Austin & Ryan // Beach Engagement Session by Jasmine Lee Photography

I absolutely love seeing client's engagement photos. But these. These might just be my favorites of all time. Photography by the wonderful Jasmine Lee Photography.  

I've been working with these two for almost a year now. As we get closer to the date, I'm getting more and more excited about the details and overall design we have in store. She has been so excited about this every step of the way, and it has been an absolute dream working together. No drama here! Just lots of really fun talks, planning meetings and tossing ideas back and forth. I get more and more excited as each idea evolves.

Let's just say that I'm pretty darn excited about Austin & Ryan's wedding at Holman Ranch in April. 

Holman Ranch Wedding // Ali & Bo

It is always a pleasure working with Paradise Catering and Studio Mondine and this 200 + person wedding at Holman Ranch last October was no exception. I'm sharing just a few of my favorites from this beautiful day in Carmel Valley. Vendor details and a weather report (for those looking at getting married in Carmel Valley and need some weather deets!).

Venue: Holman Ranch // Catering: Paradise Catering // Coordination: Engaged & Inspired // Photographer: Perfect Circle Photography // Floral: Studio Mondine // Lighting: Chic Event Rentals // Desserts:

Weather Report: October 18, 2014 - No sign of rain. Warm throughout the day. Started getting a bit chilly toward the end of dinner. 

Favorite Table Runners

Ahh table runners, the best way to dress up a table without a ton of fuss. Renting your runners is always a great option, but if you just can't seem to find something that suits your fancy and perfectly completes your design, here are some of my favorite options to buy. 

If you aren't looking for anything overly graphic, texture always wins! (Sources for where to purchase these runners below). Good luck finding that perfect runner! 

Published // Hot Cocoa Bar

Last year I designed a little hot cocoa bar inspired by the brilliant collection of chocolates that Ticket Chocolate has to offer. Earlier this year, the shoot was featured in Mingle Magazine! 

Here are a few shots from the shoot! (I painted that patterned wall in our last home....I miss it!) 

Photography: Lili Durkin // Calligraphy: Bright Room Studio // Chocolate: Ticket Chocolate // Design & Styling: Engaged & Inspired 

Two New Services // Engaged & Inspired

I'm really excited to formally introduce two new services for the 2015! I have been offering these services for most of 2014 (and with great response), but I'm excited to formally open these services up to a select number of couples in 2015! Email allison@engagedandinspired.com for more information!

Wedding Planning Intensive - $295:

Not sure how to get started in planning your wedding? Not sure whether you want to hire a planner? Just need to be pointed in the right direction? This wedding planning intensive does just that. The purpose of this package is to help get you going on the right track. 

  • Our full service planning binder
  • Organized month-by-month to-do lists
  • Budget planning
  • Vendor Recommendations & help securing vendors
  • Wedding logistics such as timeline, floorplan, etc.
  • Simple design meeting to define your vision
  • This package generally takes about 5 hours (on and off timing)

Design Consultation - $295:

This package is perfect for couples who have an idea of what they want, but need help to edit their vision. We start by discussing the look and feel you are envisioning. Then, help you pull it all together to create a cohesive design for you to easily execute. Consultation services include:

  • Design meeting
  • Mood board creation
  • Color palette creation
  • Detailed design plan including sourcing & pricing
  • Inspiration for styling each space on the day-of
  • This package generally takes about 3 hours (on and off timing)

Drink Stirrers

It has been a while since I've spent time working on this blog. I always promised myself I wouldn't become one of those people that stopped blogging, but I fear I have become just that. I'm planning on getting back to it, so hopefully you'll see more from me around here!  

Now, let's get to the festive point of this post. DRINK STIRRERS! And I don't mean striped straws or paper taped to screwers, I mean awesome stirrers. This is one of my all time favorite wedding details. It is such a small piece to any party that it is often overlooked. 

Glitter Diamond Drink Stirrer - DIY right here. Pretty legit. I want to make these real bad!

If you aren't in the mood for DIYing, you can buy these awesome geometric stir sticks from this Etsy Shop.

These feather stir sticks are pretty awesome. The only problem I ran into is finding cool enough feathers to use. But seriously, who wouldn't love these adorning their drink. DIY from 100 Layer Cake.

Ok, THESE! Such a brilliant idea. I was actually super excited to try out my own version of these for a holiday party. I was thinking foliage, ferns, etc. In preparation for the party, I realized the biggest downfall of this idea.....they have to be done the day of! (Or maybe the day before if you have a refrigerator). I ran out of time, so we ended up with nothing. DIY via Style Me Pretty

And there you have it! Some of my favorite stir stick ideas! 

Minted | Holiday Cards for Newlyweds

Minted is my go-to place for holiday cards every year. Last year they launched a small collection of foil-pressed designs as well. This sealed the deal for me! This year they have a whole new collection of designs, including a lot more foil-pressed options. Seriously, it was so hard to choose my holiday card this year! 

Here are a few favorites for the newlyweds out there! 

Cute right? I figured I'd also post some of my favorite designs that I saved as contenders for my own cards. I'm really loving the designs this year! 

What are you wait for! Head over to Minted and put those wedding photos to good use! 

Black Tie Elegance by Emily Jane Photography

 This little number shot by the talented Emily Jane Photography is worth a second look! I love the elegance of this couple and can we talk about that bouquet for a second?! Happy Thursday! 

Venue- Francis Park // Photography: Emily Jane Photography // Styling & Floral: Kill's Custom Creations // Makeup: Danielle Woodworth // Hair: Amy Rabideau with Encore Salon // Gown: Nicole Miller via Rent The Runway // Jewelry: Medwar Jewelers // Cake: Sweet Heather Ann // Chairs: Chiavari Chairs of Michigan