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Wedding Spotlight – Poppy Jack Shop

It’s time for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight where we highlight a wedding vendor we love!  This time we are focusing on calligraphy, one of my favorite aspects of events.  Every time we do an event or styled shoot the paper goods are my favorite part.  I love seeing the overall concept of what we designed encompassed in an invitation, or seeing the pretty hand lettered place cards.  I even love seeing the menu written out in gorgeous hand writing.  So today, we talk about Courtney Herman, owner of Poppy Jack Shop!

We met Courtney a few years ago and always love when we get the chance to work with her.  Recently we’ve been doing tons of fun projects with her that we can’t wait to share with you soon!!  Courtney is sweet and easy to work with and up for any challenge.  Her work is consistently beautiful and she brings a sense of calmness to each project we do.  I also love how inventive she is with new ideas and feel confident with her creativity.

In addition to her work on weddings and events, Courtney does amazing workshops where she teaches her calligraphy skills.  If you’ve followed our blog for a while you may remember that Leah took her class a few years ago and wrote about it here.  So keep reading to hear more about Courtney, how she got her start and what she wants to do next.  You’ll fall in love with her as much as we have!!

Photos by Megan Welker

 
When did you launch Poppy Jack Shop and how did it all begin?
 
I started POPPYjack Shop back in 2014 with no idea as to what I was doing (like any good small business owner).  My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) bought me some calligraphy supplies for my birthday and I started playing around with them.  I had always had decent penmanship and was always messing around with different variations of my handwriting so I picked it up pretty quickly.  I took a workshop shortly after where I learned more about the tools and from there, took off running!  Luckily, I had lots of friends getting married at the time so I used their weddings as practice.

Tell us a little bit about you…

What were you doing before Poppy Jack Shop?
 
Many people aren’t aware that I’ve always held a full time job in addition to POPPYjack!  My background is in digital marketing and I’ve held different positions with companies in the lifestyle industry.  Right now I am in between jobs but have been loving having the extra time to devote to PJS!

  What is your favorite part about being in the wedding industry…

 The beauty, creativity and inspiration everywhere you look. There is always someone new that I am discovering that inspires me. Not just for calligraphy and stationery (although there are MANY talents out there), but I love florals and event design and even the food!  Plus it’s amazing to meet other people who love what you do. I’ve met some of my closest friends by working in the wedding industry!

What is the best part about owning your own business?

 For me, it’s knowing that I get to be a piece of someone’s special event. Whether it’s a sign or envelopes or a cake topper, it’s fun knowing that someone saw my work and wanted it to be a part of something so precious to them.

 What training went into doing what you do, or do you just naturally have this amazing writing?

 
Like I mentioned earlier, I did take one class to learn the tools but honestly the best training for me has been practice. The more work I have, the better my lettering looks! Which seems like a weird thing but it’s honestly just knowing the letters and styles more intimately.For me, comfort creates the space to make something beautiful.  I’m always tweaking and trying new things while still trying to maintain my overall style. It’s definitely been an evolution (oh boy, do not look at my old stuff ha!), but I love when someone can look at a piece of calligraphy and know that I am the one who did it.

We love that you offer workshops!  Tell us about them…

 I do! Workshops are actually one of my favorite parts of my business. I get to connect with brides, vendors, creatives and everyone in between on a more personal level just by sharing what I love!  It’s so fun to simply hang out for a couple of hours and watch students try something new.  

I offer them seasonally so I just finished up my Spring ones and will be releasing my Summer schedule soon. You can keep an eye out for new ones here to sign up!

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on with Beijos?

 How do I choose?! There have been so many that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to create something unique and fun, which I love. I think my favorite probably has to be the Mother’s Day brunch we created on Style Me Pretty Living a couple of years ago. That was one that I remember creating the pieces and being really proud of them!

Although, the wedding we’re working on together right now has SO many pieces and different elements that after next weekend, that might be my favorite ;)

What’s next for Poppy Jack Shop?

 A lot, hopefully!  I am a classic dreamer with way more ideas up my sleeve than time in the day. I will be releasing some template style invitations for those who are looking for calligraphy but have a smaller budget.  More workshops this summer. More products in my Etsy store (including lots of laser cut coming soon!). More more more!  And of course, more weddings and events with my favorite ladies at Beijos ;)
 
Yes please!!!  Thank you Courtney for sharing and for always inspiring us!!
 
xx
 
Jacquelyn

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By on May 19, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Spotlight- Siesta For Fiestas

Today, we are doing a special spotlight on one of our favorite blanket companies. Our spotlights are a chance for us to gush about vendors that we have had the pleasure to work with and who have rad products. All of them have the biggest hearts, and they are just down right awesome people. With it being Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, we wanted you to fall in love with Chris and Jesenia. They are the power couple behind Siestas For Fiestas. You should remember their vibrant colored blankets complete with fun pom pom fringe from last year’s Cinco de Mayo tablescape and our awesome giveaway that we had this week! 

Meet Chris and Jesenia.

They are husband and wife team from Los Angeles who took an unexpected and serendipitous journey when they relocated to Cancun, Mexico. Upon their arrival, they were blessed to meet Pastor Arturo and his congregation at Fe, Amor y Esperanza.  He shared with them a uniquely personal and heartfelt mission; the church’s ongoing Christmas project to feed families living in poverty. They were inspired by his heart for this project and began brainstorming ideas on how they could help.

Siesta For Fiesta was born.

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with owner Jesenia

Photos by Yasmin Sarai and Chellise Michael Photography

How did you guys meet?

Chris and I are high school sweethearts. We were born and raised in Los Angeles but always had this desire to live in another country.

How did Siesta For Fiesta start?

In 2015, I was offered a job opportunity in Cancun, Mexico so we quit our 9-5’s and headed out. While living in Cancun, we were part of a church that had a yearly mission of providing Christmas meals to families living in poverty.

We were so inspired by Pastor Arturo’s heart to serve these people, and we wanted to help. During that time we were at a local market where I found this beautiful material called Cambaya. I fell in love with the prints and the bright colors and knew I wanted to make something out of it. Going to the beach every day inspired me to create beach blankets from the material. We decided for each blanket sold we would donate a meal for a family, to help our church. We bought enough to make 16 blankets and quickly sold out. 

Chris and I moved back to Los Angeles and officially started Siestas For Fiestas. The past two years have been lots of work but well worth it. Neither of us sew or know anything about manufacturing, so it’s been quite the learning process. We are so thankful that we can build Siestas For Fiestas together.

How is it working with your hubby every day?

The pros of working with your significant other are that you can easily schedule a business meeting with them since you are together all the time, being able to share successes as a family and that it brings you closer since you are constantly working towards the same goal.

The cons are when my husband doesn’t see my vision, for example, he didn’t believe we’d sell any of the 16 blankets we originally bought. Not because he doesn’t want to support me but because he’s not our market so he didn’t understand that people would buy them. I have some pretty crazy ideas for products and he never understands. As much as it is a pro, having meetings anytime can be a con too. Sometimes we are trying to fall asleep and we are still going over work. We’ve been working on separating work time and family time, especially as we bring a little one into our family this fall.

Growing this little business together has been such a great experience for us. The most rewarding part is being a part of the Christmas meals. This past December we took part in making the food, packaging it and delivering it to the families on Christmas Eve. 

 

 Please tell us all about this wonderful cause…

Siestas For Fiestas was born out of a desire to support our church in Cancun as they provide Christmas meals for families living in poverty. We work closely with Pastor Arturo from Fe, Amor y Esperanza to make this possible. With your help, Siestas For Fiestas was able to be a part of feeding 1,000 families in 2016. We are so thankful for your support of this ministry. For every blanket that’s purchased, a Christmas meal is provided to a family living in poverty.

Pastor Arturo arranges the deliveries months before with a local church located in the selected towns. In 2016, 10 towns received meals. Each church receives 100 tickets to distribute to the community. It’s not required that the families attend the church. On Christmas Eve each container is packed with food by volunteers from the church and loaded onto the trucks. The trucks then make their way to feed the awaiting families.

Each blanket purchased provides a family with a Christmas dinner. The dinners were designed to be packaged in a way that families could easily pick it up at the local church and take it back home to enjoy as a family on Christmas Eve. The meal includes a rotisserie chicken, 2 pounds of soup, 2 pounds of salad, a 2-liter soda, 4 dinner rolls, and paper goods (Utensils, plates, napkins). All is packed inside a reusable container with a sticker that, when translated says, “Jesus goes with me”.

 Who receives the meals?

Families living in poverty in Cancun, Mexico. Most live in homes that don’t have electricity or access to water making it hard for them to have a hot, homemade meal. Christmas is usually spent like any other day.

Could you tell us a little about the process behind the Christmas meal?

Buckets are cleaned – A few weeks before the volunteers start prepping by cleaning out the buckets, so they are ready to go the day of. Our day starts at 6 am when the volunteers arrive. Pasta and vegetables are cooked by the volunteers, and buckets are filled with the fresh pasta, vegetables, rotisserie chicken, bread, and utensils. The buckets are loaded onto the trucks and on their way to the families. The trucks arrive at the towns and families are lined up and ready for food. Our amazing volunteers give hugs and pass out the buckets, and the families take the warm meals home to their families to enjoy together. 

You can check out some of the videos here.

That is truly a Christmas miracle Jesenia!

What is Cambaya?

Our blankets are made from Cambaya, a traditional fabric made in Mexico. It’s crafted acrylic material with woven designs. We source the material in Mexico and the poms are added on in California.

 We can’t get enough of these two generous souls! 

The world needs more Chris’ and Jesenia’s. We are so thankful that we have had the pleasure of working with these two, and inspired and delighted to be a part of helping them spread the word on this wonderful mission to help families in need.

Do yourself a favor and get one of these fun blankets! They will not only brighten up your life but lives in need as well. Along with their full sized blankets, they also they have apparel. When you purchase any apparel item, portions of each sale will go towards providing a child in Cancun, Mexico an education. I don’t know about you, but I have my eye on the Afternoon Siestas Woman’s TankAlong with the full-sized blankets and apparel, they also make the CUTEST mini blankets for babies! See them here

Thank you Jesenia for sharing your journey with us, and creating such an incredible mission. 

Now, everyone go order a blanket and be a part of this journey! 

xx

Abby 

 

 

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By on May 4, 2017 in CINCO DE MAYO, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding Spotlight – Witty Rentals

It’s time for this month’s Wedding Vendor Spotlight and this month’s duo of Witty Rentals are dear to our hearts.  Maybe it’s because we’ve worked together on some of my favorite projects, but I also think it’s because we both started our businesses around the same time and have sort of grown together.  One of our first big shoots, that we still get lots of love for, was our Aloha Bridal Shower shoot, and lucky us got to work with the Witty girls on it!  Since then we’ve both grown and it’s been amazing to see their well deserved success unfold.

Witty Rentals is a combination of Tiffany Garcia and Chelsea Bradford, two beautiful girls inside and out.  They are based in San Diego, CA but travel all over to make beautiful weddings even more fab.  I’m excited to share their story with you today and their amazing work and beautiful collection.  They are always one of our go to vendors for one of a kind rentals and you will learn why today!

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with co-owner Chelsea Bradford

Tell us a little bit about you and how you two became friends…

We met in a growth group about 12ish years ago… we were 15 and 16 I think. Tiff left shortly after to live in Sweden for the year and then we reconnected a few years later and hit it off right away. Some of my earliest memories together involve blasting Queen and Tiff’s 80’s Volvo, Sven. 

What were each of you doing before you started Witty?

Before Witty, Tiff was a nanny and made jewelry on the side. I was living in Long Beach, nannying as well and in school full time majoring in Ceramics. 

 How and when did Witty come to life?

Tiff was working for Amorology doing coordination and found that her favorite part of the job was pulling furniture for clients. She noticed that there was a gap in the market for boutique rentals in the San Diego area, especially more modern rentals, so she decided to leave Amorology and start her own company. Tiff and I have always had very similar tastes in design so she asked me if I wanted to partner with her. Without hesitation, I said yes (not really understanding what I was getting myself into). We started with pieces from our houses and a few bucks from each of our pockets and bought things here and there until we burst out of her parents garage! 

Your collection is so unique and well curated, how do you find your pieces?

Thank you! That’s definitely our goal! We try to find things that other rental companies don’t have to set us apart and the best way to find unique pieces is to thrift! I can confidently say that at least half of our inventory came from a thrift or flea market of some kind. 

 What are your favorite pieces in your collection?

Oh man, it’s so hard to choose! I think right now we are both obsessed with our new Maven dining tables! They’re what dreams are made of! But honestly, this answer changes from week to week based on what’s new! 

 What’s the best part about owning a business with your friend?

The level of honesty and open communication between us, we make a point that our friendship comes first and the business comes second which keeps us both happy! 

  What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on with Beijos?

I’d have to say our favorite shoot was the Thanksgiving one we did at the Woodshed with Megan Welker and Bloom Babes! It was so simple but that color pallet and the furniture selection was so dreamy! And our favorite wedding was hands down Cayucos! The view from the beach, the small town charm… can’t beat that! 

What is next for Witty Rentals?!

What’s next for Witty is finding a larger warehouse, first and foremost! But on top of that, our main goal is to start a Venue. We want to be able to offer the space and the rentals and have them all work together seamlessly! It’s been our dream since the beginning of Witty and we know this is the year it’s going to come to fruition! 

We seriously love these girls and their amazing inventory… Can you see why?!  There is just so much good stuff and we love using it to style our events!!  Check them out for your next event, we know you’ll love them too!

xx

Jacquelyn 

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By on April 18, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Wedding Spotlight – Christine Cater

Another spotlight on one of our favorite wedding vendors!  Today I’m thrilled to talk about Christine Cater, an event and floral designer based in Carmel, California.  Christine is as sweet and endearing as she is talented!  

If you haven’t seen the amazing pampas grass ceremony install pictured below that she created then you’re missing out.  We see tons of other vendors trying to emulate it, but not coming quite as close…  Christine is always ahead of the curve with fun and new ideas, she keeps us inspired and on our toes!

 We can’t get enough of Christine’s amazing floral designs and her silly personality.  Whenever we do a photo shoot with her or an event she always blows our mind, this woman is pure talent!!  She always goes above and beyond with her work and we always have complete trust in her when we work together.  Keep reading to see how this lovely lady takes on the wedding world and makes it fun!  I’m sure she will inspire you just like she does with us…

All photos by Carlie Statsky

Tell us a little bit about you…. ( I mean this about your personal life – but you could tie it into your business as well)

Hmmm…Let’s see, where do I begin? I am a local girl, born and raised in Carmel Valley-graduated from Carmel High School. Went on to study ballet and danced in Los Angeles during the John Travolta-Staying Alive and Michael Jackson’s Thriller era. I passed John in the hallways of my Beverly Hills dance studio. My jazz teacher is in the Thriller video..haha-you can say I’ve been around the block a few times:) I consider these my college years.
 

My husband of 31 years is Kimble. He and I love to exercise, hike and road trip. He’s a golf fanatic, which frees me to be creative. I am a total romantic and every anniversary I wanted to marry him again. You know reinvent a romantic event, just for us. Well that never happened, after about my 10th wedding I realized that designing for others quenched my thirst to renew my vows with him-he’s glad I moved on.

How and when did you decide to become a florist?

 I have always loved nature….and I think that is primarily where I find inspiration. Nature and dance have really formed me. My design approach comes from the graceful lines of ballet and nature. I like to think the 3-D art form of dance and nature is translated into my floral design style. Pretty simple-haha:) 

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

 What part of the wedding industry keeps me coming back for more? Honestly, it’s the process of dreaming up designs and then seeing, hearing, and experiencing others appreciation for my efforts. We laugh about how when our clients are happy it’s almost part of the payment-feels so good to be loved-you know. 
 
What are some of your favorite Spring blooms to play with?
 
From time to time I get asked what is your favorite flower..that’s a hard one!! I have favorite flowers for different reasons, for example: gardenias-love the fragrance, king protea-exotic, peonies-color + fluffiness, lily of the valley-dainty, tulip tree-bloom size and color …I seriously could go on and on, but you get the idea. Guess you could say I’m wild about flowers!!
 
You are always coming up with new inventive ideas, how do you stay creative?
 
How do I stay creative…it’s just in me, like a spiritual gift:) When weddings are slow….I paint, being creative is part of me. I embrace it now and like to collaborate with others to see what we can come up with next. For example, I do a lot of photoshoots, which is my passion. This is where being creative with a team of like minded people transcends designs to another dimension. I like to stay in front of the design trend, actually creating trends instead of following, but good design is everywhere…I make sure to study hard.
 
What are your favorite things to do on an off weekend? – If that ever exists!
 
Weekend fun…well fashion is always fun. You can find me shopping in my free time (which is less + less). I like boutiques, antiquing, and high fashion. If we went to NYC I would drag you to SOHO, Madison Avenue, Zara and The Rack. I want all the designer stuff, but can’t afford it. High fashion inspires me, it’s where so much creativity exists…gotta love it:)
 
Can you name a few of your favorite Northern California wedding venues?
 
Big Sur has been good to me. Can’t beat the cliffs and the ocean views…and the redwoods are dynamic too:) I guess that is my favorite. Vineyards are good too…Holman Ranch is one of those places. Oh and Pebble Beach-truly spectacular!! I am blessed to be in a beautiful place…that’s for sure.
 
Do you have a dream destination or venue you’d love to style?
 
My dream destination is Italy. I am designing a photo shoot there this April-so excited!!! It’s just the beginning, I have my sights set on DTLA, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, Sicily, Venice, Florida, Charleston..to name a few. That’s whats next for me. I see myself working with others on photoshoots and weddings all over. I’m ready, after raising my son Caleb (now in college) I feel like its time to take this show on the road. Excited about what the future holds. 
 

Thanks Christine!  Can’t wait to see what you blow our mind away with next!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on March 22, 2017 in FLORALS, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Shop Spotlight – Wild Child Party

You may have noticed that we have a major crush on Wild Child Party.  We have done quite a few photo shoots with them lately and can’t get enough.  They are the best when it comes to party goods and more in the Southern California area.  Today we’re sharing a tour of this amazing Long Beach, CA shop and an interview with owner Jolie Dionisio.  

All of the pretty photos are by Megan Welker.

How and when did Wild Child Party come to life?

It was kind of an accident … I knew from throwing my own kids’ parties that sourcing great stuff was so time consuming, but my thinking early on was more a website or etsy store.  An opportunity arose in 2015 to put together a ‘grab and go’ pop up shop in a local boutique.  I saw very quickly the demand was there so I shifted gears and found a space of my own … within one year we outgrew that space which led us to the amazing shop we have now..

What is the best part of owning a party store?

 Wow.  Lots of great things!  I love creating with my team.  It is so much fun to bring a theme or feeling to life for a customer’s event – being apart of these special occasions and sharing in the joy of others is really rewarding.  Everyday when I walk into the shop I feel proud of what our team has accomplished in such a short time.  

Wild Child is our go to shop for party supplies, talk to us about how you have such a well curated store…

 I live for the hunt.  Whether the local flea market or a boutique off the beaten path I am constantly searching for beautiful things.  For the shop I try to be very thoughtful of the products I would want to have at my own party and stock with that mindset.  We don’t have any filler product.  Everything in there we have picked to make our customers events memorable.

You are a fellow Mompreneur, give us some advice on doing it all!

 It was hard early on.  I transitioned overnight from a stay at home mom into a business owner running an event styling service, retail shop and now an event space. Not easy with 3 children.  I found balance in making sure that when I was home to be available and present to the family.   The other lifesaver is finding people you trust to pick up the ball and run when you can’t.  Wild Child is a team effort – I certainly couldn’t do this on my own, or with out the super support of my husband, he had my back so hard and non of this would be possible without him.

What are your favorite events to be a part of?

 We specialize in children’s parties, but any chance where we can create an experience of our own design – thats what gets me excited. A simple idea or feeling can lead me down the rabbit hole of inspiration and next thing I know we have a full blown party. Like I said earlier when we can be a part of bring people joy – well there is nothing better than that.

We obviously love your event space at the shop, give our readers more info on it…

 The 15’x22′ space is adjacent to our retail shop.  It has floor to sealing windows and beautiful daytime light so its very versatile for kids parties, photo shoots or small workshops.  We rent it out for a reasonable hourly rate and on occasion, for some larger events we will shut down the shop.  We recommend no more than 25 guests to keep it comfortable, but it is a great solution for locals looking to host a beautiful event or throw a party for their kids.
What’s next for Wild Child Party?
 
Right now we are just trying to keep our heads down and focus on making the company the best it can be. We have several events leading us into summer… hopefully a beijos event or two – wink wink! Oh! And we have begun to explore other locations and even our own line of goods – which could be a lot of fun!

Thanks so much Jolie!!

We can’t wait to see what you dream up next!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 16, 2017 in SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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