Trini and Phong’s wedding 11.17.12

What can I say about Trini and Phong’s wedding besides W.O.W!!! It is by far the best wedding that KDWP has coordinated! At our 1st KDWP holiday dinner, Trini and Phong were voted Favorite Couple, Best Wedding, Best Decoration! At the initial meeting with Trini and Phong, I fell in love with them! Trini described her wedding to me and what she envisioned, I was hoping that I would be able to pull off everything she had in mind. I was a bit anxious because Trini had BIG ideas and she totally pulled it off! Trini and Phong met during Thieu Nhi (Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society), their love for each other is undeniable. Phong is truly an amazing guy and would put all of the groom out there to shame. Throughout the day, I can see how Trini and Phong are loved by their family and friends, they thought of everything and it truly was an experience I would never forget.

All photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography.

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Let’s get ready…

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and have some fun!

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Wow! Vera Wang wedding dress.

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Louboutin!!!

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Love the bouquets from Flower Allie!

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Trini made her own hair piece and garter. She’s so talented.

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Trini makes one beautiful bride!

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Trini wrapped Phong’s gift so beautifully.

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Only for Phong’s eyes 😉

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I have to say that I like Trini’s gift better.

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Trini and Phong’s wedding started bright and early. This was a very long wedding for me starting at 6 am since the tea ceremony was in Winnetka (a good 1hr30 min from OC). I remember Trini telling me that she hopes it wouldn’t rain because she hates the rain. Unfortunately, I can’t control mother nature and rain started coming down hard as soon as the tea ceremony started. I kept telling her that rain means good luck on wedding day. 🙂

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Prepping the family, groom and groomsmen.

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Lighting firecrackers for the start of the Tea Ceremony.

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And the rain started pouring…

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After the Tea Ceremony, I made my way to the church for set up.

There were a lot of details that Trini wanted done for the ceremony. I usually work by myself in the morning so it was a lot of running under the rain to get things done on time.

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Married!!! Congratulations Trini and Phong!!!

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Trini and Phong’s garden theme wedding was to die for! It was simply amazing and lot of them were D.I.Y by Trini and Phong themselves!

We were on a time crunch to set everything and I can’t believe we pulled it off on time! I’m so glad that Trini and Phong were happy with the results.

So many details!

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Now that everything has been set up and looks absolutely stunning, let’s get the reception going!

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Perfectly choreographed First Dance as Husband and Wife.

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True look of love.

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Phong serenaded Trini with a beautiful song. He did an awesome job!

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Newlywed Game! Everyone in the room participated, it was so entertaining!

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Cake cutting dress change.

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Trini jumped into the flash mob! Phong had no idea!

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Phong was super happy!

Trini changed dresses a total of 4 times! This is what happens when the bride is a fashionista 😉 Loved all of her dresses!

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And they all danced happily ever after…

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Trini + Phong’s Same Day Edit

Trini and Phong, I can’t express how grateful and thankful that KDWP was part of your wedding. It was absolutely beautiful! You wedding is 1 of the top 3 in KDWP wedding history.  We love you both and wish you many years of happiness and love all around.

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Ceremony: St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church

Reception: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Caterer: Furiwa

Florals: Flower Allie

Drapery and Chiavari Chairs: Better Choice Flower

Videography: 2b1 Production

Photography: Kim Le Photography

Lighting: After Dark Entertainment

Cake: Sweet and Saucy Bakery

Bridal hair & Makeup: Angie Hair & Makeup

Transportation: Love Boat Limousine

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

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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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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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

Vy and Brian’s Wedding 9.4.11

When Vy and Brian approached me on coordinating their wedding, I was a little bit hesitant because their wedding was 1 week before our wedding. But, seeing how much love they have for each other easily persuaded me on coordinating their special day. Besides, Vy sold me when she said the idea for the wedding is floral vintage and D.I.Y!

*Special thanks to Kim Le Photography for all the photos*

As usual…pinning boutonnieres.

The bride getting ready.

While everyone was still getting and taking bridal party photos, my team and I set up all of the bride D.I.Y for the ceremony.

Old school typewriter…

Their backdrop for guests pictures.

It isn’t vintage if all the old pictures aren’t out!

They had old school games and candies around the area for guests to enjoy. Reminded me of my childhood 🙂

Helen from Flowers by Helen did an amazing job on the ceremony floral decorations. I am swooning over all the soft colors!

Love the bouquets!

All the programs and fan are D.I.Y from the bride! So talented!


Bridal Party photos.

Vy wore her ao dai for a few photos. Aren’t she such a beautiful bride?

So much love!

And then it was time for the ceremony as guests arrived.

The ring bearer and the flower girl were too cute!

Brian’s anticipation to see his bride walk down the aisle.

Here comes the bride!

Married!!! Congratulations Mr & Mrs. Alcalde!

During the ceremony, KDWP team set up the drink and food station.

Before heading over to the reception, the bride and groom had a bit of fun in front of their D.I.Y backdrop.

I did not coordinate the reception as Brian and Vy didn’t want to overwhelm me too much 1 week before my own wedding 🙂

Furiwa did an awesome job as setting up everything to Brian and Vy’s vision.

The cake and the groom’s cake.

Brian and Vy, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day. It was such a pleasure seeing the love that emanate from the both of you. I wish you all the happiness in the world and I can’t wait to see your family grow. Love, KDWP!

Ceremony: Newland Barn

Ceremony Rentals: Anar Party Rental

Reception: Furiwa

Photobooth: Pixel Photobooth

Florals: Flowers by Helen

Officiant: Christopher Torres

Photography: Kim Le Photography

Team KDWP: Renrick Hidalgo, Tammy Dang, Sylvie Huynh, Charles Nguyen

Katie B and Shaun’s Wedding 11.6.10

Happy New Year 2011 everyone! I couldn’t ask for a better start of the year than by blogging about an amazing couple: Katie B and Shaun. I’ve known Katie B and Shaun for over a year now. The first time I met them, I was blown away by the love they have for each other. There was no doubt in my mind that they were meant for each other, they complete one another in a deeper level that I’ve ever seen before. I was very surprised at how personable, down to earth, intelligent and friendly Katie B is! To me, she was a celebrity because she worked with celebrities :), so I was quite star-struck.  Shaun makes you feel very comfortable to be around, that’s why after our first meeting, they pretty much knew a whole lot about me. They are by far the nicest 2 people a person can meet. I am glad that our relationship has grown from client to friendship in such a short time, and I am grateful that they trusted me enough to let me coordinate their over-the-top, glamorous, fabulous wedding day!

After a late night of helping setting up the reception venue, I was up bright and early at their hotel rooms. Katie B’s dress had a few loose threads so I came early to sew at a few places on her dress. 🙂

Did that I mention that I had a hand in helping her pick THE dress? I love the bottom of her dress and the bling are sooo Katie B 🙂

Of course Katie B would do her own hair and makeup! Who else?

Katie B and Shaun exchanged some gifts. Wait until you see what Katie B got!

Shaun really outdid himself. Take note Grooms-to-be, this is the way to a woman’s heart. 😉

Meanwhile….Shaun and the groomsmen get ready!

Pinning the boutonniere on the groom….

…and the result!

After getting through the awe of Shaun’s gifts, Katie B finished getting ready.

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Katie B had her ao dai (Vietnamese traditional gown) for me to bring it to the reception but I wanted to make sure that the photographer had a chance to take a picture before I hauled everything away.

Can’t forget some of the bridesmaids details. The hairpieces were handmade for them.

Vibrant color bouquet! The florist and I inserted all the black feathers in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

Katie B’s bouquet was adorned with her grandmother’s rosary.

Katie B was so emotional when she saw the rosary on her bouquet. It was very touching!

Katie B has such a genuine smile on this picture. Happy!

First look for Katie B and Shaun! I highly recommend first look for bride and groom. It definitely doesn’t take away from the emotions at the ceremony and it gives a more intimate moment for the couple.

Then, we were all off to Our Lady of La Vang Parish for the ceremony.

Such a talented family…Katie B has her cousins play her bridal walk.

The groom and groomsmen patiently waiting for the bride’s entrance.

Here comes the beautiful bride!

Married!!! Congratulations Katie B and Shaun!!

This picture always takes my breath away…it is truly timeless. I passed out the bubbles to all the guests and lined them up outside the church in order to get this perfect picture!

The bridal party were then off to take some portraits at The Lab in Costa Mesa.

This is such a cute picture of them. Definitely shows their personality!

The boys…oh, so handsome!

The ladies…oh, so beautiful!

Proud to be Mr. & Mrs. B!

Now…onto the reception! I have to give credit to the wedding planner, Ann Ro, who has successfully and beautifully implemented Katie B and Shaun’s vision. I was merely the coordinator making sure everything went according to plan and catering to Katie B and Shaun’s every needs.

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Their invitation was so beautiful!

The appetizer and dessert bar was awesome and a hit throughout the night!

One of their groomsman designed and cut the B. It was so fitted for the table!

So sad I didn’t get the time to try any of the goodies…I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. hahaha…

At every corner of the reception, a little piece of Katie B and Shaun are displayed.

Yes, they had an ice sculpture!

Did I mention pretty much every design was done by the talented and super busy Katie B and Shaun?

I used their sign from the portrait and put them behind their chairs.

The cake was also designed by Katie B! Monica from Two Parts Sugar did a fantastic job!

Katie B and Shaun’s grand entrance! Happy times!

Their first dance as husband and wife…They cannot be more in love! These photos definitely makes you feel the LOVE seeping through them.

A quick change into the Ao Dai to greet tables…

…then, back into the fabulous wedding dress for the cake cutting!

Bouquet toss!

Shaun had a hard time finding the garter…good thing he had a flashlight 😉

mmm…..and here are a few things Shaun found instead of the garter…a hairspray (if you look carefully, you can see my little self peeking)

…socks?