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Melissa + Sam :: ENGAGED :: San Luis Obispo, CA

September 30 2011, Posted by Elsa

I have been dying… DYING… to blog about Mel and Sam’s engagement session. But I have been so frustratingly short on time. Now I’ve been blessed with the gift of time, thanks to extreme jet lag. So here we go!

My beloved Melissa is getting married in three week! Yes, THREE weeks and I could not be more excited. Usually, I feel a tinge of sadness (among tons of happiness) when I marry my best friends off, because they would no longer be 100% mine (yes i’m selfish like that). But I feel nothing but 100% pure joy to marry Melissa off. You see, Sam is my cousin. So I am beyond thrilled that she will officially be part of my family soon! As you can understand, this wedding is very near and dear to my heart so I can’t wait to celebrate with Mel and Sam!

For their engagement session, Mel and Sam went back to the scene of the crime, San Luis Obispo, where they met 9 years ago. (Tangent: what’s the deal with guys waiting “9” years before proposing?? My husband waited 9 years before he proposed too!) Henry Chen did an awesome job (as usual) capturing Mel and Sam’s fun-loving natures.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng

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Tania and Steven’s wedding was SO much fun to plan because we had so many ideas to work with. Tania and Steven are super hip when it comes to EVERYTHING. So we wanted to make sure their wedding just as hip. We also wanted their guests to be WOWED. On top of that, Tania is an interior designer so she definitely  has a keen eye for design. They both love the colors blue and white, so we started with that palette. But we added in some small elements of Brazil (since that’s where Tania is from), so we used accents of yellow and green (to make it the colors of the Brazilian flag!).  From the get go, Tania knew she wanted to incorporate a Brazilian-style dessert buffet. But instead of using standard tables, we rented something super cool (wait until you see it below).

With all these ideas floating around, there were so many details that had to be put together. I could envision this wedding from the very beginning, but for Tania and Steve (and most of our clients, as a matter of fact), it was hard for them to picture how everything was going to turn out. So I feel absolutely honored that they trusted us completely to plan and execute their vision. I would never forget the looks on their faces when we first took them into the ballroom. Those are the moments we live for.

Another reason why we loved Tania and Steven’s wedding so much is that they were SO into each other the entire night. They were always together. You could just feel the love radiating from the two of them. Steven always had his arm around his beautiful bride.

Simply put, it was an awesome wedding, from the wedding party, the decor, the speeches from the dads, matron of honor, and best man, the hangover 3 video, to the dance-off that closed the night… and of course, our awesome bride and groom. Definitely a wedding that we will remember forever.

NOTE (updated 1/23/13): HAPPY 1.5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO TANIA AND STEVEN!

Now comes the good part!

Love the Ritz Carlton… so many beautiful places for photos…

Instead of standard escort cards, Tania and Steven opted for escort cans!! So fun!

Love the ballroom decor… especially the dessert display, white dancefloor, and lounge furniture

Beautiful florals from Florals by Jenny. Each table were actually named after famous artists, with the card set on little easels

LOVE! Big thanks to Tania’s family who helped put this table together!

Tania and Steven love their pups so their cake had paw prints on it. As a fellow dog lover, this was one of my favorite cakes ever! Also, check out their cake topper, flown in all the way from Brazil. It has their doggies, Kodi and Kaia, as well as some playing cards and poker chips (Steven’s a poker buff!), and little flags that shows where Tania and Steven are from.

Big big kudos to Tania and her family who made each of these Brazilian treats by hand!! They were SO yummy! The delicious macarons were courtesy of Coco Bisou.

Tania looked amazing in her qipao. And check out the ring bearer’s matching hat!

We hired a professional cigar roller for the wedding for Steven with special custom cigar bands. And look at the happy wedding guests enjoying their cigars.

An amazing wedding day like this couldn’t have happened without some amazing vendors:

Planner and Coordinator ME Weddings & Events :: Venue Eryin Choi and the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel :: Photographer Stephen Cheng :: Cinematographer Elysium Productions :: Forist Florals by Jenny :: DJ and Lighting Jack Hou of TMMPro:: Hair amd Makeup Kelly Zhang :: Rentals Fusion Linens :: Stationery Sugar Press :: Photobooth Cheesy Photobooths :: Cigar Roller The Cigar Guys :: Dessert Table Luxe Event Rentals :: Cake Filigree Cakes

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Tina + Miguel :: ENGAGED :: Brea and Walnut, CA

September 8 2011, Posted by Elsa

Tina and Miguel are getting married next month at the Hyatt Huntington Beach and we are so excited for their upcoming celebration! I remember the day when we first received their inquiry. It was back in February, but I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday because one of the first sentences I read was “My fiance and I currently live in Shanghai, but we would like to get married in California.”

They have been absolutely fantastic to work with… we successfully planned their wedding from beginning to end in 8 months. You would never have guess that there were over 9,000 miles and a 15-hour time difference between us. I can’t wait for October to come around so Tina and Miguel can see the result of all the emails, phone calls, and Skype meetings!

i had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with tina and miguel when they came to so cal in july. they are so GOOD together. they saw eye to eye on just about everything, making MY job much easier! plus, they are just a super cool couple to hang out with!

They also took their engagement photos while they were here, which I am so eager to share with you all! Thanks, Herman, for the photos!

Miguel is a basketball buff, so they wanted to showcase his love of basketball in their e-session

I also had a chance to meet adorable Amaia. She’s going to be such a pretty flower girl for the wedding. It will definitely be a very special day for her too!

Photos by: Herman Au

hair and makeup by: Joyce Luck

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