It’s almost (officially) the summer season and we’re packing our beach bag with our summer picks that we’re currently crushing on. Whether you’re soaking it all in beach-side or lounging pool-side, we’ve got you covered with an array of our favorite beach bag essentials so get ready to pack it all up for a day trip or a girls weekend. Go float on that pretzel with your Ray Bans!
It’s no secret we love where we live and what better way to soak up all of California’s sun than with a vibrant, citrus-filled shoot?! We adored working with the ever-so-talented Brooke Bakken who captured all the pretty images and Bottles & Blooms who contributed all of those gorgeous blooms and one heck of a fun DIY mojito bar.
Heritage House Museum in Orange County lent the perfect backdrop with its own orange grove and it smelled as amazing as it looked. We wanted to incorporate different citrus varieties into the shoot and weave it seamlessly in every aspect. From the bouquet, to the cake, to the table setting, to the ceremony decor – keeping a theme consistent in all aspects of an event really helps tie it together.
Choura Events lent us all the pretty rentals you see: from the industrial style bar and ceremony chairs to the clean and bright flatware. We loved how it all complemented the space and didn’t overpower the romantic undertones.
We wanted to try something a little different than table numbers, so we crafted a vinyl decal that adhered to the glass cloche that stood in for a traditional number. There’s so many creative ways to direct your guests to their seat and coming up with out-of-the-box ideas to convey those messages really amps up the design factor.
We hope this Southern California Citrus Style Shoot cheers up your day! Check out the feature in Ruffled Blog!
Xx, Chelsea + Tatiana
We’ve said it before and we love saying it again: surrounding ourselves with creatively inspiring people is something we strive to always do! There’s a rush of excitement getting to brainstorm, collaborate and bounce ideas off fellow business owners and we’ve decided to spotlight these groovy individuals in our +1 Guest Blogs. We’re beyond excited to introduce our first contributor (and one of our absolute dearest friends), Rebecca from Cocktail Sundays! This lovely lady has all the tricks of the cocktail trade up her sleeve and we’ve brought her on to share a spring-inspired cocktail for two perfect for an outdoor picnic, a lazy Sunday, or your spring wedding cocktails. Scroll below for recipes!
Spring means longer days, bare legs and the arrival of some farmer’s market favorites. Scooping up a basket of artichokes from the market led me to thinking about fun ways to tie in spring produce without resorting to the obvious muddled strawberry. Cynar came to mind since it has a giant artichoke on its label; an unusual liqueur ingredient for sure. Most are wary until they try it, but once they do, they fall in love with its bitter complexity.
Cynar is an Italian liqueur, bitter and dark brown in color. Its distinct flavor is the product of 13 herbs and plants, making it a great digestif or aperitif. It’s surprisingly versatile and mixes well with everything from light sodas to hefty scotches.
I decided to spin Cynar two different ways: a lighter ‘Her’, perfect for a Sunday brunch, and a more spirit-forward ‘Him’, an ideal after-dinner nightcap. Giving an additional nod to spring, both these cocktails have grapefruit in common, another in-season gem.
Her Serves 1
Squeeze the juice of two grapefruits, strain for pulp and sweeten with agave to taste. You should net out with around 3 oz. of juice. Pour into a flute, and pop a bottle of your favorite champagne. Add 1/2 oz. Cynar and fill the rest of the way with Champagne.
In a cocktail mixing glass (here’s the one I use) or directly into your rocks glass, add 1 king cube. In goes 1 oz. each bourbon and blended scotch. I like Bulleit and Johnnie Walker Black, respectively. Next up is a 1/2 oz. each of Benedictine and Cynar. Stir until well chilled and strain into your rocks glass with a fresh king cube. For garnish, flame a wide grapefruit peel (great demo here, if you haven’t tried it before).
We’re starting up a fun new feature here at Lucky Day Events and we’re super excited to share it with you! Every couple of weeks we’ll be rounding up a list of things we’re currently obsessed with and creating galleries of all the eye candy so you can love them along with us. To kick off the series, we present Lucky Likes, Volume One: At Home! We believe in surrounding yourself with pretty little things that brighten your day and also believe it should be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. So we present our favorite home decor items! Click on the links below to snatch up these darling pieces and call them your own.
As creatives, we love to be surrounded by new ideas, concepts and the awesome people behind them. These past two weeks we indulged in good wedding design excitement and attended The Cream Event held at the Bookbindery in Los Angeles and The Big Fake Wedding Event held at 440 Seaton. With an endless supply of vendor talent and too much eye candy, we were in wedding inspiration heaven. We loved The Cream for its use of ivory shades paired with wooden, glass and acrylic accents and how it was so perfectly contrasted with the industrial venue. The Big Fake Wedding played up the venue’s exposed brickwork with dramatic mood lighting, dreamy tablescapes and a romantic ceremony setup that had everyone looking like the heart eye emojis . Peep through the images below and prepare to fall in love with it all!
Wishing our backyards looked a little like this right now…
We adore 440 Seaton and the radness of it all. Our design brains were running wild with possibilities especially when we discovered the sweetest industrial elevator that leads to their upper floor and can double as a crazy good grand entrance. Oh and the fact that we valeted right as Bill Hader was walking by to film SNL wasn’t too shabby either #weloveLA.
Anyone else obsessed with these two events as much as we are?!