Real Weddings: Afra & Saad Part 2

In case you haven’t seen Part 1 of this gorgeous couple’s events, click here! 

Afra and Saad deserve the best, and that’s exactly what they got. The lovely couple wanted a classy and humble wedding, centered around family and love. They simply wanted to provide a serene and enjoyable space for their guests to celebrate.

Their glamorous wedding was no small feat. It was full of enchantment and elegance. They even had an indoor water fountain with luscious roses. The night was full of laughter and love. Below is just a preview of their wedding. Don’t forget to go the gallery for more incredible photos of other weddings planned and coordinated by So Cal Event Planners!

The bride’s favorite part of her wedding was towards the end of the night. In the words of the bride herself:

“As we were leaving the hotel, my family created a walkway of bubbles – it was so fantastic to have Saad carry me through that. Outside, as we approached the car, our families began to cry. So to bring some comic relief, Shumaila quickly handed me and my husband our quirky sunglasses that said “Bride” and “Groom,” the driver blasted FloRida’s “It’s Goi’n Down For Real” on the radio, and my husband and I turned around waving good-bye. It was such a silly surprise that everyone was laughing as we drove way. It was a great way to end the night, with laughter.”



Real Weddings: Afra & Saad Part 1

Hotel Irvine was blessed to hold Afra and Saad’s mehndi reception. Vibrant colors on a gorgeous sunny California day stood as a good omen for the happy vibes that were destined to happen. A huge audience of guests and a lovely walkway of flower petals led up to the stage for the Mr. and Mrs. Check out the photos below for sneak peeks at their charming event, and to read about how the couple met.

Afra was MC’ing the mosque’s fundraiser a little over a year ago. Saad had seen her for the first time and was immediately mesmerized. About a month later, coincidentally, Afra and her family were accidentally invited to the “family only” dinner party at one of Saad’s relative’s homes. Afra and Saad were introduced. He realized she was the same girl of his dreams, so they arranged to meet up and get to know each other. The rest is history.




Before the wedding Afra was very worried about what needed to be done logistically. Planning was definitely fun, but she first she had to come up with a checklist which proved very stressful with no guidance!

Afra was introduced to Shumaila through family friends. Immediately, she noticed Shumaila’s friendly personality and determination to plan this wedding perfectly.

Afra explained her expectations for the wedding. With Shumaila’s help and assistance, her instructions were executed excellently. She trusted Shumaila and her team and was confident the details would be taken care of properly.





Stay tuned for Part 2 of Afra and Saad’s wedding!


Real Weddings: Anas and Bushra

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Anaheim
Date: August 16 2015

We had the pleasure of meeting Bushra and Anas at another client’s wedding. Bushra mentioned how her own event was coming up quickly and she was “looking for a friend with experience and creative insight to help with [her] wedding”. We quickly became friends with Bushra’s easygoing personality and Anas’ charming demeanor and gained their trust as clients. We met with Bushra and reviewed décor ideas and timelines.

Essentially, we organized two separate wedding events— one for the men and one for the women, a common occurrence in many Arab weddings. Each banquet hall needed our full attention, décor, two separate DJs, two photographers, (and dance floors of course). Imagine how much planning goes into one event – now imagine two simultaneous events!

Together we created a stunning wedding tailored to Bushra’s every need. Her Arab background and modern American twist gave way to a wedding filled with great people, an amazing program and an exciting night of fun and laughter. Check out sneak peeks of Bushra and Anas’ remarkable wedding!


Bride’s bouquet ~


And a matching cake ~


Momma centerpieces ~


Baby centerpieces ~


A more ‘manly’ color scheme for the men’s side ~


A party for the women ~


And a party for the men ~


How to Choose the awesome Wedding Theme Decorations

Weddings are not specifically as pleasant because it appears and particularly after you have to be compelled to arrange and get it. making ready for a marriage will be pretty nerve-wracking particularly if you get lost by varied decisions like after you have to be compelled to choose a flower or a subject matter or a decoration. Things will get out of hand pretty fast that is why you would like to seek out somebody WHO picks and handles all the themes and decorations and executes them well. However, you would like to decide on some things for a wedding decoration and listed below area unit few that you just ought to decide upon.

Consider the season

One of the items to think about before planning your wedding date and sending out save the date announcements is thinking about the season you’ll be married in! Do you live in an area where it’d be impossible to have an outdoor winter wedding? Is it too hot to be outside in the summer?  Will the area be shaded, heated, or cooled? Decide on an acceptable time and choose the wedding decoration and theme consequently.

Pick a theme

Planning a wedding involves a theme. The theme is often directly connected with the time and place you choose to tie the knot.  For example, if your venue is an antique church, a modern wedding may not work. Now, you would possibly arrange for an outside wedding theme that is extremely totally different from an enclosed wedding and even need pleasant climatic conditions. Also, the theme wedding decorations can take issue in step with the theme you choose. Like if you select a beach wedding, it’ll take issue greatly from a royal or palace wedding.

Choose your decorations… wisely

We’ve all been to weddings where the décor can be tacky or gaudy. This is the first impression your guests will have of your event before the night begins. Make sure it’s done right! Like for outside weddings you’d need appropriate outside wedding decoration that will go in conjunction with the theme, like flower arrangements, etc.  Select the right flowers either from probing the flower decoration photos otherwise you can share your concepts along with your decorators. Check out pinterest boards and bridal magazines to narrow down your choices and decide on what you like and what you hate.

Overthinking: a strict no-no before the marriage

One of the most common things that each bride will that tends to do is overthinking it. Overthinking as a bride is one of the few things you must invariably abstain from because it deteriorates the full state of affairs. In other words – it kills the mood and vibe. Don’t stress – hire a wedding coordinator to take care of the details big or small.