Jillian and Johnny’s Wedding 9.17.16

I couldn’t be more proud of my team and our Jr. Coordinator Winnie for pulling this beautiful wedding for Jillian and Johnny.

From Winnie:

On the way to my initial meeting with Kelly and Jillian, I thought to myself I went to high school with someone with the same name but figured it couldn’t be her.  But as it turned out it was indeed her. Since I already knew Jillian it made things a little easier.

On the day of Jillian and Johnny’s wedding, we arrived at the newly built beach front Pasea hotel. We came while they were finishing up getting ready and about to take photos so that we could check in on them and see if there was anything else they needed and help the bridal party get situated.

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As they headed out to take their photos, we began setup and to check for everything. Luckily we arrived early as there were a few things we found needed to be taken care of. Since the hotel is new there were still a few kinks that had to be worked out. Unfortunately their policy on drones was still being fine-tuned and an issue with the drone being used was brought up with the security team. Although everything was hashed out, the videographers were unable to use any close shots above the hotel itself. However, that didn’t stop the amazing Encor team from capturing a spectacular video! There was also a bit of miscommunication with a cash bar being setup for the reception. Somehow it was lost in translation so it needed to be setup last minute. The Pasea on-site staff and tech team did an awesome job working with us to pull it off just in time for everything to begin. Although the day started with a few issues, the rest of the wedding was able to continue smoothly.

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The ceremony took place outdoors in front of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The winds died down just enough during the ceremony so that the outdoor floral arrangements didn’t topple over. Mother Nature definitely had perfect timing. It was accompanied by a beautiful harpist that played throughout while the sun slowly began to set.

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As the ceremony concluded the floor-to-ceiling glass windows opened up the cocktail area to create an open area with the outside. Guests were able to enjoy the outside scenery and easily flow from inside and out during cocktail hour. As the guests enjoyed themselves we flipped all the chairs from the outside ceremony into the reception hall. Once the reception was ready to begin the newly married couple was met by a young and vibrant crowd as they entered. The rest of the night was very lively and full of guests having a vibrant time.

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Great wedding highlight of the wedding from Encor Studio, it makes you feel like you were at the wedding. Enjoy!

Jillian and Johnny, thank you so much for trusting our team to execute your wedding vision and be part of your fun, lively wedding. We wish you nothing but the best and we can’t wait to meet your new bundle of joy!

Ceremony + Reception: Pasea Hotel & Spa

Photography: Tin Photography

Videography: Encor Studio

Florals/Linen/Drapery/Chairs: Peonies & Petals Designs

Harpist: Bettina Jiang

DJ/Lighting: DJZ Productions

Photobooth: Photo Booth Your Event

Cake: Van’s Bakery

KDWP Team: Winnie, Lily, Christine, Carolyn

Lena and David’s Wedding 4.23.16

Update 1/27/17: Wedding photos received. Enjoy!!!

Lena’s mother is the one who booked my services for Lena and David’s wedding. Very unusual for Vietnamese parents to book a coordinator but to have a parent follow your work is very humbling. Lena’s mother and I spoke several times over the phone since she lives out of state (our conversation sometimes lasted more than 1 hour) and she wanted to gift “my services” to them, on top of designing a garden theme wedding for the lovely couple. I love Lena’s mother, she’s the sweetest. Actually, I loved everyone in their family. Everyone was just so nice and sweet; they felt like family and they treated my team and I like we were family.

I finally met Lena and David several months later after the booking since they are both busy with work and with a daughter. We immediately hit it off which was a relief. Lena and David are truly an amazing couple and I’m glad I took on their magical garden wedding.

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Lena & David, I’m so happy that my team and I were a part of your wedding. It was such a pleasure getting to know the both of you, babysit Maddie and see your family grow. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

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Ceremony: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church

Reception: Hilton Irvine

Photography: Huy Khiem Photography

Videography: Boffo Video

Lighting & Drapering: TMMPro

Florals: Leilani Florist

Linen: Canakarola

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Angelina

Caterer: Sinofusion

Chairs: Stephanie’s Linens

DJ: DJZ Productions

Arcade/Games: Fun Time Arcade Rentals

Dragon Dance: Immortals Lion Dance

Photobooth: Michael Nguyen Photography

KDWP Team: Lily, Christine, Julie, Tania

Vicky and Christopher’s Wedding 9.17.16

This is the 1st time that our team was split and we had 2 weddings on the same day. Not sure I will do that again since it was quite stressful working at one wedding and making sure that the other one was going smoothly as well. I have total trust in my team and their capabilities but I tend to be a worry wart. I worked Vicky and Christopher’s wedding because they booked my services first. I’m glad I was part of the wedding planning journey with them, they bounced a lot of ideas through me. I really appreciate it when brides and grooms come to me when they are stuck during planning or need advice, it shows that they value my opinion and it’s a huge compliment.

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Thank You Vicky and Christopher for trusting me and letting me be part of your wedding planning journey with you. It was truly a pleasure getting to you the both of you. You guys are the best and your new puppy is the cutest! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and nothing but the best!

Ceremony + Reception: Richard Nixon Library

Photography: Allan Le Photography

Videography: White Rose Production

Florals: The Flower Boutique Inc.

Catering: Mon Cheri Restaurant

DJ: Vietnamese DJ

Lighting: Elon Events

Bar + Service: White House Catering

Singer: Jessica Lerner

Photobooth: Bigfoot Photobooths

Cake: Cinderella Cakes

Gelato: Mangiamo Gelato

KDWP Team: Julie, Tania

 

 

Nancy and Bach’s Wedding 9.3.16

When I first met Nancy and discussed about her wedding 5 months before her wedding date, I wasn’t aware that she was Allan Le’s sister, a great and fun photographer that I have had a pleasure a working with several times. It’s very humble for me when a fellow industry friend recommends my services to their family member especially when they have worked with a lot of wedding planners/coordinators out there.

Nancy and Bach are extremely sweet and easy going with everything. They had their wedding at the Pasea, a new trendy hotel in Huntington Beach which at the time of their wedding, just opened about 3 months.

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Nancy & Bach – Thank you so much for letting KDWP be part of your wedding day. It was an honor witnessing your love for your family and friends. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!!!4i2a9684

Reception: Pasea Hotel & Spa

Photography & Videography: Allan Le Photography

Caterer: Furiwa

Band: Unison Band

Florals: Thai Bridal

Decoration, Lighting: Cat Tuong

Cake: Van’s Bakery

KDWP Team: Ying, Julie

 

Wedding 8.27.16

I have to say it again that this year has truly been a blessing for our KDWP team. We had the chance to work at amazing beautiful venues and Serra Plaza is definitely one of them. This couple is shy in front of cameras so they decided to remain anonymous but you can definitely enjoy the beautiful pictures captured by the fun and talented Allan Le Photography.

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Ceremony: Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Reception: Serra Plaza

Flowers: Florals by Mitzi

DJ: DJ Wrex

Catering: Seafood World

Photography + Photobooth: Allan Le Photography

Videography: Elise Films

Bar: The Cocktail Concierge

Hair & Makeup: Luna Bella Beauty

Transportation: Modern Transportation

Cake: Family member

Ice Cream Truck: Just Chilln Ice Cream

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

KDWP Team: Ying, Christine, Tania

 

 

Wedding 6.25.16

I had the honor to coordinate this sweet couple wedding (who would like to stay anonymous) back in June at the Ebell of Long Beach. The Ebell is a gorgeous venue, it has a Spanish/European feel to it and lots of details which was a real treat. The bride provided all of the decor and florals for the wedding and we were more than happy to set everything up per her vision. The one part I was a bit nervous and apprehensive of was the flip. We had about 1 hour to flip the ceremony to the reception with many details on the tables. It was a true team effort between the venue staff and our KDWP team.

Shout out to Shoda Love Photography who flew to So. Cal from No. Cal to capture the couple’s wedding.

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Restrooms signs at the EBell of Long Beach

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All linens and napkins provided by the Bride and Groom

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Ceremony

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As previously mentioned, the bride provided all of the flowers and she worked on all of the boutonnieres herself. When setting up, we didn’t see the “special” boutonniere for the groom. Turns out, the bride forgot her bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere at their Pasadena house. I had to whip up a groom’s boutonniere out of the extra flowers and centerpieces. Not bad for a last minute, on the fly boutonniere right?

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Lanterns provided by Bride and Groom

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Bride’s bouquet.

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Married! Congratulations!

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I’m allowed to post pictures of them as long as it is far away.

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While everyone was enjoying cocktail in the Courtyard, our team and Ebell staff flipped the ceremony into the reception. Look at the details and amount of items that needed to be set up on the table, we had to pull the flip in about 1.5 hours. It was pretty chaotic and we were on top of each other but everything turned out awesome. Good thing we had a meeting and a strategy so everyone knew what they needed to do.

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The Cake table.

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End of night Party Favors.

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Venue: EBell of Long Beach

Photography: Shoda Love Photography

Band: The Straytones Band

Florals & Decoration: Bride

Cake: Bride’s cousin

KDWP Team: Lily, Winnie, Tania, Carolyn