Melissa + Gus California Chic Avila Beach Wedding

Life has a beautiful way of bringing people back into your lives at just the right moment. That’s what happened when Melissa (or Missy, as I had known her for most of my life) sought us out to plan her wedding to long time boyfriend, Gus. It was such an honor to be asked by not only someone you had known forever to plan their wedding, but someone of such style and taste. Working with Missy and Gus was going to be fun, that was for sure.

Besides being a super fun experience, working with Missy and Gus was easy. Missy was organized and decisive, without being overbearing. She knew what she wanted and trusted us to find the right resources. She was flexible and collected while remaining steadfast on her vision. Gus was perfectly resourceful as well in helping source the videography team and selecting the photographer (incredibly talented and oh so charming Ginny Silver). They were a perfect example of a couple working together, and working with them was an absolute dream.

Missy and Gus’ California wedding was a perfect fusion of lively outdoor and beachy romantic vibes. Modern, boho inspired touches gave the whole event a chic and carefree air with lots of attention to small details.

Romantic Beach Wedding Venue

The entire event was held at Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, California. This property is extremely diverse and well laid out, so guests really had a chance to migrate through event spaces and have different experience for each section of the day. The ceremony took place on a grass meadow next to a peaceful estuary, with just the right amount of ambient noise from the beach. The cocktail hour was held in the venue’s Beach Clubhouse, a charming space that featured an outdoor patio for guests to enjoy a bit of the California summer sun. For dinner and dancing, guests were seated at long rows of farm tables under the stars on the venue’s main lawn area. Adirondack chairs flanked firepits down towards the estuary, giving guests a peaceful respite from the energetic dance floor.

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California Chic Wedding Design

Missy wanted to keep her palette classic and neutral, sticking with ivories, creams, beiges, with just a touch of blush pink and warm gray. We decided to lean heavily on greenery with statement blooms for a looser, more organic feel. To add in a touch of modernity, we punctuated the design with gold and champagne gold elements such as the geometric accent arrangements used in cocktail hour and during dancing.

We found a true gem in Adornments Flowers when we met and started working with Laurel and her team. With great craft and care, Laurel and her team elevated our vision with their impeccable installations, including one of the most gorgeous flower arches I have ever seen! Along with romantic silk chiffon runners from Party Crush Studios, as well as custom signage from our in-house designer Menakshee Designs and top-notch rentals from All About Events, we were able to help Missy and Gus realize a wedding that truly represented embodied their vision.

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Best Caterer in Town

When I first met Heather of Splash Cafe, I can honestly say I was speechless. Her energy and passion (not to mention killer sense of humor) was both refreshing and contagious- I literally could not have asked for a better vendor partner on this project. Heather and her team performed seamlessly, orchestrating the entire set-up, break-down, food production and service of the entire event without a hitch. The food was delicious, with guests dining family style on true California dishes such tri-tip, roasted brussel sprouts, and margherita flatbread.

 

A Wedding Day Full of Family and Love

Overall, the day was perfect. Missy wore a gorgeous Hayley Paige gown while Gus looked perfect in a Jos. A. Bank suit. Their sweet and moving ceremony started with a friend of the bride’s late mother singing as Melissa walked down the aisle. The couple also included their lovable fur baby, Saint, in the ceremony- although his adorable back wriggling nearly stole the show! The warm, familial energy carried into the evening with heartfelt speeches and toasts before ramping into a full on dance party which included an epic garter removal.

Towards the end of the evening, firepits surrounded by Adirondack chairs were lit and guests were able to kick off their shoes, fire up a s’more, and enjoy the perfect end to a truly perfect day.

Thank you, Missy + Gus, for letting us be a part of your gorgeous day!

We are OBSESSED with the photos from the event, done by the genius that is Ginny Silver of Retrospect Images. Take a look at some of our favorites!

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Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Retrospect Images

Videography: Steelhead Cinema

Catering: Splash Cafe

Rentals: All About Events

Silk Runners: PartyCrushStudios

DJ: Caliber DJs

Bridal Hair: Hair by Nicole Wasserman

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige

Groom Suit: Jos. A. Bank

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Sarah + Jared’s Chic Nestldown Wedding

All of our couples have an amazing story to tell. Sarah and Jared’s is just a little bit cooler than most. Meeting in South Africa (hello romantic!) and joining each other on some fantastic travel adventures is one heck of a way to fall in love.

The first time I met Sarah and Jared, I was stunned by how ridiculously good looking they are. They looked like a model couple getting off the train and walking over to me, hand in hand, for our first planning session. It was during that same planning session that I confirmed their beauty was so much more than skin deep. They were kind, thoughtful, funny, and ambitious people who wanted to create a relaxed and beautiful celebrations for their international family and friends.

Location Location Location

When you’ve traveled all over the world, you have a LOT of sites to consider when searching for a wedding venue. Having seen so much natural beauty, it was important to Sarah and Jared to have a venue that had a lot of natural beauty of its own. They found their dream venue in Nestldown. Anyone who has ever been to Nestldown knows that the grounds are truly world class, and our couple was excited to share this gorgeous property with their guests.

A Menu Fit for a World Traveler

Food is an important cultural aspect no matter where you are! Sarah and Jared wanted to ensure that the menu served at their wedding would be delicious, refreshing, and exciting for their diverse group. Matching up with the South Bay Area’s Cafe Primavera was a perfect choice. Erika Garcia worked with the couple to come up with something that fit all of the criteria and displayed beautifully against the Nestldown backdrop.

Organic, Chic, and Clean Decor

Partnering with Darcy and her superteam over at Seascape Flowers was a great choice to accentuate Nestldown’s given beauty. Using fresh, unique greenery and statement blooms (hello King Proteas!), the wedding was an organic chic dream.

Personal Touches

In addition to the solid entertainment provided by MIRA favorite Turner Hayes (aka DJ Jazzy Thunder) from Elite Entertainment, a friend of the couple entertained guests through song during dinner. The bride’s mother helped design the custom menu and table numbers that rounded out the table settings, and the best man gave one of the most heartwarming speeches of adoration we have ever heard. All in all, a perfect evening (complete with hora!)

Check out these stunning images by Rhee Bevere Photography, as well as the wedding highlight video from Love Unique Studios!

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Venue: Nestldown 

Coordination: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Rhee Bevere

Videography: Love Unique Studios

Florist: Seascape Flowers

Catering: Cafe Primavera

Entertainment: Elite Entertainment

Hair and Make-Up: Moderne Beauty

Miranda is Speaking at the La Femme Workshop!

The La Femme Workshop by Boudoir Collective

Its time for a very special announcement! Miranda is taking her first step into the world of industry education as a speaker for the highly anticipated La Femme workshop happening April 25th-28th at the White Sparrow Barn in Quinlan, TX. 

In addition to styling all 6 of the shoots taking place throughout the conference, Miranda will be speaking on the subtle art of story telling through styling. 

Too often, forcing details in a shoot can detract from the intended subject- in this case, the woman being photographed. Boudoir photography is about celebrating the female form, and effectively styling a shoot can be deceptively difficult. 

Miranda looks forward to meeting lots of new faces throughout this experience! A full list of speakers can be found here, and registration for the La Femme workshop is now open!

All photos by Peaches & Twine Fine Art Photography

Erica + Zach’s Fairytale Adventure Nestldown Wedding

Beauty breeds beauty. 

Being a preferred Nestldown wedding coordinator is certainly a privilege, and one we are very grateful to have. Not only because Nestldown is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful venues we have ever seen, but because the people that get married there tend to be really awesome people. 

Erica and Zach were absolutely no exception. From our first consultation we clicked tremendously, a connection that would last through the wedding day and beyond. They are down to earth, organized, funny, and great to look at- a wedding planners dream. Even better was their theme: an integration of their favorite Disney, sci-fi, and adventure movies and books including but not limited to Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, and Up!

Um. Hell yes. 

We worked on virtually every detail of Erica and Zach’s special day. First it was enlisting Poetry in Motion catering to provide the perfect mix of comfort foods and gourmet treats to fit a formal yet relaxed affair. Then it was signing on our favorite DJ Jazzy Thunder (aka. Turner Hayes) of Elite Entertainment to provide the sounds for a perfect party. Erica and Zach used personal contacts to fill their photography and videography needs, introducing us to two new awesome vendors in the process: Karla Rodriguez Videography and Gavin Leane Photography. Now it was time for the REAL fun stuff. 

Whimsy, Adventure, and Gorgeousness. 

For any fairytale inspired wedding, great flowers are a must. It was up to the very capable team at Seascape Flowers to produce a floral design fit for a princess. Darcy and her team did amazing, mixing the requested Japanese anemones with some of the most gorgesous cafe dahlias we have ever seen. Mix that with touches of mercury and rose gold metallics and neutral linens and you will find our personal type of heaven. 

Next were the tiny, personal details. Since the goal was to integrate several different movies into one event design we decided to work with non-obtrusive accent decor scattered throughout the event. The welcome table and guest tables included gold mirros and signage covered cloches. A handpainted mailbox was used to collect cards. Moss covered books, old cameras, and globes made up the bartop decor. The rings were carried in seashell containers. 

Even with the plethora of inspiration from their favorite movies, it was important to Erica and Zach to integrate some of their respective cultures into their wedding day. In addition to the Japanese anemones, Erica and her family spent hours creating and stringing the traditional 1,001 paper cranes for us to use during the ceremony and then later on in the reception for dancing. Zach’s culture was brought in during the dancing portion of the reception when the group performed the most intense hora I have ever witnessed. Seriously, it lasted at least 7 minutes and the energy reveberated across the entire mountainside. 

Last but certainly not least was the inclusion of a fun, interactive element. The Booth Bus is a refurbished vintage VW Bus that has been converted into an awesome photobooth. Anthony and his team provide everything, including the light up marquee and fun props. During every operating minute, there was a line in front of the bus- guests could simply not get enough!

Erica and Zach’s Nestldown wedding was one of those events that you’re so excited about, you almost wish they could get married all over again. We consider them dear friends and look forward to our next Nestldown wedding adventure! 

A big thank you to the vendor team!

Venue: Nestldown, LLC

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Poetry In Motion Catering

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Photographer: Gavin Leane Photography

Videography: Karla Rodriguez Videography

Florist: Seascape Flowers

Photobooth: The Booth Bus

Hair and Make-Up: Kelly Jones

Transportation: Corinthian Parking

Specialty Rentals: The Test of Time Vintage Rentals

Venue Of The Month – Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 is a converted art gallery in the heart of the downtown Phoenix warehouse district. For the southwestern client, this venue is the perfect something different from the typical mountainous backdrop scene. Its industrial charm, exposed brick walls, and architectural beams make it a perfect indoor venue for any occasion.

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The venue was easy to find, conveniently just south of downtown with very easy access to both I-17 and I-10. There is plenty of parking both in their dedicated lot as well along the streets and the venue entrance is very easy to find.

Guests enter through the patio, which boasts multiple alcoves for a dynamic space. There is a certain artistic flair to the area, even though only a couple of statues are permanent space. The impressive main entrance into the venue itself is through large, industrial rust metal doors, which lead guests into a small foyer perfect for a welcome table, gift table, or greeter of some sort.

Warehouse 215 offer a generous 4 hours of set-up time (we LOVE that) as well as  5 hours of event time and 1 hour of tear down time in all of their standard event packages. As the venue is indoors, clients have great flexibility with the start and end time of their events- events can end as late at midnight!

The first large open space you will encounter is Bay 2- the space most popular for ceremonies. The layout is encouraging for many different types of ceremony set-ups but circular ceremony seating looks especially great in this space! Clients can choose between a white wall backdrop, brick wall backdrop, or window backdrop and the venue rental includes black resin folding chairs are included.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

After your urban chic ceremony, your guests will make their way throug the front foyer into the patio that they entered from for an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour. This super cute area does not need much embellishment as Warehouse 215 includes 6 cocktail tables and landscaped lighting for ambiance. For smaller events, this area could host up to 85 people for a ceremony.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

One of the absolute COOLEST things about Warehouse 215 is their built in photobooth backdrop! You read that right- a venue that literally comes with its own photobooth backdrop. The gorgeous brick wall facade is easily decorated and the venue provides some props for your guests to selfie the night away!  In addition, Warehouse 215 also has a self-serve camera/printing station as an optional upgrade.

Speaking of upgrades, the venue is easily able to upgrade your rental to include those luxurious details we all love. Ivory linens are available as an upgrade to the included black poly cotton ones. A large chandelier is available for the ceremony space, there are 10 uplights available as well as bistro lights to string across the ceiling.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

When its time for the reception, Bay 3 is the place to be! Three beautiful chandeliers hang down the middle of the event space, included in all rental packages. The venue has a select number of round tables for seating as well as rectangular tables for vendors or stations, however you are welcome to bring in any rentals you wish (AND you have the time to do it with that glorious 4 hour load in window!) Oh, and for the minimalist client, non-floral centerpieces are included in all rental packages.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 can hold up to 300 people in one bay, but the space is zoned to hold up to 1,200 people making it a great option for larger events such as formals and proms. All three rental spaces (and security) are included in rental fee.

Warehouse 215 has a liquor license, so your alcohol service is hassle free as they take care of the purchasing and the bartenders. They also have partnered with 5 exclusive catering companies to ensure exceptional service within this unique space.

What I love about Warehouse 215 is that it is a blank space for clients to do whatever they want. There is a lot of flexibility both layout wise and design wise, which makes this an ideal location for both the traditional and a-typical client. I really love the potential of the space, and even if a client came into the space without budget to invest in a robust design scheme. You can still have a beautiful event because minimalism works here.

For the lighting or technology enthusiast, Warehouse 215 is a dream venue with almost limitless possibilities for lighting design or technology integration.

Brides and grooms are able to get ready onsite with blocked off/semi-private restroom and changing areas.

Warehouse 215 offers a 2 week complimentary hold for clients who are interested in booking the venue but need a little time to make their decision. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and work closely with the owners to evolve and maintain the venue’s accessibility and general awesomeness.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

For more AMAZING photos at Warehouse 215, check out their website!