Sakura and Gelston: September 11, 2010

December 17th, 2010 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’m so excited to finally share this wedding with you! This past year, I had the pleasure of helping Sakura and Gelston plan and design their entire wedding. After months and months of planning, every detail of their wedding became so personal to me. The lovely couple envisioned an elegant, traditional and intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. We chose the magnificent Kohl Mansion in Burlingame as their backdrop and incorporated a palette of blush pink, soft violet and cream to set the tone for a romantic evening. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese and we scattered this motif throughout their decor. The guests danced through the night to a live jazz band that resembled the Ella Fitzgerald era. The highlight was a surprise by Sakura’s mom who performed a Japanese dance for the couple in a stunning traditional attire. The day was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful couple to celebrate it with! Congratulations or in Japanese, Omedetou, you love birds!

Photography: Bret Cole Photography

Wedding Coordinator: New Sunrise Events (Bay Area Wedding and Event Planning)

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Kohl Mansion in Burlingame

Flowers: Sharla Flock Designs

Catering: Le Papillon Catering

Cake: Studio Cake Design

Make-up & Hair: Hello Pretty Me

Ceremony music: Altair Trio

Live Band: Ever Music Group

Stationary: Cards de Luxe


  1. Susanne Wong
    10:12 pm on January 14th, 2011

    Love seeing all the details come together for this wedding. I can definitely see the intimacy on the wedding day. Love Sakura gown too! Great job, Karen!

  2. Karen Pan
    9:53 am on January 15th, 2011

    Thanks Susanne! I love her dress too. I helped her pick it out that day we met with you and when I saw it on her, I was like “This is it!” Thank so much for all your help with this wedding! You’re awesome!