Beijos Wedding: Jared + Ally

Each wedding we get the privilege and honor to design holds a special place in our hearts. But when it’s your younger sister, well that just takes the cake. You might remember Ally as one of our beijos brides, as she chatted it up with us about her year leading up to her big day with a few blog posts here and here. And let’s not forget the tropical brunch shower I threw for her, here. But that special day that she had been looking forward to was truly a special one for the books. 

My sister pretty much put all her trust into my hands. Her only request was to have pink glassware, and for the big day to be more of a party than a wedding. I mean let’s be honest, she had been waiting for this day for well over ten years, and it had to be celebrated! I will have to say, it was pretty stressful designing and planning this “party,” as I wanted to make sure it was the best day that she will ever have. When she walked down that aisle, she was seeing everything for the 1st time just like the guests. The smile on her face was all I needed to know that it was perfect, and it truly was.  

This pretty in pink wedding is also being featured on Style Me Pretty today! See more goodness, here

Photography by Yasmin Sarai

Monterey holds a special place in Ally and Jared’s hearts. It was the beach town they would always go to on the weekends to escape from their hectic work weeks in San Jose. Their little peace of heaven. Ally and I knew the wedding had to be in Monterey, we just needed to find that perfect place. We first found Memory Garden while getting lunch at Portola Hotel, and stumbled upon this quiet and hidden gem. From the outside, you would never know the beauty that was behind those walls unless you walked in. It is truly a secret garden. She immediately fell in love, and that was it. Abby, you work out the rest of the details to make this happen here, she said. And so I did.

The day had finally come! Ally and Jared had an intimate wedding party, just siblings and the cutest flowers girls and ring bearers that I have ever seen. Ok, I’m biased..having two of them be my littles, Dylan and Jett, and Cohen and Morgan, my adorable niece and nephew. 

I mean, how cute is that?!?

For the ceremony, Wild Child Flowers created an amazing floral greenery cacti backdrop which flowed up the stairs to where Ally and Jared would say I do. The ceremony was very non-traditional, it was all about Ally + Jared and to celebrate becoming one. Ally wanted the element of surprise and didn’t want the 1st look. She wanted to let everyone see Jared’s reaction to her walking down the aisle. All the readings were not out of the Bible, or a particular traditional wedding poem, or even a typical song lyric. They were rap song lyrics from 2pac and Biggie Smalls which somehow totally made sense while they were being read out loud. The officiant was our cousin who married my husband and I back in 2010. It’s pretty special you can say family married you.

Yess! We are married! 

 Here are some more florals from Wild Child Flowers… Details of Ally’s bouquet, corsages and the sweetest little headpieces for the flower girls. 

 Now for the cocktail hour. My dad built this bar for my sister as part of her wedding gift. Pretty handy dad if I do say so myself! Guests sipped on One Hope Wine, beer, and signature cocktails that were the bride and groom’s favorite drinks. Fun wooden signage by Meghann Miniello and florals to complete this pretty bar scene.


Now onto the reception…To find your place, Meghann Miniello created a wooden sign that was adorned with greenery. How fun is that sign?!? 

 We kept things pretty simple and classic and added a pop of color with that pink glassware that was the only request from my sister. We had long wooden farm tables that were placed among the breathtaking garden. The table setting consisted of rose gold flatware, vintage pink glassware from Danny Thomas, and blush leather name cards done by Meghann Miniello. She also created wooden laser cut table numbers that were placed among the bright hues of pinks and corals flowers. 

Ally and Jared’s sweetheart table was very similar to the guest’s tables except for a couple little-added details. Wooden chargers for the bride and groom with a little love note to each other. 

How pretty is this place when the sun goes down?!?

 We honored those that were not with us anymore that were a huge part of Ally and Jared’s life. My grandma made a red heart out of one of my grandpa’s old favorite ties and gave each granddaughter one that she sewed into our dresses. We placed an always remember wooden sign on an empty chair for Jared’s uncle who had just recently passed away. This was truly one magical night for two people so in love, and I couldn’t have been more proud and honored to help make it the night they will remember forever. 

The night was filled with hilarious speeches, and heartfelt ones as well. Family and friends ate and drank, laughed, and danced the night away under the stars. I couldn’t be happier for my sister and my new brother in law. It’s official! Congrats Ally + Jared! I know there will be a lifetime of happiness for you both. 


Styling/Design/Planning – Beijos Events
Photography – Yasmin Sarai
Venue – Memory Garden
Florist – Wild Child Flower
Invite/Signage – Meghann Miniello
Catering – Grapes of Wrath




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By on April 25, 2017 in BEIJOS WEDDING, WEDDINGS


Beijos Wedding: Jeff + Maureen

Meet Jeff + Maureen. 

They are a free-spirited, warm-hearted, and creative couple that got married in Cayucos, Ca. A free-spirited 1960’s coastal California style wedding that truly matched them as a couple, and their love for macrame, VW buses, vintage pieces, family and friends, and most of all the location itself. Cayucos is a small, relaxed beach town that Maureen grew up vacationing to every summer. It’s a special place for Maureen + Jeff, and there was no hesitation that this would be the spot where they become Mr. and Mrs. With the town being tiny, they were limited on venues. The answer? Take over the entire bluff and design the layout from scratch. I can’t forget to mention how much FUN Jeff had designing the whole layout; he went as far as creating it all in CAD. Their vision, style, and who they are as one truly shined throughout this special day. 

This wedding is also featured on Green Wedding Shoes today!

Photography by Jenn Emerling

VW Bus Totes that were given to guests that were filled with Jeff + Maureen’s favorite Cayucos treats.

Maureen’s Tara Lauren dress from Bride Boutique LA was meant for that coastal breeze, so beautiful!

Cayucos. The tiny beach town along California’s central coast has always been a special place for us. I grew up vacationing there with my family; after Jeff’s first visit, he instantly fell in love as well. When we started to plan, it was evident that not only Cayucos going to be the place, but that the beauty and charm that the Central Coast had to offer would influence the overall design.
– Maureen

Beautiful jewel-toned florals done by Clover & Branch.

  Now for the ceremony… 

This was such a dreamy space that overlooked the ocean. Vintage rugs from Witty Rentals that were overlapped created one lovely aisle that leads up to a macrame backdrop adorned with greenery and flowers by Clover & Branch. Did I mention that Jeff and Maureen built the macrame backdrop! Yes! 

The ceremony. When we started arranging it, we realized it was our opportunity to speak directly to our guests. We wanted them to see who we are as a couple. We wrote our own vows about our relationship, and we had friends and family give short speeches to illuminate who we are as individuals and how we will be as partners to each other. 
– Jeff

At one point in our ceremony, after we had just exchanged our rings, my cousin Brian, an accomplished singer-songwriter, surprised our guests and played an acoustic version of “Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel. It is a song that has deep meaning for both Jeff and I. It is about the circle of life and the acceptance of death (family and friends who have passed on) and celebration of life — to enjoy each other and try our very best to love and “count every beautiful thing we can see.” That moment for me, looking at Jeff and out into the crowd and hearing the words of the song surrounded by the sea and the sun was indescribable. My heart just completely burst.
– Maureen

This creative duo created not one but two macrame backdrops. We used one as a place for guests to find out where they were seated. Good pal Meghann Miniello created custom jewel toned cards that were placed among macrame and floral goodness.

One killer lounge by the babes of  Witty Rentals

The couple collected their plates, vases, and goblets from thrift stores and flea markets which gave every one of their friends and family something unique at their table. Wooden laser cut names by Meghann Miniello and fans were placed at each place setting. For one special guest, a happy anniversary plate to remind him that Jeff + Maureen were thinking of him. Little details that show how much love the couple have for their family and friends. 


The rest of this magical night was spent under the stars laughing, getting silly in the VW Bus Photo Booth, and one killer dance party. Congrats Maureen and Jeff! 



photography: Jenn Emerling // event design: Beijos Events // planning: Day of Gal // florals: Clover & Branch // wedding dress: Tara Lauren // wedding dress boutique: Bride Boutique LA // bride’s shoes: Top Shop // bride’s ring: Artisan LA Jewelry // bridesmaid dresses: The Reformation // hair stylist: The Beach Hair Studio & Beauty Bar // makeup artist: The Beach Hair Studio & Beauty Bar // groom attire: Indochino and Groom’s socks + tie from The Tie Bar // groom’s ring: Forever Wood Rings // videography: Shark Pig // paper goods: custom signage by Meghann Miniello // handmade details: Arch and escort display built by couple // catering: The Sea Shanty // tabletop rentals: Goblets and plates collected by couple // furniture rentals: Witty Rentals // specialty rentals: Jump On The School Bus // music: The Flashdance // officiant: Marriage With Meaning // power/generator: United Rentals // tent + rentals: Gotcha Covered // restrooms: Harvey’s Honey Huts




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By on March 13, 2017 in BEIJOS WEDDING


Beijos Wedding- Tamara and Medhi

We are so excited to gush about this beautiful ranch wedding for Tamara and Medhi. When I 1st meet Tamara and Medhi, I knew instantly that there was endless amount of love for each other and it was going to shine bright on their special day. Oh boy did it! Being their second wedding, they wanted something intimate yet fun for their close family and friends. Tamara wanted to focus on celebrating becoming one joined family, and making it just as special for their children.

More gushing over on the Ruffled Blog

Beautiful Images by our gal Carlie Statsky


This beautiful couple were married at Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos hills. The Radonich Ranch is a little gem that is tucked away in the Los Gatos hills. The whimsical trees and the historical original house on the property make a perfect landscape to say your I dos.




0007 A floral covered pergola with the french words “bienvenue”(meaning welcome) to welcome guests as they arrived.







Alison the talented lady behind Wild Child Flower used blush colored dahlias mixed in with bright orange and yellow wild flowers that stole people’s hearts.


You had us at tiny tiny flowers, Ali!



1st look… always a special moment for our couples.

I said a beautiful couple right?!?


Even more special, a 1st look with her son. Cue the tears!








One beautiful family!







A fun boho mid century lounge by Pieces of Violet  accompanied with a collection of Boho Pillows for guests to relax and take in the breath taking views



Geometric heart escort sign by The Duo Studio with Brown Fox Calligraphy





Italian soda was offered at the bar along with french wines and beers. A twist on usual wedding bar options




Picnic tables were used to create a relaxed organic feel but still intimate and romantic for their family and friends




One heart. One love.

This pretty little geometric heart was the theme for this wedding and we incorporated it in the escort sign, table numbers, and keychain favors that were also used as name cards for the guests.







The tables were set with Frances Lane vintage pink goblets and Borrowed Blu’s pink dip dye napkins on top of vintage crocheted dollies table runners.

Marky Carr the sweet lady behind the scenes at Radonich Ranch has an amazing collection of vintage finds including the vases and table runners. Just wait to see the dessert setup with her goodies.








The kid table was a fun place to sit! Each little one had a special treat as their name card. If they got bored after eating all those sweets, they could play games that was setup right next to their table to keep them entertained all night long!



Kid lounge area is the new adult lounge area


Tamara and Medhi getting in on the kid fun!







Can you say YUMMY!

Hand made Italian desserts by family and Cake by The Buttery



Euclayptus and bougainvillea chandeliers were hung above the dance floor along with bistro lights to create one romantic dance party

One pretty wedding huh! Let’s take a final look at this good looking couple

Congrats Tamara and Medhi!





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By on July 12, 2016 in BEIJOS WEDDING, WEDDINGS


Diary of a Beijos Bride – Engagement Session

Hi my name is Lana, and I’m one of the lucky Beijos brides getting married this Fall in Santa Barbara, CA. Here is the start of my story, hope you enjoy!!

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Mike never likes to say that we met at a bar, but the truth is…..we did. My best friend Natalie, and his best friend, Neil, who briefly dated each other at the time, actually played the matchmakers. We owe everything to them, since we probably wouldn’t have made the effort to meet each other being such homebodies ourselves. We needed that extra little push.  My best friend has always been the eternal optimist of love, and I was always the complete opposite who had, at that point, swore off men. She was convinced we were the perfect match! She was so persistent, and I was so stubborn at that point that she realized the only way that I would meet him is if she secretly set up a date for us. So, for my birthday, she took me to a John Legend concert and after it was all over I expected to go home, but my friend had other plans. “Why don’t we go out and have a couple of drinks in Huntington beach to celebrate,” she said innocently. “Sure, why not,” I said. So, I obliviously drove up to Main Street in Huntington Beach. We ended up at a bar called Black Bull, and low and behold, there he was. It sounds cheesy, but we were pretty smitten with each other right from the start. He was the perfect gentlemen and he had the cutest green eyes. The only thing that worried me a little was his shoes. He was wearing white snakeskin loafers.  They were atrocious, but not a deal breaker by any means. Fast forward to almost six years later, his shoe collection has greatly improved thanks to my help. We took it pretty slow, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We got to really know each other and be by each other’s side during our highs and lows. We’ve traveled, got through school, changed careers, and bought our first home together. I couldn’t be any more ready to marry my best friend.

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Megan Welker, our photographer, came highly recommended by Leah. She makes it so easy to fall in love with her work. There is a very light, airy, and romantic feel about her photographs that is so unique. It makes her a great fit for how we want our wedding to look. Not to mention, she is a joy to work with. She made us feel so at ease.

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When we were first looking for wedding locations, Palm Springs was one of our top picks, but since our good friends are having there wedding there the weekend after ours, we decided to head up north to Santa Barbara. Every year we try to make mini vacations to Palm Springs. I feel like it’s our home away from home. We just love the relaxing and stylish vibe. Mike is a sun worshiper. The hotter the better for him. He is also obsessed with golf. I love relaxing by the pool, and Im a sucker for the mid century modern style. It seemed only natural that if we weren’t going to have our wedding there, engagement photos would be the next best thing. My parents also loaned us their beautiful classic Corvette to add a bit more style and edge to the photos. We loved the way they turned out!

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We almost didn’t make it to Glamis due to the 30 mile an hour winds that day, but Megan was so encouraging, and I new we would regret it if we went home. When we arrived, it was so windy that I could barely get out of the car and walk. At times, the sand hit your body like a ton of bricks. We couldn’t even open our eyes with the sand blowing in our face every five seconds. We literally had to walk backwards to get to the shooting location. Megan and Adam were such troopers. They were so encouraging and positive through it all. I don’t even know how they opened their eyes to take a photo! I must admit that it crossed my mind more than a handful of times how we would get even one good photo. Now, when I look at the finished product, I was clearly wrong. You can’t even tell we were struggling. She’s pretty amazing. Photographs that are so simple, yet so breathtaking. I loved the idea of being in the middle of nowhere. Just us.

Stay tuned for more wedding fun and planning!

Xx Lana

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Wedding – Helpful Tips From Florists

Since we are in the business of planning weddings, we work so closely with who we consider some of the best people in the industry.  A while back we gave you some tips from some of our favorite photographers that we have we worked with, find this helpful information here! Well, we’ve took it one step further and chatted with some of our favorite florists out there for some helpful tips from their perspective when planning your wedding or event.  This info is so valuable…stuff we wish we knew when we were planning our own weddings.  In our opinion florals are so important, I mean… the venue, the photographer, and the florist…and of course the planner…hehe, and you’ve got yourself the bones of the event!

First we are hearing from Natasha Kolenko

Find a florist that you connect with and will enjoy working with. Flowers should be fun! I love meeting and working with my brides and grooms and believe the process of planning your florals should be enjoyable and easy. I have made lifelong friends out of previous wedding clients…one of the perks of the job!
Utilize seasonal and local blooms and foliage whenever possible! As well as being the more sustainable approach to floralizing, seasonal and local materials will be more cost effective and hold up longer than flowers flown in from out of state or overseas. And then of course splurge on those Australian Flannel flowers and off-season koko loco roses if your heart so desires!
Consider mixing and matching centerpiece florals (especially if you have more than a dozen tables). Rather than having the exact same type of centerpiece florals on each and every table, chose 2-3 different floral looks to alternate. For example, chose garlands and bud vases on half the tables and larger centerpiece arrangements on the others or mix up the vases and vessels on different tables. This will create a more dynamic overall aesthetic.
Lastly, and most importantly, give your florist a little room for creativity! I ALWAYS find that my favorite weddings are the ones where the couple have given me some creative liberty to “do my thing”! As florists, we know that you of course have a color palette and aesthetic in mind, but if you leave a little room to let us work some magic, it never disappoints! There may be a unique and stunning bunch of flowers at the flower mart that we hadn’t previously discussed that would be PERFECT in your bridal bouquet…we wouldn’t want to pass that up!
Here’s what Meagan from MV Florals had to say…
DO Trust your florist. Choose your florist because you appreciate their design, and leave it up to them to create your overall look, color scheme, and feel.
DON”T be set on one particular flower to use.  Seasons play an important role when deciding on flowers, and you need to be open to different options.  Florists can’t compete with mother nature. Often times a specific flower a bride has her heart set on may not be in season, simply won’t be available or looks its best on the wedding date.  If a bride is flexible it makes it easier and more comfortable for everyone.
DO communicate!  Let your florist know your vision, expectations, likes and dislikes.  The more you and your florist get to understand each other the better!
Let the professional take the reigns- a lot of times brides and/or coordinators want to make very specific floral suggestions and oversee all decisions. DONT! Not only does it add stress to your life but it pisses the florists off. A bride should choose a florist that they trust and leave the creative work in their hands (with flexible inspiration images).
 Big on the big, small on the small- what I mean by this is concentrate your budget on focal points; bridal bouquet, altar space, centerpieces, installation. If your budget doesn’t allow for an aisle petal treatment, or an arrangement on every guestbook table, (which is true for most of us) then eliminate those pieces, they won’t be focal points anyway. Reallocate that money into making the focal points more magical.
DO NOT attempt to do your own flowers- nor should you let your friend or aunt who likes flowers do them (if flowers are important to you). This is a big scary problem for many reasons: often the undertakers of this task have NO IDEA how difficult it is, likely they don’t know how to recreate an image that you want either — flower selection is very important and most non-florists wouldn’t know where to begin for the ordering process. It can be a big ugly and stressful mess if in the hands of a non-professional.
 Know the venue- many venues have serious restrictions when it comes to weddings. Sometimes installations cannot happen the way you want them simply because the venue won’t allow.
Know your floral priorities- before you bring a florist in the mix, it’s helpful to know some basic details: how many tables will need centerpieces, how big the tables are what color schemes you like, etc. this helps the florist come up with proposals much easier and reduces time in back and forth emailing for numbers.
Be comfortable and upfront with your budget and talking numbers- simple concept. Takes the guess work and emotions out.
Next up Christine Cater
Photographer selection is key, don’t skimp, it can make all the difference
The wedding venue is everything, unless your photographer is clever with your wedding day story
Modern (fresh) aesthetics are important and set each wedding apart
Hire a creative team that can help design your wedding with modern-fresh aesthetics
Create a budget with vendor pricing if possible
DO give your florist some creative freedom. I think like all artists, we produce our best work when we have room to breathe a bit, and that’s when we create the most epic bouquets/centerpieces/backdrops, etc.  My advice-throw a color palette out there, maybe a couple blooms you love and then just let them run with it. if you are hiring a particular florist, you are doing so because you love THEIR work, so then just sit back, relax and know that your blooms will be gorgeous.
DO plan ahead. Getting all the final floral details//conversations sorted the month before the wedding allows you time to relax as it gets closer, AND it gives your florist enough time to order all the goodness that will make up your wedding flowers!
DO go big on the bouquet, I mean, I can’t help it… my bouquets are just kinda always big. so obviously this is my favorite tip, and even when your petite, just own it girl.
DO your research and plan your floral budget accordingly. I think the biggest struggle I find is that clients just don’t have any idea what flowers actually cost, and that’s OKAY! I mean, how could you? You’re not doing them all the time like we are! BUT there are great articles out there that will give you info//the right expectations about what flowers like peonies//garden roses actually cost (those are the extra pretty ones billowy, magical ones that are all over pinterest). Most people want them so it’s good to know the costs of what you’re asking your florist for and then, if flowers are a big priority to you, you can budget as such!
DO more research on seasonality. If I were to be the one getting married, I’d always get married in spring, or maybeeee fall. but mostly spring because spring blooms are the best!! That’s when you can have peonies :) If flowers matter to you a whole lot and you want specific ones, know what season they’re available and choose your date accordingly!
Wow!!  This info is SO helpful!!  I hope you all got some great tips out of it, plus are your eyes swooning over all of this pretty??  Flowers just get us every time, they set the tone and mood of the event, and well, they are pretty much everything.  They definitely help take the decor to the next level.  Thank you to all the florists we collaborated with for this post, all of you guys are such a pleasure to work with always and we love and appreciate your amazing creativity!!
Xx Leah & The Beijos Gals

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