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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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

Katie + Keith's Engagement Session- Temecula, CA

Temecula Wedding Planner It was New York City, in the midst of Central Park, where Keith got down on one knee and asked Katie to spend the rest of her life with him.

She said yes!

And that left me with the lovely honor of collaborating with Plum & Oak Photo and Carla Kayes Floral Design to put together a beautiful picnic set up in the midst of the rolling hills of Temecula. It was pure love and bliss for Katie and Keith, and #ThePrettyProject. Congrats on your engagement, you two!

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XO // Kelsey

Geo Modern Seaside Wedding Inspiration- Del Mar, CA

San Diego Wedding Planner L’Auberge Del Mar… Like THE L’Auberge Del Mar let Elyse (newly!) Whall of Plum & Oak Photo and I put together a wedding inspiration shoot, and I can assure you we stepped up our A-game on this one! Quickly gathering San Diego’s most sought after wedding professionals, we carefully curated a design that would surely make us stand out. We think we accomplished this, especially now that it can be seen on 100 Layer Cake! My heart flutters.

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It is always funny how you can be so certain about something and then completely change your mind. This was the case with us, as we originally approached L’Auberge Del Mar with a completely different theme. As we walked the expansive lobby and deck that overlooked the ocean, we knew we had to change our design path. We spotted velvet chairs and a 70’s aura and knew we could play off both of those pieces. Their little succulent garden sitting off the restaurant patio inspired us and before we knew it, we had a Geo-Modern theme mapped out.

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Our model Caitlin was striking. Pure perfection. (Fun Fact- she also happened to be my college roommate!) Switching between BHLDN’s Beilin Gown and The Dress Theory’s Cheyne dress by Houghton; she encompassed true modern beauty. The table was donned with a geometric succulent centerpiece and many other shapes that were carefully hand-picked to make the design come to life. Elyse tapped into her inner crafting skills and built the giant geometric structure you see our models connecting within. This became the focal point for the shoot and a way to show unity from within the overall design and between the bride and groom.

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I hope this inspired brides to add a modern touch to the unexpected!

XO // Kelsey

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Vendor Love: • Venue: L’Auberge Del Mar • Event Design: Kelsey Rae Designs • Photography: Plum and Oak Photo • Floral Design: Cherry Blossom Floral Design • Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company • Videography: Beautifully Cinematic • Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Stacey • Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy • Props/ Glassware: Madam Palooza Emporium • Jewelry: Jefferson-NYC • Wedding Dress: BHLDN Beilin Gown • 2nd Wedding Dress: Cheyne by Houghton at The Dress Theory • Linen: GBS • Chivari Chair Rentals: Allie’s Party Rental

Alyssa + Todd's Engagement Session- Temecula, CA

When Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo shared the engagement session for Alyssa and Todd, I knew that she had captured it perfectly! Alyssa told me she had decided on Ponte Family Estate as her location for the shoot and I knew it was going to be amazing. Ponte holds such a special spot in my heart as I worked there for several years and it continues to be the premier wedding venue in Temecula Wine Country. Ladies, if you have not chosen your wedding venue yet, you do not want to miss out on this stunner! San Diego Wedding PlannerNow back to Alyssa and Todd... I am fortunate enough to have learned their story over time. I tend to have a few too many coffee dates and email chains going with my brides, so when they open up to me about their story, I just can’t help but get a little giddy inside! These two met at church and brought their beautiful son into this world. They are truly a beautiful family inside and out. Alyssa and Todd are tying the knot this July in San Diego at the Bali Hai Restaurant and I get to be apart of this special day! Can it be summer yet?

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And I do not want to leave out who did Alyssa’s beautiful hair and makeup- Stacey with Beauty by Stacey. I met Alyssa through Stacey, as she assists her on wedding days. The wedding world is a small one but the fact that Stacey put Alyssa and I together, was perfection.

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You also do not want to miss the full feature on August Willows!

Congrats on your engagement Alyssa and Todd!

XO // Kelsey

Elyse + Jake's Engagement Session- De Luz, CA

Temecula Wedding Planner Elyse is bubbly and sweet, with beauty that radiates inside and out. Jake is easy to talk to and one of the nicest guys I have ever met. They complete each other.

So when I came across their engagement photos recently taken by the super talented Kandis Marino, I knew I had to share them with you all! I cannot wait to coordinate and style the heck out of their wedding in San Clemente on May 2nd!

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Elyse may be my better half with our business ventures and #ThePrettyProject, but I'm preparing myself to share her with Jake soon… I cannot be more happy for the both of them!

XO // Kelsey

Carli + David's Engagement Session- La Jolla, CA

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

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When Carli and David came to me saying they wanted to take unique pictures not just at the beach, but in a cute little town setting, I knew La Jolla Shores would be the perfect spot! With its quaint and colorful buildings and close proximity to the salty ocean waves, I knew without a doubt this would be a hit. With David being from Colorado and Carli from Temecula Wine Country, they strived to get something different, and that was certainly accomplished with the talented Elyse Barton of Plum & Oak Photo behind the camera!

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I could not be more excited to be a part of my sister’s wedding day this upcoming July at Wiens Winery! Enjoy these sweet, genuine and authentic engagement photos- I can’t stop smiling seeing the love portrayed!

They trusted me with a paint brush and some wood to create signs that enveloped their love for Christ and love for each other. 1 John 4:19 was an easy choice as it simply states the foundation of love.

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They did not want to miss out on showcasing their playful side and love for vans shoes. Not to mention that Carli has to stand on her tip-toes to reach David! Such a fun portrait of their personalities!

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In just 6 months Carli is going to be a married woman. I am excited to see what God has in store for her and David and their fun-filled future ahead of them!

XO // Kelsey