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As we head into the weekend, we thought the perfect way to enjoy our Friday is with a recap of our favorite party of the year: The Cream Event.

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If you haven’t ever been, here’s how it works. The genius team behind The Cream Event sets a mood/theme for all the vendors–and for you! This year, the color scheme included tons of whites and creams–so everything from decor to fashion was all in these hues!! All sorts of killer wedding vendors are invited to show off their wares for you–the attendee. What is amazing is that you can see how one inspiration board can be interpreted in so many different ways! What a killer way to check out wedding pros in the actual context with which you’d use them!

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Not only do you get to meet and chat with killer designers, but you also get to sip fab cocktails and munch on insanely delish food, and learn more about all kinds of amazing options to make your wedding gorg–think exquisite linens, bespoke bow ties, venue resources, stunning cakes, vintage furniture, gilded tableware–the list goes on!

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Lady Grey made an appearance with a little station to show of her Mrs. Box collection with special thanks to Bloom Babes for our fab flowers and Found Vintage Rentals for our furniture!

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After plenty of oogling at all the pretty, entertainment and dancing kicks off (with plenty of cocktails to go around for everyone!).

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Every year, The Cream Event ends with the most epic dance off. For this year’s prize to the dance off winner, Wanderable teamed up with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (who has spent the last decade checking into the world’s most stylish, inspiring and romantic boutique hotels) to offer a 7 night honeymoon in France at this year’s Cream Event in Los Angeles. The incredible giveaway included a $2,000 hotel credit in Paris (which can be used at any of the 65 properties in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel Collection in France), as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences, like a Flytographer photo shoot, Macaron making class, guided tours of Montmartre and Versailles and foodie excursions! In total, the prize was valued at over $5,000!!! Crazy, right? That’s why things get a little crazy during the dance off:

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If you didn’t know, Wanderable is a super fab online resource for the chic, modern couple who values experiences over things. Their site allows you to register for custom experiences, rather than the standard gift, and we love the idea! In fact, Wanderable is offering a $20 credit if you sign up by clicking here! So great, right?

For an even better feel for the action at The Cream Event, check out the videos below, which give you a little taste of all the fun we had!

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Vendors: Photography: Brian Tropiano PhotographyMichael Radford PhotographyOur Labor of LoveThe Wedding Artist CollectiveYes, Dear Studio // Video: Shark PigButter PicturesThe Wedding Artist Collective // Designers: Beijos EventsEsoteric EventsGreen Ribbon PartiesKarson Butler EventsPow WowTwofold LA // Florist: Bloom BabesBloom & PlumeEmblem FlowersJL DesignsMoon CanyonStella Bloom Designs // Caterers: Contemporary CateringMIHO Catering CoPaula LeDuc Fine Cateringroomforty // Rentals: Borrowed BluThe Plant LibraryFound Vintage RentalsHostess HavenLa Tavola Fine Linen RentalsThe Water CottageTown & Country Event RentalsYeah! Rentals // Bar: ONEHOPEPharmacieThe Spare Room Off-Site // Sweets: Bo NuageHannah’s BananasSheila MaeSweet Lucie’s Ice CreamWhisk & Whittle // Lighting: The Lighter Side // Paper Goods: Paper Chase PressBliss & BoneA Fabulous FeteMon VoirSmitten on Paper // Photobooth: SmileboothThe Photo BusMobile Photo Booth // Music: Django FoxtrotElan ArtistThe Flashdance // Attire: The Black TuxGold Coast GoodsChristina Sfez // Misc.: William-Sonoma // Online: Grey Likes100 Layer CakeGreen Wedding ShoesInspired by ThisLenndLoverlyThe Venue ReportWanderable

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For those of you that are planning a wedding when the weather turns chilly next winter, this decor is sure to inspire you. Based on the film Frozen, this decor is perfect for a glamorous December wedding! What we love is that regardless of your inspiration or style, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is able to create a completely custom look for you, which of course includes complete wedding services that make planning incredibly easy (and fun!).

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Visit Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

Alright ladies. Here is the run down. I am genuinely obsessed with all things Crate and Barrel. I registered there for my wedding, and what I love is that they offer such a range of gift options featuring a modern yet totally classic design aesthetic in a wide variety of price ranges. This makes it the perfect spot to register because your friends and family will have plenty to choose from, and you can outfit your home in a stylish way–that’s totally easy to do! (Oh–and did we mention that you get 10% off for six months so you can complete your registry–and perhaps pick up one or two of those big ticket items you’ve been spying? PLUS, Crate and Barrel offers free shipping on all registry gifts over $99. Need more convincing? Check out even more benefits.)

We “went shopping” today online, and picked out some of our fave items for your registry. We’ve gone room by room, with a few furniture picks, and shown you how to accent these pieces so you can get inspiration for creating your registry. Hoping you love our finds! To find and attend a Wedding Party near you, head here.

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Bedroom: Bed / Sheets / Table Lamp / Rug / Nightstand

Bathroom: Towels / Laundry Basket / Glass Canisters

Dining: Pendant / Dining Table / Side Chair

Bar: Bar Cabinet / Cocktail Shaker / Copper Mugs

*This post was sponsored by Crate and Barrel, but we love them, and seriously, all opinions are blogger’s own!

Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:

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1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.

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2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!

For those of you that are looking for a major dose of jewel tones, today’s feature inspired will have you so excited! Inspired by Jasmine, with plenty of deep hues and a pop of sparkle, this look comes to you from Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. We know you know that jewel tones are so on trend right now, which is why we love that you can look to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons not only for killer planning services that include everything you’d need, but also for their ability to design a wedding that you’d absolutely love!

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Visit Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.