Monthly Archives: October 2011
Aren’t these glitter and suede peep-toe ankle booties by Miu Miu too precious for words? The minute I saw these my eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store! The peach and silver color combo is so perfect and I definitely need to have these for my Fall wardrobe. If Dorothy ever gets sick of her Ruby Slippers, I suggest these for an alternate! Cheers and Happy Friday!
I read love stories every day. Some make me laugh, some get me welled up a bit and some leave me in awe. Although I am not sure exactly how the big picture works, I can’t help but believe that fate exists and I think you will agree when you read Casey and Brando’s love story.
Their simple, California backyard wedding was elegant and deeply personal and I couldn’t help, but want to share it on a dismal day like today where it is pouring outside and they are forecasting snow for later this evening. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Casey Moss and Brando King
Married in Riverside, California on October 9, 2010
“On this day as our families entwine let the forever give the two of us strength throughout all seasons, for our loving bond to grow, our roots to bind as one
no matter how high or wide this tree will grow.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn L Moss ,Sr. invite you to join them on this day as
Casey Colleen and Mr. Brando Scott King
begin the birth of their own branch, and the beginning of their life together.”
Casey Moss and Brando King coincidentally attended the same high school. Yet, Casey being a mere freshman who was two years younger than Brando, found herself having a school girl crush. It wasn’t until Brando graduated that Casey captured his heart and he surprised her with a first date at Seaworld in San Diego. They quickly built a strong connection and soon fell in love, but it wasn’t until later that they discovered another connection they’d shared for years, but had no idea.
As a girl, Casey and her mother frequented a post office that sold hand-painted greeting cards by a local woman from Lake Arrowhead. The artist told Casey and her mom the story behind her work and how she decided to sell her art to support her family. Touched by the woman’s story and her incredible talent, Casey and her mother bought them whenever they could. After a year of dating, Brando noticed the cards at Casey’s parent’s house and said “Those are my mother’s cards!”
Brando proposed in Coronado after sending Casey on an eight-hour scavenger hunt, which consisted of activities like yoga, a picnic lunch with her parents, and beer at a brewery with some of Brando’s friends and brothers. The day ended with Casey riding her bike around Coronado and arriving back at the spot that she had her picnic earlier in the day, to find Brando waiting for her with a view overlooking downtown San Diego.
Trees, yes trees, were the inspiration for Casey Moss and Brando King’s wedding. Like a tree, whose roots can grow three times as wide as the branches, a marriage also depends on the strength of its foundation—its roots.
Casey and Brando’s wedding was held in the backyard of Casey’s parent’s home—the house where she grew up and in the yard where she climbed trees. In fact, the branches of these same trees were used to make their six-foot tall “Tree Centerpieces” that were strung with yellow flowers and votive candle.
Brando’s mother Jody was the artist who created their tree logo, which consisted of a tree with its trunk formed out of the letter “K” for King. This logo was carried through from their balsa wood invitations to the programs, menus, cake, dance floor, and on the label wrapped around their parting gift: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
On October 9, 2010, Brando and Casey began the birth of their own branch. Each aspect of their wedding reminded them of their past, illustrated pieces of their present, and excitement for their new life together.
Cake: The Great Dane Baking Company, Huntington Beach, CA; Caterer: Choura Events, Long Beach, CA; Wine and Spirits: La Bodega Wine, Riverside, CA; Event Planner and Florist: Kathy Nosek, a Divine-Occasion, Huntington Beach, CA; Linen: Wildflower Linen, Costa Mesa, CA; Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings, Long Beach, CA; Lighting: ANZA Party Rentals, Torrance, CA; Entertainment: Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment, Irvine, CA; Stationery: Cards of Wood, Jenny Gray, Delights and Invites, Riverside, CA and Milkfed Press, Alameda, CA; Calligrapher: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy, Sherman Oaks, CA; Jewelry: Bon Bon by Micah Yancey and Starz Selection; Tuxedo: Initial-Impressions; Hair and Makeup: Karen Allen Salon & Spa, Riverside, CA; Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier at The White Dress, Corona Del Mar, CA; Videographer: Mission Visual, Anaheim Hills, CA; Photography: Cean Orrett, Cean One Photography, Riverside and Los Angeles, CA
Think about a lush romantic garden with breathtaking ocean views, sprinkle in numerous elegant fountains and timeless sculptures. You might be thinking of some far off exotic location in Europe, and while the name is Italian there is no passport needed to have your wedding at the beautiful Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista. Susan Burger, owner of Villa Sancti had some time to chat with us about her beautiful property in Malibu, CA. Susan Burger, the event manager of the property has worked in the interior design industry for over 25 years. Seamlessly transferring her exquisite taste into the world of weddings. Susan was able to answer few questions about her gorgeous garden property.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
SB: I am a part of the process from day one. I am involved in every meeting which takes place on the property. The vendors come to the Villa to understand the perfect choreography that takes place during the course of the event so that it plays out exactly to the bride and grooms specifications. I am present during the entire event at every event. The most important thing for me is for the bride, groom and their families to have had an exceptional experience that is like none other, full of beautiful romantic memories. Villa Sancti is a special place where anyone who enters the gardens can sense the abundant life and love that resides here. The sophisticated European gardens, gorgeous ocean and canyon vista at sunset are added bonuses.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
SB: Couples can expect nonstop support and communication from me from the planning stages till they’re driving off for their honeymoon. I try to make their special day as stress free for the bride, groom and their families as possible. Along with the property we have a large variety of extras that couples can choose from to add to their wedding. I take great pride in the property and I am there for every wedding to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
SB: Gorgeous, Breathtaking and Warm!
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
SB: We have access to the beach; there are ocean views from all areas of the villa. Also, the gorgeous canyon views and sunsets complete with fountains, arched trellis with flowers framed by the ocean. And you can’t forget about our breathtaking rose gardens, zen garden and avenue garden.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
SB: All of our packages are custom.
Silver Package is for those who only want to rent the venue and want to take care of all the planning
Gold Package is for those who want to rent the venue but use my experienced vendors and some guidance
Platinum Package is for those who want to just show up and have every detail taken care of so they can be the honored guests
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
SB: I work with a consortium of gourmet chefs and caterers that can suite every budget. Large or small parties, formal or casual dining is all available.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
SB: They should email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a site visit ASAP!
GO: Does your property have any unique features that you would like us to share with our readers?
SB: Yes, please visit Villasancti.com. There are two photo albums with over 300 photos under the “Albums” tab. In addition to our venue we also offer our own proprietary chocolates as guest favors that can be monogramed with the bride and groom monogram in gold dust. We also offer silk sheets with monogram in 4 rich colors.
Thank you Susan for giving us a look into your beautiful lush gardens at Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista!
Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista
Make a bold statement on your wedding night with this dashing bra by Mimi Holliday by Damaris. Your future hubby-to-be will be speechless when he sees you in this meringue silk-chiffon balconette bra. The leopard print is ever so chic and the foundation of this bra is perfectly constructed to give you the right fit for those fitted shirts. Cheers and Happy Wednesday!
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for today’s Editors Daily Pick, I wanted to share with you a stylish jellie sandal that is taking strides in the fight against this horrible disease. FlipOut Sandals is partnering with the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. 25% of all proceeds from the sale of the FlipOut Sandals Pink Jellies collection and its shoe jewelry will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
FlipOut Sandals make fantastic bridesmaids gifts and are perfect to wear on your honeymoon or even for a destination wedding. There are many different styles to choose from and each look can be personalized by adding their shoe jewelry to give a more glamourous look. FlipOut Sandals offers an innovative concept in sandals with a twist. What is also great about these sandals is that they are versatile and can be worn casually during the day and then spiced up for a more evening appropriate look by changing out your shoe jewelry. I personally love the Smoke Jelly with the Rare Amber Orchid crystal shoe jewelry. Check out their fantastic designs and definitely purchase a pair of their pink jellies to support a phenomenal cause!
When I first saw Lorena and Ricardo’s wedding, I was blown away by the cultural, multi-part event. From their ceremony in the grand church in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico, to when they paraded the streets in a procession, the photos against the old building facades, the amazing reception venue for their intimate party, to the spiritual ceremony at the end … it seemed like an amazing celebration of both the couple and their commitment to one another. There is always something special about destination weddings and I find something particularly authentic about ones that take place in Mexico. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Felicitaciones!
Lorena Droba and Ricardo Rodriguez
Married in Oaxaca, Mexico on March 14, 2010
Lorena Droba and Ricardo Rodriguez met while working on Wall Street. They became good friends, but the fast-paced lifestyle only allowed them to see a certain side of each other. It wasn’t until they got away from it all (on a trip that they had originally planned with friends) to explore the rainforests and Caribbean coast of Ricardo’s home country, Nicaragua, that they saw their common roots and family values. It was love in paradise! They realized that their lives had much more in common than their city life, and their deep friendship blossomed into something so much more.
They were married in Lorena’s birth city of Oaxaca, Mexico. It was the perfect old world setting, where indigenous, pre-Colombian and colonial influences converge. Romantic cobblestone streets, cascading bougainvilleas, ancient monasteries with fading original frescoes, and bubbling fountains in moonlit courtyards were just a few of the inspirations for their fairytale wedding. The wedding emphasized both of their cultures with folkloric dancers and musicians, traditional rituals, famous Oaxacan cuisine, and favors made by local craftsmen and artisans.
Caterer: Indulge Contemporary Catering, San Diego, CA; Event Planner: Nahid Farhoud, Wedding Elegance by Nahid, San Diego, CA; Floral Design: Artistica Events Design & Rentals, San Diego, CA; Photography: Di-Lanatta’s Photography, San Diego, CA
We wish you countless years of happiness Lorena and Ricardo and a big thank you to Tande Di-Lanatta of Di-Lanatta’s Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!
I woke up this morning and BRRRRRR is it cold outside! Today is the kind of day that you just want stay in bed and snuggle under a warm, cozy blanket watching your favorite soaps and napping all day. And of course when you’re napping, you still need to remain stylish so why not consider this gorgeous Missoni Home throw! This is the luxurious “Montgomery” blanket with its notorious multi-colored Missoni zig-zag design. Stay snuggled up this Fall/Winter season and don’t forget that even comfortable can be chic.
Your wedding day ensemble goes far beyond your bridal gown nowadays. Brides are accessorizing more than ever and there are so many fashionable options out there to consider. Fall/Winter weddings make for some of the most beautiful and picturesque photos. But a bride has to be prepared! She can’t be standing in front of snow bank in just her strapless A-line gown. She needs a stylish coverup and this Matthew Williamson cropped rabbit fur shrug is the perfection option. Not only is it uber chic, but it also will keep you “snug as a bug” while braving the cold weather to get those picture perfect moments. Cheers and Happy Thursday!
Simply put: Italy melts my heart. I love the feeling that pictures of weddings in Italy embody. There is a sweetness, a refined romance, an elegance to Italian destination weddings. Add in a gorgeous couple (I love the fact that Stacey is a stunning red head) and a great love story and its magic. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Stacey Pool and Russell Morse
Married in Florence, Italy on September 7, 2010
Eight years ago, for different reasons, Stacey and Russell decided to study abroad in Castiglion Fiorentino — a small walled city in Tuscany, Italy. Russ, an architecture student, wanted to immerse himself in the country’s rich history, while Stacey was simply curious about different cultures and habits.
Their love began in 2004 when Russ made room for Stacey next to him at the crowded dining hall of Santa Chiara. This love was made eternal at Villa di Maiano in Florence — or Firenze’ as the Italians call it — on September 7, 2010. With the help of Stacey’s mother, Gail Pool, who happens to be a professional designer, their dream became a reality in an intimate union accompanied by 57 of their closest friends and dearest family members.
After the exchange of personal vows, the couple walked down the aisle as husband and wife accompanied by a string quartet playing “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Through palpable joy, laughter and even a few tears, the tone of the evening was set … and then there was the wine! The food! And the dancing! It was a wonderful night!
Location: Villa Di Maiano, Florence, Italy; Event Design: Gail Pool; Gelato: Vivoli, Florence, Italy; Jewelry: Doloris Petunia; Photography: Chris Wineinger Photography, Houston, TX
We wish you countless years of happiness Stacey and Russell and a big thank you to Chris Wineinger of Chris Wineinger Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!
This suede wedge by Pierre Hardy is just to die for. It is a must-have for the Fall/Winter season! They are extremely versatile and can be work with a pair of skinny jeans or of DVF wrap dress. Whatever the occasion, this shoe is sure to turn heads!