MY WEDDING IS ON STYLE ME PRETTY!

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I am so excited to announce that Craig and my wedding is being featured on Style Me Pretty today! Here’s a small selection of my favorite photos, plus the background on our vision. Head over to Style Me Pretty for the full story!

Our Story:

In a small seminar class in college, Claire started explaining the thesis of a paper she had written that week and noticed Craig’s ears perk up from across the room. He asked her if she wanted to write papers with him and that’s what started their long, unrequited courtship. Craig had a big, really poorly hidden crush on Claire, and Claire was completely intimidated by him, and both of them were too cowardly to do anything about it. Six years and a few relationships later, Craig and Claire reconnected.  One day he came over at about 2 pm to catch up, and then that turned into dinner and a movie, and then talking until 2 am, then their first kiss, and then on their fifth date he accidentally told Claire he wanted to marry her. Eighteen months later, she said yes.

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Vibe:

Philadelphia Story meets LA eclectic.  Not too boho or ladylike, more inspired by historic LA.

For us, we wanted our wedding to feel like the best intimate dinner party my guests had ever been to, the kind of dinner party where you all of a sudden come out of your wine and food induced haze and can’t believe it’s gotten so late. We needed to lock down the caterer first, find fabulous photographers, but then create a space where amazing photos would happen.  This means we needed a venue that had beautiful light and character.  But because I wanted to spend more of the budget on food, high quality photographers, and details like the table settings and flowers, I needed to find a venue that was already “photo ready.” I also found lower budget places to add intimate details, like creating DIY cocktail kits as the favors, where I hand sourced every vintage glass, designed the bottles and coasters, and even made the smoked orange bitters; or designing the invitations myself; or designing all of the paper elements myself as well. I worked with the florist to extend her past just bouquets and centerpieces to do flower cones and special floral moments – it made her bid a bit more expensive, but it was cheaper than spending in rentals or bringing in an additional vendor.

Colors:

blush pink, gold, taupe, pale violet, dark sage green, and charcoal.

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MY WEDDING // The Kitchy Kitchen

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Vendors:

Wedding Planners: Beau & Arrow Events

Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch, the lower Hacienda, Santa Susana, CA

Photographer: Luke and Katherine from Max and Friends

Portrait Studio: Foxes and Wolves

Videographer: Wade from Shark Pig

Caterer: Jason Neroni, a personal friend to the Bride and Groom.

Flowers: Moon Canyon

Rentals: Yeah! Rentals

Tabletop: Dish Wish Events

Cakes: Claire’s Aunt Tina and her friend Laurel from Sweet Laurel

Dress: Ersa Atelier

Rings: Erie Basin and LuvAJ

Hair and Make Up: Sunnie Brook

Lashes: D’Lashes

Music: Vinyl Session by Ryan Thomas, First Dance by Fran from Young the Giant and OC Strings

Coffee: Caffe Luxxe

Invitations: Claire Thomas, the Bride

Calligraphy: Katt Qian