In the midst of summer, we put together an editorial at the new venue The Estate on Second. I wanted to work with light and lots of greenery for this particular editorial. And our French garden inspired shoot at an estate-like venue was the perfect landscape to bring our vision to life.
We were so fortunate to work with some of industry's top vendors. Adrienne Gunde did a beautiful job in capturing our work. And we had the honor of having it featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs! Enjoy!
Venue: The Estate on Second
Photography: Adrienne Gunde
Design + Coordination: Chloe+Mint
Florals: Emblem Flowers
Tabletop: Otis and Pearl
Furniture: Party Pieces by Perry
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Dresses and Accessories: BHLDN
Ring: Trumpet and Horn
Veil: The Veiled Beauty
Hair and Makeup: Blooming Beauty by Cammy
Model: Andrea Vasquez
Paper Suites: A Fabulous Fete
Catering and Cake: Jay's Catering
Our inspiration came from the cool colors of the sea and the rocks that are scattered throughout the beach of El Matador in Malibu. Our models: Sydney and my good friend, Jourdan, were such troopers bearing the cold waters during the tail end of winter. Behind the scenes, our vendor team members were definitely working it as we had to bring the pieces up and down the cliffside- no easy task! The day was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have been happier with the results.
Since then, I am genuinely happy to see that others have found inspiration from this shoot. And I hope you will enjoy it today!
Photography: Carol Ly
Design/ Coordination: Chloe+Mint
Floral Design: Indigo and Plum
Furniture: Mint Vintage
Tabletop: Borrowed Blu
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Bakery: S'More Sweets
Paper Suites: Smitten on Paper
Hair Accessory: Handmade by Sara Kim
Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang
Bride Model: Sydney Lee
Groom Model: Jourdan Quevedo
Location: Malibu Beach
When my good friend, Carissa, asked us to be her floral designers for her wedding, I was so excited. Carissa has been a good friend of mine since college and she played a huge part in helping me start Chloe+Mint.
Carissa and Stu are such amazing individuals but even better as a couple. To be honest, we were kind of nervous doing her flowers. We wanted them to love what we created- and thankfully, they did!
Since a lot of their decor were bright colors, we wanted to go with softer tones for her flowers. For the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids' bouquets, we combined garden roses with Juliette roses and ranunculus. And for the men, we went with spray roses with accents of foliage. The centerpieces' main star were the pink dahlias mixed with hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus. Everything tied in together so nicely, we couldn't have been happier!
After setting up, I was able to join Carissa and Stu as a guest and seriously had the time of my life. Congratulations again, Sturissa, we truly wish you a happily ever after!
I can't believe it's been almost three months since I've blogged- sorry about that! We've been that crazy busy. As promised, here are the highlights from the photo shoot we did with our real life couple, Jessica and Jordan.
Our Inspiration: We almost forgot it was the middle of winter. The field of yellow seed plants fading into the sea and the sky at the Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes, California, was the perfect location for us to bring out our vision of an Amalfi Coastline. The blush tones went beautifully with the pastel background tones of the nature that surrounded us. I wanted our photoshoot to have an ethereal feel, which Sally did an amazing job bringing to life. And I am a huge fan of floral designs so we picked an invitation that reflected the coming spring weddings and our real-life flower arrangements. The pieces we incorporated for our table arrangement involved vintage and romantic elements. The table was then tied in with a gorgeous cake with plum grass adorned around it. The dress I picked out for the reception was a romantic dress with beaded and laced sleeves. The dress for the ceremony was a more formal dress that I felt was appropriate with the veil and setting. Our photo shoot is the perfect inspiration for the many spring weddings to come.
When Sally from Reverie Supply reached out to us about partnering up for a photo shoot while she was in town, we were beyond excited! And bonus! Reverie Supply will be moving to Southern California this year and we can't wait to continue building our partnership for many weddings to come.
Fall in love again through the gorgeous pictures we're sharing of our real-life couple, Jessica and Jordan. This engagement shoot is a sneak peak into our beautiful styled wedding shoot that we'll be able to share with you soon! xo
Carissa asked me to provide the flowers for their photo session and I couldn't resist in picking the perfect flowers for our fall-inspired shoot. The pictures came out gorgeous- we were so lucky to have a few hours of no rain that day. Enjoy!
So, I'm turning the big 30 this month~ I always tell my friends "It's easy to remember, it's 1-2-3!"
I was a bit ambivalent about whether or not I wanted to celebrate big. Months leading up to about Thanksgiving time, I was stoked at the thought of hosting a big birthday but I think it's the holidays that kind of makes me a bit drained of all the festivities...
But I pulled the trigger and I'm having a joint party with a good friend, who is also turning 30 a day after mine. And an added bonus, we celebrated the launching of Chloe+Mint last January on my birthday weekend. So, it'll be great that we can celebrate Chloe+Mint's 1st birthday, too!
We're doing a speakeasy theme- transforming a friend of mine's art gallery into a night full of glitz and fun. We'll have a photo booth with an awesome, gold glitter backdrop and shiny silver mylar balloons to top it off.
We've hired a bartender to offer a few specialty drinks with names that are only appropriate- I'm so into muddled jalapeno drinks right now!
I've rented this modern-but-still-within-our-theme dress by Milly for only $30 -retail $335 from Rent the Runway. You can rent beautiful designer dresses here for a fraction of the cost.
Below, is my friend's art space in DTLA Flower District that we'll be using. He's offering to rent out his space to folks wanting to host parties or events- email us if you're interested!
Stay tuned for pictures from my 30th birthday!
Baby Jamie turned 1! We threw the loveliest party for her~ celebrating with friends and family. It was such an honor to have gotten to know this wonderful family. They were an amazing family to work with~ from the beginning of our planning process to this day, Joyce has been so wonderful! Take a look around, we're excited to share the day with you!
A huge thank you to the amazing crew at Tustin Ranch Golf Course, cake by Thy from Golden Deli- Bakery27. Bubble show by Bubblemania, unique silhouette cutouts by Silhouettes by Nancie- which was such a huge hit! Linens by La Tavola Linens. A big shout out to Joyce's cousins, Kenny and John, for the photos! Heart You Photo Booth for providing the photo backdrop, and of course our amazing Chloe+Mint team for bringing the day to life!
DIY: We had a great time in making a personalized floral paper backdrop, wrapped with real Myrtle foliage~ love the smell of them! And little bowties for boys and bow hair pins for girls as favors.
xo, C+M Team
For your engagement photos, we think it's best to work with a photographer that will also be your wedding photographer. It allows for both parties to get to know each other (you want to be comfortable with your photographer and practice your poses and angles). I would advise that couples take their engagement photos 9-12 months from their wedding date so that you can have professional pictures for your website and Save the Dates.
For many couples who are now engaged and have a photographer booked, should start thinking about scheduling the engagement photo session. The thought of a winter photo session shouldn't be daunting. Here is a compilation of amazing outfits to give you an idea of how creative you can be and should be! I think a lot of photographers will agree with me that black (although is tempting) isn't the most ideal color to wear for your engagement photo session.
Think colors- think of outfits that compliment each other's outfits (it doesn't have to be matchy-matchy). If you have an event planner, ask him or her if they could style your photo shoot. Providing a few props and/ or personalized items will not only enhance your photos but make it unique!
xo, C+M team
The holidays are a popular time for many to get engaged. With the start of the new year, setting an organized plan of action will be the key to making sure you get to book with the right vendors and not stress of course!
We've laid out a few bullet points to help you get started:
1. Share the good news! Congrats on your engagement~ your family and friends will be stoked to hear the good news. Ideally, announcing the news in person would be best, however, a phone call would do just fine. Then you can share the news on social media.
2. Put an organization system in place- a binder to hold all important paperwork, inspiration, and contacts will be useful. Currently, we're loving Southern Wedding's The Southern Wedding Planner.
3. Discuss the budget and start saving- it's not a fun process but an essential one. You want to sit down and discuss realistic expectations with your boo. A professional, such as an event planner, can help you allot a certain amount for each necessary category and also help you stick to your budget.
4. Think about your rough guest count. The guest count is important before you start your venue search and it will also help you with your budget planning.
5. Figure out when and where you'd like your wedding to be held.
6. It's ok to dream a little. Sites like Pinterest can help you see all the possibilities out there. However, although it is important to keep an open mind throughout the process, be realistic about your budget. It's easy to get lost while pinning away which will make it more difficult to narrow your choices down and create a design concept that is whole.
7. Start thinking about booking the venue and priority vendors- If you know you are going to be busy or will need help in sourcing venues and vendors, it may be good to work with a designer/ coordinator from the beginning to help you save time and maximize your budget.
xo, C+M Team
My good friend, Esther, is the mastermind creator behind eggtoeggi... not to mention, a super mommy of four adorable children- AND a party stylist! I don't know where she finds the time be so great at each and every one of them!
Check out her amazing work on Etsy. I've witnessed her work transition from pretty paper suites to incredible baby stuff after becoming a mommy. I think they're pretty cool stuff... and I don't even have kids.
Well, just in time for the holidays, Esther has rolled out a GIVEAWAY. To enter, you must repost the picture I've attached above, hashtag #eggtoeggi, tag @eggtoeggi by this Friday, 12/12!
Good luck to Chloe+Mint readers~ let us know if you win!
We're very excited to be a part of this lovely couple's special day. Connie and Thomas have been such a pleasure to work with. And we are looking forward to working with the awesome team over at the San Gabriel Hilton again. Stay tuned for our first 400+ guest wedding!
Photographer: Sarah K. Chen
Friends of Robinson Gardens is a non-profit organization where they preserve some of Beverly Hill's most beautiful estates- most of which were built in the twentieth century. I'm sure you've heard of the department store, Robinson's May. Virginia Robinson was a prominent philanthropist within the community and today, the group of men and women in this organization are now involved to keep the tradition alive. It was an honor to be apart of this event and we're looking forward to more events with the Friends of Robinson Gardens.
Stay tuned for another collaborative work with the Friends of Greystone Mansion!
Julie and Kevin were the most down to earth, chillest, and amazing couple that we got to work with. I couldn't help but admire them the entire day- their LOVE for each other was just so infectious! Wish we could copy and paste Kevin's vow because it was one of the most heartfelt and awesome vows I've heard in a long time. To top it all off, their honeymoon was a 2-month-long backpacking trip throughout Europe. How much more fun can it get than that?
A big shout out to the amazing photographer couple Moae Story for giving us the opportunity to relive the day. And Julie and Kevin, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. I wish you guys all the best!
xo, Jenny and Nikki
I absolutely love baby parties! It's definitely an exciting time to throw one for your special cookie. With a clear vision and planning ahead, you can bring the day to life without breaking the bank.
Here are some tips to planning a successful baby party:
First, decide on your venue. The venue will determine a lot of things before making decisions on the design concept. Think of it as a canvas. You should have a ballpark guest count and also, don't forget to take into factor what time of year it is!
Next, decide on the design concept and overall theme. Check out amazing blogs for baby parties on 100 Layer Cakelet. And of course Pinterest. But like I tell my brides, don't let Pinterest keep you from having an open mind. Remember that pictures only really showcase images from the day.
Then comes the details! Do you want flowers? Foliage? Paper backdrops? You don't have to spend a lot. Think focal point!
Will you be printing invitations or sending electronic invitations? Paperless Post has really cute ones, both electronic and print. Make sure you give yourself a few months so that guests can receive the invitations a month out.
I always think that it's a smart decision in investing in a professional photographer. After all, pictures are memories! Feel free to reach out to a few photographers that you like and ask if they shoot baby parties. Or if you have a planner, I'm sure he or she will be able to give you some great referrals.
I just had the honor of styling Parker's 1st birthday. A bunny doll was the first thing Parker smiled at and Julie and Walpa wanted to also incorporate traditional Korean Dol into the theme. We transformed a restaurant into a special space for a birthday party. Julie did a great job in finding cute things from Etsy and we went to the flower mart to buy the flowers. Along with bouncing some ideas back and forth, we were able to put together a really nice birthday party for Parker.
Above all, remember to relax and take in the moment. They grow up so fast!
We had such a blast collaborating with talented vendors for this amazing styled photo shoot!
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How could you not fall in LOVE with the Lees?!
We have the super parents, Esther and David
and their four little, adorable ones...
Sammy "She is driven. Even though she's the youngest, she's the most independent and has been the first to hit all her milestones. Her smile is contagious."
Mark "He is our most sensitive child, probably because he's surrounded by mostly girls. He also likes to fake-cry and it cracks me up."
Kate "The oldest of the trio, she weighed the most and had the most hair. She requires the most attention of the three, but I'm sure it's tough work being the leader of the pack."
Noelle "Big sister to the triplets, she was given a tough role from the very beginning. We think she's doing great! She is artistic, charming, and mysterious. She is a lover of Legos and a master of her Magna Doodle."
Photography by LK Griffin