Good morning, cakies! Rahel Menig sent this cheerful light-filled California inspiration shoot our way and not only is it pretty, but full of totally doable DIYs. Really, is there a better way to highlight the fairy tale that is Holman Ranch than embellish it with an array of jewel-toned flowers and eclectic, antique décor? We think not. And if you so happen to fall for this look, stay tuned—we’ve got two wedding DIY tutorials straight from the team on the blog later this morning.
Rahel says, Driving up to the spectacular Holman Ranch was an experience all by itself. Horses were lining the road as we were making our way up the hill and as we got out of the car the sun was playing in the foliage of the gorgeous oak trees. Our goal was to create something new and exciting. To combine the luxurious with an eclectic atmosphere, and LJ of Lux & Jasper delivered. With flowers galore by the talented Sarah of Fionna Floral in DIY concrete vases, mismatched, vintage furniture and beautifully draped billowy fabrics she pulled it all together, giving the venue that lovely airy, yet exciting feel.
DIY alert: Check back later to see how to make these concrete vases.
How pretty are these bridesmaid dresses? Allow us to introduce David’s Bridal’s new Versa Long Convertible Jersey Dress, and it’s probably one of the best mismatched styles we’ve seen that still manages to create a cohesive bridal party look. We got our hands on a few so we could show you some of the stunning ways they can be worn. You may have already peeked at the Versa Convertible Mess Dress, but this is a whole new convertible option that’s even more versatile. Imagine how much fun we had styling it for these photos by Braedon Flynn Photography.
Did you ever even think of open back kimono as a bridesmaid option? Didn’t think so. But, brilliant!
The Versa is available online only with many styling options: halter, knotted tank, twist back, cap sleeve, one shoulder, strapless… You name it. Such a good way to offer your ‘maids the fit and look that suits them best without having them stray from your wedding style. Plus there’s the price tag… $199.95.
Another instant fave. They’re made of a stretch jersey fabric that’s comfy to move/stand/dance in + are available in XS—2X and extra long too.
Have we mentioned how smitten we are with this color? Color options include Black, Marine, and Mercury. Many of their bridesmaid dresses are actually available in 52 colors too with sizes ranging from 2-26, with plus, extra long, petite, and junior options. Gotta have choices. All the bridesmaid and junior bridesmaid dresses are designed by their team in house with styles starting at $99.
We’re thinking an enchanting venue + romantic photos = just the way to kick off Tuesday. This wedding inspiration was shot by Russian photographer Darya Kamalova who lives in Italy but shoots destination weddings + engagements on film all over Europe, so it has an Italian vibe mixed in with the Amsterdam location. The concept? Life is all about the details. Just appreciate the little things and you need little else. Totally on board with that concept… especially when it takes place somewhere as charming as this villa.
Darya says, Everything was so perfect in every single detail from the colour of the walls inside of the villa that matched the colour of Olesya’s eyes to the velvet textile that contrasted with the sharp beard of Anatoli; all the small silver stationery, the berries, love calligraphy words, and vintage styled dress.
So, let’s talk about the wedding Gift Registry for a moment. It’s kind of an amazing opportunity, if you ask us. Even though many of us are getting married a little later these days, when we might already have a home established, there aren’t many times in a lady’s life that she has a chance to completely update her flatware, dinnerware, glassware, serving ware, etc. It’s such a lovely way to make a fresh home together as newly marrieds.
We chose some of our our favorite products from their various lines to style here to get you excited for a REALLY big giveaway that will set you on your way to filling up your home with beautiful pieces for entertaining and living in style for years to come. That embossed Jars Toulouse plate above and the entire Welcome Collection are top picks for us.
And their glassware selection is pretty spectacular. Pick a few different shapes and styles for all kinds of enjoyable drinking in your future.
We might recommend adding a cake plate or two (like the Form Pedestal), so you can display sweets in a special way when guests are over. A new set of the Bree cream and sugar vessels, or the sophisticated Savannah Dinnerware plus a handful of thoughtful serving pieces make afternoon coffee or after dinner indulgences all the more special.
To enter, pin the graphic below to your new Pinterest board. Title it whatever you like (“Wedding Registry”, for example), but use the hashtag #CRATEWEDDINGx100LC in the description so we can find your board.
***The fine print: Contest sponsored by 100 Layer Cake. This contest is not sponsored by Crate and Barrel or Pinterest. No purchase necessary to enter this contest or receive a prize. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Contest is open to legal residents of the United States, with a valid email and Pinterest account as of the date of entry. Winner may not be affiliated with, work for, or be an immediate family member of someone who works for 100 Layer Cake, Crate and Barrel or agencies associated with 100 Layer Cake and Crate and Barrel.
Selection of Winner
One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period in a random drawing conducted by 100 Layer Cake on or around August 1, 2015, and the potential winners will be notified by email to the email address provided at the time of entry. If a potential winner forfeits the prize, an alternate winner may be selected from all remaining eligible entries until a winner is determined. The odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.
One entry per person. Use of multiple email addresses or Pinterest accounts by the same person is prohibited. Winner must demonstrate an active pin board following the rules outlined above. Winner will be awarded a $2500 shop card valid at Crate and Barrel, CB2, and Land of Nod. Shop card is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and may not be exchanged for cash or replaced if lost.
Sweepstakes begins on July 6, 2015 at 9:00am PST and ends on July 31, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.
WINNER UPDATE: We’d like to congratulate Sonja on winning our exciting Crate and Barrel giveaway! It was so amazing seeing all of your creative mood boards. Wish you all the best on your wedding plans. xo, Jillian, Amanda and Kristina of 100 Layer Cake!
From what we’ve learned about interior designer + architect Johanna + Michael, we think they’re pretty cool: From Italy, they chose two gorgy Palm Springs venues, the lush and intimate Casa de Monte Vista + Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs (the only accessible John Lautner property in the world). And they took their 21 guests on a three-day tour of their fave SoCal spots—Santa Monica, Stahl House, rehearsal dinner at Birba Palm Springs—to truly experience the area. See, pretty cool. Thanks to Birds of a Feather for proving it with the photos!
On choosing venues…
Ceremony: When you walk through the main gate you enter paradise. Knowing that Joe does nearly everything by himself you can feel his love and passion for the place. The combination of the lush garden and the setting of his casitas and the main house offers many intimate areas for different functions. This makes it the perfect place for smaller weddings like ours and also for big ones. You never feel lost and you always have the sensation of being at home. This is one of the main reasons we have chosen it.
Reception: Iconic architecture, desert style, mountain views, stunning sunsets and the freedom to create your own tailor-made event made it the perfect place for our reception. As architect and designer we fell in love with the only accessible John Lautner property worldwide and we adore how Tracy and Ryan (the owners) brought it back to life after being abandoned for many years.
These two pulled the whole thing off from Europe, visiting Palm Springs only once mid-planning, and with the help of My Little Flower Shop day of. Can you believe it? Michael says, All, really all the involved parties were helpful, highly professional, on time, precise, loved our ideas and helped us to create an unforgettable wedding.Our main goal was to share our love and to make it for our guests and us a memorable, relaxed day full of harmony. We would do it again in the exact same way we did it and we’ll never forget what all the involved persons did for us to make it our best day ever!
Let’s kick off the weekend by admiring this gem from Zoom Theory, k? Cake & Punch actually whipped up this gay wedding shoot (at none other than The Saguaro) *right* at the close of Pride month last week, just after the news of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality broke out (and filled our hearts/the internet with joy). So many people in the gay community plan, style, and photograph weddings for others. Having their own unions legally recognized is an incredible step forward! This act is important for so many reasons and today we’re beside ourselves to just celebrate l-o-v-e with a set of cheerful neon wedding ideas. What else, right?!
Our stylized shoots are a representation of our dreams and passions. Love and equality are both things we feel extremely passionate about, which is why we were over the moon when the legalization of gay marriage, happened just two days before this already scheduled shoot! Planning the biggest day of a couple’s life is something we do not take lightly! We put our hearts into each wedding we produce to ensure the planning process is smooth and enjoyable for everyone involved. Justin & Calvin, our real life couple of 4 years, were touched as they had a sneak peek to what their real wedding day might be like. We all celebrated their love and this historic milestone at the most appropriate place imaginable, an actual mid-century technicolor RAINBOW hotel!
Our couples and their love for one another inspire every wedding we do, which makes each wedding unique, beautiful, and personal to their love story. The vibrantly colorful Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs definitely set the tone for this playfully stylized shoot celebrating love and equality for all. Justin and Calvin’s bright and cheerful union helped influence the colorful and modern elements in this neon inspired gay wedding.
If you’re gonna have a neon cake, better top it with a neon flamingo.