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7.15.2015

OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Our wedding is officially two months away and we're so excited for the big day! Being a photographer myself, I knew I wanted to do an engagement shoot but with all the work and wedding planning I was having a hard time setting the day to get it done, till we finally did so this past weekend. We're so lucky to have talented friends and even more lucky that our dear friend Christy took her time to gift us these special memories. I'm so grateful for the beautiful images, they are beyond what I could have imagined. Since we're getting married in Palm Springs, I knew I wanted the images to feel bohemian, romantic and beautiful - to complement what our wedding pictures will feel like.

The beautiful flower crown was created by Sprout Miami. I asked for carnations because they have special meaning to us as they were the first flowers Ryan sent me when saying I love you. I initially hated them, but as you can imagine now they hold a special place in my heart. My colorful dress is by Mara Hoffman and I have had it stored in its original packaging for about four months. I knew it would make the perfect dress for photos and I'm so happy with the way it looked.

Thank you Christy for the most beautiful images that will forever be special to us and thank you Alexis for the most stunning hair and makeup with just the right amount of natural and glam.

Photos: Christy Mendoza of Tutti Bambini Photography
Hair & Makeup: Alexis Garcia
Flower crown: Sprout Miami
5.24.2015

MINTED BRIDE


For me, one of the most important parts of creating a wedding look and staying "on brand" with your wedding style is the stationery you choose to communicate your wedding message. I often see so many invites that have nothing to do with the overall feel of someone's wedding and it builds an unnecessary disconnect, so I knew this was something I wanted to prioritize when choosing my own. As I mentioned in my last post, our save the date had a quirky, fun feel to match our non-traditional wedding plans in Palm Springs. I searched many websites trying to find the perfect look and Minted was definitely my favorite because of the large assortment of modern artwork by different artists and the great quality products for all wedding stationery needs (save the date, invites, rsvp cards, menu cards, etc).

Step two for us is choosing an invite design that we love. There are so many options that work well with our wedding look but I am immediately drawn to the designs with interesting typography, foil, and a sleek, clean look.

Modern brides: head to Minted for all your wedding stationery needs! I'll be sharing our invite selection as soon as I make a choice! The one's pictured above are top contenders.

*this post has been sponsored by Minted, all opinions are my own // along with my genuine positive experience and excitement for this site!
5.17.2015

BECOMING A BRIDE


My ring sitting on my new fave Gunn & Swain throw

Our Save the Date from Minted

Cutest ring dish from my MOH Amanda Our Spin Gallery Goods custom hand lettering piece

We got engaged on January 1st (technically New Year's Eve at 1:30am) and the wedding planning mode quickly followed. We began by doing the leg work on what it would be like if we got married locally, in Miami, and we quickly realized we were planning a wedding party to please guests (not ourselves) totalling a budget way beyond our means. So, we immediately reconsidered. I for one, have never been the girl who's wanted the big wedding with all the traditional elements so this was an easy decision to make.

While brainstorming new ideas to have an intimate yet affordable wedding I mentioned to Ryan how I've always wanted to visit Palm Springs, California and how it would be so cool if we could "elope" there. He surprisingly was all in and the planning wheels took motion. I loved the idea of going somewhere new and creating a special memory with one of the greatest days of our life, however, we felt we'd be happier with our closest family & friends present, then the official planning began - with our very small guest list of family and a few friends all in.

Our wedding will take place in September at the Ace Hotel and we're going with the term "non-conventional desert nuptials" because we hope to do things our way. The Ace was an easy choice because it's always stood out to me and I have seen countless beautiful pictures of weddings there so it was a no brainer. Now that the plans are set I can spend time on working on the details, which are my favorite part! Our Save the Dates have been sent - we went with a quirky design from Minted to match the feel of Palm Springs and the arrows match the Ace's signage at the hotel. I'm really loving the theme "Palm Springs is for Lovers" so I commissioned hand lettering gal, Ashley Sixto, to create a special one for us. Right now I'm currently exploring with ideas for a boho/romantic theme. I will share inspo soon! We also have a wedding hashtag #pscostaIdo (Palm Springs, Costa (new last name to be), I do, which happens to be our wedding website as well pscostaido.com.
5.08.2015

STYLE - MOTHER'S DAY


Photos by me: Karla Garcia
Art Direction: Regina Arriola Cauff
Hair and makeup: Lutz Karpf
Wardrobe Styling: Monique Miller
Set design and styling: BLANC Gifts and Home Accents

As Seen On Intermix's Blog:
How We Style Mother's Day
Baby Bump Style with Intermix's Monique Miller
Mother's Day Baking: Shauna Slavin's Favorite Recipe

Shooting the style portion of this post was so special because we got to capture Monique's baby bump for the blog. Monique works for Intermix and styles all the wardrobe components for all our Intermix blog projects. Sometimes, she also doubles as the on camera talent because she's gorge and a wonderful subject (as seen here). Monique is now expecting a little girl and her style continues to shine through just as much as it did pre-baby bump. The second portion of the shoot was with Shauna, Intermix team member as well, and her adorable little ones making it extra special for her to share this memory with her girls. There's something so empowering about the style these moms have and I love the confidence they show within their personal style choices.
Happy Mother's Day!

DETAILS - MOTHER'S DAY


Photos by me: Karla Garcia
Art Direction: Regina Arriola Cauff
Hair and makeup: Lutz Karpf
Set design and styling: BLANC Gifts and Home Accents

As Seen On Intermix's Blog:
How We Style Mother's Day
Baby Bump Style with Intermix's Monique Miller
Mother's Day Baking: Shauna Slavin's Favorite Recipe

There's a lot of detail and planning that goes into executing a great post for the Intermix blog. Sometimes I'm most fascinated - as I know my friend and Art Director, Regi is too - by the detail shots, the close-up, half-cropped kind. As they say, the devil is in the details and we strongly believe it is so. This shoot was captured in a private home outfitted with one of the most beautiful home aesthetics I've seen. Modern, but also very cozy, spacious and inviting. The ladies of Blanc Gifts and Home Accents (located north of Sunset Place) also lent a well curated, decor hand in styling home elements and vignettes to create a special touch for our Mother's Day story. I hope you enjoy the details as much as we do, I thought they were too beautiful not to share.