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A few weeks ago a few friends of mine and I headed to Temecula Wine Country for some wine tasting, something I rarely ever say no to. Aall in Limo graciously provided us the transportation so we could experience what it’s like to be on our client’s end. Our driver was awesome and the limo bus was super nice inside (air conditioned and all, a must have in Temecula!).

We all hoped in and quickly popped open the champagne, #priorities. We cranked the music up and headed to our first winery, Wilson Creek. The wine slushies there were calling our names, they are seriously one of the greatest creations ever invented, especially for hot days.

Our next stop was Lorimar Winery, where we got some more wine + enjoyed food from their food truck on the patio. The fries were to…die…for.

We asked our driver if he could drop us off in Old Town at Crush & Brew to continue the afternoon downtown and he was super flexible with this request! We drank some craft cocktails and had the best day ever.

Thank you Aall in Limo for this treat! We rarely ever get a weekend day off in the middle of wedding season, and you allowed us to live it up and have the best time! We’re feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on August!

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For our couples looking for transportation options or bachelorette/bachelor party limo buses, check out Aall in Limo here!

xo

Kelsey

 

A huge thank you to Shelly F Photos for capturing the day!

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I am so excited to be sharing my guest blogger, Katelyn, owner of E.C. Style Bar. She’s going to share all about why hiring a beauty concierge is the way to go! She’s the best + I know you will all love her!

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Leading up to your wedding, I am sure you have a checklist. Each time you are able to check off a part of the process, you do a little jig and feel an immense sense of satisfaction. I get it, there are very few things as satisfying as checking something off your list and you should be excited. Particularly I think while planning your wedding, because there seems to be a limitless amount of things you can plan for. 

  • Venue? Check!
  • Florals? Check!
  • Photography? Check!
  • Beauty services? Umm… oh crap.

This is a scenario I hear a lot, as a lot of brides don’t think about hair and makeup as a top priority in the planning process or they forget. Planning hair and makeup for the wedding day can be a whole beast in itself, as you have to consider the number of ladies getting hair and makeup, and then sifting through vendors endlessly trying to find someone that might fit yourself and your groups’ needs. This is all a major pain and a major time suck, which is why you shouldn’t have to worry about.

This is why I started Elwynn & Cass, LLC (aka E.C. Stylebar), a beauty concierge service that matches the artist to your occasion based on the experience you are looking for. My job as a beauty concierge is to take this stress off of you in the planning process. You tell me the experience you are looking for (how you want to feel and look) on the day of your wedding and I will match the best artist to yourself and your bridal party. That’s it. You don’t have to search through beauty vendors, you don’t have to schedule the timing of the day of for services, and you don’t have to organize a trial with the artists.

I take all of that stress and needless guesswork off of you and allow you to focus on the things that need your attention. Plus, without having to stress about organizing the hair and makeup for yourself and your wedding party, you can actually ENJOY the services and getting glammed up. And you know what’s the best part? The artists are personally matched to your wants and needs. No worrying about wanting a natural look and getting a boudoir diva or not having the artist achieve the hairstyle you are going for.

I love to get to know you, the bride, and really get a sense of you. Not just your wedding date, or the number of people in your party, but your personality. What you like to do for fun, what your style is, your favorite food, you get the gist. I love personal touches and on your wedding day, as well as, the whole process leading up to it, should feel personalized and unique to you. It is your day after all.

If you need hair and makeup for your wedding day, and want the experience to be completely personal and unique to you, give me a call. I would love to help any way I can!

xo

Katelyn

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Bio

My name is Katelyn McCullough and I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. I moved to San Diego to attend University of San Diego, and after I graduated I decided to stay in San Diego to start my own business. My mother and myself started Elwynn & Cass, LLC (aka E.C. Stylebar), a beauty concierge service based in Southern California in 2015. We match the best artists for the client and/or occasion based on the experience they are looking for. We love personal touches and unique experiences, so we endeavor to bring that to each event and client we work with

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Each year brings new adventures, fresh starts, trends to chase, and of course, the much anticipated Pantone Color of the Year. 2017 is filled with greenery + weddings are no exception. If you are looking to double dip on style, and design a wedding of the year, lush plant life + lounge style seating go hand-in-hand. Nothing is more romantic than bringing the outdoors inside and sitting cozy next to the ones you love.

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Speaking of romance gentlemen, make your lady swoon this season with a perfectly fitted tux from The Black Tux. They have so many different styles (and colors!) to choose from and are always keeping up with trends to assure you look your best. I promise your honey’s heart will skip a beat when she sees the tux you are in. Want to get bold with a colored tux? Go for it. Because the best part about your greenery inspired wedding is that nature goes with everything.

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The Dress Theory has the most unforgettable styles that will compliment your earthy wedding while keeping you the center of the landscape. This, along with a dapper suit, make me want to swoon (anyone else?!).

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We can’t wait to see what our lovely couples are dreaming up for their look!

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Blue suede shoes, a lace dress from The Dress Theory in San Diego + one of the coolest brides ever, and that just made up one half of the duo that got married at Green Acre this past April’s Fools Day. Her groom? A tall, handsome dude with a passion for airplanes and traveling to funky places, like Iceland (YES, we totally bonded over drinks + our mutual obsession for this icy destination). I knew I was going to love these two from the second I met them.

Christy came to me with some of the raddest ideas + one of my all time favorite venues booked. Her family owns Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula (the spot my little sister said, “I do”) so they wanted to incorporate Wiens wine + beer (duh!). Since the vineyard sits next to rows + rows of orange groves, she wanted to bring in oranges in some way too at Green Acre Campus Pointe. Natalie from the Native Poppy instantly got our vision and she brought together an insane floral color palette + tiny oranges that melted my heart. It was perfect.

And the best part of all…? The ladies threw on some leather jackets + danced the night away. If only I could be half as cool. Congrats C + D!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Venue: Green Acre Campus Pointe

Photographer: Plum & Oak Photo

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Rentals: Witty Rentals

Hair + Make Up: Bella Allure Salon

Florals: Native Poppy

Cake: Sweet as Bliss

Cookies: The Cravory

Dress: The Dress Theory

Dress Designer: Rue de Seine

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We’ve officially been back from Iceland for a month and I still feel like I left a part of my heart there. #wanderlustproblems

I’ve taken the last few weeks to travel some more, settle back into the daily grind + think back on what was arguably one of the best trips I have EVER been on. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a day I don’t think about those cute little horses on the side of the road, the endless singing in the car with my favorite gals and all the memories made in epic spots like The Blue Lagoon. I got to travel to Iceland with 5 girlfriends and I came back with a lifetime of memories + even closer friendships than before.

So here’s to sharing a little bit from my favorite trip, with photos by my favorite photographer, Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo. We were even lucky enough to shoot for Krochet Kids while we were there and basically became a walking billboard for Sorel’s. So yeah.

Being the planner that I am, I took all the girls wishlist spots and put together a loose itinerary. I’ll share what we did each day and the must see spots for food + drinks, because let’s be honest, food + drinks are the important things in life. So let me pour a glass of champs and get to sharing the good stuff! Enjoy friends!

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Day 1:
– We touched down at 4:10am from a fun flight on WOW Air. We expected nothing from this airline and were so surprised to see the cutest stewardesses ever and greeted to a little dance of the Northern Lights as we were making our way in. Definitely recommend this flight option for a cheap way to get to Iceland.
– Picked up our rental cars from Sad Cars– they were literally just that. But Sally + Carla (as we named our cars) and all of their 300,000+ miles (each!) got us through 7 days just fine!
– Explored downtown Reykjavik + Hallgrímskirkja Church.
– Had the most amazing swiss mocha from The Laundromat Cafe. If I could just hire one of those baristas to come personally make my mocha’s each morning, I would.

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Day 2:
– Viewed Strokkur Geyser, right off the main highway. I also snagged a croissant from their cafe inside and it was uhhh-mazing!
– Snorkeled the Silfra Fissure in 34 degree water! Total #bucketlist item right here! It’s located in Thingvellir National Park and is where the North American + Eurasian tectonic plates meet. In other words, #epic.
– We finished off the day with a little hike out to Bruarfoss Waterfall- the prettiest, bluest water my eyes ever did see.
– Ate at Kol– by far my favorite meal + cocktail of the trip!

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Day 3:
– We explored more of the Golden Circle with stops at the impressive Gulfoss Waterfall + Kerid Crater.
– Finished off the afternoon at The Secret Lagoon in Fludir. Warm water= pure heaven!

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Day 4:
Blue Lagoon– ALL DAY. Literally best part of the trip. I don’t know what I liked more, the food at their restaurant LAVA, the fact I got to lay around in silky blue water for 8 hours, or that I got to swim up and order whatever drink I wanted, whenever I wanted, or that I got serenaded by a true Icelandic man (shout out to Kowdy!) passing out algae masks. Literally everything was magic!
– Finished off the most perfect day ever with a night out in the town at the local bar, Lebowski’s! Apparently nightlife in Iceland starts at the rightful hour of 2am so we got the party started early by singing 90’s hits with some Icelandic girls on the dance floor and watched the crowds pour in late into the night. I got made fun of for ordering a mojito with gin (thanks Elyse!) so don’t do that. haha

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Day 5:
– Traveled from Reykjavik to Vik and saw Seljalandfoss + Skógafoss Waterfalls along the way.
– Braved the long 2 mile walk to the DC3 plane crash at sunset. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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Day 6:
– We slept in because we were, well, tired AF. After mustering up enough energy to get out of the house for the day (and with a quick stop at the grocery store because they are open strange hours like 11am-4pm) we headed to Black Sands Beach. We saw Basalt Columns and explored the mountainside + ridges + Dyrhólaey arch, reenacting Bieb’s + Dierks Bentley’s music videos… stay tuned.

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Day 7:
– Traveled to Hofn (The Lobster Capital of Europe) via a stop at Fjallsárlón glacier. Highlight of the day for sure!
– Saw Jökulsálrón aka Glacier Lagoon and took in the icebergs literally floating down the water. So pretty!

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Day 8:
– Ate one more amazing meal at Sandholt Reykjavik. The pastries had me wishing I could sneak them all in my suitcase!
– Were greeted by those purple suited WOW Air stewardess and slept our 8 hour journey home!

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All I have to say is… TAKE ME BACK!

 

*Disclaimer: Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo took the (clearly) professional photos. The snorkerling pics were taken by our lovely guide, Astrid, + there are some iPhone pics mixed in too*

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