“Oh Baby!” Shower


{all images by Vivian Sachs Photography}


Last weekend was our Baby Shower for the “Little Man.” I was so excited to finally celebrate his arrival with all our friends and family. To top it off, our friend and “go to” photographer, Vivian Sachs was there to capture everything.

Hubby and I started planning for the shower months in advance due to the fact that we had two big families and space would be an issue. I immediately went into design mode and for the past three months, it has been my little project on the side that gets my creative juices flowing. With Pintrest and numerous blogs for inspiration, and my handy/crafty familia at my side…I was really excited to put everything together.

Instead of going for a theme, I picked colors as my base and made a list of all the little details I wanted to add. I then started to think of how to make it all fit together.

Our Venue: Historic Adobe Building, Mountain View, CA

Base Colors: Navy Blue, White, Lime Green, Orange

Motif: Stripes, Chevron, Pops of Color, Playful


The sweets table was probably my favorite to put together since I just love eating sweets and treats right now =) On the table:

  • Chevron Cake made by my cousin Celine
  • Coordinating cupcakes also made by my cousin
  • SF Giants sugar cookies from Sweet Keiras to include mine and my husband’s vast enthusiasm for our bay area sports teams
  • Navy Blue M&Ms
  • Popcorn Cones filled with White Cheddar or Kettle Corn flavored popcorn. I made these using a simple template found here and bought some mini clothes pins from Michael’s and used a scallop punch out to cut out the tags. Double sided tape was the best at sealing the cones
  • Orange and Green swirl mini Lollipops with our custom Thank you sticker
  • Chevron treat bags from Shopsweetlulu.com which also had our custom Thank you sticker we ordered from Etsy’s The Preppy Lady Bug
  • specialty napkins we found at target and were on sale!

The streamer background was made by my family and myself. We were cutting and frilling crepe paper while watching all the torturous SF Giants playoff games. Since we had the shower at a historical building, we couldnt nail or hang anything from the walls or beams, so my dad and I constructed a simple pipe and drape using PVC piping. We actually made two backdrops. One for the sweets table and one for the Self Photo Booth. Want to make these cute frilly streamers? Here is the How to that we used!

The banners were made by mom using cream burlap and simple navy card stock. She drew and cut out the letters herself.


I really wanted a lot of stripes at the event and I tried to incorporate that into mini details like the straws and napkins. I was so excited to find this green and white strip overlay at a linen rental company so I paired it with a standard navy blue tablecloth for half of the guest tables.

I am currently obsessed with Geronimo balloons or anything that uses weather balloons…Just take a look at my pintrest page…I mean who isnt? So of course I used them as inspiration for our shower decor. I decided to do simple balloons for some of the centerpieces using a white weather balloon, Blue hanging tissue paper balls that I found at a typical party store and used more of the frilly streamers that my family had cut out for me. I just used glue dots (Zots) to assemble everything onto the balloon string and it worked like a charm

The second half of tables, we decided to do simple spray painted bottles with a single bloom. My Mom, Dad and Sister collected all the bottles I needed and my Dad spray painted them. The day before the shower, hubby and I picked up some coordinating blooms from the local farmers market and that was that.


My mom and I thought about doing a onesies table but not just with messy puff paints, I really wanted to try and make this activity practical and fun for the guests to make….mostly I really wanted the onesies to come out “wearable” for the baby boy. The result?? Remnant fabrics! we collected a bunch of remnant fabrics, threw in some fabric paints (the kids love those) and lots of scissors and a couple tubes of fabric glue and asked people to go to town. Above you can see only some of the numerous creative creations by our guests….Baby boy will definitely be wearing these. By the end of the event, the clothes lines were full of cute onesies.


Out of everything that resulted from the shower, the design, the presents, the food…everything, the guest book tree was my absolute favorite thing about the whole event. I ordered a digital graphic of a tree guest book (usually for weddings) from etsy seller little forests. and I printed out a 16×20 print at my local printers. We displayed it in a wood frame and had different shades of green ink pads next to it along with some sharpie markers. My sister used a little chalkboard to show the “How To” and everyone that came, made a little leaf print on the tree using their finger and wrote their name next to it. All the kids (baby’s cousins) did this as well and by the end of the day, the tree was covered in leaves. This piece of art will hang over the baby’s crib in his room. I absolutely love it.


Where there is a baby shower, there are games…more specifically, where there is a baby shower that my family is throwing, there will be games. My family loves games to a point where if there are no games at our party, some one will think something is wrong or we are not feeling well. With that said, we chose a few games play and with the weather being gorgeous outside, it made for a great setting. My sister thought of the game “Bobbing for nipples” for a set of guys to play which in itself was hilarious and gross. We also had teams of two play “feed the baby” blindfolded and for the kids, we played “Pin the baby on the Mommy”. It was so great to have a lot of kids there. They had a place to run around and play and I couldn’t help but think that soon enough, our little guy will be running around there with them.


Thanks to everyone that helped Daniel and I in throwing this baby shower…and most importantly to all our true friends and family who celebrated with us. It means the world to us that our baby boy is surrounded by such wonderful people

xoxo

Anna & Daniel


*All Image Credits to: Vivian Sachs Photography*

Our Sunday Morning

Every year, my husband and I make it a point to take anniversary photos to document and celebrate another year together. With being married now a “whopping” two years, this year was a little bit more special since we do have our little nugget baking in the oven. We used this years shoot as our Maternity shoot as well. I wanted this year to document our “Sunday Mornings.” We have two cute spoiled pups and we’ve really taken the time to grow into our little home (2 bedroom condo). With the baby coming, things will change immensely in a good way but I wanted to make sure to be able to remember what things were like with just the two of us and our fur-balls.

Our photographer was none other than our dear and talented friend Vivian Sachs of Vivian Sachs Photography. She really is the only person that I would’ve been comfortable with coming into our home and really shooting us during an intimate time hat we hold privately and call “our own.” She is the one that also did our one year anniversary shoot .

I hope you enjoy the shots and the little sneak peak of humble abode.

We had to keep with tradition and blow out a few candles for our anniversary. The pups were very interested in the cupcake as well.

To my wonderful husband:  I love the life that we have lived, the time we’ve spent with just you and me, and the home that we have built. Things wont be the same in a couple of months…but it only gets better from here!!

xoxo

Annaliese

special thanks to:

photographer: Vivian Sachs {all image rights and credits to Vivian Sachs}

Makeup and Hair: Kat Paule

Pretty in Pink Wedding! {Reminiscing}

Before we began Lambs & Kings, we coordinated wedding events for lovely couples with lovely weddings. Last year, we had the pleasure of coordinating a drop dead gorgeous wedding in Aptos, Ca at the the Pacific Estate and Vineyard. It was a  cute country chic estate that had a small vineyard and a large lawn and patio that overlooked the Santa Cruz mountain scenery. It was a perfect setting for vintage inspired chic wedding which is exactly what our clients were dreaming of. My bride is super creative and dreamt up the whole event and knew exactly what she wanted from the shades of pink, to the collected vintage glass, vintage typewriter guestbook, and tons of crafty projects! Everything was meticulously thought out.

We were so giddy to find out that this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty yesterday!! Its not a surprise as the event was so beautiful and photog Stephan Pappas did a superb job capturing it and Nicole Ha created a beautiful feel with her stunning florals. The entire team was great. Head on over to Style me Pretty to see the FULL post and all the glorious images.

{all image credits to Stephan Pappas

This is just a small peek. Give them some love on the SMP site! Seeing these images reminds me how much fun we had doing weddings and working with all our awesome clients and vendors…seriously, all of them are awesome. We definitely do miss it. However, since we are super busy with the business re branding process, and the possibility of going back to school and/or starting a family, we had to put it on hold this year. We are planning to start styling events and doing prop design soon with the focus more on intimate events such as smaller/intimate weddings (such as this one), parties and showers and photo shoots. Stay tuned!

Do you have a wonderful eye catching wedding that you want to share?! Let us know!

xoxo
Annaliese

Refreshed and Lovely


{Kate spade’s tumblr & pasteled}

Its been a bit quiet in our camp the past couple weeks. I just started a new job and for the past weeks Ive been straddling two jobs because while going though my last few weeks, Ive also been working and training for my new job…so that lead to loooong days.

With everything settled down and back to having “one” regular job, I can finally get back to having a life….and getting back to refreshing my blog.

Ive been wanting to refresh the blog for a couple weeks now and just open all the windows, letting all the air and light in. Weddings are definitely one of my loves…but I really want to shine the light on other things I love.

So be prepared to see a little more variety here on the blog, not just wedding related posts, but on a plethora of subjects. You’ll start seeing more Interior styling and home making (I like to call “domesticating”) , and fashion; my favorite style icons, outfits, online stores, and who knows what else. Why the mix up? I feel like all these aspects reflect on my personality and my style and my inspirations which intern inspire my weddings and ideas….which i hope inspire you!!

I love the above image. It is so refreshing and glamorous!!

A 1920’s wedding: Joann+Jon


Todays wedding is from the talented photog duo of Paco & Betty . They Shot the wedding of Joann and John, which was dripping with 1920’s dreaminess…and their photography skills definitely added to the effect. With Nestledown, in the Santa Cruz Mtns set as the backdrop to their nuptials, Joann and Jon said “i do” amongst family, friends, towering trees, and an amazing amount of well thought out detail that just made for a perfect event.

Little vignettes showcasing the couples love for vintage and antiques, according to Green Wedding shoes

gorgeous facilities and backdrop at Nestledown









Seriously, what is not to love about their wedding?! The fashion was impeccable and I especially love the newspaper boys handing out their newspaper programs (How Genius…and fitting). Her Monique Lhuillier dress is totally gorgeous and fits her an their event to a T.

All their details are so effortlessly amazing, from their vintage antique vignettes, to wooden menu boards, carved wood centerpiece holders, succulents, perfectly executed dessert table, and super cute table numbers.


Not to mention their photography!!! apparently, there is video coming as well…cant wait Paco and Betty!! Believe it or not, there are more amazing photos not featured here. Head on over to their site to see their full spread!

Congrats to Joann and Jon…Here’s to a great life together and…Thanks for putting on such a beautiful wedding and inspiring all of us!!

Also a great thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for the wedding details!!

Vendors:

Venue: Nestldown
Photography: Paco & Betty – You can see more from their wedding here on their blog
Cinematography: Paco & Betty, Sam Crayne
Caterer: Melons Catering and Events (We chose family style comfort food dining)
Ice Cream Truck: Aunt Lali
Candy Shop Baker: Our talented cousin Bernard Boo
Ceremony Music: Our talented cousin Marcia Robles
Reception Band: Gaucho Gypsy Jazz Band
DJ: Risky Bizness Productions
Officiant: Father Josh Favaolora from White Robed Monks
Event Design: Jon + JoAnn, Justin Boo, Details by Design Events
Event Planning: Details by Design Events & Brooke Greene from Nestldown
Flowers/Plants: Joseph Figueras & Jon + JoAnn’s moms and aunts
Invitations, Newspapers and Graphics: Our talented brother Justin Boo
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Ceremony: Bordello by Pleaser (Champagne Satin) / Reception: DKNYC Women’s Kiran Wedge (Yellow)
Hair: Kat Gregory from Wakshak Salon
Make-up: Joanna Tapang from M.A.C.
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Anthropologie, Therapy, & Trendy Tummy Maternity (For those who are expecting)
Groom’s Suit: Pinstripe Tommy Hilfiger Suit; Hat: Goorin; Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor (Blue)

Vintage Micro Mini Dress & Green Vintage Photography


{images by green vintage photography}

“Hello Gorgeous!!” love the dress right? It is so “mad-men-esque“….so of course i was totally swooning over it.

Leslie of Green Vintage Photography shot these engagement photos for Stephanie (also of green vintage photography) & Erik in Sacramento, CA (woo-hoo)… you will notice the capitol building in the last photo. They did an amazing job. The vibe and feel of the whole shoot is awesome!!

This dress was Stephanie’s mother’s wedding dress. She wore it in 1971 and Stephanie had it altered to a micro mini length…and viola! total vintage dress gorgeousness!! The sleeves, the lace detail on the top & neckline…*sigh* now this is how you wear “your mom’s wedding dress”

Thanks to Green Vintage Photography for doing a fabulous job and giving all us wedding bloggers some great eye candy!! You can tell we love it b/c they were also featured on Junebug weddings.

Check out the rest of their e-session here!!

Vote for our Photo on Wedzilla

Hi Fellow bloggers and readers!! about a month ago I sent Wedzilla my favorite photo from our wedding and today I find out that they are using the submissions in a poll/contest. We really think our Photog Phil Paik did an amazing job so…of course we want to win!! =)
Please take 5 seconds to vote for our photo pictured above Here on the Wedzilla Blog. We are the 5th one down. Just click on our checkbox and then click vote! Pass it on!! Thanks!!
Just to show you how great Phil did…here are a few shots from the wedding.