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. 🙂
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.
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.
The photo booth had a custom step-and-repeat! Silly girls.
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:
Pictures via Neiman Marcus
Van Ness and Arissa posted a few pictures on their Instagram accounts following the wedding, via photographer Mike Colón (eeep, his work is to die for…!)–
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. 😉
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!!