Michelle & Michael – The Wedding!

The wedding that started our 2016 was definitely a memorable one! Planned in less than a month and with the help of the most amazing vendor team, this wedding was a stunner! Michelle and Michael’s wedding January 2016 wedding at the Montage in Beverly Hills was an elegant affair bringing guests from all around the world to celebrate their nuptials.

The couple met during a friend’s birthday dinner at a seafood restaurant, where Michelle caught Michael’s eye and he had tried to do anything to grab her attention. He happily offered to crack all her crab legs and lobster claws, and that gained a future date which led to this couple becoming husband and wife. It was only appropriate for us to incorporate this story into the couple’s escort installation with a “You Crack Me Up” wall where guests were each given an “escort” crab claw cracker to guide them to their seats. During the couple’s relationship they shared many adventures together where the bride mentioned her love for French dessert carts. We couldn’t resist trying to replicate that inside their reception by renting gold bar carts from Found Vintage Rentals and adorning each cart with each of the couple’s favorite desserts. The guests loved this roaming detail that was offered to guests at each of their tables throughout the reception post dinner.

Our favorite part and design piece was the ceremony itself. The heavily detailed ceremony included at the entrance a vintage piece from Found Rentals that was adorned with lush greenery and floral from Peony and Plum. The aisle itself was draped with sections of white chiffon draping that also help a crystal chandelier dripping with greenery. And of course the altar that has a simple and classic floral arch where the couple exchanged their vows.

Michelle and Michael, thank you for allowing us to work with you both on this wedding! It was certainly a challenge that was worth every single second spent to make your dream wedding possible. We love you both so much and so happy to continuously see your adventures and growing family!

Thank you to Valentina Glidden for the photos!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Valentina Glidden

Videography: The Cub Team

Venue and Catering: Montage Beverly Hills

Cake: Sweet Lady Jane

Specialty Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Chairs: Revelry Event Design

Lighting and Dance Floor: TMMPro

DJ and MC: Adagio Entertainmemt

Trio for the Ceremony: OC Strings

 

Ali & Matt – The Wedding!

They say rain is always good luck on a wedding day, yet it always seems to give any couple a good scare. Luckily Ali and Matt embraced the scare of a little rain and decided to dance it out instead. Little did the couple know while planning their wedding seven months before that there would even be a small chance of rain for their May wedding.

Ali and Matt had always known that Pasadena would be the place they would tie the knot as it was the hometown of the bride. They checked out a few venues, but still were always led back to home. They chose the beautiful property of the Ambassador Mansion for the nuptials in front of 180 of their closest family and friends. It was an entirely outdoor location with a gorgeous garden, amazing architecture and a staircase for the grandest entrance of the bride. A ceremony where the couple was literally surrounded by their friends and family as they stood in the center on a bridge in a garden.

The couple wanted to make sure they added details about themselves throughout the wedding. As guests arrived they served pre-ceremony aguas frescas as a nod to the couple’s favorite beverage. A welcome nut station not only attracted their friends, but also the little critters from the garden.

From the ceremony, to the cocktail hour and reception, each event took place in its own space where the guests could experience different parts of the garden. Guests enjoyed appetizers and some of the couple’s favorite specialty drinks catered from Cynthia Brooks Catering during cocktail hour, while viewing the couple’s “Wall of Fame” of family photos. Their love for tea played a role in their escort cards for the guests as a “Plenty of Love” installation were filled with glass vials of the couple’s favorite tea leaves.

The reception was definitely the main event taking place under a tent frame with white draping and chandeliers above. The best part of it all was the live band from Soultones that played during the duration of the event and brought all the guests to their feet. It was the first time the bride had seen her now hubby dance, and it will definitely not be the last.

Ali & Matt’s wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty California, and you can check it out right HERE!

Thank you for The Great Romance for these stunning photos!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: The Great Romanc

Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering

Venue: Ambassador Campus and Gardens

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang

Band: Soul Tones LA

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Dessert: Snow Monster and Cappuccino on Call

Floral: Peony & Plum

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Specialty Rentals: Borrowed & Blu

 

Henna & Thomas – The Wedding!

When two cultures blend together, it makes for a unique and beautiful experience. Such was the case of Henna and Thomas’ wedding in this Downtown Los Angeles , where a warehouse was transformed in 16 hours for one unforgettable affair. Henna and Thomas planned for their September 3rd 2016 wedding to encompass the factors that matter to them most: a lot of food, two cultures colliding, non-stop alcohol and a party to remember.

Henna and Thomas chose a harmonious color palette of deep wine red (did we mention how much they LOVE wine), gold and ivory for their wedding colors. The venue space was a warehouse, and the couple envisioned texture and greenery to make the event feel more alive. We hired the absolutely amazing, Kim Sanders from Art with Nature to create two of the most spectacular pieces that surely had the guests in awe: the ceremony structure (the couple also used for their sweetheart table), and the escort installation that spanned 14′ long for guests to walk through to find their escort card. Accent pieces rented from Found Vintage Rentals’ also made the space feel more inviting to sit and stay awhile as the guests were able to lounge throughout the event in one of 5 furniture vignettes spread throughout the space.  Varying sized chandeliers were used throughout the entire venue, including a massive chandelier hung over the Great Hall and dance floor area.

The couple intertwined both cultures by having a traditional Pakistani ceremony, while using a portion of the ceremony to also honor the parents in a Chinese tea ceremony. During cocktail hour guests nibbled on both Chinese and Pakistani tray passed appetizers, before all going into a feast of a family style dinner with both culture’s dishes in a spectacular 10 course dinner.

Once dancing began, confetti canons exploded and the dance floor was filled with all their guests dancing non-stop until early the next morning. It was truly an unforgettable event for the couple and guests alike.

Thank you to Aevitas Photography for capturing it all!

Thanks to the TEAM for making this wedding production possible:

Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Aevitas Photography

Catering: TOP Catering and Shahnawaz

Dessert and Cake: Crave Bakery

Venue: 440 Seaton

Rentals: ATB Rentals

Lounge Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals

Floral: Art with Nature

DJ, Lighting and Dance Floor: Special Occasions LA

Bar: Papaya Sky

 

Kathy & Edwin – The Wedding!

We have a soft spot in our heart to always see families of our client’s get married and grow! And it was such an honor to have Kathy and Edwin hire our team to put on their April wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. We worked with Kathy’s sweet sister, Ivy (see wedding here), just a few years prior and could not be any happier to hear when her sister was engaged! The couple planned their wedding for April, and despite the risk of rain, they took the risk and planned their dream wedding.

All our couples love to bring their personalities into the wedding, and this couple really brought in a lot of their interests and favorites everyone knew them for. Kathy loved Pocky biscuit sticks and was known to always snack on this sweet and savory snack, so we designed a pre-ceremony snack station with Pocky! The official Pocky manufacturing company even saw our Instagram post and offered to send a gift to the couple just for having them a part of their big day. Edwin was known for his knack for music trivia! We never had a groom love music trivia so much so we created a way for the guests to get involved and play along. Guests were given custom music trivia game sheets upon arrival to the wedding and scouted the venue for music lyrics, in which had to guess the title and artist of each song. The grand prize: an IPAD for the winner of the game! Let’s just say it was a pretty EPIC win that had a two way tie ending with a dance battle, and a courageous guest who rapped the entire song.

Did we mention it actually did rain? The week prior to the wedding forecasted a 90% chance of rain, so we worked quickly to evaluate possible back up plans that would bring in the least amount of financial burden on the client. We luckily were able to move the event inside the venue’s barn, which was just recently gutted out to be used as a new event space. Considering the couple did want an entire outdoor wedding and the fact that it did rain on the wedding day, this option looked intentional and the guests were amazed that the back-up plan was not the plan in place from the beginning.

Kathy and Edwin, what can I say? I love you two so much and am so HAPPY to have worked with you, see your families again, and watch you wed! And you both are now auntie and uncle to Ivy’s adorable daughter! So many happy moments that I am genuinely so thankful to continually see happening in your lives!

Thanks to Jeremie Shoda from Shoda Love for all the great images!

Thanks to the TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Shoda Love

Videography: Still Talking Productions

DJ: All the Above Events – James Lee

Ceremony Musicians: OC Strings

Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Catering: Command Performance Catering

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Rentals: A Rental Connection

Floral: Art with Nature

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang Hair and Makeup

Kim & Andrew – The Wedding!

A beautiful venue set atop the Malibu mountains, a couple that have been dating since high school and the most adorable maltipoo is exactly what makes Kim and Andrew’s wedding so special. Kim and Andrew met in high school and have been inseparable ever since, even though they lived hundreds of miles away (So Cal to Nor Cal). It was a dream to work with them on their colorful and FUN wedding event that took place at the picture-perfect Malibu Rocky Oaks estate.

The couple really wanted to make this wedding about their personal style and loves in their loves. The bride LOVES craft beer so having a craft beer tasting area was perfectly fitting. The bride’s father hand-built a custom installation to hold mini beer mugs that also were used for escort cards, while a laser-cut sign sat in front of the installation said it all– “Drunk in Love.” the couple was smitten over all things mini, and as such we had requested that all food items for cocktail hour and dessert would be made in mini portions: mini lobster rolls with mini Tabasco (made to perfection from Hungry Bear Catering), mini mini macarons and cupcakes and much more. Did we mention how FUN this couple was? During the grand entrance the couple walked in with a money gun that spit out REAL dollar bills (this happened multiple times during the evening, with each refill to be $100).

Kim and Andrew, you two are seriously TOO MUCH FUN! Your party stories, insane bachelorette and bachelor party and all your friends and family that made the wedding so memorable for all. Hoping to have random run-ins with you both at shabu and boba places! Thank you so much for allowing our team to be a part of your BIG DAY!

Enjoy all these beautiful images from Brandon Kidd!

Thank you to the TEAM that made all this wedding possible:

Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Brandon Kidd

Videography: Reb 6 Studios

Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Bar: Liquid Catering

Florist: Green Leaf Designs

Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals and Town and Country Rentals

Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed & Blu

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Dessert and Cake: M Cakes Sweets

DJ: All the Above Events – James Lee

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang

Dessert: Ten Ren Tea Time

Photobooth: GC Photobooth