Weddings Galore

A few pictures from three more Love & Splendor July weddings– ’twas a BUSY month of weddings, to say the least!

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Wedding 1: The Loft on Pine in Long BeachРloved this new venue that opened just late last year! This was the ceremony site that was flipped during cocktail hour to become the reception site (sweetheart table pictured).

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Escort cards were individual succulents!

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Wedding 2: Private residence in Beverly Hills. There’s something so intimate about having a wedding in a backyard– it was the home of the groom’s grandmother. All of these potted plants were already there so the dessert table didn’t require much to make it look pretty. ūüôā

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Tons of white lights and red lanterns strung up everywhere– they created such a beautiful glow and ambience as the sun set.

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Wedding 3: Private residence in Irvine. Actuallyyyy not a wedding but a 5-year vow renewal. I wish I could post every single picture but trust me when I say that this event was BANANAS. It was a carefully curated event with the most INSANE tablescapes, menu, and decor, with each detail perfectly designed by the craziest team of vendors ever.

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Speechless. Check out the list of vendors here.

Looking forward to one more wedding with Zoie Events later this month, then finishing up the year with a wedding in November that my friend and I are coordinating ourselves! More about that later. ūüėČ Woohoo.

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Indian Wedding Weekend

Another Love & Splendor wedding, this time in Santa Barbara! We had a beautiful multi-day Indian celebration at Bacara Resort & Spa this past weekend, and ohmyword, it was an extravagent, beautiful affair.

On Friday morning, I woke up at 5:30am (!), picked up Michelle (L&S assistant), hit the flower mart in DTLA, picked up custom calligraphy place cards by Anne Robin Calligraphy (the names were written with white ink on fresh LEAVES!), and arrived at Bacara at 10am.

I’m not familiar at all with the traditions that accompany Indian weddings, but Day 1 was an outdoor celebration (next to the ocean, of course) with the craziest Indian buffet, mehndi (henna) stations for the women, traditional wedding rituals, and dance performances. The entire celebration moved at 10pm to an indoor dance party with more drinks, performances, and desserts until 1am!

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Look at the bride’s DRESS! She looked like a princess. Photo by Jessica Claire¬†via here.

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Angel wore a beautiful sari and she bought traditional Indian outfits for me and Michelle. Don’t I look like a Christmas ornament? ūüėČ

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Day 2 was the actual ceremony (called the baraat), followed by dinner and more dancing (but of course). Per tradition, the groom entered the ceremony first (on a HORSE!), with guests dancing alongside him the entire way. [Above photo, and following two photos by Jessica Claire, via here]

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Although it was starting to sprinkle just before the baraat,¬†the skies cleared as the ceremony started… just in time!

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Pure joy! Isn’t the bride gorgeous??!

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The ceremony took place on a grassy lawn right next to THIS. I mean, come onnn.

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At the reception site, place cards (with guest names + table numbers) were strung on baker’s twine between these two ladders, adorned with florals by Kelly Kaufman.

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All ready for dinner!

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A closeup of the beautiful florals. Kelly did such an amazing job.

‘Twas a long weekend (the celebration continued into Sunday with a brunch!) full of so much color, dancing, good food, and love. ¬†Happy to have been a part of such a beautiful event. Thanks for having me, L&S!

Project OMP

The wedding I worked on¬†4th of July was a super special one, because Olivia of Zoie Events got married! I’ve been freelancing as an assistant coordinator with her¬†this past year and aside from being an awesome boss and event coordinator, she’s now a sweet friend. ūüôā Olivia¬†married Peter, with whom I went to high school (he was a senior when I was a freshman) so I saw some old friends at the wedding I hadn’t seen in about 10 years!

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Um, gorgeous much?! Photo by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography, via here. Cannot wait to see the rest!! (I also went to high school with Jen..!)

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The wedding was held at Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank. The ceremony was outdoors on a beautiful grassy lawn, with an indoor reception in the Polo Room. Some details from the welcome table… all florals and paper goodies and event design by Mai of Bunch Studio (who is unfortunately no longer taking clients). She is one of the most talented people I have ever met… like EVER.

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Guest”book” photo-frame– Mai painted this beautiful LA/SF skyline with watercolors (where P & O are from, respectively)

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The “OMP” of #projectOMP used to stand for “oh my proposal” as Peter was planning his proposal with the help of friends, but turned into “Olivia Marries Peter.” Loved this sandwich board sign at the entrance to the Polo Room, adorned¬†with olive branches, seeded eucalyptus, and tons of other gorgeous¬†greens.

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Hand-lettered place-cards, with a garland of florals and greens with the prettiest blush and peach garden roses

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Some tables had one large centerpiece; others had a collection of various vintage vases like this one. I may or may not have made¬†some of those arrangements. :X I assisted¬†Mai for a couple days before the wedding with florals, and hooooly moly, flower arranging is so much harder than it looks! I really thought I’d pick it up super quickly but the learning curve was steep for me. Which is why I stuck to the smaller arrangements, ha!

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On the bread plates were¬†pairs of coasters with Olivia and Peter’s emblem heat-embossed on the corners. Menu cards were placed on the napkins with sprigs of lavender on top‚Ķ they smelled so good!

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Loooved Mai’s lettering on this sign (and on the sashes on the back of O&P’s chairs). Awesome foreals.

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Hooray!!! Congratulations, beautiful Olivia (+ Peter, taking this photo)! Love you so much! ‚̧

Wedding by the Sea

Hi y’all. Just wanted to share some photos¬†from a recent wedding I worked with Zoie Events at the Malibu West Beach Club.¬†‘Twas a PERFECT day in Malibu and the venue was right off the water– you could walk downstairs and literally right¬†into the waves! The couple kept the beach-themed decor clean and simple (lots of DIY!), with just the right amount of color and charm.

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Loved this Instax polaroid station! Photos of the guests (taken by one of the photographers as guests arrived) were taped on baker’s twine with gold and white washi tape and added a cute personal touch at the entrance of the venue.

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Unique driftwood placecards designed by the bride

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The bride also made these gold fin table name signs, and floral design was by the amazing Fleuretica. Especially loved all the peonies mixed into the centerpieces <3.

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White linens, white lights, white lanterns, with a pop of color.

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Everything in this photo is gorgeous, especially the bride!

Wedding season is most definitely underway, so more to come. Hooray!

R + TK Wedding

The best is going to an outdoor wedding with beautiful¬†weather, especially when the bride is equally beautiful! My friend Renee¬†got hitched last weekend at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo (remember her from here?). It was my first time at this venue, and I loved it! An intimate garden ceremony under a canopy, cocktail hour with delicious hors¬†d’oeuvres, including grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup (!!), and a reception under the stars with tons of dancing and dessert. At the end of the night, we sent off the bride and groom through a path of sparklers lighting up the night.

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Proud father and blushing bride

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Giggling during the ceremony ūüôā

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Picture perfectРeach girl did her own makeup! Renee is a makeup artist and gave them a lesson before the wedding. Brilliant.

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R + TK ‚̧

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With Sunghee, fellow guestbook attendant. Polaroids are always fun.

Huzzah! Congrats Renee + TK, blessings to you both!

Saddlerock Ranch

Last Saturday, I joined the Love & Splendor team for another freelance wedding gig at Chateau Le Dome of Saddlerock Ranch (part of Malibu Family Wines). ‘Twas the most gorgeous venue EVER, nestled¬†on a hilltop surrounded by rolling vineyards everywhere.

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The Chateau itself is a dome-shaped stone house (see next picture). It’s available for bridal parties to get ready, but the ceremony and reception sites are outdoors.

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Dance floor + reception tables, all ready to go

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Panoramic views of the vineyards

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Michelle (right) acted as lead coordinator for this wedding, but Angel (founder of L&S), stopped by with her darling Olive (hidden in our hair and shadows haha) and brought us delicious lunch from Urbane Cafe.

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The stone path leads down from the Chateau (and reception area) to the beautiful cocktail hour + ceremony site.

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Picture taken post-ceremony. Earlier in the day, Michelle and I put up that white draping on the oak tree arch (a permanent structure), and the florist added those beautiful arrangements. I sprinkled (and then picked up) five bags of white rose petals along the edges of the aisle.

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The bride and groom had a cute frame available as a photo op, which Michelle and I obviously took advantage of when we had a free moment. ūüėČ

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The venue has these gorgeous white lights hanging from its many trees. At night, it looks like a total dream.

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Another one, later in the night! Too pretty.

Saddlerock Ranch– love at first sight (site)? ūüėČ Hope to be back here soon! Thanks for having me, L&S!

A Day Full of Love & Splendor

Last Friday, I had the privilege of freelancing as an assistant coordinator with the lovely ladies of Love & Splendor, an event design firm. I’ve been a huge fan of their work so it was such an honor to join them! We coordinated a wedding for Van Ness Wu¬†and Arissa Cheo at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. What a GORGEOUS venue for a snazzy couple. The bride and groom enforced a no photograph policy all day (minus the actual photographers, of course), so the pictures below have been credited with the appropriate sources.

We started off the day in one of the villas (pictured below), where the girls had slept over the night before, and did some last minute detail work, like stamping muslin bags with a monogram and filling them with confetti. This probably sounds torturous to some but I love doing stuff like this. ūüôā

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Picture above via here

Afterwards, we headed to the venue site and helped set up for the reception along with all the vendors, including Mike Colón, Jose Ortiz Films, White Lilac and Casa de Perrin. By the time we were finished, the room was filled with gorgeous canopies of flowers, candles in hanging glass orbs, beautiful place settings, and tons of intricate details.

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Picture above via here

No pictures of the ceremony site, but the picture above is from Pelican Hill Resort’s website, and you get can a good idea of the general set-up and the ocean view– it was unreal, especially as the sun was setting during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

I manned the guest check-in with a few of the cousins of the bride and groom, flanked by Pelican Hill security. Following cocktail hour, we made sure the reception went smoothly. It was ridiculously hectic at times (think: literally running at some points), but the L&S girls were super on top of things. During the less busy times, we were able to take turns eating dinner, sample the desserts, and take photo-booth pictures.

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The photo booth had a custom step-and-repeat! Silly girls.

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Above: The only personal picture of the day, taken on the balcony of the villa by the girls’ makeup artist from 10.11 Makeup— Me, Koko, Angel, and Michelle. Aren’t they gorgeous??

I needed an outfit that was black-tie-appropriate but would also be comfortable enough to move around in– enter Rent the Runway, where I found this Nha Khanh dress. I loved it so much! It was black with lace detailing, knee-length, classy, comfortable, and had a pretty back cut-out. I paired it with black Tahari plaform pumps with gold detailing and a gold+pearl J.Crew necklace. Better pictures of the dress below:

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Pictures via Neiman Marcus

Van Ness and Arissa posted a few pictures on their Instagram accounts following the wedding, via photographer¬†Mike Col√≥n¬†(eeep, his work is to die for…!)–

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Four pictures above via here and here

Aren’t they just stunning?? A few more pictures of the details–¬†place-card menus¬†here, their Louboutin shoes¬†here¬†(!!!), and their invitations/favors¬†here. Truly a “rock-and-roll-fairy-tale-glam”¬†wedding… which is exactly what they were going for. ūüėČ

All in all, I was up from 5am to 1am the next day (20 hours) and “on the clock” for 15+ of those hours…! Longest day ever but so fun (and worth the cold I woke up with the next morning :X). Hopefully, I’ll get to freelance again soon. Thanks, L&S!!