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A note from the newlyweds

Sigh. Emails like the below make my week and my month! They put a smile on my face and happiness in my heart! Nick & Kai-Ting got married back in July at the beautiful Casa Romantica in San Clemente and they took the time to write the below email to me. Enjoy these teaser photos from the talented Lane Dittoe!

“Dear Amber,

I want to reach out and let you know our thoughts on our wedding and your role in it.

First, we could not have pulled off the wedding without you. We were two very busy attorneys planning from across the country. You can tell by the number of times you were mentioned in the speeches that our friends and family understood the amount of work you put into our wedding.

Second, we greatly enjoyed the planning process with you. You are wonderful to work with. I appreciate that you are organized, personable, funny and sweet but also have this no-nonsense attitude when it comes to getting stuff done. The day of the wedding, I just relaxed and let things happen because I completely trusted you would take care of any hiccups that arose.

Third, thank you for the great vendors you introduced to us. We have told all our friends about the funny stories we heard from Holly and Becky about their flower shop. Those two sweethearts do beautiful things with flowers. Even though I didn’t have the vocabulary to express what I wanted, through my mumbling, they got my vision exactly. Jill from Copper Willow designed such incredible invitations! When you first told me about Found Rentals, I had no idea why a person would want vintage furniture for a wedding. Lauren from Found was awesome – she picked up on my style and suggested great options. One of my friends was so taken by the lounge area at the wedding, it inspired her to find vintage pieces for a baby shower she was planning. My Sweet and Saucy produced delicious and beautiful cakes and were so easy to deal with. We also got compliments from guests about Lee the DJ. As for Blue Kite Cinema, Nick and I both think – best decision ever. We are thrilled with the product they gave us and are so thankful you told us about them.

I received Lane’s pictures yesterday, and I saw some of the décor for the first time (was too busy chatting away on the wedding day to do a proper tour around the venue). I noticed how beautifully everything was setup and how you re-used flowers and other things once we were done with one space and moved to the next. That made me realize there were so many little things you did on the wedding day that I didn’t know about. Thank you for taking care of it all.

Lastly, I want to share a memory from our wedding. At the end of the night, Nick and I ended up being the last of all our friends and family to leave the venue. We saw everyone off on the shuttle and made sure a couple of stragglers got rides back to their hotel. My friend Jamie even rode in our limo with us. It was the best way to leave our wedding that we could have hoped for. At the beginning of our planning, we told you that we envisioned a fancy dinner party. It really did feel like we were at home, seeing all our guests off at the end of a brilliant night.

We are very grateful for you and your wonderful team, Nira, Katelynn and Lacey. We know that this is just the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, but how amazing to have it start with such a perfect moment.

Kai-Ting and Nick”

Team Member POV: Ali & Vincent

I originally met Lacey over some tea and macaroons at Aroma Cafe. We talked about the wedding industry and I picked her brain about her passions. She’s been interning with Amber Events ever since. What a great addition to the team. Thanks Lacey for taking time to fill this out.xo! {nira}

How did you learn about Interning or Assisting for Amber Events?

I went online and searched for companies affiliated with the wedding industry and Amber Events was one of the highest ranked.

Tell us about yourself and how it relates to the wedding industry.

I currently work full time and have been looking for a career change for a while now. I absolutely love throwing parties that involve little details, lots of friends and great memories so it just seems right to go into wedding industry.

What tasks did you complete for this wedding?

I helped set up the ceremony site which included placing personalized sunglasses at each guests seat, setting up the gift table, posting signs where needed, placing table cloths, checking on seating arrangements, making sure the reception timeline ran smoothly and helping any other way I could.

What surprised you?

How much fun every single person had. Everyone was laughing, intermingling and dancing the whole night even though some guests didn’t speak English and many guests flew in from out of town and didn’t know each other.

What is your favorite part of this wedding?

Seeing the final outcome of the ceremony and reception site. All the hard work of set up was well worth it.

What shoes did you wear?

All black flats.

The uniform for the Amber Events staff is a black button down shirt and slacks. What did you do to Jazz up your look?

I wore a few pieces of jewelry to amp things up and wore vibrant eye makeup.

What is your favorite wedding/romantic scene from a movie?

Definitely has to be the “Notebook”. When Rachel McAdams runs and jumps into Ryan Goslings arms while it’s pouring rain! It’s so romantic and their chemistry is amazing.

Do you have any words for anyone wanting to join the wedding industry? It’s a lot of hard work, but the final outcome is extremely rewarding once you see how happy the couples are.

Final Comments:

I am so happy to be able to work with Amber and Nira! Both ladies have a never-ending wealth of knowledge about All Things Weddings. 

Kudos for Amber Events

Emails like the below MAKE. MY. DAY. Scratch that, they make my week. I had to share! and the images of Erin & Austin’s wedding at the Hotel Bel Air? Are jaw dropping  beautiful. Such a lovely couple! This sneak peek photo brought to you by the talented Justine Ungaro

Dear Amber,

Thank you so much for all your amazing work on our wedding. Everyone commented on how smoothly everything went, there was never a moment of boredom for our guests. Everyone we have talked to said how our wedding was so much fun and they had a great time. The dance floor was always packed and I think this had a great deal to do with the timeline of events.  My bridesmaids felt totally taken care of and nothing seemed rushed. I appreciate your handling of the speech coordination, during the rehearsal you made it clear that nobody could go over their allotted time and I think this helped to reinforce our timeline. None of the speeches went on for too long and people could go back to having tons of fun.

I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for a wedding planner to have a baby right before wedding season. You did such a wonderful job juggling everything; I’m in awe of you! You must be superwoman or something, I couldn’t have done it. Thank you for having Nira all lined up to take over during your maternity leave, she took care of everything perfectly for those few months.

At first my parents were unsure that we even needed a wedding planner, they thought that a day of planner would be fine and that a total package wedding planner was extravagant. Now they are convinced of your value, they saw how smoothly everything went and how much fun people had. I can’t even imagine having a wedding without a total package wedding planner; the night just wouldn’t have been as fun because the timeline was so crucial for flow of the party. I actually didn’t have any stress while planning because you were there to bounce ideas off of and coordinate things. Also, thank you for keeping us up to date with all the vendor payments, it just would have been too much to handle without you.

My friend planned a big budget wedding and hired a coordinator that was more expensive than you. She complained about how her wedding planner is going way way over budget and just doesn’t care. You tried to save us money every step of the way!! I feel so lucky to have found you because you are so incredibly organized, timely, you’re a good listener and you are just so so nice.

Thanks Amber!


Team Member POV: Blake & Quade’s Marvimon wedding

I was first introduced to Vanessa through our awesome Amber Events team member, Jackie Hsu. These ladies are neighbors and friends. It was great to have them both work on Blake and Quade’s wedding together and actually have Jackie show her the ropes. Take a look at Vanessa’s experience working on Blake and Quade’s wedding. {nira}


How did you learn about Interning or Assisting for Amber Events?

I learned about interning for Amber Events from a former intern, Jackie! We both performed on the same hip-hop dance team, and now she’s my neighbor. She would always tell me how much fun she had interning for Amber Events, so I had to find out for myself!


Tell us about yourself and how it relates to the wedding industry.

Well, I don’t have much of a background that directly relates to the wedding industry. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in music. In my personal life, I love being organized and enjoy watching HGTV. I have developed an appreciation for aesthetics, so assisting at weddings seems to be right up my alley.


What tasks did you complete for this wedding?

I helped to create the table settings by fitting the table runners and forming the table numbers. I also helped fold napkins; the entire team including event management and the catering company was very helpful to each other in completing all the tasks. I also helped tend to the bridesmaids as they were preparing for the ceremony.


What surprised you?

I was surprised at how relaxed the entire event was. Many times, I was just able to observe and enjoy the beauty of the space and the liveliness of the guests. Apparently, it’s never that relaxed so I will cherish this memory as my first wedding assist.


What is your favorite part of this wedding?

My favorite part of this wedding was getting to meet Nira and Lacey, the other intern, plus working with Jackie. My second favorite part would have to be that the couple served individual pies instead of cake. They were delicious!


What shoes did you wear?

I wore black, leather flats with pointed toes and ankle straps. They are from Pied Juste at Anthropologie. It was my first time wearing them, and luckily the pain wasn’t too bad by the time I left.


The uniform for the Amber Events staff is a black button down shirt and slacks. What did you do to Jazz up your look?

My accessories included a black and gold hand piece, my rose gold watch from Fossil, mismatched sparkly earrings, and a skinny leather belt.


What is your favorite wedding scene from a movie?

I can’t say that I have a favorite movie wedding scene. I do enjoy an occasional chick flick, though.


Do you have any words for anyone wanting to join the wedding industry?

From what I’ve learned so far, being able to think and solve problems quickly is a valuable skill as a wedding assistant.


Final Comments

Thank you so much to Amber and Nira for giving me this opportunity! I look forward to the next one. Shout out to the rest of Team Awesome!


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