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 

Five Tips When Wedding Gown Shopping

Do the Research

Photos! Photos! Photos! The only way you’re going to know what dresses you like is by looking! Start off looking at photos online, magazines, designers’ websites, etc. Try to stick to actual sites that have the dress photos on them and not something like a Google Image search- it will be easier to know the designer if you do that! And then of course save whatever you like.

Budget: If you know you're not going to spend $20,000 on your dress, don't waste time trying on a bunch of gowns out of your range. You're better off focusing in on your realistic price point so you can spend more time editing down the beautiful options you can actually buy. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to factor in the cost of alterations, taxes and shipping fees, plus your veil, shoes, lingerie and jewelry, which can add up to $500 or more altogether.

Refine your selection

Just like with any other type of search for inspiration, you’ll want to weed out what doesn’t quite stand out to you after a few hours or days. Go back and look through everything again, remove photos, and refine your “collection” of dresses that you like. Repeat if necessary.

Define your style

You should see some sort of pattern once you’ve refined what you saved. It could be a fabric, a dress style, a type of embellishment, a color, or even a designer. Gather the similarities and define them. Know what it is that you’re liking so you can tell the dress store. 

Plan ahead

Plan your days of dress shopping. Make sure to plan multiple days of shopping since you may not find the one on your first day out. Look up all of the bridal shops within an hour of where you live/where you’re shopping. Look up their reviews online too- I recommend Yelp or WeddingWire. Some bridal salons can be awful and may ruin your whole dress shopping experience, and some are exceptional. And if your heart is set on a designer, of course look up what stores carry that designer. Make sure to schedule appointments at bridal salons - that way you can have a consultant dedicated to you that will be able to answer your questions. More reason to plan out your day!

Call in Advance - Just because a salon carries your favorite designer doesn't mean it'll have the exact dress you've been dying to try on. If you phone beforehand and request a specific style, chances are the salon will be able to call in a sample of that gown especially for you. While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment guarantees you'll get a full hour of undivided attention. Plus, many salons require you to book an appointment in order to try on gowns, so you'll want to call ahead. 

Let the Salon Make Recommendations - Don't eliminate anything at first glance. If the salesperson brings you something she says you should try, try it—even if you don't initially love it or think it's totally “you." It's possible to fall for a wedding gown you didn't think you'd like or want. Not every dress looks great on a hanger, and you might have to let go of some preconceived notions and keep an open mind.

One of our favorite local salons is Love and Lace Bridal Tailor in Irvine, California. Besides the beautiful aesthetics of the bridal salon, they really know how to take care of the bride and all of her needs. We have referred many of our brides to this salon for this reason. 

Shop until you say Yes to the Dress

Once you’ve done your research and planned out your appointments, it’s time to shop! Remember, it’s okay if you don’t find “the one” at your first store or on the first day of shopping. Also remember to keep an open mind when you’re in the bridal shops, because dresses look very different on you than they do on the hanger. Oh and most importantly, take your time and don’t rush. If you have trouble deciding whether or not you love a dress, try to envision yourself walking down the aisle to your fiance in it.

And most of all, HAVE FUN!!!