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From a Long Distance Romance to a Dreamy Pasadena Garden Wedding

When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, trusting your vendors is essential. Well, this beautiful Bride and her dashing Groom took that trust to the next level — booking the venue before seeing it in person and meeting most of their vendors on the day of their wedding. But, it’s safe to say they put their faith in the right people, because their Pasadena wedding, captured by Honey Honey Photography, is an absolute dream. Head to The Vault for every pretty moment!


From The Bride…We met through a mutual friend in 2012. Although we lived 500 miles apart, we managed to continue our flirtations over text messages, emails, and phone calls for 5 months. Our first date was in NYC. We ditched the dinner-and-movie idea and spent the whole day together, from morning to midnight. These day-long dates would continue for over a week. On the eve of my departure, James took me to the Brooklyn Bridge and asked me to be his girlfriend overlooking the stunning Manhattan skyline.

Our once-every-month or -two dates were abridged by countless Facetime talks, all of which were more precious than words could describe. We created many memories exploring the beautiful cities of NYC and Ottawa through the changing of seasons. On our second year anniversary, we came back to the Brooklyn Bridge. James got down on his knee and popped the big question.

Planning a wedding is like trying to multitask on a rollercoaster going backwards. Our greatest challenge was to plan everything remotely. We signed the contract with our venue before seeing it in person. And we met most of our vendors on the day of — yes, even my makeup artist. Thankfully, we couldn’t have asked for better vendors.

There were three possible locations to hold the ceremony: a garden with a fountain, under a giant tree, and on a bridge. We decided to go with the bridge over a cute pond. The setting was unique. We were surrounded by our guests 360 degrees, instead of having them just behind us. The aisle was a long beautiful staircase flanked by tall Italian cypress tress with a stately mansion as the backdrop. While walking down the aisle, my dad blessed me wholeheartedly. It was an unforgettable father-daughter moment.

Our wedding was in Pasadena on a beautiful day in October. We wanted our photos to be organic and full of emotions rather than have each shot be picture perfect. Emma and Allen from Honey Honey Photography did a stellar job capturing the full gamut of emotions and idiosyncrasies of each moment. When we open our wedding album 10, 20 years from now, I would want to see how much fun we had and recall all the emotions we shared. How perfect my hair was or how long my makeup lasted is secondary. So, one thing I would like to share with all the brides-to-be is don’t worry about how you will look in photos or if things will go perfectly as you had planned. Rather, just be in the present and enjoy every single moment!

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Coordination: Michelle Brown | Floral Design: GJ House Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Cake: Cake Sensations | Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering | Hair + Makeup: Grace Lin | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Venue: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dress: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Paebaek (Korean Traditional Ceremony): Chosun Myung Ju | Rentals: Etablir Shop

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Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridal, Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Collection

It’s always a fab day at SMP when Jenny Yoo stops by for a visit.  Think breathtaking gowns gracing our screens and you’ll totally get why our door is always open.  So today we’re basking in her stunning 2016 Collection, a lineup of bridal, bridesmaid and flower girl frocks that are the literal definition of pretty. Perfect for that sophisticated bride (YOU) + her lovely ladies, don’t wait a second to soak them all in.

Carefully curated for the bride who loves classic with a kick, Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridal Collection weaves traditional and modern stylings with a Great Gatsby-esque vibe that is alllll about the romance.  From the gorgeous illusion necklines to the stunning lace embroidery + beaded details to the dreamy skirts with soft + romantic floral prints, the attention to detail will leave you speechless.  Not to mention that the luxurious tulle, lace appliqués and ah-mazing fabrics like silk chiffon and crepe.  It’s classic simplicity meets deep plunging backs meets everything in between.  We love them.

Our jam?  Beautiful bridesmaid gowns that can be worn long after the wedding.  And Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridesmaid Collection is, well… made for re-wearing.  Think insanely gorgeous cuts and textures that are just as perfect for a romantic night out as they are for celebrating with your bestie.  I’m talking breathtaking metallics, beautiful hues and soft, luxurious fabrics that are totally unique, but seriously cohesive for a (sparkly) bridal party that really stands out.  And don’t even get me started on the metallic accents… we are obsessed.

Head to Jenny Yoo today to begin perusing the pretty.  And be sure to check out the Flower Girl Collection for matching styles for your littles in sequin tulle, Chantilly Lace and Printed Tulle.  (Hint: They are adorable and you will love them.)

Florist: The Hidden Garden | Jewelry : BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: KC Witkamp | Bridal Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Flower Girl Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Photography (Bridal + Maids): Caroline Tran Photography | Photography (Flower Girl): Andrea Lowry Photography | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals


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Sweet One Year Birthday Celebration

Oh to be guest at this birthday. Dessert was most certainly on the menu to celebrate Shiloh’s first year; including the sweetest heart cookies, painted macarons and cakes galore by Sweet And Saucy Shop. Add to that a dazzling floral backdrop, a dash of sparkle and meaningful cultural details tucked inside all crafted by Modern Dame + images by Erin J Saldana. See even more of this beauty in the VAULT.

The best thing about event planning is helping people celebrate the important days in their lives in a unique and meaningful (and, of course, beautiful!) way, so, when Anna contacted me after seeing my French Ladurée themed baby shower to help plan her daughter’s first birthday party — I knew I had to help! Anna came to me knowing that she wanted an ethereal, whimsical party with a few glam touches sprinkled in for her daughter, Shiloh.

It was also important to Anna for us to organically incorporate the Korean tradition of dol or doljabi, which celebrates the first birthday of a baby, while also blessing the baby with a prosperous future. With these goals in mind, I set off to put together the most wonderful day for Anna and her precious baby girl.

The first step to achieving all of our goals for the event was to find the perfect location. Ultimately, we chose Saladang Song, a gorgeous Thai restaurant in South Pasadena. It provided us with not just an large, open space, but beautiful floor to ceiling windows that made it the best spot for a party that was aiming for a light and airy aesthetic. Next, I contacted my go-to vintage rental, Found Rentals, and secured their Boothbay cabinet to act as a display for the photos of Shiloh in shabby chic frames, some of her favorite knitted dolls, the custom heart-shaped ‘Shiloh is One’ cookies, and the traditional Korean rice cakes with heart-shaped details. The most important part of event planning is incorporating meaningful details and adding family photos, treasured mementoes, and items with cultural significance are an amazing way to do just that.

Another important personalization done especially for the birthday girl was the lovely backdrop handmade especially for Shiloh by Helen at Supermamasong. Shiloh’s name, lovingly and meticulously constructed out of paper flowers, and the larger, accompanying arrangements, served as the primary focal point for the party and created a beautiful setting for not just the photos of the family, but all of the delectable sweet treats made by my favorite baker in town, Sweet and Saucy Shop. Simple, yet elegant, a touch of gold glitter was dusted on the cakes and hand-painted macarons.

Each dessert had a floral detail, as well, which tied in with the shabby chic whimsy of the other decor. Finally, my friend Brooke Foley at MTF Studio created the most fantastic floral arrangements. Effortlessly chic and delicate, the flowers dotting the tables around the room in hand-painted bud vases were beautiful and perfectly in-theme. The addition of the garland vines on the photo shelf was an amazing and eye-popping addition and, along with the sequin chevron runner, gave the room a fun, festive look.

My favorite part of the day was the doljabi area, which was a display where guests could guess which item Shiloh would pick up in the doljabi game for a prize. Doljabi is a traditional Korean game played at a baby’s first birthday and is meant to foretell the birthday boy or girl’s future. It is always fun to see which items the baby reaches for first! Because Shiloh’s parents are a doctor and an attorney, her doljabi consisted of a stethoscope and a mallet, as well as the traditional pencil (symbolizing teacher or scholar), money (wealth), basketball (athlete), and microphone (entertainer or performer). As you can see, Shiloh made a grab for three of the four! Afterwards, guests enjoyed entertainers from Bubble Mania and a photo booth as the extremely talented photographer, Erin Saldana, continued to snap the beautiful photos you see here.

Photography: Erin J Saldana Photography | Event Design: Modern Dame | Floral Design: MTF Studio | Stationery: Love Mercat | Cake & Dessert: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Custom Backdrop: Super Mama Song | Event Space: Saladong Song | Rentals: Shiraz Party Rental | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Table Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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