Kamla and Ryan: The Fort Mason Center

November 20th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Kamla and Ryan is that gorgeous couple that always makes your heart melt when you see them together. They wanted a homey setting for their wedding tucked in the urban city and instantly fell in love with the historic General’s Residence at the Fort Mason Center. Their ceremony was magical overlooking the water and Alcatraz island, under big oak trees. And I just loved Kamla’s cascading bouquet, silhouette gown and lace bridesmaids dresses. Guests were treated to two buffet options, southern BBQ in honor of the groom and Indian cuisine in honor of bride, and everyone danced the night away illuminated by the night sky. Couldn’t be more happy for such a perfect couple! Congratulations Kamla and Ryan! (more…)

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.

Cat and Aaron: Thomas Fogart Winery

September 11th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Cat and I met back in college, and she is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful person I know. I was so happy to hear when she got engaged, and when I met Aaron I knew that Cat had found the perfect match who is equally as kind and gentle. The couple chose the beautiful backdrop at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside for their wedding. They included whimsical patterns in grey, yellow and white which reflected their sense of style and personalities. My favorite touch was how they incorporated a “Better Together” theme where pairs of items are even better together than individually, resulting in details like tables named Wine & Cheese and Bees & Honey. They are the cutest couple and I’m so happy for their new life together. Congratulations my Bird and Elephant!

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Fresh New Logo

July 9th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

After months of conceptualizing and drafting, we finally have a brand new logo! We are super excited about this fresh, new logo because it really captures the essence of who we are as a wedding planning company. We also incorporated it into all our web and marketing materials so that we now have that strong brand. A BIG thanks to the amazing Cathy Olson at Love Inspired for all your patience and hard work! We couldn’t be more elated!

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

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