L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding, Part Two
Aditya and Dana

Welcome to this wonderful Wednesday and to the second half of Aditya and Dana's truly eye-popping wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar. This was one of those elegant weddings that Jeff and I live for - it was upscale, refined, sophisticated, sweet, emotional, and seriously lovely.  Jennifer Cole Florals worked her magic with the decor and transformed the Pacific Terrace into a tented dream with lush centerpieces and a stunning head table overlooking the beloved view of the water from the elevated space. Wayne Foster Entertainment threw an epic dance party, Simply Posh Design created the elegant stationary, and Adele of L'Auberge coordinated the day with perfection.

I could go on and on about the fabulous team of vendors that we got to work with (they made our day SO wonderful), but the real treat was spending time with Aditya, Dana, and their warmhearted families. No matter how beautiful a wedding may look, it's the people that determine how a wedding ultimately feels, and I can say with all my heart that the day felt perfect!

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Aditya is such a sweetheart and Dana fits perfectly on his arm, which made the photos simply darling.

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LOVE! This is the kind of magic that happens when we're able to time the photos PERFECTLY. The stars truly aligned with the sun, the trees, the light, and this gorgeous girl.

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I can't stop gushing over the flowers from Jennifer Cole Florals. This reception looked and felt amazing!

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Long tables with lush linens and a draped ceiling - every detail was chosen perfectly!

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Meanwhile, guests enjoyed mingling at the cocktail hour down on Sunset Terrace.

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Then guests were guided up to the Pacific Terrace for dinner and toasts during sunset.

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After a wonderful meal, plenty of conversation, and emotional toasts, the party began downstairs with Wayne Foster Entertainment and didn't end until late!

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Aditya and Dana: Thank you for being so absolutely wonderful in front of our cameras. It was a DELIGHT to spend time with both of you and your families and to share in this meaningful day. Keep in touch and definitely give us a shout if you're ever looking to enjoy some wine or sip on bourbon!

Hugs,
Erin


Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : The Immaculata | Reception Location : L'Auberge Del Mar | Event Coordinator : Adele Meehan | Floral Design : Jennifer Cole Florals | Dress : Vera Wang | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Make-Up : Paula Mayer Studios | Hair : Paula Mayer Studios | Band : Wayne Foster Entertainment | Reception Lighting : Classic Party Rentals | Catering : L'Auberge Del Mar | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Stationery Designer : Simply Posh Design | Transportation : La Costa Limousine |


    

The Youngrens - Christine Schroder Weren’t they? I’m always floored by Jennifer Cole’s work!

Cindee Snider Re - WOW! Stunning! Every image!

Christine Schroder - Her flowers were STUNNING!

L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding, Part One
Aditya and Dana

He never thought of himself as a boy that was good with the ladies, and neither did his friends and family. He was simply Aditya - sweet, smart, ambitious, practical, and funny. So when those around him heard that he had a girlfriend - an outgoing, gorgeous girl with just as much talent and ambition as him - they all wanted to see proof that she was real.

And when they met Dana, they not only saw she that was real, but that she was the real deal for Aditya. Her warm heart matched his sensitive soul, his quiet nature balanced her boundless energy, and both of their brilliant minds pushed one another in their academic achievements. From the very beginning,  they were quite the pair. But when I see Aditya light up at Dana's laugh, and Dana lean into Aditya's steady arms, I know they will be real deal for a lifetime to come.

Aditya and Dana's wedding day was one of those elegant and traditional days with a stylish twist that Jeff and I simply adore. We had already fallen in love with the simply adorable Dana and Aditya themselves, but when we walked into Dana's parents home the morning of the wedding and saw a traditional-yet-modern Vera Wang gown hanging up, I melted into a puddle of happiness.

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Dana is a truly graceful girl, and I loved photographing her elegance.

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We spent a few minutes with the ladies before hopping in the limo to head to the ceremony at The Immaculata.

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Just minutes before the start of the ceremony...

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What beautiful moments my hubby captured...

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Married!

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The wedding party was magical to work with - Dana and Aditya have the sweetest friends!

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I loved that each groomsman wore a different tie in the same shade of blue. It added just the right amount of personality and interest!

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After the Catholic ceremony, Aditya and Dana headed out with all of their guests and family members to take part in a Hindu ceremony for the afternoon. Everybody met back up for the big reception at L'Auberge Del Mar, and we stole away with just Dana and Aditya for a few minutes before heading into the party. It was such a peaceful time!

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I'm head over heels in love with this shot of Aditya. It's the perfect mix of two traditions coming together.

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I've been keeping it pretty calm during Part One today and trying not to let on just how stinkin' excited I am to show off Part Two of this dynamite wedding. The reception decor by Jennifer Cole Florals is STUNNING and the moments are breathtaking... You'll get to see it all tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Hugs,
Erin


Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : The Immaculata | Reception Location : L'Auberge Del Mar | Event Coordinator : Adele Meehan | Floral Design : Jennifer Cole Florals | Dress : Vera Wang | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Make-Up : Paula Mayer Studios | Hair : Paula Mayer Studios | Band : Wayne Foster Entertainment | Reception Lighting : Classic Party Rentals | Catering : L'Auberge Del Mar | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Stationery Designer : Simply Posh Design | Transportation : La Costa Limousine |


    

The Youngrens - Jennifer I kept thinking about your wedding too! Wonderful memories that always warm my heart :)

Jennifer Ruark Spencer - I love seeing other people’s wedding pictures from the Immaculata. It makes me think about my wedding there with your stellar photography. Gorgeous as always <3

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Awwwww yes... Easter. The day of chocolate shaped bunnies, deviled eggs, the official launch of the little summer dress, the only day I'll ever wear white gloves, and the end of lent. Oh the end of lent.

Ok, so I've rarely observed lent, but I'm slowly hearing the excited groans of those around me that are longing for their neglected shots of espresso, french fries, chocolate bars, and donuts - they're getting louder and more insistent as the end of lent draws near. So I realize this post will not help those dessert hunger pangs over the next week, but drop this little ditty into your crockpot the night before Easter and wake up to heavens opening up over Easter brunch. You'll thank me after its devoured.

This is a super easy crockpot bread pudding that is moist, sweet, and nutty. I love the Cinnamon Sugar Sauce that is drizzled over the top - when it's topped off with the sauce and a dollop of homemade whipped cream, this centerpiece of brunch is a true winner!

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You'll pull out of your baking pantry all of the essentials - and a good amount of creams - for this delicious dish.
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And don't forget the sauce - the Cinnamon Sugar sauce will take some buttermilk, corn syrup, and a dash of baking soda.
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You'll start by toasting your almonds for a minute or two in the broiler on a baking sheet.
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Then cut up your bread into one inch chunks. I couldn't find challah bread, so I actually used some Hawaiian sweet bread, which tasted pretty wonderful with this mixture. Definitely let your bread go stale for the best results.
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Then you'll mix together your wet ingredients, including your tres leches - whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and egg yolks.
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Then dump in your bread and almonds (which will be done by now) and mix it together until the bread is completely coated.
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Spray the inside of a slow cooker with non-stick spray, and the recipe suggests coating the inside with aluminum foil for easy removal and clean up. I didn't this time, but I definitely would try it in the future. There was some 'stickage' that happened for sure!

Dump in the bread mixture, cover, and cook on low for about four hours. It's done cooking when the center of bread pudding is set.
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When the bread pudding is finished, take off the lid and let it cool while you make your Cinnamon Sugar Sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a  saucepan except for the baking soda. Bring to a boil.
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Remove the saucepan from heat, and slowly add the baking soda. The sauce will get bubbly, but keep stirring because this will make it thicken as the sauce cools off.
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Cut your bread pudding into portions, drizzle with the sauce and top with whipped cream to serve.
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I love this dish and how simple it is to make. Any slow cooked dessert is a winner in my book!
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Tres Leches Bread Pudding

(view original recipe from Cooking Channel TV)

  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 large egg yolks
  • 1 loaf challah bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (stale is best)
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Cinnamon Sugar Sauce, recipe follows
  • Freshly whipped cream, for serving

Cinnamon Sugar Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Coat the insert of a slow cooker with nonstick spray. Line the insert with aluminum foil for easy removal, letting some foil overhand for handles.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and egg yolks. Toss in the cubed bread and the almonds and mix to coat all the bread.
  3. Add the mixture to the slow cooker, cover and cook on low until the center of the bread pudding is set, about 4 hours. Remove the lid and cool. Use the foil handles to lift the bread pudding from the slow cooker. Drizzle individual servings with Cinnamon Sugar Sauce and top with freshly whipped cream.
  4. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, buttermilk, corn syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and slowly add the baking soda. At first the sauce will bubble up, just keep stirring. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Hugs,

Erin

    

The Gift of Both

Jeff's sweet aunt sent us a truly meaningful Christmas gifts this past holiday season. She sent Jeff two prints - one of his grandmother and one of his grandfather. They are displayed in our living room, enclosed in the cardboard frames that the photo studio provided all those decades ago, which I think is absolutely perfect. I wouldn't want them framed any other way.

Jeff burst into tears the moment he opened the gift. His grandfather helped to raise him when he was a small child in Minneapolis while his mom was a flight attendant and his dad worked his full time 9-5. His grandfather passed away when Jeff was still very young, but those few years with him have lasted a lifetime. His grandmother is still with us and has been the rock of the family ever since.

I love that both of these prints were taken when Jeff's grandparents were both young - roughly the same age that most of our couples are today. In the millisecond that it takes to glance across the room at these prints displayed above my precious library of books, I become overwhelmed, sobered, thankful and humbled in one fell stroke. We get to envision and create these portraits for all types of couples that will someday become parents, aunts, great uncles, grandparents and great grandparents to the generations that are coming.

For Jeff, these prints represent the foundation of unconditional and ever-flowing love into which he was born.

For me, these prints remind me of our purpose. Thank you, Aunt Sharen, for the gift of both.

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PS Can you see where Jeff gets his boyish smile??

Hugs,

Erin