I decided to plan a networking Halloween party so the younger, talented wedding industry crowd in Los Angeles and Orange County could network and have a great time. I never thought it would end up this big but lo and behold, as soon as I got some amazingly talented professionals involved as sponsors (top So Cal caterer Nathaniel Neubauer from Contemporary Catering, event and floral designer extraordinaire Carissa Jones from JL Designs, ridiculously talented and super sweet photographer Meg Perotti, and ‘crazy delicious’ dessert and cake baker Melody Brandon from Sweet & Saucy Shop), the guest list exploded and so did the party plans. And the icing on the cake was having “A Very Vintage Halloween” featured on my favorite eye-candy wedding blog, Style Me Pretty (Read Part I and Part II here).
We went from a laid-back, intimate 40 person affair to a decked-out Halloween bash with a vintage decor scheme. The soft, romantic look with vintage touches is close to my heart, so planning a vintage themed Halloween party was a dream. By the time the party was held in Franklin Canyon Park on Tuesday evening, we had over 175 RSVPs from top wedding industry professionals and even more fantastic sponsors, including the fabulously chic (and super fun) Mint Photo Lounge, Wildflower Linen, super premium IS Vodka (pronounced ‘ice’), DJ Crash (former resident DJ at the Playboy mansion!) and talented Katrina Centeno from Calligraphy Katrina.
Carissa from JL Designs took the decor to a whole new level and integrated so many gorgeous details for the vintage theme, and I spent many a sleepless night hand-stamping vintage patterns onto cocktail napkins as well as printing vintage animal drawings and vintage Halloween postcards onto water color paper for hanging banners. 🙂 It was a true group effort, and I couldn’t be happier with the results – working with so many amazing young, talented wedding industry vendors was an absolute joy and the party was such a blast.
My favorite part of the night was when a big group spontaneously burst in the ‘Thriller’ dance, led by the Sweeney Todd and an escaped inmate. 😉 And that, my friends, is a successful Halloween party. I was also impressed with all the fantastic costumes – people really went all out, which I loved! Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a success, and a big thanks to all the great people who joined us despite the dark roads, gale-force winds and chilly weather! Can’t wait to do it again next year… hope you can join us. If you want The Stylish Soiree to plan your next Halloween bash, check out our official website for more info.
I have been out of town for the last two weekends and swamped during the week, so I apologize for the lack of posts. Here is a gorgeous getting ready shot by LA photographer Josef Isayo to ogle until I have time to post more!
I am just in love with the muted pastel color trend in fashion, and am so excited to see it making its way over to wedding color palettes. Though bright, vibrantly colored palettes have been riding high for a few years, I think that brides who prefer a quiet subtlety and vintage theme for their wedding will love the muted pastel palette.
Vintage themed weddings are particularly ideal for a dusty, antique color scheme. While brainstorming which is what led me to create the following inspiration board. I love the subtle romance, vintage feel and timelessness of this board, and hope you do too.
Photo Credits (From L to R, Top to Bottom): Invitation Suite, Lillikoi; Blue Vase Hydrangeas – Ali Harper, Etsy; Vintage dancing photo, AOL; Apple Tarts, Tartelette; Wedding Cake with Vintage Photos, Jason McGrew; Roses, Weddingbee (originally via somewhere else); Favor cones, Martha Stewart; Blue Cake with Birds (can’t remember – let me know if this picture belongs to you & I’ll add the credit); Pearl Heart Ring Holder, Heather Bullard.
Although I intended to write a brand spanking new post for this weekend, things are just too busy around here. In lieu of my originally intended post, I hope you get some use out of an article I wrote on creating your own wedding day floral arrangements.
The article was penned earlier this week for Bridology, and lays out a few basic tips a DIY bride should stick to when creating her own florals. I’ll try to follow up on this topic next week with a few more details, but let me know if you have any pressing floral questions in the meantime! Have a restful, relaxing weekend. 🙂
5 Tips for Successful DIY Floral Arrangements via Bridology
(Image at left is a floral arrangement I made for my last birthday… instructions will follow in a week or so)
Crafting impeccable events is an art that takes more than just the planner, it takes a whole team. Precisely why I’m always on the lookout for amazing, talented vendors to put on my wish list of who I’d like to work with. After blog surfing for lovely wedding inspirations I happened to land on Stephanie Williams’ blog – and swooned. All of her work is stunning, but in particular I fell in love with a shoot involving vintage bridal looks – 1940s makeup, fabulous fascinators and tea-length dresses included.
I know many brides are looking for beautiful vintage inspiration pictures these days, so I wanted to share a few from the shoot. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous photography or the vintage styles, and I hope you enjoy this just as much as I do. Head on over to Stephanie’s blog to see more from this lovely shoot, and seriously consider her for your wedding photographer if you are a Southern California bride.
P.S. The fascinators are by Batcakes Couture, and can be found on Etsy.
I love the simple elegance of this delicate Calvin Klein frock, and think it would make the perfect stylish alternative to a bridesmaid dress. The knee-length, body-hugging cut is made demure by the layers of featherweight organza, keeping it young, fresh and feminine. The platinum color reads like a dove gray or steely lavender, making it versatile for so many beautiful color palettes.
Plus, unlike clingy satin bridesmaid dresses, this one won’t highlight lumps and bumps. It really is the best of both worlds – a slimming, fitted shape with a little extra fabric that skims over imperfections to give your bridesmaids a stylish, put-together look for the big day. Now what could be better than that?
Not much, which is why this bridesmaid dress gets two thumbs up from a picky stylehound like ourselves.
Dress by Calvin Klein, $198 via Nordstrom.com
P.S. We love the fabulous possibilities of the perfect ensemble. With Stylish Soiree’s full event planning package, we offer unlimited personal styling from a seasoned fashioned editor, so you can look your absolute best on the big day.