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Hosting a Wedding Like Royalty

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I don't know about you, but May 19th can't get here any sooner! I'm totally obsessed with the upcoming Royal Wedding! The story plays out like a movie, bad-boy Prince Harry falls in love with celebrity good girl, Meghan Markel. This wedding is estimated to cost 40 Million dollars + and although you might not have 40 million dollars for a wedding or 3,000 guest attending, this is not to say we couldn't host a wedding like royalty.  Here is what I know you can do!

  • Make sure you feel like a princess in your dress. 
  • You might not have trumpets announcing you- but a special song should! Make your grand entrance memorable! 
  • Just like the Royal couple, use edible flowers to decorate your wedding cake
  • Create your own custom scent with candles to place all over the ceremony. Jo Malone is said to create thousands of custom candles for Windsor Castle for the wedding.
  • Use lots of white flowers
  • Keep the decor elegant but simple.
  • The stationery should look simple but FEEL expensive. 
  • Lots of candles

Since we're dealing with my two favorite things here (celebrities and weddings) you bet your hiney that I will be glued to the TV and twitter to see what happens at the wedding (will Meghan wear Prince's Diana's tiara? Will the Queen have a stank face?) . In the meantime, here is some inspiration to what I think (wished) the royal wedding will look like. 



Thank you to my dear vendor friends for going along with my Royal Wedding obsession! You guys sure do know how to treat your couples like royalty!

Venue: City Club Los Angeles

Florist: Flower Duet

Linen: Glow Concepts

Rentals: CMC Rentals

Stationery: Social Savvy

Photographer: Kristina Lee Photography

Videographer: Mission Visuals


I'm ON That! I'm Off that #2

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There is no shortage of opinions here! 
It's my job to have an opinion! My favorite question from a couple is "what do you think?" Well I'll tell you what I think (In a gentle and good-nature type of way of course). With trends rapidly changing it's great to stay on top of whats cool and wha't NAT!  

So here goes...


  • Destination Weddings- A dream wedding and a vacation with your closest friends and family? Heck yeah! Let's do it! 
  • One of my groom's hired a Mobile barber shop that came and gave the groomsmen fresh cuts and shaves before the wedding. So fly! 
  • A real dance party! Shout out to the DJ's that make me wanna toss my name badge and walkie-talkie radio and leave it all on the dance floor! So much self-control when the music is so good!
  • Textured Linens- They just look so fancy! 
  • Romantic surprises during the wedding day. I got your back to implement! Even if it's a few minutes alone after the ceremony-let's make it special! 
  • Favors that double as table place card settings
  • Signature Drinks that remember the couple's personalities.
  • Wedding Websites of course! The more info the guest have, the less likely the guest are to ask you a million questions.


  • Digital Invitations- Are we really trying to put the US Postal Service out of commission? It's a great feeling to get a beautiful invitation in the mail.
  • Sand Ceremonies (Yawn). Let's find a new and authentic way of telling your love story during the ceremony. 
  • Guest who purposefully don't make it to the ceremony and only attend the reception. (Major side-eye)
  • Say NO to mason jars for decor! 
  • Slideshows/picture movies during dinner that are longer than 4 minutes. Short and sweet is best! 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this blog TOTALLY express and represent my position as a "Social Judger"

Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this blog TOTALLY express and represent my position as a "Social Judger"

Real Wedding Feature-Nadia and Shan

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Out of the 36 events I did in 2017 this one certainly stands out. 

I met this dear couple at Muddy Paws  where they introduced me to a honey lavender latte. Now only did I find my new coffee obsession but a friendship began. Shan and Nadia not only were a strikingly good looking couple but they're also super smart (both Dr's) and kind.  They described their priorities, challenges, and hopes for their wedding. With close to 300 guest, not only was it the elegant weddingy they hoped for but they also had a blast dancing the night away.

Here are my favorite highlights from this wedding:

  • The venue! SO GRAND and fitting for a Queen! (Which Nadia totally is!)
  •  The bride's beautiful hand beaded dress
  • Mixture of old traditions with a new and fresh vibe (trap music all night long!)
  • The very cool cake and delicious dessert treats!

Vendor Friends:

Photographer: Jonathan Guardo 

Venue: The MacArthur

Florist: Rebell Fleur

Rental Co: Rental Avenue

Bakery: Superfine Bakery

Stationery: Social Savy


Real Wedding Feature-Rosemery and Brian

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How will 2018 top 2017? Because let me tell you, 2017 had it going on! We did so many amazing weddings and events and learned so much during the process. It's humbling to be doing this for so long and still genuinly love it! 

Normally it's impossible to select a favorite wedding of the year, but this time, it's pretty easy. My favorite wedding of 2017 is my little sister, Rosemery's wedding. It's my favorite because Rosemery and Brian refuse to follow tradition for the sake of it. Everything they did for this celebration was authentic to their love story. Rosemery and Brian are free spirits who wanted to host a big party in the woods. Yes, the woods. I'm not going to lie, when we first started to scout locations, I was nervous. The woods seemed like a logistically tricky place to host a party with lots of unknown variables (Mother Nature can turn so quickly!).  Thankfully, they found an amazing spot in the Redwood Forest. Not only did they pull it off, but it was the funnest party I've ever been to! Here is what I observed and took away from it:

  • The getting ready moment should be free of cell phones with lots of champagne 
  • My sister read us her vows in the morning and and we all ugly cried. Not cute but necessary. At the ceremony, she was composed and got throuh them with ease. Reading them out-loud before, I think, helped.
  • Instead of bouquets, she gave us rings and bracelets made out of succulents. So brilliant!
  • Ceremony bride entrance song was to Beyonce of course (Because Cannon D was not her jam)
  • Our mom naturally wanted to invite about 500 people but my sister stuck to her guns and only 50 guest were invited. Since it was so intimate they had the chance to spend quality time with each of their guest.  
  • The decor included a hand made "Papel Picado" that they spent days cutting together.
  • The flower girl was the friend who introduced them
  • Blankets were given out as a favor to make sure guest were cozy (Shout out to Mother Nature for the beautiful weather).
  • Lots of yummy drinks and tons of food
  • They skipped the formal cake cutting and guest rushed their favorite cookie table
  • Since they didn't do any traditinal formalities, it was all about dancing! Lots of dancing!

Location: Rio Viall Beach Resort in Monte Rio, CA

Photographer:  Ryan Sin

Caterer/Rentals: Oui-Cater

Corporate Party for kuehne + nagel

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With over 69,000 employees at more than 1,200 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. 

K + N were in town for The TPM Conference, organized by the The Journal of Commerce taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center this past weekend. The conference covers areas like shippers and transportation providers showcasing how business problems are solved or cost savings are achieved. The convention attracts hundreds of companies every year.

In an effort to celebrate their clients and woo potential customers — K + N hosted nearly 300 guests at the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel for a festive Miami Nights themed party produced by At Your Door Events.

Photos by Kristina Lee Photography, Rentals: Stephanie's Linen, Floral: Romance Etc., Entertainment: Luxury Entertainment Group and LA Follies, Ice Sculpture: Millennium Ice, Live Cigar Roller: Cigar Bella

A PSA on First Looks

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What is a "First Look" in the first place?

It's the opportunity for the couple to take pictures and see each other before the ceremony.  Photographers prefer it, old school mom's, not so much! The tradition is that the couple see each other for the very first time as the bride walks down the aisle.  That, in itself is epic! And believe me, just because you see each other before the ceremony, does not automatically give the butterflies in your tummy an eviction notice! No matter what, the excitement builds as you're waiting to enter the ceremony, hand in hand with your parent. An imaginary fire work display happens in your chest as your eyes finds his.  Having a first look does not take away from this! I feel like it actually adds another degree of romance! 

OH GOSH! First Looks are so darn romantic!  They ooze LOVE!   It's staged as a private moment where the bride normally taps the grooms shoulders, he turns, and is amazed by her beauty. He gets a chance to whisper a few things in her ear, she giggles, they breath deeply, they embrace, and sometimes they cry. After all the embracing they take pictures for a bit and then join the rest of the group. There is very little opportunity for this romantic exchange to happen at the alter during the ceremony.

I notice that after the first look the nerves calm down! There is a glow in the bride's face and a kick in the groom's step. 

This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by wedding planners who still get teary for romantic moments.

I'm ON that! I'm OFF that! #1

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We all have our opinion! To be honest, it's our duty to be "social judgers". It's our responsibility to be critical of event trends and stuff! After all, you're hiring us for our taste and style! So in this new blog segment, we are going to try to keep things real! No fakery around here! 

I'm ON that:

  • Mixing Metals in your decor! YEASSS Please! Totally ok to use silver, gold, mercury, crystals, rose gold, etc! Go crazy! 
  • Engagement Tattoos in lieu of rings. That's pretty gangster' if you ask me!
  • Pies in lieu of traditional wedding cakes! (make it as "easy as punkin' pie) 
  • Cocktail Reception before the ceremony begins (Hey, it assures no one will be late when you walk up the aisle)  
  • Hashtags for guest to use. Smart trend I say! 
  • Your own snapchat filter
  • Female Dj's on the one's and twos! 
  • Photographers that follow the timeline (could kiss you guys all day!)
  • Grooms that are not matchy-matchy 
  • Sangria Stations

I'm OFF that:

  • A major side-eye to cheese-ball Dj's! ( that talk WAY too much, flirt with the guest, clubbing horn sounds, chops songs when mixing, becomes the entertainment instead of providing the entertainment!) 
  • Anything burlap 
  • Late Night Snacks (I see it go to waist because most guest are full from dinner)
  • Guest that wear white (call me old fashion- but if it's not an all white theme wedding, then only the bride should be sporting the white)
  • Hydrangeas (YAWN!)
  • Guest that take advantage of the open bar (Keep it classy ya'll!)
  • The Bird of Paradise Napkin Fold or the Fan napkin fold need to go back to the 1990's! 


Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this blog TOTALLY express and represent my position as a "Social Judger"

Real Wedding Feature-Bessy and Miguel

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You know how it is when you meet someone for the first time and they exude kindness and goodness? Well, that's what I felt when I met Bessy and Miguel for the first time. Just good people with great intentions! They really wanted to host a fun dance party for their family and friends!  These are my favorite highlights of what happened at their wedding:

  • They donated food baskets to the church so they could pass out to the homeless. (Love this idea!)
  • Bessy walking with her parents down the long church aisle while an 8 piece mariachi band played Ave Maria.  (Breathless!)
  • The way we transformed the reception venue with pipe and drape and simple white decor including a white seamless dance floor. As a result the view of the venue was highlighted. 
  • Bessy changed into a wedding dress that her aunt had handmade.  
  • The couple surprised their guest with an impromptu choreographed performance to get the party started

Their goal was to make sure their guest had and blast and they certainly did! 

Wedding Day Soundtrack: BriAnne and Chris's Wedding

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BriAnne and Chris had the most epic dance party EVER!!! I mean, dance your face off type of night. During the planning process, BriAnne was pretty clear that she wanted as much dance time as she could get. And the results were - INCREDIBLE!

Here is a list of their song selections.

Wedding Party Grand Entrance: "You Make my Dreams come True" by Hall & Oats

Bride and Groom Grand Entrance: "Now that we've found love" by Heavy D and the BoyZ
**wedding party soul train line for Bride and Groom's entrace.**

First Dance: "Love Song" by Adele

Father/Daughter Dance: Custom Mash up of "La vie en rose" by Louis Armstrong mashed up with "You shook me all night" by AC/DC to open the dance floor

(Ooh-ho, hoo-ooh, ooh-oo)
You make my dreams come true
(You-hoo, you, you-hoo, hoo, you, hoo)
— Hall & Oats

The dance floor was hot all night! So glad that we had Kristina Lee Photography to capture the evening. And the jams pumped by Liquid Blue Band kept the guests on the dance floor all night!



Wedding Day Soundtrack: Chelsea and Carlos's wedding

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We see each couple go through lots of thought when selecting the music for their wedding day. As I'm preparing their timeline, I will typically play their song selections to get amped for the wedding day! It's a fun and silly custom I have, but it made me realize that music is the unsung (pun intended) hero of the wedding day.

The wedding day music is the ultimate personal touch. The music sets the tone

I hope to make sharing my clients song selection a regular post on our blog. As the debut Soundtrack post - I'd like to share Chelsea and Carlos's song selections from their May 2016 wedding at the Ebell in Long Beach. Enjoy!

Prelude: Drake "From Time" on Live Piano

Processional Christina Perry "A thousand Years" on Live Piano

Bridal Processional: Lana Del Rey "Young & Beautiful" on Live Piano

First Dance: Sade "Kiss of Life"

Father Daughter Dance: Tim McGraw "My Little Girl"

Mother Son Dance: Van Morrison "Have I told you lately"

Open Dance Floor: Prince "I wanna be your lover"

Cake Cutting: Leon Bridges "Coming home"

AND ... My favorite of their song selections - their GRAND ENTRANCE SONG:

Beyonce & Jaz Z "On the Run II"

click below to feel the vibe of Chelsea and Carlos's wedding day:

Without out you I have nothing to loose
— JayZ and Beyonce
Picture taken by Kristina Lee Photography

Picture taken by Kristina Lee Photography

Best of Wedding Planners

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We are both so incredibly proud to have been nominated for Best Wedding Planner for California Wedding Day Magazine for the last 3 years in a row. Do you know how many talented and amazing wedding planners there are in the Los Angeles area? A gazillion (is that even a number?)! The point is that there are TONS of wedding planners in LA! The fact that we have been nominated in this category is really humbling! Even if we don't win...that's ok. This nomination reminds us what it means to be the best. It encourages us to continue to do what we love. Being the "BEST" is kinda of a pretty big deal. Before we get all big headed and stuff, here is a reminder to ourselves and to our couples as to what that means to us!  

Being the BEST means:

  • Being Compassionate with our couples and their families. We know this day is fueled with lots of emotions. We understand that you want to feel like you are our only client and we want to make sure you know that your wedding is super important to us as well! 
  • Having the patience of a saint
  • Being authentic and realz. (not a typo)
  • Going against the trends. Who wants to see the same ol' design over and over again?
  • Making friends with everybody including valet guys, wait staff, security guards, etc.
  • Having integrity even when nobody is watching
  • Having our priorities in check by continuing to live full-flavored and luxurious life through spell binding books, through thought provoking movies, music that makes you want to cha-cha, amazing friendships, and champagne brunches.
  • and finally by being too legit to quit! 

Thanks to everyone who voted for us! It means more to us than you know.  

Furbabies at your wedding

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To many of us, our doggies are our babies! They're family! It's only natural that we would want them to be part of the wedding ceremony or at least in the pictures on the most important day of our lives! Not only does it make it extra special to have our fur-babies present but they do make the cutest models! But before your run to buy a tiara or a doggy-bow-tie, I suggest your consider the following:

  1. Find out what the venue's pet policy is. Some locations charge a pet cleaning fee, etc. or are restricted to certain areas. 
  2. Make sure you bring your pooch to rehearsal. You want to get an idea of how much cooperation should be expected.
  3. Assign someone at the ceremony to stand/sit next to your pet. Keep in mind that when your bundle of joy see's you, all sorts of excitement might happen, so that person might have to use the old doggy treat technique and quickly exit the ceremony.
  4. Inform your photographer and videographer. After all, you want to make sure you get some great shots (like the one's below!)
  5. Please pretty please, hire a pet sitter to pick up the Fur-baby after the festivities.
  6. Be prepared that your dog might steal the show. Despite all the cuteness, they might decide to rebel on the day of the wedding. They do have a mind of their own! Noise, lots of people, flashing cameras, might stress them out. If so, don't loose your cool! These situations make for 'ooohs" and "ahhs" and make for funny post-wedding stories! 


Happy Annivesary Courtney and Kyle!   Here are the vendors who made this day possible:  Ceremony/Reception:  Terranea Resort   Photography:  Hitched Photo   Florist: Ricardo at  Irises Design   DJ/Lighting/Photobooth: Ralph at  Vox Djs   Cake: Yuko at  Vanilla Bake Shop   Officiant: Lianne Minemoto  Hair/MUA: Kimberly @  Nicol Artistry   Tables:  Line 204   Linens: Marcello at  Glow Concept Fine Linens

Happy Annivesary Courtney and Kyle! 

Here are the vendors who made this day possible:

Ceremony/Reception: Terranea Resort

Photography: Hitched Photo

Florist: Ricardo at Irises Design

DJ/Lighting/Photobooth: Ralph at Vox Djs

Cake: Yuko at Vanilla Bake Shop

Officiant: Lianne Minemoto

Hair/MUA: Kimberly @ Nicol Artistry

Tables: Line 204

Linens: Marcello at Glow Concept Fine Linens