Posted by: loveandsplendor | November 23, 2008

sneak peek – 10.18.08

i know, i know. it’s about TIME i posted! i apologize for the hiatus, as things have just been buzzing over here @ L&S. while some people were winding down their ’08 seasons, i was kicking into high gear for a blast of awesome events in the 4th quarter. believe it or not, i’m still not finished! i am loving every second of it, though. it has been another fabulous year for me and i am thankful to each and every client who has placed their trust in me.

last month i saw the culmination of another beautiful wedding at the cal tech athenaeum. the site is simply gorgeous with its stunning architecture and lush, garden-like grounds. the last time i worked there was last july for this colorful event of love and splendor. 😉 it was great to return and see the same space elegantly transformed with a completely different palette.

in designing this wedding, we embraced a warm, autumnal range of colors including burnt orange, champagne and chocolate brown. i would describe the bride’s personal style as traditional, polished and refined. details included hand-calligraphed escort cards and table numbers, as well as a clean, classic tablesetting that was both warm and inviting.

two vendors who joined me at my last athenaeum wedding also were on board for this one. 😉 one was the photographer: many thanks to the always-lovely emi of evoke photography (as well as 2nd shooter crissy farah!) for being so fabulous on the day-of. we had way too much fun! dj & lighting services were brought in by brady of props productions. the lighting was breathtaking and really set the tone of the event. but it was his skills as a DJ that the couple + their guests lauded all night long. people were crowded on that dance floor until the very end, and i would venture to say this crowd was the most enthusiastic dance crowd i’ve ever seen! the energy was palpable and a fantastic time was had by all. the bride wrote me an email on the monday morning after the wedding to say thank you & i have to agree with her words: the night was just about perfect. ❤

all of the delectable florals were created by athenaeum newbie but l&s veteran, kristin of the treasured petal. i can’t tell you how much i love working with kris. her work is flawless EVERY TIME, and it’s an added bonus to have my best girl around on a wedding day!

enjoy these sneak peek images for now. i look forward to fab pro pics from emi soon!

guests were greeted by this cheerful, vibrant entry-way arrangement on the escort card table. each envelope had the guest’s name, and the card within read, “please join the festivities at table #..”

title: angel trying to be artsy shooting with a palm leaf in the foreground. failed. haha this is still a good shot of the tabelsetting. 😉

here’s a closer look at the tabletop. kristin’s centerpiece was nestled in a classic gold urn, and each table had one tented menu to share. the table numbers featured calligraphy as well as watercolor leaf designs in the background.

i looved the bold colors and delicious textures in the centerpieces. the urns were overflowing with roses, lillies, orchids (i spy cymbidiums and james storei) and large, cheerful dahlias. camellia leaves dripped over the sides to create a loose, garden-inspired arrangement.

the head table arrangements! kris used the same gorgeous, deep orange florals in these long and low wooden troughs, stained a dark chocolate color. the yummy berry-like flora in these arrangements are rose hips.

here’s another view of the head table arrangements. we had 3 of them lining the long table.

night fell, and the lights went on! this is a long view of the head table.

to fully highlight the architecture and utilize the layout of the athenaeum, we mixed round tables with these long banquet tables. the long tables lined the perimeter of the peristyle (covered walkway supported by columns and surrounding a courtyard) while the round tables sat in the central courtyard area.

the simple and beautiful cake was created by the cake sisters at decroupet’s… another vendor from my last athenaeum wedding!

i adore this groom’s cake! does anyone know what it is?? the groom is a woodworker, so his groom’s cake was modeled after a martin woodworking machine. the cake is a replica of the t45: a planing machine. you can see the real deal HERE. the cake sisters did an incredible job!!

i know this pic is blurry, but i had to use it because it does such a great job of showcasing the lighting. each arch is perfectly highlighted with uplighting, and brady took it one notch above by adding the stylish scrollwork pattern projection on the wall. it looked marvelous in person!

i have SO many fun posts lined up, so stay tuned. i spent the last week organizing some photos from recent weddings and i am dying to share them all with you! i promise not to abandon you for long again! xoxo, angel



  1. Love that orange! Look forward to more!

  2. I had so much fun working with you and Anna. Another successful soiree! Have a blessed week 🙂

  3. Finally!!! a Post!!! Ahh! I was going crazy!! 🙂 beeeutiful wedding my dear!! love the colors!!! so fall!!

  4. Yay glad to see the new post. I’ve been following your blog for a while and was starting to have withdrawals – hehehe j/k. Anyway, that is some awesome uplighting. Love that projected scroll pattern.

  5. Love the centerpieces. Perfect colors and size! The groom’s cake is way tooo cool!

  6. Gorgeous design and centerpieces, it’s all so chic!

    As a bride-to-be since my fiance recently proposed to me with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring from I’ve been thinking a lot about how my wedding party should look like.

    With the photos I saw here, I can say that is totally what I would want and that groom cake is adorable!

  7. beautiful, as usual. i love the orange. love the groom’s cake and actually knew what it was, being the dork i am. 😉

  8. Awwww you and your sis were TOOOO much fun to hang out with!! I can’t wait to see Emi’s blog on this!

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