July 21

Vintage Glamour Inspiration in a Historic Hacienda



I truly believe that a wedding should be as unique as the couple who are getting married. When I was planning my wedding, I steered away from sticking to just a color palette or a theme. But I was inspired by our stories, places and things that we loved and everything that surrounded us. And our wedding turned out to be memorable and a day that was so special to us and our guests. On our blog today, wedding photographer, Emily of Em the Gem, shares with us how she finds inspiration. “There are places and spaces that speak to me. Call to me. I am inspired by places more than anything else, especially places with a history. Things that transport me to another time and make me feel new things. Perhaps this is why traveling is so important to me as an artist.” The wedding styled photoshoot that Emily is sharing with us today, was created when she stumbled upon an old historic property in Sonoma. It was in the process of being renovated but she was inspired to capture the history, the peeling wallpaper, old beams, creaky floors and untold stories before it disappeared. Especially since at one point the property was a speakeasy during the prohibition. She imagined what it must have been like when it was first built and a story and a photoshoot was born. When you’re planning your wedding, be inspired by the stories that are unique only to you. It might require you to slow down, dig deep, to pay attention and to open your eyes but it will be worth it. Inspiration is everywhere.

















CREDITS: Photographer: Em the Gem //  Styling: A & B Creative // Gown: Sarah Seven // Hair + Makeup: Katie Nash //  Floral Design: Mandolin Floral //  Model: Lizzie Gunst //  Venue: Private Estate in Sonoma

categories Fashion & Accessories, INSPIRATION, Vintage Wedding

July 17

An Elegant Black Tie Wedding with a Touch of Vintage


Jack & Shannon met at the University of San Francisco and they have been together for over five years. Jack proposed in 2011 during a trip to Cornwall. Jack is originally from London, so all of the wedding planning was done with the two of them across the sea. The couple really didn’t have a specific theme, but the wedding was a very elegant black tie affair with vintage influence and a jewel tone peacock color scheme. The venue at the Bel Air Bay Club was the perfect backdrop for this California wedding.




We also love that all of the Shannon’s jewelry, and her shoe clips were vintage and borrowed from her grandmother. Swoon!



A few of our favorite details: Jack had all of his groomsmen gift cards written on Jack’s from a card deck. All the English accents were amazing to listen to all day.




They have something they call “the dip” that they have done for years and years for all their special occasions and trips. They had pictures of “the dip” on every table with the centerpieces along with postcards of all of the places that mean a lot to them. The toast that Jack gave to Shannon brought a tear to every eye in the house. It was literally out of a movie.

The couple was very concerned with all of their guests, especially their out of town guests, to really be a part of their day, so they even arranged for a special picture directly after their ceremony. Their favors were little m&m’s with their faces on them. Also they had a bubble send off. Who could ask for more from this beautiful wedding. All in all, it was not only a beautiful event, but Jack & Shannon are gorgeous happy people, and their guests had a blast at their wedding!



Photographer: Sweet T Studios //  Shoes: Dune London //  Hair Stylist: Forme Salon  //  Cake Designer: Hansen’s Bakery //  Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Moss Bros //  Makeup Artist: Patric Armijo   //  Shoes: Paul Smith //  Veils and headpieces: Stephanie Allin Couture //  Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group //  Dress Designer: Winnie Couture //  Reception Venue: Bel Air Bay Club //  Floral Designer: Delphinium Designs

categories BEACH WEDDING, Blue, Classic Wedding, PURPLE, SUMMER WEDDING

July 17

A Modern Twist on the Edible Arrangement


I can’t tell you the horror on my colleagues faces when I told them I was going to create an edible arrangement.  While great in concept, the execution of this idea has been disappointing at best.  Until now!

We created other edible garnishes (well, you wouldn’t really want to eat raw cabbage and artichokes, but you follow me. . .) like cabbage, artichokes, and kumquat branches that would fill in some space, so the arrangement is all fruit skewers, which is just hard to make look sophisticated.

Then, in lieu of floral foam for the base, you use the base part of the pineapple (see demo).  Clever, huh? - Chef Pace


Edible Spring/Summer Arrangement

serves 12

What you need:
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blueberries
1 pint blackberries
1/4 pineapple, cut into cubes
12- 4” bamboo skewers
12- 6” bamboo skewers

Supplies you’ll need:
1/2 pineapple, base cut to act as floral foam inside vase
low vase

Decorate with:
3 each artichokes with stem
3 each cabbage with stem







CREDITS { Photography by Joel of Studio EMP //  Recipe created by Taste of Pace //  Dishware from Premiere Party Rents}