Colorful Fiesta-Inspired Wedding: Marissa + Greg

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We love, love, love a good fiesta-inspired fête (see one of our all time faves here!), so as soon as we laid eyes on Marissa + Greg’s colorful and fun Leo Carrillo Ranch celebration, we were definitely smitten! Their day had all the necessary essentials for good ‘ol party. A gorgeous backdrop, yummy food + cocktails, and vibrant decor. And best of all, everything present suited these cuties to a T.

From the bride, We are both Mexican so we wanted to incorporate elements of our culture into the decor. Also, we noticed a lot of weddings were using muted, light color palettes. We wanted to break away from that and do something that better fit our personality and better represented us as a couple. We wanted our wedding to be less of a traditional wedding vibe and more of an eclectic look and feel.

Thanks so much to Fondly Forever for the gorge images + big congrats to Marissa + Greg!

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bright fiesta bouquet

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bride and groom


How cute is this colorful ceremony site set-up?!

bright tissue paper backdrop

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fiesta ceremony

fiesta ceremony

fiesta ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: Two Doves – Dirty Projectors: Bride: I Love NYE – Badly Drawn Boy

Recessional: Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

First Dance: Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

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blue bridesmaids

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bride and groom

bride and groom

welcome chalkboard

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We’re totally digging the fiesta-style decor, especially that awesome escort card display!

colorful fiesta seating chart

fiesta hats

table numbers

peonies

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Greg: Seeing so many people enjoying themselves and sharing such an amazing event with all of them. The wedding couldn't have gone any better. Marissa looked beautiful, the food was delicious, the drinks were flowing, and the DJ was spot on! I honestly don't have one specific moment that really stood out because I absolutely loved every second of that day.

Marissa: It's so hard for me to pick out a single moment of the wedding day because I loved it all. The ceremony was perfectly short, sweet, and meaningful and the reception was one giant party with tons of dancing. Our family and friends love to have a good time and it was so awesome to celebrate with them. Greg and I dated for 8 years, so the wedding was something that I had been excited about from the early stages of our relationship. I knew early on that he was the one for me, so it was so special to be able to make that commitment and share it with the ones who mean most to us.

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fiesta cake bar

fiesta cake

HIRE A DAY OF WEDDING COORDINATOR. It made things so easy and we were able to concentrate on enjoying our wedding and not wondering if everything was on time or in the right place. Also, don't procrastinate on planning your wedding. It may seem like a long ways away, but it will sneak up on you fast!

photography: Fondly Forever // venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch Carlsbad, California // event design: Bride and Groom // day of coordinator + planner: Happily // florals: InFlower // wedding dress: Theia // shoes: Badgley Mischka // bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew // hair + makeup: Benafsha Akram // groom suit: Banana Republic // paper goods: Groom designed them // catering: Nacho’s Tacos // cake: Carlsbad Danish Bakery // music: E-Mobile Music

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Charming Dog Collars from Hushed Commotion

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Yep, we’ll admit it. We’re puppy obsessed! And we absolutely love when couples choose to incorporate their sweet, furry pal into their day! But if they’re going to be there, they should look the part, right? That’s where these absolutely darling dog collars from Hushed Commotion come in! A fun + functional little adornment for your pup to wear to the wedding festivities! But the best part of this super sweet product is yet to be shared! When Thea, the creator of Hushed Commotion, began to ponder ways to give back while still running her business, she hatched the idea to create a new novelty item where a portion of the proceeds could be donated to charity. 5% of the profits of each of the three gorgeous collar styles will be donated to Animal Haven, a Soho Animal shelter. Such a great + generous idea!

Big thanks to Jen Huang for these adorable images!

hushed commotion dog collars

hushed commotion dog collars

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hushed commotion dog collars

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black dog collar

hushed commotion dog collars

hushed commotion dog collars


For more information on Hushed Commotion’s dog collars + to see Thea’s full collection, pop on over to her website!

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Rustic, Spanish-Inspired Wedding: Marisa + Andy

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Marisa + Andy tied the knot in the prettiest of places: a picturesque, sprawling Spanish village by the sea called The Casino in San Clemente, California. Throughout the planning process, this duo made a conscious decision to base all of their choices on what made them happy as a couple; forgoing certain traditions + details that just didn’t speak to them. By keeping 100% true to themselves, in the end, they were able to craft a celebration of their love that represented every aspect of the two of them as a couple. That’s what we like to hear! Let’s let Marisa tell us a little bit about their decor choices:

When it came to the theme of our wedding decor, Andy pretty much gave me full reign of those decisions. We threw ourselves into collecting small knick knacks for months leading up to the wedding- visiting thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets wherever we went. I quickly became obsessed with the look of dainty milk glass vases, tarnished brass candle holders, old rustic tin cans, and vintage style cake stands. And soon our collection just grew and grew, allowing us to infuse those sentimental touches.

Thanks so much to Joel + Lorely of Studio EMP for the lovely images and big congrats to Marisa + Andy!

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Our first look served as one of THE most memorable moments of the day. The anticipation of seeing one another before the ceremony was immediately fulfilled once we saw each other behind an old abandoned building. Andy all dolled up in his suit was such a beautiful sight, it brought tears to my eyes. We also chose to write our own vows and exchange them with one another at the alter. The sentimental words he wrote from the heart, made me cry tears of joy over and over again. Another precious moment, was when my sweet bridesmaid Kara read a poem for all to hear in honor of my father that had passed away the year prior. Andy and I lit a candle in front of my father's picture as Kara recited those special words- a message from a father to his daughter on her wedding day. I love him dearly and I am so glad we were able to incorporate him in this way.

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bride and groom

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Lots of bouquet prettiness going on here! These beauties were crafted by The Daily Petal.

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mantle flowers

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succulent garden

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bud vases

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Such a gorgeous SoCal spot!

burlap table runners

wood slices

vintage tins for florals

senor senora chair decor

cake table

The wedding planning process can be so stressful, but I personally think the most crucial part of planning is when you select your vendors. We were so lucky to find people that not only had a genuine passion for their art, but were also able to connect with us (as a couple) on a personal level as well. If you are going to spend an entire day with someone and trust them to carry out your vision, you better make sure you can share a few laughs and giggles along the way.

photography: Joel Maus & Lorely Meza for STUDIO EMP // venue: The Casino San Clemente San Clemente, California // event design + planning: Events By Evelyn // florals + flower crown: The Daily Petal // wedding dress: Pronovias via Mon Amie Bridal Salon // shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // bridesmaid dresses: All Varied: Forever 21, H&M // hair + makeup: Newsha Barati – Thirteen Salon // groom suit: Dolce Vita Menswear // videography: JP Mcleod // paper goods: Wedding Paper Divas // catering + cake: Jay’s Catering // music: Mike Carcano

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