ThyVan and Brent’s Wedding 10.8.16

Lily has been friends with ThyVan for a long time and she had the honor to be ThyVan and Brent’s Jr. Coordinator on their wedding while I took a much needed vacation in Canada.

I have been debating whether or not I should be blogging about this wedding. Lily contacted ThyVan for her blessing before we publicly posted the wedding. Sadly, as we post this blog, Brent has lost his battle with cancer in January. However, this blog is not intended to make anyone sad but to honor Brent’s life, deep love for ThyVan, his family, and friends. We will remember him as the fun, loving person that is captured on this joyous day.

From Lily:

Thyvan and Brent had a beautiful wedding day full of memories and laughter with their family and closest friends. It was also the Groom’s birthday! ThyVan surprised him with a birthday cake of course!

Looking back, I have known Thyvan for many years and we bonded over stories about our boyfriends, food, and how non-girly we were. She always knew Brent would be “The One” she could spend the rest of her life with.

Unfortunately, wedding planning was put on hold for over a year due to the Groom’s chronic illness, the final results was shocking. It was cancer. His prognosis was less than six months. Thyvan called me that day and we set up a consultation at Kelly’s office. We reassured her that we would try to help as much as possible. In four months, ThyVan was able to plan the entire wedding while also being the Groom’s live-in nurse and working her usual shifts. She was so organized and took control when Brent was too sick to help her. She was booking vendors left and right. God is so good! He sent us vendors that went above and beyond to make this day special for them. I had the pleasure of enjoying our meetings with Brent because he was as hands on as he could be by attending all the meetings and site visits. He wanted to make sure she was able to get everything she wanted. I couldn’t wait for them to get married!

Regretfully, we all said goodbye to Brent on January 10th. It was just three months after the wedding. Our hearts were crushed, but he left us all with a strong message to take care of our bodies and be proactive about your health. Love more and reduce daily stress. We celebrate your life and what you gave to all of us Brent | RIP @IkariWarriorsFightAgainstCancer

 

ThyVan & Brent’s wedding day beautifully captured by 8 Kinds of Smiles.

Ceremony: Wayfarers Chapel

Reception: Coto Valley Country Club

Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Angelina

Photography: Tram Tran Photography

Videography: 8 Kinds of Smiles

Florals: Peonies & Petals Designs

Caterer: Mon Cheri Restaurant

Lighting: Hilo Productions

DJ: Rock It Fresh

Photobooth: Instant Party Pix

Bartenders: Elegant Spirits

Cake: Final Touch Bakery

Dessert Table: K & S Events by Design

Transportation: American Limo Inc.

KDWP Team: Lily, Ying, Tania

Julie and An’s Wedding 9.24.16

The month of September was non-stop for us. We had back to back weddings and blessed with the best of couples. Julie and An’s wedding concluded our last wedding of the month before another wave starts. Met with Julie about 10 months before the wedding and we hit it off right away. It’s also a treat to me when I see past clients at a wedding, it’s like a big reunion.

Julie and An’s itinerary was packed from beginning to end. They had 2 tea ceremony, 1 outdoor ceremony, 1 church ceremony and a full reception yo get through. What a way to end the month of September with a bang, it definitely kept us on our toes from A to Z. It helped that the couple and the bridal party was super fun to work with as well.

It was a bright and early morning for all of us.

1st Tea Ceremony.

2nd Tea Ceremony.

Because of time constraint, Julie changed in the limo bus and they had a 1st look at Oak Canyon.

Outdoor Ceremony.

Church Ceremony.

Absolutely IN LOVE with Julie’s Ao Dai and cape by the talented Thai Nguyen Atelier.

After 4 ceremonies, there is no doubt, they are DEFINITELY married!

Reception.

During their newlywed 1st Dance, Julie surprised An with the appearance of the Sexy Sax Man.

Julie and An are big EDM fans and DJZ Productions surely met the crowd expectations with the music. It felt like a Vegas club.

Here is a taste of Julie and An’s wedding produced by their brother.

Outdoor Ceremony: Oak Canyon Nature Center

Church Ceremony: St. Polycarp Catholic Church

Bride’s Ao Dai: Thai Nguyen Atelier

Reception: Mon Amour Banquet

Photography: NTG Photography

Hair & Makeup: Travis Vu

DJ: DJZ Productions

Florals: Better Choice Flower

Photobooth: Orange Box Photo Booth

Ice Cream: Frostbites

Transportation: Want Limo

Entertainment: Sexy Sax Man

Cake: Givral Bakery

Team KDWP: Lily, Ying, Tania

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