A Snippet of Our Wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand

It’s already been 2 months since the day Ray (#tallasianguy) and I tied the knot in front of 75 of our closest friends and family overseas in Koh Samui, Thailand. I have to say that it was THE BEST DAY & WEEKEND of my life and I still wish that we were in Koh Samui drinking out of coconuts and eating spicy Thai food. Maybe it’s because it was our wedding, but it was truly more magical and memorable than I could imagine. I will definitely be writing more about this later in a few other posts. Today I wanted to share some photos of the #bestweekendever and give the same advice that I tell every bride, and especially told myself before departing on a 22-hour plane ride to the other side of the world.

I know that weddings can be stressful, overwhelming and sometimes just not manageable. It may be because I help 15-20 couples a year put on the wedding that it prepared me for all the planning in store. I mean airline and shuttle schedules, hotel room and villa assignments, table seating assignments, and the list goes on. I never let anything get to me, even when there was no PLAN B for the monsoon weather that extended out from December. I always told myself to make the most of everything because regardless of what happens there are 75 other people there with us that we wanted to make sure had the time of their life. I relied on the amazing lead coordinators (Gloria Yi and Gloria Lee) that we flew with us to Thailand to take care of our guests and the entire weekend. I learned to live in the moment and not dwell on the things that won’t matter 5, 10, 20 or 100 years from now.

Today, 2 months later I am still on cloud nine wishing that we could all one day be back on the island celebrating and dancing under the stars in front of the ocean. It was magical and I could not have imagined it any other way! The people, the food, the island vibes… to us it was the best weekend ever.

My advice to the thousands or brides out there (if you wish to take some pieces of advice from a now former bride):

  • Hire someone your are comfortable and confident with and TRUST them the entire way. Do not try to control everything and remember everything for the entire day. Your planner will help guide you.
  • Try on everything the week before the wedding and pack all your personal and wedding items at least 5 days prior to the wedding.
  • Make a check list of everything that needs to be handed off to your planner and match against theirs.
  • Drink a lot of water the week of the wedding and make sure to get plenty of sleep because you probably won’t sleep as much a few days before the wedding. I was just so excited that I couldn’t wait to wake up each day!
  • Lay out EVERYTHING the night before the wedding. I personally laid out all my hair and makeup items in sections on a towel so the people who needed those items would be able to come in and start right away. I also made sure to have water and iced tea available for the wonderful ladies/ bridesmaids in my life while getting ready.
  • Lay out everything that you would like to have photographed in an area that no one will touch.
  • Have your bridesmaids pack up all their items before helping you get ready so it’s not messy or hectic later on.
  • Wake up earlier, finish earlier and take time to sit down and enjoy lunch with the wedding party. This was one thing I was very thankful for! We pre-ordered all our lunch so we had time to actually sit with the entire wedding party and our families to enjoy a meal before everything began.
  • Keep your wedding party happy, hydrated and full because the best wedding party is a happy wedding party. We also had drinks and  fresh fruit ready for them after the photos and before the ceremony to unwind and enjoy the view before the festivities completely began.

These are just some of my tips that we were glad we did for our wedding party, family and us. Enjoy some of the photos taken from our friends phones in the meantime! Can’t wait to share more with you all.

Jen & Michael – The Wedding!

If I had to choose 2 super human beings to define the phrase “power couple,” it would definitely be Jen and Michael! I met Jen and Michael over a year before their wedding, they amazed me from day one and were unstoppably ambitious individuals . This was apparent in their career, relationships and lifestyles, they were always jumping through hoops and making things happen. We’re so thankful to have their wedding featured TODAY on Ruffled Blog! Check out the feature right, HERE, HERE OR HERE!

It was no surprise, then, their wedding was such a beautiful success! The couple chose a very vibrant color palette presented through all the intricate details that defined who they were together as a couple and individually. These Berkeley alums even named one of the specialty cocktails after the ever-so-famous mascot, Oski. It was the first time a couple asked for multiple beer pong tables during cocktail hour, so it was only appropriate we custom built the tables and even had our very own Skye Cho (a.k.a #fontgirl) paint on the same watercolor pattern from their invites.

As guests dined under the stars overlooking a field of beautiful vegetation, the couple kept surprising with performances, from their first dance to their parent’s dances. It was such an eventful night ended with a magical grand exit under dozens of lit sparklers.

Jen and Michael, cannot wait to see your 10 year plan come to fruition one day! I admire you both in all you do and cannot be happier to call you friends. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and being able to plan your BIG DAY!

Always a pleasure to work with Caroline Tran and see her admirable talent! Enjoy!

 

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events (Cat, Liz, Maggie and Eunice)

Venue: Maravilla Gardens

Photography: Caroline Tran Photographer

Florist: Green Leaf Designs

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop

Photobooth:  Splendid Photobooth

DJ: Elegant Event Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Angie Hair and Makeup

Catering: Command Performance Catering

Rentals:  Found Vintage Rentals

Stationery Design: Sugar & Fluff Design House

Hand Lettering and Custom Watercolor: Skye Cho

Hotel: Westlake Village Inn

Dress: Jenny Packham

Sandra & Myles – The Wedding!

Today we bring to you a wedding for a couple to near and dear to my heart! My older sister, Sandra, married the love of her life last October at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana. I was thrilled to work on my sister’s wedding, and when I realized their love for beer and wine, it was only appropriate for us to include that into their wedding! Our very own, Gloria Lee and Gloria Yi, helped plan, execute and coordinate the wedding and they did an amazing job!

From Gloria Yi:

“Sandra & Myles wed at Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a beautiful venue tucked in the mountains of Santa Susana. Upon arrival, guests were offered sugar cookies with periwinkle icing in the shape of the couple’s initials, “M” and “S” from Merely Sweets in Brea, CA. Chilled bottles of Izze Soda were available for guests to refresh themselves as well.

Surrounded by a field of greenery, guests witnessed the beautiful couple say “I DO” under a beautiful floral arch assembled by Milieu Floral Design accompanied by a trio from OC Strings.

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to a poolside cocktail hour to celebrate and mingle! Escort cards following the periwinkle, peach and gold color concept were tagged onto bottles of beer, wine, and apple cider on a custom installation board following the theme “It Gets Better with Age.” On the board were also photos of the couple growing up as a baby, toddler, child and teenager.   A do-it-yourself trail mix station was provided for guests to pair with their escort card drinks with snacks such as nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit.

Guests were then invited to dinner and dance under the stars with live entertainment provided by Wayne Foster Entertainment who helped narrate Sandra & Myles love story.

There was never a dull moment during this beautiful reception! With the help of the talented duo from Sloan Photographers, the gorgeous day was captured. ”

Sandra and Myles, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of the magic! Sandra, you were always there for me growing up and I was so happy to stand by your side and support you on a day that you have dreamed of. You are an amazing person, sister and friend. Welcome to the family, Myles! Hope you fit in with our nutty family =)

It was so fun working with Sloan Photographers many times this year, and we cannot thank them enough for all the beautiful images they continuously provide us! We love you guys!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning and Coordination: CCL Weddings & EventsGloria Yi and Gloria Lee

Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Catering: Command Performance Catering

Photography: Sloan Photographers

Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment

Ceremony Musicians:  OC Strings

Dessert and Cake:  Merely Sweets

Stationery Design: Tiffany Hahn Designs

Hand Lettering: Skye Cho/ #fontgirl

Floral: Milieu Floral Design

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang Hair and Makeup

Rental: A Rental Connection

 

Jenny & Tony – The Wedding!

2015 has certainly been full of surprises and eventful moments so far! Our team has officially returned to sunny Southern California from our trip to Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand. The big news is… I’M MARRIED! If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw some of the images from our wedding weekend, and probably knew about my engagement to #tallasianguy for the past 8 months. Being on the other side as the bride has been absolutely amazing, and my HUSBAND and I both wish the weekend never ended. It was by far one of the greatest and most memorable experiences ever! I will definitely be posting about our travel and the events in a later post.

In the meantime, all this destination wedding talk leads me to this stunner of a wedding in Puglia, Italy in October 2014. We planned this grand fete in just four months and it was certainly an experience of a lifetime. Maggie, one of our associate coordinators, and I first traveled to Puglia in the heat of July and returned to a much colder and winter-esque Puglia in October. Regardless of the pouring rain and chilly weather, we made the most of what Italy had to offer!

We had the honor of witnessing the wedding of Jenny and Tony in an intimate and romantic little chapel inside the Borgo Egnazia resort property (this resort has its own town!). Yes, the same chapel where recently wedded Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got hitched! Imagine a chapel lit with hundreds of candles and filled with some garden roses and the whitest lizzianthus I ever did see!

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to an Apulian dinner setting with natural wood, wheat, twine and cotton linen to portray the organic beauty of the countryside in Puglia and dined on a brilliant five-course dinner, traditional Apulian desserts, a wedding cake that was taller than the couple once on the table and a homemade gelato cart.

It was truly an unforgettable wedding weekend for the guests, and especially for all of us at CCL! We’re so thankful for the opportunities we’ve had exploring new places and working with such a wonderfully loving couple.

Jenny and Tony, we’re sending all our love to you both all the way in Hong Kong! thank you for everything!

Get ready to view the stunning images from Gianluca Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Event

Photography: Gianluca and Mary Adovasio

Videography: Matteo Castellucia

Venue, Floral, DJ and Musicians: Borgo Egnazia

Dress: Oscar De La Renta

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Hair and Make-up: Vair Spa

Hand Lettering: Skye Cho

Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN

 

 

Barbara & Akiva – The Wedding!

Happy New Year!

We are so excited for everything that is to come this magical year. We are heading out to Koh Samui, Thailand to celebrate another wedding and will have lots to share when we return and a lot of new announcements!

In the meantime, we wanted to make sure we posted one of our Palm Springs wedding from 2014 for Barbara and Akiva coordinated by our very own– Liz Yoon!

From Lead Coordinator, Liz Yoon:

“I fall in love with Palm Springs weddings every single time, because the desert brings such versatile canvas to create many colors and different stories. Last May wedding had its own sweetness to it as Barbara and Akiva said “I Do.” This couple envisioned their whole wedding when we first met, and I was only excited to see them come together!

Their gorgeous ceremony was celebrated with a beautiful tune by a cellist, Yoshika Masuda. Planks and Patina rentals brought their assorted vintage chairs and wooden tables to set the perfect mood for their wedding. Three Bunch Palms Productions filled the tables with beautiful desert flower arrangements and lanterns. Barbara is a nutritionist, hence, guests enjoyed colorful and healthy family style meal for dinner provided by Dash and Handful Catering with helpful hands from Signature Rentals. Their escort cards were collected vintage brooches that the bride gathered herself! We completed the night with wedding cakes from Exquisite Desserts. Last but not least, this lovely day was beautifully captured by such talented Rachel and Rico Cast from Studio Castillero.

Barbara & Akiva! I am so honored and thankful that you trusted me enough to assist you in creating a beautiful day for you two to remember forever. It was so much fun getting to know you both and witness a beautiful celebration! We still need to have our long overdue hang out & a doggy date! Congrats again to both of you and cheers to everlasting happiness!”

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Venue: Korakia Pensione

Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events – Liz Yoon

Florist: Three Bunch Palm Springs

Photography: Studio Castillero

Cellist: Yoshika Masuda

Hair and Makeup: Salon 119 Makeup

Catering: Dash and Handful Catering

Rentals: Planks & Patina

Rentals: Signature Rentals

Desserts: Exquisite Desserts

After Party: Wang’s in the Desert