I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kathryn and Rob on a family friendly destination wedding. Living in Chicago, the couple wanted to bring their 5 children to Southern California for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of close family and friends. Their request was to make the event child-friendly and “non-weddingy”. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was the perfect venue for a combination family vacation and wedding ceremony. We were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day that showcased the sweeping ocean views.The flowers, by Isari Flower Studio, were colorful and bright and featured elements true to our California themed wedding with sea shells, coral and sea stars. The couple’s children were adorable and served as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls carried candy pomanders made from Dum-Dum lollipops, while the boys wore pinwheel boutonnieres with their own candy centers.
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Officiant: Dale Gottschalk
Entertainment/DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Photography: Ian Grant Photography
Wedding Design & Planning: Stephanie Rose Events
When a bride asked for a fun, child-friendly, casual and colorful wedding, my first thought was pinwheels! The pinwheels of our childhoods have become sophisticated and can be used to bring fun and whimsy to any event. Plus, they are easy to make, inexpensive, and can fit any decor.
To make a pinwheel, you will need to start with a square piece of paper. For aisle decor, I use 12″x12″ double-sided scrapbook paper. At each corner, cut towards the center of the paper stopping about an inch from the center. Then, using a glue gun, secure every other corner to the center of the paper.
Once your 4 corners are secure, you can either use the pinwheel as a single pinwheel, or make smaller pinwheels and glue them into the center of the large pinwheel for a more detailed effect. If you don’t want the pinwheel to spin, you can glue the pinwheel onto a dowel. If you want the pinwheel to spin, secure the pinwheel to a dowel by using a pin or nail. Then you can finish the pinwheel by gluing a decorative piece into the center of the pinwheel or wrapping the dowel with ribbon. (It’s actually easier to wrap the dowel first and then attach the pinwheel).
I am thinking of using Christmas paper to make pinwheel ornaments for our tree this year, or even to use as gift tags.
Here are some pinwheels I am using for an upcoming wedding: