22 Jul

A few weeks ago we celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday with a grand bash on the beach.. vintage surf style. My mister loves the ocean and California surf culture so this seemed like the perfect theme. So many of our local and far-away friends and family came out to celebrate. We ate tacos, flied kites, played games and lazed around in the sun. A most wonderful day!

I enlisted the help of Aaron Hartselle to bring the surf concept to life, and that he did! Take a peek below at all the fun details, as shown through the lens of Laura Goldenberger

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Aaron’s take on the party design:

It can be a challenge to create a cohesive visual experience on the beach, where things can easily get lost amongst a sea of beachgoers, so I grounded the design with a large canopy structure. My inspiration for the décor came from the rustic feel of Tulum’s beaches and the bohemian details of Montauk’s surf cottages. I integrated tropical details, such as fruit on the aqua fresca bar, palapa umbrellas over the lounge areas, and rattan furniture.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Tim’s brother John is an amazing illustrator, so I had him draw up the lettering for the invitation and I put it all together. I think it turned out pretty cute, aye?

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Pow Wow supplied all of the furniture rentals.. wicker furniture, poufs, crates, and pillows for lounging. It all made for a super relaxing and bohemian vibe. We felt like we had been transported to an island in Hawaii!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

The man of the hour…I love him so.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

It isn’t a tropical party without juice bar, complete with pineapple and watermelon agua frescas made by Heirloom LA. Those little cups you see above? Artisanal jello shots in flavors of Island Daiquiri, Pina Colada and Watermelon Tangerita to whet our whistle. Mmmm.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

How ’bout these cute coconut and tiki cups?

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

The food.. oh my the food. Heirloom LA cooked up a rather amazing taco bar complete with all the fixin’s. Carne asada, achiote chicken, cauliflower caponata, fresh shrimp ceviche, roasted corn, and the best beans and chips I’ve ever had. We’re still dreaming about that meal.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

My friend Kristina sells gourmet popsicles and brought some along in flavors of horchata, cucumber margarita and strawberry. Boy were they good!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Loved having littles at the party.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Cornhole is such a popular game in our group, so Beach Cities Bag Toss made this awesome custom game for our party. You send them artwork and they put it on their boards. It was a big hit!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Quality summer time with good friends and family.. that’s what it’s all about.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Mini serapes were rolled up as parting gifts for our guests. I purchased these cuties on Olvera Street in LA.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Happy birthday, my love!!

xoxo, Amanda

Planning and design: Aaron Hartselle Creative | Photography: Laura Goldenberger | Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals | Catering: Heirloom LA | Custom cornhole game: Beach Cities Bag Toss | Invite lettering: John Dawbarn | Invite printing: Printup Graphics | Surfboard rentals: Greg Ainsley

 
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21 Jul

Let’s say we add a little sparkle to the blog today. When it comes to commitment, bridal, and fine jewelry, you need options: stones, styles, colors, shapes, you gotta see it all. That’s why we love these rings by Anna Sheffield. Their mega-collection of one-of-a-kind designs created with quality, conflict-free diamonds and rare, precious, and antique gemstones pretty much has you covered in regards to the whole choices thing. Sure, it doesn’t make reaching a decision any easier, but hey, variety is the spice of life, right?

Each ring is designed with a mix of vintage + contemporary influences, for beautiful, surprising jewelry every time. Plus, each of the engagement pieces stack with the commitment bands—a totally unique and awesome feature to consider. We’re particularly smitten with the gorg stacking sets below:

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

1. The Carousel / 2. Sheaves Band Trilogy / 3. Curve Trilogy / 4. The Chrysler / 5. Rivet Set / 6. Crescent Set / 7. The Honeymoon / 8. Hammer Texture Band Set / 9. The Mabel / 10. The 3 promise set

Inspired by different elements, from Art-deco era architecture like The Chrysler to timeless beauty like the Hammer Texture Band Set, each collection looks beautiful displayed individually, but creates one breathtaking unit when stacked together…  A nice little metaphor, don’t you think?

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

Encircled with prong-set diamonds, this double banded harness Attelage Emerald cut Diamond Ring is a chic and modern alternative to the staple engagement ring.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

The aptly named Theda Ring is a truly splendorous piece evocative of it’s namesake, a star of the Silent Film Era. The layout of the five diamonds in this design call to mind the glorious cinemas in which her silent films were screened, and an elongated rose cut center is reminiscent of the the marquees that announced them.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

The Tiny Wheat Engagement Ring is set low to the finger with a delicately tapered pave band. Select a half  carat white, champagne or black diamond center stone to create the perfect token of your affection. 

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

The Moonstone Bea engagement ring features a stunning Emerald cut Moonstone set in an A.S. bridal signature basket- 10 prongs of mixed flat and delicate round. Inverted set white diamond trillions on each side lead the eye from the perfectly proportioned center to the subtle knife edge band.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

Luna, the second of our rings with a divine namesake, is made in Rose Gold with a stunning, smoky-hued Champagne Diamond held aloft by an architectural setting that calls to mind a palace or place of worship.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

3 Stone Hazeline is a corner stone of the Anna Sheffield bridal jewelry collection. A classic style with a delicate silhouette, this timeless design is based on a ring belonging to Anna’s grandmother. 

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

The Pear Rosette is a vintage inspired silhouette with tiny diamonds encircling the center stone.
The Rosette series also comes in oval, round, and cushion versions too.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

Encircled with prong-set diamonds,the Attelage Marquis Diamond Bridal Set, a double banded harness ring, is a chic and modern alternative to the staple engagement ring.

Anna Sheffield Wedding and Everyday Rings | 100 Layer Cake

The Hazeline is a corner stone of the solitaire collection. A classic style with a delicate silhouette, this timeless design is based on a ring that belonged to Anna’s grandmother.

So much beauty in one place.

FYI, if you’re on the market for a little bling (or just want to take a peek around, we feel you), head over to the Anna Sheffield site for more.

 
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21 Jul

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

As LA ladies ourselves we may be biased, but we think this bright DTLA wedding captured by Jennifer Emerling of YEAH! Weddings = the perfect party. You don’t need to book a SoCal venue to appreciate how these two planned the whole shindig with their guests in mind, talking deets with Bash Please well in advance so friends + fam from all over the US, Canada, and Australia could gear up for a Cali holiday.

From the bride: We wanted to make sure they enjoyed all California has to offer! I had fun creating a Los Angeles City Adventure Guide and California Dreamin’ mixtape to pop into welcome bags with LA-centric goodies to start them off well! Having been together for over a decade, we swapped any seriousness for an epic party to celebrate our love with great music, great food, and happy dancing vibes!

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Illustrator + designer Ngaio had a blast creating a hand-lettered invitation suite and menus, travel guides, place cards, and a mixtape, as well as custom stamps and calligraphy. She says, My favourite element has to be the mad libs rsvp component of the invitations—we got some hilarious responses!

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

How’s this for guest seating?

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Her bouquet recipe: peonies, iris, foxglove, ranunculus, poppies, dahlias, anenome

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Is bad to crave cake this early in the AM?
Chocolate Malt Cake: malt fudge, malted milk crumbs, charred marshmallow
Strawberry Lemon Cake: lemon cheesecake, pickled strawberry jam, milk crumbs!

Ace Hotel downtown LA wedding | Photo by Jennifer Emerling of  YEAH! Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75850

Congratulations Ngaio and Julian!

Photographer: Jennifer Emerling of YEAH! Weddings / Videographer: Sera Lindsey / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ace Hotel DTLA, Rooftop & Segovia Hall / Wedding Planner: Bash Please / Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy / Florist: Moon Canyon / Invitaton Design, Lettering, & Calligraphy: Bride, Ngaio Parr, Screen-printed by ½ Hazard Press / Catering: Ace Hotel / Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / DJ: Michael Antonia / Celebrant: Jennifer Berry / Rugs: Yeah Rentals / Glassware: Archive Rentals / Confetti Cannons: Confetti Unlimited / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham (Esme) from Everthine Bridal, Connecticut and Lover Wiccan Dress from the Lover Flagship Store, Sydney / Shoes: Acne / Veil: Custom Bo & Luca / Flower Crown: Moon Canyon / Jewelry: Engagement & Wedding Ring: Canturi / Earrings: Kathleen Whittaker / Turquoise Ring: Sarah & Sebastian / Bracelet: Kristen Elspeth / Groom’s Suit: Klein Epstein Parker / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Wedding Band: Bittersweets / Tie & Socks: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Marc Jacobs / Groomsman: Jack London

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