Kelly and Alvand, Portofino Hotel

We love doing weddings at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach.  The warm summer’s night & July sunset was simply stunning and the perfect setting for Kelly and Alvand’s wedding ceremony. Guests were greeted by a beautiful mirror that listed the entire bridal party in custom handwriting that was used throughout the reception.

When you think of a beach wedding Kelly and Alvand’s fall right into line with it’s nautical theme and cool colors. The magenta pop of color gave a modern twist to the beach theme. From lantern centerpieces to sand and sea shell candle holders the bride and groom felt as if they were on their own private beach. There was no corner left unturned during the reception. The details and accents complimented the theme and guests as they went for the candy bar or out on the patio for a sunset view over the marina.

Congratulations to Kelly and Alvand. We wish you a lifetime of happiness and we thank you for letting us share in your special day.

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The Vendor Team:

Wedding Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co. charmingevent.com

Venue: Portofino Redondo Beach

Photographer:  Erica Mendenhall Photography

Hair Stylist: Kat Laskey

Music: DJ Baroud

Lighting: Dashing Events

Floral Designer: Flowers By Laurel

Officiant: Great Officiants

Photo Booth Equipment: Photo Booth Pro

Cake: Torrance Bakery

AJ and Kelly, Harborside Restaurant

What a beautiful October wedding we were privileged to be a part of today. AJ and Kelly had a beautiful reception at the Harborside Restaurant in Newport Beach or better known as historic Downtown Balboa Island. The Grand Ballroom sits atop the restaurant overlooking stunning views of the bay. The Nautical throwback theme of this wedding made you feel as if you were stepping back in time. The blue and white theme with the stunning pop of yellow color from the sunflowers gave a refreshing feeling to the nautical them and all in attendance. I love that the cake table gave honor to all the family members present and passed on. What a wonderful way to pay respect to those no longer with us. From the Balboa Bar table to the rustic downtown photos and sea lion guests in attendance this was a wedding we will never forget. Congratulations to AJ and Kelly. We were honored to help with your special day. May you ride the waves of happiness into eternity.   AJ+K_1441AJ+K_1538AJ+K_1252AJ+K_1253AJ+K_1778AJ+K_1237AJ+K_1236AJ+K_1240AJ+K_1245AJ K_2332AJ+K_1262AJ+K_1448AJ+K_1286AJ+K_1518The Vendor Team: Wedding Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co. charmingevent.com Venue: Harborside Newport Beach harborside-pavillion.com Photographer: GPT Photography gptphotograhy.blogspot.com DJ: Ovation Entertainment ovationcelebrations.com Florist: Merci Bouquet mercibouquet.com Paper Goods: Li’K Designs li-kdesigns.com

Amy & Brian – Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Happy Sunday everyone!  Yesterday marked our first wedding of 2015 and we were so excited to help coordinate for our amazing and sweet couple.  Today though I want to share one of the most beautiful 2014 weddings we have seen and helped put together at Bowers Museum!  Amy and Brian’s wedding was simple yet elegant and so pretty with shades of blush pink, ivory, white and greens to compliment the Museum’s lush garden grounds.  I am so glad to have had the chance to help Amy & Brian with their summer wedding last year and I wish you both the very best!

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The Team:

Venue: Bowers Museum

Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co.

Photographer: Trau Con & Peter Park

DJ: Extreme DJ

Florist: Pheobo Bui

Hair & Make-up: Flaweless Faces

Liz & Wanis, Orange Hill Restaurant

So excited to share pictures with you from Liz & Wanis’ wedding at the beautiful Orange Hill Restaurant.  I loved working with Hoffmann Photographer again, and the other great vendors that made this event come together so flawlessly.  The couple’s bold, black & red details were gorgeous along with the venue’s amazing view of the city and skyline.  My favorite was the tall, silver candelabras in the middle of the tables, adorned with pretty red roses and glowing candles – completely transformed the room.  I was thrilled to help Liz’s mom with the day’s details, and “work” with such a fun and loving family.

Congratulations Liz & Wanis!

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The Charming Vendor Team

Wedding Coordinator: The Charming Little Event Co. Michelle Tortuya

Venue: Orange Hill Restaurant

Photography: Hoffmann Photographer

DJ: Elegant Music

Florist: Reher’s Florist

Rentals: Baker

Cake: Sweet Traders

Photo Booth: LA Photo Booth

Paper Never Looked So Good!

As a girl wearing many hats at many times, I am so happy when a product and company comes along to make things easier for me. Easy, crafty and pretty – my kind of stuff! I’m browsing the beautiful paper lovelies at Minted and my wish list is growing by the second. Here are some of my favs:

Children’s Stationary

These adorable, customized (choose design, shape, style) paper products will keep my kiddos happy when writing.  My daughter loves to write lists, notes, and anything else she can come up with.  With Minted’s many options to choose from, she can get matching thank you cards, personalized stationary and envelopes.  So cool!  I’m a true believer in the lost art of the hand written note.  Since my children were able, I would have them at least draw a picture or write their name on a thank you card for any gifts received during birthdays and holidays.  Now, my daughter can fill out her own thank you cards and she truly enjoys it.  What a great way to keep that tradition going – using quality paper goods that make it more enjoyable.

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Mommy Calling Cards

Hello indeed!  How awesome are these handy dandy and utterly fantastic calling cards?  Completely useful when trying to arrange the playdates and meetings throughout the school year.  Clever and cute and definitely on my wish list!

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Minibook Save The Dates

Minibooks, it is truly like having a personalized website in your hands!  I love this idea and product.  Such a great way to share just a few important details about the big day.  Lots of designs to chose from and some coordinating products too.  This would be your guest’s first glimpse of what’s to come on your wedding day, so it definitely makes a statement!

 

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Kid’s Birthday Postcards

I really, really like getting cards in the mail, especially invitations.  I know on-line invitations sites are super convenient and easy and cheap and all of that and I get it!  I use it myself sometimes but for certain events, the E-Invitation system just doesn’t cut it.  On the other hand, pricey and difficult to make paper invitations are sometimes not the preferred choice either, so I was joyed to see these fabulous birthday postcards.  A perfect option when you want to send something in the mail that is stylish, affordable and fun.  Look at the back of the card – I love it!

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There are so many more goodies over at Minted that deserve taking a look – party decor, photo backdrops, cake plates, gifts, seasonal items and lots more.  Enjoy!

Rania & Dan at The Portofino Hotel Redondo Beach

Look at these two gorgeous people! Not only beautiful on the outside, but the most amazing personalities to match.  I was lucky to have Rania, Dan, their families & friends as clients and posting this reminds me that I must plan a coffee date with Rania soon to catch up!

The details were full of glam and bling – I cannot get enough of that – elegant, fancy and timeless, it all worked together so nicely in such a fabulous venue – One of our favs – The Portofino Hotel.  Thanks to a Picture Life for these pretty pics!  Congratulations Rania & Dan – it was an honor to help you with your big day details!

 

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Vendor team:

Wedding coordination: The Charming Little Event Co.

Photography: A Picture Life

Venue: The Portofino Hotel 

Florist: Flower Allie

Music: Excellent Entertainment

Videographer: Studio West

Officiant: You May Kiss The Bride

 

 

Colleen & Donny – Nixon Library

Such a fun and creative day for Colleen & Donny’s West Coast Reception at the Nixon Library!  Colleen called me and wanted help planning her 2nd reception for her and Donny’s West Coast family and friends.  They live on the East Coast and had a beautiful wedding and reception in New York and wanted to celebrate here with more of their loved ones.

This awesome pair had a theme in mind – Campaign/Running Mates/Red, White & Blue – and wanted to bring it all together on their special day by using things such as signs, campaign buttons and stickers, bold and big balloons in red/white/blue and much more.  Colleen did an amazing job putting together all the pieces and making the venue look elegant, stylish and fun!

Thanks to Colleen & Donny for being such a great couple to work with and celebrate with – congrats to you both!!

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Rock On Vendor Team:

Planning Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co.

Venue: Nixon Library

Catering: White House

Photographer: A + L Photo

Videographer: White Rose Production

DJ: Visions Entertainment

Florist: Reher’s Florist

Officiant: You May Kiss The Bride/Greg Mohr

Cake: Sweet Traders

Hair & Make-up: Betsy DiFrancesca

Daniel & Vanessa – Dana Point

Could we have asked for a bluer sky or more fabulous weather in Dana Point in July?? What a perfect day for Daniel & Vanessa’s, super intimate and beautiful wedding ceremony!  The couple, along with about 50 of their closest friends and family members enjoyed the ocean-view ceremony and reception.

I loved, loved, loved the couple’s choice of footwear (see pic below!), attire, minimalist decor and their planning ease during the months and weeks leading up to the big day.  The focus was absolutely on the celebration of their marriage among loved ones.  Congratulations Daniel & Vanessa!  I am so happy to have helped you both and I wish you the best!

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Vendor Team

Venue: Dana Point Lantern Bay Park

Photographer: Memories by Tanya

Coordination and Planning: The Charming Little Event. Co.

Florals: Reher’s Flowers

Transportation: VIP Limo

Reception: Private home

Holly & Josh – Wedding

2013 started off the right way! The CLEC team was honored to help coordinate the wedding of Holly and Josh in April of this year at the Doubletree Anaheim. Tia, Holly’s sister, was the first to contact me about the wedding day details and I met with her and their mom and I could see how excited they were for their sister/daughter and how much time they had put into choosing just the right details for her and Josh’s day.

Just check out the shoe bling and the cake detail and the florals!  Oh the beauty of it all…Captured by Lindsey Cahill, who was so awesome to work with!


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Vendor Team – Rock on:

Venue: Doubletree Anaheim

Photography: Lindsey Cahill

Coordination: The Charming Little Event Co.

Florals/Linens/Decor: Lifetime Weddings & Events

DJ: Fly By Night Dj’s

Photobooth: Friar Tux Photo Booth

Alison & Brent – Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano

There are some weddings that we, as a team at CLEC, just do not want to stop working on!  Of course, we are thrilled to pieces when the day comes and we see all of the beautiful details come together, but we love our couples so much that it is sad to not see or hear from them like we used to!

Alison and Brent hired us over a year before their wedding day at Serra Plaza so we got to be there every step of the planning & designing way for these two.  This couple is real and awesome and so great together.  Not only are they beautiful on the outside, but they were a dream to work with – open to ideas, great taste and wanted the focus on their marriage, with some fab details here and there :)

I am truly honored to have helped Alison and Brent with their wedding day gorgeousness! Huge thanks to Smetona Photo for the fabulous photos and the fun we had on the wedding day! This was our first time working at Serra Plaza and I cannot wait for the next! The space is great – tons of character, flowing spaces, lots of items on-site to use for decor and their team is so nice.

Congratulations Alison & Brent!  Lana and I miss you already!  xoxoxo

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Thank you to our fabulous vendor team:

Venue: Serra Plaza

Planning/Design/Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company – Lana and Michelle

Officiant: You May Kiss The Bride

Florals: Greenleaf Designs

Photography: Smetona Photography

DJ: NYC-DJs

Photobooth: Photo Booth Pro

Hair and Make-up: Design Visage

Transportation: VIP Limousine

Table Rentals: Baker Party Rentals