2018 Year in Review

As this year begins to come to a close, I wanted to take an moment and reflect on the amazing projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on this year. 2018 held many special couples and incredible weddings. It has also been a year of growth for Jessica Foster Event Planning with a re brand over the summer, and first ever styled shoot which was published on The Perfect Palette in September.

This year I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people in the business and have built relationships that I value dearly. Believe it or not, all of our weddings in 2018 were first time venues for the JFP team including our first trip up the coast to Los Altos! 2018 also held what I hope will be a once in a career situation: relocating a wedding in 1 day. That’s right. In case you missed it in Instagram stories, our last wedding of the year fell victim to the November Malibu fires. But I believe we had our own guardian angel because with the help and flexibility of our entire vendor team, and the grace of Maravilla Gardens, we were able to move the wedding, and all was beautiful and well on the wedding day. Talk about ending the season with a bang!

Thank you especially to my team of assistants, Joann, Jodi, and Christina who help to make each couples day beautiful, and support me through the craziness. And thank you to all of the vendors that have partnered with us this year in helping to create a special day for our couples. It takes a village and I truly appreciate being able to work with some incredibly talented and professional people.

Lastly, thank you to my lovely husband Chris for always supporting me in this business and and listening to my rants. And also for lending your carpentry skills for some of our wedding DIY items! Love you boo!

 

My first ever styled shoot came together with the collaboration of so many incredible vendors. This was such a fun experience and I cannot wait for the next one! See the full feature with links to the entire vendor team on the Perfect Palette. Photos by Peterson Design and Photo

 

It was all about romance and elegance for Jackie and Justin’s wedding at Skirball LA. Guests enjoyed an amazing array of international cuisine appetizer stations and cocktails hand picked by the bride and groom! Photos by Alicia Mink

 

I was so excited to work with bride Linda on bringing her wedding vision together. Working with this amazing boss babe and her husband Dan on their classic wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch was a dream! See more of their full wedding in the blog! Photos by Philip Tran

 

It was old Hollywood glam, and rich fall colors for Tanya and Ian’s wedding in DTLA at the historic Oviatt Penthouse! This end of ceremony photo with the tossed colored confetti is my absolute favorite! Photos by Alexes Lauren Photography

 

Sydney and Gui’s wedding was our first visit up the coast and the local vendors were so welcoming and a absolute pleasure to work with. This day was filled with so many happy tears. So thankful for these two! Photos by Anna Delores

 

Megan and Tom’s intimate ceremony and family style dinner at Redbird in downtown Los Angeles was full of style and sophistication. These two took a non traditional approach for their celebration and the evening was total magic! Photos By Caca Santoro for Max and Friends

 

It’s not often that you get to help plan your best friends wedding. It was a dream working with Jennie and David on this beautiful day at Brookview Ranch and I still look back with so much love for these two! As beautiful as they are, I feel like pup Darcie was the star of the photos! Photos by Jordan Galindo

 

High school sweethearts Madeline and Steven’s wedding was another one full of emotion at Millwick in the Arts District. These two have something quite unique and guests and vendors alike were awestruck by their love story. Photos by Jes Workman

 

Last but most definitely not least, we have 2 very sweet people that I’ve had the honor of working with for the past year. I am so thrilled that within 24 hours we were able to relocate this entire wedding, and Ali and Mike could have the wedding they had dreamed and planned for. This wedding can be overshadowed by the craziness in losing your venue the day before your wedding day. But there is so much more to their story, and every thought and detail that was put into this wedding. Excited to share more of this story soon! Photos by Susan Bordelon

We are currently booking weddings for 2019! Jessica Foster Event Planning offers wedding planning, design, and wedding management services in Los Angeles, California and the surrounding counties. We also love to travel to Palm Springs, the central coast, and anywhere our lovely couples will take us! If you are engaged and ready to tell your unique love story on your wedding day, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a note so we can chat more!

Linda and Dan's Soft and Romantic Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

When I saw that an old co worker turned boss lady friend of mine had recently got engaged, I jumped at the chance to be a part of what I knew would be an epic wedding day. Linda and I had worked together in our previous lives in retail. She’s been a huge inspiration to me ever since. I distinctly remember when Linda was consulting, and I was a mere assistant, and she told me about how she was working on developing a skin care line. I remember thinking how cool it was that she was working on creating a product and a brand. Fast forward several years, and Linda is the CEO of the hugely successful Karuna skin care brand carried in major retailers like Sephora, Ulta, and Anthropologie. Her passion and success has been a huge inspiration for me as an entrepreneur. Ever since I have known her she has been this fierce, confident, stylish woman. I was thrilled to partner with her on bringing her and fiance Dan’s wedding day together.

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Linda had a clear vision of what her and Dan wanted their wedding to look and feel like. Feminine colors and textures with a classic feel, excellent food and drinks, and laughter filling the room among close family and friends.

Set in a cobblestone courtyard with old wood doors, and exposed brick, Hummingbird Nest Ranch resembles more of an Italian Villa than a ranch set in the hillside of Santa Susana, California. It was the perfect setting for Linda and Dan’s romantic, sophisticated wedding.

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La Piñata Party draped the ceremony with crystals beads and soft chiffon swagging in the trees. They hung market lights and chandeliers in the courtyard creating a warm glow for the dinner reception. Foxglove Los Angeles set the exposed wood tables with lush eucalyptus garlands, and pretty blush centerpieces for the white linen rounds. We kept the feminine look going with pink carousel wine glasses, ornate tumblers, and added a bit of a modern touch with gold flatware, and gold rimmed dinner and salad plates all from La Piñata.

Photo: Philip Tran

Venue: Sitting Bull at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Planning: Jessica Foster Event Planning

Video: Cinestory Films

Floral Design: Foxglove Los Angeles

Rentals, linens and lighting: La Piñata

Vintage Rentals: My Lovely Events

Catering: Romega Events

DJ: Red Shoe DJ’s

Ceremony Musician’s: Angelica Strings

Donuts: Donut Snob

Photobooth: Triumph Photo Booth

Stationary: Minted

Jessica and Devin's Industrial Rustic Wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

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In celebration of their one year anniversary, I’m sharing a look at Jessica and Devin’s wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios, photographed by Rachel Stelter Photography.

Jessica and Devin met in graduate school in Ithaca, traveled together to New York, and eventually made their way to the west coast where they settled with their pup, Rafi.  Jessica and Devin love their town of El Segundo and it was important for them to use local vendors in planning their wedding.  Smokyhollow Studios is just down the road from their home and fit the warm, rustic, industrial look they were going for.  They exchanged their vows under a canopy of eucalyptus with their dog, Rafi looking on, dressed up in his very best bow-tie.  

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Family and friends traveled to the golden coast to celebrate Jessica and Devin and enjoyed casual eats from Border Grille and Peaches food trucks, with cold beers from El Segundo's local brewery's.  The details were minimal, and intentional.  With personalized coasters at each place setting made by the bride, framed photos of the couple, and lyrics from their favorite song "And I will love with urgency, but not with haste," written above the sweetheart table.  

Fly Me to the Moon Photoshoot

Excited to share our “fly me to the moon” styled shoot that was recently featured on The Perfect Palette! This was my first ever styled shoot and partnering with Marisa from Peterson Design + Photo was an incredible experience. It was such a fun day working with all the vendors and I love how the photos turned out!

Being a wedding planner in Los Angeles, a lot of my couples like to take a more modern yet meaningful approach to their wedding. I made sure to keep that in mind when putting together the style elements for this shoot. It’s a little modern, a little whimsy, and all fun!

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“From the team, “The stars and skies were our initial inspiration behind this celestial styled shoot. Hangar 21, a helicopter hangar turned event venue at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, was naturally the perfect venue, with a mission to provide a unique aviation experience to their couples.”

"We wanted to create inspiration for couples seeking a meaningful, elegant and minimalist aesthetic that would pair well with this amazing venue. Contemporary structural designs and references to the sky and stars beyond were a unifying element throughout the shoot." - The Perfect Palette

"Hangar 21's blank canvas of white walls and concrete floors furthered our aesthetic goal of blending constellation details with a clean, minimal color palette and styling while still evoking a warm and inviting undertone." - The Perfect Palette

Check out the gallery below and head over the The Perfect Palette to read the full feature! Vendor team listed below

Photography: Peterson Design & Photography

Event Planning: Jessica Foster Planning
Floral Design: Going Steady Studios
Venue: Hanger 21
Invitations, Paper Goods, Calligraphy: Willemina Typography

Vintage Rentals: Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals
TableTop Rentals: Cherished Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals
Specialty Backdrop: Paper Moon Shoppe

Cake: Big Sugar Bake Shop
Desserts and Rentals: Jay’s Catering
Makeup and Hair: Drama N Glam Artistry
Dress: RMINE
Hair Accessories: Blair Nadeau Millinery

Tux: Stitch and Tie
Earrings: Brooke Corson
Ring Box: Mrs Box
Shoes: J Adams Shoes
Smoke Bombs: ShippedYesterday
Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio
Ribbon: Illume Silks
Media Placement: Rayce PR
Models: Chandra Brenner
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Brigitte + Brandon's Modern Fig House Wedding with Mariachi Band!

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What's that saying, better late than never?  In honor of Brigitte and Brandon's one year anniversary, I'm sharing some highlights from their mariachi music filled wedding at Fig House in Los Angeles.

When I first met Brigitte, she and Brandon were living across the country in DC but planning their wedding here in Los Angeles.  After our first coffee meeting, I was so excited to help them bring their wedding day together, and hoped she felt the same!  Turns out she did and what a fun filled day it turned out to be!  

I think it was one of the hottest days of the year.  But that didn't stop this group from having an amazing celebration.  The cocktails were flowing, and Room Forty's famous gutter nachos were a hit with guests during cocktail hour.

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Who say's you can only have one grand entrance?  Brigitte and Brandon were welcomed into cocktail hour lead by Mariachi Los Reyes.

Congrats to Brigitte and Brandon on your first year as husband and wife.  Cheers to many more to come!

Photo: The Justin Jay

Venue: The Fig House

Catering: Room Forty

Flowers: Flowers by Febo

Paper Goods: Aardvark Letter Press

Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop

Dress: Sarah Seven

Suite: The Black Tux

Video: BoNick Films

DJ: Jeff Saenez

Mariachi: Mariachi Los Reyes

Photobooth: Shnap Shots

Lighting: Ambiance Lighting

Hair: Richard Rivera

Makeup: Susan Bain

Planning a wedding from afar?  No problem!  We work with many couples that are planning from out of state.  Contact us to learn more about how we can help make your wedding day a breeze!

My Interview with Voyage LA

Photo by  Jaclyn Szabo

Photo by Jaclyn Szabo

It has been a serious hot minute since I have been on this blog!  Sorry about that guys.  Wedding planning, home renovation planning, life... it all just has been nuts lately!  But wanted to take a quick minute to share an interview I did with Voyage LA Magazine.  I got to chat with them a little bit about how I found my passion for event planning and how I got started in this crazy fun world of weddings.

Click on over to check out the full article and get to know a little more about me!

Galentines Brunch

Last year I had some fun putting together a little galentines brunch.  Chris and I are not big on going out on Valentines day.  We usually skip the pre fix menus and overcrowded restaurants and op for a cozy night in and a yummy home cooked meal.  But Valentine's day is also about celebrating your best gal pals!  So here's a little inspiration if you're planning some time with your besties this year!

Highlights from 2017!

As this year comes to a close, I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos and moments from our weddings in 2017.  We've been blessed to work with such amazing couples and vendors this year and are excited for the new faces we will see in 2018!  I want to give a special shoutout to the #1 hardest working assistant, my mom, Joann.  She is the one lining up our wedding party and making sure every detail is set up to perfection on wedding days.  Thank you for your hard work Joann!

Personally and professionally this has been a year for growth and learning.  I have met some incredibly inspiring professionals through events and through community groups like the Rising Tide Society.  We are always learning and growing as professionals, but I think even more as entrepreneurs.  Having the support of a community of creatives is priceless.  I am inspired so much by the creative professionals I have met and am very grateful for the relationships we've built.  This job is amazing!  I love every part of it and am so thankful that I get to do this work.  

Cheers to a new year full of more high fives, smiles, and belly laughs

Happy New Year!

Above Photos by Evangeline Lane

Above photos by Justin Jay

Above Photos by Rachel Stelter

Above Photos by Jacki Potorke

Holly + Jeff

I knew Holly and I were kindred spirits after we met the first time and her fiance Jeff said that she describes her wedding style as 'Anthropologie.'  Holly and Jeff also tied the knot at the dreamy Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, which is where Chris and I got married in 2014!  I was like, 'are we best friends?'  I loved her vibe and style and immediately felt like I hit the bride jackpot!  Even now, months past their wedding I love keeping up with Holly and Jeff and their new puppy on instagram and hoping I can visit them in Seattle one day! :)

Check out some of the pretty shots from Jordan Galindo Photography

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Photographer: Jordan Galindo

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Florist: The English Garden

Cake: Frost It Cakery

DJ/Lighting: In the Mix Events

Makeup: Crystal Huber

Dress: Carolina Herrera

Videographer: Jeremy Foster Films

Home Reno Update: Master Bedroom and Bathroom

 
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Some of you may know that my husband, Chris and I have been in the thick of home reno for the past year or so.  For those of you who don't, let me catch you up.  We bought our first home a little over a year ago which, living in Los Angeles, is an amazing thing to be able to do.  We were searching for about 5 months, so we had a good idea of what we wanted and what seemed to be a great find.  We were by no means looking for a major fixer upper.  We were planning on moving in right away, so did not plan to be in major construction, but were open to some DIY.  After all, you're not going to find something in perfect shape and exactly what you want!  

We really fell in love with the house from the beginning.  Built in 1927, the house had some great character in the barrel ceiling, custom windows, and original wood floors.  But that also meant plaster walls, outdated electric, and about 10 coats of paint on everything.  We knew it was going to need some work, but to a couple clueless 1st time home buyers, it all seemed mostly cosmetic.  No joke- I honestly thought we would be done with everything by the end of 2016.  Ha!  Boy was I in for a surprise.  Let me just give the first of many shoutouts to my husband, he was great.  He was all in for home reno, and has been excited, and a cheerleader on all of our projects.  I on the other hand struggled with accepting the magnitude of all the work we needed to do and how long it might take.   I just kept thinking, this is NOT what I signed up for!  After some time, ugly crying in the basement, calling my mom for support, and just accepting this is happening... I was on board and ready for DIY.

We started room by room, and today I'm sharing the updates to our master bedroom and bathroom.

The bathroom was the first thing we tackled because, well I just couldn't... The vinyl flooring, rotted cabinets, and oh that 70's wallpaper!!  We ended up having to tear out the sink side wall.  While taking out the previous cabinet and tile, that plaster just crumbled.  I remember coming home and my husband and father in law were there in piles of demo debris.  STRESS!!!!!  Oh- did I mention this is our only bathroom?  Yeah that was fun.  So here's a recap:  removed original cabinet and sink, flooring, toilet, and lighting.  New sheet rock, grounded outlets, wiring for sconces, new tile, new toilet, new sink and cabinets, new light fixtures, new paint and moulding, and reglazing of the shower tub.  Relocated the AC/heating vent.

Bathroom Before.  That wallpaper!  Photo from MLS

Bathroom Before.  That wallpaper!

Photo from MLS

Bathroom After!

Bathroom After!

Next up was the bedrooms and hallway.  Both bedrooms also needed some new sheet rock due to cracking/crumbling plaster.  The highlight of these rooms was removing the wood paneling, and smoke stained wallpaper.  Oh yeah, our previous owner was a smoker so we has to TSP all the walls and bring in some volcanic rock to help get rid of the smell!  The bedrooms were also where we got to sand through LITERALLY 10 coats of paint on the windows and doors.

To recap:  removed wood paneling, wallpaper, and light fixtures.  Grounded and added outlets.  New paint, stained windows and doors.  New closet system, new light fixtures.  Refinish floors, and all new moulding.  

Master Bedroom Before  Photo: MLS

Master Bedroom Before

Photo: MLS

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Believe it or not, we still have much more to do!  Stay tuned for more!

Hello and Welcome!

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by!  So, this is my first blog post which is pretty darn exciting!  I figured it might be a great place to introduce myself so you can get to know me a little more!  So here we go!

I'm a California girl, born and raised.  My husband and I live in LA and are currently taking on DIY home renovation in our home that was built in 1927.  Yup!  No big deal, just a 90 year old house to update while still keeping its original charm.  Let me tell you, it is A LOT of work!  And I'm not even the one getting my hands dirty!  I like to think we are our own version of Chip and Joanna Gaines.  My husband heading up the construction, and me 'overseeing' and coming in at the end for all things decor!  I've been diving in deep to interior design blogs and Instagram feeds for daily inspiration.  Here's some of my current favorites

Now, a little history about just how I got here...  My background is in the fashion industry.  I started out working in PR and by far my favorite part of the job was working on fashion shows.  I loved every part of it!  Putting the looks together, the venue, the party, and working backstage sending the models down.  I remember the first time I got to wear a headset, I felt SO cool!  It was like all my career dreams came true!  I felt like such a pro even though I was still just an assistant.  Definitely my cool job moment.  After a while I shifted gears and started doing merchandising.  Totally different, but a fresh change and a new challenge.  In retrospect it has taught me a lot about running a business.  It's so true what people say about every experience helping to mold you!  

After planning my own wedding in 2014, its was one of those A-HA moments reaffirming how much I loved working on events. I had a not-so-new found passion for all things weddings and after dipping my feet in with some AH-MAZ-ING, top planners in the LA area, it was time to dive in!  And here I am!

I want this blog to be a place where I can share weddings I've worked on, current projects, pro advice, and a little bit about what's going on in my world.  So- nice to meet you!  And please come back soon to check out the latest with Jessica Foster Events!

 

Jessica Foster Events is a wedding planning and coordination service for the Greater Los Angeles