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 Events, Chuao 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.
The day started off with our stunning bride-to-be finding a colorful new dress with a tag that read “Wear Me.”
Clue #1 was framed nearby, that she read as she sipped bubbles and held onto her darling pooch Little Guy.
”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!
After finding Clue #2 amongst the ‘fragrant leaves’, she discovered it was exactly what she was told.. It WAS where Little Guy often pees!
With a quick change, and a coif and a spritz and a spray, Cachel was off and on her Scavenger Hunting way!
”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!
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!”
She swung and she swung with all of her might, to see what her future held, fight or flight!
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.
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.
They skipped off to the bluff in Del Mar overlooking the sea, where she found her love, her man, and her fiance to be.
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!
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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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
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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.
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.
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.
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. Recognize that cute groom face? It’s Kiptyn Locke from The Bacholerette!
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
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
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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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.
Looking for a creative color scheme for your radiant orchid wedding? We loved teal and aqua as a wonderful complement!!
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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Alchemy Fine Events’ 2013 Year End Wrap Up
2013 was an incredible whirlwind of a year! We got to work with some amazing clients, travel to some incredible locations around the globe, get our feet wet filming our first videos for E-how and push our boundaries even further. I even got the chance to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming an art teacher by volunteering to teach drawing classes to kids at the Monarch School of San Diego with the After-School All-Stars. I am so blessed by the challenges that have come my way as they are making me so much more inspired and motivated to push even harder in 2014.
I am super excited about the adventures to come in 2014 including speaking in the Netherlands, working on a home decor line and really exploring my passion for modern, unique, fresh, colorful ways to make your life and it’s special celebrations full of style, beauty and grace.
Here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments of 2013.
Alchemy Studio Shoot
Ashley Keleman was kind enough to take some wonderful photos of me and Jill, as well as my girly-glam studio. I have yet to share these for some reason and must share soon! She is an incredible photographer if you haven’t seen her work yet, you must!
The US Grant Bridal Show
Our interpretation of a Boho-Glam California Winter Wedding. See the blog post here.
Hollywood Meets Bollywood at La Costa Resort
Blog feature coming soon!
DREAM 2013 at The W Hotel San Diego
See our feature in Exquisite Weddings Here
Deserted Ocean Scottsdale Wedding
Feature coming out in March!
Garden Glam Baby Shower with Lounge Appeal
Ibiza Collection for our partnership with Bonder & Co in Ibiza, Spain
Luxury Picnic Shoot for Riviera Magazine in Rancho Santa Fe
Riviera magazine teamed us up with the amazing Chef Andrew Spurgin for a collaboration of our interpretation of the ultimate luxury picnic and interviewed us for all the happenings in the world of Alchemy Fine Events. See the article and post here!
Styled a 70′s Glam Inspired Dine + Design vignette with Roche Bobois for a Riviera Magazine competition
See the article and post here!
Garden Glam Wedding at Ponte Winery in Temecula
A fragrant garden of herbs and flowers mixed with sparkle for a gorgeous winery affair. See the feature coming soon!
Since 1955 Birthday Party at Rancho Valencia
The best Rat Pack and Marilyn came out to visit our Drive-In Movie Theater style mid-century dinner party in Rancho Santa Fe. See the video from this event here. Blog post and feature coming soon!
A Modern Glam Wedding in Mascota, Mexico
An absolutely amazingly beautiful modern, unique and romantic wedding at a small lake resort inland of Puerto Vallarta. I can’t wait to share this one with you!
Thanksgiving Glam at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar
Butterflies and Besos Santa Monica Wedding
Look for this one coming out in 2014. We used the 2014 Pantone of the Year and didnt even know it! We are so ahead of the trend
Gen Next Midnight in Paris Holiday Party at the Carondelet House
Feature coming soon!
Cirque du Cates Sexy Circus Party in San Diego’s Gaslamp District
Feature coming soon! This one was incredible… So many amazing details to show off!!
Nutcracker 1st Birthday Party at Mr. C in Beverly Hills
A Korean 1st birthday party for a previous client who we designed the Monopoly 1st birthday party for seen here. Photo of this precious event coming soon!
What a year! We are so excited to see what 2014 brings. Cheers to a fabulous new year, a fresh start and even more room to soar! Wishing you lots of love and luck in 2014. xoxoRead More »