Preppy Pastel Nautical La Jolla Wedding by Alchemy Fine Events
Preppy Chic + Vintage Nautical
When Christin and I first met to discuss their dream wedding I was immediately knew this was going to be amazing… Her fun sense of design, color and pattern were amazing! Not to mention she’s an accessories designer herself so has incredible style. With inspirations of preppy, pastel nautical, 60’s flower power and a bit of humor, we got started. I envisioned a combinations of a little Gilligan’s Island and a little vintage yacht club. With these muse’s in mind we were off to create her dream nautical La Jolla wedding. The talented Ashley Keleman captured the day beautifully through her soft and romantic eye.
I knew immediately that her sense of whimsy would be the perfect wedding for the talented Krista Jon who has a whole lot of inner flower child in her, as you can see by Christin’s ethereal bouquet above. Garden roses, lambs ear, astilbe, pampas grass and chamomile flowers were just a few of the flowers that painted this dream bouquet.
For Christin & John’s nautical wedding invitations I watercolored some soft floral designs and combined kitschy graphics and candy stripes. For a pop of glam we foiled a gold rope border and outlined the daisies II had painted. We used gold foiled polka dot liners and confetti for an extra pop of fun as guests opened them.
The ceremony design consisted of a driftwood arch that we hung a vintage ship wheel from. Krista Jon created a beautiful flower installation on top of the arch bursting with color and texture perfect for our kitschy bride.
Since the wedding took place on an expansive open rooftop we wanted to create the feeling of a private garden. To do so, we brought in hedges to line the ceremony space and combined mismatched white chairs and and thick nautical rope to line the aisleway.
Cocktail hour boasted a wooden bar any ship would be jealous of! Vintage ship wheels, life savers and painted buoys decorated our bar with racks of beautiful vintage glassware flanked by row boat oars.
For a fun escort card display we created mini life savers with gold calligraphy by Kathryn Murray showed guests to their seats. Your Love is a Life Saver!
After cocktail hour guests were seated at tables including this ‘Captains Table’ which we created for the wedding party. Whitewashed tables and a cabana frame were the base of this design which we hung a vintage chandelier and pink fish netting from.
After guests were seated we transformed the ceremony site into the dessert bar. We wanted to show off the beautiful ceremony design as long as possible so repurposed it as the backdrop to our row boat dessert spread including a beautiful cake and confections by Sweet & Saucy Shop. Nautical macarons, small desserts and a flower power worthy cake were all offered inside of a vintage rowboat by Archive Vintage Rentals.
Event Design, Planning, Invitations & Stationery: Alchemy Fine Events
Flowers: Krista Jon
Photographer: Ashley Kelemen
Videographer: Joel VanZ
Cake & Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Venue: La Jolla Cove Suites
Hair: Ya Ling of Zen 2002 Hair Studios
Vintage Glass Rentals: Hostess Haven
Seating Cards: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy
Photobooth: Flying Camera
Linens: La Tavola
DJ: DJ Alpha
Bride’s Dress: Watters from The White Dress
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Earrings: Kate Spade
Bowties: Made by Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu*s
Belt & Accessories: J. Crew
Groomsmen Suits: Club RoomRead More »
Shot Through The Heart…. Valentine’s Dinner
With this ultra saucy and sexy inspirational design we wanted to create the ultimate Valentine’s dinner for two with dark design undertones of slithering serpents and spellbinding epicreations to nibble and sip on as you gaze across an arrow shot heart at your eternal Valentine. I started by setting the table with luxurious pieces by L’Objet including reptile printed elements such as their embossed Alencon collection, serpent twisting black trays and bewitching snake napkin jewels around snakeskin printed italian linen napkins. I want to show my clients how you can create an ultra romantic, luxurious and intimate Valentine’s Day dinner at home with a few key pieces.
For this luxury Valentine’s dinner Isari Flower Studio created a texturally rich heart shaped arrangement with lush blooms in deep reds and raspberries for the perfect centerpiece to pour your heart over… The heart shape was studded with large bloom amaryllis, miniature blooms garden roses, ranunculus, 2 shades of ruffled french carnations, deep shade parrot tulips, astrantias, burgundy anemones and hellebores, with clematis and it;s foliages and flowering Japanese magnolia.
Snakeoil Cocktail Company created three bewitching cocktails to help lure your sweetheart under your spell for your romantic Valentine’s dinner.. For an extra dose of drama molecular mixologist Mike Yen also created a ‘Beeting Heart’ which includes a cocktail encapsulated into a human heart shaped gelatin shell..not for the ‘faint of heart’… “Sipping on a beautifully crafted concoction will set the mood in any love den, especially one as lovingly crafted as these sultry cocktails” says Michael Esposito of Snakeoil Cocktails. Read below for the recipes for three of these spellbinding cocktails!
Old School Crush Cocktail
(served in an old school sour in coupe glass)
2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
0.5 Oloroso Sherry
5 Muddled Black Cherries
1.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lemon Juice
1.5 oz Fig Infused Honey Syrup
1 Cage-free Egg White
Garnished with a black cherry heart
Tops and Bottoms Cocktail
(layered in a double old fashioned glass)
1.5 oz Espolon Silver Tequila
1.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lime
1.5 oz Black Lime Syrup
1 oz Mulled Wine Float
Garnished with Splayed Vanilla Bean and Star Anise
SEEDS OF LOVE
(layered in a goblet)
1.5 oz Titos Vodka
2 oz Basil-Pomegranate Juice*
0.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lime Juice
3 oz Ginge Beer
Garnished with pomegranate arils and bloomed basil seeds
Brilliant Chef Andrew Spurgin created an intoxicating Valentine’s dinner menu of salt crusted abalone and octopus with a lapsang souchang tea consommé, Gravlax and iberico ham with a squid ink sour cream and hazelnuts. An artists rendition of crudite was presented 2 ways atop a gold starburst and standing to attention… making vegetables once again very sexy… “Food is and can be very sexy, from the textures, the aromas and aphrodisiac effect” says Spurgin, “even the slightest gesture of feeding your love a sumptuous oyster can be an incredible turn on”.
Design & Styling Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events
Chef Andrew Spurgin
Photos by Luna Photo
Flowers by Isari Flower Studio
China by L’Objet
Napkins by Huddleson Linens
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Pantone Color of the year: Marsala
With the release of Pantone’s trend shifting color of the year designers and fashionistas alike are drinking up all that is marsala, like the wine. This rich wine hued tone lends itself to some fabulous winter and fall palettes but can you foresee it in a spring or summer wedding? Definitely. Just add in softer colors such as aquas, soft grey and ballerina pink to lighten it up for the occasion of your choice. Not ready to take the full marsala plunge? Start with a marsala lip or nail color for a soft segway into the color trend.
The above boards work great for dramatic colder weather inspiration but let’s flash back to our Art History for Brides Renaissance shoot for some spring or summer worthy marsala inspiration.
Photos on design board via Pinterest
Photos from Renaissance Shoot via Paula Luna
Luxe Nutcracker Birthday Party in Beverly Hills
Twirling ballerinas, menacing mice, sugar plums and some Christmas magic swirling around in a symphony of music are all of the reasons that make The Nutcracker Suite a little girls fantasy. What better theme to use for a luxurious little girls 1st birthday party when it’s right around the corner from Christmas? Last year I had the pleasure of working with Jina of Plush Little Baby for another one of her darling children’s 1st birthday parties. And in true Korean tradition, the first birthday celebration, or dol, is nothing to be shy of!
See more of this luxurious baby party over at 100 Layer Cakelet here!
This whimsical Nutcracker ballerina cake by Sweet & Saucy shop stole the show!
Venue: Mr. C Beverly Hills
Event Design and Graphics: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Desserts & Styling: Cake Creamery
Centerpiece, Backdrop, Party Favors, Tutus: Plush Little Baby
Photography: Troy Grover Photographers
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