Back to blogging

Hi friends!

It's been a while since we've blogged. Our last post was 10 months ago - almost a year! Not only have we been busy planning and designing weddings and events, but we just haven't prioritized blogging like we used to. Back in the day, we'd post every time we received a wedding album, or were featured on a large scale wedding blog or magazine. But once we realized a shift was happening, from Blogs to Instagram, we decided to go the easy route and just focus on upping our Instagram feed. It seemed to be a great platform for us, and our followers grew! Apparently less words, more photos is the way to capture an audience ;) 

 
The two of us at a recent party we planned at Halter Ranch for The Wedding Standard!

The two of us at a recent party we planned at Halter Ranch for The Wedding Standard!

 

All that to say, we have decided to bring back the blog! There are certain things we can't post a ton of on Instagram, one of which is our design boards. We love sharing these as they're a little peek into how we go about the design process for events. We love seeing what inspires others so we want to do the same for you. Plus, if no one ends up reading our blog, we can always use it to reminisce!

One of our major goals of this year is to blog more and keep you updated on everything that's happening in the world of Lovelyfest. And if you don't follow us on Instagram, do so now! We post daily and give a lot of insight into our events, behind the scenes, and even some of our personal lives. We had such a fun year of designing and planning various events, and we wanted to share some highlights below. Thank you for following this journey with us, we cannot wait for some amazing 2018 weddings! 

xo Natalie & Stephanie

Angela & Nealon's Biddle Ranch Wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty

Angela & Nealon's 'Chinese American Wedding with a Bold Dose of Color' is featured today on Style Me Pretty!

This wedding was so much fun to plan and design, not only because of our sweet couple, but because we loved the color palette so much. It's not often when a bride comes to us wanting a color palette we haven't seen all over Pinterest! So when Angela told us she loved lavender and rouge, we were hooked. See below for a few of our favorites from the day. Kelsea Holder captured everything effortlessly!

See more from this wedding on Style Me Pretty, and for the full gallery, visit our Portfolio!

Vendor love❤️

Photographer: @kelseaholderphoto

Design + Planning: @lovelyfest

Catering: @trumpetvinecatering

Florals: @adornments_flowers

Venue: @biddle_ranch_vineyard

Cake: @papercakeevents

Hair and Makeup: @dani_roberts_hairandmakeup

Linens: @latavolalinen

Rentals: @allaboutevents 

Invitations: @nibbypress

Paper Goods: @minted @foryourparty

Vintage Furniture: @botanicalifestyle

Wedding Dress: @trudysbrides

Bridal Accessories: @untamedpetals 

DJ: @musicabound

Ellery & Rarig's Los Olivos Wedding Featured on California Wedding Day!

Ellery and Rarig got married on the perfect summer day last July, at the Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos, and today their wedding is featured on the California Wedding Day blog! 

We were so honored to help plan and design their beautiful wedding day. These two were an absolute dream to work with, and were SO in love with each other. They were calm, cool, and collected on the wedding day and seemed to soak in every moment! 

The outdoor ceremony was under the most beautiful grand oak tree, and Ellery looked absolutely stunning! Her bridesmaids were all gorgeous as well, making for some beautiful shots! We love how Alexandra Wallace captured their wedding day, the photos have a romantic sense to them, and they are light, airy, and beautiful. 

The reception took place at Firestone Vineyards, just down the road from Crossroads. Dinner was held inside the prettiest courtyard with ivy lined walls, and twinkle lights strung overhead. It was such a magical venue! The design of Ellery and Rarig's wedding was classic, simple elegance. White, gold, and green were the colors that made up their palette, and we had fun creating timeless and beautiful decor for their big day.

We chose textured linens in an array of different patterns, but all in the same neutral color scheme. These linens were complimented by white and green florals from Anna Le Pley Taylor, bringing just the right amount of contrast to the dining tables. For the escort display, we hand wrote each guest's name and table number on a six foot tall Embellish Vintage Rentals gold mirror. This was a labor of love and so much fun to complete! We had a fabulous team of vendors with us on this wedding that we cannot thank enough. Thank you California Wedding Day for allowing us to re-live these memories!

 

Vendor Team: 

Photography: Alexandra Wallace - @thelittlealli

Design + Planning: Lovelyfest Events - @lovelyfest

Venue: Crossroads Estate & Firestone Vineyard - @firestonewine

Florals: Anna Le Pley Taylor - @altflowers

Videography: Surreal Wedding Films - @surrealweddings

Catering: Field to Table Events - @fieldtotableevents

Cake: Paper Cake Events - @papercakeevents

Linens: La Tavola Linens - @latavolalinen

Rentals: All About Events - @allaboutevents

Vintage Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals - @embellishvintagerentals

Hair: Ana Garcia Cheadle & The Hair Lounge @hairbyanagarciacheadle @thehairloungesalon

Makeup: Alex Evans - @aaalexevans

DJ: Epic Entertainment SLO @epicentertainmentslo

Lighting: Islay Events @islayevents

Stephanie + Jared featured on MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS!

Today we are SO incredibly honored and excited to have our wedding featured on

Martha Stewart Weddings!!

If you don't know by now, Lovelyfest is made up by two sisters. Me (Stephanie) and my older sister, Natalie. We have been designing weddings now for exactly four years- our anniversary was yesterday! And one of our biggest dreams came true; we got a wedding featured on Martha! And not just any wedding, but my very own wedding day, when I got to marry my best friend. 

To read more in detail about our big day, and where we came up with our wedding design, head over to the Martha Stewart Weddings blog! The editors at MSW asked us to describe our day in detail and they did such a fantastic job of putting it all together.

Our friend Mirelle Carmichael was there to capture our whole day (a lot of it with film photography, too!) and we are beyond impressed with her skills. Each photo she took is intentional, detailed, and captures all the emotions of our day. We will cherish these photos forever. We've posted a few here, but to see the full album from our wedding, head to our Portfolio! Please excuse us for the excessive amounts of photos. When you receive thousands of photos back from your photographer, it's tough to narrow it down! And for a full list of vendors who made our wedding special, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

We've thought about sharing more about the planning process behind our wedding, which we might do so here on the blog in the future (if we get any requests!). But for now, we'd love to share one planning decision we made that we will never regret. And that is hiring a videographer. Cameron Ingalls is not only one of our good friends, but he is an amazing photographer and videographer! We hired him on to do our video and we are so glad we did. See for yourself, below!

Vendor LOVE (and we mean it): 

Design: Lovelyfest @lovelyfest

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael @mirellecarmichaelphoto

Videography: Cameron Ingalls @cameroningalls

Coordination: Karson Butler @karsonbutler 

Florals: Katie Noonan @noonansdesigns 

Catering: Field to Table @fieldtotableevents

Cake: Papercake Events @papercakeevents

Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige @misshayleypaige from @jlmboutique

Tuxedo: The Black Tux @theblacktux

Hair: Victoria Connolly @victoriaannconnolly 

Makeup: Amanda Olson  @makeup_amanda

Save the Dates: Cass Deller @cassdellerdesign

Invitations: Lovelyfest + Minted @minted

Linens: La Tavola Linen @latavolalinen + Mod Mix Studio @modmixstudio

Vintage Furniture: Embellish Vintage Rentals @embellishvintagerentals

Rentals: All About Events @allaboutevents + Central Coast Tent & Party @centralcoasttentandparty

DJ: Manuel Barba @musicabound

Pianist: Kevin Fox @kevinfoxpianist

Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party @foryourparty

Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar @plumprettysugar

Bridal Robe: Cloud Hunter Co. @cloudhunterco

Classic Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals

Jewelry: BHLDN @bhldn + Kendra Scott @kendrascott 

Venue: Private Estate