22 Nov

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

In the past year there’s been a lot more to love about LA. The sense of community could not be stronger. And this rad Thai & Korean Street Fair Party, hosted, designed, and catered by Heirloom LA, that was open to the public, pretty much proves it. Even the NY Times took notice! So while this isn’t a wedding, we’re all about finding any reason to celebrate good food, drinks and friends (which is basically what most weddings are anyways, right?).

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Why this theme? Well, you know Angie + Ted from Poketo? They were the special guests of the night, holding a little “pop-up” in The Salon as guests entered to get to the back garden where the party took place. And since Angie is Korean and Ted is Thai, they designed the event around their backgrounds.

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

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Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

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Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA Party | photo by Stephanie Collins | 100 Layer Cake

Watch how the entire night played out in this rad video by Sharkpig

So good, right? We kind of wish they’d host parties every weekend! Here’s a bit more deets about the event from Heirloom LA…

This event was open to the public for a pre-purchase ticket as all of our collaborations are, see invite here. We used their logo’s color palette to inform our design and picked Thai and Korean as themes because Angie is Korean and Ted is Thai (Angie and Ted own Poketo).  Of course we had a Smilebooth (with an ah-mazing backdrop designed by Smog Design, they also designed our menus) but also we hosted the debut feature of a company here called Flipbooth!  It was a huge hit, check it out under the hash tag #poketointhesalon on Instagram. Guests played ping pong, watched the Thai movie Citizen Dog on bleachers and danced the night away! Many wrote us the next day saying it was “the party of the year”. We all had such a blast. Naturally this party was very food intensive. There were four action stations of our take on traditional Thai and Korean Street Fare and we also served two different delicious Soju cocktails that were served in plastic bags (this is common in Thailand). Guests played ping pong, watched the Thai movie Citizen Dog on bleachers and danced the night away!

Make sure to follow Heirloom LA on Twitter to be in the know for their next collaboration.

Photographer: Stephanie Collins / Venue & Event Design & Catering & Cocktails: Heirloom LA / Flowers: Yasmine Floral Design / Menus & Smilebooth Backdrop: Smog Design / Flip-Books Booth: Flipbooth / Smilebooth: Smilebooth / DJ: Poketo / Chalkboards: Joyce Chai

 
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21 Nov

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We get the feeling Kelly + Allen would have been just fine celebrating their wedding with a set of plastic picnic tables, a cooler filled with locally brewed beer and a few homemade pies. As long as their family & friends were attendance, merriment would have commenced. That’s what these two are all about. Their wedding, photographed by Keepsake Memories, was a complete DIY fete thanks to the help of their family. Homebrewed beer, wood-carved signs, floral arrangements, sweet dessert bites, welcome gift baskets… everyone contributed something to their special wedding weekend.

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We really lucked out by using a local flower farm for all of our floral needs. We spent a nice morning picking out all kinds of dahlias, zinnias and fillers for what would become the beautiful centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, decor, etc. As long as you’re willing to put forth the time and effort, it’s really a great way to save on what could be a really expensive part of the wedding. Great tip!

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Such a cute idea to put a little activity card at each place setting for guests to fill out throughout the day. It gives them something to do while they wait to hit the dance floor, and gives you a fun little present to read after the wedding!

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

A few bits of advice they walked away having learned: Taking on a lot of the DIY projects taught us a few lessons on time management and planning. We spent a good part of the weekend working on these projects and although it allowed us to contribute, it was also a time-consuming part of the weekend. My husband and I also realized that we spent a good portion of the evening talking and dancing that we didn’t even take the time to stop by the dessert table. Thank goodness they had take-home boxes so that we were able to enjoy them after the wedding.

We were definitely all about going against tradition. There are always people telling you how things are supposed to be done or what is considered to be acceptable. I’m so glad that we stuck to our guns on our decision to do things exactly the way we wanted because it reflected us as a couple and that’s what mattered most.

Congratulations Kelly + Allen!

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

Photographer: Keepsake Memories Photography / Videographer: Kevin Hursh Films / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hawkesdene House / Event Coordinator, Designer: Collaborative effort between Hawkesdene staff and bride’s step-mother, Mary / Invitation (Save-the-Date) Designer: Orange81 / Hair & Makeup: Dalgys Estrabao (good friend) / Florist: Stoney Hollow Farm / Cake: Homemade cakes by family and friends / Catering: Hawkesdene House

Wedding dress: Caroline Devillo purchased at Sasha’s Bridal Boutique / Wedding shoes: Jessica Simpson / Headpiece: Handmade / Groom’s Suit: Jones New York / Shoes: Allen Edmonds

 
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21 Nov

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Jenny won over our hearts when she told us she wanted to make sure her love of animals was represented in her wedding. She did this in a subtle way by picking what to her was the perfect venue, an equestrian center, so that they could be surrounded by horses. And to represent Andrew’s pharmacist background, they used mortar pestles as centerpieces to get that apothecary look. Their wedding really is the perfect example of how to stylishly weave bits & pieces of your personality without being over the top or too obvious. Plus, Esther Sun photographed it, so you know it’s going to be a beaut!

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

How cute are those mortar and pestles as flower vessels?

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

California equestrian ranch wedding | photo by EstherSun Photography | 100 Layer Cake

They’re just the sweetest! Congratulations Jenny + Andrew!

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

Photographer: Esther Sun / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brookside Equestrian Center / Event Coordinator, Designer, Catering: Rose Wade Events  / Hair & Makeup: Marie Tran / Florist: Bride’s friend Chamelyn Roth / Cake: Beverly’s Best Bakery

Wedding Dress: Custom made at Shin Bu Bridal / Wedding shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hairpiece: Lelet NY / Groom’s Suit: Custom made at Italian Custom Suits / Shoes: Ecco / Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom

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