Stacy & Edwin – The Wedding!

When you put two people who have the same passion for food, work as they for each other,  you can definitely all agree that they are truly BETTER TOGETHER.

Stacy and Edwin are no strangers to the CCL family.  We had the honor to work with Edwin’s brother, Chris, on various graphic design projects and also had the luxury of planning his wedding in 2013. When we started working with the couple it was a match-made in heaven. We absolutely adored Stacy and Edwin’s love for good food, amazing cocktails and their fun and quirky ideas they wanted to tie into their wedding.

Having the wedding at Fig House in Los Angeles was perfect!  Hundreds of paper hearts were hung from the ceiling to accompany the bride’s vision of a detailed area over their dining area. The lyrics to their first dance song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran were placed on the large mirrors when guests entered the venue. Did I mention the bride and groom are both pharmacists? So it was only fitting for their wedding cocktail mixologists at Pharmacie LA to mix up and serve their cocktails. An installation was built and created specifically for the couple that consisted of dozens of vintage apothecary medicine bottles as their escort cards. The florist, Green Leaf Designs, then filled each bottle with a beautiful floral bloom that not only made this a wall of escort cards, but an art installation as well.

Custom tattoos and buttons were just some of the many details that were available at the wedding for the guests to take and wear throughout the evening. For dessert, Carmela Ice Cream, a hot coffee station and hot churros were available for the guests to devour after dinner.

You can also check out their wedding featured on Grey Likes Weddings HERE!

Stacy and Edwin, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE YOU! I love the love you two have, and how you truly embrace the GOOD LIFE. I cannot thank you enough for allowing CCL to be a part of your wedding planning and day. Can’t wait to see you both soon over another amazing meal. Love you both so much!

Enjoy these absolutely gorgeous photos from Braedon Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events – Cat & Gloria Lee

Venue: Fig House

Photography: Braedon Photography

Catering: Whoa Nelly

Alcohol: Pharmacie LA

Rentals: Town & Country

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Cake: Whoa Nelly

Stationery Design: Chris Kim

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang

DJ: Shine Entertainment

Dessert 1: Carmela Ice Cream

Dessert 2: Salinas Churros

Ceremony Musicians: OC Strings

Hand Letters: Skye Cho (a.k.a #FONTGIRL)


Janice & Bertram – The Wedding!

Every love story is great adventure, and for Janice and Bertram, it was all about making adventures happen for two of the most selfless people who dedicate their time and lives helping others. When I spoke with the couple of the places they’d been and the volunteering they’d done, it honestly inspired me to do more for others. Hearing their great stories and being a part of this important day is EXACTLY what inspires me and why I love what I do.

The couple wedded in August of 2014 at Hartley Botanica, surrounded by a lush setting of trees everywhere! The couple really let their personalities and relationship shine through by incorporating the places they traveled and the love of things they share together and individually. For their escort installation, the couple told us how they climbed Mount Kilamanjaro and felt like their Klean Kanteen water bottles were life savers! It was only natural the couple wanted to share their love of this durable container with their friends and family, and a 8′ tall x 7.5 wide wall was built and stained to display the Klean Kanteen water bottles for their guests.

Janice and Bertram’s beautiful ceremony followed by an outdoor dinner under the summer sky, while listening to a live band and dancing the night away. Did I mention they had the most delectable wedding cake made by Sweet Lady Jane, a made-to-order hot churro truck AND a Hawaiian shaved ice station to represent each the bride and groom’s favorite desserts. It was truly dessert HEAVEN.

Janice and Bertram, I see your photos on IG of all your adventures and could not be more happy to see two exceptionally kind and generous people travel the world together. I hope your sense or wonder and curiosity will always be as BIG as always, and that your little one on the way will feel the same sense of compassion as you two. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the beginning of your new adventure. Love you both so much!

Enjoy these photos from Sloan Photographers (Hi, Angie and Matt)!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Venue: Hartley Botanica

Catering: Command Performance Catering

Pre-Ceremony Beverages: Brewell

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Sloan Photographers

Videography: Sam Han

Graphic Design:  Sister of the Groom

Florist: Twig & Twine

Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng Hair and Makeup

Cake: Sweet Lady Jane

Musicians: OC Strings

Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment

Dessert 1: Salinas Churros

Dessert 2: Snowflakes Shave Ice


Susan & Philip – The Wedding!

What’s better than a wedding? A wedding for someone you love so dearly!

When my dear friend Susan, who I’ve been honored to know for the past 12 years, got engaged in September of 2013, and it was all smiles and tears of joy. Maggie had the pleasure of being Susan and Philip’s coordinator for their big day at Cafe Pinot in Los Angeles. It was a warm day which made for a perfect evening for an outdoor wedding, and the lit up skyrise buildings only made their wedding day even more magical. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and refreshing PINKBERRY ice cream. That’s right, dessert before dinner!

Susan and Philip chose a navy blue, light pink and rose gold palette for the wedding. Now rose gold is always a tough color to find in décor. Nevertheless, they were still able to find rose gold chiavari chairs for their wedding! They were such beauties that really tied together her wedding with the colors. All the details and decor were chosen by the bride herself, who also beautifully crafted the sign boards. Their love for coffee played the part in their escort items that were custom printed “Love is Brewing.” Coffee mugs on gold shelves were lined along a custom light pink wall to display these beauties for the guests. Patina Catering delighted the guests with a decadent three-course meal, while the evening continued with lots of dancing and a sparkler exit to send off the couple into the night.

Susan and Philip, being a part of your BIG DAY meant the world to me and all of us at CCL! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of the memories. You both looked absolutely stunning and seeing these photos again and again only brings more tears of joy to my eyes. Love you both so much!

Thank you to Andy Seo Studio for these beautiful images from the big day.

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Coordinator: Maggie Hui of CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Andy Seo Studio

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang Hair and Makeup

Venue: Cafe Pinot

Catering: Patina

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

DJ and MC: Shine Entertainment

Photobooth: GC Photobooth

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals

Lighting: Amber Event Productions

Dessert for Cocktail Hour: Pinkberry


Jennifer & Kevin – The Wedding Weekend Bash!

It’s almost May 2015 and the year just keeps zipping by us day by day. We will soon begin our rush of wedding season beginning next month and will have lots of gorgeous details to share with you, so don’t forget to keep up with us on Instagram (@cclweddings) for snapshots of our work!

Our second to last wedding last year was a weekend bash that started on a Friday evening with a Fiesta Welcome Dinner, followed by the wedding and ended with a Hangover Sunday Brunch. It was a perfect warm weekend in Palm Springs at the Parker Hotel (so excited we had the chance to finally work there) with the perfect couple, Jennifer and Kevin.

I had met Jennifer and Kevin on Valentine’s Day 2014 and what began as a normal consult turned into a 3+ hour conversation with more laughter than I could handle. I loved them the first time I met them, and too fell in love with their families when I met them the weekend of the wedding. Jennifer and Kevin are the true definition of High School Sweethearts that made it through over 10 years of dating and even moving to another country to work.

Jennifer and Kevin’s destination wedding was all about the laid back and cool vibes of the Palm Springs style and creating a FUN and gorgeous wedding weekend for all their guests who not only drove in, but flew thousands of miles to celebrate the weekend with them. Check out the photos from Sloan Photographers to see what the weekend was all about!

Jenn and Kevin, you two make laughter contagious and I am so happy to have met such positive and hilarious people. Getting to know you and your family has been so humbling and I cannot wait to hear what crazy adventures and stories when I see you again in July. YAY! Gloria Lee and I miss your emails and Kevin’s random responses! Congrats to you both again and again! Love you both!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Venue: Parker Palm Springs

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Stationery Design: Sugar & Fluff Design House

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang Hair and Makeup

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Photography: Sloan Photographers

Floral and Rentals: Archive Rentals

Band: Downbeat LA

Dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes & Ice Cream

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth

Hand Lettering Signs: Skye Cho (#fontgirl)


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.

lauren + michael - April 2, 2015 - 11:09 am

so incredibly GORGEOUS!!!! congrats, catherine!!!