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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!

xx

Jacquelyn

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

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Wedding Spotlight – Carlie Statsky

I’m excited for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight because I just had the pleasure of hanging out with this beautiful lady.  Carlie Statsky was one of the first photographers we worked with.  Right when we started, our first styled shoot!  I reached out to her because I had admired her work for sometime and considered her one of the best.  Lucky for me, she was excited about our mood board and concept we had for our shoot.  At the time I was so new in the industry I was just so excited she said yes to us!

Now years later we are all lucky to call Carlie a friend.  We’ve done some really fun projects with her, big occasions for her family and amazing trips for us.  The best part is getting to know her incredible family along the way!  At our first shoot when she strolled in with her husband Gabe, all of us were in awe of this beautiful couple.  We have since dubbed her husband Gabe the Babe.  Her kids Myles and Kaia are beyond cute and sweet and just as talented as their Mom & Dad.Carlie’s work is nothing short of beautiful every single time, and I really think it’s because she takes so much pride in it.  Working with her I see her take time to get each and every detail, something I so appreciate as a stylist as so much time is put into each project or wedding.  She’s easy to work with, always patient and handles everything with a smile.  We truly can’t say enough good things about this talented lady, so we just had to share her with you today.  I know you will fall in love with her like we have, and her whole family.  Keep reading for our Q&A with this talented woman.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I’m a wife to Gabe, a mama to Myles, (who’s almost 13) and Kaia, ( who’s 10) and a photographer and workshop host living out in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was born in San Francisco to an artist and an entrepreneur, both of whom have hippy hearts and aren’t afraid to take risks in life. Our family moved to Australia when I was in elementary school and I spent all of my high school years there, as well as some post-college years too, so I consider myself both American and Australian. Growing growing up in both of those countries, plus my time spent living in Barbados and New Zealand, have shaped who I am…  Someone obsessed with travel, family, good humor, good design, people’s stories, moments of joy, documenting meaningful moments, new experiences, and all things personal growth related.

You can usually find me editing photos in the rad little office that my husband Gabe built for me while listening to This American Life, The Good Life Project , Jess Lively or Ted talk podcasts, going for runs along Westcliff with Gabe while our kids bike beside us, traveling to some of Northern California’s most beautiful spots to photograph weddings with Gabe as my amazing second shooter, making beds and cleaning up after my kids because clutter and messes hurt my eyes, making time for girls’ night out, or dreaming up some new idea for a photoshoot, a workshop or a trip away. I feel incredibly grateful that I get to have a creative and fulfilling career, while raising our family close to our family and lots of nature. Life feels both grounded and expansive, which is what I crave on the daily.

How and when did you get into photography?

 I first fell in love with photography when I was a teenager growing up in Australia, because my babysitter, (who I thought was the absolute coolest) was into all things creative; especially photography. She taught me the basics and then took me on my first overnight backpacking trip to Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. It was such a beautiful and inspiring experience for me, and I loved how my photos from that trip kept all of those special memories and positive feelings so alive and tangible for me.
 
Then shortly after that trip my brother and I were home for Christmas holidays, (our summer vacation) and this huge hail storm hit, so the cold ice hitting the hot earth created a huge layer of steam all over the ground, so I grabbed my camera filled with sepia film and ran all over our country property taking photos of my brother silhouetted in the steam. I’ll never forget the feeling when I went to pick the film up, and the photos somehow completely captured the magical, eery and enchanted feeling of that day.
 

From that moment on I knew that I wanted to be a photographer, so when I left Australia for college in the US I applied to do an independent bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, combining all of the photography from the art department with all of the journalism, social documentation and anthropology courses that I could, with dreams of telling stories with my photos for a living.

What do you love most about shooting weddings?

 
I am still so obsessed with witnessing and documenting the total joy and love shared between people in such intimate moments, in such beautiful places on a wedding day. I think that positive and powerful energy is contagious and my husband and I always leave a wedding on a high that leaves a real impact on our daily lives. We always end up getting to see the most beautiful sides of people, their families and their relationships, and those characters and connections often leave us feeling inspired to be better partners, parents and friends ourselves. How do you stay creative outside of photography? We love to travel as a family, (everything from little stay-cations to big international trips) and that always provides a fresh perspective, but I also just love to document the small, beautiful and meaningful moments of raising our family in Santa Cruz just using my phone. I like to think of each photo as a little declaration of gratitude, and I think that most of my art is really inspired by the moment of love, beauty and connection in the world around us.

 
I also really love to collaborate with other creative professionals in the wedding and event industry to do inspirational shoots each and every year, so that we can dream up new ideas and try new things. I’ve also been shooting a lot of film again on my medium format Contax camera, because that feeling I get when fresh scans arrive in my inbox totally reminds me of those same feelings I got when I first started loving photography.

You are a busy mom of two, how do you balance having your own business and being a mom?

 Oh that ever-elusive work-family life balance! If that actually exists, I don’t think that I’ve found it yet, but I think that we can all find our own sweet spot somewhere close to it. :) Having an office that’s separate from my house has really helped me to be more focused and productive when I’m at work, and more present when I’m home with the kids. I also schedule one weekend off a month so that I don’t miss out on all of the weekend fun with the kids, and we never do back-to-back weddings anymore.
 
I have to say I couldn’t do it all without the amazing support and help from the 4 grandparents who are actively involved in our kids’ lives. Having them around means that I can be away for weddings and not be riddled with mom-guilt because I know that they’re in such good hands, and when we miss sport games etc we’re getting play-by-play texts, photos and videos sent to us so we feel like we’re almost there too. I’ve found that it’s so important to ask for help when needed, to delegate tasks that don’t inspire me and slow me down, to set boundaries for myself on when it’s time for me leave work behind, and to keep working on myself as both a business owner and a mom. Some days I’m in that sweet, almost-balanced spot, and some days I’m not and just have to try again the next day. 

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve shot with Beijos?

 Oooh that’s a tough one …. if I’m allowed to count one I didn’t shoot but one that we worked on together it would definitely have to be my 40th birthday party in Palm Springs! That was a weekend I’ll never forget and you ladies went above beyond to make it such a perfect evening for us all!
 
Then I have so many favorites that I’ve shot, but 2 are tied for the top spot: One was the Reach workshop that I hosted with Allison from Engaged and Inspired at Holman Ranch. It was so rad to have all of the attendees sitting down and enjoying a meal together at the beautiful, colorful fiesta-inspired table that you ladies helped design, and then head up the hill for a sunset styled shoot with the most inspiring couple, wedding-day details, and Carmel Valley views to capture.
 
The second was our recent Beijos Girls’ getaway trip to Guerneville. It was so much fun to explore all over that cute town with you 3 and then stay up late drinking wine and talking by the campfire outside our Autocamp airstreams. I love how you ladies continue to innovate and create such inspiring and beautiful content for your readers, and how you’re all hard-working and creative mamas. All 3 of you can effortlessly whip up the prettiest tablescape, outfit or cocktail recipe, all while holding a baby on your hip and looking like a babe! I’m already looking forward to our next photoshoot adventure together…  What 3 words describe you best? Sentimental, (aka sappy AF) excitable, and adaptable


What are 3 things that people may not know about you?

 1. I have very eclectic music taste, from folksy girl power type artists to full on gansta rap. My friends would make fun of me for knowing all of the lyrics to both the Indigo Girls and Eazy E. :)

2. After college I drove all the way around Australia by myself with my camera and my surf board in an old 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser that had a sofa that converted into a bed in the back. I’ve had close encounters with sharks, crocodiles, stonefish and crazy people. I’ve also have close encounters with some of the most beautiful people and places too, and I’m just happy to be alive to tell my kids the stories!

3. I was actually living in Sydney, Australia when I met Gabe. We met through mutual friends at a graduation party and we were inseparable for the next 5 days. After only 5 days of knowing him, I decided to move country for him. I’ve done some crazy things in my life, but that was probably the craziest – I’m so glad that my intuition proved me right and that things worked out, as we’ recently celebrated 13 years of marriage!

On an ideal weekend off where would we find you and what would you be doing?

 Any weekend off is an ideal weekend in my book, but I love going on little trips with my family and close friends to all of the amazing places where we usually work, like Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Napa or Tahoe, and just enjoying all of the good food, wine, views and pools/hot tubs that they have to offer. I’m not one to sleep in, as I’m always too excited to see all of the pretty places and do all of the fun things. I usually need a weekend off after my ideal weekend, because they’re kinda exhausting, but you won’t find me complaining one bit. I’m always down for some quality family time and an adventure…

We feel so honored to have worked with Carlie and to call her our friend.  Thank you for sharing a little bit more about you and all of these gorgeous photos!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 26, 2017 in PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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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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