The Big Day: Kelsey & Stephen

With wedding season in full gear, we unfortunately got just a tad bit behind on our Big Day posts. That being said, this past weekend’s wedding was one that could not be missed! The beyond darling couple, Kelsey & Stephen, were married on Saturday in a sweet ceremony in Rancho Santa Fe, with the reception and party following just a few more windy turns down the road. The stunning couple wanted to create a romantic springtime affair for all of their friends and family to enjoy. As you can see below that’s just what we did with this dreamy peach, mint, and cream color palette that is soft, simple, and sophisticated.

Kelsey & Stephen Inspiration Board

Fortunately for us we got to work along some of our most favorite vendors! No party can begin without the perfect  “location, location, location.” Well, this wedding definitely wasn’t lacking in that department with the amazing Santaluz Club as the backdrop. Of course to beautify the stunning draped tent we had to enlist the lovely and talented ladies of Root75 to help make this board a reality. We also would never be able to share with you all the day’s events, decor, couple, and family without the remarkable photography work of the husband and wife duo Chadwick and Jenika of Studio Castillero. And last, but certainly not least, the affair would not have also been a non-stop dance party, if it wasn’t for the amazing DJ team of Injoy entertainment who supplied tons of fun and tunes. Thank you to everyone who made this amazing couple’s wedding a dream come true!

Etsy Finds

We are always scouring Etsy for fun and creative new ideas for weddings and events, ok maybe sometimes for our homes as well. Of course we wanted to share some of our amazing Etsy finds with all of you. Cant wait to put a few of these items in our shopping cart!  Blog5

 

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We would love to hear some of your favorite Esty finds!

What’s For Dinner Darling

Although it is a small detail of a wedding or event, we have to admit we are huge fans of the menu and trust us it makes a bigger impact than you think! Not only can they be customized with your personal menu but there are so many fun and out of the box ways to display your menu for all of your guests to drool over. We have complied some of our favorite clever menu displays to give you a little inspiration for you next event. 16be1a442fead525957fe390bd54232a

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Which clever menu is your favorite?

Calling all Interns- Join the B&A Team!

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That’s right, you heard us! We want you as our intern!

Here’s a little scoop on what makes the perfect Beau & Arrow intern:

– Someone who is just as completely obsessed with all things weddings as we are! Is eager to learn about the wedding and event industry to gain experience.

– Responsible, driven, and detail-oriented. We are planning the most important day of our couples’ lives and we take that very seriously. We know you will too.

– Have a ton of creativity (color outside the lines & think outside the box) and a deep, deep love of crafting.

– Previous experience in the wedding world is a bonus, but not necessary.

Sound like you? Then email us at Hello@beauandarrowevents.com

Now a little about the day in the life of a Beau & Arrow intern… will assist in day-to-day office work including, but not limited to, vendor communications, file management, venue visitations, client meetings, and wedding day assistance.

This position is unpaid, but we would love to work with you to provide college credit, if this is something your school offers. If selected you will need to work partially out of our Encinitas, California office so you must live in the surrounding San Diego area.

Real Bride Blogger Jessica: After The Big Day

Now that everything is over and done with, I can look back and smile. The Big Day was all I dreamed of and more. I honestly cannot believe the little things I spent time worrying about that didn’t even matter and then there were some things I didn’t even think about at all until later. Fortunately, I was in good hands but for those of you who don’t have a coordinator as a good bye, I’ve put together a little list of things I learned looking back on the planning and the Big Day.

  • Make sure and eat. I cannot stress enough how important it is to eat on our wedding day. Don’t worry about if you’re going to bloat or if you have time. Make time to sit down and eat. You are going to need your energy.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Or at least change into comfortable shoes for the reception portion of the wedding. I’m so glad I ended up wearing my Tom’s wedges. I was able to dance all night and I never stumbled. You don’t want to spend your whole day worrying about if you are going to trip or putting bandages on blisters. Stay true to who you are. If you are comfortable wearing stilettos, then I say go for it. If not, wear what feels right. 
  • Make arrangements for your dress and bouquet. At the end of the night, you won’t feel like tracking down your bouquet or you might not even remember it. Put someone in charge of taking it home for you or getting it preserved. Also, if you plan on changing dresses like I did, make sure you put it back in your garment bag and have someone in charge of grabbing it. Mine did not get left, but could easily see how this happens!
  • Take a piece of cake to go. During the festivities, you might not have a chance to sit and enjoy a slice of your wedding cake. Have your caterer or planners wrap you up a piece to take with you to your hotel. Trust me, you will be hungry later and that cake will taste so good late at night or even for breakfast the next day. So glad I got to enjoy our delicious red velvet cake even after the wedding was over : )
  • You can repurpose your wedding décor. I incorporated my wedding décor through our house. It’s a great reminder of the Big Day, plus you get to reuse lots of things you spent a chunk of money on. We have our arch banner hanging over our backboard to our bed. The glass bottles we used as vases are arranged on our dinning room table. 
  • Hire a planner. Trust me, it makes everything come together seamlessly and cohesively. Having a planner helped me find vendors that matched my style and tastes. We had a wedding that perfectly matched our personalities from the flowers to the escort cards. Yes, I’m lucky to have a sister who is a wedding planner. But, she was also my maid of honor- so it was great to have Ellen there on the day of to keep things flowing properly and deal with the vendors. I didn’t have to worry about a single thing all night. 
  • Don’t worry about things you can’t control. Ok, this one is easier said then done. But looking back, I spent way to much time and energy worrying about the weather (seriously, it hadn’t rained in 116 days and it was raining). It was out of my control the whole time anyway. Your energy is better spent living in the moment and focusing on things you can control. Plus, this is why you hire a planner to worry about those kinds of things!

I hope you lovely readers learned something from me along the way or at least had fun reading my posts. I’ve enjoyed chronicling my wedding adventures along the way and am going to miss posting here. If you’re worried about having Jessica withdrawls- good new for you, I’ve started my own blog where you can follow my adventures of married life and maybe catch a few sneaks of my wedding and honeymoon photos at Float On Blog. Hopefully, Kate and Ellen will have me back to guest post again soon!

{All photos captured by Sunday Romance}

Non-traditional bouquets

As you know we have a not so secret obsession with all things flowers, one of our favorite floral elements is the bridal bouquet and how it finishes off any brides ensemble.  Although we are completely in love with bouquets that are made up of your  peonies, dahlia’s, and roses. We also love when brides go for a non-traditional bouquet, just like some of these bouquets we have included with some unexpected flower choices…

What do you think of non-traditional bouquets? Do you have any unique flowers you want to include in your bouquet?

There’s A Wedding App For That!

When Kate and I are not chained to our computers, then our smart phone’s are not far from our hands. We are constantly downloading the newest apps to help make our lives a little easier or add a little fun (A favorite right now in the B&A office is alike). We know that brides are busy ladies so we have put together a few of our favorite wedding apps to help you make the planning processes just a tad bit easier.

Appy Couple is the perfect app for any tech savvy couple and easy enough for the not so tech savvy. Appy couple allows you to create your very own wedding app, your guests can download the app and find out all of the details they need for your big day. The app includes a wedding schedule, directions, bridal party list, registry, the couples story and much more.

If your trying to figure out the best way to keep track of all of your wedding budget details while on the go try Wedding budget. You can easily keep track of all of your wedding expenses and see when you are under or over budget.

Are you worried about keeping your dance floor packed with great energy and lots of dancing. Fun wedding includes the top 200 most requested wedding songs, You also get the top 50 bride & groom, bride & father, groom & mother, bridal party, bouquet, garter, and introduction songs, what more could you need to boogie the night away.

Lastly we have one of our absolute favorite new apps out there right now Wedding Party. With this custom app you can invite your guests to download the app and upload all of the pictures they capture on your big day to the app gallery.

What are your favorite apps right now?

Recycled Wedding Decor

I absolutely love when you can take an everyday object and turn it into a beautiful piece of art. Here at B & A we are constantly pulling inspiration from any and all things around us from books, umbrella’s, even film. Not only does it make beautiful and fun decor for your wedding but it helps out the environment as well. Its also always so fun to hear all of the funny things guests say when they realize what things are actually created out of. I thought today I would share some of my favorite everyday objects transformed into some amazing wedding decor…

A vase made from book pages…it even has a flower in it!

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A colorful umbrella arch!

That fabric backdrop is amazing!

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Snapshot Love: Brandon & Karen

We are beyond excited to be sharing one of our darling couples with you all today! After our first meeting with Brandon & Karen we knew two things; one they are madly in love with each other, and two they wanted a fabulous wedding which we are so excited to be a part of. We can barely wait for this sweet couple’s upcoming summer wedding at the stunning Bel Air Bay Club. Of course, we wouldn’t be sharing this gorgeous couple with you without these phenomenal photos shot by the talented Phoebe Joy Photography, who we are extremely excited to be working with. Take a look below and see why.
Keep an eye out for more of Brandon & Karen and their wedding in the upcoming months!

With Love, From Paris

For anyone that knows me they know that I am just a little bit obsessed with anything Paris (ok maybe more then just a little). Of course when you take Paris, add in a breath taking wedding and a phenomenal videographer you get me crying every time I watch this film. Videographer Jason Magbanua really captures every single genuine and important moment of each wedding he shoots, Jason says that his style of shooting is not directing events or moments but rather waiting for them to unfold naturally, I just love that! I highly recommend you all take a little time and watch this amazing film, I know its ten minutes but I promise once you watch, it feels like it was over so fast and  leaves you wanting more. I will be shocked if each of you does not get the chills while watching this exquisite Paris wedding of Stephanie and Chis, I hope you enjoy…