There are so many reasons why I absolutely adore this wedding. The venue, the decor, the florals– flawless. The super talented Mother of the Bride, Stacey, and her Floral Occasions team really outdid themselves with this one. The florals and tabletop decor were on point, and reflected the couple’s style perfectly. You could not have asked for a better setting for this beautiful November wedding.
When Sydnee and Sam asked me to design their wedding invitations, I was honored. Having known the couple for almost two years and collaborating on various creative projects, I knew I wanted to create something memorable and unique. Their goal was to have an invitation suite that reflected their styles and the overall wedding theme. At our first meeting we threw around some buzzwords like “woodland” “rustic” and my personal favorite a “Wes Anderson feel.”
We selected a simple design that allowed the typeface to be the main feature. The RSVP and Thank You cards were designed to look like vintage postcards, each with an aged photo of the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano on the back. These items were bundled together and secured with natural twine and feather on top. Then, each invitation was placed in a kraft envelop adorned with vintages postage stamps (my absolute FAVORITE!). Even the vintage stamps carried out the theme and colors.
Below are just a few images taken on their special day that give you a better idea of the couple’s theme and awesome style! For more photos from this beautiful wedding, head over to Green Wedding Shoes for the full feature! Photos taken by the talented Troy Grover Photography.
Looking back, I probably mispronounced the word “Acai” for at least two years, until someone had the heart to correct me. Who knew?! Ah-Sigh-EE. It almost sounds like something you’d yell while doing Kung Fu. *ACAI!*
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Acai berry smoothie bowl recipes. This is the perfect recipe for those nights when you have a “How is it already 8PM?! Ack! I still need to eat something for dinner!” moments. Or a hearty post workout snack/meal. I find that it’s usually the first scenario for me.
So why the Acai? The Acai berry is a small superfruit that contains powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. In short, it’s a tiny berry that is not only delicious, but good for you too! You can find unsweetened Acai smoothie packs in the freezer section of Sprouts and other health food stores. As you become an Acai smoothie bowl black belt, you will find that it’s easy to substitute a variety of fruits and veggies. If you like to frequent your local Farmer’s Market, I encourage you to try what’s in season. Your smoothie bowl will not only taste better, but you’ll get some extra karma points for supporting your local farmer.
Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl (Serves 1)
This recipe is great for a post-gym (or Bar Method) workout or a quick breakfast option. Once you start making these smoothie bowls you can get creative and add your own protein packed ingredients like chia and flax seeds.
unsweetened shredded coconut
raw honey (optional for vegan-friendly version)
1. In a powerful blender; blend the yogurt kefir, mixed berries, banana, and Acai pouch. Be careful not to overblend your fruit mix. You want the consistency to remain thick.
2. Spoon into serving bowl and add your favorite toppings.
For this Summer inspired bridal shoot, we wanted to feature the bright elements of the season. This included an abundance of florals, fresh garlands, and a refreshing lemonade bar. We chose to highlight the bride and her bridesmaids enjoying a beautiful afternoon in the gorgeous fields of San Juan Capistrano, California.
Set in the middle of orange groves and a sea of wildflowers, the wooden dining table was surrounded by a mix of vintage wooden chairs. A white battenberg lace table runner provided the perfect contrast against the rustic table. The battenberg lace is a unique design element we wanted to incorporate throughout the shoot, providing a twist on traditional lace. This accent was seen in the invitation suite and the table decor.
We also chose a variety of organic textures to compliment the beautiful asymmetrical floral centerpiece. The centerpiece and personal flowers captured our color palette of lavender, yellow, and white. Each individual place setting was set with its very own milk glass compote bowl filled with wheat grass, perfect for each individual place card. The ruffled yellow ombré cake was also set in a bed of wheat grass.
The bride wore a breathtaking lace dress that was complimented by an exceptional floral necklace made of fresh blooms. By her side were her beautiful bridesmaids in tea length floral dresses. Each of the girls took turns swinging on the custom built swing adorned with fresh greenery.
The sweet lemonade bar featured a custom “PUCKER UP” bunting draped between two birch posts. This charming beverage station invited guests to choose between two infused vodkas including fresh herbs and blackberries, allowing them to mix their very own spring thyme lemonade. Also displayed were customized limoncello liqueur favors, ready to sweeten any cocktail!
My husband and I had the incredible opportunity to coordinate and photograph a Winter inspired wedding shoot at one of our favorite venues in South Orange County—The Villa, San Juan Capistrano. This was also the first official Project Watermark | Adrian Jon Photography collaboration. (Yay!) For this styled shoot, we wanted to incorporate a few wedding trends we anticipated for 2013: Brass details with golden highlights, ornate patterns, and mint color and flavors.
Our theme “Let’s Fly Away” was the main inspiration for the whimsical details throughout the shoot. The sweets station was nestled within a weathered armoire that held a mint buttercream wedding cake, that was not only beautiful–but delicious! The sweetheart table included a custom patterned table runner that offset the wooden table and chairs. Each place setting included an woven charger that resembled a birds nest with a feather accent placed on top of each napkin. Hanging above the tabletop was a wooden mobile of golden swallows. FUN FACT: It is said that swallows are birds of good luck and bring good fortune if they nest on your property.
The fragrant florals included a variety of creamy white blooms, unique florets, and accented with peachy neutrals and mint. The flowers included gold feathers and additional organic touches. The groom’s auburn velvet blazer was the perfect accompaniment to the bride’s first look, an effortless vintage dress with a patterned scalloped bottom. Her vintage jewelry included various shades of brass and gold and she wore a headband of textured gold leaf. For their second look, the bride wore a vintage white strapless gown accented with a turquoise brooch, and a custom birdcage veil. The groom opted for a more traditional suit accented with a grey linen tie.
Our team of wedding professionals really came together and created an exciting and inspirational shoot we are extremely proud of. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do!
A special shout out to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this project on their blog!
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