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Happy Monday, everyone!  Thank you SO much for all the love and encouragement you shared regarding my new logo/blog/site launch last week.  I was so overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who took the time to take a look and send some support.  I’m sending out big virtual hugs!

I used random.org to select a winner for the giveaway and CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Jennifer Anne Merrett of Stick Girl Jam.  Woohoo!  I will be emailing you to send you your prize.  :)

Today I thought I’d kick off the week with something sweet.  Something decadently, indulgently sweet.  I mentioned in a recent post that one of my favorite activities of my weekend with the Kaisers was making homemade ice cream.  There is nothing like a rich and creamy batch of fresh ice cream, is there??  I let Grace choose the flavor we made and she was quick to suggest caramel.  That’s my kind of girl!  This creamy and buttery ice cream is mind-blowing.  When Nate took his first spoonful he said, “WHOA.  This stuff is legit.”  And I don’t know if I can put it much better than that.  It rivals any premium ice cream I’ve had anywhere else, and trust me when I say I’m quite the ice cream connoisseur.  I can’t take credit for the phenomenal outcome since I used a recipe from who else — David Lebovitz aka the King of Ice Cream.  But, I can tell you that it is worth the time it takes to make homemade caramel as your silky base.  Grace and I had a Monopoly game to get to so we skipped the caramel praline mix-in (little caramel chips).  I’m sure they would add some scrumptious texture but you won’t miss a thing without them.  If you try it out, let me know.  I bet you’ll love it as much as we did.

Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream // makes a generous quart
**Adapted from David Lebovitz

  • 2 cups of whole milk, divided
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 4 TBS of good salted butter
  • scant 1/2 tsp sea salt (the best salt you have in the pantry)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice cubes (about halfway) and a bit of water so they are floating.  Then placing a metal bowl on top of that so it is surrounded by the ice cubes.  You want an extra cold bowl to add your ingredients later.  *A key to successful ice cream making is having a completely cold custard (un-churned ice cream) before pouring into your machine.

Pour 1 cup of the milk into the metal bowl and put a mesh strainer on top of it.  (You need a mesh strainer.  Invest in one).

Spread the 1.5 cups of sugar in a large saucepan in an even layer.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof utensil (such as a silicone spatula).  Gently stir the liquefied sugar from the edges toward the center until it is completely dissolved.

Continue to stir and cook the caramel until it begins to start smoking and begins to smell like it’s just about to burn. (I know that sounds scary but it wasn’t that dramatic.  I saw the tiniest wisp of smoke rise and noted the distinct caramel scent in the air.)

Immediately remove from heat and stir in the butter and salt, continuing to stir.  Once the butter is melted, whisk in the cream.

At this point your caramel may harden (because you are adding cold/room temp ingredients to a hot melted caramel), but retirun it to low heat and continue to stir until it is amber liquid once again.  Stir in the other 1 cup of milk.

Whisk your 5 yolks in a separate bowl and then “temper” the eggs.  This means you very slowly and gradually add in some of the warm caramel to the yolks, stirring them, and then add a bit more, stirring…  If you just added the eggs to the caramel right away, you’d end up with scrambled eggs (eww).  The goal of tempering is to bring the eggs up to the same temperature as the caramel in a very gentle way.  I add the warm caramel to the eggs a spoonful at a time, vigorously stirring the entire time.  When the yolks are warmed up, you can add (slowly) to the caramel and continue to stir.  You want to heat this mixture up until it reaches 170 deg F.

Pour the custard over the mesh strainer into the milk (in that metal bowl over the ice bath).  This helps in case you didn’t temper patiently and have some floating egg bits in your custard!  It also ensures that the final product is super silky smooth.  Add the vanilla and stir over the ice bath until the mixture is cool.  Then, put the custard into the fridge for at least 8 hours, or ideally overnight.  This is a KEY step — your custard must be thoroughly and completely chilled.  If not, it won’t freeze completely in the churner and you’ll end up with soupy ice cream.  Delicious, but soupy.

When your custard is fully chilled, freeze it in the ice cream maker according to instructions.  I use the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment that works with my stand mixer.  I love it!

Once the ice cream is churned, remove to a freezer safe container and chill until firm.  (Fresh churned ice cream will have a softer texture since it doesn’t have any artificial stabilizers, but it will firm up nicely in the freezer.)

Enjoy!!

Have a sweet evening and chat again soon!

Love_and_Splendor_FULL_LOGO_low-restightcropIf you’re reading this post in bloglovin or another similar subscription box, today is the day to click over to the actual blog and take a look around. I’m SO thrilled to finally unveil the long-awaited (and long-overdue) new branding and sites for Love & Splendor. HOORAY!

My old site was built in 2007 and slightly updated in 2008. Yikes! Although I launched a new(er) blog in 2011, I never updated the website because I knew it would take a lot more than a facelift. We needed something completely fresh and new. As I embarked on my rebranding journey, I reached out to my incredibly talented and dear friend Julie Song Ink. I am coming up on 2 years of having Julie in my world and she still wows me every single time. She is truly one of the most innately gifted illustrators/artists I have ever known, yet she has the most humble demeanor. I poured out my vision to her in the form of run-on sentences and an excessive amount of adjectives, colors, images, etc. She thoughtfully took in every single word and brought to life exactly what I had desired. Every stroke and detail was beautifully executed and somehow, I felt very personally connected to each bit (as if she had dipped her brush straight into my heart and let it spill out on the page). The new L&S logo is truly representative of both my personal aesthetic and our wedding design brand. See the dainty ginkgo leaves? I love how she integrated them as they come from my favorite tree. The site is clean (lots of white space) but the logo gives it that splash of signature L&S whimsy, charm, and exuberance. Playful with polish.  In addition to the dramatic Love and Splendor logo, Julie is responsible for the beautiful header on the new blog as well as all the pretty hand lettering you’ll find around the sites.  Julie // I can’t thank you enough for working so hard to bring this logo to life.  Your meticulous, careful, attentive nature paired with your natural talent bring about magic.  Pure magic.  No one else could have captured my heart in this way; you are the only person I would have wanted for this project.  I adore you so much and am thankful to call you a friend!!  Love you!!

Thanks are also due to the ever-patient and hard-working Steph Anne of Yellow and Savvy (along with programmer Raz) who helped design and code both the website and blog.  Steph Anne actually did my previous blog (in 2011) and I love working with her.  She has a great eye and offered lots of helpful advice along the way, while staying true to my vision.  I am grateful for all the effort and heart she put into this project and I absolutely could not have done it without her.

Thank you to my amazing colleagues (photographers, floral designers, etc.) for helping me bring this site to life.  The images that you see on my website and on the blog are the results of heartfelt collaboration.  It takes a village to put on a flawless event and I am blessed with the best of the best.  Working alongside amazing artists fuels my own creativity.

Finally, a huge thank you to my precious clients and blog readers who allow me to do what I love everyday.  I count it a tremendous blessing to have been in this industry for nearly 9 years, still working and being inspired and enjoying every minute.  I am also so humbled by each of you who take the time to stop and visit me here on the blog, and those who have written me encouraging notes and comments over the years.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your love and support.

Still coming:  new team photos (woohoo!) and even more beautiful images for our portfolio.  Is it funny that I already know this season will turn out weddings that will become portfolio galleries?  ;-)  Get ready for a great year!

To celebrate the ALL NEW website and blog, I wanted to share a little giveaway!  Simply leave a comment below letting me know how you found my blog (or how do you know me, anyway??) and you’ll be entered to win a random assortment of some of my recent favorite things: an Emily Isabella tea towel, Maybelline BabyLips and a few other surprises.  ;-)

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You have until 9pm PST this Sunday, April 13th, to enter.  The randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday morning (the 14th).  Good luck and thank you again for celebrating with me!!!

It’s a great day on the blog because I’m THRILLED to be introducing you all to the newest face on the Love & Splendor team: Kourtney, aka Koko.  Exactly two months ago today, I put out the word that we were actively hiring for the first time ever!  In a little over a week, I received 33 incredible applications from creative and intelligent women all over soCal.  I was blown away by the response! A week later, I interviewed my top 8 candidates.  Kourtney was my 8th interview and she made a serious impression on me.  We had that instant rapport and a genuine connection.  I felt like she was a great personality fit (for our team culture and brand), a great style fit (impeccable art + fashion sensibilities) and a great talent fit (with experience in styling, photography, etc.).  I did one round of follow-ups the next week and then officially brought Koko on board.  In my heart I think I knew from the moment I read her application that she was “the one.”

a natural beauty // thoughtful, sincere, contemplative, generous, sweet

She joined us a few days later for her very first wedding on September 14th: a beautiful Paso Robles wine country wedding.  I’ve gotta say, it was the perfect inaugural wedding.  ;-)  She even got to meet Erik and Olive the following day!

Today Koko has two L&S weddings under her belt, as well as experience as a prop stylist + set designer for a special engagement shoot we helped with earlier this month.  I have already received glowing praise for her from vendors, colleagues, and our clients so I feel a bit like a proud mama. Koko has this gentleness about her.  She isn’t shy or quiet, but you get the sense that she chooses her words carefully and means each one.  In fact, her sincerity is almost disarming.  I have witnessed her get into deep conversations with people shortly after meeting them (myself included) without an ounce of pretense.  She wears her heart on her sleeve, she cares deeply for others, she is empathetic and warm and a great listener.  She also has an effortlessly chic sense of style.  The way she captures a photo, or considers a venue or space, or styles her breakfast for just the right Instagram shot, is stunning in its simplicity.  I thank God for bringing her to us, and I know she will add so much to our team.  Today I am excited to formally playfully introduce her here in true Love & Splendor fashion: 20 questions!

glowing inside & out // joyful, witty, playful, enthusiastic, silly

1) Give us the basic rundown on who you are, where you’re from, and your family.

Okay, hello!  My name is Kourtney.. although many know me as Koko.  I’m currently living in East Los Angeles, but I was born and raised near Dana Point, CA.  I adore my family.  My parents, older sister + brother-in-law, younger brother, as well as some of my extended family still live down in south Orange County.  I’m the only odd one that moved away.  It must have been the “middle child syndrome.”  ;)

2) When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My childhood dream alternated between being a veterinarian & a professional singer.  Those are similar, right?

3) What did you study in college and why?

I studied Studio Arts because I wanted to focus & develop my creative passions, with the hope of having a future career involving design or creative direction.

4) Describe your perfect Saturday.

I love adventures and Saturdays are good adventure days.  But for the common busy week, my perfect Saturday would include brunch at a local cafe, taking my puppy to the park, spending the afternoon with a friend, making dinner from scratch & watching an interesting new film.

5) What’s your favorite season and why?

I tend to think every season is my favorite, as I enjoy each one.  But I must say, Spring has something about covering the hills in green & the trees with fresh blooms that tempts me to call it my favorite.

6) What food is impossible for you to resist?

If you offer me a lemon bar, be prepared for me to accept the offer.  Always.

7) Tell us about the best trip you’ve ever taken.

I’ve had incredible travel opportunities in my lifetime, of which I’m so thankful for.  It would be hard for me to choose between my time studying Art History in Italy or teaching English on the Indonesian island of Java for a summer.

8) What destination is #1 on your travel wish list?

Japan is my #1, with Iceland close behind.

9) Your uniform (most worn outfit):

I’ve recently only been wanting to wear simple black on black ensembles, like my black Madewell skinnies with my favorite silk black tank.  This is a new phenomena, but I’m embracing it.

10) Favorite band and song of the moment.

I’m currently all ears to the new Volcano Choir album, Repave.

11) What are your favorite flowers?

I wish I were more knowledgeable on flowers, though I’m sure I’ll learn all I need to know while working with Angel.  As for now, I love my neighbor’s white rose bushes for their sweet fragrance.

12) What drew you to {love and splendor} and why did you apply for this job?

The Love and Splendor team always seemed to LOVE what they did and I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it!  I applied at a big transition time in my life and the opportunity was exactly what I needed.  It’s been such a gift to work alongside them so far.

13) What has been your favorite part of the wedding world so far?

As it turns out, it IS a blast hosting weddings with the Love and Splendor team!  We always end up laughing until our bellies hurt and smiling from ear to ear.  I couldn’t ask for a better team!  I also love getting to know the other creatives involved in putting on our events.  From the wedding band to the florist, we work with such talented and delightful folks through and through.

14) What movie could you watch over and over again?

Notting Hill has been a go-to for me over the years.

15) Where would you take an out-of-towner for dinner in LA?

I would give my guests the option between LA’s best Mexicatessan, Cacao, or the “hip” local spot for American comfort food, Little Beast.

16) Favorite book(s)?

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo + Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

17) What inspires you?

The ocean always inspires me, as well as the quirky little things of daily life, & being among passionate people.

18) Three random facts about you!

-Although I have a hard time pinpointing answers, I LOVE questionnaires like these.  I get way too excited about them.

-I wear glasses everyday because I misplaced my contacts a while ago… whoops!

-I have a 7 month old husky puppy named Indigo.  She’s my little partner in crime.

19) Hidden talents and skills?

Although it’s rusty, I grew up speaking French with my grandfather.  I enjoy writing and playing music.  And let’s be honest, I’ve got some dance moves up my sleeves that are quite “innovative.”  ;)

20) Either/Or…

sweet v. salty — sweet

forest v. beach — both… the Pacific Northwest!

dress up v. dress down — dress up

earlybird v. night owl — either

sunrise v. sunset — sunrise

indigo + koko

Koko — you’re our perfect fit and we love you!  I thank God for bringing you into my life and onto my team at just the right time.  You have already become like family to me.  <3  I can’t wait to make many more memories with you by my side.  xoxo, Angel

It’s no mystery why she won us over!  Give Koko a warm welcome in the comments — I can’t wait for many of you to meet her in person soon.  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Today is a BIG day for Love & Splendor: for the first time since starting the business in 2005, I am actively seeking a new team member!  After 8 seasons working by my side, my darling sister Anna is ready to “retire” from the wedding world.  The truth is, she has another full-time job and wants to savor more of her free time with her husband and puppies.  Of course, we are going to miss her terribly.  Anna has been with me from the very beginning, and she has given me so much love & support along the way.  I am endlessly grateful to her for everything she has done to help me build this company, and how she has blessed countless couples along the way. <3  If you are one of them, I know she’d love reading your comments about your experience with her!

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With Anna moving on, Michelle and I are eager to add a new fresh face to the Love & Splendor team.  With Michelle, I never embarked on a job search.  You can read about how she joined the team HERE.  So this is a new endeavor for me.  But, I can’t hide my excitement.  I know that there is a lot of fun in store with bringing on a new face, and I can’t wait to grow alongside this new addition.  I am excited about the possibility that YOU are out there reading this right now (hi!!) — I can’t wait to meet YOU!

[ Job Description ] : Love & Splendor is seeking a southern Californian to join our tightly-knit planning + design team as an assistant coordinator.  We are a boutique company, taking on a limited number of curated weddings per year, working with stylish and discerning clientele from all over the globe.  Our team is known for sincere relationships with our clients, innate style and design sense, professionalism and expertise, excellent relationships with the best vendors in the industry and of course, having a ball on the job.  We love what we do and it shows!  We work with our clients to plan, design, implement and style personalized celebrations of love and splendor.  ;-)  And now we are looking for YOU.

Our new assistant coordinator will join us on the job at our weddings, helping us set up, install and style each celebration to perfection.  Your schedule will obviously depend on our wedding roster, but you can expect to dedicate a good portion (12-20) weekends of your year to working with us.  You will work directly with our clients and vendors to ensure that each wedding and event is a seamless production.  Of course, we will train and equip you every step of the way.  Note this is NOT  a full-time job, and your work will vary considerably from month to month, season to season.  This is the perfect job for someone who is looking for fun & fulfilling part-time work on the weekends.  This is also NOT an internship.  After one initial trial event, you will be paid for your time on the job.  We value the hard work you will contribute to our team.  Does this describe YOU?

  • You love the world of weddings and events, and are interested in both the planning/logistical/organizational side as well as the design/style side.
  • You consider yourself a hard worker, with a cheerful attitude.  You aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and do the sometimes unglamorous work that comes with events. (e.g. raking up flower petals, building structures, getting up on ladders to hang glass orbs.. you know, the usual!)
  • You have a great innate sense of style and think you have “the eye” when it comes to fashion, graphic design, interior design and of course, event design.  (Don’t worry about tooting your own horn here — confidence is key.)
  • You are intelligent, professional, creative, good-natured, well-spoken, calm under pressure, always smiling, laughing constantly, not overly sarcastic, charming to boot!
  • You are NOT looking to get your “feet wet” in the industry.  You are NOT hoping to get some experience before starting your own business.  Very frankly, we are not looking to train someone up and lose them in a year.  Our company is small & tight knit for a reason — we’d like to remain as a stable team that our vendors and clients can get to know and count on.  As you can tell, turnover is not big with us.  ;-)  We want to find someone who will become L&S family and is committed to staying on board for the foreseeable future. **If you are interested in training/education opportunities, feel free to email separately about that.

If you are out there thinking that you are perfect for this job, I want to hear from you!  Please make sure to follow these instructions carefully.  Attention to detail is vital in this industry; unfortunately we will not be reviewing incomplete or incorrectly-submitted applications.  Email jobs@loveandsplendor.com with the following items:

  • A cover letter in the body of your email (NOT ATTACHED), introducing yourself and why you think YOU’re the one.
  • At the bottom of your cover letter, please answer the following 3 questions: 1) Snow or sand — where would you rather spend your days? 2) What song always gets you dancing? 3) What do you order at Starbucks?
  • A photo of yourself
  • Your current résumé (It’s OK if you don’t have any event experience, but we still want to see what you’ve been up to!)

You have from now until 6p PST on SATURDAY, August 31st, 2013 to apply.  You can expect an email response confirming that your application was received.  Selected applicants may be interviewed the following week (in person in Los Angeles or via Skype).

I hope you all have an incredible Thursday!  Now ready, set, GO!

{ Congratulations to WILD ORCHID : winner of our $50 Shabby Apple giveaway! Thank you to all who entered — we will have more fun contests coming up very soon!  I appreciate your support of this blog!  xo }

Well, we made it!  Saturday was move-in day and with the help of our incredible church family, we moved our 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house to another one in just under 4 hours!  It was no small task, considering that our old house had 16 stairs and our new one has 19.  I think we all got more of a workout than we bargained for.  ;-)  I was so blessed by those who shared their muscles, trucks, and servant hands with us as we cleaned, loaded and unloaded.  That afternoon, another sweet friend from church (Hi Lauren!) brought her daughter over and watched her with Olive while I started unpacking.  I was able to get so much done in the kitchen and I hope to resume cooking in the next day or so.  Our tolerance for takeout is wearing thin… hehe

I imagine we’ll be living out of boxes for another week or so, but I am truly enjoying getting things settled in our new home.  Some little updates:

  • Two friends from church came to help us begin painting!  We only tackled our master bedroom so far, but I can’t tell you how much a fresh coat of paint has brightened up that room.  
  • I couldn’t find my makeup on Sunday morning so I went barefaced for the weekend.  I liked it.
  • Olive has rekindled her love for her bouncer, and we have been able to get 15 minutes of distraction out of it lately.  It’s hilarious watching her jump so enthusiastically in that thing, when the last time she was in it (5, 6 months old) she would just sit and delicately swat at the toys.
  • I deep-cleaned the washer and dryer that the seller left behind for us.  I bleached it twice, ran a hot vinegar cycle, and then went at it with a toothbrush, skewers and a bulb syringe!!  LOL  If you haven’t cleaned your washer in a while, I dare you to.  ;-)  Now mine is sparkling and I’ve been able to begin that “moving laundry” pile that is taunting me in our room.
  • The night before we moved (Friday), we had the worst night of sleep in recent memory.  Olive woke up screaming and was completely inconsolable for an hour.  In the morning, we realized she had cut ALL four of her molars.  In the same night!  Thank God she is feeling better now, but can you imagine?

Re: the title of this post… Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking of all that we want to do and need to do for the new house.  I am grateful that most of the issues are simply cosmetic, but it will be a while before many are addressed.  I have to be reminded (when I turn all Veruca Salt “I want it nowwwww”) that it will all come together in good time.  Working on the house is actually something Erik and I really enjoy, so here’s to many packed weekends ahead of painting, scraping, cleaning, replacing, sanding, staining, replacing, tiling and more!

Trying to channel my friends at Casa de Perrin with my glassware.  One day we’ll paint or re-face the cabinets.

dishwashing for days

If only you could hear her elated squeals… Floors need refinishing, too.

paint in progress

We don’t have internet at home yet so I’m working and blogging with a laptop at church using the WiFi!  I expect to be up and running in a couple of days but until then, I appreciate your patience with me.

Moving was bittersweet, as I truly loved the house we rented for the past 21 months.  When we moved in, I was pregnant.  We created Olive’s beautiful nursery together in that home.  We hosted 40+ guests over the course of our time there.  We had our church over for a big potluck, I hosted a ladies’ tea… I made countless meals in that beautiful kitchen, gazing out the four windows facing the ocean.  We brought home our baby girl to that house.  We spent sleepless nights pacing the floor, rocking her to sleep.  We laughed with friends and cried with friends sitting in the living room.  Olive learned to roll over, crawl, and walk in that house.  If those walls could talk, they would have so much to recount about the joy we shared under that roof.  I thank God for the blessing we had of renting that home, and now for the amazing gift of buying our own house.  I can’t wait to build new precious memories in it…

home.  in the foreground: a massacre of pampas grass.

Coming soon to the blog:: more NZ/Australia trip recaps, a featured wedding, and Olive’s 15-month post.  Enjoy the rest of your Monday!!

Hello everyone!!  I hope you had a great weekend.  :)  We definitely did, with a quick trip to visit family and celebrate our nephew’s 5th birthday.  Olive had the best time trying to run after the “big kids” — the excitement certainly wore her out!

I’m excited to announce that the winner of the Casa de Perrin giveaway is Selena — congratulations!  I sent you an email already.  ;-)  Thank you to everyone else who entered; I have more fun giveaways in the works so stay tuned.  I am grateful to each of you who takes the time to visit this blog, and your comments mean so much to me!  xo

Today I wanted to share some sweet photos of me and my Olive, taken by my generous friend Cameron Ingalls.  You might have seen a handful of them in my Wedding Standard interview, but there were many more I just had to post.  A million thanks to Cameron for taking these photos, which were snapped in under 30 minutes on a random weekday afternoon.  I will always cherish these precious images!!

Thank you again to my friend Cameron Ingalls for shooting these wonderful photos! Olive is changing so much these days and I am grateful for these moments frozen in time.

Olive’s dress + sandals are from Zara Baby.

Hope your week is off to a great start!  xoxo, Angel

Happy Monday, loves!  I’m finally getting squared away with setting up my bloglovin’, so click below if you want to add me to your feed there!  It is my new preferred method of keeping up with my favorite blogs!

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Olive’s 12 month update + a fresh wedding feature are in the queue for the week, so I’ll see you *very* soon!  For now, here’s a photo via my Instagramof Olive from the weekend…  Oh she KILLS me in these heart sunnies (just like mine!) from our dear friend Ashley Rose.

xoxo, Angel

Happy Monday, everyone!!  First things first, congrats to the 3 winners of Olive’s birthday giveaway: Vivian, Delia and May!  I’ve contacted the three of you so check your email so we can get your goodies out to you!  I’ll be sending out all the giveaway prizes (these 3 + the 2 winners of the Martha Stewart Weddings giveaway) on Thursday!

Today I’m thrilled to have a guest post up on the WhatToExpect.com Blog “Word of Mom.”  It’s a fun blog with original content from the WTE editors as well as real moms like me!  I was so honored when they reached out to me in January (I was in Big Bear at the time and remember squealing on the couch, in fact) and really enjoyed writing this post for them.  The post centers on 5 lessons I learned during my first year as a mom, and I’d love if you went over to check it out!

I’ll be back later this week with some wedding sneak peeks (yay!  So overdue!) and Olive’s official 12-month summary post!  Enjoy this beautiful day!

xoxo, Angel

Happy Monday, everyone!  Olivia isn’t officially 1 yet (her birthday is tomorrow, the 12th!) but her big party was this weekend.  That means most of last week was consumed with final party prep (as well as some great meetings with vendors and clients I LOVE!  Hi H & T!).  I wanted to thank each of you for entering the giveaway on my last post and for sharing in my excitement.  I appreciated all of your sweet words and I loved reading about your spring favorites.  It is going to be a great season!!

I decided to pick TWO lucky winners (you know me…) using random.org and the winners came out to be Rachel W. and Ashley!  Congrats ladies!  Check your email as I’ve already contacted both of you for your mailing addresses.

For everyone else, don’t fret… I have another fun giveaway around the corner.  I can’t help myself; giveaways are so much fun!  Check back tomorrow for a special birthday post for my darling Olive.  I’m still in shock that she’s really-truly-absolutely going to be a one-year old.

I will have LOTS of photos to share from Olive’s 1st bash very soon, but thank you to all of our loved ones who came to celebrate with us.  It was an unforgettable celebration!  I didn’t take a single photo that day (thanks to the amaaaazing Courtney of Erin Hearts Court) so I’ll end the post with a little snapshot from my former client – now friend – now mama, Shue-Ping!  Also pictured is another former client-turned-friend, Monique.  These girls met at my baby shower last year and now we all have little girls.  We’re raising the next generation of hapa babies!  What a blessing… and talk about full circle!

Enjoy the rest of the day!!  xoxo, Angel

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