19 Aug

Malibu beach engagement shoot

While traveling to California for a wedding, Krystle of Krystle Akin Photography thought she’d whip up a couple engagement shoots along the way. That’s how she ended up at one of Malibu’s iconic beaches to photograph Katie + Blaine. After getting engaged on the beach in Big Sur, this was just the relaxed, natural backdrop the couple was looking for. Learning that Krystle would be shooting in film sealed the deal. Katie says, Her photos are soft and sweet and she really captured special moments between my fiancé and I.

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

What a sweet shot.

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Katie says it was super windy, not to mention she had to rethink the shoes she bought. All the better for pictures, we think!

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Malibu beach engagement shoot

Their engagement story: After a weekend camping trip in Big Sur, CA with friends this past February, Blaine and I had the day to ourselves before heading back to San Diego. I was dying to go to Post Ranch Inn for lunch, and we had some time before our reservation to explore the area. After a charming cup of coffee at Big Sur Bakery and a delicious mimosa at Ventana Inn, Blaine and I finally found the famous “purple sand” Pfeiffer Beach. Towards the end of our stroll Blaine handed me a sweet belated Valentine’s card that said “To the One I Love”. I opened the card and read the sweetest message, and when I looked up with tears in my eyes I was surprised to find him on one knee. After the initial shock, I said, “YES!”. We hopped back in the car with no appetite and skipped out on our lunch reservation. We traveled back to Carmel to find a beautiful surprise engagement party that my Mom had coordinated at the La Playa Carmel hotel with family. After almost seven years of dating we will be tying the knot next February.

Congrats, K + B!

Photographer: Krystle Akin Photography / Location: El Matador State Beach & Point Dume in Malibu, CA / Katie’s Hair: Dry Bar, Westlake Village, CA / Blanket: West Elm / Katie’s Sweater: J. Crew / Katie’s Shorts: J. Crew / Blaine’s Casual Outfit: Urban Outfitters / Blaine’s Suit: Custom Made in Thailand

 
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19 Aug

Crystal wedding dress

You know when you see something so amazing that you try to find a way to fit in your life ASAP? Maybe it’s an inspiring image from Pinterest or a gorgeous gown, like the one Candace @ Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events used as her muse for this shoot. After laying eyes on the Dori by Hayley Paige dress with a jewel-encrusted crop top and full skirt, we see how she dreamt up this romantic, mermaid-inspired scene based on it alone.

Thanks to Megan Pomeroy Photography for the photos below.

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration | Photo by Megan Pomeroy | Styling and design Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77140

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

bradgley mishka wedding shoes

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Crystal and tulle wedding gown

pale gray wedding gown

Crystal and tulle wedding gown

Even more dress-envy where that came from…

Crystal and tulle wedding gown

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration | Photo by Megan Pomeroy | Styling and design Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77140

Crystal and tulle wedding gown

Rhylan Lang wedding gowns

pale gray wedding gown

So dreamy!

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Crystal and tulle wedding gown

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

A nontraditional boa with trailing greens for a sea-inspired look.

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Candace says, Blooms & Bouquets hung glass globes filled with crushed sea glass and candles above the head table. They also draped the entire room with layers of soft lavender and blue fabric, and added a mirror to the top of the head table to bring to mind the reflective nature of water. Breathtaking!

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

White-chocolate covered cherry pearls in graham cracker sand made for one brilliant treat!

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding inspiration

Sea-inspired wedding cake

Mermaid Styled Shoot from JF+M on Vimeo.

Thanks to the  team below for such a lovely shoot!

Photographer: Megan Pomeroy Photography / Videography: JF+M Videography / Venue: The Living Room / Creative Direction/Styling: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events / Flowers/Draping/Lighting: Blooms & Bouquets / Hair: Kontempo /  Makeup: Lashes & Love Makeup Artistry / Calligraphy: The Pretty Paperie / Wardrobe Styling: Natalie Navis / Catering: Attitude on Food / Cake: Chris Janicek / Chocolate Covered Cherries: The Cordial Cherry / Printing: Xpress Copy and Printing / Bridal Gowns and Accessories: Dori by Hayley Paige from Rhylan Lang Bridal Salon / Menswear: Parsow’s & Emsud’s Clothiers / Other Attire: Standard Style in KC

 
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18 Aug

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Let’s talk wedding gifts for a moment, shall we? For something that involves gift giving, a registry can seem like it’s the least personalized part of the whole shebang. From not knowing exactly how many items to list to feeling obligated to stay within a certain price point, there are some not-so-fun aspects of creating a registry. Or should we say were?

Zola transforms a registry into a personalized experience, simplifies all the nitty gritty, and allows you customize it to fit your needs. There are a ton of neat features like group gifting (so multiple people can contribute to one item) and curated categories (where you can organize aspects like everyday items, experiences, or a honeymoon fund). But what we’re digging most is the fact that you can compile your list with products from all over the web with a single checkout through Zola. Not to mention the site is just plain pretty…

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

It’s also suuuper easy to use, and you can manage your registry online or via the iPhone app. The Gift Tracker alerts you when a gift is purchased, and from there Zola can hold, ship, or convert it to credits. You can also add photos and notes.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Love, love that you can add a personalized little note about the items you choose.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Just a few ways to categorize your registry. All the modern, timeless gifts are offered in a range of price points and aesthetics. You also don’t have to choose between having a registry with designer gifts or practical items, because with Zola you get a blend of both.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

100lc readers, set up your wedding registry on Zola between 8/18/14 and 11/18/14 to receive $25 in Zola credits. (Credits will appear four weeks after your registry goes live.) Sign up here.

Anyone else totally in the mood to shop now?

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