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

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

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

 

 

Rebecca and Paul’s Wedding 4.9.16

I communicated with Rebecca via email several times before having a face to face meeting. Rebecca and Paul were going to have a small intimate backyard wedding which was the perfect setting for our Junior Coordinator, Ying. Ying stepped up to the plate and did a fantastic job. Thank you Jim Kennedy Photographers for the great pictures.

From Ying:

My initial meeting with Rebecca and Paul was set up by Kelly. I was excited that Rebecca and Paul trusted me, the junior coordinator, to be their day- of coordinator! I loved how easy- going and relaxed they both were planning, and during their wedding. Paul was patient with the planning and Rebecca was organized, which made the process seamless.  There was 90% forecasted rain on their wedding day, and they both gracefully accepted the challenge from Mother Nature. I think I was more nervous than Rebecca, but I could not picture coordinating this wedding with any other bride, but Rebecca! She was the perfect bride that I would want to go through wedding weather challenges with. She bought rain boots, umbrellas and ordered extra tents in preparation, only to have slight drizzles. Paul was very supportive with all of Rebecca’s wedding plans. He was the perfect groom who listened and supported his lovely bride. The love they shared with friends and family during their wedding was overwhelming. They have so much love for God, their family and friends, which truly reflected during their reception. It was intimate, romantic, and the scheme was wonderful for Rebecca and Paul. I wish them the best forever and always.

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Ceremony: St. Juliana Catholic Church

Reception: Family Friend Backyard

Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers

Caterer: Country Garden Caterers

Floral: Flower Allie

DJ: VOX DJs

Rental: Create-A-Party Rentals

Cake: Patty’s Cakes

Hair: Beach Bridal Beauty

Transportation: ULC Limos

KDWP Team: Ying and Tania

 

Mai and Nham’s wedding 1.30.16

I received a call from Mai on Cecilia and David‘s wedding day for her wedding. At the time of the call, she said her wedding is 4 weeks away and she needed a coordinator. I told her that for her wedding size, I usually wouldn’t do it because it doesn’t give me much time to prepare. After exchanging a few words, we decided to meet the next day to discuss more. It turns out Mai’s sister and maid of honor is in the wedding industry, Sweet Events by Anh, and everything has been planned and ready to go. They just needed someone to be there on the day of to set everything up. After meeting with Mai and her sisters and seeing how sweet they all are, I decided to help them. I was a bit apprehensive leading up to the wedding because there was so many details to the wedding and I didn’t want to disappoint Mai and Anh.

It was a lot of work but I don’t regret one bit after seeing the end result, the wedding was just beautiful. I’m still in awe of how gorgeous everything turned out to be and I am glad I had a hand in helping Anh execute her vision of the wedding for her sister.

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Mai has amazing tastes! Love all of the dresses!

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Let’s not forget to spotlight the groom.

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1st Tea ceremony.

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On the way to the 2nd Tea Ceremony

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Mai and Nham got married at Blessed Sacrament in Westminster where Mai’s parents got married 30 years ago to that day.

It was a very special moment witnessing Mai’s father walking her down the aisle.

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Beautiful sisters!

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Mai is truly a gorgeous bride.

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So many intricate details went into the reception decoration. Anh and Mai’s vision was to turn the reception into a winter wonderland and they accomplished that. Better Choice Flower did an amazing work on flowers as well.

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The dessert table was to die for! Anh really outdid herself on this one. It was exquisite and extraordinary!

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Handmade sugar flowers and cake by Final Touch.

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