[real weddings] A Dazzling Los Angeles Wedding Celebration


Time is flying by, the 2019 wedding season has already begun but I had to share a few inspirational planning photos from this 2018 southern California Wedding Reception. These photographs by Jason Q Tran are stunning…I was super lucky to be a part of this very talented vendor crew:

Photography by Jason Q Tran Photography
Cocktail/Reception: Vibiana
Wedding Coordination: Sassy Girl Weddings & Events
Floral Design Reception: Bebuds Florist
Reception Stationery: Papercake Designs

Beautiful purple lighting illuminates this elegant styled reception room by wedding planner Sassy Girl Weddings at Vibiana, Los Angeles.

A Margarita Toast favor with seating card

Escort tag with favor toast
We combined their wedding favor ‘Margarita Toast’ with the escort tags! These were printed on labels & adhered to straws, which were then attached to each bottle.
Marble Table Number Card
Each framed table number card listed a personal note about the couple.
Marble Cake Menu
I love that the Wedding Cake matches the purple marbled stationery design I created for the couple! The wedding Menus were laid out at each place setting.
Congratulations ESTRELLA + ESTEVAN  •  8.10.18

[Wedding Favors] Tea, a new classic

“Downton Abbey” may be done for this year, but that doesn’t mean anyone has stopped drinking tea (or forsaken it for Gin & Tonic with the debut of the final 7 episodes of”Mad Men”). Quite the contrary.


Tea is an on-trend beverage, especially black tea, which has been shown in recent studies to be super good for you (or, at the very least, way better for you than a cocktail). Save the hair of the dog for the hotel minibar and give your guests a truly salubrious (ahem, healthy) morning-after option at your big event with one of these exclusive wedding favor tea blends from Stephen Smith Teamaker.

Stephen was the guy who brought Starbucks Tazo, and his redux company is now run by his wife and puts out exquisite teas of all types from its home base in Portland, Oregon. I like the string-tie boxes, which have a “handsome” handmade look and custom labels with your wedding date, names, and event location. Fill with 15 sachets of the classic black tie blend, sure to be strong enough to bring even your dance floor–hogging ex into consciousness in time for your post-wedding brunch. Oh wait, scratch that. Hopefully these custom wedding favors will go so fast there’s no way any will be left by the time he decides to stumble to his room.

[wedding favor] custom soaps

Oh my… I’m loving this idea of customizing the scent & design for your own soap [to give as a wedding favor or for any special event]. Meow Meow Tweet, an organic soap, body care and soy candle making company, personalized these small half bars for each client with special wrapping that fit the aesthetic and feel of each wedding!

custom soaps BM4

custom soaps JennMatt

custom soaps

Email meow meow tweet for more information about custom soaps and candles. They can do custom artwork and packaging to fit the details of your special event.
Plus, check out their shop for lots of gifts & kits!
Of course I can’t help but adore the awesome drawings on all their packaging 😉

grapefruit GANG

[real city wedding] lianne + al in san francisco

Congrats to Lianne & Al, married September 24th, 2011 at the
Terra Gallery in San Francisco, California!

san francisco wedding invitation & stationery suite

I was thrilled to illustrate the San Francisco skyline for Lianne & Al’s customized wedding invitation…and I love that the design was carried on throughout the reception stationery! Page Bertelsen photographed these beautiful images that lianne was sweet enough to share with me.

wedding bouquets

wedding program layered

*I redesigned vanessa’s wedding program using the city skyline design (4 cards are held together at the top with a brad embellishment)

wedding bridal gown

wedding venue san francisco terra gallery

wedding reception escort favor labels

*a unique idea to combine a thoughtful favor (apple butter made in lianne’s home town); the seating cards were personalized as the jar labels to seat each guest at their assigned table.

san francisco venue terra gallery

Wedding Table numbers & menus

wedding reception dessert bar

san francisco bay bridge wedding day

[wedding stationery] naomi + keith in beverly hills

Congrats to Naomi & Keith, married on September 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA.
I was privileged to design their wedding reception stationery, which included the ceremony programs, edible favor labels, escort cards and table number tents. Their photographer, Heather Kincaid, recently sent me a few photos of these creations that were shot on the big day.

wedding table tent

Edible Favor Labels

ABOVE   we customized two different labels for the edible favors {yummy Key Lime & Boston Cream macaron’s from sweet & saucy shop}

BELOW  The leaf graphic was printed in different colors for the escort tents, to show each guests entrée selection

Wedding Escort Tents

*venue:  Bel Air Bay Club
*wedding coordinator: Sassy Girl Weddings 

[wedding dessert] pie bar inspiration

Is pie the new cupcake!?  I decided to do a quick search for wedding dessert tables incorporating this old-fashioned treat… and look what I found, the lovely pie bar, including lolli-pies aka pie pops {little pies on a stick} along with mini-pies! Love the creativity… mmm enjoy.

wedding pie bar

{top: sedona bride; middle: jessica watson photography; above: banana-cream “Simple Pie” displayed alongside “Cutie Pies” from Simplethings;  below: pie bar via wedding bee}

wedding pie bar

{above left: by Sacramento Wedding Photographer The Memory Journalists
right: Tec Pataja Wedding Photography in Nashville}

pie pops wedding favors

wedding mini piessimple things LA pies

[edible favors] all-in-one escort cards + macarons

Love this idea that Uyen at Sassy Girl Weddings organized for Kimie + Masa’s wedding… color-coded macaron escort cards: name on the front with table name / # on the back. The color denotes the food selection for each guest once placed at their table setting. The flags can either be label stickers wrapped around the toothpick or a piece of paper stuck together with reversible tape. The sign in the frame is super cute too!

macaroon edible favor escort cards

*photo above by Marianne Wilson Photography

wedding escort table sign

*macarons by Vanilla Bake Shop; check out all the flavors in their assorted sweets section!

macaroon edible escort card

Edible wedding & party favors : support a cause too!

A cute online bake shop called Baking for Good was brought to my attention by the gang at Pregnancy Magazine {I was even lucky enough to sample a baby-bottle iced sugar cookie}! I’m happy to report that the baked goods are very tasty, PLUS 15% of every purchase you make on this bake sale site goes to the cause of your choice!

So, of course I started thinking…how perfect would these treats be as an edible wedding or party favor to match your theme?
> there are a bunch of goodies to choose from, they will even customize any iced cookie to your specifications when you inquire by email. I love the instagraham cookies below:

> after you receive the individually wrapped bags, add a label sticker OR tag with ribbon; print your monogram OR wedding date/name, along with a short note about your donation.

> you could even display these sweet gifts on your reception table as your all-in-one edible favor (escort/seating card); just add each guest name & table assignment along with the description & website from your cause.

> plus bridal & baby shower favors; maybe add a custom sign on an easel OR card in a frame on the dessert table, letting all the gals know the chosen donation.

*below are a few more examples, which I designed for past clients, showing wedding labels & tags to match the ceremony & reception stationery, along with an all-in-one escort card & edible favor.

favor tags

wedding program, escort, menu & favor tag

wedding wine bottle label favors