Kerry & Kevin's Wedding

Several weeks ago, I got a call from a mother saying that her daughter's wedding coordinator had become ill and she desperately needed a coordinator ASAP.  I was so happy to be available to help them out.  Everything happened so fast after that phone call...  I had a million questions going through my head because I literally had 5 days until the actual wedding.  Luckily, the Bride, Kerry had amazing mothers (mom and step-mom) who was so organized that it made my job so easy.  I met the lovely family for the first time at the rehearsal and from there, the wedding went off without a hitch!

Here are some amazing photos taken by Khris Griffis.  He was so fun to work with and took awesome shots!  thanks Khris!!!

 I love this picture!!

Their cake looked amazing!

First Dance... Always so pretty...

The Groom's brother made these cute cake pops.  They looked so yummy!

Congratulations to Kerry & Kevin Kilmurray!

Thanks to all the vendors that made the night run so smoothly:

Cake:  Diamond Bakery
Florist:  Robinson's Flowers
Photographer:  Khris Griffis
Venue:  Pacific Palms Resort
DJ:  DJ Ken Lyle

TOMS for Wedding?!

I recently purchased my first pair of TOMS. Yes, I am a little late... I honestly didn't know what all the hype was about. Boy, was I missing out! Typically, whenever I look for flats, I always look for comfort first. Working weddings and being on your feet for 12+ hours, you really have to have comfortable shoes.  When I tried on my first pair of TOMS, I was shocked to feel how comfortable they were!  It feels like slippers but looks much better.  I just had to have one!

When I got home, I did a little more research on the company because I heard that for every shoe that is purchased, they donate a pair of shoes for someone in need.  And that is true.  What an awesome movement!  Upon further research, I found that they even have a Wedding Sections.  I thought, TOMS for a wedding?! You have to check them out!  Chucks are sooo 2010.  These are the new "IT" shoes to wear for your wedding!

So tell me, would you wear TOMS for your wedding?

Kaylen Turns One!

I've mentioned before that I could not believe my daughter, Kaylen is already one.  Planning her birthday was very emotional for me.... but boy am I glad it's done with!  There were so many things I wanted to do that it kind of started to get out of hand.  Being very money conscious, I always think I can make it cheaper than I can buy it.  So I was up until 3am gluing and cutting and putting all the little details together.

Anyway, here are some great shots that my dear friend, Erin from Erin J. Saldana Photography took.

The banner was made by my talented sister, Tina who came all the way from Hawaii for Kaylen's birthday.  She did a great job handwriting all the letters.

For the centerpiece, we used a lot of cute flowers like hydrangeas, tulips, and daisies.  I surrounded the main centerpiece with little "cupcake" hydrangea in a pink sparkling votive, topped with a cherry on top.

 Photo table of Kaylen's 1st year... She's grown so fast... :*(

 The cupcake cake was from Lido Bakery in Manhattan Beach.  I showed Ernesto, the owner, the invitation I used for her party and he came up with this.  It was perfect and it tasted so yummy!

We also had lots of cupcakes and cake pops.

I individually packed organic snacks for babies under one.  There were organic strawberry puffs and organic cheese poofs.

This was one of those things that I thought would be easy to make but it turned out to be quite the opposite.  I was at GAP kids and they had all kinds of cute wands and I thought it'll be perfect as favors if I made little cupcake wands .  Let's just say this was one of the reasons why I was up until 3am the night before...

For the adults, I gave manju snacks to honor Kaylen's Japanese heritage.  Manju is a Japanese snack usually eaten at celebratory times.  It's a steamed bun filled with red bean and it comes in white and pink.

My little cupcake...

Kaylen's 2nd outfit, a Japanese kimono.

To honor Kaylen's Korean heritage, we incorporated a portion of the traditional Dol where she dresses in the traditional Hanbok dress and chooses an item that signifies her future.  We laid out several choices for her to choose from:  a bundle of yarn (for long life), a golf ball (athlete/golfer), money (wealth), book (become a scholar), and rice (to have an abundant life).  Can you believe she reached for the golfball?! 

For entertainment, we had a pupper show from Swazzle.  It was really cute and Kaylen was so into it.

Happy Birthday, Kaylen!

She was so happy to have her first taste of real sugar...  My mom made special cupcake with half the sugar of a normal cupcake. 

Her smile says it all, she enjoyed her cupcake!

My sweet baby girl Kaylen,
You have grown so much this past year and Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you.  You amaze us everyday with the things that you say and do.  I promise I will always be there for you and love you more than anything in this world.  I love you so much!!


Venue:  Miyako Hybrid Hotel
Cake:  Lido Bakery

Flowers:  Flawless Flowers by Falynn

Photographer:  Erin J. Saldana Photography
Puppet Show:  Swazzle
Cake Pops:  My friend Kathy is starting her own business making cupcakes and cake pops.  Please PM me if you are interested!

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Kristy Van Doren and Roy Batson were married at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California.  It was an all day affair for all of their family and friends with music and dancing going well over midnight.

The bride, Kristy had several ideas of how she wanted her wedding to look and feel.  Her color palette was red, white, and black for the ceremony but wanted a "winter wonderland" feeling for the reception.  Kristy & Roy wanted all their guests to have music & food at almost every area of their wedding.  It was such a fun day working with such an awesome couple!

Here are some pictures of the evening by  Joe Latter.

The bride had to wear VANS!  Of course it was custom made with lace and sparkle to match her dress.

The First Look...
The Ceremony at the Gazebo was beautifully decorated with white roses and a touch of red roses.  Lots of crystals and lots of feathers.


The cocktail hour was filled with a lot of the Bride & Groom's touch.  Every glass served had their initials and you have to have an ice statue with their names!

Their Winter Wonderland Reception.  The Bride wanted a wintery, blue feel for the reception room.  The blue uplights definitely gave it that touch.

The Reception was followed by the After Party.  The Pavilion was quickly converted into a fun atmosphere with different hats and boa for fun!
Congratulations to Kristy & Roy!  It was definitely a fun evening and I wish them all the best in the future!

Thanks to all those who made the night run so smoothly!

Photographer:  Joe Latter Photographer
Uplighting:  TMMPro - Jack Hou

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