Thursday, November 21, 2013

sang and patrick ~ the wedding at four seasons los angeles at beverly hills

Sang & Patrick's wedding was a mixture of classic elegance along with whimsy and fun.  Their Catholic wedding ceremony at St. Brendan Catholic Church was personal and meaningful, and the bride's college friend, who became a priest, celebrated their nuptial mass.  As the guests entered the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, they were welcomed with whimsical activities such as a fingerprint guestbook and a giant Jenga!  Everyone had such a great time playing the games throughout the whole night. The lavender and white color scheme added the perfect touch of simplicity with some rustic touches of burlap and mason jars used as guest giveaways for the candy buffet.  From the whimsical decor to the innovative activities for guests, this wedding was executed with elegance and grace with touches of playfulness that matched the happy couple's personality.


Dorothy Rose Events wish Sang & Patrick more happy years to come filled with laugher and love!

event planning:  Dorothy Rose Events
ceremony venue:  St. Brendan Catholic Church
photography:  Chocolate Photography
videography:  Ken Shin Films
floral design and lighting:  Mark's Garden
macarons:  Lette Macarons
cake cup balls:  Celine's Cupcake Parlor
hair:  Yu Hair
photobooth:  Thousand Words Events
band and dj:  Alec Milstein

Saturday, December 8, 2012

rolisa ges and jonathan ~ the feature video

so excited to share this video by jigs tambong!  i totally loved working with ges and jonathan during their wedding.  they're actually the 3rd of their nursing buddies that i've worked with and seeing them felt like such a wonderful reunion.  i'm so glad to have gotten to know them all and even have gotten to be friends with them.  much love and congratulations to you guys!

Friday, October 12, 2012

location spotlight ~ majestic halls

the majestic halls in the heart of downtown la is one of the most awesome venues i've seen.  i love unique architechture and that's exactly what drew my clients to this venue.  it used to be the old bank of america and the building was the bank's headquarters from 1930-1972.  you can see all of the old structures of the bank, from its wide spanning halls with large columns to the old vaults, where you can be seated alongside during your reception.

during our site visit, we received a grand tour of the location including an awesome space in the basement.  this is where the old safety deposit boxes were housed all within another giant vault:

these large glass cases were for the safe deposit owners to "display" their heirlooms and prized possessions. 
faaaancy, huh?

this vault is now decked out with plush furniture, ready to receive guests for a club lounge vibe.  

the ceiling's ornate antique wood decor and quatrefoil detailed doors:

and the penny bar:

it's such an awesome space and i can't wait to see it lit up and decorated in december's festivities!

Monday, October 8, 2012

janice and jeff ~ save the date

don't these images just exude romance?  jetstickseven photographed and created this awesome save the date feature of janice and jeff in lake elsinore, california.  such a romantic setting is totally fitting for this beautiful couple.  and the simple details that they incorporated in their picnic just make me so excited for what she's got planned for her wedding day in december.  check out more pictures from their engagement session here.

enjoy the video!

congratulations jeff and janice!  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

wedding memories post-garage sale

we had a good garage sale this weekend.  it was an opportunity to purge and let go of some things around the house and make room for new ones.  it was also an opportunity to clean up old boxes.  in cleaning up, i discovered a bunch of old memorabilia and this is actually what takes me so long cleaning.  i tend to start walking down memory lane and peruse (slowly) through all the old material.  this weekend, i came across binders from my very first wedding clients.  it was a proud feeling knowing what i did back then and how far i've come along with my business.  even back then, i really worked hard for my clients, just as I do now.  i found binders with dozens of venues researched, because they couldn't decide on a location.  i had every place covered from orange count to  long beach all the way up to santa barbara!  and of course, along with it came a detailed spreadsheet comparing each venue's amenities, packages and prices.  i was able to select and recommend several of the vendors and it was honestly one of the most "perfect" weddings i've ever planned.

it was also sentimental to come across some stuff from my own wedding in 2007.  old wedding magazines, ideas i had that weren't used, and remnants of items that were part of our special day.  now, almost 5 years later and with a 2-year old daughter, it was fun to look back at our first big project together as a couple.  we've gone through so many "projects" now:  buying a house and selecting furnishings for it, even registering for our first baby's necessities.  and i'm proud to say that we're a good team and he's the best partner to do it with.  he definitely balances me and has a different perspective that complements mine.  sometimes, he stresses me out, but in a good way too.  :)

oh and the best part to all this:  we made some cash and more importantly, some room in the house!  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

busy making updates!

i'm up late again, this time working on my business.  i find this part of entrepreneurship more difficult.  it's definitely more fun and exciting to actually work on the event planning side of the business.  but there's a lot of planning and coordination that also goes into running your own business.  so tonight, i'm making small, but significant changes to my website.  it may seem like small updates, but it contributes to a more cohesive brand and ties my presence all together.  i'm excited to share these small updates and hopefully, you'll dig them too!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

genelle and peter ~ the rehearsal

i love this venue and i can't wait for tomorrow's beautiful wedding at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.  it's also known as the the Los Angeles Cathedral and it has so many awesome architectural highlights:

the bells:  in the past, men used long ropes to peal the ringers.  as technology improved, motors replaced those men.  and these days, these modern bells are computerized.  these bells swing as they are rung, as opposed to being static and being struck.  as the swinging bell moves towards and away from the listener, it creates a doppler effect, much as the increase and decrease in the pitch of a train's whistle as it passes an observer.  i heard these bells chime and sing today as we gathered for the rehearsal to begin.  it was such a welcoming song as we prepared for the beautiful day ahead of us.

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the cross and lantern:  one of my favorite highlights of the Cathedral is the alabaster and the cross.  one of the church wedding coordinators once told me that the alabaster was imported from italy.  it appears to glow as sunlight pours in through its slanted crossbeams.  it was its usual glorious sight today, as we rehearsed genelle and peter's ceremony.  when we began, the sun was setting and the alabaster changed colors as the sun's position changed in the sky.  in the evening, as we were wrapping up, the alabaster is illuminated from within and can be seen from a far distance in downtown los angeles.

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some fun facts!  the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels enjoys some interesting comparisons with other Cathedrals around the world (from
  • it is 1000 feet smaller than Notre Dame in paris.
  • it is 21 feet higher than the washington National Cathedral.
  • it is 32,000 square feet larger than san francisco's Grace Cathedral. 
  • it is one foot longer than St. Patrick's Cathedral in new york city.  this was not true in the original plans, but topping new york by one foot was too much fun to avoid, a little inside joke even amongst the clergy.
and of course, every good rehearsal ends with a great dinner.  tonight's dinner was held at ocean seafood down the street in chinatown.  the excited guests clinked their glasses and genelle and peter reluctantly obliged and "rehearsed" their kissing in public!  you guys are too cute!  i can't wait for tomorrow's festivities!

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