Wedding // Daelyn & Trent // The Villa San Juan Capistrano

Monday, August 11, 2014

I’m excited to share Daelyn and Trent’s wedding today!

Daelyn and Trent are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. And I have the most thoughtful Thank You postcard to prove it! I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet couple when they hired us to be their wedding photographers.

I absolutely love collaborating with couples to design something unique for their wedding invitations. And it’s an added perk when I get to work alongside my husband to photograph their wedding too! It’s so exciting to see how the invitation design plays into their wedding day vision and watching everything come together on their wedding day.

Daelyn and Trent selected the gorgeous Villa in San Juan Capistrano to exchange their wedding vows. When designing their invitations, we wanted to combine the rustic charm of their wedding location while subtly incorporating their accent colors. The base of the pocketfold invitation was an antique gold color that was also featured throughout their centerpiece displays and altar décor. The center of each card featured a blush watercolor accent that tied in color of the bridesmaid dresses and the florals found in the brides stunning bouquet.

Below are a some images from their beautiful wedding! I hope some of their wedding details leave you inspired as you plan the wedding of your dreams! Please stop by our photography website Adrian Jon Photography for more wedding details and photos of this sweet couple!

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Photography: Adrian Jon Photography | Venue: The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, CA |
Day of Coordination: Michelle Tkach / The Villa | Florals: Floral Occasions | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals |
Invitations : Project Watermark | Catering: Iva Lee’s Catering | Cake and Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop |
Entertainment: DJ Divel / Divel Entertainment | Videography: Nick Mitzenmacher | Hair : Robin Dunn Hair |
Makeup: Make Me Up


Wedding // Eva and Jared // Brutocao Vineyard in Hopland California

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This wedding is very dear to my heart. For starters, I’ve known Eva, the bride, since High School.  She’s known me through my late 90’s awkwardness, shared in ridiculous banter, and seen me ugly cry in the Starbucks parking lot.  Fast forward about eight years later; Eva attended my wedding and I am so grateful that she did. We may have lost contact after college, but it was definitely our weddings that brought us back together.

Eva and Jared were married at the gorgeous Contento site at Brutocao Vineyard in the darling town of Hopland, California.  Surrounded by close friends and family, the couple exchanged their vows overlooking the vineyards lush greenery and hillside. For those of you who don’t know Eva, she has always been creative, artistic, and ready for a crafting project! With the help of her bridesmaids, Eva created the wedding of her dreams. From hand-dyeing muslin fabric panels that draped the reception tent to designing the “Bliss” marquee sign in the barn, these DIYers helped turn Eva’s vision into a reality.  There were so many thoughtful touches it would be hard for me to pick a favorite!

Below are just a few of my favorite tabletop details from their special day! Eva and Jared, may you two continue to have a marriage full of laughter, love, and happiness. Thank you for allowing us to capture your wedding day and witness the bond that you two share.

Head over to Swooned Magazine for more photos of this beautiful couple and a special message from the Bride!

And please be sure to stop by our photography website Adrian Jon Photography for more wedding details and a first look that will make your heart melt!

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I also had the pleasure of designing a custom rubber stamp for Eva and Jared’s wedding. They used this to monogram the activity bags for the kids. This is a simple way to personalize some of your wedding details, and can be used over and over again! Also, for those who fancy a return address stamp that matches the font or hand lettering style of your invites, this would be a fabulous option!

Below is a closer look at the stamp!

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Photography: Adrian Jon Photography | Venue: Contento Site at Brutocao Vineyard in Hopland, CA |
Event Design and Coordination: Lily & Mint | Florals: Mimi Owyang | Rentals and Lighting: PTE Rentals |
Photobooth: Snapbox | Invitations & Stationary: Joni Dosanjh | Catering: Beth Keifer Catering | Cake: Carmen Lee |
Desserts: 3rd & Sweet | Favors: Bride and Bridesmaids | Entertainment: DJ Rufio/Mat Catalan |
Videography: Frontside Films | Hair and Makeup: Lauren Kelsay

Bridal Show Event // Palos Verdes Art Center // Southern California

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We’re always excited to see new event spaces pop up in southern California. So imagine our excitement when we heard a modern Art Center would begin offering an event space for weddings! The Palos Verdes Art Center, is a non-profit community visual arts gallery and school located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. In an event hosted by Events by Valerie and TGIS Catering, the Art Center opened its doors to wedding professionals and couples to preview the event space and try some of their delicious eats.

For this Bridal Show event, we were invited to display some of our favorite invitations and paper goods. Thank you to all the lovely people that took a moment to stop by and chat!

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In addition, I was asked to design menus, place cards, and table numbers for the styled reception tables that were showcased that evening. I created a fuschia watercolor base on top of an antique gold mat for the delicious menus. (Fun fact: I try to create a tasty “fake” menu even if no one gets to enjoy it in real life, HA!) And the menu headings and name cards were hand lettered in gold ink to compliment the place settings. Featured below are a few details from the styled tables designed by Events by Valerie.

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Wedding // Sydnee & Sam // The Villa San Juan Capistrano

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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.

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Recipe | Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

Friday, January 17, 2014


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.

Everybody wins!

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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. 

 1 frozen unsweetened Acai smoothie pack (3.53oz)
 1 frozen banana
 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
 1/4 cup yogurt kefir
 fresh mango
 fresh blueberries
 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.


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Styled Summer Wedding // The Field in San Juan Capistrano

Friday, July 19, 2013

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!

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 Photography: Troy Grover | Venue: Northwest Open Space, San Juan Capistrano, CA | Event Design and Coordination: Project Watermark | Florals: Floral Occasions | Rentals: Vintage: Ribbons & Rust and Tabletop: Signature Party Rentals | Cake: Cakes By Tricia | Videography: Brothers Nelson & Co. | Makeup: Maja Janjic | Hair: Hair by Allie | Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Accessories: Francesca’s Collection


Styled Winter Wedding // The Villa in San Juan Capistrano

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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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Photography: Adrian Jon Photography | Venue: The Villa – San Juan Capistrano | Event Design and Coordination : Project Watermark | Florals: Floral Occasions | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Bride’s Vintage Wardrobe and Accessories: The Soil and Sea | Invitations and Printed Materials: Project Watermark | Grooms Wardrobe: ZARA | Grooms Shoes: Allen Edmund / Cole Hahn | Hair: Hair By Sydnee | Makeup:  Emily Kobayashi | Videography: Brothers Nelson and Co. | Vintage Rentals:  Found Vintage Rentals | Table Top Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals |Models:  Allie & Mark Refresh Talent Agency

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