Posted January 31, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Sometimes, we just have to smile at beautiful pictures! What a gorgeous couple.
Venue: FantaSea One, Marina del Rey, California
Wedding Coordinator: Shirley Han of Fresh Events Co.
FantaSea Coordinator: Jasmine Lee
Photographer: Adrienne Gunde
Videographer: Cloud 9 Cinematography
Florist: La Petite Gardenia
Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
Posted September 12, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Got down to business over the Labor Day weekend and accomplished a lot on my list. With just 52 days to go and a full time job as a planner myself, I have to check off as many to do’s as possible, at warp speed. As noted above….the invites are in the final stage.
Rule #1. ORGANIZE – It is important to stay organized, especially with so many details and ideas swirling around in my head. Find the right wedding website that works for you – they are great for reminders. I am all about the reminders. I have them on several different sites. Whenever we hang out with friends or family we have our handy dandy wedding bag (actually a duffle bag meant for traveling, just to give you a visual) full of checklists, my rapidly growing 3 inch 3-ring binder, the most recent wedding supplies catalogs and a great wedding magazine I found with a bunch of DIY suggestions with us everywhere.
SPOILER ALERT – In case my family is reading this.
Rule # 2. ORGANIZE – All the men in our wedding have reservations for the tuxes, it was a must. They don’t know this yet but we are going to be purchasing the classic black converse for their shoes the day of.
Rule # 3. ORGANIZE – With all these wonderful things going on in my head….My favorite most recent wedding genius moment of the week is: My fiancé and I have decided to perform a song together before the processional begins from behind the scenes out of guests view. The duet will consist of him playing guitar and I singing one of our favorite songs. A very special private performance for just our immediate family while we are lined up and ready to process down the aisle. With the “first look” taking care of the reveal and the private performance out of guest view hopefully nerves won’t be an issue. Guests will hear but they won’t see us until we walk down the aisle. This is a great way to get tears flowing before the Ceremony, which we intend to do. I find great pleasure in making every single one of our guests bawl their eyes out before, during and after our event. So wrong but feels so right.
Rule # 4. ORGANIZE - Just sent an email off to the caterer – better to have a paper trail with all my communications at this stage. Being at FantaSea Yachts has really helped me with my own planning process, I’m a lucky gal, not everyone has an Executive Chef to turn to with menu questions and options for seasonal preferences.
Posted August 21, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Choosing my linen colors ended up being a huge help and relief as I am finally able to set the tables in my mind, pick the MOH dresses and finalize the florals. Being a bride/planner definitely has me at an advantage as the vendors who I chose to assist with my wedding I have been working with since 2004. They are my friends (never having received a commission or kick-back, just referrals for the great services they provide). Their generosity now that it is my turn to bound happily down the aisle is enough to bring me to happy bridal tears. Thank you!
In a cocoon of ladies shouting “Honey if you lift a finger the day of your wedding I will kill you” I have to admit I am still driven by my profession to pitch in. I know, I will be getting ready and relaxing and enjoying the wonderful anxiety and excitedness (still totally a word) that my wedding day will bring, but I want to be there for guideance and assistance with the “ultra unique bride/planner vision”. Luckily, my linen lady extraordinaire has agreed to be my Day of Coordinator to help alleviate the day of duties I may be tempted to partake in such as setup of the Ceremony & Reception. Having been on the other side of this for so long, I know to trust and appreciate the help that I am being gifted. I may be in rollers, I may be in my fuzzy slippers but I genuinely want to be there to watch the Ceremony & Reception setup come alive!
Let me tell you why: No traditional bride here, big surprise, so our ceremony layout and procession are unique. What better way to enjoy the natural setting than to offer a mix of chairs and picnic blankets. Speaking of chairs… As a planner, my fiancé will tell you as he has c0-coordinated dozens of events with me and that I am very picky about the rows of chairs and how they must be lined up as precisely as possible. It’s a peeve of mine. For our wedding as a way of saying, “This is OUR wedding and we will do it OUR way” we are NOT doing typical rows of chairs. We will actually be grouping them in sets of 2, 3 & 4 along with picnic blankets scattered across the grassy lawn. It will add the perfect touch to the whimsical vision we have. I am excited that I get to work my way through the guests, on non-tradional seating, as a bare-foot bride taking my time to process down the aisle of happiness to my beloved groom with a powerful and beautiful song that we LOVE (Bjork classic).
How can my “hopefully never been done before idea” be pulled off without us there helping with the layout? I believe a bride must be able to communicate exactly what she needs and wants to get it right. Having an onsite coordinator really helps with anxiety and stress levels – they are the perfect person to guide with the things you may be concerned about. The fact that I do this for a living is a blessing and makes me want to take part even more. I love that I get to continue coordination of weddings and receptions long after my own wedding and that I have a team of professional, dedicated like-minds at FantaSea that feel the same way.