MONALISA & PAUL: THE WEDDING!

Our prayers go out to Boston and all the victims and families affected by the bombing at the marathon last week.

A marathon, to me, has really been about pushing your body to its limits and running for a cause, a purpose and for loved ones. With that being said, it really broke my heart when the news reported the bombings that occurred at the Boston marathon in last week. This was also particularly concerning for me personally because I will be heading to Washington D.C. this week to partake in the 1st Nike Women’s Half Marathon in D.C. I had sent an email the morning before the incident to all our clients that I would personally be out-of-town this coming week to participate in the marathon in D.C. After learning of the tragic news, I began contemplating whether it’d be wise to go and to run at our nation’s capital, knowing that such a catastrophic event had just occurred.

An hour after I had sent out those emails, I received numerous emails, texts and phone calls wishing me safety and extending their prayers during my time there. After much thought, prayer, and uplifting and warm emails, I came to the realization that despite all the scary and tragic things occurring around us, we shouldn’t allow those who try to instill fear in our lives dictate how we continue pursuing our aspirations and dreams.

I’m happy to say that I will still be partaking in the marathon in D.C., and am truly excited to be traveling with my good friend, seeing cherry blossoms in full bloom and eating our way through D.C.! We actually planned our days around the restaurants we will be eating. =)

On a positive note, we are very excited to share with you Monalisa and Paul’s wedding, who were wedded this past December! It was such a fun, energetic and lively wedding, and it was the first time we got to actually “play” with the color RED as the main color of the wedding.

Monalisa and Paul are both lovers of great music. Naturally, we based their winter wedding around some of their favorite great tunes. The couple truly embraced the overall look of their “Hollywood Glam” wedding with sleek black vinyl, strong reds in all the floral, cut-crystal glass and tufted white walls (behind the bar).

For the stationery, the very talented Lani Choi created a beautiful invitation suite that also included a map of “Mona and Paul’s Hollywood,” which included some of the couple’s favorite record stores to buy and listen to great music. Guests signed in on vinyl records, and desserts were custom colored by the amazing Semi-Sweet Bakery in Los Angeles. If you haven’t tried this bakery YOU MUST try their ding-a-lings. Our CCL Team is absolutely hooked on them and we are always excited when we have them at any ofour weddings.

Mona and Paul, THANK YOU a million times for allowing me to be a part of your wedding planning journey and your big day. It was so great to work with the both of you! And a BIG congrats to you both on your soon-to-be bundle of joy. Please keep in touch and whenever you are in town, please let me know so we can do dinner! Love you both!