Too Many Candles?

October 24th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Many times I find myself encouraging my clients to add more candles. I’m a big believer that you can never have too many candles. It’s no secret that candlelight is exceptionally romantic. However, in large quantities the overall effect is stunning to say the least! Turn a ceremony space into a dramatic statement even without too many flowers. Or take your average hotel ballroom to a whole new level of gorgeousness. Use candles of varying heights to create depth and interest. Hang candles from tree branches or try unique candle holders like mercury glass, mineral coasters, and glass terrariums. Just remember to check with your venue policies on candles and flame height. Have fun lighting it up!

Ceremony picture courtesy of StudioThisIs, Hanging candles from Gaba Aceves, Long reception table candles by Eric Kelley, Candles of various heights from Bridal Guide, Candelabras from Pinterest.

5 Tips for Great Wedding Photos

April 29th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the amazing photography team Kim + Phil Photography. They are the most adorable couple themselves and I’m just giddy over all their beautiful photos. I just love how their pictures “glow” and capture the joy of the wedding day so perfectly. I’ve asked them to help us with some tips on for great photographs on your wedding day. Check out all their wonderful advise.


1. Engagement Shoot
Engagement shoots are a great way to get comfortable with your photographer and the camera. Having worked with your photographer already, you’ll be firing on all cylinders when your wedding rolls around, and you won’t waste time getting acquainted.

2. Professional Makeup and Hair
You’re gorgeous already! But even the most beautiful person can benefit from professional makeup and hair. It will enhance your photos and let your photographer shoot from any angle, freeing them from worrying about retouching. Remember, Photoshop can only do so much.

3. Detail Shots
You spend months planning all the little details: the right linen color, the perfect table numbers, the most beautiful flowers.  Make sure to set aside time in your timeline before guests arrive to allow your photographer to capture these important and untouched details.

3. Wedding Planner or Coordinator
A planner is one of the best wedding investments you can make. Too often, sans coordinator, your photographer plays schedule-keeper, and that distracts their focus from you and your wedding. A planner removes those distractions from your vendors, letting them work smoothly and letting you enjoy your wedding, stress-free.

5. Relax
You hired a professional photographer for a reason. Our job is making you look even more amazing than you already are and capturing those small moments you didn’t have time to notice. Trust us. We know how to pose you and find the right light to make magic.  We love what we do and love creating heirlooms. So sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

Article and Photos Courtesy of Kim + Phil Photography

Infographic Wedding Stationary

April 10th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

One our brides this year introduced me to the wonderful world of infographics! If you are not familiar with infographics, they are graphic visual representations of information or data. And they are perfect for any wedding stationary like invitations, maps and even seating charts. You can tell the story of how you met using a timeline or flow chart. Or how about a decorative venn diagram to show the common (and uncommon) interests you have with one another. Here are some of our favorite wedding infographics that you will also swoon over.

Timeline invite courtesy of Lauren Clark Creative, Flow chart invite from Three Fifteen Design, Venn diagram invite from Oh So Beautiful Paper, Illustrated timeline invite from A Day in May, Pie chart invite from Natalia Grossner, Geneology chart from Melangerie NYC

I “Heart” Long Tables

February 19th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Over the years my love for long, rectangular banquet tables have grown more and more. Not only do long tables allow for more intimacy among guests, but they also add some edge to your wedding reception decor. On their own, they give a dramatic effect and sense of royalty to the event design but when mixed with rounds or square tables they create a unique visual effect. The lengthy surface allows for many decor options like flower arrangements of varying heights and table runners for additional color and texture. Whether your theme is vintage, modern or classic, the result is always stunning, elegant and practical.

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty (1, 5), Karen Tran Florals (2), WedLuxe (3), Belle the Magazine (4)

Glitter Snow Globe Tutorial

December 19th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

One of the reasons I love this time of the year is because I get to catch up on all the fun DIY projects that I’ve been holding off during the busy wedding season. These glitter snow globes are a great project that can be easily done all year round and used at your wedding. I chose an ornament reflective of the season but you can fill your jar with any non festive decoration that represents you as a couple. Try using different sized jars, mismatched glitter and even artificial foliage. Place them next you flower centerpiece or dessert table. Super cute!

In collaboration with Lorraine Lee from Harvesting Love Events

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