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I’m convinced that Joshua Tree is made up of 99% magic. Seriously, this place is the stuff of dreams! So when Tinlee first contacted me about their destination engagement session, I was thrilled to get back to this very special National Forest. Lucky for me, Tinlee and Benny were in town for a wedding so they extended their trip a few more days to celebrate their recent engagement with an epic photo shoot.

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Tinlee mentioned that she had a long red dress she wanted to wear for the photos. What she didn’t include was that is was literally perfect, I just love the way the color popped against the neutral dessert background. Despite a little wind, it was the perfect dessert afternoon and I had so much fun capturing Tinlee and Benny’s relationship.

This was just one of those dream shoots where everything came together perfectly, and I’m so just grateful I got to be a small part of this sweet couples story.

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I like to think of wedding vendors as your support system. These are the people you are trusting to bring your vision to life, share in your joy, and help when things don’t necessarily go as planned. That is why it’s SO important to hire people who you are 100% confident in. I love highlighting some of my favorite vendors to work with, and today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Aimee with Confetti Skies!

The first time I got the chance to work with Aimee was actually at my own wedding, so I know first hand how wonderful she is amidst the stress of planning! I just adore her positive personality, and ability to handle any situation with grace. Whenever we get the opportunity to work together I know the couple will be well taken care of and her number one priority.

These are just a few of the many reasons I love working with Confetti Skies, and I’m thrilled to share more about her style, approach, and background with you today!

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See more photos from our last wedding together at the Bowers Museum!

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 Tell us a little bit about how you got started in weddings?
My interest in weddings started back in college when I attended FIDM and had a wedding dress design project. Through my research of dress design, I dove into all aspects of the wedding and thought the industry was fascinating and something I could really enjoy. After getting my degree in Product Development, I figured I owed it to myself to be in the fashion industry for a while, but also learn all that I can about weddings in my spare time. I read books, attended courses, and interned with some wonderful wedding coordinators. It wasn’t until 2011 that I made the conscious decision to pursue my love of wedding coordination and was willing to start anywhere. Luckily, the venue where I was getting married at was looking for someone to run the venue. I applied for the job and gladly accepted the position. After 2 1/2 years with the venue and about 150 weddings, I decided it was time to build my own business and really invest in a small number of couples each year.

How would you describe your artistic style?
My artistic style is modern with a touch of sparkle. I love clean lines and simplistic decor, but to add a touch of glam to it. I always like to add some glitter or something sparkly to catch your eye.

What inspires you?
Honestly, it is real couples and their love stories. It may sound cheesy, but knowing the story behind how a couple came together and have grown together really makes me better at my job. I love pulling from their past and their “couple style” to put together an amazing event that leaves their guests feeling like they’ve experienced a wonderful union of their friends/family and not just an event from Pinterest.

What do you love about weddings?
My favorite part about weddings is seeing all of the stress and nerves melt away once the couples see each other for the first time. There’s something so calming and so raw in that moment. It gets me every time!

What are the most important factors couples should consider when choosing a planner?
The most important factors when choosing a planner are communication and making sure you “click” with your planner.

Communication is KEY so you and your planner are on the same page. I always tell my clients that I would rather be on every single one of your emails than to be left in the dark. The more information a planner has, the more planning they can do to make sure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. Clicking with your planner is equally important. If you don’t feel like your planner understands you or understands your vision, you won’t have the confidence in them to run your day. Things happen on the day of the wedding and you want a planner that is like minded so they would handle the situation the way you would. Sometimes people don’t click and THAT’S OKAY. It’s best to find someone you really like and can trust.

What sets you apart from others in your field?
I feel like my background on the venue/catering side sets me apart from others. Being on that side of the business with a high volume of weddings, you learn very quickly how all types of vendors operate and how each company is a bit different. You know what questions to ask and how everything you do as a wedding planner can effect each vendor and the overall timing/flow of the wedding day. Another attribute I have is my temperament. I am very calm in stressful situations and am able to handle issues without a big ordeal. The last thing any couple (or guest) wants to see is the wedding planner freaking out!

What advice do you have for newly engaged couples?
Enjoy the process and always remember WHY you’re having a wedding. Yes, weddings cost a lot and yes, they can be stressful. Anything involving large sums of money is. Just remember to enjoy each other and the best memories you will have is getting to marry your best friend. 10 years down the road, you won’t remember if the shade of pink on your napkin didn’t match the shade of pink on your invitation. You will remember seeing your significant other for the first time and being announced as a married couple! Focus on that and you’ll do just fine! AND if you do get stressed out, go out for a date night and talk about anything except for the wedding. It will help you re-energize and bring you back to why you said yes in the first place. 

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I’ve been counting down the days for Alicia and Sunal’s wedding ever since I got them in front of my camera for their Montage Laguna Beach engagement shoot. Not only are they beyond adorable together but the camera loves them, and so do I! I knew their wedding day was going to be something special, and the moment I saw their list of vendors I had full confidence that Alicia and Sunal’s dream wedding would come together flawlessly.

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There was so much sentimental touches through their wedding, from the coins pasted down through Alicia’s family for generations, to the Doctor’s pad for guests to fill out the “prescription for a happy marriage,” which was especially fun since Sunal is a Doctor, and Alicia’s is a Nurse. Not to mention their adorable dog who wore a black tie suit for the occasion, and I couldn’t get enough of the cuteness!

From the moment I arrived for getting ready, to the last dance Alicia and Sunal were full of so much joy and excitement. Their energy was infectious, and it’s easy to see why the were surrounded with so much love and support. It was so fun being part of their celebration, and I know their life together will be filled with even more joy than their wedding!

Planning: Pure Lavish Events | Hair & Makeup: Design Visage | Florals: Art with Nature | Reception: Back Bay Bistro | DJ: Elevated Pulse | Cake: Beverlys Bakery | Photobooth: Capture Pod

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  • SImmi singh - Beautiful couple! God bless them.

  • Alicia patel - These photos are beyond beautiful! It is quite evident how amazing you are at what you do!! Thank you for going above and beyond to capture the best day of our lives!!

We are the stories we tell. For my entire life I have told people the same story when it came to running. “I ran track in high school but never anything over a 400m, I am NOT a long distance runner.” For the last 29 years this has been my truth, and my words supported my actions.

However, during this time I’ve had a nagging desire to complete a half marathon. I even blogged about it 6 years ago hoping that would give me the needed accountability, but it didn’t change anything. It was too big, too scary, and too overwhelming for me to move forward. I was paralyzed by fear. This past weekend, after 12 weeks of training, and years of dreaming, I crossed the finish line of my first Half Marathon! In that moment I changed my story. 3 months ago I was ready to quit before I even started, but I did the work, pushed through the fear, and believed in myself in a way I’ve never really experienced.

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This wouldn’t have been possible without 2 very important things: a support system and a plan. Without these my dream of finishing a half marathon would have stayed just that, a dream. Throughout this process I expected to get stronger but what I really found was a whole new perspective on life. The story I tell myself will now be filled with “why nots” instead of “I can’t.”

  • Rachelle - So proud of you for reaching this goal! Keep pushing past the fear and see where it takes you!! ;)

Being a mom is no easy task. As I’ve watched my friends navigate the waters of new motherhood I’ve been amazing with their strength, courage, and never ending patience. I can only imagine what a life altering experience being a mom is. Often times moms just don’t have to the time to get the MUCH needed pampering they deserve and desperately need. So with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve teamed up with a group of incredible a ladies to offer a special giveaway for one deserving mom!

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The winning mom will receive $600 worth of pampering including:
– Full set of lashes by POP Lash and Beauty Bar ($175 value)
– Blowout and Makeup by Gift Box Beauty ($85 value)
– Full Body Tan and Brazilian Waxing with Bare Tan and Wax OC ($90)
– 30 minute photo session with yours truly. Includes approximately 25 hi-res photos. ($250 value)

TO ENTER YOU MUST
1. Enter your email via this link: eepurl.com/bRjLl1
2. Follow @poplash @giftboxbeauty @baretanandwaxoc @kayshaphoto on Instagram.
3. In the comments of THIS POST tag 3 deserving moms, so they can enter too!

Some restrictions apply: Must be a mom to win. Must be available on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 and travel to Costa Mesa, California. Giveaway closes on April 30th at midnight, and winner will be contacted via email.