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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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Jenny Yoo 2016 Collection Lookbook

Jenny Yoo‘s soft, feminine designs and effortlessly elegant style makes her gowns—both for brides and for bridesmaids—easy to fall in love with. And her 2016 Collection, filled to the brim with flowing skirts, elegant drapery and fabrics such as luxurious metallics, intricate laces and delicate beaded embroidery, is proof of the existence of love at first sight. Fall in love with these beauties below!

Bridesmaids’ dresses the bridal party will actually wear again? With Jenny Yoo‘s gorgeous gowns in breezy, draped style and soft colors and prints, that’s pretty much guaranteed. Versatile and truly re-wearable, the collection, of tulle skirts and fitted sweaters with delicate embroidery and lace details, focuses on separates and convertible dresses for mixing and matching so that Brides can create a unique look for their bridal party that their girls will love.

Illusion necklines, stunning lace embroidery and beaded details with layers of lace appliqué detailing give the dresses (and any bride wearing them) an air of femininity, elegance, romance and subtle glamour. With sheer necklines and soft, dreamy skirts with muted floral prints, Jenny Yoo‘s Bridal Collection’s gowns are perfect for a garden wedding.

To see the entire Jenny Yoo Spring 2016 Collection, head on over to the Look Book and click here to find a Jenny Yoo Trunk Show so you can get one of these gorgeous gowns for yourself!

Photography: Caroline Tran Photography | Floral Design: The Hidden Garden | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: KC Witkamp | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals


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Romantic + Elegant Pasadena Wedding

Pack your bags SMP’ers, because you’re invited to a destination “I Do” from Eileen Liu Photography . It’s the ultimate hometown ceremony chock-full of glamour and super sweet details – like the officiant being a childhood friend. Love & You Video captured the perfect celebration, and you can see every moment of California sunshine in The Vault!


From The Bride…My husband and I chose to be married in Pasadena, CA to commemorate where we first fell in love. Although we both live in Maryland now, we felt that it was important to have the wedding in my hometown, not only to honor my parents, but also so the majority of our friends and family could share our special day with us.

Planning everything from across the nation was a both exciting and difficult, but we spent most of our time on Style Me Pretty researching venues and wedding details to find the perfect style that matched our aesthetic. We chose The Athenaeum, a hidden dining club tucked away in a private research university. Both my father and late grandfather dedicated their lives to the field of education for two generations; so this particular venue paid a fitting tribute to their contributions. In addition, the beautiful Mediterranean- style architecture and lush grounds were the perfect setting for the romantic and classic wedding we were dreaming of.

We wanted a timeless wedding with an element of glamour that still felt unique to our story as a couple. As a nod to the many Sunday mornings spent dancing to Bossa Nova in our living room, my husband and I scoured the greater Los Angeles area to find a Brazilian jazz band to play at our ceremony and cocktail hour. At our reception, the gorgeous blush tent served as a picturesque canvas for the large crystal chandelier and golden accents found in our decor. To add a personal touch to our invitations, we stamped each one with a wax seal imprinted with our initials. This seal was then used again on the escort cards and provided inspiration for the design of our other wedding stationery. Since our guests are all well aware that the two of us have a mean sweet tooth, we used cupcake domes as whimsical holders for the table numbers. Each of our guests received a porcelain jewelry box filled with my husband’s favorite chocolate because we believe in treasuring life’s sweetest memories. Another choice that was very close to our hearts was opting to have a close, childhood friend as our officiant. She has watched our relationship grow for many years from young love into the strong, mature partnership that it is today. For my “something blue,” my husband surprised me with a stunning sapphire ring when we exchanged gifts before seeing each other at the altar.

Throughout the planning process, we chose vendors with warm and inviting personalities. It was important to us to be working with professionals who did great work yet also connected with us on an emotional level. We looked for individuals whom we entrusted to take care of us during our momentous celebration. After meeting and Facetiming with photographers in California, Eileen was definitely our favorite. She had such a positive and bubbly energy that felt genuine and put us at ease (which really helps a camera-shy couple like us). Our florist, Allison, worked so patiently with us by email and over the phone to achieve the breathtaking florals at our ceremony and reception. To capture our meaningful event in motion, we selected the lovely husband-and-wife team from Love & You videography because of their unparalleled sense for capturing tender moments and weaving them into fairy tales on film. Even though we signed with Berlanti for day-of coordination, she really went above and beyond, answering countless questions and providing invaluable input in all the months leading up to the big day. All of our vendors’ efforts and passion combined are truly what brought our vision to fruition, and we are so grateful for their help in creating a deeply joyous, unforgettable occasion for our families and friends!

Photography: Eileen Liu Photography | Cinematography: Love & You Studios | Event Planning: The Elegant Ninja | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Porto's Bakery | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever 21 | Hair And Makeup: Yuri Sinata | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Z by Zegna | Groomsmen Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Venue: The Athenaeum | Jazz Band: Maria Schafer Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception Dress: Needle & Thread | Rentals: Town And Country

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