August 2011

Larrissa of Inviting Occasion, who created the floral arch masterpiece for our ceremony, also blew us away with how she decorated our reception.  I’ve always wanted an outdoor reception because I thought it’d be so romantic to have everyone dancing and eating under the stars! Rancho Las Lomas, our venue, was already gorgeous with lots […]


My Wedding: Ceremony Flowers

by ilene on August 30, 2011 · 4 comments

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While my friend L created our bouquets and boutonnières, we hired Larrissa of the award-winning Inviting Occasion to be in charge of the ceremony and reception flowers.  Larrissa is a creative genius!!  I told her I wanted flowers that were bright, colorful and fun and she just “got” my vision and ran with it!! She […]


(photo by Jules Bianchi) My friend L, who is one of the most talented people I know, offered to put together our personal flowers for the wedding.  No small feat considering he lived in Boston, had to ship all his floral tools to LA and work all night in my parents’ kitchen.  He used to […]


My Wedding: Jewelry

by ilene on August 27, 2011 · 0 comments

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Let’s talk about bridal bling! Jeff surprised me with the Tiffany Novo engagement ring when he proposed. How he knew what my dream diamond ring was, I do not know, but I love it! It’s exactly what I would have picked out for myself – a solitaire cushion cut diamond on a thin band of […]


My Wedding: Garter

by ilene on August 24, 2011 · 2 comments

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I think the wedding industry purposely jacks up the prices of everything because they know us brides are such suckers!! Slap on “wedding” or “bridal” onto an item and you are guaranteed to spend 3-4 times more than the actual cost.  That’s why I decided to sew my own bridal veil.  Did you know that […]