New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot by French Buckets and Kat Harris Weddings

There are styled shoots, and then there is this gold infused New Year’s Eve Wedding Styled Shoot by  French Buckets and Kat Harris Weddings. It seriously doesn’t get any more fabulous than this! One can never have too much gold.  We’re seriously dying over all the  glitter and gold. Oh, and add an evening of saying  I DO, paired with glitz, glam, and some bubbly, and it is has us busting out our party hats!  Ending 2013 with a shoot as stunning as this one, has us celebrating with a whole lot of sparkle and fun.













































From  Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets

Inspiration:  When Kat Harris approached me about doing a styled shoot and said the words, black bows and gold with a hint of art deco, all I thought about was GOLD… I LOVE GOLD!  I definitely wanted something sparkly so I thought sequins and glitter of course.

Table inspiration:  I used a star burst mirror from Z Gallery.  I wanted gold to spray from the center of the table.  I used an all gold  textured container with a mix of dark black foliage and an array of white floral.  Some accents painted gold.  White anemones with gold glittery centers (my favorite element). Added gold butterflies and black ribbon for the chair embellishment.

Bouquets: One simple – a mound of baby’s breath with gold and glitter tips.  One Lush Bouquet with the roses dipped in gold and more anemones with gold glitter centers. All wrapped in champagne satin.

Bar:  Mary’s private collection of Art deco glasses.  Makers Mark Whiskey served with honey and lemon.  Glasses are topped with gold flaked sugar.  Champagne is a must on New Years Eve!  And served on Mary’s Grandmothers antique gold mirror.
Mary also included her own china with matching coffee cups filled with shepherds pie topped with mash potatoes from Jays catering.

Vendor Information:

Bridal Stylist and Photographer: Kat Harris Weddings 

Caterer: Jays Catering

Cupcakes and Cake:  Jays Catering

Co-stylist Table Design: Mary Lallande and Sussanna Davidson

Florals and Bridal bouquets: French Buckets

Linens: Designer Specialty Linens

Location: Serra Plaza

Chevron Table Runner: Typologie & Co.

Paper goods: Typologie & Co.

Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke

Bridal Dresses: Julia Lovan Designs and Kate Spade

Groom’s attire: All Saints and J. Crew

Models:  Jessie and Johan

New Year’s Eve Table Decor Inspiration from Erika’s Elegance

Can you believe that New Year’s Eve is right around the corner? We can hardly believe it ourselves.  Looking for last minute party planning ideas? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at this stunning and festive table decor all beautifully crafted by Erika’s Elegance. This glamorous lovely inspiration captured by GC Photo Booth has our NYE party loving hearts in full party mode. Seriously, we are totally ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style! Each and every detail is so amazing.

You can create a elegant and lovely setting for your New Year’s party with these festive and crafty  decoration ideas from Erika’s Elegance.

















From Erika’s Elegance

I love to throw parties and have gathering with my family and friends, that’s the planner in me. I think the key to a good party, it good food, laughter and a warm atmosphere which is what inspired me with this year’s concept.  I debated on which colors to use for this year’s party.  I wanted something that screamed festive yet would be warm and classic.  I decided on black and antique gold with a hint of cream.  

For my design, I wanted to make sure that all of my family and friends joining us would feel the love, happiness and festive spirit of the night.

First, I created chair tags with the words Family, Friends, Celebrate, Cheers, Party and Love to ignite those feelings of closeness amongst our guests.  I love things to be textured so I used three types of card-stock for the textured look.

Second,  I created name tags for each guest.  I want everyone to feel special when they walk into our home.

Third,  I wanted to pull in some of my favorite elements.  I love a little touch of bling, candles and flowers.  So what a perfect pairing the rhinestone candle holders that I used for vases (which I found as Michaels) and cream roses.  I put a few roses in each and cut-out the words Happy New Year and put them in the floral arrangements.  I think this added just the right amount of flowers without going over the top and taking away from the festive atmosphere.  I added a few candles to give it a glowing and warm feeling while we eat dinner.

For a final  table component, I wanted to add a little wow factor to my table.  I’m always looking for something different to add to my concept to make it “Pop” as I say.  This is when I found this neat little idea on Pinterest about making starburst out of Styrofoam and toothpicks.  I had so much fun playing around with this idea, and I used the starburst as a place setting accent. I didn’t want just a plain old table cloth, but instead  create something different to add a pop to the overall table look.   This is when I created my own paper table runner!  Yes the table runner is made of metallic card stock.  I cut out 8 inch circles and created a pattern for a fabulous table runner.

And lastly, as we begin to count down to the near year, I created this back drop for our friends and family to gather around as we countdown to 2014.  I used votive holders in clear and frosted gold.  I used more of the starburst that I created.  To top off the design I used 4 crackled vases and put 2013, I also cut out a 4 so once the countdown is finished, I’ll change it to read 2014 as we continue to party the night away.

The beauty of this design, is that most of the elements I used came from Michael’s.  All it takes is a little bit of creativity and a lot of love.


The Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Look

Wedding Wednesday is here. Oh, it is a good one. So good, our hearts are pounding faster and faster.  As you know we have been “Going Gatsby” these last couple days. We can not stop. We are not going to stop. Yep, THAT is how obsessed we are with The Great Gatsby. Two days until the movie premiere, and we can not wait. Oh happy day indeed.  We had kicked the week off with a fabulous post on Pre-Wedding Parties Inspired By The Great Gatsby”, brought to us by the very talented Event Stylist and Designer, Carmen Funetes of Expressionary Events.  If you thought that was amazing, wait until you see what we have in store for today. Wedding Wednesday just got better.  We have The Great Gatsby inspired wedding look. While we can go on for days about just how fabulous Gatsby inspired weddings are, we will just take a moment for you soak in all the 1920s glam of this stunning photo shoot.





  • Classic and Sophisticated Wedding Day Look:  What would Jay Gatsby and Daisy wedding look like today? This look is elegant and classic.

The Groom:  Wearing a white tuxedo jacket and vest paired with navy blue trousers. A white and blue pinstriped dress shirt with a Gray diagonal striped tie

Colors: White, Blue, Navy Blue, Gray

Brands/Designers: Friar Tux, Calvin Klein

The Bride: Wearing a Laced olive green and gold cap sleeved dress paired with long black silk gloves.

Colors: Olive, Black, Gold

Jewelry: Black beaded necklace (Tiana Vega Collection), Diamond Studs (Givenchy)

Brands/Designers: Tiana Vega Collection | Givenchy




Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Groom’s Attire:  Friar Tux

Bride’s Gown:  Tiana Vega Collection

Cigars: El Canito Cigar Rolling

Flowers: Bonne Fleur

  • Whimsical Wedding Reception Look:  A look which is fun, less formal, and whimsical.  A 1920s vintage inspired wedding.









Groom:  Wearing a Tan slim fitted suit with textured bow tie.

Bride: Wearing an Allure V-neck, laced applique dress.

Jewelry: Vintage pearl earrings and necklace.

Colors: Tan, blue, brown, cream

Textures: Lace, silk, satin

Brands/ Designers: Allure, Tommy Hilfiger










Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Bride’s Gown:  Bridal Elegance

Cigars: El Canito Cigar Rolling

Flowers: Bonne Fleur

Linens: Designer Specialty Linens

Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina

Specialty Bar (Whiskey): Night Owl Productions

Candy Station: Candee by Sandee

Band: Scott Cummings Music

Table art: Commemory Fine Art


Pre-Wedding Parties Inspired by The Great Gatsby

Giddy over Gatsby? Us too. We are starting a new week with celebration of the Great Gatsby movie premiere . Some of us have pulled our old copies of the book, reading it all over again. We are totally obsessed with the Great Gatsby era and all the elegance, charm, and glamour it brings.  So, when we received this Great Gatsby inspired shoot, our Gatsby loving hearts geared into full swoon mode! We are talking total bliss.  Carmen Fuentes of Expressionary Events  is the gal behind this awe-inspiring concept, as she brings the Great Gatsby to us in the most glamorous of ways.  We can not get over the stunning details that are getting us even more excited for the movie! To kick things off, we are going to share a couple of looks to get you not only inspired and prepped for the movie premiere, but also for  your wedding day look.  Get ready to feast your pretty eyes on  jaw-dropping glitz and glam.

First, a little about the shoot…

The Great Gatsby gives us glimpse of an era of elegance, sophistication and glamour and so we drew inspiration from this great American novel to capture the looks. Our vision was to portray a prosperous time in American history by bringing in elements of lush and romance into the unique décor details of each space. The shoot was held at the prestigious Sky Room, located atop the historic Breakers of Long Beach Hotel. Since the 1920’s, this Art Deco venue has entertained Hollywood luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Lindberg, and Cary Grant.

With the May 2013 release of Baz Luhrmann’s adapted film of the Great Gatsby, our goal was to offer inspiration options for brides who would like to capture this moment in time and incorporate modern elements into their wedding theme. We noticed many bridal gown designers such as Kitty Chen and Allure anticipated the release of this film and they created a modern line of wedding gowns and accessories in vintage silk, satin and lace. These and other designers are bringing a modern feeling to the classic shape of the Roaring Twenties with beaded cap sleeves, low backs and drop waists.

Another element of inspiration for this shoot came from Tiana Vega’s collection of evening gowns. The collection includes sleek fabrics and symmetries as well as dark colors that are reminiscent of the 1920’s. Much of the inspiration for the menswear seen in this shoot were taken by the Ralph Lauren designs portrayed in the 1974 adaption of The Great Gatsby. The fashion designs of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Liz Claiborne are proving that styles from the 20’s, (i.e. newsboy caps and three-piece suits) still deem relevant and withstanding the ever evolving world of fashion trends. The Color palette for the menswear in this shoot consisted of white, gray and tan tones.

  • Jay Gatsby Inspired “Bachelor Party” Look:  What would Jay Gatsby’s bachelor party look like? This look is 1920’s inspired with a modern twist. The men are wearing suits with newspaper boy caps, textured ties, bow ties and trimmed dress shirts.

Colors: Navy Blue, Browns, Gray, Gold, Blue

Patterns: Stripes, Solids, Prints

Brands/Designers: Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Alfani, Claiborne








Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Men’s Attire:  Friar Tux

Cigars: El Canito Cigar Rolling


  • Wedding Rehearsal Evening Look:  Inspired by an intimate and cozy feel, the outfits are embodied with rich colors and vintage inspired textures.

Groom Attire: Three-piece suit. White trimmed dress shirt with textured tie.

Bride Attire: Vintage inspired two-toned dress with long black silk gloves.

Textures: Velvet, suede, and silk.

Colors: White, Cream, Gray, Maroon,  and Black.

Brands/Designers: Tiana Vega Collection, Belucci Couture, Alfani, and Calvin Klein.









Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Men’s Attire:  Friar Tux

Evening Gown:  Tiana Vega Collection

Evening Clutch: Belucci Couture

Jewelry:  Tiana Vega Collection



Make sure to check in later this week for more Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Looks right here:


Whimsical and Romantic Details from Megan Ondercin Event Design

Guess what? It is another fabulous Wedding Wednesday! I’m talking drop dead gorgeous inspiration and some serious pretty coming your way. I just love when there is beyond amazing talent creating such lovely design that I can not get enough of. Recently, I attended the Unveiled Orange County Wedding Event where I literally had to stop in my tracks, get my camera ready, and take a few shots of the beautiful details.  Who is behind all the uber talented details?   Megan Ondercin Event Design with the help of  Copper Willow Paper Studio got together and created a sweet and romantic space. Want to know the details of what my eyes were so lucky to see? Oh, you will want to grab your morning coffee, (maybe a second cup by now), and be ready to be inspired!

Megan Ondercin shares all the magic behind the design at the Unveiled Wedding Event…

I wanted to incorporate a few trends of 2013 into my booth decor at the Unveiled bridal show; mixed metallics and peach/coral hues.  This combination created such a warm and inviting space. I wanted it to evoke a romantic sunset mixed with some harder, slightly masculine touches.  I glued pennies to glass vases to create my own unique floral container.  I also wrapped copper and gold wire around the napkins, center vase, and coral water goblets.  The ribbon backdrop created such a whimsical tone that really added that “wow” factor to the space.  Then, again, mixing the soft romantic elements to the harder, more bold tones, I layered the paper medallions over-top of the ribbon backdrop.  Each medallion was spray-painted to give the look of metal without the weight of an actual metal disc.  I also kept the metallic theme going by spray-painting the handles of each piece of flatware.  Copper isn’t often used, so I’m trying to take it mainstream with this display!  Gold is everywhere, and is definitely a major trend in 2013.  So, I kept that in play while introducing copper, gold’s lesser used cousin.

One of my other favorite components were the menu place mats.  Menus are an important part of a wedding, so I wanted to use it in a fresh, new way by printing it on a paper place mat.  With the help of Copper Willow Paper Studio, we were able to create something that really helped pull everything together. The glass plates were also a custom creation.  I took glass dinner plates and, using painter’s tape, created a different striping pattern on the back for each setting. Then, before letting the spray paint fully dry, I pulled the tape off so that it created a rough edging to the stripe. 

The last show-stopper that I’m quite proud of is the custom sewn table runner with coordinating napkins. Coming from a fashion background, I love browsing fabric stores.  I went in with a specific vision of what colors and pattern I wanted and found this gorgeous cotton print. The print is modern, yet funky and cheerful.

My giveaway was a card with a single penny glued on and the famous bridal phrase “something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue….and a sixpence in her shoe.”  That last part of the saying often gets dropped out.  Since I incorporated pennies in to my design, I wanted it to carry-over as a minor theme to my giveaway.  The saying states that if the bride puts a penny, or ‘sixpence’, in her shoe it will bring good luck to the marriage. It was a hit with the guests!

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Photography: KLK Photography


A few words from Megan Ondercin about  Megan Ondercin Event Design

A Southern California based event planning company focused on weaving unique designs elements to create a breath-taking event. Bringing together innovation, style, personality, and beauty for one unforgettable occasion is what we’re all about.

What I offer to brides and grooms:

Every couple is unique, therefore we strive to make every wedding just as unique by focusing on specific aspects that reflect the couples’ personalities.  Design is our passion, so we don’t just plan – we conceptualize, fabricate, and develop every aspect of a wedding.  From sewing napkins, creating custom-made backdrops and tablescapes, to selecting music and lighting to coincide with the natural ambiance of the venue.  Our primary focus is constant collaboration with the bride and groom and attention to the finer elements.

In addition to design and planning, we also offer wardrobe styling.  Megan, the owner, worked professionally in the fashion and entertainment industry as a wardrobe stylist and costumer.  Our expertise with fabric, drape, fit, and color provides a unique skill-set for our clients.  Both brides and grooms can get a professional’s input on how to look their best on the big day.  We even work beyond the engaged couple, by helping the rest of the bridal party, parents, or even Grandma find something fabulous!