19 Feb

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

When you’re talking California rustic elegance—the kind inspired by rich foliage, layered textures, the outdoors, and wedding gowns with a touch of glam—there’s no better venue than a 100-year old barn nestled among alfalfa fields and almond orchards. The sprawling ranch location was a tribute to the bride + groom’s upbringing + family traditions and the classic beauty of the American west that Brooke Merrill Photography captured below:

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Floral + event stylist Lotta of Mint Design mixed up a dreamy palette of deep merlots, ruby reds, peach, and pinks to complement the a earthy, vintage vibes.

Brooke says, The foliage-rich tablescape was created using various types of eucalyptus, hanging amaranthus, pink hypericum berries, garden roses in various hues, pomegranates, ranunculus, lisianthus, fuchsia anenomies, wisteria, purple snapdragons, and pepperberry.

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Better bookmark this color palette, brides-to-be…

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Fashion stylist Kim Lawson chose two swoon worthy lace gowns from the 2015 Watters Bridal collection to outfit our classic bride. The exquisite detailing, plunging back silhouette, and glittering embellishments added the perfect amount of glamour to this rustic outdoor setting. Kim styled the groom with a classic take on the traditional black tux. The groom wore a traditional white 10-pleat tuxedo shirt, black slim-fitting suit, and charcoal grey button down vest. The deep wine-colored tone of the groom’s crushed velvet bowtie added a perfect pop of color. To finish his look and in keeping with the tradition and style of days gone by, the groom wore polished black cowboy boots underneath his trousers. 

(Remember her + Mint Design’s pretty bridal looks from this post?)

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

Spring Inspired Elopement | Photo by  Brooke Merrill Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spring-Inspired-Elopement-1.jpg

This amaranthus-draped cake. Le sigh.

Other antique elements that made this shoot so special included an antique steamer trunk used as a cake table. A salvaged mantel easily transformed into a glamorous bar by adding gold mirrored trays for displaying cocktails, elegant crystal decanters, an aged silver-plate champagne bucket, and a beautiful 1920s vanity mirror.

Thanks to everyone below for inspiring us today!

Photographer: Brooke Merrill Photography / Floral & Event Stylist: Lotta Alexandersson of Mint Design / Hair: Jacob HAIRnandez / Makeup: Tricia Leigh MUA / Personal Stylist: Kim Lawson / Invitations: Paper & Type / Cake: Shakar Bakery / Prop Rentals: Jody Reese Designs / Bridal Gowns & Accessories: Watters Bridal 2015

 
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19 Feb

If you aren’t already mentally preparing yourself for the event that is The Cream, better get started! Every year we are blown away by sheer talent we see, inspiration we get, and utter F-U-N we have at The Cream Los Angeles, as curated + produced by Bash Please. Remember the macrame hangings from last year? The floral installations? The silent dance party?! (If not, you can see it all in our recap). It’s that time again, March 15th to be exact. Even better, this year they teamed up with Wanderable for a super cool giveaway…

Cream wedding event LA

This year’s inspiration board is a surprising set of neutrals, and given the rad crop of vendors already announced, we have a sneaking suspicion that the color will not be missed!

As if that isn’t exciting enough, Wanderable is behind this year’s dance off giveaway. They’re a new kind of wedding registry for those who value *experiences* over things… hint, hint. They’ll be offering the winner a trip somewhere amazing. Need we say more? Well, maybe just that the giveaway is worth 5k and that there are a couple of very impressive locations up for consideration… You’ll just have to wait and see!

So snag your tickets fast. This event always, always sells out. Check out photos from past LA Cream events in these posts: 1, 2, 3, & 4 and then go get your tix… They’re on sale now so don’t wait!

 
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18 Feb

Tendr cash registry

Accepting a cash gift may be the best (and sometimes only) way to make the wedding or honeymoon happen, but no lie… it’s often a bit awkward. How to get past any feelings of inauthenticity to ask and receive cash in a way that’s meaningful for both parties? After a little perusing through Tendr, we discovered that it’s actually quite easy. And pretty, so very pretty. Faster and safer than checks and bills, Tendr is the simple and elegant way for your wedding guests to give cash. Friends + fam can create warm, personal gifts in three steps: personalize a card, fill it with money, and send it right to your inbox.

Tendr cash registry

All the gorg digital cards are designed by Tendr Co-Founder, award-winning Creative Director Spencer Paul Bagley. (Who clearly gets wedding style… Gold foil? Florals? Check check.) If it’s design you’re into, Tendr is definitely the cash registry of choice.

Tendr cash registry

Tendr cash registry

Customize your Tendr page by welcoming guests. And if you want, let them know what you’ll do with the $. Worth noting: You don’t actually have to specify like other sites require, avoiding any awkward post-wedding convos. “How was that bungee jumping excursion I bought you?” “Yeah, about that…”

Tendr cash registry

Once everything’s set up, guests can give for free using their bank account, and the funds go directly to yours. Since most couples report wanting cash the most of all gifts, might as well give your loved ones convenience, style, and a way of personalizing to their liking, right?

PS: Don’t think they forgot one of the most important things about receiving gifts: thank yous. They have instant, free digital thank you notes to help couples express their gratitude.

Head over to Tendr now to get started.

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