Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Good Life's California feast for the eyes featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Nick and I were absolutely thrilled to design and bring to life a California winery-meets-California coastal celebration for Exquisite Weddings Magazine at the Rancho Valencia Resort. It was a great chance for us to create a stunning display that appeals to everyone; both brides and grooms. Our intent was to design a table where guests could sit comfortably and eat, drink, visit, and be merry well into the night. By using warm tones of copper, stunning cobalt blue, and more muted linens, we were able to bring in touches that were both romantic and cozy. Utilizing rustic solid wood benches and captain's chairs, our family-style table could have been anywhere; in the middle of a field under a starry summer sky, on the beach at sunset, or set amidst grape vines in a sunny California winery.

Annette Gomez from Flowers by Annette Gomez provided the surreal centerpieces with an array of textures and drama. She created such a lush and gorgeous private garden for the guests in the center of the table!

Our linens set the tone for a feast for the eyes. We requested something a bit whimsical from Magnolias Linens in Manhattan and boy, did they deliver! We looked at a dozen or so combinations and fell in love with the nobby and chic white runners against a burlap base.

Mini desserts from San Diego Desserts sat atop each contemporary plate and a cheese board and artisan breads acted as our late night snack. Nick also whipped up some delicious summer sangria (the recipe was also featured!)
Jennifer Dailard from Simply Posh Designs in San Diego created our lovely paper goods - she kept with our vineyard motif and tied in grape vines and leaves in a sweet way.

Vintage print press stamps that have been in my family for years acted as a fun and really unexpected favor. We placed one on each place setting (an "E" for "Emma") with each guests' initial.
We were so fortunate to have these gorgeous images captured by super talented Terri Rippee, Rippee Photography and www.rippeephoto.com/blog *stay tuned for more images on the blog!

We hope you enjoy the table as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Cheers, Aleah + Nick


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is incredible!!! Your work never fails to amaze me. Also, the KYNDRID necklace shown is beautiful! I love the stones! Keep up the beautiful posts. :)
-Lauren Portman

Anonymous said...

Love the copper and blues- combined with the white flowers is a sheer delight. Love your design sense.

Aleah + Nick Valley said...

Thank you both so much! We are thrilled with how it turned out!

evelyn peelle said...

every single touch is so beautiful and elegant! especially love the delicate white runners against the earthy burlap!

Anonymous said...

I love the color combos in this elegant setting. The coppers and blues would look good in daylight or twilight. The antique block letters really pop against the blue linens. It all goes so well together. Very tastefully done.


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