Lana & Michael’s Historical Spanish Wedding

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  I couldn’t think of a better day to feature my sisters beautiful Spanish inspired wedding, also featured on Green Wedding Shoes today too by the way.  Check out the feature here.

Photos by Megan Welker

Starting with moments after their first look in this pretty historic hacienda

Her bouquet was bananas, but what would you expect from The Bloom Babes??

I’m flashing back to last Fall when I was helping my sister plan her big day looking through all of these beautiful pictures.  Back then we were meeting on a regular basis dreaming up all of the fun details.  Even though I do this for a living and manage multiple weddings at a time, it’s pretty special to see your little sisters vision come to life.  A time of planning and executing I will never forget, only to get a perfect day as the end result.  Plus a happy new couple and a new member to our family.

Some of my favorites of the pretty flower girl…but I’m a little biased!

Bloom Babes did a perfect job with the florals as per usual…love working with those babes!

They got married at the coolest chapel in Downtown Santa Barbara. El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park.  So much history in the prettiest little town.   Just what my sister had been envisioning for her day.  Here’s our dad waiting to walk his last daughter down the isle.

This is the coolest picture, I just love Mariachis!!

Let’s parade over to cocktail hour, shall we??

And the escort signage from Blot and Dot, one of the favorite details…

And some more killer reception details…

This is my favorite part of designing, the TABLE!!  From picking the flowers to the table number detail, the signature wine glass to the place card and don’t forget the favor…and wait the napkin!!  All of these little things are carefully thought of, and rightfully in it’s place.  It’s a beauty to see it all come to life.  These table essentials all work together creating a story of uniqueness and beauty,  and all the while going along with the theme of the event.

These paper flowers hanging along side the lights came out so good!!

Maracas at the table for the celebration.

And little tequila shot favors for the guests to take home.

Circa Vintage Rentals helped us design this cute lounge

Guestbook table

And the history of two families becoming one

On to the sweet heart table…

These florals!!

Now on to invite suite details… Um Meghann Miniello, your so good!

Her details…

The gorgeous bride

And his details…

The handsome groom

Let’s jump back into these two for their killer couple shots during cocktail hour, these are some of my favorites!!

I think these two will make cute babies….

Congratulations you two, now let’s meet the fam…

All of the adorable nieces and nephews.

And our little fam bam

One day I’ll tell you the story behind this outfit my dad chose.  Let’s just say he likes to stir the pot!! haha

Now let’s party!!

Cheers to you Mr. & Mrs. Beal!!

We can’t forget about these gorgeous and yummy cakes from Beverly’s best!!

Let’s boogie..

Best dancer of the evening hands down…

It’s been a pleasure to share this special day with you.  Hope you enjoyed peeking into it!!

Xx Leah

Venue: El Predidio Chapel & Casa De La Guerra  // Photographer:  Megan Welker @meganwelker // Design & Coordination Beijos Events @beijosevents // Videographer:  Amari Productions  @amariproductions // Hair & Make Up: HIkari Murakami @hikarimurakami  // Floral:  Bloom Babes @bloombabes // Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals @circarentals  // Classic Party Rentals @classicparty // Letter & Grain @letterandgrain // Otis & Pearl  @otisandpearl // Music: Mariachi Camarillo // DJ: AMS Productions  // Dessert:  Beverly’s Best Bakery @beverlysbakery // Photobooth:  Anna Delores Photo Booth @annadelores // Signage:  Blot & Dot @blotanddot // Invitations:  Meghann Miniello @meghannminiello // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show me your Mumu @showmeyourmumu // Flower Girl Dresses: Posh Peanut @poshpeanut // Groom Suit: Macy’s // Wedding Gown:  Marchesa @marchesafashion // Paper Flowers: Paperwhite Designs Etsy  // Favor: Viva La Press Etsy  // Paper Table Numbers: Calavera Press Etsy // Bride & Groom Sign: Duo Studio @theduostudio

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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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