Welcome! So Happi You're Here!

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!

Happi Planning!

xo,
nancy

So Happi Wedding Workshop

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hello! Hello!

We are SO excited to officially announce the very 1st So Happi Wedding Workshop! It actually consists of 3 parts and 4 days!


Workshop: July 26-27, 2014; 10:30-4:30 at the Unique Space in LA
Wedding: August-December 2014; shadow a REAL So Happi Together Wedding*
Wrap-up Reunion: December 2014; based on availability of all attendees

* Real Weddings will be taking place at Saddlerock Ranch (Chateau le Dome), Terranea Resort, Saddlerock Ranch (Oak Grove), The Langham, The Smog Shoppe and Pelican Hill. Attendees will choose their real wedding to shadow in the order that they register for the workshop .



Before I became a planner I taught college courses in Media Studies, Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies and Cultural Studies as I worked on my PhD. I love teaching and impacting change and growth so I am honored to marry this love with my love for planning and designing weddings! I can't wait to share my knowledge, experience and vendors with you! Please contact me for more detailed information (including a beautiful information packet) or visit The Unique Space Event Calendar to sign up today! Space is limited!!

Follow our Instagram profile for the most recent updates! We will be new information regarding the vendors involved and the Real Weddings you can shadow, every day!

And if there is something YOU would like to learn at the workshop, please comment below!! I would love to keep it as interactive as possible in order to make sure it is relevant for each attendee! I want us to be able to build a support network with each other and keep in touch as our respective businesses mature! It will be a place to learn, but more importantly, a place to build relationships and garner inspiration.

With that said, one of the most inspiring and talented people I know, Jana Williams, will be providing a special tutorial on Social Media and Marketing!!! In under 5 years, she has grown her business with over 60K Facebook followers, nearly 40K Instagram followers and features in numerous print and web media outlets. She is one of the most sought after and recognized wedding photographers and yet, so incredibly humble and beautiful, inside and out! I am sure you will love her as much as I do and can't wait for everyone to meet her!!

Lunch will be provided on each Workshop Day by Urban Palate LA on tablescapes that are made beautiful by Casa de Perrin, Heavenly Blooms and La Tavola Linens. Believe me, you won't want to miss this and the other goodies we have in store!

That's just a taste for now, but I will certainly be updating with more information soon!!

Hope to meet you in person in the very near future! :)


Gallery Sneak Peek #1

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone!

We are in the process of reworking our branding and website (I know - it is LONG overdue!) and as we gather images for the Gallery Section, I am coming across so many beauties that I can't believe we haven't shared yet! Birth to 2 babies and nearly 100 weddings (yes, I consider wedding planning a birth process too!) over the past 4 years has made it difficult to focus on submitting these gorgeous weddings for publication or update our website. So, as we work on sending these out for feature and organizing them for our website, I thought I would provide a few sneak peeks here!

Let's start with a throwback to this lovely fete from 2013. We were obviously early to the Radiant Orchid pantone party of 2014. I love being ahead of the trend, rather than following it. ;)

We transformed this private estate into a luxurious, yet intimate, party for 400+ guests. The youngest daughter of the Panda Inn/Panda Express empire was getting married to the love of her life and we were honored to help plan and design the amazing celebration, held at her parent's home. Of course, it was Panda catered and you can bet the food was off the charts, amazing! Michelle and Ben were the sweetest couple and wanted to fill their day with meaningful details that were unique to them and their relationship. We had so much fun designing the day around their story and are honored to now call these two our friends. Custom twiggy-branch chandeliers, custom-colored round dance floor, vintage cut-crystal glassware, specialty linens and bountiful florals made the day oh-so perfect. 




Thank you to Cat from Next Exit for the beautiful images! We will be sharing more shortly!! 

2013 Bride's Choice Award!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We have quite a bit of catch up to do with our blogging and announcing, but for now, I wanted to let everyone know that once again, we have been awarded a Bride's Choice Award by WeddingWire!

This means we are among the top 5% of wedding planners within the WeddingWire network. We are humbled by our 5 star ratings and motivated to continue to earn the love and praise of our brides.


Weddings, Wedding VenuesSo Happi Together, Best Wedding Planners in Orange County - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner
 



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