“change forces growth”

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After SO MUCH hard work, the day has finally arrived! Events By Candice is now Engaged Events. It feels really, really good to say that! I decided to change the business name and venture into this expansion over 8 months ago, so it seems so surreal that it is actually launch day- Nov 14, 2014!

What an amazing season 2014 turned out to be. I entered my 5th season in business knowing that I was ready for a change, but afraid to take the step to elevate what I had created. Change is hard for me I’ll admit, and I was happy living in my “little” business bubble. Why change? Why try to grow? Why not just be satisfied booking the weddings I could take and turning away the others? Well my friends, because that just isn’t how I am built. I am always looking for the next opportunity, always pushing myself further, always excited for what could be just around the next corner….. and this was just that. An opportunity to evolve. A chance to take a chance. I had to make a move.

But, I’m leaving out one HUGE factor in all of this, I had just become a mother for the first time. With a baby that was less than a month old, talking to my family and friends about perhaps expanding the business just seemed crazy. How could I do all of this with a new little one? How could I still grow the business and continue to keep the work/life balance that I find so important? I remember asking my husband a few times after Brooke was born if I was crazy to want to re-brand, honestly looking for his opinion. Being the amazing person that he is he’d just smile back and me and say “nope, you aren’t crazy, you are just my determined, driven wife and that’s why I love you”. I’m a lucky lady, I know.

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Brooke was born in February and life was forever changed. She is perfect, in every way and I am so blessed. She made me look at life in such a new way and she made me want to continue to work and show her that you can be a mother and a business owner. You can do what you love and still have a family. I know some women want to stay home with their babies and other women want to work full-time outside of the home, I personally just wanted a little bit of both.

That is when I knew for sure it was time to expand. A team was what I wanted to create. A team of women dedicated to this wedding business, just as I am. A team who could work together and handle a larger volume of events. A team that would allow the business to still grow, without me having to balance it all solo. I had to turn down so many weddings over the past few years and it broke my heart! Not only for financial reasons, but because I wanted to work with the amazing clients that were coming my way but I just didn’t have enough time. This change would give me more support, and would push us all forward.

Now with 2 Associate Coordinators and a team of 5 strong assistants, I am proud to say that the team is in place. We can handle more, all while still providing the quality, personal assistance that my clients deserve. We can grow our brand and branch out to service small social events in addition to weddings. We have the man power to now jump into the 2015 season and thrive. I am so excited. It isn’t Events By Candice anymore, it is more than that. Engaged is a team. Engaged is Events By Candice elevated. Engaged is the future of this little business of mine.

Re-branding was the HARDEST thing, but so worth it in the end. How do you choose a new business name? Well it took me months! An updated website, a new office, email addresses, legal documents, social media, marketing, hiring, & training, all take so much time.  But its done, and I have so many people to thank for helping me along the way. Thank you to my husband for working on all the legal documents and for spending hours as my “tech manager”, thank you to my Sister in Law for painting my new office while I was working a wedding, thank you to our lawyer and our tax attorney for hundreds of emails and questions, thank you to my mom for all of her help with Brooke while I spent hours in front of the computer, thank you to Jim Kennedy and his team for our new head shots, thank you to my family and friends for encouraging me to do this, and a HUGE thank you to Jenna, Jen and my team for your continued support and your loyalty to this business.

They say that change forces growth and I couldn’t agree more. All of this change will allow me to grow both personally and professionally. Miss Brooke has changed me, my work has changed me, my relationships change me, and all for the better. I feel so blessed today. Life is so good. I am so thankful.

New information is below! New clients, I am excited to work with you, past clients, keep in touch :)

candice@engagedevents.us

http://www.engagedevents.us

~Candice

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real wedding: tessa & rich 9/7/13

25 Jul

The perfect summer day, a beautiful couple, breathtaking décor, and a crystal blue ocean backdrop…. these are just SOME of the elements of Tessa & Rich’s wedding day. A wedding coordinator herself, Tessa had high expectations for her planner, and I think I delivered :) I was so honored to be a part of this event….. from beginning to end it was nothing but class!

Tessa chose a stunning blue for her bridesmaids, with the rest of the décor being mostly white. Hints of silver and mirror accents finished off the look. Clean, Crisp, Classic…. an all white ballroom is simply timeless. The Ritz-Carlton was the perfect venue for this celebration, guests enjoyed the ocean view from the Pavilion ballroom all evening long!

Nisie’s Enchanted Garden provided the flowers. I was in LOVE! Tessa’s bouquet was one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen (and I see a lot of bridal bouquets!). The hanging rhinestones were just my style! The all white centerpieces were perfection and the “wow” factors like the guest book table tree with hanging crystals and candles made a huge impact.

Steve with Honored Occasions kept the dance floor packed all night! The night flew by….everyone was dancing and having so much fun! Before we all knew it, it was time to cut the cake! Not just any cake…. a floating cake sitting on a bed of white hydrangea! LOVE!

Tessa and Rich, it was so great working with you both on this beautiful wedding! I am so happy for you both, and honored Tessa that you trusted me with your big day. I wish you all the success with your own coordination business!

Take a look at some of the photos taken by Barnet Photography! The wedding was also published in Ceremony Magazine….. take a look here http://www.ceremonyblog.com/2014/05/27/ceremony-magazine-los-angeles-2014-tessa-richard/

If you’d like to see the highlights from the day, take a look at the highlight video from Dove Weddings here

http://dove-weddings.com/rich-tessa/

Enjoy!

~Candice

 

 

venue: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/.htm

photographer: Barnet Photography http://www.barnetphotography.com

video: Dove Weddings http://dove-weddings.com/

florist: Nisie’s Enchanted Garden http://nisiesenchantedflorist.com/

dj: Honored Occasions http://www.honoredoccasions.com

ceremony musicians: Blue Skies Events  http://www.blueskiesevents.com/

hair/make up: Design Visage http://www.designvisage.com

rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals http://www.chiavarichairrentals.com/

 

 

 

real wedding: sanam & abel 9/1/2013

17 Jul

Sometimes things just all come together perfectly. I meet a bride and right then I know we are going to make magic together. From my first meeting with Sanam I knew her and I were not only meant to work together, but meant to be friends long after her wedding as well!

Working with the couple for over 18 months, we put together a stunning wedding at the Westin South Coast Plaza. Shades of Purple (my fav!) and silver filled the space with an elegant, regal feeling. Our large, fun bridal party kept a smile on my face all day long! This wedding was by far one of my favorites that I have EVER coordinated!

We started with a traditional Persian sofreh ceremony inside one of the Westins ballrooms. The sofreh was done by Elegant Sofreh Designs and as always, it took my breath away. Bling touches, silver, purple, so perfect for Sanam! The ceremony was completed with personal vows that the couple read to one another….. so sweet! Sanam looked perfect in her STUNNING wedding dress! She was the most beautiful bride!

We then moved into the ballroom where the party really got started. A candy station, personal table names, and a photo booth were all fun touches to the reception. Bella Blooms provided the centerpieces that everyone LOVED. Orchids, Hydrangea, Roses, oh my! :) And the cake? Well let me tell you…… Simply Sweet Cakery out did themselves! Clear Cake stands were in between each layer, filled with orchids and purple led lights. Showstopper!

During dinner we showed an amazing same day edit of the day put together by Daniel at Imagique Brought tears to my eyes! A same day edit is such a cool way to showcase your day to your guests as they continue to enjoy the party! We then kicked off the dance party, and our DJ Mike Soltani kept the dance floor packed all night long!

Sanam and Abel are now expecting their first baby in December and I couldn’t be more excited for them! And it’s a girl! A new friend for my daughter Brooke! haha! I love seeing my couples enter the next phase of their lives….I get to think that I was there when it all got started! :)

Sanam and Abel, thank you for being so fun to work with and for allowing me to be a small part of your celebration. You both are amazing and come from such great families. I had such a great time getting to know everyone along the way. We put together the perfect wedding for you both, one that reflected you as a couple and one that provided your guests with a night they sure will not forget! Congrats to you both and good luck with the baby!

Take a look at some of my favorite photos from the day, captured by 8twenty8 Studios. And I also have to share the link from their same day edit video http://vimeo.com/73960302.

Enjoy!

~Candice

 

venue: Westin South Coast Plaza http://www.westinsouthcoastplaza.com/

cake: Simply Sweet Cakery http://www.simplysweetcakery.com/

flowers: Bella Blooms http://www.bellablooms.com

linen: Fusion Linen http://www.fusionlinen.com

sofreh: Elegant Sofreh Design http://www.elegantsofrehdesign.com/default.html

chairs: chivari chair rentals.com http://www.chiavarichairrentals.com/

photos: 8twenty8 Studios http://828-studios.com/wordpress/

video: Imagique  http://imagiqueweddings.com/

dj: Mike Soltani

photo booth: Simply Photo Booths http://www.simplyphotobooths.com

hair/make up: Melina (Make up) & Sunny (hair)

Officiate: Shahrzad Ardalan

 

 

 

sneak peek: kristen & ian

17 Jul

I LOVE engagement photos, especially ones where you can literally feel the love between the couple! Kristen and Ian’s engagement photos are amazing! Hats off to their photographer, Brooke Aliceon www.brookealiceon.com

Our Associate Coordinator Jenna is coordinating Kristen & Ian’s big day this November at Estancia La Jolla. Its going to be a beautiful wedding! Jenna is thrilled to be working with this great couple! Check out just a FEW of my favorites from their photo shoot!

Here’s to a flawless wedding day!

~Candice

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real wedding: emily & chris 8/25/13

17 Jul

It’s been a few months my friends….. a few busy months! Wedding season is in full swing, and I am adjusting to life as a new working mommy (I had a baby in February for those of you who didn’t know! ) I am Still playing catch up with my 2013 weddings….. so excited to share Emily & Chris’s special day!

The greatest compliment that I can receive is a referral. I am so blessed that most of my business is based off of referrals. It always brings the biggest smile to my face when I hear “we have to work with you…. you planned my friend’s wedding and she loved you. She said I can’t work with anyone but you”.

I planned Emily’s cousin’s wedding in 2012, and fell in love then with her entire family. I was thrilled months later when she reached out to me to help with her wedding, another opportunity to spend time with their great family & friends!

Emily & Chris chose Dove Canyon as their wedding venue, such a beautiful setting. It was a warm one…. one of the hottest weddings of the season for me! White & Purple colors filled the space, just the right amount of summer time elegance!

Flower Allie provided the stunning flowers and one of my favorites, Frank Salas was our photographer. We had a piano player during cocktail hour (such an elegant touch!), and an amazing candy station for the guests to enjoy late night.

Emily & Chris, it was such a pleasure working with you both! I had such a great time at your event, and loved getting to spend another evening celebrating with your family! I’m sure we’ll keep in touch, hopefully I’ll see you at another wedding soon :)

Here are some of my favorite photos of the day by Mr. Frank Salas http://www.franksalas.com. Enjoy!

~Candice

venue: Dove Canyon Golf Club https://www.pacificlinks.com/Dove-Canyon-Golf-Club

photographer: Frank Salas http://www.franksalas.com

florist: Flower Allie http://www.flowerallieweddings.com

cake: It’s all about the Cake http://www.itsallaboutthecake.com

dj: Sean Avila (friend)

lighting: Invisible Touch http://www.invisibletouchevents.com

video: Frank Rohmer http://www.frankrohmer.com

hair/makeup: Design Visage http://www.designvisage.com

piano player: Kevin Glass

officiate: Brad (friend)

 

 

 

 

sneak peek: amanda & pete

2 Apr

Ready or not, the wedding season is here! :) I am excited to not only finish showcasing some of my beautiful ’13 weddings, but begin to highlight my new ’14 couples as well! I am a bit behind on my blog adventure, but I’ll be catching up soon…. starting with a sneak peek of Amanda and Pete!

Getting married on September 6th, Amanda and Pete will tie the knot on the beach in Dana Point, with their reception taking place after at The Ritz-Carlton. I’ve been working with Amanda for over a year, so I am thrilled that this wedding is taking such beautiful shape! Her and Pete are a wonderful, sweet couple, and I know the wedding is going to be stunning!

Take a look at their adorable engagement photos, shot by Mike Steele http://www.mikesteelephoto.com. These are just a FEW of  my favorites, all of them are great! I cant wait to see the wedding photos!

Enjoy!

~Candice

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real wedding: karenn & bobby 8/11/2013

31 Jan

On my quest to catch up on sharing my beautiful 2013 weddings here on the blog, I am excited to post Karenn & Bobby’s sweet wedding celebration at Hotel Maya. It was a stunning August day on the water in Long Beach with the Queen Mary in the background! After almost 16 months of planning together, it was such a thrill to see this all come together for this fun couple!

Karenn & Bobby chose shades of yellow, ivory and silver for their wedding colors. Fresh and clean, the yellow really popped in our ceremony and reception space. Bella Blooms provided some stunning decor to frame our ceremony structure, and bright yellow petals down the aisle was just the right finishing touch.

In the ballroom we used manzanita trees adorned with crystals and hanging candles to warm up the tables. Yellow orchids brought in some color to the trees that sat on a bed of hydrangea flowers. So pretty! Jason from Visions Entertainment kept the dance floor packed, and guests enjoyed the beautiful city lights of the Long Beach Harbor from the Miramar Ballroom on a warm August night.

Karenn & Bobby, it was truly a pleasure being your planning partner! I hope you had as much fun on the journey as I did! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Sebastian Ho www.sebstudios.net Enjoy!

~Candice

venue: Hotel Maya Long Beach www.hotelmayalongbeach.com

photographer: Sebastian Ho www.sebstudios.net

dj: Visions Entertainment www.visionsentertainment.com

florist: Bella Blooms www.bella-blooms.com

cake: Rossmoor Pastries www.rossmoorpastries.com

officiate: Reverend Brent http://reverendbrent.com/

rentals: Stephanie’s Linens http://www.stephanieslinens.com/

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