These two were so much fun to work with. They are so fun loving and enthusiastic and you can definitely see that in their first dance video!! They suggested we try this a few weeks before their big day so there were some last minute arrangements but all of the vendors were amazing and were SO on board with the idea. Donald Rubiano from Don Rubes Production did such a great job capturing it all and Adrian Ong at Let's Make a Memory created the custom mix of songs that worked perfectly! Congrats Marina and Ray!!!
This wedding will make just about anyone tear up! Kim and Aaron are such a sweet couple and I loved doing the colorful florals for their big day. The 1909 is a gorgeous venue to work at and it was so lovely working with Renee Dalo of Moxie Bright Events! She is such a gem :)
We love this video of Manning and Tings amazing wedding day by Fond D Productions. It was a blast working with this stylish bride and the fantastic team at Lumiani Events!
Event Planning & Design: Nhu Muon @ http://lumianievents.com/
Floral Design: Sarah Coplen @ http://trulyfancy.com/
Photographer: Sammy @ Closertolove.com
Videographer: FonD Productions
Tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven
Hair and Makeup: Studio MM&B
Caterer: Room Forty
Rentals: Etablir Shop
Caligrapher: Letters to You
Venue: The Fig House
Band: Lisa Casalino
DJ: "Mo" www.facebook.com/DJ.MOOO
Photo booth: flipboothla.com
Lighting: Ambiance Lighting
Over the last year and a half I planned a destination wedding in Scotland for one of my couples and I picked up so much knowledge along the way that I think needs to be shared with all of you! I have too much to say on this topic so I am breaking it up into a series. I want to start with WHY you should or should not plan a destination wedding. I know that for most couples this is a bit of a hard decision to make. Ok, here we go!
1. Are you ok with letting go of the little details?
You can try to plan out every tiny detail but without being there physically you may not be able to measure that windowsill, get a photo of that bathroom and decide what shade of ivory the linens are. You will have to be ok with trusting the vendors you have hired to make your vision come together.
2. Can you afford it?
Once you find a venue and location that you like, reach out to potential vendors and get quotes for their services so that you have a clear picture of all of the costs involved! Decide if you are paying for all of your guests to attend a welcome reception, a rehearsal dinner and a post wedding brunch. With all of your guests traveling so far, you will want to make the most of your time there! Don't forget to factor in all of your travel costs as well! Always ask if tax is included in your quote and consider what tips you expect to pay in that country.
3. Are you ok with close friends or family not being able to attend and how many people will come?
Your head count will effect your budget and of course effect your choice of venue. Our numbers for Scotland fluctuated so drastically that we had to book another location for the reception because the original location could not hold everyone. Destination weddings are hard to estimate because it's such a big commitment for your guests but also an exciting adventure so they want to come! If you want to get pretty accurate, go ahead an ask your close friends and family if they think they can make it. Requesting a very early RSVP date on your invites is helpful as well (5 months is reasonable for an international wedding).
4. Are there vendors in the area you are considering that share your aesthetic?
Finding the rentals and decor that we wanted in Scotland proved to be very difficult. Even the big cities did not have the linen for rent that my bride wanted. She wanted a natural linen, something easily found here in LA. After exhausting every company and every option we finally compromised (and saved some money) by going with simple white cotton. We purchased and shipped the gold chargers because the rental companies in the area just didn't have exactly what we wanted. We also were in an extremely remote area so delivery fees from the big cities were sky high. If the aesthetic is even somewhat important to you then make sure you take a look at the vendors in the area you are considering, otherwise just know that you may need to compromise on some things or get super creative.
Weather of course can effect you no matter where you are but really investigate the weather in your destination wedding spot. It may sway your decision if they are having a particularly humid or rainy year.
- Sarah Coplen
I am sooo excited to share this feature from Green Wedding Shoes. Kedist and Dan were friends before they were clients so that made this wedding extra special for me. Triunfo Creek Vineyards is also one of my absolute favorite venues!
We decided on a French Country theme because Kedist and Dan fell in love in France. We hired The California Feetwarmers, an amazing jazz band to play at cocktail hour! My team turned the inside of the farmhouse into a romantic indoor garden by hanging greenery and lights from the rafters. We decided on a really clean but wild and organic theme for the florals and stuck to shades of white and lots of greenery. The white farmhouse played beautifully off of the white bridesmaids dresses and the white lace invitations.
Congratulations Kedist and Dan!! I want to do this wedding again please :)
photography: Adriana Klas // planning + design: Truly Fancy Event Planning // venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards Malibu, California // florals: Truly Fancy // wedding planning: Wenda Evans // dress: Monique Lhuillier // bridesmaids dresses:Stone Cold Fox // groom’s suit: Theory // hair + makeup: Meg O’hare // gifts: Haute Hope // band: California Feetwarmers and Dallas and Doll // linens: La Tavola Linens // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // trolley: Hop Aboard Trolley
It's October, the very beginning of the season for Anemones. This flower has personality and there really is nothing that can compare with it. I like that this flower is loved by brides with both modern and vintage styles. It really can bridge the gap between both beatifully. The above photo is from an awesome floral farm in Washington State, Floret Flowers. Here are a few details about these graceful blooms:
Price: Mid range
Colors available: The white anemone with black center is the most sought after but you can also find them in bright blue, fushia, red and purple.
Season: These are available from October to May with spring being their peak season.
Vase life: long, 9 days
Care: Purchase anemones two days before your event when they are closed. They do not take long to open completely, if you need to move the process along you can expose them to some light and warmth but don't overdo it! If you need them to stay exactly as they are then keep them in a dark cool place. As always, keep them hydrated with fresh cold water.
In a bouquet: This stem, like ranunculus is hollow and soft so be gentle as you create your bouquet and don't crush the stem, it won't take in water efficiently.
In a boutonniere: An anemone boutonniere is just a bit tricky. It would be pretty yes but it is a delicate flower and if you have an agressive hugger on your guest list...the anemone on your grooms lapel may not stand a chance. If you do go for this option, make sure your florist makes an extra boutonniere so that you have a back up. Adding substational greenery can also help to protect an anemone from these agressive huggers.
In a centerpiece: DO IT! The anemone provides a beautiful focal point for any centerpiece.
Happy one year anniversary to Jen and Joe! These two will always have a very special place in my heart. They love with all of their beings. This made the wedding and all of the events leading up to it, so lovely and personal. With a giant wedding party and every friend begging to help and support them, you knew these two are very much loved in return. The reception took place at Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas, an outdoor venue with amazing views. They are both such creative people and loved coming up with very personal and original ideas for their wedding. They had cute little honey jars from the grooms homestate of Ohio as favors. Jen and I took a trip with our guys to the Long Beach Flea market to find the old barnwood for their singage as well as a vintage hutch and all sorts of fun things. Truly Fancy designed the stationary including the menu cards, ceremony programs, and the honey jar labels as well as doing the florals and styling. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and the food was oustanding! The night ended with dancing under the stars, moonshine, and late night sliders. Sounds perfect to me :)
I was so happy to be asked by Jen Bergmark of First Pick Planning to supply the florals for this styled shoot and I was beyond excited that it was featured on The Knot.com. What an honor!
My favorite flower in the bunch was the French Tulip. It was February and a time when Tulips and Ranunculus are just starting to look their very best, a gorgeous combination! I used gold vases and some gold ribbon for the brides bouquet. Check out the full feature:
I thought it would be nice to supply you all with the prices I would charge for an arrangement and bouquet of this sort:
Centerpiece: $75 each (this includes the vase rental)
Flowers used: White Ranunculus, White Lysianthus, White French Tulips, Eucalyptus, White China Mums, White Hypericum Berry, Dusty Miller
If you love it, why not send us an email or give us a call and see what we can do for your wedding?
Roxy Davis of Something Sweet and Lovely had the brilliant idea of creating a pear themed dessert table. The rough pears paired so beautifully with the soft flowers, delicious dark chocolate by Love Some and the vintage pieces from My Lovely Events. I have seen quite a bit of Something Sweet and Lovely's cakes and they are always unique and beautifully designed, not to mention delicious! All of the desserts were so decadent that we had a brave squirrel that kept trying to ambush the table. I'm not kidding, one of us had to stand watch at all times and at one point he was literally standing on Roxy's foot. I was very impressed when she didn't completely flip out.
We had so much fun bringing all of our creations together for this photoshoot and Kristine of Kristine Marie Photography did a fantastic job of capturing the day!
About the Flowers:
Vicki from My Lovely Events supplied the super cool antique silver teapots. I used white anemones, yellow billy balls, white peonies, white ranunculus, yellow ranunculus, queen anne’s lace, white garden roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and eucalyptus. For the brides bouquet, Vicki supplied the gorgeous soft gold ribbon. The bouquet was loose and romantic. I loved the contrast of the bold anemones with the soft grey eucalyptus and pillowy white peonies. Makes you want to wander through a French antique market while eating a dark chocolate pear and wearing an anemone flower crown...no?
Florals: Truly Fancy- www.trulyfancy.com
Photography: Kristine Marie Photography- http://www.kristinemariephotography.com/
Rentals: My Lovely Events- http://www.mylovelyevents.com/
Chocolates: Love Some- http://www.lovesome.us/
Cakes: Something Sweet and Lovely- http://roxydavis.wix.com/somethingsweetlovely
Spring has arrived and with it comes an abundance of Ranunculi in all sorts of brilliant colors! Ladies, I know you love this flower. Most of you know this one despite it's weird name, heck you love it so much you want to name your first born son Ranunculus, Runc for short. But seriously...here is the low down on this delicate and beautiful focal flower.
Price: Low to Mid range
Colors available: Red, White, Blush Pink, Hot Pink, Purple, Peach, Orange, Yellow
Season: These are at their peak (and cheapest) from March to July. Yes, you might find a few vendors selling them outside of this season but they are expensive and often lower quality.
Vase life: short, 5 days
Care: As with all flowers, keep them hydrated and change their water daily. Ranunculus does not like a warm environment but it also does not store well in a florists cooler. If the buds are tight and you need them to open up place them in the sunlight while keeping them very hydrated. Place them in a cool dark corner if they are already open.
In a bouquet: The stem is hollow and soft, so be gentle as you create your bouquet. This is a little more time consuming but you do have the option of wiring your stem to give it more support. This way you can bend or direct the head of the ranunculus in any direction. Just insert a floral wire inside the hollow stem until it begins to pierce the head of the bloom, and trim the excess wire at the base of the stem.
In a boutonniere, corsage, or head wreath: Use the wiring technique if necessary for these. Ranunculus is the perfect size for a boutonniere and looks beautiful on a head wreath especially. Do this the morning of your event and keep a spray bottle of cool water handy to keep the blooms hydrated as they don't like being out of water long!
In a centerpiece: I love using this flower in a centerpiece...and preferably without wiring the stem. The stems sometimes aren't straight, they bend and curve in interesting directions which makes them a perfect flower for a wild, rustic centerpiece. It's lovely to have one lone ranunculus curling itself out of your arrangement, making for a beautiful focal point.
Come engaged and leave inspired, on Sunday May 23rd at the Ooh La Love wedding event. There are so many fantastic vendors participating in this bridal show at the beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden. Truly Fancy Events will be there with an abundance of floral displays! Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.
The most common thing I hear at the end of my first meeting with a bride is "Oh I already feel so much calmer now, thank you!" It means the world to me to hear that. I know it can be stressful to sort through the contracts, quotes, and choices on your own. To juggle tradition, your opinions, and everyone else's opinion...it's overwhelming! I totally understand wanting to attempt this on your own. I am the person that sees something at a store and says "oh I can make that" as my husband looks at me with raised eyebrows. I get it...however, when it comes to your wedding you NEED someone in your corner. You need someone that knows every last detail of your big day and can execute it flawlessly while you relax and enjoy all of the amazing love around you. You need a wedding planner :)
I hope that this blog can be a place where brides can come to feel calm again, to feel empowered with insight, and to have fun with the planning process. DIY brides, you have a special place in my heart. For those trying to navigate the wedding planning process without a wedding planner, my goal of this blog is to share with you whatever I can to make your life easier! Of course many of my posts will also be directed towards floral design since that is a huge part of my business, but who doesn't like flowers?