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I’m so excited to share this gorgeous wedding. Also I apologize I’m so behind on posting my work lately…. but I think this one will make up for the wait! For those of you who are Walking Dead fans, don’t die when you see these killer engagement photos of Amber and Andy (all the puns intended). And yes for those of you wondering, this is Andrew West (aka Gareth) from AMC’s Walking Dead. One last thing- be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out my big debut where I interview with People Now magazine about Andy and Amber’s big day!

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Amber and Andy have so much fun in their relationship and their wedding day was a perfect evening to celebrate them both. They wanted a candlelight evening with their closest family and friends at the Carondelet house in Los Angeles.

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For the reception Amber and Andy wanted an intimate, candlelight feel that would complement the beautiful brick walls and Italian villa style of Carondelet. Also one of my favorite design elements was an escort card Christmas tree! Guests were able to find their names on an ornament, make their way to their seats and then keep the ornament as a favor- so fun!

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The whole evening was magical from start to finish and this couple was truly a joy to get to know. Amber and Andy are some of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met and it was truly wonderful to work with them!

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Check me out on People Now!

VENDOR LOVE

Venue: Carondelet House
Planning/Coordination/Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Photography: Steve Cowell
Video: David Gallardo
Florals: Fleur De Rye
Catering & Bar: Tres LA
Lighting: Lighten Up Inc 
DJ: Dart DJ
Linens: La Tavola 

Orla + Luke Bel Air Bay Club Wedding by Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings

Orla and Luke had been living in Brooklyn for years and moved back to LA after getting engaged.  They wanted their wedding to be a mix of California coast meets Brooklyn funk.  They were looking for strong colors yet wanted a sophisticated experience where their guests could let loose and enjoy themselves.

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VENDOR LOVE

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler
Planning/Coordination/Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Video: Fourth Films
Ceremony Venue: Saint Monicas Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club
Florals: Moon Canyon Florals
Invites: Anne Robin Calligraphy
Catering & Bar: Bel-Air Bay Club
Rentals: Yeah! Rentals
Tabletop: Casa de Perrin
Photobooth: Smilebooth
Ice Cream: Sweet Lucie’s
DJ: The Flashdance

Michelle and Kevin Loft On Pine Wedding by Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings

Michelle came to me a little over a year ago with a blank canvas, good taste, and a personality that you can’t help but fall in love with.  From our first cup of tea to our last, this little lady stole a special place in my heart and as I share these stunning images today I’m reminded of how much fun we had putting together her big day.  Since I was the first and only vendor she booked we had our work cut out for us.  In our initial design meetings I learned that the couple was attracted to modern and whimsical elements with hints of rustic thrown in from time to time.  They wanted to create a timeless and elegant evening where their personalities were present in all the details.  My team and I started scouting venues, working up design concepts, and curating mood boards to get the ball rolling.

Michelle and Kevin engagement shoot with Jasmine Star

We ended up choosing The Loft On Pine for a handful of reasons.  It accommodated our projected guest count of 200, its exposed brick walls and hard wood floors were the perfect modern meets rustic vibe, and the historic charm helped create a warm and personal atmosphere that the couple were drawn to.  Once we locked down the date and venue it was time to secure the big ticket items.  Michelle’s sister surprised her by gifting Jasmine Star as the photographer which was exciting.  I’ve admired Jasmines work for quite some time and to have the opportunity to work alongside of her was a treat to say the least.  The engagement shoot above is also from her and I just adore how cute these two are!

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Michelle fell in love with Alise from Sweet Marie Designs‘ portfolio.  The Loft on Pine is a rather large space and so I knew we wanted to go heavy on the florals to fill in each area with some stunning blooms.  Ultimately it paid off and Michelle was ecstatic about her bouquet.

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The wedding day was amazing and I couldn’t be happier for Michelle and Kevin!  I mean, I cried when Michelle said her vows.  Not really a shocker for me but I truly had a blast making this vision come to life.  And their dog, Bartok…let’s just say I almost dognapped him. Congrats, Michelle and Kevin!  Your wedding was one of the many highlights of 2014!

VENDOR LOVE

Photography: Jasmine Star
Venue: The Loft On Pine
Planning/Coordination/Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Catering: Urban Palate
Bartending: Cocktail Concierge
Ice Cream: A la Minute
Flowers: Sweet Marie Designs
Invites: Coral Pheasant
DJ: JP McLeod
Slow Motion Booth: Super Slow Motion Booth 
Dress: Jenny Packham
Favors: Malvi Marshmallows 
Rentals: Baker
Glassware: Borrowed Blu

Carly Rae - Owner of Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings

Everyday of the week we collaborate with brides to create unique designs for their big day.  Its rare that we get an opportunity to design for ourselves and create something that brings us personal joy and satisfaction.  So on January 6th, 2014 when Billy and I stood on the porch of our first studio it was a bit of an overwhelming experience.  With keys in hand we both took a moment to reflect on the crazy journey before opening the doors to an entirely new chapter in our lives.  Inside we found 1,200 square feet of white walls and while we enjoy a good challenge, this one truly stretched us.  At first the questions were rather basic: Should we paint?  Where would we sit?  Do we want desks or more of an open seating feel?  As time went on the questions began to shift: What color temperature light bulbs do we buy?  What texture were you thinking for the cabinet’s handles?  Do you want a blush pink, soft pink or antiqued pink couch?  Yes these were real conversations, and yes Billy cares deeply about the shade of pink that he wishes to sit upon (Its one of the many reasons why I love that man).

8 mood boards, 7 concept guides, and 6 months later we finished.  I remember standing in our entry way one night after a 15 hour day and as I took a step back to take it all in I broke down in tears.  It wasn’t exhaustion, it wasn’t even a rough week, it was pure joy.  These dreams Billy and I have been chasing had finally come true and this space, for whatever reason, embodied those dreams.  Needless to say thats where the name came from.  As a finishing touch we decided to call the studio The Dream Factory and placed the logos on the front door to act as a reminder that anything is possible.  Two years ago we laughed at the idea of ever owning a studio and now everyday as we show up to work we are reminded that the crazy ideas are the only ones worth pursuing.

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One of my favorite rooms in the space is our little consultation room in the front.  With gold polka dots on the walls, a pink couch, and some fun pillows I always enjoy meeting with brides to be and chatting about their big day.

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Ever sit in a boring staff meeting for hours and hours?  We hate those kind of meetings and firmly believe that design can solve that problem.  Welcome to our office!  Can you imagine sitting in a navy velvet swivel chair AND being bored?  Me neither.

Artwork from left to right: Pink O’mbre, Tea Time, Pineapple, The Pool, Geometric heart, Follow Your Dreams, Flamingo, Green leaves, Elephant, Lonely Palm Tree, Hello Love, Birds on a wire, The Lone Giraffe, Paris, USA Pastel, Ferris Bueller, Goal Digger, Roller Coaster, Abstract Pastels, What does the pink fox say, Ice Cream!

Furniture from left to right: Credenza (Local thrift shop), Record Player, Standing Lamp, Otis Swivel Chairs, Murphy Sofa, Geometric Rug, Glass top table, Gold side table.

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These incredible photos by the talented Meghan Kay Sadler capture the space beautifully.  However, I would have to say its a bit more fun seeing it in person.  We are slightly obsessed with a good pot of tea over here so if you are ever in the mood to share a cup, we would love to show you the space in person!

  • Sarah Bixler- SheeanNovember 3, 2014 - 4:09 am

    Wow Carly! I am so happy and excited for you and Billy! Amazing space, amazing couple. Blessings from an old roomy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ShanFebruary 18, 2015 - 5:44 am

    Where are the white frames on the gallery wall from? Love the variety of sizes!ReplyCancel

    • Carly PrudenFebruary 24, 2015 - 9:14 pm

      Thank you! We actually got them custom made at Aaron + Brothers and some were ordered online at varies sites. Make sure you check their sales because they have some really good deals!ReplyCancel

Santa Barbara Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddings

Karina grew up visiting her grandparents up in the hills of Santa Barbara.  As a kid there was this magical swing that her and her sisters cherished under the old oak tree in grandma and grandpa’s back yard.  I could tell those moments were priceless to her as she talked about her childhood.  The estate was sold and Kathy Ireland, former super model, became the new owner of the property.  As Karina and Jason began searching for places to get married it was the memories of grandma and grandpa’s house that drew them to Santa Barbara.  Little did we know at the time that their grandparent’s old home had been turned into one of Santa Barbara’s leading event spaces.

The backyard is completely stunning with overgrown trees, and lots of spaces to create a gorgeous wedding reception. We had so much fun curating their wedding with lots of neutral colors and darker pops. Their wedding ceremony was held at the most beautiful catholic church down the street that felt as if we were in Europe. It makes me want to hop on a plane right now for a romantic vacation with Billy. Ahh, everything about this day was perfect and I won’t soon forget this magical day in the hills of Santa Barbara.

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You guessed it.  This is the same swing under the old oak tree in the back yard.  I can’t get enough of their precious story and was so honored and excited to be apart of curating such a special day.

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Photography: Bryce Covey
Planning + Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Ceremony: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Reception: Kathy Ireland Private Estate
Florals: Ivana’s Floral Designs
Videography: Andrew James Abajian
Catering: Season Catering
Rentals: Ventura Rentals
DJ: Gavin Roy