Elise + Hayden's Temecula Wedding

Elise + Hayden's sweet + intimate wedding was filled with so much love from their family + friends! Planning with these two was so easy and fun + they were just a blast to work with! There was also a special little connection as my mom was actually Hayden's Kindergarten teacher (I always love when two worlds collide so much later in life).

I always know when a couple wants to have a food truck at their wedding that it's gonna be a good day! Add in some specialty cocktails, a modern barn atmosphere and lovely white + green florals and you've got yourself an awesome wedding!

Elise + Hayden are such a perfect match for each other and they exude love for one another. I think Hayden's reaction to his bride walking down the aisle may have been one of the best I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot!).

We wish the two of them so much happiness together!

xo,

Courtney

Coordination + Design: Kelsey Rae Designs

Venue: Owl Creek Farms

Rentals: Madam Palooza+Party Rentals by Premier

Photography: Selcouth Creative

Florals: Modern Bouquet

DJ: Scott Enterprises

Catering: Devilicious Eatery

Cake: Créme de la Créme

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Christina + Chris' Catameran Wedding

I knew I was going to absolutely LOVE Christina from the day I met her. We just clicked, in that way where I knew her infectious personality was something I always wanted to be around. Watching her love play out with Chris was truly magical. They are seriously the perfect match + I felt so honored to play a small part in the biggest day of their lives.

Every text, email + meeting brought Christina + I closer. Really getting to know my sweet couples and what they love, outside of just the “wedding planning” questions is what I strive to do! Merging Christina’s quirky tropical vibe, with a timeless look was a fun challenge. We elevated the look + made design decisions that I know she’ll look back on and still love 20 years from now.

Christina was a no fuss gal, which I appreciate. No need for a giant bridal party, this girl got ready in the salon at The Catamaran with her mama. She got in her dress in a gorgeous room overlooking the bay, with her brother’s and soon to be sister-in-law in tow. Each decided to just incorporate their siblings as their bridal party, and boy do I love this idea so dang much. It was a true family affair and I love that.

They said, “I do,” with their toes in the sand, overlooking the most beautiful bay, with family + friends there to support + of course enjoy the party! We brought in funky lounge set up’s from Witty Rentals + let The Dainty Lion have creative freedom to produce the most insane florals I’ve ever seen. It was magic.

Watching Christina + Chris smile + soak in every moment of being hubby + wifey, was the highlight of my day. I love these two and wish them all the love + happiness in the world!

xo

Kelsey

Venue + Hair/Make Up: The Catamaran

Photography: Amy Lynn

Videography: Full Sense Pro

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florals: The Dainty Lion Floral Co

Linen: La Tavola Linen

DJ: Sleeping Giant Music

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

Photobooth: Pixster Photobooth

Rentals: Witty Rentals + Classic Party

Stationary: Minted

Ashley + Ben's L'auberge Wedding

Mimosa’s, a gorgeous beach setting, brunch food (my fav!) + one beautiful couple… Ashley + Ben’s wedding at L’Auberge was a dream! Ashley reached out to me to help plan her seaside affair + I jumped on it in a heartbeat! Not only was L’Auberge on my dream list of places to work at, the fact that Ashley wanted to incorporate a boho style, with my favorite blue color palette, was almost too good to be true!

We got an early start to the day, as it was a brunch wedding! I didn’t know I could be that much of an early morning person, but as I showed up with my Starbucks in hand and saw the perfect beach gloom overhead, I knew it was going to be the perfect day.

Ashley got ready with her sweet little pup by her side. The first look was a dream + the vows they shared were just so special! They welcomed their guests to the rooftop deck at L’Auberge for the most amazing brunch celebration.

Seeing the love these two share is the reason why I do what I do! I wish so much love + happiness to Ashley + Ben!

xo

Kelsey

Photography: Plum & Oak Photo

Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Beauty: Jerelynrox Makeup

Florals: Bloom Babes

Bride's Gown: BHLDN

Music: JP Hennessey

Rentals: Hostess HavenCC Vintage Rentals, TBD Rentals

Transportation: Rolls Livery

Cake: Little Cakes

Officiant: Pastor Mike Mitschke

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Sara + Tony's Galway Downs Wedding

When Sara first reached out to me to help with the design of her wedding, I gushed hard. She’s a coordinator herself, so you imagine how honored I felt that she wanted to bring me on to help marry both her + her future hubby-to-be’s styles together. And the fact that her style was on trend + super rad, was just an added bonus. I literally hit the jackpot with these two.

You can imagine my surprise when I found out that Tony was more drawn to a traditional look, with draping and blush flowers + Sara was drawn to industrial modern, mixed metals + moody tones. Quite the stark contrast. I really tried to bring these two styles together with hints of softness in the draping at the ceremony site and touches of lighter florals to contrast the moody tones happening in other parts of the design.

The end result… perfection.

I grew to love these two so much. Sara is insanely talented herself + has THE best taste ever. A recipe for a good coordinator.

S + T, I wish nothing but the very best for you two! Thanks for letting me play a small part in your insanely dreamy wedding!

And catch their full feature on Inspired by This Blog here!

xo Kelsey

Photography: Elizabeth Lauren Photography

Venue: Galway Downs

Design: Kelsey Rae Designs

Favors: Cravory

Music: Austin Murray Entertainment

Florals: Sweet Stems Florist

Rentals: Witty Rentals, Madam Palooza, Rustic Events

Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths

Cake: Laura Marie's Cakes

Videography: Jay + Mack Films

Bride/ Coordinator: 9 Twenty Eight Events

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Temecula Creek Inn Tasting Event

It’s no lie that I have a love affair with Temecula Creek Inn. Their brides are always awesome + the gals that work there are THE best. When they asked me to come on board to do their August Tasting Event, I had no hesitation (other than it being smack in the middle of wedding season, mistake #1 haha). Despite being neck deep in wedding craziness, I knew I wanted to still put everything I could into the event, to make it as fun as possible!

I brought together some of my favorite vendors and we set up two sites of bridal inspiration at The Meadows + The Stone House. In the end, we asked their Catering Manager, Mikaela, to slip into a wedding dress and model her little heart out with her sweet boyfriend. The end result- perfection.

Jenna Joseph captured the day perfectly and produced some of my favorite wedding imagery ever. The color palette is one I’ve been seeing a lot from my brides lately, and I knew I wanted to do something fun + unique on the table. We used moody blues, greys, whites, and lots + lots of greenery to dress the table up! It was insanely pretty.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to make that day so special!

xo

Kelsey

Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florals: Carla Kayes Floral Design

Calligraphy: Four Things Paper 

DJ: Brian Stodart

Cake: Laura Marie's Cakes

Rentals: Rustic Events + Witty Rentals + Madam Palooza

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Partying Our Way Through Wine Country!

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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!

A Beauty Concierge Service? What’s That?

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

Dressing with the Latest Trends from The Black Tux!

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!

Christy + Dan's Green Acre Campus Pointe Wedding

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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

#SixchicksinIceland- The Most Epic Trip to Iceland EVER!

Iceland 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*