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

Meet our New Lead Planner, Courtney!

Los Angeles Wedding PlannerI am so excited to announce that Courtney Johnston has officially joined our team! She’ll be taking over the Orange County/ Los Angeles area and a few other weddings as a Lead Planner for Kelsey Rae Designs! She comes with tons of experience… and by experience, I mean getting 50+ couples down the aisle! She’s a gem + gives me a run for my money in the attention to detail + organization category… she’s basically a wedding planner rockstar/ guru/ girl boss/ babe. The most important thing for me was finding someone who values their couples as much as I do, and Courtney does just that. She believes that each wedding + couple is unique and loves creating a true bond and friendship with each person. I cannot wait for her to join the team and for all my lovely couples to meet her!

I also sat down to ask her a few super important questions + here’s what she had to say:

  1. What’s your favorite part of a wedding? I love the bride + groom’s first dance… it literally gives me chills and makes me cry every time.
  2. What’s your favorite kind of donut (the important things in life!): Sugar twist!
  3. If you were on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you? iPhone, Mascara + a cocktail, of course! :)

Girlfriend, I couldn’t agree with those three anymore! Welcome to the KRD family! xo

Photos by Devon Donnahoo Photography

Santorini Shoot Featured on Wedding Chicks!

San Diego Wedding Planner When Cavin of Cavin Elizabeth Photography asked me to help execute her vision of a Greece inspired wedding shoot, I was definitely on board! If only I could have written off a trip to Santorini and back. Wishful thinking! What we were able to put together in San Diego was timeless and beautiful. We brought in all whites and simplicity in the table scape that laid against the white walls of Moniker Warehouse. We took a quick drive to Coronado Island where we happened to come across a white stucco home with a blue door, that looked like it belonged straight out of Greece. Lucky for us, we just had to drive 15 minutes to get the feeling of being in another country. Not exactly my idea of “let’s travel to Greece” but one I had to be okay with for the purpose of knocking out a killer shoot!

I hope this shoot inspires you all to do something different, embrace travel and love what is in your own backyard! Thanks for making this one extra special San Diego!

You can see the full feature on Wedding Chicks here!

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Vendor Love:

Photographer: Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Styling + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Venue: Moniker Warehouse

Hair + Make Up: Beauty by Stacey

Florals: Native Poppy

Rentals: Jake Duke Studios

Cake Pops: Sweet Lydia's of San Diego

Cake: SD Cake Pop Shop

Gown: Dylan Gown via BHLDN

Calligraphy: Four Things Paper

Kathryn + Travis- La Jolla Engagement

San Diego Wedding Planner What happens when a California boys meets a Carolina girl? They fall deeply in love, get engaged and start planning the wedding of a life time. Kathryn + Travis are that couple. The couple that radiates beauty and love for each other. The couple that met through a friend only to find that they were destined to be together forever. Some of us only dream of that love, and they get to live out that dream. I couldn’t be more happy for them!

I am so thankful for Devon Donnahoo Photography for letting me come along for the day! Kathryn was dolled up in the most beautiful gown from The Dress Theory. I was there to help with the shoot and also witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen on the La Jolla coast.

Congratulations Kathryn + Travis!

See the full feature on Ruffled here!

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Devon Donnahoo Photography

Florals: Studio Fleurish

Calligraphy: Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy

Dress: The Dress Theory

Amy + Tyler's Portland Engagement Session- Featured in Oregon Bride!

Portland Oregon Wedding Planner It’s no secret I absolutely love to travel. So when Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo and I decided to make a spur of the moment trip to the beaver state, I didn’t think twice. Ticket bought.

Prior to our trip, we connected with Amy + Tyler and completely fell head over heels in love with their engagement story. As Amy put it, “Tyler planned a wonderful weekend to Hood River last summer and found an amazing sunset hike for us to do. It is not unusual for us to go on hiking adventures so I thought nothing of it. We had a wonderful day visiting breweries and walking along the river that weekend before heading out on the gorgeous gorge hike. There was no one else on the hike that day - something very unusual for the Columbia River Gorge on a Saturday in the summer. At the peak of the hike he recapped our love story from the beginning going through all the highs and lows, or "peaks and valleys" as we call them - something we have always done. He proposed at the top of the hike with views of Mt. St. Helens and Adams in the distance and wildflowers blooming throughout the valley. It was perfect, romantic, and just us. I would not have wanted it any other way.” We knew this couple was special, and the perfect e-sesh was a must.

Lucky for us, we got to wander the streets of Portland with Amy + Tyler and do the most rad things ever. We took over the long sectional couch at the Ace Hotel, sipped some coffee at Stumptown, talked our way into the super exclusive Multnomah Whisky Library and walked aimlessly down the sidewalks of this quirky town. It was perfect.

Boarding the plane home was bittersweet. There is something so funky and special about Oregon, it’s contagious. And you can definitely sign me up to “Keep Portland Weird!” I guess another trip up north is in store! My bags are packed. I'm ready!

Catch the full feature in Oregon Bride Magazine!

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My Favorites:

Photography- Plum & Oak Photo

Calligraphy- Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy

Thousand Oaks Engagement + Southern California Bride Feature!

Southern California LA Wedding Planner Engagement season has me feelin’ all sorts of things. I am so excited to meet all you pretties this year and hear your love stories. It literally makes my heart happy.

So to get us all in the mood, here’s a proposal shoot I got to be apart of last summer that had us hiking up all sorts of LA mountains. Cheese cake (literally cubes of cheese) + calligraphy on grape leaves + florals to die for. It was pretty in every way.

My favorite east coast film photographer TBM Photography partnered up with Landino Photo to pull off this stunner. Bringing together my fellow Temecula favorite, Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy, and the insanely talented LA based florist, La Petite Gardenia, we knew this was going to be special. We climbed boulders, scaled mountains, escaped a few rattle snakes and set up the most beautiful picnic this field ever did see. And by rattle snakes, I mean real rattle snakes. Don’t try this at home.

Whether your engagement story is simple + sweet or elaborate + dramatic, I can’t wait to hear it all. It’s so fun knowing that your fiancés creativity gets to shine… all followed by a YES!

Catch the full feature from this shoot on Southern California Bride!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Photography: TBM Photography + Landino Photo

Calligraphy: Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy

Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florals: La Petite Gardenia