As a florist who’s been creating floral arrangements for years and turning brides and grooms’ visions into reality, I could say that doing my only daughter’s wedding flowers was one of the most challenging and yet beautiful weddings I have done in my career!  Of course, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and I found it also true, that it took a village of incredible creatives to collaborate with in putting all these together! The challenge for me was separating my role as the mother of the bride and as the florist! My daughter, Tash, and I are so different in many ways; of course we each have our own vision of her wedding! It took me a while to realize that: first- this isn’t my wedding, (huh!); second- it was my daughter’s vision to be the only vision here to be turned into reality! My role was to listen to her and Evan, just like I would listen to any of my couples and create the wedding of their dreams. After many discussions and planning, I had to “step aside” and let me, the florist, take my role as such. Everything turned out so beautiful! Thanks to the many of the following creatives for an awesome collaboration. Coordination: Sarah of Love Anne Joy; Photographer: Justin Vasquez of The Justin Jay;  Florists: Rosa of Classic Flowers and Confections; me (Reina) of Fitzgerald’s Floral Events; Hair and Make Up: Cathy of Cathy Shih MUA; Venue: Duane of The Muckenthaler Mansion; Catering and Cake: Colettes Catering; Emcee & DJ of Centerpiece Events; Photo Booth: Funtastic Photobooth Baia Mare; Vintage Furnitures: Gizelle of Party Pieces by Perry; Dessert Table: Natasha of The Whiskful Table; Video by Boffo Video; Drapery by Susana of Rosy Trumpet Events By Susana; Gelato Cart by Mangiamo Gelato; Place cards and sweetheart table backdrop by Happily Ever Etched; Wedding Invites by Abigail of Completely Gail; Calligraphy and Signage by me (Reina) of Reinalligraphy; Thank You Cards by Tash, the bride herself; Puppies by Pups and Reps for Parties; Limo by ULC Limos; Program by Theisa Ann; Ceremony at Holy Family Church in Artesia; Save the Date Photos: Rye Manzano of Vigan, Philippines; Choir Director: Tiffany Aguinaldo; Choir and Ushers were UTC Members ( HFC Youth Ministry); and Vocalist: Bianca Remulla. Of course, our thanks to the many friends and family members who helped in transporting things, set up and cleaned up and helped with various aspects of the planning and I know that this wedding would not have been nearly as beautiful or as organized without them. This was a successful event, put together with love. Evan and Tash booked a beautiful Airbnb  home in Garden Grove with their bridal party to get ready at.  The boys stayed in the guest house, in the back, while the girls stayed at the main house. The make up crew came early and did their part to help everyone, including the moms of the bride and groom look good for the day. The photographers came for detailed shots.        
It was heartwarming to see Tash’s and Evan’s reaction upon opening their gifts to each other and reading their love letters. One could see their emotions and excitement as they could not wait to be married to each other! It was through our church’s youth ministry that they met in 2006, when they were in high school. It was not until 2009 that they started dating. In the summer of 2016, Evan invited my husband and I to dinner, where he asked us for her hands in marriage, They got engaged a few months later. Come September 30, 2017, they were ready to walk down the aisle at Holy Family Church. The officiant was Fr. Joshua, their Youth Ministry Spiritual Director.
What an amazing day it was! Friends and family of both sides came from all over to  celebrate with us and it was really special. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was even more beautiful !  The Muckenthaler Mansion was just the perfect outdoor venue for Tash and Evan. The food was delicious and the dessert table spread was to die for! The bistro lights helped transform the space, setting the romantic mood and yet relaxed ambiance. I am very proud and thrilled to say that Tash and Evan were so ecstatic with everything! Everything was beautifully cohesive, reflecting both of their personalities. Tash’s idea of having cute puppies for the guests to play with during the cocktail hour, next to the lawn games were a hit, especially to the little ones. The basketball for the guests to sign on and the basketball cake pops put a smile on Evan’s face. It sure was a slam-dunk! The gelato cart came right after dinner and guests continued to enjoy the photo booth.  The flowers were gorgeous in it’s vibrant colors- burgundy roses and dahlias, with touches of cream roses and fillers, blue thistles and pomegranate with a splash of gold,  created in antique gold compote were my favorite!  Garlands, votive candles, coordinating floral pieces in cobalt blue goblets, glass frame table numbers, lanterns, personalized laser cut place cards and sweetheart table backdrop, calligraphy chalkboards and signage were all lovely accents that gives me joy doing these, as I love details! Here’s to Tash and Evan on their best day ever and happily ever after!