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Elysian Wedding Inspiration by Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings

Sarah + Jon hold a special place in my heart. I met them for the first time in South Bay and we instantly connected over a cup of earl grey.  I’ve never laughed as hard in a consultation as I did with these two.  Later I found out that Jon is a comedian and spends his days writing, acting, and producing for Comedy Central.  These two envisioned a laid back intimate dinner party with some of their closest family and friends.  They valued good food, killer drinks, and a carefree atmosphere where friends could relax and feel at home.

We brought on Whoa Nelly who created the best farmer’s market inspired menu as well as Pharmacie who also created a few signature cocktails for guests to enjoy.  Yeah Rentals provided their long wooden tables which we dressed up with Borrowed Blu’s glassware.  Primary Petals hit another home run with over 200 unique bud vases acting as table runners for each guest to enjoy.

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The toasts were probably my favorite.  Jon had quite a few friends who were also comedians themselves.  I’ve been to a few comedy acts over the years but nothing will top how special these moments were.  Each speech was jam packed with a deep sense of joy and love for the couple along with some of the funniest stories and jokes I’ve ever heard.

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Congrats you two!  I hope to grab a cup of earl grey with you soon to share a few laughs and catch up to see what new adventures life has thrown your way.

VENDOR LOVE:

Photography: Orange Owl Photo
Planning + Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Venue: Elysian
Florals: Primary Petals
Rentals: Borrowed Blu, Baker, and Yeah Rentals
Catering: Whoa Nelly
Bar: Pharmacie
Dessert: Superfine Bakery

A new season. Intern goodie bags for #carlyraeweddings

Every six months marks a new season as a new team of interns join our family and leave a lasting impression on our companies.  It’s an incredibly bitter sweet couple of weeks as we say good bye to the old team and welcome in the new.  This Tuesday was a big day for us as we welcomed in our new team, and for the first time ever we hired our first full time staff member, Brett!  Brett has been with us for a year and as Billy and I move forward into this new season we couldn’t imagine running the companies without her.  She will be stepping in as the Primary Petals Studio Director and will be helping us to grow in the coming years.

Mia, Paige, and Abigail

We also had the pleasure of welcoming three new girls to the family.  Mia as our new Creative Assistant, Paige as our new Floral Assistant, and Abigail as our new Project Manager.

Creating wedding inspiration mood boards with #carlyraeweddings

Billy and I have always learned the fastest by jumping into the deep end of things so on day one we challenged each of the girls to put together a mood board to see what could come up with.  I asked Mia to curate a mountain getaway wedding and the board she created #nailedit!

Mountain wedding inspiration mood board by Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddingsWedding inspiration mood boards. #carlyraeweddings

Since Paige is going to be working with Brett over at Primary Petals, we wanted to see if she could take a few descriptive words and mash them together to create something pretty.  So for her board we said: Romantic boho with pinks and neutral tones.  #nailedit!

Romantic boho wedding inspiration mood board by Primary Petals and Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings #primarypetalsNew internship team hard at work at The Dream Factory #carlyraeweddings

Last but certainly not least we asked Abigail to dream up an English garden party wedding.  I love the arrangement spilling over out of the watering can.  Might have to use that idea for one of my clients coming up!  #nailedit!

English garden party wedding inspiration mood board by Carly Rae Weddings #carlyraeweddings

With over 35 weddings to go before 2014 is over this is going to be a crazy couple of months but I already feel relieved with these girls by my side!

The Loft On Pine Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddings

I’ve always dreamt of doing a warehouse wedding shoot so when The Loft On Pine opened up down the street from my home it was the perfect excuse to pull together a team of incredibly talented creatives to make it a reality.  As always we start by curating a mood board and color palette.  Once thats finished we sit down with everyone on the team to brain storm different ideas.  For this shoot we wanted a romantic warehouse vibe with a modern twist.  I had a so much fun piecing this together with my team and the opportunity to collaborate with Jasmine Star is something I will cherish deeply!  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

Romantic modern warehouse mood board wedding inspirationThe Loft On Pine Warehouse Wedding Inspiration. Wreath by Primary Petals and invites by Smitten on Paper. #carlyraeweddings.The Loft On Pine Warehouse Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddings Bouquet by Primary Petals

This bouquet is out of control!  When we asked Primary Petals to come up with a green and white design for the shoot they quickly pieced together some ideas that we were so excited to see in person.  Needless to say they knocked it out of the park on this one.  Using peonies and ranunculus as the focal flowers they added in green mist, eucalyptus, ferns, and amaranths.  And to add that extra little flare they threw in a few pheasant feathers!

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I’m completely in love with this naked cake by Sweet and Saucy and can’t get enough of the custom cake topper by Little Cat Co. Designs

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I love how fun and playful this video by Fourth Films turned out.

Vendor Love

Photography: Jasmine Star
Videography: Fourth Films
Planning and Design: Carly Rae Weddings
Flowers: Primary Petals
Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Melina
Cake: Sweet And Saucy
Stationary: Smitten On Paper
Dress: Provided by Blush Bridal Couture
Rentals: Disregarden
Venue: The Loft On Pine

Carly Rae and Billy

Today Billy and I are celebrating two years together as husband and wife and while our story has only just begun it also feels like its already been an eternity.  As I glanced through all of these photos I can’t help but look back across these last two years and cherish them.  They have been filled with some amazing highs and pretty intense lows yet I wouldn’t change any of it.  Each day seems to be filled with new opportunities to learn more about the other and while there have been surprises along the way, we continue to draw closer to one another.

Stunning bouquet by Primary Petals.  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsCustom pocket watch with our date engraved.  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsMy favorite First Look! Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsHow cute are these two?  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsCarly + Billy.  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsCake by Sweet and Saucy. Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsIts all about the little details.  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsCenterpieces by Primary Petals. Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsTea as favors and details. Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddingsDance floor!  Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding Inspiration #carlyraeweddings

We meet with blushing brides each week as they plan the biggest day of their life and we get asked all the time for advice about weddings and marriage.  I thought it would be fun for Billy and I to share two things each of us have learned about marriage over the last two years.

Carly

1. In pre-martial they talked about “active listening” and before Billy and I were together, I thought I understood what that meant. Billy has taught me to really sit and listen when conflict arises without becoming defensive. It’s important for a healthy relationship to take time to hear what the other person is saying so there can be unity.

2. Let the other person be who they were made to be! Billy is a strong, kind, loving, and brilliant man. Sometimes I want him to be just like me because it’s easy! I’m learning to not bottle-neck him but give him space and encouragement to grow and be the amazing man I married!

Billy

1.  I spent the first 25 years of my life as an only child training how not to be in a healthy marriage.  In other words, it was all about me and what I wanted, and what I’ve quickly learned is that marriage is not about winning but about working together.  If I’m honest I felt like Carly was my competition early on.  I’ve come to learn that not only is she on my team but she is the strongest asset I have.

2.  Don’t stop having fun together.  Carly and I really enjoy working together so we kind of lucked out on that one but every chance we get to make the other one laugh – we take it!  Every opportunity that comes our way to go on an adventure – we take it!  Every spare moment we get to sneak in a date night, watch a movie, or grab a bite to eat – we take it!