15 Sep

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

This rehearsal dinner is so sweet; all you’d need is a white dress to pass it off as the wedding itself (which just proves that the their wedding was even more impressive – more on that later!). The bride, SF event designer Christine Dodds, coordinated a relaxed, but super chic rehearsal dinner at The Horizon Hotel in Palm Springs that everyone could enjoy. The wedding party + family actually rented bungalows there for the entire week of the wedding… sounds so fun!

Thanks to Edyta Szyszlo Photography for the photos here.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

A sparkly pair of Badgley Mischkas to glam things up a bit.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Christine made the votives and garland as simple ways to complement the venue.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Designed by William Cody in 1952, the hotel has been fully restored to its original iconic splendor, which the couple built off of for their decor. Christine says, We went with the theme and had a mid century modern, Hollywood chic vibe all week. But we also wanted to keep it casual, so we had Umami’s food truck come in, and did drinks and burgers by the pool for our rehearsal.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

By opting for a food truck over a seated rehearsal, they were able to let everyone join in the celebration.

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Doesn’t she look fabulous?

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Palm Springs rehearsal dinner | Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=78516

Looks like an amazing time!

Be sure to check back today for their Palm Springs wedding, too!

Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Venue: Horizon Hotel Palm Springs / Event Coordinator: Bride, Christine Dodds / Food Truck: Umami Burger  / Votives, Garland, Beverage Table: Bride / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Shoes: Badgley Mischka

 
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12 Sep

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

As much as we love a spectacular venue or a cool historic building, we totally see why some brides prefer a more natural look – something that’s simple and organic, but really brings out the beauty of the day itself. Of course, it helps when you have a setting like the one in today’s shoot by The Nolans to build off of. Teaming up with Alee Willis, they gathered a few select props to simply enhance their enchanting little pocket of the forest in Arkansas.

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

The Nolans say, The one thing we really wanted to do while planning this gorgeous inspiration photo shoot was to reach out and grab the attention of brides who want to be different, brides who want simply want their day to be natural.

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Doesn’t this spread look like it was torn straight from a storybook?

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Alee Willis created these whimsical floral arrangements by pairing beautiful blooms with findings from the area.

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Understated elegance… A simple braided hairstyle, a few eye-catching pieces of jewelry from the photog’s personal collection, and one pretty white dress.

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Rustic garden wedding inspiration | Photo by Christopher Nolan Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77804

Those candles!

Thanks to the team below for a fairytale shoot.

Photographer: The Nolans / Creative Direction, Styling, & Florals: Alee Willis / Ribbon on Bouquet: Silk and Willow & Froufrou Chic / Dinnerware: Pottery Barn / Chairs: Ikea / Table: Anthropologie / Dress: Proposals Bridal Boutique in Little Rock, AR

 
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12 Sep

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

We love when we get the chance peek into the workspaces of some of our fave creatives – and what better day than a Friday to sit back and be inspired? The Wedding Artists Collective sent over these images from their studio visit with the gals behind Firefly Events, and we’d never miss an opportunity to share a little BTS action with you, too.

Founded 5 years ago in Teissia’s Los Feliz, CA studio apartment, Firefly is a completely full service planning and design company that aims to create beautiful, personal, and unique events and weddings. They’ve been based out of NY for the last few years, but Teissia brought on Alia long ago knowing that she’d soon reopen a California HQ… and guess what? They’re officially opening a downtown LA office in January 2015 (with Alia at the helm). Exciting!!

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by Jessie Webster | 100 Layer Cake

(Photo by Jessie Webster)

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

A perfectly styled shelf for your Pinterest boards…

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events is made up of founder Teissia, planner Alia, and their newest member Gabby, planning and design assistant, and multi-tasking master. Doesn’t their workspace just make you want to get creative?

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by Jessie Webster | 100 Layer Cake

(Photo by Jessie Webster)

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding planning tips from the Firefly team:

  • Be realistic about your budget, time, and expectations for the big day. Answering these questions truthfully will provide a great framework for planning! If parents or other family members are going to be involved in the planning process, have a talk with them about these three points as well. The more clearly you can define everyone’s role, the better.
  • It’s important to hire vendors you trust and get along with, both personally and aesthetically. This goes doubly for your wedding planner! You’ll be spending a lot of time with them over the next year, so a good connection is key. Also, keep an open mind to new ideas or suggestions that they may have. We look at amazing weddings all year long, and we’re often able to spot (and create) new trends before anyone else.
  • Hire wedding professionals! These days there are so many amazing and diverse people working in the industry. These people will know the right questions to ask, and will have the right equipment to do the job. 

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Firefly Events Studio Office | Photo by The Wedding Artist Collective | 100 Layer Cake

Alia, on finding inspiration in unlikely places: We always look at the weddings and events we work on as an opportunity to create an inclusive atmosphere or environment. We recently worked with a couple who brought us a picture of an ivy covered wall in the backyard of a Brooklyn restaurant. They loved the feel of that picture and wanted their wedding to have the same vibe. We used this as a jumping off point and created suspended greenery installations all over their venue, which had tons of exposed brick. We also used candle light centerpieces on the majority of the tables to give everything a warm and welcoming glow. By the end of the planning and design process, we had created something completely unique and unexpected but also beautiful and festive. We loved this because it proves that inspiration can come from anywhere! Even a brick wall.   

Photographer: Brookelyn Photography care of The Wedding Artists Collective

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