tania & jonathan – august 15, 2015

My first meeting with Tania was over coffee and scones as we discussed the details of her wedding. I also had the pleasure of meeting Tania’s mother. I had a blast working with the two of them. We had no shortage of laughs during our meetings and would often get side tracked just chatting about life. I was so pumped about their wedding at Pala Mesa Resort. This was the first time working at this venue so I couldn’t wait to see it!

As I pulled into the parking lot on their wedding day, I could hardly contain my excitement. What a beautiful spot to say I do! Not long after arriving, I got to watch Tania finish her hair and make-up and get into her wedding dress. The dress was perfect for her and she looked radiant in it. Surrounded by mountains, trees and their closest friends and family, Jonathan and Tania said “I do” and sealed their vows with a kiss.

After the ceremony, guests mingled during cocktail hour and then made their way into the tent for the reception. Some of my favorite details of their wedding were the flowers, the bride’s dress and the beautiful chandeliers hanging throughout the tent. I also love how Tania and Jonathan named their tables using all of their favorite restaurant spots. Following dinner, toasts were made and a slideshow played of pictures taken throughout their relationship. Then the fun got started as the band played and guests crowded the dance floor. At one point during the reception, Tania got on the mic and serenaded the crowd. It was ah-mazing and one of the best things I’ve seen at a wedding!

One thing that was clear throughout their wedding day, was that Tania was happy. Like soooo happy. She had the biggest smile on her face all day long and I’m pretty Jonathan was responsible for that. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of and one that I won’t soon forget!

{Tania & Jonathan – Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! I think I speak for everyone when I say that your love is contagious and the two of you together makes perfect sense. I hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Thailand and I wish you all the best as husband and wife! Congratulations!}

Thank you to the following vendors for making this day so awesome:

Photography – Amy Reams, Reams Photo

Flowers – Whimsey Florals

Band – The Moon Units

DJ – Lady Phizz

Hair & Make-up – Sarah MacLeod

Officiant – Judge Linda Marks

Cake – Cute Cakes

Venue – Pala Mesa Resort

Check out these beautiful images captured by Amy & Paul of Reams Photo.




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reflections // my baby girl

Today is November 16th – which means my baby girl turns two in exactly one month! Sigh. I can’t really fathom that she is no longer our tiny baby girl. I mean, I’ve done this before. I have a 4 year old. You would think I know about these milestones and how they totally creep up on you when you’re totally.not.ready.  It’s happening though and you better believe we are celebrating this little babe of ours and the fact that we have made it survived the past two years.

Since I’m in total party planning mode, I’ve had some time to reflect as I craft for the big celebration. My pregnancy with her was anything but easy. Physically, everything was fine – with me. However, from ten weeks pregnant, I had been told by a handful of Doctors, that there were many possible things that could be wrong with our baby girl. Trisomy 13 & 18, Down’s Syndrome, Hydrops…those were diagnoses I had become very familiar with as I did my fair share of googling from week ten to thirty. Yes, thirty weeks. It was at that appointment with the cardiologist at CHOC where I was finally given some sense of relief that everything seemed to be ok with our baby. However, it wasn’t until I held her in my arms for the first time that we truly knew she was going to be a healthy baby girl.

Although those seven months were some of the hardest in my life, I wouldn’t change a thing about them. Mainly because I grew a lot in those seven months. My faith grew stronger, my marriage grew stronger and so did many of my friendships. I also had an even deeper love for this child that God so perfectly placed in my arms. As a mother of two kids, I truly understand what it means to love someone so much it hurts. I love this baby girl of mine with all that I am. I am beyond blessed to be her Mommy and to have the opportunity to kiss her forehead everyday and tell her just how much I love her.

When I was about 35 weeks pregnant, we had maternity/family pictures taken by a good friend of mine who is a super talented photographer. These photos are so special to me because they capture such a special time in my life. I realized I never shared these pictures on my blog – mainly because I post wedding and event planning stuff. But these are just too good not to share.

Happy Birthday month to my baby girl! It’s been a wild ride these past two years. I look forward to thousands more kisses and I love you’s.

Thank you again to Candice Brooke Photography for all these beautiful images that I will cherish always.

Kathy - Love these photos so much! Candice did a great job capturing the special moments of your sweet family. We are so blessed with the 2 kids God has given you and Andrew. Xo

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party ideas // floral crown bar

So while browsing different websites and blogs for party ideas, I came across this post on Style Me Pretty. How amazing is the idea for a floral crown bar where guests can make their own little flower crown?! This would be so perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower or a little girls’ birthday party. What a great way to entertain your guests and let them get their craft on in a whole new way! I can just picture a beautiful assortment of handmade floral crowns – each with their own handcrafted arrangement of flowers. Head on over to Style Me Pretty for more details and pictures! Happy Friday!

Pictures courtesy of The Barefoot Brunettes


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jacqueline & martin – july 18, 2015

I coordinated Jacqueline’s sisters’ wedding two years ago and was so flattered when they asked me to work with them again. They are from Texas and chose to have a destination wedding at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The venue sits on the cliffs of La Jolla and is an absolutely gorgeous spot to get married.

On the morning of the wedding, we were a little concerned about the weather and if it was going to cooperate with us. On my way down to San Diego, it poured. Like lightning, thunder, windshield-wipers-on-full-speed poured. Then around 3pm, it stopped. The clouds scattered and the sun came out. Just in time for the ceremony to start. Talk about perfect timing! Jacqueline looked so beautiful as she made her way down the aisle with her father. Martin couldn’t stop smiling as he watched his bride come towards him. After exchanging rings, and saying their vows, they sealed them with a kiss.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres overlooking the ocean. Then after a gorgeous sunset, friends and family made their way upstairs for dinner and dancing. The museum’s art gallery was the perfect spot for their reception. Martin and Jacqueline chose to do food stations as opposed to a sit-down dinner – which I thought was a great idea! They also chose to have a band play and they were awesome! Some of my favorite details from the wedding were the flowers, the venue and beautiful cake. I had such a blast working with these two and was sad when the night came to an end.

{Jacqueline & Martin – What an honor it was to be able to be a part of your wedding day. I adore you both and feel so blessed to have witnessed the two of you join your lives together. I wish you both all the happiness in the world! Congratulations!}

Thank you to the following vendors for an amazing day:

Band – The Class Band

Photographer – John Newsome Photography

Hair & Make-up – Erin Luce, Unveiled Bridal Beauty

Officiant – Don Johnson

Flowers – Modern Bouquet

Cake – Twiggs Bakery

Catering – Toast Catering

Rentals - Affairs Party Rentals

Venue – Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Check out these beautiful images captured by John Newsome Photography.

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