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Details at Serra Plaza (Part 3)

I always thought I was a detail oriented person. After all, an uber type A, Asian female with control issues, an organization neurosis and obsessive compulsive tendencies *should* be fairly detail oriented right? Um, not really.

Which is why when I decided 10 years ago to take care of all the “little” details of my wedding all by myself, someone, ANYONE, should have grabbed me by by shoulders, shook me and firmly told me, “NO.” I kinda had a vision of what I wanted for my wedding day and I kinda knew how to put it together and I kinda had some time the morning of the wedding to attend to all these details…

Picture this: The morning of my wedding day, 2 o’clock in the morning to be precise, I get a phone call from my husband-to-be that the person responsible to hang 1,001 hand folded (only took me a year to fold all those stupid cranes) couldn’t do it, because they (stupidly) thought that it could be done in an hour or so. I’M.NOT.BITTER…

Or, me, fully made up with the veil on, hours before the ceremony, in the reception hall standing on a stack of chairs, hanging lanterns with my poor bridesmaids, none of which got any sleep the night before…

Or, the bridesmaids and I trying to get goldfish into a cylinder container without having the glass jars shatter…

Or, getting my eyelash caught in my veil when my new husband lifted it to give me my first kiss…

Or, lugging a truckload of wedding crap into my Maid of Honor’s truck after the wedding, after all the guests had left and my parents had to leave for their flight, in my wedding dress, a massive headache brewing…

Someone, ANYONE, should have told me to HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT STYLIST! I mean, seriously, the DIY wedding is a lot of work to pull off and I don’t have the skill set to do DIY. I also thought that the venue coordinator and my Maid of Honor could handle it all. (Flaw: the ceremony and reception were at two different venues. So, the venue coordinator was only at the ceremony, not the reception)

So, what’s the difference between a Wedding Planner and an Event Stylist? Some planners do both, but some specialize. Basically, a planner, plans. She/He coordinates all your vendors, contracts, handles pesky logistics like a ripped dress, broken shoe, the DJ getting lost or an errant eyelash, handles all aspects of your big day and all the stuff leading up to it, makes sure everyone is where they need to be and when, etc, etc. An Event Stylist/Designer makes the dream wedding I’ve had since I was a little girl with pigtails and my folder of wedding magazine clippings into a reality. They make sure that if you envision 1001 paper cranes hanging from the ceiling, your centerpieces will match that theme, as well as your invites, favors, decor, etc all has the same feel and look. In essence, what you see in bridal magazines, that’s the work of a Event Stylist.

If I could do things over again…

At the SoCal Photog Shootout, I was fortunate enough to work with a team of awesome stylists.

Hope Stanley – Bridal Stylist (I’m working with her again in a few weeks for something SPECIAL. I can’t wait).

Sussanna Davidson for French Buckets Florist– (An Event Stylist works closely with the florist to create amazing-ness and Sussanna is extra talented in the floral department).

Mary Lallande for Jay’s Catering and Serra Plaza

Pegy Rizzuto for Premiere Events Group -  Sweets Tables (Planner AND Stylist)

Here are some of their fabulous creations from the Shootout.


The sweets table had an entirely different feel to it…designed by a different designer of course.

Serra Plaza just launched their gorgeous new website! Check it out HERE.

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Maria Vargas - October 16, 2011 - 7:15 am

Thank you so much for giving me hope to have an idea of what kind of pictures to take for our wedding. we just graduated from college, and have only 3000.00 for our wedding through the justice of the peace, and have no money for a photographer or many other things, but at least thanks to you, I will have my brother look at this pictures so that he can have an idea of how to make aour ceremony a memorable one. Really from the bottom of my heart, I thank you, now I don’t feel so sad. Maria

Joan - April 29, 2011 - 1:14 pm

GAH…so luscious! So…do you guys get to eat the food after the shoot is over?

Jessica - April 27, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Wow such a beautiful set! That owl container is AAAhhmazing!

Pegy Rizzuto - April 27, 2011 - 9:54 am

Hanssie, you make it look just that much better! You are awesome.

Heather Molina - April 27, 2011 - 9:27 am

Love your detail shots! :)

Marilyn Nakazato - April 27, 2011 - 9:14 am

Beautiful work Hanssie! I totally wish I could have taken part to the shootout but you were sold out! Bummer. As always… love love love.

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