Wedding Tips - Mast Brothers Chocolates

Who wouldn't want to take home a decadent delicious chocolate bar as a parting gift after a night of great food and drinks at a beautiful wedding or party? we stumbled upon these beauties during a recent trip to one of our favorite cafes in Downtown Fullerton. 

Mast Brothers chocolates are known for their bean-to-bar production. They pay attention to every detail of the process of making each chocolate bar so you know each bar is very special. Just the packaging alone will make you fall in love with them. I already see them in a place setting nestled on top of a beautiful menu card waiting to be devoured at the end of the evening. Enjoy!

Sheryl & Rocky - How He Asked

This is a first of these series that we've been wanting to do since we updated the website and blog earlier this year. 

We're always inspired by the different couples that we meet with their love and actual love story. Today, we're excited to share one of our couple's engagement story as this couple is very special to us. 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Mack Photo

I met Sheryl a few years ago during her sister's Shanelle's consultation meeting and we've loved her since then. Her relationship with her big sis reminded me of my own "baby" - I totally get their "Ate/Baby" relationship. I was over the moon the day that Shanelle shared with me that Rocky (Sheryl's fiancé) will be proposing very soon. I waited and waited and waited until I saw all the posts on social media that confirmed that Rocky's popped the question and finally sent the couple all my love. I'm excited that they've chosen our team to be there on their wedding day to help them with the planning and coordination of this day. We still have a few more weeks/months to go before the big day but I'm excited to share their engagement story for now with all of you. For the full post of this big day, click here to see their feature on How He Asked. 

How Rocky Asked

With the beach of Santa Monica as the backdrop to their love story, Rocky knew that this was the perfect spot to ask Sheryl to be his wife. They were celebrating their 6th anniversary of being together last September 17 with a day packed of activities that included a couples' massage at Burke Williams followed by watching the sunset on the beach and a romantic dinner at the Santa Monica Pier. 

As they were walking on the shore, Rocky grabbed Sheryl's hands and started sharing his love for her. Before Sheryl even knew it, Rocky was down on bended knee asking her, “Will you marry me?” After Sheryl gave her astounding YES and gleamed at her beautiful ring, Rocky proceeded to tell Sheryl to look up towards the edge of the pier where their family & friends were witnessing this special moment before their eyes holding engagement signs for them.  Rocky had everything planned out including having this whole moment captured on video by Sheryl's cousins & brother for them to treasure even past their big day. 

Watch their engagement story unfold in the video below. 

Five of our Favorite Grand Entrance Songs

The music you choose to play from all aspects of your wedding - from your pre-ceremony to the last song of the night is really significant. We love how our brides and grooms have chosen music that speaks to their personality and would be entertaining to them and their guests. We have so many favorites that we want to share but the music for your Grand Entrance is definitely one of our faves.  You’ve probably heard most of the tried-and-true reception entrance songs before. Imagine dancing into your reception to one of these upbeat, love-centric tunes to get your guests in party mode and start newlywed life on a very high note. 

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

From the album: Trolls, 2016

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance/A feeling good, good, creeping up on you/So just dance, dance, dance, come on”

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

From the album: 4, 2011

Lyrics You’ll Love: “You're the one that gives your all/You're the one that always calls/When I need you everything stops”

Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

From  the album: Ghost Stories, 2014

Lyrics You’ll Love: “I'm gonna give you my heart/'Cause you're a sky, 'cause you're a sky full of stars/'Cause you light up the path”

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

From the album: Sunshine on Leith, 2013

Lyrics You’ll Love: “And if I grow old (when I grow old) well I know I'm gonna be/I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you”

“24K Magic,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics you’ll love: “Players only, come on/Put your pinky rings up to the moon/Girls, what y'all trying to do?/Twenty four karat magic in the air”

What's your favorite grand entrance music? 

Gia's First Birthday - Cypress, CA

We've said it before and we will not get tired of saying it that one of the best things about this business is really the people that we have the opportunity to work with in helping create special milestones in their lives. Cultivating friendships with our couples even past their event and watching their families grow is the best takeaway that I can ask for. Jill & Raph is no stranger to us - they're one of our most loved couples that we were lucky to work with in 2014 for their wedding. When Jill reached out to us in planning their daughter Gianna's (or Gia for short) first birthday, we knew we just had to do it. 

The Inspiration

Gia's birthday was right around the first day of Spring so naturally we wanted to do a Spring inspired celebration filled with lots of happy colors, blooms and friends who love our birthday girl so much. Since our event space was a blank canvas for us to fill with color, we decided to use the light pastel colors of Spring that we love so much. What would Spring be without any fresh blooms right? We took inspiration from our trips to the local Downtown Flower Market and saw what was in season and in budget for our client. We created bouquets of tulips, stock flowers and wax flowers to create the Spring mix bouquets in each table.

The Menu

One of the local Filipino restaurants catered the celebration with various Filipino dishes to choose from including a roasted pig or lechon as the main centerpiece of our buffet setup. 

The Dessert Table

One of Jill's requests for Gia's birthday celebration when we first met was to create a dessert & candy table set up. We wanted to bring the outside elements into our table and used a few cherry blossom branches with pink cherry blossoms peeking out to anchor our table. We also found these faux boxwood letters that spelled ONE and used it as our focal point in the table setup. The yummy dessert & candy table was filled with our favorite mini desserts from Porto's Bakery and Gia's smash cake courtesy of Hapa Cupcakes. 

The Time Capsule

One of Gia's Godmother/Ninang Leah created a time capsule station for the celebration where guests were asked to answer questions and write their messages for little Gia. Leah constructed this beautiful paper flower wreath that topped the time capsule which will be re-opened on Gia's 18th birthday in 2034 to remind her of all the love that surrounds her and this love-filled Spring day.

 

A big Thank You to Jill & Raph for allowing us to help them create these special milestones in their lives. We love you baby Gia and may God continue to bless you with lots of love and blessings upon blessings. :):)

Details:

Planning & Styling: Premier Soirees | Photography: MTR Media | Mini Desserts: Portos Bakery | Confectionary: Jack's Wholesale Candy Warehouse | Florals: Los Angeles Flower Mart | Cake: Hapa Cupcakes