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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

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.

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: 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

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