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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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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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By on May 5, 2017 in BEIJOS BRIDE, BEIJOS WEDDING, CELEBRATIONS, FAMILY, STYLED BY BEIJOS, Uncategorized, WEDDINGS

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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. 

Vendors

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

xx

Abby

 

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By on April 25, 2017 in BEIJOS WEDDING, WEDDINGS

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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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