Amy & Brett – The Wedding!

When my sister Amy first told me she was engaged to my now brother-in-law Brett back in November of 2012, there weren’t enough words to explain what an exciting time it was for my family! It’s one thing to plan weddings for all the clients that we adore so much, but it’s a whole new experience of wedding planning when it’s family (in the best way possible).

Amy and Brett were wedded in front of 120 of their closest family and friends at Firestone Winery in Paso Robles. The couple’s loves of wine and food was were a natural “pairing” with this gorgeous venue, where guests watched the couple say “I do” in front of a grape field, sipped wine in the bottling room of the winery during cocktail hour, and dined under the stars in the winery courtyard. Ree Jae Chi was brought on to design the stationery for the wedding, and she blew it away from the invites to the programs and menus.

I’ve been obsessed with the delicious, locally sourced eats from Forage Restaurant in Silverlake, and reached out to them to cater the wedding in a seemingly perfect and intimate family style setting.Thinking back, I’m still craving those pork belly sandwiches during cocktail hour! The best part of the night by far was when my sister changed out of her beautifully chosen wedding dress and into my mom’s very own timeless, self-made wedding dress, which she herself was wedded in 40 years ago. Thank you to everyone who put their heart into this wedding to make it possible for my dear sister =)

Enjoy the photos by the talented Christine Farah Photography!

 

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events – Robin Kim

Venue: Firestone Winery

Hair and Makeup: Angie Hair and Makeup

Floral: Green Leaf Floral Design

Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes

Photography: Christine Farah Photography

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Catering: Forage

Stationery Design: Ree Jae Chi

Chalkboard Art: Joyce Chai

Rentals: Luna Party Rentals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin & Daniel – The Wedding!

Happy Friday!

It has been a little while since my last post, but I’m back from taking a 3 week trip to the beautiful city of Venice to plan a wedding for this May! Time has seriously been flying for 2014 and I wish I could just slow it down a teensy bit. I also took a short trip to Bangkok, Thailand and came home ENGAGED! I will definitely share more about this later on. In the meantime, we have a VERY IMPORTANT wedding from the CCL family that we are excited to share.

Since I started CCL 6 years ago, one person has always been by my side helping me with a large number of the weddings and has never asked for a single thing. Robin Kim was that person who has given the company the stability it needed to be where it is today through her continuous support.. I love her with all my heart and cannot imagine my life without her.  On the blog today we share her marriage to the love of her life, Daniel Chung. They wedded last September in Los Angeles at the First Congregation Church in front of over 200 of their closest friends and family members. I was so thrilled to work on this wedding with Robin and Daniel because I knew that Robin has seen it all and would want something different that represented her and Daniel.

We created a clean, sleek and modern wedding reception that took place at the AT&T Center Penthouse in DTLA, and played with many new elements that we have not had the opportunity to do before. The one element she requested in her wedding were Edison light bulbs to be placed near her table. We did more than just place it at her table, but created a whole overhang for a 24′ long table with varying sizes of light bulbs. We then brought in the phrase “Love Will Light the Way” for her wedding and had over 200 round vintage light bulbs gutted and filled with gold glitter for escort cards.

Thank you to Milieu Floral Design for creating such beautiful arrangements! It was truly an event to remember for us all and we could  not be more thrilled (up to this day) to have been a part of this wedding!

Robin and Daniel, we LOVE you both so much! I know you and I will grow old together (you don’t even have a choice)  even if you are thousands of miles away.

Hope you enjoy the photos from The Brother’s Wright! And if you have the time, please check out the slo-mo video from Slo-Mo Arigato here!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning and Coordination: CCL Weddings - Catherine & Carren

Church: First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Venue: AT&T Center – Penthouse

Catering: Patina Catering

Photography: The Brothers Wright

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Slo-Mo: Slo Mo Arigato

Dessert: Cool Cow & Ten Ren

Floral: Milieu Floral Design

Stationery Design: Ree Jae Chi

Cake: King’s Hawaiian

Band: Jordan Music Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

Real Birthday: Nathan’s 1st Birthday!

What’s as fun as planning a wedding? Planning a Baby’s 1st Birthday Party for a past bride and groom filled with the most adorable and delicious details!

Rhysa and Andy were wedded back in July 2011 in Pasadena, and contacted us last year to throw their son’s 1st birthday party! After catching up with them during lunch and finding out that Rhysa’s mom sang “You Are My Sunshine” to Nathan to help him fall asleep, we created a bright and sunny themed party to let Nathan’s personality “shine” through. We knew we would be doing a semi-traditional Korean 1st birthday as an homage to Nathan’s half Korean heritage. We hired the talented Lani Choi to assist with all the graphics, and boy did she do an amazing job!

Guests arrived and signed in on paper raindrop cut outs, then placed them into a shadow box surrounded by other “falling” rain drops, which would later be employed as an art piece in Nathan’s bedroom for years to come. A donut station was arranged with an assortment of delectable donuts from Sidecar Doughnuts in Orange, and mini milk bottles were provided as the perfect complement for guests to enjoy. A prediction table was also set for guests to predict what Nathan would choose for his future career during the Doljabi.

Thank you so much for allowing CCL Events to be a part of Nathan’s 1st Birthday, Rhysa and Andy! Big congrats to Rhysa on her upcoming second baby! =)

Enjoy the photos from Oliver Bentley Photography!


The TEAM that made this birthday possible:

Event Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events – Jessica Kim

Venue: Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Photography: Oliver Bentley Photography

Desserts: Merely Sweets

Stationery Design: Lani Choi

Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals

Entertainment: Best Bubble Parties

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Dduk: Watermill Rice Cake

Donuts: Sidecar Doughnuts

 

Juliana & Matt – The Wedding!

I thought this gloomy weather was the perfect weather to post a new wedding while sipping on some hot tea that was given as a gift from one of our sweet couples (Thanks, Tina and David!). We’re non-stop working, building and making for all of our 2014 weddings, and we’re so thrilled for everything coming up! While we are getting ready for our next wedding in March I am also prepping for my short trip out to Venice, Italy in a few weeks for a wedding!

I still feel absolutely blessed to be able to work on this wedding alongside Maggie and Liz from our CCL team. I find myself pinching myself at times to make sure I’m not dreaming. This small company started from my dream to be a wedding planner when I was just 14 years old. I still remember the first Fall 2003 Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine I picked up and fell in love with all the pretty little details. With all the unconditional love and support from my friends, family, the CCL team and all of our couples, the company has grown and we will continue to strive to bring dreams to reality!

Talk about bringing dreams to reality for one lovely couple that I had the pleasure to meet over 2 years ago in New York who said I do this past September 2013.  I was in NY for the New York Gift Show in January 2012 and luckily has been conversing with Juliana through email beforehand. We had planned a lunch date during New York Restuarant Week at an Italian restaurant, which was also my first time trying parpadelle and now cannot stop ordering it everywhere I go. We connected over our lunch and within a few weeks began to work together on their 2013 wedding at Westlake Village Inn.

It was a beautiful garden wedding that included a sunglasses station as a nod to the groom’s staple look while playing in poker tournaments (check him out here!). For our gorgeous bride, a spectacle station was set for her blooming career as an optometrist.  Guests were invited into a dancing room after dinner where Coolhaus served custom ice-cream cookie sandwiches. Glow sticks (just like they have in Vegas) were passed out to get the party started and was one party that didn’t end even when the music turned off.

Juliana and Matt, from the first time I met the both of you in person I knew I would LOVE working on your wedding. Your story is definitely an original and I was so happy to be a part of your wedding planning journey! Please let me know when you are back from Vancouver so we can grab lunch or dinner! Love and miss you both so much. Congrats again, Mr. & Mrs. Jarvis! xoxo

Enjoy the photos from Micah and Megan Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning & Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Venue: Westlake Village Inn

Photography: Micah and Megan Photography

Videography: Cloud 9 Cinematography

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Dessert: Merely Sweets

Dessert: Coolhaus

Stationery Design: Sugar & Fluff House Design House

Hair & Makeup: Angie Hair & Makeup

Photobooth: Cheesy Photobooths

 

Angella & Timothy – The Wedding!

I cannot believe I am still catching up on 2013 wedding posts, but I will say that there is a lot of pretty and fun coming your way!

Angella and Timothy wedded on one of busiest days of the year fr us in 2013, and our very own Christina Lee took on their September 28th 2013 wedding at the Montage in Beverly Hills. I was so thrilled to work with Angella and Timothy because of two different reasons; Angella was friends with one of my own very close friends and she has THE most fun and energetic personalities. I could talk to her for hours and hours at a time as long as their is food in front of us. Plus, I absolutely love hearing the story on how they met over and over again.

The couple loved the movie UP and shared lots of personal stories that were related to the movie, so it was only appropriate we would incorporate bits and pieces of the movie into their own wedding. Grape soda buttons were hand made and given to guests upon arrival to the ceremony to pin on and wear for the duration of the event. The adorable flower girl and ring boy carried large pink and gold balloons with tissue paper fringe, and possibly one of my favorite details was their unity mailbox. Instead of the typical candle or sand ceremony the couple got their hands nice and dirty during the ceremony to imprint their hand prints on the side of the mailbox that would one day stand in front of their home.

As guests made their way down to the reception ballroom (possibly one of my favorite ballrooms in Los Angeles) they found their names and tables on the wings of a paper airplanes that were pinned to large vintage map boards. Thanks to the talented Hannah Koo of Milieu Floral Design for her beautiful work on each and every centerpiece.

Angella and Timothy, even though I personally was not able to be at your wedding I still am so overjoyed to have worked with you and get to know you both. I hear there is a baby on the way and I cannot wait to see photos and possibly meet him or her if you are ever back in So Cal. Congrats again and again on your marriage and remember…. ADVENTURE AWAITS!

Enjoy the photos below from Erich Chen Photography.

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning: Catherine of CCL Weddings & Events

Wedding Coordination: Christina of CCL Weddings & Events

Venue: Montage Beverly Hills

Dessert: Merely Sweets

DJ: Shine Entertainment

Floral: Milieu Floral Design

Photography: Erich Chen Photography

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Photobooth: GC Photobooths

Stationery Design: Lani Choi Designs