I loved Hillary and Stuart from our first meeting at Blue Danube cafe on Clement Street. They were huge Warriors fans, also lived in Inner Richmond (before I moved), and we clicked immediately and felt like old friends. Hillary had grown up at Japantown’s JCCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California), so they were naturally getting married at Japantown. But the tricky part was the reception would be at the JCCCNC in a newly remodeled basketball gym! Read More
Amber & Emma found me through my website, but it was truly meant to be as Emma worked at Google (my former job, which I had just quit), and I clicked with both her an her fiance Amber immediately. Their families were coming from out of town, and their vision was to have a California coastal experience for them – either with redwoods, the ocean, or wine tasting. Read More
2018 was an epic year for Make it Mariko for many reasons. First off, it was my first year going FULL TIME with Make it Mariko. Yup, it was only this past February that I quit Google X and took the leap to focus on my business. It feels like it’s been 2 years though! We did so much this year. Since quitting, Make it Mariko has been thriving and expanding our reach in the community, and we’re so thankful! Read More
Sometimes you plan weddings and have amazing clients, and just sometimes those clients become your very good friends. I’m so thankful to have met Ning & Noah and helped plan their beautiful and intimate Mission District wedding. Read More
What an incredible day out in the sun! Bluxome Street Fair was greeted by a clear sky and great energy on Sunday October 14th.
Recently we helped our client, Alexandria Real Estate, to launch a new community center on Bluxome Street as part of their community outreach plan. To celebrate the launch of the new center, along with the amazing Bluxome Street businesses, we partnered with Plinth Agency to come up with a NEW event called Bluxome Street Fair. Neighboring businesses and even the fire station opened up shop and showcased their goods and services. Many of our community partners also joined us with booths along the street, including San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation, Bay Area Science Festival, Getaround, Hellofresh, and Xfinity. Read More
When Nika & Patrick contacted me I was immediately excited about their wedding vision, which they described as a “music festival themed wedding complete with food trucks and ferris wheels” (!!). The couple had met at Coachella so wanted their wedding to reflect the interactive, casual, music festival vibe with strong Filipino & Mexican themes throughout. Read More
It’s been a month since the inaugural Entrepinays Summit happened, and I’m still feeling the energetic after-effects of this momentous day. The day after the event happened, I posted something to Facebook expressing pure JOY, happiness, inspiration, and just AWE at the beauty of the event and more importantly, the PINAYS who were a part of it.
This day was truly POWERFUL. Gathering 130 FILIPINA women, Pinay entrepreneurs & aspiring entrepreneurs in one room at Covo, grounded in sisterhood and #pinayism, grounded in love and openness, and with the sole purpose of building community and lifting each other up. WOW. As it was happening and especially after, I had a feeling in my gut that this day was going to be a DEFINING MOMENT in my life. I’m still confident that is the case. Read More