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Ocean in the Desert Scottsdale Wedding

Deserted Ocean Private Estate Scottsdale Wedding

We are so so excited to finally show off one of our favorite weddings we designed and planned for a lovely couple in Scottsdale, Arizona on Martha Stewart Weddings today!!  When Kari the bride first called me we were discussing  a cool Sedona elopement after her hectic previous attempt at wedding planning which she scratched for an easier, less stressful route. With so many people to coordinate and schedules to consider she was wanting to just ‘do it!’ with out the worry. When her family friend offered her gorgeous Scottsdale esate after hearing of her woes, we jumped at the chance to move it there to accommodate her guests easier. The only catch? The season was getting hot soon and we had 4 weeks to plan the whole thing!! We jumped into action and made this spectacular back-yard wedding a hit!

Kari and Charlie both loved the ocean but also the desert. I came up with the creative vision of a ‘deserted ocean’, a dried up ocean bed in a magical desert. After bringing on the fantastic Luna of Arrangements Floral Design we whipped up this fantastical evening which turned out to be pure magic. Gina Meola did a fabulous job of capturing the day’s beautiful details and was such a pleasure to work with!

Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (0) Arrangements Floral & Party Design crafted a stunning bouquet of coral charm peonies, king proteas, ranunculus, astilbe, and tulips. Wrapped in gold sequined trim, the finishing touch was a skeleton leaf.  Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (2) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (1) Kari worked with stylist Alex Evjen of Ave Styles to create her stunning ensemble. After trying on the blush pink Monique Lhuillier “Candy” dress at Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kari knew it was her gown. A custom sash, veil, and earrings by Paris were added to the ensemble, which was rounded out with nude Jimmy Choo pumps.

Charlie sported a gray Savvi tuxedo by Mr. Formal.

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For the invitation I hand illustrated a jellyfish and had it foiled onto a croco embossed glossy paper for a fun contrast of styles. More to come on this invitation as well!Scottsdale Wedding

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Boutonnieres were made with ivory roses, brunia, and dusty miller—a heart-shaped charm once belonging to Charlie’s late mother was attached to his as a special way of honoring her memory.

The matron of honor and best man carried seashells housing the wedding bands. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (8) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (9) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (10)Kari’s sister Lori carried a clutch of coral charm peonies, king protea, yellow roses, brunia, and dusty miller. Kari’s other sister Susan’s bouquet was comprised of a king protea surrounded by white roses, brunia, dusty miller, and coral charm peonies.

Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (13)Guests were treated to cool lemonade as they arrived. Since we knew the day was going to be so hot we dip-dyed fans to match the decor and tied on feathers and beads with leather cord.Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (12)

To work with a backyard and actually have the ceremony on their driveway I knew we had to transform the space. I designed a geometrical wall to be built on which we applied mirror to reflect the gorgeous desert landscape.  Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (14) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (15) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (16) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (17)

In lieu of a traditional guest book I created a ‘Message in a Bottle’ table were guests could write their sweet notes to the couple and float them in the infinity pool. They’ll be read at their one year anniversary which is coming up soon!Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (18) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (19)We also created a wall of photos with fun facts about the couple that guests would be quizzed on later.

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To bring in the ocean vibe we had to serve fresh delicious seafood!Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (21) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (22)

To create the feasting style dining table I built a structure which we mirrored and then hung shelves of floating candles and flowers for a seemingly floating tablescape.

Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (23)I wanted to create a beautiful tablescape that seemingly floated in our modern mirrored structure so that you saw nothing but the desert around you and make you forget you’re dining on a driveway.  The open structure built around the long feasting-style table allowed for showcasing the landscape, while adding drama and romance with candles hanging overhead on white-washed wood shelves also filled with floral arrangements and gnarled grapewood. Constructed with help from a framing contractor, mirror acrylic panels were added to created the illusion of a disappearing structure. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (24) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (25) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (26) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (27) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (28) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (29)Trailing down the middle of each table was a collection of oceanic elements, including ceramic sea urchin votives, air plants, and aqua sea glass. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (30)Ombré napkins tied with leather cord and sea urchins topped geometric plates and silvery placemats. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (31) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (32) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (33) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (34) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (35) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (36) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (37) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (38) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (39) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (40) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (41)The petite cake, by Classic Cakes and Confections, was inspired by the bride’s gown. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (42) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (43)To bring in more of the ‘ghost-like’ creatures that used to live in this ‘deserted ocean’ I found these incredible jellyfish lanterns from designer Roxy Russel which I hung in front of sheer panels of fabric and twinkle lights for our Jellyfish Lounge. Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (44) Scottsdale Deserted ocean wedding alchemy fine events (45)

Photography: Gina Meola
Event Design and Planning, Stationery, and Napkins: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Catering: RendezVous Catering
Flowers, Lighting, & Draping: Arrangements Floral & Party Design
Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections
Music: [string trio] Simply Three; [Flamenco guitarist] Miguel Rodriguez from Jim May Productions
Rentals: [furniture] Pacific Event Productions; [linens] La Tavola; [china and glassware] Classic Party Rentals
Hair and makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup

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Scavenger Hunt for Love Valentine’s Day Engagement

The ultimate Valentine’s Day Engagement Design

With the day of love approaching fast we wanted to share a Valentine’s Day engagement shoot we designed with some gorgeous friends of ours that are on their way to say “I do!”

 

We present the ultimate luxury Valentine’s Day inspiration with a collaboration of design, stationery and styling by us, Alchemy Fine EventsChuao Chocolatiers and Isari Flower Studio. Follow a bride-to-be on her scavenger hunt for love from clue to clue discovering sweet notes, a fab outfit, chocolates and even a piñata to bust open to discover the final clue leading her to a stunning cliffside proposal and a 5 carat bauble hiding in a rose. Chock full of lush flowers, chocolates and champagne, we deliver a gorgeous modern glam setting capture by Luna Photo sure to leave you dreaming about the day-of-love to come. Whether it be for a super special Valentine’s Day engagement celebration, or even for a Valentine’s Day wedding, this colorful palette is sure to inspire!

 

Read our poem below to follow our bride to be Cachel from clue to clue that eventually led her to this stunning cliff-side proposal site below.

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The day started off with our stunning bride-to-be finding a colorful new dress with a tag that read “Wear Me.”

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 Clue #1 was framed nearby, that she read as she sipped bubbles and held onto her darling pooch Little Guy.

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 ”You’ll find me in in the fragrant leaves.. Where Little Guy often pees” read clue #1, she smiled as she knew this day was going to be fun!

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After finding Clue #2 amongst the ‘fragrant leaves’, she discovered it was exactly what she was told.. It WAS where Little Guy  often  pees!

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 With a quick change, and a coif and a spritz and a spray, Cachel was off and on her Scavenger Hunting way!

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 ”You’ll find me in the grass.. under our favorite shady patch” read the clue, so with the snap of a leash, off to park they jetted to!

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At the seaside park she discovered a pinata overflowing with flowers that read “Bash me to See…” and on a side table the note continued “… The Reasons Why I Love You and Clue #3!”

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 She swung and she swung with all of her might, to see what her future held, fight or flight!

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When bashed open, inside the pinata she found the reasons why “he loved her”, some fragrant blooms, and a bunch of scrumptious chocolates, which she immediately consumed.

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 Amidst the notes she read that landed on the ground, “Meet me at our favorite place to watch the sunset” and clue #3 was found.

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 They skipped off to the bluff in Del Mar overlooking the sea, where she found her love, her man, and her fiance to be.

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In the distance she spotted him holding an over sized heart reading “Be Mine?” Her heart set a flutter, she ran, almost leaving Little Guy behind!

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Behind him stood a gorgeous table set for two that boasted beautiful flowers, heart shaped chocolates, and then after spotting the beautiful bauble we heard a loud “I DOOOOOOOO!!!!”

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Valentine’s Specials!!

***Chuao Chocolatier Special!***
Receive 20% off your purchase at www.ChuaoChocolatier.com
Use code SAVETHEDATE at checkout
Valid 2/3- 5/31/14 only on www.ChuaoChocolatier.com. Not valid on shipping charges, alcohol or gift baskets.Not valid with any other promotion, discount or offer. No rain checks or cash value.
 
***Alchemy Save the Date Special!***
Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations is offering a 15% off discount to brides that place their their save the date orders between Valentine’s day until to Feb 28th when they mention this feature. *discount offered on orders above $500.
 
 
 

Design, Styling & Stationery by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Luna Photo

Flowers by Isari Flower Studio

Makeup and Hair by Beauty by Stacey

Chairs and tables by Hire Elegance

Chocolates by Chuao Chocolatier

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Love Notes Valentine’s Day Romantic Seaside Wedding

Romantic Seaside Wedding Inspiration

In honor of Valentine’s Day we are looking back at a shoot we designed a few years ago full of romantic seaside wedding inspiration. Inspired by some of our favorite love songs throughout history we incorporated vintage decor, pastel floral arrangements as well as a blush wedding dress and accents to tie the romantic theme together in a beautiful seaside setting with the iconic La Jolla Cove as the backdrop.

Alisa Benay Blush Wedding Dress The Bachelorette’s, Kiptyn Locke was our groom in training for this special Valentine wedding shoot with a little help by our gorgeous model, friend and stand-in-bride, Ren.

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The Beatles said it best with “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” Whether you are dating, engaged, or getting married, it is all about sending the right message with good old-fashioned love notes. Hit even higher notes by playing on love notes by infusing musical lyrics into your sweet Valentine’s weekend. We created a play on Love ‘notes’ by handwriting actual song lyrics throughout the day.

 

The Setting: For this Valentines Day Soiree we created a romantically wild seaside garden with overgrown roots, driftwood and birch wood in a forest of twisted trees overlooking the pacific blue. This was truly a sweetheart table for two. The white washed wood and birch leg table was covered in anemones, spray roses and dusty miller leaves. Simple candles, sticks, shells and skeleton keys were placed in the center for a dreamy, romantic effect.

Vintage Seaside Wedding Inspiration Romantic Seaside Wedding Romantic Pastel Seaside Wedding Bouquet Cake table – A love ‘note’ made an appearance with “How sweet it is to be loved by you” – James Taylor. The table was adorned with a peach cake accented with textured flowers and an antique silver pitcher filled with a wild gathering of peach and rose toned blooms. Also making an appearance were sweet little bumps on a log made of gourmet chocolate truffles.  Alisa Benay Blush Wedding Dress Recognize that cute groom face? It’s Kiptyn Locke from The Bacholerette! Vintage Pastel Seaside Wedding

The menu sang it’s own love song with items labeled… To Drink: Love Potion #9 “I didn’t know if it was day or night, I started kissing everything in sight” – The Clovers; To Eat: Cheeseburger in Paradise “Heaven on earth with an actual onion slice” – Jimmy Buffet; For Dessert: Cherry Pie “Tastes so good make a grown man cry, sweet cherry pie” – Warrant

A rustic teak trough on the side of the table was propped on a moss covered frame and served as the wine bucket. A decanter was perched on a sea of beach rocks and filled with strawberry wine with a hand written love ‘note’ tied with twine around the neck that read “My first taste of love oh bittersweet, green on the vine, like strawberry wine” – Deana Carter

Pastel Vintage Seaside Wedding Pastel Wedding Bouquet Blush Wedding Dress Romantic Seaside Wedding Inspiration Blush Wedding Dress Vintage Wedding Decor A Book of Love was also propped on the sweets table, with another love ‘note’. “I love it when you read to me and you, you can read me anything. I love it when you sing to me And you, You can sing me anything The book of love is long and boring And written very long ago It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes And things we’re all too young to know But I love it when you give me things And you, You ought to give me wedding rings And I, I love it when you give me things And you, You ought to give me wedding rings” – Peter Gabriel, Book Of Love

Vintage Seaside Wedding Inspiration Vintage Pastel Wedding Inspiration Event styling, coordination and stationery: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations / Flowers: Isari Flower Studio / Photography: John Schnack Photography / Gown & Head Piece: Alisa Benay / Jewelry: Noaki Jewelry / Wedding Cakes: Truly Scrumptious / Makeup by Jennifer Budner / Girard Avenue Collection for chairs & I love you blocks. / Gourmet Chocolates: Dallmann Confections/ Hair Styling: Orange Blossom Salon; Jamie Rosa 760-889-5062

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Radiant Orchid Wedding at Viceroy Santa Monica

A Cocktail Style Radiant Orchid Wedding Reception

For some unknown reason we haven’t gotten around to blogging this fabulous cocktail style wedding reception we designed for one of our favorites at the Viceroy Santa Monica and now we know why, we were ahead of the trend! With Radiant Orchid being announced as the wedding color of the year by Pantone we knew it was just the right time!

 

Jen and Brian were married in Mexico in a smaller intimate ceremony and wanted to save the larger celebration until they got back home. We worked with Jen to create a fabulous evening where guests could let loose, celebrate in style and dance the night away.  In true LA style, we decked out the pool’s cabanas and created styled out VIP areas for guests to lounge in. We designed custom throw pillows, bold signage, creative food displays, and with a modern display of vibrant flowers, a radiant orchid wedding was created. Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events

Looking for a creative color scheme for your radiant orchid wedding? We loved teal and aqua as a wonderful complement!! Radiant  Orchid Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events

These colorful radiant orchid wedding invitations we designed featured fun illustrations and teal, aqua and a limey yellow for a fun color scheme.  Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events (2) Radiant  Orchid Wedding Invitations Viceroy Wedding Dress Feather Bridal Belt Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events (6) Radiant Diamond Wedding Ring Radiant Orchid Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events Modern Santa Monica Wedding Kelly Wearstler Viceroy Kelly Green Modern Santa Monica Wedding Yellow Chair Fuschia Orchid Bouquet Bridesmaid Pant suits Teal Fuschia Orchid Modern Wedding Modern Santa Monica Wedding modern radiant orchid wedding radiant orchid modern wedding modern santa monica wedding santa monica viceroy wedding modern santa monica viceroy wedding radiant orchid wedding invitations radiant orchid modern viceroy wedding signage Board Games at wedding Modern Aqua Wedding cake Wild Orchid Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events Wild Orchid Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events Wild Orchid Santa Monica Viceroy Wedding Alchemy Fine Events cocktail style wedding reception Modern wedding viceroy santa monica alchemy fine events santa monica wedding modern santa monica viceroy wedding

Event Design  & Invitations by Alchemy Fine Events

Photography by Zoom Theory

Venue The Viceroy Santa Monica

Flowers by Pastel Florist by Diane

Cakes by Vanilla Bakeshop

Lighting by Lighten Up Inc.

 

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