Forever Les Fleurs Custom Floral Crowns & Creations

If you have not had a chance to check out our Floral Crowns and Creations at ForeverLesFleurs, then you are in for a treat! Not only do we offer Ready-To-Ship Floral Crowns, we love to create Custom Floral Crowns fit for your special occasion. Continue reading

Have Your Wedding Invitation Framed

When you are planning your wedding you spend numerous hours searching for the right wedding invitation. In my case, I chose to go with a design that was customizable through an online company named Minted. I gave them the CMYK Colors, thorough details, and they did the rest! Before my invite was printed, they sent me numerous proofs to approve. I highly recommend Minted, and you can read more about my experience and see all the details of our wedding invitation HERE.

After sending out the invites we had one lucky invitation left! This invite was of course going to be a keepsake of our special day. Okay, now what to do with it? Sure you can scrapbook it, file it away with other important documents, or you can have it framed!

The lovely Samantha Atlas at The Frame Maker in Mission Hills, CA., gifted us with this unique shadow box design adorned with a gilded wood frame designed by Designer Greg Strange. The gorgeous outcome was a keepsake that we can look at everyday! Why have such a beautiful memory filed away when you can have that special day on display for all to see? If you have recently wed or have been married for years, give The Frame Maker a call to see what creative design they can create for your wedding invitation!
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Strodthoff Wedding : Amy + Bryan

On 7.11.14 Amy and Bryan tied the knot at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido, CA. This serene and tranquil venue was a breathtaking backdrop for one beautiful wedding. I had the pleasure of Coordinating and help Design their special day, and was impressed with Amy’s DIY Skills for the decor leading up to the big day!

After having Amy and Bryan approve the Ceremony Arch Design, I could not wait to see the final outcome!  Without further adieu, here is a compilation of a beautiful couple’s perfect wedding day, courtesy of True Photography Weddings.
Ceremony Arch, Reception, Wine Barrels-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Dress, Wedges, Wedding Bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Ceremony, Floral Arrangements-Darcy Oliver Design
Table Decor, Flowers, Tablescape-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen-Darcy Oliver Design
Bride, Groom, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon-Darcy Oliver Design
Bride, Groom, Horse, Ranch, Wedding Rings-Darcy Oliver Design
Couple, Wedding Kiss-Darcy Oliver Design
Ceremony, Reception, Lighting, Wedding Cake-Darcy Oliver Design

 

Vendor Information:

Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Caterer: Bellamy’s Restaurant

Photographer: True Photography Weddings

Wedding Gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner found at Prevue Bridal

Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Cristina

Makeup: Erin Martinson at Bella Cheri Salon

Wedding Cake: The French Gourmet

Disc Jockey: Can-Do Productions, Inc.

Wedding Videographer: Spark Films

How To Choose The One :: Your Wedding Gown

Selecting your wedding gown for the BIG day, is very much like choosing your partner for life. You have to make sure you are compatible, make sure it’s the right fit; and many people ask, how do you know when it is time to say YES to the DRESS? One word: butterflies.

Getting to butterflies can be quite the challenge, and in many cases, several locations and dress options. First, you need to establish a Budget for your wedding gown. Most bridal gowns today tend to run from $800-3000 for most designers readily available in bridal boutiques in the US, and on average, most brides spend around $1250 for their gown. One way to cut down on cost is to search for pre-owned bridal gowns, or keep a look out for bridal shops in your area for Sample Sales.

Once you have established your budget, and before you even venture to a Sample Sale, you need to determine the style of gown you want. This is where compatibility and fit are most important. The best advice I was given, and that I will share with you is simply this: try on each style of gown (whether you love lace or not) to determine if you like mermaid, trumpet, fit & flare, a-line, or full ball gown. The first time I tried on wedding gowns, my heart was set on a form fitting mermaid gown. Then I tried one on, the exact one I had drooled over in magazine, and while I felt fabulous, I did not get butterflies. I was underwhlemed. It felt like a dress I would wear to a red carpet event, not down the church aisle to surprise the love of my life.

The most important fact about trying on all different styles is you can cut out a style that simply will not work, and determine which style makes you feel like a bride. You have selected a style, now it is about the little details. Bling, ruffles, texture, color and fabric are next.

Search online and in bridal magazines for the details on gowns, even if it is not the style you want. Make an appointment at your local bridal shop, and bring these aides to show your bridal consultant at your appointment. She will pull options for you, and then all 3 factors come into play. Compatibility, fit, and then this is where the butterflies come in.

You may get lucky with a Mother Fairy Consultant, and in my case, it happened to be a designer that I was obsessing over, Justin Alexander. He happened to have a trunk show at the bridal shop where I had my appointment. My consultant and Justin Alexander came up to me, and he said, “this is your gown”, and politely took the other ball gown out of my hands, and handed me her. The moment I stepped in front of the mirror with her on, I melted. I mean, butterflies to the point I was bursting out in hives and tears! This gown had all 3 factors, complete with tufts of tulle over ostrich feathers and a French corset. She was perfect. While the girls were “jacking me up” with accessories and veils, Justin Alexander personally drew a sketch of me in my gown (gasp!). I snapped a photo with him, and said YES to the DRESS!

Much like choosing your mate for life, you just know when it’s right, and you say yes.

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Justin Alexander & I when I said YES to the DRESS, and my Wedding Day.

 

Wedding Photos with Your Furry Friend

I am absolutely in love with these photos by Molly Davidson Photography taken with our furry friend, Saylor the Newfoundland. If you cannot have your pet included in your wedding, forget a Trash the Dress session, and opt for a family portrait!

Taken on the cliffs of our hometown in La Jolla, CA., the ocean and our beloved Saylor are parts of our lives that are special to us as a married couple. On our wedding day, my bridal look was much more formal with my hair up, and my husband wore a tuxedo. I chose to go for a more relaxed beach inspired look with loose curls and fewer accessories for myself, while my husband kept a casual yet classic look for this shoot. You can change up your look for an after wedding shoot, and be sure to incorporate your extended furry family. You will be glad you were able to document this new chapter in your life.
Wedding Photo, Newfoundland dog-Darcy Oliver Design
Newfoundland Dog-Darcy Oliver Design
Beach Wedding, dog-Darcy Oliver Design
La Jolla Wedding-Darcy Oliver Design
Girl's Best Friend-Darcy Oliver Design
Dog, wedding rings-Darcy Oliver Design
The Cove, La Jolla-Darcy Oliver Design
Trash the Dress-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Dress, Beach Cliffs-Darcy Oliver Design

Ban.do for Brides & Gifts!

We were recently featured on Ban.do’s Blog as a Ban.do Bride!  The White Flurry Pouf was a perfect match to my Justin Alexander Gown, which had ostrich feathers sewn under the tufts of tulle.  The ostrich hair pouf was so magical and flowed with every move I made.

Ban.do has some of the most perfect accessories to help make your day magical as well!  Here are a few of my faves that make for perfect holiday gifts too.  They still offer an Ostrich pouf in this beautiful Blush as well as Mint, Hot Pink, and Charcoal.  Add this piece to your hair or go for something that sparkles like this Crystal Swirl Bobbi if you are going for a vintage look.  Whether your hair is in an up do or not, try a head wrap. The Double Trouble Head Wrap in Nude/Rose will definitely help you catch attention in this little number.

Holidays or not, these shoe clips would accent any solid colored shoe you wore for your wedding day or Christmas Party!  The hearts and bows are my favorite, and I love how they shimmer in Gold! This sequin Boom Boom Flower Comb comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Hot Pink, and Midnight. Whether you want a unique or fun holiday look, these shiny baubles from Ban.do will top off your look with perfection!

Ban.do, accessories-Darcy Oliver Design

ban.do, wedding-Darcy Oliver Design

Dripping With Decadence

From Park to Palace, there was a significant difference in wedding themes displayed at the Hyatt Rengency La Jolla Bridal Show this past weekend.  For the more glamorous bride, there were options that were dripping with diamonds or dripping with enchantment.

They brought on the glitz and glam with sequin tablecloths and hanging crystals in this wedding vignette.  A touch of vintage class was represented through the French inspired furniture and elegant place settings.  I love how all the floral arrangements went from White & Modern to soft and feminine throughout.
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For the soft romantic, these gorgeous pastel hues glow in the candlelight. This just-picked look from my English garden look goes hand in hand with an elegant place setting and extreme mood lighting.
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If you’d like to make your guests feel like they have entered an enchanted forest, this beautiful table arrangement with orchids to boot would make you a believer!
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This romantic and whimsical combination is the best of both worlds, will someone please pass the anise poke crudités?

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