22 Sep

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Today’s sweet couple Jen & Jason got married exactly one year after the day they got engaged. Their warm, rustic wedding was the ultimate marriage (really, no pun intended!) of elegant and natural, with an intimate outdoor reception + ceremony, that felt cozy even with 185 in attendance. Plus, it was 100% them – from the hints of peach to the giant oak tree, everything fell into place.

Thanks to Annie McElwain for the photos!

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This 200 year-old oak tree sealed the deal for these two… No wonder!

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The bridal bouquet had peonies, roses, gardenias, and greenery, all wrapped in cream lace.

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They left most of the DIYing to Bash Please, who styled + planned the big day. Jen says, We were especially lucky to work with the wonderful ladies of Bash Please who are incredibly good at their jobs and put together a fabulous event with the best vendors.

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These dreamy string lights were one of the bride’s favorite decorations.

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We’re pretty much on board with anything Honey & Poppies whips up – remember the whimsical bouquets from this Palm Springs wedding?

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The bride happens to be a singer/songwriter (recognize her from American Idol?!), and she surprised her guy with a performance. Jen says, During our cocktail hour, I organized an acoustic set of music performed by a handful of our super talented friends – at the end of the set, I surprised Jay by singing him a special version of “I Only Have Eyes For You”. He had no idea, he was beside himself!

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A few words from Jen, The most important part about your wedding is the fact that you are marrying the love of your life, in front of the people who love you… As long as you have good company, enough food and drink, and some music to dance to, you’re golden. 

Cheers J & J! Check out Jen’s Pinterest board for more rustic, elegant inspo.

Photographer: Annie McElwain / Videographer: McDuff Productions / Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Planning & Design: Bash Please / Florist: Honey and Poppies / Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair and Makeup  / Paper Goods, Save the Dates, & Invitations: Bash Please / Cake, Catering, & Bar Services: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / DJ: Mike Cruz / Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Custom, Thumbelina Designs / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Wedding Bands: Custom, XIV Karats in Beverly Hills / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Tie: Hugo Boss

 
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19 Sep

A pineapple-themed birthday party | Photo by KCB Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78833

We’re huge fans of summer birthdays around here – the party themes are endless – and what better way to head into the weekend than with a pineapple themed celebration? When Jenny of Jenny Cookies heard her husband wanted to throw her a bday bash, she had our fave tropical fruit in mind and kinda took over a bit (When you have party planning in your blood, these things happen!) Thanks to KCB Photography for sharing these juicy photos with us!

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This just may be the classiest portrayal of pineapples we’ve ever seen.

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A rad custom pillow by Fancy It Pretty on Etsy…

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On the food: We tried a new caterer in our area, Katyas. Katyas created a delicious spread of pineapple themed apps (ham & pineapple skewers, pineapple caprese salad, pineapple mango salsa, etc). All the food was displayed on black and white, yellow, and you guessed it, gold spray painted cake plates.

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Jenny says, Hollowing out all those pineapples ended up being a gift that kept on giving because we turned them into vases! The florals were stunning by Bash & Bloom, who arranged the flowers in red solo cups and then just shoved them down into the pineapple. Her combination of ferns, white blooms and succulents gave them the perfect mid-century modern look. Side note: If you want to try this at home, I’d advise hollowing out your pineapples no more than 24 hours ahead or you will have extra guests at your party… AKA fruit flies.

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Lady Yum whipped up an amaze custom cake, but that didn’t stop Jenny from doing a little birthday baking too. She created the cookies, cupcakes, and mini lemon meringue pies.

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Happy birthday, Jenny!

Photographer: KCB Photography / Event Design & Dessert Table: Jenny Cookies / Florist: Bash & Bloom / Invitations: Harper Gray Designs / Cake: Lady Yum / Catering: Katyas / Party Like a Pineapple cups, coasters, drink stirs: Oh Goodie Designs / Garland: The Tomkat Studio / Prints: Piece Love Paper & The Tomkat Studio / Pillow: Fancy It Pretty

 
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19 Sep

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Not gonna lie, we’re still on kind of a Hawaii high after Tuesday’s Aloha bridal shower. So it’s only fitting we continue the theme into the weekend too. The bride- and groom- to be Casey + Justin met in Hawaii where he lived and she was going to school. On the week of their wedding, they opted for an e-sesh in the same place their love began – their favorite spot on an Oahu beach.

Casey says, The beautiful photos captured by The Great Romance Photography will forever remind us of not only the day before we got married, but all of the memories along the way as boyfriend and girlfriend.

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Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

C + J met at the restaurant they both worked at while going to school, although Casey’s stay in Hawaii was temporary. While they both lived there, they hiked, enjoyed the local food, and watched lightning storms together. How fun!

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Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Their love story…

After four months of dating, we had fallen in love, but it was time for me to move back to San Diego to finish my degree at SDSU. A year later, Justin moved to San Diego where we enjoyed new activities together like time at the beach with our chocolate lab, enjoying the culinary delight of San Diego, farmers markets, and yearly snowboarding trips.   

Growing up surfing in Hawaii, Justin loves the similarities and stark differences that snowboarding offers – especially the cold, fresh winter air.  If it were 100% up to him, we would have gotten married in the snow, so naturally the snow filled mountains made a perfect landscape for his proposal. After a day of snowboarding with our friends in Park City, Justin took me alone on a route off the beaten path where he faked a fall to stop for the perfect backdrop. There, with our butts in the snow, Justin proposed to me after 7 years of dating.

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Hawaiian engagement shoot | Photo by  The Great Romance Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Aren’t they so cute?

Congrats you guys!

Photographer: The Great Romance Photography / Casey’s Dress: Lulu*s

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