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August 21, 2013

Stephanie’s Tea Party Bridal Shower

It was no surprise that Stephanie Uchima, owner and lead designer of Preppy Chic Events, would design herself a beautiful tea party themed bridal shower.  It was the girly party of all girly parties, filled with pinks, lace, vintage china, and yummy treats!

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Event Design & Styling: Preppy Chic Events & Maid of Honor (Sandra Miletich)
Photography: Chris & Kristen Photography 
Catering: 24 Carrots
Cake & Desserts: My Sweet & Saucy
Florals: Rolling Hills Flower Mart
Dish & Flatware Rentals: Dish Wish 
Linens: Designer Specialty Linens
Invitations: Minted
Location: Private Residence in Palos Verdes


August 7, 2013

Hollywood Glam at Rancho Las Lomas

Everyone prays they don’t get rain on their wedding day.  But if you do, we hope it turns out as beautiful as Kara & David’s wedding.  They embraced the rain and in turn, have some gorgeous photos with the most glamorous umbrellas we’ve seen. As always, we love when couples incorporate things they love into their wedding; in this case, both are into the movie industry and incorporated vintage film reels into their décor.

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Venue: Rancho Las Lomas
Coordinating and Flowers: A Good Affair
Hair: Janine Jarman from Harroin Salon
Makeup: Noel Nichols
Videographers: Kroh Media
Catering: 24 Carrots
DJ: Bennett Schmid
Photography: Love & Lemonade
2nd photographer: Chris Suh
Bride’s gown: Jorge Manuel
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jim Hjelm
Cake: It’s All About The Cake


August 5, 2013

Strawberry Balsamic Salsa

While we enjoy fresh, summer strawberries on their own or to complement sweets, this easy recipe for our strawberry balsamic salsa is such a great topping for many savory dishes!

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Ingredients:

¼’d whole strawberries

Balsamic Vinegar

Cane Sugar

Kosher Salt

Fresh Black Pepper

Fresh Basil

Wisk the sugar, salt, and black pepper with the balsamic vinegar. Add enough sugar to take the bite out of the vinegar; it shouldn’t sting the back of your throat, but also shouldn’t be too sweet. Once the spices have been mixed in and dissolved, add the strawberries and let marinate for 30 minutes. Use just enough balsamic to marinate the strawberries, it shouldn’t be soupy. (In essence, you’re macerating the berries.) Once the strawberries have marinated, drain the liquid per your liking and then add the basil.

Now toss with your favorite salad, add to a salmon or grilled chicken dish, or use it as a topping for cheesecake or bagels and cream cheese! And if you have some left over after your meal, you can even use it as a topping for ice cream! Trust us, it’s delicious!


July 30, 2013

Vicky + Preston Tie the Knot at Franciscan Gardens

Vicky & Preston really took advantage of Franciscan Garden’s great location in San Juan Capistrano, with the train station and Mission right next door.  They decided to have their first looks at the train station, standing on opposite sides of the train.  It was truly magical once the train took off and their eyes met.

Larrissa from Inviting Occasion blew us away with her use of baby’s breath at the alter. As Vicky says, “To create the romantic feel our florist Larrissa helped us select flowers that were full, fluffy and just plain gorgeous.  She also helped us design our mantle full of baby’s breath that we fell in love with the instant we laid our eyes on it.”

The couple also brought in a lot of fun elements to reflect their relationship – from the sweet (groom) & salty (bride) table, to a choreographed entrance dance, to the groom performing Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” for his wife!

Vicky & Preston were a joy to work with.  They did a great job tying in all the special details and not only having their wedding be intimate and romantic, but entertaining for their guests as well.  They say they’d do it again in a heartbeat!

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Venue:  Franciscan Gardens
Caterer
:  24 Carrots
Photographer:  Closer to Love
Videographer:  Our Big Day Films
Floral & Event Design (including signage):  Inviting Occasions
Officiant:  Don Johnson
Day of Wedding Coordinator & Dessert Table:  White Blossom Events
Make-Up & Hair:  Grace Lin
DJ:  Atmosphere Entertainment
Wedding Cake:  King’s Hawaiian
String Trio:  Angelica Strings
Photobooth:  Sterling Photobooth
Invitation & RSVP:  Template from Wedding Chicks
Guestbook:  Heart Work Memories
Card Holder House: Door Country Woodworks
Bride’s Dress:  Enzoani
Bride’s Shoes:  Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: Alfani


July 26, 2013

Stylized Shoot at Franciscan Gardens with Bliss Productions

We were thrilled to team up with Bliss Productions for the stylized shoot at Franciscan Gardens.  It was a beautiful summer day and everything turned out gorgeous! Thank you to M.A. Rose Photography and Jakfoto Films for capturing it all!

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chardonnay with fresh apple chip, brie, and chipotle apricot chutney

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beer with fried chicken & waffle with rosemary-infused maple syrup

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Event Planning & Styling | Bliss Productions
Location | Franciscan Gardens
Florals |  The Flower Girl
Catering | 24 Carrots Events
Photographer | M.A.Rose Photography
Dress | Blush Bridal Couture
Furniture | Storied Rentals
Hair & Makeup | Hair Comes the Bride
Video Production | Jakfoto Films
Models ~ Haley Sapp  & Jake Jaenicke