February 10, 2015

Stunning Santa Lucia Preserve: Heather and Matthew

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It’s hard to imagine a bride and groom more picture perfect than Heather and Matt. This east coast couple chose one of my favorite venues, the picturesque Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. With the seriously talented Jose Villa as their photographer, the images of their summer black tie wedding are a thing of true beauty.

Heather wanted an elegant and romantic style, with blush, cream and gold as her color palette. Kathleen Deery created beautiful florals for the occasion, especially the personal flowers for the Heather’s bridal party. Simply stunning.

If I had to chose a favorite detail for this wedding, it may just be the special pieces created by calligrapher and artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. She hand-painted dark wood signs with beautiful gold lettering for the wedding, drew a custom map of Carmel for guests’ welcome letters, and executed impeccable gold calligraphy on A Day in May’s invitation suite. Amazing in every way.

Photography by Jose Villa. Flowers and furniture by Kathleen Deery Design. Printed materials by A Day in May. Calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. Cake by Perfect Endings. Gown by Monique Lhuillier.

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February 3, 2015

Wedding Planner Masterclass by Laurie Arons

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I am thrilled to announce the very first Wedding Planner Masterclass by Laurie Arons, to be held this spring at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. The four and a half day workshop is designed to educate and inspire new and growing planners with seminars, one-on-one sessions and styled wedding shoots with some of the industry’s most experienced and respected vendors.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is the only five-star ranch resort in the country, with stunning views and spectacular cuisine to be enjoyed by all attendees. We have some incredible surprises planned to make this a valuable and unforgettable experience.

Dates: April 20th – 24th, 2015

Register at: lauriearons.com/masterclass

Guest speakers: Jose Villa, Mindy Rice, Joel Serrato, Ashley Capra, Amber Moon, Diana Perrin and more to be announced soon!

For questions, write us at events@lauriearons.com.

February 19, 2014

Ram’s Gate Rehearsal Dinner: Stephanie and Phil

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New York couple Stephanie and Phil hosted a small but special four-day wedding weekend in Napa  over the summer. Just 60 of their closest friends and family were treated to memorable wine country experience.

They chose one of my new favorite event spaces, Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma to host the festive rehearsal dinner. The chic design of the winery with just the right touch of rustic inspired our tableaux. Bright yellow flowers by Valley Flora popped against the muted grey linens, with fun chalkboard place cards and escort board by PS Paper. 

Photography by Jose Villa

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February 6, 2014

The Gump’s Bridal Event

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I’ve been honored to participate in Wedding Chic, the Gump’s Bridal Event, for many years and am looking forward to seeing everyone again on Sunday February 23rd. Brides and their guests sip champagne as they peruse beautiful and unique Gump’s pieces for their registries, while meeting wonderful wedding experts like Kathleen Deery Design, Taste Catering and Tout Sweet.

Tickets available at gumps.com/bridal.

January 31, 2014

Jose Villa Napa Valley Workshop

009750-R1-001This fall, I had the very special pleasure of working with photographer extraordinaire Jose Villa on his Napa Valley Photography workshop. I was so happy when he asked me to help design and plan the two-day session, in which 20 photographers would learn from and shoot with Jose in an experience of a lifetime. With talented event and floral designer Ariella Chezar on board as well, I knew we’d have the chance to create something absolutely stunning.

We chose Aetna Springs in the secluded hills of Pope Valley for its abundance of breathtaking scenery and golden light. The setting inspired the design direction, utilizing a soft romantic palette and natural touches like acorns and nuts. For two days, photographers captured artfully styled engagement couples, bride and groom, printed materials, wedding day details and  tablescapes.

After the final shots were taken of the vineyard event table we designed, the students, vendors and special guests all sat down together to a wine country dinner prepared by Elaine Bell Catering. A picture perfect moment to conclude two very special days.

Special thanks to the many talented individuals and purveyors that made it possible, credited below!

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Venue: Aetna Springs
Film Photographer/Workshop Instructor: Jose Villa
Film Maker: Joel Serrato
Film Photographer/Workshop Assistant: Lacie Hansen
Florals: Ariella Chezar Design
Catering: Elaine Bell Catering
Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup
Wardrobe Styling: Grey Likes Weddings
Calligraphy & Illustation: Janis Anzalone
Printed Materials: PS Paper
Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin
Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Cake: Maggie Austin
Lighting: Illusions Lighting
Portable Washrooms: Royal Restrooms
Album Design: Cypress Albums
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic, Studia Carta: Angela Liguori
Workshop Logo Design: Julie Song
Bridal Formals: b. Hughes
Wedding Gowns: Vera Wang and Inbal Dror
Models: Scout Model Agency
Welcome Gifts: Olive and Cocoa
Chocolate Walnuts & Acorns: Andie’s Specialty Sweets
Getaway Car: Antique Tours