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Romantic Pink-on-Pink California Wedding

With Valentine’s just mere days away, sharing the prettiest pink-filled wedding only felt fitting. Planned with love by Chic To Chic Weddings and bursting with bloomage crafted by Petal Florals, it’s everything a classic, feminine bride could want and the gallery from Honey Honey Photography – complete with an appearance by the couple’s darling Yorkie – is sooo worth a sweet, long look.

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From The Bride…Don and I met through a mutual friend in 2011, he started texting me right away since the first day we met. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to sleep, we would text all day long without missing a single day until our first date couple of months later. We knew from the beginning that this was forever and it didn’t take long before Don decided to propose at home.

We wanted an outdoor wedding and that was an absolute must. Luckily we live in Southern California where the weather was warm enough for an outdoor ceremony and reception in November. We wanted everything to be pretty in pink and gold. We also wanted everything to be vintage and elegant and the Mansion as the backdrop was perfect for it. As were the vintage rentals from Etablir, every piece was so perfect for our wedding and our style. They had the most gorgeous gold vintage mirrors and we filled our reception with their gold mirrors and candelabras. We wanted it to feel like a romantic fairytale with lots of candles and bistro lighting.

We searched high and low for the perfect venue, we knew Muckenthaler was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and reception areas. The mansion itself reminded us of Hearst Castle, which we visited on our first road trip together, except that Muckenthaler was right in our neighborhood. The grounds were so romantic and gorgeous that we felt we had to have our wedding here. It also helped that they have exclusive catering and rentals that handle everything and makes the whole process a lot easier on the brides.

We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet. We had my brother serve as the officiant and my niece as the flower girl. We didn’t have a ring bearer so we dressed up our 3-year old yorkie in a tux and had Don’s brother who was a groomsmen, carry him down the aisle. Our mothers were dressed in traditional Korean dresses and each carried a small rose bouquet as they walked down the aisle. We wrote our own vows and decided to not to have any other traditions or ceremony as we felt that our vows were all we needed. After we were announced as Mr. and Mrs., our guests tossed petals from our DIY toss bags that read “I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that”

Centia, our florist decorated all our floral arrangements with beautiful garden roses and hydrangeas. I really wanted peonies but since our wedding was in November they were harder to find and more expensive, still she managed to find some to put in my bouquet and I couldn’t be more grateful. We wanted our flowers to be pink and white with pops of color on the pink. During the cocktail hour we had a rose wall taped to the walls with gold glittered washi tapes and had Etablir’s white and gold lounge seats where we placed our photo album from our engagement shoot we took in Korea. Guests were able to enjoy our photo album and took more photos of themselves in the lounge area than the Photo Booth itself.

For the reception, I knew I wanted something different from a candy/dessert station. Since our wedding was in November and outdoors, we decided to have a hot chocolate bar. We also wanted to have donuts to go along with the hot chocolate, as it is our favorite and we have been on so many donut runs throughout the years. Etablir managed to find us shelves to set up our hot chocolate/donut bar and painted them in gold to match our colors. Our florist arranged flowers to go on top of the shelves that surrounded the words “baby it’s cold outside” that Don had stenciled out of foam boards. We wanted an intimate and romantic setting for the reception and the outdoor lawn was more than perfect for the amount of guests we had. We played a lot of Michael Buble during dinner and some old school hip hop for open dancing, although most of the guests were busy at the open bar to be dancing. The evening turned out to be magical, romantic, fairytale, elegant all mixed into one beautiful night spent with our closest family and friends. Don and I could not be happier to start our life with a beautiful day.

We wanted the cake to be classic and simple but also wanted it to have gold and pink to incorporate our wedding colors. We ended up decorating the top and second tier with gold and white ribbons and the second tier to be all pink. It saved us a ton of money and didn’t look overdone with the pink or gold.

Both gowns were custom designed by Kara Bridal, so were the veil, jewelry all were from Kara. I knew I wanted two different styles for the ceremony and reception, and while I only got to wear the first gown during our short ceremony, most of the pictures were taken in it that I felt like I had it on the whole day! The second dress was more slimming and easier to get around all the tables during the reception. Shoes were Manolo Blahnik!

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Videographer: Photofilm Presents | Coordinator: Chic To Chic Weddings | Florist: Petal Florals | Wedding Dresses: Kara Bridal | Hair And Makeup: Jennie Kang | Calligrapher: Laurenish | Lighting: Signature Party Rentals | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Officiant: Seung Oh | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Caterer And Cake: Colette's Catering | DJ, MC, And Photobooth: Thousand Words | Mansion: The Muckenthaler | Rentals: Etablir

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Quince Año Anniversary Celebration

Studio EMP has dazzled our screens many a time with their beautiful photographs  so no surprise that their 15th Anniversary party would be out of this world. A mix of mexican heritage, papel picado and a yummy taco feast are just a few of the festive tid bits you’ll find below. With the help of Lavenders FlowersFound Vintage Rentals and 24 Carrots, this fiesta was made fabulous. See it all right here.

In Latin America countries, Quinceañera’s are celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday to signify their passing from childhood to womanhood. I myself had a quinceanera on my 15th birthday and am very proud of my hispanic heritage and have a love affair with all thing Mexico. So when I found out that 2013 marked Studio EMP, Inc. 15th year in business and owner Joel Maus’ 15th year as a wedding photographer, I jumped at the chance to throw this guy a quinceanera minus the poofy dress of course!

I have grown to know Joel like the back of my hand and knew that this fiesta would have to be a surprise because he would never let me throw a party where he was the center of attention. I knew that after 15 years in the industry the guestlist for this party could easily have well over 400 guest but knowing Joel I want to keep this celebration intimate. But I didn’t want all of our industry friends, past brides and grooms to miss out on the fun, so an email blast was sent asking them grab their iPhones or laptops and send me a video of them sharing a memory, wedding story and/ or thought on “Señor Hoel”! The response was overwhelming I was flooded with videos, cards, emails and act of love towards this man!

November officially marked 15 years since Joel’s first wedding which was actually a redo session after a failed attempt by another photographer of the couple wedding day. So on a sunny November Monday morning in hopes that he won’t suspect a thing, we transformed our all white studio into a colorful fiesta complete with papel picado, pinata, tacos, bougainvillea, latin sips, bites and tunes! I signed on Joel’s wife Jeni of Found Vintage Rentals, my dear friend Janelle of Lavender’s Flowers and the AMAZING team at 24 Carrots. The Found pieces help set the fiesta vibe with colorful rugs, pillows, cocktail and dining tables and seating. Lavenders Flowers brought her amazing floral skill and provided the perfect bougainvillea centerpieces paired with papaya and limes! The team at 24 Carrots stole the show going above and beyond turning my tacos and churros idea into a delicious five course lunch, needless to say we were stuffed but love every minute of it! His reaction to the surprise fiesta and the video of friends and clients filled my heart with so much joy. This fiesta was my way of showering him with love and showing him how loved and appreciated he is for sharing his gift and talents with the world. I am eternally grateful to our vendor friends whom without their help and time I seriously could not have pulled of this party for it was all a true labor of love.

Feliz Quince Años “Señor Hoel” and here’s to muchos muchos más!

Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers | Catering: 24 Carrots | Event Design + Photographer: Lorely Meza For Studio EMP | Invite: Paperless Post | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Cozy Thanksgiving Inspiration in Shades of Copper and Blue

Sometimes I have this dream that {found} vintage rentals surprises me with a full house makeover filled with the prettiest vintage furniture. This is the next best thing. Inspiration for a cozy Thanksgiving meal at home surrounded by vintage pieces perfect for lounging on after an indulgent feast. And you won’t find a typical autumnal color palette here. Instead, visions of indigo and copper are layered throughout. Click here for so much more captured by Joel Maus.

From {found} Vintage RentalsWhen I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a warm, cozy day spent with family and friends and a day of eating and relaxing. Thanksgiving doesn’t just happen around the table…so we wanted to put together some cozy vignettes to show the extension of the day from the dining table to the living room. The color palette remains consistent throughout with the indigo, gray, white, leather, and wood tones. We wanted to stray away from the traditional fall tones, but show that using a cooler color palette can still be warm and inviting.

Photographer: Joel Maus | Styling: Jeni Maus Of {found} Vintage Rentals

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Traditional With A Twist in Orange County

“A Bunch of Love” is right! This modern take on tradition in Fullerton certainly has us thoroughly charmed. Also note the cool DIY touches the couple incorporated like the aforementioned bunch of love sign and rosemary-infused olive oil for guests to take home. Having a great photographer like Anna Delores to capture it all doesn’t hurt, either. You can get the full gallery here.


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From Anna Delores PhotographyWhen Jennica first e-mailed me to chat about wedding photography, I could already tell we’d be a good fit, and our chemistry at the first meeting with her and David sealed the deal. I was ecstatic to work with them and shooting their engagement session at The Last Bookstore and Angel’s Flight in downtown Los Angeles was the most fun I’d had during a photo shoot! We were laughing pretty much nonstop, and they were open to my ideas for great photos (for which they were handsomely rewarded with a wonderful collection of diverse engagement images).

On the big day, both Jennica and David were excited about marrying each other but were also calm and happy, just enjoying the day and soaking up the joy of the occasion. They had a list of the “must have” family portraits, but for the most part the bride and groom simply wanted organic, candid moments captured in their wedding day images. My cheeks hurt from so many smiles while I was culling and editing their collection of photos.

Jennica and David are sweetly romantic (they both teared up just looking at each other during the first look, the ceremony, and the first dance) and genuinely caring, open people. Jennica and David made time to greet each beloved guest during a receiving line before the dinner buffet from Stadium Tavern was served. The love from their friends and family was tucked into every corner of their wedding celebration, including the dessert table, which was filled with baked goods prepared by their (very talented) family members and bridal party.

Their wedding day was a lovely combination of tradition (the ceremony took place at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim) and modern-day, vintage-inspired chic details at the reception at The Villa del Sol in Fullerton. Bridesmaids selected their own dresses from a navy and grey color palette and carried bouquets that included thistle, roses, sweet pea, and plenty of greenery. Each setting at the kids’ table included a coloring book, Ring Pop, and glow sticks. The lush greenery runners and floral arrangements from The Little Branch added understated but exquisite elegance to the rectangular feasting tables, and wedding planner Erin Egleston’s execution of all the reception details was flawless.

There were plenty of special touches that were personal to Jennica and David, including their “Bunch of Love” light marquee (a play on the groom’s last name). In lieu of a traditional guest book, friends and family filled out little cards offering advice to the bride and groom. The couple’s signature drinks were Lynchburg Lemonade and a French 75, and table numbers were stamped on the covers of vintage books (a literary theme reinforced by the dessert table’s book page backdrop!). Jennica and David created their own rosemary-infused olive oil favors  for guests to take home. The evening came to a reluctant close with a cigar bar and tons of enthusiastic dance moves.

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Coordination: Erin Egleston | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Saint Boniface Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Villa Del Sol | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Stadium Tavern | DJ: Just Dance Events | Favors: Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil DIY | Additional Flowers: Los Angeles Flower Market | Guest Book: Our Wedding Invites | Second Shooter: Dustin Waller

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Vintage + Whimsical Wedding at Fullerton Arboretum

Found Vintage Rentals has vintage down, no questions asked, but if you need proof, I give you the most beautiful, pretty in pink, vintage inspired wedding from Koman Photography. The stunning display of vintage charm is the perfect compliment to the timeless couple at the center.


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From the stunning bride… Alex and I are a very active and adventurous couple. Year after year we have watched couple close to us get married and have the typical wedding ceremony in a church and a reception at some banquet hall or hotel. Although they have all been beautiful, it just wasn’t our style and we wanted something both unique and magical. Both of us are from the city of Fullerton and if you have ever been there you can tell right away it is full of rich history and heritage. This is why we chose our venue to be at the Fullerton Arboretum. With an all outdoors ceremony and reception that was both timeless vintage and whimsical in its nature. Many weddings have occurred here yet not a single one used this beautiful venue to its true potential. With a little imagination and elbow grease it was my dream to have the perfect wedding here.

It was still important for us to have a Christian ceremony and very personal as well. Alex’s uncle who is also the pastor of our church agreed to be our officiant. But, the family fun and help didn’t stop there. Alex’s mom agreed to arrange all of our flowers and decorations for the entire wedding. Her thoughts and designs turned out far beyond anything I had imagined my wedding would be and I would not have changed a single thing. Working without the help of a wedding coordinator was a tough job, but being on a budget I knew I was in good hands with my friends and family by my side.
We also had the amazing opportunity to have two of our best friends John and Marlene Koman to be our photographers. They were beyond amazing. We know that pictures are the only thing that you will still have after the wedding is all done and over with. They captured moments of our wedding that we never want to forget. Every step of the way they were encouraging us, helping us, and following up to make sure our day would run smoothly.

Photography: Koman Photography | Videographer: Dove Weddings | Floral Design: Event Design By Lucy | Ceremony Venue: Fullerton Arboretum | Reception Venue: Fullerton Arboretum | Jewelry: Great Gatsby Bracelet created by sisters in law Lisa and Anna Burtea | Catering: Brownstone Cafe | Groom's Suit: Giovanni Testi | Bride's Dress: Mary Me Bridal | DJ and Photobooth: Silver Disc Entertainment | Hair and Make-up: Yota Batsaras at Queen B Parlor | Rentals: Create a Party | Vintage Furniture and Props: Found Vintage Rentals

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