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.

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! ‚̧

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!

The Cream

As promised, some pictures from The Cream! It’s basically a huge showcase of vendors related to anything wedding: designers/planners, florists, musicians, photographers, videographers, bar/drinks, cakes/sweets, papergoods, accessories/dress/beauty, caterers, photobooths, rentals/blogs, lighting, andddd miscellaneous. WHEW. 900 tickets sold out!

My friend and I arrived at The Cream at 4:50pm (event started at 5pm) and the line was already down the block and around the corner! Yikes. But I knew it was gonna be a good night when I ordered fruit from the fruit vendor outside the doors of the venue (you know, the cart that has pineapples and mangos and chili lime powder and whatnot), and when I took out my wallet to pay, the dude said it was FREE! [[Well. I technically paid $50 for that ish because of the entry fee but STILL.]] And then, as we walked in, they gave us a cream puff. And it was delicious.

Sorry in advance for the picture quality– iPhone + very poor lighting inside + people swarming around = not conducive to great photography.

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Can we just start with this amazing space from Pow Wow Design Studio? It was right at the entrance of the Book Bindery, and my jaw just dropped at all the detailed crafting.

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UM the chandelier and giant macrame hanging? Perfection.

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Room Forty catering. I don’t remember what I ate. Just that it was delicious. PS- All the florals in the space were amazinggg. There were 8 florists (check them out here) and they kinda just killed it.

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This cozy pop-up tent space by Shelter Co. Everyone go check out their website and then let’s all plan a “camping” trip together okay?

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Sweet Emilia Jane + Sweet Marie Designs…!

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FLOWER WALL? I NEED YOU IN MY BEDROOM.

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Are you tired of looking at flowers yet? Yeah, me neither.

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This picnic set-up next to the tent (also from Shelter Co.) and florals by Brown Paper Design— lurve.

All of the above was in the first of two rooms of the venue (plus a few not pictured, including a vendor who was passing out mini churros and hot chocolateРbest). I was already thoroughly impressed and in awe, and then we walked into the next roomРand the space was like 5x the size. Ack. And thennnn I nearly shut down from sensory overload.

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Green Wedding Shoes designed one of my favorite spaces in the second room…

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Seriously, this wall was probably photographed 900 times (once by each guest).

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Drawers filled with flowers in the prettiest shades of pink. Genius.

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Earl grey ice cream from Sweet Lucie’s (with a surprise brownie from Sweet & Saucy Shop inside!). After this (plus sampling Hungry Bear Catering), I had to forgo Sprinkles, Bon Puf,¬†Kogi BBQ, Little Nelly Catering, Pharmacie (drinks), Ludlows (vegan/organic jelly shots– only in LA), and the Paella Project‚Ķ. lest I hurl. Sad.

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This looked so delicious. Paella Project made 4 paellas throughout the night– organic green veggie, seafood, mediterranean, and shortrib.

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Grey Likes had a live calligraphy station!! Best idea ever.

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So beautiful. And so excited for the calligraphy workshop I’m attending in a few weeks.

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Kind of random, but Beach Cities Bag Toss had a cute space. I threw a bean bag. And it actually landed in the hole. Miracles do happen, folks.

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The 100 Layer Cake station was ridiculously popular with their DIY necklaces.

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This empty dance floor turned corayyyyzee later in the night. There was an epic dance contest, with the prize being a 6-night stay in the Dominican Republic.

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Left: Fabe & Adri (the Everly girls) with their organic¬†Bon Puf cotton candy (flavors included Rose and Mango Chili). Right: We’re ALL Everly girls now ;). PS- I was sorely underdressed. The Cream was like a fashion show.

I know that was picture-overload, but it was seriously a small sampling of what was at The Cream. Also notable– manicure station from Olive & June, makeovers from Bare Minerals, several photobooths, and a pop-up store from Urbanic.

Overall a great first experience, definitely overwhelming but creatively inspiring. (Also, pretty much a groom’s worst nightmare). Anyone wanna go next year? ūüėČ

A Dallop of Cream (a preview!)

You guys. After being completely out of commission for the last 2 weeks with the flu, I’m finally starting to feel better, and I am so glad my body decided to cooperate just in time for THE CREAM.

LA folks–¬†did you go?¬†It was my first time, and my mind was kind of blown.

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I’ll write a full post on Thursday about the craziness that was last night (check out the list of vendors here), but here’s my last picture of the night:

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A tote, my¬†necklace from¬†100 Layer Cake‘s DIY station,¬†calligraphy lettering by Mon Voir (hosted by Grey Likes Weddings),¬†a bracelet from Beach Cities Bag Toss, and a flipbook that my friend Karen and I made from Flipbooth.

PS- Total coincidence– I signed up for Oh Hello Friend‘s calligraphy workshop (coming up in a few weeks!) several days ago, and it’s being taught by Mon Voir! EXTRA EXCITED NOW.

Tell ya’ all about The Cream once my brain and body recover (sensory overload + flu remnants). ‘Til then, check out #thecreamevent on Instagram– over 2500 hash-tagged pictures and counting‚Ķ!

Happy Monday!

Life Right Now

It’s been two weeks since my life turned insanely busy (seemingly overnight), and I am pretty exhausted. No. Very exhausted. A look into some things I’ve been doing (briefly mentioned in my post here)…

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I’ve been working at Everly Clothing a few days a week to help coordinate their upcoming exhibit at WWD Magic (fashion tradeshow). We have 2 weeks left to go, and then we’re off to Las Vegas for a week with a bajillion other exhibitors from around the world. My time at Everly is spent multi-tasking like I’ve never multi-tasked before, and even though I consider myself OCD-organized, it challenges my capabilities to the max. I do love that I make tons of checklists though, because every day, I’ve been checking off boxes like no one’s business. Pictured above right– sneak peek from Everly’s ridiculously beautiful SS14 look book!

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A couple Saturdays ago, I freelanced at a wedding with Love & Splendor¬†again. I had a blast with these crazy girls! They are so sweet and kind and hard-working‚Ķ such a blessing to be able to work with them. ūüôā

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A picture of the beautiful sweetheart table. The venue was the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Such a pretty space!

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And finally, I’ve been interning with Bramble Workshop. Here’s a Smilebooth backdrop I helped Jessica make for Method‘s photobooth at Alt Summit. Fringed tons and tons of silver mylar (and cut tons and tons of green fabric), and she sewed it all together. So crazy. Pictured above right– Jessica’s adorable dog Basho models in front of the mylar strips.

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Here it is in action! Hopefully someday, I’ll be able to actually attend Alt Summit (in Salt Lake City every year). Photographs above from Say Yes blog’s IG here, and Method’s IG here.

‚Ķ.That’s pretty much it. Of course, I’m still doing my OT work, and I started my weekly Photoshop class. Keeping busy for now, but who knows what next month will bring. ūüôā Taking things one week (sometimes day) at a time.

The end.

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!!

Wedding Weekend

My friend Grace got married this past weekend (her bridal shower here), and though exhausting (as being a bridesmaid always is), it was a ton of fun. She was a beautiful bride (her dress! like a princess!) and it was so good seeing her and her now-husband beaming the entire night.

I’ve been the designated historian for the last 10 years amongst my friends, but I totally failed this weekend by not charging my camera battery before the wedding. Oops. :X iPhone FTW!

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Grace’s beaded, blingy princess dress totally suited her personality. In the best possible way… heh.

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Sometimes unplanned/thoughtless candids end up being the best shots.

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Left: The best part about this classy, all-roses bouquet was that it wasn’t heavy. Right: *tear* We’ve come a long way.

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There was tons and tons of downtime, which was pretty awesome. Though hair/make-up was at 7:30am, after we were done, we had time to watch two movies at Grace’s apt., take pseudo naps (on our stomachs, gingerly resting our foreheads on our forearms), and just chill.¬†The entire wedding party even went to Jack-in-the-Box an hour before the ceremony. One bridesmaid (to remain anonymous) wiped her fingers on her dress after eating chicken strips and ended up with grease stains. Hahaha.

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Grace was the opposite of bridezilla throughout the entire wedding planning process, as well as the day of, so I guess she kind of earned the right to act like a princess all day… a right which she thoroughly milked. ūüôā

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Left: All of the bridesmaids; Right: Groom (2nd from left) + groomsmen, post-ceremony… who may or may not be carrying flasks in their hands (the venue only allowed wine & beer).

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Left: My closest girlfriends from college. We all lived in various roommate combinations during college/post-college. Right: Us with our closest guy friends. This month is our 10 year anniversary of meeting at UCLA. Time flies.

Congratulations, Grace + Ben! Wishing you a lifetime of patience, understanding, compassion, and communication (PUCC). ūüėČ