Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wedding Dreams

This one will be the post on my actual wedding! I had many wedding visions and dreams- I put them all together in a powerpoint to help my vendors and bridesmaids share in my vision. It actually helped out a lot and gave everyone a central point of reference when thinking about our wedding. The theme that popped into my silly little head from the get-go was an opposite wedding. I wanted to wear color and have all the guests come in white/cream. How hard was that to pull off? Well fortunately, most of my guests were gracious enough to comply to the suggested dress code (for which I provided examples on our wedding website). The pictures of the ceremony were so pretty with all the crowd in whites! I wore a designer blue/green silk-chiffon gown, bridesmaids were in royal blue, and groomsmen and groom in dark grey. {All photos below courtesy of our AMAZING photographer, Jimmy Cheng, of Jimmy Cheng Photography}

Opposite Wedding: Guests in white/cream

The Dress, Hanging in front of our B&B- Heritage Inn

Our overarching feeling of the wedding was classy rustic with a "love plant" theme. Steven & I have a running thing because we can never keep a plant alive together. The first one we had as a couple we dubbed our "love plant"... it died, but our love lived on. Thank goodness.

Actually standing on a diving board above a man-made lake

We did a ton of DIY projects and decoration. We had the newly obligatory photobooth (gifted to us by my closest friends) and we had a candy bar and a dessert bar, provided by Michele Chen of i-heart-baking, posts of our wedding dessert table can be found here. She is absolutely fabulous and I am so in love with her amazing work! It was so delicious that I only got ONE bite of a cookie my cousin Russell shoved in my mouth- everything else was wiped out before dinner even started! Cake was done by Olivia Lin of the Yummy Year Project- all proceeds went to help feed children in Africa. Good Cause + Good Cake? Yes, please.

Handmade Pinwheels, Bubble guns under the seats for the recessional

DIY jars (collected over 1 year), wooden flowers by Accents & Petals, DIY favors

Flea market scouted wooden box, handpainted by Dannielle Hankins

Hand-sewn vellum & paper programs with cardstock heart & mini clothes pin

Escort Cards: Tri-fold chicken wire screen with "parking ticket" envelopes with each person's name on it. Inside was a "parking ticket" with the guest table designation

Gorgeous venue

We had an "oopsie station" since all the guests were wearing white! Included bleach pens, stain stick, chalk for cover-up... as well as lotion, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, band-aids, tissue, mints & gum

Hand-made kraft paper & crepe paper flowers covered the wooden arch

Cutting cake, toss bouquet, garter on a football, hand-made doily chandeliers.

More to come next time....

Venue: Holland Ranch
Photography: Jimmy Cheng, Photographer
Wedding Coordinator: Ace The Day
Cake: The Yummy Year Project
SheetCake: KeeWah Bakery
Caterer: Epic Catering
Photobooth: Snap Cubby
DJ: DJCandyMan
Dessert Bar: Michele from


Officiant: Danny Quimlat
Hair: Hair by Krista
Makeup: Ran Chu

Friday, January 11, 2013


So many of my friends are getting married!!!! Having just done the same myself- I thought I'd do a few posts on stuff you need to remember, budgeting, post-wedding shennanigans, and of course, my own wedding! I love, love, love wedding planning. I would definitely pursue it as a career if I did not love, love, love dentistry.

Let's get down to business. So you just got engaged- NOW WHAT? I think the first thing you should think about is BUDGET. Then follow that up with what type of wedding you & your betrothed are looking for. Once you settle on an overarching theme/feeling for your wedding, you can look into location. And from there, all the little (and big) details can fall into place.

Here is an example of a wedding budget. Glance at this and really work to figure out what you need for your wedding. This is a good jumping off point and included EVERYTHING we needed for our wedding. I omitted many numbers of what we actually spent for privacy purposes. For reference, we invited 350 and had 250 attend our semi-destination wedding in Southern/Central California. We did a lot of things DIY-style and our focus was on good food & lots of fun for the guests.

Person/Company/Item                    Budget                   Actual
Venue 7000 6495
Caterer 10000 ***
Photographer 4000 ***
Accommodations (including Vendors) 425 ***
Cake 2000 520
Bar Tender 500 375
Dessert Bar (Michele Chen) 525 525
Dessert Delivery 200 150
Crane Picture 700 750
Invitations ($980 invites + $300 postage) 1280 565
Save the Dates ($200 actual +$70 postage) 300 340
Favors 1000 436
Center Pieces 300 237
Dress, Shoes, Accessories 300
Alcohol 2000 1898
Suit, shoes, accessories 300
Hair, Makeup 700
Tips 300
Gifts 600
DJ 1600 1600
Candy Bar 150 270
Etc Decorations 200 ***
Bouquets/Bouts 700 ***
Leis for Parents 300 ***
Photobooth 0 (Gifted) 0 (Gifted)
Rehearsal Dinner 600
Rentals 5000 5940
Day of Coordinating 700 761
TOTAL 38680 *****