Brides Live Wedding – Vote for the Cake

Something sweet to start your week off right…cake voting for the Brides Live Wedding is now live and you have TWO more days to cast your vote for your favorite design. Our favorite cake boss, Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery has teamed up with the Brides team to design a cake surely to WOW the guests at the winning couple’s reception! Often times a cake is a great focal point to your reception, and another area in which you can personalize your wedding to be about you and your groom! From Brides Magazine: “Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss crafted four cake designs to serve as our reception centerpiece. Featuring bold details like honeycomb appliqués, graphic elements, romantic ruffles, and festive florals, each cake is sure to look as stunning as it is tasty.”

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We only wish we could taste test these too:) Vote here now.

Feature Friday: Troy Grover Photographers

In the midst of all of the Brides Live Wedding craziness, we still wanted to take time to recognize one of our favorite vendors in the industry. Troy Grover and his fashionable (and super sweet!) wife, Aimee are the duo behind Troy Grover Photographers and through the years have been one of our absolute favorites to work with! We know that anytime we have the honor of having Troy and Aimee photograph our clients, that their expectations will be exceeded. With a love for capturing the moments of your big day, Troy and Aimee are the perfect vendor addition to any of our events! Plus, aren’t they totally cute?!

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We sent along our Q&A to the both of them as they were traveling back from an out of state wedding – and we LOVED the responses that came back! Their personalities jump off the page and we’re excited for you to get to know them more!

Q: What do you love about working in the wedding industry?

A: Working alongside so many other talented creatives in the wedding industry. It keeps us inspired and motivated in our business!

Q: What makes Troy Grover Photographers unique?

A: We love to capture a wedding day in a really candid and organic way. Nothing overly posed or stiff. We also want our editing and style of photographs to stand the test of time. We love the coloring and authenticity of shooting film and it has definitely made us better photographers all around.

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Q: What makes your husband and wife duo different to other photographers?

A: We love that we get to work together as a husband and wife team. We can always rely on each other’s shots and never have to hire unfamiliar second shooters. We also get to experience all of the highs of weddings together, so that makes it really fun!

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Q: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to find out about the other?

A: (Aimee) Troy sleeps with an eyemask! (Troy) Aimee LOVES pizza:) 

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Q: Name three things you always carry with you

A: (Troy) Aimee always has chapstick, her sunglasses and our dog Kean (well most of the time:) (Aimee) Troy always has his iPhone, sunglasses and scribble notes in his pockets!

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Q: Who is you ideal client?

A: Our ideal client is someone who appreciates the beauty in simplicity and someone who trusts our ability to capture them in a natural way. We love clients who give us the artistic freedom to WOW them!

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Thank you guys SO much!! We can’t wait to work with you this summer! Keep an eye out on the blog, because soon we’ll be sharing an amazing engagement session Troy and Aimee did for one of our July couples! Until then, you can connect with Troy and Aimee on Facebook, Instagram, and their blog to see more of their gorgeous work!

Brides Live Wedding – Vote for Decor Design

Voting has officially begun for the 2014 Brides Live Wedding! Up first is the decor design which we had so much fun creating. America gets a say in everything we plan, from the bride’s gown to cake design. Today, you can see our four color palette designs, along with inspiration photos dreamed up by us and the Brides editors. To see more of the design details and to vote click here!

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Which one is your favorite?! We love them all so we’re excited to see what the fans pick!! Be sure to vote online but also tell us on Facebook! Hurry and cast your votes…2 days until CAKE voting!

Brides Live Wedding – It’s US!!

After months of secret meetings and code names to my assistants we are thrilled to finally announce that we’ve been chosen as the wedding planner for this year’s Brides Live Million Dollar Wedding!! If you’re just tuning in, the Brides Magazine wedding will take place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on June 8th and will be broadcast live for all of the world to see!

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From Brooke: I am so excited and thrilled that Brides Magazine has asked me to plan Brides Live Million Dollar Wedding this year!  It is such an honor and I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.  Please make sure to get involved in all of the fan voting at www.brideslivewedding.brides.com.  America gets to vote and decide who the winning couple is along with these other categories: Wedding Decor, Cake, Honeymoon Location, Groom’s Tuxedo, Wedding Bands, Bride’s Nails, Wedding Registry, Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses and the Bride’s Hair and Makeup!  You will have to tune in on June 8th to see the who the winning couple is and the winners of each category!  Stay tuned for more updates soon!

xo, Brooke

You can see our feature on Bride’s website introducing Brooke as this year’s wedding planner here!!

Photo from Caroline Tran 

We’ve Moved….Next Door!

finalbrookelogoWe are so excited to introduce our new studio space to you…and conveniently it’s located right next door to our old office!! Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events is thrilled to remain in Newport Beach and continue to share our studio with Marisa Holmes & Paper Plane Paperie! We also have a new vendor and floral goddess that bears our same address; Alise from Sweet Marie Designs, and are excited to welcome her and her talents into our showroom as well.  We have so many fabulous clients this season and can’t wait for the wedding season to officially kick off in the next couple of months!

Many thanks to Amy’s Art Studio for our awesome map! We LOVE it!

Feature Friday: Plum Pretty Sugar

Plum Pretty Sugar is a line of feminine loungewear that pairs cozy comfort with easy-living chic. Founder, Charlotte Hale founded Plum Pretty Sugar in 2009  and has quickly become a great friend to our studio. We love sharing Plum Pretty Sugar with our clients because we love Charlotte’s philosophy and what the brand represents; effortlessly fashionable items. They travel well from the beaches of California, where the company is based to across the pond on vacations and honeymoons. We think her robes, cosmetic bags, and clothing line make for perfect gifts that will wear again and again. We had the opportunity to speak to Charlotte this week and were delighted when she was able to share a few insights with us on her company.

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Q: How did you come up with the idea for Plum Pretty Sugar?

A: There was a sort of progression to Plum Pretty Sugar. It existed in my heart for a long time before I brought it to life. I wanted to create something beautiful, feminine, and something that had a spirit and a sense of heart. Putting all those pieces together, came Plum Pretty Sugar. And it continues to evolve…which makes my heart sing. 

Q: What is unique about your company?

A: I really tried to create a brand that brings forward a breezy happiness and a feminine lifestyle in a heart full way. And I think that comes from me. My love of beautiful things and my appreciation for the soul. 

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Q: What is one thing you love about your products?

A: I love the idea that Plum Pretty Sugar gets packed and travels far and wide with our clients! 

Q: What is your Starbucks order?

A: A venti nonfat vanilla latte. Sometimes twice a day. My local Starbucks sees me coming and often have it set and ready:) 

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Q: Any exciting plans for 2014 you can share?

A: We have many plans for the new year! We launched our collaboration with BHLDN in January, and this month we released our newest print; Mist Upon Golden Swirls (pictured below), as well as some new styles and silhouettes. There is much more to come…and a few surprises, too!  

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Plum Pretty Sugar stays connected with the wedding industry, who Charlotte credits for keeping the brand moving forward. Often times on their blog they feature real brides wearing their sleepwear and below happens to be a few of our gorgeous clients wearing Plum Pretty goodies! We love seeing the variety in color and prints, yet how all the robes look great together like a beautiful mosaic. To shop designs like these you can visit here.

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Charlotte, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to let us take a peek into your world! We are thrilled to see what 2014 brings to you and your company, and can’t wait to see more of our gorgeous friends and brides in your designs!

Photos courtesy of: (1-4)  Plum Pretty Sugar, (5 -6) Nancy Neil, & (7) Lane Dittoe

     

Blue (Suede) Shoes

We think Elvis was onto something when he sang about having, “one for the money” in his blue suede shoes. Shoes are such a fun way to jazz up your ivory wedding gown and show off a bride’s personality. We love that our photographers always think to capture the fancy feet of our clients. Here are some of our favorite photos of brides that decided to take their ‘something blue’ down to their dancing shoes:)

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Would you wear a bold shoe on your wedding day or stick to a more classic color? Tell us in the comments below or share with us on Facebook!

Photos courtesy of: 1. Marisa Holmes 2. Lane Dittoe 3. Marisa Holmes 4. Beaux Arts Photographie

Featured in Long Island Bride & Groom

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We are thrilled to be featured in the April issue of Long Island Bride & Groom. Writer, Ivette Manners wrote such an informative article about transforming old traditions into modern customs, and we were so honored when the magazine reached out to us for our insights. In the article, we were able to highlight our thoughts on engagement parties and we also chatted about one of our favorite revamped traditions of throwing uncommon items (long gone are the days of rice) at the couple as they exit the party! Below is a sneak peek of one of Brooke’s quotes.

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All in all, the key to successfully adding new traditions into your wedding, while maintaining many of the classic traditions is to personalize them to you and your significant other. To read even more examples, you can download and read a digital copy of the magazine here. Thank you once again to Long Island Bride & Groom magazine for featuring us in your article! We are beyond honored.

Feature Friday: Lighten Up Inc.

Today we turn our attention to lighting. If there is anything we share with our clients, it’s how much lighting makes a difference. You can truly transform a venue with the correct lighting design, and it can add so much value and affect to your overall aesthetic. This Friday, we are featuring one of our favorite lighting design companies, Lighten Up Inc. Nathan Megaw, the owner, was sweet enough to answer some of our questions and share some of his gorgeous work.

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Q: What’s your Starbucks order:

A: Black coffee with 3 sugars

Q:  How did you get into lighting?

A: I’ve always had a passion for visual effects and the impact it has on people. Having worked as a technician, I was inspired to form my own company, so as to be able to express my own creative visions. 

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Q: What is unique about Lighten Up?

A: Positive professionalism 

Q: How would you describe your style for lighting?

A: Our style of lighting is progressive. We always like to push the limits. Our lighting designers are given creative freedom to be innovative. 

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Q: Why should people invest in lighting?

A: Lighting is underrated when people talk about budgets/design. More than any decor element, it can transform a room. 

Q: What is your favorite part about working the wedding/event industry?

A: Having recently celebrated my wedding (and providing lighting for it), I take great satisfaction in helping to enhance an already extraordinary moment.  

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Nathan, we thank you for your efforts and insights. Anytime you work with us, we know our clients will be blown away by your creativity. Your work truly enhances the vision we have and our client’s expect.

Photos courtesy of: 1. Amy & Stuart 2. Aaron Delesie 3. Aaron Delsie 4. Lane Dittoe

Instagram Worthy

This week as we were scrolling through our Instagram feeds we were reminded what an incredible tool social media has been for our business. Not only does it connect us to past and future clients, vendors and friends, but a ton of design inspiration and admiration for others in our industry results from it too. Today we wanted to share with you,  some of our favorites to follow on Instagram.

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@josevilla – What can we say?! His images are stunning. We love anytime we have the opportunity to work alongside Jose, and when we aren’t, we just swoon over his amazing work.

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@brides – Brides Magazine has a very unique Instagram feed. They post behind the scenes photos, informative article links, cutting edge trends, and amazing decor photos. It’s our favorite magazine at our finger tips!

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@eliesaabworld – Brooke is in LOVE with all things Elie – bridal and non-bridal so for some serious fashion gushing, we love following Elie Saab on social media.

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@instagramdesign – This page isn’t wedding related, but has a ton of great design elements. We tend to pull inspiration from her photos into our designs. She also makes us want to redecorate our houses on the daily!!

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@whitelilacinc – Gorgeous event design and production! Honestly, White Lilac is above the rest. Sunny has such a colorful and opulent Instagram – a sheer delight to come across!

You can follow us on Instagram too: @brookekeegan & @heathernicholewhite!