We were so happy to stop by news stands and pick up a copy of California Wedding Day Magazine and see Neeta and Atul’s Hummingbird Nest Ranch wedding featured in their magazine. Their wedding was a two day event with a sangeet on Friday night with dance routines and singing performances by their cousins and of course a lot of great food. For their wedding day Neeta and Atul rented out the entire property at Hummingbird Nest Ranch so that their guests could enjoy the grounds without any interruption. Their wedding day was bright and sunny, everything you would expect from a Southern California wedding. The guests enjoyed the bharrat with the DJ skills of Riamu Entertainment and Tai the elephant from Have Trunk Will Travel. I really loved the bridesmaids colorful purple and gold saris, they really dazzled in the sunlight as they were greeting Atul after the bharrat. Neeta made her grand entrance into the ceremony accompanied by both of her parents and her brother. I thought it was a really nice touch to have all members of the family accompany her to the mandap. Their ceremony was performed by Dharmasetu Das, the same priest who married my husband and I. Since the weather on their wedding day was perfect they held their reception outdoors, underneath the clear skies. Neeta and Atul had a mix of long wooden farm tables and round tables, draped in white linens. Both of the tables were covered in white orchids with gold dining wear and purple linen napkins, that perfectly matched the venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch. With a beautiful view of the rolling mountains and nearby fields the guests danced the night away under the stars. Photography – Braja Mandala Venue – Hummingbird Nest Ranch Cake/Dessert Bar – A Sweet Design Caterer – Nawab of India Elephant – Have Trunk Will Travel Florist – Elegant Thorn Linens – A Rental Connection Music – Riamu Entertainment Officiant – Dharmasetu Planner – Michelle Peranich of Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Bridal BeautyThere are so many huge decisions to get out of the way when you first start planning a wedding: the date, the venue, the budget, the theme…. once those are set, all the other details become SO much easier to pull together. The beginning of planning is all external – setting the scene, feeding the guests; essentially envisioning how your day is going to look. Now, after six months of large decisions, I’m having to turn my attention to how exactly I want to look on my wedding day.
MakeupTruth time: I own a lot of makeup. Not as much as other people, and most of it is an obsession with Stila and Urban Decay palettes. But I’ve always been a girly-girl, and as soon as I was allowed to paint myself up, I took full advantage. Now that I’m older, my look is decidedly more neutral unless I’m going out (it’s ironic that I’m sitting here with nothing but moisturizer on – one of my weekly “no-makeup days”) and I rarely wear heavy color. So for my wedding day, I was surprised that I really didn’t have an opinion on my look – in fact I was relatively stumped! I’m so thankful I found Nicole Nguyen, of Blush, to direct me! Reese is kind of my style icon. She can really do no wrong – I mean look at that giant, glam ponytail! Her makeup is neutral, with just enough pale pink to make her look fresh. We settled on something classic with a little bit of stylish flair – the wedding is Kate Spade themed after all – and lets just say there are cat eyes, creamy skin tones, just enough blush, and some seriously “wow” eyelashes! This look is similar to where we ended up – a pink lip with berry liner, winged eyes and contoured cheeks. Even now that I’ve found my dream dress, the makeup that Nicole did at my trial is still the plan for the day, but we’re tweaking the hair a bit. Tip: Save your hair and makeup trial until after you’ve found your dress! While this isn’t the best pic of Kate, her makeup is truly fabulous. The highlighting and striking brows really make her look pop. Everything about your dress will have an effect on your ‘do – the neckline, sleeves or lack of sleeves, the fabric – even the volume of your dress should be balanced and complemented by your hair.
Have a wonderful rest of your Monday lovelies!
xoxo – Morgan Elizabeth
I love photographing families together. Seeing everyone come close and giving one another huge hugs, always puts a smile on my face.The friends and family of Nicole and Blake were asked to hold up their hands and give blessings to the newly weds. This was one of my favorite moments from their wedding ceremony. Can you say WOW. Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and Jennifer Cole Florals, created a magical event space for Nicole and Blake’s wedding reception. The pool area of La Costa Resort and Spa was covered with plexiglass and had the head table on top of it. With a sea foam green sequin table cloth and flowers suspended in mid air this was one beautiful and imaginitive head table.Nicole, Blake and their families love live music. They had Wayne Foster Entertainment lead the guests to the reception with a trumpet and tambourine player. What a great way to liven up your guests for the reception festivities.We loved photographing every moment of their wedding. What a fab day they had. Below is a note from Blake and Nicole. Braja, I wanted to let you know that Nicole and I received our wedding albums. They are absolutely perfect. We are so happy how they turned out. I dont think that either one of us had imagined how professional and beautiful the albums would be. It has been so much fun getting to know you and Gene; We want to also thank you for making our wedding so memorable through the photos you took. These photos are priceless and we look forward to sharing them with friends, family and generations to come. I hope that we can stay in touch. I know that we will be looking for a photographer that can take baby pictures and family photos some time soon. Thanks again for all of your help and professionalism throughout the process. Warm Regards, Blake & Nicole Designer/Wedding Planner – Crown Weddings Photographers – Braja Mandala and Gene Higa Florist – Jennifer Cole Florals Paper Goods – J Grace Rentals – Concepts Event Design Linens – Wildflower Linens Entertainment - Wayne Foster Band Cake – Sweet Cheeks Baking Co Jewelery – Sophia and Chloe