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From the planner..

Morgan is my first cousin and it was a very sincere honor to coordinate her and Brendan’s wedding. Brendan is a great guy and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him at our annual holiday dinners over the last few years. Morgan’s parents, Susan and Herb, are my aunt and uncle. So this was very much a family affair and my daughter, Avery was even the Flower Girl.

Morgan and I had lunch in Sherman Oaks last August and we exchanged stories about our lives since we last saw each other. I had a new baby and she had become engaged to Brendan. She mentioned that she was really excited to begin planning the wedding but hadn’t begun yet. So I was really excited when she asked me to be her coordinator and I knew my team would be in for a wild ride, because the process would be documented for season 4 of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. I managed all the planning and design leading up to the big day and then I handed the reigns to my team on the wedding day, so I could attend as a guest. Thus I have the unique perspective of knowing what it was like both to plan and attend her wedding.

Morgan’s style is classic, timeless, elegant, chic, and traditional but with a surprising twist. From the first day, Morgan and Brendan were heavily involved in the designing process and both knew they wanted a white wedding. Brendan’s favorite designer is Tom Ford and he appreciates his modern, clean lines with luxurious and timeless appeal. That was a source of inspiration from him, throughout the process.

Morgan’s dress was custom-designed by Badgley Mischka and she flew out several times to their New York boutique for creative meetings and fittings. She worked in collaboration with them and ultimately landed on this two piece lace gown. She described is as “Grace Kelly circa 2016.” Brendan wore a blue Tom Ford tuxedo. He changed shirt midway through the wedding day so he’d always be wearing a fresh, clean shirt.

When it came to selecting a venue, Morgan and Brendan kept saying she wanted modern elegance but with a romantic component. Over time it became more and more apparent to me that the right venue was actually Sitting Bull at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. I knew once filming season began for “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”, their availability would become far more limited. Thus a venue closer to home would be preferable, especially knowing how involved they wanted to be. The venue brought the “old” and we’d bring the “new” in the styling, florals, and furniture selections.

Bloom Box Designs absolutely nailed the vision with large arrangements of calla lilies, roses, and jasmine, and lily of the valley. Morgan was not a fan of orchids, garden roses, peonies, or hydrangeas. Fayaz Chamadia, the owner of Bloom Box Designs was such a pleasure to work with. He went above and beyond by creating a custom wood runway aisle for the ceremony (he managed to build a flat and level runway on a slope) and then lined the runway with white delphinium and it looked like a fairy-tale. Walking down the aisle gave the illusion of floating across a field of beautiful flowers and it was incredible. Bloom Box also provided arrangements of beautiful yellow roses for the Rehearsal Dinner at Hotel Bel Air .

Trish Hook from Classic Party Rentals assisted us quite a bit with the rentals. We rented almost everything from Classic Party Rentals , including the chameleon chairs for reception, the glassware and china, the bars, and the furniture from the cocktail lounge vignette. The ceremony chairs were very important to Morgan and she really felt they made the look. They came from Revelry Event Designers. We also rented a few pieces of furniture for the After-Party from Found Rentals. La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals provided the lovely table linens on the cocktail tables, the cake and dessert tables, the welcome table, and a few other key tables.

Morgan and Brendan did not see each other prior to the wedding and they did not do a First Look. So I built the timeline to include an extended Cocktail Hour. After Morgan and Brendan were finished taking formal photos, they joined their guests for the second half of cocktail hour. Brendan was adamant about attending the second half because there was a full live raw bar (with oysters shucked upon guests’ request) and a charcuterie bar, where wine/cheese experts paired charcuterie to the guests’ chosen beverage. Brendan was especially excited about those two displays and didn’t want to miss them. The Cocktail Hour also included a top-shelf open bar and tray-passed hors’ d oeuvres.

We decorated several beautiful gold bar backs with champagne flutes, candles, and floral arrangements and positioned them at the entrance of the reception tent. As guests arrived at the tent, they took their champagne flute with their name and table assignment etched on an acrylic stir stick.

All guests sat at custom-made acrylic tables with table tops upholstered in suede Morgan and Brendan strongly disliked round tables – I believe “hate” was the word, so Bloom Box Designs made them in a mix of square and rectangular tables. At each place setting was a custom menu from Heirloom Paper Co (who also created their wedding invitation suite, matchboxes, cocktail napkins, and asst. signage). The menu had each guests’ name in calligraphy at the top. Also at each place setting was a Swiss Chocolate, to honor Morgan’s Swiss heritage.

After the wedding reception wrapped around 11:30, guests went to the Motorcourt area in Sitting Bull, where we’d set up a cool Moroccan-inspired setting. We used lounge furniture in neutral colors, and then added pops of color with Moroccan rugs, lanterns, and lots of pillows from Found Rentals. Everyone had a blast at the after party and it went until about 3:00 am. Overall, the night went off without a single hitch. Morgan, Brendan, and their 150 guests had the time of their lives and people are still raving about how beautiful and intentional every detail was. Oh and they’re raving about Morgan’s dress!

PHOTOGRAPHER Closer to Love Photography | WEDDING DRESS Badgley Mischka | BRIDES SHOES Christian Louboutin | CAKE The Butter End Cakery | JEWELRY Martin Katz | CALLIGRAPHY Angela Interiano | DJ Whos That DJ | GROOM’S ATTIRE Tom Ford | VENUE Hummingbird Nest Ranch | RENTALS Found Vintage Rentals | CATERING + DESSERTS Contemporary Catering | PLANNER Wish Wonder Dream | FLORIST BloomBox Designs | FLOWER GIRL BASKET Micheles Cottage | LINENS La Tavola | PHOTO BOOTH VOX DJs | PAPER GOODS Heirloom Paper Co.

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From Strawberry Milk Events

Alex and Doug wanted an organic meets traditional style wedding in Washington, DC. She wanted a moody, autumnal fete without of shade of white in sight, save for her dress of course.

We brought an intimate, garden party feel to the St. Regis, DC. The ceremony took place in a clear tent on the Astor Terrace with a gorgeous boxwood and jewel toned ombre flower wall. Antique chandeliers hung down the center of the tent lining the aisle.

Their four legged child, Buffy the Mastiff, was incorporated on their invitations and themed wedding welcome bags – and made a cameo appearance at the wedding itself!

They went inside for cocktails and dinner, and then dancing took place back out in the tent which had been transformed into a fun lounge including vintage velvet upholstered furniture and antique candelabras and tables all in golds and jewel tones. A mirrored and gold bar was a focal point, as well as a classic black and white dance floor. They got double use out of that boxwood ombre floral wall, now serving as the band backdrop (yay for repurposing!)

Dinner featured a long kings table lined with tons of candles, and crystal candelabras were accented with a touch of green. Linens were a champagne “acorn contour” linen that was remnant of wood grain. Centerpieces were flowy and lush yet unstructured in rich jewel tones.

INVITATIONS Haute Papier | TENT RENTAL Skyline Tent Company | HAIR + MAKEUP Georgetown Bride | VENUE St. Regis, Washington, DC | WELCOME BAGS A Signature Welcome | FLORAL DESIGN Sweet Root Village | PHOTOGRAPHER Abby Jiu Photography | BAND Elan Artists | PLANNER Strawberry Milk Events | BRIDESMAIDS ROBES Plum Pretty Sugar | BRIDE’S SHOES Lanvin | CHAMPAGNE Veuve Clicquot | GROOMS TUX Theory

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TIPS FOR CREATING A PHOTO-WORTHY BRIDAL SHOWER

ONE
Flowers are a must! It makes any vignette that much more photogenic and adds natural beauty and fragrance. How to incorporate it: centerpieces, giveaways, cake topper, flower crowns, garlands – go wild! No one will ever say, “there were too many flowers” because there is no such thing! *Wink*

TWO
Paying attention to the little details like place cards, menu etc. can really personalize your event. Take up a calligraphy class with your bridesmaids and make a fun night out of creating your shower place cards, or find cute a printable online!

THREE
Choose a venue or space that has a lot of natural light and windows for your event. This will aid in better photography and make all of your décor and hard work look gorgeous!

FOUR
Your cake or sweet table can be used just as much as part of your décor, as it is to feed your guests! I have always loved naked cakes and macaron towers, but you can include any kind of sweets (maybe it’s homemade pies with cute toppers, or cake in a jar with glitter spoons etc.). I kept all of the sweets white to fit in with the décor and personally reflect my style, and requested my favorite flowers to decorate around them. They weren’t just something to eat; they were also pieces of art to look at!

From the florist..

We wanted the look to be soft, sophisticated and feminine so we started with a simple and muted colour palette of white, blush and grey. We incorporated natural oatmeal and blush colored linens to complement the beautiful French Bistro setting.

For the tablescape we scattered delicate glass and rose gold bud vases filled with soft romantic spring flowers like lilac, peonies, roses and pieris down the table.

To complete the look we layered lush garden-inspired arrangements in the bookshelf as a focal point.

Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course brunch – a choice of quinoa pudding or salad for appetizer, followed by a choice of lemon ricotta pancakes, omelet or grilled turkey club on a pretzel bun. A sweet ending included fresh fruit and fine petite cakes. Following this was a delightful moment with the firecracker candle on the gorgeous “naked cake” created by The Wedding Cake Shoppe. We went with a carrot cake with cream cheese icing – my favorite, accompanied by delicious vanilla macaroons, plucked off the two towers on the sweet table made in-house by Colette.

In between foamy latte sips, mimosa clinks and brunch chatter – my mother, who invited my mother-in-law and myself up with her, so sweetly thanked everyone for coming and offered a bit of wisdom with a toast. My mother (also known as my “momager” – thank you, Kris Jenner) has been with me every step of the way in my wedding process, always making it enjoyable and helping me put together all the details. The shower was our day to just relax and soak it all in.

My groom-to-be, Neal, popped in at the end, with beautiful roses for both of our mothers and myself – a gentleman always! Sweet Woodruff also set up a beautiful “flower market” inspired station for guests to take away as gratitude, tied with a thank you note from myself, created by Paper & Poste. My love for blooms (especially Parisian flower markets) runs deep and I wanted to lace this through every detail of the shower, from the invites to the tablescape to the giveaways.

It meant so much to me to have all the women I love in one room, taking time out of their day to shower me. I felt truly grateful, especially to my sweet friend, Anna of annawithlove photography (who is 7 months pregnant at that!), for capturing the day for me in such a beautiful way.

PHOTOGRAPHY annawithlove | FLORAL DESIGN Sweet Woodruff | DRESS Mrs. Self-Portrait or here | CAKE The Wedding Cake Shoppe | PAPER GOODS Paper & Poste | VENUE Colette Grand Cafe | MACARON TOWERS Colette Grand Cafe

Hosting a Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower or engagement party?! Lucky you! (Amazing choice might I add!). When you have an amazing theme sometimes it’s hard to find the brides style in all fun elements. Read on below to find out how to capture the charm of the derby and also making it unique to the bride-to-be! Need more derby inspo? Check out this post!

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

SILVER TROPHY
Get a vintage silver trophy and fill it with the bride-to-be’s favorite flowers. This could also be the prize for your bridal shower games, a real trophy!

MINT JULEPS
Get a great mint julep recipe and silver or copper cups to enjoy them in! Is she a Southern belle? Add peach to make the recipe uniquely hers!

BOURBON
Bourbon is a sure bet to be a hit at the party! Especially if you are hosting an engagement party with the Southern gents in attendance! Find our which brands are the couples favorite.

RIBBONS AND FLAGS
Give away derby ribbons to the best dressed guests or the most unique hat. Get racing flag drink stirs, it’s all in the details!

INCORPORATE HORSES
Make the brides favorite cookies in the shape of a horse (who am I kidding.. buy!). Or make adorable favors boxes with horses!

HATS
There are two ways of doing this. Either add a derby style hat to the dress code or buy a bunch of derby style hats for guests to try on throughout the day!