Happy Monday, everyone!!  I am SO excited to let the cat officially out of the bag today and let you all know that we were PUBLISHED in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine!  { pinch me! }

Yes, the Spring 2013 issue features one of our beautiful weddings on its pages… and it happens to be the wedding of my baby sister, Anna!  My love & splendor clients and colleagues all know and adore Anna, as she has been an assistant coordinator for me since the very beginnings of the company.  Anna was married to my wonderful brother-in-law, Sean, last June, and it has been sooooo hard to keep this gorgeous wedding under wraps for so long.  But, we knew this stunning wedding was destined to be shared somewhere special.  It is a true honor (and honestly, one of my proudest biz moments ever!) to see this wedding on the pages of Martha Stewart Weddingsit is a dream come true.  The fact that the wedding is my sister’s takes it over the top because the event held so much personal meaning to our family.  I will never ever forget that day… It was filled with so much beauty and love and emotion.  I kept looking over at Anna throughout the evening and her expressions were filled with so much pure joy.  Designing this day for her and Sean was a true labor of love and I hope it shows!

photo by my dear friend, Ryan Ray

When we found out that the wedding would be featured in the magazine, I nearly keeled over!  I have been counting down to this date for months!  Okay so I’m already thrilled, I am pushed to the limits of my excitement, and then imagine when I found out that a photo of my precious family was included in the magazine as well!  Yes, a photo of me, Erik, and a 3-month old baby Olive are featured in the magazine, too!!  AHH!  

I cannot tell you how much my heart is exploding.  It’s a business-personal-family-press milestone all wrapped into one big ball of joy and now I want to celebrate with YOU!

To mark this fabulous occasion for love & splendor and my family, I wanted to host a little giveaway!  The prize includes a fresh copy of the Spring 2013 Martha Stewart Weddings magazine to enjoy, a Starbucks gift card (because we all know reading magazines is always better accompanied by a latte) , and a few surprises.  😉

To enter, just comment below and let me know either your favorite thing about spring.  It could be a flower, a tradition, a local event…  I can’t wait to read about your seasonal favorites!  One of my favorites has to be fresh English peas.  They are like tiny bubbles of happiness!  I love their mild sweet flavor and I try to eat as much of them as I can while they’re available!

Good luck on the giveaway — you have until WEDNESDAY, March 6th at 6p PST to enter.

P.S. I highly recommend grabbing the magazine in all its printed glory, but right now you MUST get the gorgeous iPad version.  It’s currently FREE (woohoo!) with the code GEhhNG.  Just go HERE, fill out the info and the promo code, and they will email you instructions on how to obtain your free iPad copy.

I will eventually be sharing a LOT more of this wedding so stay tuned!  For now, here are the incredible vendors who made this day what it was.  I am truly thankful to every single one of these amazing folks…

Location, Catering, and Cake: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa  — Sarah in catering is AMAZING.
Event Planning and Design: Events of Love and Splendor 
Photography: Ryan Ray  — our talented and dear friend, who is more like family to me!
Flowers: Heavenly Blooms  — Jaclyne always goes way way above and beyond!
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals  — Jeni’s beautiful furniture set the stage.  Her styling is impeccable!
Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin 
 — CdP’s wares made the tabletops shine.  I wish every meal was served on their beautiful china, and every toast made with their gorgeous glasses!
Stationery, Menu, and Calligraphy:Julie Song Ink  – such a sweetheart and a brilliant artist!
Videography: Elysium Productions — Julie shot my wedding, my mom’s wedding, and now Anna’s wedding!  The circle is complete!
Music: Brandt Jacobus and Ray Fortune  — two people you NEED to hire.
Linens: La Tavola Linen  — always my pick for lovely linens!
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Deanne  — our cherished friend helped us look our best!  Loved her being there on the big day!!

And THANK YOU, to the wonderful editors at Martha Stewart Weddings who gave us this incredible feature.  I’m off to enjoy this beautiful Monday!  Thank you for sharing in my joy today!!!

xoxo, Angel

Comments (34)

  1. kristin @ petal and thorn: March 4, 2013

    congrats to you! that’s a dream come true for any wedding planner. let’s see, my favorite things about spring are daffodils and bathing suit shopping (not that i love trying them on, but i have a bit of a bathing suit addiction.)

  2. Dani: March 4, 2013

    Congratulations, Angel darling! This is such an amazing honor and obviously so well-deserved. My favorite thing about spring… the new line of shoes that each designer releases. Gosh, I hope that counts as a seasonal favorite! 🙂

  3. Nancy: March 4, 2013

    My favorite thing about spring are the fresh organic berries in season! I was at the market the other day and cannot tell you how excited I was to spot my beloved fresh raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries! 🙂

  4. amanda: March 4, 2013

    I love how the Farmer’s Market changes! The new flowers, the fruit, the tasty veggies! Yum! And that was way more than just one thing…

  5. Kheng: March 4, 2013

    My favorite thing about spring is that there’s more sunlight each day. We have more time to enjoy the outdoors 🙂

  6. julie martin: March 4, 2013

    YAY!! so excited!!! and brandt is awesome!!! I didn’t know he played for the wedding!! SO SO cool!! 🙂
    I love spring for fun outside weather! disney and zoo trips are so much better in the sunshine! 🙂


  7. sally: March 4, 2013

    congrats angel!! this is so beautiful!!! 🙂

    my favorite thing about spring is the sunshine and the flowers that start to bloom!

  8. Gaby: March 4, 2013

    Big congrats on the spread! So very awesome. Can’t wait to check it out. Let’s see, my favorite thing about spring is definitely the longer and warmer days so we can take our girls out more!

  9. Iris: March 4, 2013

    Omg!!! This is huge!! Congrats to you and your family. I love spring, the flowers, the weather, the colors and finally being able to change my nail polish to brighter colors like pinks and corals hee hee. Xoxo

  10. Courtney: March 4, 2013

    SO exciting! I can’t wait to see all of the details. Huge congrats to you & Anna! Her bouquet- oh my gosh!!!!

    One of my favorite things about spring is having a picnic. We do this a lot, even if its just in our front yard. When the weather is perfect- not too hot, not too cold- why would we eat inside? 🙂

  11. ashley: March 4, 2013

    congratulations!!! such exciting news! since moving to the east coast from california a few years ago, spring has become my favorite season! not only do all the beautiful flowers start blooming, but spring also allow me to bust out my cali sandals, which means an excuse for pedis!

  12. Colleen K: March 4, 2013

    Congratulations, Angel! How amazing!

    My favorite thing about spring are the flowers! Plum blossoms and cherry blossoms are blooming around the Bay Area now. Their beauty is fleeting and so short-lives, so it really forces you to enjoy them while they’re around!

  13. Kamryn: March 4, 2013

    Wow! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see more pictures! My favorite thing about spring is being able to bike along California’s beautiful beaches.

  14. Hanna: March 4, 2013

    My fav thing about spring is seeing the cherry blossoms giving life to the bare winter branches. 🙂

  15. Jackie G: March 4, 2013

    Congrats Angel! I can’t wait to see more photos. What I love about spring is more daylight. I can start running again.

  16. Sanny: March 4, 2013

    Congratulations, Angel! I can feel your excitement oozing through the update. I am truly so happy for you. My favorite thing about spring is short sleeves, dresses, and longer days. (PS. That family picture is AMAZING!)

  17. Kara: March 4, 2013

    Wow! Congrats Angel!

    Country concert season is my favorite thing about spring! Nothing like warm weather to enjoy some fun music with friends!

    P.S. Her dress looks familiar! Kind of like mine;)

  18. christina: March 4, 2013

    what a special honor for l&s and your family!!! anna, you are insanely gorgeous…and angel, what a treat for you and your beautiful family to grace the pages of ms!!!! uh-mazing and major congrats to you all!!! i am super excited to get my hands on the print copy, but for now i can’t wait to cozy down with the ipad version. thank you!!

    my favorite thing about spring?? just like anna’s wedding…all the GORGEOUS pops of colors in nature. i can’t get enough of it!!

  19. Byanka: March 4, 2013

    How exciting, congrats! My favorite thing about spring is just being outside more, the weather is perfect, the food options are lighter and most importantly baseball is back!

  20. Kimberly: March 4, 2013

    Can’t wait to see this magazine! My favorite thing about spring… fresh tulips at the farmers’ market! And of course seeing hummingbirds on my afternoon walks. What a treat! And of course, the upcoming arrival of my first child (due date is mid-April). My precious Spring baby. <3
    BTW I lurve the dress you wore to Anna's wedding. Love how the length drapes. 😀

  21. jeannine: March 4, 2013

    congratulations on the magazine feature! what an amazing milestone. anna looks so beautiful, i can’t wait to pick up a copy of the magazine and pour over the pages/details.

    so happy it’s spring it’s my favorite season because all of the flowers are blooming 🙂

  22. rachel: March 5, 2013

    Oh, how cool! Congrats! I would be thrilled, too. 🙂

    My favorite part about spring is warmer weather — I hate being cold!

  23. Courtney: March 5, 2013

    Congratulations! Your excitement is contagious. All your work is beautiful so i’m surprised that you haven’t been featured sooner. Being from the Bay Area my favorite things about spring is spending Saturday afternoons outside the Ferry Building wearing sunglasses, shorts and sandals!

  24. Daisy: March 5, 2013

    My favorite thing about spring is opening the windows, fresh cut peonies, and garden tea times!

  25. vivian: March 5, 2013

    congrats! my favorite thing about spring is the longer days! i’m a SAHM now, but when i was working, driving home in the dark was always so depressing. my mood instantly changed when i got to drive back home and it was still light outside. also, my neighborhood has Monday food truck night, but since it’s outside, it wasn’t as fun to go when it was cold and dark out. my husband and i can’t wait to start going weekly again!

  26. Rachel (heart of light): March 5, 2013

    Congratulations, dear! I was wondering why we hadn’t seen much of Anna’s wedding – thought maybe you were just too busy with the baby girl, but this makes complete sense!

    These sneak peeks are beautiful and I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Congrats to Anna and Sean on their wedding and to L&S on the feature!

    I love all the seasons, but I really love seeing the ranunculus showing up everywhere in spring. They’re one of my absolute favorite flowers.

  27. ellen: March 5, 2013

    congratulations! what a great feature. spring calls for pretty peonies.

  28. Alina: March 5, 2013

    Congratulations Angel! I can’t express how happy I am for you! I knew from the moment I met you that only good things could come from a person who is just as beautiful on the inside as the out. A happy bride from 5 years ago! Continued good luck in all your endeavors.

  29. Ryan Ray: March 6, 2013

    you are amazing my friend. I am so thankful for you!

  30. Selena Sweeney: March 6, 2013

    Congratulations Angel! What fantastic news for you, L&S, and your family. I can’t wait to see the re-cap of Anna’s wedding on the blog. BTW…I can’t believe how tiny Olive was. She has grown so much and it’s only March!
    Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2010, I enjoy the simple pleasures of spring. The sights, sounds, and smells of spring in Santa Barbara/Central Coast are fantastic. I love the overwhelming scent of blossoming spring flowers (jasmine, sweet pea, freesia, and citrus blossoms) that are heavy in the air. The smell lingers in the air and is so intoxicating. The sights of the green hills as Daniel and I drive to and from work every day are calling to me. I hope to one day leave my desk job and find my pot of gold! The true sign of spring though is the blooming of California poppies, lupine, and mustard weed that beckon you to run through the center median on the 101 North. JK! OK, this is not one thing, but my favorite season is spring and I love living in the beautiful Central Coast. I am truly blessed.

  31. Nicole: March 8, 2013

    Congratulations! Your blog is inspiration and eye candy for me. I love the first hints of spring when my peach trees start budding and I start dreaming of my summer peaches. And I love shopping for sandals for my three girls as soon as spring arrives!

  32. Linny: March 18, 2013

    Congratulations Angel! What a wonderful joy for you!

    I found your blog via your article on Word of Mom. I have been asked to write an article for them as well and am pretty tickled. I’m not a young mom like you, but I am a silver-haired mom of many and even have a 2 year old {our oldest is 30}.

    Oh – and I was a senior pastor’s wife for 20 years! We have a ministry to the orphan now.

    Anyway, my favorite thing about Spring? Hmmm, I love the sounds of the birds and the windows being open…but probably my most favorite thing? That summer is almost here! I LOVE summer.

    Your family is adorable and your little Olive is beyond precious. I pray God’s blessing on your days.

  33. Linny: March 18, 2013

    Congratulations Angel! What a wonderful joy! Such favor!

    I found your blog via your article on Word of Mom. I have been asked to write an article for them as well and am pretty tickled. I’m not a young mom like you, but I am a silver-haired mom of many and even have a 2 year old {our oldest is 30}.

    Oh – and I was a senior pastor’s wife for 20 years! We have a ministry to the orphan now.

    Anyway, my favorite thing about Spring? Hmmm, I love the sounds of the birds and the windows being open…but probably my most favorite thing? That summer is almost here! I LOVE summer.

    Your family is adorable and your little Olive is beyond precious. I pray God’s blessing on your days.

  34. Kel: April 18, 2013

    Sooo incredibly late but wanted to say Congrats! I saw the magazine a few weeks ago at Target and it was so awesome to see all your hard work in print. 🙂

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