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Adorable At Home Engagement Shoot with Sips + Sweet Kisses

Weddings may always be our jam but by golly, I love a good engagement shoot. And the ones shot at home, well, they’re by far my fav. So when Koman Photography shared this gem, I had to return the favor and share with you all too – it’s my own little request for more at home snuggle sessions captured on camera. With a handsome pup, baked treats and sparkling sips, how could you disagree?!

From the Bride-to-be… It was 2009, at a Los Angeles Taiwanese Young Professional (LATYP) meet up event, and Jack was one of the hosts. I tagged along with my friend, eager to make new friends. I sure noticed him for the first time, but our sights did not meet. He was there, I was here, and many new faces in between us. Nevertheless, we became friends, and we eventually became acquainted throughout many LATYP events for next couple years.

It was 2011, at the OC Fair, Jack decided to give me a minion plush toy he had won, and it forever held our hands together. Earlier, I had tried very hard to get a minion toy, but all efforts were in vain. Right at the brink of me giving up, that’s when Jack came towards me, with half of himself behind a large minion. “Here you go” Jack stated, while passing me the minion. Along with the minion, my heart was won.

In the fifth year of our relationship, I guess it was time to make it official – so Jack had thought. When we were spending our Christmas holidays with our siblings at Bellingham, WA, with some help, during an improvised “play” where a few of us were in roles, Jack went down on his knee, and asked me to marry him, asking me if “I would spend rest of my life with him?” “YES, YES, & YES” – I had waited for the moment!

Koman Photography’s style is exactly what I wanted, a soft and romantic atmosphere. They reminded us that “It’s all about you: your love, interests, and style,” so we thought there was no better place than our home to be the backdrop to our love story. During our session, we had a lot fun with Marlene and John, they had their special way of conducting their shoot with ease, which ultimately made Jack and I less anxious. We were certainly worried about awkward looking poses and gazes, especially for Jack, however, John and Marlene made the shoot fun, relaxing and comfortable. Choosing the Komans was the right decision and and Jack and I cannot wait to work with them again on our big day!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Whole Foods Market | Hair + Makeup: Irene Sit | Bride-to-be's Attire: Abercrombie | Props: Michaels

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Cozy Chic Central Park Winter Wedding

Cozy and chic, romantic and warm; when it comes to winter weddings, this one hit the nail on the head. From the beautiful bride and her stylish maids, all the way to the magical nighttime moments, all captured by Betsi Ewing, this is one elegant affair that takes the chill out of this season’s celebrations. More in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Now that the wedding has passed, everyone’s question to us has been “Was it the best day ever?!”and we both look back at the night and smile because it was everything we envisioned and then some. We always said throughout the entire planning process, that the wedding is just six hours of the rest of our lives, and those six hours should be a celebration of our marriage and commitment to one another. We were surrounded by our loved ones, shared a beautiful and perfectly timed first dance to Johnnie Taylor’s “Just the One” after being dance class drop outs, survived a tumble off our chairs during the Hora, managed to tear the under arm of my dress, and are still waking up to that newlywed feeling… so yes, it was the best beginning to the rest of our lives.

As many couples know, wedding planning can be overwhelming when all you want to do is start the rest of your lives together the second he pops the question! Sam and I got engaged bright and early on a November morning and waited until after the holidays to begin next steps. We planned our wedding the same way we go about living our everyday life – as a team. The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park was the first (and only) venue we looked at. The second we walked in it felt welcoming, cozy, and most importantly, intimate – we picked our date right then and there. That January night we walked home, freezing our butts off while envisioning what our wedding would be like.

If only finding my wedding dress was as easy as confirming our venue! Shortly after those big items were crossed off the “to do” list, I rallied the troops (aka my mom and sister) and off we went to find “the” dress.

At the end of the first day I found myself with hives, in dresses that weren’t “me”, and stress I didn’t think I’d have. I decided to start over but without intentions of saying “yes to the dress”. Shortly after, I booked an appointment at David’s Bridal in my hometown after going to nearly every Manhattan bridal boutique and retail store known to (wo)man. At David’s, I tried on dresses that were not my style (think crazy bedazzled, poufy dresses), that would ease the stress and put a smile back on my face. I found my dress thinking it would be another “no”, I actually called it the “Icescapedes” dress. When I walked out of the dressing room, my mom’s eyes welled up – it was the last dress I tried on. I went home to over-think about it and ordered the dress over the phone a few weeks later while on a business trip in Paris. Because it wasn’t 100% my style, I sought out to find the best seamstress team (Sew Elegant) to re-design and reconstruct my dress.

Every last detail of our wedding from the amazing floral arrangements and altar (Cress Floral Decorators) to our dog Riley’s bow tie and yellow lab seating cards (Etsy), to refurbishing a forty year old cake topper from Sam’s parents’ wedding day, we conceptualized together. We didn’t have a “theme” for the wedding; it was more about the feeling. Our hope was that our guests would walk in and have a glimpse into what every day feels like… happy!

That morning it rained; Sam went for a long run and got ready at our apartment, while my sister and I sweated it out at the gym and grabbed coffee nearby. My mom, sister and I all got ready together at Le Parker Meridien, having the same hairstylist who did my mother’s hair for her wedding do mine.

Throughout the day, my bridesmaids trickled in to all get ready together, all wearing a black gown of their choice that made each of their individual beauty stand out. Sam met his groomsmen at the hotel for a scotch (or two), and they too arrived in a dark suit or tuxedo of their choice. It was important to me and Sam to have our favorite people feel like themselves and be comfortable for the long night ahead; we’re so lucky to have each of them in our lives.

The weather cleared up and next thing we knew it was time for our first look, captured by the remarkably talented and lovely Betsi Ewing. From then on, time flew by, it was as if we blinked and we were walking down the aisle hand in hand after reciting our own vows in front of 125 guests. The ceremony was our favorite part, although we were in front of all these people – for that moment it felt like only us. The evening was beyond spectacular and wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of our parents.

Truthfully the details now all seem like a blur, I think we’re still hoping we spent time with each of our guests to tell them just how thankful we are that they were there to share in our love and excitement…

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Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Floral Design: Cress Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Their own | Makeup: Faye Dodic | Hair Stylist: Cynthia Varon | Calligraphy: Allyson Bainbridge Riccardi | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: Their own | Hotel: Le Parker Meridien | Wedding Venue: The Central Park Boathouse | Bridesmaids' Gifts (Bracelets): Alexis Bittar | Bridesmaids' Gifts (Totes): Tumi | Dog Trainer: Drew Watson | Hotel Room Blocks: kleinfeld hotel blocks | Invitations + Menus: Minted | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths | Seamstress: Sew Elegant

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Blush + Marsala: Does It Get Any Prettier Than This!?

This is one of those posts that could have gone on and on forever, there was just too much goodness to work with. Because while it’s no surprise that we love blush around these parts, add in some pops of marsala and our hearts pitter patter even faster than usual. Charmed Events Group took the pretty palette and ran with it and we’re so glad they did. Jasmine Lee captured every stunning spec and it’s all in our Vault ready to be enjoyedright this way!

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From Charmed Events GroupIt was love at first sight for this lovely couple. For their wedding, they dreamt up a romantic wedding of marsala, gold and blush to complement the venue that they chose and dreamt up a European experience for all their guests to enjoy. The bride wore the most amazing blush dress by Vera Wang and her bridesmaids wore various blush and rose gold gowns by Amsale. The men looked dapper in their Menguin tuxes.

The ceremony took place inside at Wente Winery; Gavita Flora did an amazing job of creating the dreamiest arch with lush foliage and blooms accented with lots of candles and foliage lining the aisles. Guests were given petal toss bags upon entering the ceremony and as the couple kissed and said “I do”, guests celebrated by tossing rose petals in celebration.

For their cocktail hour, they wanted to re-create the love they have for Italy. They were engaged in Italy so they wanted to pay homage to that special place by inviting guests to their seats with homemade limoncello.

Their reception was a beautiful affair under a tent of stringed lights! We created an elegant feel by pairing grey linens and modern, gold chairs. The marsala and blush blooms really popped on the tables and guests were seated at place settings of grey and custom wax seals. As the sun went down, the atmosphere became a rowdy yet romantic one as the tent of stringed lights came to life, allowing guests to celebrate and dance the night away.

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Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Videography: Lovespun Handmade Wedding Films | Event Planning + Design: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Gavita Flora | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Make Up: Makeup By Quis | Tuxedos: Menguin | Bride (+Blogger): Chic Happens | Invitation Suite: Little Miss Press | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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