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

Alyssa + Todd Married at the Bali Hai!

San Diego Wedding Planner You know those couples that are just contagious. The ones that seem to always brighten your day and put a big smile on your face… well for me, that couple is Alyssa + Todd. They are filled with so much vivacious love for one another, their son, their family, their friends and everyone around them. They are so beautiful inside and out, and I was thrilled to have been apart of such a special day in their lives.

The wedding day started with a quick check in with Alyssa in Downtown San Diego, where she was getting ready with her gals. Smile on her face, she didn’t skip a beat at all. The boys were busy doing what boys do best- drinking whiskey and getting dressed in their fancy colorful socks. I spent the majority of my day at the Bali Hai Restaurant, setting up for the ceremony and reception. The view of the San Diego Harbor was nothing to complain about. If I could stare out at that view from my office window every day, I would be one happy (and productive!) girl! With a quick set up time and guests starting to arrive, I couldn’t help but be excited to see these two commit their lives together. Alyssa looked absolutely stunning and Todd was as handsome as ever. They vowed to spend their lives together, with the sun beaming down on them and boats crossing the waters behind them. It was perfect.

Congratulations Alyssa + Todd!

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Plum & Oak Photo

Venue: Bali Hai

Event Design + Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Florist: Camellia Wedding Florals

Videographer: CoPro Studio

MUA: Beauty by Stacey

Hair: Rachelle Hali

Indian Meets the Beach- Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

San Diego Wedding Planner I distinctly remember the day I had lunch with my good friend + Catering Manager at the Hilton Mission Valley, Morgan Wessells, and my beloved partner in crime, Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo. We drank wine, and ate, brainstormed, and drank some more wine. That’s really when our creative minds got to work dreaming up one of the most unique set-ups I’ve done to date. It was over wine that we decided to take on a challenge- mix Indian boho vibes with a beachy feel. The masterpiece we dreamt up came to life with San Diego’s best vendors. My heart still swoons.

We brought the All-American guy together with the most stunning Indian bride covered in henna. I had my sites set on working with Pow Wow and boy was I a giddy soul the day I got to roam their warehouse. It was heaven. The florals were OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. The Dainty Lion really outdid herself on this one folks! The biggest challenge of the day came in setting up the chairs at the ceremony site in a half circle. Don’t give the girl with OCD and perfectionist-syndrome that job. Lesson learned. My favorite part though was the table scape. I remember every weird look I got when I explained my vision and squealed in excited for the elephant plates. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. The hints of fun in a classic white setting was pure dreaminess.

Head over to see the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes!

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Plum & Oak Photo

Event Design: Kelsey Rae Designs

Videography: Beautifully Cinematic 

Venue: Hilton Mission Valley 

Floral Design: The Dainty Lion

Props/ Rentals: Pow Wow 

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Stacey

Calligraphy: Louise Letters

Cake/ Cupcakes: Frost Me Gourmet

Models: Monique Ramos & Rhett Wellington

Tux: Friar Tux

Cake Topper: The Roc Shop

Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios

Henna: Henna Trendz by Wardah

Fanfare Chairs: Classic Party Rentals 

Carli + David Married at Wiens Family Cellars!

Temecula San Diego Wedding Planner There is just something about Christmas that literally puts a smile on my face the day after Thanksgiving and doesn’t leave until January 1st, when our tree officially retires for the year. Being around family is the best thing ever and playing out traditions makes me a happy gal. This Christmas is going to be a little different though. This Christmas is going to be missing my carefree and sweet sister Carli. Because we’re in a season in life where family is created, multiplied and expanded into something much greater. This year Carli is spending Christmas with her new hubby, and although I’ll miss running down the stairs with her in our matching pajama’s, and opening our stockings to find donuts, I know this is life. Life that’s always changing. And changing to make all our lives a little bit brighter.

I am just so happy that my sister was able to find the person she will spend the rest of her life with. Someone who she will now share holidays with and spread the family traditions with. I thought it was only fitting to reminisce on their beautiful wedding day at Wiens Family Cellars.

I’ll miss fighting over the monkey bread, Carli. Merry Christmas!

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Catch their wedding on Southern California Bride!

Vendor Love:

Photography l Plum and Oak Photo

Venue l Wiens Family Cellars

Coordination l Kelsey Rae Designs

Videography l Chris Orrett Productions

Florals l Sweet Flowers

Hair l Ashlyn Kudransky

Make-up l FACE by Raymie

Cake l Cakes to Celebrate

Cinnamon + Earth Shoot on 100 Layer Cake!

Temecula San Diego Wedding PlannerThere was something that just clicked when Jenna of Jenna Joseph Photography and I first sat down to chat about doing a style shoot together. We wanted to a winter shoot in the sunniest place there is. Challenge accepted. I was personally inspired by the stone walls at Journeys at Pechanga, after spending countless Sunday’s there sipping on mimosa’s and enjoying their brunch. Like most good ideas, this was born from a collaboration. Jenna and I had common goals- bring together the best of the best and create a timeless winter shoot that would inspire others in sunny SoCal to not give up hope of enjoying the comfort of winter. We used copper elements, because, well it’s copper. And it’s cool.

All I wanted to do was take a huge bite into the giant cinnamon roll cake, but I held back for the better of the shoot. Hey There Cupcake is literally the best there is. The cake she created with brushed copper and a muted blue/grey tone was better than anything I could have ever dreamt up. She’s magic. We sprinkled accessories on the bride from Petals and Stones to compliment the hand crafted dress by Eden Couture. The calligraphy runner created by Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy was breathtaking. I can never have enough of copper so when she decided to do the hand lettering in copper, I did a happy dance. Four Things Paper gave us some insane stationery and Hannah of Modern Bouquet provided the prettiest flowers my eyes ever did see. All of this came together on the white washed tables of Rustic Urban Events. The end product was perfection.

You can also see it featured on 100 Layer Cake here!

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Vendor Love-

Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography

Style & Design: Kelsey Rae Designs

Dress: Eden Couture Bridal

Calligraphy: Phoenix Feathers Calligraphy 

Hair & Make Up: Beauty and the Beach

Venue: Journey’s End at Pechanga

Cake: Hey There Cupcake

Farm Tables: Rustic Urban Events

Florist: Modern Bouquet

Invitation Suite: Four Things Paper

Jewelry: Petals and Stones

Makeup Inspiration in the Orange Groves - Featured on Style Me Pretty

Elyse of Plum & Oak Photo and I have continued our recent venture, #ThePrettyProject (pretty inspiration for the creative folk and those that want to be) and thought it would be fitting to showcase one of our favorite makeup artists, Alyssa Ledesma! Since starting #ThePrettyProject we have seen that we are raising the bar for creativity in our area of Temecula, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it featured as the #BridalBeautyBreakdown three weeks in a row on Style Me Pretty! temecula wedding planner

We asked Alyssa to create three different looks for rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or wedding day of make up inspiration. We had her arrive ready to go at Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula and helped get all her gear out past the vineyards, to a very quiet orange grove in the distance.

It was the perfect spot to sip some champagne, work some floral magic and showcase three very beautiful ladies. I quickly went to work constructing a few flower arrangements from flowers I purchased at our local farmers market and Elyse took over shooting! It was perfect.

Christina's Look on SMP // Hannah's Look on SMP // Morgan's Look on SMP

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Photography: Plum & Oak Photo

Styling/ Florals: Kelsey Rae Designs

Make Up: Alyssa Ledesma

Venue: Wiens Family Cellars

Geo Modern Shoot in Ceremony!

San Diego Wedding Planner In this crazy, whirlwind experience of starting up my own company, I set goals for myself that I thought would be attainable within 3 years. I never in a million years would have thought I would be attaining these goals in just 6 months of launching my business in Southern California.

With the trusted help of Elyse Whall of Plum & Oak Photo, we collaborated to put together, what I think, is one of the coolest, most rad modern wedding inspirations to date. We were lucky enough to get it published earlier on 100 Layer Cake, but we are also being featured with the shoot in Ceremony! This just reaffirms that what we are doing is right!

Catch the full featured in Ceremony here!

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XO // Kelsey

Elyse + Jake's Beach Wedding- San Clemente, CA

San Diego Wedding Planner Today marks 1 month that my work wife, travel buddy and #ThePrettyProject partner, Elyse (now Whall!) married her best friend, Jake! I couldn’t be happier for them!

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In a private beach house, off the coast of San Clemente, Elyse and Jake tied the knot in front of 65 of their closest friends and family. And I got to be there to witness it all... and do a little styling too!

Tables were adorned with eucalyptus garlands, sparkly picture frames and gold ornate flatware. Guests enjoyed margarita’s, a chips and salsa bar and some of the tastiest taco’s! It was pretty much the best day ever.

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My favorite part to decorate was the dessert table, because clearly, you just can’t go wrong with a cookies bar and naked cake!

…And let’s not forget about that stunning BHLDN gown that Elyse wore! It was pure perfection.

Time to be enthralled by these amazing pictures... enjoy!

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Photography captured by the insanely talented Danielle Poff! 

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

Introducing #ThePrettyProject!

Temecula Wedding Planner Today is the day! The day I get to finally introduce #ThePrettyProject- A wedding and lifestyle collaboration between Plum and Oak Photo and I, showcasing all things pretty! This may even include a little champagne, gold glitter and sparklers! We cannot wait!

#ThePrettyProject blog series will feature the best of the best in the industry! Elyse and I love our local vendors and want to share their talents with you too! After all, they are some of the most amazingly talented people we know!

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We’ll bring a fresh look on trends that are… well trending. We won’t just stop there, we’ll start our own trends too! We’re just like you, with our newsfeeds full of wedding and lifestyle blogs and our purses filled with wedding magazines. We are challenged to bring something new in the midst of the creative world!

#ThePrettyProject: Pretty inspiration for the creative folk and those that want to be.

We would love to connect with you on instagram! We may even post a sneak peek of our first pretty feature: A Pretty Donut Bar. You can find us at @elysewhall and @kelseyraedesigns! Don’t be shy, leave us a little dancing-girls-with-bunny-ears emoji and say hi!

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We welcome #ThePrettyProject with open arms and hope you do to!

XO // Kelsey