A Magical Flora Farms Wedding Venue Tour with Art & Soul Events!

While I was visiting Cabo San Lucas with my family over Christmas, I decided to go on an adventure to visit Flora Farms. Flora Farms (aka paradise) is a ten-acre organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. I contacted their events manager, Erika, and she promptly invited us over for a tour!  

Please excuse my Iphone photos.

Please excuse my Iphone photos.

Flora's Farm Bar

When we first arrived at Flora Farms, we headed straight to the Flora's Farm Bar and I had one of the most delicious cocktails I have ever tasted! It was a fresh carrot margarita, adorably named a "Farmarita" and I was encouraged to bring it along on the tour with me (WIN)!

Flora's Field Kitchen Cocktails: "Farmarita"

Flora's Field Kitchen Cocktails: "Farmarita"

Beyond the fence, we discovered a beautiful and immaculately maintained garden where many of the larger Flora Farms weddings are hosted.  I felt like I was walking through a painting. 

Flora Farms Wedding
Flora Farms Wedding
Flora Farms Wedding Art & Soul Events

There are several areas where you can host a Ceremony & Reception. They have a full kitchen in close proximity to these areas. All of the produce and proteins served at the farm are grown or raised on the farm. The food is as fresh as it can get! 

Flora Farms Wedding Venue
Flora Farms Ceremony Location

Flora Farms Ceremony Location

Flora Farms Wedding Venue

Flora Farms is what wedding dreams are made of. The venue is so gorgeous it feels like you have died and gone to heaven. As I walked through the venue I was picturing all different kinds of weddings in their beautiful space. I can imagine something traditional and classic or even super hip and boho-chic. You could have a casual garden-style wedding or even a formal affair. The Flora Farms Wedding options are endless. 

If you are searching for the best location for a destination wedding in Mexico, you will definitely want to consider Flora Farms. The staff is lovely, the food is AMAZING, and the setting couldn't be more beautiful!! And while you are at it, please hire Art & Soul Events to plan your wedding at Flora Farms!

Flora Farms Wedding Venue

As we toured the Flora Farms wedding venues, we bumped into a live painting class taught by a renowned artist. I felt like I was in a movie about paradise.

Live Art Class in the Reception & DJ Area

Live Art Class in the Reception & DJ Area

An open air canopy of string lights. Picture this at night! 

An open air canopy of string lights. Picture this at night! 

Flora Farms Wedding- Art & Soul Events
Ceremony Tree

Ceremony Tree

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Possible Dinner Location

Possible Dinner Location

Flora Farms 

Flora Farms 

We made a stop at the Flora Farms market and checked out their beautiful produce. They also have a bakery where they have a variety of fresh baked bread, pastries, and sweet treats. 

Flora Farms Market

Flora Farms Market

Flora Farms Wedding Venue
Flora's Field Kitchen

Flora's Field Kitchen

Next, we headed to Flora's Field Kitchen for lunch. We ordered another round of drinks and fresh burrata on just baked bread with heirloom tomatoes. We sipped our drinks and enjoyed a live saxaphone player. It was everything I ever want in a lunch and more:)

One of the best lunches ever!

One of the best lunches ever!

Flora's Field Kitchen- Flora Farms
Flora Farms Wedding Live Music
Flora Farms Wedding

We also bumped into a fresh vegetable cooking class that was just about to get started. The scent of fresh grilled peppers filled the air. Once again, I felt like I was in a movie.

Flora Farms Wedding Venue- Cooking Class
Flora Farms Wedding- Cooking Class
Flora Farms Wedding Venue- Art & Soul Events

Flora Farms was the best part of my whole trip to Cabo. It's a dream wedding venue and I would love nothing more than to plan a destination wedding for one of my Art & Soul Events clients. It's only a 2 1/2 hour plane ride from Los Angeles. That's basically how long it takes to get from Malibu to Downtown LA in traffic. So if you're searching for a wedding venue near Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, I urge you to check Flora Farms out and email me at Info@artandsouleventsla.com. I promise that you will not regret it!

Art & Soul Events 2016 Wedding Planning Year-In-Review! Cheers to our Bold, Rebellious, and Creative couples.

Art & Soul Event's 2016 Wedding Planning Year-In-Review! A highlight reel of our Bold, Rebellious, and Creative Wedding Planning clients! 

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Art & Soul Events moody "Cocktail Party" Inspired wedding at Seventh Place, a cool new Downtown LA Arts District venue- on Green Wedding Shoes!

Seventh Place is a new venue in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. I wanted to design a moody and romantic wedding that would capture the eclectic spirit of the neighborhood and celebrate Los Angeles. The venue is an old industrial warehouse that has beautiful brick walls and an enclosed patio with a rolling door. It is a large open space which gave us a completely blank canvas to work with.  I thought it would be a great space for a "cocktail party" inspired wedding and I was thrilled to team up with super talented photographer (and totally fun to be around), Jes Workman!

The coolest thing about this shoot, was that I was able to hand select my dream vendor team!!  For the overall design, I was inspired by the raw industrial space as well as the local street art. I wanted it to be beautiful but a little gritty too. The insanely talented Corie, of Foxtail Florals, spray painted tall wood panels and nailed fresh flowers on top of the dripping paint. Her floral creations and eclectic vessels brought it all together in an edgy but beautiful package. Nikki + Crystal of Thrifted Sister Events have the most eclectic rental and tabletop inventory. It was so fun to work closely with them to style unique vignettes for our ceremony area, lounge, food, desert, and cocktail stations. Boldhouse carried the graffiti inspiration into the poster-style invitations as well as the food and cocktail menus that she created and styled.

We wanted to highlight a beautiful appetizer station rather than a plated dinner tablescape. Amy Jurist of Amy's Culinary Adventures crafted a fresh, delicious, and rustic menu inspired by a trip to the local farmers market. She made beautiful cheese and charcuterie spreads, goat cheese + beet stacks, potato bruschetta, and asparagus caprese. Mama's Medicine crafted two signatures cocktails, one was a peach/ whiskey/ginger punch and the other was a cucumber/mint/ fennel gimlet. Instead of a cake, we opted to roll in the Coolhaus truck to serve ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream by the scoop.

Dart DJ of the Dart Collective curated a play-list for our processional, recessional, and first dance. They also allowed our awesome videographer, Abi Rafael of Lovelit Films, to use a recording of a Django Foxtrot cover (one of their Dart Collective bands) for our video.

We could not have done this shoot without our real couple Nisha + Brandon. They are madly in love and they made our jobs so much easier!!! Jen Martens of Jen Plus Colour created a natural hair and makeup look on our beautiful bride to be Nisha. We pulled the “Sloan” dress Rose and Delilah and a Kite and Butterfly shawl from Bride Boutique, a favorite Los Angeles boutique. I felt that a suit would be too formal so I asked our groom to wear something that he would wear out to a nice dinner, but nothing too formal.

 We were able to showcase a down-to-earth/ artsy wedding that a local creative couple might actually want to have in that location. As a Designer and Planner that lives outside-of-the-box, my goal is create weddings that are a true reflection of my couples priorities and preferences, rather than applying a one size fits all traditional wedding format. Be Bold and Do Your Thing!!!

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Desert Wedding Venue Crawl: Rimrock Ranch, ACE Hotel, Parker, & Korakia Pensione!

When the Thrifted Sister girls tossed out the idea of going on a desert wedding venue crawl, I couldn't turn them down! Claudia, Nikki, Crystal, and I packed up the car and hit the road for the desert! We met up with the fabulous Alissa, of Alissa Noelle Photography, in Palm Springs and she documented our adventures!

We started our crawl at the beautiful and serene Korakia Pensione. We were given a tour of the enchanted grounds and then took a few quick snaps under the beautiful bougainvillea. It's one of my bucket-list dream venues. Call me?! 

Next, we headed over to the ACE Hotel to get the party started! We ordered a few rounds of delicious grapefruit margaritas and grabbed a booth in the Amigo Room. Then we headed out to the "wish you were here" sign where Alissa gave us an impromptu "lifestyle" posing class. That girl sure knows how to work her cute little bod. I quickly learned, that in order to take a good picture, you will likely look ridiculous in the moment. My biggest posing lesson of the weekend was... when in doubt, look at Claudia! Claudia taught us the hair swing, boomerang strut, and how to throw a peace sign when you don't know what to do with your arm. 

Next up, we headed over to Norma's at the Parker Palm Springs for a late lunch. Luckily for us, Crystal was pregnant and willing to be our designated driver for the weekend. We ordered another round and then took a quick  tour of the property at sunset. 

We then jumped in the car and drove to Pioneertown in the high desert. The awesome new owners of Rimrock Ranch, Eric + Gwen, welcomed us into their home with tacos and wine! After we had dinner and settled into our rooms, we all met around the fire to make s'mores and drink wine! I can't think of a better way to end our amazing day. A few of us got up to watch the incredible desert sunrise before we had coffee and hit the road. 

I'm so thankful that Nikki, Crystal, Claudia, Alissa, and I said yes to this adventure. I hadn't been on a girls trip since before Jordan was born. I didn't even know how bad I needed that time to be an adult and have some fun! Big huge thanks to Alissa Noelle Photography for capturing our desert venue crawl! 

HoneyBook parent appreciation party hosted by Art & Soul Events at The COOP LA!!!

As a mama and a creative entrepreneur, I know how hard it can be to attend networking events when you have childcare conflicts. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hosting a HoneyBook parent appreciation party at The COOP! The COOP is an awesomely fun play and party space for kids and adults. The owners, Lucinda & Juliet, created a space that adults enjoy hanging out in as much as the kids do. Every nook and cranny of the COOP is super stylish. They have free wifi, a full espresso bar, and magazines for the parents to enjoy. And for the kids, they have an enormous ball pit, a 2-story curly slide, a super cool rope climbing tunnel, and a bounce house!

It was so fun to spend the day with creatives that I admire while really getting to bond about parenthood. The kids had SO MUCH FUN!! Thank you HoneyBook for empowering me to plan this special day. You have my heart because you care so deeply about your creative community.

HUGE thanks to Julie Shuford Photography for capturing the day, Florals by Isabelle for the beautiful blooms, and to The Coop!

ps. Yes, I did cry during my honeybookhq Snapchat takeover when I was recapping the day.

That's my babe Jordan Olivia

That's my babe Jordan Olivia

Wedding Photographers, Evangeline Lane + Evan's, romantic all white outdoor wedding on Green Wedding Shoes today!

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Evangeline + Evan were married May 14th, 2016 at a private estate in Encino, CA and everyone wore white. Evan surprised Evangeline with a first look guitar serenade. We had a welcome party cocktail hour before the ceremony and then all guests paraded over to the ceremony area with Evangeline's mother and brother leading the way singing and strumming along to "Going to the Chapel". We served a delicious boozy punch, the wedding was overflowing with delicious food from Gjusta Bakery (served family-style) under the stars, and for dessert we had a paletas cart.

The ceremony backdrop was a custom planet made by Laura Stewart Design and the gorgeous florals were by the fabulous Of the Flowers!  She transferred the 50 ft garland that framed the ceremony planet to the dinner table and surrounded it with black candles and a variety of fruit instead of flowers. We rented the handmade tables, chairs, and fur throws from The Wooden Palate and the beautiful china and glassware were rented from Fern & Bone! It was such an amazing day and I am so happy that Evangeline and Evan chose me to be their wedding planner. I loved helping them bring their magical and moody vision to life!

Photographer: Levi Tijerina  •  Planning /Coordination:  Art & Soul Events  •  Florist : Of The Flowers  •  Dishware: Fern & Bone •  Catering (drop-off): Gjusta  •  Bartender : Black Label Bartender •  Tables & Chairs: The Wooden Palate • Planet: Laura Stewart Designs • Invites + Menus: Evan Carter • Napkins: DIY by Evangeline + Evan • Paletas: Si Paletas • Cocktail Hour/Dinner Service: Melissa Sanchez •  DJ: Liz Ladoux • Hair + Makeup: Amber Rose • Wedding Dress: Odylyne the Ceremony •  Jumpsuit: Asos • Dressing Gown: Karen Thomas of the Dress Theory San Diego • Suit : J Crew • Groom's Shirt: Noose & Monkey • 

Celebrating my 3 year wedding anniversary by sharing my Santa Barbara "Till Death Do us Part" Fiesta!

I thought it would be fun to share some highlights from 2013 Wedding on my anniversary today! Our ceremony was at the historic El Presidio Chapel, and our reception was at El Paseo Mexican Restaurant in Santa Barbara!

We hung Day of The Dead papel picado across the restaurant and each table was decorated with sugar skull table number holders, baskets of Mexican piñata candy, ceramic sugar skulls, mini-maraca escort cards, serape table runners, flower box centerpieces and potted succulents. I hand-painted a canvas guestbook, a sugar skull piñata card box, and a custom ring box. The guests danced the night away and it was an unforgettable & soulful event! Read more deatails on Offbeat Bride!!!

 

   Photography: EPlove Photography   •   Dress: Allure from Lili Bridals   •   Makeup artists: TEAM Hair & Makeup   •   Florist: Juniper Designs   •   DJ: Icy Ice   •   Cake topper and custom wedding shoe painting: Bobojeet   •   Papel picado CD stamp: Stamps by Sachi   •   Decorations: Amols   •   Officiant: Dr. Jon Ireland

The fabulous DIY Vintage wedding of Miss Rockabilly Ruby and Charles on Inside Weddings!

I'm so excited to share that the fabulous Vintage DIY wedding of Miss Rockabilly Ruby and Charles Torrealba is on Inside Weddings today!  Ruby and her amazingly talented mom, Cathy, DIY'ed nearly every aspect of the wedding. They opted for no flowers , made hundreds of pinwheels for the tables we secured oversized balloons to the tables that looked like they were suspended in the air! We set up a DIY photo booth, and a DIY popcorn bar and their guests had so much fun! I have never seen a more stylish crowd that danced their pants off!! This wedding has my heart and Ruby + Charles have truly become my friends.

Coordinator: Art & Soul Events   •   Venue: Eagle Rock Center for the Arts   •   Photographer: Lars Kommienzuspadt   •   Makeup: Erika Reno Artistry   •   Hair: Miss Rockabilly Ruby   •   Tables: Rustic Urban Events   •   Taco Cart: My Taco Man   •   Bartender: Party Max Event Services   •   Decorations: Bride’s Mother Cathy and Bride   •   Cake: Bride’s Mother Cathy •   DJ The Reel Band, Videography by Creative Weddings •  Bridal Gown by Mac Duggal •  Bridal Salon: Noell  • Bridesmaid and MOB Gowns by Unique Vintage •  Groom's Attire by Topshop and Hugo Boss

 

The Ruby Street- LA's Rad New Wedding Venue!

At The Ruby Street not a detail has been missed! Originally built in 1895, The Ruby Street has just undergone a complete restoration and is now available for weddings, parties, and special events. The interior space is over 4,000 square feet and it also has a huge outdoor area and deck.

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The rental rates vary depending on the day of the week and number of guests. The site fee includes a 12 hour rental period (11AM-11PM), use of their sound system + projector, indoor/ outdoor furniture, a private bridal suite, office w/wifi, outdoor bar, and stylish custom wood tables+ chairs to seat up to 200 guests!

A wedding coordinator/planner is required to manage the event. You know who to call, wink wink:) Valet is required for parties over 30 and they have an agreement with a lot nearby. And one of the biggest perks is you can bring in vendors of your choosing!