Friday, July 17, 2009

Steven Lam Photography + Picture Perfect Events Open House

Fantastic news, we (Steven Lam Photography + Picture Perfect Events aka PPE) moved into a new studio just a few months ago. To celebrate our move, we put our forces together and threw an open house soiree on Wednesday night July 15th. Kelley, Carmen and I opened the studio to 100 of our closest friends and family members. We are so stoked about our new and bigger space that we just can't wait to share it with every one. Our studio is still in the same awesome 1920's art deco building located at 5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 333 in the Mid-Wilshire area aka Museum Row district. Best part of our studio is the location, which is surrounded by some of the world's best restaurants and all within a 10 miles radius. Not to mention all of the coolest boutiques where you can shop til your heart's content like Marc Jacobs, Burton and Prada plus countless of galleries, museums and furnishing stores. So when you stop by our studio, it's the perfect time to explore the area and catch your next find. Back to our new studio. It has an awesome outdoor patio where we get to enjoy the warm summer light. Best part of the studio is the abundance of natural light filling up our beautiful work spaces. We are so happy that all of our guests that came out for the open house had a chance to experience this personally.

Our guest were treated to a beautiful view of the LA skyline during sunset while DJ Orbit kept the atmosphere lively with his funky set. For the bar, Mike (our awesome bartender) and Gwen (in the yellow dress) from Seagram's kept our guests chilled with "Sweet Tea Vodka" served in custom Seagram's mason jar which our guests took home at the end of the night...Woo hoo! This Eco friendly concept was both fun yet practical, saving the landfills from more plastic cups and the sweet tea was not bad at all (for recipe of this drink and where to purchase, visit

Kim from Papeterie custom designed coasters exclusively for our event. Tianyi of Tiselle provided exquisite letterpress cards for all of our guests for the taking. Kimberly from BBJ Linen providing the linens for our outdoor cocktail table. Teresa Huang Makeup + Hair Design helped our female guests stay stylish with her awesome Eye Lash Bar. Euri and Kendra from Fleuretica turned our studio's blank canvas filling it with beautiful vibrant fuschia, gray and emerald green floral arrangements. They were gorgeous to look at yet wonderfully and creatively executed like the adorable vases that were wrapped with white flocked wallpaper.

Mendy from Cakes by the Pound fulfilled our guests' sweet cravings with her wonderful mini square bite size cakes. These itsy-bitsy cakes were baked with a lot of TLC and all of our guests were raving about it. Justin from Huntington Catering Company brought in the arsenal with their amazing hors d'oeuvres pleasantly surprising our guests' palette with their mini japanese pumpkin pie sprinkled with pecan, mini quesadilla and chilli tortilla shooters. Huntington Catering also provided the awesome 4x4 ottoman in the patio so all of our guests had a place to mingle comfortably and stylishly. Tristan Anderson: (our favorite masseur in LA) treated our guests with his loving hands to a 10 mins urban retreat. You can't get better than this! The open house was a smashing success (thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors), we couldn't believe we had more than 90 guests and they all enjoyed every moment of it till the end.

hanging out on the ottoman

hanging out with the family: Luis, Matthew, Michael, Mom and I

Kelley and Spencer

Carmen, Steven and Albert Smith

Kimberly at BBJ Linen, Mechcad Brooks from True Blood between Eva and friend from Red Velvet Occasions/Utterly Engaged, Rebecca Mader from Lost, Kim Chiu from Papeterie and Charlene Yang Chan from PPE

Special thanks to Kelley of PPE, every aspect of the event and it's elements were nicely placed and organized. As a result the event ran smoothly without a hitch. Actually, we did have one hitch and thanks to Naomi of DNT Events (the coordinator that she is) made a quick dash to Ralph's to pick up more ice for the bar...wheeeeew, thanks for saving the party Naomi. This is why its so crucial to have an event coordinator for your wedding/event and the staff to help support it. Without this minor detail, the host will never have a chance to enjoy the party. Instead, the host ends up making last minute decisions on where to set up, putting this and that together, taking out the trash and of course the dreadful clean up chore causing the host valuable loss time...totally missing out on having a good time with their guests. This event was definitely a nice reminder of this, even though we always advise all of our clients to acquire an event/wedding coordinator, our event solidify and validate it. If you haven't had enough of this event and want to read more about it, visit to get another perspective on our open house.

C+S of Steven Lam Photography, Theresa Huang, Kelley of PPE, Tianyi of Tiselle, Tracy, Euri and Kendra of Fleuretica

Kelley and Carmen

Last but not least, we wanted to thank Kelley and Janet from PPE for making this brilliant happening event! Bravo Kel, we love ya!

P.S. If you want to hear DJ Orbit's open house set, it will be available for upload on his blog so check back periodically for it)

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