December 28 2011, Posted by Melissa + Elsa

We remember writing this post for 2010… felt like it was yesterday. What can we say, 2011 just flew by and it was even more incredible than we thought it would be!

Ss the year winds down, we want to extend another heartfelt congratulations to all of our 2011 couples. Hope you are all enjoying your first holiday season as husband and wife!

Neomi + Andy :: Photo by Erica Rose Photography

Kathleen + Jeff :: Photo by Andi Pianalto

Jackie + Jake :: Photo by Lin and Jirsa

Angeline + Michael :: Photo by Trista Lerit

Angela + Scott :: Photo by Cly Creation

Tania + Steven :: Photo by Stephen Cheng

Sarah Lindsey + Anthony :: Photo by Greg Bumatay

Mai + Clinton :: Photo by Jim Kennedy

Sherry + Lance :: Photo by Henry Chen

Tina +  Miguel :: Photo by Herman Au

Melanie + Dean :: Photo by Anha Nguyen

Claire + Oliver :: Photo by Gwendolyn Tundermann

Annie + Eugene :: Photo by Jason Kim

And last but not least, ME’s very own Melissa (+ Sam)…

Melissa + Sam :: Photo by Henry Chen

We are so excited for 2012! We have a long list of fantastic clients…. and we have even more amazing weddings coming your way!

Happy new year to you and your loved ones!!

Melissa + Elsa

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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays :: Fun + Easy DIY Gift Idea

December 25 2011, Posted by Melissa + Elsa

Merry christmas & happy holidays from ME Events!! This year we thought that we would share a fun and easy holiday favor idea for those of you who love DIY gifts. You can use your own special recipe or the one listed below.


What you need to make a dozen jars:

  • 12 quart sized mason jars
  • note: these can be purchased at your local grocery store, target or even costco
  • 12 tags
    note: this is where you can get creative with your own personal touch.  on the back of the tag, you will need to leave instructions with how to bake the cookies
  • 9 yards of your favorite 3/8″ ribbon
    note: swap this out for another ribbon and it could be a baby shower favor, bridal shower favor or valentines day treat!
  • 15.6 cups of rolled oats
  • 6 cups of packed brown sugar (about 3 bags)
  • 6 cups of white sugar
  • 6 cups of chopped pecans (about 2 bags)
  • 12 cups of semisweet chocolate chips (about 6 bags)
  • 15.6 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 12 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 12 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons of salt

Fill each jar with the following ingredients in the order listed below. Be sure to pack each layer as you fill the jar with ingredients (you’ll need the space!)

1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

On the tag include the following instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing. shape into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. transfer from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. You should make about 3 dozen chocolate chip pecan cookies.

To decorate the jar:
Simply tie on your personalized tags with double sided tape, wrap your favorite ribbon on the lid.


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One word comes to mind when I think about Tina and Miguel… passion…. and emotions. Ok fine… two words come to mind. Their wedding day was filled with so much love, especially what they have for each other. After 8 months of planning and traveling 9,000 from China, their wedding came together beautifully at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach. The weather was a bit shotty the week leading up to the wedding… but on that Saturday, the clouds cleared and the weather could not be more perfect as Tina and Miguel said their own vows to each other.

Tina and Miguel wanted to keep it traditional and not do the first look. I loved the look on Miguel’s face when he saw his beautiful bride for the first time, walking down the aisle.

Gorgeous day in Southern California! I’m lucky to live here!

Miguel’s brother recited a beautiful reading as Tina and Miguel released a pair of pure white doves into the sky as a symbol of their union.

Tina and Miguel love orchids so there were accents of orchids everywhere

They didn’t want a traditional tiered wedding cake and chose cupcakes instead. For their cakecutting, they cut into the giant cupcake in the middle of the display!

We had two father/daughter dances that night…. the traditional father/daughter dance with Tina and her dad, followed by a heartwarming father/daughter dance with Miguel and his daughter, Amaia. Look how absolutely adorable she is! You can tell just how close the two of them are. This was, by far, one of my favorite moments of the night… actually, one of my favorite moments EVER!

Miguel surprised Tina with a special rendition of Howie Day’s “Collide.” Love surprises like this!!

Finally, look at how cool these kicks are?! Custom made with their wedding date and their silhouettes!!

Planner and Coordinator ME Weddings & Events :: Venue Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, Huntington Beach :: Photographer Herman Au Photography :: Cinematographer WHSY :: Florist Jenny B Floral Design :: DJ/MC Wil An and Ton Choi :: Hair and Makeup: Joyce Luck Style :: Lighting TMMPro :: Dancefloor Chiavari Chair Rentals :: Pipe and Drape Linens and Chairs Fusion Linens :: Wedding Day Stationery ME Weddings & Events :: Dove Release White Flite

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