Citrus State Park Wedding

A wedding after my Orange County hometown heart. Growing up in Orange County, California, there were so many orange trees all over the town, that you can smell the lovely scent of citrus. I loved that smell as it always put a huge smile on my face. When I received this gorgeous wedding from Jaime Davis Photography,  I knew it was going to be amazing. First of all because she is one of my favorite photographers, and secondly because of the beautiful location. Orange trees all around, just like my childhood, and I could not stop smiling after each and every image. The memories came back, and my heart is happy.  Enjoy the pretty details from this Citrus State Park wedding. You may need to grab a cup of coffee because I think you will want to  browse through the images a  few times. I am on my third cup. Yeah its THAT good.

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From Jaime Davis Photography

Chelsea and Justin’s wedding day was located at Citrus State Park in Riverside, California. I was over the moon when I found out the location because I have always wanted to shoot a wedding at an orange grove. This wedding’s location was amazing, but what was even more amazing was the sweet and romantic moments these two shared. Chelsea and Justin exchanged Justin’s grandparent’s wedding bands, and I almost lost it. I teared up at this moment because I love all things that has to do with family history. It was so special and very personable. What an honor to capture such a intimate moment.  The rest of the day was a blast while taking photos of the gorgeous couple, family, and friends, and other fun and sweet moments. 

I was honored to be apart of Chelsea and Justin’s big day! Congrats XOXO

Top Five Couture Gowns for Mother of the Bride/Groom from Andrea’s Fashions

At BHL, we are in love with brides and their weddings, and can you blame us? When viewing gorgeous images of all the pretty details of their weddings, it has us obsessed.  However, today we are doing a special post. With Mother’s day around the corner, we are taking a moment to view some super gorgeous gowns for the mothers of brides/grooms. We thought that bridal gowns were stunning, and then when we took a look at the gowns that moms can wear, and we fell in love! Moms can also feel and look amazing on their son or daughter’s wedding day too, (not too steal the spotlight for too long though!).  However, mothers are special, and we think they should feel fabulous too. We are in love with a fabulous salon , Andrea’s Fashions  which is located in Beverly Hills, and Orange County, California. This salon does not disappoint. With their jaw dropping gorgeous couture gowns for the moms of the wedding, they offer something for any style. Without further adieu, lets take a peek at the five top stylish and trendy gowns for the mothers. Each unique and made for a mom out there! Moms, this one is for you, so go ahead and spoil yourself. You deserve it!


  • Organza hand pleated bustier 4 ply silk mermaid skirt. Ice Blue and Charcoal Color. We love this gown! It is simple, yet very sophisticated and chic at the same time.  Look at that belt! Oh my goodness.



  • Navy Lave dress with a silver organza underlay. Layers of Tulle skirt. This is showstopper for sure! You can almost see all the heads turn for this one. The details are impeccable!


  • Heavy White gazar dress with black chantilly lace applique. They say the bride is the only one that can wear white, and yes that is true. However, this gown is perfect for the wedding where the bride wants the wedding party and close family to wear white on her wedding day. Remember Kim Kardashians wedding?


  • Beaded Tulle over print underlay for depth and detail. Obsessed with this super gorgeous gown! It is so romantic and lovely.


  • Lace and tafetta dress Bustier with fit flare share. Drop torso gown.  We love how this gown is short, and a super sexy. Moms can feel and look sexy, while looking classy. Seriously love this one!


Visit Andrea’s Fashions  and see all the amazing gowns they have to offer.


Happy Mother’s Day!!


Photography by Whatabetty Photography  and Forever Long Photography

An English Garden Style Wedding in California

This wedding is no cookie cutter wedding. This beautiful wedding is totally customized and personal to the couple who made it. And, no I am not talking about a DIY wedding. This lovely wedding is DIY inspired, and the bride knew exactly what she wanted her big day to look like. With the help of a brilliantly talented designer, her wedding day turned out to be a lovely affair. I love everything about this wedding. I mean EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. From the custom granita stand and the Italian who served it as guests arrived, to the custom made runners, linens, pillows, signs, arches, and dessert table. This bride definitely knows how to throw a  fabulous wedding with all the right touches.  Who would have thought that an English Garden Party exists in California?  It does, and let me tell you, it is super romantic and full of love! With photographs from  Goddard Studios, make sure to take every second of your time to view the lovely details. I’m talking drop dead gorgeous inspiration and some serious pretty coming your way.

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Lovely words from the bride…

A California take on an English Garden Party….  Sophisticated.Rustic.Romantic

It was a late summer day, not a cloud in the sky.  The bride awoke early in her hotel room and “Halo” by Beyonce – the song that had always reminded her of her fiancé – played as she finished pouring her heart out onto the paper she’d be reading her vows from later that day.  As she gazed out the window, she worried about the sun and the increasing heat; would the guests melt during the ceremony, would the flowers be ok, would her designer get everything perfect…?

A knock on the door broke her from her anxious thoughts as hair, makeup, and photographers bustled into the room.  As the music played, and the busyness in the room increased, the bride didn’t have a moment left for worrying.  Soon, the group descended the elevator of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach and entered the waiting limo. 

Upon arrival, the bride giggled as she passed the 7 foot, amazingly lifelike poster board of her and her fiancé holding a welcome sign as she was quickly escorted inside the bridal suite of the Oak Creek Golf Club.   Custom vintage signs located throughout the property added rustic charm while also directing guests.  At the ceremony site outside, guests enjoyed lemon-mint, melon, and coffee flavored granitas from an Italian Granita Stand, took mini Polaroid pictures to take home and to pin to the couples custom picture board (used in lieu of a traditional Guest Book) while they listened to the melodious notes of the ukulele playing acapella group.

The Officiant took his place under the second beautifully lush arch along the aisle.  The aisle was decorated with rose petals in the shape of the bride and groom’s monogram that their wedding designer created.  Ladies took parasols as everyone was invited to take their seats.  The acapella singers switched to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as the groom walked down the aisle and the bridal party followed.  Emotions peaked and tears began to flow as the singers once again switched songs – this time to “Going to the Chapel”, and the bride’s father took her by the arm to escort her out the door and to their long walk towards the aisle. 

Though her custom made silk cathedral length veil was drawn over her face, once the bride was in view of the gorgeous ceremony site and her seated guests, she could see clearly that her worries had been in vain!  Her designer had thought of everything and executed it perfectly!  Everything was beautiful, the temperature was perfect, and the waves of open white parasols made for amazing and artistic photos.  Her guests smiled expectantly as she approached, the harmony of the acapella singers was spot on, and at last her eyes met her groom’s.  Her veil was lifted and the couple beamed at one another with ear to ear smiles as if it were the very first time.  At that moment, the bride was filled with happiness and the crowd seemed to fade away.

At the commencement of the ceremony, fast paced, wedding-themed Persian music boomed through the speakers (an ode to the bride’s half Persian Culture).  The couple’s Persian DJ, Taraneh was notorious for getting guests to their feet and this was no exception!  Everyone cheered as the couple made their way back down the aisle and to the waiting golf cart that swept them away to hidden romantic spots for picture taking.

Meanwhile, guests were ushered to the Cocktail Hour overlooking the Reception site.  A charcuterie table abounded with cheeses, meats, and breads, matched only by the overflowing fruit table nearby.  Waiters weaved through the crowd with plentiful and unique passed appetizers like shots of tomato bisque with bites of grilled cheese and a tuna tartar over wasabi chips.   An iced tea and lavender lemonade stand was a clever addition, perfect for the late August afternoon. 

Close by was a lounge area beautifully decorated with pictures of the couple in gorgeous frames, bird cages spilling out with flowers, and benches decorated with hand sewn pillows custom made for the event.  The guests ate, drank, and were merry as a Persian violinist and drummer serenaded them. 

Soon it was time for the guests to head to the reception area as the DJ announced that the bride and groom would be making their way out.     Four rows of long Amalfi wood tables covered the grass, each with custom burlap and lace silverware holders and runners copiously decorated with candles and vintage bird cages of all different sizes spilling out with an assortment of white flowers and mosses in varying shades of green.   Large market umbrellas each adorned with several ivory paper lanterns provided both shade before the sun went down and romantic lighting once it set. 

The music momentarily fell silent as the DJ announced the couple and then reared up as hand in hand, they entered the dance floor.  It was now the moment the couple had been preparing for….  Their song played and the couple broke out into their choreographed waltz.  As the song approached its end and the bride was dipped by her groom, the music suddenly changed to a traditional Persian song, called Baba Karam and the couple suddenly grabbed their props – a hat and scarf for him and a jangly gypsy skirt for her – and began their surprise custom choreographed dance.  Their guests went wild with laughter and cheers.  The couple was so happy they had successfully pulled it off, there was nothing left to do, but to relax and enjoy the night. 

The market string lighting overhead lit the dance floor as everyone began to dance the night away.  After dinner, guests were treated to both a lavishly custom decorated dessert table and candy stand.  Each was dazzlingly decorated and plentifully supplied with sweets!  The dessert table which was custom built from pallet wood for the event added to the night’s rustic, romantic charm.  The dessert table was covered with specialty tarts, mini pies, cupcakes, a macaroon tower, and both a bride’s and a groom’s cake.  The bride wanted to surprise her groom and did so with a cake in the shape of a beach volleyball that sat on a platform decorated like the beach – an ode to his favorite pastime!  The candy table had several of the couple’s favorite candies and take away bags providing guests a second favor to take home.  Guests toasted the couple with custom signature cocktails and they proceeded to live happily ever after.    



Wedding location:   Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine, CA

Guest count:  130

Food: Oak Creek Golf Club

Event Planner & Designer:   Nicole Clanton Events

Photographer:  Goddard Studios

Flowers:    Nicole Clanton Events

Linens and Custom Runners & Linens:  Nicole Clanton Events

Rentals:      Signature Party Rentals & Nicole Clanton Events

Invitations:   Minted

Wedding Day Stationary:   Nicole Clanton Events

Wedding Cake:   Black Market Bakery

Specialty Dessert Table:  Custom Styled by Nicole Clanton Events and Desserts Supplied by: Black Market Bakery & Sprinkles Cupcakes

Candy Bar:   Styled & Supplied by Nicole Clanton Events

Gourmet Granita Stand:  Vitaly

Favors:   Nicole Clanton Events

Ceremony Entertainment: Boyz and the Beez Accapella Trio

Reception Entertainment: DJ Taraneh

Dance Lessons:  Pro Dance Center

Wedding Gown:  Cocoe Voci

Bridal Salon/Gown Store:   The White Dress, Inc.

Custom Veil: Nicole Clanton Events

Bridal Shoes: Brian Atwood

Hair: Nancy J. Morales

Makeup: Jen Castelo Makeup

Groom’s Formalwear: Suit, shirt and tie from Burberry of London; Vest by John W. Nordstrom; Shoes by Hugo Boss

Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew


The Lab and The Camp Engagement Session from Happy Photos

You know by now that I am in love with engagement sessions. I really LOVE them! But, this one has a special place in my heart. The locations are set at the famous, Anti-Mall (the Lab), and the Camp in Costa Mesa, California. A place that you would find me in my college years, studying in the funky courtyard, with unique little details all around. It was the perfect place to study and feel relaxed. These days I visit both of these fabulous locations when I want a bite to eat. I can literally spend hours at either of these locations. Good food, and good ambiance. I can see why this adorable couple chose these unique locations for their e-session. It fits their personalities, and brings out a certain joy and love which is totally obvious in the images below. See how Happy Photos captured the sweet love these two show off in each and every image. You may want to grab your coffee, and sit down for this one. Its a pretty good one!

























From Happy Photos

Meet Shauna and Greg. Shauna is the marketing director at Scott’s Resturant, and Greg is a school teacher. When I asked  them about their engagement session, they told me that they  wanted something out of the ordinary. (So, no beach or park location). But rather they wanted a location which fit their fun and quirky personalities! The Lab and the Camp in Costa Mesa was the perfect location for these two love birds. Each spot had a unique detail about it, and the couple seemed to fit right in. There were some pretty amazing spots to take photographs at both of these locations. Shauna and Greg made my job easy. They were so much fun to work with, and I could not help but smile behind the lens.  Congrats to Shauna and Greg!

Three Romantic Places to Propose in Orange County, California

The holidays not only bring holiday cheer, but a whole lot of love and romance as well. Looking for a romantic place to pop the question to the one you love?  You know, the one that is your main squeeze, your everything, the love of your life?  Then check our fabulous list of places in Orange County, California.

Disneyland: If you are a total Disney fan, and enjoy Disneyland with your loved one, this is the perfect place to propose. There are so many fantastic spots in the Disneyland Resort to choose from. In front of the magic castle, on main street, or maybe choose a ride that is favorite for you both. However, my favorite is at the Blue Bayou, the intimate restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Yes, proposals at restaurants may be very traditional, however this is not your ordinary restaurant. Its inside a ride! A classic Disneyland ride which is a total Disneyland favorite. The Blue Bayou is super romantic and makes for an amazing ambience of nightfall, hanging lanterns, and lovely sounds. Make it a magical time!

Beach:  Southern Orange County is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches. Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Salt Creek Beach, or Newport Beach are all fabulous beach towns with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  You can not go wrong with any of these lovely beaches. Plan out a date night, go to a restaurant for dinner, and then take a romantic stroll on the beach. Once it is sunset, stop off one of the lifeguard towers and pop the question.

1382889_10151964301423210_91105531_nHiking Trail: If you are a nature person, and you share this with your loved one, a hiking trail is a pretty nice place to express your love. Laguna Beach’s Top of the World Laguna Beach’s Top of the World is a beautiful spot with stunning ocean views. Enjoy a hike surrounded by nature’s best, and end with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Get down on one knee and ask the love of your life to marry you!


Please share with us your proposal stories, we love to hear them!


Stylish Wedding Details from Signature Party Rentals

Winter is definitely  here, as it has been pretty chilly lately.  For a Southern Californian girl,  forty degree weather is really cold…but I like it.  Well, I like it when I am all bundled up with my scarf, wool jacket, gloves and warm boots. So staying indoors this morning to keep warm until the sun comes out seems to be a good idea. It is quite alright as I get to browse through all the lovely wedding details which are popping in my inbox.  It comes to no surprise that I am thrilled for today’s feature, which is all about dressing up the ceremony and reception venues.  Yes, all the pretty furnishings represent Signature Party Rentals, a rental company that offers a wide variety of lovely rentals for fabulous events like weddings. I am talking stylish and beautiful rentals that transforms any dull space into a gorgeous and functional space. There are so many pieces that I am in love with, that it is hard to choose which one is my favorite.  Which one speaks to you?  Grab your cup of coffee or tea and sit down and enjoy the amazing details that Signature Party Rentals offers for couples for their big day.

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About Signature Party Rentals

Signature Party Rentals offers a significant inventory of products that allow you to express your signature style on your Big Day!  You can rely on us to deliver high quality merchandise accompanied by the ease of working with an experienced and service-driven coordinator. We will listen to your specific needs and incorporate them into the planning process that brings every aspect of your wedding together seamlessly. From assisting with rental selection, to creating a diagram of how your reception and ceremony will be set up, we handle every detail.

For more than 20 years people have selected Signature Party Rentals as their preferred rental company in Southern California. With over 50,000 square feet in our 4 warehouses, we offer the finest selection of linens, tables, dining sets, flatware, china and more. Along with this we also offer unique items such as farmhouse tables, cabanas, lounge furniture etc. Please make an appointment to visit our showroom and see all our inventory first hand.

Weddings at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

I do not know about you, but I am still in a food coma after the long weekend.  But man was it worth it! Mondays are always tough, but even harder when it follows a long weekend full of festivities. (eating, shopping, sleeping, eating more, enjoying family time, etc). But don’t you worry, we’ve got something that will kick start your day into full wedding loving gear! We’ve got a gorgeous and luxurious venue with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa offers more than just beautiful accommodations. This beach front resort offers award-winning restaurants, a full-service salon, pool time, a phenomenal spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and many more extraordinary services.  This resort offers venue locations for your reception and ceremony with the most amazing and jaw-dropping gorgeous details.  Oh, and even some with incredible ocean views!  Thats why it is the perfect destination for weddings- for out of town or local guests.  As soon as you check in, you enter an ultimate paradise.

For appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa offers a wide variety of menu options offered for you and your guests. You and your guests will be very satisfied! Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that the food is mouthwatering, delicious, and oh-so-good! The chefs know how to get to a food lovers heart! You and your guests will be fully satisfied.

If that is not enough, this exceptional resort offers a world class spa for you and your guests to relax before the big day, and a salon where you can have your hair and make-up done,  all featuring first class service.  If you want to be pampered, relaxed, have access to all the amazing services, gorgeous ceremony and reception locations, and impeccable service, then the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is the place to be.

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Bleu Cotton Photography

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If you want a unforgettable wedding, whether it is intimate and romantic, or an extravagant affair, then you should consider the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa for your wedding event!

For more information on weddings at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa visit their official website.




Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Sometimes you have to treat yourself to a day of pure relaxation and pampering.  I think we all deserve this right? Especially the two very special people who are about to get married. All that crazy wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming and emotional. So why not take a break from all that, and step into an oasis where you can relax and breathe deeply. A place where you can calm the nerves before the big day.  I can not help it, but I am so excited for today’s post. It is all about the brides, the bridesmaids, the groom, and his men. Guess what? It is a SPA DAY! Yep, you heard me. You can take a few hours, or heck, make it a whole day, and spend it at the spa. I am talking, massages, facials, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, and more! Sounds amazing right?

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We at BHL love all things weddings, and as much as we love the wedding day and all the gorgeous details, we absolutely love to see couples experience an ultimate relaxation experience. It is a MUST! We had to experience this oasis for ourselves, (you don’t have to twist my arm!), and took a break from blogging and spent the day at Pacific Waters Spa. A luxurious and beautiful spa located at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California.  As soon as you step in, you leave all your worries at the front door, and enter into an ultimate paradise.  The experience was so good, that I did not want to leave. I have to admit, I kind of wanted to crawl onto one of the soft and gorgeous sofas, and stay there forever.

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Imagine feeling totally relaxed and at ease the day or days before your wedding day.  You can even make it a total girls day. Pacific Waters Spa offers special bridal packages for the bride-to-be and her girls.  It is a perfect way to spend the day with your bridesmaids and girlfriends.  Men, it may not seem manly, but believe us when we say that you will also enjoy this. Everyone gets to have a super relaxing day. Best of all, the couple will be so relaxed and calm that when their wedding day comes, they will be ready to really enjoy it all.  Oh, and after all the wedding day events are done, married couples can come back and book a couple’s massage. It is the best way to kick off a lovely marriage. So ahead, spoil yourself rotten, you deserve it!

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About Pacific Waters Spa

In the heart of Huntington Beach, our Pacific Waters Spa blends Mediterranean feel with inspirations from the Pacific waters off the Southern California coast. This 20,000 square foot oasis – reminiscent of a warm, elegant Spanish estate – is the ultimate retreat for body and soul.

Enjoy the Pacific Waters spa experience complete with lavish amenities, including sauna, steam, waterfall showers, private whirlpools, outdoor relaxation areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, cutting-edge salon and personal lockers. Delight in products and services extracted directly from the earth and sea using such organic elements as mud, algae, plant minerals, fruits, seaweed and even purified seawater.

For the couple: After your big day, enjoy Pacific Waters Spa’s exclusive Couple’s Spa Package featuring a 30-minute Pacific Waters Soak for two followed by 60-minute Couples massage.

Balboa Island, California Engagement Session from Jaime Davis Photography

Today’s engagement session makes me so happy and full of joy. I am totally giddy right now.  Why?  Two reasons. First, because it features a super sweet and adorable couple who is so obviously in love it is not even funny.  I mean seriously? Can this couple be any cuter? Second, because the location of this e-session takes place at a location where I spent many of my childhood days enjoying the beach and all the fun activities. Oh, and then throw in a very talented and amazing photographer, Jaime Davis Photography  into the equation, and you have yourself a pretty sweet engagement session.  Fun, laughter, and smiles all around. Can it be any better?

Thank you to Jaime Davis Photography for these incredibly gorgeous photos.  Enjoy the gallery below:

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From Jaime Davis Photography

Meet Whitney and Frank. They both enjoy the beach and love to spend most of their time there. So for their engagement session we made our way to the charming and lovely Balboa Island located in Southern Orange County. A perfect location for these two love birds. We got lucky, because the weather was just perfect for a Southern California October month.  October can be tricky with the weather as it can be really cold and gloomy or warm and  sunny. So we scored! Witney and Frank are such a fun loving couple and they laughed the whole time. We had a blast taking photographs at the Balboa Fun Zone, including riding the Ferris Wheel.  We also had a chance to go to Balboa Pier and take a few beautiful shots there.  This session was super fun and we had such a great time. This couple knows how to have fun while taking photographs. They are for sure going to be ready for their April 2014 wedding. Congrats to Whitney and Frank on their engagement!