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Featured on The Knot: Jayne Appel and Chris’s Traditional Black Tie Wedding at Kohl Mansion

Black and White Formal Wedding at Stanford Memorial Church and Kohl Mansion | Planning by Kaella Lynn Events | Photography by Robin Jolin | Flowers by Soulflower DesignHope your Thanksgiving was full of abundance, joy and laughter with your loved ones! And of course food! We’ve got some pin-worthy features for you to peruse, while you rest off that food coma. In addition to Wednesday’s featured KLE wedding, Jayne and Chris’ Black Tie wedding is published on The Knot today! Below is the inspiration behind this sensational celebration with some of my favorite images by Robin Jolin Photography. Be sure to head over to The Knot for the full feature. Big thank you to all the vendors who came together to make this one happen – there were 25! Check out the full list at the bottom of this post. 

Jayne and Chris began dating while each attended Stanford University, where they played Basketball and Football respectively. The story of how they met is pretty incredible, if you are ever lucky enough to hear it. Jayne went on to play basketball professional and was finishing out her WNBA season with the San Antonio Spurs while we planned their wedding. It was only natural the two would select the Stanford Memorial Church at their alma mater for their ceremony with the reception at Kohl Mansion

When we met they focused mostly on the guest experiences. To quote, they wanted to “blow them away with an atmosphere they won’t forget!” When it came to design, they did offer some specific direction. Both agreed on a classic and formal affair. Jayne wanted touches of glam, while Chris often referred to “James Bond” when trying to describe his vision. To appeal to them both, we went with a black and white color palette with touches of blush and greenery to soften the contrasting colors and add some romance.

 

Black and White Formal Wedding at Stanford Memorial Church and Kohl Mansion | Planning by Kaella Lynn Events | Photography by Robin Jolin | Flowers by Soulflower Design

With almost 300 guests, each vignette needed to be attention-grabbing. We set up a large black and white lounge flanked by gorgeous pedestal flower arrangements. An oversized 3-paneled seating chart by Brown Fox Calligraphy, draped in florals showed guests to their tables and also acted as a unique photo backdrop. 

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Joie de vivre!
Kaella Lynn 
 
CHURCH: Stanford Memorial Church | VENUE : Kohl Mansion | PHOTOGRAPHER: Robin Jolin Photography | WEDDING PLANNER: Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events | CATERER : Thomas John Events | BEVERAGE: Mills Wine Group | FLOWERS: Soulflower Designs | LOUNGE: One True Love Vintage Rentals | TENT/LIGHTING: Michael S. Henley Party Rentals | VIDEOGRAPHER : JMARC Media | ACCOUSTIC GUITARIST: Obadiah Parker | BAND: Cover Me Badd | MAKEUP / HAIR ARTIST : Hair and Makeup Co. | CALLIGRAPHY / SIGNAGE: Brown Fox Calligraphy  | CHURROS: Jenny’s Churros | CAKE: Made by Jackie (family friend) | DESSERT: Mexican Wedding Cookies made by Bride’s Aunt, Maureen | INVITATIONS: Shine Wedding Invitations | CIGARS: Thompson & Co. | BRIDAL GOWN: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner | VEIL: Bonnie Hoffman Designs | BRIDESMAID DRESSES:  Bill Levkoff | GROOMS ATTIRE: Enzo Custom Suit | RING PILLOW and GUESTBOOK QUILT: Sewn by mother of the bride

Featured on Carats & Cake: Erin & Tony’s San Francisco Urban Garden Wedding

San Francisco Urban Garden Wedding | Event Planning: Kaella Lynn Events Photography: Melanue Duerkopp Photography

Excited to share this wedding with you all! Featured today on Carats & Cake is Erin and Tony’s Urban Garden inspired wedding shot by Melanie Deurkopp. Here is their love story:

A girl walks into a bar… That is exactly how this story begins. After a professional dancing career in NYC, Erin moved to SF where her sister was living. Soon after she walked into the bar where Tony was bartending. Just one date later and the two were inseparable. Erin and Tony both come from tight-knit families, so it is no surprise that their biggest priority was that their wedding feel intimate and welcoming. A ceremony at the Swedenborgian Church and reception at the eclectic Firehouse 8 created the perfect settings to create this intimate affair and highlighted San Francisco, the place they both consider home. Flowers were another important element in setting the tone for their wedding. Our goal was to create a secret garden feel amidst the urban setting. La Fleuriste grouped potted herbs, daffodils, crimson and peach blooms and lush greens flowing from cement urns to create an organic, garden ambience. Copper accents, detailed chargers and long sequin gowns set the tone for a formal event, while farm tables and bistro chairs created a relaxed setting to make sure the ambience was still warm and inviting. The result was exactly what Erin and Tony had hoped – a wedding that felt authentic to both of them, warm and inviting with lots of dancing! And for the perfect ending to their wedding celebration, the couple hosted an after party at Aventine, the very bar where they first met. 

Head over to the full feature on Carats & Cake for more details direct from the bride herself. Below are my personal faves and the full vendor list. 

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Photographer: Melanie Duerkopp Photography| Ceremony Venue: Swedenborgian Church | Reception: Firehouse 8 | Caterer: LRE Catering | Wedding Planner and Designer: Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events | Florist: La Fleuriste | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Vadim| Cake: Pretty Please | Hair and Makeup: Triple Twist | Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell | Rentals: Bright Rentals

How to Word Your Wedding Invitations with Aerialist Press (Pretty Infographic Inside!)

Modern couples have so many options and etiquette rules to consider when it comes to wording their invitations that it can feel overwhelming. It’s no wonder one of the most common questions I am asked by my clients is, “how in the world do we word our invitation?” Well, my good friend Alexandra of Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations is here to take out all the guessing. Don’t miss the pretty infographic she provides, making it all really simple!

Invitation Wording Guide with a pretty infographic by Aerialist Press

Happy engagement! It’s Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here.  A big thank you to Kaella and the Kaella Lynn Events team for having us guest post today.

If you’re reading along here, you’re probably at least in the beginning stages of your wedding planning, or maybe you’ve even gotten to the point of selecting a color palette and considering invitation styles. While the fun, design-related to dos are easy to check off the top of your list, nailing down final invitation wording is probably not a priority – especially when you aren’t sure about all those etiquette rules you’ve never had to think about before. Sound about right?

If you’re like most couples, you’ll find yourself asking all of the usual questions regarding proper wedding invitation verbiage but without a great starting place for answers. That’s where we like to make our grand entrance! To ease the strain of figuring out what invitation wording to use, we’ve created an informative (and pretty to look at) info-graphic and guide helping you to understand the different elements of an invitation and how to best word yours. We’ve included some pro tips and tricks about the different attire options, where to include your registry link and our top four wording picks for both traditional and more casual celebrations.

Invitation Wording Guide with a pretty infographic by Aerialist Press

 

Looking for more? We also created a comprehensive list of 21 wording examples for every celebration style you can think of. You can visit the full post of our guide on the best wedding invitation wording options up on our blog.

Haven’t seen what you’re looking for? We would love to answer any specific questions below in the comments. Happy planning!

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.

    KLE Blogger Bride: Preparing for your honeymoon

    Photo via Style Me Pretty

  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

Rose quartz gown and bloom inspiration | Kaella Lynn Events Blog

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.