Wedding Invitations – The Flora Collection

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, Invitations, Weddings

I worked my tail off to release 3 different collections and premier my new website by the new year. It all paid off, thank you everyone for your encouragement, motivation, and critiques. I appreciate it very much!

One of my wedding collections, Flora, is inspired by flowers (obviously), nature, and all things organic. I wanted to show the softer side of invitations here while still making a statement with typography and design elements, all while using the main theme throughout each design. These items are available for order now, check it out on our website by clicking here. I can’t wait to add more to the collection as the year progresses!

The Orchid Suite is fun and whimsical, with a less is more attitude. There’s something about orchids that are so elegant and fragile, I always swoon over its beauty.

The Fall Fauna Suite was inspired by the winter and fall seasons. The organic, simple beauty of leafless trees always evokes this feeling of mystery, gratefulness, and hope.

The Cherry Blossom Suite is probably my favorite design in this collection so far. In Japan, cherry blossom trees are held very highly as the blossom season is very short. The purpose was to reflect on the gift of life and how short life can sometimes be, mirroring the blossom season. This suite in particular inspires me to live every day, really LIVE.

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He Said She Wed

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal, Weddings

You can’t even believe how ready I am to marry Charlie. We’ve been engaged long enough and as much as I don’t want the time to fly by quickly, I want to get married already!

As an avid blogger I just had to create a wedding website/blog. I was working on it for a couple months and we finally have it up! Check our site for regular updates, especially since it’s in the first phases of its design.

I can’t wait to get that blog going. It’s going to be a lot of fun to look back at it when it’s all over. :)

http://www.hesaidshewed.com

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Whitney and Dustin

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design, Weddings

Once again, I lag on posting a wedding from last year. But I absolutely have to blog about this one. It was another one of my favorite weddings.

Whitney and Dustin are so great together. Their love is beautiful, genuine, and admirable. They were such a great couple to work with. They were creative and willing to push the bar, and their Venetian theme made for really fun design!

The day started off and we were almost ready for the ceremony. Whitney’s dress was amazing. I remember going with her to try the dress on. The moment she put it on, we both knew it was the one. Now that it was tailored to her body, it was even more beautiful on her. The bodice had beautiful embroidery that was reminiscent of their garden wedding and Tuscan inspired theme.

Their ceremony was beautiful. Held at the Westlake Village Inn in their Tuscan Garden it was a  sunny day, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Whitney was glowing as she walked down the aisle.

Their reception was even more memorable. Held right down the street at Oak Park Community Center and Gardens, it was completely transformed into an evening in Venice. With a beautiful backdrop setting the stage, the venue was beautiful and romantic inside and out. Whitney’s cousin did the beautiful florals for the ceremony and reception.

My most favorite part of the evening? Their first dance. Whitney and Dustin love to dance and took classes at the community college to prepare for the day. Thanks to a master mix by their DJ, DJ Kelly, they were able to incorporate their favorite love song and get down with some swing.

Vendors to boast about:

Photographer – Mollie Jane Photography
Catering – Buca Di Beppo
DJ – A Disc Jockeys, DJ Kelly Costanza
Wedding Dress – One Night Affair
Rentals – Modern Party Rentals
Ceremony – Westlake Village Inn
Reception – Oak Park Community Center and Gardens

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D&G Wedding: At Last

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Weddings

I know I’m late on posting this. 6 months after their wedding and I’m finally writing about the famous D&G. Why do I say famous?! They had the biggest wedding I’ve planned to date. Over 300 people!

All of the clients (and later friends) I make from planning weddings is nothing short of a blessing. I have been fortunate to work with amazing people, both vendors and clients. These guys are no different. Deb, George, Charlie, and I have become friends after all their wedding planning and I couldn’t have been more lucky to meet them. You’ve got to see what kind of wedding extravaganza they had! For their take on the wedding day and all that took place, take a look at their amazing website: www.dgatlast.com

The day started off with Deb and George at separate locations: Deb being a the Mac headquarters in El Segundo and George at their hotel in Downtown LA, minutes away from their ceremony location.

The day quickly went by and here I am on the way to the Cathedral in Downtown LA to set up, drop off flowers, and get the first festivities of the day going! This Cathedral is an architectural gem, what a beautiful sight to see. It definitely takes your breath away. Their ceremony was beautiful. Seeing Deb walking down the aisle was breathtaking. I always get teary-eyed when that moment happens. I could feel the mood of the room and looking at George as he saw his soon-to-be wife walking toward him in that beautiful dress…you can just tell he didn’t want to be anywhere but in front of that alter and waiting for her to reach him.

These 2 know how to throw a party! The reception was one to remember. Nothing but eye candy everywhere you look. The CBS Studios in Studio City was the perfect setting. After the photos at the Cathedral, they made their way down the 101 freeway on their super rad double-decker bus! And yes, you heard me, I said RAD. :) With a few photo ops on the bus and all over the CBS set, these guys were anxious to get the party started! Did I mention that these guys worked the camera?!

While they took a few photo ops at other sets at the studio, the guests began to arrive and what a sight for them to see! The “New York Street” set was the setting of many shows such as CSI and Seinfeld and their out of town guests as well as the local guests were completely blown away! So many details, so many personal touches, so beautiful! Deb even wrote a song for George and used it for their same day edit.

Congratulations D&G. I’m happy to call you friends. Thank you for letting me and Daydreamer Events be a part of your wedding day!

Vendors to boast about:
Photography – Ja Tecson Photography
Videography – Red 5 Studios
Cake and Dessert – Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe
Reception Music – April Velasco Band
Catering – Pearl Oriental Restaurant
Ceremony – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles
Reception – CBS Radford Studio
Ceremony Flowers – Joji Rose
Rentals – Modern Party Rentals

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Envelopments!

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Design, Weddings

Recently, I partnered with Envelopments as another option for invitations and stationery. I have been a big fan of their items for a while now and have recently made a decision to become a dealer for them, and I’m so happy I did! I received their design studio a few weeks ago and love the way everything is laid out. The moment I received it I couldn’t help but skim through the books and all the information. I’m so excited to add them to my services.

Folks, if you haven’t seem their papers and options brace yourselves. There are so many possibilities and there’s more coming soon! I’ll be working on my own samples in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for the pictures!
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DIY: Doable or Unrealistic?

Author: Kissa  :  Category: ideas, Weddings

I always get asked this question. Since I’m a wedding planner, do I believe in Do-It-Yourself projects? Answer: ABSOLUTELY! As long as you have the time and commit to the projects. In every single wedding I’ve done, there has been some degree of DIY. Some people make their own invitations, decorations, centerpieces, linen overlays, etc. and I love that part of the planning. Not only is it a challenge, but it’s also a chance for us to get creative.

Here are some past DIY projects I’ve done with my clients:
D&G Invites. To learn more about their invites, check out my past blog post about them. Photo on right by Ja Tecson Photography.
Whitney and Dustin’s Table Card Names. They were a very hands-on couple and I loved that so much about them. We also came up with this wine bottle candelabra idea that went on every table as well as their sweetheart table to reinforce their Venetian Theme. Photos by Mollie Jane Photography.
Noel and Beverly’s Wedding Favors. Their wedding was so much fun! Not to mention, it was in Hawaii that made it that much more spectacular. Check out these cool favors they made to go with there Hawaiian wedding, complete with a personal letter to their guests and edible ground up green mints for the sand! Photo by Ja Tecson Photography.
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C_O Nuptials in the Beginning Phases

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Weddings

I told myself that since I’m more of a digital rather than paper (plus my attempts to “paperless” to do my part for the environment) I’d blog about my planning experiences for mine and Charlie’s wedding.

Charlie and I haven’t done too much wedding talk yet because the wedding is so far away (did I mention the date yet? 10/8/11) but we are talking about the things I know take a long time to get. Even though we haven’t started planning in full swing yet, it’s definitely “Commitment Central” around my family and friends. Charlie and I have been searching for a house for the past few months and are hoping to find one soon. Finding a property that we could call ours means so much to us because it’s our first real step toward our future. It’s definitely a turning point for both of our lives.
That being said, I’ve already put my wedding book together with a list of all the necessary checklists and budget sheets, I’ve hired one of my coordinators, Eder, to be my wedding planner, and I’ve started on the guest list. It’s so weird to be on the receiving end of all these documents. And I’ll be the first to admit: IT’S NOT EASY BEING A BRIDE. I’ve known that for the get-go, but I’m really starting to realize it now. As a planner, all I did was give my clients lists, guidance, advice, and ideas. I’d chat with them every week or so to check on them and help them with research. But I’ve never had to make the decisions, and do all the nitty-gritty.
Charlie is in semi-wedding mode too, he kindly designed our logo for the wedding (and I didn’t even have to ask him to). To read more about his design, check out one of my past Fancy Friday posts: Creating an Identity.
So for now, what’s on the agenda? Priority #1: House hunting. I want to be settled in by summer of 2010 so that I have time to work and start planning. Priority #2: Engagement Party. We’re planning a casual engagement party for 10/8/2010. It’ll be a nice way to get the wedding festivities going. Priority #3: Enjoy our time as an engaged couple. Enough said. :)
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Bridal Showplace, Hilton Pasadena

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Design, Weddings

In collaboration with my family’s bakery, Ninong’s Pastries and Cafe, my aunt, my mom, and I were exhibitors at the Bridal Showplace Show at the Hilton Pasadena this past Sunday. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a bridal show but this show was a lot of fun!

The weeks prior to the show were definitely hectic. On top of preparing for both booths, I was trying to not only juggle my work at the shop but also my coordinating business. My mind was racing with ideas and I really wanted to make both booths scream creativity.
The Ninong’s booth had 3 cakes that I prepared, all 3 with a different design. The first was an all white 4-tier made of fondant (left). Every other tier had a hand-ruffled pieces while the other 2 tiers were a simple fondant covering with an elegant drape going from one side to the other. Finish it off with coordinating brooches and you’re done! The second was a 3 tier ivory fondant with green accents (right). The simple piping design was meant to be elegant , not taking too much attention away from the design of the cake. To give the the cake height, I added a cylinder vase and added some battery powered candles to give it some flair. The main attraction of the booth, our brown and white brocade piece (middle). This 5-tier topped with large white gerber daisies was made of chocolate brown fondant and white royal icing to give it its bold, unique look.
I wanted to do so many things with my space. I had so many ideas and I couldn’t decide on which one to do. So, I decided to make the most of my space and do it all.
I wanted to create different tablescapes with 6 different concepts. So since I didn’t have the room to do that, I made miniatures. The first was a tropical/beach theme with a modern flair. The second was an orange and red “country” theme. The third, a vintage old rose/dark purple. Fourth – a modern/bold black, white, and green. Fifth – a simple yellow, ivory and lavender color scheme. And sixth, in the corner of my booth (but still surprisingly got lots of attention) an all while glamorous table scape filled with candles, an all white centerpiece, and beautiful flatware and dinner set that speaks for itself.
This was definitely a learning experience. Things have changed in the few years that I’ve been in the wedding business. This was the best response I’ve had at a show to date. Thank you to everyone that visited our booths! We hope you enjoyed what you saw and will be working with you soon!
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DE at Bridal Showplace – Pasadena Hilton

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Weddings

Daydreamer Events, in collaboration with Ninong’s Pastries is exhibiting at Bridal Showplace this Sunday at the Pasadena Hilton! It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like this but I’m very excited to show people what I’m about.

We’ve been running around all week preparing our booth, collecting images, buying all the odds and ends to hopefully transform our booth into a sight to see! For all those available, please come and stop by our booth (#27). We’d be oh so very happy to see you! Pictures and coverage of the show coming soon after!
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Fancy Friday: Creating an Identity

Author: Kissa  :  Category: advice, Design, Weddings

The 2 year mark has passed for Charlie and I. It’s official, we’ve set a date and have started talking about wedding/future related things. Charlie and I had a conversation last night and he told me that he’s seen me in this mode before, “wedding mode.” He says I always get this way when I start planning a wedding. Normally he doesn’t care much, he knows it’s just my job. But this time, I guess he wanted to get in wedding mode too since it’s our wedding this time. So he decided to design our logo for the wedding to get into “wedding mode” himself. Thank goodness he’s a talented graphic designer. :)

I’m not sure if it’s because I have a graphic design background, but I think it’s so important to have a logo identity or “symbol” that represents you as a couple. Why? Because not only can it be used throughout your design for the wedding, but it will give guests, family, and friends eye candy to remember you by. A well designed logo or monogram will make it easy for you to identify all aspects of your special day and tie in a design throughout the wedding. Here are some examples:

Our logo is still in development as far as color goes, but this is the final design.
Our initials (C and O) created the heart and the ring design that is the main focal point. The serif font creates the diamond on the ring and the bow tie at the bottom.
Debbie and George, my D&G couple, is a wonderful example of how you can take a concept from a logo design and use it as the running piece throughout your wedding.
Their Dolce and Gabana inspired monogram not only was a beautiful design that reflected their modern/chic style, but also gave them inspiration to use a fashion forward/hollywood theme to their wedding. Not only in their invitations and stationery but also a press wall for photo ops:
For their place cards and table numbers, they used body forms/mannequins:
And that’s just the beginning!
Here are some suggestions to a good wedding logo:
1. Think outside the box. Great design happens when you go beyond what you’ve already seen.
2. Be yourself. Let the logo speak about you and your style.
3. Don’t try too hard. Let the design come to you.
4. Don’t be afraid to play around with concepts.
5. Hire a professional. Someone that has a graphic design background can get your point across effectively.
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