Posts Tagged :

Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Why Some Brides Choose To Do a First Look 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Why Some Brides Choose To Do a First Look

Many of our brides and grooms struggle with deciding on whether or not they would like to see each other before the ceremony- also known as a “first look.” Speaking from my own experience as a bride- I am so grateful that I did! The first look allowed me to completely calm down & remember that the wedding day was just about me and my amazing husband. Being a wedding planner, I knew that I would be nervous before the ceremony- my stomach was in knots! No one can relate to that feeling until you are actually there in that moment!  But, when the time came for the first look I felt instantly at ease &  seeing Andrew took all of those nerves away.

(Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography)

We find that the main reason why some brides choose to do a first look is so they are able to join the cocktail hour. Let’s be honest, sometimes cocktail hour is the best part of a wedding, and it is always more fun if the Bride & Groom are able to join in!  If you are willing to do the first look, the majority of your wedding photos will be done before the ceremony which allows you to join the party! If you choose to see each other when you are walking down the aisle, all of your photos with the two of you and your families/wedding party will need to be taken during cocktail hour.

discounted A-line bridesmaid dresses

(Photos  by: Jessica Lewis Photography)

(Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography)

The first look is a time for the Bride & Groom to thoroughly enjoy & savor this special moment. That moment to just be alone and take in the fact that you are about to become husband and wife!They are able to be real and show their raw emotions, instead of doing this in front of all of the wedding guests.  This moment, is something that only a first look can give you.

(Photos by: Melissa Musgrove Photography)

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers 150 150 La Fete Weddings

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers

Let’s face it, planning a wedding is expensive… By the time all of your rentals, entertainment, food/alcohol & everything else adds up, the last thing most clients want to spend a fortune on is flowers! So we have come up with a few budget-friendly ideas that help you to get a little bit more BANG for your buck by learning how to re-use your wedding flowers! We try to do this at all of our weddings no matter how high end the event is! The reality is- every space can always use a few extra finishing touches!

Now, I should begin by saying that there is NOTHING worse than seeing large amounts of flowers being moved here and there by a bunch of hardworking vendors -This can send the wrong message to your guests… So please make sure that when you use these tips they can be done out of the view of the guests.

Tip #1) Re-use your large ceremony flowers!!! This is great for events where the cocktail hour is far away from the ceremony & reception location. The guests will be enjoying cocktail hour and will NEVER know that you have re-used those stunning flowers that were only appreciated for 30 minutes during your ceremony! Here is one example showing how we repurposed these large arrangements at the entry of the reception tent.

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 Heres another example from my own wedding. We re-used the tall ceremony floral pieces on the head table, then moved the shorter ones to the entry of the reception space. The arrangements that were at the back of the ceremony aisle moved to flank each side of the stage!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

 Tip #2) Once you are done with the ceremony & all of your photos, we always walk around and collect your bridesmaids bouquets during cocktail hour. Mostly because balancing a cocktail while eating hors d’oeuvres and trying have a conversation is practically impossible while holding your bouquet! We then use these to decorate the reception  bar or anywhere else that seems to need a little pop of color!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

Tip #3) The cocktail hour arrangements are typically the perfect size for any small end table or coffee table, but once your guests move down to the reception they are simply forgotten about! Since we always try to enjoy flowers for as long as we can, we like to re-purpose the cocktail hour centerpieces into the lounge groupings!

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 

Tip #4) A large majority of our clients are choosing to host wedding events throughout the weekend. If you are considering hosting a Sunday Brunch try to re-use your wedding flowers as your brunch centerpieces. Mindy Rice designed the stunning centerpieces for this wedding and we knew we could not let her gorgeous flowers be wasted! By switching up the location, the  linens and the chairs the flowers take on a whole different design yet still look absolutely stunning the next day!

(Sorry about the image quality- these photos were taken on our iPhones :))

Florist: Mindy Rice

Tip #5) Donate!!! This is something to discuss with your florist before the wedding day. Lots of local florists will happily donate your wedding flowers to Hospice, nursing homes, hospitals or even cemeteries.

If most of your wedding guests are local, talk to your florist about the containers she is using & ask if some of the flowers can be taken home by your guests at the end of the evening. If this is something you might like- then their is a chance your florist will design the flowers in paper mache pots that easily lift out of the florists containers for the guests to take home!

 

Modern Wedding at The El Encanto 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Modern Wedding at The El Encanto

The El Encanto is one of the most breathtaking locations to hold a wedding. With their incredibly unique ceremony garden which surrounds the lily pond, the photo opportunities are endless, and the views of Santa Barbara are spectacular. Its no wonder our bride Kimberly fell in love with it when we first toured the property (with hard hats) before the hotel had officially re-opened!

Kimberly and Paul planned their modern wedding at the El Encanto all the way from Korea! We actually only met with Paul once & Kimberly twice. They had simple and sophisticated taste, and really wanted to incorporate  lots of water elements along with the texture of fish scales. All of the paper products and invitations were custom designed and each one was handmade by the Groom (aside from the lazer cutting which was done in Korea). The textures of the linens brought in the fish-scale patterns and textures and the unique floral arrangements from NLC Productions tied everything together perfectly. We also had a lot of fun creating the water table filled with gold fish for the escort card display! The day was beautifully captured by the talented Ashleigh Taylor Photography who never disappoints!