December 31, 2009

Affordable Champagne Picks for New Years

In blogging 101, they say to never apologize for not blogging....but I really am sorry for not blogging.

I'd love to use the excuse that I was busy because of the holidays, but my family is tiny and really doesn't require much of me (awesome, right?). I've been away meeting new and exciting vendors and clients for next year, planning fabulous last minute weddings and making plans for the future.
Personally, 2009 was a rough year, and I know it was rough for a lot of you as well. But as they say on New Year's, out with the old and in with the new. We've moved! Please pop over to Ariel Yve Design and finish reading this post!

December 18, 2009

Friday Flowers: Bentley Meeker

If you've ever attended a posh affair in NYC, chances are Bentley Meeker was hired to do the lighting. Bentley is a complete genius when it comes to lighting. His creations engulf spaces in rich light and bold textured projections. We've moved! The rest of this post can be read at: Ariel Yve Design

December 16, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Hollywood Glamour

Black and white have been at the forefront of event design for the past couple of years . If Vera Wang's Fall 2010 collection is any indication of future trends, it look like this dynamic shade combo is here to stay.

To keep my designs relevant now, and long into the future...I'm constantly referring to classic icons and motifs from the past.
We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

December 14, 2009

In Memory of My Dear Corky

I write today's blog post with a broken heart. This is totally unrelated to the nature of my typical posts, but I just have to get this off my chest.

At 5:10am last Thursday, I received the phone call that I'd hoped I'd never receive. We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

December 9, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Hot Pink and Purple

I was recently hired to plan and design an exciting hot pink and purple wedding for a young energetic couple, from start to finish in just 2 months! Though the wedding day isn't until after the holidays, here's a little sneak peek of this couple's upcoming nuptials. We've moved! Please view the inspiration board at: Ariel Yve Design

December 8, 2009

Trunk Show: Ines Di Santo

I recently had the opportunity to meet wedding gown, designer Ines Di Santo at a preview event for her Spring 2010 gowns.

I must say she is one of the most glamorous and talented wedding gown designers of our day. I honestly cant remember the last time I saw a bridal gown line that hit the mark, so dead on with EVERY single gown....absolutely, positively, beyond gorgeous. We've moved! Please finish being inspired at Ariel Yve Design

December 4, 2009

Friday Flowers: Winter Wedding

TGIF!

Here is some gorgeous winter wedding inspiration to send you off into your weekend. We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

December 1, 2009

Venue Spotlight: The Vibiana

There are so many hotels around the world that I absolutely love, but hotels ballrooms aren't always the best fit for every event.
Today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite off site event venues in the LA area....The Vibiana. The Vibiana is a raw architectural masterpiece, that lends itself to pretty much any type of grand occasion.
This former nineteenth century Cathedral has played host to numerous Hollywood weddings, society events and extraordinary corporate galas. We've moved! Please visit us at: Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

November 27, 2009

Friday Flowers: Cherry Blossom Chuppa

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was absolutely fabulous.
My schedule has been overload for months, so it's always a treat when I can enjoy the day with my family.
Anyway, earlier this week, I came across this image of a stunning blooming chuppa/canopy. We've moved! Please finish reading this post Ariel Yve Design

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyday, I get butterflies just thinking about what I'm grateful for. I feel truly blessed to be able to enjoy such a balanced and fulfilling existence.


November 25, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Preston Bailey Canopy

In searching for Thanksgiving decorating ideas this weekend, I came across this photo of a fabulous canopy created by Preston Bailey. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design



November 24, 2009

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

I just received an email from Jennifer S. Rau letting me know that the pictures from our client's mid November wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch were up on her blog.

Here's are a few of the stunning images Jen captured at of this incredible couple's intimate wedding. We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

November 20, 2009

Friday Flowers: Easy, Affordable Thanksgiving Decor

Thanksgiving is a day of food, celebration, good company and reflection. I've never been big on the actual Thanksgiving feast, but I've always loved spending the day with my little family (little because I'm an only child).

I know that your family might drive you crazy, but you love them and want to spend as much time with them as possible. With this in mind, I found a few quick, easy and affordable thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to get your Turkey Day creative juices flowing.We've moved! Please follow us to: Ariel Yve Design

November 18, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: JLo Inspired Wedding Cake Design

On Monday I posted a picture of JLo's Birthday cake, created by Sylvia Weinstock.

As I'd mentioned I was (literally) drawing inspiration from her cake for a wedding cake that I was designing for one of my January brides.

Though I studied drawing techniques when I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, I've always been super shy about sharing my sketches. I guess I just worried that people wouldn't understand my perspective. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

November 16, 2009

JLo's Birthday Cake

Last week I had the great pleasure and fortune of attending a presentation given by the fabulous Ms. Sylvia Weinstock. As you all know I'm a huge fan of her work (she created my wedding cake). She showed slides of a few of her personal favorite and most talked about creations...one of which was a picture of MY WEDDING CAKE! OMG! Hello! I was totally blushing : )

Anyway, another one of Sylvia's favorite creations was this birthday cake that she and her team created for JLo. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Design

November 11, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: San Ysidro Wedding

The past few days have been beyond busy. While in Indianapolis, my emails, client requests and vendor questions piled up mile high. My apologies, for not posting sooner.


Anyway, this week's inspiration board is a bit of a sneak peak of a wedding that I'm coordinating this weekend at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA (Yay!).


The bride hired me less than a month before her big day to plan everything from start to finish. The colors we're using are aqua/sage, cream and lavender, and the theme is rustic, romantic glam.

Inspiration Board Created by, Ariel Yve, Los Angeles, CA Wedding Planner

Image Sources:Brides.com, Style Me Pretty, Amy Michelson, Macaroons and Marie, Style Me Pretty, Jose Villa

I can hardly wait for Saturday. This couple is adorable!

November 6, 2009

Friday Flowers: White Lilac Inc.

TGIF......but I must say that this Friday is particularly exciting for me. I'm getting ready for a trip to Indiana, where I'll FINALLY be presenting for my Master's designation.

Only 12 Wedding Planners and Event Professional throughout world are being considered for the title of Master Bridal Consultant this year. I must say that I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity. Please keep your fingers crossed and think happy thoughts for me for this Sunday!
We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

November 4, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Pink!

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I've gone pink...very pink. Though I'm always looking for the newest and hottest color trends, my clients dreams continually remind me that pink is is still king (or in this case queen). We've moved! Please follow us to Ariel Yve Design

November 2, 2009

New Business Cards

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of candy and fun.

This past Friday, I picked up a little treat of my own from Frank Boross of Toxic Coyote Press. My new letterpress business cards! Note, these images were taken with my iPhone, so they actually look a lot better in person. Enough said about my crappy photography skills, here they are:
We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

October 30, 2009

Friday Flowers: Red Reception

I totally love this picture from a wedding reception that Preston Bailey featured in his newest book, "Celebrations." We've moved! Please follow us to: Ariel Yve Design

October 28, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Girly Goth

Halloween is admittedly my least favorite holiday of the year. Sure all of the candy and dressing up are fun, but I just can't get past the straight up fugliness of the holiday's theme colors. Orange and black...seriously? Can you say yuck with a capital "Y"??!!!

Anyway, I know a lot of my blog readers just LOVE Halloween, so I didn't want to ignore your excitement all together.
This week's inspiration board is my own interpretation of Halloween '09. Believe it or not, I'm actually borderline in love with this "Girly Goth" concept that I've created : ) What do you think? We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

October 26, 2009

Interior Design: Dream Kitchen

I absolutely LOVE interior design projects and home remodels...kitchen remodels in particular.

If I had a client with a limitless budget, who gave me carte blanche to do my thing, this is what I would create: We've moved! See my dream kitchen at: Ariel Yve Design

October 23, 2009

Friday Flowers: Cake Coquette

Usually my Friday Flower posts are centered around fresh blooms, but today's Friday Flower post features flowers of the sugar variety.
Check out these ridiculously stunning cakes created by Cake Coquette, a San Francisco based Special Event and Wedding Cake Baker: We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

October 22, 2009

Real Wedding: Rustic Elegance at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Ojai is an absolutely stunning town to get married in. How do I know? I grew up in Ojai, and after school at FIT in NYC, I returned this charming little town to start a beautiful life with my hubby. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Design

Lifestyle Find: Connoisseur Glasses

As a stereotypical Taurus, comfort, beauty and LUXURY are absolutely essential elements of my life.

With that said, my grandparents grew up during The Great Depression. Their unique perspective on economics drove them to instill strong work ethics and financial values in my parents, and in turn, myself. We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post!

October 21, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Wine Country Wedding

This week's inspiration board relates to a big announcement that I'm going to make next few weeks. Can you guess what my announcement is going to be about? Hint...it's all in the name of this blog post.
Anyway, I love this color combo of red, chocolate, bronze and gold. Richly rustic and romantic. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Design

October 16, 2009

100th Blog Post: Website Officially Launches!

Yippee! Today is an extremely exciting day for me. This is my 100th blog post! I can't believe that little ol' blond headed me, has been able to come up with 100 different topics : )

Photo credit: Michael and Anna Costa Photography


Anyway, posting my 100th blog post is great, but the really big deal of the day is that my website has officially launch! No more splash page...I have a full blown, big girl website now. Check it out:


If you've visited www.arielyve.com within the past few days, be sure to empty your browser's cache/footprints, so you can see the new site. Also, if you're not a work right now, I highly recommend that you enter with sound...it makes a big difference. I hope you like it!

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think : )

Have a wonderful weekend!

October 14, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Summer Cottage on the Cape

Rain, rain go away...come again another day.
California has been too dry for too long and I'm glad that it's finally raining, but my holy moly...do we have to make up for it all at once?

Anyway, between taking care of all of my vendor phone calls, client proposals, timeline revisions, rental orders, and so on today, I couldn't help but let my mind wonder off to my favorite fantasy summer spot. A quaint little rose covered cottage on the Cape.

One of my favorite summers ever was spent exploring New England with my mom (Martha's Vineyard to be exact). I just fell in love with regions charming shabby chic vibe.

The grand Georgian style bed and breakfast the we stayed at, was brimming with gorgeous fruitwood furniture, needle point rugs, whitewashed iron chandeliers and all sorts of fascinating colored glassware. Plus as a sugar obsessed 10 year old, I LOVED the fact that they served homemade chocolate chip cookies with fresh squeezed lemonade every afternoon : ) The lifestyle that the innkeepers shared with us was so delightfully laid back and welcoming.

This weeks inspiration board is inspired by that magical summer, over 16 years ago.

Inspiration Board created by: Ariel Yve, Legendary Wedding Planner ; )

Where does your imagination go to escape the rain?

October 13, 2009

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

As all experienced event planners and wedding websites will tell you, nothing saves a budget better than a venue with built in beauty. We've moved! Please follow us to Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

October 12, 2009

Platinum Weddings on WEtv

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

This week's posts are going to be full of beautiful pictures and inspiration....culminating later this week, with my 100th post! Woohoo! I can't believe that I've been able to come up with 100 topics...crazy! Please finish reading this exciting announcement at: Ariel Yve Design

October 9, 2009

Friday Flowers: Peonies

Today's floral inspiration comes from this gorgeous white peony bouquet that I'd created for a gorgeous bride named Lindsay. Lindsay's wedding took place in Palm Springs this past June. Under normal conditions peonies will last all day out of water, but with the 103 degree weather that weekend, I used a water soaked floral foam bouquet holder, just to be on the extra safe side. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

October 7, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Autumnal Ambiance

I am beyond thrilled that it's starting to look and feel like fall. The mornings are chilly and the evenings are dark enough to enjoy dinner by candlelight....not to mention all of the fab fashion opportunities. Fall is fabulous! We've moved! Please finish being inspired at Ariel Yve Design

October 6, 2009

Kindle Heaters

There's hardly anything lovelier than an outdoor soiree. Unfortunately, with the beauty comes the beast (weather).

No matter where you live, night air is a too chilly for comfort at least 1o out of 12 months a year.
We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

October 2, 2009

Friday Flowers: Phalaenopsis Trompe Loeil Treatments

Today's Friday Flower post features the work of my idol...Preston Bailey. Check out these gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid Trompe Loeil wall treatments, he and his team created for this opulent lounge. We've moved! Please follow this link to Ariel Yve Design to finish being inspired by Preston.

September 30, 2009

How to Tie a Necktie

Have you and your beau ever gotten ready for a formal event, only to discover that neither of you know how to tie a necktie? I know I've been in that situation before and thought that I'd share a quick and easy necktie video tutorial with you .We've moved! Please follow us to: Ariel Yve Design to finish this post.

Wednesday Inspiration:Green and Gold Gone Glam

Hey everyone!

I know, I know. I've been MIA for a few days, but I have a great reason. I've been working on a huge project for becoming one of the world's 40 Master Wedding Planners. I think I have a great chance, but wont know for sure until November. Please keep your fingers crossed for me : )
We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 25, 2009

Friday Flowers: Manzanita with Red Butterflies

At the this year's Emmy's, we saw scads of young starlets as well as seasoned pros sporting gorgeous gowns in every shade of red.
We've moved! Please continue being inspired at: Ariel Yve Design

September 23, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Monarch Butterflies

Yesterday was the first official day of Autumn. To celebrate, I've create an inspiration board based on one of natures most aptly dressed creatures.

The Monarch Butterfly.
Monarchs are in the middle their fall migration from all over the US to their wintering home in central Mexico...filling up the skies with fabulous fluttering shades of orange, rust, gold, brown and black.
We've moved! Please flutter over to Ariel Yve Design for the rest of this post!

September 22, 2009

Your Wedding Day Magazine featuring Ariel Yve Design

I am so excited! My wedding is going to be featured in the Fall/Winter '09 issue of Your Wedding Day Magazine! If you saw my wedding on WE TV's Platinum Weddings, and liked what you saw, you'll be able to see all of my wedding's details without fussing with your pause button. Woohoo!
We've moved! Please finish viewing this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 20, 2009

Ice Cream Social Vendors

I've been a fan of the Ice Cream Social for some time now and apparently you're digging the idea too. Anyway, In the past couple of days I've had people ask me about everything from how to find the perfect garden location for an Ice Cream Social, to who can be hired to cater one. We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 18, 2009

Friday Flowers: Purple Calla Bouquet

I recently met with a delightful bride-to-be who was in love with the simple yet dramatic elegance of a bouquet that I'd created this past May for one of my clients named Kenya. Click here to see my full post on Kenya and Keith's Montecito Country Club wedding. Enjoy the close-ups : ) We've moved! To finish being inspired by this post, please click here: Ariel Yve Design

September 17, 2009

Sample Sale: Priscilla of Boston

Priscilla of Boston is making room for next season's merchandise. Bridesmaids/occasion dresses starting at $20 and bridal gowns starting at $200! Insane! Anyway, this sale starts today and ends on Monday. We've moved! Find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 16, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Ice Cream Social

Though the kids are back to school, fall doesn't officially start until September 22. That means that this coming weekend will the last for weekend of summer for the year. Rather than focusing on autumnal colors (which I have months to do), I wanted to send out our glorious summer with a bang.

I give you, the Ice Cream Social! We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 14, 2009

Ariel Yve Design on Colin Cowie's Blog!!!

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a lovely weekend enjoying the cool California sunshine or the excitement of Fashion Week in NYC.

I have a bit of exciting news that I've been eager to share with you. We've moved! Please read the rest of this exciting announcement at: Ariel Yve Design

September 11, 2009

Friday Flowers: Lace Accented Bouquet

I love mixing floral and textile elements together in bridal bouquets. The result is a couture accessory that marries whimsical garden flowers with the perfect couture gown.
We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

September 9, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Yellow Orange and Peach

Happy hump day! Here the second of many Wednesday Inspiration boards to come.

One of my readers (Nicole) reached out to me last week with her own color palette curiosity about combining yellow, orange and peach. Here is just one of thousands of different ways to combine this dynamic color combo. We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to

September 7, 2009

Venues: The Park Plaza

Happy Labor Day everyone!

As we all spend the day relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, I wanted to share an incredible labor (and money) saving special currently being offered by the Park Plaza. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 4, 2009

Friday Flowers: Spring Flowers

I came across this inspiring picture yesterday. Yes, this picture has nothing to do with the summer flowers that are currently available, but it was just too lovely not to share. These blooms are perfectly imperfect in their display....spontaneity is a beautiful thing (something to remember this weekend). We've moved! Please finish enjoying this entry at: Ariel Yve Design

September 3, 2009

Yellow and Grey Invitation Suite

Continuing with our yellow and grey color scheme, I just found this gorgeous invitation suite from Minted.com. I absolutely love the printed envelope flourishes...this definitely adds a rich custom look. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

September 2, 2009

Wednesday Inspiration: Yellow and Grey

Woohooo! This is my first of many weekly Wednesday Inspiration Boards to come. Why Wednesday? Because it's in the middle of the week (hump day), and I wanted to give you that infusion of creativity that you need to get you through the week. We've moved! Please read the rest of this inspiring piece at Ariel Yve Design

August 31, 2009

Beauty Tip: Temptu Airbrush Makeup

Whether you're are a bride to be, happily married or a single girl on the prowl, you want to look gorgeous all of the time with ease.

About a month ago I came across the Temptu airbrush makeup system via a Sephora insider email. We've moved! Please finish reading this entry at: Ariel Yve Design

August 28, 2009

Paper Pom Poms

You've probably seen paper pom poms featured your favorite magazines and blogs lately. They're fun, fluffy and oh so easy to incorporate into your event's design, be it a wedding, rehearsal dinner or a bridal shower.
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August 26, 2009

Blue Christian Louboutin Shoes

I used a picture these gorgeous blue Christian Louboutin shoes in my Midnight Blue and Purple inspiration board yesterday. You probably couldn't see these shoes' glittery goodness very well, so I just wanted to share a quick closeup of these fabulous shoes with you. We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to take a peep at these beauties.

August 25, 2009

Winter Wedding Trends: Midnight Blue and Purple

Purple, without a doubt, has been the "it" color of 2009. A fabulous way to carry this trend over into your 2009/2010 Winter Wedding, is to incorporate Midnight Blue.

Though Midnight blue is a rather traditional color, when paired with bursts of vibrant purple, the result is pure genius(if I do say so myself : D) We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Design to finish reading this post.

August 24, 2009

Etsy, Transparent Invitations

Happy Monday!

As I was doing some product research for one on my clients over the weekend, I came across these fabulous translucent invitations on Etsy. I love, love, love the look of these uniquely modern invitations. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

August 22, 2009

Discount Designer Wedding Gowns

This past March, I introduced you to Kim Hoffman from Your Dream Dress.
Here are a few gowns currently listed in Kim's inventory that I'm totally obsessed with. Be sure to click on the gown images for more information and pricing. We've moved! Ariel Yve Design

August 21, 2009

Bernard Maisner Calligraphy

Bernard Maisner, the godfather of wedding calligraphy, produces the most breathtaking masterpieces with every stroke of his pen. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

August 6, 2009

French Macaroons- Baked, Displayed and Enjoyed

If you are one of my past or present clients, you probably know about and share my passion for french macaroons. They are oh so pleasantly sweet and chewy yet crispy on the outside. They can be boxed, stacked or displayed in beautiful glass apothecary jars. Equally suited to accompany a full on wedding feast as they are a morning cup of coffee We've moved! Please visit Ariel Yve Designs  to savor the rest of this post.

August 3, 2009

Purple Perfection by Colin Cowie

I rarely post the work of other event designers on my blog, but I've finally found pictures from this GORGEOUS Colin Cowie wedding that I've been utterly obsessed with for some time now. I hope that you find this monochromatic soiree as mesmerizing as I do. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 31, 2009

Surprise Love Letter

I just received this unexpected email from Liz (the gorgeous bride featured in the post below).
We've moved! Please finish reading this post at:  Ariel Yve Design

Liz and Marty's Beachside Wedding

A few day's ago, I blogged about a wonderful couple who had an amazing beach wedding with a super yummy S'more station. Well here are the pictures from that couple's beautiful wedding. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Design

July 30, 2009

Lyndsey and Erik's Morning Wedding

Last weekend, my dear friends and client's, Lyndsey and Erik were married at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Eighty three of the couples closest friends and family, were treated to delightful and ultra fresh morning wedding, followed by a fabulous brunch reception, where mimosas flowed freely. We've moved! Please follow us to Ariel Yve Design to finish this post.

July 28, 2009

New Venue, The Granada Theater

The other week, I was given a private tour of an ultra glamorous, brand new event venue in
Santa Barbara....The Granada Theater.

The grandeur and overall design concept is unlike any other venue in the area. As a lover of super formal affairs, this location is definitely a breath of fresh air, and at $2,500 for a wedding/major event in the "Founder's Room", this place completely affordable on just about any budget. The stage is also available for events upon request. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 27, 2009

Easy Summertime S'mores...Any Day of the Year

Nothing quite say's "summer party" better than a platter of hot and gooey S'mores.

At the recent planned a beach wedding for one of my delightful couples, the venue set up a fabulous live S'mores station complete with a roaring fire pit, mounds of marshmallows, Hersey's chocolate bars and stacks of graham crackers. Ice cold milk was tray passed in cute little shot glasses, which served as the perfect accompaniment to these hot melted treats.We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

July 23, 2009

Sarah and Chase's Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Hey Everyone! I am thrilled to announce that Sarah and Chase's wedding was featured today in a beautiful three part series. Visit StyleMePretty.com to check it out. We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 20, 2009

The Waltz, First Dance Music

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for your question about selecting a first dance song for the waltz. This is a bit of a tricky, but I'll try to keep my answer as brief and direct as possible. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 16, 2009

Successfully Selecting Your Reception Music (Made Easy)

It is a common misperception, that you need to select every song to be played at your wedding. Here are a few of my tips for keeping your guests entertained and dancing all night long. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 6, 2009

Before and After- Lighting

Whenever I first meet with brides, 95% tell me that they want a candle lit reception. Candle light is an undoubtedly the most classically romantic wedding notion, however, what the mind envisions, isn't exactly how things translate in reality. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 3, 2009

Parker Palm Springs Wedding Teaser

Last month, I had the pleasure of designing and producing Lindsay and Mikes amazing wedding at the Parker Palm Springs. Here are a couple teaser shots of Lacie Hansens gorgeous photography. More pictures to come. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

July 2, 2009

Kathy and Chad's Wedding Montage

Here is a multi media montage that I just put together of a wedding that I produced for the coolest couple, Kathy and Chad. Their wedding colors were totally unexpected for the time of the year, but they worked so well. I just love how the bridesmaids dresses matched the sky so perfectly in these pictures. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

June 29, 2009

Summer Entertaining - In and Out Burger Cookout Trailer

Here is an idea that my West Coast, and especially my East Coast readers are going to LOVE! For those of you planning a wedding or party (perhaps a 4th of July party), you have to know about this super cute (and tasty ) service. Surprise you guests with an fab late night snack of piping hot In and Out burgers! Set up one of their vintage style trucks near your valet area, or perhaps along slide a surprise late night lounge/after party area. We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design!

June 18, 2009

Romantic Vintage Wedding-Part 2

Sarah and Chase's Romantic Vintage Wedding Continued...
We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

June 17, 2009

Romantic Vintage Wedding-Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I posted a teaser picture from Sarah and Chase's Rockwood Wedding. I just received these gorgeous pictures from Raya Carlisle,photographer extraordinaire and had to post them ASAP. Here are a few of the adorable details from this magical day. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

June 16, 2009

BizBash - Royal/T, Unique Event Space

Last night, I went to an incredible Internet media and branding seminar, put on by my girls from ABC GLA and master blogger Liene Stevens. The event took place at the ridiculously cool Andaz Hotel, located on Sunset in West Hollywood. What an amazing event! We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

June 13, 2009

BizBash - Velon Designs

Over the years my lighting vendors and rental companies have used velon products to cover unsightly functional event elements, but they've never used anything like this. One of the exhibitors at this year's BizBash was Velon Designs. We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

June 12, 2009

I Have The Best Clients!

I always feel so awkward tooting my own horn but I recently received these email from a couple of clients. They were so sweet and unexpected that I just had to share them. We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

BizBash '09

Just got back from a fab industry event known as BizBash, which was held at the LA Mart this year.
We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

June 8, 2009

Lovely Lace

Lace details make a perfect addition to any soft and romantic wedding theme. Martha Stewart featured this adorable project in her most recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings: We've moved! Please follow us to Ariel Yve Design to finish this post!

June 2, 2009

Sarah and Chase's Romantic Vintage Wedding

Here is a little sneak peak of a drop dead gorgeous wedding that I'd produced this past weekend for an adorable couple named Sarah and Chase. I kept hearing comments from the wedding vendors and guests saying that this was the most beautiful wedding that they'd ever seen...period. I can't wait to share more pictures with you! We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design

May 28, 2009

Darling Dessert Buffet

I just saw this deliciously designed dessert buffet featured on Style Me Pretty (created by the uber chic Amy Atlas) and thought that the bright colors and fun patterns would inspire you as much as they inspire me.We've moved! Please read the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

May 27, 2009

Great Review!

My client (and friend) from the weekend before last, just emailed me that she'd posted a review about me onto the http://www.santabarbarawedding.com/ discussion forum.
We've moved! Please finish this post at: Ariel Yve Design 

Kenya and Keith's Wedding Pictures

Here are a few preview images, and link to the slide show of a unique purple and green wedding that my L.A. event specialist Eyal and I coordinated for Kenya and Keith, the weekend before last. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Designs

May 22, 2009

Lyndsey A. Inspired Style Board

This is a style board inspired by Lyndsey A., who will be getting married at the Four Seasons Biltmore this July. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

May 21, 2009

A Private Event at Santa Barbara Zoo

Last night, I produced a fun event for the Santa Barbara/Ventura County ABC Networking Group at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Rincon Catering provided amazing food and wine, Jan of Jan's Flowers created gorgeous peony filled centerpieces and Classic Party Rentals supplied the tables, bamboo folding chairs and orange crinkle taffeta linens.
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May 19, 2009

My Heaven On Earth

On the eve of my 26th birthday (now 1am the morning of), I lay awake thinking about how yet another year has passed me by. How every moment of my life seems to escape me faster than the last. How I have experienced so much in such a short period of time and how I still have so much to learn and achieve.
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May 14, 2009

May Wedding Preview

Here is a sneak preview of table settings of one of my lovely May brides. The vibe for this wedding is going to be vintage, lush and romantic.... and I think that we were achieved that with this look. We've moved! Please finish enjoying this entry at:Ariel Yve Design

May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Here are a few shots of the table scape that I'd created for the Mother's Day Brunch that I held this morning to honor my mother and grandmother. To find out what it looked like, please visit us at: Ariel Yve Design

May 6, 2009

Royally Red Flowers created by Ariel

I absolutely love red. It's rich. It's bold. It's royal.

Though I love sleek and modern as well as cute and preppy, I have to say that my very favorite style is that of rich romance. We've moved! Please savor the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

My " Natural" Glow

Lately, I've been receiving tons of compliments on my wonderful tan. I get "did you go on vacation?" Haha...I wish! Wedding seasons is crazier than ever for me this year, so I've been up to my eyeballs in client event details, industry events and last minute meetings. We've moved! Find the secret to my 'natural' glow at: "Ariel Yve Design

April 30, 2009

Eco-Chic Flowers

Though it's not always easy or obvious, there are some fabulous options out there for greening up your wedding. I was recently contacted by an imaginative Eco-conscious company called Terra Malia Designs. We've moved! Please enjoy the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

April 26, 2009

I've been told that video is the future in blogging. Crappy video...not so much. I just got a new Flip Camera, so I wanted to test it out on an arrangement that I created using color blocking with roses picked entirely from my home's formal rose garden. We've moved! Please follow us to: Ariel Yve Design

Chris and Melissa's Wedding

This amazing wedding took place at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. I had the pleasure of working with world renowned photographer Jose Villa, who captured these amazing images. Together, with the bride, we planned an unforgettable destination wedding weekend for 70 of the couple's closest friends and family. Congratulations guys! You were a blast to work with! We've moved! Please find us at Ariel Yve Design

April 24, 2009

Ariel's "Dream 100 List"

This is a must read (there's $$$ in it for you):

I've been known for bringing the dreams of my clients to life for a number of years now. This year, I want to make a few of my own dreams come true too. I've created a list of 100 of my "Dream" celebrity clients.We've moved! Please read about this dream list at: Ariel Yve Design

April 22, 2009

Mari and Andrew's Wedding

Here is a mixed media movie that I put together from Mari and Andrew's Wedding using a new software that I just purchased. This couple was amazing to work with...gorgeous, grateful and so in love. Of course I can't forget to give major props to Megan Sorel who took these amazing photos.

April 19, 2009

Association of Bridal Consultant's Networking Event

A few weeks back, Mary Sushinksi and I had the pleasure of coordinating a large scale social event/fashion show/networking event at the Westlake Village Inn. With the help and support of our talented showcasing vendors, we were able to pull of a fabulous event for over 150 of Southern California's finest ABC wedding and event professionals.We've moved! Please follow us to  Ariel Yve Design

April 18, 2009

Anemones!

What's black and white and gorgeous all over? Anemones! We've moved - please finish enjoying this post over at: Ariel Yve Design

April 16, 2009

Chartreuse Style Board

I'm always get super excited when a client comes to me, and asks..."what do you think about green?" Green, especially chartreuse, adds such a fresh layer to nearly every color scheme.We've moved! Please continue to enjoy this post at Ariel Yve Design

Baby's Breath, The New Face of Chic

If you associate Baby's Breath with awful pink taffeta bridesmaids dresses, crimped hair, and the overall fuglyness known as the '80s....fear not! Unlike the daisy and carnation accented atrocities of prior decades, Baby's Breath is making a come back as a stand alone flower. We've moved! Please finish being inspired by this post at: Ariel Yve Design

April 15, 2009

Mellow Yellow

As an event producer, I've seen oodles of trends and colors come and go.
I've planned events using every color of the rainbow...except for yellow. We've moved! Please be inspired by this post at: Ariel Yve Design

April 13, 2009

Wedding Stats

Don't believe everything that you hear in the news. Here are the current stats on wedding postponement due to the economy (courtesy of www.TheWeddingReport.com).We've moved! Please finish this fascinating post at: Ariel Yve Design

April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Today is my favorite holiday of the year...not really for religious reasons, but for all of the beautiful pastel colors (and yummy chocolate) that we've come to associate the holiday with. We've moved! Please finish enjoying this post at: Ariel Yve Design

April 8, 2009

Four Seasons Biltmore Offer

Happy Wednesday! Sorry for being MIA for a while. I was in Las Vegas for the Ultimate Business Mastery Summit...which was absolutely amazing! I had the opportunity to meet some of the worlds most brilliant and influential people. I'll be sure to post pictures in a few days. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at: Ariel Yve Design

March 29, 2009

Digital Calligraphy

I am a huge proponent of using calligraphy where ever possible. It adds such a rich and personal touch to every wedding detail.

In hopes that you enjoy the beauty of calligraphy as much as I do, I wanted to share one an affordable, yet incredibly stylish calligraphy resource with you. We've moved! Please finish reading this post at Ariel Yve Design

March 24, 2009

Spring Flowers

In honor of the recent Spring Equinox, I wanted to posting a few of my favorite spring inspired bouquets. Though many of these blooms can be found year round, it is the whimsy and joie de vive with which these floral combinations are arranged, that inspire dreams of sunkissed afternoons.


Simple elegance, found in a casual hand tied cascade of white clematis blooms and vines. (Image from Martha Stewart Weddings)




A cheerful domed bouquet featuring at least two types of yellow tea roses, yellow spray roses and peach garden roses. (Image from Martha Stewart Weddings)




A luxuriously lush nosegay featuring an assortment of vibrantly hued fringe and parrot tulips. (Image from Martha Stewart Weddings)




This delightfully soft and feminine cascading bouquet is composed of pink ranunculus, pink spray roses, white lily of the valley and white nerines. (Image from InStyle Weddings, Spring 2008)



With this fabulously fluffy bouquet of lilac, purple sweet peas and purple lisianthus it's easy to see why plum is one of the "it" colors of 2009. (Image from Martha Stewart Weddings)

March 22, 2009

Showing Support

My good friend and fellow wedding planner, Sara Holley emailed me today with information on an amazing project that she's involved in.

In Sara's words:
"Brian & I are running the Rock & Roll Seattle Marathon on July 27th, 2009!!! We've moved! Please read the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

March 15, 2009

Affordable Couture Wedding Gowns

After my appearance on WE TVs "Platinum Weddings," I've gained tremendous national attention.

Brides from all over the country email me daily, asking questions as unique and diversified as they are...but one consistent question that I get is "where did you find that gown?" Unfortunately, the gown that I wore is no longer being produced, but in an attempt to help more feature brides find their perfect dress, I thought that I'd pass along the info on the company that helped me find my perfect gown. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

March 11, 2009

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 1

Tonight is an exciting night for me. I am going to be attending the YWD Magazine launch party for the release of their Spring '09 issue. In honor of my article in the new issue on "Estate Weddings" (pages 197-199), I thought that I would write a series of posts, highlighting my favorite event/wedding estates, palaces and off-site venues located all over the world. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 2

This venue is a castle located right here in the US...New York to be exact. Numerous celebrities, aristocrats and socialites have married within the castle's walls. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 3

Here are images from one of the grandest venues in the world. This location is in San Francisco, can gracefully accommodate 120-400+ guests and features a massive 23 karat gold encrusted dome. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 4

Another one of my favorite San Francisco Off-site venues. This venue is managed by the city, so the rental is quite reasonable. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design Note, even though this massive space is covered, this is al fresco, so it should only be considered for events to be held during the summer months if you don't want to see heaters in your pictures (a pet peeve of mine).

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 5

Here are a few images of a greatly underutilized venue located right here in Los Angeles. The rental is really affordable and the architecture is amazing. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 6

This is a stunning Royal Palace located just outside of London. During a European holiday with my husband Joey (boyfriend at the time), I visited this palace. The state apartments and gardens where absolutely stunning. So much so that Joey came really close to proposing to me on the spot. Anyway, during our exploration of the palace, We'd discovered that the grounds where available "for hire" as the Brits say. From that moment on, We couldn't get this location out of our heads. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

Favorite Wedding Estates, Palaces and Off Site Venues: Part 7

Last but far from least is in my opinion the most stunning palace I have ever seen. This palatial estate is located just outside of Paris and has played host to some of the worlds most illustrious soirees. Every time, I see this venue, I literally get choked up because the beauty of the architecture is so great. Hey what can I say, I'm a Taurus...I strongly identify with beauty and grandeur. 
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March 10, 2009

Affordable Save the Dates


I was just perusing the invitation section of Etsy and came across these affordable and cute Save the Dates (STD). Just $62.50 for 50 of them!!! A tiny price to pay for a quality, customized printed STD. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

March 9, 2009

Last Minute Holiday Wedding

I just received an email from Michael and Anna Costa, with a link to view their work from the wedding of one of my sweetest couples, June and Jim.

In the first week of December '08, I received a phone call from a concerned bride who had a budget of $5,500 and wanted to get married on 12/30/08(which at the time, was only three weeks away). Though the bride and groom had been soul mates for nearly 8 years, and engaged for 6 of the 8 years, life got in the way a number of times, delaying June and Jim from making their love official. Just out of curiosity, I asked the bride why she was suddenly in such a rush. She replied "On December 30th, Jim is going to be turning 40. Being the romantic that he is, his only birthday wish is to get married." We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

March 5, 2009

Elizabeth and Tim's Wedding Movie

Here is the wedding movie from Elizabeth and Tim's wedding, masterfully created by the amazing Elysium Productions team.

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March 3, 2009

2009 Trends

I'm constantly asked about past, present and future trends in weddings, so I thought that that I'd take a moment to share what we'll be seeing in 2009.

The Setting:

With budgets tightening, it is projected that nearly 70% of brides will opt to have a destination wedding (non-hometown) in attempt to cut back on the guest list.


The Day-
Friday night. Most locations offer lower food and beverage for events not held on Saturdays. In Los Angeles, Fridays are typically the best value. In Santa Barbara, Sundays reign supreme in terms of cost savings. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post; Ariel Yve Design

February 26, 2009

Reliving History

I've definitely neglected my blog for the past few days, but I have a good reason. I've been in the wonderful (and COLD) city of Boston!

This is my second visit to Bean Town, and I must say that the food, architecture and residents are even more wonderful than I'd remembered them to be. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

February 23, 2009

Keith and Kenya's Engagement Session

I just got an email from Kenya, one of my gorgeous brides. She was really excited to show me images from her engagement photo session. After seeing the slideshow created for Kenya and her fiance Keith, I can see why. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

February 18, 2009

Wednesday Wedding Inspiration- Grapewood Canopy

I was searching for "grapewood" for one of my brides the other day and came across this picture. I've used grapewood in a number of different applications, but never this way. Ariel Yve DesignWe've moved! Please find the rest of this post at:

Attention East Coast Couples!

Attention all of my East Coast clients and readers! We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

February 17, 2009

Tip of the Week - The Signature Drink

With the growing popularity of the "signature drink," I am always looking for new and fun ways to help my clients create their own custom drinks.


I've had couple's serve drinks local to their wedding's region. I have couples serve their own personal favorites....and of course, I've had lots of couples serve drinks that coordinate with their wedding's color scheme. These are are fantastic methods of creating custom drinks, but they've all been done.

Since brides are becoming even more trend conscious, I am getting loads of requests from couples wanting new ideas for taking their signature drink(s) to the next level...so here are a few new ideas.

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Elizabeth and Tim's 8.9.08 Wedding, Part 2

Here are just a few more images from Elizabeth and Tim's wedding.


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Elizabeth and Tim's 8.9.08 Wedding

I've received tons of hits on my blog within just 8 hours, so I wanted to start adding some content for your viewing pleasure.

Here are a few images from the wedding of Elizabeth and Tim, who where an absolute delight to work with. Their August '08 wedding took place at the Villa where ABC's "The Bachelor" is filmed. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at: Ariel Yve Design

February 16, 2009

Welcome!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I've enjoyed following the blogs of my fellow event professionals for some time, but until now, I have been a blog-less wonder. I am totally new to blogging, so please be patient with me. We've moved! Please find the rest of this post at Ariel Yve Design

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