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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Father/Daughter dance

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Custom Ao Dai by Thai Nguyen Atelier. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Mai’s birthday was a couple of days later. Nham surprised Mai by singing Happy Birthday.

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Here is the Same Day Edit from CoPro Studio that played at the reception.

 

Thank you Mai and Nham for allowing KDWP to be part of your Winter Wonderland wedding. It was definitely a wedding to remember! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and nothing but goodness in your journey as husband and wife.

Big thanks to Anh for taking a step back and trusting us to execute your vision. I know how hard it is sometimes to let go after months and months of planning. It is very humbling when another planner has faith in another planner/coordinator in the industry, we really appreciate it.

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Ceremony: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Reception: Mon Amour Banquet

Wedding planner & Dessert table: Sweet Events by Anh

Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Videography: CoPro Studio

Florals/Drapery/Decoration: Better Choice Flower

Reception Ao Dai: Thai Nguyen Atelier

Party Bus: 5 Star Limousine

Hair and Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu

DJ: Vietnamese Wedding DJ/MC

Photobooth: AV Photobooth

Cake: Final Touch Bakery

Lighting: DJZ Productions

Sweetheart table: Platinum Candy Buffets

Loveseat: Create A Party Rentals

KDWP Team: Lily, Carolyn, Julie, Tania, Renk (my Husband) and David (my brother)

Cecilia and David’s wedding 1.2.16

We celebrated 2016 in style with a fantastic wedding right after ringing in the New Year. Cecilia interned for KDWP a few years back but she was so busy with school and work that she decided not to pursue the field. I also think I scared her away from it since she saw how much work was involved when planning/coordinating a wedding. 🙂

Cecilia and David wanted a no frill, easy-going wedding to enjoy with their family and friends. When they contacted me to coordinate their wedding, I was a bit surprised since Cecilia knows a lot of coordinators (she interned for a few if I recall correctly) but I was more than happy to be part of their special day. I also had the pleasure of working with Trini and Phong, a past couple of ours, who now have become successful photographers. Thank you for the beautiful pictures Trini!

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Cecilia was a stunning bride and she made it look so easy.

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Gorgeous!

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Timeless.

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Love Cecilia’s dimples!

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Adorable little flower girl.

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Married! Congratulations David and Cecilia!

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David and Cecilia are outdoorsy people so having the wedding on the water in Newport Beach was just the perfect setting for them.

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These place cards were quite a challenge to line and stand them up.

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Meanwhile, KDWP set the dessert table. Yummy pastries from Porto’s.

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I became the photographer’s lighting assistant too. 🙂

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Cecilia and David surprised David’s parents since it was their wedding anniversary…

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….and Cecilia’s cousin since it was his birthday.

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Love David and his mom dancing together.

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Cecilia’s mother gifted Cecilia with her original baby onesie. Do you see where Cecilia gets her looks from?

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Thank you Cecilia and David for letting us start the New Year on a high note. It was truly a pleasure being part of the wedding festivities. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

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Ceremony: St. Catherine of Siena Parish

Reception: Electra Cruises

Photography: Trini Mai Photography

Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Angelina

Photobooth: Splendid Studio

DJ: DJ Tempoe

Flowers: Flowers by Marina

KDWP Team: Ying, Tania and Carolyn

Lily and Gordon’s wedding 10.10.15

Wrapping our events in 2015 and saving the best for last! Our very own KDWP team member got married! I’ve known Lily since she was 17 years old and when she started dating Gordon, I was beyond happy that she found a great guy! When Gordon and Lily got engaged, the first thing I said after congratulating them was I can only wear 1 hat at their wedding and I want to enjoy it. Gordon was mostly doing the planning so it was interesting getting a guy’s perspective on the whole thing.

I have to give credit to my dear friend Lily on being there with me from the beginning of KDWP. If it weren’t for her encouragement, support, help and belief in me, I wouldn’t have been able to grow the company where it is today. It was just the 2 of us when we started 7 years ago and I have no idea how we pulled it off doing weddings just the 2 of us then. Now, we have a whole team who she has trained and dedicated her time to. I have to say, she is my right hand in growing the business. I have to thank Gordon too for sacrificing his time with her and allowing Lily to work with me on the weekends. Gordon and Lily are a couple who you can truly count on and they compliment each other in so many ways. I can’t express how grateful I am to have them as my friends and couldn’t be happier that they had a blast at their wedding.

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Gordon and Lily decided to have their 1st look at Newport Beach Winery and Vineyard. The venue provided wine tasting and lunch for the whole bridal party.

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Incorporating Gordon’s love of Hockey.

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Lily was a beautiful Grecian Goddess in her wedding dress.

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Gordon and Lily opted to say their vows privately.

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The bridesmaids.

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The Groomsmen and Groomswoman.

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Lily is Riley’s Godmother so he was the ring bearer that day.

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Meanwhile during the ceremony, our team set up the reception.

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Popcorn Bar.

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Our family with the bride and groom.

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Doing what I do best at weddings. Feeding my couple.

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So for the Grand Entrance, Gordon and Lily wanted to do a 1 shot music video with all of the guests. Since I experienced and coordinated the one from Diana and Tony’s wedding the month before, I coached them on how it should go. Here I am with our KDWP team going over how everything should go to make the video a smooth transition.

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With the music video behind us, it was time for their 1st dance.

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Cake cutting.

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Gosh, I can’t believe I’ve known these 2 crazy sisters for almost 15 years now. All the memories we’ve made together are priceless. I know I can always count on them to be truthful and a shoulder to lean on. Jenny’s Maid of Honor speech had me laughing and in tears.

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Oops….photobombed the bride.

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When it was time to put the garter on, it was nowhere to be found so I had to make a last minute D.I.Y garter with a broken bridesmaid’s necklace. Lily and I quick thinking saved the day lol

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This little guy was a party animal and loved dancing with his Marraine Lily.

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Here is the wedding highlight of the perfect day.

 

Our Team KDWP! Congratulations Lily and Gordon! Our bestest wishes, happiness and nothing but love for you guys!

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Ceremony + Reception: The Hacienda

Photography: Thao Vu Photography

Hair & Makeup: Diem Pham

Personal Flowers: Peonies & Petals Designs

Videography: Cloud 9 Cinematography

DJ + Lighting: Platinum Peaks

Catering: The Lime Truck

Transportation: First Class Limo

Photobooth: I Heart Momo Photo Booth

KDWP Team: Christine and Carolyn

 

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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