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Beautiful Danish Wedding – Inspired Anyone?

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Came across this blog and wanted to share it with all you brides to be in the Antleope Valley! Come see me if this inpspires you! – Karen

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Danish Wedding by No Eye Has Seen Photography



Oh how I love understated elegance. Lucky for me (and you) this cozy Danish wedding by No Eye Has Seen Photography serves up a delightful amount of just that through all the thoughtful and personal details. Let’s see, a cake made by the bride’s mother that took five days, a castle to share with their guests for the event, nods to their culture and love story, and a lovely blogger bride’s vision of a perfect wedding brought to life – I’d say this wedding is understated in the best possible way. For even more cozy, be sure to check out the full gallery of goodness.









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From the Bride…We knew from the beginning that we wanted our wedding to be cozy and intimate, and that it should reflect us as a couple. Planning this wedding forced us into an adventure of really getting to know ourselves, and extracting what was essentially us from the expectations that surrounded us and the traditions that surrounds a wedding. To sum it up in two words, we went for a “cozy elegance”, mixing elements of Danish and the Mediterranean, and keeping a balance between vintage and Scandinavian modern.

We didn’t feel the need to have the grandest of cakes, or the most spectacular of flowers – instead, we liked things to be understated and personal, pretty and feminine and chose a very simple palette of white, pink, charcoal grey and black. Our wedding was quite small with only 40 of our closest family and friends for the dinner and party. This is small even in Danish standards, where the number of guests at wedding will usually lie somewhere between 60 and 100. An intimate wedding, we felt, made it all that much more exclusive, and gave us the time to talk to our guests, some of which had travelled from other countries. We chose Sophienberg Castle as our venue because it was everything we wanted – it was small enough to give that cosy atmosphere which we were looking for, had a beautiful view over the sea and a park in the back for our guests to enjoy – and we were able to rent the whole castle for ourselves. With its gleaming white exterior and sparkling black roof, it also has a very timeless Danish, architectural style. We wanted our guests to feel that they entered a cocoon for a day in which we could create new memories together.

My mum had spent 5 days prior to our wedding making the wedding cake from scratch, which we served immediately after the ceremony. The cake consisted of fruit filling with a white chocolate layer over the entire top. We served cake and pink cremant from century old wooden boats, while we sailed down a romantic canal together with our guests. After the boat ride, Thomas and I left to get our portrait pictures taken while our guests drove up to the castle and got ready for dinner. We had chosen Alicia from No Eye Has Seen Photography to photograph our day, because she has a style which we really liked – a great balance between edgy and romantic, and a very different style from most wedding photographers in Denmark. Our engagement session with her the August prior to the wedding proved to us that she could make us look good in pictures even though we usually feel very awkward in front of a camera, and she is amazing at directing us and trying out many different things that we would never have thought of ourselves. The pictures really speak for Alicias talent – we didn’t believe we could look so good!

In many ways, our wedding was quite reflective of what would be expected at a Danish wedding, such as having homemade goods like the cake and stationery. We also followed the Danish traditions of ripping the veil and cutting the groom’s socks, and dancing the bridal waltz before midnight. However, we felt it was important to sprinkle in some Mediterranean atmosphere too. I lived most of my life in Italy, and we were engaged in Barcelona in Spain; and we dream of one day buying an apartment in Paris, having had our favorite holidays there. We had an acoustic guitarist play background music throughout the dinner and also the bridal waltz. We set up long, narrow tables in 2 long rows so assimilate an Italian family dinner. My parents imported “Brutti e Buoni”, light almond and vanilla cookies which were invented a century ago in the area where I was brought up in Italy. It was quite important to me that my dress and the shoes were designed by a native of one of these countries, and ended up with a dress and shoes by Spanish designers Enzoani and Pedro Garcia.

Throughout the planning process however, we drew a lot of inspiration from American wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty. By bringing in elements such as a photobooth, the butterfly escort cards, and a shrug from Etsy which we had read about on American sites, we incorporated elements that really made our wedding stand out to our guests. During our planning process, I got inspired to start my own wedding blog, Pretty Chic Blog which is the only one of its kind in Denmark, hoping to be able to inspire other Danish brides with ideas on how to make their own wedding personal and a reflection of themselves.


Photography: Alicia Candelora of No Eye Has Seen Photography / Reception Location: Sophienberg Castle / Shoes: Pedro Garcia / Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Knitted shrug: Deniz’s shop at Etsy / Photobooth: Think Photography



Elegant Affairs, AV’s first choice in Wedding & Reception venues. 661.951.2261


Reference Link: The Wedding Planning Institute

Elegant Affairs
42525 10th Street West
Lancaster, California 93534
Phone (661) 951-2261
Email Address:



February 23, 2011 Posted by | av private reception, av wedding garden, AV wedding planner, av wedding reception, av wedding venue | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Surprise Wedding Proposal Story – Caught on Film!

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A Surprise Wedding Proposal Story – Caught on Film!

Posted Friday, January 07, 2011 11:29 PM

Today’s blog entry is a little wedding fairytale! This is Lee and Matt, and he has the thumbs up from all the girls in the office today. The rest of this story is brought to you by their lovelyphotographer!

Her favorite number is 11. She loves ice skating. She’s always wanted to get married on Friday 11/11/11. He contacted and hired me before Christmas [so that we could do this shoot on 1/1/11]. We made plans via email; I checked his Facebook page to know what they look like, etc.

(This is the famous statue at the World famous Rockfeller Center skating rink)

The day of we sent text messages to each other. I positioned myself at the edge of the rink and he spotted me.  After they slowly went around 2-3 times (he’s not an ice skater), he stopped, hugged her, and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

She later said that she thought it was a joke because they were still waiting to get engaged. People on and around the rink applauded and cheered and they took 2 more laps around the rink.

Congratulations Lee and Matt!

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Photos: WendyG Photography (




Elegant Affairs, AV’s first choice in Wedding & Reception venues. 661.951.2261


Reference Link: The Wedding Planning Institute

Elegant Affairs
42525 10th Street West
Lancaster, California 93534
Phone (661) 951-2261
Email Address:


February 17, 2011 Posted by | av private reception, av wedding garden, AV wedding planner, av wedding reception, av wedding venue | , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Engaged: Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

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Just Engaged: Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

You said yes — what now? Read on for the basics for planning a wedding.

Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off (and you take a second to peel your eyes away from that sparkly ring on your finger!), you’ll need to make a lot of decisions. Don’t get overwhelmed — here are the first nine things you need to do after you get engaged.

Set a Timetable

The first thing to consider is how long your engagement will be. This will depend on a couple of factors, such as your ideal wedding date and how much time you’ll need to prepare. A typical engagement lasts anywhere from six months to a year and a half or more. If you got engaged during the holidays but always wanted a summer wedding, make sure you’ve got enough time to plan without making yourselves wedding-crazy, and keep in mind that many of the best vendors and reception sites book a year or more in advance.

Envision the Style

Your wedding style will be reflected first and foremost in the location, whether it’s a luxe ballroom or an intimate backyard reception. Discuss with your fiance where your wedding will take place (in one of your hometowns or in the city where you currently live, for example), and then start scouting sites that can accommodate your wedding style.

Set Your Budget

In the end, dollars, not dreams, are a main determining factor for the size and style of your wedding. So, what affects the price tag?

  • Formality: In general, the more formal the reception, the more expensive, considering you’ll have to match the site, food, and decor to the overall upscale tone.
  • Date and time: Saturdays, summer months, and evenings tend to be the most costly times to have a reception.
  • Location: In many cases, a wedding in a major metropolitan area is simply more expensive than in a smaller town.

Determine a Date

Choosing a wedding date can be tougher than you’d think. There are a few things to consider: How much time will you need to prepare for your wedding? Do any loved ones having a conflicting graduation, vacation, or pregnancy due date? If you have your heart set on a particular place, caterer, band, or photographer, the availability of these crucial vendors may also play a large part in your decision. Try to avoid dates of big conventions or other events that draw large crowds, since that might make it harder for out-of-town guests to get hotel rooms. Find out more wedding dates to avoid here.

Once you’ve picked the date, start your wedding checklist for a to-do list of what to do when.

Announce Your Engagement

Call your local newspaper, your alumni magazine, and anywhere else you want your engagement announcement to appear. Find out the name of the appropriate editor or department and ask for the writer’s guidelines or a standardized form, if available. Also, ask if there’s a fee for publication. Here’s what you need to know if you want to have an engagement photo session, plus a list of contacts for major newspapers.

You can also broadcast the news with a free wedding website.

Choose Your Attendants

It’s time to honor your closest friends and family members by picking your wedding parties. Remember, the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. (Here’s help if you’re not sure who to choose.) Keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend their hard-earned money and donate their precious time — be considerate and kind by informing everyone about all your plans, showing them a good time, and making sure they know how much you appreciate them.

Make a Guest List

As you begin to build your guest list, you’ll need to consider a number of factors. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, for instance, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate (you can’t squeeze 300 people into a lighthouse). Would you rather have one-on-one time with each guest or to throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for all your friends and family? If Mom and Dad are adamant about inviting throngs of friends and family, you’ll have to hear them out — especially if they’re footing a major part of the bill. Obviously, the more relatives you must invite, the larger your list will be. And more guests means a bigger bill, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis. So, in addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.

Create and manage your online wedding guest list.

Consider a Consultant

If you’re a super-busy couple, hire a full-time wedding consultant to help you prepare your entire event, from the announcement to the honeymoon. You can also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint — including budget, schedule, and lists of good vendor and site choices — before you launch solo into the preparations. Another option is a day-of coordinator (which we definitely recommend), who will make sure everything goes as planned on your wedding day.

Find a consultant in your area with our local wedding vendor search.

Start Gown Shopping

It’s never too early to begin thinking about your wedding dress. Start by figuring out which style will look best on you. How? Learn the lingo before stepping foot in a dress salon. Read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains, and hues that might flatter you. Season will also affect your choice. Getting married in the sweltering summer? Go with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, linen, or organza. Having a winter wedding? Brocade, faux fur, and velvet fabrics will keep you warm. Satin, shantung, silk, and tulle are perfect year-round.

Start your search now — view 1,000s of wedding dress photos.

— The Knot

Elegant Affairs, AV’s first choice in Wedding & Reception venues. 661.951.2261

Reference Link: The Wedding Planning Institute

Elegant Affairs
42525 10th Street West
Lancaster, California 93534
Phone (661) 951-2261
Email Address:


February 8, 2011 Posted by | av private reception, av wedding garden, AV wedding planner, av wedding reception, av wedding venue | , , , , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Weddings in the Antelope Valley



January 29, 2011 Posted by | av private reception, av wedding garden, AV wedding planner, av wedding reception, av wedding venue | , , , , | Leave a comment

Elegant Affairs, In The Beginning

Have you ever wondered how did I end up here? Well for me I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. From a very early age it was all about the details for everything I did. My family referred to me as” little miss perfectionist“.

Even personally ever detail from hair, make-up and wardrobe was crucial.

So being a wedding/event planner I was a natural. I found Elegant Affairs back in 2001 when I was looking for a location for one my brides. The previous owner was Sandy Davis started this amazing
journey that I am continuing. She
started Elegant after her daughter Melissa got married and they realized there
really wasn’t an all inclusive venue in the AV for weddings and receptions. So
her vision became a reality. Once I
found Elegant and did my first wedding I continued to use the venue for future
brides and events I planned.

I was absolutely in love with the venue and everything it had to offer. After a few years having and wonderful new friendship with Sandy, she was considering retiring and had a perfect plan
to do so. Sandy knew she couldn’t retire
and sell her business to just anyone. So the perfect plan was Sandy had chosen
me to carry on with the Elegant Affairs. So, now five years since Sandy has
retired we are still AV’s first choice for a wedding and reception venue. I
love owning and operating my own business. I also now have the pleasure of
being a Certified Instructor and teach a course through The Wedding Planning
for individuals desiring to become certified wedding and event planners.
I am also a Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner, which I can offer
my experience and knowledge to my future brides.


January 15, 2011 Posted by | av private reception, av wedding garden, AV wedding planner, av wedding reception, av wedding venue | , , , , | Leave a comment