Wedding: April+Josh

Now a days, most everything can be all done electronically. Even planning a wedding with your florist!  April is the simple modern bride. We communicated via email, pictures, links, etc. for her wedding floral details months before and up until THE DAY. I am so thankful that my clients entrust me (without ever meeting me) with one of their most important elements of their wedding – flowers.  Here are some beautiful photos of April+Josh on their DAY. (all photos provided by Winnie Ng of Cotton Love Studios)

This last photo was taken from my iphone as I was standing behind April. She hugged her sister right before walking down the aisle with her father. I was the only one there to capture this precious photo. Her sister said:  “OK, don’t cry!”  I think she was convincing herself! So cute.

Vendors:
Event Planning: In The Clouds Events
Florals: SignatureK Events & Flowers
Photography: Cotton Love Studios

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Hollywood-inspired Beach-shore Wedding Gala!

Our Wedding
Our Wedding

 I hesitate to call this blog entry  “Our Simple Wedding”  (and hence changed it) because it seemed simple, but …. it was work!  From concept to completion, I had fun making our “simple looking” event seem effortless, all the while, DIYing mostly everything. 

Before planning our wedding, we chose 3 words in which we wanted our wedding to be and feel like:  FUN, MODERN, OFF-BEAT!   I think we nailed it right on!   Our “Hollywood” theme was a continuation of our OK! Magazine Save-the-Date cards and Movie Poster wedding invitations

Our wedding came and went so fast, even though we had family and friends helping days before and hanging out with them days after.  As a wedding planner and floral designer, I had to resist the urge to keep on top of everything that day.  I was fortunate to have a great crew behind me to carry out Jayson’s and my vision.   

We selected an awsome photographer, Taylor Abeel, from Ventana Photography and recieved our digital photos last week.  The detail photos are my fav.. and also the fun ones!  Here are some of my picks to share with you the events of our day:  

Hair & Makeup by Cheek Couture

Hair & Makeup by Molly @ Cheek Couture. Birdcage hairpiece hand made by me.

While the girls and I had hair & makeup sessions.. they men were eating breakfast at the bar (La Jolla Shores Hotel).

While the girls and I had hair & makeup sessions.. the men were eating breakfast at the bar (La Jolla Shores Hotel).

Shoes by L.A.M.B

Shoes by L.A.M.B (love Gwen)

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Setup decor crew decided to put the tissue pompoms along the aisle instead of hanging them over head. This turned out to be THE BEST executive design change without me knowing! Some things just work better at the last minute!

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Flower Girls: Natalie Kate & Jayna Marie

"I'm Yours" movie script (wedding programs). Programs were half the size of an 8.5" X 11" paper and was about 8 pages .. sounds long, but as guests started reading, it made for a fun read and not long at all!

The script had the format of a real movie script. It starts off with "FADE IN:" and continued with a brief narration of the setting (2002) and how we met.

Scene 2 describes "7 years later" (our wedding day), and describes the ceremony with all the bridal party named out in narration form.

Then the script described that the guests disperse around the Garden Patio after the ceremony (in which they do... !) and describes the Hors D' ouvres available. In this photo above, the bottom part said: BRIAN: What are you goin to order" EDDIE: I think I'm goin to try the Signature Drink Passionfruit Mimosa. BRIAN: You're fruity. =) (we like throwing some humor in there!)

We included some dialog among some of the wedding party about the seating arrangement, as a way of telling the guests where they would sit (Open seating!)

The ending of the script describes guests leaving. One of the bridesmaids say good-bye to me in the script and I remind her of the "Happily-Ever After-Party!

The address for the After Party is provided in the script, and then the script ends! (We did add a page for "Special Thank Yous", and "Credits" in which we listed all vendors involved with our wedding!)

The Guests.  I love this picture because I was able to look back at see where everyone was sitting and their reactions.. I would have never remembered this.

The Guests. I love this picture because I was able to look back at see where everyone was sitting and their expressions. I would have never remembered this.

Hors d'oeuvres:  Bruschetta

Hors d'oeuvres: Bruschetta (and yummy others, too many picturs to post). Photo credit: Kelly Chan

Hors d'oeuvres:  Fresh chucked oysters (my fav!)

Hors d'oeuvres: Fresh chucked oysters! (MmMmMMm... my fav!) Photo credit: Kelly Chan

Hors d'oeuvres: Morning fruit

Hors d'oeuvres: Morning fruit Photo credit: Kelly Chan

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While the guests were enjoying an open bar, hors d'oeurves, and great weather, we stepped out onto the beach for a fun photo shoot!

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Guy pose.

The Wish Tree - all decorated with wel wishes!

The Wish Tree - all decorated with well wishes! Next to it were our engagement photos, CDs of songs played during our wedding, and maps to the Happily-Ever After Party! (gotta stick with our Hollywood theme!)

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Wishtree greetings up close.. we had fun reading all of these when we got home.

A red carpet walkway and entrance into the reception area!

Red carpet walkway; Entrance into the reception area! (The movie scipt programs did not mention the red carpet even, as we wanted it to be a nice surprise entrance to the reception!) Everyone was VIP! Backdrop was a great and fun idea to plug-in SignatureK, our DJ Crew (HGB), our co-planner (In The Clouds Events), and our cupcake wedding logo, designed by our dear friend Scott Reyes

We had so much fun!

We had so much fun on the carpet!

Outside reception area at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

Outside reception area at the La Jolla Shores Hotel (this is what I meant by simple/minimal; no fancy centerpiece or linens)

Table design by Kien at SignatureK

Table design by Kien at SignatureK

Each guest recieved a clear cellophane treat bag to take home some goodies from the candy and dessert bar.  On the back of each tag were various quotes about chocolate, sweets, and love.

Each guest recieved a clear cellophane treat bag to take home goodies from the candy & dessert bar. The front of the tag had our wedding log (designed by Scott Reyes) On the back of each tag were various quotes about chocolate, sweets, and love.

Candy & Dessert Bar

Candy & Dessert Bar. Mini desserts and cake by Sweet & Saucy

Yummy desserts up close!

Yummy desserts up close! Red Velvet Cupcake w/ Vanilla buttercream frost

Lemon cake lollipop (i heard this was THE MOST DELICIOUS.. unfortunately I did not have time to taste this one)

Lemon cake lollipop covered with white chocolate (I heard this was THE MOST DELICIOUS.. unfortunately I did not have time to taste this one)

More yummy desserts close up!  This one:  Mini Cheesecake with fresh rasberry

More yummy desserts close up! This one: Mini Cheesecake with fresh rasberry

Having a money dance allows you some one-on-one time with your guests.  I love this Filipino tradition.

Having a money dance allows you some one-on-one time with your guests. I love this Filipino tradition.

Had too much fun .. I just had to post another one of my fav pics

Too much fun .. I just had to post another one of my fav pics

We had a BLAST with our family and friends!  CHEERS!

We had a BLAST with our family and friends! CHEERS!

I hope you enjoyed this chronical of our wedding!  I’d love you hear your feedback!  Cheers to weddings! 

Venue:  La Jolla Shores Hotel
Event Concept/Design & Planning:  SignatureK Events & Flowers In The Clouds Events
Day-of Coordination:  Monica Lee
Engagement Photography: Wey & Ryan Photography
Wedding Photography:  Taylor Abel of Ventana Photography
Invitations:  SignatureK Events & Flowers
Wedding logo Design: Scott Reyes
Bakery: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Hair/Makeup:  Cheek Couture
Bridal Gown:  Pronovias by Manuel Mota @ La Soie Bridal Salon
Bridesmaids:  Banana Republic
Flower Girls:  Pink Princess
Ring Bearer:  Janie & Jack
Groom Attire: Calvin Klein @ Macy’s
Groomsmen:  Philipines (overseas) & Kenith Cole
Flowers:  SignatureK Events & Flowers
Music/Entertainment: Home Grown Blends (HGB)

My Wedding Flowers: Calla Lilies, Catalleya Orchid Bouquets, and Pomander Kissing Balls

Home from the flower mart with HALF my inventory.

Home from the flower mart with HALF my inventory.

This past weekend was my big day!  People thought I was insane to do my own wedding flowers, but it turned out GREAT!  It’s all about planning for the TIME to do it the week of — I take it back — the DAY BEFORE!  It was hectic, but I had great help and I kept my flowers and design super simple.. so that I could DELEGATE (with instructions) and be confident that it will turn out perfect.  My flowers were a combination of modern simplisity meets rustic.  OK, you’ll just have to see the pictures.

Billy Balls (4 bunches)

Billy Balls (4 bunches)

Tall white callas

Tall white callas (11 bunches)

White Hydrengeas (4 bunches)

White Hydrengeas (4 bunches)Yellow English Rose (2 bunches)

Second batch of inventory: More white hydrengeas, yellow & white mini calla lilies, white english roses, fillers, seeded eucalyptus

Second batch of inventory: More white hydrengeas, yellow & white mini calla lilies, white english roses, fillers, seeded eucalyptus

 Cattaleya Orchids (10)

Cattaleya Orchids (10)

 
After staging everything, we got to work!  Here’s our progress:
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Hydrengeas in small vases. 1 of the 3 pieces to the Centerpiece

Billy Balls (3) in white vase.

Billy Balls (3) in white vase

Mini Calla Lilies (7 BM Bouquets)3 Bunches of Callas per vase.

Mini Calla Lilies (7 BM Bouquets)

Oh, can’t forget the boutonnieres:
seeded euculilptus w/ billy ball

seeded euculilptus w/ billy ball

 

Tall Callas on black pillars

Tall Callas on black pillars

And lastly.. my flower girls…with their kissing balls
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I had such a wonderful team of apprentices and setup crew:
Janice, Teresa, and my Mom

Janice, Teresa, and my Mom, showing their bouttiniere making skills.

A million thank yous and credits to:
Day-of Wedding Coordinator:  Monica L.
Setup Crew: Laura M., Tina L., Dave W., Brian S., Kelly C., Glen S., and several others that I’m sure I’ve missed. 
I didn’t post a picture of the wish tree, my bouquet, and centerpieces because I was too busy getting married!  I can’t wait to see how the professional pictures turned out!!!