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This blog shares the latest news about {So Happi Together}, an event design and planning firm, along with my personal inspirations, ideas and love musings.

My hope is that it can serve as a resource to anyone who loves weddings as much as I do. If you're looking for more or just want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me or simply leave a comment! I am always thrilled to meet new people and hear new love stories!

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2013 Highlights

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It has been way too long since my last blog post. But we have had a ton of exciting stuff keeping us busy here. I would love to get into more detail about things here soon, but for now, I wanted to at least share a brief list of some of the highlights of our 2013.

First and foremost, our son and second child, Micah Paul Kim, was born on October 22, 2013. He is now a little over 100 days old and we still can't believe how perfectly he completes our family. He is such a happy baby - always cooing and giggling - and our Ellebelle is head over heels in love with him. She is such a pro big sister and about 100x a day you can hear her saying, "Can I cuddle him?" "Look! Baby Micah eyes are open!" or "Baby Micah loves me!! He's sooooo cute!"

A real dream come true - we were asked and invited to be A Little Black Book Member for Style Me Pretty, which has been a very big deal for us here. I have been a HUGE fan of SMP ever since I was engaged for my own wedding and remember when their Little Black Book had only 3 planners listed for all of Southern California. Look how much it has already grown! The industry has definitely changed since then, but I think The Little Black Book still offers the most carefully curated and reputable vendors around. I am sincerely honored and thrilled to be among them!

In addition to being asked to be a part of The Little Black Book, we were also invited to be among the elite circle of Tastemakers by Be Inspired PR. What an honor! Leila and her girls seriously have their hands on what is trending right now but also what is most beautifully classic and long lasting about this industry. They have impeccable taste and I am completely floored by the company I keep with this circle. it keeps me motivated to continue to be and do my best, and then some. :)

As a tastemaker, Evite contacted us and three other event designers to be a part of a design challenge and compete for the title of Evite's Top Party Planner Pro of the year - and we won! I will DEFINITELY be posting more details about this very soon! :)

In addition to the 18 weddings and events that we helped plan in 2013, we actually planned and designed our first destination wedding in Maui, Hawaii. It was so fun scoping out possible wedding venues for our couple and I was thrilled when they decided on one of the top 10 wedding destinations in the world, The Haiku Mill. The wedding was beautifully captured by our talented, fave friend, Jana Williams, and amazingly featured on Style Me Pretty! Please check out the whole feature - Haiku Mill is a place of dreams and the owner, Sylvia, is just a doll!

If you follow us on instagram (handle: sohappitogether) you receive snippets of our most up to date happenings and also get a glimpse into my personal life with the kiddos. We reached over 1000 followers, which is a humble number, considering all the people who have several thousand to several million followers, but for us, it was a fun thing to celebrate! I did have to remind my 11-year old niece that my instagram is mainly a social media outlet for my business, which is why I was excited about our number of followers. In real life, I encourage her that it doesn't matter how many followers you have. You really just need a core group of good friends to help keep you grounded and to provide you with real support and love when needed.

And that is another very significant part of 2013. In addition to my amazing husband, children, parents, sisters, cousins and lifelong girlfriends - I have been blessed with amazing relationships with other planners, floral designers, stationers, photographers and bakers in the industry and am beyond grateful for their friendship. I realize that I am super privileged to work among people I actually care about and respect and truly enjoy being around. :) I also get to work with clients who become my friends and we get to share our dreams and happiest (and sometimes, most stressful) moments together. In the end, I wouldn't trade it for the world! 

Below is a quick instapic from a holiday party at the beautiful Jesi Haack's home with some of my fave friends from the industry! I truly cherish our group emails, play dates and texts. These ladies, and some others not pictured here, are some of the most talented, real and kind people you will ever meet. I am lucky to call them friends.

With that, the So Happi Together team itself has grown in strength and size. A special shout out to my team members: Kitty, Bonny, Fane, Rita, Robin and Jennifer. You make it all possible and are the most dedicated, supportive and talented group of family and friends that a girl can wish for. We need a better group picture that has ALL of us (our post spa-day one is missing Jenn and most of us have no makeup on. eeps!) but you know I have so much love for each of you, even if your faces are not pictured here. :)

missing Jenn and Fane, but the lovely addition of Jane from Olive Hue Paper Goods!
pardon my postpartum bloat - this was 6 weeks after Micah was born!

And a special shout out to Fane! Many of my couples and vendors are familiar with her and her name because she is officially our part-time Coordination Assistant here at So Happi Together! So, she is not only an asset on the wedding day, but is my right hand gal during the week, and she has been a serious God-send! I am excited to have her take on a larger role in 2014 and you should be too! She is pretty amazing. :)

image stolen from Fane's instagram

Whew! So, that was a lengthy post, if there ever was one! Thank you for those who read it to the end! I promise to keep in touch through the blog more often, and hope you will return to share in our adventures! Here is to an amazing 2014 filled with memorable moments that keep us grounded, healthy and happy. All my love, nancy. xoxo!!

Susan & Sean - Happily Ever After and Featured on Project Wedding!

Monday, February 25, 2013

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to share Susan and Sean's wedding. The fact that it is also being featured on Project Wedding as their wedding of the WEEK is totally icing on this polished, clean and romantic cake!

Helping Susan and Sean design and plan their wedding day could easily be one of the most fun and rewarding things I have experienced. They are truly the sweetest, most laid back couple, just filled to the brim with style and creativity. I consider myself lucky to now call them friends! I loved that they always had great ideas at every meeting, but also trusted my advice on their design choices and really trusted me to do my work. I feel like this always makes for the best type of relationship and overall wedding! It all began with the amazing venue that we chose together - I just knew that the Music Center would be the perfect space for their clean and polished wedding, with just the right amount of pomp and romance. I am so happy that they felt the same way! Once this was decided, I was able to help them hand-pick all of their vendors and have to say, it was a true dream team!

Please check out their wedding feature this week on Project Wedding! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite images from their day!

First of all, Amelia Lyon (one of our favorite people and photographers ever!) was able to capture some insanely amazing portraits of this good-looking couple. 

One of my favorites from their day! Who wouldn't want to get married at the Music Center after seeing this?!

Susan's Valentino shoes... Get out!!!

Our color palette was a fun combination of shades that both Susan and Sean gravitate towards - pewter, slate gray, seafoam green, coraly peach, concord grape, gold and loads of white and cream. These colors were largely used in their paper goods, especially the RAD invitation suite that Sean designed and Susan and Sean printed and assembled. The colors were also incorporated into the escort cards and assembled into a large ombre display.

Cindy from Floral Elements did an amazing job keeping things looking clean, fresh and fun with the florals, while still maintaining a romantic and high-end look. We balanced out all the colors of the wedding with  soft white and cream flowers that had the softest hints of peach and coral mixed in here and there.

Her peach juliet garden rose bouquet!!!

I love how happy they are here. How every couple should look when exchanging their vows/rings. :)

Happily ever after begins here!!

The Grand Hall of the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has to be one of the loveliest places in LA to throw a party and celebrate a life of love. Those chandeliers mean business.

I love these following images because I know some people might be "scared" of the green carpet in the Grand Hall, but we felt like it matched perfectly with our color palette and loved the mid-century mod feel of the existing colors and decor. We were able to soften them up a bit with the linens we brought in from trusty La Tavola Linen! Can't wait for their new 2013 books to come out next month!

And some more close ups of some paper goods Sean created for their tablescapes. Susan is known for collecting match boxes from the restaurants that they frequent, so they gifted personalized match boxes to each of their guests. So fresh!

I love the sweetheart table set-up we had for them. In true So Happi Together style, we brought in a vintage settee from Found Vintage Rentals to make their setting feel extra cozy and special. I love the pieces Cindy brought in for their table.

And a total treat for the eyes and the tastebuds - sweets from Sweet and Saucy! I love their ombre cake and how we kept the dessert display simple and clean, in line with the rest of their wedding design.

Sean designed the cake topper himself! If you want one, please let me know and I will put you in touch with him. I love that it totally fills a current void in the cake topper "market" for modern brides. 

To honor their heritage and families, they had a Korean traditional ceremony called a Paebaek during the reception and looked amazing in the traditional garb! Guests were invited to view the Paebaek ceremony or continue dancing, and it fit in seamlessly with the rest of the wedding.

Susan and Sean - I had so much fun getting to know you both during your planning process and am so happy to be able to call you my friends. You two are so perfect together and I have been blessed to witness your love and commitment to each other. I miss our meetings over coffee and laughs and still dream about the cannolis you gave me! YUM!! Can't wait to see you both soon!! LOVE YOU!!!

Happi Team of vendors:

Event Design and Planning: So Happi Together
Photography: Amelia Lyon Photography
Videography: Fourmotion Videography, Andrew Oh
Venue: Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Catering: Patina
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Deanne
Floral Design: Floral Elements
Cake/Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop
DJ/MC: PK and Prokreation Productions
Vintage settee rental: Found Vintage Rentals
Chiavari chairs, pipe & drape and lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Bride's gown, reception dress and bridesmaid's dresses: Tomato Weddings
Groom's suit: Armani
Groomsmen attire: Zara
Groom's reception shoes: Nike 6 Olympic
Stationery and cake topper: designed by groom, screen printed and assembled by bride and groom

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hello Loves! For all my readers who are lucky in love - today is a very special day! :)

I have to admit, my husband and I don't really do much to celebrate this day. We usually do something special with my mom (ever since my father passed away, we have been her official dates on Valentine's Day) during the day and then go to Denny's in the evening. I know... so romantic. :) But my father always took us to Denny's after church on Sundays and for "special" occasions - remember way back when they used to give free meals on your birthday?! Anyways, my husband and I have been going there together for over a decade and I am so sad that our local one, the one we have been going to since high school, closed down this year! So, time to make new traditions and memories - and although it makes me sad, the timing is kind of perfect, since we have baby elle in tow now!

As I write this, my dear husband is making me eggs benedict, my favorite, for brunch before he heads into a meeting. I love this man. He always finds ways to show me he loves me and in a real, not fussy or overly pretentious way. And I truly feel like that is so important in every way. I like to remind my couples to enjoy being engaged, not just planning a wedding. We should always make effort to show each other how much we love and appreciate each other - not just on 2/14 or on your wedding day. :) So, here's to love on every day and how blessed I am for being able to celebrate it all year round - with my family and my couples! Thank you, everyone, for the opportunity! Thank you, especially, to my husband, for being a loving, supporting and thoughtful husband, a silly, gentle and wise father. We have been through over 10 years of growth together and it still feels as exciting as Day 1. I love you.

As for old and new traditions and memories - I thought I would leave you all with a sneak peek of some family pictures we took at Elle's Birthday party! We held the party at The Viceroy in Santa Monica, the same place we got ready for our wedding day! We took a picture, much like one of our favorites from our wedding day - but with baby elle. And it is definitely my favorite now! :)

June 2009 - by Amelia Lyon Photography

October 2012 - by Connie M Chung Photography

Happi Days of Love, everyone - from our family to yours!
by Connie M Chung

Technical Difficulties

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hello lovely readers!

I just wanted to drop a quick post to say that our online contact form on our website has been experiencing some technical difficulties! Boo.

So, if you have filled it out recently, and have not heard back from me, PLEASE forgive me! I promise, it is not a reflection of how we feel about you or your event! We have not been receiving a handful of our contact form inquiries. Totally breaks my heart!

Please email me at nancy@sohappitogether.com and I will respond to you right away!!


Caroline & Tim - Happily Ever After!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happi New Year, lovelies!! I am so thrilled to start off 2013 with a feature on Style Me Pretty's California Weddings blog!

I still remember my first meeting with Caroline, Tim and Caroline's parents. They were all so sweet and excited that I was certain I would love to help them with their wedding planning and design - even if we only had 3 months to do EVERYTHING. In that time, we booked a venue (the amazing Montage Laguna Beach) and a slew of other amazing vendors (including Flowerwild for florals, Jana Williams for Photography and Sweet and Saucy Shop for their decadent cake). Caroline's father, a talented interior designer, always had a vision of a Midsummer Night's Dream fete and we made it a classy reality with romantic whites and creams with muted gold undertones, amber lighting and the blushest of blush pinks. We spray painted fruits and berries white and gold and accented our tablescapes and arrangements with them. I think they added the perfect touch of an enchanted midsummer night's dream.

It was just another lovely day in sunny southern California. I really feel so blessed to live here!

Caroline, a graphic designer, designed the wedding invitations and paper goods herself!

She was such a classically elegant and beautiful bride! The layers of tulle on her Vera Wang gown only added to the magic of the day!

Kate from Flower Wild created the most gorgeous bridal bouquet. Literally dripping with soft and ruffly floral goodness. The peonies, sweet pea and ranunculus perfectly complemented Caroline.

 Caroline and Tim rode up to their ceremony in a white vintage Rolls Royce. LOVE!

 Aren't they so sweet?! I love that Tim opted for a traditional tuxedo with tails and Caroline chose to wear a classic jeweled tiara. Both can be difficult to pull off, but they did so perfectly!

When Tim and Caroline caught wind that their friends were going to surprise them with a flash mob during the cocktail hour, they decided to surprise their friends by learning a part of the routine and joining in! We even had some of the Montage service staff volunteer to be a part of the fun! It was truly a memorable part of the evening and the work and logistics were totally worth it when you saw the happy reaction from all the guests at the wedding and at the hotel! :)

 Caroline purchased these vintage chairs and lanterns and we set up an inviting lounge space near the outdoor courtyard for guests to escape to during the reception and also enjoy during dessert!

The tables were adorned with glittering gold mercury glass, fresh flowers, gilded fruit and berries and strategically placed herbs and greens. It truly was an enchanting experience. 

Topped off with a cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop, that literally made guests gasp. So beautiful.

Please be sure to check out the post and full gallery on Style Me Pretty! It is always such an honor to have our weddings featured there! And check back here later this week for a post about some of my favorite details from our 2012 weddings! We haven't had a chance to post many of the full weddings yet, but I will still be including some of the gorgeous details we loved from them!

Happiest New Year! 2013 is already turning out to be such a wonderful year and I am excited for all the fun we are going to have! I feel like we were blessed beyond belief in 2012 and look forward to paying it forward this year and sharing about it all here! xoxo!!!