Stephanie & Simon – San Ramon Wedding

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I constantly feel so lucky that I get to work with some of the most wonderful couples! Stephanie and Simon were such a fun loving couple that incorporated so many personal touches to their wedding day which really allowed their personalities to shine. It turns out that I went to high school in the bride’s hometown and went to the same law school with the groom! We bonded over good food and our love for DC, not to mention the fact that my husband seems to share some of their entertainment favorites (West Wing, Hamilton, etc.). It felt as if our lives could have crossed so many times and I hope they do in the future! :)

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Stephanie and Simon got married in December on a very cold, but gorgeous day! I loved how they chose a darker color palette with burgundy as the primary tone with a lot of lush greenery (this was a choice they made before Pantone selected greenery as the 2017 color of the year!). Their ceremony was held at the Canyon Creek Church which had a beautiful stained glass window and Nicole from Orange Blossoms Florals added in some beautiful touches with garlands lining the aisle and a jaw dropping floral arch!

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Stephanie and Simon’s reception was held at the The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. Before and after the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party courageously withstood the low temperatures to take photos on the breathtaking golf course. The reception was marked with good food, a decadent dessert table from Sift Dessert Bar, and a fun dance party which really got the crowd going!

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It was very important to Stephanie and Simon that their guests were well taken care of as many of were coming from far to celebrate their special day with them. After getting to know Stephanie and Simon and seeing their generosity and consideration for others, it was not a surprise that so many of the family and friends were willing to brave winter storms and spend hours traveling to be there on their wedding day! I hope you enjoy these images captured by Meo Baaklini and feel the love of their wedding day in each detail and moment.

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Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Canyon Creek Church

Reception Venue: The Bridges Golf Club

Photography: Meo Baaklini Photography

Planning & Coordination: Events by Tiffie

Florals: Orange Blossoms Floral Design

Cake & Desserts: Sift Dessert Bar

Cake Stands: Julia’s Cake Stand Rentals

Dress: BHLDN

MUAH: Young Jae Cho

DJ & Lighting: Big Fun Disc Jockeys

Videography: Lin Films

2016: Year In Review

I can hardly believe that it is already the end of 2016. This has been an exciting year for me with many changes! As I look back, I am grateful for the new opportunities and friendships that I was able to experience. My heart is full and while it was a good year, I am looking forward to new challenges to face and memories to be made in 2017!

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This year I scaled back on weddings, but I had the privilege to work with 2 amazing couples! I was so sad when both weddings ended because these couples were both generous and fun to work with – I truly treasured the moments we had to work together and look forward to continue our friendships! I also had the chance to plan my first 1YO birthday party which was so adorable and I am hoping to do many more birthday parties in the future! Speaking of birthday parties, I threw another birthday party this year that was fun and girly with tea time sandwiches and desserts and a calligraphy workshop led by Tia Joy Kim.

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Much more of my time this year has been spent in supporting my husband, Dennis, in our new venture, Atheria Fine Jewelry. As the Creative Director, I have been styling our photo shoots (shot by Michelle Nicole Photography), social media photos (shot by Dennis), and organizing events like pop-ups and trunk shows. It has been an incredible year and we have been so blessed by the support of many of our friends!

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A special thanks to Michelle for taking such amazing photos for our look books, Morning Lavender for supporting us in so many ways and including us in all of their SF store events, Barre3 San Mateo for hosting us for trunk shows, Blushing Joy Events for reaching out about participation in styled shoots and so many others! I was also greatly encouraged by my many new friends at The School of Styling Chapel Hill this year both to improve my styling skills and also to dream bigger!

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Personally, Dennis and I had a chance to visit Big Sur this year to celebrate our 3Y anniversary. God’s creation is simply breathtaking! We also went to Romania this summer to work with H2H International to serve local orphanages and fell in love with the kids as well as the country! We look forward to going back in the coming years and for God to continue to increase the love in our hearts for orphans.

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I also made a big change in terms of my day job! I am beyond thrilled to have started working at Netflix this year – it’s so much fun to be at a company that creates shows that I love (Stranger Things and Gilmore Girls revival anyone??). And I work with an amazing team. This job has been a huge blessing and it has allowed for me to focus more on my family.

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Speaking of family, we fall in love with our little fur baby more and more each day. Willow turned one this year and we have had so many fun moments watching her grow out of her puppy way (though that’s also a little sad) and also have made so many good friends through her!

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2016 was as amazing as it was due to all of the love, support and encouragement I have felt from each person in my life – so THANK YOU! And a huge thanks to my amazing hubby, Dennis, who continues to be my biggest support as I chase many dreams. With 2017 around the corner, I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us!

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The School of Styling Chapel Hill

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In October, I attended The School of Styling in Chapel Hill and it was honestly one of the best experiences! Attending the workshop put me out of my comfort zone as it was one of the first times I have traveled alone (aside from going to school or for work) or rented a car to drive myself in a new place. I was proud of myself! :) I did not know any of the other women attending the workshop and I was actually the only attendee from the West Coast! I am a complete introvert and I was intimidated about meeting so many amazing, beautiful and talented women, but I am SO glad I went and am excited to share about the experience here with you. Scroll down for a long post of gorgeous pictures taken by Ally & Bobby Photography (including some of me in action!), tidbits of what I learned, and some of my reflections.

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I arrived in Chapel Hill on Tuesday around noon and made my way (in a rented SVU – I almost got a minivan, which would have been a disaster) to the venue after I checked in to my Airbnb. First of all, I fell in love with Chapel Hill – it is such a beautiful town and I felt like simply being there brought out my inner southern belle. I enjoyed my morning runs through the foresty neighborhood and did not want to leave at the end of three days even in the face of Hurricane Matthew. Yes… I even looked on Zillow to see if there were any homes for sale (and can I say how much more affordable they are than in the Bay Area?!).

The workshop itself was held at the prettiest venue – The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel. The venue was SO beautifully decorated with vintage furniture from Paisley & Jade as well as chairs from Cottage Luxe. We were also greeted with pretty welcome baskets made by Memento & Muse filled with so many goodies! I am pretty sure I was oohing and aahing over everything for all 3 days :)

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The first afternoon was spent chatting with the other attendees and speakers, an introduction to the workshop and our first hands on session led by Kaitlin, the founder of TSOS! I went to TSOS with a desire to focus on the creative and styling sessions because I honestly didn’t feel like I was very good at this part of my creative businesses (both for Events by Tiffie as well as Atheria Jewelry, where I am the creative director).  I left TSOS much more confident about my styling abilities through encouragement from the other women, the opportunity to see my style come to life, and also learning many tricks of the trade through hands on sessions.

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The first assignment was flat lay styling, which was a fun challenge and even though it seemed difficult at first, I left it having learned more than I thought I could! I chose one of Sage Paper Co.‘s invitation suites that had a bold floral envelope liner and styled it along with vintage stamps from Verde Studio and silk ribbon from Adorn Co. The critique group that followed was so insightful as I was able to learn from the other ladies’ style and I have already started to implement many of the things I learned when styling photos for Atheria Jewelry!

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In the evening, we walked outside to a beautiful courtyard and enjoyed small bites from Southern Comfort Catering, wine and “speed networking” which allowed us to learn about each other through small ice breaker questions (like “what celebrity would you want to meet?”). I was surprised how quickly I started to form friendships with the other women and it felt like the day passed by in a flash!

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Day Two started off with a most wonderful surprise – a coffee truck!! Caffe Bellezza serves the most wonderful coffee and I had THE best pumpkin spice latte of my life! They use fresh pumpkin and spices and NO sugar – simply amazing. Even though we have a wealth of coffee shops here in the Bay Area, I wish Caffee Bellezza would come here!

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Day Two was full of informative sessions. As an attorney by trade and tax practitioner by day, I thought the “business” sessions would be more of a review. While they were a bit more familiar, I walked away with so much information! I was motivated to dream bigger and plan more specifically to reach my goals after a goal setting session with Lauren Hooker of Elle & Company.  As an attorney, I was blown away by how Christina Scalera was able to speak about contracts in such an understandable terms and apply it to creative business owners in practical ways (and it was such a good reminder to me about the importance of contracts even though I work with them on a daily basis!).

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Then, we learned how to create centerpieces with Kaylyn Hewitt of True Vine Studios. I love flowers, but centerpieces are intimidating! We were provided with a gorgeous selection of florals (which were in amazing totes from Greige Design with name tags by Alyssa Thiel of PCB Home). While the Cafe au Lait dahlias were gorgeous and the popular choice in most of the arrangements, I decided to opt for garden roses & rannuculus (my favorites)! I loved how every arrangement looked so different and reflected the style of each lady.

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After lunch, my brain tried to keep up to absorb even more information as we learned about managing finances with Dominique Broadway (super helpful even for someone who is in finance!), social media with Kaitlin, and building strategic partnerships with Kelly Hovis. One theme throughout the day was consistency – it was such a clear reminder for myself that consistency is key to develop your business goals, delivering a clear proposition value to clients, and growing your business.

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The day ended with another hands on session led by Stephanie Scholl of Stephanie Scholl Events who guided us in tabletop styling. Again, I was nervous about my styling abilities, but with some time, I styled gorgeous gold china pieces from Southern Vintage Table, details from Paisley & Jade including an assortment of candles, a gorgeous silk ribbon from Adorn Co., and my floral arrangement as the centerpiece. I also threw in my scarf (from Morning Lavender) as a runner because the linens I had chosen were very neutral and I needed a little pop of color! The day ended with Goodnight Gifts (HOW CUTE!) including a gorgeous robe from Plum Pretty Sugar. But really, my day ended a couple of hours later after grabbing drinks and bites with some of the other ladies and getting to know each other better.

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Day Three came by TOO quickly! I could not believe that the school was about to end after only a few days – the hardest part was knowing that I would go all the way back to the West Coast without all of my  new friends nearby. Thank God for social media and technology to allow us to stay connected! The morning started with a gorgeous mimosa bar (with yummy bubbly from One Hope Charleston), hair & make up and headshots. And of course, we were spoiled again with another gorgeous gift – a Simplified Planner by Emily Ley!

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The sessions on this last day continued to be full of little nuggets of great advice – I learned how to create a strong brand from Lauren Hooker (again, consistency is key!), investment and money tips from Dominique Broadway, modern calligraphy with Alyssa Thiel (which was so much fun and I was better than I thought I would be!), and targeting your niche client base with Morgan Montgomery of Paisley & Jade.

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Dinner that night was bittersweet. It was simply beautiful – the tablescape designed by Stephanie Scholl (with help from Cottage Luxe, True Vine Studios, and PCB Home) was straight out of a movie. I loved the market lighting, seersucker napkins, marble chargers and escort cads, the pretty plates… it was all PERFECT! We were also surprised with a build your own jewelry bar from Kendra Scott! Dinner was filled with delicious food, the prettiest sweets from The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh, wonderful conversation and fun moments like hiding from the rain :) It was the perfect ending to the perfect 3 days.

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I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend and that my husband was supportive of letting me invest in myself this way. It was not an inexpensive experience, but considering what I got out of it, it was a steal! What I learned, the friendships, and the experience was worth every penny. Thank you to all the amazing ladies who made this happen – your hard work planning the workshop was felt in every single detail. And to all my new friends – I am looking forward to seeing you all soon in your cities or here in California! In the meantime, I am inspired by all of the things I see you doing via social media and can’t wait to see what else you create!

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If I could go back in time, I would have pursued a college degree or full time career that was more artistic (it is unfortunate that I thought of myself as not artistic as a child because I could not draw or paint). Because I was not formally trained in a creative field, I am grateful for opportunities like The School of Styling that is a crash course in all things creative and beautiful. I left inspired, refreshed and more focused on my next steps for my creative businesses. And best of all, I have a group of friends who will continue to inspire me and to keep me accountable to the goals I set during those 3 days! I highly recommend that any of you who are in a creative business (or thinking of starting one) to attend The School of Styling in the future!

Jess & Min – Petaluma Wedding

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I’m squealing inside with joy as I go through the amazing photos from Jess and Min’s wedding! They bring back such wonderful memories of one of my favorite couples and their beautiful wedding day. What I loved most about this wedding, though, was observing the kindness and generosity that Jess and Min showed to every person involved (and of course to each other!). And I am so glad to have worked with such a beautiful couple both inside and out – I am looking forward to seeing how their marriage journey continues!

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Jess and Min are a very artsy couple and their wedding was a true reflection of themselves. Each detail was carefully thought through, but cohesive and simplistic at the core. The neutral color palette, dreamy florals and greenery, elegant calligraphy, and minimalist paper goods were beautifully captured by William Kim Photography and set against the gorgeous backdrop of Olympia’s Valley Estate.

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Jess and Min also included many special, unique touches to their wedding that made this wedding so heart warming and special. Many happy tears were shared and their friends and family laughed and cried alongside them for a truly memorable day! Some of my favorite details and moments included the unity plant, touching bride/groom gifts, freshly made donuts, the most fun father/daughter and mother/son dances and a surprise groom cake!

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Vendors

Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate

Photography: William Kim Photography

Coordination: Events by Tiffie

Florals: Orange Blossoms Floral Design

Catering: Elaine Bell Catering

Cakes: Cakes by Jina

Calligraphy: Tia Joy Kim

Paper Goods: Gary Kim Design

MUAH: Lela Nguyen

 

Stephanie & Simon – Engagement Photos

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I cannot believe there are only three months left until Stephanie and Simon’s wedding! I met Stephanie in a cute cafe almost a year ago for our first consultation and time has just flown by since then! It has been such a joy getting to know the both of them, hearing their story and seeing plans for the special day come together.

I am excited to share their beautiful engagements photos taken by Jackie Kwon which not only displays their love for each other and some chic outfit choices, but also features some beautiful locations in a city I called home for 3 years (yay, DC!) like Georgetown and the Kennedy Center!

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My Birthday Party Post-Romania

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For those who know me, I am huge on birthdays and my husband so graciously celebrates an entire week with me every July. This year, however, my birthday was only a few days after our return from a 2 week missions trip to Romania. I was not in a birthday mood to celebrate myself but was rather depressed, having come back from an incredible 2 weeks serving the Lord and loving (and being loved by!) the amazing children we encountered and was also dealing with some reverse culture shock as I adjusted back to life in the Bay Area.

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But alas, I had planned a birthday party weeks before I went to Romania and it was simply too late to cancel! I had booked Mints & Honey after the wonderful time we had there for Audrey’s 1 Year Old Birthday Party in April. And after meeting the most amazing calligrapher, Tia, earlier this year at a pop-up shop I had coordinated for Morning Lavender, I have been itching to learn calligraphy myself and thought what better way to do so than with some of my friends? My gracious friends chipped in for materials and we all had such a fun time learning a new (but challenging) skill from Tia.

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Back to Romania — so, for those of you who do not know, Dennis and I went with several members of our church, Radiance Christian Church, to partner with an organization called Heart 2 Heart International Ministries (H2H), to serve the abandoned children in Romania this summer. There, I both fell in love and had my heart broken to pieces. We learned so much during our 2 weeks from the H2H staff (who consisted of American missionaries who have been in Romania for up to 20+ years as well as Romanians who have dedicated their lives to loving the precious little ones!) about the history and culture of Romania and how that has resulted in over 150,000 abandoned children in Romania. We interacted with the most lovable children who were incredibly fearless, joyful and grateful despite their circumstances. My heart was broken as I learned about their stories, saw their living conditions, realized what their futures potentially looked like (which sometimes felt bleak) and it was so hard to say good-bye. I also learned so much about myself and how selfish my motives in life can be, which is why it was extra hard to come back to the US wanting to celebrate my birthday, which seems so insignificant in the comparison to what I had just experienced.

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But the birthday party was such a good reminder of God’s grace to me here and how He has blessed me and surrounded me with such loving friends. Alice did such a beautiful job putting together florals for the party, including a small backdrop for photos (where I learned, poorly, how to use a selfie stick). The beautiful dessert table was from Diane, who actually donated this as an auction item for the fundraiser auction our missions team put on to raise money for the trip! She spent her weeknights baking up a storm (and testing!) a variety of delectable treats even though she could not make the party herself. Phoebe, one of my college roommates, just moved up to the Bay Area and helped me find recipes, purchase ingredients and made tea sandwiches with me the night before the party. Jasmine, from Chair Divas, let me borrow linens and gifted me a beautiful piece of blush chiffon for a runner. Michelle came early along with Alice and Phoebe to help me set up! And my wonderful hubby obviously supported this party and even brought my fur baby to say hi before it started :)

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And of course, each and every one of my amazing friends who came and showered me with love and celebrated with me was a reminder of His goodness towards me. Their kindness to spend an afternoon learning calligraphy together, hugs, and sweet words (Tia asked each of them to write a word using their new calligraphy skills to describe me!) were so full of grace. Even though I was felt like I had come back a different person, my friends embraced me and allowed me to be joyful while I was processing through so many different emotions. Thank you ladies!

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Vendors 

Styling & Planning: Events by Tiffie

Calligrapher: Tia Joy Kim

Venue: Mints & Honey

Desserts: Diane Truong

Florals: Alice Jou of Fleurologie

Tea Sandwiches: Phoebe Lai Cheng

Dress: Pink Tartan from Rent the Runway

Linens: Chair Divas

Photos: Everyone :)

 

Ice-Cream Themed 1 YO Birthday Party!

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This year was a milestone for Events by Tiffie – I did my first 1 YO birthday party for the sweetest birthday girl, Audrey. Audrey’s parents are my dear friends and I was more than thrilled when they asked me to help plan the birthday party late last year. I absolutely love planning birthday parties and other private celebrations!

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A venue that I have been eyeing is Mints & Honey, so I was thrilled when they agreed to throw their party there. It was the perfect setting for their ice-cream themed party with matching colors and decor already in place (I loved it so much that I also threw my own party here this past weekend)!

I loved all of the cute details that went into this sweet party including the Minted ice cream invitation, delectable and beautiful desserts, the perfect giant balloons for the dessert table backdrop, fondant ice cream cookies!, adorable photos of the birthday girl, her birthday outfit, and DIY birthday hats!

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Vendors

Planning & Styling: Events by Tiffie

Photography: Victor Pham

Venue & Flowers : Mints & Honey

Fondant Cookies: I Dream of Cookies

Cake & Desserts: Sift Dessert Bar

Invitation: Minted