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Jess and Cody's Modern Downtown Loft Wedding

As cross cultural wedding planners we see that there is an added level of stress to the already overwhelming wedding planning process when it comes to artfully incorporating different backgrounds. Today I want to share about Jess and Cody that planned a biracial wedding in Southern California.

Wedding Planning Blog - A Resource for Cross Cultural Couples Planning their Wedding

Wedding Planning Blog - A Resource for Cross Cultural Couples Planning their Wedding

We ran a poll a few weeks ago with our followers and many of them didn’t know our blog existed as a resource for planning a wedding. Every week on Tuesday we post a new blog and every other week you get a round up of the blogs when you sign up to our newsletter, which you can do here.

Most Popular Reasons for Doing the First Look

Most Popular Reasons for Doing the First Look

In this post I’m going to share my insights from dozens of weddings I’ve produced, some with a first look and some without. I’ll be going over what the first look is and why some have opted for it and why some haven’t. It honestly, comes down to...

Wedding Day Prints List

Wedding Day Prints List

Everything from your Welcome Sign to your Name Cards are listed here. In this post I’m going to outline how my team and I wrap up the final stages of the stationery planning and production. These are left to the end because you can’t really order them until you know your final guest list.

What is an Engagement Session

 What is an Engagement Session

In this post I’ll explain what your wedding engagement pictures are and the purpose in doing them aside from the incredible photos you get as a result. There is nothing to hide about being in love and relishing in the fact that you’ve made one of the most sacred decisions you can make as a couple is something to be proud of. You’ll be spending forever together and why not document that incredible commitment.

How to Plan a Korean American Wedding Ceremony

How to Plan a Korean American Wedding Ceremony

In this post I’m going to explain how to incorporate Paebaek-- the traditional Korean ceremony--into your western style wedding day. We are cross-cultural wedding planners, which means we help couples from diverse backgrounds infuse traditional elements into their American wedding.

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

Venue research can quickly get overwhelming without a system in place. You can expect decision fatigue to creep in when the vast amount of information starts pouring in. In this post I’m going to help you find the perfect wedding venue by taking you through the process I take with my clients. There is a freebie included in the form of a spreadsheet so you can get organized in your search.

Real Wedding: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA Jason & Marisa

Real Wedding: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA  Jason & Marisa

California is no doubt one of the prettiest places to have a destination wedding, which is why Marisa and Jason’s relaxed and elegant wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu is such a treat. Their colorful day was beautifully designed from beginning to end with fresh florals, rustic decor, and vibrant citrus + blush hues throughout. 

Thanksgiving from Michelle Isabel & Co

This year has been so crazy for me. Wedding planning sounds like a lot of fun but trust me, it can be a dirty job 85% of the time. However, for my couples whom I love with all my heart, I’d gladly do it over and over again. I’m so thankful to my clients for believing in me and my business and trusting me to act...

Happy New Year 2016!

This year has been a year of life lessons for me. I entered 2015 as professional woman and a wife. Juggling the two was a struggle. Marriage was difficult for me to understand, especially as a modern woman. In my head I was like, "why doesn’t Eric do this or do that?! Why doesn’t he clean in between the cracks like i do?!" Lol. Little by little, 

Southern California Wedding Planning

"When you have passion, you will not back up when you get knocked down-and you will get knocked down- over and over again. That's what winning is all about." - Elizabeth Holmes

Creative workstation at Michelle Isabel

Creative workstation at Michelle Isabel

Yesterday I gave my notice resigning as a full-time events planner from a top higher education institution. And the craziest thing happened...the opportunity for an offer from a Fortune 500 company came along to go work in one of thee most sought out cities in CA with amazing benefits and relocation fees covered. I didn't even apply for the job yet here is this awesome offer at a pivotal point in my life I might add. My husband and I always talked about making the move up the northern coast of California. Now that the opportunity is in front of us, what to do. Then I started to think about why I was leaving my job and what drove me away in the first place. Job security and great pay sound nice but its too easy. For one, its still a 9-5. It means I am confined to my desk for 8 hours. Its me working for someone else and making money for someone else. Its me suppressing my creative juices. Its me not making executive decisions. Its everything that I have, up to this point, discovered I don't want to do. 

As the reality sets in that I am finally doing this...finally taking my passion and turning it into a business...taking a ginormous leap of faith, obv the feelings of insecurity try to creep in, "what if I fail?" "what if I don't get any clients?" "what if I am wrong?" what if I get a bad review?" Then I read that awesome quote from self-made Female billionaire, Elizabeth Holmes. I have to remember that it hasn't been easy for anyone that is successful- it comes at a price. I had to ask myself if I am willing to pay that price. I SUPER AM AND I AM SUPER EXCITED!