Rustic Wedding in Trabuco Canyon - #VyvyandPat

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Client Profile: Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McNally!

Venue: Coto Valley Country Club

DJ & Lighting: McNally Enterprise

Runa & Jay Say "I Do"

Client Profile: Congratulations to Jay and Runa! 

Venue: Venue by 3 Petals in Huntington Beach, CA

DJ: Radiate Productions

Cinematography: Xposure Films

Photography: Tin Photography

Fun Fact: My clients also celebrated their 5 year dating anniversary this weekend with all of their family and close friends as well as their lovely daughter Autumn. We had an ice cream and sorbet stand for the kids and an open bar/photo booth for the rest of the guests. Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the details of that beautiful chandelier?

Here are some behind the scene photos at the evening reception:

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Le-Tiz Wedding: The Villa Westminster

Client Profile: Congratulations to my clients, Johnson and Lupita! 

Venue: The Villa in Westminster, CA

Guests: 280 guests

DJ: DJ Sergio

Fun Fact:  We started the evening cocktail hour at the Grand Salon, which was an open contemporary space where we set up the couple's photo booth, caricature stands, and two open bars. Since there were a lot of kids attending this wedding, we also set-up an a-y-c-e dessert bar that was fully stocked throughout the entire night. 

*All photos were taken by me*

 

"PhaBellas": Wedding: Hyatt Regency Hotel Orange County

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Client Profile: Congratulations to my clients, Phillip and Bella! 

Venue: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA, USA

Guests: 300 guests 

Fun Fact: Bella and I competed in the Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageants (not in the same year)

Their love story:

From Phillip's perspective... with Bella's approval.

“Let’s give this a chance for 30 days. After that, shall we connect and decide if we should continue?”

If I were to write my own romantic love story… those would most likely NOT be the words for the main character to woo over his partner’s love… Life has written us a much better story.

Bella and I were 2 ambitious young individuals. We both placed high values in our family, career and community. Our schedules were filled with separate weekly activities, 3 months plans and 1-5 years goals. Our hearts are open but our calendars rarely do. If we had never met in person, the only chance of love for people like us would probably be online - much later - when we feel that we have “made it.”

Fortunately we did not have to wait that long to meet, nor did we meet online. But that was also a major problem. We met at work. At first it was mutual admiration and respect. As we spend more time together, I sense there was something more. I see the inevitable (unspoken work place romance) conflict and did everything to avoid it. At the same time, avoidance never seemed to be our style.

This brought us to the memorable meeting. I lay everything on the table for Bella: my thoughts, feelings and worries. We considered the risks and pondered the possibilities. Option A. Option B. Option C…etc. Bella even gave me the time to go on a 6 miles run to let everything sink in (not the brightest but I’m a very lucky guy). That evening, we decided to give love a chance and Discover What’s Possible. This was the biggest risk that I have taken in my life – yet it felt right because she is worth it.

Still - being in the typical risk management fashion of insurance people, we agreed to do some risk mitigation:

“Let’s give this a chance for 30 days. After that, shall we connect and decide if we should continue?”

We are fortunate to overcome several challenges together and continuing to “renew our terms” daily for the last 4 years. We are excited to embrace this upcoming arc of our lives where we transition from Working as a Two in a Team to Living as One Loving Family. In our continual journey of Discovering What’s Possible, Bella and I are thrilled and honored for you join us on our very Special Day that marks the beginning of this new chapter."

 

 

Stephen & Christina's Wedding - Mastro's Ocean Club, Newport Beach

This month, I had the honor of MCing a wedding for Christina and Stephen at Mastro's Ocean Club in Newport Beach. Last year, I MC'ed their cousin's wedding so you can only imagine how excited I was when Christina told me they were related. We were one month out when they contacted me so we had to coordinate and arrange everything rather quickly because of our tight deadline.

Right off the bat, Christina and I clicked right away, which is something very important to me---the more connected I am to you, the more I want to serve you and I'm a firm believer in putting 110% when it comes to my client's big day. We finalized everything just in time and I decided to switch things up by rewriting my wedding script for them.

Day of: I arrived at the venue at 5:30 PM and I could not have been more impressed with Mastro's. Beachfront restaurant, 4.5-star dining experience, valet, and delightfully, champagne greetings from the staff as soon as I stepped foot into the grand entrance. I immediately reached out to the General Manager, met the entire management team, scoped out the entire restaurant, introduced myself to the parents and bridal party, checked out the speaker system, and cued my pianist Anthony.

We decided that we were going to continue to let the bridal party do a complete walk-through during the Grand Entrance and that I would later lead the Bride and Groom. This was very different than the usual line-up that I was used to but it was so fitting for the setting.

What I really loved about this particular wedding was that sometimes guests can get a bit tired from all of the activities and games, but that wasn’t the case this time around. Mastro's provides such a magnificent dining experience -seafood tower, ribeye steak, lobster tail, lobster bisque, …- I felt like everyone just enjoyed each other's company, the live music, and the romantic atmosphere. We were a little bit behind schedule but somehow magically opened the dance floor at exactly 10:00 PM as planned. And THAT is what you call perfect timing. You can only imagine my biggest sigh of relief when I saw how much fun the guests were having on the dance floor.

I got home at midnight and still felt exhilarated from all of the energy in that room. Stephen and Christina was such a pleasure to work with. They were open-minded and so easy to work with. I left feeling so proud of myself for being able to be a part of their special day

Congratulations to the MANIACI'S.