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).
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?!
Let’s just start by saying we have a thing for beautiful calligraphy. When we were approached by the lovely Courtney over at POPPYjack Shop to coordinate and style her second calligraphy class we were immediately on board! Cami Jane Photography beautifully captured the calligraphy class at the very fitting Chuck Jones Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Attendees were treated to custom calligraphy gift boxes and were given personalized tips and tricks from Courtney on hand-lettering techniques and styles. We even joined in on the fun and learn a few calligraphy tips ourselves, which made us even more appreciative for the talented calligraphers we work with. For this mid-morning class we had to indulge in some Sidecar doughnuts to sweeten the whole deal.
Pretty blooms and eucalyptus runners brought in by Laceroots accented the tables with some serious eye candy and handmade details including the gorgeous chalkboards by Craft It Out pulled the whole event together.
Hope you loved the images as much as we loved being a part of the workshop!
We’re the two forces behind Lucky Day Events Company, and we are so pleased to meet you! We tip our hats to all those that have been with us so far on the lucky road and raise a toast to all those that will be joining us soon.
To this minute, knowing that our dream job equates to planning your dream wedding is beyond surreal. We’re people people. And we love the fact that we get to be your people! This blog will serve as our literary and creative outlet – ranging from styled shoot posts, to wedding advice, to our real Lucky Day weddings. You fuel us to be better and to love deeper and we want to give back with all the pretty images and stress-relieving tips we can.
But before we go any further, there are a few unscripted things you should know about us…
While I was always that girl that needed a plan, I was never the girl who knew this would be her plan. It took years of trying to forge a path in a different career before I realized life was simply too short to pursue something you’re not absolutely passionate about. Your wedding, your happiness and your forever union is something I’m beyond invested in and I can’t wait to get started!
As we work together, there are some things you should know; I crave the new and I treasure the old. I get irrationally excited listening to stories of high school sweethearts and kismet meetings. I’m terrible with plants, I have a love for tart wine and for some reason I can’t pronounce the word decision correctly. Some think I probably have a constant IV drip of a caffeine fueling my energy, but I swear it’s just waking up every day knowing I’ve been gifted another opportunity to serve you and put my dreamer’s brain to work.
Working as a wedding + event coordinator in Orange County for the last three years has shown me that it’s not just about being there for you on one day, but becoming a part of your family for years after the ‘I Do’s. Both Chelsea and I are ready to soak up your happiness and pour it back out tenfold with an wedding you’ll never forget!
I unashamedly love sparkly things. Oh and anything with melted cheese. Give me a good statement necklace, mascara, and caffeine and I can rule the world. I am hopelessly romantic and giddy when I hear love stories. I gush over the details of sweet engagements and heck even awkward first dates. My brain is an oxymoron of all things creative and all levels of logical. In college that manifested into a Studio Art major and Business minor with a passion for planning every rad event I came across.
I couldn’t feel more fulfilled to realize my calling in wedding planning. I am grateful for the experiences, friendships, and the overall journey that lead me to where I am now. Life is all about taking a leap of faith and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone to discover new levels of happiness… especially when you fall in love. Tatiana and I are thrilled to take you through these unknowns of wedding planning. We love nothing more than to help you realize the sheer excitement that comes when you are surrounded by those you love. Experiencing the sweetest celebration of your life and your future… with a pretty epic party I might add! Now let’s plan your Lucky Day!