Top 9 of 2016

Can you believe it’s the end of 2016 already? Have you gone back to your goal list and cross things off? I have! I’m pretty darn proud, too. With two little kids at home, I only took on a handful of weddings and events in this year, but I had a great time at each wedding and made friends with my clients. I’ve also learned a ton from industry friends thru networking events and conferences.

Let’s do a little recap:

Beginning of 2016 was all about networking events. I managed to attend a few fun ones: the Big Fake Wedding at City Club Los Angeles, Jennie Cook’s Catering Nibbles and SipsCrave Expo at the Majestic Downtown LA, Lovesick Expo at the Art Church, workshop at the Ebell of Los Angeles, Tide Talk LA hosted by the Rising Tide Society at the Unique Space, mixers and meetings hosted by LA Wedding Vendors and Creatives,  HoneyBook, and Tuesdays Together. I also checked out some hip venues in LA, including Heritage Square in Santa Fe Springs, Wilshire Loft in DTLA,  OUE Skyspace, The York Manor, The Ruby Street, and many more!

Wedding and Event Planning Industry

In March, my first wedding of the year was Yareli & Daniel’s garden wedding at the Richard Nixon Library with sparklers and mariachi band!

Garden Roses Wedding at Nixon Library
Sarah Elaine Photographers

In April, I had the pleasure of working with a group of amazing wedding vendors and professionals on a Fairy Inspired Wedding Styled Editorial Shoot. It was picked up by the DIY Weddings Magazine!

Featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Tiffany Wu Photography
Tiffany Wu Photography

In May, I taught a fun DIY Wedding Planning Workshop at the DIY LA Bride studio in Glendale. It was fun and resourceful. The attendees never thought DIY weddings have so much more work, time, and money involved.

Amy Haberland Photography

In July, I designed and planned a Mermaid Paradise Pop-up Shop and Sales Event for Sincerely Sweet Boutique at the DIY LA Bride studio. Everything was so cute! We had water effect lighting, mermaid cocktails and beers, DIY snacks and Mermaid Oracle reading. If you’re a mermaid in disguise, don’t forget to head on over to to grab some must-have mermaid gears!

Sincerely Sweet Boutique Mermaid in Paradise Pop-up Shop
Sincerely Sweet Boutique Mermaid in Paradise Pop-up Shop

In August, I helped Amanda & Baxter with their DIY wedding at the Reptacular Animals Ranch in Sylmar. It was rustic, casual, but with a little bit of glam. Intimate weddings are the best! Because you are surrounded and blessed by your close friends and family. There is nothing more precious than those memories.

DIY Rustic Glam Wedding at Reptacular Animals Ranch
Don Atkinson Photography

Over the summer, I received good news from that my Coraline inspired styled shoot would be featured on the blog!

Coraline Inspired Wedding
Sarina Love Photography

In September, I coordinated a Chinese wedding for Alice & Bronson at the San Gabriel Hilton. Of course, there are wedding door games (lots of push-ups for the groom and groomsmen) and Chinese tea ceremony. The photo booth was a hit at the reception!

Chinese Wedding San Gabriel Hilton

In October, I designed the most whimsical garden wedding for Amy & Jacob at the Happy Trails Garden in Pasadena. We had hanging floral garlands, custom made love quote pillow, wild flowers in mason jars, wood slices, and more. If you’re thinking about getting married under a giant camphor tree, you’ve got to visit Happy Trails Catering.

Rustic Garden Wedding Happy Trails Garden in Pasadena
Simply Two Photography

Also in October, I attended the Wedding MBA in Las Vegas. A conference for wedding professionals to learn and share industry trends, tools, insights, and lots of networking parties! It was so great to hang out with friends that understand about being an entrepreneur. I got to meet Alison Howard and fellow REFINErs, my wedding planner support group.

Wedding MBA Las Vegas
Wedding MBA Las Vegas

November was crazy whirlwind with back to back wedding for Emi & Rob at the Oviatt Penthouse in Downtown Los Angeles, and Diana & Matt at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Completely different theme, one a penthouse rooftop wedding and the other a beach hotel wedding, but that’s exactly what In the Clouds Events is all about! It’s not about our style, it’s our clients!

1920's Vintage Wedding at Oviatt Penthouse I love you to the moon and back
Photo by Wanderlust Creatives


Shade Hotel Wedding Under Twinkle Lights
Nathan Nowack Photography

Finally, in December, I teamed up with Amy Haberland on an unique artist loft vow renewal/styled shoot in Downtown LA. Can’t share the details with you yet, but it’s got lots of colors and custom designs inspired by the Art Work of Preston Smith!

abstract painting by preston smith point me in the right direction
Preston M Smith Art Work

All in all, 2016 was lots of hustle and hard work, but very rewarding in the end. I’m looking forward to 2017! Whatever you have planned, let’s make it happen! I’ll end this post with a favorite photo of me and my family.

In the Clouds Events Wedding Planner Tina Li and Family
Wanderlust Creatives