26 May

California vineyard wedding

Fancy another adorable spring California wedding? We sure do. With Cammie’s family vineyard as an option, choosing a venue was easy. The next order of business was packing a weekend full of fun, casual events, so that they could actually spend time with each of their 120 guests. And when it came to choosing other vendors, they simply went with those they felt most comfortable among, Sylvie Gil Photography, being one of them.

Wedding rings

Pink rose bouquet

California vineyard wedding

Yeah, we think that’s a pretty spectacular spot to get married.

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

Their love story: Cammie + Kip met in a playgroup as babies. Even though they lived apart until they went to the same college, they always kept in touch. After their first kiss, Kip told her that she was the love of his life. After dating long distance for four years, they finally said I do! Too cute.

California vineyard wedding

Dark grey bridesmaid dresses

Dark grey bridesmaid dresses

California vineyard wedding

The weekend consisted of pre-wedding cheer on Thursday + a girls’ lunch that Cammie’s grandmother hosted on Friday. Then a dinner and the ceremony at their vineyard. They wanted to give the reception a cocktail party feel, so they opted for food stations to get everyone mingling. After a night of dancing, Cammie’s grandparents put on a farewell brunch. Sounds jam-packed with good vibes if you ask us. 

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

Vintage plates

Romantic china a la Frances Lane to complement the handcrafted aspects of the design: collected vases, painted signs, gift boxes of sweets, etc. Cammie explains, We tried to incorporate elements from both families in the details. Kip’s family loves to sail and ski. One trick they have for identifying their boat is using glow sticks, so we had glow sticks for the dance party. Kip and I took a celebratory shot of rum from a shot ski his sister made for us. We used his grandmother’s recipe for punch as a signature cocktail. I also placed a pin his aunt gave me on my bouquet. My uncle made all the wine. My grandma cut squares of fabric for people to sign as a guestbook. We placed photographs from our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings on the same table. Our wedding cake was banana with peanut butter frosting, which is the same flavor my parents served on their wedding day…

Oyster appetizer

California vineyard wedding

California vineyard wedding

Paperweight Films was another vendor that the bride + groom made instant friends with…

From the bride… Our wedding was such a fun day! The next morning our faces hurt from smiling so much. I knew it would be a wonderful time, but I had no idea how incredible it would feel to have all our loved ones together.   

Cheers you guys!

Photographer: Sylvie Gil Photography / Videographer: Paperweight Films / Venue: Private Winery / Wedding Planner & Designer: Amy Nichols Special Events / Florist: Natalie Bowen Designs / Hair & Makeup: Sarah Hyde / Cake: Patisserie Angelica / Catering: The Girl and The Fig / Table Top Rentals: Frances Lane / Linen: La Tavola / Rentals: Hartmann & Classic Party Rentals / Band, Ceremony Sound, & Mics: Pop Rocks / Musicians: Ever Music Group / Shuttles: California Wine Tours / Bride’s Dress Reem Acra from L’elite Boston / Shoes Gianvito Rossi & Chloe / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from Weddington Way / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Groomsmen Ties: Brooks Brothers

 
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23 May

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! We thought we’d share the photos from our DIY plant hanger workshop with Room & Board and Crafting Community with you this weekend. It was such a lovely afternoon and event, and everyone who came made a really cute planter. We’ve got ours hanging in our houses for sure!

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

Naturally we had to have snacks and lots of flowers.

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

And gorgeous little locally grown succulents donated by Whole Foods Market.

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY plant hanger workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

DIY Plant Hanger Workshop with 100 Layer Cake, Room & Board, and Crafting Community

Thanks to everyone who came out to this event, and to Room & Board and Crafting Community for partnering with us! We can’t wait to do it again soon.

Hosts: 100 Layer Caket / DIY expertise: Crafting Community / Venue: Room & Board Culver City / Photos: The Gold Collective / Flowers: Ellamah / Snacks and Succulents: Whole Foods Market

 
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22 May

Whoohoo, the long weekend is *finally* here! What do you guys have planned? Just the time to perfect your skills in the cake department. We wanted to share this super quick video we made for our bridal shower inspiration shoot with Crate and Barrel. Watch below to see how to frost and fill the perfect naked cake in no time at all, thanks to the talented Sheila Mae.

Much easier than it seems, right? Let us know if you give it a try!

Cake Demo: Sheila Mae / Video: California Electric

 
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22 May

Wild flower bouquet

At first, M + C weren’t totally sold on the idea of having a big shindig for their wedding. But with so many friends + fam they wanted to celebrate with and a gorgeous venue AKA Megan’s parents’ new home in Sonoma, there was no reason not to go all in. After a year of planning and a ton of help from their talented loved ones, a big, beautiful shindig it was. Thanks to Jennifer Emerling for sharing the photos + Wade from Shark Pig for the video.

Pastel bridesmaid dresses

Badgley Mischka wedding shoes

Pretty, pretty bejeweled heels.

Vintage wedding ring

Blush pink rose bouquet

Lace backed wedding dress

Megan says, My family has California roots, but we lived on the east coast and Chris is from the Boston area. With so many friends and family making the trip from the east coast (and beyond) we wanted the affair to feel very Sonoma—laidback but welcoming and thoughtful. My parents have wanted to retire in wine country for quite some time and finally began the process around the time we got engaged—so having the shindig at their new home was so special. I love oak trees (and Spanish moss), and a part of the property had this incredible cluster of trees so we made this into a venue.

Illustrated wedding invitation

Illustrated wedding invitation

Super cute invites by Olive + Isla.

Outdoor Northern California wedding

Air plant boutonnière

Kinda really into this air plant boutonniere.

Outdoor Northern California wedding

Healdsburg California wedding

Sweet words from Megan… We chipped away at the details over the course of a year and learned a lot about one another. We both have busy work schedules which I think helped when we encountered some pretty big curve balls… We both felt so lucky to have such supportive and loving friends and family—this was just one (albeit super fun and awesome) day amidst a life long marriage. You just have to keep things in perspective and appreciate all that people are doing on your behalf.

Congratulations, Megan and Chris!

Photography: Jennifer Emerling / Videographer: Wade from Shark Pig / Venue: Bride’s Parents’ House / Event Coordinator: Erica Beck of Erica Events / Hair & Makeup: Brush Salon / Florist: Lidia of La Fleuriste / Invitations: Olive + Isla / Cake & Catering: The Green Grocer / Band: The K-J Allstars / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Jinza Jin / Floral Crown: La Fleuriste / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Vest & Shirt: Custom from Spoon Tailors in SF / Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Band: Jewelry Exchange Co. / Tie: Bows & Ties / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August & Love Lane / Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Banks

 
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22 May

Aloha themed bridal shower

Did you catch the lovely garden bridal shower from earlier this week? We’re back with another festive shower, this time for Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear. Kim wanted a shower with a tropical flair, since the chosen locale for her + fiancé Blake’s wedding next week is Maui. Naturally an “aloha” theme was in order, and who better to enlist than Beijos Events for such a job? After all, they did style up some of our fave tropical bridal shower ideas to date—in fact, that editorial is what inspired this fête.

Thanks to Felicia Lasala for the photos below!

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Pink floral crown

Love the pink shades + flower crown. Our bride-to-be tells it, I have been taking every opportunity to get dressed in white so I picked a fun and flirty white sequin dress from Parker for the shower. A special little treat for all the guests? Handmade flower crowns. Connected us all together. I loved that!

Tropical florals

Aloha bridal shower invitation

Tropical cookies

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Jacquelyn of Beijos Events says, Kimberly is getting married in Hawaii at the end of May and had seen our Aloha bridal shower styled shoot we did last year and thought we would make the perfect fit! It was a small gathering with each place setting made special with details like gold acrylic pineapples reading, “You had me at Aloha”, custom name macarons for each guest, and gifts such as gold Aloha necklaces by For Paul Handcrafted and pineapple necklaces by Wanderlust + Co.! And of course having the most picturesque venue on the rooftop at the Palihouse didn’t hurt either!

Pineapple place setting

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Kimberly, on the venue… I wanted to find a location in LA with a great outdoor space so the rooftop at the Palihouse was perfect with incredible 360 views of the city. Perched up in our little tropical oasis. Brunch is one of my favorite meals of the day so I did a daytime party to soak up the sun. We kept it small and intimate. I’ve had big dinners where you don’t get a chance to really talk with everyone so this was the perfect sized group for me. Every detail was perfect. Even the desserts were customized with the girls’ names.

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Tropical macarons

Tropical macarons

Aloha themed bridal shower

And this time next week Kimberly will be a Mrs! Wishing you two the best!

Photography: Felicia Lasala / Venue: Palihouse West Hollywood / Styling & Design: Beijos Events / Florals: Bloom Babes / Hair & Makeup: Bride-to-be / Invitations: Nic.Roc. Designs / Prosecco & Wine: Ecco Domani / Glassware: Borrowed Blu / Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Signage: Twinkle & Toast / Acrylics (Cocktail Stirrers, Names, Pineapples): The Roc Shop / Palm Tree Pillows are by Whitlock & Co. / Kimberley’s Dress: Parker / Shoes: Givenchy / Sunglasses: Celine / Bag: Chloe / Girls’ Dresses: Parker / Gifts for Guests c/o: Aloha Necklace by For Paul Handcrafted, Pineapple Necklace by Wanderlust + Co., & Candy Favors by Sockerbit

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21 May

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

Hello again travelers! Hope you’ve enjoyed my Vietnam trip through the French colonial city of Hanoi, to the cascading mountains of Halong Bay, and to the breathtaking beaches of Nha Trang. To end our trip we flew to Ho Chi Minh City to the oasis retreat An Lam of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels. After whizzing around the bustling city we were amazed to discover this hidden jungle retreat filled with oversized palms, plunge pools, and a captivating views of the Saigon river.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

A sunset cocktail and watching the river slowly roll by was just the right speed for us.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

My favorite dish at the hotel was a spicy mango and shrimp salad paired with a crisp white wine. Perfection!

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

Now that’s what I call a pool lounge! And in case that pool wasn’t enough each room came equipped with it’s own plunge pool. Decisions, decisions.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

We had grand plans to tour the Mekong Delta, but there was some confusion and our trip was canceled, so the hotel arranged for us to go on a sunset boat ride along the Saigon River. It was amazing to see all the large and small boats carrying fruit or dried palm leaves. And, to see hundreds of motorcylists crossing the river from one side to the other. Certainly a different way to get a feel for this part of the city.

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

All this guy really want to do was play in the pool. We didn’t mind. By this leg of our trip we were all feeling a bit homesick. It’s that part of your trip when you know the end is near but you’re still trying to hold on to those fleeting vacation moments. To snap out of it we took a taxi into town. It was so urban with pubs and cafes everywhere. You got the sense that this is very young and hip city. I started to feel like it would’ve been really nice to of stayed a bit closer to all the action. A couple of our favorite eateries: Country Kitchen or Cái quán qué, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa, and Pizza 4P’s. You can also check out this New York Times article for more on what to do while in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Vietnam

Saigon Vietnam

To wrap up this trip we have to give a great deal of thanks and gratitude to Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels and Cathay Pacific for making this possible for our family. Here at 100 Layer Cake we strive to bring you the best in inspiration, and at times, it comes with amazing perks to share our travel experiences. We hope it inspires you to take a trip of our own whether it’s a honeymoon, babymoon, or a family adventure. Sometimes you just need to get away. We know! To help make that possible Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels and Cathay Pacific are running a very nice giveaway at this very hotel. You can pop over to see all the details.

Photo: Scott Clark Photo / Accommodations: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels / Flight accommodations: Cathay Pacific

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