Sara and Vito are every bit a couple with a rock & roll edge, and a whole lot of sweetness thrown in! Which is why Divine Diva Events chose a dramatic location, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, with the California sunset in the background, mimicking the bold beauty of Sara’s tattoos, and ensured that there would be an elegant dessert bar for guests to add that touch of sweetness. Tattoos and tennis shoes, Swarovski crystals in the sunset as they said their vows, a menu with candy inspired flavors throughout, and a whole lot of dancing to their favorite music was the spirit of the evening.
Images are by the talented team at Melissa McClure Photography, (All Rights Reserved). (Makeup by Beauty Ever After.)
The gorgeous cake was by Edelweiss Bakery. Florals by Embellishmint Floral brought together the toughness and sweetness that the couple embrace. The favors were of course candy inspired, as was the dessert bar, with an emphasis on their favorite sweets: cookies. The couple’s love for all things sweet is a mutual passion that initially sparked their interest in one another, as was their love of music.
The Diva herself wishes them many sweet years together as they dance off into the sunset.
Image: colincalvert via Flickr.
There is nothing that exudes spring more than a backyard wedding!
With the smell of fresh lilacs, mowed lawns, and BBQ, come the hope of spring and the promise of summer. For those of you who are event and wedding coordinators, we know that half of the hassle is selecting a location for your clients. It can be a struggle to find the perfect location with an open date and ability to meet all of your client’s requirements. For those of you who are brides-to-be or someone planning to host an event or wedding, we know that you also feel this pain!
Which is why we decided to highlight the oft forgotten space that most have readily available to them, (minus the cost and contracts, no less!): Your very own backyard.
The humble backyard may seem boring to some, yet they can be transformed into a beautiful oasis for an event or wedding. Whether you are planning an elegant affair, modern wedding, or intimate floral inspired baby shower, you can utilize your yard to create the perfect setting.
A few hints:
Hire a professional landscaper and handyman. In a matter of days you can overhaul your yard by trimming trees, adding plants, building a gorgeous fire pit area, creating a pond or waterfall, or adding a deck, to name a few things. But if you are not a DIY’er or professional landscaper, we urge you to hire professionals! There is nothing worse than spending hours and money on a yard to have all of the foliage wilt away because it was planted wrong! Spending a little extra on a professional not only makes your yard beautiful for the event, but also is an investment in you or your client’s home’s future.
Think outside the box. You don’t need to focus on rustic flowers and foliage just because you are outside and in a familiar space. You can bring in candelabras, hanging chandeliers, modern furniture.
Pretend it is a rented location! Treat the space as if it were rented for the day; hire cleaners the day before and after, especially if you are a bride-to-be. There is nothing worse than having to clean up after your own wedding!
Location, Location, Location!
The first thing that the bride and groom to be and I talk about is the location of their dream wedding. Sometimes couples may feel overwhelmed because they are unsure of where to start, what location will match their theme, guest limits, available dates, etc. Without having the support and direction of a wedding planner, some couples spend many weekends driving in search of their ideal wedding location. To give you some inspiration, I've come up with my top five most divine locations in the Southern California area: Terranea Resort, Vibiana, Shutters on the Beach, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, and Chateau de Beverly Hills
Some of these are hidden gems, while some are well known. I've been involved with many successful events at each location and highly recommend them.
Terranea Resort has the gorgeous backdrop of Catalina Island. This is a location that will blow your guests away. The resort has 102 oceanfront acres that house many different bungalows and casitas. With a feel of the Mediterranean and the convenience of being in Southern California, this resort has it all. They cater to both intimate and large weddings. Below are the three primary locations within the resort.
Catalina Point - Situated on the bluff of the beautiful Palos Verdes coastline, Catalina Point is the premier ceremony location in Southern California, where only the bride, groom and the ocean come between the guests and Catalina Island. Seats up to 300 guests.
Ocean Lawn - Framed by spectacular views of the Point Fermin coastline, few moments are as dramatic as the entrance of a bride at an Ocean Lawn ceremony. Seats up to 500 guests.
The Meadows - Extending from the Grand Ballroom, the Meadows offers an unparalleled venue for grand elegance, California-style. With the sky and ocean bathed in warm oranges, pinks and reds by the setting sun, and the Point Vicente lighthouse just across the cove, weddings on this spacious lawn are unforgettable. Seats up to 1,000 guests.
Vibiana, the formal Cathedral of St Vibiana, is a Los Angeles treasure. It is one of Los Angeles' few remaining nineteenth century landmarks. This location is for the couple that loves history, baroque style architecture, and the glamour of the city. Depending on the style of wedding that you are planning, Vibiana can hold up to about 700 guests. There are grand windows that provide you with a view of the city, and an intimate garden courtyard that can be transformed into whatever your senses desire.
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach is the quintessential beach wedding location with a glamorous twist. Shutters is located in Santa Monica, with the sand and charisma of the beach literally at your doorstep. This location is perfect for the laid back couple that also wants to have the world-class amenities for their guests of a resort. There are many different floor plans and locations within Shutters that can accommodate a small or grand affair.
Langham Hotel and Huntington Spa
The Langham Hotel is located in Pasadena in the pristine suburbs of San Marino. This historic location has not only a luxurious history and excellent traditions of impeccable service, but it is located on lush grounds. This space is also perfect for the bride who is a Spa Diva! The lady of the hour can relax at the Huntington Spa the day of the wedding. The Huntington Spa is a world renowned spa and provides all of the necessary amenities needed to look your best on your wedding day!
Chateau de Beverly Hills
Chateau de Beverly Hills, Located in Beverly Hills, is decadent and for the couple that desires an extravagant wedding with an intimate group as capacity is 150 people. The property is 36,000 square feet complete with a tennis court, elaborate pool and a perfectly manicured lawn to provide the ideal grounds for any event. You will feel lie you are at your own estate n your wedding day. This location provides you with an elegant backdrop to create your own luxe atmosphere.
LaShawn Denise Witt, Founder of DDE
La Shawn is Founder, Head Diva and Coordinator Extraordinaire of events and weddings at DDE. Stay linked to all that fresh and luxe in the bridal industry by following DDE's blog.