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Love Threads {shoot}

Good morning! Today we are featured on Style Me Pretty. We shot this back in May and we can now finally share with you all of its glory. We had an AH-mazing team. Our location, the Petit Ermitage Hotel really really was so fabulous in every aspect… I so recommend this insanely awesome boutique hotel to anyone visiting Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorite shots… see the feature here. 

Ceremony backdrop of layers and spools and layers of threads, ribbon, sheers, cotton, lace, and lots of buttons on the ground:

Pitbulls & Posies magic… love the sewing diagram detail, and there were lightly hand painted details brushed on to the paper. So pretty:

Pitbulls & Posies also created these yarn finger streamers for the recessional. We sure had fun tossing those…

Amazing venue with its quirky charm and eclectic details:

William Kim just shoots pure magic:

Erica crafted these lovely nail string art pieces… LOVE!

So, how perfect is this cake? Notice the subtle hue shifts of peach, ivory and blush. The texture is so detailed… I can’t get over this:

I also love the feel the scattered stock petals give… looks like popcorn:

LUSH sweetheart table with peonies & garden roses with linens, china & furniture from Melissa @ PowWow Vintage

Vintage amber and blush hued cordial glasses and vessels for our floral centerpiece set up.

Special thanks to my lovely ladies Erica Espana, Amber Moon & Laurie Mura for indulging me. Thanks to Marisa for assisting!

Venue: Petit Ermitage / Photography: William Kim Photography … hands down one of my favorite photographers in the industry… check out his site for more visual eye candy / Designer + Florals: Bunch Studio / Planner + Stylist: Erica Espana / Paper Goods: Pitbulls and Posies / Rentals: PowWow Vintage Rentals/ Cake: IBI Cake / Beauty: Kelly Zhang / Gown: Winnie Couture / Models: Todd Hughlett + Lindsey Nelson


Published in Russia

Thanks so much to Ashleigh Taylor Photography for giving us the heads up on this publication in Russia. Check out the rest of the feature on Ashleigh’s blog post here. It was quite the spread too.. I love that it’s all in Russian but our names are in English… makes me feel kinda special. Good job, team.



Hi folks! I’ve had a difficult time containing the excitement behind this post. Today I am happy to share our Lady Gaga inspired wedding shoot was featured on The Wedding Chicks! Please check it out here.

The shoot was also picked up by AMP radio, here. and Utah Bride & Groom blog, here… and Martha’s circle, here. And was mentioned on Bride Finds here. And was mentioned on a French blog (unfortunately I have yet to pass Disc 4 with Pimsleur’s French… but I gather they liked what we did)!

We dare say Lady Gaga is the current trend setter & envelope pusher of all fashion and music icons today. So why wouldn’t we be inspired to design a wedding after her? Believe me when I tell you we worked on this shoot with Gaga music on repeat ALL. DAY. It was a great time, and here are some pictures to show for it. Bunch worked on the design & florals, as well as the hair accessories (so fun!). Below, love invite with origami, damask, AND lace: the basis of our concept. For the main show, I gave the bride and guys all bouquets. For the cocktail dress, I gave everyone boutonnieres. Very a-sexual and Gaga-esque, I think.

Bubbles in our floralscape. Pink protea with feathery black tips in her bouquet.

Doesn’t this cake rock??

A table setting for Alejandro.

In honor of Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress, we had proscuitto served over tofu, with sea salt & black sesame.

A blue lined, lace overlay table setting with a white origami fabric runner. Candles and blue glass vases were all wrapped in lace. The glassware and china were so chic.

Amazing team behind this:

Ashley Taylor Photography – she shared her LOVE for Gaga with us that day, and we had no idea!

Zoie Events – rocked my world with this shoot. SO professional, prepared, the day flowed flawlessly.. EVERYONE on the set commented how organized it was.

IbiCake – SERIOUSLY!?!

Pitbulls & Posies – Darling, fresh, and innovative. LOVE. My favorite were the menus!

Susie Chhuor Make up & Hair – so fantastic to work with.

Classic Party Rentals / El Segundo

Ruche / Threadsence Jewelry / Accessories

The Anatomy of A Sparkler


Issue no. 14 of Utterly Engaged is out, and we got Editor’s Choice again this year! (Page 30) Thank you Lucia!

The design contest theme was [SNAP CRACKLE POP]. Besides rice krispies, what else comes to mind with those words? I wanted to really go a different route with it (I even half jokingly pitched molding the entire tablescape out of rice krispy treats), something not so obvious… something smart… something original… so we developed

[The Anatomy of a Sparkler]. Here is the inspiration board:

We went completely scientific, playing off metals / powders, mixes, dye, test tubes, books, glass jars, formulas… really playing on the sounds and steps it takes to get to that spark. Here are photos from D.Park Photography.

Below: Why yes, i believe it’s cake. Each place setting got a mini unfinished cake, playing on the idea of the anatomy, start, making of an element.

Really wanted to stay away from lavish lush florals, and go the simple, modest route with pin cushions, mums, dusty miller and wax flower (with their buds ever present and waiting to burst). Used some PBR to fill the cups.

our chicken scratch runner, of graph and copy paper with formulas & notes scribbled. (and a round of hang man).

i designed simple stationery to go with this new year’s party theme.

We wanted to incorporate real sparklers but those tested at a life span of 5 minutes. not cool. Overall we were really happy from concept to completion. Definitely not your everyday pretty party… we can do that too, but that’s not really why we’re here.

What do you think?

The awesome team: Ibicake, Zoie Events… and Bunch Studio. Thanks to El Segundo High. Thanks to UE!

EEPS!!! We were also the favorite of some fellow vendors! Thanks so much Enchanted Events & Design and Alders Photography!

Queenie featured once again! + other updates!


I am honored that our Queen of Hearts photoshoot is featured once again, this time on The Recycled Bride, HERE. Just in time for Valentine’s Day 🙂 I think it’s a lovely inspiration piece for such a holiday. I find myself more and more in love with these images as time passes. Thanks to the lovely AG for passing along the info, not to mention, again, the photos. ❤

Other updates –

So last night we did not win the design challenge (nor the people’s choice). 😦

i am convinced i will never win anything in my life. (stupid mega millions..)

BUT I could not have felt more like a winner because we did such a fun, creative and unique tablescape and I am so (SO) proud of my team IBICAKE & ZOIE. i love working with these girls and am happy that I get to work alongside friends, and produce amazingness. Anyway, our tablescape: I can’t wait to share pics bc the concept and scape may just knock your socks off. I wish I had a sneak peak to share, but I hate carrying cameras around. So please, be patient. :] In the meantime here are our PHOTOCUBE pics, a few of many:

(O M L)

AND, I am happy to announce that my good friend Floral Elements, along side with SoHappiTogether & OliveHuePaper won the judged contest! Nothing but love to my fellow vendors. I just met Nancy/SoHappi last night and she is really cool 🙂 Love meeting new industry friends.

This morning, I checked out some amazing photos from a previous wedding, and you ought to come back soon to check em out. You will not be sorry.

Have a lovely Thursday. The weekend is near. I need to get off the internet and clean and pack and meet and call. The cold windy potentially snowy Seattle calls this weekend. My first time. I look forward to it. Ciao.

M & N {hitched on September 4th 2010}

On September 4th 2010, I married my favorite. Many, many warm thanks to Adrienne Gunde for our wedding photos. I wanted to show some of my favorite parts of the wedding (lots of favorites from the day!) that have yet to be shared. Please enjoy!

My favoritest wedding detail shot ever, the groom holding his bride’s bouquet:

His cufflinks were original SF Muni tokens. How dashing is my husband? Below, the fellas, mustaches and all:

If you hadn’t noticed, N is mustache free… that was my one Veto as i cannot take him seriously with a mustache. However, he did leave it until the morning so he could take one with the guys. Then, off it went. I love this photo with his dad in the mirror background:

Here’s a collage of my girls (and Bride’s Best Man). What a good lookin’ bridal party, yeah? i love them all. to bits. Must add that I made all the hair pieces and necklaces 🙂

Above right: flowers repotted from my mom’s garden. She also added a little special touch, a vintage wedding cake topper… can you spot it? She is a collector (borderline hoarder) of figurines and such for her garden… I loved that she secretly slipped an appropriate one in (thank goodness it wasn’t a bunny or scarecrow).

Our nieces & nephew, sweet little awkward things:

A family tradition: wedding performances by our youngest brother Richie (with guitar on the right) and cousin Long (left, cheesin with glasses). Despite the fact that they butchered my requests (33 by pumpkins and Everything by Michael Buble), they KILLED it with American Boy by Estelle & Kanye, and Make you feel my Love by Adele. During the latter performance, there was a special dance performance by Anne, Richie’s girlfriend… it was beyond heart touching and beautiful (below right).

I was SO IN LOVE with our cake from our dear friend Laurie from IBIcake. Like, I can’t imagine any other way it could have been. I gave her a million different images of inspiration and literally was like ‘Good luck with that!’ because none of my magazine tear outs were alike. Hah, she showed me! I must also mention that it was a good as it looked… Lemon cake with fresh raspberries & buttercream, and red velvet cake. Mmmm…

This Photowall was made by my brother & cousin / bridesmaid Nina the week of the wedding. It was fun to make, and we sure took lots of polaroids with it for our guest book! The chairs are reupholstered vintage chairs, a His & Hers gift from my cousin.

This is a raw moment Right after our recessional… i love the feeling. Very ‘YAY we did it!’ … or ‘Thank god it’s over, where’s the food?’ … one of those.

In contrast, the morning of our wedding day there was the Traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony. Below left is my Ao Dai dress.. I fell in love with the fabric the moment I saw it… the teal and metallic sequins, paired with light gold contrasting pants. Super intricate and itchy…

The fellas with their red trays filled with tea, cookies, and jewelry as gifts, lined up @ Nick’s dad’s house before the procession to my mom’s, to take me away… (and yes, there’s a roast pig under there!)

How awesome is it that my mother in law and sister in law embraced our culture and wore Ao Dai’s too?

As did my ladies:



Our wedding is featured on GreenWeddingShoes today, if you haven’t already seen it!

What do you think??

The talented Adrienne Gunde also posted on her blog with lots of details to share with you all!

Happy Monday!