REAL WEDDING | Melissa + Eddie | A gorgeous, fun-filled Southern California barn wedding with absolutely NO COLOR SCHEME!

Ok, here’s how this post is going to begin: yesterday, my Dad called me up to ask me a question, for he was writing an email to a friend and he needed to know something pronto:

Me: Hey Popsicle, wussup?

Dad: Is ‘WTF’ ‘what the f***?’

Me: lolololololololololololol

Dad: …

Me: Yes.

Dad: Ok.  Thanks!

~ Fin ~

Sorry.  I just had to share that little piece of my family with all of you, because it’s so incredibly exemplary of our interactions.  Not in that we cuss like sailors and acronym it up, gangsta-style on a daily basis with our friends and relatives (in fact, my parents practically never curse; a truly amazing talent), but that… well, that we talk… like that.  Which I think is why I am who I am today.  Good thing?  You be the judge. ;)

I’d like to get to the good stuff now.  The really, really good stuff.  That’s what I call whatever Amelia Lyon sends my way.  And she’s given me some of that boom boom pow in this, the wedding of Melissa and Eddie.

Let me share with you a few of my favorite things about this affair… First off, this couple is so deeply, hopelessly in love.  You can just sense it, through the images.  It’s so evident, and I adore that when I see it in weddings (and I’ll add that I don’t always see it in weddings).  Second, I am in lust with their escort cards, err, escort mini piñatas.  They’ve got to be the cutest, most unique approach to escort cards I’ve seen in quite a long time, and they make me smile like a child at the front of the line, holding a thin stick.

Last, but CERTAINLY not least, the surprisingly aggressive vertical cake face plant.  From behind, no less!  A shameless but wholly fun-loving attack on her pretty lil punim… and wouldn’t you know, she took it IN STRIDE.  Even more, she was all smiles!  Seriously though, the cake smushing going on here is sooo wrong, that it goes all the way around to being right.  And you’re listening to someone who’s seriously not a fan of unsolicited cake-to-face meetings.  Kudos to Melissa, for being so chillaxed about the unexpected dessert service, and kudos to Eddie, for having serious balls and finding such a laid-back wonderful lady with whom to share the rest of his life.  SO GLAD it worked out so well.  And those images you guys are going to see of that moment at the end of this post?  They are among my favorite of the bunch.

Let’s begin, shall we?

By the way, remember that long necklace trend we tackled about two weeks ago?  Here it is again, more gorgeous than ever.  Style WIN!

Brace yourself; you’re about to see some first look pics.  (They always make me tear up a bit, because I’m emo like that, ya dig?  Don’t hate, participate.)

Now, wipe away the happy tears, and listen up…

We’ve got the details on this amazing couple’s Big Day, from the perspective of their stellar event designer/planner, Jesi Haack:

Melissa and Eddie came to me with open hearts and minds.  I was so excited!  Nothing is more fun than clients who trust me with design for their wedding.  The one idea they had was to incorporate their hispanic culture in their reception.  I LOVED it.  That meant lots of color, music and entertainment!  So we started with a color scheme….or NO color scheme!  We went with ALL colors.  Here is a bit of a roadmap of all of our design decisions:

Bridesmaids styling: each bridesmaid was assigned a specific accent color.  They all wore black dresses with their assigned color showing in a custom made hair flower and their bouquet they carried.

Groomsmen styling: each groomsman wore a different color tie that corresponded with their bridesmaid.

Escort card presentation:  each guest received a mini piñata with their name and table assignment draped around it’s neck.

Guest book:  To match all of the fun Papel Picado we used around the reception, we made mini “papel picado” papers for the guests to write on then they pinned their paper to a large frame that had string hanging throughout.  We created their own personal Papel Picado that they can take and hang in their home to remember all of the sweet things their family and friends said to them.

Table decor:  we used ivory linens with all different color votive candles, brightly colored flowers placed in a turqouise vase.  The table number was a brightly colored piece of wood with a different colored number attached.

Party favor:  at each place setting a cakeball lollipop wrapped in a brightly colored ribbon waited for the guests.

Shaved Ice Bar:  The bride’s family’s business is Shaved Ice.  They brought in their set up for the wedding.  We strung a TON of Papel Picado around the gazebo to create a fun environment for the shaved ice booth.  It was such a hot day and the guests were LOVING it!

Family Tree:  Hanging from the huge tree in the middle of the venue we strung 40 brightly colored picture frames filled with family pictures of the bride and the groom.

Salsa Lesson:  We hired professional dancers to kick off the dancing with a salsa lesson.  SO FUN!

Check ‘em out!  Escort mini piñatas in the hizzy!!!

I adore this dessert table on so many levels.

And now… the cake smush.  I love the way Amelia puts it: “The first photo with Eddie’s expression while he ‘lovingly’ shoves cake into his bride’s face is priceless!”  Sooo true!

My favorite shot…

Nope, not the end.  That right there is the beginning.


Photography: Amelia Lyon Photography / Venue: Red Horse Barn / Event design & planning: Jesi Haack Weddings / Florist: devynn’s garden / DJ: D’Jay Company / Videographer: SML Productions / Hair & makeup: Nicole DeAnne / Caterer: Newport Rib Co. / Dessert display: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Shaved Ice: lil shavers Hawaiian shave ice

By the way… guess how Melissa and Eddie met?  Salsa dancing.  Isn’t that sort of the dreamiest way to meet your husband?  And truly, there are few things sexier than a man who can dance.

More importantly, what do you guys think of Melissa and Eddie’s wedding?  Are you digging the escort cards as much as I am?  And what are your thoughts on cake smushing in zee face?  I’m kind of dying to know.

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Color, Multi, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Jennifer on October 14, 2010

    I’m glad to see I am not the only bride with no definite color scheme.

  2. The Realistic Nutritionist on October 14, 2010

    I love her big flower head piece!! So gorgeous. And those little piñatas are to die for. What a gorgeous little affair!

  3. Lauren @ ELD on October 14, 2010

    Hahaha don’t you love how our parents are learning the acronyms for things and such? And as for this wedding, I’m obsessed with Jesi- her work is just so amazing! Love love love it!!

  4. Julie Hill on October 14, 2010

    I am dying to know if that flower is real of fake in her hair? Do you know details by chance. Love it!

  5. Gigi on October 14, 2010

    Wow! I can feel the love from this wedding. Although I am not a fan of cake smushing, they did it with such caring and then kissed each other. Awwwww.
    The cakeball lollipops and the “papel picados” are my favorites. And–a Salsa lesson to kick off the dancing!!! What fun. Great wedding.

  6. Anonymous on October 14, 2010

    Such an amazing wedding!! Great photography and the non existing color scheme is genius!!!

  7. Katherine on October 14, 2010

    These two are adorable! The rib bibs?! The fact that they are not hung up on “clean” finger foods makes my heart sing :) great post!

  8. TheDemoiselle on October 14, 2010

    This is making me want my own pinata! Love every colorful detail! (I’m usually not a fan of the cake smush but they managed to make it sweet.)

  9. Kim @BrideGoggles on October 14, 2010

    Mini pinatas!?!? Be still my child-loving, sweet-obsessed heard :)

  10. Jesi haack on October 14, 2010

    wow, what a beautiful and well written post! :) Thank you so much, it really WAS as fun as it looked! WOOT WOOT!

  11. Debbie @ Bridalhood on October 14, 2010

    What a super fun wedding – loving all the fiesta themed decor – especially the mini pinatas!

  12. Postcards and pretties on October 14, 2010

    fiesta weddings are always so fun & colorful and those mini pinata rule!!!
    ps. ♥ your dad convo too lol

  13. TenThouBride on October 14, 2010

    i LOVE this wedding! color scheme, shmolor…shcheme? i love the bright flowers!

  14. Megan Acosta on October 14, 2010

    Wowzers! This is all sorts of fab! Amazing!

  15. Super Burbs on October 14, 2010

    This wedding so SO fun!!! Love the pinatas!

  16. Victoria Sharkey on October 14, 2010

    holy happy heart! where do i begin…

  17. Aileen@LoveandLavender on October 14, 2010

    Love love love this wedding!

  18. Christina on October 14, 2010

    the family tree is such a cute and great idea!

  19. Jen @ AnyWay Weddings on October 14, 2010

    This is probably one of my favorite weddings EVER. I love everything about it – the use of color is so inventive, and the escort cards are Be to the Yond. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Melody @ Sweet & Saucy Shop on October 14, 2010

    Thanks so much for the post! This was such a fun wedding to be a part of!

  21. Christine Garcia on October 14, 2010

    Love it!! And soo true… I know this couple and they are the epitome of true love!

  22. Thesassybride on October 15, 2010

    Her dress is gorgeous & LOVE the cake in the face! lol That is the best.

  23. Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} on October 15, 2010

    I heart California. I love the no-color-scheme. So festive! And I always like to see BBQ served. This wedding is amazing on so many different levels. The couple is gorgeous (like are they models or what?) and the wedding is so elegant, but it’s also quite festive. What and incredible balance. Loved it; thanks for sharing.

  24. Kate Holland on October 15, 2010

    What a fun fun wedding!! Love the mini piñatas, and all the colour!! So vibrant. And yes the cake smushing is priceless…. she’s a brave girl!

  25. Melissadsykes on October 16, 2010

    it was fake but jesi did a great job choosing a beautiful flower

  26. Ashley on October 16, 2010

    Okay- those mini pinatas are the jam. That is the coolest thing I have seen in a while.

  27. Mich<3 on October 22, 2010

    Please tell me who the dress designer is!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED to know!!! I am in love!

  28. woodworking project plans on October 26, 2010

    What a super fun wedding – loving all the fiesta themed decor – especially the mini pinatas!

  29. Amy on November 12, 2010

    I love your writing and I adore @amelialyon! This wedding is so perfect!

  30. Hillary Jo on December 13, 2010

    damn you for making me cry.

  31. Katie on February 22, 2011

    This wedding is unbelievably gorgeous!!! Please please please tell us who makes that incredible dress!

  32. Susan on February 12, 2012

    Beautiful photos. What is the name of the location?

  33. PoseBooth on March 4, 2016

    Lovely wedding

  34. PoseBooth on March 4, 2016

    Love it


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