Casa Ylang Ylang - A Styled Shoot

Anytime we are asked to participate in a styled shoot, I get giddy butterfly feelings. I love being able to think outside what a client will normally request and have some fun designing paper goods and details that will be memorable. When I was asked to join in on Whimsical, Styled Shoot at Casa Ylang Ylang, you know I was pumped with having a slightly different theme to design to. 

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

The names were handwritten details requested by Erica Rodriguez of Erica Melissa as I would be providing more hand lettered details throughout the shoot.

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Provence Photography

Photo Credit: Provence Photography

Photo Credit:  Erica Melissa

Photo Credit: Erica Melissa

Needless to say that this styled shoot was made of what tropical dreams are made of. Driving up to the venue alone took my breath away. It's quaint and gorgeous features make it a true gem amongst the many venues found in Miami. 

I'm excited to note that this shoot has been featured! 

Click below to see the features:

With this styled shoot, we had something a little different happen. Instead of there just being one photographer, there were over 10 photographers shooting the same imagery. This means we got to have a lot of unique aspects of the same moments. You will also notice when you go down the list that we weren't the only stationers showcased. 24th Avenue Design provided a beautiful watercolor and foil suite that gave a slightly different take on the theme for the shoot.

Keeping this in mind, I wanted to also showcase the individual point of views from each photographer. Click below to see each photographer's favorite shots from this tropical shoot.


Photographer: Erica MelissaAurora Photography, + Gloria Francis Photography (Various other guest photographers were also present and participated in the shoot)

Event Planner & Stylist: Pink Wasabi

Venue: Casa Ylang Ylang 

Venue Coordinator: Melanie Event Design

Florist: Flower Fanatic Miami

Handwritten Invitation Suite + On-Site Calligraphy: Only One Mark, Inc. (Table number, escort cards, chalkboard writing, tropical handwritten suite with vows) 😘 πŸ’Œ 

Watercolor + Foiled Invitation Suite: 24th Avenue Designs

Cake: The Starfish Cottage

Furniture Rentals: Mi Vintage Rentals

Reception Table & Chair Rental: Le Fragole Catering

Bistro Lighting: Eugene Harris

Dress: The Find Bridal / Chic Parisien (Designer: Romona KeveΕΎa)

Heels: Ted Baker

Suit: My Grooms Room

Hair: J & A Makeup Artistry

Makeup: Safai Kelly

Jewelry: Pink Wasabi

Table Settings: Different Look Rentals

Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens

Favors: Sugar Fina

Ice Pops: Cielito Artisan Pops

Models: Ariana (Bride) + Khaleel (Groom)

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Ace Props House Elopement - A Styled Shoot

There are so many details to this one shoot that sing by itself...but the painted leather jacket does #slay!!😍  I'm so happy that Christy from Christy V. & Co asked me to join in on this throw back to the glamor of  60's Rock & Roll inspired weddings of the past. Girl, your ideas are magic. 

I'm proud to announce that we have been featured on Green Wedding Shoes!!


To quote the King 🎀...

Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
— Elvis Presley

Click the link below to see the full feature!!


Planner - Christy V and Co.

Photography - Andrielle Photography

Video - Esteban Hernandez

Florals - Simple Florals

Furniture + Venue - Ace Props House + Studios

Calligraphy - Only One Mark, Inc. (US!! 😍)

Tabletop - The Mix Dish

Hair + Makeup - Kristen Fortier

Dress - Island Tribe

Head Piece: Julhia Fischer

Bow Tie - TV-Head Company

Cake + Sweets - Elsie's Flour Shop

Models - Elisa + Johnny Lara

Behind the Scenes - Project NM

Ummm...and how could I not share what these moments looked like in action! Click the video below!!πŸ‘‡πŸ» 

Across the Universe - A 70's Styled Shoot

There are just some themes to parties that some folks dread. I think 70's themed parties are one of those themes that have unfortunately become seen very cheap and tacky. Needless to say I was intrigued when Christy from Christy V. & Co. reached out through Instagram to discuss such a theme. After chatting at a local Starbucks talking about our businesses and Dave Ramsey, it was clear that we were going to work well together (and become great friends in the process). 

I'll tell y'all point blank, with the help from the other creatives that were involved and Christy's guidence, I could have never imagined such a non-blank version of the 70's era being so breathtaking. Want to breathe in this groovy scent of Strawberry Fields? Come Across the Universe with us into this picturesque shoot.

Wanna see these details in action? Check out this gorgeous video below.


Venue: C&I Studios
Planner: Christy V & Co.
Photographer: Erica Melissa
Filmmakers: Made With Love Films
Furniture: Simple Rustic
Florals: Simple Florals
Macrame: HelloChiqui
Cake: Lalisweets
Makeup & Hair: Marz Makeup & Hair
Dress: Lighthouse Bridal and Letterpress Design
Suit: My Grooms Room
Veil/Shoes: Champagne and GRIT
Invitation & Calligraphy: ONLY ONE MARK, INC. πŸ˜˜ πŸ’Œ 
Nail Art: Luv Nail Shop
Blog: The First Look

Models: Erika+ Brian (Super Cuties that made me wish I was getting married again...or at least posing for a shoot with Gus) πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜Š

Want to see more of the photos? Check out this link from our friends over at Erica Melissa who give you a view of the full shoot.

Are you inspired to incorporate some of these details into your own wedding or special event? Click below to read more in our feature on WeddingWire.

What is a Styled Shoot?

If you've been following us for awhile (or any wedding professional for that matter) you'll notice that I/they will sometimes talk or post about a styled shoot I/they are participating in. I've gotten a lot of blank stares and question mark faces πŸ€” (like the ones you see in magnas or animes) whenever we discuss it with non-wedding/event folk. So, I thought it would be a great idea to give you a crash course into what makes a styled shoot and it's purpose for us wedding/event creatives. 

If you haven't notice by now, there are a lot of creative entrepreneurs out there in the wedding and events industry. You have planners, florists, photographers, stationers (like me πŸ€— ), and many more specialists that can contribute to a wedding day. Like I tell all my brides, the wedding industry is like the aquarium from the movie Finding Dory 🐟 . You usually operate in one portion of an exhibit and when you find yourself wandering off, there are so many more fish in the sea....I mean creatives to work with. πŸ™ 🦐  πŸ   πŸ‘ 🦈  πŸ‹

So when a creative begins putting together a styled shoot, they first think of a theme or style they really want to bring to life. Recently, I got the opportunity to work on a 70's styled shoot that allowed me to get my groove on with my watercolors 🎨 πŸ–Œ and play with colors brides normally aren't keen on working with. Needless to say, some of the other creatives involved got to do something out of the ordinary: Like Jaime from Champagne and Grit who made a wedding veil out of macrame (guys, it's a dream to look at and oh...the dipped something blue feature...). πŸ’™πŸ˜

Anywho, not only do we get to try out new things, but it also adds items or services to our repetuar that we otherwise might not have had the chance to create yet. For example, I have been dying to produce a backless wedding sign using my calligraphy for a wedding but haven't had the chance to do so. So one of the things I brought with me (and made sure to have it approved with the planner in charge) was a backless frame as an extra detail for that day.  

And for us non-photogs or videographers, it also allows us to open up our portfolio and add great new images to gush over (pretty pictures for the Insta too). Sometimes when a vendor doesn't have enough work in their online portfolio, some people think that they are inexperienced or too new to the game where they aren't the right person to trust for your special day. That's not always the case. To be fair, it's hard to share images aka proof of your work while it's in the event when you're not there (another story for another blog post). A styled shoot can be the perfect opportunity for creatives to prove they have the skill set you want to hire. 

I hope I've given you a bit more info on what a styled shoot is and how wonderful it is for us creatives to participate in as many of them as we can. Have you seen a styled shoot you absolutely loved? What theme or color scheme did it incorporate? Let me know in the comments below.

Tropical Garden Romance Styled Shoot

There are always amazing opportunities out there that one just can't say no to. This is how I felt about the Styled Shoot proposed by Priscilla from Events by Priscilla and Erica from Erica Melissa (we've talked about her before...I know you remember). Anywho, it turns out the fabulosity fo the shoot could not be contained and.... WE GOT FEATURED!!

Floral Invitation Suite|Only One Mark Inc|Erica Melissa.jpg

My heart just may burst. Ok, so make sure to click the link below and check out the full feature.

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Venue - Samsura Miami | Melanie Events Design

Photography - Erica Melissa

Planning & Design - Events by Priscilla

Floral Design - A Lavish Moment Event Design

Rentals - SLE Vintage and More

Paper Goods & Calligraphy - Only One Mark, Inc. (US!! 😍)

Hair & Makeup - Visions by Daili

Dress - La Vie En Blanc

Suit - My Grooms Room

Cake - Love of Sweets

Bridal Accessories - Champagne and Grit

Models - Laren Bates & Jose Guillermo Rivas

Romantic Oceanside Bistro Engagement

If there is one thing in this world that I am thankful for it is friends who offer opportunities to help us grow. Our friend, Erica of Erica Melissa has an imaginative mind and an awesome eye for detail. She also has a serving heart and kind words that will make even the most reluctant flower bloom.

Christy + Anthony | Romantic Oceanside Bistro

I am privileged and honored that she requested our help with her most recent engagement shoot. This sweet couple's engagement story and the bride's love for adventure was the true inspiration for this shoot. Click the link below for the full story. :D

Vendor Love

Photography - Erica Melissa

Cinematography- Elite Media Concepts

Venue: Black Point Marina

Furniture Rental: SLE Vintage & More

Florals: A Lavish Moment Event Design

Calligraphy: Only One Mark Inc. (Us!!)

Desserts: Le Macaron