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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"

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