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February 24, 2015

California Wedding Day Enchanted Dinner at The Colony House

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

As featured in California Wedding Day’s blog: California Pink Hues and Garden Glamour at the OC’s Colony House:

“We are so inspired by Orange County’s newest venue, The Colony House. The unique space melds historic Craftsman architecture with a modern sensibility that creates an inviting palette for a beautiful wedding–from vintage to modern. So when it came time to host a dinner party for our 60 of our nearest and dearest in the wedding industry, we knew this was the perfect location. Add in the OC’s Best Wedding Planner, Kerrie Underhill of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie and the result was so magical that we had to share this gorgeous design to inspire brides and grooms.

Underhill and Melissa McGown of Flowers by Cina’s overall design aesthetic was a modern feeling juxtaposed with romantic bohemian touch. The light and airy space has a cool loft feeling to it and Flowers by Cina expertly accentuated the Colony House’s beautiful wooden beams by hanging six crystal chandeliers that were elegantly enhanced with lush green garlands, creating a sense of a garden with in the space. The dark midnight blue linen (Soleil from Designer Specialty Linens) created a perfect modern backdrop for the tabletop elements that included a boho-inspired silver basket weave charger from Classic Party Rentals, personalized menus by Honeycrisp Design Studio with a vibrant Aubergine Metallic Weave napkin folded underneath. Flowers by Cina’s added a vibrant energy and pure loveliness with fuschia and pink-hued centerpieces that wound down the two feasting tables. Flickering floating candles added a soft touch of romance while gorgeous seating vignettes from Found Vintage Rentals nestled around the perimeter of the party created the perfect place to sip and chat after the feasting had completed. The overall look was completed by the brilliant lighting design provided by Illuminated Events. Rounding out the experience was an amazing dinner (we want seconds of the Braised Short Rib! See full menu below for inspiration) by 24 Carrots paired with the perfect wines by BevMo.”

We are thrilled to showcase our full menu for such a luxurious and intimate affair and to be able to share with you more event photos, captured by Christine Bentley, of this enchanted evening! Enjoy!

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres:

Mini Turkey Pot Pie Puffs

Kurabata Pork Belly
with pickled red cabbage and soy caramel sauce

Butternut Squash Soup Shooter
with mini rye grilled cheese

Lobster Pops
crisp lobster cake, bibb lettuce, edible flowers, béarnaise sauce on bite-sized house made buns

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

24 Carrots Catering and Events Dinner Menu with Wine Pairing by BevMo:
First Course: Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Endive, Roasted Baby Beets, Blood Oranges, Persimmon and Charmoula paired with La Caña Albarino 2012
Main Course: Duet of Pomegranate Wine Braised Short Rib Bourguignon and Turmeric Citrus Roasted Sea Bass, Fresh Pomegranate and Cara Cara with Butter Whipped Meyer Lemon Thyme Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with smoked sea salt, paired with Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, 2010
Dessert: Figs and Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Fresh Fig Tart, Sugar Bruleed and topped with a Citrus Spiced Whipped Cream, paired with Hardys Whiskers Blake Port, NC

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day




Cocktails & Wine: BevMo!
Linens: Designer Specialty Linens
Menus and Signage: Honeycrisp Design Studio


February 18, 2015

Modern Geo Wedding In Newport Beach Civic Center


We love how Lauren & Jon had their wedding reception on a bridge, since that is where they first met!  When asked why they chose geometry for their wedding theme, Lauren responded, “to reflect structure and building for a strong future relationship.”  Plus, all of these geometric designs by Melissa Licht & The Love Riot are chic and colorful, perfect for this modern theme captured by Steve Cowell Photography.

The Newport Beach Civic Center was opened in 2013 with breathtaking architecture and a sprawling landscape, this atypical event center was built to serve the community. The iconic steel and glass structure is punctuated by natural forms reminiscent of the center’s environment.  The perfect modern space to showcase all the bright colors and geometric patterns in their wedding.

The facility includes a 2,200 square foot Community Room. This spacious area is perfect for meetings and receptions of up to 180 guests. The center maximizes use of natural day light with it’s enormous windows and offers flexibility with retractable walls that can open to the outside lawn. Rental of the Community Room includes kitchen facilities as well.

Outside, the Community Lawn allows for larger events such as ceremonies, concerts, and large receptions. This expanse comfortably hosts 1,200 people and is exclusively reserved for one event per day.

Pedestrian paths and bridges meander through the surrounding park. This newly built park was designed with interpretive trails, children’s play areas, and commanding views of the ocean.










































As featured in the Green Wedding Shoes blog!

Venue: Newport Beach Civic Center


Steve Cowell Photography

Melissa Licht

The Love Riot

Fraiche Studio

Social Dry Lounge

Lauren Vajda Design

Em Letterpress

Pippa Marx Studio

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sweet & Saucy Shop

The Flashdance

Angelica Strings

January 9, 2015

Mediterranean Elegance: Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Taking place at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, CA, this lovely Mediterranean-inspired old-California wedding inspiration shoot was romantic, unique, and completely charming.  We were so honored to be a part of such a stellar group of vendors that made this stylized shoot simply beautiful and full of flare.

Channel the vivacious spirit of Spain in this tapas station menu:

Patatas Bravas

Croquetas de Jamon with manchego cheese

Charcuterie including chorizo, butifarra, and jamón ibérico de bellota

Marinated Olives

Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

Hummus served with Pita Bread

Olive Tapenade





















As featured in Southern California Bride blog:

Romantic and Elegant Blue Franciscan Gardens Wedding Inspirational Shoot

As featured in Closer to Love Photography blog:

A Romantic Winter Wedding | Inspirational Shoot


Photographer: Closer To Love Photography

Event Planner and Co-Creative Director/ Designer: H. White Special Events

Venue: Franciscan Gardens

Florals: Bella Bloom Floral Design

Videography: Erica Marr Films

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Studio MM&B

Bridal Gowns: Enaura Bridal

Veils: Blossom Veils

Chocolate: Valenza Chocolatier

Invitations and Paper Goods: Copper Willow

Cakes: RooneyGirl Bakeshop

Dinnerware: Dish Wish Events

Suit: Friar Tux 



December 18, 2014

Peppermint Love

Celebrate the season with this festive cocktail that will warm up any winter wedding!


The Drink (makes 2 servings):

2 ounces Peppermint Schnapps

2 ounces Coffee-flavored Baileys

1 ounce Espresso liqueur

Garnish the glass rims with crushed candy canes

Combine ingredients in glass and top with half-and-half



As featured in WeddingWire’s WinterBook 2013

November 19, 2014

Gluten-Free Tasting Menu

We’ve developed a tasting menu for our guests with all gluten- free appetizers, entrees, and desserts for today’s refined palate.  We’re very excited about giving our clients exactly what they want and creating these new menus that make everyone happy!   The one-on-one tastings we offer our clients is also the perfect opportunity to meet with our Executive Chef who can answer menu questions and/or provide recommendations to suit your needs. Enjoy!

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-2



Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary

Chili Infused Vodka and House Smoked Bacon, Mini Celery Stick, and Skewered Spanish Olive

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-5


Paella Barcelona

Traditional Spanish Paella, Served with Savory Saffron Rice, in a Mini Paella Pan

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-12


Mini Waldorf Salad in a Bacon Cup

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-27


Surf and Turf Spoons

Kurabuta Pork Belly with Pickled Red Cabbage and Fish Sauce

and Seared Scallop with Ginger and Scallion

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-20 

Tropical Fruit Ceviche

Served with House Ceviche Sauce and Crispy Plantain Chips

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-32 




Roasted White Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-37 




Grilled Peaches and Basil Salad, with Toasted Pine Nuts, Grilled Tree-Ripened Peaches, Fresh Basil, Shaved Pecorino Cheese, and a Drizzle of Balsamic

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-40 




Grilled Butternut Squash Steak

With Roasted Poblano and Corn Relish, Queso Fresco, and Fresh Coriander

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-49 

Crispy Skin Striped Sea Bass

With Bean Ragu, Meyer Lemon Emulsion, and Popcorn Shoots

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-54 




Peach Cobbler Served in a Roasted Peach with a Brown Sugar Crumble and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

VIP Tasting 8.20.14-60

Photo Credit: Mike Villa Visuals