedding planner, I get asked a lot of questions about my work – from couples, family and even complete strangers (hello Lyft driver!). What’s it like? What’s your favorite part? How do we even begin planning our wedding? So when I was approached by Borrowed & Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to answer some of these basic questions and give couples everything they need to know about our event planning services, I said yes!

Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:  

Describe your event aesthetic in three words. Timeless, Romantic, Whimsical

The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple? I want to know their story: how they met, the proposal, etc. It helps create a comfortable and relaxed environment right off the bat, and it gives me a glimpse into their personalities and relationship. I also ask for their top 3 priorities for their wedding day. Knowing their vision and expectation allows me to create a proposal that fits.

Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged? Allow yourself to enjoy the moment and take it all in after the proposal. This is such a special moment, give it some attention! After you celebrate, but before you begin to plan, set your parameters (budget, location, time of year, guest count). Then hire a planner, and let us manage all the nitty-gritty details.

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Most important detail of wedding decor? This depends on what was most important to the client. Details are important and where I add those personalized details that make each wedding unique to it’s couple, from paper goods to the selection of flatware and china. The most important part of these details though, is how I then put them all the details together to facilitate the overall experience. It should all add up to reflect the couple.

Your thoughts on DIY weddings? Sadly, most DIYs on Pinterest don’t work out when clients try them in real life, so it can actually end up being more costly and time-consuming than hiring a professional. Not to mention the added stress.

What would your ideal tablescape look like? Lush flowers of fluffy blooms and foliage spilling onto a long table, layered table top pieces curated with clean lines so it’s not overly cluttered. I almost always include a natural element, like wood. And a beautiful charger to anchor the place settings. Kaella Lynn Events Q&A

Your favorite of all the San Francisco wedding venues? Getting to work in the Bay Area, I am privy to some of the most stunning venues in the world, so it’s difficult to choose just one. I do love a Private Estate and working in Sonoma/Napa is always special to me, since I grew up there.

The most important part of wedding planning? Trust your planner. It’s soooo important. Before hiring your planner, ask yourself if you trust that person. It will make your life so much easier throughout the planning process and allow your planner to be successful.

Describe your dream wedding. An outdoor affair at a Private Estate with lush flowers, locally sourced cuisine, and an amazing dance party. Oh wait! That was my wedding… and I’d do it again!

Merci!

Kaella

Photos by Edyta Szyszlo Photography from Kate + Brian’s wedding.

Wedding Guest Attire – Decoded

In addition to the obvious details (who, where and when), a wedding invitation will often provide a quick note to indicate the dress code. Well intended, these “labels” can lead to confusion about what to wear.

The general guidelines are pretty straight-forward: don’t wear white/off-white (unless asked to), nothing too revealing (be respectful) and avoid wrinkled clothing/looking disheveled. Some additional factors that will help you understand the dress code are to look at the venue, location, season and weather. If the invitation labels the wedding as semi-formal and the venue is grand and opulent, I recommend leaning towards the more formal side of the spectrum. Fall or Winter seasons call more weightier fabrics and darker colors, but be conscious of the wedding location as some places have their warmest weather in September (i.e. California!), so you may go with a lighter weight fabric and a beautiful shawl.

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Dapper couple from Kate and Brian’s August Wedding. Perfect example of coordinating outfits for a Summer cocktail/semi-formal wedding. Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography, Wedding Planning/Design by Kaella Lynn Events as seen on Grey Likes Weddings

Before we dive into the details, I advise you plan your outfit with your date. Nothing like linking arms with someone who is totally throwing off your look. Don’t have the appropriate attire in your closet and not interested in buying an entire new dress or suit? I’m sure you’ve heard of Rent the Runway for women. There is also The Black Tux , a game-changer in the suit and tux rental industry. Gone are the days where a guy’s only option to getting a nicely fitted suit was to buy one. Now he can rent a high quality suit and all the accessories. Men are stepping up their game in the apparel department, so it’s nice to see an option for guys to create dapper looks without breaking the bank!  

The Black Tux created this awesome style guide to define the labels and make planning your outfit easy. Read on as I share specific inspirations and recommendations in each style. 

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Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual: The infamous Cocktail Attire. You may have also seen “Garden Party Attire.” This typically indicates a semi-formal event that will be outside, so appropriate shoes and layers are key. There is quite the spectrum in this category. A suit is always appropriate for the men, but consider the season and venue of the event for color and fabric. The fun thing about this category is incorporating even more pattern or color into the outfit. Lighter fabrics for a day time or Summer wedding and darker suits for evening or colder wedding months. This grey suit is very versatile and can be paired with many different colors and patterns to get the look you want. For ladies, a respectful cocktail dress that is mid or tea length is a great choice, like this one by Cynthia Rowley.

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Beach Formal: Linen or cotton suits, like this khaki one are great for a beach wedding. Ladies need to be appropriate for the environment, but still fit the formality of the occasion. Long maxi dresses, like this one by Saloni with flat sandals are perfect.

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Black Tie Optional: I always say, dress up when you have the option, so I recommend this Modern black tux. But this style allows for a dark suit, should that be more your style. For the ladies, I chose this long evening Hudson Gown. Neutral colors such as black or navy are fail-safe, but if your a more daring personality, I say choose a fun color that still has a formal feel.

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Black Tie: Contrast shawl tux if you’re looking for a spin on the classic black tux that still works for this level of formality. A long dress like this gold sequin Badgley Mischka gown is glamorous and fun! Otherwise, black gowns are always appropriate.

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And remember, infuse your own personality and pay attention to the details, whether it’s a patterned pocket square or cool shoes.

Merci!

Kaella Lynn

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!?

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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.

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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.

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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.