When someone from the event design world gets married, we pour ourselves a fancy cocktail and prepare to have a little swooning session while going through every image and detail. Of course, when the photos are coming from Jose Villa, and the wedding belongs belongs to Cortnie, the talented planner & stylist behind Canvas and Canopy and very admired name around our office… well, you just know it’s going to be a stunner.
The wedding took place on the beaches of San Diego, but wasn’t your typical sunny San Diego beach wedding. In fact Courtnie even hoped for a foggy, overcast day to really create a unique and ethereal vibe. With a huge storm warning on its way, she got what she wanted and the shipwrecked vibe, a washed ashore, nautical, ethereal almost ghostly feel came to life with the help of good friend and coordinator, Carolyn Chen of The Special Day.
One of our personal touches that appeared on the invitations, menus, programs, and cakes were the silhouettes of bears. My nickname for both Donny & our dog Bubba are my bears. Even the ringBEARers wore lapel pins with bears on them, and my bouquet had a necklace that had a bear locket wrapped around it with photos of Donny and Bubba inside.
Ahh! Loving her Jimmy Choos.
Let’s talk about THE dress! Amaze, right? Cortnie wore a custom gown created by Joan Shum. From Cortnie… I basically just told her I wanted long sleeves, a gorgeous textured skirt and I wanted the color to be a mixture of blush + beige. A color I later decided to coin as ‘bleige’. I tried my wedding dress on for the very first time the week of the wedding and it was perfect. Joan came down on my wedding day and even dressed me! The gown matched the colors of foggy day and sand perfectly and could not have been more elegant.
There are a whole lot of things happening in the upcoming few days/week. Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and then there is the start of the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Enter Biz + Micah’s Saratoga Springs wedding. Their derby-esque wedding was beautifully designed (hello, Cherry Berry Paper wedding invitations), there wasn’t a detail left untouched by pretty calligraphy or a pretty pattern, and simply put, the photos by Jessica Antola completely caught our eye after sneaking a peek in Martha Stewart Weddings that we just had to share.
Oh, you guys know how much we love a guest tote bag. This one (ordered through Bagmasters) went hand in hand with the theme and welcomed guests with a handful of goodies like a newsletter of all the best spots to check out in the area, Saratoga chips & water, tickets to the races, and a booklet of betting tips.
Ribbons as escort cards were a must, and we love how classic and big they looked in various b&w patterns.
Here’s an idea you’re going to want to steal! They served up their signature cocktail, a “Dark & Stormy”, in keepsake glasses with the cocktail recipe on the back. Um, genius!
See more from this fab wedding over on Martha Stewart Weddings. Happy Friday!
Photographs by Jessica Antola. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright © 2013.
After meeting in Cabo San Lucas, Melissa + Scott had a romance that hit the ground running. With kids and a courthouse marriage under their belts, they finally decided, 5 years after they met, to have the wedding they were meant to have. With their two gorgeous children and darling french bull dog (aptly named Cabo) in tow, Alchemy Fine Events helped these two design a wedding that was both fun and perfect as we head into this Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Melissa’s bridal bouquet recipe: succulents, coral pastel garden and fitness roses, ranunculus, berries, and poppies.
When you want a bright, fun and fresh wedding and aren’t afraid to have tangerine as the focal point of your decor, you play along with Amberly + Scott’s idea. They were initially against the idea of getting married at a hotel, but the Parker in Palm Springs is not just any hotel friends… it’s the best of all worlds. And as these two noticed, the energy of the space makes you want to have fun sipping drinks at the Lemonade Stand, relax by the pool, while still feeling upscale. ‘Tis the beauty of Palm Springs, no?
There’s something to be said about the camp wedding. An entire weekend of outdoor activities with friends & family sounds nice, right? Sage + Thomas had their guests camp out at Camp Lane near Florence, Oregon (with no cell phone service). Folks stayed in tree houses, lean-tos, yurts, an A-frame or came ready with their own tent. Leah Verwey showed up the morning of the wedding to photograph and everyone was hanging out in their casual clothes, playing games and drinking out of their designated weekend mason jar. The day turned from formal ceremony & dinner, and then retreated back to casual camp dancing and fire pit gazing. Ah.. so perfect for the spring and summer months…