8 May

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

C + K’s Venice wedding could easily have been in Big Sur or Canada or Hawaii. They searched high and low for the perfect venue, but it finally hit them that for their big day they didn’t need to leave town at all.

Cayley says, We don’t like commercial, we didn’t have an unlimited budget, we didn’t want to wait two years to hold our wedding; we wanted a memorable but casual wedding that friends and family could really enjoy. Probably somewhere between riding our bikes to the beach and walking to dinner at one of our neighborhood restaurants it dawned on us—why not bring our friends and family to Venice to celebrate at the place we love and call home? We wanted to show everyone our version of Venice—local, casual, weird—so that’s exactly what we did. The ceremony held at our longtime neighbor Philip Dixon’s house surprised all our guests who could not have dreamt up a more impressive hidden oasis, which also inspired the colors of my bridesmaids’ dresses. 

Thanks to Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective for these shots!

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Wedding rings

Blue Bridesmaid dresses

Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes

Every gal should own a pair of Stuart Weitzman pretties, don’t you think?

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Blue bridesmaid dress

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Cayley says, We had a local gospel choir sing Dream Lover for Kyle’s walk down the aisle with his parents and our bridal party procession, and My Cherie Amuor when I walked down the aisle with my Dad. Our first dance we danced to Harvest Moon sung by one of my ridiculously talented bridesmaids, Lucy Keating, accompanied by the Mattson 2. Once we were married we exited to Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams Come True.

Grey groomsmen suits

Canvas favor tote

White dahlia bouquet

Wedding guest fashion

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Blue bridesmaid dresses

Loving these blues.

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Venice beach wedding invites

Simple white tablescape

Gold table numbers

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

They held the reception close by at 800Main with dinner catered by a fave restaurant Casa Ado (chef Antonio Mure happens to be their neighbor too) and desserts by Superba Food + Bread.

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Check out the recap by Max and Molly Films below:

In the end, we feel so lucky to have involved so much of our community in our wedding weekend—even our photographer, Gary Ashley, was based in Venice. So all local vendors, friends, and friends of friends made it a very special weekend to share with our families.

Cheers you two! See more from this wedding in our gallery.

Photographer: Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective / Videographer: Max and Molly Films / Ceremony Location: Private Residence of Philip Dixon / Reception Location: 800Main / Event Planner: Melissa Diner of 800Main / Florist: Elizabeth Bailey Floral & Event Design / Hair & Makeup: Drea Rohrbough of Unveiled Makeup / Invitations & Website: Bride / Reception Caterers: Casa Ado / Rehearsal Dinner & Brunch: Bread and Water Catering / Deserts: Superba Food + Bread / Officiant: Pastor Robert Shipp Sr. of Calvary Baptist Church Santa Monica / Guys’ Getting Ready Location: Casa Shelter Half / Ceremony Gospel Choir: Vienna Hayes & Family / Reception Band: Mattson 2 / First Dance Singer: Lucy Keating / Lighting: Alternative Lighting Solutions / Rentals: A Rental Connection & Town & Country / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew

The Wedding Artists Collective- LA is a member of our guide. Click here to see how to become a member

The Wedding Artists Collective- LA

View Portfolio
 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
7 May

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Hello, hello! How’s everyone’s day going so far? We just came across some srsly pretty hand painted cakes that happen to be the work of UK boutique cake company, Nevie-Pie Cakes. Given that the brilliant mind behind these lovely cakes, Natasha, is an art director + consultant, we can see how each and every one became a masterpiece. Prepare to be blown away by fondant perfection, cakies…

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

For weddings, they often paint designs based off of bridal bouquets, wedding invites, or even a favorite china tea set. Any little wedding detail can serve as inspiration.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Gorgeous right?! Definitely one of our faves.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Like whoa. Natasha even has an online tutorial for painting fondant.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

We sure wish we could see these beauties in person! Check out the rest of the Nevie-Pie Cakes gallery.

Cakes: Nevie-Pie Cakes | Photography: photo 1  | photo 4 | photo 5 |photo 7 (Nathan Pask for The Painted Cake published by Murdoch books) | photo 8

 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
7 May

Blossoming almond orchards wedding inspiration

Hello, beautiful blossoms! This shoot that photographers Ginny of Retrospect Images + Brooke Beasley envisioned + whipped up basically encapsulates the beauty of a romantic spring wedding, from the sweet seasonal blooms of California almond orchards to the way various shades of pink complement the greenery around them. What’s not to swoon over here?

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

Classic blush heels… Yes please.

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Ginny says, We were inspired by the blossoming almond orchards whose lush blooms are just as fleeting as they are beautiful. Lasting for only a few weeks, these magnificent trees blossom and create the most magical rows of dreamy blooms.

Calligraphy

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

This bouquet! Le sigh. Susan of Three Sisters Flowers mixed in soft pastels with darker accents and cascading greenery. She created two different bouquets for separate takes on the concept.

Almond Orchard wedding inspiration

For a bride who loves all the romance of spring, the Carina Corset & Ahsan Skirt from BHLDN sure seem like a pretty fitting choice!

Great work team! Such beautiful Almond trees.

Planning & Photography: Ginny Silver of Retrospect Images & Brooke Beasley Photography / Location: Private Orchard in California / Dress: Watters Carina Corset & Ahsan Skirt from BHLDN / Accessories: BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka from BHLDN / Makeup: Kat Tinney of A-List Makeup / Floral Designer: Three Sisters Flowers / Calligraphy: Type & Title / Model: Kayleen Meldrum

Retrospect Images is a member of our guide. Click here to see how to become a member

Retrospect Images

View Portfolio
 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
7 May

Spring bridal bouquet

Of course a bridal shower is always about *you guessed it* the bride, but it’s easy to fall into the food-games-gifts tradition (though, don’t get us wrong, that’s a fantastic trio too). But Fleurie Flower Studio + Nikki Martinez Photography broke the mold a bit when they opted for a few unexpected elements, like a letter from the groom and an event design based off of colorful paletas.

Spring tablescape

Poppy and anemone flowers

Modern bride

Wouldn’t it be fun to bring in a secret letter from the groom-to-be for the bride to read? Such a special little surprise.

Spring tablescape

Gold charger

Dessert table

Summer popsicles

And remember the festive paletas we posted about on Monday? Clearly we gotta get our hands on some.

Modern dessert table

Ombre cake

Ombre cake

Summer popsicles

Modern bride

The bride got to pose for some romantic portraits too… A must if you have someone photographing the event or a creative gal pal or two.

Spring bridal bouquet

Spring bridal bouquet

Nikki says, The bride is actually newlywed, but this shoot was just focused on her and all the fun details! My favorite memory of the day was having the bride run back and forth in the open yard. We all got a good laugh out of it, and it just made for so much fun! It was such a great day.

modern-wedding-ideas

Thanks to the guys below for sharing all these fabulous ideas today.

PS: If you’ve got wedding cakes on the mind, be sure to check back today for our pretty cakes post.

Photographer: Nikki Martinez Photography / Venue: R Wedding House / Florist/Stylist: Fleurie Flower Studio / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Artistry Studio / Paper Goods: Trademark Inspired / Cake: Crème de la Cake / Dessert Table: Sugar ‘N Sparkle / Jewelry: Humble in Heart Company

 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
6 May

Here’s something fun for all you crafty types that want to customize your wedding without going entirely DIY: RE:MARKS stamps by RubberStamps.com are an easy way to add a personalized touch to your envelopes, invites, place cards, favors, + more. Punch up your wedding details with these cute designs—you can always use the interchangeable die plates afterward to create new impressions with the same mount. PS yes, there’s a giveaway below too!

(Already feeling all the possibilities for newlywed address stamps too…)

RE MARKS stamps | 100 Layer Cake

Sweet idea for favors, yeah? RE:MARKS has some cool stamp die plate templates on their website, but you can also upload your own design.

RE MARKS stamps | 100 Layer Cake

The self-inking design automatically re-inks into a rotating, self-contained inkpad (good for the repetitive motion of stamping all those addresses). The two-sided inkpad gives double life—when the impression starts to fade, slide the pad out, flip it over, reinsert, and keep stamping. The red buttons are for attaching and removing the die plates from the mount in a cinch, and the clear mount bottom allows you to accurately line up the stamp. Easy, easy.

RE MARKS stamps | 100 Layer Cake

RE:MARKS also has custom embossers, tons of inkpad colors, stamp cleaning solution, and gift options.

RE MARKS stamps | 100 Layer Cake

RE MARKS stamps | 100 Layer Cake

Giveaway time! One lucky reader will get a $100 gift card for RubberStamps.com and/or RE:MARKS, and a runner up will receive a Premium Gift Box ($49.99 value). Just follow RE:MARKS on Instagram here and sign up for their newsletter here. Log your entries using the widget below.

Everybody who enters also will be emailed a 20% discount on their next purchase (after the contest).

 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
6 May

Salt flat engagement shoot

If you’ve seen traditional engagement photos and aren’t really into posed shots, it makes sense that you’d plan to skip the whole thing. Then photogs like Ryan + Heidi from Forged in the North come along, and an engagement session becomes a can’t miss opportunity for a set of pics you’ll look back on forever (and brag about to everyone!). Dave + Heather felt that way, but once they heard this concept, they had to go for it—and were blown away by the result:

Salt flat engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

Ryan of Forged in the North explains…

There’s really nothing better than having newly engaged friends, with great taste, an appetite for adventure, and who are down to drive three hours into the middle of nowhere. Since we are so used to shooting in cities or dense natural environments, we really wanted to do this shoot out on salt flat to have a blank canvas kind of a feel. There’s sort of a beautiful juxtaposition of putting these warm spirited, vibrant people into this arid, unlivable climate. The color palette we went for was a split-complimentary (red, orange, blue) so we had Heather get a red/coral dress and Dave a Navy suit. The sunset gave us the most amazing soft light, which was perfect for backlighting the smoke bombs.

Salt flat engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

Smoke bomb engagement shoot

This dress is simply fabulous.

Smoke bomb engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

Salt flat engagement shoot

D + H say, Neither of us is particularly comfortable in front of the camera — it always feels a little awkward — but this experience was remarkably easy. We just followed their direction as they fired off frames. We were blown away by the final product. We’ve never looked better, and the location was magic. Ryan and Heidi absolutely crushed the shoot. We’re going to treasure the images for the rest of our lives. It’s a special thing knowing that when we’re old and grey, we’ll be able to show our children that there was a time when we looked really fantastic. (Pretty sure these two will always look fantastic, btw!)

Salt flat engagement shoot

Click here to view more from this shoot.

Congrats guys!

Photography & Styling: Forged in the North / Heather’s Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal / Shoes: Steve Madden / Jewelry: Stella & Dot / Dave’s Shirt: J. Press / Suit: Tom James / Shoes: Hudson Shoes / Watch: Vintage Omega

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Forged in the North is a member of our guide. Click here to see how to become a member

Forged in the North

View Portfolio
 
Related Posts with Thumbnails
dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, flowers, bachelorette party, photography, decor, invitations, ceremony, honeymoon