An Intimate Wedding with Vintage Touches.

We love an intimate family focused affair.  When thinking about their dream day, this adorable couple, Nick and Ashley, decided to keep the guest list small.  As the bride herself told us, "We ended up having 52 guests. We only invited immediate family and very few close friends. We wanted only those we felt closest to, sharing in our special day. It also allowed us to have a wedding at a more elaborate location."  She is right.  By keeping the number of guests at a minimum, they were able to book the luxurious location they had both fallen in love with, the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

{Scott Robert Photography}

They kept the event personal by adding sweet individual touches such as "framed black and white photos of the married wedding guests who attended the wedding, scattered throughout the tables during the reception." 

This couple loves to scour vintage stores, flea markets, and furniture stores.  During one such shopping trip, the bride scored when she found the 1940s vintage cake topper pictured above.

{Scott Robert Photography}

For a bride who owns her own clothing boutique, her wedding was sure to include some fashion influences.  They used a coffee table book, "Vera Wang on Weddings" that the bride was gifted at her bridal shower, as their guestbook.  The couple told us that "the book is filled with black and white images and we used a silver metallic pen for guests to write messages. We still go through it and read what wise advice or messages our guests left us."  The bride wore a Jenny Lee dress.  It had a pink lining, which gave the dress a blush color.  Ashley tells us that she's still in love with her dress.

Continuing with their intimate family affair, the bridal party consisted of Ashley’s two sisters, and two “new” sisters, while the groom’s party included his brother, his father, and a couple close friends.

{Scott Robert Photography}

Their invitation, designed by Hello Lucky, gave a nod to their daytime nuptials, but also reflected the overall feeling of formality and elegance.

We heart you two.  Thanks for sharing your special day with us. xoxo. 

See more of the wedding here.


Smitten Kittens.  

We have crushes on many, many things at Sitting in a Tree, because we are gushing girls that fall for most things pretty.  And if it is possible to have a crush on a physical space then we are so crushing on Marvimon in LA.  The eclectic decor, mixed match collection of lighting and furniture and exposed brick in the old auto showroom provide such a cool backdrop for events that it doesn't need much in the way of styling.  

{Boutwell Studio}

{Braedon Photography}

{JAC Photography}

{Boutwell Studio}

No frills needed.  Look at all the natural greenery the space provides.

{Stephanie Williams}

{Sarah K Chen

These chairs and barstools are to die for.

{Sarah K Chen

The garage doors that roll up create an amazing indoor/outdoor flow.

{Christine Farah}

One huge amazing mirror creates drama in the space and reflects light.   {Boutwell Studio}

An old bathtub in the garden.  Love, love, love.

{Boutwell Studio}

So, if you are planning a wedding in Southern California- have no doubts about this location. It is stunning, memorable and all the vignettes leave us absolutely weak in the knees. We heart Marvimon!  



The Dress.

We know it's not always in the budget to buy that billion dollar wedding dress you've been lusting we've found some great alternatives for you.  And the best part, all of these dresses are under $500!  Go short and sweetone shoulderedshort and demurelong and goddess-y, or glam it up.  Whatever look you choose, all eyes will be on you.


Crushing on the Bow Tie.

Lately, we have a major crush on boys in bow ties.  Maybe it's our big old Chuck Bass obsession, but we're digging the retro and slightly nerdy, slight dapper look.  Once associated with with just tuxes and proms, the bow tie is back with style.  It takes a certain confidence to carry if off and we can't get enough.

Perhaps the best dressed groom in a long while...

via Once Wed {Erin Hearts Court}

Love how this one coordinates with a little pocket square in a spring-y color.

via Green Wedding Shoes {Leigh Miller}

The look with suspenders is adorable in an engagement session.

{Open Air Photography}

Less traditional colors, patterns and fabrics create a playful look. 

{Jenny Ebert}

Extra charming when used to create a feeling of nostalgia in a vintage type affair.

{Josh Goleman}



A Boutonniere for your Boy.

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about the groom.  Yes, flower boutonnieres are ohhhh so pretty, but we heart a guy who's willing to go a little unconventional on the big day.

Peacock feathers...

{Christine Chang}

Handmade fabric flowers...

An uber cute pinwheel... 

Natural cotton...

{Bella Grace Studios}

Buttons and feathers...

Brightly colored buttons...

A ribbon medallion...

We are loving a guy that can spice it up.  After all, this day is all about the two of you....and you both should be looking your best while honoring your personal style.