California Dreaming

Still beaming after our beautiful feature on 100 Layer Cake yesterday!! Thanks so much to everyone who left us a sweet little comment. We wanted to share more of our favorite images and all of the wonderful talents involved on our blog as well. Just wanna give everyone who collaborated with us a BIG hug! Hope you enjoy our take on California Dreaming….

{Photography: Swoon by Katie, Florals:Root 75, Paper Elements: Pitbulls & Posies, Tabletop decor: Casa de Perrin, Cake & donuts: VG Bakery, Popsicles: Viva Pops, Table/Chairs/Cake plates: Moss Vintage Rentals, Make up: Brides by Brittany, Hair: Jillian Rae, Bride’s dresses: Stone Cold Fox, Ties: Speak Louder on Etsy, Skateboard calligraphy: Wendy Ware,  Venue: Bandy Canyon Ranch}

Friday Feature: Root 75

So excited to shine a spotlight on the breathtakingly beautiful work of local San Diego event florist and boutique, Root 75!

 If that name sounds familiar to you it’s probably because you saw their handiwork a couple of weeks ago on that lil ole wedding blog Style Me Pretty! Katherine really outdid herself on all of the stunning florals for their sweet Coronado wedding that was recently featured. See below for the gorgeous proof in pictures!

Although the Root 75 shop is a relatively new fixture in Coronado, Katherine has been arranging event florals for 10 years. It really shows too- each creation is a little work of art with every branch and blossom perfectly placed.

The bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets are some of my all time faves! Love how all of the arrangements and bouquets are slightly different, but still go together so beautifully.

The little unexpected touches that Katherine incorporates is what makes us fall in love with every creation that comes out of Root 75. And all of that wonderful texture! Never a boring bouquet from them.

{Photos from Style Me Pretty; Captured by Suzanne Hansen of She Wanders}

Not to mention the incredibly dreamy and romantic look and feel all of their flowers embody……

Dying over these soft ballet hues. They look like they belong in a Degas painting…

Before we met Katherine at her and Kristy’s shop, we read their about us and were immeadiately thrilled to meet! Seriously, it’s hilarious. And Katherine did not dissapoint. She is so warm and inviting, you honestly feel like you’ve known her for ages after one visit! Plus, gotta admit I had a little bit of a girl crush on her outfit. She looked like she stepped straight out of a Jenna Lyons- styled to perfection- J Crew catalog. Gorgeous and effortless just like the shop!

If you’re in the San Diego area it seriously can’t be missed! Every shelf and ladder is filled with covetable items. From Orange & Park prints, to funky votives, and the cutest mercury glass bottles you ever did see- you will want to leave with everything.

Wish you could score some of their flowers!? We’ve seen them have multiple giveaways on their facebook page! They deliver them to the lucky winners…….

On that note, we leave you with some heavenly close-ups of the florals that come out of this shop everyday! So excited and honored to have multiple weddings with Root 75 coming up this year! Lucky us!

Real Bride Blogger Jessica: The Backyard or The Beach?

After determining the guest count, the next thing for us to do was choose a VENUE. I’ve never been one of those girls who grew up knowing just  where I wanted to have my wedding. Plus, I’ve moved around a bit- so as much as I may have liked a certain spot in Texas or LA it just didn’t make sense for the wedding now.

We did have a few basic guidelines that helped us to narrow down the search:

– Ceremony site near the ocean (Nick is an avid surfer)

– Something casual and not too formal

– Nothing too pricey (rather have more food than space if you ask me!)

– Something with vendor options (definitely wanted flexibility to choose my own vendors)

This is really where having a planner helped me out. There are so many incredible venues out there; I never would have seen all the right ones for us without guidance. Kate and Ellen sent me a list of venues that matched the requirements we gave them, plus a couple extra venues they thought were worth looking at. My favorites were Condor’s Nest Ranch, Leo Carrillo Ranch Park,  The Thursday Club, Martin Johnson House, and my parents’ backyard.

{Condor’s Nest Ranch by Katie Neal}

To narrow down my choices, I started by making a list of pros and cons for each venue. Condor’s is a lovely scenic ranch, but ultimately is too far from the ocean for us. The Thursday Club in Point Loma is near the beach, but doesn’t let you have hard alochol. This may not be a deal breaker for some, but knowing our friends, we had to keep looking. Leo Carrillo Ranch is located fairly close to the ocean, full of charm, and is flexible with vendors. It was definitely a top contender

{Leo Carrillo by Tec Petaja}

Ultimately, it really came down to my parents’ house (ceremony at J Street look-out and reception in the backyard) and The Martin Johnson House. Both choices had the feel we wanted our wedding to exude. I really liked the idea of a causal backyard wedding and I figured it could save us some money that we could use elsewhere in our budget. Plus, I would be able to have the sparkler send-off that I always envisioned.

However, when we budgeted out the two options, they were more comparable than we thought. We really weren’t saving that much by holding the reception in the backyard, since we had to bring in more décor elements and all of the rentals. The final deciding factor: I really just disliked the idea of guests having to commute the distance from the ceremony site to the reception location. With Martin Johnson house it was all right there with a pretty ocean view bow on top!

{Lookout From Martin Johnson House}

After walking through the Martin Johnson a couple times with Kate and Ellen (this had been their number 1 all along) and looking through past weddings held there, we knew we had found the perfect venue for us. It was casual beachy, but still beautiful. Our ceremony will be held facing the Pacific Ocean. Black’s Beach (a favorite surf spot) is even visible from the ceremony site, a big plus for Nick. I love that the ceremony and reception can both be held in the same area.

The actual house has a homey feel and a huge deck overlooking the ocean that is perfect for dancing. There is ample room for lawn games, which I really want to incorporate into the cocktail hour. But what really sold us, is the amazing natural beauty found on the property, including huge trees, vibrant succulents, and the breath-taking views. The only bummer for me, is they don’t allow sparklers. So we’re brainstorming other options for my perfect send-off

{Ceremony at Martin Johnson House}

Finding a venue was a piece of cake compared to my next challenge…dress shoping! Boy was that a HUNT! Stay tuned to find out all the knitty gritty details on the dress!

From B & A: Jess covered a lot here so we don’t want to overload you with venue talk, but we would love to point out a few tips! Options… it’s always good to look at multiple locations even if you think you know exactly what you want. Jess didn’t seem too keen on the Martin Johnson House at first, since it was in La Jolla and they were originally thinking of a surf spot in Encinitas, however, we just knew it hit everything on their checklist.

Seeing a site in person makes all the difference. A site that looks gorgeous in one particular picture might not be so charming when you see the surrounding area in real life, and vice versa a lesser-known site could have lots of hidden potential!

Definitely do what Jess did and make a list of requirements from the start. Then weed places out through pros and cons. You should feel great about the venue you choose and really be able to envision YOUR wedding there!