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We absolutely love when we get to see a highlight film from one of our recent weddings! It brings back all the emotion and real-time love that our couples and their families and friends experience on that special day and reminds us why we love doing what we do! We are excited to share this highlight video from Lauren & Austin’s wedding at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. The timing worked out just so, that their wedding was the FIRST reception to take place in the newly completed ballroom, and man was is beautiful! Big thank you to the team at The RaConteur Collective for sharing this beautiful clip. Congratulations Lauren & Austin! It was a pleasure to be a part of your day and we can’t wait to be back at The Ranch at Laguna Beach later this year.

Venue / The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Wedding Coordination / Brittany Geisler of Sugar Branch Events
Photographer / Adrian Jon Photography
Beauty / Lisa G of The Foundation Studios
Hair / Jenna and Deanna of Vogue Salon //
Floral Design / Flowers Etc. 
Entertainment / DJ Todd of Epic Sound & Lighting

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{a helpful style guide for wedding guests everywhere}

You open your mailbox to find a beautiful wedding invitation to your friend’s wedding and while very excited to be included in the upcoming festivities, some of us immediately think, “What am I going to wear….?”, and let out an internal sigh. Typically, a traditional and well crafted invitation will denote the affair’s formality by indicating the proper dress code. Casual, semi-formal, beach chic (which for many, can be a little ambiguous and confusing), formal, black tie, etc. As a wedding guest, we always want to put our best style foot forward and thus begins the apprehensive search for that right outfit.

Our friends over at THE BLACK TUX have solved a fantastic problem in the niche world of suit and tux rentals for the style savvy guy. Gone are the days when, if you rented a suit, you looked like you were headed to prom. Forget the baggy, saggy, over-sized pant and coat, not to mention the outdated cut of that dress shirt. They have created an all-too easy system to be a seriously sophisticated and stylish wedding guest, groom or groomsman. Shipped right to you door, a well-designed, high quality and on-trend selection of suits is available at a swipe or a click, arriving 7 days before your event. You’d be hard pressed to find a suit or tux that fits you this well and looks this good, for the cost of this rental. And for that, who would want to spend the money or the time trying to find anything else? With every social media outlet capturing your every move at every event, it’s becoming harder and harder to wear the same outfit twice.  And with THE BLACK TUX, you no longer have to! It doesn’t get any more convenient than this people! They’ve put together this oh-so-handy quick-style-guide to help decode those can-be elusive wedding dress code categories.The Black Tux Style Guide

For the ladies, it’s been a little easier with some great dress rental websites that have become popular over the years. One of our favorites is the LA based, THE STYLIST LA.

Being based in Orange County, California, we do a lot of gorgeous seaside weddings, many that come with either a ‘formal’ dress code or that infamous ‘beach chic’, or ‘beach formal’ phrase. What we believe is the most ambiguous attire description is ‘beach formal’. So, we are going to give our own personal style guide for that all-too common phrase to help any stumped wedding guest out there feel more confident when selecting their ‘look’ to best compliment this theme. We hope you find it helpful!

BEACH FORMAL

Venue: Yacht Club, Coastal Hotel or Resort, or Private Estate located on or near the water (ocean or harbor).

Style: Think nautical, preppy, east-coast Hampton’s, California chic, coastal neutrals.

What the Bride will be wearing: most likely a fit and flare, modified A-line, mermaid or sheath style bridal gown with light flowy fabrics and soft hues such as pearl, off-white, white or blush.

What the Groom will be wearing: a lighter colored suit, either grey, navy blue or light linen. Crisp white textured shirt. With a patterned colored tie or bow tie, and a coordinating pocket square. Brown/neutral dress shoes and coordinating belt.

What you should wear….

LADIES: Don’t be afraid of COLOR at these events. Typically, these are summer soirees and with balmy weather, it’s easy to pull off a flowy  light weight fabric dress with a color pattern or floral print. We always err on the more formal side, with a knee length or tea length as the shortest you’ll want to go, if not full length. For ‘beach chic’, you can go shorter, as this is typically less formal than ‘beach formal’. We love suggesting ASOS USA to our guests, as they have a variety of beautiful dress options, for every body type and at every price point!

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GENTLEMEN: Think Hamptons. Light weight and light colored suits, navy and light grey, with colorful ties or bow ties and coordinating pocket squares. Brown/neutral dress shoes and coordinating belts. Also, socks are optional. If you do opt for socks, you can have fun with these! Here’s a time when you can be bold with a colorful dress pant and classic sport coat. The photo below on the right is a fashion forward guest at one of our recent yacht club weddings (Josh Elliott Photography). The photo on the left is THE REDDING OUTFIT from THE BLACK TUX, which we would suggest as base suit choice, then jazz it up with a colorful tie and pocket square!

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And lastly, don’t forget to coordinate with your date! Think similar tones and colors that compliment each other! Check in well in advance to see what the other is contemplating, and make your decisions accordingly.

So, those are just a few of our humble suggestions that we hope you find helpful when the invitation reads ‘beach formal’. We absolutely love this style wedding, and love seeing STYLIST guests who are excited to sport their most fashionable finds.

Lindsay & Britt xo

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Talk about the two most down-to-earth, fun-loving and kind hearted people you’ll ever meet; Amy & Dave were a pleasure to work with. Amy had envisioned a classic but contemporary neutral nautical style wedding. She has beautiful taste, so it made helping her select her vendors and, bring her aesthetic together, very easy! It was a gorgeous June day on the water here in Newport Beach, and there to capture it all so beautifully was none other then one of our favorites Josh Elliott. This uber lush greenery-filled wedding design was brought to life by Little Hill Floral Design and she nailed it! There are so many fresh and pretty details from succulents that hold calligraphy paper table numbers, to an adorable Duffy boat decorated with elegant garland to whisk the newlyweds away! We have done our fair share of nautical-inspired weddings and we have to say, this one tops them all. Thanks to all our wonderful vendor partners!

Ceremony: Begonia Park, Corona Del Mar // Reception: Newport Harbor Yacht Club // Beauty: Beauty & The Beach // Photography: Josh Elliott Studios // Transportation: Big Red Bus /& OC Cruiser / Band: Fortune Entertainment // Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Design // Stationary: Paper Plane Paperie // Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery // Videography: Trumility Productions // Calligraphy: Smitten Paper Boutique // Wood Boards: Sweet N Collective // Name Cards: Cotton and Grain // Bridal Gown: The White Dress

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Vanessa & Alex could not be a nicer, more gracious and loving couple. It was a complete pleasure to help them create this beautiful outdoor wedding at Shady Canyon Golf Club. This is just a small sampling of photos from Colby Elizabeth Photography, and we can’t wait to see more of the amazing details from that day! From custom signature cocktail drink signs that feature an artist’s rendering of their adorable dogs Baxter and Bernie as the drink names, to a gorgeous cast iron chandelier kissed with rustic greenery and florals, this wedding had so many personal and sophisticated touches. 260 happy guests dinned and danced under the x-shape white structure with flowing chiffon to De Bois Entertainment’s “Traffic Jamm”, who kept everyone on their feet. The day and evening went beautifully, and we couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of making it all come together seamlessly.

Ceremony: Our Lady Queen of Angels // Venue: Shady Canyon Golf Club // Photographer: Colby Elizabeth Photography // Videography: Theater 10 Wedding Films // Floral Design: The Bloom of Time // Hair: Tress Apothecary // Makeup: Design Visage // Wedding Gown: Watters // Invitations and Paper Goods: Paper Plane Paperie // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop // Ice Cream Sandwiches: Chunk-n-Chip // Band: Traffic Jamm (de bois entertainment) // Calligraphy: Aria Paperie

 

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Hello friends! We are SO excited to be sharing this gorgeous styled shoot with all of you, now that it’s been featured over at the lovely Grey Likes Wedding blog. 

Today marks exactly 46 years since the very first gay pride march, and yesterday marks exactly one year since the Supreme Count legalized same sex marriage. So this shoot could not have been better timed. 

The shoot centered around a farmhouse table covered with a rich cognac leather runner and white blooms. Each type of flower was arranged in its own vase for a masculine touch, and paired with greenery, copper-sprayed eucalyptus and suede-like magnolia leaves. Each set of matte gray plates was wrapped in a metallic hand-lettered leather strap to serve as the place card, and was accented with a deep blue cotton linen napkin loosely wrapped with a black velvet ribbon. Maidenhair fern favors planted in handmade cement and copper pots served as the individual favor at each setting. Small bottles of bourbon served as the escort cards, wrapped in a copper, hand-painted sleeve. Catering included a miniature Bites & Shots menu of succulent beef with dark beer shooters and Moscow mules (in tiny copper cups) paired with the cutest little sliders you ever did see!

A HUGE thank you to all our amazing vendors who contributed to make this shoot come together so beautifully.

Creative Team:

Photography @bretthickmanphoto
Design & Coordination @sugarbranchevents
Florist @thebloomoftime
Venue by 24 Carrots @the_1912
Bites & Shots @24carrotscatering
Wardrobe @friartux
Makeup @designvisage
Paper goods @paperplanepaperie
Calligraphy @ariapaperie
Cake @simplysweetcakery
Vintage Rentals @sundrop_vintage
Place settings @classicpartyoc @christianfromclassic

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