22 Sep

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Today’s sweet couple Jen & Jason got married exactly one year after the day they got engaged. Their warm, rustic wedding was the ultimate marriage (really, no pun intended!) of elegant and natural, with an intimate outdoor reception + ceremony, that felt cozy even with 185 in attendance. Plus, it was 100% them – from the hints of peach to the giant oak tree, everything fell into place.

Thanks to Annie McElwain for the photos!

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This 200 year-old oak tree sealed the deal for these two… No wonder!

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The bridal bouquet had peonies, roses, gardenias, and greenery, all wrapped in cream lace.

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They left most of the DIYing to Bash Please, who styled + planned the big day. Jen says, We were especially lucky to work with the wonderful ladies of Bash Please who are incredibly good at their jobs and put together a fabulous event with the best vendors.

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These dreamy string lights were one of the bride’s favorite decorations.

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We’re pretty much on board with anything Honey & Poppies whips up – remember the whimsical bouquets from this Palm Springs wedding?

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The bride happens to be a singer/songwriter (recognize her from American Idol?!), and she surprised her guy with a performance. Jen says, During our cocktail hour, I organized an acoustic set of music performed by a handful of our super talented friends – at the end of the set, I surprised Jay by singing him a special version of “I Only Have Eyes For You”. He had no idea, he was beside himself!

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A few words from Jen, The most important part about your wedding is the fact that you are marrying the love of your life, in front of the people who love you… As long as you have good company, enough food and drink, and some music to dance to, you’re golden. 

Cheers J & J! Check out Jen’s Pinterest board for more rustic, elegant inspo.

Photographer: Annie McElwain / Videographer: McDuff Productions / Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Planning & Design: Bash Please / Florist: Honey and Poppies / Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair and Makeup  / Paper Goods, Save the Dates, & Invitations: Bash Please / Cake, Catering, & Bar Services: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / DJ: Mike Cruz / Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Custom, Thumbelina Designs / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Wedding Bands: Custom, XIV Karats in Beverly Hills / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Tie: Hugo Boss

 
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19 Sep

A pineapple-themed birthday party | Photo by KCB Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78833

We’re huge fans of summer birthdays around here – the party themes are endless – and what better way to head into the weekend than with a pineapple themed celebration? When Jenny of Jenny Cookies heard her husband wanted to throw her a bday bash, she had our fave tropical fruit in mind and kinda took over a bit (When you have party planning in your blood, these things happen!) Thanks to KCB Photography for sharing these juicy photos with us!

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This just may be the classiest portrayal of pineapples we’ve ever seen.

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A rad custom pillow by Fancy It Pretty on Etsy…

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On the food: We tried a new caterer in our area, Katyas. Katyas created a delicious spread of pineapple themed apps (ham & pineapple skewers, pineapple caprese salad, pineapple mango salsa, etc). All the food was displayed on black and white, yellow, and you guessed it, gold spray painted cake plates.

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Jenny says, Hollowing out all those pineapples ended up being a gift that kept on giving because we turned them into vases! The florals were stunning by Bash & Bloom, who arranged the flowers in red solo cups and then just shoved them down into the pineapple. Her combination of ferns, white blooms and succulents gave them the perfect mid-century modern look. Side note: If you want to try this at home, I’d advise hollowing out your pineapples no more than 24 hours ahead or you will have extra guests at your party… AKA fruit flies.

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Lady Yum whipped up an amaze custom cake, but that didn’t stop Jenny from doing a little birthday baking too. She created the cookies, cupcakes, and mini lemon meringue pies.

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Happy birthday, Jenny!

Photographer: KCB Photography / Event Design & Dessert Table: Jenny Cookies / Florist: Bash & Bloom / Invitations: Harper Gray Designs / Cake: Lady Yum / Catering: Katyas / Party Like a Pineapple cups, coasters, drink stirs: Oh Goodie Designs / Garland: The Tomkat Studio / Prints: Piece Love Paper & The Tomkat Studio / Pillow: Fancy It Pretty

 
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19 Sep

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Not gonna lie, we’re still on kind of a Hawaii high after Tuesday’s Aloha bridal shower. So it’s only fitting we continue the theme into the weekend too. The bride- and groom- to be Casey + Justin met in Hawaii where he lived and she was going to school. On the week of their wedding, they opted for an e-sesh in the same place their love began – their favorite spot on an Oahu beach.

Casey says, The beautiful photos captured by The Great Romance Photography will forever remind us of not only the day before we got married, but all of the memories along the way as boyfriend and girlfriend.

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Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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C + J met at the restaurant they both worked at while going to school, although Casey’s stay in Hawaii was temporary. While they both lived there, they hiked, enjoyed the local food, and watched lightning storms together. How fun!

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Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Their love story…

After four months of dating, we had fallen in love, but it was time for me to move back to San Diego to finish my degree at SDSU. A year later, Justin moved to San Diego where we enjoyed new activities together like time at the beach with our chocolate lab, enjoying the culinary delight of San Diego, farmers markets, and yearly snowboarding trips.   

Growing up surfing in Hawaii, Justin loves the similarities and stark differences that snowboarding offers – especially the cold, fresh winter air.  If it were 100% up to him, we would have gotten married in the snow, so naturally the snow filled mountains made a perfect landscape for his proposal. After a day of snowboarding with our friends in Park City, Justin took me alone on a route off the beaten path where he faked a fall to stop for the perfect backdrop. There, with our butts in the snow, Justin proposed to me after 7 years of dating.

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Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Aren’t they so cute?

Congrats you guys!

Photographer: The Great Romance Photography / Casey’s Dress: Lulu*s

 
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18 Sep

New BHLDN dress collection | 100 Layer Cake

Those of you still bummed about that whole summer ending thing will be happy to know we’ve found one huge reason to love the coming season: new collections galore. With yesterday’s Sweet Paul wedding preview and now the latest BHLDN lookbook (!!!) we’re a bit overwhelmed – in a very good way – with all the amaze fall inspo popping up in our feeds lately. And why wouldn’t we be…

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Avalon Gown

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Paired with the Nicolette Flower Veil, the Emma Gown would be such a stunner in a vintage city wedding.

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Evangeline Dress

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Evangeline Dress and Lara Dress

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Flora Gown

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Oh, did we mention that these gorgeous models are also a couple in real life?! That sure sweetens things up a bit. The team at BHLDN says, We felt that their chemistry added to the romanticism and intimacy of the lookbook. You could feel a real spark between them, something all of our brides can relate to.

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The Honeysuckle Halo makes a most romantic hairpiece, especially with the Yasmin Gown.

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We can totally see a bride adding the Ava Tulle Skirt to her Ava Gown for the reception.

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BHLDN’s Prato Romper makes a pretty convincing argument for a more playful wedding look, no?

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Lucca Gown

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Soo pretty. Any favorites yet, guys?

Find all the BHLDN new arrivals here.

 
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18 Sep

Intimate dinner at The Cocktail Academy | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Florals Celadon and Celery | Catering Taste of Pace | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78792

Morning cakies! A few months ago Jillian got to dine at an intimate new event space in downtown LA that we know you guys will love. Apartment A is a whimsical dining room and intimate private event space located in LA’s Arts District. The Cocktail Academy teamed up with Taste of Pace to host her monthly supper club there. Each month, Pace hosts a dinner in a different home or venue in LA which involves a 3-course meal, cocktails, and music. Jillian’s had the pleasure of enjoying a supper club at Taste of Pace’s loft apartment in the past, and was delighted to learn she had joined forces with The Cocktail Academy for this month’s dinner:

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Jillian’s story…

As soon as I entered the space my senses were delighted to find handcrafted cocktails paired with scrumptious bites. While sipping on my cocktail, I had the chance to take in the ambiance; The space is small and intimate with a speakeasy feel. It would be the perfect venue for dinner party with friends, rehearsal dinner or small reception. Celery & Celadon provided lovely florals, hung from the ceiling with cute blue bottles and tons of pretty bougainvillea. She is such a delight to chat with. We may or may not have had a few cocktail and become best friends, ha! She just moved her business from NY, so LA brides-to-be, you’ve gotta check out her work!

As the night went on and food and drinks kept flowing, the Élan Artists bands entertained us with vintage jazz tunes from Ground Control, Vintage Confidential, and Cartwright. I seriously felt like I had stepped back in time and unlocked the secret key to one of the hippest dinner clubs. It was a night not to forget. That’s how all dinner parties should feel, right?

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What a gorgeous presentation.

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Intimate dinner at The Cocktail Academy | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Florals Celadon and Celery | Catering Taste of Pace | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78792

From Taste of PaceThe purpose of the supper club is to take the local seasonal bounties and create new and exciting dishes that expand my boundaries as a chef and artist while perfecting different techniques. Within the framework of supper club consists three courses and a complimentary cocktail to awaken the palate. In addition, the atmosphere is sweetened with live performances from local musicians.

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Pace shared her menu for this particular dinner with us below…

beet deviled eggs, chives
polenta, parm, green harissa, feta
sepia agnolotti, spring pea, mint, bottarga
chilled tomato melon gazpacho soup shooter, herb pistou

SALAD
watermelon, cherry tomato, persian cucumber, torn basil,
creamy kaffir lime cilantro dressing

PASTA
corn gnocchi, browned butter, wild mushrooms, basil

ENTRÉE
dukkah crusted bass
quinoa
avocado radish slaw
wild mushrooms

Sounds amazing. Thanks to Scott Clark + the team below for sharing this dinner with us!

Photographer: Scott Clark Photo / Venue: Apartment A / Cocktails: Cocktail Academy / Florals & Table: Celadon & Celery / Menu: Copper Willow / Food: Taste of Pace / Entertainment: Élan Artists / Nitrogen Ice Cream: Super Cool Creamery

 
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18 Sep

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

If you weren’t a fan of indigo dyeing before, this bridal shower will show you just how cool it can be. As a corporate designer for large events, Tiffany saw her shower as a rare chance to create an intimate 30 person party with impeccable detail and her own style in mind. Along with the help of the team at Raise the Bar Productions, her bridesmaids, and mother-in-law, she got to work crafting and designing for this unique indigo theme.

Shout out to John Newsome for the photos below…

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Is it too much to say we’re obsessed with this scene?

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Of all the pieces she designed in the past year, Tiffany loved those chandeliers the most – paving the way for this awesome theme.

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Tiffany tells it: I knew I wanted the shower to be very personal so holding it at the home of my fiancé’s parents was the perfect location. I handled all the aesthetics with the help of my production team at Raise the Bar along with my bridesmaids while my mother-in-law to be handled all of the menu planning. In effort to not stress myself out on my wedding day, I knew that I would not attempt to go crazy with DIY for my wedding so I wanted to hand make a lot of the decor for my shower.  

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

A DIY garland to go with other handmade elements, like the napkins, table runner, place cards, and gold foiled quartz.

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Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Indigo inspired bridal shower | Photo by John Newsome | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78770

Turns out, our bride-to-be is just as brilliant with small gatherings as corporate events! Congrats, Tiffany!

Photographer: John Newsome / Location: Private Residence, Solana Beach, CA / Styling, Design & Florals: Tiffany Jacobs, Raise the Bar Productions / Catering: Kathleen & Michael Wilson, Groom’s Mother & Brother / Flatware & Plates: Raphael’s Party Rentals / Furniture Rentals: Raise the Bar Productions / Glassware: Vintage

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