Cathy + Duc : California Elopement by KLK Photography


Today I've got a lovely and sweet little wedding for you shot by KLK Photography that truly includes only what is most important- the people the couple love most! Cathy + Duc had been together for quite some time and already had three adorable children together when they decided to tie the knot! They had an intimate ceremony and then celebrated with their three kids and other family and friends who met them at the beach! I think this is such a great example of how you don't have to do anything fancy to celebrate your big day– the people who love you will be there to support you whether or not you throw a huge crazy party! Thanks so much to Cathy and Duc for sharing your day with us! xoxo-Jessica

Cathy and Duc Chu

October 20, 2011

Laguna Hills, California. Laguna Hills Civic Center


What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

My budget was as low as possible! JK I was looking at about $3000 for everything. I went a little over but it was well worth it in the end!
Hotel stay: 345
Photography: 500 (negotiated a special price)
Makeup/Hair: 750
Cake/Dinner: 200
Flowers: 200
Dress/Suit/Clothes: 1400

How many guests did you have?

We had a private wedding ceremony but later invited about 40 people to celebrate with us on the beach.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

I am happiest to include our children in our wedding.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

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What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?

Develop and plan your ideal wedding. Talk to vendors and give them your ideas to make your dream a reality. It’s okay if you go over your budget. It’s your wedding after all! Have fun!

What was your biggest splurge?

That was probably the wedding dress! I walked into David’s Bridal with a budget in mind, but came out with an even better (but more expensive) dress!

What was your favorite detail?

I had made sure to incorporate everything that we both loved into our wedding details. It’s not just about the brides! The beach was his favorite place. He was really surprised and thrilled that I had rented a hotel with beachfront view. The next morning, we watched the sunrise. Very romantic.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Everything was memorable! The ceremony, the photo sessions with KLK Photography, and ending the night at a beachfront hotel with my family was romantic, amazing, and fun all wrapped into one! Wouldn’t have it any other way!


Photographer: KLK Photography  |  Makeup/Hair: Katie B. Cosmetics  |  Flowers: Flower Fusion  |  Cake/Desserts: Filigree Cakes  |  Hotel: Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Beach

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