Mika + Danny :: Adamson House

It' so fun when a bride becomes a friend. It's even more fun when a bride becomes your ASSISTANT. I recently added to the Vanessa Noel Events team with a few fantastic ladies who are making my life so much easier. One of them happens to be the beautiful bride from last year's Adamson House wedding.  In honor of Miss Mika knocking it out of the park as a new assistant, I thought it high time I posted her sweet, romantic, ocean-front wedding at the Adamson House in Malibu. 

That tree at the Adamson House might be my most favorite tree ever! Mika's flowers were DIY and were truly a labor of love. I don't normally advocate for that... like ever, but this was the exception. Her bridesmaid and bestie has some serious talent, amiright?!? We strung large blooms on fishing line and mixed in having crystals for a little element of glamour amidst the colorful, casual California style. 

Everywhere you looked there were details--from the custom corn hole game to the adorable chalkboard signage and their marquee lights. To start the party, the bride's father led the group in a toast with shots of their family's secret recipe "redeye." I got a whiff of the stuff and let's just say that's one tradition that was sure to get people on the dance floor! 

Photography: Serfoss Productions

Coordination and Styling: Vanessa Noel Events

Venue: Adamson House

Flowers and Signage: DIY Bride's Bridesmaid

Catering: Truly Yours

 

Rustic + Luxurious Christmas Party

My tree is still up, my lights are still hung; I'm one of those people and I'm not ashamed. For me, it's Christmas season until we ring in the New Year and the leftovers are gone. So since I still have another day, I thought I'd squeeze in a post about a beautiful and festive corporate event that I designed and planned just before Christmas. 

Corporate events aren't always the most exciting from a design perspective, but I knew that with the gorgeous private estate setting and the great vendors involved, it would still be swoon-worthy. I am SO glad that Sasha Saldana Photography was there to capture all the gorgeous decor and fun festivities!

 The party was broken up into sections: the patio areas for activities, cocktails, and appetizers, and the main tent for dinner. When I say "activities" I don't mean ice breakers... this was the coolest company party complete with a slow motion booth, black jack and craps tables, a mechanical bull, corn hole, high-stakes pool tournament, and an intricately designed drawing game to giveaway some incredible prizes, including a weekend trip to New York and a Louis Vuitton purse! Over 60 presents were wrapped and on display to represent all the amazing prizes up for grabs as a thank you to the employees. 

The goal was to create a great flow for activities and mingling, then a beautiful and intimate dining space that was both rustic and luxurious. I worked together with House of Flowers to use birch wood boxes on custom white faux fur runners and gold dusted pine cones on the tables and then added hanging centerpieces for even more drama and Christmas cheer. Wood farm tables and vineyard chairs from Walker Lewis Rents created the perfect "dinner party" ambience and kept the space from feeling stuffy. 

Holiday Inspiration + a Giveaway

Who doesn't love a festive, girly cocktail party??    

 Exactly.

That's why I got together with my favs, Stella Bloom Designs, Anna Delores Photography, and MJB Cakes at Whispering Rose Ranch to create a super fun holiday inspiration to celebrate the season with friends. We combined sequins, faux fur, plaid, leather (in the form of place cards by Jamie Ellen Paperie) and of course Stella Bloom Designs' gorgeous florals for a serious swoon-fest. Not to mention, the classiest of tabletop decor courtesy of Borrowed Blu and a swanky lounge area decked out with furniture from Pretty Vintage Table and cozy accessories by Pottery Barn.  The really fun part?? Amy and I got to model, drink the yummy cocktail by Savour This Kitchen and get decked out in the sparkliest 31Bits goodies!

Want to get your hands on some of those baubles? Lucky for you, we're giving some away (thanks to those lovely gals at 31Bits!). Follow the instructions below to enter to win a necklace AND bracelet in Ruby Sparkle... so appropriately "Marsala," if you ask me! 

Want to see more than this little teaser below? Head over to Style Me Pretty Living for all the gorgeousness.