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Intimate Kauai Destination Wedding

Happy Friday dolls! Before I sign off for the weekend, I’m so excited to feature a wedding from McGowan Images with couple who shared my wedding week! Whitney and Shane were married on Thursday, Aug. 4th on Lumahai Beach on Kauai, Hawaii. What a perfect place for an intimate wedding, attended only by the couple’s immediate families.

I’m in love with the bright tropical flowers and the traditional Hawaiian leis. And their sand ceremony was a great alternative to the traditional unity candle lighting- perfect for a beach wedding. Oh and I love the fact the guys made the ocean their playground just before the wedding!

Some other fun details from Chelsi from McGowan Images: “…There were so many wonderful emotional moments during the ceremony. The ceremony was almost called on account of rain, until just at the right moment the storm subsided, and the sunlight broke through the clouds to bless this sweet couple on their most special day. The day after the wedding, Whitney & Shane met us at sunrise for a Bride & Groom session, taking in all the South Shore had to offer. Once again, it was storming… but this time, we decided not to wait! These are some of our favorite images of all time, and I hope they will inspire future destination brides to think outside the box with their wedding portraits. You don’t have to break the bank throwing a huge party on far away shores… all you need is the love of your life and a brave spirit, and you’ll have the happily ever after (and the memories) of your dreams.”

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights!

Spanish Style Wedding by Troy Grover Photographers

There are so many fun ways couples can weave in their personal love story into their wedding day details. Using the place that you met as inspiration is a perfect place to start. Since meeting in Mexico, today’s couple, Brittany & Alejandro, found ways to fuse both their Spanish and American cultures together for their big day. Their ceremony and reception took place in San Clemente, CA at the historic Casino San Clemente, also known as the Spanish Village by the Sea, where old school American film icons like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Dorothy Lamour once gathered for nights full of dining and dancing. So cool! And what’s a Spanish styled wedding without a live Mariachi?! I love their use of the Spanish tiles, pretty bright blue color, and dark woods. Check out all the goods Troy Grover Photographers captured at this fab wedding…you won’t be disappointed!

Creative Team Behind the Scenes: Photographers: Troy Grover Photographers Hair Stylist:  Design Visage / Caterer:  Luscious Jimmy’s Catering / Event Planner:  Kimberly Conners Events / Reception Venue:  Casino San Clemente / Band:  Mariachi Salazar / DJ:  Atmosphere Entertainment

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights!

California + Cotton Candy Inspiration Board

I was so excited to create this board which includes some of my favorite photos and great finds from some of my favorite photographers and online boutiques! I began working on this board last weekend and at some point hit a wall with the design. There was a few elements missing. Then to my luck, I happened to take a stroll over to LaBelle Bride’s blog yesterday and found my missing piece! The lovely pink and blue tablescape featured on her blog was from the great Candice Benjamin and Christine was so generous and allowed me to use a picture for the board.

I’ve also been drooling over the robes, bridesmaids lounge sets, dresses, and headbands from Plum Pretty Sugar so was excited to see there was a perfect Kimono Robe just right for this palette.  If you haven’t seen Plum Pretty Sugar’s yummy selection yet, you’re seriously missing out.

What about the blue shoes? Ahhhh. The papel picado adds in the Spanish SoCal vibe don’t you think? And the amazing San Diego Cliffs photo from Your Inner Song, the destination wedding invitation and very cool skateboards made to look like surfboards (seen as a groomsmen gift here) pulled this board together so awesomely. The shades of yellows, pinks, and blues make me wish I was sitting on a San Diego beach or at the Santa Monica Pier, enjoying the cool breeze, and sippin’ on Cotton Candy Martini.

California Beach Inspiration Board

Oh and if you like this board, I invite you to vote for me in Round 2 of the March Madness contest Events by Sarah Elizabeth is doing for us bride bloggers!  All you have to do is go HERE and “like” Sarah’s Facebook page, then “like’ my board titled Cotton Candy Ocean!  Thanks to all of you in advance!

So if you’re dreaming of summer already like I am and want to imagine we’re on the beach sippin’ on a drink together, here’s the Cotton Candy Martini recipe if you’re so inclined to indulge yourself over the weekend. Enjoy!

Cotton Candy Martini Cocktail Recipe


  • Raspberry flavored vodka, 2 oz
  • Chambord (Raspberry liqueur), 1 oz
  • Grenadine, a splash
  • Champagne, a splash
  • Pink cotton candy, a generous chunk
  • Crushed ice
  • Sugar


  • Chill your martini glasses, and then moisten the rims. Spread sugar onto a plate and invert the glass onto it to get an evenly sugared rim. Set aside.
  • Place ice in a cocktail shaker, and pour the vodka and Chambord over. Then add a generous splash of grenadine and champagne.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain the mixture into the martini glasses (be careful to avoid the sugared rim!)
  • Garnish with the cotton candy.
  • Now drink & enjoy your yummy martini!

Image Credits Beach: Your Inner Song Photography / Shoes: Jefferson Todd Photography / Papel Picado Banner: Aymujer Etsy Shop / Pink & Blue Tablescape: Candice Benjamin Photography / Kimono Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar / Destination Wedding Invitation:Wedding Paper Divas / Surfboard Skateboard (Groom’s Favor): Michele M. Waite Photography via Green Wedding Shoes