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Modern Day Wedding Traditions: The First Look

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The first look is not an old tradition passed down from generations to generations.  It only started recently.  Couples found that having a first look before the ceremony allowed them to see each other and be able to take photos before.  I have had plenty of brides who choose this option over the traditional way of the groom seeing the bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle.  There are pros and cons for having a first look but regardless, you still get to see the reaction of the groom when he sees his future wife for the first time in her beautiful wedding dress.  When you have a first look, the moment is more intimate because it is just you two in a place of your choice that you get to share.  When you have a good photographer, they are able to capture that moment just perfectly.  What do you think about The First Look?  Do you prefer to share an intimate moment with your partner or would you like to wait until the time of the ceremony to see each other for the first time? Are you someone who like to stick to the old traditions or do you like to create new ones?  Let me know!

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Don’t Forget To Take Photos With Your Bridal Party!!

With all the hectic things that are going on during the day of your wedding, don’t forget that the little things also matter.  Photographers do their best to capture the moments of your day, but sometimes, if you don’t mention what photos you would like to capture, they will assume you don’t want to waste time on it.  One of the very important moments you should capture are the moments with the people who will be standing there by your side while the two of you are saying your “I Dos.”  Your bridal party of course! They have been there with you since the day you asked them to be a part of your special day and you would definitely want to remember that when that day comes.  They have been there through your bridezilla days and were there to plan that crazy bachelorette party.  We can’t forget the men too!  They deserve a special spotlight with the bride and groom as well.  These photos that you take should show the unique bond you have with those closest to you.  So don’t forget to capture it and don’t forget to have fun with it! There’s so many fun and heartfelt ideas you can take with your bridal party.  Don’t be afraid to make it your own!




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Spring Wedding Favors

Spring is almost here and it’s time to incorporate this wonderful season into your wedding.  Wedding favors are a great way to do that.  Not only could they help compliment your table design, but guests can take them home.  Favors are a great way to show your guests that you are thankful that they took the time to come out and celebrate your special day with you. Here are some great ideas for Spring favors.

Bag of Seeds – This gift is perfect for the couple that wants to promote a green wedding.  Spread the love by giving something to guests they can take home and grow.  They’ll be remembering your wedding day even after it’s been long over.  Just by looking at the beautiful plants they have grown from the seeds will do that. This gift is eco-friendly and it is affordable.

Mini Potted Plants – If you have a bigger budget, you can get potted plants as favors for your guests.  They make a great addition to your table decor and guests will enjoy taking home something they can keep and make useful in the house.  You can choose from potted flowers to add beauty to a room, potted herbs so guests can have something to add flavor to their dishes at home or even succulents which are perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs!

Mason Jars filled with Jelly Beans – Jelly beans come in many different pretty pastel colors perfect for a spring wedding.  You can find jelly beans anywhere and these are great DIY projects you can put together with your bridesmaids! They are inexpensive to make so you’ll be able to spend your money on something else at your wedding.

Sunglasses – Planning to have an outdoors wedding ceremony? What better favors to pass out than sunglasses?!  Guests would love them as gifts especially if they’ve forgotten to bring their own shades.  Lay them out on tables for guests to take on their own or have an usher pass them out as they are seating guests for the ceremony.

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Pastel Colored Macaroons – Macaronos are the rave these days.  You can find a little store on the corner that just sells macaroons.  They come in many different flavors and colors.  They often are made in beautiful pastel colors.  You will most likely find some that match the colors of your wedding. They make great gifts to add to your tables and can also be passed out as desserts.  They’re delicious and guests will be happy to take some home at the end of the night!

What favors do you plan to give to your guests? Will you plan to use any of the ideas above? Let me know!

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Preparing for Wedding Vendor Meetings

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It is important to prepare for a meeting with vendors.  Meeting with vendors can be nerve-racking.  What if they charge you more than what they are worth? What if they seem good from your first impression but they turn out to be your worst nightmare?! With these simple steps, you’ll be ready for you meeting in no time.

1// Research

Go online and read their reviews; if they have any.  Check out their website and blog.  Most vendors have websites so they can show potential clients their work or what they have to offer.  Ask people within your circle if they have ever worked with these vendors before.  It’s always good to have knowledge of potential vendors so you don’t meet them blind.

2// Prepare Questions to ask your potential vendors

There are various amounts of questions you can ask depending on what vendor you are meeting for.

Some common questions are:

“Do you offer packages?”

  • Vendors can charge you in a couple of different ways.  Packages are the best choice because they offer a wide range of services for a consolidated price.  If you end up hiring a vendor hourly or per service, you risk a very high bill in the end.  Packages can give you piece of mind that you won’t be overcharged by your vendor.

“How long have you been in business for?”

  • This question can be iffy because vendors who have only been in business for a short period of time can be great and vendors who have years of experience may not be as good.  This question should be asked with an open mind.

“Do you have a portfolio?”

  • Portfolios are good to have visually because this is how you know if the vendor has the same taste as you.

3// Know Your Budget

It is good to know your budget when heading into a meeting.  That way you don’t end up spending past your budget. Prioritize your vendors and think about which vendors are the most important to the least important.  This way you get rid of services on things that you know you can live without or just cut back on it.

4// Know Your Style

Research and figure out the theme and style of your wedding.  Going blinded makes it hard for a vendor to figure out what it is you want from them and you may end up hiring a vendor who can’t produce the image you will have for your wedding. Knowing this makes it easier for you to tell vendors exactly what you want and you will get exactly that when you go in prepared.  This also helps to eliminate the vendors that don’t fit with your style.

5// Shop Around

Don’t just visit one vendor for each service.  Visit multiple vendors so you can find the best fit vendor for your wedding.  Don’t be afraid to turn down vendors.  If you don’t like them, don’t hire them.  It will be the last time you’ll ever see them anyways!

Happy Planning!

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Irene + John’s Wedding: California Science Center //110814//

A couple of months ago, I’ve had the pleasure to plan my cousin’s wedding.  Now, you may be wondering how I was able to plan and coordinate a wedding and be able to enjoy my cousin’s special day.  I am very lucky to have such wonderful assistants who helped me coordinate the wedding once the festivities have begun.  The venue for the reception was the Willis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center.  This building was located right next door to the Rose Garden where the ceremony was held.  What made this wedding stand out to me was that this wedding was very different from the weddings that i am used to planning.  Nowadays, many brides prefer the rustic feel for their wedding.  Rustic weddings are one of my favorite themes to plan.  But getting out of my bubble and planning a totally different theme was a challenge but it was so much fun to plan.  The location offers traditional and contemporary beauty.  Where else can you find a botanical garden on the second floor, a beautiful water fountain, and an amazing backdrop?  This beauty was just jaw dropping and I definitely hope that I can plan more events in that space.

Irene and John’s wedding was just so magical.  The venue was transformed into a beautiful and glamorous reception.  With the high and low centerpieces and pink lighting and fluorescent pin spots throughout the room, it was a sight to see.  This wedding was very different for the guests because in an Asian culture, oftentimes, the wedding consists of the tea ceremony, hours at the park taking photos with family and friends, and the reception at a traditional Chinese restaurant a couple of hours later. Irene and John wanted to do something different but include some of the traditions that Irene did not want her family to forget.  We had the tea ceremony in the morning and we also had Lion Dancers at the start of the receptions.  We also did a family style dinner consisting of specialty Chinese dishes.  As soon as dinner was completed, the festivities began and guests enjoyed dancing the night away.  This day was definitely one Irene and John will never forget.

Kevin Le Vu Photography was kind enough to send me some photos of the wedding.  Check it out down below!  If you haven’t had the chance to watch their same day edit video by FonD Productions, click here.

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Videographer// FonD Productions

Photographer// Kevin Le Vu Photography

Wedding Planner// Emily Lieng: Everlasting Serendipity

Wedding Caterer & Reception Coordinator// Mariel Lee: Event Professionals

Hair and Makeup// Chiali Meng

Floral Design// Matt Duran: The Flower Garden

DJ & Lighting// Allen Lee: Shine Entertainment

Wedding Ceremony// Expo Center Rose Garden

Wedding Reception// California Science Center ( Wallis Annenberg Building)

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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

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Do you want to be stressing on the day of your wedding? Do you want to deal with collecting all the RSVP’s from your guests and calculating how many people will be attending your big day? Do you want to be constantly bothered by vendors and guests with questions on the day of your wedding rather than enjoying it fully?  If you answered NO to any of these, this is why you need a wedding planner.  072

Wedding planners are there to help you with all the details of your wedding.  They are there to help you find the perfect venue and vendors.  Unless you know where you’ve always wanted to get married, you wouldn’t want to waste your planning time looking for a venue.  Planners help you narrow down your decisions so that it will be easier to decide on what fits you best.  From your first consultation, a planner tries to figure out your personality and your style so they can easily help you plan the wedding to your perfection.

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But you want to plan your own wedding anyways? Some brides want to have the chance of being a part of the planning process or a wedding planner may not be in the budget.  She want to be able to make all the decisions on her own without having to consult with a professional.  Wedding coordinators are perfect for these kinds of brides.  The bride meets the coordinator a couple of weeks before to talk about the details of the wedding and what it is they will need help with.  Coordinators are perfect for the day of the wedding because it allows the bride and groom to be stress-free and enjoy their day.  Brides who don’t have coordinators tend to stress out when vendors and guests start coming to them asking them questions about the wedding.  Coordinators will be your go to person when anyone has a question.  That way the happy couple stays happy throughout the day and into the night.  081

I recommend couples to hire a wedding planner because when you work with a professional throughout the whole process, the planner will understand your needs and they’ll feel like your friends rather than another vendor. But if a planner isn’t in your budget or you’ve always wanted to play a part in every aspect of your wedding, then a coordinator would be something you should invest in.  At least have a professional run your wedding to ensure it goes smoothly and worry-free!

Happy Planning!!

Photo credits: Traveling Tree Photography

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Wedding Day // Irene + John 11.8.14

I recently had the pleasure of planning and coordinating a wedding at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  It was pretty amazing.  What made it even more special and dear to me was the fact that this was my cousin’s wedding as well.  And so the pressure began to make sure this wedding went off without a hitch!  It was also the first time my family would see my passion with wedding planning in action.  It was pretty nerve-racking.  But as the day went on, I got so many compliments from family and guests that I couldn’t be more happier with my accomplishments.  I wanted to show you all a Same Day Edit video from my cousins wedding.  FonD Productions made such an amazing video in such a short amount of time.  It’s pretty awesome.  You just have to watch it for yourselves.  =)

Videographer// FonD Productions

Photographer// Kevin Le Vu Photography

Wedding Planner// Emily Lieng: Everlasting Serendipity

Wedding Caterer & Reception Coordinator// Mariel Lee: Event Professionals

Hair and Makeup// Chiali Meng

Floral Design// Matt Duran: The Flower Garden

DJ & Lighting// Allen Lee: Shine Entertainment

Wedding Ceremony// Expo Center Rose Garden

Wedding Reception// California Science Center ( Wallis Annenberg Building)

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Tip Tuesday: Rainy Wedding Day

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Who said that rain on your wedding had to be a bad thing? If your wedding day ends up having some unexpected rainfall, why not take advantage of it with your photographer.  Overcast skies give off some of the best lighting.  Get creative with the lighting and rainy window panes.  I just love how raindrops look on window panes.  Heck, I just love rain in general.  I’m a dancing in the rain kind of gal.  Rain can give off such a unique artistic feel to your photos.  Being outdoors during the overcast can allow for some pretty romantic photo ops.

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If it’s still raining at the end of the night and you aren’t worried about getting your dress ruined, run into the rain and share a dance with your wedding party.  No umbrella required.  You get great photos and an awesome way to end the night.  Just make sure you’re wearing your favorite waterproof mascara! Embrace the Rain!

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Trending Thursday: Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress

Vintage is definitely here to stay.  We oftentimes think that a long sleeved dress would be too conservative for a bride.  That it hides her confidence and doesn’t make her stand out as much as if she were to bare her shoulders.  But the trend has caught on and the lacy long sleeves are in! You can definitely make a statement with a long sleeved dress. I feel that the long sleeve lace would bring more of a romantic look to the bride.  My mother wore a lace sleeve dress and she looked stunning and elegant in it.  Of course, that was 20 some odd years ago and now this dress style is definitely coming back to stay.  A bride does not need to bare all to stand out.  The confidence she exudes in whatever she wears will shine through.  So don’t be afraid to wear that long sleeve lacy dress you’ve been eyeing at the boutique.  If that gown is what you want to wear, wear it with pride and strike a pose!

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Jenna and Chris’ Wedding: San Moritz Lodge

I had the pleasure of helping Jenna and Chris plan their wedding.  They were a lot of fun to work with and I am really excited to get to share some of their photos with you all.  I had just six months to plan their wedding because they both would be out of the country towards the end of the year and they wanted to tie the knot before they did that.  I helped them with getting together a basic design plan and it was all executed perfectly on their big day.

Thank you to Aubrey from Traveling Tree Photography for taking such amazing photos on this day and Thank you to Jenna and Chris for letting me be a part of your special day!

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