Doggy Days

Inspired by Caroline and Mo’s wedding photos we debuted last week, today’s blog is dedicated to our adorable, playful, tail-wagging best friends, our dogs!

What do dogs have to do with weddings, you ask? Well, usually nothing. However, it is not uncommon for a couple to raise a furry friend together before tying the knot. It’s almost like raising a child, because the couple gets to work together as a team and watch their dog learn and grow. Dogs almost always become “more than just a pet” and more like family to its owners.

Whether you think these guests of honor should stay in the dog house or you love the idea, check out these adorable photos of pups included in their best friends’ weddings!

Annie and John’s Wedding

Annie and John were married at Carondelet House in November 2012 and I absolutely loved working with them. One of the things that was really special was their floral concept. For those of you who’ve been to Carondelet, you know that the front of the house/venue is separated from the back. The dancing and cocktail hour happens in the front of the house and the ceremony and dinner take place in the back of the house. Annie had an awesome idea to make the florals in the front of the house (for dancing, cocktails) dark and burgundy and fade into lighter flowers as you approach the back of the house (ceremony, dinner) until they were ivory for the ceremony. The results were beautiful — Holly Flora did an amazing job.

Annie and John may have been, truly, some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Their wedding was beautiful and they deserved every bit of it. They’re truly in love and it was so fun to see them tie the knot :) Thanks to all vendors involved including Tres LA, The Scootabaker, Emily Dawn Artistry, Holly Flora, Studio 205, Jac Photography, Mag Booth, Alira Strings, Ampersand, DJ Dosa of Scratch, and finally Carondelet House. Enjoy the photos!

Melissa and Mark’s Wedding

Melissa & Mark were married at Carondelet House in Los Angeles on a beautifully cloudy day in December. Although the threat of rain was looming, it didn’t stop the bride, groom or wedding guests from have the time of their lives. Thank you for so beautifully capturing the details, Suthi and Sanjay, and thank you to all the other vendors involved for a wonderful event — Tres LA, Sweet & Saucy Shop, Town & Country Rentals, Fleuretica, Amazing Events DJ, Darling Devil’s Makeup Studio and last but not least, Carondelet! Congratulations again you two!

Emmy and Dave’s Wedding

Dave and Emmy were so special to work with! They were married at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica and were one of the first to have their ceremony in their courtyard downstairs by the pool. Although a unique space to work with, I’d say it was quite a success! An awesome team of vendors also made this wedding a memorable one including Studio Castillero, Flashy Photobooth, Peony & Plum, Kelly Zhang, OC Audio Visual, Sheraton Delfina, and RedShoe LA. Congratulations again to Dave and Emmy!

The Knot’s Market Mixer

Last Wednesday, we had a chance to mingle with our wedding industry peers at the Taglyan Complex for a market mixer put together by The Knot Wedding Network and The Bump. Live music, great food and cocktails made this party a blast, but what really made the night memorable was learning from other professionals in the business. Thank you to The Knot and The Bump for our invitation, we had a great time!

Cheers! to these signature wedding cocktails

We love when couples add little extras to make their wedding special to them! One recent trend is serving specialty cocktails with fun names relating to weddings to guests. Here are some tasty recipes for you to try toasting to!

1. Cranberry Kiss

Ingredients:

1 1/3 oz (40 ml) vodka

2 2/3 oz (60 ml) cranberry juice

2/3 oz (20 ml) Amaretto cream liqueur

2/3 oz (20 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice

cubed ice

clice of tangerine

Combine all ingredients, strain, and serve!

2. The Sweetheart Sangria

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)

1 Lemon cut into wedges

1 Orange cut into wedges

1 Lime cut into wedges

2 Tbsp sugar

Splash of orange juice or lemonade

2 Shots of gin or triple sec (optional)

1 Cup of raspberries or strawberries (may use thawed or frozen)

1 Small can of diced pineapples (with juice)

4 Cups ginger ale

Pour wine into a large pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges and pineapple then add sugar, orange juice and gin. Chill overnight. The next day, add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice. However, remember that the best Sangrias are chilled around 24 hours in the refrigerator, allowing the flavors to really marinate into each other.

3. The Bailey’s Minty Mistletoe

2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

¼ ounce Rumple Minze

Add Bailey’s Irish Cream and Rumple Minze

Shake with ice, strain and enjoy!

4. Passion Punch

1 gallon passion fruit juice

½ liter ginger ale

2 cups vodka

1 can peach nectar

5 nectarines, pitted and sliced

2 quarts crushed ice

Blend all ingredients, add ice and serve.

5. Something Blue

2 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur

2 oz white wine

1 oz ginger ale

Build ingredients in a champagne flute and enjoy!

6. Wedding Belle

¾ oz Dubonnet French vermouth

¾ oz gin

1 ½ tsp. cherry brandy

1 ½ tsp orange juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass.

7. Blushing Bride

1 oz peach schnapps

1 oz grenadine

4 oz champagne

Pour the peach schnapps and grenadine into a champagne flute, top with champagne and serve.

8. The Marry Me Mojito

1 oz. Daily’s Mojito Mix

1 oz. Daily’s Cosmopolitan Mix

1 ½ oz rum

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cherries and line the rim with sugar. Enjoy!

Christine and Barry’s Wedding

Christine and Barry were such a pleasure to work with! It was my first time working with Anna Mae Lam and she was truly exceptional. A great professional who just happens to be extremely talented. One thing I really loved about this wedding were the simple orchid centerpieces that were given away to guests. I sometimes forget that a simple plotted orchid can be so beautiful! We would like to thank all of the vendors that helped make this day so wonderful including Almansor Court, Five Star Seafood Restaurant, San Gabriel Hilton, D’Ange Bakery, Anna Mae Lam, Alice Chang, Howard Ma, and Subito Strings. :) Congratulations Christine & Barry!!

Farnaz and Abraham’s wedding

Farnaz and Abraham were married at the historic Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood on February 17, 2013. One of my favorite things about this wedding was the bride’s dress. It was a classic ball gown for the ceremony; however, the skirt was removable and become a short, sassy party dress for the reception. She looked amazing! The band and DJ were provided by DeBois and the kept the party going late into the night. I can truly say that the guests looked like they were having a blast and Farnaz & Abraham looked like they were having the time of their life. Congratulations again you two!

Wedding Wednesdays: Kathleen & Dillon

Kathleen and Dillon were married on Saturday, June 15th at the breathtaking Westlake Village Inn. They were especially fun to work with because we had a chance to observe their rich Chinese culture take place in their big day.

Before their wedding ceremony, Kathleen and Dillon practiced the traditional Chinese custom of offering tea to both sets of parents to show honor and respect, while also giving thanks for helping them become the people they are today. This is the most devout way to express gratitude and symbolize the unity of a couple on their wedding day. We also loved that Kathleen’s handmade Pinterest-inspired programs in silver, dark purple and light purple!

The ceremony was held outdoors in the beautiful Tuscan Garden and was followed by a cocktail hour and reception. We’d like to thank all of the awesome vendors we had a chance to work with this weekend including Happy Flowers, Inc., A-packaged Parties, King’s Hawaiian Bakery, Jaz Harp Records, DJ Rick Borja, Kari Kochar PhotographyVideographer Walter Pawluk, and Rockstar Photobooth. Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Westlake Village Inn!

Caroline and Mo’s Wedding

Marvimon is one of our favorite venues in Los Angeles, so we were thrilled when Caroline and mo asked us to coordinate their big day. One of our favorite things about this wedding were the ironwork signs created by the groom. I’ve never seen anything like them! Also, their square cake by our dear friends at Vanilla Bake shop was awesome! Thank you to all of the amazing vendors involved including Love Art Photography, A Rental Connection, Kelly Zhang Studio, Red Shoe, Tend Living, Vanilla Bake Shop, Ponderosa Roasting, Red Carpet Liquor, and Jeffrey Valet. Last but not least, another big thank you to Marvimon and Tact Management!