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:

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

What a gorgeous presentation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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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17 Sep

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Soo, who’s up for a quick midday mental trip to Rome? We. So. Are. Jen of Jen Wojcik Photography shared these photos with us from her trip to Rome on a photography retreat called Retreat Gatherings – an event that usually involves a handful of beautiful shoots for photographers to capture. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Jen + the others were thrilled to find that they were able to capture an actual “I do” during their stay – an absolutely breathtaking one at that.

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Smitten with this invitation suite.

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

There’s a reason king protea is cropping up in some of our best bouquets lately (remember this vibrant bouquet recipe?). So eye-catching!

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

On the last day of their retreat, Jen and the others learned that they were not only going to be photographing at the Villa, but that the couple was actually getting married. Jen says, We weren’t there just to capture pretty things anymore. We were there to document love, which at the end of the day, is why we all do what we do.

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

The day was just as memorable for the talents behind it as the B & G… A scary diagnosis (and thankfully a successful surgery!) just before the trip changed Jen’s experience entirely, but she went along with the plan despite being in recovery mode. Having the support of the retreat group helped her heal, gave her perspective, and paid off when she got to document such an important day in J + T’s lives. Hear the rest of Jen’s story on her blog here.

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Italian elopement wedding inspiration | Photo by Jen Wojcik Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78691

Thanks for sharing your story + photos, Jen!

Photographer: Jen Wojcik Photography / Venue: Villa Bertolami / Event Coordinator: The Wedding Care / Styling: Fine & Fleurie / Floral Styling & Design: Bo Boutique / Hair & Makeup: Pastel Makeup & Hair / Artwork, Calligraphy, & Paper products: Signora e Mare / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Ceremony Musicians: PROFESSIONISTIdellaMUSICA / Officiant: Tuscan Pledges / Editorial Sponsor: Wedding Sparrow / Gown: Liz White Couture / Bride’s Coat: Margherita Nera / Tux: The Modern Gent

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