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CARONDELET HOUSE


LOS ANGELES

We adore this love story from our beautiful Bride, Ashley...

Jung and I met over a dating app called coffee meets bagel. I really only went on it so my mom would get off of my back! What drew me to my husband is the way he started our conversation. Usually people ask you how you’re doing or where you’re from. But Jung opened with “I really like your name” which I loved. Our proposal: It was a Friday night and I was coming home late after teaching a music class. I was talking to Jung on the phone on my way home and he told me he was at my house. When I opened my door I was taken back a bit because all of the lights were off except the room was filled with candles and roses. My pomeranian, Moka, came towards me and he was wearing a backpack. As I opened the backpack, Jung came out and he got down on one knee and popped the question. He was so nervous he almost put the ring on the wrong finger!

I’ve always been a girly girl. I loved the color pink! For my wedding, I loved the blush/Indian pink color. I wanted a simple wedding, but I gravitated towards a romantic/elegant look. Because I’m a teacher and I teach on the side, I was super busy. My husband was too. We knew it would be impossible to plan a wedding without a planner. I finalized the details over my two-week Christmas break. Grace and Dana (my florist) were amazing. I could tell they were truly invested in my wedding. Planning and designing in the short time we gave them was hard, but? they made it happen.

I’ve heard that on your wedding day you don’t get to eat or enjoy your day at all. So I made it my mission to eat and enjoy the day no matter what. I mean, how often do you get to throw a huge beautiful party to celebrate yourself with family and friends? Everything was perfect. A few special moments I want to highlight are: Spending time with my family and friends. I have 6 aunts and 5 of them were able to attend my wedding. Three of them flew from South Korea to attend my wedding. My 85 year old grandma also came from Korea just for the wedding. The time spent with my family and friends, that was magical. Grace and Dana (my florist) surprised me by going above and beyond for the design of backdrop of my reception site. They covered the entire wall with florals, and it looked amazing. My childhood best friend Angela is a pastry chef. She flew all the way from Orlando with all of her materials and ingredients to make my wedding cake.

This Lush + Romantic wedding that we have produced at Carondelet House was featured in Ruffled Blog

Photo Courtesy of AndySeo Studio

 

 

JONATHAN CLUB

LOS ANGELES

Tammy Chang and Alan Kang never imagined they would meet their soulmates in a non-descript Irish pub in Chicago – but there they were, on a chilly winter evening. “Have you ever had a pickleback before?” asked Alan. She hadn’t. That question sparked a lifelong journey in opening each other’s eyes to new and exciting adventures, although the two wouldn’t connect again until months later.

“From the beginning, Paulo Coelho might have explained it as the universe conspiring to bring Tammy and me together,” Alan describes. “There were too many fortuitous coincidences than could logistically be explained as luck.” Both, for example, ended up visiting their respective friends at the same Chicago law program on the same weekend; Tammy’s brother and Alan’s sister worked together at the same law firm; Tammy performed at a wedding Alan attended; and pair was able to reconnect back in Los Angeles, even while Tammy was a self-imposed exile studying for the Bar exam.

“Two years into our budding relationship, I knew she was the one,” says Alan. “We set off for a spring vacation to Tokyo. We made our way, on an unseasonably warm day, to the Meiji Shrine in the middle of Tokyo. Wearing a thick jacket to hide the bump of the engagement ring box, she was puzzled that I would endure such heat while visibly perspiring. Not knowing exactly where I would pop the question, we found ourselves in the middle of the park by a beautiful lake and temple. Inspired by the moment, I got down on one knee and asked her to be my wife. The jacket could thankfully come off.”

The vision for the wedding was created by Tammy and Alan’s wedding planner, Grace Song at Charis Events. Taking bits and pieces of their personalities, Grace came up with a “regal Florentine” theme for the wedding. Inspired by the concept, she took care of the floral arrangements and décor, table settings, and lighting. “She took an historic venue like the Jonathan Club – a beautifully preserved members-only social club from the 1880s – and injected even more character,” Alan explains. This included throne sweetheart chairs, gold accented flatware and linens, columned centerpieces, abundant flowers, and an archway. “Best of all, Grace did not use a cookie cutter approach for designing the venue,” he adds. “She took our ideas, the venue’s natural charm, a foundational theme for the wedding, and built the end-to-end design around that regal theme. It truly matched our personalities and brought our vision to life in a way neither of us could have planned.”

When the wedding day arrived, guests were treated to an opulent setting, rooftop cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during sunset, a decadent four-course dinner with carefully selected summer wines, and a thoughtfully coordinated wedding program. “Memorable moments include a fainting bridesmaid, an overly competitive scavenger hunt reception game, and the rigorously rehearsed first dance,” Alan says. “In our eyes, the big day was a huge success, and just one more exciting adventure on our lifelong journey together.”

Photo Courtesy of John Park Photography 

 

 

THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD

 

BEVERLY HILLS

Stella Choi and Anthony Chun began their relationship as close friends. Eight years into their friendship, the two were invited on a snowboarding trip to Tahoe, during which Stella was trying to decide whether to stay in the states or return home to Korea. As she and Anthony were talking that night, she realized he was her reason to stay. In 2014, Anthony knelt down on one knee and proposed on the sandy beach of Hawaii’s Magic Island.

From start to finish, Stella and Anthony made their wedding planning process as fun as possible, being sure to enjoy each step. With the help of wedding planner Grace Song, the couple was able to translate their vision into a storybook wedding day. This also included a special photoshoot together with a “Red Riding Hood” theme.

When the wedding day arrived, all the bride and groom could think about was how happy they were to share such a meaningful day with friends and family from around the world. After a chaotic morning of getting ready, the bride was excitedly waiting at the end of the aisle with her father, and it wasn’t until she was halfway down the aisle that she finally saw the groom for the first time that day.

As the couple recited their vows, they promised each other that they wouldn’t only focus on saying “I love you” through words, but through their actions as well. With that promise, Anthony surprised Stella with a honeymoon trip to Jeju Island in Korea.

Photo courtesy of AndySeo Studio

 

 

HARTLEY BOTANICA GARDEN
 

SOMIS

Dream happens here. Enter the Paradise in hidden garden in Somis, California.  We're more than thrilled to share this intimate wedding of a very special of our own, the unity of Richie Chace (Actor/Director and Desiree Anderson (Fashion Model/Public Figure). This day, they're called Mr. and Mrs. Chance. 

Here is their love story...

How/when/where did the proposal happen? After 7 years of dating, Richie and I got engaged on the marina at the Redondo Beach yacht club, surrounded by a small group of friends on New Years Eve of 2013.  

How many guests? With a guest list of just under 100 people, it was the perfect amount of friends and family to make it an intimate celebration with our favorite people.  

Why did you choose your wedding venue?After venue searching for almost two years, we were beginning to lose hope of finding the perfect place to host our wedding, within a reasonable distance from Los Angeles.  Originally, our plan was to have a destination wedding in Tulum.  However, upon visiting, we were rained out every single day and unfortunately witnessed a wedding get completely ruined.  That experience ended our desire to have a wedding in a destination with such bipolar weather.  About 6 months later my fiancé was in Morocco filming his latest movie when I heard about Hartley Botanica.  When I had called Hartley, they informed me that there were only a few more dates available for the rest of 2016 (our desired calendar year to be married).  My girlfriend and I decided to go and check it out, despite the fact that Richie was still out of the country.  After touring the grounds with Richie, via FaceTime (gotta love technology), we both knew it was meant to be our venue.  Richie will tell you that he knew because he'd never seen me smile so big.  He was definitely right about my smile; I was overwhelmed with adoration for the lush, tropical garden, surrounded by orchards and rolling hills.  It reminded me of something out of The Secret Garden, one of my favorite childhood movies.     


Describe the ceremony, what made it unique/special A great deal of thought and consideration went into planning the ceremony, after all, our family and friends had been anxiously awaiting this moment for over a decade.  My father would not be in attendance and I had another mother figure in my life that we really wanted to honor by including in the processional. 

Music choice was important to us as well.  I walked down the aisle to "Sound and Color" by Alabama Shakes.  That song just resonated with us so strongly.  I had decided to walk alone, but halfway up the aisle, I paused.  The crowd, already on their feet, literally gasped simultaneously and all previous chatter was now radio silence.  The fervent energy in the air was so thick you could slice it with a knife.  A beat later, Richie left the 'alter' and confidently walked towards me.  As we came face to face in the middle of aisle, we shared a moment in each other's gaze, and then he proudly offered his own arm to escort me the rest of the way. Once again you could hear the 'audience', this time letting out the breath they'd been holding onto with an emphatic sigh.  It was very symbolic of our relationship - it signified how Richie has truly always been the man in my life & by my side since I was a young girl of only 18, it illustrated how we've always approached our relationship from a "meet you halfway" standpoint, and most distinctly, it symbolized that we will continue to by each other's side as we enter the future together.  The ceremony has been described by our guests as an unforgettable experience.        


Describe the reception, what made it unique/special Grace (Charis Events) and Dana (Designer Dana) brought our wildest dreams to life!  It was such a beautiful reception that I could only begin to describe as romantic, whimsical and dreamy.  They did an incredible job pulling bits of inspiration from Richie and I.  There was an effortless sultriness to the theme and decor that perfectly encompassed the nature of who we are, from the beautifully  orchestrated wildflowers and moss that almost seemed like natural features, to the delicious blue and gold accents, juicy succulents and romantic twinkling lights.  The deeper you looked, the more exquisite details would appear.  It was like an enchanting evening from something out of Game of Thrones; An intimate feast fit for royalty.  It would be impossible to pick our favorite part of the reception, we truly loved it all.  

What was your inspiration for your choice in décor?Our choice of decor was really a collaborative effort from Grace (our planner), Richie, and I.  We are a very eclectic, easy going couple and luckily Grace knew exactly which elements to integrate to make it a glamorous yet understated event.  One of the main design elements we incorporated throughout the wedding were the dreamcatchers.  It was the basis of our overall theme, as it represents our bohemian attitude, our constant quest for spiritual cleanliness and relentless pursuit of our dreams.  The gorgeous blue and white table runners from Luxe Linen displayed our favorite colors as well as a Moroccan style pattern, a country we have both traveled to on multiple occasions (and love).  Luckily the garden was quite impressive on its own, so all we had to do was accessorize.  It was important to us that our guests felt our presence in the design, color palate, music selection, cuisine and surroundings.  I'd say our mission was absolutely accomplished.  

Describe the favors for guests Our guests were treated to mini dream catchers that were handmade by Richie, myself and some of our bridesmaids.  It took us weeks to finish them but seeing how thrilled our friends and family were to receive them made it all worthwhile.  We felt like it was something a little more special than your average favor because each and every one of them were meticulously made with love and pure intentions.  Even weeks after the event, we had guests calling to ask if there were any extra dreamcatchers leftover that they could take off our hands.  

Photo Courtesy The Argus Image

 

 

VIBIANA

 

LOS ANGELES

“Immediately after we walked in, we knew that Vibiana had to be our wedding venue! The cathedral ceilings, stone pillars and marble flooring gave the venue such amazing vibrance and emotion. I knew you could transform Vibiana’s interior to any style of wedding you wanted!” – Bride“Immediately after we walked in, we knew that Vibiana had to be our wedding venue! The cathedral ceilings, stone pillars and marble flooring gave the venue such amazing vibrance and emotion. I knew you could transform Vibiana’s interior to any style of wedding you wanted!” – Bride

My husband, Jason proposed to me right after we finished mountain biking on a regular weekend. He set up a table with flowers, champagne, my favorite ganache chocolate cake and a scrapbook. He was too nervous to say anything but “do you want to marry me?” Of course, I said YES! After the proposal, we put a pause on wedding planning since both of us were tied up with work. Almost a year later, we decided we really needed to get started with our planning.  

Initially, I wanted an ocean front wedding ceremony. I went to a few venues with ocean front views with my girlfriend. However, none of the venues gave me a “wow” factor. I then decided to check out some indoor venues. The first venue my then fiancé and I visited was the Vibiana located in downtown Los Angeles. Immediately after we walked in, we knew that Vibiana had to be our wedding venue! The cathedral ceilings, stone pillars and marble flooring gave the venue such amazing vibrance and emotion. I knew you could transform the Vibiana’s interior to any style of wedding you wanted! We booked it right away!

One of my favorite parts of wedding planning was wedding dress shopping. Before I got engaged, I was following a wedding dress designer named Galia Lahav on social media. I was constantly mesmerized by the look of her famous illusion back style. I knew I had to at least try one of her dresses on. After finally seeing myself in Galia’s dress, I was in love, but didn’t know if Jason would like the price. However, all I can say is he was so supportive! 

After I got my wedding dress and secured the venue, we decided to hire a wedding planner to help us design and coordinate our wedding. Since both of us had busy work schedules, we needed someone who would be really on top of everything. That’s where Grace from Charis Events & Design came in. Grace was amazing in every way! She took care of all the stress for me and designed a one of kind wedding that was truly more spectacular than I could have ever envisioned!

We enjoyed every moment of our wedding and all I can say is that it went by way too fast! Thankfully, our guests loved the design and décor of our wedding, which would not have been possible without all of the amazing vendors we had.  

My best advice to other brides would be to hire a wedding coordinator, especially if you have a busy schedule. It was probably the best decision I made throughout my entire wedding planning. Trust your coordinator and vendors and let them explore their creativity!

Photo courtesy AndySeo Studio

 

 

RITZ-CARLTON BACARA
 

SANTA BARBARA

This intimate wedding was featured with Grace Ormond Wedding Style and here is what they said...

Genie Song and Kiernan’s love story began on opposite coasts. As a Valley girl and recent UCLA grad, Genie was living in Southern California; and Kiernan, who hails from snowy Vermont, was residing in New York.

“Our paths crossed on one of Genie’s business trips to New York, when we met at a client event and ended up spending most of the evening together,” Kiernan explains. “We bonded over our shared sense of humor and love of college football. It wasn’t long before we were making numerous cross-country trips to see each other, until Genie moved to New York a year later.”

For Genie’s 30th birthday, Kiernan planned a trip to Napa Valley and knew it’d be the perfect opportunity to propose. He managed to pull off a surprise proposal, getting down on one knee in the gardens across from French Laundry. After Genie tearfully accepted, the French Laundry staff had celebratory champagne and custom menus waiting for the couple at the restaurant. Chef Thomas Keller also came by to personally congratulate them and give a private tour of his famed kitchen.

Genie and Kiernan envisioned an understated, yet elegant wedding with natural and rustic touches. The wedding planning process was aided by planner, Grace Song, and Bacara Resort was chosen as the wedding venue – its ocean views and Spanish architecture perfectly showed off the natural beauty of the California coast.

Photo Courtesy of AndySeo Studio