Alejandra + Daniel - A San Francisco City Hall Elopement

Not every wedding project I take on is traditional. This was the case for Alejandra. Her fiance, Daniel, and herself had made plans to elope over in San Francisco, California and she wanted to have a special detail for her special day. Having seen the leather jacket I painted for this styled shoot elopement, Alejandra wanted to have similarly designed. These are the results.

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If you want have your breath taken away, go check out more details on Dipp Photography's blog. I promise you will be gushing over them too.  

Yalina + Josh - Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

Trust me when I say that this year has been filled with a lot more "firsts" both in my personal and career life. Let's talk about this gorgeous place card detail....on a capris shell!! ๐Ÿšโœ๐Ÿป

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Go ahead...jump over to gush over the romantic details found on Erica Melissa's blog. #swoonworthy

Vendors

Venue: Pink Shell Beach Resort

Hair & Makeup: Ulta Beauty

Rentals: SLE Vintage & More

Florals: Events by Zeiry

Shell Lettering: Only One Mark Inc.

Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo

Bridal Cape: Champagne & Grit

Cake: Sandra Rodriguez

Our Wedding - 11.11.11

Unless we are friends on Facebook, there is something I've never really shared with the world. You might have heard all of the funny stories, scares and precious moments during a meeting between sips from your coffee cup. But honestly, I can't believe it's taken this long to share it. 

Family, Friends, Blog Visitors - I give you some photos from our wedding.

Gus and Monique 11.11.11 Wedding

Yup. The day 10 years in the making, 7 years dating; November 11, 2011 was the day that Gus and I were married.

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According to Gus, his day got started with waking up at 5:30am. He was so excited, he couldn't sleep anymore. So instead, he ran laps around what would be our apartment complex to try to get tired but that didn't work. ๐Ÿ˜‚  The rest of his day was spent hanging out with his friends at what would be our apartment, playing video games and hanging out. Once they were ready to go, he gave his groomsmen their gift (a flask with their favorite superhero on the front) and took a celebratory drink.

Back at my parent's house, I spent all day watching my favorite Disney Movies and spending time with my bridesmaids. My youngest sister even made a sign for the front of our house. Once we were all ready to go, we headed out to our venue.

Our wedding was themed after the movie Aladdin. We kept the main colors navy and gold with accents of other bold colors that reminded me of all the treasure found in the Cave of Wonders. We had place card holders that were small golden elephants, Moroccan lanterns centerpieces instead of flowers, and my favorite detail, a magic carpet that we would be married on. And another detail we decided upon was dressing up our ring bearer and flower girl as Aladdin and Jasmine. I'll let you keep scrolling to enjoy the magic that unfurled that night. ๐Ÿ˜‰ โœจ

One of the major snafoos but one of the funniest moments of our wedding was that unfortunately, the DJ could not play the song I had chosen to walk down the aisle to. When they tried to play it, a loud boom screeched over the sound system ๐Ÿ’ฅ  and my poor ring bearer ran back up the aisle screaming for his dad. Thankfully we had a backup song from some Disney themed instrumentals that we had playing prior to the ceremony. So a lesson for all: have a backup plan and don't stress if something goes wrong. It will just forever be part of your wedding day story. ๐Ÿ˜…

And WE GOT MARRIED!! The rest of our night was filled with lots of laughter, dancing, and more memorable moments. 

And there you have it...our big day in a nutshell. It was a day we will never forget.

The Invitation That Started It All

Isn't it funny that for most of us, the one thing that holds the highest significance why we start our businesses or new life chapters isn't something that everyone gets to see? Funny enough, I was made aware some time ago that I've never shared an actual image of our wedding invitation. This was just a part of our story that I hadn't thought about before. Of course, I've told our story of how our business started to clients and vendors. It's been one of the bits of information that remained after our rebrand back in August. But this is the first time our invitation will be seen (unless you were a recipient of the invitation of course). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photo Credit:  Dipp Photography

Photo Credit: Dipp Photography

Something I would like point out is that this wasn't the first invitation I had made before. In fact, I had been creating invitations for some very important family celebrations such as both of my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversaries and helping a one of my dearest friends with her bridal shower and wedding invitations. These weren't elaborate invitations at all, not like what you've see from me today. But...our wedding invitation was the first real moment I got to create something that reflected the people behind the event. It was a lot more personal and meant so much more.

You see when it came time to decide on our invitations, I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to let guests know exactly how magical this moment in our lives was going to be. While we visited a few invitation shops, they just didn't have what I was looking for. Needless to say that the more "Nos" I received, the smaller I felt. If it hadn't been for Gus' encouragement, we would have probably gone with some plain, mundane invite that everyone else was using. 

Don't get me wrong...it was a ton of hard work. I bought shimmer paper to really give the "shining, shimmering, splendid" feeling I desperately wanted to glow from the invitations. My mom found invitation packs at Target ๐ŸŽฏ on a clearance rack that had similar, delicate design that my wedding dress also had. I looked up through countless rules of invitation etiquette while adding some new twists to personalize our invitation suite a little more. We may have also sent them out a little later than we should have ๐Ÿ˜… , but the results were worth it. 

So what would be my one bit of advice if you choose the same route that I did for my wedding day? PLAN AHEAD.๐Ÿ—“  Do your research and see if the cost and time spent (because it will take a lot of time) is really worth it for your time frame and budget. I have had cases where brides have come to me either having experience with DIY projects or know how design, but just didn't have the time to create their invitation suite. Designing them yourself can also bring extra purchases like paper cutters, extra paper and envelopes for "just in case" boo boos. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿค• 

Well, that's that. Now you can't say you haven't seen our wedding invitations. ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜  And maybe...just maybe...I'll be sharing some of our wedding photos too. 

Anilos Wedding - An Estancia Culinaria Wedding

Anicia's wedding sounded like an absolute dream when she contacted me a short time before her wedding date. She was still in need of some day of items (cards for a seating chart and menus for each guest) and to create a design that matched some of the already pinned down details. Needless to say, I think our items definitely coordinated nicely with the rest of her theming. 

Take a look at some of the details from Anicia's big day. :)

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We were happy to find out that this special wedding was featured on the wedding site, Borrowed and Blue. Click here to see the full feature.

 
 

Venue - Estancia Culinaria

Stationery (Menus & Seating Chart) - Only One Mark, Inc.

Photographer - Manolo Doreste

Wedding Coordinators - Maidilyn Falcon & Cristina Hevia

Makeup - Midely Chavez of PeaceLoveLashes

Hair - Wilo Vazquez & Julie Flaquer

Bridal Gown - Rene Ruiz

Furniture Rentals - The Salvage Snob & A Touch of Elegance Party Rental

Tent Rental - Sperry Tents

Monogram Design - Diana K. Arauz-Losada