Kirsten and Kevin, Santa Barbara Courthouse & El Paseo Restaurant

We had the privilege to travel up North to Santa Barbara to celebrate Kirstin and Kevin’s special day. The Charming Little Event Company was thrilled to be part of this joyful celebration at such a beautiful location. The Sunken Garden … Continue reading

Audra and Vijay, Palos Verdes Private Estate

On this beautiful Friday evening in Palos Verdes The Charming Little Event Company had the unique privilege of coordinating the cultural ceremony of Audra and Vijay. What an honor it was to be witnesses to such tradition. We were first in awe of how beautiful the amazing views were at this home but more importantly the stunning attire from the guests stole your attention. The most vibrant colors permeated the scene from each outfit to the decorative décor.

After the guests took part in a traditional Pooja ceremony they enjoyed some delicious food from Manohar’s Delhi Palace. The wonderful aromas of the Indian food were inviting the guests back for seconds and thirds. After dinner what a treat it was to see the talents being displayed in the Sangeet ceremony. There was singing, dancing, instruments played all to the rhythm of love for the couple. A gorgeous evening on many levels.

Thank you Audra, Vijay and your families for the experience and for sharing your beautiful culture with The Charming Little Event Company.

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Wedding Coordinator: The Charming Little Event Company

Caterer: Manohar’s Delhi Palace

Photographer: Lisa Marie Figueroa

Rentals: Shiraz Party Rentals

Bartender: Mark Towle

Parking: Par 4 Valet

Transportation: ULC Limos

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

 

 

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

Robin & John – Featured on Style Me Pretty, California

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How awesome to have Robin & John’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!  I’m honored and super happy to know the details of this romantic, intimate and beautiful wedding were chosen to be shared on such an inspirational and gorgeous blog!  Thank you Style Me Pretty and our fab team:

Thanks to Hugh Forte and Joyce Luck and Fusion Linens and Peninsula Beverly Hills

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Who Loves Them Some Pinterest?!?

I am in love with the many uses of Pinterest.  Recipes – yep.  Organization – yep.  The latest fad in Coconut oil uses – yep.  Wedding related beauty – oh yep.

My sample pic below is from one of my favorite Pinners – Such Pretty Things – all that makes me smile!

Let’s be Pinterest friends!  Check out my newly updated boards and let me know what you think. Click here to join me!

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Here’s To A Charming New Year!

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Writing that 2012 was challenging would be a complete understatement.  However, along with those challenges came an abundance of blessings!  I feel so lucky to be doing what I love, along with the best of the best clients, vendors and our team.  It sounds like every Wedding Planner says this but I truly feel my couples are the BEST!!!  Not only working with these brides and grooms, but forming friendships that will endure.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us Plan, Design and Coordinate events with a fierce passion just like ours.  Here’s to a beautiful, blessed and happy new year.

Some 2012 highlights:

* Added Lana to our team to help with design elements and brother – she is good!

* Came back to my office space with some of the best women in the industry

* Honored to have been added to a few more venue preferred vendor lists – yay!

* Didn’t get a non-profit event that I spend the MOST hours prepping for, however, the experience gained was so beneficial that I felt as if I did get the work

* Proudly took my baby girl to first grade (I still cannot believe it). And took my baby boy to his last year of preschool before Kinder.

* Battled a scary and awful life situation for almost an entire year – thank you God for getting us all through it – and making me stronger at the end

* Worked at some of our favorite and new-to-us venues such as: Marriott Newport Beach, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Trump National Golf Club, Bella Collina

* Seriously, I have been so lucky and every day of the year had its own shareable moment.  Too bad I can’t list them all.

Happy New Year everyone!  We would love to help plan your wedding day so please e-mail or call us to get started!

Thank you Joy Ever After blog for the pretty 2013 image!