The Island Hotel, Newport Beach

Ryan and I were married on a Friday and left for our honeymoon the following Monday.  The night of the wedding, I wanted to stay somewhere local and fairly close to our venue so we chose the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  We had an amazing experience here!  The night before the wedding, my maid of honor and I stayed in their Island Corner Suite and it was fabulous!  Plenty of room to get ready right before the wedding and the perfect place for photos.  We had views of Fashion Island and the Pacific coastline.



kailey_wedding045Photography: Sargeant Creative | Island Hotel

Since we were not suppose to arrive at our venue until 3pm, it was nice to have a place to get ready with all my bridesmaids and just relax.  The Island Hotel provides amazing customer service, amenities, and I can’t wait to visit them again.

Have a fabulous day!



Wedding Cake by Creative Cakes

Good morning!  Picking out the wedding cake can be a really big decision for most couples.  Our wedding cake was made at Creative Cakes in Orange, California and included in the wedding package we chose from our venue.  The process was so simple and fun.  We decided on lemon with raspberry mousse, red velvet with white chocolate chip, and chocolate with chocolate mousse; everything was so fabulous it was hard to decide!  And even though we didn’t get much of our cake that night, we have our anniversary to look forward to!  Creative Cakes offers a free one year anniversary cake to all their brides.

Natalie from Natalie Galasso Designs added small clusters of red roses at various spots on the cake and a thick bed of red rose petals around the base.  The cake turned out exactly how I envisioned it!


Our cake topper was purchased through Etsy, unfortunately the gal who made it for us is no longer in business but there’s tons more like it on the site.


kailey_wedding530Photography: Sargeant Creative | Cake Stand: Baker Party Rentals

Now, who wants some cake?!

Have a fabulous day!



Flower Friday

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July yesterday.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the flowers that were on our sweetheart table.  I will be doing a post on that soon.

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I’m such a sucker for red roses!

Have a fabulous weekend!  I’ll see you guys next week…



Flower Friday

Happy Friday!  It’s my first Friday off in awhile and I’m getting some things ready for my sister’s baby shower next month and hanging with my little pup Soph.

About 3 weeks ago, my mom gave me a HUGE amount of hydrangeas from her garden and they’re still going strong.  I have about 5 bouquets around the house that are just beautiful!


I love how long hydrangeas last in vases!

Have a fabulous weekend friends!



Treats from Sweet and Saucy

Good afternoon!  I wanted to share with you some of the adorable goodies that I picked up for my dad for Father’s Day from the Sweet and Saucy Shop.  With locations in Long Beach and Newport Coast, Sweet and Saucy Shop specializes in unique and stunning wedding cakes, desserts for every occasion, and a large supply of cake stands.  Not only are Melody’s desserts beautifully made, but they taste amazing as well!


Sugar cookie ties…


Cake in a jar, so cute!


I figured these were just too cute not to share!  Head over to Sweet and Saucy’s website and check out all the amazing wedding cakes, too! 

Have a fabulous day!



A New Look for Live What You Love

Good morning friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend and a good day Sunday celebrating with dad!

I thought it was about time for an updated header picture from the wedding as well as a new background.  Natalie did an amazing job putting together the sweetheart table with beautiful deep red freedom roses, white hydrangeas, and red peonies.  Along with the regular votives, I had a few Z Gallerie votives that went perfectly with the overall look.  I love everything about this table.

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So, what do you think of the new layout?

Have a great week, see you back here soon!



Ceremony Floral Arrangements

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend!  I wanted to share with you our gorgeous ceremony altar flowers from Natalie Galasso Designs.  I started out with an inspiration picture like this one:

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I knew I wanted some kind of black urn to hold the flowers, all red with possibly some touches of white florals.

We couldn’t have been happier with how they came out!  These beauties were taken into the reception once the ceremony was over.


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Isn’t my husband cute?  Oops, back to the flowers.  Black footed urns were composed of deep red roses, peonies, dahlias, mokara orchids, amaranthus, and white hydrangeas.  I love how the colors just popped! 

Have a fabulous weekend!