Cameron had been referred to me through some Googlers who knew me from my Google days, and I was so stoked to work with him and his fiance Paul! They had a date and a venue booked, and once I found out it was Chambers SF, I knew I wanted to be involved. I LOVE that venue and had always wanted to plan a wedding there, so finally had my chance!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
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
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
I met Sam & Nam on a camping trip that I was invited on my by cousin. I loved them from the start. So when they reached out for help with planning their wedding, I was overjoyed to help! Their vision was simple: a beautiful day with family and friends, among the Berkeley trees, and honoring family. Piedmont Community Hall was the perfect venue for this intimate vision, with their onsite Japanese Tea House, outdoor patio, and ceremony space under the Berkeley trees. Read More
Olivia and Steven’s wedding was nothing short of a fairytale. When Olivia originally reached out to me about planning her wedding, I was immediately excited about their vision — a small, intimate wedding at Tilden Park with white vintage furniture. I said, count me in! Read More
I knew Tim from my previous job working at Waymo, the self-driving car team, so when he asked me to help plan his wedding, I was overjoyed! When I met Tim & Jake together for the first time and heard their vision, I knew that I was in for a treat. Tim & Jake got engaged atop Mount Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. In the spirit of ancient traditions Jake proposed to Tim with three stones to signify a trinity of unconditional (Rose Quartz), divine (Sugilite) and familial (Malachite) love.Read More
I’m so excited to be starting a new blog series at Make it Mariko called “From a Wedding Planner” where we’ll give you tips and tricks to planning your wedding, from the perspective of a Wedding Planner!
What questions should I ask
my potential Wedding Venue?
See below for our list of typical questions that we’d ask of any Event Venue that we talk to. Hope it is helpful!
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Shay and Oliver were such a kind and beautiful couple with a unique vision for their wedding. They were set on having a small, intimate wedding with less than 50 people. Shay was living in Florida, and Oliver in Vallejo. This would be the first time that their families would meet, and they wanted it to be a personal experience where everyone would have time to get to know each other.Read More
I had so much fun working on Stephanie and Brian’s wedding last October! A super stylish, yet no fuss couple, they were focused on the fun, the food, and the experience for their guests (my favorite type of couple!). Stephanie and Brian met while working on the Google Self-Driving Car team (now known as Waymo). They were both test drivers on the project, but soon realized that there was something more there and eventually got engaged.
The joy and genuine love between Stephanie and Brian were so apparent throughout the day. So many laughs, smiles, loving looks, and so many AMAZING portraits with this couple.
I used to work with Stephanie & Brian on the Waymo team, so was so happy to be a part of their special day with so many of my former co-workers that I love.