To put it simply....this couple is #goals. I caught them all day long, gazing and smiling at each other, even when the other one wasn't looking. They call each other baby. They are absolutely STUNNING! And their love shined through on the most beautiful wedding day at The Ebell in Long Beach!
Perfection. The pictures speak for themselves on this one. Figlewicz Photographers did a fabulous job of capturing the day.
THE FIRST LOOK
The Ebell truly is a beautiful venue. The open space ceremony area, the chandeliers in the reception room, the vintage feel in the cocktail room, the elegant bridal suite....the list goes on. This couple deciding to do their first look, ceremony, and reception all at the same place, gave them a chance to take advantage of all of the beauty this venue has to offer. Not to mention the ease in the flow of the day with having everything in the same spot. It made it out to be one of my favorite weddings to both coordinate and decorate.
Now do you believe me about those looks!?!?!? How adorable is Neil's first look reaction?!?!?!
I am a sucker for family oriented ceremonies. Her sister was her Maid of Honor, her brother was their Officiant, and their nieces and nephews were the ring bearers and flower girls. They were such an amazing family to be around....and none of them shy to hop on the dance floor when the music started playing!
As I mentioned before, this venue holds beauty in every corner. Melissa stuck with a classic and elegant look.....white blooms, lemon leaf, gold accents, and candles.
Courtney's Creations did a beautiful job on the cake. During my decade in this business....this was by far my favorite cake display! When The Ebell offered for us to use their gold circle shelves as a decor piece....I immediately knew where I wanted it and how I wanted to decorate it. So unique and perfect!
Just to stunning not to post them all! <3
Verandas Beach House has to be one of my favorite wedding venues in Southern California. It's intimate, beautiful, and you have the option to have your ceremony on site or on the beach. It is perfect!
Natalie and Tyler were a wonderful couple to work with. These two love birds met on the dating app "Plenty of Fish". What a happy and adorable couple. Natalie had a pretty good idea of what she wanted for her wedding. She loved succulents. But also wanted to go more towards the beach side with her centerpieces. It was fun pulling all of her ideas together to create this magical day!
I always encourage my couples to do a first look. Especially with early evening ceremonies. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy the full event instead of rushing through pictures right after the ceremony is over!
I LOVED how the bouquets turned out. If you follow me, you know that one of my favorite things in a bouquet is hanging amaranthus! The drooping greens look so pretty up against a wedding dress. I loved all of the different blooms we used in the brides bouquet. Such a good pop of color. And of course, the brides FAV, the succulents! Ghaaaa just beautiful!
This venue is just STUNNING!!! The decor options here are absolutely endless. I think any style would be a good fit! The ceremony was beautiful. My favorite part is the brides decent down the stair case. I love a GRAND entrance!
There cake cutting was SO fun! I love a good cake fight!
One of my FAVORITE photographers to work with is Kelly Mendoza with True Bliss Photography. She makes the day so much smoother and has a great eye for good shots. Here are some more clips from the day!
Hi everyone! Happy February! Who else feels like things are finally back to normal after the holiday crazies?! I know I do! January was such a “catch-up” month, and then once February rolled around it’s like, “Okay, 2019, let’s do this!”.
So, in honor of February, I want to reflect back on a wedding from February a few years ago! The couple, Ray and Erin, were absolutely amazing to work with and the day turned out to be a dream!
However, it did not start out that way. The original ceremony was planned to take place outside at a beautiful Southern California marina called The Plaza. That was until it started to pour rain. And this rain was like anything I’ve ever seen before! It turned out to be the biggest rainstorm Southern California has seen since the 1980s!
Thankfully we were able to throw up a tent and move the ceremony indoors because the show must go on!
Ray and Erin were so happy with how everything turned out, and they were so in love that nothing could ruin their big day, not even the most unfortunate weather circumstances since 1980!
Everything turned out absolutely beautifully. PLUS we had the romantic sounds of the rain pitter-pattering outside in the background. Life truly is what you make of it!
Full Coordinator and Florist: Desiree Carol Special Events
Photographer: True Bliss Photo
Venue: The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina
This lovely couple decided to have their wedding at the beautiful Sepulveda Home in San Pedro. Sheila gave me a good amount of design freedom. She knew she wanted a couple of things incorporated into the design: simplistic arch draped with a hanging chandelier, wedding colors, and a budget that was important for us to stick with. Together, we designed a beautiful backyard wedding! Her bouquet, continues to be one of my all time favorites!
It is ALL about the details! And LOVE was definitely seen through the beautiful photos by Sheena Wilkens. I am obsessed by the letter exchange pictures! The beautiful bride, her stunning dress, the supportive bridesmaids….what a great moment that can be remembered by these photos!
Lets talk about how awesome and unique The Sepulveda Home is! Built in 1929, this French Colonial was designed to resemble the majestic plantation homes of the South. The backyard is absolutely gorgeous with a stunning view of the harbor. The owners have decorated the interior of the home with vintage furniture which also offers a ton of great photo opportunities! The idea of turning their back yard into a venue came to them when the owners daughter was looking for the perfect venue for her own wedding. She was the first to make it happen and now runs the show at The Sepulveda Home for other couples!
HELLO AND WELCOME
This job requires organization, problem solving,
friendliness, and creativity. In my eyes….it’s pretty perfect…
I paid my way through college giving softball pitching and hitting lessons to 20-40 kids per week depending on the season. I had a great college life! Coaching a sport that I loved, making my own schedule, and of course…the money didn’t hurt….LOL.
I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be an
My cousin (and also one of my best friends) got engaged about a year before me back in 2009. She was the first of 13 very close knit cousins to get engaged….and let me tell you….we were excited for our first big family wedding! I was fascinated and intrigued by her entire planning process. I loved all of the details! I remember chatting with her one day. Skimming threw checklists of what needed to be done. She had been disappointed in her hair trials. She has a full head of thick, luscious, locks, that could be somewhat difficult to deal with but are the most beautiful curls I have ever seen! Every trial she went too, her hair would turn to frizz in an hour or two from leaving the chair. I had done hair and makeup for a lot of my cousins for proms, homecoming, special events, etc. I told her I could give it a try…..and it stuck! Was this it?!?!?! A hair and makeup stylist? Well to be honest…I enjoyed our conversations talking about the wedding plans far more then I did actually doing her hair and makeup.
A few months later…my mom and I were sitting with her…chatting about plans…..again. We asked what the decor was going to look like. “We are tapped out on our budget and do not want to spend much on decorations….so, very simple.” My mom and I raised our hands up…..we will handle that part for you! So with a little financial contribution from a few family members, and a lot of creativity and hard work, my mom and I got busy on creating a dream Winter Wonderland wedding on New Years Eve of 2009 for my cousin. It was then that I knew, I wanted to work in the events industry.
My husband proposed to me on hook and later, X-Mas Eve of 2009 as well. (Dreamy right…LOL) We were married at our forever family cabin in Big Bear Lake in July of 2010. Mark is amazing. He has supported me through thick and thin, good times and bad. Our wedding was EPIC and so much fun to plan! I spent late nights googling inspiration photos (no….Pinterest was not a thing then LOL), countless days strolling the Los Angeles Marts, and long weekends working on the smallest of details. With my team of friends and family, I did hair and makeup (including my own), the flowers, decor, and full coordination of my wedding from start to finish. Was it a lot of work? YES! But I LOVED every minute of it!
After all of that planning, designing, and coordinating…..my day of coordinator….was a NO SHOW! There were plenty of lame excuses….none of which constituted her or any other person from her staff to miss my wedding day! But with the help of my mom, sister, family, friends, and even the friends of my parents….our wedding day was absolutely perfect!
Even outside my wedding....my mom is my rock and best friend! I love and admire her so so much!
Shortly after that….Desiree Carol Special Events was born.
And here is my vow to you, friends.
I vow to not only have THE BEST plan, but a plan to back up that plan, and a plan to back up that second plan. I vow to make everything as perfect as humanly possible on your special day. Whether it be a wedding, engagement party, milestone birthday….or even a “we just got off a long stint of quarantine and need to rage” party. I take extreme pride in every 5 star review, thankful hug from the mother of the bride, or sigh of relief from a worried groom.
6 years ago, Mark and I became parents! Eeekkk! It has been the scariest, best, and most rewarding journey I have been on thus far. I have two amazing children! My 4 year old spunky, girly girl; Charlee Joy. Who would rather carry a purse, wear pretty shoes, and twirl in a tutu then anything else. And my 6 year old dinosaur loving, cuddle bugging, too smart for his own good son; Mason Anthony. When I am not designing, coordinating, marketing, or putting flower arrangements together, you can catch the four of us hanging out at all the local hot spots, our cabin in Big Bear, or traveling around the world!
In June of 2018, my dad passed away. He was a 20+ year cancer survivor and fought to the bitter end with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. I like to think I have gained my ability to stay calm in stressful situations from him. We are problem solvers. I saw him almost everyday. He was not only my advisor, mentor, and dad.....he was one of my best friends.
So there you have it….this is ME! I love pairing wine with my food, strolling through the LA flower mart, watching a couple see their venue all done up for the first time, dressing up Charlee in different princess outfits, googling dinosaur facts with Mason, sharing different relatable memes with my friends and fellow wedding vendors, and sitting on the couch sipping a cocktail with Mark and watching one of our favorite cooking shows. This is me….Desiree Carol. I hope to be working with all of you very soon!
Many thanks for taking the time to visit my website! I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Planning a destination wedding or even a local wedding including a lot of out of town guests? A welcome bag is the best way to show your guests how much you truly care for their presence on your big day and make their weekend even more enjoyable! I have put welcome bags together with a variety of different goodies and in a variety of sizes. Here is a list of some of my top ingredients to the making of The Ultimate Welcome Bag!
1. The Actual Bag: It’s the first thing people see….the first impression your guests get at your welcome bag! Why not choose something resourceful. Don’t get me wrong….I love the look of a basket. You can organize all of your items inside so they look nice, neat and presentable. However, are they realistic? If you have only 10 baskets….maybe. But imagine toting 50 welcome baskets into a hotel the day before the wedding! That is a LOT of room in your car, and a lot of man power to load, unload, and deliver. Not to mention your guests having to fit them into their own luggage to potentially fly or drive home. The majority will clear out the basket and leave them behind. I am going to advise a nice tote. Something your guests can use as a pool bag, or even for their weekly grocery store trips after the wedding is over. A constant reusable reminder of the AWESOME time they had at your wedding! I love when couples add a little welcome note to the outside of their bags. Thank you’s always go a long way!
Check out these totes on Amazon!
2. Hangover Remedies: These are surely to come in handy over the weekend if your friends and families are anything like mine LOL We LOVE to party! The list goes on in this category and they offer the CUTEST bags for all of your hangover remedies on Amazon!
Personalized water bottles. Anything with your name on it….just makes it THAT much cuter and special!
Gatorade, Anacin, Tums, Eye Drops, Gum, Emergency, Tylenol, and do not forget the Blowfish!!! This stuff works SO good. I say that with experience LOL Drop some of these in your water in the morning and all is right in the world again! You can find it in bulk on Amazon here:
3. Kids Treats: I have to give a huge shout out to one of my favorite couples, Matt and Meghan! They got married in Lake Arrowhead in the fall. Complete with 130 guests….about 40 of them being kids and teens under the age of 18. They totally NAILED this part of their Welcome Bags (along with just about every other aspect of them….seriously the best welcome bags I have ever seen). Kids love to be busy, and lets face it….us parents love for them to be busy even more! Throw some coloring books, markers, crayons, activities, snacks, glow sticks and games. You can find an entire slew of fun stuff at your local dollar tree or 99 cent store. Matt and Meghan, took it to an entire other level. They created personalized coloring books for each of the kids, complete with mazes, such as “Help Matt’s Best Man Find the Wedding Rings”, coloring pages of wedding festivities, the list went on…..and they were absolutely adorable!
4. The Cheesy Swag: No welcome bag is complete without some cheesy swag inside. “Mint to Be” – mints, “Our Love is the Balm” – chapstick, and/or M & M’s with your picture and initials on them.
5. The Favors: I love the idea of incorporating the wedding favors into the welcome bags. I can not tell you how many weddings I have worked, or attended, and at the end of the night, about half of the wedding favors are left on the tables. People just forget them! In the welcome bag, it is guaranteed to get to their room! My favorite favor is a personalized glass….wine glass, water cup, shot glass. Something that every time your guest drinks out of it, they think of you and your special day! The most cost effective way to do this is hit up your local dollar tree. They have ALL sorts of glassware. Use glass writing, dishwasher safe, felt pens to write everyone’s names on each glass, your initials, future last name, wedding date, etc. I have even used this technique and used the glasses as the guests place cards.
You can find the markers here:
6. Weekend Itinerary: The best part of a destination or even a stay-cation wedding is that you get to enjoy your guests for more then just the wedding day. A weekend itinerary is the perfect way to let them know what you will be up to all weekend long. Plan a welcome dinner or welcome cocktails the night before your wedding, a buffet brunch the day after, make it an entire weekend of memories as opposed to just your 4-6 hours of a reception!
I have to also tip my hat off to one of the best bridesmaid and groomsmen entrances ever. Full flip on the dance floor…..AWESOME!
The Portofino Lobby is one of my FAVORITE spots to take wedding day pictures and True Bliss Photography knocked those photos out of the park, as they always do!
The beach side photo shoots, seamless white dance floor, stunning floral arrangements, laughter, singing, and dancing all contributed to one amazing day!
Wedding Day Coordination: Desiree Carol Special Events
Venue: The Portofino Hotel
Photographer: True Bliss Photography
Videographer: Buckley Videography
Flowers: Flowers by Felicia
DJ: DJ Carl 1
Makeup: Nicole Bubica
Trolley: Sunset Trolleyhttps://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/sunset-trip-trolley/
Dance Floor: Imperial Party Rentals
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Mark and Ali!
I love you guys and that beautiful baby girl Victoria! (who I just could not resist to include in the blog post)
There’s nothing better than witnessing young love! Working with Simon and Savannah was an absolute dream. They were so cute, young, and in love.
They both had a love of dinosaurs which ended up setting the theme for their wedding! To go with their love of dinosaurs, they chose the Natural History Museum as their venue! It was so fun creating with them. They gave me free rein and were extremely accepting of all of my ideas!
It is not only the first thing on your to do list when you get engaged, but it is the MOST stressful, and the MOST expensive item to book in your wedding planning process! So lets talk about
How to Choose the Right Venue & Stay in Budget
How much of my budget goes to the venue?
Things to look for in proposals from venues:
I hope this information was helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below or DM me on my Instagram @love.marriage.babycarriages
If you didn’t get your question answered today, or just simply want to chat about any and all things wedding, I am an open book and would be happy to answer your question personally. It may even become one of our blog topics in the future.
When I sat down with Krystle to design her wedding she made a couple of key points that went something like this:
A. “I hate flowers. I like greens….but I don’t like flowers.”
B. “I want a lot of candles….I want the room to look like it threw up candles!”
C. “I want my primary color to be black, it’s my favorite color.”
D. “But elegant and classy!”
As her mother and grandmothers jaws dropped to the floor…..my eyes LIT up! Something unique, different, but still so beautiful. I could not wait to design this wedding with her! There were so many special elements at this event. It was SO Krystle and Corbin!
One of my favorite set ups that I have done. Classic and elegant. An arch draped with all greens across the top, floating crystals, mirrored columns, white candelabras, and of course candles…..lots of candles! Each of the bridesmaids got to pick out their own dress with the only rules being black and long. They all looked STUNNING! The green bouquets just made them all pop and look so naturally beautiful! It all just blended so well together!
She surprised him with the Star Wars theme song on their way back up the aisle. Definitely a cause for some smiles 🙂
Love was definitely in the air that day! And not only between Krystle and Corbin…Krystle’s sister, Nicole, could be put up for a sister of the year award. She upgraded the dance floor to a white seamless AND surprised her sister the day of with extra draping in the reception room. Add some uplighting and voil’a….pure beauty and romance!
One of my favorite elements was The Wishing Chandelier we used instead of a guest book. I hung a chandelier in the courtyard entrance and made small business card sized cards out of different pictures from the couples engagement shoot. Guests were asked to write well wishes and sign the back and hang them on the chandelier. Their guest book was turned into a beautiful decor piece.
The CAKE Loved the cake. Elegant, stunning, and pulled all of the elements of the wedding that were so Krystle all together!
The Sweetheart Table Backdrop We went back and fourth on this element quite a bit. The original idea was a ladder with shelves. It was Krystle’s desire to have pictures of her relatives and loved ones on their wedding days sitting behind them! How CUTE is that?!?!?! But a ladder…..to casual for this layout. So I came up with the circle arch! Hit up Home Depot for a coupe of shelves, painted everything to match, and dressed it up with some greenery. Beautiful backdrop for a beautiful couple!
The Shoe Game One of the most entertaining parts of the night…they played a shoe game! Both the bride and the groom took off their shoes. Each held one bride shoe and one groom shoe. The DJ made a series of statements created by a couple of the bridesmaids.
Who is more likely to go on a shopping spree?
Who is more likely to binge watch Game of Thrones?
They had to hold up either the brides shoe or the grooms shoe as to who they thought each statement pertained too…bride or groom….heal or dress shoe. Most they were in sync with, some they were not. The guests were cracking up!
Dance Floor Centerpiece I love a good hanging piece over the dance floor. For Krystle, of course, all greens with hanging crystals. She really likes the scattered look and not perfect in shape. It looked amazing above that white dance floor with the white draping all around the room.
This bride and her mama were two of my favorite people to work with! She LOVED babies breathe which completely went with her choice of wedding theme, rustic.
The Ceremony: We custom built the wine barrel arch by cutting out a whole in the top of each barrel and placing a 4×4 in each one. The lace drape used, was actually one of my moms old table clothes…..who would have known LOL. I loved that we splashed in some pops of pink with the roses, and hanging amaranthus continues to be one of my all time favorites in a bouquet. The tiny pink accents inside her bouquet, are actually pink babies breathe! The aisles were lined with wood plaques that had different love quotes on each one. It was adorable!
They exchanged personalized vows and had a very creative sand ceremony. Love was definitely in the air that day!
The Reception took place in the ball room at Los Verdes Golf Course. The bride and her mother approached me a few weeks before the wedding with a concern for the plain wall behind the sweetheart table. So, I designed and custom built a wood paneled back drop for them, complete with their own initials. To go along with the rustic theme, we switched up the centerpieces on the tables which made the room so much more eye catching.
Matt and Meghan’s destination wedding in Lake Arrowhead was one of my FAVORITE wedding weekends. I love when couples make a weekend out of their wedding. Ultimately, the day goes by SO fast. It gives you so much more one on one time with your guests and the ability to truly meet and greet everyone, making it more of a personalized event.
Every extra you can throw into a wedding, this couple had! Upgraded food, bar, the ultimate welcome baskets, a welcome party (that pretty much looked like and felt like a wedding itself), and a farewell brunch! The majority of the guests enjoyed the hotel and its facilities, and others rented large cabins to share with family and friends that were minutes away from the hotel.
These two’s families combined equaled 5 kids total…..ALL GIRLS!!! They were the sweetest, and so supportive of mom and dad. Matt’s eldest sang with a band, accompanied by her father on drums, at the rehearsal dinner! Her solo was such a treat! Meghan’s eldest, also her Maid of Honor, delivered a speech that had the entire room laughing, crying, cheering, and applauding! If my daughter ever delivers half that speech at a special event for my husband and I…..I would feel like the most successful parent ever!
Pictures say 1000 words when True Bliss Photography is behind the camera. Check out some more details from this gorgeous Lake Arrowhead Wedding! Cheers to Matt and Meghan!
Galway Down has proven to be one of my FAVORITE venues! The creeks through out the property, lush trees, rustic vibes, and beautiful scenery all make this location one of a kind. Andrianna and Frank's wedding was SO perfect!
See the big glass pane garage style door in the photo below? Talk about a GRAND entrance. The guests sat in their seats with jaws dropped as the beautiful glass door elegantly opened up in a V-shape form and the entire bridal party entered to join the reception!
Flowers: Desiree Carol Special Events
Venue: Galway Downs in Temecula
Photography: Mike Arick Photography
Videography: Sun Beat Films
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