Joshua Tree Desert Shoot

Today we're sharing even more breathtaking photos from our Joshua Tree Desert styled shoot. 100 Layer Cake recently featured it here. Be sure to watch the video, it's one of my faves!



This shoot was so much fun to plan. Working with rich marsala and turquoise colors was a nice refreshing change from the typical pastels and gold seen in most weddings. Our models were a dream to work with! So much chemistry... the desert is already hot, but they made it smokin'!



The design for this shoot would be perfect for any Fall or Winter wedding, and really any time of year in Southern California. We loved using the hint of cultural inspiration with the native american ojo de dios and the brides shawl (it's actually a table runner!). Kristine Ann wrote out a really sweet Indian prayer that could have been used during a ceremony for vows.



Our creative juices were overflowing with this styled shoot. Amanda from Thorne Artistry created not one, but three looks! How sexy are those bikini shots?




 I'm already itching to get back to the desert for our next Palm Springs wedding this October. There's just nothing like that beautiful desert landscape!

Photography: The Hearts Haven / Videography: Amanda Madeline / Location: Joshua Tree / Design & Coordination: Bustle Events / Hair, Makeup, & Wardrobe Styling: Thorne Artistry / Floral Design: Leaf it to Lexi / Calligraphy & Paper Details: KAKalligraphy / Catering: Waters Fine Foods & Catering / Rentals:Archive Rentals / Skull: Child of Wild / Jewelry: Erin Fader & Shel. Couture

RSVP No-No's... Shame on You!

We know that planning a wedding comes with a bajillion other events as well. There's an engagement party, bridal shower or two, bachelorette party, bachelor party, welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner, wedding, and even a possible post wedding brunch and more! With the best intentions to attend everything for your favorite couple it can be easy to RSVP yes to it all, even when deep down that real chance is less than 10% you'll actually show up. Pure Wow came up with fun list of things we're all guilty of when it comes to RSVP's. Give your hosts some peace of mind by being honest with yourself and others if you'll really show your pretty face to the next event you're invited to.

8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

SAYING YOU'LL BE THERE WHEN, REALLY, THERE'S A 9 PERCENT CHANCE

Also known as the aspirational RSVP. Sure, you earned points for the fastest reply time (and, come on, general enthusiasm), but speed doesn’t count if you bail.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

RSVP'ING WITHOUT A GUEST, AND THEN ARRIVING WITH YOUR FUSSY 2-YEAR-OLD

“Kids don’t impact the head count,” you say. Maybe not, but an uninvited crying toddler sure does impact the fun. Bottom line: Give the hostess a heads-up, mmkay?
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

VOLUNTEERING TO BRING THE DIP, AND THEN SHOWING UP WITH DESSERT

Look, the person who brought the chips was counting on you, and now everyone has to eat naked Tostitos. Hope you’re happy.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

OR WORSE, EMPTY-HANDED

You’re a grown-ass woman. At least bring a bottle of wine.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

OR MUCH, MUCH WORSE, WITH FOOD THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE PREPARED

Too many cooks + the kitchen = RSVP fail.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

REPLYING ALL WITH A LIST OF REASONS YOU'LL BE LATE

We get it, Ms. Popular. You’re double-booked. No need to rub our faces in it.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

OR REPLYING ALL WITH A LIST OF SPECIAL REQUESTS

OK, so you’re avoiding carbs this month. Eat around them.
8 RSVP Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

RSVP'ING YES, THEN TEXTING TO CHANGE IT TO MAYBE, THEN NO--THEN OH WAIT, WE'RE BACK TO YES AGAIN

Ah, the weekend waffler. You know who you are.

Lake Escape

Looking for somewhere to escape over the summer and enjoy some hot desert sun? We're big fans of the Westin Lake Las Vegas and we know you'll love it as much as we do. We recently had the chance for a mini getaway there and didn't want to come home! The views are gorgeous, the spa a delight, and of course we spent the majority of the day poolside with a cocktail in hand. Can't beat that! Be sure keep this place in mind for you next vacation.

But even better is this amazing hotel as a wedding venue. The ceremony space overlooks this beautiful lake. The hotel offers many different spaces for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. With so many options you can really make your wedding fit your own guest count and style. When I toured the property my creative mind went wild with ideas.

Lastly, they have a killer spa on property where I indulged in a little me time and enjoyed an amazing massage. I think it was one of the best I've ever had. The spa is a great amenity to offer your guests.

If you are thinking of a desert wedding the Westin Lake Las Vegas is full of awesome options.












Glitter Guide's 3rd Anniversary Bash

With things heating up this summer, we're in the mood for a good time outside like when we did the Glitter Guide's 3 year anniversary party last year. Florist Natalie Bowen has the perfect patio in the back of her home studio that made for the sweetest location. We had a blast throughout the planning process working with some of our favorite vendors and close friends on this one! From the custom runner created just for Glitter Guide by Lulu & Georgia to the crazy good cocktails from Paula le Duc, we were in heaven! Wish we could hang out with such fun ladies and party the night away every weekend! Be sure to check out more details and photos on the Glitter Guide's page here.









Vendors:
Julie Song InkBustle EventsFrances LaneLa Tavola LinenPaula LeDuc Fine CateringBoutique DJs & EntertainmentClassic Party RentalsDanielle Poff PhotographyLulu & Georgia
Natalie Bowen Designs 

Tropical Neon Inspiration




          To celebrate our expansion of Bustle Events to Southern California, we wanted to embrace the tropical and sunny lifestyle we’re surrounded with here in San Diego.  By taking bits and pieces from surf culture, tropical travel destinations, and an aloha state of mind; we were able to curate a very fun and non-traditional wedding design.





The shoot felt like you could be in the middle of the pacific, tucked away for an evening surrounded by palms and the sound of the ocean nearby. Florals were perfectly wild, just-picked, lush, and bohemian feeling by Bloom Babes. Paper details by Underwood Letterpress incorporated fun quotes about the sea and tropical living with bold black and white graphics. Details on the table by Classic Party Rentals were colorful and more modern while keeping the overall look fresh.



As soon as I started collecting inspiration for this shoot, I knew Pow Wow Vintage Rentals had to be included. Their peacock chairs, Moroccan furniture, and amazing collection of pillows were the perfect touch of boho and tropics we needed to pull the look together. I knew doing a traditional wedding cake just wouldn’t do, so Viva Pops created some custom paletas as a dessert alternative. Plus, when thinking about the tropics, a popsicle just makes more sense! She has so many fun and tasty flavor combinations. Cocktails were provided by Waters Catering. We came up with the name La Pina Loca aka the crazy pineapple. A mix of guava and thai pepper infused 10 Cane Rum, fresh passion fruit, lime juice, agave nectar, pina colada foam, garnished with prickly pear and edible flowers created a drink that could have only been imagined in our dreams!


The inspiration for our model was based off the same free-flowy, wild, and exotic tropical look. Thorne Artistry embraced Kristina’s natural beauty and added a bold lip color to show off her stunning features. A breezy less traditional, but beautiful dress was provided by Elle Bridal Boutique. To finish the look, Mimi & Lu’s jewelry was the perfect touch for adding some playful neon accents. See more of this on Green Wedding Shoes here!


photography: Krista A. Jones // planning + design: Bustle Events, Southern California // venue: Private Estate in La Jolla, California // florals: Bloom Babes // paper goods: Underwood Letterpress // rentals: Pow Wow Vintage RentalsClassic Party Rentals // hair + makeup: Thorne Artistry // dress: Elle Bridal Boutique // cocktails: Waters Catering // dessert: Viva Pops // jewelry: Mimi & Lu // model: Kristina Vanderslice

XO, 

Marina

Glamorous Palm Springs Wedding

With the warm weather right around the corner, we're craving a bit of Palm Springs and remembering this gorgeous wedding we did a while back. We love working in the desert heat when we get to have this much fun! Meg's dress, her pup, and the subtle hints of sparkle were some of our favorite aspects of the day. The overall design was mostly classic and romantic, but with the added geometric details, the day felt modern and fresh. Meg and Scott were so much fun to get to know and make their wedding dreams come to life. We can't believe it's been two years already since this beautiful wedding happened!










photographer: Joielala Photographie // venue: Family Estate in Rancho Mirage, California // design + planning: Meg Shaw // partial design + coordination: Bustle Events // videographer: Modern 8 Films // invitation design + letterpress printing: Aerialist Press // design, monogram, program, gold foil menus, gold foil cocktail napkins,reception signs, sunglasses, totes bags, favor bags, confetti packs, midnight snack packaging: Meg Shaw // printing monogram, gold foil menus, gold foil cocktail napkins, reception signs, sunglasses, tote bags, favor bags: Brandsmith // rentals: Classic Party Rentals (dining chairs, dishes & flatware, dance floor, lighting), Planks and Patina (vintage dining tables, vintage ceremony chairs), Heritage & Craft (acrylic DJ backdrop), La Tavola (chevron sequin table cloth, table runners, napkins) // floral design: Floral Theory // catering + cake: Whoa Nelly! Catering // wine: Swanson Vineyards // dj: Michael Tiernan // photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth Co.  // favors: (after dinner caramels) Coeur de la // Lodging: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa // wedding dress: Lazaro, purchased from Marina Morrison // feather hair comb: Paris, purchased from Marina Morrison // shoes: Jimmy Choo // flats: Urban Outfitters // earrings: ben-amun // groom’s tuxedo: Hugo Boss from Black Tie Tuxedos // groom’s ring: Raven’s Refuge //  groom’s watch: Hugo Boss // bridesmaids: Twobirds // groomsmen: Hugo Boss from Black Tie Tuxedos // hair: Kayla Erbland // d├ęcor: arrow chalkboard signsbasketsmexican blanketswater soluble confetti

Romantic Mediterranean Inspiration

In case you missed our most recent 100 Layer Cake feature, check it out here! I had such a blast putting this styled shoot together down in San Diego and we hope you love it as much as we do. The awesome team brought their A-game and really made my vision come to life.






Thanks again to the vendors who pitched in and for all your hard work. We hope to work with you again soon!

Photographer: Shane and Lauren Photography / Venue: The Rancho Valencia Hotel & Spa / Design, Styling, & Coordination: Bustle Events Southern California / Floral: Native Poppy / Hair & Makeup: Kelly Drake / Invitations, Cocktail Sign, Place Cards, Stir Sticks, & Laser Cut Sign: Paper Birch Designs / Cake: Smore Sweets / Cocktails: Please & Thank You / Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals / Dress & Jewelry: The Dress Theory San Diego / Grooms Attire: H&M / Linens: La Tavola / Models: Kirsten Vande Vegte & Caleb Sherwood

P.S. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the inside scoop on behind the scenes details of upcoming events and shoots! @bustleevents @bustlesocal 

XO,

Marina
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