31Jan

An Elegant Vintage Wedding at Calamigos Ranch with Flowers by The Hidden Garden

By, January 31, 2013

At The Hidden Garden, we create a wedding day for the bride and groom that truly displays their style and personal touch. Starting with the very first conversation, we ask questions of our wedding couple to help them express their personalities. We consider ourselves “flower therapists” in this way :) By the end of the process, we are prepared and ready to design the perfect florals, tailored uniquely to each couple.

The Hidden Garden recently worked closely with Kelsie and Christopher for their wedding at Calamigos Ranch, located in the heart of the Malibu wine country.

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We designed all of the floral arrangements for this gorgeous wedding. To ensure the look and feel of the wedding was cohesive, we also assisted with the decor. Kelsie and Christopher wanted an elegant and romantic wedding with a vintage vibe.

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To carry out the vintage look and feel, we incorporated this classic sofa from Found Vintage Rentals just outside of the ceremony space

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We adore this photo of Kelsie holding her bridal bouquet of garden roses in shades of light pink. You can see a glimpse of the bouquet handle, which we treated with lace and a vintage broach.

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Because Kelsie and Christopher love lush flowers (mainly garden roses in all soft blush tones), we used tons for the ceremony site. It was a beautiful moment when Kelsie’s father walked her down the aisle, which was carpeted with rose petals.

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Kelsie and Christopher said their vows underneath a hundred year old Oak Tree, which was decorated with ivy, chandeliers and cascading twinkle lights. The bride and groom, along with the wedding party, stood elevated above the guests for a grand ceremony.

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After the ceremony, guests headed over to the tented reception. The crystal chandeliers, white drapes, and twinkle lights created an ambiance of vintage elegance.

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We decorated the Sweetheart Table at the reception with lush pink and white garden roses, with a touch of natural greenery. To carry out the theme, ee paired the table with matching vintage printed chairs.

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We helped Kelsie & Christopher choose their linens, chairs, table settings, furniture and other decor details. Every decision was perfectly planned out, and it all came together seamlessly!

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Kelsie wanted the wedding to have a romantic touch throughout. We especially love this photo of them with their combined name, “Kelstopher,” printed on a pillow.

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Kelsie and Christopher wanted to add a sense of nostalgia to the wedding, so they brought along a functioning ferris wheel for guests to enjoy! The ferris wheel, along with a mini carnival, was set up on the lawn at Calamigos Ranch. What a fun idea!

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Everyone at The Hidden Garden has a real passion for what we do. Our wedding clients often become our friends, and we continue to share many other joyous occasions even after the wedding day has passed. Congrats to Kelsie and Christopher!

30Jul

Soft and Feminine Wedding Hair and Makeup by Amy Huynh Makeup Artistry

By, July 30, 2012

I am a freelance hair and makeup artist with a focus on bridal beauty, fashion, and commercial artistry. I work on location with many of my brides, or out of my home studio in Orange County. I truly believe that everyone is beautiful in different ways, and I use makeup to enhance that beauty.

I recently had the honor to work with a wonderful bride, Patricia, and her seven bridesmaids! Patricia and Daniel tied the knot at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, followed by a fun celebration at the Ultimate Skybox in downtown San Diego. The feel of the wedding was refined and elegant, with a bold pop of pink!

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To complement the feminine feel we were after, I gave Patricia a very soft and natural makeup look.

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I met Patricia one month prior to her wedding day. She came to my studio for her makeup and hair trial. We tried three different looks and decided to have her hair down and on one side for the wedding day.

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Patricia is one of the funniest brides I have ever met. She is super sweet and so easy to work with.  I love when a bride can take a deep breath and be herself. It was such a pleasure assisting Patricia and her bridesmaids with makeup and hair on her special day.

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This happy couple was surrounded by close friends and family at their Ultimate Skybox reception. Patricia’s beautiful and natural look lasted all night long, and even outlasted a dress change and lots of dancing!

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Makeup: Makeup by Amy
Hair Stylist: Makeup by Amy
Photography: True Photography
Florist: The Floral Department
Venue: Ultimate Skybox
Disc Jockey: DJ Rooster Entertainment
Coordinator: Creative Affairs Inc
Church/Temple: Sacred Heart Church
Caterer: Continental Catering
Bakery: Twiggs Bakery
Transportation: Sureride Inc.
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth San Diego