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)

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Fashionably Chic Minimalistic Wedding

 This past weekend, I coordinated my fashionably stylish cousin’s wedding in Palo Alto, CA.  I love weddings.. simply because each bride’s (and groom’s) style shines through to create an all unique event – every time!  The whirlwind of events started on Friday (day before wedding) when flowers were to arrive from San Diego and when the Bride (Minh-ha) and I headed to the flower mart in San Francisco for some last minute greens. 

Wedding Part I:  Vietnamese Ceremony

Saturday morning started off with a traditional Vietnamese ceremony where the Groom (Brian) and his family arrived at the Bride’s house for the marriage ceremony; essentially this process can be interpreted as “Picking up the Bride” to be brought back to his home.  The ceremony was a shortened version from the ultra traditional tea ceremony. 

Minh-ha and Brian wore tradtional “ao dai” attire.  Her ao dai and crown was especially unique since it was her mother’s from 38 years ago when she married in Vietnam.  Minh-ha’s late grandparents were recognized and included (in spirit)in the blessing of the marriage.

Gifts from Brian and his family were presented to Minh-ha & family, to include:  Tea, Dried Fruits, Alchohol, and Fresh fruit.  Both sides of the families were introduced and gifts from the Moms were presented to the Bride.   Here is a photo from the ceremony:

Vietnamese marriage ceremony with the bride and groom in traditional vietnamese aio dai.
Vietnamese marriage ceremony with the bride and groom in traditional vietnamese ao dai.

Wedding Part II:  Vow Exchange (Redux)

The wedding continued later in the day with a vow exchange ceremony with all guests as witnesses.  There was no officiant and the bride did not wear a white dress. Several family members and close friends were invited to provide poem readings, and then the Bride and Groom exchanged vows written for eachother.  The celebration of unity symbol was through the placement of a lasso around both of them and the lighting of their unity candle.   Then the party began! 

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Boutinniers made from seeded eucalyptus and yellow billy ball, wrapped in white silk ribbon and twine for a rustic look.
Boutonnieres:  seeded eucalyptus and small billy ball, wrapped in white silk ribbon and twine for a rustic look.
Minimalistic approach to center pieces is a good way to keep costs down!  The Bride loves Cattaleya Orchids. Centerpiece:  3 Cattaleyas in multifaceted vase with white silk ribbon.

Centerpiece: 3 Cattaleyas wrapped with white silk ribbon in multifaceted vase. NOTE: This is an ultra minimalistic approach to center pieces and a great way to keep costs down!

Me & J with the fashionable bride & groom
Me & J with the ever-so fashionable bride & groom. Groom sported a BR suit and Bride chose a 3.1 Philip Lim double pleated gold cocktail dress.  I personally loved it.
Placecards were designed by the Groom. It included a variety of photographs taken by him as a professional photographer/graphic designer.
Placecards: designed by Brian. It included a variety of photographs taken by him as a professional photographer/graphic designer.
Cupcake as dessert

Cupcake as dessert - provided by Brian's sister-inlaw. MmmM Good!!

 
Mini cupcakes
Mini cupcakes

The entire wedding went smoothly and everyone had a fun time!  Luckly I had a fashionably chic, minimalist bride & groom to work with!   Thanks Minh-ha & Brian!  Congratulations!

For those interested in reading, you can find my clotheshorse cousin’s blog at:  http://threadbared.blogspot.com/