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Weekly Wrap-Up + Giveaway Winners!

Weekly Wrap Ups

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Time for a happy dance, it’s the weekend! We’re about to roll up our sleeves for a bit of spring cleaning and redecoration, but before we head off we want to leave you all with some goodies — including our winners for the recent giveaways! We’ll let you know who the lucky ones are in just a second, but first we want to make sure you’ve heard of Enjoy Event Co‘s upcoming event production workshop, It’s None of Your Business (yes it is).

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The weekend workshop takes place at San Francisco’s Makeshift Society on April 13 and 14, and there are only a few places left, so act now! Emily and Megan of Enjoy Event Co are event planning All-Stars, so be ready to learn the tricks of the trade from two sweet girls who know how to make any event shine. Featured speakers will be Edyta Szyszlo, Anne Sage, and Amanda of One True Love Rentals, and there will be tons of yummy treats, photobooth goodness, and goody bags from top wedding vendors! The clock is ticking…

We’re beyond delighted to announce our winners from the past week’s giveaways:

The winner of the Plum Pretty Sugar giveaway is Dale!

The winner of the Marolsha hair comb giveaway is Sara P.!

The two winners for the Blush Paperie gift cards are Kayla and Lorelei!

Congratulations to you all! We’ll be in touch shortly with more details.

In case you missed any features from this week…

Pink and gold Austin wedding
Sequins and champagne wedding inspiration
Minted letterpress wedding invitations
Day after lifestyle session
Safari-inspired Palm Springs wedding
Custom color match with For Her For Him
Paradise Cove Florida wedding
Modern Art Deco glam shoot
Blush pink Maine wedding
Handmade robes by Doie Lounge
French botanical inspiration shoot
Palm Springs desert wedding

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FROM SF WITH LOVE

Hello! From SF With Love is based in San Francisco. We cover local weddings within 2-3 hours of SF. Our photography style is urban, modern, timeless, editorial & authentic. We try to catch the in-between moments that reflect who people really are & their loved ones in an artistic way.

We love to photograph people & living a creative life rich in culture here on the West Coast. Finding & being found by the right couples is a beautiful thing.

Please get in touch if you think we are a good fit.
Packages range from $3,500-6,500.

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Gold Parisian Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

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Julie Harmsen

It turns out that not only is Julie Harmsen one talented photographer, she also knows how to throw one heck of a bridal shower. For her friend Nicole’s celebration party, Julie brought together vintage details with a bit of Parisian flair and quirkiness for one picture-perfect shower. Evidently Nicole is known for her retro style, and we can see why — couldn’t you just live in her vintage frock from Pretty Parlor?

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From the photographer, Julie Harmsen: Nicole is a total babe and is always wearing a fabulous vintage piece of clothing along with stunning red lips. She loves gold and is also spending her honeymoon in France so I wanted to incorporate those two things into the shower. Googling inspiration for Parisian themed parties brings up a lot of cheesy things and I wanted to be sure to gently incorporate the Parisian elements rather than batting the party over the head with it. I downloaded a free Parisian themed font for her wedding invite and printed it on top of some already made Paper Source gold dotted invitations.


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We didn’t want to go heavy on the shower games either and just had one questionnaire finding out who knows Nicole and her fiance, Nate, the best. In the design of those I incorporated the simple black and white stripes that is often seen in Parisian design. We snacked on macarons, lemon tarts, croissants, cheeses, chocolate treats and sipped champagne. The gold vases were my favorite diy craft and I purchased them at Archie McPhee and found some other various vases at Goodwill. Some of the vases I taped half of them and then spray painted the untaped half, then peeled away the tape once dry. I was thrilled with how it turned out. The vases with the drips was done by holding the spray can directly over the vase until it collected enough paint and started to drip down the side. The glitter vases was done the same way with the tape and the I sprayed glue adhesive and sprinkled gold sparkles on it. To add some pops of color I bought some tulips and pussy willow from the Pikes Place Market and ranunculas from another market, arranging them together. I had the blue vintage fabric in the back of my car and threw it on the food table to add a vintage aspect.


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Shoot Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Julie Harmsen / Dress: Pretty Parlor / Hair and Makeup: Tiffany-Colors / White Picnic Table: Scout Vintage Rentals / Balloons: Red Balloon Company

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Whim Hospitality

Since our launch in 2012, Whim Hospitality has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – catering, event and tent rentals, florals and venue management – we are innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the uncommon experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors.

We bring people together!

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Palm Springs Desert Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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EPLove

What’s not to love about a wedding with cactus and succulents popping up here and there? Diana and Jeff’s wedding was the perfect meld of desert minimalism and romantic garden, right in the heart of Palm Springs, California. The always-incredible EPLove was on hand to capture every detail to a T:

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From the bride, Diana: Initially we wanted a modern, desert-inspired wedding, but after finding our location – the lush Cree Estate in Palm Springs – we fell in love with its rustic, romantic gardens framed by contrasting desert mountains in the distance. The feel was intimate and sweet with plenty of space and sky.


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We chose colors that reflected natural desert elements: sand, stone, dusty greens, with pops of magenta and yellow to reflect cactus flowers in bloom. We had many, MANY DIY projects, from invitations, website, ceremony decor including the silk magenta blossoms on the cacti and the cacti themselves (which we grew from seedlings!), to designing temporary tattoos, flower arranging, the guest seating list (a refinished old door with chalkboard panes), etc, etc.


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outdoor wedding receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? You may think that you need everything to be perfect the day of your wedding, but it’s much more important to ENJOY the day of your wedding! Be selective with your DIY projects rather than try to do everything yourself. This means accepting help from others and letting go of certain things.


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bride and groom

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver; “Wild Horses,” the Rolling Stones
Recessional: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N Roses
First Dance: “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone),” Bill Withers
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Still Crazy After All These Years,” Paul Simon

Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Wedding Photographer: EPLove / Wedding Venue: The Cree Estate / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta “AV9105” via Lili’s / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “Harmony” / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groom’s Tie: Hugo Boss / Wedding Caterer: Chichen Itza / Desserts: Natas Cafe / Ice Cream Truck: Cool Haus / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom via Paper Source

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Dart Collective

DJs • Bands • Party Down

Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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