Diana and Tony’s wedding 9.4.15

Diana and Tony’s wedding ranks as one of my top 5 favorite weddings that I’ve had the honor to coordinate. I don’t take a lot of Friday weddings (since I have a full time job too) but when I do it’s because the couple is special to me. I’ve known Tony through Thao and Robert’s wedding back in 2010 as he was their groomsmen. When Tony and Diana contacted me to use my services for their wedding, it was such a treat for me because 1. they know a lot of people in the business and for them to hire me was truly an honor; 2. I knew their wedding would look beautiful because their taste is impeccable and 3. I would get to see a lot of familiar faces and it’s always a pleasure seeing all the people I’m friends with on Facebook and Instagram :)

Honey Honey Photography pictures of Diana and Tony’s wedding are truly amazing. It’s the true epitome of how beautiful the couple and wedding is. What an honor to be working with such talents. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Flawless! <3

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Beautiful Flower Girls!

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Nguyen!!!

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Diana is so beautiful, I just have to post another picture of this beauty!

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The Tea Ceremony followed the Church Ceremony.

I tell all my clients not to worry about the order of events and to make things work for them. It is THEIR wedding day after all and as long as they incorporate some tradition into the wedding day, all is fine.

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Moments before entering the Tea Ceremony, I sewed a button on a groomsman jacket. I made it just in time!

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Hands down my favorite groom/bride/bridal party portraits!

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Such a fun Bridal Party group!

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Did I mention how much I love this wedding??? Swooning over everything! The details, D.I.Y, rustic look, flowers by Pink, The Little Flower Shop! I mean how can you not??

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I remember how we had a hard time making the place cards stay into the slots of the branches. We ended up using glue to make them hold in place. No straightening the place cards either, it makes it look more natural and rustic. Totally in line with the feel and decorations of the wedding.

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Gobo light on point from DJZ Productions.

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Love these next pictures sequence of Diana.

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These 2 couldn’t be more in love! <3

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After the cake cutting, Diana and Tony got all of their guests participating in a music video which would be filmed in just 1 shot! I was nervous the whole time but it was pulled out beautifully.

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Check out the awesome music video from Visual Poets all in 1 take. People say it takes a village, and it sure does!

 

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Diana and Tony! What can I say? I love you guys! You are such a heartwarming beautiful couple. I cannot thank you enough for letting me be part of your amazing day. It was truly a blessing! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, health, luck and love!

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Ceremony: Christ Cathedral Catholic Church

Reception: Franciscan Gardens

Photography: Honey Honey Photography

Videography: Visual Poets

Florals: Pink, The Little Flower Shop

DJ: DJZ Productions

Photobooth: Instant Party Pix

Catering: 24 Carrots

Cake: Rebecca’s Cakes

Team KDWP: Kayla and Ying

 

 

Lea and Allan’s wedding 7.11.14

For Lea and Allan’s wedding, my only involvement was more of the background work with the timeline, vendor list etc…Our Lead Assistant, Ying, was in charge of everything on the day of, even contacting and confirming with all of the vendors the week of the wedding. It was nice for a change to sit back and watch my team work and see what they have learned from working with me on previous events. I have total confidence in all of my lead assistant and know that they will keep true to our KDWP brand.

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Lea and Allan , one of the most patient, loveliest and care – free couples ever!  I can see how much they compliment each other and why they are so in love. They shared so much love with family and friends and it truly shined through at their wedding.  Their wedding was such a treat to coordinate because Lea had fun with it. It was an honor to be their lead coordinator for the day! Wishing them a lifetime full of happiness and love together.

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Ceremony: Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Reception: S Fine Dining Restaurant

Floral: Jenifer Floral Design

Photography: David Clark Photography

Photobooth: Manning Pham

MC: Annie Hoang

DJ: Essence Entertainment

KDWP Team: Ying, Lisa and Carolyn

 

Wedding 5.30.15

This couple wants to remain anonymous so I will mainly blog about the details of the wedding. I have to say though, this must be the biggest bridal party I have ever worked with and it was definitely challenging at times trying to get a total of 24 bridesmaids and groomsmen to follow instruction all at once since there were so many of them to keep track of.

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First Dress

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Second Dress.

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The ceremony took place at the Noguchi Garden behind Mastro’s in Costa Mesa.

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The florist only dropped the flowers so I had a florist friend of mine help me with decorating the cake.

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Venue: Mastro’s Restaurant

Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng Hair & Makeup

Officiant: Rev. Jon Olson

Photography: ToAmaze Photography

Videography: Cloud 9 Cinematography

Floral: Vickie’s Flowers

Harp & Cello: Tomoko Sato

Cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery

Linens: Stephanie’s Linens

Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

KDWP Team: Ying, Tania, Christine and Lisa

Chantel and Ryan’s wedding 5.16.15

I received a call from Chantel 2 weeks prior to the wedding to coordinate their wedding. Usually, I wouldn’t take a wedding on such a short notice because I feel like it will set me up to fail as it doesn’t give me much time to prepare. However, after talking to Chantel, I was convinced I could pull her wedding off. Chantel and Ryan’s wedding was only for about 40 close friends and family so it was definitely doable.

I lived in Lake Forest for a year and I never knew of this little park tucked in the shopping center. Chantel and Ryan did great at finding this little hidden gem.

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KDWP penmanship

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I am so lucky to have the most beautiful bride and groom ever!

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Chantel doesn’t look like she just had a baby 4 months ago.

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The bohemian chic/coachella feel was perfect for a quaint small wedding. Absolutely love all of the decoration!

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The perfect ending to the beautiful wedding.

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Chantel and Ryan, thank you for allowing me to be part of such an intimate beautiful wedding. Wishing all the best to the both of you!

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Venue: Heritage Hill Historic Park

Catering: Soho Taco

Photography: Mark Brooke Photographers

Stage + Light: Persiano Events

Furniture rental: Found Vintage Rentals

Officiant: Don Johnson

Cake: Susie Cakes

Band: The Trip Band

Bartending: Sunseri’s

KDWP Team: Going back to the original 2 – Lily and myself

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Whitney and Kyle!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Whitney and Kyle!

I still can’t thank you enough for letting me be part of your wedding day and making my dream come true by working at the Nixon Library.

Have a great time in Hawaii! Great way to celebrate your 1 year anniversary!

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Tamara and Idris’ wedding 4.4.15

When Tamara and Idris contacted me last year regarding their wedding, I was quite ecstatic. Tamara is 1/2 Vietnamese, 1/2 Chinese and Idris is 1/2 Indian, 1/2 English. I’ve always wanted to experience an Indian wedding and even though Tamara told me it won’t be a full blown Indian wedding, I was still excited to see all the Sari and Indian heritage being part of the wedding. Our first meeting went extremely well, Tamara and Idris, who are both attorneys, wanted to see if there would be a connection before they make a decision on hiring anyone. I gave them a couple of options on the packages I offer, one of them is hiring a lead assistant if they were worried about budget. At the end of the meeting, Tamara said “I don’t know how anyone would hire a lead assistant or anyone else after meeting you”. This humbled me so much although I did assure them that our KDWP lead assistant is very capable of coordinating a wedding. With those kind parting words from Tamara and Idris, we locked down the contract within the week. We’ve met several times during the planning process and each time, I could sense that I was taking a load off their shoulders. After each meeting, they came out much more relaxed than when they came in. This validates the reason why I am still planning/coordinating weddings even though this is a stressful job.

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My team and I (well mostly my team) tied all of sashes on the chairs.

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Ceremony time!

Idris and Tamara opted to do an Indian style ceremony and a tea ceremony during the ceremony. It was a great blend of 2 cultures.

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds took pictures around the hotel.

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Reception setup on the rooftop of the London Hotel.

Tamara and Idris’ wedding had a steam punk flair to it and I absolutely love it!

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One of the BEST wedding cake I’ve seen! Look at the detail.

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Idris’ father’s speech was just awesome, funny and embarrassing to Idris….

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…You can tell by Idris’ reaction.

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We cater to the bride and groom.

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The guests definitely know how to party.

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Idris and Tamara….thank you, thank you, thank you for having KDWP be part of your wedding. You have made one of my dream come true by being able to coordinate an Indian wedding (even if it wasn’t a full on Indian wedding). It was a pleasure getting to know the 2 of you and we wish you a lifetime of happiness! PS: I can babysit Jinks & Claudia anytime!

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Venue: The London West Hollywood

DJ: Rock It Fresh

Photography: Kelvin Le

Lighting: DJ Mikey P

MC: Annie Hoang

Cake: The Butter End

Personal Flowers: Hollywood Bridal

KDWP Team: Winnie, Julie and Carolyn