Kaella Lynn Events - Event Planning and Design

Kaella Lynn Events is an event planning and design boutique in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reception Inspiration: 10 Gorgeous Place Setting Ideas

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blog

It might seem like an afterthought, but the way you treat your place setting at your reception can speak volumes in your overall design. Not to mention there are so many options beyond a simple napkin fold. This is one of those aspects of a wedding design to put your stamp and make your wedding truly unique. From romantic and glamorous to rustic and casual, here are some gorgeous and creative place setting ideas to add some wow factor to your table.

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogvia East Meets South Blog

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogphoto by Jose Villa

10 Gorgeous place setting ideas via Kaella Lynn Events Blogvia Style Me Pretty

Mercí,
Kaella Lynn

Blogger Bride Series – Styling Your Engagement Shoot

I’ve always been a California girl at heart, with a love for the ocean and the golden sunlight that seems to only exist in our beautiful state. When Ned and I met, we were working in San Francisco, and our trips to southern California were frequent and joy-filled: so when it came time to style our engagement photo shoot, I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. Working with FABULOUS photographers was a great way to ensure that our look came out exactly as we envisioned it – and starting with a pin-spiration board on Pinterest really helped me corral and curate all of our ideas into a single cohesive design.

Here are some killer inspirations from our golden hour engagement shoot:

KLE Blogger Bride Series: Styled Engagement Shoot

Photo via Gal Meets Glam

KLE Blogger Bride Series: Styled Engagement Shoot

Photo via Pinterest

KLE Blogger Bride Series: Styled Engagement Shoot

Photo by Patrick Moyer

Our photographers, Jake and Necia, nailed the look. Here is a favorite from our engagement shoot.

Bridesmaid Selection: How to Pick a Foolproof Bridal Party

Let’s get serious for a minute, brides: there are very few people as important to your wedding planning process (and big day!) as your groom. But one group of people that might affect your happiness and sanity more when planning a wedding are your bridesmaids. I know what you’re thinking: a few matching dresses, a tea party here and an invitation there, and you’re off to the races with a ready-made girl squad designed to make your wedding day and all preceding events a breeze – right? WRONG.

Not that the above scenario never happens, but in our experience on both sides (as both brides and planners), it’s critically important to choose the right bridesmaids to support you – to listen to your ideas on floral inspiration for months on end, to help you pick the right accessories for your wedding look, and even to lend a helping hand when that one wacky relative is throwing off the balance of your wedding night. You need to choose the people (or person) you know will support you in all circumstances, limit the drama that surrounds you, and commit to help out in what can be an involved process.

Finances are also a very real part of participating in a bridal party – your bridesmaids can be asked to chip in for everything from matching outfits, shoes, hair/makeup services, and your shower to the bachelorette party – be respectful of your friends’ time and finances. If you are concerned that a friend who was just laid off, in the midst of planning their own wedding, or having their first baby, for instance, won’t be able to participate fully, just ask. Make sure your friend feels comfortable with what is expected as your bridesmaid and allow the space for your friend to be honest about what is achievable in terms of participation and financial obligations.

Our best tip for selecting your bridal party: keep it to your most tried and true friends that you trust, your cheerleading squad, and those that beyond a shadow of a doubt will support you on your wedding day (and leading up to it). These people will make your wedding experience happy and memorable for years to come.

 

Blogger Bride Series: Shopping for My Wedding Dress

As soon as Ned and I had our venue booked and our planning schedule nailed down, I started thinking seriously about my wedding dress. I’ve seen ‘Father of the Bride’ and ’27 Dresses’ more times than I care to admit – and while I’m not ashamed to admit I watch TLC wedding dress shows regularly, I still wasn’t certain which style I would end up choosing for myself. I scheduled SIX different wedding dress shopping appointments in December, and was excited to bring different groups of my bridesmaids to each appointment. My girlfriends were so wonderful: completely available and excited to shop with me, sometimes giving up their entire Saturday to give loving feedback and help me hunt through the racks at each boutique.

I got to try on dozens of very different styles to sort out exactly what I wanted and what looked best on me – and the dress I ultimately couldn’t live without was actually found on my first shopping day. I remember discovering it hanging on it’s own special rack, and thinking I had never seen anything quite like it before: it wasn’t like what I had planned or thought I would like – and that was so much more fun! To be truly wowed by a dress is a wonderful feeling, and I can only hope that everyone gets a chance to prance around the atelier the way I did when I found the one (true story: that happened). Since I’m going to surprise Ned and our guests on the wedding day with the dress I chose, I can’t show you yet – but I CAN show you some of my most favorite dress styles, some of which I tried on!  My best advice from the wedding dress shopping process? Pull dress styles that are in line with what your personal style, but don’t be afraid to try something new or slightly different as well – and stick to your budget! The perfect dress for you is out there, just waiting for you to find it. Never settle!

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Custom dress, Photo by Nikos P. Gogas

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Elie Saab, Photography: Ashley Ludaescher

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Feather Skirt and Corset by Watters // via Style Me Pretty

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: BHLDN // via Her and Everything

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Inbal Dror, Photography: Jose Villa

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Hayley Paige, Photography: Natalie Watson Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Desiree Hartsock for Maggie Sottero, Photography: Brandon Kidd Photo

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Lazaro, Photography: Katch Studios

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Pronovias, Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Watters, Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Corset and Skirt: Watters, Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

Kaella Lynn Events // Blogger Bride: Choosing Bridesmaids & Dress Shopping

Dress: Vera Wang, Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

 

Inspiration: Ribbon-tied Decor

bcf0f008d26273493ac2fc602baadd03via Silk and Willow

Originally designed for the decoration of the royal courts in Europe, ribbons have taken on new meaning with some of the latest trends we’re seeing this season. Some manifestations of the design choice are wild and free, adding a dose of whimsy to the overall decor, while others are classic and simple: designed to traditionalize the design element they adorn. Ribbon also has a host of practical applications at a wedding, and can be used to tie just about anything together while still looking pretty. Here, we’ve gathered up our 15 favorite examples of how to use ribbon to help you ‘tie the knot’ – check them out:

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Kat Braman

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Sarah Kate

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Tec Petaja

Inspiration: Ribbon tied Weddings // Kaella Lynn Events

Photo by Sally Pinera