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  • well, hello…

    simply modern weddings is a bespoke wedding design and planning firm based in southern california…but with a love for travel. our bags are always packed with ideas and ready for anywhere your fabulous event will take us!

    i invite you to browse through our posts to find out more about our style and, more importantly, our unique perspective on wedding design. you’ll find a lot about what inspires me-i’m constantly on the lookout for fresh ideas and all things that fall into my definition of chic and modern!

    but don’t take my word for it…i’d love to know what you’re thinking! share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment or two when it strikes your fancy.

    and, by the way…nice to meet you!

    xoxo,

wednesday tip: kirstie kelly gown sale this weekend!!

just a reminder about the amazing blowout sale kirstie kelly couture is having this weekend!! if you haven’t purchased your gown yet, this is an amazing opportunity to get a beautiful piece from her collection at a killer price!!

don’t miss out!!

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inspire me monday: colorful chairs!

lately i’ve noticed that whenever i look through wedding photos on blogs or pinterest, colorful chairs always seem catch my eye. maybe because i am getting into the spring mood, but i just love that unexpected shock of color; it’s so bold and fun.

can’t wait until the day we get to use some colorful chairs on a wedding design, there are so many fun shades to choose from!!!

xoxo,
kerisa

(credits: red chairs-town country; hot pink chairs-party rental ltd.; blue chairs-rentals unlimited; aqua chairs-perfect settings; yellow chairs-fermob; line of colorful chairs-the party dress; orange chairs-classic party rentals)

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Patty Galey - Una idea preciosa para celebrar una boda moderna o en el campo. Me encanta! Un besito.-

friday randomness: kirstie kelly annual gown sale!!

when i heard about this amazing sale kirstie kelly couture is having next weekend, i just knew i had to share with you all!!

so mark your calendars for march 23rd and 24th, because so many of her gowns are going for $99-$299, and veils are $49. such a steal for her beautiful designs!! and if you aren’t local, don’t worry…you can also shop for them online as well.

get a fabulous gown, and an even more fabulous price…double score!!

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wednesday tip: mix and match bridesmaid dresses

one of my favorite things many of our brides do is mix & match bridesmaid dresses. the variation in style and shade with a subtle cohesiveness brings such a fun & chic look to your wedding party. it also allows your girls to pick a dress of their choice that fits best for their body and budget.

there are so many different ways to play around with the mixing of dresses. you can select different silhouettes; pick varying shades of the same color, or a palette of colors and patterns. there are so many options and different ways to go when allowing your girls to pick that dress they feel most comfortable in while keeping your overall wedding look consistent.

you can certainly do this with traditional gown designers like amsale; jim hjelm, dessy, jenny yoo, monique lhuillier; vera wang, watters, etc…or go with bridal party fashions from jcrew or bhldn. also twobirds is an amazing dress that provide your girls with the same fabric and color tones but options to twist and tie the dress into any silhouette of their choice.

i love seeing fashions from anthropologie, ruche, forever 21, and modcloth…all of which have such amazing options of cute chic dresses that vary in color, fabric, and look, and can definitely be worn again!!

xoxo,
kerisa

(credit: coral bridesmaid dresses-jill thomas photography; ivory dresses-shannen norman photography; neutral tone dresses-molly sims; sequin bridesmaids-jarvie studio photography; mix match bridesmaids-whitney darling photography)

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smw christina - love those sequin pieces…great post kerisa!!

James - I like this idea, it gives the bridesmaids a choice of what to wear and it also adds more variety to the wedding party.

inspire me monday: baby james’ 1st birthday party

the fact that i am even typing “my little baby james will be 1 year old this sunday” makes me want to cry!! it seems like not that long ago we brought him home from the hospital. that moment every parent has: where they look at their sweet baby, look at each other, and then say “ummmm now what?!” gone is that little newborn who would snuggle & sleep on our chest. he is now an active little boy whose independent personality led him to boldly take his 1st steps on new year’s day…at only 9.5 months old. now he’s the king of the playground, exploring and getting into everything. i just love his playful curiosity, but also love those sweet moments where he will snuggle in my arms and be my baby as well.

this is what led me thinking about ideas for his 1st birthday party. even though some people say the 1st birthday isn’t a big deal, kids won’t remember it, blah blah, but it really is a major milestone. never in life will they grow and develop so much in one year. it also celebrates our 1st year of parenthood, we did it!! so i wanted this day to have meaning and to be something special for him.

i was inspired by one of his favorite activities…reading, and specifically bedtime stories. we’ve been reading him bedtime stories since before he was born, and it’s become something very special. it’s the time where we wind down from playing, and he snuggles up with his cozy pjs in our arms, and we are then transported to a land of imagination in his stories. as he excitedly turns the pages, touches or leans down to kiss the characters in his books, i am reminded of my own love of books as a child. there are even times where he’s quietly playing alone in his room (while i watch on the monitor) and i will see him get his books, sit down, and flip through them. then i wonder if he’s remembering the stories, the funny character’s voices, etc.? it’s just the cutest!!!

so…a bedtime story inspired party!! kids will be wearing their favorite pjs, we have a book donation going to CHOC, and some little fun activities. i am keeping as simple as an event designer can, but i did go a little crazy on some ideas. let’s just say, i have never crafted so much in my life. haha!! i am excited to share more details later, but in the meantime here’s our inspiration board created just for my little man’s big day. i can’t WAIT!!!;)

(credit: dessert table-sweet and saucy; pajamas-target; blue door-pinterest; party hats-tammy hughes photography; straws-shop sweet lulu)

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smw christina - thank you all so much for the comments and love!!! we are so blessed that we get to share in this moment with you!! @james, i promise next year will be simple. (i think) ;)

Brian Khang - I was just thinking about you guys and J5 a few weeks back and as I took a peek into your Instagram, I loved seeing him grow up 1 photo at a time. Just as we knew, you guys would make amazing parents! He’s growing up so fast now and is developing such a personality! We’re so excited to many more years of watching J5 grow up! But for now, cheers to your 1st year as parents and cheers to J5 and turning 1!

angel swanson - It has been such a joy sharing our first year of motherhood together! Love you and love little J5! I know this party is going to be nothing short of amazing <3 xoxo

James - We did it, we survived our first year of parenthood! This past year has been such an enlightening experience. just watching this little guy go from this little newborn that would sit and look at us with so much curiosity to this little body running around the house and exploring everything. I know you have a lot of goodies in store for his birthday party and I can’t wait to see them all come together.

Krista Mason - YAY! I can’t wait! Looks awesome!

kristin @ petal and thorn - i can’t believe he’s turning 1 already! it just flew by so fast. it’s been a joy watching you embrace mommyhood, even on the rough days, you seem utterly in love with your little man. can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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