Meet our very own Kristine and her husband Ben
Their Date: 6/13/15
Where they wed: Casa Encantada, Malibu CA
Hello world! My name is Kristine Parra. I’m a Coordinator and Lead Designer at The Invisible Hostess.
How I got into weddings
I want to share with you what got me into the wedding world in the first place – my own wedding! In the midst of planning my wedding back in 2014, my (now) husband and I had just moved from Southern California to Seattle and during that time I became so enamored with planning a wedding I started working for The Invisible Hostess as an intern and assistant, and the rest is – to put it tritely- history!
I’d love to share some of my favorite design details from the day.
Our scene stealer
First up to bat, was the real scene-stealer of the party, our first dog Gizmo. We wanted to make sure he was coordinated with the rest of the groomsmen as he was a ring-bearer and we had got a bolo tie for him with his initial.
My guestbook DIY
I got my now-husband to contribute to the DIY. This is a big deal. He is not the DIY type, though I’ve coaxed him into some home refurbs since then. I brought home a leftover pallet from work and asked him to make it pretty for our seating chart. I came home one weekend from working a wedding with the pallet sanded and stained! It was great because after dinner, all of our guests started to put up their polaroid photos from the photobooth as a really fun ‘guestbook’.
Lastly while I tell most of my brides, and even the experts agree, [see Amy from Gathered Design Company’s awesome advice] to go for colors and feel and not the specific flowers, I in fact did care about specific flowers. I was obsessed with proteas and had two varietals that I got myself from the Los Angeles Flower District, and I had a professional florist do the bouquets and the altar, which heavily featured proteas of course.
Here’s my hard lesson learned
Dip dyeing enough linens for a 100-person wedding is way different than doing a handful of napkins for a dinner party. Especially since we lived in a small second floor apartment at that time, I was hanging dozens of linens at a time on our 40 sq ft. balcony to dry, and randomly mixing dyes in the dark on a Tuesday night after work. Worst was after that whole process I had to then iron all of the linens I had bought. I would caution anyone wanting to take that type of DIY on to have an appropriate space to dye and dry large linens and be prepared for the upkeep.
Photographer: Wild Whim Photography + Design
Venue: Casa Encantada
Catering: Urban Pie OC
DJ: RedShoe LA
Floral (personal flowers and arch): Elizabeth Bailey
Floral (reception): Me, my mom and my mom-in-law
Rentals: Alex Party Rentals
Day-of-coordination: Pop the Champagne Events
Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Dress: Truvelle purchased at Love and Lace Bridal Salon
Hair: Jamie Dana
Makeup: Radiant Makeup Artistry