Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding

Wasn't Kate just SO beautiful?


I heard that William whispered to Kate after she walked down the aisle,

"You look stunning babe" or "You look beuatiful" or something to that extent.


Even though he's a prince and all, they fell in love like normal people and
they really love each other. It's a nice thing to see.
They looked genuinely happy together too.
(I must admit, when Japanese prince got married a long time ago, the whole thing looked so... mechanical and not genuine at all.)

On a different note, I wonder who and what kind planner gets to coordinate a wedding at this scale?

Is she/he a royal related or just a super planner?
 I would LOVE to meet her/him.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pop Up Restaurant

A couple of months ago, my BFF Karena took me on a date to a pop-up restaurant.

It was executed by people from Room Forty
Basically, it's an event where they pop up a restaurant on that particular date for that particular time and serve 5-course gourmet meals to guests who pre-ordered the spot. The spots were sold out weeks in advance, and the guests didn't find out where the restaurant was going to be until they were informed via e-mail a few days prior to the event.

This time, it was held at one of the trendy loft buildings in downtown LA. 
I assume the space used this time is usually an alley between buildings. 

They served cocktails and hors d'oeuvres when we got there and people were mingling. 

There were approx. 80 people. It was a communal style setting, so everyone sat with people they didn't know. Kind like a dinner party with strangers. 

Besides the cocktails during cocktail hours, guests brought their own drinks.

The food was great. Not the best food I've ever tasted, but it was definitely worth $75/person. 

My favorite of the whole meal was the dessert.
Some sort of butterscotch pudding. Yum.

Overall, it was a very intriguing experience. 
The food was great, service was top notch, ate at an interesting atmosphere, and met some new groups of people. 

Most of all, I was inspired by the whole concept of the event.
I SO want to do something like this. 
I feel like I have some GOOD ideas are forming in my brain. 
I'm not quite sure what they are yet, but It'll come to me eventually, hopefully. 
No, definitely.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

If you never ask..

The great quote I learned at the conference "Uncensored" was...

The answer is always No, if you never ask!

That is so true.

So, I've asking people shamelessly if they need any assitants or interns for any upcoming events.
And, slowly but surely, I'm starting to get some gigs!
Yes, it's still internship and I'll most likely be working for free for almost all events.
But right now, I need experiences more than anything. So I take them in a heartbeat.

Imagine how awesome I will be after all these experiences?
I say, in a year, I should be pretty bad-ass. Or, beginning to be bad-ass, at least.

I'm excited for myself. Yeah man.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wayfares Chapel

As I promised myself, I visited the Wayfares Chapel, aka "Glass Chapel" this weekend.

It's located in the south end of Rancho Palos Verdes.
It took me about an hour to get there from LAX area.
Granted, it was a GOURGEOUS drive along the coast, yet it was a pretty long drive.
(I would definitely suggest a shuttle service if any of my future clients were to use this chapel for the ceremony.)

The chapel stands on the hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

As you walk in from the parking lot, you see the water fountain.
The glass building behind the fountain is the chapel.

The chapel is surrounded by gardens.
From the front garden, it looks like as if the chapel stands in the forest.
(Apparently, that was the architect, Lloyd Wright's intention. For details, read here.)

The view from the front garden is outstanding.

The chapel itself looked smaller in person.
But according to the staff, it fits 100 guests comfortably.

Small or not, the architecture of the chapel was beautiful.
I bet this is a great location for someone who wants a small and intimate ceremony.

It welcomes people with all religious background, including the same gender ceremony.
When I was there, one of the staff said to me,

"Yeah. We all have one god, right?"

I like that.

(Back of the chapel)

(Flower in the garden)

(View of the ocean from the back of the chapel)

With the breathtaking view of the ocean, interesting architecture, and open-minded policy for different religious backgrounds, I get why this chapel is very popular among Japanese couples who want to get married in LA.

It's like the epitome of the Southern California wedding.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Power of Twitter

At the last conference, I heard so many people mentioned Twitter.
"Re-tweet this" or "You should follow her."

I don't even understand the lingo...
I also heard that at the recent earthquake in Japan, people had hard time connecting through phones, but they could confirm that their loved ones were OK through Twitter and Facebook.

I made an account long time ago, and haven't really touched it.
But I think it's time for me to catch up with the new technology.

So I re-opened my account.



I feel like I have nothing to "tweet" about.

I'm now following some of the planners I met at the conference,
people suggested to follow at the conference... but that's about it.

I need to explore more on this thing.

In any event, if anyone is interested, you can follow me here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Glass Chapel

I've heard so many times that for Japanese couple who want to get married in LA, this chapel made out of glass in Rancho Palos Verdes is THE place to be.

I've been in LA for 16 years, and I heard about it so many times, yet I've never been there.
That's lame.


I'm making a trip out there this weekend.
I've talked to the Reverend and made the arrangement.
Full report coming up soon!