I love a good alliteration; don't you? I did Freebie Friday" there for a while, but in the spirit of quick and to-the-post advice, I'm replacing that with Tidbit Tuesday. Cute, right?

I'll take a brief moment to give you a helpful nugget of wedding planning knowledge and hopefully save you little headache along the way. Today, we're talking RSVP cards. 


1) Even if you're treating your guests to a buffet or family style meal, don't forget to have a line for guests to mention dietary restrictions. Trust us, your caterer will ask!

2) If you're doing a plated meal with multiple entree choices, don't forget to ask who's having what! When a family of four puts a "3" next to steak and a "1" next to fish, it makes a lot of extra work for you to figure out which three are steak and who's the one fish eater. 

 Anna Delores Photography, Prim & Pixie Stationery

Anna Delores Photography, Prim & Pixie Stationery

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


Melissa + Ryan :: Flying Caballos Ranch

It's been a while since I featured a real wedding and let some seriously pretty pictures speak for themselves. Here ya go--a beautiful, colorful, sweet wedding jam packed with personal details and a whole lot of family love. 

Melissa really embraced the relaxed and colorful backdrop that is Flying Caballos Ranch. From her bridesmaids' dresses, to her flowers and china, every detail just screamed summertime happiness!

When I say this wedding was packed with family love, I mean it... no detail went untouched by Melissa, Ryan, and their families. Melissa's mother made each napkin by hand, details throughout the wedding were sourced from family homes, wood rounds were cut by hand for the dessert table, and Melissa and Ryan made the fantastic seating display together--a world map made of butterflies (an homage to Melissa's childhood) featuring the places they've traveled together and table names to match.  

Coordination and Styling: Vanessa Noel Events

Venue: Flying Caballos Ranch

Photography: Chloe Murdoch

Videography: Ellen Wildhagen

Flowers: Lori Boe Floral Design

Catering: Two Cooks Catering

Cake and Pies: Avila Valley Barn

Rentals: Got you Cover'd

Head Table China: Anthropologie

Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven via Lovely Bride

Shoes: Seychelles

Ariana & Taylor :: Combining Classic and Rustic

Seeing how we're almost to the end of 2014, I figured it's about time to show you what I've been up to all year! Let's start at the beginning... a very good place to start (raise your hand if you just started to sing "Doe Ray Me") 

This year started off quite beautifully with Ariana and Taylor's wedding in Visalia, California. The beginning of March is magical here in the central valley when hundreds of thousands of acres of orchards turn into clouds of sweet smelling, snowy blossoms. This area of California isn't always known for it's beautiful landscape, but for those two fleeting weeks, the views (and the allergies) are unparalleled; so much so that for a second year in a row, Style Me Pretty featured local work from enchanting early March. Click here to take a trip down memory lane and review the first time Emily and I were spotted on Style Me Pretty amongst the blossoms. 

Dreamy right????  Photo by Anna Delores Photography

Back to Ari & Taylor... Every wedding I plan/design/coordinate is special to me in some way. Yes, every single one. But Ari & Taylor's was especially special (that's a lot of special) to me from a design perspective. The reception venue was a beautiful ranch, but was exactly that... a ranch. We're talking on the outskirts of town, surrounded by fields, longhorns in a nearby pasture, and a barn/pavilion for dinner and dancing. I love a good ranch-style wedding, don't get me wrong, but Ari said, "I don't want burlap or lace anywhere and forget about mason jars. I want classic, elegant and slightly modern."

I had a design challenge on my hands: mix classic/clean/modern with rustic/vintage/country and do it seamlessly.  Challenge accepted!

The color palette went a long way to achieve the crisp and classic style Ari wanted. You really can't go wrong with black, white, and gold with lush greenery. I focused a lot on clean lines as well... think sharp angles rather than swirly, girly, soft edges. Confused? For example, the mirrors that I used to create the escort card display... no vintage mirror shapes here; just right angles on stark black and white stripes.  Those stripes were carried through to dinner in the classic La Tavola napkins and we mixed round and square tables for extra architectural interest. 

When it comes to creating a modern style, you really can't go wrong with monochromatic white. I used textured linens to layer throughout cocktail hour and the lounge area, where we featured a cigar bar! So much fun. 

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To create some drama and romance, we added draping throughout the pavilion, with a whimsical garland that highlighted Ariana and Taylor's farm tables during the reception. 

While we kept the colors and design elements classic, we still embraced the rustic elements of the venue and it's surroundings. Gorgeous bride and groom portraits at a nearby barn and bridal party photos in the orchards are just a few ways they remained true to the venue and their Ariana's "farmer's daughter" roots. And the way Ari & Taylor traveled from their church ceremony to the reception could not have been any sweeter! They rode in on the same horse and buggy that Ariana's parents used on their wedding day!

Look above and below to see some seriously gorgeous work by Sweet Memories Flowers.  Aren't those florals just sweet, romantic, spring-y perfection?!

For even more eye candy, head to Style Me Pretty to swoon over the entire feature of images by Anna Delores Photography!