Just a Spoonful of Whimsy

February 3rd, 2015 by Karen Pan | Comment

With so many couples getting ready to say “I Do” this upcoming wedding season, we thought we’d visit a topic often overlooked: adding whimsy to your wedding style. Whimsy simply means fun. A small dose of playfulness to your wedding will bring smiles to your guests and leave that ever-lasting impression. It can be a fun poem read during the ceremony, a surprise dance at the reception or a taco truck for a late night snack. These whimsical details should be something that makes you smile as a couple and capture who you are. Do you share a special pet? Do you love board games? Are you foodies? In fact, food offers easy and great ways where you can add some whimsy to your wedding. Here are some fun ideas:

Pictures of churros courtesy of 100 Layer Cake, picture of boba drinks from Meg Perotti Photography in collaboration with New Sunrise Events, pictures of flower popsicles from Marla Meridith, picture of milk and cookies from Wedding Chicks


Tammi and Mike’s Wedding: Villa Montalvo

November 12th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’ve been blessed with the most amazing couples this year. One couple very dear to my heart is Tammi and Mike. They hired me after only a couple phone conversations and it was the perfect match. The couple chose to have their wedding at the magnificent Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. They wanted an intimate, fun gathering and chose bright shades of orange and blue to set the tone. The highlight of the day was when the couple rumbled in on Mike’s dad’s Shelby Cobra for their grand entrance and made their way up the Villa staircase. And I’ve never seen a couple more intentional about spending time with each of their guest. Their love for each other, life and all their family and friends was infectious! I feel truly blessed to be a part of it all. Congratulations Tammi and Mike! (more…)

Anna and Jeffrey’s Engagement Photos

September 16th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

I can’t believe that the first time when I met Anna and Jeffrey I was still very pregnant with a big belly. I remember how excited they were I told them that I was having twin boys and how we shared the dream of starting of own little basketball team. Fast forward almost one year now and we are about to celebrate their wedding day! Anna and Jeffrey are the sweetest, most thoughtful couple and I can’t tell you how excited I am for their big day. They have an amazing team of vendors including one of my favorite Bay Area photographers Hannah Suh Photography who captured these beautiful engagement photos at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Congratulations Anna and Jeffrey! It’s going to be an amazing day!

Photos courtesy of Hannah Suh Photography

Expanding the Color Palette

September 4th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

When I meet a couple for the first time, they usually have specific colors in mind already for their wedding day. However, I’ve noticed that many couples are trapped thinking that they can only have two colors for their wedding day. They don’t realize that when you expand the wedding palette having three, four or even five color combinations it actually brings more elegance, uniformity and awe to their wedding. When choosing the right color palette, it helps to start with a picture that captures you. Think about the different tones and what emotions the colors evoke. Identify one or two leading colors and from there you can expand the palette. Bright shades should be used more sparingly for greater impact while neutrals like cream, taupe and can add depth. Remember to take into account the colors at your venue and to select a palette that compliments the space. If you are unsure of your color combination, The Perfect Palette is a great resource where you can find palettes and mood boards for any color. Your wedding planner can also provide you great feedback and ideas. So have fun and see what color can do!

Pictures of place setting and dress courtesy of Bridal Musings, peach picture courtesy of Society Bride

10 Tips for Wedding Day Beauty

June 4th, 2014 by Karen Pan | Comment

I can’t believe it’s already June. Summer is just around the corner and I’m officially back from a long maternity leave. It’s been such a sweet time with my family and I thank everyone for all their love, support and patience during this time. I’ve had this article in my back pocket for awhile but I think it’s perfect right now as the wedding season is revving up. I’ve asked my dear friend and favorite makeup artist Aimee Lam from Aimee Makeup Artistry to help us with her top tips for wedding day beauty. These are great suggestions and many are great for our every day beauty regimen. Thanks again Aimee!


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