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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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

Amanda + Michael's Rooftop Wedding in San Diego!

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Amanda + Michael make this world just a little bit cooler. It didn’t take too much to convince them to stray away from the conventional guest seating and do a laid back, lounge set up instead. Trend setting is my thing, so when they jumped at the opportunity to do something a little less traditional, I was excited AF.

It also never rains in socal, but mother nature decided to pay us a visit on this February weekend and pour on their rooftop wedding. No biggie though, The Andaz luckily had an expandable roof that came out and saved the day! The views were still gorg and the skies opened up for some great pics!

My favorite vendors came together to make this vision of open lounge seating a success! Witty Rentals provided all the rentals, and boy did they make that space look IN-SANE. The Bloom Babes killed it on the florals and Plum & Oak Photo captured all the sweet moments. The guests even got to chow down on some chicken + waffles (my personal fav!) so that basically sums up why this was one of the best nights ever. 

Congrats A + M, you’re the best!

P.S. Catch their published feature on Junebug Weddings here!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Photography: Plum & Oak Photo

Videography: Audrey Alba Films

Coordination + Styling: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florals: Bloom Babes

Rentals: Witty Rentals

Hair + Make Up: Beauty by Stacey

Donuts: Nomad Donuts

Photobooth: Shutterbooth SD

DJ: DJ Pro’s

Venue: The Andaz San Diego

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

Kellie + Dan's Omni La Costa Wedding!

San Diego Wedding Planner When a bride comes to you and says she wants to have In-N-Out burgers + fries and a neon sign hung to surprise her future hubby at the after party, you don’t ask questions. You just do.

Kellie met Dan on a trip to Chicago, only to find out they would soon be living in the same big city of NYC. Fate?… I think yes! It’s these chance encounters that get me all sorts of excited. You just never know where you’re going to meet your future partner for life and hearing these love stories gives me so much hope!

Kellie dreamed of the most beautiful all white wedding at the Omni La Costa Resort and boy, was it pretty! The day was surrounded by loved ones + friends and an amazing group of vendors who made it our mission to make this day run flawlessly. Kellie + Dan said I do overlooking the insane views at the Omni La Costa Resort and danced the night away under strings of market lights. It all ended with guests enjoying burgers, fries and drinks… and dancing the night away under that neon sign that read “The Shotens.” It was magic!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Hair + Make Up: Beauty by Stacey

Venue: Omni La Costa Resort

Photography: Jackie Wonders Photography

Videography: Light and Memory Films

Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Dessert: Kuba Kreations

Florals: Modern Bouquet

Rentals: Rustic Events + Chiavari Rentals of SD

Stationery: Twinkle & Toast

DJ: United Records

Photobooth: Shutterbooth SD

Kristen + Glenn's Smog Shoppe LA Wedding!

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I knew from the first latte we shared that Kristen + Glenn were going to be one of the coolest couples I’ve ever gotten to work with. They were from LA, both architects, with such great style. We sat and chatted for hours and conversation was just, easy. I could see the love between them and it was something I wanted to be around, all the time. That contagious love that just makes you smile really hard. It’s a genuine, perfect love.

And as we got to planning, I saw that love play out even more. Glenn attended every meeting + was there to support Kristen the whole way through. They carefully thought out all the details and spoke so sweetly to each other.

We brought their love of “lines” and geometric structures to The Smog Shoppe and created a little funkiness with their place settings. The venue oozes “cool” and it was seriously the most perfect spot for Kristen + Glenn to say their, “I do’s!” It was a night I will never forget. Maybe because they had THE best dessert bar + Sugarfina favors, and we all know I’m a sucker for dessert + good ole fashion LOVE. K + G, I adore you both! Congrats!

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Vendor Dream Team:

Venue: Smog Shoppe

Photographer: The Hearts Haven

Event Design/ Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Florist: The Little Branch

Catering: Little Nelly

Beauty: Benjamin Salon + Crystal Watana

DJ: Dart Collective

Photobooth: Flipbooth

Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals