Florence Italy Destination Wedding Dream Location

And we’re back! After a much needed trip abroad to one of my favorite cities in the world, Florence Italy. I recently visited this beautiful Tuscan gem for the Mike Larson Photography Workshop that I fortunate enough to have designed and styled. The workshop was held in the Tuscan countryside but I made my way through this renaissance jewel to shop and treasure hunt for wonderful finds that the students could shoot. From fabrics (Valentino!) to cheese to hand painted trays, I gathered beautiful Italian goods and got to revisit the city that I used to call home.

A little about me…. After working in luxury packaging design and art direction for many years I had grown the urge to travel and explore. Unlike many of my friends, never had the chance to travel through Europe on my parents dollar during my college years and always felt envious of their fond memories abroad. That is when I decided to go back to school, yet again, to get a masters in graphic design in the city that people could not speak highly enough. When I arrived I knew no one, the language or where to start first. But a year and a half later I grew life-long friends, reinvigorated my love for the arts that I studied my whole life and obtained a level of consciousness of the style and sophistication that I wanted intertwined in my life. My love for art, design, fashion, food, music and refinement all came together seamlessly in this ancient city. During my time in Florence I also worked as a luxury travel concierge coordinating castle and villa rentals, wine tours, truffle hunts, olive oil tastings and even my start of Florence Italy destination weddings. This was my first trip back after a few years but it all came back to me like I had never left. The restaurants, the streets, the smells and the language (thankfully!) all came back like a warm embrace.

With the elegance of the city, the rustic beauty of the countryside and everything in between, I am more than excited to try to bring some of my brides over to this city that I adore to plan their own dream destination weddings.  I have so many great inspirations and works to share with you soon from my trip abroad but let me start by showing you a few of my favorite moments from my trip back home, I mean, Florence. Please excuse my amateur photography!

With so many great aspects to offer, Florence Italy serves as a wonderful destination wedding location! I would highly recommend a Florence Italy destination wedding to all brides looking for an intimate and memorable location. Once that I would gladly plan and design for you.

Photography by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

A Glamorous Winery Wedding in Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley

With my trip to Tuscany for the Mike Larson Workshop only a day away (eeeeekk!!!) I wanted to share with you another winery wedding design we created a bit ago at the wonderful Fess Parker Inn.  We wanted to go with an opulent take on the rustic winery weddings seen so often and up the glam levels with lots of shiny silver, shades of blue and fresh herbs. To up the drama we incorporated beautiful and elegant candelabras to give height to this outside fete. Clean white, purple and green flowers were tucked into silver mint julep cups and other vintage vessels and lined atop of a periwinkle and tan runner.

Now off to Italia to design what I would consider my own personal dream winery wedding with a modern interpretation and a lot of edgy glam. Arrivederci amici!

Design & Stationery design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Cameron Ingalls

Venue Fess Parker Inn

Flowers by Renae’s Bouquet

Modern Alphabet Chart Baby Shower Invitation

A while back I created this modern take on an Alphabet Chart baby shower invitation that is featured today on the Wedding Chicks amazing new site On to Baby. This shower was to take place at Royal T’s, a hip pop art inspired gallery space in Los Angeles. With the pop art inspiration in mind, I created individual characters to represent each letter.

For an even more sunshine filled design I quoted my favorite line from Doe, a deer.  “…. a ray, a drop of golden sun” on the poster sized invitations envelope.

Baby Shower Invitation design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Scott Lawrence Photography

Tuscany Wedding Photography Workshop

One of my favorite international wedding photographers Mike Larson is offering a Tuscany Wedding Photography Workshop in the beautiful hills of Sienna in  a few weeks. This workshop will be glamorously styled and designed by a known wedding designer and will be featuring styled models in wedding couture. Learn how to shoot decor, capture the details and get the shots your clients, you and the magazines will want and love! This is a wonderful opportunity for those trying to break into the industry, learn some great tips and tricks from a pro and educate you on branding, marketing and how to get more exposure in this booming industry.

  • The 1st part is about specializing, defining your style and you’ll also get to shoot the second half the day until the amazing sunset.
  • The second day is all about branding, positioning and marketing yourself. All about the business behind specializing and how to be unique.

To read more information about the workshop, sign up here! If your interested, you’ll have to act fast since its coming up quick!


Mike will be giving away one seat in the workshop for the 1st day!  To be entered retweet Mike’s post seen here using @mikelarsoninc and share or like this on facebook!  Last date to qualify will be May 11th, Mike will announce the winner at noon on May 11th, Pacific Standard time!

With my heart still yearning for the golden Tuscan sunsets, gorgeous stone architecture and views of the rolling wineries, you may just see me there!

Dare to go BOLD with your Colorful Wedding!

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of big bold colors and unbashful design directions. So many brides opt for a softer pastel palette when their favorite colors are of the brighter hue. With the right amount of balance of neutrals to even things out, playing with colors for your big day can make a huge, yet still tasteful, splash! Gone are the days when a bride would pick her ‘color’. Albeit it was 80′s… But really. There is a plethora of gorgeous shades out in this beautiful world, and yet brides would paint the walls, tables, flowers, and even her brides maids, the same shade of sage or pepto bismo pink!

Here are a few of my colorful wedding inspirations via Kelly Wearstler and the amazing collection from Form Decor that I recently used for a photoshoot.

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