Eloise's 1st Birthday

By: Chrystal Park

The advice we always give to potential clients is “hire a day-of coordinator.” I should have listened to my own advice for my own daughter’s birthday. My husband and I chose to do an In N Out themed birthday because that was the only thing I craved every week during pregnancy. We hired In N Out for the food and drinks and had help from friendors who took care of decor and set-up. Everything was going according to plan until 30minutes prior to the party, I get a call from In N Out with very unfortunate news. They couldn’t make it to the party because there was something wrong with the truck. Now, usually, I would be calm and come up with a plan b right away. But because it was a personal event, I froze. I immediately handed the phone to my husband who handled the situation with such calm and grace. Long story short, in the end, we had to send family and friends for an emergency food and beverage run while guests were already starting to arrive. Luckily, not everyone knew we had booked the truck so they didn’t know anything was wrong. But enough about what could have been a disaster, let’s talk about the amazing details!

We designed the head table and welcome area with a mix of palm and monstera leaves to give it a nice summer-tropical vibe. Rekindle Creative did an amazing job with all the floral arrangements. We mixed in some traditional Korean decor, like the dol go im’s (bean towers). According to the Chinese calendar, Eloise was born the year of the rooster. So one of the towers had an image of a rooster while the other tower said “Happy 1st Birthday” in Korean. Sara Kim, from Handmade by Sara Kim, created all the paper goods for the event and customized everything so it matches the theme. She went above and beyond and created hamburger coloring sheets for the kids, food tickets for all the guests, and created custom signs for the doljabi. Sweet n Saucy helped us create custom desserts for the party and they were amazing! Bubblemania entertained all the kids, and some parents, with indoor and outdoor bubble playtime. We opted out on doing a cake smash and attempted a burger smash instead. The kids got to take home an In N Out shirt as a party favor and the adults got to take home traditional Korean rice cakes. Diana Lee did an amazing job capturing all the beautiful details of this milestone and you would have never known about the food/beverage fiasco, if I never mentioned it. But guys, no matter how small or big of an event, have someone else in charge so you can fully enjoy the day!

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Nina and Daniel's Wedding

By: Chrystal Park

Last Fall, our team had the honor of assisting Nina and Daniel with their wedding. These two are so incredibly sweet and have the biggest hearts. Both of them have a very contagious smile and both love the Lord. If you've been following our blogs, you know one of our favorite moments is honoring of the parents. This particular wedding was very emotional when it was time for Nina to honor her parents. Nina's relationship with her dad is probably one of the closest we've ever seen. Julien captured the priceless moments when he got to walk her down the aisle, give his daughter away, and take part in dancing with his newly wedded little girl. 

Nina and Daniel got married at Nina's previous home church, Living Hope Community Church. City Flowers did a beautiful job creating a breathtaking arch, which was later then repurposed for their sweetheart table. One of our favorite Korean catering companies, Four Seasons, helped keep guests full with their multiple dishes served during cocktail hour and dinner.  Nina wanted to make sure the guests were fully fed so they ordered multiple desserts from one of our favorites, Porto's! Check out some of our favorite moments from #hohsbandandwifeyi. And yes, years later, the wedding party did the Harlem Shake. 

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Yiqian and Jerome's Engagement Session

One of our very own, Yiqian, is getting married this summer and all of us here at #teamblisssoiree are so excited and cannot wait for her big day! Yiqian and Jerome met at UCI while studying for their undergraduate degrees and serving on a campus ministry together. But it wasn't love at first site since their relationship started out as friends, then friends zone and not until years later, a rekindled friendship that turned into a their own unique love story. After dating for almost three years, Jerome finally popped the question and they are finally taking the next step and starting a new chapter in their lives together, just as God planned all along. One of the benefits of working in the wedding industry is that you get to work with all these amazing vendors. Yiqian fell in love with The Times We Have while working at Nicole and Brandon's wedding last Spring and had to book them for her own wedding! Here are some of our favorites of our girl and her fiance, Jerome. 

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