7 Apr

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Sometimes an event design lacks color and you really miss it, and then there’s this. Julia of Luminous Lines Creative (who not only conceptualized the shoot but whipped up everything from the paper goods to signage and more) added color with only a few earthy details in this black and white scene at The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, CA. Upholding every sense of the idea that opposites attract, she combined a spread of opposites right down to the modern tableware and the rustic decor beside it.

Thanks to Jenavieve Belair for sharing these photos!

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Julia says, As a creative, I am always torn between clean lines with bold elements, and soft spoken neutrals with organic strokes. Just like great relationships and famous love stories, I wanted to see these opposite concepts come together to create an unexpected romance.

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

We spy a little DIY inspo against that window…

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

 

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

They incorporated a little gold, natural elements, and calligraphy to soften the look a bit… Bold shapes combined with brush strokes, calligraphy and brush lettering accompanied with softer elements such as tea stained silk ribbon and vellum envelopes, helped tie everything together.

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic black and white wedding idea | Photo by Jenavieve Belair | 100 Layer Cake

And we thought we’d seen it all in last week’s Easter desserts by Sweet & Saucy Shop. Now, a calligraphed cake? They’re killin’ it.

Thanks to Luminous Lines Creative for dreaming up and executing such a fabulous vignette!

Photographer: Jenavieve Belair / Venue: The Loft on Pine, Long Beach CA / Design Concept, Styling, Paper Goods, Calligraphy & Signage: Julia Mattox of Luminous Lines Creative / Creative Assistance: Carly Ploeger of Carly P Design Studio / Florals: Allie Loy of Bloomwell Co / Makeup: Evelyn Sanabria / Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Dress: AQUA from Bloomingdale’s / Models: Kimberly Rosano & Zach Navarre

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6 Apr

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

This Hotel Bel Air wedding is simply g-o-r-g. Totally elegant and soft and romantic. But also so, so fun. Bride Danielle said they wanted a romantic, ethereal spring wedding with a dash of tradition. They also wanted a venue that was meaningful to them as Los Angeles natives, which they scored, and photos they could look forward to reliving the day through… Another score with the photogs at Our Labor of Love.

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

How cute are they? Danielle says finding the dress was the hardest part of planning. There’s a ton of pressure in finding “the one” but she had so many ideas the decision was tough. This ivory Lazaro gown with a silk satin organza bodice and jewel encrusted waistband looks like *the* dress to us!

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

A few favorite memories, c/o our bride…

Having both sets of Grandparents walk down the aisle was truly special. My Aunt was our surprise flower girl. With a wreath in her hair, she threw petals from a basket while holding a martini. The crowd’s reaction was priceless. Ha, so presh!

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Work it!

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Bash, Please shared D + B’s spring vision exactly. That’s Danielle’s biggest takeaway from planning: find a planner you trust. Can’t go wrong with this team!

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Jewish Bel Air wedding | Photo by Our Labor of Love | Event planning Bash Please | 100 Layer Cake

Danielle tells it, We have always loved the Hotel Bel Air. Both born and raised in Los Angeles, the magical hideaway in the canyon has always been a special place for us. Brian’s parents were married there and so were several other family members. The classic Bel Air charm of this secret hideaway made us feel like we were out of town. We knew that this would always be our special place, and could go back for our anniversary each year and relive the magic.

Congrats, Brian and Danielle!

Photographer: Our Labor of Love / Videographer: Manifest Videography / Venue: Hotel Bel Air / Event Planner & Design: Bash, Please / Florist: Honey & Poppies / Hair: Jana Petrgalovic of Alex Roldan Salon / Makeup: Cynthia Rivas / Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Cake: Cake and Art / Catering: Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air / Music: West Coast Music / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Lazaro from JLM Couture in West Hollywood, CA / Shoes: Jimmy Choo ‘Ivette’ in Light Bronze Lamé Glitter / Headpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Tom Ford / Cufflinks: Ralph Lauren (gift from Bride) / Pocket Square: Ralph Lauren Purple Label / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August / Bridesmaids & Flower Girl Wreaths: Honey & Poppies

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6 Apr

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

How stunning is this hairstyle guys? We’re always head over heels for braided bridal hairstyles but a braided chignon, hello! Icing on the cake. Super sophisticated and such a beauty if you have longer hair you want to pull back off a certain white dress. Check out the instructions hair stylist Angela of Beauty In Motion shared with us below… You’ll be surprised to find that it’s a totally doable DIY for your big day.

Thanks to Jennifer Fujikawa Photography for the photos! Now, onto the how-to.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Start off by curling the entire hair with a 1-inch curling iron to create loose waves. Section the crown area and start teasing it to create desired volume.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Smooth out the surface of hair nicely and spray with hairspray.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Part your hair with deep side part. Then create two sections on either side of your head, even with your ear. Pin out of the way.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Take the deep side part section and start to French-braid along the longer hairline, pulling in small sections as you go. Gently pull on braids to loosen and fatten up the braids a bit to create a romantic feel and textures. Secure it with elastic.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Now take the other side and braid it the same way as the deep side part section.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Take the braid from the deep side part section and pull it across the back of your head and secure with a bobby pin.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Now pull the other side of the braid and secure it with bobby pin just below the deep side part braid.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Divide the remaining hair into three sections and French braid each section. Make sure to loosen up the braid before securing it with elastic.

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Now carefully roll up each braid to create a rose bun and secure it with bobby pins. Don’t worry about your hair being a bit messy or pieces falling out; this look is supposed to be more organic than polished.

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Last but not least, accessorize the hair with a pretty sparkly hair comb by Marisol Aparicio and there you have it!

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Braided Chignon bridal hair tutorial | Photo by  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Beautiful, right? Thanks to Angela of Beauty In Motion + Photog Jennifer Fujikawa for sharing!

Photographer: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography / Hair Stylist: Beauty In Motion / Dress, Cape, Veil & Headpieces: Marisol Aparicio

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