Ben & Nancy were high school sweethearts and were able to stay together all through high school and college even though they went to colleges in different states.  They are each other’s best friends and they were so excited to start a new chapter  of their life.

 The main priorities that they told me when we met is that they wanted a very elegant and gorgeous wedding and they wanted to make sure that we incorporated red and gold for Nancy’s Chinese heritage.  It was very important to Nancy’s family that red was present.  In the Chinese culture, Red symbolizes good luck and it is imperative to have at a couples wedding to chase away bad luck.  The Gold in weddings represents wealth & happiness.  Nancy also loves the look of all white so we decided to design the wedding with the palette of white, gold accents, and touches of red.  

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The lovely couple Ben & Nancy

Calligraphy Chalkboard Welcome Sign

The bridesmaids & the bride

Signs to the wedding ceremony

Guests were treated with fruit infused water and lemonade as the arrived to the ceremony lawn

The Ceremony

I love this aerial shot of the ceremony

I love the gold frames

White Apothecary chest for escort cards

The chest up close

We hung gold chandeliers with crystals in the trees around the courtyard

I can’t get enough of chandeliers in trees!

Lounge area outside the tent for guests to rest their feet from dancing

“To Have & To Hold in Case you Get Cold”! We had red padshminas set out to keep the ladies warm


The reception was held in a beautiful white tent.  Nancy loved the timeless look of the crystal chandeliers in the tent.  As a nod to her Chinese heritage, we picked a gorgeous gold Acanthus leaf linen and gold chiavari chairs.  We also brought out the hints of red from the florals by embellishing each napkin with a red ribbon and on top was a “Thank You” to each of their guests for coming (some of their guests came from as far as China & France).  There was also a menu featuring Nancy and Ben’s wedding logo at each place setting.  We decided to play off of the logo and handpainted a large chalkboard wall on one side of the tent – the artwork included an homage to their wedding logo as well as a verse from their wedding vows “Always and Forever I’ll be right by your side”. The large 8×8 ft chalkboard wall served as the focal point of the tent and added an elegant but playful side to their wedding.  It also tied in with all the other signs that guests saw throughout the wedding.

My favorite picture of the tent reception

hand drawn chalkboard wall of their wedding logo

I love the tablescape! the gorgeous Acantha leaf linens with the touches of red is so elegant

I love the tall all white floral centerpiece by Kathy Wright & Co.

One of my favorite details of the wedding! We made the white flower paper wall for the dessert backdrop!

Here are the flowers up close! They look like giant magnolia flowers! Aren’t they gorgeous?

I love the crystal chandeliers and high gloss dancefloor by Concepts Event Design

We surprised the guests with four lion dancers!

Full Design, Planning & Coordination: Wynn Austin Fine Weddings & Events

Chalkboard signs, walls & paper flower wall: Wynn Austin Fine Weddings & Events

Calligraphy of all signs & walls: Jessica Beltran of Moira Ink

Photography: Braja Mandala & Gene Higa of Mandala Weddings Photography

Florist: Kathy Wright & Co.

Rentals of linens, dancefloor, chandeliers, chairs: Concepts Event Design

Shoes: Prada

Dress: Anne Barge from Bliss Bride

Invitations & Menus: Betsy White Invitations

Venue: The Santaluz Club

Ceremony & Reception Music: Collin Elliot of Still Listening Productions

Cake: Edelweiss Bakery

Lion Dancers: White Dragon Martial Arts

Hair & Makeup: Couture Hair Bar

Video: Cloudbreak Films

Rented beverage table for ceremony: Hall Events