11 Apr

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Question, cakies: Is there any city in the world more romantic than Paris? Guess that was kind of a rhetorical question, because we all know the answer. Cozbi + Nicholas know what’s up. These two wanted to celebrate their anniversary in a big way, so they jetted off from Seattle to Paris, where they also spent their honeymoon six years earlier. Cozbi fashioned a bouquet out of flowers from a nearby market; they made a picnic of macaroons, cheeses, crackers, and Champagne; and set off for a sunset stroll with Karen Kristian Photography in tow.

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

From Cozbi… Now that I’m a wedding photographer I’ve seen how uniquely intimate and special a wedding celebration can be.  Also, after having been married for 6 years I can honestly share that every day you’re able to continue married should also be a celebration. Nicholas and I have been through nearly every single imaginable trial in our six years, so we truly wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a grand way! So, as the summer approached and we were planning a European adventure, we arranged to be in Paris for our anniversary, which is also where we honeymooned. I thought it would be so beautiful for Nicholas and I to get dressed up, saunter around the city, pop Champagne, picnic on the river, and watch the tower sparkle. Of course, I also knew I’d want our private celebration photographed, so I connected with photography acquaintance and now dear friend, Karen Kristian. I am an incredibly selective person in nearly all things, but as soon as I saw Karen’s work, I was instantly inspired by her and knew I could trust her with capturing this special time! 

Sunday, July 7th was a gorgeous day in Paris.  Nicholas and I went around visiting favorite spots from our previous honeymoon adventure, as well as making new memories at new spots. Before heading back to our apartment to get ready for our anniversary celebration, we stopped at the market for small treats, went to Lauderee for macaroons, popped into a floral shop where I bought a random assortment of white seasonal flowers to assemble back at our flat (I was ecstatic that I was able to get white peonies; I wanted peonies so badly at my wedding!), and of course, while window shopping just happened to find an incredible BCBG gown!

Karen came and photographed us in our beautiful airbnb flat and then we headed out for our sunset celebration. Nicholas and I walked through the Louvre grounds and then the Tuileries, before settling along the river to enjoy our goodies and exchange rose gold anniversary bands (ah yes, for ‘la vie en rose’).  We popped (or attempted to pop!) Champagne, and sitting hand in hand I repeated the hauntingly truthful and meaningful lyrics of our first dance song that we had danced to six years earlier, “Darling so it goes, some things are meant to be.”

This day, was dare I say even more special then our wedding day six years previous.  While our wedding day was quite lovely in its own way, Paris was so relaxed, so calm, there were no expectations other then my own. We danced to silent music and reveled in the achievement of being so happy with just each other’s company.  Most importantly, we celebrated our past, and all of its wonderful, and sometimes very ugly, glory. Also, we looked at the love and the opportunity and the adventure that the rest of our lives together will be bringing us.

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards

Photographer: Karen Kristian Photography / Dress: BCBG / Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie: Dior / Shoes: Ferragamo

 
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10 Apr

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Lucas + Courtney’s wedding is so pretty we can hardly take it! We mean that in a good way of course… Best way possible in fact. These two wanted a rustic vibe without going country, so they introduced luxe elements into the outdoor setting. They also wanted to honor Courtney’s late grandmother, whose favorite color was purple—hence the color palette of dusty plum and moss. Weddings by Nancy made it all come together and Austin Gros was there to capture the big day…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Courtney worked with her talented pal Helena Ecija to design the invites. All of the artwork is hand-drawn!

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring bouquet | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Cutest little ring bearer ever? We think so…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Vintage wedding accessories  | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

There are those luxe details we were talking about…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Music is a big thing for Lucas + Courtney, so they chose all their ceremony songs with a lot of care. The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Om Nashi Me” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and recessed to “Home,” also by Edward Sharpe. Courtney walked down the aisle to “Saeglopur” by Sigur Ros, which has been her very fave band since she was 17.

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring bouquet | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Courtney says, For the dancing, we chose a DJ over a live band and don’t regret it for a minute. The dance floor was packed until the night ended! 

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Let’s end on that yummy cake shot, shall we? Congrats L + C!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards

Photographer: Austin Gros / Videographer: Capture Studios / Wedding Planner: Weddings by Nancy / Venue: Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center / Florals: Monet Floral / Invitation Design: Helena Ecija / Cake: International Bake Shoppe / Catering: Traditions / Rentals: Topps Elite Tent Rentals / DJ: DJ Kelly Wilde / Bride’s Dress: Demetrios from Macy’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

 
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10 Apr

When you’re out shopping for jewelry you probably weigh in what outfits certain pieces will look good with, yes? Maybe you buy certain baubles for one event and don’t wear them again until another fancy fete pops up, right? Ok, so your engagement ring- it deserves a whole different type of attention. It doesn’t come off if you’re wearing jeans, a cocktail dress, or sweat pants. Natalie K, Danhov, and Uneek Jewelry have some really pretty bling that we think you’ll fancy.

Here’s what sets all of these fab jewelers apart from all the others, and why we think you’ll love their rings just as much as we do:

Natalie K‘s collection of engagement rings is extensive- classic, halo designs, and vintage inspired designs… she’s got them all. Her Forevermark diamond rings, which are part of the De Beers collection, carry the promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. That’s why she’s boasted such a stellar reputation with her unique combination of elegant and classic rings in 14K, 18K and platinum precious metals. And they’re made with the Perfect Diamond, an ideal cut diamond displaying the hearts and arrows pattern distinguishing the diamond as a genuine cut diamond!

Engagement and wedding ring ideas | 100 Layer Cake

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Danhov‘s unique wedding rings have revolutionized luxury jewelry with its innovative design philosophy. What makes Danhov’s rings stand apart from everyone else? It’s all made either by hand or is hand assembled—further exemplifying the precision and individuality for which Danhov is known. We love how they focus on eco-friendly jewelry, use ethically sourced diamonds and recycled gold, and their pieces are made here in Los Angeles!

Engagement and wedding ring ideas | 100 Layer Cake

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Uneek Jewelry‘s designer engagement rings partner the design aesthetics of today with a centuries-old approach to the art and science of creating pure luxury from gold, platinum and diamonds. Their intricate workmanship, and breathtaking designs, made here in the USA, have earned them plenty of awards, which is easy to see in their signature style that blends the spirit of contemporary American culture, using natural fancy colored diamonds, with the delicacy and detail born of old world metal smithing and stone setting disciplines.

Engagement and wedding ring ideas | 100 Layer Cake

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What do you think ladies? We know. It can be so hard to choose, right? Hopefully by sharing some of our faves we can help to narrow down your search!

 
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10 Apr

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

What do you do when you adore the idea of getting hitched in Mexico, but a destination wedding just isn’t in the cards? You bring the fiesta to you, of course!  Take it from Alexa + Steve. Alexa is an art director you see, so she was able to design her dream Mexican fiesta right in her home state of Cali—complete with a taco bar, adorable mini hot sauce favors, tasty margaritas, and a mariachi band to get the party started. Kurt Boomer was there to capture it on camera for us all to see. And don’t miss the wedding speech of all wedding speeches by the groomsmen in the video at the end.

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Look at Alexa, looking muy buena in her short BHLDN wedding dress!

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

That invitation suite? The work of our very talented bride. Alexa says, I was inspired by the Mexican tiles at Casa Romantica, so I designed a pattern to print onto gold foil paper. Once the project began the gold foil started mesmerize me, and I wanted more, more, more!

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Alexa describes their wedding style as “Mexican beachy prep.” That just about sums it up, doesn’t it?

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Some advice from the bride… Work hard up until the week of your wedding, but then let yourself enjoy the week. Treat it as if you are on vacation with the rest of the out-of-towners. Also, take pictures together before the ceremony. I know you want that ‘first look’ moment, but you’ve spent so much money on the party. Don’t miss a second of it!

Lastly, you won’t want to miss this epic wedding video created just for the groom. Calling all groomsmen; you might want to step it up on the wedding speech front. This one will give you a run for your money!

Congrats Alexa + Steve!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards

Photographer: Kurt Boomer / Day-of Coordination: Kristen Black from Stop and Stare Events / Venue: Casa Romantica / Hair: Annie Campana / Makeup: Michelle Nunes / Florist: Patti Markel (family friend) / Invitation Designer: Bride / Printing: CalLitho / Cake & Catering: Carbonara Catering / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Kelly & Katie / Headband: PearlsByTabs from Etsy / Bracelet: Gabriela Artigas from Steven Alan / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Banana Republic / Tie: Bonobos / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

 
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9 Apr

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

It’s time to bust out the vintage barware, ladies and gents. Mad Men is back this Sunday for a sure-to-be epic final season, and we’re pretty darn excited about it. (Hence the Mad Men-inspired fashion and decor ideas we shared this morning.) As our fellow fans know, no episode is complete without a shot of Don Draper pouring himself an Old Fashioned. And it goes without saying that no Mad Men viewing party would be complete without a signature cocktail to sip while watching. Luckily, Please & Thank You and The Hostess Haven are serving up some inspo in the form of a vintage shoot and a yummy Mai Tai recipe. Check it out and enjoy!

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mai Tai:
– rum
– Curaçao (orange liqueur )
– Orgeat ( almond syrup )
– fresh lime juice
– pineapple leaf or mint as garnish

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Drink up!

Photographer: Joielala / Cocktails: Please & Thank You / Styling: The Hostess Haven / Location: Private Residence of Jora Vess / Food: The Vetted Table / Wardrobe: Butch Wax Vintage

 
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9 Apr

Maybe it’s not said enough, but shopping for bridesmaid gifts is REALLY fun. Why? One, they’re your best friends (you know what they’ll love!). Two, chances are you want to give them a little something that is fragrant, something they can use on the daily, a little sparkle, and something amazingly soft. Ok, truth: anything that you would buy for yourself, you should totally buy for your ‘maids. Spoil them! That’s why we’re loving The Bride’s Maids Shop. Their carefully curated gifts are top notch. These are just a few of the cuties we would gift our favorite gals…

Modern bridesmaid gift ideas from The Brides Maids Shop | 100 Layer Cake

You kinda want these all for yourself too, right? Totally understandable. Also good to note: All of their gift packages include complimentary gift-wrapping and a Thank You notecard (a $10.00 value).

Ok, now before you pop over to The Bride’s Maids Shop to peruse their goods, jot down this only-for-you discount code for 10% off your purchase: LAYER10

And one more thing… every month they host a giveaway. This month they’re giving away this super luxe cotton robe (we want!). Enter here!

In case you want to shop our fave items: Single Letter Initial Rose Gold Necklace / Coconut Milk Mango Soap / Gemstone Teardrop Earrings / Clutch (customizable!) / Turkish Beach Wrap / Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Card / Bling Wipes / Pashmina Wrap / Rose Pink Robe

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