Whitney and Kyleโ€™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 Bostonย  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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The details on these ao dai are mesmerizing!

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Precious moment between mother and daughter.

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I love love love Whitney’s ao dai.

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Ceremony.

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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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Kyle’s mom passed the family secret tomato sauce to Whitney.

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Another beautiful ao dai creation from Whitney’s mom! I’m obsessed!

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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

Michelle and John’s wedding 7.21.12

Michelle is another friend of my little sister. I’ve always known her as Thao and seeing her getting married just shows how time flies. These little girls that I’ve known for decades are now full grown women who are getting married. It’s quite bittersweet for me. Seeing how John adores Michelle, I knew she was in good hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

All photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography

Preparation for the Tea Ceremony.

I absolutely love Michelle’s Ao Dai….the long train is to die for!

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Stunning hair and makeup by Katie B.

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Presentation of the bride to the family.

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Michelle and John had a 2nd Tea Ceremony where the groom brings the bride home to his family.

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This was such a touching moment. John and Michelle were able to Skype with John’s brother who is stationed overseas. He was able to follow the whole tea ceremony.

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After the Tea Ceremony, Michelle went back home to change into her wedding gown.

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Their invitation was so fancy! The velvet texture was a nice touch.

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Michelle gets dressed in her wedding gown to become a wife. ๐Ÿ™‚

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There is something very serene about this picture.

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St. Callistus Catholic Church has a special place in my heart.

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Congratulations Michelle and John!

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Husband and Wife!

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Crystal Cathedral makes a great backdrop for bridal portraits.

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Love how grandiose the Crystal Cathedral is.

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LOVE Veil shot

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Timeless…

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Reception Details

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Michelle + John’s Same Day Edit

Michelle and John, Thank you so much for trusting KDWP for coordinating your beautiful wedding. Thao, it’s hard to believe how I have seen you grown from a young girl to a beautiful woman you are today. I wish the both of you many years of happiness and can’t wait to be part of the next chapter in your lives.

Ceremony: St. Callistus Catholic Church

Reception: Mon Amour

Florals and drapery: KC Floral Designs

Videography: Alumiq Productions

Photography: Kim Le Photography

Entertainment: Linh Phong Band

Photobooth: Foto Cabina

Cake: Givral Bakery

Bridal hair & Makeup: Katie B

Transportation: White Rose Limousine

Team KDWP: Lily Luong, Kayla Ton, Katie Ito and Winnie Ing

Rose and Tony’s wedding – 9.17.11

Rose and Tony are such a fun, goofy, loving couple. And I am so glad I was there to coordinate their wedding (even with the little hiccups).

When Rose contacted me to coordinate and help her along the way with her wedding, again I was a bit worried, not because I couldn’t do it but because I knew I would be burnt out 1 week after my own wedding. But that thought quickly left my mind when I met them in person. They were so nice and they even invited me to eat hot pot dinner! I was sold! ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, Rose and Tony are so mellow and laid-back, it was easy and such a pleasure to work with them.

*All photos courtesy of Thao Vu Photography*

Tony and his mom are so cute!

Tea ceremony at the bride’s parents first.

Introducing the beautiful bride…

Then to the groom’s parents for the tea ceremony.

So much love!

Rose getting ready for the church ceremony.

Timeless!

The priest did a pretty funny homily for Rose and Tony.

After the ceremony, the bridal party traveled to Costa Mesa for some portraits.

You can totally see Rose and Tony goofiness in their portraits. So much fun!

Groom’s boutonniere.

Groomsmen boutonniere.

Who knew there was such a beautiful place in Costa Mesa!

Onto the reception!!

I’m not usually one to complain and I really do get along with all vendors I work with but Seafood Palace 2 was quite difficult to work with.ย  This is the reason why I ALWAYS advise all bride and groom to have EVERYTHING in writing with locations/vendors and not just via conversation.

Asides from the chaos here and there with the location, the most important thing is that Rose and Tony had a good time during their reception.

Beautiful cake from Taylor Cake Creations.

The beautiful bridesmaids!

Rose changed into her ao dai for the table greetings.

Rose’s nephew, Justin, surprised Rose and Tony with a great performance and it was a HIT!

The cake cutting was 1 memorable part of the night. And….I absolutely LOVE Rose’s 3rd dress!

First dance as husband and wife.

The single ladies were so excited for the bouquet toss!

As were the single men for the garter toss! ๐Ÿ™‚

At the end of the night, Rose surprised Tony with a beautiful piece on the piano.

Rose & Tony Wedding Highlights

Rose and Tony!!! Thank you so much for letting me and my team be part of your beautiful wedding day! You guys are so much fun and I wish you both all the happiness in the world and a beautiful future together. Love you both!

A little behind the scene from KDWP team who are always willing to save the day with a smile!

Ceremony: St. Barbara Parish

Reception: Seafood Palace 2

Florals: KC Floral Designs

Videography: 8 Kinds of Smile

Photography: Thao Vu Photography

DJ: DJ Heavy Hits

Cake: Taylor Cake Creations

Dance Floor: Vigen’s Rentals

Bridal hair & Makeup: Duy Ly

Transportation: GTS Charter

Seat Cushions: Elegant Chiavari Chairs Rentals

Team KDWP: Lily Luong with the help of My-Dzung Hoang, Renrick Hidalgo, Sylvie Huynh and Charles Nguyen.

Michelle and Kevin’s Wedding 6.18.11

On the initial consultation, Michelle and I instantly bonded over our love for the color purple and so many other things we have in common! We got along so well on our first meeting that it lasted 3 hours!!! I think we spent about 45 min talking about wedding and the rest of the time, we just chit chatted about random things and became instant friends! I call Michelle my long lost purple sister!!! She is the sweetest, nicest, most lovable person ever! I didn’t get to meet Kevin on the initial meeting but I knew that he must be a sweetheart since Michelle was so lovable and easy to talk to. Over the course of the year, Michelle and I were constantly keeping in touch about the wedding and our everyday life. We even had a double date a month or so before their wedding! We felt so special when they invited Renrick and I to their rehearsal dinner after I conducted the rehearsal! I am so glad that I was part of their special, loving, memorable wedding and meeting all of their nice and welcoming family members. They really made me feel like I was part of the family and not just the coordinator. I am so thankful to call Michelle and Kevin my friends and to see their family blossom in the future.

I had the honor to work with the incomparable Henry Chen Photography on Michelle and Kevin’s wedding. I have been an avid follower of a handful of photographers and Henry was 1 of the top photographers I followed since even before I became a wedding planner. I was a bit nervous working with him at first but he is the kindest, sweetest person ever! I am truly blessed working with such amazing vendors. I am slowly but surely crossing off names on my list ofย  “Vendors I would LOVE to work with” ๐Ÿ™‚

All photos courtesy of Henry Chen Photography.

I headed first to the hotel to meet Kevin and his groomsmen to make sure everything was OK.

Kevin’s suit was custom-made in China! Love the shiny-ness!

A little gift to Kevin from his wife to be!

Love this part! The guys were all viewing a YouTube video on how to tie a tie ๐Ÿ˜€

Meanwhile, the ladies were getting all dolled up…

The Bride!!!

Isn’t Michelle the cutest???

A mother/daughter moment….I can’t believe how young Michelle’s mom look! They look like they could be sisters!

While all the bridal party was still getting ready, KDWP headed to the Bowers Museum for the ceremony setup.

It was such a beautiful June day.

Before picture of the ceremony site….

During setup….Cards are all D.I.Y from the bride!

KDWP D.I.Y! ๐Ÿ™‚

The end result of the ceremony site!!!

THE gown!

Michelle’s shoes were her something blue.

There were too many good ring shots! I Couldn’t pick just 1 so I’m putting them all!

The ring box/pillow is D.I.Y from the Bride!

The Bridesmaids putting the final finishing touches on the Bride before the first look.

A little one on one with the Matron of Honor.

Love these next First Look sequence!

Henry Chen Photography was able to squeeze a few portraits of Michelle and Kevin before the ceremony.

I really like Michelle’s cascading bouquet…there’s like an old-schooled feel to it.

Reflection shot…my favorite!

Soooooo ROMANTIC!!!

I had to resolve a little crisis before the ceremony starts. The florist forgot to leave the 2 stem of roses for the mothers so, I had to pick borrow some roses from the museum garden to avoid disaster. I was instructing the boys how to hold the rose without touching the thorns. ๐Ÿ™‚

And…it all worked out! Pffuuiiii…

Michelle and her father before walking down. Yes, that’s her father! Can you believe it? I totally thought he was her brother when I first met him!

Here comes the beautiful bride!

The look of love and anticipation!

Michelle had a male attendant as part of her bridesmaids and Kevin had a female attendant as part of his groomsmen! This was so cool and modern!

So much tears of joy for the happy couple!

Married Mr. & Mrs. Jones!!!

A few more formal portraits before KDWP heads to the reception.

Reception setup.

Sweetheart table.

More Details!

Yup! Michelle and Kevin are both Doctors! Couple of Smarties ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to say that the food at S Fine Dining is really good!

The Cake!!!

Time for the reception to start!

Grand Entrance!

The speeches brought tears and laughter to the sweet couple.

Kevin made a small speech in Vietnamese. He was really good! The whole room cheered for him!

Traditional round of tables with Vietnamese Ao Dai.

While the couple was greeting tables, KDWP was setting up the dessert station!

All cake stands are D.I.Y by the talented bride!

Michelle and Kevin’s first dance as husband and wife.

Father Daughter dance.

Mother Son Dance. The look on Michelle’s face is so touching and genuine.

Cake Cutting!

The night ended on a high note with all the guests partying until the wee hours.

Michelle and Kevin! Thank you so much for having me be part of your wedding and making me feel like family! I am so happy for the both of you and so excited that I can call you my friends. You truly are 2 of the best people that I have had the pleasure to meet. I wish you both many many years of happiness and unconditional love for each other. Love – Kelly.

KDWP having some fun!

Annh and I manning the guests seating assignment table.

Henry’s assistant, Jove from Jovanni Photography and I posing for Henry’s test lighting before guests entered.

Good times!

Ceremony: Bowers Museum

Reception: S Fine Dining

Hair and Makeup: Le Brian Salon

Cake: Final Touch Bakery

Florals: KC Floral Designs

Officiant: Reverend Ken

Photography: Henry Chen Photography

Team KDWP: Annh Vo and Elise Tang

Thuy and Andyโ€™s Wedding 6.4.11

Thuy and Andy got married on a beautiful day in June. When I first met them, I came out with the feeling that this couple was very serious, turns out it’s because they were doctors! Wow…my 1st in coordinating a wedding for doctors! I felt quite inadequate and not smart enough for them ๐Ÿ™‚ Thuy and Andy are 2 of the nicest people I have met. They are down to earth, very fun to be around and very sophisticated. I still can’t believe that they planned half of their wedding while living in Texas!

Special thanks to Jill Thomas for the great photos! She shot the whole wedding in films! That was a first for me working with a photographer who shoots totally in films. It made the color so much softer.

As usual, I woke up bright and early to pick up all the personal flowers for the bridal party.

Here is the groom! If I remember correctly, he had a designer suit. I like a metro-sexual groom!

The wire to hold the boutonnieres makes it pretty hard to pin…

The groomsmen flowers.

When I entered Thuy’s room, she gave me a big smile, hugged me and said “I’m so glad you are here, I am less worried now”. Made my day! It gives me so much happiness in what I do when the bride and groom feel relief just by seeing me ๐Ÿ™‚

The bride’s Carolina Herrera dress

Louboutin!!!

KDWP helping the flowergirl to a perfect bow ๐Ÿ™‚

The details….

The bride and bridesmaids lovely bouquets.

And the beautiful bride….

I’m not sure why but I love this picture of Thuy. She looks so serene and ready to get married! Just the simple act of putting her jewelry on gets to me.