A wedding in the canyons of the Pacific Palisades area, Temescal Gateway Park offered an amazing backdrop to a gorgeous couple on their intimate wedding day.
Welcome to Los Angeles travelers! These two flew all the way from Kentucky to do a whirlwind engagement photo session across the Los Angeles city proper. We went to Hermosa Park, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach Canals, and to the LACMA light posts. And in case you were wondering, yes there was cotton candy involved. <3
Hermosa Park, Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach Canals
I love destination engagements! It shows you can go anywhere for your session. If you could get engagement photos anywhere in the world, where would it be?! Let me know in the comments below.
CHOCOLATE! I mean every time I think of cake, my mouth starts salivating and I need to check my pulse. I've seen some amazing desserts in my day, but there are a few that make weddings feel more personalized. Like all the sugar was meant solely for me (my plus one can have a little bit too). I'm pretty sure I need an intervention soon, but before that happens I want to talk to you all about my favorite desserts at the weddings I've been to.
Cupcakes are the bomb. They are a mini cake for each person. No one gets left out, there's typically a myriad of flavors to satisfy every taste bud, and can I just say: icing! I'm not really a fan of fondant, so icing is the way to go and cupcakes are typically made with a healthy portion of icing. I like the ability to have different flavors and subtle combinations. My wedding had cupcakes (although it was a pain to get them). I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to go get a cupcake now when I'm done with this post. SO good.
2. Fruit Tarts
Fruit tarts are making a massive comeback in the world of sweet treats. For those of you in Los Angeles, you'll know what I mean when I say PORTOS! They have the most amazing fruit tarts in large pies. Every birthday in the city requires a trip out to them for the best sugary fruity goodness ever. I'd love to see more of them in weddings, as they've really only been making a comeback recently. They're all the rage in French weddings, and can be a great substitute for the crème brûlée.
3. Candy Dessert Bar
This is a popular one, and super easy to do. Set up all the different favorite candies into jars and add some fun bags that people can pick and choose their own dessert package. It's cheap, simple, and personable. I find though that you have to be careful with kids filling up all their pockets and leaving none for us adults. And by kids I mean my husband......
Another great option for incorporating multiple flavors, macaroons are small and delicate. Another staple for the French, I love the color coordination that can take place with these. I've heard they aren't that difficult to make yourself too (but don't take my work, I'm the worst baker).
I'm a big fan of anything made with sugar, and I could create a massive list of my favorite desserts for weddings. But I think I'll stop there and let you fantasize your chocolate and vanilla dreams. I'm going to go run and grab a cupcake!
If there's one thing I've learned about weddings, it's that Murphy will follow around like a plague. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong (That Murphy's Law has always been a bane of my existence). Unless you prepare, or at least moderately prepare for some problems to arise, it's likely that they will happen. So check out hese helpful hints below, and then you can kick Murphy to the curb!
The problem with my wedding came in the form of Cupcakes. I was getting married far from any bakery (The ceremony was in the middle of the woods). So my gracious mother-in-law agreed to drive and pick up the cupcakes from a store about an hour north on wedding day. When she arrived, they didn't have my order. They didn't even know there was supposed to be an order! After showing the email correspondence, and noting that they had my card on file to hold the order, they finally agreed to bake 3-4 dozen cupcakes on the spot (trust me, we will never order from them again). But my mother-in-law had to wait at the store the entire time.
Thankfully, that was the only hiccup on my otherwise perfect day. But I wanted to share a list of items or tips that the Bride can gather for her wedding day to prepare her for the unflattering reality of Murphy's Law. Now this is by no means a complete list, but it's a good start!
1. Water and Snacks
A girl can never be too prepared for the hunger. I've known many a wedding party that fell apart due to lack of sustenance. FEED YOUR PEOPLE. No one likes a 'hangry' bride. I usually suggest that a Bride keep a few water bottles and some granola bars handy for anyone who needs a quick pick-me-up.
2. Sewing Kit
It can happen in a flash. The flower girl is twirling around the hotel room while all the bridesmaids are getting ready, and she steps on one of the girl's dresses, tearing a small hole in the lower hem. I cannot tell you how universally important it is to have a sewing kit for life in general, let alone the wedding day.
3. A list of all vendors
Bring a list of all the wedding vendors, the contact names, and their cell phone numbers. Print out multiple copies. You never know who will need one. I'll even add in here to bring copies of contracts or purchase orders to have the coordinator or maid-of-honor double check. If I hadn't been able to forward the email correspondence and hold order to my mother-in-law, we might have never had any cupcakes for my wedding!
4. A wedding timeline
This is pretty self-explanatory, but you should have worked out with your coordinator or photographer a wedding timeline. I like to work with my Brides on an exact timeline and a backup timeline (just in case it rains or unforeseen events take place) so that everyone can be on the same page. This way all vendors and bridal party can know EXACTLY when things need to be done.
Extra cell phone chargers would not be a bad thing to have lying around for people who needed a quick charge. This one isn't a necessity, I actually prefer not having anyone on cell phones and concentrated on the task at hand. But this is mainly for the coordinator or maid-of-honor to call vendors and coordinate timing.
Make that first kiss super fresh!
Crying will happen, I guarantee it.
I always carry a quick concealer for when crying does happen. Never hurts to freshen up!
9. Advil/Ibuprofen and Band-aids
You can never be too careful! My wedding was out in the woods, and I made sure there was a first aid kit nearby at all times. A flower girl could fall and scrap a knee, or a bridesmaid could roll an ankle on those high heels. You can also crush up an Advil and make a quick spot treatment for any last minute pimple woes!
10. A smile
The best medicine is laughter. And on this happy day, I suggest putting on a smile and going with the flow. The important point is that you are marrying your best friend. There is no reason to be unhappy at any point!
On this festive season, I want to wish you all a happy holiday! I'm sitting here sipping on a cranberry apple sangria, watching holiday favorites, and cuddling with the cats in my pajamas. I hope you all are enjoying the same cozy feeling that I am right now!
If you asked me what brings two people together, I would have very different answers for different times of my life. When I was in college, it was attraction. When I was graduating, I would have said money brings people together (I was going through a cynical stage). Then as I met and married my husband, I would have said friends and family help us find the right person. However, with the growing age of online dating, more and more people are finding each other through screens (this includes my Uncle and his wife who met through eHarmony).
Enter in Cristal and Paulo, who met through an app. Yes, you read that right. An iPhone app. It's called Coffee Meets Bagel, and it uses your Facebook information and data to find you a good match. When I heard the story of how they met, I was so blown away at how accurate the app placed these two lovely individuals together.
We met at their house for the getting ready. Everyone was calm and collected, and I kept catching Mom with large smiles when Cristal wasn't looking.
The ceremony took place at St Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino, CA. It was a spectacular Catholic church with some amazing pieces.
It was a beautiful wedding. Congrats to Cristal & Paulo!