Mathilde and Cyril are perhaps one of the most fun and creative couples we have had the pleasure of meeting.
Mathilde, our lovely bride, designed an entire seating chart with a Lego board, complete with each guest, table, and chair – thats right, we said a Lego board, and it was awesome! Each guest had their own Lego person that went with them to their seat and attached to the place card at their table. Here’s the kicker – each Lego person was personalized and unique to every individual guest…whether it was their hair color, hobby, profession, or physical characteristics, each Lego figure was a work of art.
The creativity didn’t stop there, their bridesmaids and groomsmen all performed skits instead of toasts, complete with outfit changes. It was SO MUCH FUN to watch, and the most amazing tribute to the couple.
The music, laughter, and dancing extended well into the night, and we hope the joy and laughter continue on for ages to come! Wishing you all the best, Mathilde + Cyril!
Wedding Style: Romantic summer wedding in Napa Valley, with a whimsical outdoor ambiance. The colors were primarily whites & greens, with hints of blush accents.
If there was an award for best First Look – Frances + Marcus would win! Hands down. It was the sweetest, most heartfelt first look we’ve ever witnessed. From the way Frankie portrayed beauty and elegance, to the way that Marcus literally fell to his knees when he saw her, it was perfect. Every part of it. And it truly summed them up as a couple.
Throughout the entire planning process, their love for one another was beyond evident. It was so special to watch it all come to fruition on the wedding day. The best part was that bride and groom were equally involved in planning!
When they had their first dance underneath the market lights it was as if everyone around them faded away. You could see that they were genuinely wrapped up in their own world.
They were married in August, at Silverado Resort in Napa Valley. Their ceremony was held underneath beautiful trees that created an arch over them, and the reception was in the courtyard underneath the market lights, making for an intimate ambiance. Bellanozze, the florist for the day, put together beautiful arrangements that complimented their design. One of the standout decor pieces was their custom acrylic seating chart, created by the insanely talented Ashlee of Chalk & Design.
Frances & Marcus were surrounded by an amazing group of loving, supportive friends and family; making for one of the sweetest weddings. Definitely the Napa wedding of their dreams.
Location: Nevada Beach Campground (Ceremony) + The Coachman Hotel (Reception); Zephyr Cove + South Lake Tahoe
Wedding Style: Boho Tahoe Wedding, dark tones with shades of deep purple + navy + blush
Molly is that bride that you want to stay best friends with for life. With a love for fashion and design, we were able to work together to create a design that was both Boho and true to who they were as a couple. South Lake Tahoe was the perfect location for their destination wedding. Why keep all of your guests indoors when you can experience the true beauty of nature? Molly and Ian decided to have their ceremony at the Nevada Beach Campground, with the most breathtaking views.
Their handwritten vows were spoken alongside all of the natural elements surrounding them: the crystal clear Lake Tahoe + the majestic mountains in the background.
One of the most unique aspects was their “ring warming ceremony” where their rings were passed from guest to guest, touching every friend and family member so that Molly and Ian could keep their love and blessings with them wherever they went.
The wedding festivities continued on for an enchanting evening at the Coachman Hotel. Deep shades of purple and navy with accents of blush lined the tables and filled Molly’s lush bouquet. Even though there may have been a chill in the air, everyone stayed cozy with blankets, the warm glow of the fire pits, and delicious s’more bar.
One of our favorite design elements for their wedding were the colorful mix of patterned Bohemian rugs we found for their dance floor. Molly and Ian – you are the most amazing couple, and Molly, you are still one of our favorite people of all time.
Wedding Style: Intimate campground wedding on the American River, full of blush, ivory, sage and navy
Jen + Mark new the real meaning by their wedding day was what mattered most – and the feeling of true love, understanding, friendship and acceptance between them was palpable.
The rushing South Fork American River provided the most breathtaking scenery for Jennifer + Mark’s big day. They organized a full weekend of activities for their family and friends, including an epic rafting adventure. The couple + all of their friends love camping together, so a campground was the perfect place to say ‘I do’. They even had Chando’s Tacos cater the big day – who doesn’t love a taco truck?!
Shades of blush, ivory, sage, and hints of navy could be seen mingled among the greenery of the Coloma Resort. Dixon Florist created the most gorgeous arrangements of big blooms — Jennifer’s favorite flower, the lovely peony, could be seen all over the tables and in her lush bouquet.
One of the most unique and memorable aspects of the day was the surprise bagpipe player (that was even a secret to their bridal party!) The piper played a full march into the ceremony + played as Jennifer gracefully made her way down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye to be found.
With twinkling market lights overhead, the sounds of the flowing river, and the hum of laughter of friends and family, their wedding couldn’t have been sweeter. Sending lots of love and joy to the sweetest couple – Jennifer and Mark, we couldn’t be happier for you!
Wedding Style: Elegant Napa wedding, a garden affair of green + whites
Sarah + David just wanted to have a fun wedding! They fell in-love the beauty of the Silverado in Napa and wanted to include lots of greenery + keep it very elegant with white flowers. The dance party was the best part! We will never forget when Sarah and her bridesmaids started a choreographed dance to MC Hammer. They were just the sweetest couple and we enjoyed every bit of planning with them. Their first look was a moment we all dream of, with the sweetest reaction from both the Bride and Groom, photos below for proof!
Wedding Style: Classic fall wedding with rustic touches and pops of burgundy, sage and navy blue.
Sarah + Max said ‘I do’ in an intimate wedding on the East Coast, and brought the celebration back to the West Coast where they renewed their vows in front of their family and friends. As wedding planners we always have take-aways from every wedding that we like to share (favorite moments, special decor etc) but with Max + Sarah’s wedding there were so many sweet touches throughout the day that we couldn’t just choose one.
The Groom’s Grandfather performed the ceremony, making it so personal and touching, the Bride’s Grandfather’s classic car was brought onsite and used for photos, and the Bride and Groom even included their precious puppies into the wedding by having a custom card box made of the pups. One of my favorite elements of the day was the petal bar. Guests were greeted with a table full of petals and were able to make their own bag of petals to toss during the ceremony. When the Bride and Groom made their way back down the aisle they were showered with petals raining down on them and it made for some fun photos. Congratulations Sarah + Max, your day was beautiful and we are so happy for you!!
We are continuing our series on bringing destination weddings to you! This week… Palm Springs! Not everyone can jet out of town for their “I do’s”, so why not bring your dream destination to you?! Here’s some inspiration for the perfect Palm Springs shin-dig…
The Ronnettes blare over the speakers while everyone dances in colorful mini dresses and gogo boots. Every room you’re in is full of mid-century modern furniture, and Palm Springs is in the center of it all. For your wedding, travel back in time to 1960s Palm Springs right from your home town.
The most important part to pulling off this wedding is finding a vintage rental company with mid century modern furniture. Having those accents throughout will make your wedding feel trendy and on theme. In addition, playing with little disco balls on your tablescapes will be the perfect extra touch to your 60s party look.
Get creative with hair and makeup! Do a stylish winged eyeliner and voluminous hair. Allow your guests to have fun, too. Make it an unforgettable extravaganza by opening it up for everyone to wear their favorite 60s look!
And most important, don’t be afraid of color! Let the colors fly + mix and match patterns and prints.
Where do we even begin for Kyle + Kent’s big day?! It was the loveliest, fun-filled weekend with the best people and the most beautiful scenery.
Kyle + Kent were married at The Hyatt Regency in Tahoe, which is a very special place for their family. Their guests traveled from out of town (and out of state), so they wanted to ensure their guests not only had a great time at the wedding, but had an entire weekend full of events to enjoy.
The wedding weekend kicked off with a Welcome BBQ at Aspen Grove (a magical and secluded outdoor space full of Aspen trees) where guests mingled with the bride and groom, played lawn games, ate amazing food and danced to a live band!
The wedding day was up next, and it was a stunning day at The Hyatt in Incline Village! Kyle + Kent’s ceremony was lakeside, with a gorgeous backdrop of pine trees, the beach and the lake. They moved into the Laskeside Ballroom for their reception, which was draped in white from floor to ceiling. Their décor and colors were very organic. White florals and greenery accented every table, along with birchwood details and velvet linens.
The next day guests were treated to a fiesta themed beach day where they relaxed under umbrellas, ate tacos and sun bathed water-side.
It was definitely a wedding for the books and was such a pleasure to plan. Kyle + Kent, we wish you all the happiness and joy in your marriage and future together! For more photos on their big day, hop on over to Tahoe Unveiled to view their wedding feature!
A Wedding Day “How-To” for the couple looking to Save the Date + Save the Earth
Do you want to know what will never go out of style? Being eco-conscious on your wedding day! It’s never been easier to be environmentally friendly, but, where do you start? We’re here to give you a few helpful hints.
I know what you’re thinking – You want something original. I think most of the time, our minds go to “honey” when we think local. Don’t get me wrong, we love honey in all its tasty glory, but, you would be surprised at what is actually grown or produced in your own neighborhood; jelly, jams, syrup, olive oil, fruits, veggies, candies. The world is your oyster – just do a little research on what is local to you.
You may be the first one of your friends getting married or somewhere in the mix, but sure enough, you are bound to know someone who has been married before who has décor items they would love to lend or sell. Or, if you’re looking for a larger collection of previously used items, check out Wedding-Recycle.com to buy + sell your wedding dress + décor, or check out local groups in your area that may be buying + selling wedding items.
Not ready to commit to electronic invitations? Order beautiful invitations, place cards, and table numbers from organizations that source sustainable materials. Get this – for every order with Paper Culture, they plant a tree. Did you hear that? Every. Single. Order. All of their paperie comes from sustainable materials like recycled paper or bamboo. But, don’t forget the cherry on top – their paperie is gorgeous.
Skip the RSVP Card
Keep the gorgeous paper invitation, and digitize your RSVP. This way, guests can learn more information about the wedding day festivities on your own personal wedding day website + RSVP at the same time. You are saving time and money, and helping the environment by opting out of the RSVP card. Head over to Minted.com to create your own wedding website and have your guests RSVP in a simple + environmentally friendly fashion.
Use Potted Plants for your Tablescape
We all love lush greenery and gorgeous floral displays, but did you ever think about keeping your floral long after your wedding day? Potted décor will last and adds a fresh element to any tablescape. Try lavender or rosemary, or even house a little citrus tree atop your table. Keep them for your home together or give to family or friends as a token of love.
Work with your venue or caterer to set up recycling stations around the property so that guests can contribute to the cause!
When the quintessential Christmas song starts blasting on the radio, and you hear: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” the Alluring Event’s team could not agree more with those words! As planners and designers, we are spoiled by being surrounded by beauty in every wedding event that we plan. There’s something so magically different about the holiday season, however, and the depth of beauty it creates. From spending that extra quality time with friends and family to attending the plethora of holiday parties, ‘tis the season to slow down and take it all in.
Alluring has had an incredible year of beautiful weddings and beautiful clients, and we consider this one giant Christmas gift to ourselves. As wedding season 2018 comes to a close, we very much look forward to 2019 and all of the beauty around the corner. Before we hop into the new year, the girls are winding down, settling in with some hot cocoa, turning on that all-too-cheesy Hallmark movie (again), and enjoying all of the relaxing time with our families.
From the whole Alluring family, Merry Christmas and happiest of holiday seasons.