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MJ & Chris Wedding Highlight Video / Palm Event Center, Pleasanton CA

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Some things are worth the wait… buying a house, getting that job, going on that memorable trip, but most of all, finding the love of your life and yes – marrying him! Our wedding highlight video not only takes me back to a very special day. It takes me back to the time when Chris Dacoron and I found each other and fell in-love.
Great things have happened and we’ve shared so much this year. Though this video is overdue, it’s 100% worth the wait and it has to be shared – we hope you enjoy it!! 😉
Thank you to our best friends and love ones who shared this day with us. Kudos to our photographer and videographer, especially the editor (see credits at end of video). Our wedding day will be forevermore remembered
#mjandchrisforevermore #weddinghighlight #weddingvideo

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MJS WEDDINGS: Wine, Gold & Winery = LOVE! 11/21/15 Tran & Lau Wedding, Pleasanton CA 

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What a great ending to this wedding season with these farm tables decored with some lush garland, white & wine flowers and romantic floating candles! In love with the LOVE marquee sign at the sweetheart table, too! 🙂 

Congrats to my November couple, Thao & Kevin, for tying the knot at their dream venue, the Palm Event Center in Rubino Winey Hills in Pleasanton CA. This is definitely one of the magical venues I’ve had the pleasure planning a wedding at and I can’t believe how beautiful the whole day turned out over the weekend. Stay tuned for more photos & their video later!! Enjoy these sneak peeks for now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone 🙂  


  So pretty!!!  

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Engage31: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue


Hi all, I can’t believe January is over!! Per my last post in my new series Engage31, (excited about the feedback I’ve received so far by the way, S/O to Anne-Marie and speeray :)), I promised I would share my wedding planning journey with you, so here I am, ready to share the next steps I took after being engaged. Chris and I are now 8 months out from our wedding date, and we have done several tasks in the last month (no wonder it went by so fast!). The next big decision we made was booking our wedding venue. So today, I hope that with this post, I can be more helpful in your search of finding your perfect wedding venue.

So how do you choose the perfect wedding venue!!??? Most women will have a dream venue, while others will not. If you are most women, then you’re all set! Just make sure your dream venue is available on your date. However, if you are like me and you have never dreamed of your wedding venue -ever, it’s totally ok. I think that not having a dream venue has its advantages because there’s nothing to compare to and there are no big expectations, which makes it easier and more fun! For me, I feel that the best way on finding your perfect/dream venue is by understanding what you “want” and “do not want”. Before Chris and I dove into our venue hunting, we made a list of things important to us and we prioritized it. It looked something like this:

*budget (food & beverage min. vs rental)
*guests convenience (commute/accommodations/parking)
*food quality

When you site a venue that is just absolutely amazing, it really is hard not falling in-love with it! I really fell in-love with the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco 🙂 But it wasn’t the perfect venue for Chris and I. By jotting down the important things to both of us gave us clarity on the best/perfect venue for our wedding. We went back & forth for a whole week about which direction to go, but in the end, our list really helped us stay focused on our “needs” versus “wants”. And that’s how we were able to make a decision on our wedding venue, and feel really good about it! 🙂

For sure there are tons of questions you should ask when looking for your wedding venue. But I think the most important question is “what’s most important to you and your fiancé?”

If you’re also in between wedding planning or thinking about shopping for your dream venue soon, I would love to hear about your list! Feel free to share in the comments below.

Until next time… happy planning!!! XOXO, MJ