I adore garden roses, and chances are you do too if you like my blog. These images are from a personal flower and wedding cake pairing feature that Martha Stewart Weddings did a while back. Aren’t these peachy blush colors divine?
Wow. What a busy month it’s been. I’m in the process of re-designing and relaunching my blog. WordPress here I come. I’ll let you know as soon as I make the switch. I’m also in the process of updating my website galleries so be sure to check out www.ArielYve.com as well in the coming weeks.
Anyway, I know I’ve been anyway for a bit, but here’s another lovely Friday Flowers post to tide you over.
The following images are courtesy of the magnificent floral artistry of Jeff Leatham. Jeff Leatham is well known for creating the stunning arrangements for Eva Longoria’s fabulous wedding and for his role as the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. Yes, Paris!
Flowers…Paris…can you say dream job?
Anyway, here are a few of his incredible creations:
Wouldn’t this make a stunning (read massively expensive) escort card display?
I adore these cascades of white phalaenopsis orchids and hydrangeas. Don’t you just want to nestle your face in them? So luxuriously lush.
Yesterday, Style Me Pretty featured my own Anniversary Cake Cutting Party/Shoot that I styled and coordinated.
Here are a few of the images:
My ultra talented friend Gina Jones from Lola Film+Video put together this fabulous behind the scenes video for me:
I adore planning and designing all of my fabulous clients weddings and events, but this was super cool to work on my own project for a change.
Here are a few of my favorites comments that I read on Style Me Pretty, Facebook and around the web:
” This is one of the most fabulous, fanciful, romantic, dreamy set ups we have ever seen! When I spotted this on Style Me Pretty, I literally gasped…” -Melissa from Icing Design
“BREATHTAKING. Ariel and The Costa’s blew this out of the water. Three words. Sophisticated. Elegant. Tasteful.” -Nico from Nico Design
“oh this is sublime deliciousness. faint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” -Faegirlie, Style Me Pretty Reader
“I love Ariel she is just beyond amazingly talented. This shoot is so beautiful!! Way to go Ariel!” -Jennifer from Calligraphy by Jennifer
“This is so beautiful! I love the chandeliers and the couple’s style! jeez.” – Lizzie from Ten Thou Bride
“Great photo shoot and collaboration from all the artists involved. All the details are so decadent. My favorite picture is the outdoor chandelier. Romantic, decadent, and oh, so lovely.” -Fen from Bead Flora Jewels
“it’s kind of rare these days on so many wedding blogs, i see all of these funky, drab, artsy fartsy wedding ideas but this is fabulousity! Super chic, traditional yet modern. keep up the gorgeous work!” -Rachel G.
Wow! Thanks everyone!
The “Dream Team” behind the shoot:
Photography: Michael and Anna Costa Photography Design and Coordination: Ariel Yve Design Cake: Sylvia Weinstock Cupcakes and Macaroons: Vanilla Bake Shop Cotton Candy: Tasty Clouds Flowers: Tic Tock Couture Florals Linens: Wildflower Linens Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Lighting: Bellavista Designs Dresses: Dolly Couture Location: San Ysidro Ranch Hair: Sheila Raye Stone Makeup: Sarah Monachos, Architexture Salon
About two months ago I was invited by Brides Magazine and Riedel Crystal to take part in their national tabletop design challenge.
Riedel generously allowed me take my pick from their gorgeous collection.
Once I saw their glamorous pink champagne flutes, it was all over. I found the perfect product that allowed me to incorporated my signature touch of pink. With that said, I knew I it would take a lot more than pink champagne flutes to win over America’s affection with fierce competition on tap like Sasha Souza and Birch Design Studio.
I had to give my traditional “pretty” aesthetic a new twist. I had to make my tablescape appeal to the sophisticated East Coast bride as well as the chic and trendy West Coast bride. I’m rather pleased with the result, but I’ll let you be the judge.
If you like the look I created, I’d greatly appreciate you taking a moment to vote for me (“Ariel Yve”).
The winning design will be featured in the next printed issue of Brides Magazine, and for taking the time to vote, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the fabulous pink Riedel Crystal champagne flutes that I featured in my design, plus $1,000! How cool is that?
A big thanks to: -Michael Costa for taking such stunning photos. -Hayim from Luxe Event Rentals for providing the fabulous furniture, chandelier, photo shoot venue, etc. -Mark from Ideal Lighting and Sound for the super clean lighting and draped backdrop. -Amy from Vanilla Bake Shop for hooking me up with one of her incredible cakes. -Lindsay from Classic Party Rentals (Culver City) for the ever glorious, silver burst chargers and flatware. -Michele Ponto for inviting me to take part in the Brides Magazine/Riedel First Look Challenge. -Ariel Yve Design did the flowers (a.k.a. little ol’ me), so no formal thanks on the floral front…though, I am thankful to my floral supplier (Cindy), who graciously allowed me to change my entire floral order the day before the shoot due to being “inspired” by the freshness of their lavender callas, garden roses and hydrangeas.
I was browsing the Internet for inspiration for a photo shoot that I’m styling today, and came across this enchanting image. It is a Ralph Lauren Outdoor Dinner Party. Whether it’s a stately staged estate scene, or an organic outdoorsy setting. Ralph Lauren (and his brand stylists), always nail it on the “chic” head.
Isn’t the drift wood candle wall spectacular? Who needs giant centerpieces with a conversation piece like that? Of course, I also love the linen draped walls and custom cylindrical lanterns suspended above the dining table…the perfect shape to mirror the candle hurricane groupings.
I’ll be thrilled if today’s photo shoot turns out half as amazing (thanks to Michael Costa’s photo wizardry, I’m sure it will).
There are many, many event venues throughout the world that have stolen my heart, but, there are none quite like the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Old Hollywood vibe of this “Pink Palace” makes it the perfect location for either a hot Hollywood premier party or an ultra romantic wedding.
Recently, the Wedding Yentas featured this Hollywood Glam pink, black and white wedding that I produced at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The bride, an accomplished former beauty queen and her ad exec groom wanted a fun yet traditional Jewish wedding.
Their traditional ceremony took place under a stunning Chuppa draped in diaphanous white fabric and covered in hundreds of pink roses, white roses and green hydrangeas.
The room was lit in soft pink light, which highlighted the ballroom’s legendary Venetian Glass Rose chandelier.
The couple’s 300 family and friends danced the night away thanks to the collaborative efforts of a lively 12 piece band from West Coast Music and DJ Lee Dyson’s skills on the turn tables.
Vanilla Bake Shop created this remarkable black and white damask cupcake tower.
The bride wanted simple yet feminine tabletops, so we chose these luxurious petal pink po de soie linens. Fiore Floral Designs decked the tables out using thousands of imported pink roses, cream roses, green cymbidium orchids and dutch hydrangeas.
Since the couple served a huge multi-course meal, complete with a plated dessert, the couple had my team pack up the cupcakes from their cupcake display to be taken home by guests at the end of the night as their favors. After a long night of dancing and partying, these delectable sweets were the perfect way to end this couple’s day of dreams.
Photo credit for all of the preceding image, Curtis Dahl Photography
It’s no secret that weddings cost a lot (both time and money). Though the exact reasons for high wedding costs are complex (supply and demand, rent district, payroll, insurance costs, etc.), the vendors that you’ve hired, and the staff that they’ve hired, have put tons of hours and energy into making you day as perfect as possible. To say thank you, it is entirely appropriate to show your gratitude with a tip. The questions that I’m going to answer today are, which wedding vendors to tip and how much to tip them (if at all).
Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Beautician – 15% – 20% of your total bill.
Officiant (Clergy, Priest, Minister etc) – If you’re getting married in the church, officiants do not usually ask for financial compensation for their services. They do expect you to make a donation to the church or their organization. As to the amount of the donation, traditionally they will suggest an amount when you finalize arrangements with them. The amount varies from a flat fee to an honorarium and can range from $50 up to $500. If you are expecting the officiant to travel outside of their local area then you should also compensate them for their travel costs.
If you are having a non-denominational ceremony, performed by a professional non-denominational officiant, a $50-$100 tip is appropriate.
Transportation (chauffeurs, limousine drivers, horse-drawn carriages, etc) – 15%-20% of the total of the bill, if it’s not already included in the bill.
Valets and Parking Attendants – Tips should range from $1 – $2 per car.
Coat Check and Restroom Attendants – Tips should range from $1 – $2 per guest.
Waiters and waitresses – Check to ensure whether a service charge is included in the caterer’s contract. If it’s not included, you should expect to tip 15% – 20% of the total food bill.
Catering/Venue Manager – Traditionally the caterers and venue management will calculate a tip into their cost estimate, in the form of a service charge. With that said, the meal timing and wait staff management responsibilities rests heavily on this person’s shoulders. An additional thank you of $1 – $2 per guest is a nice touch if they’ve done a good job.
Bartenders – This gratuity is usually accounted for in the service charge listed in your catering contract. If this is not the case then you might want to tip the bartenders 10% of the total amount of the liquor bill. This amount can be shared out between them equally if there is more than one bartender.
Seamstress/dress fitter – Although it is not customary to tip your seamstress or dress fitter if you feel that they have made an extra special effort on your behalf then tip them between $15 – $30.
Wedding Planner – Wedding planners work for a set fee and will not expect a tip. With that said, may incur additional and unexpected costs during the process of pulling all of your wedding details together. If they’ve done a wonderful job and you want to show them how grateful you are, a tip ranging from $100-$500, or 10% of their total fee is more than adequate.
Delivery Staff (including Florist, Bakers etc.) – Staff responsible for your flowers and wedding cake do not expect to receive a tip. However if you feel that they have provided you with exceptional service and/or outstanding quality of products then a tip of $20 – $50 per person is nice.
Church Organist or Church Musician – This fee is usually included in the rental fee for the church. You should check your paperwork and if this is not the case you should tip them between $50 – $75 per person.
Musicians – It is usually nice to tip your live reception musicians. They’ve spent years honing their art. If they’ve performed to your satisfaction then you should allow $35 – $75 per band member.
DJ – DJs are payed a flat rate, so a tip isn’t expected. However, as with the musicians, if you consider the DJ’s performance to have made your wedding reception the fun party that you’d hoped it would be, a tip in the range of 10% – 20% of their fee is appropriate.
*Photographers – While photographers don’t expect a tip, if you want to reward them for going above and beyond for you, a tip ranging from $100-$500, or 10% of their total fee is more than adequate. A tip of $50-$75 is a nice touch for saying thank you to an assistant photographer as well. *section revised on 9/1/10 after receiving and reviewing industry feedback.
What to do if you can’t afford to tip: Referrals, referrals, referrals! This is a relationship and word of mouth based industry. A nice handwritten thank you note and referrals are always greatly appreciated.
But, what if you don’t know of anyone else getting married in the near future? No worries, most wedding vendors do corporate events and other social events, and would be delighted receive such business.
My photographer friend Melissa Musgrove also suggested the following non-monetary thank you/follow up ideas:
“A posting on YELP, Facebook, [or wedding/event blogs] etc. is a nice.
A phone call or email to your catering manager, to express the joy that you experienced working with your photographer, [florist, wedding coordinator, etc.] ” is also GREATLY appreciated (nice addition Melissa!).
“On the flip side if a client is unhappy with the slightest thing. They should contact the [vendor] directly and swiftly to give the [vendor] the opportunity to make things right.”
Now that you know who to tip, how much to tip and what to do if you can’t afford to tip or want to go above and beyond, you shouldn’t have a doubt in your mind as to whether or not you’ve adequately thanked everyone. I hope you found this information to be helpful!
You’ve probably seen a lot of DIY perfume stations in recent photo shoots featured the popular wedding blogs.
Since I’ve learned a thing or two about fragrance over the years, I wanted to give you a breakdown of how to create your own signature scent station for your next event or bridal shower (Speaking of bridal showers, be sure to visit the Style Unveiled Blog in a few days for my tips on throwing a fabulous bridal shower)
Supplies -An assortment of pure concentrate essential oils ( I recommend lily of the valley, gardenia, jasmine and ylang-ylang)*Caution: no more than 1 to 2 drops of oil is needed per ounce of Vodka
-1-2oz of 100 Proof Vodka per person
-2 tbsp of Distilled or Spring Water (add more water if needed)
-1.5 glass perfume bottles per person, with the small single folded direction cards tied their necks. It’s nice to have extra bottles on hand for experimentation. (See below for directions to be printed on direction cards; Click here for a perfume bottle resource).
-A printed or calligraphed table sign describing the station. I suggest creative like “Love in Bloom,” but you could always do something more direct like “Signature Perfume Station.”
Take your essential oil concentrate and add to Vodka, stirring slowly but long enough to disperse the oils. Let this mixture stand for 48 hours, then add 2 tbsp of distilled or spring water, again stir slowly and thoroughly. Let this mixture stand another 48 hours. Some people let there perfume stand anywhere from four to six weeks curing time, this way you will get a stronger perfume, and not a cologne. This choice is up to you, just remember if the formula seems too strong you can always add more water and dilute it back down. After letting the perfume mature or cure, pour through a coffee filter (so any sediment does not get in the final product) into your bottle. Voila’ your very own signature perfume.