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Casey + Erik – Palm Springs Wedding

We did a ton of weddings this year, and we couldn’t be more grateful.  Each wedding we do I have a little pinch myself moment, it’s usually during the vows or during a speech.  Being a part of such a special day and seeing families so happy never gets old.  This is the beautiful Palm Springs wedding of Casey and Erik.  Their wedding really stands out to me because of their amazing family.  Everyone was so kind and gracious and you could really feel the love for these two.

Casey came to us early on in the planning process and had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted.  A touch of glam old Hollywood mixed with a moody modern vibe.  She made it pretty easy being the stylish girl she is!  Plus, they are a gorgeous couple, so that doesn’t hurt!  

Everything came together beautifully as captured by Andria Lindquist.  Keep scrolling to see this Palm Springs beauty full of bougainvillea, glamour and romance.

Also featured today on Junebug Weddings

Let’s start with the details… The wedding took place at the gorgeous La Chureya Estate in Palm Springs.  It had everything your heart would desire from a gorgeous pool, tons of bougainvillea and tons of pretty corners to take photos.  Casey’s simple yet stunning dress took center stage below and we loved her velvet heels she chose.

Could she look more beautiful?!  This old Hollywood glamour look really got us!  So beautiful inside and out!

The first look took place in the estate and couldn’t have been sweeter.  I love how excited they both are, you can feel the giddyness in the photo!!

Bloom Babes handled all of the florals and Casey’s bouquet.  I love how dramatic and romantic it is, and that black ribbon just made it!!  Also, that alter install they made will go down as one of our favorites of all time!

In my opinion, there’s never enough bougainvillea, NEVER!!!

Cocktail hour was amazing with lots of yummy apps and drinks.  Not only was the wedding party drop dead gorgeous but all of their guests were too!  And so well dressed… How cute is Casey’s dad double fisting?!  Love that shot!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The reception continued with the moody glam vibe of the day.   Colors of black, white and deep burgundy looked gorgeous against the rustic wood tables.  Plus, that lounge from Adore Folklore makes my heart so happy.  It was the perfect spot for guests to gather and rest and kick up their feet.  I just love how well it all flowed together!!

Andria captured these two so well…  And I love all of the extra shots she did of the property, it just makes you feel like you are there.  Seriously, I could frame some of those as art in my home.

The cakes were gorgeous and made by Casey’s friend!  Can you believe that talent?!  Bloom Babes prettied them up even more of course!  Loved this whole set up, and they were delicious too….

I always love seeing the “sunset photos” after a wedding we do… We aren’t there to see them usually because we are busy at the reception.  So it’s really fun to see what the photographer captured after the fact.  Of course Andria didn’t disappoint!

The night got even better!!  How pretty does the pool look with all the candles and lighting?  Quintessential Palm Springs… The party got moved inside for “Club Myhros” the couple’s last name.  Their friend dj’d all of their favorite jams and the dance party went off!  The night ended with a sparkler exit for this amazing couple!!

Such an amazing day for an amazing couple!!  Cheers to many more years of happiness!



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Alicia + Bryan – San Luis Obispo Wedding

Leah and I have been dying to share this gorgeous wedding for a few months now.  In August we were lucky enough to be a party of Ali & Bryan’s San Luis Obispo wedding.  It brought us back to one of our favorite venues, Biddle Ranch Vineyard.  This place has upgraded since our last wedding there, they now have a gorgeous tasting room and the property’s greens have flourished.  It is such a gorgeous spot in one of the prettiest places in California.

Ali was a dream bride, organized, trusting and had a great eye for style.  We loved working with her every step of the way and her family and friends were equally amazing.  The day went off without a hitch and reliving it through Megan Welker’s stunning photos makes me nostalgic.  Think simple and clean style with a dash of rustic, keep scrolling to see it all, you’ll want to get your pin button ready!

Also featured today on 100LayerCake

One of the many things I love about working with Megan Welker is her attention to detail and the fact that she over shoots.  Meaning, you will not find one thing not shot by this woman on your special day… She covers EVERYTHING!  It’s honestly amazing!  And she gets multiple shots of it all, so you really feel like you’re in that moment.

I helped a bit on the styling, but she shot all of the details so perfectly for Ali & Bryan.  And what pretty details they were….

More on this piece of amazingness later… I am really loving that leather jacket trend for brides this year!

Getting ready for your big day is a big part of the fun!  These are where big memories are made.  All of those feelings of excitement are tingling in your body and all of the stress floats away.  This is your time to celebrate with your wedding party and enjoy the day!  Plus, it’s such a special time with your immediate family.  Ali had her mom and sister helping her get ready, their close bond can be felt through the photos of the day…

There’s something amazing about a groom and his groomsmen in tuxes… They just look so dapper!  Bryan played the part of the handsome groom quite well!

Aww, the first look.  Another aspect of wedding photography that Megan is a master of.  I love the way Bryan looks at Ali in these photos, he is in awe of her!!  We can’t recommend a first look enough, it’s so amazing to have that private moment with your soon to be spouse in private.  It always ends up being so special…

Clover & Branch is responsible for the breathtaking florals through-out the wedding.  Ali’s style was very classic and simple.  We did greenery along with white florals and the look is just so elegant.  This greenery trend is truly amazing, I wouldn’t mind if it stuck around for a while…

Here’s Ali and her beautiful bridesmaids!  

And can’t forget the groomsmen!  I always think groomsmen photos are so funny, guys can never make a straight face when they are all together.  They just are having too much fun!

On to the ceremony!  It was a really beautiful day, not too hot or cold at all, just perfect.  The scene was set with gorgeous garland and guests were given white rose petals for the big exit.  Which, when you see the photo below, you will definitely want to put in your back pocket for wedding ideas… Such an epic shot!

See what I mean!!!

The table design was made for Biddle Ranch Vineyard.  Doesn’t everything just flow so perfectly?!  The greenery, the clean whites, the rustic tables… It’s just dreamy!!  We loved the simplicity of the clear glassware, white china and the touch of metallic with the gold flatware.  Votives were scattered through-out the tables for that romantic touch.  Courtney from Poppy Jack did the calligraphy for the place cards and a sprig of olive branch was placed on each plate for a finishing touch!

I seriously can’t get enough of the olive trees…

Ali’s dad made this escort display board!  Isn’t that amazing?!  He loves both of his daughters so much… Leah and I were so excited for his speech and it proved to be a tear jerker like we thought.  There’s nothing like that father/daughter relationship.  Poppy Jack did the calligraphy again here…

Ok, if you ever plan on getting married in the San Luis Obispo area you MUST use Paper Cake Events for your desserts.  This girl is beyond talented and we loved everything that she created, plus it was delicious!  I mean, those cookies… they are the prettiest!!

Kicking off an incredible night with some amazing toasts and lots of love and laughter!

Sunset photos are key to any wedding, you get such pretty shots!!  And the bride and groom are a little bit more relaxed and ready to party!  Remember that amazing custom black leather jacket?!  Well, here it is in all it’s glory!  Ali could not look more beautiful!

And now for the dance party!!!  Dart DJ’s had everyone dancing all night!!

Such an amazing wedding!  We are so lucky to be a part of these momentous occasions!!  Thank you Ali & Bryan for sharing this day with us!!




Design & Planning – Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Venue – Biddle Ranch
Florist – Clover & Branch
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop
Caterer – Zest It Up
Desserts – Paper Cake Events
Videographer – Reeh TV
Photo Booth – SLOtography
Bartenders – Bottles & Ice

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Erin + Chris – Santa Ynez Wedding

Wedding season is coming to a slow end for us as we approach Fall.  Our crazy but fun Spring and Summer we worked with the most amazing couples helping them execute their vision on their most important day to date!   It’s the best part of our jobs seeing them so happy, and having the best time with their friends and family.  Erin and Chris were no exception here. Erin contacted us and from our first conversation I knew she would be a Beijos bride.  Her sense of style and attention to detail was right up our alley and we couldn’t wait to help her design and plan out her day.  Plus she had already picked out her venue, Gainey Vineyard, which is in the heart of one of our favorite places, none other than Santa Ynez.   The light is just super magical against the rolling hills and rows of endless vineyards.

Lovely Photography by Ryanne Bee

Also find it here featured on Style Me Pretty last month!

As a bride, Erin was a master planner. A dream to work with as she was super organized and knew every detail she wanted to execute. With a beautiful venue like Gainey Vineyard on her side, she made plans to make it a super memorable one. Plus, with Beijos to bounce ideas off of and guide her vision, the day was literally perfect. It was overall rustic, which fit the surroundings.

It brought in a pretty dainty vintage vibe in the signage and tabletop but also had a fun edge to it with the catering and band. All of these elements making it very personal to Erin and Chris becoming “The Roses”. The ceremony space was breathtaking underneath a huge gorgeous oak tree overlooking…you guessed it, the beautiful rolling hills and the endless vineyards! How picturesque this place was!

The flowers fit the scene so well too with soft pinks and olive branch touches. The dance party though…wow! Erin was set on her band from the second she got engaged. Flash Plants, the 80’s tribute band was super entertaining, and the crowd was loving it!

From the couple… Before we started conceptualizing the style, we knew we wanted the whole weekend to feel like us, having our personalities and love shine through. We also wanted to give us and our guests a really really really good time and make it a memorable experience! Our ceremony was very personalized, emotional and heartfelt and our reception was just insanely fun! We felt it struck the perfect balance!

Style-wise I feel like, if Joanna Gaines and Kate Moss had a baby, it would be our wedding. The vibe was romantic and vineyard-chic and we had pops of fun, cool personal touches everywhere. We opted for a soft color palette of blushes, pinks and creams, mixing in olive tree leaf green and wood to play up the location, topping it all off with and an eclectic mix of warm metallics and of course touches of rose gold.

The one advice I would give, is to listen to the advice that everyone tells you – coming out the other side, it’s all true! I didn’t want to believe it, but yes, the day flies by; yes, it’s an out of body experience; yes the day won’t be perfect; yes make time in timeline to just enjoy and party and yes, make sure you eat!

Hands down one of the best dance parties we’ve been to at one of our weddings!!  Congratulations Erin & Chris, we will remember your special day always, thank you for letting us share your special day!

Xx Leah


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Beijos Events

Floral Design

Fleur De Rye

Wedding Dress
Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Show Me Your Mumu

Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen’s Attire

Friar Tux Shop Of Orange


Seaside Ceremonies


Jump On The School Bus

Wedding Venue

Gainey Vineyard


805 Party Pix

Calligraphy on Jacket

Bash Calligraphy

Hair & Makeup Bridal Party

Chiffon Salon


Cowboy Flavor



Mariachi Band

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Signage Calligraphy

Perfect Fete

Bride’s Leather Jacket

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Solvang Bakery

Bridesman’s Attire

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Wedding Spotlight – Twinkle & Toast

This month’s wedding spotlight is on the amazingly talented Taryn of Twinkle & Toast.  She is one of my favorite vendors to collaborate with and you will see why!  Whenever we do an event or shoot together I can honestly say I fully trust her with everything she creates.  Taryn is honest and sincere with her thoughts on each project and always willing to try something outside the box.  She is beyond creative and I seriously am in awe of her talent.  Keep reading to hear more about her and the advice she has for all of you brides!

Photos by Society House, Amy Lynn, Whiskers & Willow and Megan Welker

Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

I’ve been married to my husband Justin for four years.  We didn’t start dating till after college but we first met 20 years ago, growing up in the same neighborhood here in San Diego!  We now have a 1.5-year-old blonde-haired, blue-eyed tiny little daughter named Avery.  We enjoy brewery trips, zoo visits and backyard picnic nights together.

How did you discover your talent for calligraphy?

I’ve always been somewhat of an artist, exploring through mostly 2D art, painting and drawing.  Hand lettering was always a hobby, but I had no idea it could be a career.  I started dabbling in weddings during an internship with an event planning company in college and learned about all the niche business in the industry.  Once I discovered stationery and calligraphy, I was hooked and found my happy place. 

When and how did you decide to start Twinkle & Toast?

I’ve wanted to work in the wedding industry for a long time, but my career path slowly took me in another direction.  Once I was planning my own wedding I realized how much I really wanted to be part of it all again and started Twinkle & Toast as a side hustle around the same time. 

What are your favorite pieces to design for clients…

My absolute favorite thing to do – and huge bulk of my business – is to create a full custom invitation suite.  I love collaborating with my clients to set the tone of their wedding.  This is the first taste their guests will see, and it’s up to me to get that just right.  I love pulling paper swatches, suggesting printing processes, and adding surprise elements to get it just right.  We work together for months and it is so rewarding to see it all come together.

Where do you find inspiration for new designs?

Obviously we all love dive down the rabbit holes of Instagram and Pinterest, I could get lost for days!  But as far as paper goods go, I try to draw inspiration from other places besides actual completed invitation suites from other designers (or even my own past designs).  I look to textures, venues, atmospheres, feelings, colors and try to convey a story into the invitation.  I think we limit ourselves if we just try to replicate a finished product and it loses authenticity if you don’t experience the process fully.

What is the best and worst part of working in a creative field?

The best part is that there is always a new challenge or idea to tackle.  Each client has a different vibe, making every project refreshing and exciting.  I thrive on coming up with new solutions and perspectives to create a unique piece of art.  I suppose I’d say the worst part of working specifically in the wedding-creative industry is I don’t always have the ultimate say on the final product, the bride does, which sometimes can be restrictive.  But if she’s happy, I’m a happy lady too!

How is life as a business owner and mom?

As anything in life, it has its ups and downs.  There are days where I cry and think I can’t handle it all and am ready to call it quits.  There are other days when I’m off with my girl in the middle of the week that I am so grateful for both the flexibility of a parent while having a successful and rewarding career.  Becoming a mom has showed me what is most important. Every day I have a choice to dedicate my time to what matters the most: whether that is a big wedding job, a passion project or a Saturday off enjoying time with my family.  Having a child puts things in perspective and makes me a little less guilty when I need to say “no”.  As hard as it may be to balance, I want my daughter to see I worked hard to follow my dreams and set an example for her own future path.

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

I don’t think there has been one project with Beijos that I didn’t love.  Every project is so festive, darling and vibrant.  And although they have a signature style, no two projects are ever the same.  If I had to pick, I’d say our bridal shower with Kimberly from Eat Sleep Wear with a ton of gold pineapples and tropical vibes, and our colorful Cinco de Mayo shoot in collaboration with The Little Market.

What would you recommend to a bride and groom just starting to plan their invitations?

There are plenty of talented designers out there, but I would recommend booking someone who is knowledgeable, patient and eager to answer any questions and make suggestions you might not have considered.  Stationery and print terminology can be very overwhelming and there are so many factors involved that can affect price, timeline, design, etc.  But there is always an option for every style and budget, and we are here to guide!  The custom process can take longer than ready-to-ship invites, so you’ll want to factor in plenty of time for this.  I usually plan for two months – this allows for initial design, revision rounds, print production, envelope calligraphy, assembly, etc.   It’s also wise to send your invites our two months prior to the wedding date, so to be safe, aim to book your wedding stationer about six months in advance to secure availability and design time.

What’s next for Twinkle & Toast?

What a great question!  2017 has been about big, quiet moves for me.  I am focusing on quality over quantity and not getting FOMO when I can’t make every single event, shoot or wedding.  I’m elevating my invitation suites aesthetic and taking on projects I am passionate about.  I’m working on strategic collaborations with other brands and always open to exploring new paths.  I love where I am today, but ready to go with the flow with where some new opportunities might take me in the future.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us Taryn!!



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By on August 24, 2017 in VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS


Wedding Spotlight – 10.11 Makeup

Can you believe it’s the last day of July?!  Well I couldn’t end the month without doing a spotlight on one of our wedding vendor friends!  This month’s is another great one in Erica Beukelman, owner of 10.11 Makeup.  I met Erica for the first time when she did my makeup for a maternity session through The Fox and the Sparrow Sessions.  Right away she felt like a friend and I could sense how genuine she is within a few minutes of being around her.  

Erica is extremely talented, honest and makes you feel at ease being around her, all things you want from your hair and makeup artist.  She is one of the first people we recommend to our brides for this reason.  She also has the best puns known to man, you literally can’t leave her presence without laughing your butt off.  I admire so many things about this woman including her drive in her business, her friendships and of course how she is as a mom.  Keep scrolling to learn more about this talented lady in our Q&A and to see her beautiful work! 

Tell us a little bit about you…

 I am a wifey to my hot baby daddy, and a mamma of three boys.  If you were to describe me based on the most common things people tag me in it would be : whales, puns and hallmark movies.  I think that really sums it up.  I have an admittedly weird obsession with humpback whales.  If I wasn’t doing hair and makeup, I would 100% be doing something where I could make puns for a living, like naming nail polish?  And I start listening to Christmas music and looking for Hallmark holiday movies starting in about May of each year.  I live for bad tv and movies that were made for 14 year old girls.  I love rosé out of a can and chips and salsa.  I’m kind of a homebody, and love lazy days and spending time with friends and family.  I also love to travel and explore, and I could probably write a book on how to eat your way through the coast of California and Hawaii.

How and when did you start your career in hair and makeup?

 I have always wanted to be a hairstylist. Like I lined up my barbies and styled them all, teaching myself to french-braid on a Barbie head. Right out of high school I wanted to go to cosmetology school, but my parents encouraged me to go to college first. So after completing my Masters program, I enrolled in a cosmetology program, and started 10.11 while in school.

I attribute a lot of my success to the amazing relationships I’ve established and the vendors that refer. I used twitter back when that was a thing (don’t tell my husband I said that because he loves the twitter) and I really put myself out their inorder to build my portfolio. I was very particular with who I worked with and began to define my niche in the industry.

We are more known for a natural beauty style, so I intentionally aligned myself with those I thought would have clients that would prefer that look. I don’t advertise, so all of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals from those relationships with vendors. It’s been pretty incredible to see the growth and evolvement of my company and team. I’m extremely particular with my Artists and have been so thankful to have such a professional and talented group of girls.

What do you love most about working with brides on their big day?

 Honestly, I think it goes for any of our clients (bridal or not),  I love helping them recognize their beauty. Watching a client feel comfortable in their own skin, not needing to look like someone else, but seeing their natural features highlighted and brought out, is a beautiful thing. I love the emotion in weddings, the excitement, and it’s special getting to be a part of one of the biggest moments of their lives. Sometimes I get back in my car after a wedding and I’m a little emotional because it’s over and that client feels more like a friend.

I also think that because the majority of our clients come as referrals they trust us to do what we do. Plus I’m kind of a crazy person when it comes to being on time, so I think they really appreciate that as well, and it’s fun for us to get to enjoy the day with them.

What advice do you have for bride’s out there who are looking for a hair and makeup artist for their wedding?

 Hire a professional, this is an investment in your wedding. Specifically, hire a professional that specializes in weddings. Skill matters just as much as understanding the importance of timing on a wedding day. Also trust the person you hire and the advice they give. But be honest if you don’t care for something, and don’t overthink it- what you want matters more than what other people want to tell you you want ;) 
Do a trial with the person, make sure they have a contract, and if you’re going to be making any changes (hair color, length, etc) plan for that prior to the trial date. 
Lastly, be prepared. Have an idea of what you want or don’t want for your wedding look, and then allow your artist to create something for you. 

Talk to us about setting goals for you and your business… I know you set a big goal this year and achieved it!

 At the end of /beginning of each year my hubs and I have a conversation just reflecting on the year prior and then I always say out loud one goal that seems totally crazy that I have for the year to come. One year I said I wanted work on TV, one year it was to be published in a national magazine, and this year it was to have work up on a billboard… every year I have hit that goal.

I think it places a fire inside to say it out loud and it is motivating.  I have to talk myself out of doubt and discouragement, but it’s almost like saying it out loud resets focus and makes dreams come alive. If you tell yourself you are capable, I think you can achieve anything. I have always loved goal setting, I used to make giant poster-size dream boards haha.

 What is your favorite project you’ve done with Beijos?

 All of them, duh! But really, I love all of the shoots we do. I love the tutorials. But I would say my fave was probably when we did the “If I were to get married now what would I choose” hair and makeup looks for some of my favorite mamas in the industry!

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

 Take care of your skin. Honestly I think when it comes to skin, less is more. I don’t understand big nightly routines of using 85 products. I think the less you put on your skin, making sure the products are pure and clean, the better. So I’d say for skin and face:  cleansing your skin daily, washing your pillows consistently, and changing out your mascara every month will help keep bacteria away.
For hair, I love hair masks for hydration and clarifying shampoos to get out any buildup. I would say don’t overwash color treated hair- invest in some dry shampoo, and use a heat protectant in order to help maintain the integrity of your hair.

What are your top 5 beauty products you can’t live without…

Well personally, if I named 5 products that would be my personal makeup bag in its entirety haha. 

 Mascara, always. 
Beauty blender 
Facial oil- I love jojoba oil, as well as Beauty Counter’s facial oils.
Rose water spray
Sea salt/ ocean spray

Bonus, lip gloss also from Beauty Counter. Its THE best gloss I have ever tried… and no I dont sell it :) 

You have made some amazing friendships through this industry, talk to us about that and why they are so important to you… 

 I have made lifelong friendships in this industry and I am so grateful. I think its so important to have healthy, non-competitive, friendships with others that share in the same passions as you. I love that quote “comparison is the thief of joy”, because it’s true.  It’s hard, but it’s a major truth bomb.  There is so much work to go around, there is no room for cattiness, but always room for celebrating others’ successes and victories. Surround yourself with people who can be cheerleaders as well as teachers. So I have a lot of incredible makeup artists/ hair stylists friends that I value so much.

I also think its incredibly important to surround yourself with people who will challenge you and inspire you to become a better person (we always have room for growth). For instance, I know I am a better businesswoman because of some of the women I have surrounded myself with that have strengths I did not. Relationships are a big thing for me, genuinely caring for people on a personal, not just business, level, and I am so grateful for this industry and the lifers I have made :) 

Thank you Erica for being so inspiring and sharing your story with us!



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By on July 31, 2017 in BEAUTY, HAIR, MAKEUP, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS