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Rustic Summer Wedding at Muckenthaler Mansion

A rustic wedding at a gorgeous mansion sets the scene for party perfection; elegant, but unfussy, it’s the type of wedding you yearn to get an invite to and upon arrival, never want to leave. And we’re in luck because with Perpixel Photography’s images and Joseph De Leon’s film, we can do just that. If you need me, I’ll be oohing and aahing over all these pics in our VAULT for the next several hours – meet me here!


From Perpixel Photography… This beautiful rustic wedding had an outdoor ceremony and reception with TONS of rustic details that include signage, seeds as party favors, blooms, and the most amazing cake display! Simply Sera Events transformed the Muckenthaler Mansion into an outdoor, garden heaven!

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Photography: Perpixel Photography | Cinematography: Joseph De Leon | Event Planning: Simply Sera Events | Floral Design: Mount Tabor Park | Wedding Dress: Mount Tabor Park | Catering: Colette’s Catering & Events | Hair + Makeup: Jackie Su | DJ: Mount Tabor Park | Officiant: Steve Choi | Venue: Muckenthaler Mansion | MC: Mount Tabor Park | Rentals: Create A Party | Vintage Rentals: Party Pieces By Perry

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.


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: Ether & Smith | Videographer: Photofilm Presents | Coordinator: Chic To Chic Weddings | Florist: Petal Floral | Wedding Dresses: Mount Tabor Park | 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 & Events | DJ, MC, And Photobooth: Thousand Words | Mansion: Muckenthaler Mansion | Rentals: Etablir Shop

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: Joel Maus + Lorely Meza For Studio EMP | Invite: Paperless Post | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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