Monday Morning Inspiration: BOLD prints + fabrics

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Since moving into my new apartment, I’ve spent numerous hours flipping through various home décor magazines looking for some fresh ideas to decorate my new space. I still have a long way to go before everything is finished but all of those hours of research have certainly inspired this month’s inspiration board! At the core, my style has always been more modern and simplistic, focusing on clean lines and neutral colors, but I do love the idea of bringing in some color with bold and funky textiles to create a more playful and inviting atmosphere. Today’s inspiration board is definitely an expression of my more adventurous side – featuring tons of bright colored fabrics and bold patterns which create the perfect look for a more casual and playful summer wedding!

Image Sources: Jonathan Canlas Photography; Snippet & Ink; Elizabeth Anne Designs; Jesi Haack Design; JL Design; Once Wed; This Modern Romance Wedding Photography

Wednesday Morning Inspiration: Red, White & Blue

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Barbecues, fireworks, the beach, and refreshingly sweet treats – all elements of the perfect 4th of July weekend. Here’s a little eye candy to celebrate the season!

Image Sources: Mathieu Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs; Pink Piggy Design via Oh So Beautiful Paper; Green Wedding Shoes; Martha Stewart Weddings; Amy Atlas; Southern Wedding Magazine

Venue Spotlight: Carondelet House + Vendor Spotlight: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Back in April, we had the privilege of using the Carondelet House in Los Angeles for our Orange Blossom Special Events team photo shoot. This gorgeous venue, originally built as an Italian Villa in 1928, features two outdoor courtyards and 7,600 square feet of unique indoor space. As you enter through the double doors, the first thing that catches your eye is the remarkable hand painted, high vaulted ceilings. The main room features exposed red brick walls, hardwood floors and three absolutely stunning chandeliers hanging from tall wood-beamed ceilings. Their beautiful French country tables, included with the rental, are made of reclaimed wood and set with a mix of distressed oak European café chairs and vintage French round side chairs. Nearby, Chesterfield tufted leather couches surround a fireplace creating a cozy area for your guests to lounge. In my opinion, the combination of textures and architectural detail gives this place tons of character and makes it the perfect space for weddings – whether your style is urban sophistication or vintage glam, the design possibilities are truly endless.

The chic desserts featured in our shoot were made by the talented team over at Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach — and can I just say, they were absolutely delicious! It was definitely a struggle to get through the shoot without sneaking a bite of one of these little treats!

Cupcake Couture combines their love of fashion and sweets to bring you handmade, upscale desserts that are custom-tailored to suite your unique tastes. From wedding cakes to cupcake towers and specialty desserts, they can make anything your heart desires and only use premium, natural ingredients to do so!

Here are some quick tips from Stephanie Franz, the Executive Pastry Chef at Cupcakes Couture:

  • We customize to all dietary needs (including gluten free and low calorie), no matter what!
  • We personalize all desserts to stay true to the couple. We believe dessert makes the last impression of the night, so we encourage our bride and groom to pick their favorites!
  • Each couple will receive a taste consultation of five cake flavors and five frosting favors, with complimentary champagne. (Couples can call ahead to tell us their taste preferences!)
  • In addition to a taste consultation, each couple receives a design consultation. Here we’ll discuss all of the elements of the wedding—the theme, the colors, the flowers, and any creative details—to incorporate these elements into the dessert. For instance, if there is a jewel theme, we’ll cre­ate sugar jewels; or if the bride has a unique ruffle in her dress, we can replicate it on the cake. The possibilities for inspiration are endless.
  • We will deliver the cakes and dessert and set them up beautifully on the day of your wedding.
  • Most important, we get to know you as a client. We work hard to ensure each element of your dessert styling, from consultation to creation, is executed with precision. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure your wedding is just as you dreamed!

All of these images are courtesy of one of our favorite photographers, the lovely Blair Nicole of Blair Nicole Photography. Check out Blair’s blog to see more pictures fro­­m our team shoot!

Monday Morning Inspiration: ENGAGEMENT RINGS

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Two weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to attend and exhibit at the JCK Las Vegas show at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center with my uncle’s jewelry company, Tet Design from Thailand. JCK Las Vegas is the jewelry industry’s premiere trade show which brings together tons of buyers and exhibitors from all around the world each year. Needless to say, there was a ton of eye candy – gemstones, pearls, silver, fashion jewelry, and of course, diamonds! Below are a few pictures of our displays and this week’s jewelry-inspired board featuring engagement rings! Happy Monday!

Image Sources: Kerry Brooks Photography; Erin Johnson Photography; CK Metro Photography; Hannah Suh Photography; Martha Stewart Weddings; Rust Wedding Rings via Green Wedding Shoes; Chaz Cruz Photographer; DeBeers; Meg Baisden Photography

Monday Morning Inspiration: Cute as a Button

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Today’s inspiration board is all about buttons! Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, these playful little embellishments are an inexpensive way to spruce up any wedding décor.

Image Sources: Studio222 Photography; Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes; Pobke Photography via Style Me Pretty; Lilify on Etsy; Flowertoss Photography via Snippet & Ink; Jessica Claire; Courtney Dellafiora Weddings via Green Wedding Shoes

Tuesday Morning Inspiration: Natural Beauty

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

With the gorgeous weather we’ve been so blessed with lately, hiking has quickly become one of my favorite weekend activities. It’s the perfect way to get some exercise while enjoying all of the breathtaking beauty that nature has to offer – mountains, rivers, foliage, and flowers. All of these elements served as the inspiration behind this week’s board. Incorporate the great outdoors into your wedding theme by bringing in a variety of plant life for an organic and understated look.

Image Sources: Snippet & Ink; Sunday Suppers; Green Wedding Shoes; Oh So Beautiful Paper; Rebecca Thuss; Yan Photography

Monday Morning Inspiration: Pops of POPPY

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist!

The playful yet delicate nature of poppies makes them the perfect addition to Spring weddings! These colorful blossoms are great for adding pops of color to your décor. And for an extra burst of color, play up the poppies with aqua accents to create a look that’s both bold and feminine. Happy Monday!

Fun fact: Eschscholzia californica (aka the California poppy) is the official state flower of California!

Image Sources: Martha Stewart Weddings; A Creative Mint; The Nichols; PomLove on Etsy; Butterflyfood on Etsy; Violet Short Photography via We Heart It; Nate Henderson Photography

Monday Morning Inspiration: AROUND THE WORLD

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

These past few weeks have been crazy busy and have left me feeling that I am long overdue for a VACATION! After all, everyone needs a little rest and relaxation sometimes – time to take your mind off work, explore new places and be immersed in different cultures. With that said, this week’s inspiration board is for all of you travel lovers out there! Showcase your adventurous spirit and love of travel to all of your wedding guests with map and postcard accents detailing your favorite vacation spots! Enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Pottery Barn; CK Metro Photography;
Cap Classique; W. Scott Chester Photography; Clayton Austin; D Sharp on Etsy; LH Calligraphy on Etsy; Kamp Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty; Sakura Photography via Style Me Pretty; Janae Shields Photography; Lucky Luxe (http://luckyluxecouturecorrespondence.blogspot.com/)

Monday Morning Inspiration: EMERALD Envy

This week we’re celebrating the month of May! There are several reasons why I love May: the weather is absolutely perfect – April showers are over and the summer heat is still a couple weeks away, Spring flowers are in full bloom and trees are lush and green, not to mention the many Holidays and other special observations taking place such as National Bike Month, National Strawberry Month, National Barbeque Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mother’s Day, Cinco de May, Memorial Day, and MY BIRTHDAY! So in celebration of May, this Monday’s inspiration board features the color Emerald green. Emerald is the birthstone of May and represents love, success, happiness and goodness.

Happy Monday and HAPPY MAY!

Image Sources: Sweet and Saucy Shop; Kate Headley Photography via Kelly Shiro Events; Real Photography via The Knot; JL Designs; The Parsons Photographers; HSR Photograhy via Green Wedding Shoes; Papertalk Shop; Harry Winston; Martha Stewart Weddings; Sunday Suppers

A Perfect Day!

I, like so many people, woke up in early (and I mean EARLY) on the morning of April 29th to watch the Royal Wedding. The moment pictured below alone was well worth any sluggishness I may feel today! Congratulations William and Catherine! Such an amazingly beautiful day! :)