Category Archives: REAL WEDDINGS

Kai-ting & Patrick at Casa Romantica

Kai-Ting is Taiwanese but grew up in Saudi Arabia. Nick is Italian American. They met in law school and are both busy, busy attorneys living in Manhattan. They wanted a destination wedding in Southern California but also desired a subtle French feeling brought into the day as Kai-Ting adores Paris and that is where they honeymooned.

The Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente fit their aesthetic perfectly! A beautiful white stucco Spanish California building with a slightly European feel to it and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and San Clemente Pier was the perfect location to host an intimate wedding of 60 guests.

The invitations were custom designed by Jill Velez of CopperWillow and featured a blind letterpress of the Pier along with wavy gray calligraphy designed to mimic ocean waves.

The ceremony was held outside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Vintage Persian rugs created the space for the couple to stand on as they said their vows. Kai-Ting wore a Monique Lhullier dress and Valentino shoes.

Cocktail hour was held inside the Cultural Center and guests found their escort cards on a table decorated with potted mint and candles. Vintage cream, white, and gold furniture from Found Rentals were the perfect accessory to the sparkling chandelier.

For dinner, guests were escorted to the lawn where long tables were set with raw linen tablecloths, white flowers in silver and cut crystal vases, oregano sprigs on the napkins, and taper and pillar candles. Bistro lights twinkled overhead.

After a delicious dinner from Iva Lee’s Catering, guests were escorted back inside to dance the night away on the black and white checkered dancefloor.



Team Awesome:

Wedding Planning & Design, Amber Gustafson of Amber Events,

Photography, Lane Dittoe,

Location, Casa Romantica Cultural Center,

Officiant, Pastor Joe Robb

Invitation and Calligraphy, Jill Velez of CopperWillow,

DJ, Hey Mister DJ,

Florals, Holly Flora,

Bridal Beauty, 1011 Makeup,

Catering, Iva Lee’s,

Wedding Cake, My Sweet & Saucy,

Rentals, Signature Party Rentals,

Vintage Furniture, Found Rentals,

Videography, Blue Kite Cinema,

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label

Amber Events wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes: Alison & Matt at Studio 1342

I’m so excited that Matt & Alison’s fun, urban wedding was featured recently on Green Wedding Shoes! I loved planning their wedding and LOVED how it turned out! They live in Minnesota and we did most everything long distance. I love that they trusted me with creating a special day for them!

Alison + Matt were high school sweethearts who met at band camp back many, many years ago and they tied the knot last July, at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles, with an intimate celebration filled with lots of modern + colorful details. They wanted the day to truly represent the two of them and their families, so there were tons of music-inspired styling elements that I designed for them. I especially adore the “yearbook” that we made for them on the chalkboard that belongs to Studio 1342.

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The Team who made the magic


photography: Rachel & Rico from Studio Castillero

venue: Studio 1342 Los Angeles, California

event design + planning: Amber from Amber Events

florals: Peony & Plum

videography: Isabel Cinémathèque

music: Unite Entertainment

paper goods: HelloLucky & Etsy

catering: Truly Yours

cake: Fantasy Frostings

wedding dress: Viva by Amy Kuschel

Calligraphy on Chalkboard: Calligraphy Katrina

shoes: Jimmy Choo

bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

hair + makeup: Beauty by Grace

groom suit: Brooks Brothers

AE Team Member POV: Sandy & Alex’s wedding

Montana recently joined the Amber Events team, and we are very grateful she took the time to fill out our intern questionnaire. Enjoy! Nira

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

I learned about the opportunity to intern for Amber Events through the club ASEP (Association of Student Event Planners) at my school, Cal Poly Pomona.


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

I have always loved weddings and have fallen more in love with them as I intern for Amber Events. I simply adore every detail that goes into an event and I fall into that category of people who just love “love”.


What tasks did you complete for this wedding?

Some of my tasks at this wedding included setting up reception tables with candle holders and table numbers, guiding guests to their correct tables, helping with the escort card display and much more.


What surprised you?

I would have to say I was surprised by how, as a team, we were able to overcome the displacement of time when the church ceremony started and ended earlier than expected. The AE staff, venue staff, and chef, all made changes to accomodate and put us right back to the originally scheduled timeline.


What is your favorite part of this wedding?

My favorite part of this wedding was when the best man gave his speech. It really displayed the love he had for Sandy and Alex as a couple and to me that is what it is all about.


What shoes did you wear?

Simple black comfy flats!


The uniform for the Amber Events staff is a black polka dot cardigan and slacks. What did you do to Jazz up your look?

I am a big fan of rings and earrings. I happen to wear at least 3 rings and pink rhinestone earrings at this wedding.


What is your favorite wedding scene from a movie?

I am not sure if this qualifies as a “wedding scene’ but I love when Melanie Smooter tells Jake, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” in responding to why she wants to marry him in the movie Sweet Home Alabama.


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

If you have any sort of love or awe for the industry, try it out! Being a part of somebody’s special day is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced.


Final Comments:

I admire Nira and Amber and am so thankful for them to give me such a great opportunity to learn and grow!




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