With Cinco de Mayo a few days away we are so excited to finally share this pastel Mexican wedding we designed and created for a very special bride we absolutely adore. Justin Lee did an amazing job capturing the sentiments and details of this wonderful day. After meeting in Cabo San Lucas, then getting engaged followed by the surprise of their daughter Ava on the way, this darling couple kept putting the wedding on hold for lifeâ€™s big surprises. What makes this desert wedding so special is that they already had their beautiful family in place to witness this special day. With a softer pastel hued tone to romanticize it, we created a warm and welcoming fiesta for this couple, their friends and family to celebrate their love and family they had already created together.
With a more modern and updated pastel take on the classical Mexican styled wedding, we created an intimate boda not soon to be forgotten! This bespoke wedding was full of custom designs we created for the special couple including custom burlap and lace linens, throw pillows, custom furniture, drink umbrellas and laser cut menus just to name a few. Luna of Arrangements is a floral genius and created the most beautiful soft palette ofÂ peaches and dusty sages with romantic blooms and succulents such as this to die for bouquet below.
This stunning bouquet by Arrangements featured a rosary for good luck!
The coupleâ€™s darling children making the way down the aisle before their mom.
The couple wed underneath a vintage door frame with king proteas and floating peach roses in front of La Quintaâ€™s garden waterfall.
In lieu of paper escort cards we had saltillo tiles with calligraphy presented onto standing frames lined with burlap and lace we constructed.
For a comfy place to lounge we created custom throw pillows lined in a peach silk with vintage doilies hand sewed onto them.
To celebrate the family members that were no longer with us we created a display of photos to pay tribute to.
We created custom peach colored drink umbrellas for the perfect touch to these prickly pear margaritas.
We created a custom backdrop with props for a great photo backdrop where guests would take photos with a vintage Poloroid camera for the couple to keep as a guest book.
Laser cut menus on wood grained papers were featured on the place settings to tempt guests as the delights to come!
The custom burlap table runners were lined with Spanish lace and topped with hurricanes full of pebbles with succulents, cacti and soft-hued blooms perfect for a pastel Mexican wedding.
Vintage doors were used as a backdrop to this rustic dessert table.
Mexican wedding cookies were served in a vintage tequila box for presentation.
In addition to the endless supply of Mexican pastries and desserts we offered hot fresh churros with flavored hot chocolate to dip them in.
To be reminescent of Squid Roe in Cabo San Lucas where the couple met we created a stylized booth for DJ Nachey to spin amazing beats from. The music was so amazing we had to kick out wedding crashers all night from joining the party!
We had custom Mexican papel picado banners reading “Melissa & Scott” hanging above the dance floor.
For a fun surprise at the end of the hot desert night we brought out water balloons which Melissa & Scott tore into to cool off guests on the dance floor!
Justin Lee captured this amazing shot from their engagement session in their own back yard! Classic…
You have to watch this amazingly romantic video captured by the talented Joel VanZ! It brings tears to my eyes just watching it.
Event Design, Planning, Custom Linens, Pillows & Stationery by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Photography by Justin Lee
Flowers & Lighting by Arrangements Floral & Party Design
Furniture Rentals by Archive Vintage Rentals
Classical Guitar by David Maldonado
Mariachi Band Mariachi Aquillas
Videography by Joel VanZ
Venue La Quinta Resort
Music DJ Nachey
Cake by Juliettes Bakery
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Education to Destination: Italy Wedding Workshop by Alchemy Fine Events & Claudine Grin at Tenuta di San Giusto
Â Italy Wedding Workshop Student Spotlight: Claudine Grin
One of my favorite part about designing for the Mike Larson Italy Wedding Workshop every year is getting to see how fantastically different each studentâ€™s interpretation of my design work is. Each person, and artist especially, sees life through a fresh set of eyes and that definitely holds true in the case of photographers.
Claudine Grin is a wedding photographer based in France that definitely blew me away with her soft and romantic style that captures light in such a delicate way. Her colors, softness of skin and almost dreamlike quality is one that I absolutely adore. If you are planning a wedding in Italy, wedding in France, or wedding in Europe for that matter, she should be a definite consideration to capture your big day.
See more of Claudineâ€™s photosÂ (along with our next student spotlight star) featured on 100 Layer Cake here!!!
Photography by Claudine Grin
Art Direction, Design, Styling, Flowers & Stationery: Vanessa Van Wieren ofÂ Alchemy Fine Events
The Luxury Villa: Tenuta di San Giusto
Fashion Styling: Stefania Warren
Bridal Fashion & Accessories: BHLDN
Groom Fashion: Zara Men
Bride Model: Carolina Rosini
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A San Diego Intimate Bridal Show featuring Modern Luxury Design
A few weeks ago we had the exciting idea to collaborate with our favorite San Diego vendors and create a very un-bridally bridal show! Along with Isari Flower Studio and Luna Photo, we pulled together our favorite San Diego vendors and designed and coordinated this special event just as we would a real wedding. No big tacky signs, no booths, nothing like a traditional bridal show! I really wanted to show a bride ‘this is how we would really all work together!â€™. From creating a cohesive design plan, site plan and gearing our furniture, flowers, food, music and drinks all towards the same design direction for one cohesive look verses a piecemeal feeling that you walk away from traditional bridal shows with.
Whether you need to fill in a few spots in your vendor list or come and hire the DREAM team as a whole, we were and are very proud to bring you San Diegoâ€™s best! Thank you everyone for helping us have had such an amazing turn out of more than 350 brides! With such an amazing success DREAM may be making another appearance later this year.
Pop Art + Modern Glam + Impressionism + Vintage
â€“ Plan, Design, Invite:Â Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
â€“ Embellish: Isari Flower Studio
â€“ Capture: Luna Photo
â€“ Dine:Â Toast Catering
â€“ Stay: Starwood Hotels (The US Grant,Â The W,Â The Westin)
â€“ Dance:Â Elan Artists
â€“Â Film:Â Modern 8
â€“Â Nibble:Â Sweet Cheeks Baking
â€“Â Illuminate:Â AV Event Rentals
â€“Â Set the Table:Â Casa de Perrin
â€“Â Furnish & Accessorize:Â Pow Wow Vintage Rentals
â€“Â Beautify:Â Shampoo Too!
â€“Â Dress:Â M Bride
â€“Â Say Cheese:Â The Foto Box
â€“Â Discover:Â Luxe Finds
â€“Â Style:Â CBS Life Stylist
â€“Â Sip:Â For Real Bartenders
â€“ Pillows: Lounge Appeal
â€“ Register: Bloomingdales
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Mike Larson Tuscany Wedding Photography Style Workshop at Villa la Selva: Student Spotlight part 2
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This rings so true especially when comparing the different talented students work from the Mike Larson Tuscany Wedding Photography Style Workshop from this past spring. Each photographer has captured new angles, different lighting, and totally new sets of details and angles showing us all just how versatile their talents are.
Tanja is based out of Germany and works throughout Europe. Her eye for details and creative angles are outstanding!
Vinita is based out of the Netherlands. I love her soft and romantic style perfect for capturing the love in the air on your special day.
Photography: Mike Larson Photographers, Inc. / Design, Styling + Coordination: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations / Invitation + Stationery Design: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations /Â Floral Design + Furniture Rentals: Floralia / Table Settings: Small Masterpiece [ We Set The Table ] / Wedding Cake: Erica OBrien Cake Design / Venue: Villa La Selva / Bridal Gown (white): Angel Sanchez via M Bride Salon / Bridal Gown (cream ruffle): BHLDN / Jewelry: Rachel Leigh Jewelry / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Durante
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