Category Archives: Rustic Wedding

Calamigos Malibu Wedding:Bright + Beautiful

By | Calamigos Malibu Weddings, Catering, Event Planner, Rustic Wedding, Vox DJS, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Planner | No Comments

I had the true pleasure of working with this couple for their wedding last year, and I can’t believe it’s been that long!  they chose Calamigos Malibu for their wedding, and their colors were bright and vibrant, as brought to life by McCann Florist.  They were a fun and playful duo, and they and their families and friends made for a heartfelt evening full of stories and levity.  They also provided classy, rustic wood elements such as signage and escort ‘cards’ (of thin wood slices).

True Photography and First Look Films captured the best moments (and then some) and the team at Calamigos worked with Catering By Brenda, who provided the kosher meal.  Continental Bakery provided the delicious cake and Robert Corral of Vox DJs provided lighting and entertainment.

The space at Calamigos Malibu was the Redwood Room, a space that has been renovated in past years and reminds me of a mountain retreat with stone, wood, and other natural elements.

Rabbi Joe Menashe staged the ceremonial elements beautifully and performed a heartfelt ceremony, and La Folia provided classical music before, during, and after the wedding ceremony.

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Calamigos Oak Room Ballroom Wedding

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Real Wedding: Yosemite Getaway

By | Destination Wedding, Rustic Wedding, Yosemite Wedding | No Comments

We were lucky to work with a fun, adventurous, clever, super stylish (and hysterically funny) couple earlier this year. They booked a venue called Paradise Springs,a campsite and retreat on the outskirts of Yosemite in Oakhurst, CA. The venue was spectacular with almost all the necessities of civilization (except for phone service or land lines).  Their friends all came together to assist with various elements, including music, setup, MC’g,and technical production.

Melinda J Sanders took some amazing photos, in particular, check out the cake – made by the bride! She did some of the work ahead of time and recruited family to assist with assembly (the right way to DIY). It was a Guinness cake and absolutely delicious!

Venue:  Paradise Springs

Photography:  Melinda J Sanders

Florals: Wild Rose Florals

Caterer: The Untamed Chef – Albert J. Hernandez

DJ:  Christine Varney

Rentals:  Best Party Rentals

Cake: The bride!


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Rustic Real Wedding: Views for Miles at Rancho Del Cielo

By | Amy's Culinary Adventures, Malibu Wedding, Private Estates, Rancho Del Cielo Wedding, Rustic Wedding | No Comments

I was very fortunate that my colleague Amy Jurist, owner of Amy’s Culinary Adventures, introduced me to this bride, groom, and their families. We really enjoyed working with them on their Rancho Del Cielo wedding. Rancho is a family-owned-and-operated Malibu estate with a perfect layout for weddings, and…that view!

Like many unique locations, we needed to oversee transportation itineraries, ensure all vendors were aware of the load-in requirements and overall rules and regulations, and coordinate diagrams and rental orders. That’s the “dirty work” required to create an outcome this gorgeous!  Peony and Plum created a rustic, light and pretty floral design and the bride and groom brought charming and personalized decor to accent the space.  I was excited to see photos of the decor this week and happy to share them on the blog today.

Photos below by Kathleen Greiger, who was a dream to work with. Additional vendors included Smart Party Rents, Roger Espinoza of Espi Music, Night Owl Photobooth, Joseph Andrew Productions, Cake Bakeshop, Apothecary Bee, and Scratch Weddings.


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Real Wedding: Vivid Colors at Carondelet

By | Brian Leahy Photography, Carondelet House, Downtown Los Angeles Wedding, event design, Fantasy Frostings, Hey Mister DJ, Peony and Plum, Robert Nachman, Rustic Wedding, Tres LA | No Comments

Carondelet House is one of the most unique spaces in L.A.; the exposed brick, original wood, and other architecture elements lend texture and depth to every photo.  When our sophisticated and sparkling clients married there last December, we were excited to combine their vivid color scheme with Carondelet’s natural elements.

As wedding consultants, we advised on design, logistics, and making sure the personalities of our clients and their friends and family were incorporated into the big day.  Vendors Tres LA, Brian Leahy Photography, Fantasy Frostings, Lee Dyson – Hey Mister DJ, Town and Country Rentals, Robert Nachman videography, and Peony and Plum all worked in tandem for a unified, gorgeous event that flowed beautifully from one element to another.

Peony and Plum blended pops of vibrant colors with touches of peacock feathers – a whimsical element that never overtook the overall feel.  The bride loved round lanterns, and wanted to greet guests with this festive look, so we installed a few in similar colors from the rafters.  Lee of Hey Mister DJ has a knack for lighting as well, and his dramatic, wallmounted pinspots and uplights completely transformed the ceremony and dining area.

Brian Leahy’s photos tell the story best…


Florals by Peony and Plum

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Cake by Fantasy Frostings, Lighting by Hey Mister DJ



Top 3 Design Mistakes: Event Design Basics

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Time after time, we meet with couples who use the web, magazines, and Pinterest to inspire the look of the event.  As event designers, we love to help them take these ideas, weave in their specific ideas and tastes, and fulfill their vision on their wedding day.  There are three key mistakes that are easy to make as you build the design of your event:

1.  Ignoring the design of the venue.  The rustic wedding has been huge in recent years.  We have run into brides and grooms wanting to have the rustic look in a ballroom setting; the mason jars and twine don’t typically work in an upscale environment of wallpapered walls and elegant carpeting.  Instead, work in elements of your desired look – such as linen runners with a slightly burlap look, without the rough texture; or lean on lush greenery in your centerpiece but use a dressy glass vase, versus a mason jar. This photo below, by Brian Leahy, shows an excellent blend of rustic, yet elegant touches that work well with the wood and brick textures of Carondelet House. We combined neutral linen runners with the bride’s vibrant color palette.  Florals by Peony and Plum.

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2.  Being afraid to stand out. It’s easy to go with the current trend, but don’t be afraid to do something a little different. Take the trend you like the most, and then shake it up – is there a style you are drawn to with home decor? For example, if your centerpieces are super simple and classic in clear glass vases (as many are), but you love collecting white porcelain china, ask your florist to source opaque white vessels instead of the clear vase.  You’ll add a twist to the look and make it uniquely your own.

3. Ignoring the power of lighting.  Always bring in lighting whenever possible. Uplights can be packaged in with many DJ services and do wonders adding ambiance to a room.  It’s a cost effective way to change the space significantly.  Colors from ‘moonlight’ to ‘champagne’ offer a spectrum of options. This picture below features the work of TMM Pro, lighting specialists who are familiar with a variety of local venues. Photo by Brady Puryear.


Trust your instincts, and don’t be afraid to reflect your true personalities, but remember to let the surroundings guide your look.  Happy planning!

Real Wedding: Natural Touches, Backyard Glamour

By | Backyard Weddings, Donut Bar, Heirloom LA, Mi Belle Photography, Rock Rose Floral, Rustic Wedding | No Comments

We love working in unique spaces, particularly private homes. This bride and groom married in her father’s residence, which featured a charming pergola ceremony space and a peaceful waterfall.  The aesthetic of natural, organic, rustic textures with a glamorous touch beautifully complemented the surroundings.

A backyard wedding takes a top notch team and seamless logistics, and working with such a responsive, organized family made it an even more successful planning process, and a beautiful wedding day.


Catering + Donut Bar: Heirloom LA

Florals: Rock Rose Floral Design

DJ: Wes from RedShoe LA

Rentals and Lighting: Town and Country

Videography: Dathan Graham

Photography: Mi Belle

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