{ se-läh-vē } is the pronunciation of the French phrase C'est La Vie, meaning "that's life" or "that's how things go." The original phrase carries a bit of a negative connotation and is generally used as a term of surrender; surrender to life's lemons. But we at { se-läh-vē } believe that we don't just surrender, we take those lemons and make lemonade!

The purpose of this blog isn't just to showcase the events we've coordinated or give you helpful tips and pointers, but it's to journal and document the families we've encountered and the moments we've been a part of, where they took time out of their busy schedules to really look back on their lives and count their blessings...and simply put, to celebrate and have a good time! My hope is that this blog will inspire you to do the same in your own life!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jane & David

WARNING: Long post ahead! If you'd like to know the latest news on se.lah.ve, continue reading. If not and you're here just for pictures scroll down and enjoy!
       Long time no blog, I know! I honestly don't know where the time has gone. I know it hasn't been that long since I started this blog but it still feels like just yesterday when I got my first inquiry to officially coordinate a wedding. And now, I'm already in 7 deep, with 7 more on the way! I am dead serious when I say life is FULL of surprises!
      The last 8 months have been a roller coaster of emotions. They have been one of the most challenging, demanding yet incredibly rewarding months of my life. I've had to evaluate my life, my goals, my future and the future of se.lah.ve (which is partially the reason for the break in blogging). 
      After experiencing weddings from the vendor's perspective, I've been completely and utterly exposed to the backstage of the planning process. There have been things I've seen that I've liked and things I've seen that I didn't like; things that have turned me on and off to the industry as a whole. I think the one thing I've observed that sets apart the good vendors from the bad is where they put their focus. I've met vendors where their main priority is helping the bride and groom make their wedding day one of the most memorable days of their life and then I've met vendors that only care about getting exposure and being linked to the latest blog and the hottest photographer. And I'll be the first to admit, it's all very tempting and easy to get sucked into (which again, is another reason for the break in blogging) but I've realized that that's the part that makes it so not enjoyable and so unrewarding.
      I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's been a long road discovering my identity as a "wedding planner" and figuring out what direction I want to take this and although I don't have all of my questions answered, I've decided to take it one day at a time...because hey, "c'est la vie" right? It's not just in the name...
Now, to transition into a wedding I did back in August...I don't know what Jane eats for breakfast but it definitely must be one for champions because this girl is the closest thing to Superwoman I know. She planned this insanely beautiful wedding all in the span of three and a half months! And if that weren't enough, 2 of those weeks were dedicated to missions work in Cambodia! One of a kind, I tell ya. And David, what can I say he was just a gentle spirit throughout the whole process. Always so calm, cool and collect. 

Too bad vows don't expire because if I were to ever renew mine, I'd want to do it here at the Craven's Estate in Pasadena

One of my favorite moments in the day is the First Look

Such a sweet moment between the bride and groom...and the photographer :)

The dress fits the venue so well

Next project...tufted wallboard!!!

Jane's a teacher and David's a seminary student so they went with a school theme...very appropriate, I'd say!

It's all in the details

Loved these silhouette frames Jane's friend made through Photoshop!

The mothers' hanboks were so beautiful!

I loved how the Craven's Estate came ready-made with the perfect photobooth backdrop for their theme!

More books!

I honestly don't know whether I liked Jane's wedding dress or her hanbok more...

So simple, sweet and elegant

Top 3 Images of the Day:

I've been so, so blessed to have been able to work with some of the most creative and crafty brides! I can't take credit for the work they've done in their planning/designing. All I have done is taken their plans and brought them to life. And that is what I love to do. 

If you'd like more information regarding this wedding please feel free to email me and I'd be more than happy to provide you with whatever you need! 


  1. Hi Teacher!
    This is nicole from cmc! your long lost student from millions of years ago!
    haha wow you're such a good wedding planner/organizer/eventer. not a bit surprised.
    i know this comment seems really random, but i was blog-stalking you and saw these pictures and i had to tell you that it's the biggest coincidence because i was just at their house (David & Jane) for a CPC hangout and i saw their wedding pictures and thought they looked so great and now it's weird cause you did it and stuff.
    miss you!
    keep up the super good work! :) :) double smiley for me and kirry!

  2. Hi Nicole!!! Wow, what a small world! I had heard you guys had started to go to CPC...glad you found a good church. Jane and David are great! I miss you guys so much and think of you often! Hope school is going well and you're enjoying college life! Give Kirsten a huge hug for me too!