The Big Fake Wedding | The General's Residence at Fort Mason

I remember the only bridal show I attended when I was planning my wedding. It was overwhelming. I came home with all sorts of random freebees, a stomach full of snacks, and no clear idea of who to hire. As a wedding coordinator, I have always been hesitant to participate in a show, and it wasn't until I discovered The Big Fake Wedding that I decided to give it a try. 

The Big Fake Wedding gives a wedding show a fun, intimate twist. Instead of shoving a ton of vendors into a large space and letting brides, grooms, and entourage roam around aimlessly, The Big Fake Wedding throws a wedding featuring a couple renewing their vows. They bring in local vendors to each event, and guests can interact with the them first hand. 

Photography: Cameron Ingalls

This event was so much fun! As the coordinator, I rehearsed and ran the ceremony. I also designed the send-off at the end of the night for Patricia and Frank, our bride and groom for the evening.

All of the vendors followed an inspiration board that depicted the wedding style. It described a bride who was sophisticated, loved fashion, and got everything she wanted. The colors were light blue, black, and gold. I wanted to keep the sendoff simple but also sophisticated and glamorous. One day, while watching The Bachelorette (yes, inspiration does strike randomly!), the idea came to me. Tossing long stem roses. 

Send-off Table | Photography: Weddings by Sunnyside

All the vendors and staff were a blast to work with. The bride and groom were smiling. The ceremony brought happy tears. The flowers were dreamy. The dress was stunning. The cake was straight out of a fairytale. There were even pie pops. 

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

It's the unique details that make your wedding unique. I love finding vendors that are out of the box. Melody Wed creates custom first dance songs. Check out the song she wrote for our couple! Silvi at The Poetry Store writes poetry on demand for your guests. Chick Design Boutique can laser cut cake toppers, table numbers, you name it. You can check out the entire vendor list here

Photography: Weddings by Sunnyside

Wedding Planning, Simplified

Check out my guest post for The Big Fake Wedding! My goal as a wedding coordinator is to help couples plan their wedding while minimizing the stress. I always try to remind them to stop and remember what matters most to them. It's their big day, after all. 

In the midst of to­do lists, detailed projects, and outside pressure, if you stay focused, you can minimize your stress leading up to your wedding day. And when that day comes, have fun and let your vendors do what they do best. You’ll be married, and that’s what matters most.

Miranda and Andrew | Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse

I had the honor of coordinating my best friend's wedding this Spring. Miranda and I have been best friends since grade school. I've personally lost count of the number of years. I'm sure if you asked her, she could tell you the exact number.

After months of back and forth on location, Miranda and Andrew finally booked Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse in Corona del Mar. This is a charming, intimate space, and perfect for celebrating their marriage with friends and family.  

For Miranda, the most important thing was dancing. Dancing and Miranda are one in the same. Luckily for her, Andrew was game and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. 

Photos by David & Tania Photography

I can't believe my best friend is married! Congrats to the both of you! Check out more of Miranda and Andrew's wedding in the gallery.

Kristine Tsai Wedding Planning  |  David and Tania Photography |  Elevated Pulse Productions
Kelly Zhang  |  Simply Sweet Cakery  |  Bridal Event and Lounge
Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse  |  Newport Beach Marriott

Angela and Kenneth | The Mountain Winery

I'm so excited to share Angela and Kenneth's wedding! They exchanged vows at the beautiful Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Despite the blistering hot September weather, everyone had a wonderful time dancing the night away to their favorite boy band classics (Backstreet Boys for the grand entrance and 98° for the first dance? Win!). Boy bands hold a special place in my heart and to this day I still have a playlist ready to go for long car rides. 

I loved all of the personal hand made details, and I especially loved their decision to serve mochi ice cream and pie! When I met the the couple for the first time and they said the word pie...I nearly died of excitement. I loved designing their "cake" table to display the three delicious pie flavors. 

Photography by Lynn-Kai Chao Photography

Photography by Lynn-Kai Chao Photography

Thanks for letting me be part of your day! Check out more photos from their wedding in the gallery

Kristine Tsai Wedding Planning  |  Lynn-Kai Chao Photography  |  JKapture Studios
Rockit City DJs  |  The Wild Geranium  |  Modern Beauty by Deana
Cypress Hotel  |  The Mountain Winery