Happy New Year 2011 everyone! I couldn’t ask for a better start of the year than by blogging about an amazing couple: Katie B and Shaun. I’ve known Katie B and Shaun for over a year now. The first time I met them, I was blown away by the love they have for each other. There was no doubt in my mind that they were meant for each other, they complete one another in a deeper level that I’ve ever seen before. I was very surprised at how personable, down to earth, intelligent and friendly Katie B is! To me, she was a celebrity because she worked with celebrities :), so I was quite star-struck. Shaun makes you feel very comfortable to be around, that’s why after our first meeting, they pretty much knew a whole lot about me. They are by far the nicest 2 people a person can meet. I am glad that our relationship has grown from client to friendship in such a short time, and I am grateful that they trusted me enough to let me coordinate their over-the-top, glamorous, fabulous wedding day!
After a late night of helping setting up the reception venue, I was up bright and early at their hotel rooms. Katie B’s dress had a few loose threads so I came early to sew at a few places on her dress. :)
Did that I mention that I had a hand in helping her pick THE dress? I love the bottom of her dress and the bling are sooo Katie B :)
Of course Katie B would do her own hair and makeup! Who else?
Katie B and Shaun exchanged some gifts. Wait until you see what Katie B got!
Shaun really outdid himself. Take note Grooms-to-be, this is the way to a woman’s heart. ;)
Meanwhile….Shaun and the groomsmen get ready!
Pinning the boutonniere on the groom….
…and the result!
After getting through the awe of Shaun’s gifts, Katie B finished getting ready.
Love all the shoes lined up…
Katie B had her ao dai (Vietnamese traditional gown) for me to bring it to the reception but I wanted to make sure that the photographer had a chance to take a picture before I hauled everything away.
Can’t forget some of the bridesmaids details. The hairpieces were handmade for them.
Vibrant color bouquet! The florist and I inserted all the black feathers in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Katie B’s bouquet was adorned with her grandmother’s rosary.
Katie B was so emotional when she saw the rosary on her bouquet. It was very touching!
Katie B has such a genuine smile on this picture. Happy!
First look for Katie B and Shaun! I highly recommend first look for bride and groom. It definitely doesn’t take away from the emotions at the ceremony and it gives a more intimate moment for the couple.
Then, we were all off to Our Lady of La Vang Parish for the ceremony.
Such a talented family…Katie B has her cousins play her bridal walk.
The groom and groomsmen patiently waiting for the bride’s entrance.
Here comes the beautiful bride!
Married!!! Congratulations Katie B and Shaun!!
This picture always takes my breath away…it is truly timeless. I passed out the bubbles to all the guests and lined them up outside the church in order to get this perfect picture!
The bridal party were then off to take some portraits at The Lab in Costa Mesa.
This is such a cute picture of them. Definitely shows their personality!
The boys…oh, so handsome!
The ladies…oh, so beautiful!
Proud to be Mr. & Mrs. B!
Now…onto the reception! I have to give credit to the wedding planner, Ann Ro, who has successfully and beautifully implemented Katie B and Shaun’s vision. I was merely the coordinator making sure everything went according to plan and catering to Katie B and Shaun’s every needs.
Isn’t this such a cute idea?
Their invitation was so beautiful!
The appetizer and dessert bar was awesome and a hit throughout the night!
One of their groomsman designed and cut the B. It was so fitted for the table!
So sad I didn’t get the time to try any of the goodies…I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. hahaha…
At every corner of the reception, a little piece of Katie B and Shaun are displayed.
Yes, they had an ice sculpture!
Did I mention pretty much every design was done by the talented and super busy Katie B and Shaun?
I used their sign from the portrait and put them behind their chairs.
The cake was also designed by Katie B! Monica from Two Parts Sugar did a fantastic job!
Katie B and Shaun’s grand entrance! Happy times!
Their first dance as husband and wife…They cannot be more in love! These photos definitely makes you feel the LOVE seeping through them.
A quick change into the Ao Dai to greet tables…
…then, back into the fabulous wedding dress for the cake cutting!
Shaun had a hard time finding the garter…good thing he had a flashlight ;)
mmm…..and here are a few things Shaun found instead of the garter…a hairspray (if you look carefully, you can see my little self peeking)
Katie B and Shaun enjoyed a same-day-edit video. It was so much fun! Here is the video, password: kscr.
And then….it was just party all night long to celebrate the fantastic couple!
Renrick and I were guests at the wedding too but as you can see, I was working so when it was time to take a picture, I looked like “crap” (excuse my language please). It really doesn’t matter how well put together I am at the beginning of a wedding that I work on. By the end of the night, I am pretty much pooped so hair is tied up and makeup is non-existent from running around too much. It doesn’t matter how I look at the end of the night, as long as the bride and groom are happy, I did my job properly and it is all that matters :)
Shaun and a couple of the groomsmen built this frame from scratch! Katie B and Shaun used this as a “prop” to take pictures with guests upon their entrance. It was such an original idea and the guests loved it!
Katie B and Shaun, I cannot thank you enough to make me be part of your fabulous day. I got choked up several times during the day, holding back tears from seeing the love you have for each other. The love you have shown for one another is limitless and indefinite. I wish the two of you many many years of happiness! Love, Kelly!
All photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography.
Ceremony: Our Lady of La Vang Parish
Reception Venue: Paracel Seafood Restaurant
Hair and Makeup: Katie B
Cake: Two Parts Sugar
Florals: LV Florals
Photography: KimLe Photography and Sydney Tran Photography
Videography: Imagique Weddings
Drapery: KC Floral Designs
Wedding Planner: Ann Ro