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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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