MARY + MATT | 07.16.17 | SCRIPPS SEASIDE FORUM | LA JOLLA, CA

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Why the event planner bride and Type-A groom still needed a wedding planner and how this couple helped inspire Magical Moments by Megan!


I love me the letter M so if a couple is M&M, you know they are my peoples.  I knew Mary through mutual friends (who also happened to be my two previous wedding couples – Lucia and Brittany) and I had met Matt over the years as well.  I remember a late night convo at Brittany’s bachelorette party where Mary and I sat up late talking about the similarities between the event planning job she had and the event rental sales job I had at the time.  We always had a connection but I was not expecting to be involved in M&M’s wedding when the time came.

A few months later Mary reached out to me very honestly and said that she would be needing help in the final phases of the wedding planning and that she would like help onsite the day-of as well.  What I have not mentioned is that at this time when she reached out to me, I had decided to quit my high paying sales job to move away from San Diego after 12 years.  This was a huge transition in my life but since I was not working, I told her that I would LOVE to help, but that I would need to charge her for my services.  We easily agreed on a fair amount and I had booked my first paying client!

The month was April and I sat up thinking about this upcoming opportunity and how Mary & Matt’s wedding would be a great opportunity to network.  I realized that if I was “officially” charging a client, that I would also need to look official when the day came.  I thought, “Maybe I should have a business card to hand out,” so I ignited my creative side and started designing something.  But wait…if I have a business card, I need a business name, and also need to BE a business.  That same April evening, I decided on the name Magical Moments by Megan and purchased the domain name the same night.  Since I was moving to the Orange County/Los Angeles area, I decided I would establish my business there and began the process to secure the business name and a business license.  I found all these things to happen so quickly but didn’t really think about what I was doing.  Before I knew it, I looked up and was saying: “I just started my own business”.

Mary and Matt were kind enough to be my guinea pigs.  I knew what needed to be done but I needed to prove – to them and myself – that this wedding planning thing was something that I could REALLY do.  We met a few times but, of course, Mary was extremely organized so it was easy. Throughout the process, I was surprised by how organized Matt was with some of his tasks and the way he communicated – he even had a Google drive set up! I helped develop a layout and we worked together on my favorite part of the event – the master timeline.

Scripps Seaside Forum was one of my assigned venues at the sales job I had so I was familiar with the space and had sent rental equipment there on many occasions. The big day arrived and it was a different feeling knowing that I not only took care of the rentals, but that I was in charge of setting up the decor and that the day was running according to my timeline. Getting to see my friends and past clients enjoying themselves was an extra perk and solidified this vision of wanting to be a wedding and event planner.

Needless to say, my guinea pigs were very happy with the result!  The couple had an amazing wedding experience and even though they were the most organized couple leading up to it, both Mary and Matt would admit that they were thankful to have someone there the day-of to take care of things so that they were able to enjoy themselves to the fullest on their special day.


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Contributors & Vendors

Venue | Scripps Seaside Forum | @ScrippsSeasideForumWeddings

Partial Planning | Magical Moments by Megan | @MagicalMoments_byMegan

Catering | The French Gourmet | @FrenchGourmet

Bar Service | Giuseppe Fine Catering + Bar | @GiuseppeRNFC

Photography | Anza Foto + Film | @AnzaFotoFilm

Draping & Rentals | Event Party Rentals | @EventPartyRentalsSD

Hair & Make-up | Mobile Beauty Team | @MobileBeautyTeam

DJ & Lighting | DJ Traviste | @DJTraviste1


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LUCIA + VINH | 10.29.16 | LA JOLLA COVE SUITES | SAN DIEGO, CA

 


On a beautiful Saturday in sunny San Diego, this couple prepares for the rooftop wedding of their dreams! #AllIDoisHuynh


I never knew anything about outrigger paddling while living in San Diego but that was not the case for Lucia Targett and Vinh Huynh.  These two met while paddling for their outrigger club Kai Elua.  After dating for a few years, the couple relocated to the Bay Area for Vinh’s work.  Born and raised in Chula Vista, Lucia took the leap to leave her hometown to be with her love.  The couple moved into their first Oakland apartment and began their Bay Area life.

Once Vinh proposed, the couple knew they had to tie the knot in the city where it all started.  The couple began their destination wedding planning journey.  Both Lucia and Vinh work full time and while planning a wedding is hard, it’s even harder when you are 500 miles away.  The couple chose to have their celebration at the La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites – a venue that offers beautiful San Diego views and sunsets that can never be forgotten.

Lucia and and Vinh needed to find a venue that offered all the things they needed in one place.  La Jolla Cove helped the couple easily coordinate a caterer, photographer, DJ, florist and all the other necessary vendors for a great celebration.  Once some of the details started to finalize, Lucia asked me to come along on one of her site visits to help evaluate the space and make sure that she had covered all the important details.

At that point, small touches were missing and Lucia wanted to make the space feel more welcoming and elegant.  At the time, I was working for a local rental company and was able to offer the added touches that they were looking for.  The rooftop space, while offering a beautiful view, had existing light posts that felt a bit out of place.  We decided to string soft draping with market lights from the posts to create the environment we were hoping for.

Everything came together and the couple walked with their families down the aisle as they prepared to share their vows in front of their closest loved ones.  The guests enjoyed cocktail hour as the wedding party took pictures across the street at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  Once they returned, the reception began and the party got started.  It was a memorable night with laughter and tears.  The festivities continued on to an after party at a local bar in downtown La Jolla.  Needless to say, Lucia and Vinh were very happy with how everything turned out for their magical moment!

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Contributors & Vendors

Venue | La Jolla Cove Suites | @LaJollaCoveSuites

Catering | The Abbey Catering | @TheAbbeyCatering

Florals | Adelaides La Jolla | @AdelaidesLaJolla

Consultation & Design | Magical Moments by Megan | @MagicalMoments_byMegan

Photobooth | Pixster Photo Booths | @PixsterPhotoBooth

Draping & Lighting | Raphael’s Party Rentals | @RaphaelsPartyRentals


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BRITTANY + BRIAN | 09.24.16 | WOODS CLUBHOUSE | CHULA VISTA, CA

 


A little bit of DIY + a little bit of professional direction = A super fun night full of laughter and dancing that ended with confetti! #CheerstotheWeirsWhoLovetoDrinkBeers


Brittany and I were high school friends and we both moved to San Diego after graduation. It was Halloween of 2007 and a couple of us were dressed and ready for a house party hosted by the UCSD Board Club. No one knew the bunny and the pilot would hit it off but by the end of the night, numbers were exchanged and a date was scheduled. For their first date, they met at the restaurant I was working at during that time and I got to secretly watch over them to make sure the guy wasn’t a creeper. He turned out to be pretty cool and the couple began dating. Brian was studying at UC Santa Cruz and Brittany was working through nursing school in San Diego. They both worked hard, traveling often, to make the long distance relationship work. Once Brian finished school, the couple moved in together along with Brittany’s baby pup Lily.

The years passed quickly as these two traveled, explored and discovered good beer together. Their families met and it was more and more evident that they were going to be together for the long haul. Finally, they decided it was time to tie the knot and make their bond official by having a celebration with their friends and family. From there, wedding planning commenced!

Both B & B were pretty simple when it came down to their wedding vision. The most important detail: beer. Beer was always an important aspect of the couple’s relationship and they wanted to showcase that at their wedding. The couple had access to a community clubhouse in Chula Vista and they knew this was where they wanted to party their with her loved ones. I was working for a big rental company in San Diego at the time and was able to consult, supply and direct the set up from ceremony to reception.

We used one set of basic chairs upstairs for the ceremony and did a nicer, more elegant look downstairs. The tabletop decor consisted of gold painted beer bottles that the couple collected over time with single, lavender rose stems in each one. The linens were a basic white with lavender table runners. As another cute touch, instead of table numbers, the tables were named after their favorite breweries like Belching Beaver and Stone Brewing, Co. To top it off, Brittany had custom coasters made and had “love” key chains from Etsy as keepsakes for the guests! (I still have mine)

The taco cart was a hit and the beers were flowing out of the kegs all night. The DJ kept the party pumped and even kicked off his shoes to do the Cupid Shuffle with the crowd! The guests enjoyed the Pixster Photobooth outside while everyone danced wildly inside the clubhouse. We ran out of drinking water but that was an easy fix after a quick run to the store. Everything came to a close but for Brittany and Brian, there was one more surprise…confetti wands. The music went up, the confetti flew, and this beautiful night ended with a bang!

 


CONTRIBUTORS & VENDORS

Venue | The Woods Clubhouse | Chula Vista, CA

Logistics & Design | Magical Moments by Megan | @MagicalMoments_byMegan

Cake Tower | Nothing Bundt Cakes | @NothingBundtCakes

Photobooth | Pixster Photo Booths | @PixsterPhotoBooth

Tabletop & General Rentals | Raphael’s Party Rentals | @RaphaelsPartyRentals


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