TRACY & MATT - THE WEDDING!

We had the honor to work with Tracy and Matt almost 1.5 years before their wedding, because with a busy schedule like theirs and living in a completely different state, planning a wedding would not be the easiest for two people were are in residency. The couple lived in Ohio so planning a wedding long distance may not have been easy, but the organization and thoroughness of the couple made it a cinch! During the duration of the planning we probably only saw the couple three times total, while the remainder of the time was done through email and Facetime.

We planned for a weekend event from the rehearsal dinner, welcome dinner to the wedding day that would truly encompass the couple, their love of their careers and sweets! We used the quote “You make my heart palpitate” on the couple’s custom cocktail napkins and wood stirrers, along with an escort installation that held custom packaged heart shape cookies for each guest. The escort installation was then converted to a dessert station with mini sweets all curated by the couple and created by M Cakes Sweets.

Tracy and Matt, wishing you the very best all the way from So Cal! It was such a blast to work on your wedding weekend and meet all your family and friends! Thank you so much for allowing us into your lives and heart.

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Venue: Westlake Village Inn

Photography: Esther Sun Photo

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang

Cake and Dessert: M Cakes Sweets

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals

DJ: Vox DJ

Photobooth: Splendid Photobooth

TAMI & COREY - THE WEDDING!

Being with two people whose smiles can brighten your day is exactly how it felt each time I met with Tami and Corey. Working with these two was an absolute dream and our CCL team loved everything about them and their special day.

The couple chose Calamigos Ranch in Malibu to say “I DO” in front of their family and friends, where a garden encircled the ceremony. Green Leaf Designs helped enhance the beautiful garden setting with lush floral arrangements, lots of green garland and a bed of rose petals down the aisle. The groom’s love for coconut water was definitely not overlooked, and an installation was created to hold bottled of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water for guests to sip on before the ceremony. Prior to this wedding we had not tried Harmless Harvest, but we are now hooked!

The reception took place under a tent inside the newly remodeled reception area at Calamigos where custom green leaf chandeliers were hung throughout the dining room, tall taper candles filled the tables, and table numbers of the couple’s favorite movies were hand drawn by the bride herself. She’s just full of so much talent!

Tami & Corey, I love you two! You are the sweetest people and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me into your lives and our team to plan and create your dream wedding. Can’t wait to see you two again because that positivity you have is contagious.

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Photography: Sally Pinera

Videography: Etc Productions

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang and Sherilyn Yi

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Dessert Stations: Neveux Ice Cream and Salinas Churros

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Photobooth: GC Photobooth

TAMMY & STEVEN - THE WEDDING!

When two people from different countries with a strong love for their dogs decide to get married, it is only appropriate that all these elements be placed into one big celebration. Tammy was from Canada while Steven was from Hawaii, and a destination wedding was chosen where they could bring both families and friends together in one place. They chose the beautiful property of Westlake Village Inn for their weekend celebration.

The couple chose a colorful palette of plum, lavender, grey and peach for the spring wedding. We combined the elements of the couple’s hometowns in the welcome bags to their guests, a welcome drink of Canadian Dry and Hawaiian shortbread cookies. Their invitation was custom designed by Small Paper Co. who used their dog’s silhouettes on the design on the invite, along with a custom map that showed the couple’s hometowns with dots connecting to their wedding location.

We had taken the dog’s silhouette from the invitation and had life-sized wood cut outs of the dogs made as signs throughout the wedding thanks to Letters To You! Such a great way to incorporate their fur babies with fun phrases from the couple’s countries.

For dessert, the couple had Snow Monster create custom ice cream macaron cookie sandwiches while dancing the night away until mini LA street dogs and poutine fries were served to guests as a late night snack.

Tammy and Steven, thank you so much for allowing us to help plan your big day! It was such a fun filled day with your fur babies, family and friends! We love your love for 90’s music that kept the guests on their toes all night! Congrats again and congrats on your baby girl!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Christine Farah Photography

Venue: Westlake Village Inn

Videography: Juicebox Media

Cake: King’s Hawaiian

Florist: Green Leaf Designs

Hair and Makeup: Mimica Blasco

Stationery Design: Small Paper Co.

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals

DJ: VOX DJ

Photobooth: GC Photobooth

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Dessert: Snow Monster OC

KIM & CHARLIE - THE WEDDING!

Kim and Charlie’s Malibu ranch wedding was celebrated with 180 of their closest friends and family in a romantic al fresco dinner reception catered by out absolute favorite, Hungry Bear Catering.

When we started working with Kim and Charlie, they had mentioned a few things that they absolutely wanted for their wedding: a live band because their crowd loves to dance, a lot of alcohol and delicious food. I think we captured all three with the help of vendors that made it all possible!

We wanted to definitely bring in tidbits of the couple throughout the wedding, as always. The escort installation was created and designed by our very own Gloria Yi with a custom built shelving unit that held custom mini boxed donuts and canned iced coffee for all the guests. Both items were a nod to the couple’s careers and their love for coffee. More desserts and sweets surprised the guests after dinner with freshly piped and fried hot churros and gourmet ice cream.

Kim and Charlie, every time I see photos of the two of you, or whenever you two post on social medial, my heart just flutters for you two. From the first time meeting you’ve always shown so much love to each other in the sweetest ways that truly showed how in love you both were. It inspires us all =) Thank you for entrusting Gloria and I in all your wedding planning and big day! We love you both so much and look forward to continuously seeing your love for each other grow more and more!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Valentina Glidden

Venue: Saddlerock Ranch

Videography: The Cub Team

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Dessert: Salinas Churros and Neveux Ice Cream

Rentals:  A Rental Connection

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Band: Soul Tones

Stationery Design: Mari Chang

Bar: Sunseris

DANIELLE & TIM - THE WEDDING!

Before meeting Danielle and Tim I had no idea what the movie “Finding Neverland” was about. However after meeting the couple and hearing their absolute love for the movie and the whimsical story and what they envisioned for their wedding, I knew that it was going to be a magical wedding and event for the couple and their guests.

The ceremony’s vision was to have the couple surrounded by greenery and wood stumps with candles, and that is exactly what Green Leaf Designs created for the stage setting where the couple promised their forever. The cocktail hour was all about fun facts of the couple, including an escort installation with a similar design from the invitation where “fairy dust” bottles hung that included all the couple’s HAPPY THOUGHTS. We loved everything about this wedding: the couple, the details and all the performances during the reception.

Danielle and Tim, THANK YOU a million times for allowing us to be a part of this magical adventure with you both! It was so fun working on this wedding with you both! Cheers to more adventures, Disneyland trips and lots of delicious sweets ahead.

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Sloan Photography

Venue: The Loft of Pine

Videography: Etc Productions

Catering: Jay’s Catering

Dessert: Ridges Churros  

Cake: Merely Sweets

Rentals:  Chiavari Chair Rentals

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

DJ/MC: Vox Entertainment

Stationery Design: Friend of the Bride – Janet Lee

Bar: Cocktail Concierge

SEJIN & MIKE - THE WEDDING

We always love a couple that isn’t scared to bring in lots of color into their wedding, and Sejin and Mike’s intimate Malibu mountaintop wedding was just that, adorned in colors such as shades of lavender, blush pinks, green, sage green, and gold.

Considering the couple lived in New York did the majority of their planning from afar, they entrusted our guidance to help choose the best vendors and options for their big day. The biggest decision was the venue and the couple actually booked their venue without having ever seen the location in person, but absolutely LOVED it when they first saw it during their planning trip in Southern California. Saddlerock’s Chateau Le Dome was the perfect location for all their guests who traveled from all around the world to take part in their 80 person celebration.

The overall concept of the wedding was to bring a watercolor design into the wedding with lots of colors. The couple’s custom invitations were hand drawn with watercolor and digitalized with little details of the couple, their wedding and surrounding interests. We brought on our talented #fontgirl (illustrator and hand lettering extraordinaire) to help create the details of the wedding. An escort installation with all the couple’s favorite places in the world were drawn onto a watercolor map, while escort cards were written on clear plexiglass pieces and hung from the wall. The couple listed all their favorite parks in New York for the table names and each were hand drawn on canvas with watercolor flowers to match their invitations.

It was such a beautiful wedding that overlooked the Malibu landscape along with clear skies that were filled with stars to light the dance floor.

Sejin and Mike, you took a lot of risks and trusts while planning this wedding and we are so thankful to have worked alongside you to make this destination wedding for all your guests come true! We hope to see you back in So Cal sometime soon! Congrats again and again. We love you both!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Esther Sun Photography

Venue: Saddlerock Ranch

Videography: The Cub Team

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Dessert: Pazzo Gelato

Rentals:  A Rental Connection

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Floral: Peony & Plum  

CLARA & TIM - THE WEDDING!

Clara and Tim was definitely one couple that we enjoyed working with on all the details and overall planning of their big day! I still remember my initial phone call with Clara late at night! I instantly felt like I was talking with a long-time friend.

Their June 2016 wedding was planned with so much personality and detail from the couple’s personal style and interests. The color palette of light pink, sage green, glittery gold and ivory, along with the geometric shapes, came from the bride’s personal style. The groom’s love for cars was visualized through the venue (Smog Shoppe) and escort installation that included custom air fresheners that were designed and custom cut just for the wedding.

Let’s talk about the food! The bride LOVES oysters and wanted an oyster bar for cocktail hour, which was beautifully displayed by Hungry Bear Catering, and certainly was a hit with all the guests. For dessert, the couple treated their guests to their favorite nitrogen ice cream from A La Minute, with custom flavors chosen and created for the bride and groom.

Working on the details for this wedding was a dream! The couple wanted a hanging element during the reception due to the tall ceilings and ability to actually rig from the beams, so we created custom laser cut hanging shapes that accented with greens and hung one-by-one (it was truly a bit scary to climb that ladder so many times).

Clara and Tim, more than just having the opportunity to work on your wedding, I absolutely love the friendship that came from the experience overall. You two are the most organized and courteous people and I am so thankful to have been a part of your wedding planning and day! Can’t wait for many more dinner dates to come. Congrats a million times to you both!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Ether & Smith

Venue: Smog Shoppe

Videography: David Rho

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Dessert: A La Minute

Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals

Specialty Rentals: Borrowed & Blu

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Floral: Milieu Floral Design

DJ/MC: Prokreation

Stationery Design: Small Paper Co.

Bar: Sunseris

Photobooth: GC Photobooth

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

NICOLE & ABNER - THE WEDDING!

One of the perfect views of Los Angeles and a perfectly made custom wedding gown and a couple that everyone loves so dearly are just some of the things that make Nicole and Abner’s wedding one of our favorites that ended our 2015 wedding season perfectly.

We had the honor of working with Abner’s brother a year and a month prior to Nicole and Abner’s wedding (Ivy and Aaron’s wedding can be seen here), so it was like working for our own family when it came to working on the couple’s BIG DAY.

Nicole and Abner’s simplistic and modern wedding was set atop the USC Building in DTLA in the prettiest navy, gold and blush pink palette. The couple brought in lots of details throughout the wedding that truly exemplified their personalities: Blue Bottle coffee as a nod to the groom’s hometown in San Francisco, and a prescription guest sign in to signify the bride’s career.

One of our favorite details was the bride’s custom made wedding gown by Atelier by Dawn, which was also named one of the top prettiest dressed in 2015. We posted a photo of the bride walking down the aisle with her father and immediately had several direct messages that asked where the bride purchased her dress.  The bride was a stunner in the dress, and the couple looked absolutely stunning together and on the rooftop during sunset.

Nicole and Abner, I love you both so much and cannot express how much fun it was to work on your wedding that created so many head turning details. That dress, your family and the love you two share with one another is breathtaking!

Check out these photos by our dear friend, Ruth Eileen Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events

Venue: AT&T turned USC Building turned Southpark Center

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

Catering: Patina Catering

Florist: Art with Nature

Cake: Merely Sweets

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals

Stationery Design: Small Paper Co.

Donuts & Coffee: Blue Bottle Coffee

Dessert Station: Snow Monster

Photobooth: GC Photobooths

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang

DJ: VOX DJ

 

KAILIN & ART - THE WEDDING!

Never before have I ever watched a single episode of Game of Thrones, but after meeting Kailin and Art, and knowing their absolute love for the hit T.V. show, I was bound to learn a thing or two (or 50) in a single meeting with the couple.

I knew right after I met with the couple that it was going to be a perfect match. I loved their fun personality and positive outlook on everything. The couple had a strong love for Halloween, and it wasn’t just because the groom proposed on Halloween dressed as Jack Skellington, so it was only appropriate for us to have their wedding near Halloween. The couple chose the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California for their grand setting.

We incorporated subtle hints and tidbits of Game of Thrones in their wedding details, such as a watercolor design of the iconic heart tree from the show, a ring boy banner with the phrase “Wedding is Coming,” table names with each of the houses, and a custom made “heart tree” from where guests pulled their escort cards.

My favorite part of the wedding was receiving a text from the bride the morning of the wedding saying how nervous and excited she was for the wedding that she did a happy dance. It was truly a happy day for the couple as the wed in front of their friends and family traveling in near and far.

Kailin and Art, you two are perfect for each other in every way! A year has officially gone by and I am still doing the happy dance for you guys whenever I see your wedding day photos! So thankful to have the opportunity to work with you on your big day, and become such great friends. Love you two so much and cannot wait for our overdue dinner date!

Enjoy these photos by the amazing duo, Micah and Megan!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events

Floral: The Little Branch

Venue: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Photography: Micah and Megan

Videography: Forward Motion

Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang

Stationery Design: Sugar & Fluff Design House

DJ: Battleson Entertainment

Musicians: OC Strings

Cake: King’s Hawaiian

Photobooth: Pixel Photobooth

Linens: La Tavola Linens

 

NICOLE & ROY - THE WEDDING!

Over a year ago we stepped foot onto one of the most gorgeous event venues in Southern California, which overlooked the Santa Monica mountains to watch Nicole and Roy say I DO!

Nicole and Roy hired us to plan their grand fete over a year prior to their wedding, and it was quite a journey considering the couple lived in New York and planned from afar. Regardless of distance, the two were still able to make sure to be as hands on as possible with their details for the wedding. They both absolutely LOVE food and interesting cocktails, and dreamed that to be a large part of their actual wedding. Their spread of sweets included mini desserts from Crème Caramel, custom ice cream cookie sandwiches from Snow Monster, popsicles in champagne, and cake from Merely Sweets. We joked about the guests either leaving the wedding with a sugar high or possibly very drunk.

Nicole and Roy, it’s been over a year since this grand affair! We are so happy to see all the adventures and new paths you have created in your lives. Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your big day! It was such a great one =)

Enjoy the beautiful images from The Great Romance!

The Vendor Team that made this wedding possible:

Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: The Great Romance

Videography: FonD Productions

Floral: Peony & Plum

Bar: Cocktail Academy

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Dessert: Creme Caramel and Snow Monster

Cake: Merely Sweets

Photobooth: Photobooth Supply Co.

Stationery Designer: Tiffany Hahn

DJ: James from All The Above Events

Rentals: Town & CountryBorrowed and Blu and Etablir

Calligraphy: Letters To You

Ceremony Musicians: Matt Commerce and William Yun

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Officiant: Deidra Gray-Breijo

VIVIAN CHAN X CCL WEDDINGS & EVENT

From our gal Gloria Yi:

On a Sunday afternoon our team was invited by fashion designer and owner Vivian Chan for an exclusive photoshoot to represent her Summer 2016 line, inspired by and dedicated to wedding planners. E2 Make up & Beauty did our hair and make-up to enhance and define our natural beauty. Stewart Uy Photography led and directed the photoshoot in collaboration with Vivian Chan’s team.

As wedding planners, we are creatives who appreciate the quality of details both big and small and likewise, Vivian Chan is a designer who creates every style with intentions beyond just the fabric that is cut and sewn together. Each style is comprised of details down from the very pattern of the fabric to how the garment is designed to be worn. All seasons, past and current are inspired by and celebrate a group of real women with real careers, and real personalities while embracing both their beauty and femininity.

Vivian Chan pre-selected a style from her SS16 collection for each girl to wear for the photoshoot. She explained the source of the inspiration behind her designs for the collection and how the details of the garments reflected and embodied wedding planners. For example, the custom square print on some of the styles had a knot intertwined into the pattern to reflect how wedding planners help couples “tie-the-knot.”  Her collection definitely generates positive feelings and to be able to be a part of her inspiration was simply extraordinary!

Thank you for celebrating the women in our industry! It was an honor and a privilege!

Check out the photos of our team wearing the Summer 2016 Collection from Vivian Chan! Head on over to Vivian Chan’s website to check out the new collection, along with all her other beautiful pieces by clicking HERE!

CAT & RAY - OUR #BESTWEEKEND IN KOH SAMUI, THAILAND!

**WARNING, there is a long blog post ahead so scroll to the bottom if you would like to get straight to the photos**

It has been over a year since our #bestweekendever took place in dreamy Koh Samui, Thailand.  I’ve wanted to share my experience planning our destination wedding for quite some time and now is the time! My now husband, Ray (a.k.a #tallasianguy on Instagram), and I planned to wed in front of our closest family and friends in an intimate wedding affair near where my dear aunt’s ashes were scattered at sea after she had passed away 5 years ago. He knew the importance of  me being “near” her on my  wedding day and didn’t think twice about the work, travel and challenges that would come with planning a destination wedding.

We’ve been blessed to have such close relationships with our friends for years, so planning our wedding also became planning an unforgettable vacation with our friends and family. We requested our guests to find their own flights but made sure to take good care of their transportation, rooms, and meals for the weekend once they landed on the island.

We first visited Koh Samui, Thailand with my parents (since my father lives in Bangkok) in March of 2014 to scout venues and meet vendors. After an extensive amount of researching venues I finally found the venue of our dreams on AIRBNB! We found a gorgeous villa on a private beach overlooking the ocean in Koh Samui. The villa was beyond perfect to wed and dine beach front with our guests. During the trip, we decided on the hotel that would house our guests, the restaurants our guests would dine at for two nights, the florist who would curate and style our floral, and the caterer who would satisfy the tummies of our guests. I would say that making all those decisions on one trip was pretty efficient planning. What do you think?

The remainder of the planning was done  in the U.S. with the help of our planners, Gloria Yi and Gloria Lee. They were the key to a flawless and exciting weekend with our guests. We planned 3 days of events with a welcome dinner on Thursday, elephant riding and rehearsal dinner on Friday, and to save the best for the last: the most unforgettable wedding day that I could possibly ask for on Saturday. The wedding day was absolutely perfect. I’m not going to lie and say I was worry-free because I definitely did do some worrying! Two weeks prior to the wedding, I was constantly checking the weather because the forecast suggested a rainy climate on our wedding weekend. Leading up to the pre-wedding festivities, it poured buckets and stormed like there was no tomorrow. Fortunately, God was on our side and the sun filtered through the clouds and the weather cleared up just two hours prior to the first group of guests arrival. The remainder of the weekend was filled with clear skies and blue waters.

As a wedding planner, I am always a teensy bit emotional at every wedding. A sweet set ofvows, an emotional first look or even the sight of a father-daughter dance will definitely tug at my heart strings. However, my wedding day was a flood gate of tears from the moment my hubby and I opened our eyes and prayed together to start the day. These tears continued to pour out generously when my girlfriends came to do my hair and makeup, when my friends gave their speeches and even when the fireworks lit up the sky to brighten the night once more in celebration of our wedding day. It was just a day of ugly crying all around. Do I regret it? Not one bit.

Having 75 guests at the wedding was the perfect number for us. Because we have a close relationship with each person who was at our wedding, we wanted to ensure that everyone was somehow involved over the entire wedding weekend. The wedding day was not just about us, but it was about everyone who came to celebrate with us from the U.S.

My girlfriends did my hair and makeup, the person who introduced Ray and I officiated the wedding, our childhood friend emceed the reception, my former client-turned-dear-friend prayed over the ceremony, and the individuals who knew us best gave speeches over the past three days. Our photographer and videographer were also close friends who came along with us to capture the unforgettable weekend.

I probably could go on and on about all the amazing memories I had but I should probably stop somewhere so I think I will end on a note with some tips and advice in combination with my favorite moments of the wedding day:

Favorite Moments:

1. Getting ready in the morning with my 8 girlfriends, some who have known me for 25 years: One of my friends who was unable to attend the wedding had written a letter for someone to read to me that morning. It was horrible because my makeup was a mess after, but the emotions I felt while sitting/ standing together in a circle after hearing the message my friend read will be a memory I will cherish forever.

2. The first step I took walking down the aisle: I had seen that platform empty many times before but it was different on the wedding day. The moment I stepped down the platform on and saw all of our friends and family standing there, I realized how loved we are. (I tear up writing about this just thinking about that moment again!)

3. The fireworks: Something about the fireworks were magical. It was the perfect ending to the reception dinner before the dancing commenced. The song we chose, “This is the New Year” by A Great Big World was perfect and blasted over the speakers bringing light and optimism to the new year that had just begun.

My advice as a bride/planner for those who are planning a destination wedding:

1. Don’t try to plan a destination wedding alone. I have helped clients plan destination weddings in Puglia and Venice, Italy and know the importance of trusting others to help you run the show. I was blessed to have two of the girls in our company come along on the journey. They were absolutely amazing and worked well by adapting to oncoming changes and meeting all the guests. I honestly didn’t have to worry about a thing on the wedding day and made sure to trust in God and our team.

2. Arrive early to your destination. We actually traveled to Bangkok, Thailand two weeks prior to the wedding and it was THE BEST! We had the lovely opportunity to not only welcome many of our guests to the country but had a chance to explore the country and take care of some last minute errands. Some unforgettable days and nights were made during those two weeks =)

3. When guests are traveling great distances for you, be sure to make them feel special: These are probably the closest people in your lives that know you as well as you know them. We sent out many emails to our guests such as a roster of all the attending guests with their Instagram handles and a map of the hotel property the guests were housed at. We created custom pin buttons with quirky nicknames for each guest to wear to stir conversation among one another. We also wrote a letter to each guest and placed it in the welcome back they would receive upon arrival to their room. We wanted everyone to know how HAPPY we were to have them be a part of our wedding weekend!

It was absolutely the best weekend ever. We miss every moment about that weekend every single day and are so thankful for the love all of our guests showed us through attending our wedding/sharing an unforgettable vacation. Would I highly suggest a destination wedding? Absolutely!

If you are considering a destination wedding and would like guidance, please feel free to contact me to chat!

Here are some of the many photos captured by our dear friend and photographer Christine Farah.

The TEAM that made OUR wedding possible:

Wedding Planning and Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events – Gloria Yi and Gloria Lee

Photography: Christine Farah Photography

Videography: Studio 205 Films

Hair and Makeup: Friends of the Bride

Officiant: Friend of the Couple

Flowers: OK Samui

Catering: Toast Catering, Samui

Accommodations: The Sea Samui

Wedding Venue: Villa Riva

Fireworks: The Firework Shop Samui

Favors/ Table Seating: Krazy Straws

Invitation Design: Small Paper Co.

Hand Lettering:  Skye Cho

Bridal Dress: Watters

Wedding Party Gifts: Avarcus

Groom’s Suit: J Crew Men

MICHELLE & KEVIN - THE WEDDING

Talk about an international affair!  Michelle and Kevin had friends and family fly in from all over the world for an outdoor summer wedding at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The couple chose a clean and classic color palette with white, gold and black as their primary colors. Peony red mainly came into play with the lush floral from Honey and Poppies.

We had the great honor of working with Michelle’s sister the previous year on their #weekendbash so we knew Michelle and Kevin’s wedding was going to be a great party! The couple wanted to make sure the bar was the focal point so they had a light up sign reading the word “DRINKS” at the bar. The CCL team built a custom escort card installation reading a famous line from Blake Shelton’s song — “You’ll be my glass of wine and I’ll be your shot of whiskey.” Custom whiskey and wine glasses etched with the couple’s logo were displayed on gold shelves in front of the installation.

At the guest message station, guests gave their input on coming up with names for the couple’s future children by incorporating their last name “Wang.” They were then invited into the cobblestone courtyard lit with market lights for live music, dinner and dancing! The phrase “Shut up and Dance” set the mood on the dance floor. Guests danced the night away on the dance floor with a vinyl reading “Shut Up and Dance” to a live band also performing “Shut up and Dance.”

It was a fun affair that included spontaneous, but heartfelt speeches, custom ice cream cookie sandwiches and lots of light up swag for the guests to wear and dance the night away!

Enjoy these shots from Christine Farah Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Christine Farah Photography

Videography: Komotion

Stationery Design: Small Paper Co.

Floral: Honey & Poppies

Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang

Catering: Whoa Nelly Catering

Rentals: Town & Country

Dessert: Chunk N’ Chip

Photobooth: Super Slo Mo Booth

Band: Downbeat LA

Hand Lettering: Skye Cho

MONICA & SEAN - THE WEDDING!

An outdoor venue, twinkling lights, the perfect weather and an abundant love surrounding the couple, more than enough to warm our hearts — what more could you possibly ask for? Monica and Sean’s June 2015 wedding at Saddlerock Ranch was simply beautiful. The bride chose her color palette to be neutral shades of ivory, cream, nude and gold with pops of magenta. Green Leaf Designs did not fail to deliver this color ratio perfectly!

The ceremony took place under a lush archway with greenery and pops of beautiful and bold magenta with a large giraffe overseeing the ceremony from the side (did you know that Stanley the Giraffe from Hangover II is housed at the venue?). Guests noshed on appetizers from Whoa Nelly Catering and sipped wine from Saddlerock’s very own winery. The couple’s escort cards were kraft paper journals stamped with the couple’s favorite phrase on the first page of every journal. The journals were placed on a custom dark-wood stained wall and each held an escort card and a sprig of greenery wrapped in gold twine.

Guests dined beneath the twinkling lights hanging from the trees and danced to a live band before enjoying hot churros and freshly scooped ice cream! It was certainly a memorable affair with great company and amazing food.

Monica and Sean, seeing how much love both your families have for you absolutely melted my heart. It truly looks like you guys are one big family all along. Thank you for allowing CCL to be a part of the magic and witness your special day. Love you both!

Enjoy the photos from Wildflower Photography!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

VenueSaddlerock Ranch

Wedding Planning and DesignCCL Weddings & Events

Catering: Whoa Nelly Catering

Dessert: Salinas Churros

Dessert: Neveux Ice Cream

Hair and Makeup: Studio MM&B

Floral: Green Leaf Designs

Cake: Whoa Nelly Catering

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

PhotoboothGC Photobooths

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Stationery Design: Mari Chang

Band: Downbeat LA

JOANN & ERIC - THE WEDDING!

On August 8. 2015, we had the great pleasure of working with Joann, a bride with a smile that lights up the room and Eric, a groom with a charismatic heart and a love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The wedding took place at 440 Seaton in Downtown Los Angeles. We were enthused to take on the challenge to transform the large warehouse space to create an intimate feel for 300 guests. With the help of our amazing vendors, warm lighting, plenty of draping and tons of fun detail, Joann and Eric’s wedding was one for the books!

The couple’s wedding was also featured recently on Style Me Pretty California! Check it out right HERE.

The couple’s palette was simple with neutral shades of ivory and cream, touches of gold and pops of deep red. Red was mainly used in the beautifully arranged floral and the absolutely dreamy arch by Emblem Floral Design. Guests entered the main room from the streets and were welcomed by a wall with a phrase that began their journey for the evening “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Once the couple said their “I dos,” guests were ushered into two areas in the cocktail reception to munch on appetizers from Hungry Bear Catering and sip non-stop at the open bar from Sunseris. The couple also decided to partake in a Korean bowing ceremony during cocktail hour. Valentina Glidden took some of the most stunning photos of this traditional Korean ceremony I have ever seen! We absolutely love when couples embrace their culture and honor their parents in this simple, but absolutely sweet ceremony.

The couple’s love for the DODGERS was unforgettable and was infused into a custom escort installation with “baseball tickets” placed on plexi trays filled with peanuts, cracker jacks, baseballs and a phrase the couple chose by the ever-so-famous Yogi Berra.

A live band welcomed the guests as they entered the reception hall filled with long family-style reception tables for a memorable dinner that many guests have said was one of the best meals at a wedding they’ve had. After dinner,  a dessert room was set-up with two of the couple’s favorite sweets from Disneyland — beignets and dole whip! It was only fitting for us to create a special vinyl for the floor reading “Watch Me Whip” and “Watch Me Nae Nae.” The vinyls were placed on the floor with foot prints that copied the dance moves from once station to the other.

Joann and Eric, working with you two is such a blessing. I can’t even begin to put into words how much fun I had with your wedding and the two of you. Being around the two of you is always filled with so much laughter and joy! I will never forget Joann’s happy dance at the food tasting. Love you both to pieces!

Enjoy these gorgeous photos by Valentina Glidden!

The TEAM that made this wedding possible:

Venue: 440 Seaton

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events

Photography: Valentina Glidden

Videography: Cloud Nine Cinematography

Hair and Makeup: Studio MM&B

Catering: Hungry Bear Catering

Rentals: Town & Country

Floral: Emblem Floral Design

Stationery: Small Paper Co.

Band: Downbeat LA

Cake: M Cakes Sweets

Dole Whip: Hula Girls Shave Ice

Beignets: Beignet Truck

Photobooth: GC Photobooth

Bar: Sunseris

Neon Heart: Modest Peach