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Karen Tran featured on Ceci Style Magazine by Ceci New York

So delighted and honored to be featured in Ceci Style Magazine out of New York. Please check out her site. It’s full of gorgeousness!  Great tips from the Stylish Ceci herself and other wonderful experts in our wedding industry. Read on how you can make your  next event ‘Dazzling’!  Thank you Ceci for the beautiful feature!

Video of our Lake Como styled shoot with Wed Couture Milano

I love reliving my visit to Lake Como. Here is a spectacular video from our Styled shoot with WED Coulture Milano. Diego with Photo 27 did an outstanding job documenting this event. It really showcase the true beauty of this Villa on the lake. Well done Diego! Can it get any better than this? A magnificent wedding in Lake coma? What a special place to host your wedding! I look forward to many more visits to this beautiful country.

A Day with Karen Tran – final from photo27 movies on Vimeo.

Signature Wedding Magazine featuring Karen Tran: Wedding Magazine in Asia

We are incredibly excited and honored to be featured in Signature Weddings Magazine.  An Asian wedding magazine publication available in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.  If you are in these countries, please pick up a copy.  Signature Weddings graciously devoted 8 pages in their gorgeous magazine to Karen Tran’s interview.  Below are some image selected from some of our past weddings.  Thank you very much Signature Weddings Magazine!  We look forward to designing weddings in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia!
Special thanks to Joseph Matthew for all the beautiful images

A wedding in Italy: My visit to beautiful Lake Como

I feel as if I am living a dream.  Italy is by far my favorite country.  During my journey to this beautiful country, we visited Lake Como.  Our styled shoot could not be more perfect and enjoyable.  Thanks to the wonderful wedding planner Andrea Naar Alba with WED Couture Milano.  Andrea is a gem!  If you are planning a wedding in Italy, please contact her!  She is knowledgable and efficient.  Not to mention she is an absolute doll to work with.  Thank you so much Andrea for making my visit to Lake Como a great experience!
The wonderful Andrea found this amazing private lake front Villa  in Lake Como.  The 14th century villa is incredibly well kept and the ground is just immaculate.  The exterior is true to old italian architect and the interior is ornate and beautiful.  We wanted to design a special wedding ceremony and reception for this villa without taking away its beautiful character.  The all WHITE florals complemented the ceremony  which overlook the lake wonderfully .  We used old urns overflowing with lush florals and set on moss laden balustrade.  The ornate reception room in the Villa was beautifully decorated with butter color curtains and old chandeliers.  The ceiling of this room was immaculately carved and the wood flooring embossed with ornate patterns.  Our choice for the centerpieces included a 100 yr  old bronze candelabras with beautiful carved cherubs.  These lovely candelabras were draped with thick floral garlands and lush blooms of garden roses, viburnum, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids.  Below are some images I snapped with my iphone to show you all the Splendor and Grandeur of this villa  Some are professional photos from Diego with Photo 27.  We are so honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to design in Italy.  We are looking forward to our next wedding in Italy coming up in April.  If it’s anything like our experience with Lake Como, it’s going to be amazing!
Please stay tuned for more professional photos from Photo 27……did we also mention that this will be featured in Vogue Sposa?  Oh, we are so incredibly excited!

Glam and modern wedding at the Park Hyatt: Linda and Doug

We are so happy to be a part of Linda and Doug’s beautiful wedding at the Park Hyatt Aviara.  It was such an honor to work with this sweet couple for more than a year.  We love the style they have chosen for their wedding: Glam, sparkly (For Linda), modern and clean line.  The ceremony in the courtyard embraced the ALL WHITE color palette utilizing acrylic base down the aisle.  Large acrylic boxes trimmed with crystal rhinestone were paved with large white florals.  The couple exchanged their vows underneath the lush black and white modern chuppah.  Moving into the ballroom for the dinner reception, we added the deep vibrant RED.  Each floral centerpiece consisted of 400 rich red roses paved in a round shape atop our sleek black vessel with added crystal strands.  Our custom feather table linen paired very well with this glamorous wedding.  The talented J Grace contributed her magic to this wedding with the ultra luxurious stationeries.  The beautiful custom black and white dancefloor from Platinumpro completed this wedding perfectly.  Kudos and many thanks to Catherine at CBS Weddings and Paul Barnett Photography for these lovely images.  Congratulations Linda and Doug!  You two are such special people!  We are privileged to be a part of it!

French Versailles wedding: featured in Ceremony Magazine

We are so happy to see our lovely couple featured in latest edition of Ceremony Magazine.  Mandy and James elegant Versailles wedding took place at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego.  Known for it’s massive display of crystal chandeliers, the ballroom was appropriately named ‘Versailles’.  The theme of this wedding fit this adorable couple to a tee. Mandy loves everything french and vintage.  We combined her collection of vintage pin cushions, pitchers, brooches with large display of white florals set in silver candelabras dripping with multiple strands of crystals.  We added touches of vintage crystal brooches and lace.  LOVE the lace accent on the menus by J Grace.   The gold and white color combination mixed well with our light blush table linens and the beautiful Versailles ballroom.  We love and always remember this wedding.  Congratulations Mandy and James! and congratulations to Monarch Weddings on a very nice feature.  Kudos to True Photography for the images.

Exquisite masquerade and Peacock wedding at the Grand Del Mar

This sophisticated and lavish wedding at the Grand Del Mar truly reflects the style of Steve and John.  Their hospitality was beyond gracious.  The beautiful guests were treated to a grand evening filled with impeccable decor, entertainment and fine dining.  We were grateful that the couple gave us full liberty to infuse the Manchester ballroom with rich royal colors of purple, magenta, teal and deep blue.  Embracing the Masquerade and peacock theme, we set out to deck this exquisite with large florals filled with lush orchids, roses, hydrangeas and plumes.  Fine touches such as cut crystal stemware, custom menus, crystal brooch napkin ring holders and seamless custom dancefloor all contributed to this glamorous evening. We love how all the royal colors blend together to create this devine Masquerade reception.  Special thank you to Kathleen Shera for all her hard work in planning and Wayne Foster Entertainment for rockin’ the party and Jennifer Dery for the amazing images.


Featured on South Asian Bride Magazine: Pink and Gold tabletop

We are very honored to be featured in the latest South Asian Bride Magazine.  From cover to cover, all the images are so beautiful!  Our table design palette consisted of soft and vibrant Pink with luxurious Gold.  An abundance of pink peonies were used for the table garland and the gold floral stand dripping with white orchids.  Chameleon chairs were adorned with soft pink roses hydrangeas and lush strands of white orchids.  I love blending the rich gold with the delicate soft pink shade.  It gives the overall design an opulent appeal.

Featured on The Knot Southern California: Hotel Del Coronado wedding

It’s so awesome to relive the spectacular wedding of Kelsey and Jeff at the Hotel Del Coronado.  Please see their full post HERE.  A huge thanks to the talented Yougrens for their fabulous images.  They did a superb job capturing this wedding.  Congratulations once again Kelsey and Jeff!

Winter wonderland ceremony at the Grand Del Mar ~ Capella Chapel

It doesn’t get very cold here in San Diego and this is as close as we’re going to get to a white winter wedding.  Nevertheless, it was white and wintery in the Capella Chapel at the Grand Del Mar.  Steve and John wanted a winter wonderland in the Capella chapel,  which is lined with dark wood ceiling and marble flooring.  We brought in white birch and curly willow branches adorned with hanging orchids, crystal strands and prisms.  Two large white peacock completely constructed out of fresh flowers greeted the guests at the entrance.  The tail of these two peacocks consist more than 400 phalaenopsis orchids and dendrobium orchids along with fluffy white hydrangeas and large roses.  The main aisle dazzled with pearl filled vessels and floating candles.  Paraffin candles embellished with crystal snowflake brooches lined the two sides of the aisle  weaved with loose white rose petals.  The main altar was adorned with two large white floral arrangements atop fur covered columns with lush white floral garland across the credenza.  Please stay tune for the stunning photos from the talented Jennifer Dery of the reception.

Lavish blush colored wedding at the Grand Del Mar

No doubt the blush color tones has been the most popular color trend this year.  You can see why, it is subtle,  timeless and elegant.  This wedding was all that and more.  The ceremony was beautifully decorated with soft blush tone fabric chuppah adorned lavishly with white  and ivory florals. Thick petal path lead the bride to the Grand Moroccan Pavilion where the chuppah was staged.  The white neutral tones worked exceptionally well in this open lawn surrounded with lush canyon and golf course.
The formal dinner reception held in the Elizabeth ballroom was quiet extravagant.  Lush and abundant floral centerpieces in white color palette graced each guest table.  Large 16 ft wrap-around custom bar  was set in the center of the ballroom and was the focal point for this gorgeous wedding.  We created a massive 7 ft floral display for the center of the custom bar.  It was indeed a Grand statement!  The special guests and their families sat around the custom seamless dance floor with modern mirrored tables and contemporary yet timeless floral decor.  Congratulations to Lina and Michael on your beautiful wedding!
Special thanks to Joseph Matthew Photo for these beautiful images.

Rancho Valencia Rose Garden wedding ceremony

Oh how we love white weddings and a wedding at the Rancho Valencia can’t be more perfect!  The newly renovated Rancho Valencia Resort is a spectacular place to host a wedding!  Particularly the Rose Garden.  This lush garden is charming and quaint, surrounded by lush foliages.  Our round rotunda wedged perfectly in the nook of the rose garden, adorned completely with lush hydrangeas, imported roses, peonies and elegant white orchids. Thick white petal path along with urns overflowing with fluffy white hydrangeas led the beautiful bride to the altar graced with hanging crystal chandelier.  What can be more complete for this intimate yet grand wedding ceremony?
Photos by Joseph Matthew Photography


Wedding faire symposium in Santa Clara: January 4-6

Please join me at the Wedding faire symposium in San Francisco area for 3 full day of  work shops for wedding professionals and brides.  I will be one of the speakers along with the fabulous Marcy Blum, David Beahm, Sasha Souza, Robert Fountain and Phillippe Lee.  You can visit The Wedding faire website for full details HERE.  I look forward to seeing you there!

French Vintage splendor wedding at the Westgate Hotel

When the beautiful bride Mandy came to us with a request for a french vintage wedding (think Versailles!).  I  immediately jumped with excitement!  It’s no secret I am in LOVE with anything glamorous and a french baroque theme in the Versailles ballroom at the Westgate Hotel just fit the bill.  My head was spinning with vision of everything ‘spendor’.  The Versailles room definitely live up to it’s name.  The gold gilded walls and stunning crystal chandeliers was the perfect room to host this french inspired wedding.  The ballroom served a dual purpose of the ceremony and reception. The guests sat in a circular style arranged around the beautiful custom dance floor with the couple’s filigree logo provided by Platinumpro.  Our team then flipped the room for the reception dinner.  Tall and opulent baroque style candelabra cascading with white florals displayed on each guest table surrounded with gold trimmed candle holders.  Our rich lace gold overlay for the sweetheart table and cake table added depth and tied this theme together seamlessly.  Don’t you just adore the Throne style setee from Concept rentals?.  Fit for the queen and king for sure!  I love that Mandy collected vintage keys and pin cushions to hold the guest names (provided by J Grace stationery).  The collection was unique and so precious!  These were elegantly displayed on the escort table.
We hope you enjoyed viewing the photos of this wedding as much as we enjoyed designing it.  Many thanks for the sweet Sarah Zimmer for being there to photograph the decor for us.  Thank you so much Sarah!  We will post more images of this sweet couple soon!

Four Seasons Westlake Village wedding: Vicky and Dale

It was such a pleasure to design this wedding for ultra sweet and special couple Vicky and Dale.  The wedding celebration at the Four Seasons Westlake in Los Angeles set a beautiful tone for this vibrant wedding.  The wedding ceremony decor embraced the all white theme which was perfect against the soothing waterfall backdrop and majestic pine trees.  The reception celebration took on the vibrant palette using all the jewel tone colors the couple love.  Deep purple, magenta, royal blue, chartreuse and deep pink blooms graced each crystal draped vessel in the beautiful ballroom at the Four Seasons.  The amethyst lighting and linens gave this room a soft glow and blends well with the custom seamless dance floor.  The deep purple chameleon chairs were lovely and complement the tablescape perfectly!  We adorned each glass vessel with our signature crystal brooch for the extra sparkle and it truly made a statement.
Congratulations to the lovely couple Vicky and Dale!
All photos courtesy of Hogue Photo, beautiful papergoods from J Grace