Nancy + Wayne’s wedding 9.12.15

The beauty of technology -my only form of communication with Nancy and Wayne was through emails and phone conversations leading up to the wedding day. They both live in San Diego so I didn’t get to meet them until rehearsal day. I dwarfed standing next to Wayne since he is such a tall guy and Nancy is super sweet and easy going. I’m glad I got to work on their big wedding (close to 500 guests) and helping them execute their vision of the wedding day.

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Nancy and Wayne incorporated a tea ceremony into their ceremony.

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You know it’s a successful wedding, when the groom is having this much fun.

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What a memorable night! Thank you Nancy and Wayne for all the fun you’ve allowed us to partake at your wedding.

Wishing you nothing but the best and many years of happiness.

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Ceremony: Ehlers Community Recreation Center

Reception: Mon Amour

Flowers: Better Choice Flower

Hair & Makeup: Beauty FXS

DJ: Vietnamese DJ

Photography: Eric Kieu Photography

Videography: FonD Productions

Photobooth: Superfly Photobooth

Cake: Van’s Bakery

KDWP Team: Carolyn, Christine, Winnie, Lisa and Tania

Ann and Cory’s wedding 9.26.15

Ann and Cory, this sweet couple of mine, found my services thanks to Yelp in January. At the time, Ann lives and works in San Jose while Cory was finishing school in San Diego. They needed someone in Orange County to do partial planning for them and I was more than happy to help them in the 9 months that we had to plan the wedding. I looked for venues, set them up with vendors that would fit their personality and reviewed all proposals. Cognizant of their budget, I crossed out many items in vendor proposals that they thought they needed or wanted. It was a pleasure working with Ann and Cory as they were so easy going. Our communication was mainly via emails and whenever they were in town, I crammed as many meetings with vendors as possible to make most of their time. I still had to leave some room for them to eat because they love to eat and Ann CAN eat! They always try to drag me out to eat with them when they were in Orange County but I had to refuse a couple of times since I was busy working weddings.

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I don’t know how many times I’ve poked myself pinning boutonnieres on Ao Dai. They are so tricky to maneuver.

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Fun, cute, playful bride.

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One of my favorite shot!

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Thank You-1

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Love when grooms serenade their wives.

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Ann and Cory – I had so much fun planning, getting to know the both of you and seeing all the work coming to completion. Thank you for trusting me in making your wedding day happen. It was truly a pleasure being part of this experience with you. I wish you nothing but the best and lots of happiness in your journey of being husband and wife.

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Ceremony: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Reception: Hilton Irvine

Catering: Mon Cheri Restaurant

Florals: Better Choice Flower

DJ: Platinum Peaks

Photography + Videography: Allan Le Photography

Cake: Final Touch Bakery

Hair + Makeup: Lay Minh

Caricature: Caricatures by Diane

Team KDWP: Julie and Carolyn

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!❤

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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!❤

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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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Full wedding highlight video

 

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 7.11.15

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

 

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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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

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

Yolanda and Calay’s wedding 10.11.14

To wrap up the end of 2014, I couldn’t have asked for a more adorable,  loving, friendly, thoughtful and caring couple than Yolanda and Calay. When I first met with them, I thought they were the sweetest. We instantly connected over our children which led me to become their wedding planner/coordinator.🙂

All photos are courtesy of the talented husband and wife from Cameron Leung Photography.

I love Chinese tea ceremony! To me, they are way more fun than Vietnamese tea ceremony since it involves games prior to the groom entering the house.

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Groomsmen had to pop the balloons around Calay. It was hilarious!

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Besides testing the groom and groomsmen taste buds (they had to endure the taste of sour, sweet and spicy), the bridesmaids had all of them sing Backstreet Boys “As long as you love me”. They definitely needed more practice on the song.🙂

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Calay pulled the BIG Red Envelope in order to be allowed in the house and see his bride.

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The Bride, Groom and their precious baby girl.

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Lighting fireworks for the bride and groom departure to the groom’s side for the tea ceremony.

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Here I am, helping everyone line up to enter the 2nd tea ceremony.

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After the Tea Ceremonies, the bridal party headed over to the hotel to get ready. We were so ahead of schedule that I was actually able to sit down and rest for a good hour.

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Love mother and daughter dresses!

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 I mainly deal with brides so I get to know them on a more personal level than the grooms. I don’t often talk about the grooms but I have to say Calay is one of my favorite groom that I’ve worked with. He was always asking me if I was OK, if I needed anything or if he could help me. He was always soft spoken. It warms my heart when I see Calay’s look when he sees Yolanda and their daughter. It is the look of love and adoration from a happy man.

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These bonding moments between a mother and her child always gets to me. I guess it pulls at my heart string because I am a mother too.

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While Yolanda was getting dressed, I was babysitting their sweet little girl and trying to get her dressed.

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Only a mother’s love can soothe a fussy baby.❤

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One of my favorite photo of the day.

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I’m amazed at how all the vendors came together to turn a typical Chinese restaurant into a fancy dream wedding. We completely changed the look of the whole venue.

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Yolanda and Calay had 40+ tables and they flew with table greetings. I think they were done in 30 minutes. Loved it! We were so ahead of schedule that I wasn’t sure what to do with myself.

Their Same Day Edit was awesome!

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You check out their SDE below.

 

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Yolanda and Calay, thank you so much for making KDWP feel like a part of your family. We had such a great time coordinating your wedding.

It was a pleasure being a sound board to you and thank you for following my advices and inputs where needed.

We wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and more children😉

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Reception: Capital Seafood Restaurant Monterey Park

Hair + Makeup: Chiali Meng

Photography: Cameron Leung Photography

Videography: FonD Productions

Photobooth: Cheesy Photo Booths

MC: KK Entertainment

Flower, Draping, Lighting: Better Choice Flower

Cake + Dessert Table: Taylor Cake Creations

Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rentals

Transportation: Love Boat Limousine

KDWP Team: Tania, Jamie and Leilani

Thy and Eddie’s wedding 10.4.14

Thy is one of the easiest, carefree bride I’ve ever worked with. She was so easy going, it made my job way too easy.🙂 Eddie is the well known tattoo artist from OC Tattoo, Inc. You definitely cannot find a funnier person than him. Together, they make the perfect fun, loving couple and I couldn’t be luckier being their wedding day coordinator.

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The beautiful flower girl, Thy and Eddie’s daughter.

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This cutie pie ring bearer is Thy and Eddie’s son. He was well behaved during the wedding.

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Big props to Dzien from DJZ Productions for helping the Bride & Groom’s friend who officiated their wedding and dealing with the dance floor vendor while I was busy running around doing things for the bride. I’m blessed to be working with awesome team of vendors who look out for each other.

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The ceremony was so much fun! I heard laughter all around.

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Look at these little cuties on the dance floor! So happy to see my past clients and their children. It’s like a big reunion!

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My 1st wedding with a celebrity! I was quite oblivious at first since I didn’t know who “Rampage” is.

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Ally and friends surprised her parents by singing a “Frozen” song. It was adorable!

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Picture perfect happy family!

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Thy and Eddie, thank you very much for having KDWP be part of such a festive day. It was such a fun wedding that we had the honor of being part of. We wish you nothing but the best and happiness for the rest of your lives.

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Ceremony + Reception: Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel

Photography: Thao Vu Photography

Videography: Alumiq Onyx Cinema

Bride hair + makeup: TL Makeup & Hair

Bridemaids hair + makeup: Beauty by Christine Mai

Flowers: Lifetime Weddings & Events

DJ: DJZ Productions

Cake: The Baker on Kettner

Chairs + Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rentals

KDWP Team: Julie, Tania and Jennifer

Whitney and Kyle’s wedding 8.16.14

Whitney and Kyle are the sweetest, nicest , most caring, and thoughtful people ever. I know I say this about all of my couples but it’s the truth! I have the best clients! I am truly blessed and thankful to work with all of the amazing couples. When Whitney approached me about 10 months prior to the wedding inquiring about my services, my first thought was “Wow! She is tall!” I dwarfed next to her with my 5’2 itty bitty height. Our initial meeting was very productive but I wanted to give Whitney and Kyle some time to think about my services before they decided to hire me. They were still living in Boston  at the time and in the process of moving back to Orange County so I didn’t want them to feel pressured about booking me right away. When Whitney and Kyle were ready to book my services for day of coordination, I was elated! The Nixon Library is one of the venue I’ve been dreaming of working at for a while and to have the opportunity to do so for Whitney and Kyle’s wedding made it much more special.

We started the day with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony.

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Whitney has a very talented mom, she made all of the bridesmaids dresses and all of the Ao Dais.

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I love love love Whitney’s ao dai.

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Married!!! Congratulations Whitney and Kyle!

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With a venue as beautiful as the Nixon Library, the wedding party took advantage of the grounds as backdrop for portraits.

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I can’t get enough of how regal and gorgeous this venue is.

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Whitney’s mother also made her 3rd gown! So talented!

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Here is Whitney and Kyle’s wedding highlights.

Whitney + Kyle, Thank you so much for booking my services and allowing me to fulfill my dreams of working at this gorgeous venue.

You both are the greatest sweetest couple I’ve met. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, laughter and love!

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Ceremony: La Purisima Catholic Church

Reception: Nixon Presidential Library & Museum

Caterer: White House Catering

Photography: Harvard Photography

DJ: Flawless Entertainment DJs

Flowers: KC Floral Designs

KDWP Team: Kayla, Tania, Winnie and Julie

Nikki and Thien’s wedding 7.19.14

I met Nikki and Thien about a year prior to their wedding, Nikki is genuine, sweet and is a foodie while Thien couldn’t be any nicer and thoughtful. They booked me so I could help them plan the wedding along the way and there was a lot of hiccups throughout the planning process. Poor Nikki, she was a real trooper and spent many sleepless nights because she had to study and take her exam right up to the wedding day. Nikki and Thien went through a lot during their relationship and to see them tie the knot truly proves the love they have for each other.

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The ceremony venue was at Puddingstone Resort. It brought back a lot of memories as this was the 1st venue I ever worked at.

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Nikki has the best support for her wedding day, her maid of honor made the flower girl’s dress and Nikki’s sash.

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Thien and Nikki’s first look.

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It was a gloomy day but as soon as Nikki stepped out, the sun made an appearance.

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Married!!! Congratulations Nikki and Thien!

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