Happy Belated Anniversary, Marisa + James!

It hit me at this weekend’s wedding that it was already the end of October…  Which meant I had been so busy last week that I totally missed wishing Marisa + James a happy anniversary!!!  Of course I was at a wedding and without my laptop, so this post had to wait until after my wedding “hangover” passed yesterday in order to wish these two lovebirds a belated happy anniversary…  I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since their Harbor Island wedding.  Marisa was so lovely and they were both so full of happiness on that day…  I just can’t help but grin when I see the photos!  And when I remember James’ dad’s speech: “You’re flying out to Hawaii tomorrow… Tomorrow night you’d best get to workin’ hard! We’re behind the curve on gettin’ grandchildren!”

Of course if you visit my site or my blog regularly you might recognize this photo, but I can’t help it… It’s one of my favorites from the day.

Happy Anniversary Marisa + James!!!  Wishing you another happy love-filled year!

See Marisa + James’ wedding blog post, gallery, and review!

Marisa+James’ Harbor Island San Diego 10*22*2011 Wedding Details:

I got to work with Diane’s Flowers this past Saturday and back in March for Michelle + Dave’s wedding and am looking forward to working again with Sutography in just two weeks! 🙂

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Marisa + James’ Harbor Island San Diego Wedding 10*22*2011

I met Marisa and James one day last June.  I was immediately struck by the way James lit up when he talked about his fiance, and I remember tweeting about how I was so excited about their wedding incorporating multicultural traditions (James is half Filipino, Marisa has Jewish roots, and they planned to incorporate wedding customs from both cultures into their ceremony), and about how much I loved them already!  I also was asked (for the first, but certainly not the last!) time if I use a headpiece during weddings a la Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner!  (For the record, I don’t!)

I was thrilled a few days later when Marisa called me to tell me they’d decided to hire me!  Over the next several months, we exchanged hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, I got to know them and their chihuahua Shorty, and because she wanted well-priced chair sashes, I met the girls of Classy Covers!  I feel so lucky to have gotten to know such an incredible couple (boy, I’m lucky – like I’ve said before, my couples are like my kids…  I love them all so much!).  Marisa’s even told me that she’d love to start coordinating weddings herself because of her experience working with me (I’m hoping to have her help me out at some of my weddings this year!!!). 🙂

Marisa and James got married last October at the Sheraton Harbor Island on a breezy cool but perfectly lit day!  Seriously days like this – a bit cloudy, but with filtered sunlight – are THE BEST for gorgeous wedding photographs, and of course Holly Sutor (of Sutography, and yes, we had a good laugh that Suter and Sutor were working together!) produced some beautiful ones!

First off, the details:

Shoes, photo by Sutography

Dress, photo by Sutography

Love this necklace and the pretty shot, photo by Sutography

Invitation, photo by Sutography

Welcome sign, photo by Sutography

Simple Programs designed by Events by Elisa, photo by Sutography

Cake by Eidelweiss, photo by Sutography

Guests signed this photo mat, photo by Sutography

Escort Cards arranged lovingly by Events by Elisa intern Rachael, photo by Sutography

Beautiful bouquet by Diane's Flowers Please, photo by Sutography

Bouquets, by Diane's Flowers Please, photo by Sutography

And our beautiful bride and handsome groom, and their super-fun wedding party (so much personality!):

Beautiful Marisa, photo by Sutography

Beautiful Marisa, photo by Sutography

Handsome James, photo by Sutography

Groomsmen with Attitude! Photo by Sutography

Work it, girls! Photo by Sutography

Such a cute shot! Photo by Sutography

I love when "formals" aren't so formal! Photo by Sutography

I love this little guy!  The ring bearer, photo by Sutography

The ceremony was non-denominational, but they incorporated elements from both Filipino and Jewish cultural traditions!  What you don’t see here is that the groom was choked up as he saw his bride walking down the aisle.  I was watching from behind-the-scenes with my intern Rachael, and both of us were getting teary too!

Pretty ceremony location, photo by Sutography

Flower girl and ring bearer walking together up the aisle, photo by Sutography

Walking up the aisle! Photo by Sutography

First kiss! Photo by Sutography

Married!  Photo by Sutography

As for the beautiful ballroom reception…  The photos speak for themselves!  Pretty purple accents and elegant lines…  I love receptions that suit their space and this one does perfectly!

Ballroom reception at the Sheraton, photo by Sutography

Cake by Eidelweiss, photo by Sutography

First Dance, photo by Sutography

Garter!  Photo by Sutography

These two families knew how to have a good time!!!  Almost every guest was on the dance floor for most of the night, Cha-cha sliding and rocking out to Love Shack…  All the speeches were excellent, too, and full of love.  But hands-down the speech I will never forget was the groom’s father’s.  “You’re flying out to Hawaii tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow night you’d best get to workin’ hard! We’re behind the curve on gettin’ grandchildren!”

I can’t speak directly to his request, of course, but I do know one thing: These two are so in love that it’s contagious!

Love! Photo by Sutography

<3! Photo by Sutography

Congratulations Marisa and James!  Wishing you two a lifetime of love and happiness!  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll see more of Marisa as a part of my event team in the future!

Marisa+James’ Harbor Island San Diego 10*22*2011 Wedding Details:

Happy Anniversary Liz + Juan!

photo by Stephina Photography

One year ago this week, the day after Thanksgiving 2010, I was blessed to be able to coordinate the wedding of friends.  This is the wedding that changed my whole trajectory in life.  This is how it often happens – you’re trucking along, minding your own business, and then something happens out of the blue to make your life new.  Changed.  Better.

I’m about to confess something and I’m a little scared to.  I don’t want you to think any less of me for my unwillingness to see what I should have started doing years ago.

You see, I didn’t always want to be a wedding planner.  In fact, I was patently against it for many, many years.  I’d joke in the quiet moments of my gala planning job that I should just start doing weddings (I’d been planning events of all shapes and sizes, on a professional basis and as a volunteer, since 1998), but would always follow it up with, “But I don’t think I could deal with brides” or “I just don’t think I could go without having my weekends to relax.”  Also, I could never come up with a good name.  Seriously, that was one of my biggest excuses.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll remember that I coordinated Lynn + David’s wedding last April.  It was something I wasn’t really expecting to do, but I knew I could step in and help out because I knew how to run an event.  I loved it, but I still had a mental block against planning weddings on a professional basis.

But Liz saw the photos I’d posted on my personal Facebook of Lynn’s wedding, and asked if I’d help with her wedding planning.  I’d known Liz since high school, and had me Juan at our 10th high school reunion.  They had been engaged for a few years, but couldn’t ever quite make a wedding actually happen for one reason or another.  I agreed, and we started planning.  We planned the whole day in three months, and did all the decor and florals together (Liz is AMAZING with a bouquet!).

At the end of the day, Juan gave me a huge hug and told me that I needed to do this.  This wedding planning stuff.  And that they’d support me 100%.

Hmm.

I have to admit that the idea was intriguing to me, but that I didn’t actually make the decision to do it until the photos, taken by the amazing Tina of Stephina Photography, came back.  Then, as someone once said to me, “it hit me like a ton of bricks.”  I HAD to do this.

I HAD to be a part of the happiest day of peoples’ lives.  At the risk of sounding cheesy, it was my calling.

That very day I purchased my domain name.  I was over the idea of coming up with the most impressively creative business name.  I just wanted to plan weddings.

And now I do.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I’m so, so thankful for the ability to do what I love.  And for the couple who really kicked it off for me.  They’re still super supportive of my business, and we’re still friends.  In fact, I am so excited to visit with Liz – and her infant son Oliver, born this August – later today!  It was even through a connection with Liz that I met Desiree of Penny Blooms (who is now a good friend and design partner in addition to being a colleague).

And that whole thing about not being able to deal with brides?  Let me just say this: brides are amazing.  Brides are lovely.  So are grooms.  Couples are lovely.  I love every one of my couples like they’re my children.  I can’t believe that I was so wrong for so long about the way I’d feel planning weddings.  The only thing I don’t like is that after a couple’s wedding day I don’t get a chance to spend nearly as much time with them, or even talking to them, as I would like.  I get so close to a couple, get to experience the joy of their wedding day, and then have to let them go.  Which is incredibly hard and sad.  But incredibly amazing.  Oh, and totally worth giving up my weekends.

So I’ll conclude this extra-lengthy Thanksgiving post with a TON of beautiful photos of the gorgeous autumn-themed red, orange, purple, and yellow wedding of Liz + Juan, courtesy of Stephina Photography.  Some of these will probably look familiar if you’ve visited my website!

To begin, the dress and shoes!

photo by Stephina Photography

photo by Stephina Photography

And the gorgeous DIY bouquets, with flowers from Wholesale Flowers and Supplies San Diego!

photo by Stephina Photography

photo by Stephina Photography

photo by Stephina Photography

You know I’m a fan of adorable details.  Like the autumn fruit and vegetables and the multicolored leaves in and around the centerpieces:

photo by Stephina Photography

And these adorable miniature pumpkins I found to decorate the sweetheart table!

photo by Stephina Photography

And the adorable little touches everywhere, like photos of Liz + Juan and their “furbabies” on the escort cards.

photo by Stephina Photography

photo by Stephina Photography

Or the whimsical handmade chair decorations!

photo by Stephina Photography

Let’s not forget the pretty program I designed for them!

photo by Stephina Photography

Not to mention the delectable cake by Flour Power, decorated with autumn leaves and flowers left over from Liz’ bouquet!

photo by Stephina Photography

I have to tell you, though, that the highlight of this day was the bride and groom themselves.  They are so in love.  It’s obvious by the way they are looking at each other in this photo.

photo by Stephina Photography

They had a gorgeous bayfront ceremony.

photo by Stephina Photography

And then it was time to PARTY!

photo by Stephina Photography

I love how they got into the cake cutting!  And the cake got ONTO them!

photo by Stephina Photography

photo by Stephina Photography

SO much love.  Don’t these two just make you smile?  Their feelings for each other are impossible to mistake.

Congratulations on one amazing year of marriage, Liz + Juan!  Wishing you tons of love and happiness in the future!  Thank you SO much for everything you’ve done for me, and I’m so blessed to have worked with you! ❤

photo by Stephina Photography

P.S. Can you spot the coordinator in the picture above? 😉

Liz + Juan (11*27*2010) Wedding Details: