Hope 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 Stars 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.
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.
The menu was a unique twist that made this formal affair far from stuffy. They wanted Mexican food! Thomas John Events created a refined menu with street corn on the cob, chicken mole and homemade guacamole! The surprises continued with a churro cart and cigar bar after cake cutting. Just before the last dance, guests were teated with In-n-Out cheeseburgers.
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.
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!
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.
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!