real wedding: alex & shah 5/9/2014

15 May

One of my favorite venues is the Nixon Library. There is just something so classic and timeless about the space- it takes so little to make it look stunning! I was so excited to work with Alex and Shah, as they were a referral from a past bride of mine. It was also a huge bonus when I heard that they were tying the knot just minutes from my house at the Nixon!

A very regal feeling, we used purples and gold everywhere! Beautiful tall centerpieces and linen made for a stunning tablescape, and lighting by Visions Entertainment created the perfect party space. We had so many sweet personal details at this event. A giant puzzle served as our guest book. Guests were invited to sign pieces of the puzzle that fit together to complete an adorable picture of the couple. We also had family photos displayed on the ballrooms mantles-such a great way to showcase some amazing family members and memories.

The ceremony was heartfelt and sweet, these 2 really love each other! Then we moved into the reception and this group was ready to celebrate! Everyone knows Persian wedding guests love to dance, and this group was no exception! The dance floor was packed all night, as our DJ Jason played a mix of Persian beats and top 40 hits.   So much fun! We ended the night on a sweet note with a crape maker cart serving late night snacks.

Take a look at some of my favorite images from the day by the amazing Matt & Maria of Lin & Jirsa Photographers. Enjoy!

~Candice

 

venue: Nixon Library http://www.nixonfoundation.org

photographer Lin & Jirsa http://www.linandjirsa.com

florist Carla Holt

dj/lighting Visions Entertainment http://www.visionsentertainment.com

cake Creative Cakes  www.creativecakesoc.com

catering White House http://www.whcatering.com

video Lighthouse http://www.lighthousestudios.tv

hair/make up Flawless Faces http://www.flawlessfacesinc.com

crepes Crape Maker http://www.crepemaker.com

ceremony music Seaside Strings http://www.seasidestrings.com

transportation White Rose Limos http://www.whiteroselimos.com

sneak peek: jennifer & steve

14 May

Jennifer and Steve came to me with a dream of a summer time San Diego wedding- and we’ve had an amazing time thus far planning their labor day weekend event at The Del Coronado Hotel! I can’t wait to see all of the plans come together, and I am thrilled to see our bright & colorful design take shape!

The couple booked Cean One for their wedding photography- one of my favorites! Take a look at just a few great shots from their engagement session! http://www.ceanone.com

~Candice

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new office/re-launch party!

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We entered 2015 with a new studio, a new business name, & a new associate coordinator….all great reasons to celebrate! We got together with Lily Stein, our suite-mate, and planned a little office party in March. We were so excited to invite some of our closest vendor friends down for some champagne and for a toast to the 2015 wedding season. The entire Engaged team was there to enjoy a relaxing night of drinks and sweets with some of the best wedding peeps in OC.

Angel at Monico Decor provided us with some beautiful linen and lounge furniture, Jenny B provided us with some beautiful flowers, Simply Sweet Cakery brought in some yummy sweets and Baker Party Rentals provided us with our tables, chairs and lighting. A HUGE thank you to each of them for their support! You made the night!

So many of our wedding friends stopped by, and it was so much fun to have so many of our favorite people in one place! We are so proud of the new studio, and so excited to introduce Jen to everyone as a new leader on our team! Thank you everyone who came by and showed us your support, we are SO VERY THANKFUL. We understand how busy everyone is, so your presence meant the world. Cheers to Engaged, our new Tustin studio, and to a wonderful 2015 season!

Here are just a few pictures from the night! We hope to see you at the new office soon ;)

~Candice

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Jenny B Flowers http://www.jennybfloraldesign.com

Baker Party Rentals http://www.bakerpartyrentals.com

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

Monico Decor/Fusion Decor http://www.fusionlinens.com

Engaged Events http://www.engagedevents.us

Lily Stein Photography http://www.lilysteinphotography.com

real wedding: kristen & ethan 10/5/13

9 Apr

Some couples are more than just clients, they are friends. Kristen is one of those clients. I’ve known Kristen for years, and I was so honored to be asked to help with her big day! Kristen worked with me at the Newport Beach Marriott for years, and her sister Summer (who I also worked with at Marriott) has been a close friend of mine for over a decade. Knowing how much fun their family is, I knew this celebration would be big!

The Newport Beach Marriott was the perfect venue for the wedding. A place of such history for all of us :) The ceremony took place in the new Rose Garden Ceremony site, so stunning! Kristen had a custom wood cross made for her alter, that we added flowers to for the finishing touch. Bridesmaids were in a dark grey/silver which was the perfect contract to the bright coral and orange flowers. After the ceremony, a Mariachi band led us to the cocktail reception of course!

We incorporated mixed metals with the coral in her decor, and the warm colors were perfect in the Newport Coast Ballroom. Flower Allie did the flowers, and we rented gold sequin linen (love!!) from Fusion Decor. Long, Family style tables lined the dance floor with circle tables filling the rest of the ballroom. Old family photos filled our cake table, such a sweet personal touch! A late night after party room opened around 11pm, where guests could enjoy desserts and a taco cart- yum!

Kristen, it was so special to be involved in your wedding! You and Ethan are just perfect for each other! Thank you for trusting me and for allowing me to share in the fun! I love you and your fam and wish you all nothing but the best in the years to come!

Enjoy these photos from Brady Puryear http://www.bradypuryear.com !

~Candice

venue: Newport Beach Marriott Hotelhttp://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxnb-newport-beach-marriott-hotel-and-spa/

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

band: The Ace Band http://www.theaceband.com

photographer: Brady Puryear http://www.bradypuryear.com

rentals: Fusion Decor http://www.fusionlinens.com

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

mariachi band: Mariachi’s Mexicanissimo

hair/make up: Natalie Hererra

dj: The DJ Company http://www.thedjcompany.com

real wedding: sandra & wayne 10/13/13

9 Apr

It’s no secret that The Ritz-Carlton is one of my favorite places… and weddings like this remind me of just how lucky we are to live here in CA, just a short drive from such amazing places! The view, the ocean breeze, the blue water, it is just the perfect backdrop to say “I Do”.

Sandra and Wayne live in AZ and were planning a small, intimate affair for their closest friends and family in CA. Looking for someone to be her eyes and ears here in California, I jumped on board and begin assembling an All-Star team of vendors to flawlessly execute her big day!

Light pinks and ivory were used in the stunning flowers by Elegant By Design. Karla did an amazing job with the arrangements, they were a showstopper! We chose a gold chair and a beautiful textured linen, brining warmth to the Plaza ballroom. A ton of candlelight was used with a crisp white dance floor to complete the look.

Take a look at the beautiful photos by Cary Pennington http://www.carypenningtonphotography.com This was my first time working with Cary, and I hope it won’t be the last. I love these photos so much!

~Candice

venue: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguelhttp://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/Default.htm

florist: Elegant by Design http://www.ebdflorals.com

photographer: Cary Pennington http://www.carypenningtonphotography.com

video: The Emotion Picture Studio http://www.theemotionpicturestudio.com

dj & lighting: Visions Entertainment http://www.visionsentertainment.com

ceremony music: Subito Strings http://www.subitostrings.com

hair/make up: Brie Does Make Up http://www.briedoesmakeup.com

rentals: Fusion Decor http://www.fusionlinens.com

cake: Ritz-Carlton

real wedding: courtney and patrick 10/26/13

9 Apr

Hi friends! Its been a while :) I am finally going through some wedding photos, and loading everything on my new MacBook! I feel so happy as I sit here, looking at all of these gorgeous events that we have been a part of…. I wish I could share them all!

This wedding was one of my favorites that I have ever been a part of! Courtney and Patrick were the sweetest couple! I fell in love with their love story right from the beginning and then once planning began, I also fell in love with their sweet families. It was a perfect day full of love and happiness!

Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Our Lady Queen Of Angels Church in Newport Beach, and our reception was held at Strawberry Farms. We used lace, burlap and soft pink and ivory colors to create a rustic, romantic feeling in the space. The ceiling draping and lighting was the perfect wow factor in the barn. The bridesmaids were in navy, which was a stunning contract to the decor. It all tied together beautifully!

Courtney surprised Patrick with an awesome grooms cake- I loved it! Patrick is a football fan, so the cake was perfect! So many rustic, personal touches in the decor. A vintage window as a guest book, a classic church get away car, and so many fun rental items displayed in the ballroom.

Enjoy some photos from one of my fav photographers, Carly Street from CC Street Studios http://www.ccstreetstudios.com

~Candice

venue: Our Lady Queen of Angels & Strawberry Farms http://www.strawberryfarmsgolf.com

hotel: The NB Fairmonthttp://www.fairmont.com/newport-beach/

photographer: Carly Street, CC Street Studio http://www.ccstreetstudio.com

video:One+One Cinema http://www.oneplusonecinema.com

flowers: CM Armstrong

rentals: Green Leaf Designs http://www.greenleafdesignscom

cake: Sweet Traders http://www.sweettraders.com

transportation: VIP Limos http://www.viplimos.us

dj: LB Entertainment http://www.lbentertainment.com

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

“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.

www.LilySteinPhotography.com

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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