Modern Design Inspiration

I have put together a little snippet of things I've been loving at the moment. Less is more and simplicity are trends I'm starting to love more and more. Thank you Instagram for keeping me inspired day after day!

J & K | Holman Ranch Wedding

Loved working on this stunning modern Holman Ranch wedding last year. Holman Ranch is traditionally more of a rustic location so it was such a fun challenge to pull together touches that are more modern and simple than we traditionally see at Holman.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Floral: Christine Cater | Catering: Paradise Catering | Venue: Holman Ranch.

Design Process - ROUND 1 | Romantically Rustic Inspiration

I am spending the off season planning and designing for 2017/2018 clients. The last month or two I've been knee deep in the design process! I wanted to share a little more about how that works and show off some of the work I've been putting together. 

The first step in my process is to create and present a mood board and call out specific pieces of the image (color palette, place setting look, the berries in the floral, etc.) This is less about creating a cohesive theme and more about taking the direction I've gathered from the client and throwing out some other ideas just to see where we land. We have a conversation about loves/hates, other ideas and the like. The goal here is to gather as much information as I possibly can so I can get those creative juices flowing and present round 2 with a few more unique ideas, exact rental options, etc. 

This client wants something more on the rustic side, so my design round up is filled with ideas to bring out the romantic elegance while still maintaining the rustic style of the couple and the venue. Pulling in the dusty rose, deckled edge paper in off-white tones and wood signage were ways of creating a more rustic look while still elevating the overall feel. 

This is the first round of design boards for this event, and while I don't want to share too much about the final designs, I'll be back to share more about the design process, where things go from here and how we flush out the details to create a cohesive design plan that we then work to plan for and execute on the day-of.

S & C | Big Sur Destination Wedding

We had the pleasure of working with this incredibly sweet couple to plan their destination wedding for 20 of their closest family and friends. Guests traveled from Ohio for a wedding weekend getaway in Carmel, and were shuttled to Big Sur for the wedding. The fog burnt off and the coastline was at it's best all day followed by a bright and colorful sunset which fit in perfectly with the design concept we executed for the tablescape. 

Venue: Wind & Sea Estate, Big Sur | Planning & Design: Engaged & Inspired | Floral: Studio Mondine | Photography: The Why We Love | Catering: Paradise Catering

Pinterest Overload on Bridal Guide Magazine

I'm over on the Bridal Guide magazine blog talking about avoiding Pinterest overload and how to use Pinterest to your benefit while planning a wedding.

This is a huge subject now that Pinterest is the only way to design a wedding these days (back in my day when I got married, we just had to use folders on our desktop! I know, it was a pain).

Hop on over there and check out my tips for Pinterest and Wedding Planning.


Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas by The Aerialist Press

Our friends over at Aerialist Press just created a life-saver of a blog post, 21 Best Wedding Invitation Wording Ideas, and we just to share.

Aerialist Press is one of my favorite invitation and paper company, their work is just beautiful and their professionalism is on point. They have definitely seen it all when it comes to invitation wording, so it is no surprise that they whipped up this perfectly amazing blog post/infographic all about invitation wording. 

Make sure you bookmark so you can reference it when you are ready to write out those invites! 

Refreshing Signature Cocktail Ideas

Who doesn't love a good cocktail? I for one am a fan of a cocktail made of fresh real ingredients as opposed to syrups and sugars. These cocktails all include fresh ingredients but are simple enough to pull off quickly and with a larger crowd. 

Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash 

This delicious prosecco-based cocktail from My Diary of Us combines fresh fruit and fresh herbs in the perfect mixture. YUM

Blackberry Lemon Gin & Tonic

I'm a huge Gin fan, so this one is right up my alley. The color alone makes this cocktail well worth a try, especially on a hot summer day. Thanks to The Stiers Aesthetic for creating this beauty.


Watermelon Mojito

A Subtle Revelry does it again, this time with a refeshing summer cocktail that also makes for the perfect "Hers" Signature Cocktail for any wedding. 

Basil Fig Vodka Smash

This one might be a challenge to pull off at a wedding, but would be totally worth it! With Food & Love creates the perfect summer/fall cocktail that is sure to be a favorite no matter where you serve it. YUM. 


Fall 2016 Bridal Trends with David's Bridal

Let's talk bridal fashion, and who knows more about fashion, trends and what women want than David's Bridal. They have over 300 stores and 1 of every 3 brides will walk down the aisle in a David's Bridal gown, so they know a little something about the topic.

Fall 2016 is fast approaching and with it we will see a new collection of beautiful gowns. So what are the top trends this fall? We have partnered with David's Bridal to hear about a few trends that we will definitely be seeing more of in the near future.

DRESS:  David’s Bridal Style Number MS251173   |   Collection:  Melissa Sweet, exclusively at David’s Bridal 

DRESS: David’s Bridal Style Number MS251173Collection: Melissa Sweet, exclusively at David’s Bridal 

Deep V – This season’s plunging necklines offer modern brides an elegant way to add a something extra to her look. 

DRESS:  David’s Bridal Style Number SLMS251111  |  Collection:  Melissa Sweet, exclusively at David's Bridal

DRESS: David’s Bridal Style Number SLMS251111Collection: Melissa Sweet, exclusively at David's Bridal

Delicate Deco – Inspired by 1920’s glamour, this season’s art deco beading is crafted to be delicate and graceful. 

RESS 1:  David’s Bridal Style SWG751  | Collection: Galina Signature DRESS 2:  David’s Bridal Style WG3817  | Collection: Galina

RESS 1: David’s Bridal Style SWG751 | Collection: Galina Signature DRESS 2: David’s Bridal Style WG3817 | Collection: Galina

Sleeves - Sleeves are one of the top looks for fall. Better for fall, it adds a little something special to the bride's silhouette.  

What are your favorite wedding dress details and what do you feel like we will be seeing a lot more of this Fall? Make sure you check out the David's Bridal new arrivals when you're looking for your dream dress! 

Peace of Mind for your Piece of Jewelry

Being engaged is an exciting time! Sliding that engagement ring on your hand, telling your friends and family, and proceeding to plan the wedding are all very exciting milestones in any relationship. But they can also be a whirlwind! It can be easy to forget about some of the most important (and maybe less fun pieces) like remembering to protect your engagement ring. 

It might not be the most glamorous thing to talk about, but nothing is worse than something happening to that beautiful ring on your finger! So today we are talking about that exact topic with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

Jewelers Mutual® protects your most precious jewelry giving you the peace of mind that everyone deserves. Their policy covers everything from loss, damage, theft or mysterious disappearance even during travel (yes, you heard that right) anywhere in the world! Jewelers offer $0 deductible policies so you can be sure you don’t have to shell out money in the event of a claim. Since, Jewelers Mutual only covers jewelry, and have since 1913, they know it and do it well. 

But, don't stop at your engagement ring and wedding bands. They cover all types of jewelry, so don't forget to add any valuable jewelry to your policy as well. When you get around to choosing your wedding day jewelry, make sure to add that on! 

I clicked through to get a free quote for my wedding ring assuming I'd have to answer a whole lot of questions. To my surprise, there were only three fields to fill out and within a minute, I had a quote! I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to get information (regular insurance companies are......well, not as consumer friendly!) and how straight-forward the website was. It is definitely worth spending a small amount of time (and money) to ensure that your most valued jewelry is protected!

Lauren & Patrick | Holman Ranch

This September Holman Ranch wedding was inspired by organic textures and a neutral color palette. Details included lush floral with accents of purple tones, a living aisle at the ceremony, home caramel popcorn favors by the family, a farm-to-table plated dinner for 250 guests complete with wood slice place cards indicating guest's meal choice, and a dance party to top off the night! 

Featured On: Green Wedding Shoes | Vendor Team: Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Paradise Catering | Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Full Service Planning + Design: Engaged & Inspired | Floral: Mandolin Floral | Hair & Makeup: The Hair + Makeup Co. | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Linens: La Tavola