The naturally stunning backdrop of Falkner Winery in Temecula wine country provided the perfect setting for Madison + Steven’s wedding this past September. These two friends of ours were high school sweethearts, dating a total of 10 years before tying the knot! Complete with the most supportive and loving families, their wedding day was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. A vintage family car, a custom Disney cake topper and framed photos of the couple through the years allowed all of their guests to immerse themselves in Madison + Steven’s love story. We absolutely adore these two and loved being part of their special day!
Madison + Steven // Temecula Wedding // Lucky Day Events Co. // Frenzel Photography // Falkner Winery
Temecula’s perfect lighting and sunset made this special moment glow from all angles.
It happened…you’re engaged! That ring is on your finger and you can’t wipe the smile off your face. And then it hits… you’ve got a wedding to plan! Before you panic, follow these 7 steps that will put your mind at ease while allowing you to soak in every moment that you’re feeling right now as a brand new fiancé.
1. Call your home team Before you update your status, call your mom. If your family isn’t there at your proposal, give them a call letting them know you’re engaged. If your best friend lives across the country, let her know she better start prepping her speech! A personal contact shows intentionality and lets those closest to you feel included in this moment.
2. Clink that glass
Celebrate! In the immediate moments after the ‘yes,’ don’t worry about anything but soaking up every second. Remember the champagne you sipped, the song that played and the way you felt. Revel in the here and now.
3. Get insured Engagement pro tip: protect your new ring by getting it appraised and insured. Most rings will come with a certificate indicating the appraised value. If this is not the case, any certified jeweler or gemologist will execute an appraisal for you at a minimal fee. After the appraisal, double check with your renter’s or homeowner’s policy and add it on. Take note: if you’re getting your ring insured anywhere other than where you’re living as a married couple (groom’s house, bride’s house, bride’s parent’s house), you’ll need to make sure it’s changed to a new location or that it ‘rides’ with you to your new home.
4. Set a budget
Have “that talk” with each of your families to determine who is contributing to your wedding. Then once you have the total wedding budget, start to think about what you value most as a couple. Are you a foodie? Are you both music junkies? Allocate your budget toward those aspects. Some couples spend more on food stations and less on florals while some splurge for a live band and others crave a curated bar. Allocate finances toward what you care for the most and create a spreadsheet (we recommend this one in Google Docs) to start keeping track of expenses.
5. Set a date Do you envision a fall or spring wedding? An outdoor ceremony or indoor party? As you start to hone in on when you see your wedding happening, you will be able to determine where you want to look for your venue. We love recommending The Venue Report and blogs like Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty to help give you ideas for new venues. Or, ask your planner who will have a trunk full of ideas tailored specifically to you! Which leads us to…
6. Establish your dream team
If you haven’t already secured your wedding coordinator after you set your date and book your venue, start thinking about doing so! Not only will your team be there with you every step of the way, but they’ll be the ones keeping you sane and letting you know exactly when to focus on certain things in certain months. From assisting with contracts, to booking vendors, to creating mock-up designs of what your reception tables will look like, this will be one of the most stress-reducing decisions you make. We happen to know two awesome wedding coordinators and stylists 😉
7. Get ready Get ready to have a blast planning your forever. Remember that there may be hiccups along the way, but the greatest way to alleviate any built up stress is to breathe deeply and focus on why you’re doing this. You’ve said yes to the love of your life and your celebration is a true reflection of the two of you as a couple stepping into a new chapter. You’re ENGAGED! Now let’s get this party started!
As a bride, you know you’re lucky when you start wedding planning and one of your dearest friends is Tatiana from Lucky Day Events Co! A vision of sweet vintage details and expertly crafted DIY touches made this wedding uniquely sweet. The bride’s very own DIY vintage wedding decor worked wonderfully with their stunner of a venue. The bride worked tirelessly for a whole year, crafting and creating every unique detail for her wedding using her trusty Silhouette which ended up landing her a job with the company. Every sign, succulent wine cork escort card display box, table number and more was designed with careful attention to detail.
The photos are to die for and Karley + Ryan exude sweetness in every shot captured perfectly by Chard Photography. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better team of vendors and a more loving and down to earth couple. Boffo Video shows off just how much fun every guest had during the dance party! A surprise groomsmen dance had everyone cracking up and the glow sticks brought out the inner little kid in each guest. Congrats, you two lovebirds.
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).