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Elegant Beverly Hills Estate Wedding

As a true lover of all things Father of the Bride, private estate weddings are most definitely my happy place.  But give me a private estate wedding from a talented team of California vendors + one style savvy interior designer bride and that’s an entirely new level of happy. Think So Happi TogetherCatering By Brenda and EP Love (to name a few) all coming together for one crazy gorgeous day.  See it all here.


From the Bride… Patrick and I met while building a 40,000 square foot estate in Beverly Park, Los Angeles, back in 2005. His company was in charge of the construction management while mine was in charge of designing the interiors. I can still remember his thorough organizational skills and meticulous attention to all our design details. We started dating almost immediately after, fell in love, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Through our six lovely years together, we built and designed many other homes, adopted and raised a little bundle of joy (our dog, Olive), and made many happy memories laughing and traveling together. I can honestly say that no one makes me laugh as hard or as often as Patrick does. Then one day, on my birthday, we were at the park playing catch with our dog, Olive, when Patrick asked the big question. The moment was perfect. Even Olive seemed to share in our joy, barking and jumping in circles all around us. And unbeknownst to me at the time, watching Olive chase after the ball on that beautiful day was the inspiration behind most of the handmade details I made for the wedding.

As an interior designer, I’ve always felt that it’s the smallest details that carry projects to an even deeper and greater level of beauty. I carried this philosophy when planning our wedding so that it could be a truly unique and beautiful experience for our friends and family. My goal was to try to think outside the box by taking everyday objects and elevating them with thoughtful details. For instance, I took apart some unused drapery tiebacks made out of hand-dyed and sculpted paper and incorporated them into the wedding stationery details, ceremony programs and ribbon wands. I also took boxes left over from all the accessories we purchased for our design projects and covered them with different fabrics. These boxes were used to display the amber glass pieces and other glass objects I had collected for creating the table centerpieces. I also used different colors of leftover silk string that comes with our custom rug purchases to wrap ombre patterns around some of those glass vases. The table centerpieces looked enchanting with all the various flowers that I had imagined in the months before – fringe tulips, pieris, mink protea, ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa flowers, and my favorite, poppies.

I was also very lucky in having a few fabrics left over from past design projects. I used some beautifully crocheted fabric leftover from one of our drapery installations and cut them into panels to make table runners. My mother took another leftover drapery fabric and used it to sew all the napkins for the guests (she sewed over 200 napkins!).  Another great find was an old metal fabric panel that was purchased from an antique textile shop in Paris; I was able to use this as the backdrop for our photobooth!

Another goal I had was to give a whimsical, youthful edge to all the little details. A friend of mine, Yolanda, drew the illustration for our save-the-date, which was inspired by our proposal at the park. She also drew the beautifully detailed illustration of the map and the façade of the house that we were married at, which I incorporated into our wedding invitations. And because I wanted to preserve the hand-drawn, imaginative look of her sketches, I hand-printed all the stationery with my Gocco printing press. I carried this whimsical touch into the rest of our signage with the image of our dog, Olive, springing after the ball. I sewed little bouncing trails with French knots as the balls onto all the name cards. I also embroidered ombre colored letters with bouncing details onto the fabric signs using the same silk string that was wrapped onto the glass vases. I had so much fun creating all these little details with my wonderful mom and bridesmaids.

The wedding took place on September 2, 2012 at one of our clients’ residences in Beverly Hills, California. We were incredibly lucky to have such generous clients; we could not believe it when they offered their home to us for our wedding. It seemed like a dream come true to be married in a situation similar to how we met (this was the latest project that had just been completed by both our companies). We held the ceremony in the front yard and the reception in the back. We were initially a little worried that the lawn area in the front was not large enough, but the setting ended up being astonishingly beautiful. Our wedding planner, Nancy, suggested having a circular ceremony that would feel intimate and also maximize our space. My most magical memory of the day was stepping out of the house into a circle of guests waiting in the front yard. It was truly breathtaking – standing underneath a canopy of trees with garlands of flowers hanging all around us, surrounded on all sides by our friends and family.

Photography: EP Love | Floral Design: Chiharu Nakagawa | Wedding Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Groom's Suit: Mr. Young's Custom Tailoring | Groomsmens' Ties: Ted Baker | Beer + Liquor Catering: Sunseri's | Crochet Items: Cherrytime | DJ Johnny Mancilla: Elegant Event Entertainment | Flower Girls' Dresses: Nordstrom | Illustrations For Wedding Stationery: Yolanda Chavez | Officiant : Pastor Nathaniel Held | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Ring Bearer's Bowtie + Suspenders: The Tie Bar | Ring Bearer's Cap: JCrew | Signage + Embroidery: By Bride | Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Catering + Desserts: Catering By Brenda | Wedding Cinematography: White Rose Production | Wedding Planning + Design: So Happi Together | Wedding Stationery + Calligraphy: By Bride | Wine Catering: The Cask

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Intimate Backyard Wedding

I’m not really supposed to pick favorites, but since my love of this wedding is literally bursting out of my body, I am just going to go ahead and say it: this is my all-time favorite wedding.  It’s perfectly simple, perfectly elegant and filled to the brim with amazing details all planned by Sweet Emilia Jane and captured in stunning images by The Hearts Haven.  In other words?  It’s awesome.  See it all right here.

And a sweet film from Origami Productions?  Yes, please.


From the Bride… We were over the moon all day on our wedding. In fact, the entire week leading up to our wedding was magical. It was a charmed time full of creative energy, love from our families and friends, and the eager anticipation of spending our lives together. I also remember an overwhelming sense of calm because I was about to marry the person I have been in love and grown up with for the last eight years.

Kicker’s parents were gracious and generous enough to allow us to marry in their backyard (and Kicker’s childhood home). What that meant in practice was that we completely took over their home in anticipation of our wedding. Our families were like a whirlwind in the week before, moving furniture, hosing down patios and doing everything we could to highlight the inherent beauty of the space.

Kicker’s parent’s home was the most special place we could have wed for many reasons. First, the house and garden are stunning every day of the year so it was guaranteed to be beautiful for the wedding. Foolproof pretty! Second, we were staying there so we spent lots of quality time there for the whole week (and many months before) the wedding and thus got to enjoy our hard work (and the pretty lights) for longer than a few hours. Finally, the coach house above the garage was the first place we ever lived together, six years ago. We used to spend many happy afternoons after work in the garden playing and dreaming about our future, the memories of those times made getting married there even more special.

We didn’t have a theme, per se, but as we made decisions we found that we did things according to both protocol and tradition only as much as felt right to us. We incorporated the olive trees that shade the whole yard as the unifying image on our paper goods and the buttons we made for the guests. We felt that using olive trees and other natural things honored and highlighted the space where we were joining our lives together. We were also drawn to the idea that olive trees are a powerful symbol of love, wisdom and peace-all good things. The flowers on the tables were representative of Midwestern wildflowers (since we live in Chicago now and I am from there). They were also a nice way to add color to the neutral palate that we felt would best highlight the natural beauty of the yard. We were lucky enough to have our best friends and our siblings standing with us and participating in our wedding, including one of our best friends agreeing to officiate our “non-denominational with Jewish accents ceremony.” Those things were part of what made our wedding so happy for us.

But really it was the overwhelming amount of love we felt from everyone that buoyed us and sent us off into our marriage just right. Looking back, so many moments and details that feel like favorites – the way the lights looked as the sun went down, saying our vows under a chuppah made of my great grandmother’s tablecloth,the feel of the grass on my bare feet, the TRULY delicious food, the sounds of the piano played by my aunt as we walked down the aisle, the laughter, tears and warmth that flowed from every person who was there. But my favorite of the favorite parts is the different vignettes in my memory of Kicker’s face throughout the day and how sublime it felt to reach out and touch hands as a newly married couple. At one point, I am told, a motorcycle drove up the neighbor’s driveway directly behind us during our ceremony and I had no idea because it felt like it was just the two of us. Plus, afterward it was a kick-ass party.

We could not have done any of the day, week or year of the wedding without lots of loving help from our families and friends and the hard work of our amazing vendors who did almost everything over phone and email with us from Chicago. They killed it and we couldn’t be happier.

Photography: The Hearts Haven | Cinematography: Origami Productions | Dress: Pronovias | Caterer: Whoa Nelly | Make Up: Amy Rittiner | Hair: Lee Rittiner | DJ: DJ Crash | Coordinator + Personal & Ceremony Flowers: Sweet Emilia Jane | Paper Goods: Darling Press | Photo Booth: Vintage Vault | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Keleman | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

It’s a well-known fact: traditional weddings make your day better.  But throw in a world of pretty details styled by Wedding Kate Events, a super-smiley bride and groom and a breathtaking Four Seasons Beverly Hills setting and it’s more than just one day that brightens considerably – it’s an entire weekend.  See for yourself in the full gallery captured by Marianne Wilson.  It’s awesome.


From Katie Seefeldt… Being a highly respected pediatric dentist and philanthropist, Eunha had quite a lot on her plate compared to the average bride. When she talked about Howard though, her very business driven mind seemed to take a left turn into a field of flowers and butterflies. Howard is very funny, energetic and brilliant just like his bride to be and we all knew a romantic and personal event was in store.

Eunha and Howard’s planning process was so special to me, I nearly tackled her when I noticed her abnormally large smile and a sparkle on her finger. She knew she wanted the event to be glamorous and elegant without feeling pretentious. She selected shades of sherbet in coral and pink and golden tones of champagne that draped the room in warmth and color. Blooming arrangements topped the dining tables, each thoughtfully constructed using flowers with lots of lush petals. The bride kept within budget using in season flowers and re-purposing arrangements from the escort card display. The reception was held at the famed Four Seasons at Beverly Hills and the room seemed to glow from the twinkle lights outside the gorgeous picture windows.

A fitted lace gown was selected by the bride, adorned with a beautiful jeweled belt which added just a kiss of glamour to her usually preppy style. Her was swept off of her neck to show off her flawless skin and a special surprise gift from the groom. (Hurray for Cartier!) Her impeccable taste continued to her toes with gilded peep toe pumps from Badgley Mischka.

The couple performed a choreographed number, complete with a special lift (of the flower girl of course!) and enjoyed a live performance of some of the couples favorite tunes from Beyoncé and Earth, Wind and Fire. The entire party joined the couple on the dance floor for an impromptu verse sang by the groom.

The entire evening was filled with love, shared between the couple and each guest who was lucky enough to experience the start of the rest of this very special couple’s adventure.

Cheers Mr. And Mrs. Kong!

Photography: Marianne Wilson Photography | Videographer: 202pictures | Floral Design: Fiore Flower | Invitations: See Jane Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Brendan Church | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Beverly Hills | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: The Hair Day | Lighting: Ambiance Pros | DJ: iDJ Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Mr. Tuxedo | Bridal Gown: Wilshire Bridal & Tuxedo | Catering & Cake: Four Seasons Catering | Planning + Coordination: Wedding Kate Events

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