Chelsey + Mark make planning a wedding in four months look like it’s no big thing—and a super fun and creative wedding at that. These two used their relationship as the inspiration—full of surprises, adventures, playfulness and love—and never stopped to worry about what a conventional wedding was “supposed to” look like. The result was things like a splash of pink on Chelsey’s dress, a breakfast for dinner buffet, and the happiest florals they could find in season. Julie Mikos was there to capture it all on camera.
Chelsey’s colorful bouquet recipe: Gerondo daisies, dahlias, tulips, mini callas, South American roses, and peach stock.
Gorgeous venue alert.
Chelsey says, We decided we wanted to do breakfast for dinner, and it was worth it to us to spend the cash to pull it off right. We had a waffle station with four different kinds of waffles, an omelet station, and sweet and savory grits.
Their love story: It was just another Friday night in San Francisco at a friend’s house for a party. He was a very tall guy dressed as Santa Claus. I was a girl who had leftover ingredients after Thanksgiving and showed up with a freshly baked pie. He saw the pie first, but when he saw who baked it he says immediately knew he was going to marry me. (It took me about three seconds longer… when he took off the Santa beard.)
Since then we’ve been each other’s “recess”—planning adventures and surprising each other whenever and however we can with things big and small. Trips to the local trampoline park and trips around the world. Little hand-drawn stick figures and custom paintings from famous artists. And of course pie. Lots of pie.
Photographer: Julie Mikos / Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films / Month-of Coordinator: Amy Nichols Special Events / Ceremony Venue: Palace of Fine Arts / Reception Venue: Flood Mansion / Hair: Sophie Callas from Sorry I broke your heart / Makeup: Meaganne Mccandess / Florist: Nancy Liu Chin / Invitation Designer: Bride via Minted / Cake: Beaux Gateaux / Catering: Living Room Events / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Marquee Lights: JunkArt Gypsyz / Bride’s Dress: Custom Tara Latour from Kinsley James / Shoes: Christian Dior / Headpiece: Twigs & Honey / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew and Color Angles Boutique
Today we interrupt our usual schedule of wedding and engagement programming to bring you all a little hair tutorial. You know, just to keep things fresh! We adore this chic and easy twist on the low ponytail that Apryl Ann Photography and Beauty and the Blush created. Especially for those hot and sticky summer months, when you want to keep your hair out of your face and off the nape of your neck.
We’ll let these guys take it from here with the step-by-step…
1. Spray hair all over with a texturizer to create volume and use hands to lift at the crown of the head. We used Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
2. Divide hair down the middle into two sections, clipping the left side up and out of the way. Don’t worry about the part or sections being perfectly even.
3. Smooth out the right side. Cross over to the left and twist under. Secure the twist with jumbo bobby pins (between 4-5, depending on hair thickness).
4. Release the left side of hair. Use a light hairspray close to the crown of the head to create volume and tame flyaways.
5. Smooth out the left side, fold over the right while twisting under, overlapping the first twist. Use hairpins (4-5) to secure the left side of hair on top of the right.
6. Tease loose hair with a coarse-bristle back comb.
7. Use a pick comb to lift and pull hair from the root to create a bit of mess and volume. Leave a few pieces out around the face and ears for an effortless-cool style.
8. Spray all over with hairspray to hold in place.
Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Hair: Beauty and the Blush
Boho brides, have we got the shoot for you! Ashley Kelemen and Sweet Marie Designs were inspired to celebrate the beauty of early spring in Southern California, which is full of cool evenings and beautiful light. The Santorini gown by Katie May set a romantic mood for the entire shoot, while the hair, makeup, and jet black mani add a little bit of edge.
Just a little poem by Mr. Robert Frost to provide some added inspo.
Messy hair, don’t care.
Kudos to the team below for dreaming up such a sweet, springy shoot!
Photographer: Ashley Kelemen / Photo assistant: Alan Barrington Evans / Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Florals: Sweet Marie Designs / Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Lovely Paper Things / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Dress: Katie May / Hair Pieces: Nicky Teo Bridal / Model: Amberli Jahn