Celebrate: An International Affair

It’s officially summer! And everyone knows that summer is wedding season!

However… we don’t just plan and coordinate weddings. At CLD, we do events of all types! And on May 31, we were able to coordinate our first Bat Mitzvah at Smog Shoppe in Culver City.

This celebration was in honor of the amazing Olivia, who is one accomplished young lady. Olivia and her amazing mom, Abby, put their heads together to design a beautiful event with an international theme. This family has traveled all of the world and this event was a perfect opportunity to showcase their love of travel.

Smog Shoppe provided the perfect background for the ceremony with their wall of succulents and plants and eclectic decor. At the end of the ceremony, guests were able to mingle in the courtyard over appetizers and cocktails. A short while later, we were able to lift the Shoppe’s garage doors and welcome guests indoors for dinner, a special candle lighting ceremony, and dancing!

Olivia and Abby’s international theme continued for dinner, with each table being named for a different city instead of a table number! The children had a long running table through the middle of the floor, awesomely decorated with international candies and trinkets. Schaeffer’s Genuine Foods provided not one, but two buffets: one themed for children, featuring a soft pretzel tower, sliders, mini-mac-and-cheeses, while the adult buffet featured succulent short ribs and salmon. We did notice, however, that majority of the adults migrated over to the kids buffet for some delicious nibbles. Adults and kids alike were also entertained with a Photo Booth, airbrush tattoos and a wax-hand station!

Thanks to this wonderful family for letting Christina Logan Design be a part of a beautiful day!

Venue: Smog Shoppe

Coordination: Christina Logan Design

Catering: Schaeffer’s Genuine Foods

DJ: Vox DJs

Flowers: Boulevard Florist

PhotoBooth: PhotoBoxLA

Air Brush Tattoos: Tats Tattoos

Wax Hands: Wax Creations

Photography: Steve Gaffney

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Inspire: Pink Ombré & Love Quotes

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, folks! CLD absolutely adores this holiday, not just because it celebrates the main thing that powers weddings (LOVE), but also because it comes with so many colors, flowers, and themes to get inspired by!

Our Los Angeles CLD office decided to host a Valentine’s Day party a little early and we actually were inspired by some of our own previous events and projects. We opted for décor that was a little rustic (mason jars), but peppy (pink ombré shades with metallic accents) and with a twist of thoughtful (by using some favorite love quotes).

Rustic: Mason jars, we could not live without you. Not only are they a key staple for storage in the kitchen (or for shaking up drinks in a pinch), but they are fabulous as flower vases. They come in so many sizes, almost any type of flower arrangement can work with them. When placing flowers around food or candles, you want flowers to be a little on the lower side so you don’t end up knocking things over! Half pint (or one cup) mason jars fit the bill beautifully, and they can be spruced up with little bits of lace, twine, burlap, or gold metallic paint (see our tutorial on painting glassware).

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White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

Pink Ombré: One of our favorite floral pieces of 2013 was this amazing floral display on the escort card table at Brittany & Chris’ wedding at Casa del Mar. While we wish had the time and talent to put something like that together, we went the more simple and straight-forward route. We picked 3 varying shades of pink roses, cut them low for smaller mason jars, and made them the main display on the dining table.

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Thoughtful: After scrolling through our quotes Pinterest board, we decided to spread the whimsy feeling by incorporating some of our favorite love quotes throughout the party. We can’t lie, we actually have a healthy selection of chalkboards in storage to use at our weddings, so we got a little creative with some sidewalk chalk! We also printed a few of our favorites on colored heavy stock paper!

DSC_0184Here are a few more shots of the finished decor with all of our flowers and some soft candlelight.

DSC_0186DSC_0201DSC_0196 We hope this gives you a few fun ideas for your Valentines Day!