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Shade Hotel Shoot

The Shade Hotel is such a cool and stylish luxury hotel in Manhattan Beach and it was the perfect place for this shoot. Aaron Young shot all the goodies you’re about to see and it all couldn’t have happened without the amazing Constance Curtis!

We had two floral concepts going on, and these upcoming pictures are the first concept.. A little bit of romance mixed with a lot of pretty in muted tones, all carefully designed with blush garden roses, lavender roses and ranunculus, ivory hydrangea and lisianthus, with touches of gold.

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We then swapped out the arrangements with our second concept.. Something different. Still pretty, still romantic, but a lot more bold!

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And now for the pretty little details… berries, gilded fruits & succulents, wax dripped candlesticks, crystal decanters, and lets not forget the gorgeous chevron table runners!

These color of these blackberries are an amazing contrast to the rest of the table.


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We loved working with Constance and Aaron!

Shoot Location: Shade Hotel / Event Design: Constance Curtis Events / Photographer:Aaron Young Photography / Floral Design: The Vines Leaf / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals /



Upcoming Wedding Trends

A little sneak peek into what we are up to with Constance Curtis Events…She has been working on a fabulous new online magazine that is about to release!  We will be collaborating on some awesome Tabletop shoots with all of the latest and greatest trends for the upcoming year…We can’t wait to share it all with you, stay tuned for amazingness!

Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

Constance Curtis and I had a blast pulling the details together for this wedding!  Erika was a super classic and timeless kind of a bride.  Her family has a tradition of staying at the Hotel Del Coronado every summer so it was an obvious place for her to marry her Prince Charming.  We wanted a very regal and classic feel with a bright and beachy lightness to it, so we chose the pale yellows with whites and greens with a tiny pop of blue.

 Erika’s wedding was in the perfect time of the year to get the coveted yellow peonies in the mix…pure amazingness.

For the ceremony, we took the Gazebo at the Hotel Del Coronado and draped the front of it in a beautiful raw silk fabric to soften (and hide!) the existing lattice work that was behind it.  We bordered it with two think bands and tiebacks of hydrangea, dahlias and fluffy green viburnum.

For the reception we used a vintage crystal and gold candelabra that perfectly fit the feel of the Grand Ballroom…totally old world charm! We went with all tall centerpieces to fill the large room and high ceilings.  The head table was filled with an eclectic mix of vintage crystal vases with peonies, garden roses ranunculus and hydrangea (not pictured here).

 Loving these photos from Oz Visuals, Thank You!

{Manhattan Beach Engagement Shoot}

Here is a fun photo shoot that I worked on with Constance Curtis Events in Manhattan Beach  We used beautiful rustic elements like an old farm table with mismatched vintage chairs from Ribbons and Rust and mixed them with a flowing linen backdrop that created a perfect Ocean vignette.  We used simple hydrangeas, viburnum and kale set in vintage milk glass.  The Shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty a few weeks back…here is a small snippet from Constance herself! Read on for all of the details…

“When Kara + Jason were first engaged, I wanted to gift them with something special. With the help of my fabulous and very talented vendors, I was able to create an engagement shoot and inspired engagement party that symbolizes them as a couple. As a planner, when creating a wedding or any event, it’s important to get to know the couple and create something that is unique for them. My overall vision for this shoot was earthy meets clean lines and crisp white color on a sandy beach that captures both Kara’s style and the great memories we have together.”

Signs and graphics:
Chanel Schafer Visual and Graphic Design

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Production + Design: Constance Curtis and Candace Amoia of
Constance Curtis Events
Aaron Young Photography
Ribbons and Rust
The Vines Leaf
Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach