South of France Engagement

Ahhh, I couldn’t help letting out a sigh of ooo’s and ahh’s when the brilliant, Jose Villa, sent over this South of France Engagement. I can’t think of a more beautiful backdrop to celebrate an engagement.

Photography by Jose Villa

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01.18.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Simple Wedding Cakes Coral Cake Topper

White Simple Wedding Cakes

Looking for simple wedding cakes inspiration? You will absolutely love this easy DIY coral cake topper.from The Jewels of New York and Joy Thigpen.  Only a few easy steps creates a unique cake topper perfect for any simple wedding cake.

Simple Wedding Cakes DIY Caketoppers

Royal Icing Recipe

2 large egg whites, 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

water as needed

1. In an electric mixer beat egg whites with lemon juice until combined, add confectioners sugar, beat on a low speed to a smooth consistency, add more confectioners sugar or water as needed. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container up to 2 days(icing hardens quickly when exposed to air) beat well with a rubber spatula before using.

2. Using the coral template provided as a guide under wax paper, trace with piped frosting on a baking sheet. On a baking sheet roll small balls of wax paper to create an uneven surface to dry, about 24-48 hours. use royal cake icing to adhere coral toppers to wedding cake.

Photography: Kate Murphy // Food Styling: The Jewels of New York //Editorial from the Once Wed Magazine…Order here!

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01.17.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Calligraphy Rock DIY Place Card Holders

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01.16.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Earthy Wedding by Jose Villa

Brianne & Brien’s Sunstone Villa Wedding from Living Cinema on Vimeo.

When it came to pulling together the fine details of the day, the couple enlisted the help of wedding planner Alexandra Kolendrianos. “Alexandra was incredible,” says the bride. “Our wedding would not have been as wonderful without her.” Brianne found most of her big-day inspiration on Pinterest. “It was my best friend from the moment we got engaged!” she says. After a quick brainstorming session with both Alexandra and Mindy Rice of Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design, Brianne trusted that their visions were aligned. She says, “They completely understood the style and vibe. We really wanted the venue to speak for itself and create a feeling around that.” For the flowers, the bride wanted a collection of muted, earthy tones with a fresh, romantic feeling.

Brianne opted for a body-skimming column of ivory lace of Claire Pettibone, a designer that perfectly captured the ethereal, not-too-girly femininity she desired. “The Claire Pettibone flagship store is right in Los Angeles and I ended up falling in love with the first dress I tried (out of 10 styles),” says the bride. To satisfy the fashion leanings of her 9 attendants, Brianne turned to the cult label Stone Cold Fox to design custom-made silk dresses. “I was most concerned about finding bridesmaid dresses that had traditional elements but weren’t cliche,” says the bride. “Stone Cold Fox came to mind because their aesthetic is one that I love and wear everyday in my life: relaxed, bohemian, and never cookie-cutter.” After settling on a palette of pale pink, rose and peach, they designed three different shapes: off-the-shoulder, scooped back and strapless, all sharing a common hand knit lace bodice.

We’re super excited to share a glimpse at the Winter Spring 2013 edition of Pacific Weddings magazine with you. It’s officially available right now as an iPad + iPhone download and hits newsstands nationwide on January 15. The cover features a gorgeous bouquet of roses by Mindy Rice captured by photographer Jose Villa from a real wedding in Santa Ynez, California. Brianne Braly married Brien Beach in September 2012 at the Sunstone Winery & Villa Estate (story details/ vendor credits below).  If you can’t wait until January 15th, you can download the Pacific Weddings Winter Spring 2013 issue to your iPad + iPhone now! 
Photography: Jose Villa // Location: Sunstone Winery & Villa Estate, Santa Ynez, California // Wedding Coordinator: Alexandra Kolendrianos // Floral Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design // Invitations: Lazaro Press and Design // Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone // Bridesmaids Dresses: Stone Cold Fox // Entertainment: The Blue Breeze Band // Caterer: Duo Catering & Events // Lighting – Images By Lighting // Hair: Sheila Stone // Makeup: Juliana Landis // Ceremony Music: Vincent Zorn // Officiant : Jon Ireland // Rentals: Town and Country Event Rental // Videography: Living Cinema

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01.15.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog