Autumn

Dahlias. Cinderella Pumpkins. Homemade Pies. Simple settings. Plethora of Candles.

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Loving Lately

Hello October! My favorite month of all time. No rhyme or reason here. Just sharing things that warmed my heart this week- especially this Australian doodle pup! Cozy on cozy feels <3

Seventh Heaven Vintage

Morning friends! I'm very excited to announce a recent partnership I've formed with Seventh Heaven, a luxury vintage rental company based in the Bay Area. As one of their principal designers, my role is to help wedding couples execute their vision by pulling pieces from the SH collection and designing their ultimate "dream board".

For someone who is obsessed with all things wedding and interior design-related , I understand how Pinterest can be super overwhelming and addictive. It's natural for us to dive into a pinning frenzy; I've been there countless of times where I've completely forgotten were my initial search even began..talk about traveling down the rabbit hole! 

After I book my clients, I always ask to see their inspiration and dream ideas...and this is where the design process begins. As a wedding designer, it's my job to sift through that wildly long Pinterest board and curate a unique, well-detailed vision. It's probably my favorite part of the job! Below I'm sharing two boards I recently made for my Seventh Heaven clients. Both of their Pinterest boards included many rustic, feminine, and textural details-- which are always things I can get behind! 

To all brides/grooms: If you find yourself a bit lost with the direction and style of your wedding, feel free to reach out! I would love to help in any way xo

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Rosy in the Woods

This mood board was inspired by my hair stylist/therapist/wonderful friend who will be wed in the late fall of this year... And it's no secret that I loveee fall and winter weddings -- the rich colors, cozy textures, and blissful emotions that evoke around the holidays are simply the best. Sometimes I wish we lived in a place where it snowed, but only sometimes ;)

Below you will find burgundy, crimson, and blush tones mixed with rosy and golden details. I like to remind my clients that there are no rules for your wedding day. If you want to mix different metals and aesthetics together, GO FOR IT!  Your wedding day should be a reflection of you, your life partner, and the feelings you share together. If you both are adventurous and inspired by nature, I love the idea of a woodsy wedding surrounded by tall redwood trees, a twinkle light dinner, and the closest gathering of friends and family <3 Ps. How stunning is that engagement ring? Happy Wednesday loves!

Signature Cocktails

It's Friday again, and I'm heading to Portland this afternoon for a quick weekend trip! My boyfriend is an Oregon alum so we're headed up to attend the big football game against Nebraska. Since my college didn't have a football team, I find it only appropriate to root for his college team. GOO DUCKS!

And weekends call for weekend drinks, am I right? Today I'm talking all about signature cocktails and whether or not to have them at your wedding. Personally I love the idea of custom drinks, especially when couples do a signature 'ours' (a single unique drink).  Not only does it brew conversation during cocktail hour, but it's a chance to personalize your wedding and share more about you guys as a couple. Plus who doesn't love a well crafted cocktail with fresh handpicked garnishes?  For fall and winter weddings, think rosemary sprigs, figs, cinnamon sticks and cardamom spice...mmm I can almost smell (and taste) these right through the computer screen! Bottoms up ;)

J A D E

This mood board is inspired by the gorgeous, and healing stone of JADE. Of course, my idea for this color palette came casually while researching the best jade roller on Amazon...if you haven't heard, these rollers are apparently amazing for skin rejuvenation and reducing swelling  ;) I swear, look it up!

Since every jade stone naturally varies in color, I decided to incorporate both soft and rich shades together....How pretty is the glossy mosaic tile with pops of amber yellow? I love pairing green and gold together and think it's such a clean palette for weddings year round (think emerald and sage too!). You don't always need blushes and pinks to make the setting romantic either. Try incorporating velvety textures, silk chiffon ribbons, and soft greenery for even a whimsical touch.

Well, I'm off to complete my order on Amazon....hope you all had a long, recharging LDW! <3

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Urban Garden Romance at JAX Vineyards

I'm SO excited to share this San Francisco styled shoot with you! Inspired by the lush, cozy patio at JAX Vineyards in SoMa, we created an intimate reception themed around "urban garden romance". Thank you to our stellar team of vendors! Please find all credits below xx

photography Olivia Richards // florals Mums Floral Design // hmua April Foster // model + blogger Hella Jam // stationery Just Jurf // calligraphy Sandelin Designs // cake Sweet Hayes // furniture Pieces by Violet // tabletop Hensley Event Resources // Alexandra Grecco gown Lovely Bride // tux The Black Tux // ring Emily P Wheeler // jumpsuit BHLDN // lace overlay @latavolalinen // silk runner Party Crush Studio // votives Glassy Baby

Friday Feels

Starting a new Friday tradition...featuring #FRIDAYFEELS. I'll be sharing weekly inspiration, curated mood boards, and just things I've been loving lately. I would love your feedback so please feel free to comment below :)

First up...transitioning from summer to F-A-L-L. Yes, I'm totally that girl who loves all things fall. Give me chunky sweaters, leather booties, and a cinnamon dolce latte and I'm one happy camper. I curated the following mood board to show how you can transition summery colors (think yellows, oranges, greens/blues) into your Fall wedding, tablescape, or home decor. I'm especially digging jewel tones like this emerald crushed velvet chair (top right)...I mean c'mon! Paired with the buttery dahlias and burgundy foliage...pure perfection. 

This is definitely just the beginning of my Fall mood boards, so stay tuned for more soon ! xx

PLANNING YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Hi friends!

I'm back today sharing helpful tips on planning your upcoming engagement session. I had so much fun helping out with my friends' engagement photos in SF alongside the wonderful Olivia Richards. Can't wait for you to see more below, including a gorgeous bouquet made by Mums Floral Design. But first, here are my 3 steps in planning your dream engagement shoot:

Step 1: Choose a significant location. Whether it's the first place you met, the first home you shared together, or just a special place you like to visit, make sure it's somewhere or some activity you enjoy together. My friends, who are originally from Southern California and Minnesota, met during college at University of Oregon. While they love the beach and love wine country, we settled to shoot in San Francisco where they have built a life together the past 5 years. They love enjoying a nice bottle of wine, and even better enjoying it outside. When it came to nailing down their shoot location, I realized they have one of the best views in the city overlooking the Bay and Ghiradhelli Square. After the roof, we made our way down to Wattle Creek Winery, a charming tasting room where they could relax in a familiar setting. We finished the evening at Baker Beach, which made for the most blissful, serene shots ever.

Step 2: Make it a real F-U-N time. Let's face it, most people don't like being photographed in front of the camera for too long. But if you style your shoot around an enjoyable and relaxing activity (a.k.a sipping rosé during sunset on the beach), it will take the stress away and hide any pre-wedding awkwardness. Casual engagement sessions have always been an absolute favorite of mine. I love seeing engagement photos in the comfort of their own home, sharing lattes at a local cafe, or even strolling through a farmer's market hand in hand.  Wherever and whatever it may be, make sure you can laugh with each other and completely be your selves. 

Step 3: Don't stress on your outfit. If you need a second opinion, don't be afraid to ask your photographer or wedding planner. We are experts when it comes to this and would love to help in any way we can! While a new outfit always feels amazing (minus having buyer's remorse right afterwards), it's not necessary to have a successful shoot. Make sure to pick an outfit that makes you feel good, easy to move in, and reflects your true self.  It's very likely you will be sharing these photos with family, friends, and your wedding website, so it's important they show off your style, specials traits, and unique love for another.

Andria Leigh Events offers styling services for engagement/lifestyle shoots with Olivia Richards Photography.

Send us an inquiry in you're interested in booking this Fall or Winter 2017!  

Photography: Olivia Richards // Styling: Andria Leigh Events // Florals: Mums Floral Design 

Patio Chillin

What better way to spend a Friday than dreaming of the ultimate patio/backyard set up... I'm a huge fan of lounging outdoors on late summer nights, especially with a chilled glass of rosé in hand and surrounded by the people I love the most (pup included). Today I'm sharing my favorite pins that yield bistro lights, boho rugs, cozy throws, and lots of greenery. Cheers to Fri-YAY!

Ps. You can find more of my inspo board here.

Tips on getting inspired...

One of my "not-so-secret" rituals is searching for unique design ideas in less common places. Yes, Pinterest is great for endless wedding and entertaining ideas, but oftentimes I feel myself scrolling through the same trend after trend. The industry can feel so saturated with overused designs...which luckily tends to motivate me in creating or finding something fresh and different. Let me tell you, it doesn't always come easy. I like to think of it as a designer's version of "writer's block"...

So before I dive into my daily sources of inspo, let me rewind to last week. It was one of those weeks where I just felt BLAH.  And lack of inspiration and motivation are not an ideal combo, especially when running your own business full-time. While most wedding professionals are in the middle of their busy season right now (summer), I actually have a slower season until my weddings pick up again. To keep my creativity and energy going, I like looking forward to upcoming trips and projects like planning styled shoots with awesome, local vendors. I also find myself having more down time to carve out my marketing plan and goal setting for 2018 ... fun stuff am I right? ;)

And now to the meaning of this long overdue post...below you will find three places where I find my inspiration. I hope they resonate with you and help out during your next design rut or "funk". Even better, maybe these three sources will guide newly engaged couples in finding their wedding vision and ideal vibe.

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Magazines

 

Print materials are one of my favorite places to begin seeking inspiration. After becoming a home owner last year, I quickly realized furniture and home stores love mailing their marketing material (usually including coupons too, which is a total win!)  Sidenote: When I was in college, I interned for a boutique event planner and one of our daily tasks was to tear out any neat images or ads we found. This ritual has stuck with me and I now enjoy receiving my weekly mags- I'm a sucker for Anthropologie, West Elm, and Pottery Barn.  Shopping tip: You can even find inspo while waiting in your local Target or grocery store line. I'm totally guilty of flipping through the Sunset magazine pages before it's my turn to be rung up.

Interior Design

My friends definitely know it's no secret I find most of my inspiration through interior and home design. I'm a huge Fixer Upper fan and love watching the transformations of the cute homes in Waco, TX. I'm particularly drawn to kitchen and bathroom remodels and definitely pin them more often than wedding related photos. I always love seeing how designers can mix different tiles, metals, fixtures, and paint colors to create the space. This usually motivates me to try out a new color palette or table setting. 

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Getting Outside

Lastly, I find getting outside the office, home, or work space extremely vital when searching for motivation and new inspiration. Whether it be a hike with your dog or meeting a friend for coffee, I truly believe inspiration is everywhere. Nature has countlessly inspired my creative journey, especially when traveling to new places. On that note, I'm heading this weekend to Austin for the 4th of July and can hardly wait to experience what the city (esp. food scene) has to offer! I might just be able to convince the bf to make a trip to the Silos while we're there too....wish me luck!

xx Andria

Coastal Bridal Session, Muir Beach

I've been dying to share the amazing film scans that came back from this shoot! Our vision was to create a romantic, unconventional bridal shoot somewhere along the Northern California coastline. With the help of Olivia Richards, photographer and close friend, we instantly fell in love with the beauty and rocky shores of Muir Beach. This hidden gem, just a short drive north of San Francisco, helped further steer our creative direction.

Our main focus was to layer as many textures as possible- we LOVE textures! The silk pieces by Natalie Deayala were feminine and modern on their own, so to contrast we paired props like the woven jute rug and fringe pillow. We incorporated delicate jewelry by Abacus Row and Free People accessories to compliment the scenery, but not take away from the gorgeous muse and model. Floral colors were inspired by deep purples, soft peaches, and tons of greenery, a look you don't typically see among brides :) Colina Terui was our floral magic maker and nailed it perfectly with the wild, romantic bouquet. With the collaboration of many local San Francisco designers, this coastal bridal shoot truly came to life and we couldn't be happier!

Location - Muir Beach | Photography - Olivia Richards | Coordination + styling - Andria Leigh Events | Florals - Colina Terui | Bridal gown - BHLDN | Silk dresses + robe - Natalie Deayala | Hair + makeup - Melissa Hoffman | Model - Lauren Devereux | Hair accessories - Free People | Jewelry - Abacus Row | Ring - La Bijouterie Sf | Props - Anthropologie + World Market