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Brittany · Married on 12/27/2015
Karen is absolutely amazing! She was by far the guiding force behind the success of my wedding. She is responsive, patient, and extremely professional.Sent on 01/07/2016
Karen's anticipation of her client's needs and attention to detail is beyond compare...everything in my wedding was perfect from start to finish. It was refreshing to not sweat the small stuff and know that Karen had everything under control. I am so grateful for her being there on my wedding day and highly recommend her to new brides!!!
Cathy Ross · Getting married on 08/05/2020
Beautiful day at BCYC
Karen is calm,confident and caring. She made our day flow so smoothly. If you are getting married anywhere in the OC you should give her a call.Sent on 05/20/2019
Allison L · Married on 11/11/2018
Karen is the best!
We hired Karen as our day-of coordinator. She was highly recommended by our venue and I can see why - she is amazing! Karen went above & beyond to make sure our day was stress-free. She was professional and responsive to all our requests. Karen followed up with all our vendors and created a timeline for our day. Everything ran smoothly and everyone raved about how great Karen was! Thank you, Karen, for making our wedding day extra special!Sent on 11/28/2018
Jasmin · Married on 11/03/2018
Karen is perfect!!!
I have nothing but praise to say about California Dreamin'. I was fortunate to find Karen and she jumped right in to help me. She met up with me at our reception location, drew a map of our venue, wrote down where we wanted everything to go. Karen kept in contact with me throughout the months leading up to my wedding day and reached out to all my vendors. She offered amazing advice and opinions when I was feeling indecisive and overwhelmed. She reminded me of things I didn't think I would need, but did. There were moments where things were not going according to plan and Karen did not hesitate to revert to a back up plan and execute it so smoothly. I would hire Karen for any event in the future and have recommended her to everyone I know. Thank you Karen, for making my event go so perfectly! We are forever grateful!Sent on 01/22/2019
Kate Tucci-Share · Married on 10/28/2018
In Karen we trusted - and it was GREAT!
My biggest regret about wedding planning is not bring Karen and California Dreamin' Weddings into the process sooner. We hired Karen as our DOC but she also offers full and partial planning services, which would have been great to utilize. Karen was super communicative, supportive, and understanding of our wants and needs for our special day. She was such a calming presence during the lead up to the wedding and during the big day, and she allowed us to truly relax and enjoy our own wedding. She was able to handle communications with vendors with ease and transparency, and at no point did I have to worry about something not being executed properly - Karen excels at what she does. We don't plan on getting married again, but if we do - we know who we'll call first! Thank you Karen!Sent on 11/28/2018
Jenny Stegall · Married on 10/21/2018
Jenny and Ryan Wedding
Karen was our day-of coordinator and was absolutely a Godsend!! Karen was incredible with ensuring everything went smooth and perfect - and it was perfect! She had all of our vendors exactly where they needed to be and when. Karen was kinda like when Bugs Bunny plays baseball and Bugs Bunny is playing all of the positions and winning the game!Sent on 10/21/2018
In addition to Karen rocking the organization and set up of both the ceremony and the reception, one of the other best things working with Karen is her cheerful and caring attitude and personality! She not only made this beautiful day happen for us but she also took so much of the pressure off of us and ensuring we had the best time possible.
Thank you again Karen! We could not have done it without you!!
Molly · Married on 10/20/2018
Fantastic Experience with Karen
My husband and I got married at the Newport Beach Country Club in mid-October and had hired Karen Kupke as our day-of coordinator. Without a doubt, hiring Karen was the smartest vendor we booked in planning our wedding. Karen was gracious to our guests, invaluable in planning and scheduling, flexible to our wants & needs, and quickly adapted to accommodate vendor preferences on the day of. She ran the rehearsal and wedding seamlessly, brought expertise when we had many, many questions and calmed our nerves at every turn. She even jumped into action to help us troubleshoot when, on the day of the rehearsal, our hotel lost our escort cards and guest book. Without question, I'd recommend Karen to anyone who will listen. Thanks for an amazing wedding, Karen!Sent on 10/24/2018
Lindsay · Married on 09/15/2018
Where do I even begin?! Karen is phenomenal and I'm pretty sure is super human! She is so organized, professional, smart, strategic, creative, and a genuinely wonderful person. She made our rehearsal, wedding day, and everything in between run smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. Our family and friends absolutely loved her and said how fantastic she was the entire time - my husband and I couldn't agree more! I'm going to miss working with her. Anyone who is looking for the best wedding coordinator possible, look no further as Karen should be your go-to!Sent on 09/18/2018
Rachel · Married on 08/18/2018
where to begin! Karen was the best most patient life support you could ask for. The day was so smooth and perfect because of her. I live out of state and my parents did most of the vendor searchs and initial planning. Karen was there when we needed her and my life savor during the 2 weeks leading up to it. I would recommend Karen to any one she really knows what she is doing. THank you Karen for all you do! Dennis and I couldnt of done it without you!!!Sent on 08/21/2018
Lesley · Married on 04/27/2018
Karen was such a help for me. I consulted with her midway through my wedding planning process and benefited best from her partial planning package. She was very knowledgeable and easy to work with. She helped to keep my stress level at a minimum, which can be tough when planning your wedding!Sent on 05/08/2018
Karen · Married on 04/20/2018
Karen was our day-of coordinator for our reception at Casa Romantica, and we very much enjoyed working with her. She clearly has a lot of experience with wedding coordination, including weddings at Casa Romantica, and was calm and on top of things during our wedding day. She kept the reception running smoothly, and kept things on time with gentle guidance. From sewing on groomsmen's buttons to bustling gowns to setting up decor, she was present when needed, calm, professional, and great to work with. She was also available and responsive by email leading up to the wedding day, able to answer questions and provide recommendations as needed.Sent on 05/14/2018
Julie · Married on 10/20/2017
I knew I wanted Karen as our day of coordinator from our first meet-up. She is very approachable, friendly, and organized. Karen worked diligently on all of her tasks and responsibilities before our wedding and on our wedding day. At first my husband didn't think it was necessary to hire one, I told him, "Just trust me on this!" Then on our wedding day, he kept saying, "Wow, Karen is really good!" We are both SO happy we chose Karen as our day of coordinator. She truly made our wedding day stress free. Everything flowed perfectly. I can't thank her enough!!!Sent on 10/23/2017
Andrea · Married on 09/29/2017
Karen was absolutely amazing. I interviewed multiple wedding coordinators and nobody else was as personable as Karen. She was very organized, extremely patient and knowledgeable. I ran into several issues with the venue we chose and Karen went above and beyond by working with the venue directly to ease our stress. The day of was flawless, the things that I was nervous about all worked out. I can honestly say that everything went as planned. I will definately refer Karen to anyone looking for an amazing wedding coordinator.Sent on 12/04/2017
Diane · Married on 08/19/2017
Karen was wonderful! She is friendly, personable, and professional. Her calm and reassuring demeanor facilitated a flawless and enchanting celebration for all of us. Family and friends couldn't stop talking about how lovely the entire event felt and looked. Karen created an atmosphere of easy flow, beautifully placed decor, and took all stress and worry off of my shoulders. The newlyweds loved their special day and my husband and I couldn't have been more relaxed. Thank you, Karen. Everything was fabulous!!Sent on 08/28/2017
Jon · Married on 08/12/2017
Karen was amazing!! She was detailed and attentive on everything we wanted for our wedding, and she followed through perfectly on the big day. She's exactly what you need to ensure everything is placed exactly how you envisioned. She was the perfect amount of readily available but not overbearing. I couldn't imagine having anyone else. We highly recommend her!!!Sent on 08/24/2017
Clark · Married on 06/03/2017
Karen is ABSOLUTELY amazing! We hired Karen (California Dreamin’ Weddings and Events) for our “day of” wedding coordinator, and there is no way to fully express how wonderful she is. Karen was responsive, detailed, professional, organized, super friendly, and very fun. She worked perfectly with all the vendors, answered and solved all (ours and vendors) questions, had fun and creative ideas, was knowledgeable every step of the way, and many other things you would never even think of. If you have considered running the day yourself or shared amongst, please save yourself and your wedding day and speak with Karen. We are SO thankful to have found Karen! In addition to being our savior during the days leading up to and day of our wedding, Karen is just a very kind and thoughtful person - everyone that met Karen (family, friends, vendors, venue, etc.) loved her. We are so incredibly thankful for Karen’s help in making our special day such a success. We could not have done it without her.Sent on 07/11/2017
Bernice · Married on 05/20/2017
Karen was amazing to work with and super nice! We had her as our Day of Coordinator for our reception. She knew exactly what to do and helped us make our reception go smoothly. She's also very responsive and very professional, we're so glad to have her as our wedding coordinator!Sent on 05/23/2017
Sumerly · Married on 04/23/2017
Karen was absolutely amazing. She was very professional and able to connect with us instantly, it felt more like a friend or family was doing our day of coordinating.Sent on 05/04/2017
I would highly recommend Karen for any and all events. She was at the ready for any and all random issues and I could not image not having her help with our wedding or it going any better then it did - perfect!
Liezelle · Married on 02/11/2017
I will forever be grateful that Karen was part of my wedding. She is a great coordinator and she will take good care of your family, guests, bridal party, groom, and especially the bride! She made sure everything ran smoothly and perfect. She was always there in the background to make sure I was calm and well taken care of. She is very organized and I was really surprised she was able to find everyone in my bridal party and our parents the day of the wedding. I emailed her a short thank you message and she told me she could remember me saying "oh my gosh Karen!!", now that I remember that moment I was about to walk down the isle with my parents, I could still hear myself saying that to her. based on the past wedding parties I've been part of, Karen is the best coordinator there is! Again, I will forever be grateful that Karen was part of my wedding.Sent on 02/23/2017
Candice · Married on 01/08/2017
This is what I wrote my day of coordinator Karen. "I have to say our wedding turned out perfect!!! No hiccups at all... you and the team and my family definitely made it a stress free day for me... I honestly enjoyed every moment... it was just beautiful, we got so many compliments on the food, cake, the DJ, how wonderful and smooth our coordinator was and photographer... I mean everything was perfect!! Can't wait to see our pics. Thank you for everything!!! Have a wonderful day and a happy new year as well" bottom line Karen was amazing!!! She exceeded every need and want for our big day.Sent on 01/14/2017
Shelly · Married on 11/05/2016
Karen is amazing!Sent on 11/17/2016
Words can't adequately express my appreciation of this wonderful lady. She did so much to make the event a success and to relieve the stress related to hosting a wedding.
We hired Karen to be our "coordinator for the day" for our daughter's wedding. Even though the wedding was small (about 60 guests) and in our home, we wanted someone to help so that we could be guests ourselves and enjoy the wedding.
I did quite a bit of research before choosing and I'm so glad that we chose Karen. She has an infectious smile that puts you at ease immediately. She is also extremely professional and knowledgeable. She asked a lot of questions so that she would have a better idea of what we were envisioning. She had great practical ideas that helped with the flow of the event. We felt like we were in really good hands.
When Karen arrived on the day of the wedding, she absolutely blew me away! I gave her a quick tour of everything that was happening and she just took it from there. It was like she was family and had been there a million times. She stayed two steps ahead all night and really made the evening stress free.
She has a very unique quality in that she can take charge and provide direction in the nicest most nonabrasive way.
When she lets guests know that it's time to move out to the patio for cocktails, or that we're ready for a toast, grand entrance, cake cutting etc. everyone listens and no one feels like they are being "bossed around".
When guests left she did so much to help wrap things up that I actually had to tell her to stop.
She pays attention to the smallest details and she really listens.
I know Karen has done hundreds of events from large and elaborate to small and intimate. No matter what kind of event your planning, Karen will make it better and she will make your life easier!
Thank you Karen for allowing us to relax and truly enjoy Maegan and Danny's wedding!
Shelly and Bob
Reta · Married on 10/15/2016
Simply said, Karen is by far the best! If you’re on the fence about whether to hire a coordinator or not, debate no more. Hiring Karen was honestly one of the most important things I spent money on for my wedding. After all the planning and effort you put into your wedding, you need someone on the day of your wedding to make sure every detail goes smoothly. And that's exactly what Karen did for me. Karen was so organized, very attentive, sweet, and executed everything to perfection with a smile on her face. My wedding day went so smoothly without causing me any stress and I know that's because Karen handled whatever chaos may have happened behind the scenes. She also handled all the coordination with my vendors so everyone knew where to be and when and the timelines for the day.Sent on 11/23/2016
The day after my wedding, my entire family raved about the amazing job Karen did. She stayed with my family after the wedding ended and had all my personal items packed for them. She was happy to help with anything that was asked of her. I can't imagine what my wedding day would have been like without Karen. She truly put me at ease and was beyond wonderful to work with. The only con I have is that I won't be seeing her after the wedding. She truly will be missed but I will be recommending her to all my friends.
temaruata · Married on 09/04/2016
We hired Karen for our wedding just a few weeks ago.Sent on 09/22/2016
I remember the first time I saw her, all smiles, it right away took the stress off of me.
I had some ideas but let her creativity flow as well, she was very accommodating, knew her stuff all around.
All my guests commented on Karen as she was so helpfull and made sure everything was going well.
I would hire her again in a heart bit!and thank her enormously for her kindness and hard work.
janet · Married on 08/05/2016
Simply look nowhere else! Karen is your person!!!. Her professionalism cannot be challenged! She was available, kind, understanding and I had so much confidence in her that I simply 'forgot' about things that had to happen on the day as she was in total control. Before the wedding we met on numerous occasions and her ideas and knowledge helped build that confidence that is so needed on such a busy day. The wedding went perfectly. And I have to say that although I knew she was there, I never felt she was being 'pushy' or overwhelmingly present. I just cannot say enough good things about her. As I originally said, just don't look any further!!! THANK YOU Karen!!!Sent on 08/08/2016
User4790094 · 2+ years ago
Karen was referred to us by a friend in the industry. She has been great to work with and I already feel less stress just by booking her.Sent on 01/18/2016