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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 /



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We accented the tablescape with vintage book stacks, cut crystal votives and the stunning “Smoke Elegance” Chargers. The chargers were finished off with a crisp linen napkin with the printed menu from Mintwich Designs perfectly tucked in and a classic olive leaf sprig with a single phalaenopsis orchid to make every guest feel special. For the desserts, we leaned towards the prettiness side with a hand painted cake that had a gorgeous gold blossom created by Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach Creamery. The dessert table also had yummy treats of Mini Cream’wiches, Vanilla Bean French Macaroons, White Chocolate covered marshmallows, Snowball cookies and White Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispy bars. Two menu chalkboards were hung behind the dessert table to bring in the industrial element.

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Shoot Location: California / Event Design: Constance Curtis Events and The Vines Leaf / Photographer: Aaron Young Photography / Floral Design: The Vines Leaf / Cake and Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach Creamery / Paper Goods Design: Mintwich Graphic Design / Paper Goods Printing: UltraGraphics

{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