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First Comes Love Weddings & Events

La Jolla , CA
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5785 La Jolla Boulevard Suite A
La Jolla, CA 92037 US (map)

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619-501-1695

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Whether on a beach, in a ballroom, or overlooking a vineyard, our weddings reflect the individual personalities of each couple. We work closely with our brides and grooms to create... Read more
Whether on a beach, in a ballroom, or overlooking a vineyard, our weddings reflect the individual personalities of each couple. We work closely with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable moments.

Your wedding is the most important day of your life. You need someone to handle the details so that everything comes together seamlessly while you relax, enjoy, and celebrate your love. From making sure the favors and escort cards are set to helping you pick the perfect photographer, First Comes Love Weddings and Events will make sure your day is flawless.


AMY ULKUTEKIN - Owner/Planner

Tiger Woods, Wolfgang Puck, Will Ferrell and Kim Cattrall have all trusted Amy with their events. As founder and lead event planner at First Comes Love, Amy is a sought-after wedding and event planner, having the pleasure of working at over 50 Southern California venues. She has been featured as a wedding expert nationally in 944 Magazine, NBC, FOX News and more. She also sits on the board for the San Diego chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding and the Association of Bridal Consultants.

From cocktail receptions, charity galas, designer brunches, weddings and more, Amy has been planning events for over a decade. No matter how large or small the challenge, Amy specializes in creating flawless events with elegant and personal flair.



LINDSAY JOHNSON - Creative Director/ Event Manager

Creative. Passionate. Talented. Lindsay's love for decor and details gives First Comes Love brides an edge above the rest. Having worked for wedding photographers and florists as well as a custom wedding invitation designer, Lindseybrings nearly a decade of event experience to the team. She's the perfect event manager to tie together all of the loose ends and make sure that your wedding looks perfect. Read less
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What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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Melissa
Wedding:
11/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I love Amy so much!!! I planned my wedding from Indiana and if it was not for Amy I would have been so stressed! The only things I stressed out about were things that had nothing to do with the wedding. She made my dream wedding come true with all the little details. She looked for vendors for me, negotiated prices, and went out of the way to make everything beautiful. I worked with her a year and a half before our wedding! She is amazing!!!
I love Amy so much!!! I planned my wedding from Indiana and if it was not for Amy I would have been so stressed! The only Read more...
I love Amy so much!!! I planned my wedding from Indiana and if it was not for Amy I would have been so stressed! The only things I stressed out about were things that had nothing to do with the wedding. She made my dream wedding come true with all the little details. She looked for vendors for me, negotiated prices, and went out of the way to make everything beautiful. I worked with her a year and a half before our wedding! She is amazing!!! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Tracy was amazing from our very first conversation to our last. She was extremely professional and responded to all of my questions right away. The whole process was extremely smooth which is what every bride dreams of as wedding planning can be stressful. The flowers Tracy provided for our big day were beyond what I expected them to be :) When deciding on the style we wanted for the flowers she was extremely helpful and sent me pictures of what she thought I was in-visioning and she was bang on. We had so many compliments on our bouquets, boutineers and centerpieces. I have recommended Tracy to many of my girlfriends who are getting married next year that have asked me who did our flower arrangements. I am positive she will deliver as great of an income for them as she did for my new husband and I.
Tracy was amazing from our very first conversation to our last. She was extremely professional and responded to all of my Read more...
Tracy was amazing from our very first conversation to our last. She was extremely professional and responded to all of my questions right away. The whole process was extremely smooth which is what every bride dreams of as wedding planning can be stressful. The flowers Tracy provided for our big day were beyond what I expected them to be :) When deciding on the style we wanted for the flowers she was extremely helpful and sent me pictures of what she thought I was in-visioning and she was bang on. We had so many compliments on our bouquets, boutineers and centerpieces. I have recommended Tracy to many of my girlfriends who are getting married next year that have asked me who did our flower arrangements. I am positive she will deliver as great of an income for them as she did for my new husband and I. Read less
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Janelle
Wedding:
9/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Amy at First Comes Love went above and beyond any and all expectations I could have ever dreamed. Where do I begin? I stumbled upon Amy after calling several other planners who wouldn't even talk to me unless I increased my budget. I was starting to lose hope in finding a planner, who I desperately wanted/needed to help me navigate the unknown waters of wedding planning.

Since our very first meeting Amy was so honest and helpful. When I contacted her to upgrade to the more expensive package, she actually told me I didn't need it. Whhaatt?!? A vendor with integrity? I could hardly believe it. From then on I knew I was working with an incredible company who I could truly depend on. And even though I didn't get the more expensive package she still treated me like I was the only client in the world. She was always accessible, gave incredible recommendations, and actually helped us stay on budget. Also I should mention when vendors told us certain things were not possible (aka having a slideshow play during the father/Daughter dance because of the way the venue was set up), Amy made it happen! She did all this while having a newborn and planning her own wedding. In my eyes she is a super woman.

If all the help she provided planning the wedding wasn't enough, the day of the event she was like my fairy godmother. I was completely unorganized, I had a billion DIY projects that I dumped on her the day before the wedding. I was supposed to leave a general guideline for Amy to help her navigate the tornado I had left for her and I ended up not having time to write it out. But she still managed to take my disaster and transform it into an event more awe inspiring than I could have ever imagined. Plus I had a million special surprises planned and she made sure they all went off flawlessly.

Bottom line, you cannot afford to not to hire First Comes Love! Amy is amazing and I can't recommend her enough!
Amy at First Comes Love went above and beyond any and all expectations I could have ever dreamed. Where do I begin? I Read more...
Amy at First Comes Love went above and beyond any and all expectations I could have ever dreamed. Where do I begin? I stumbled upon Amy after calling several other planners who wouldn't even talk to me unless I increased my budget. I was starting to lose hope in finding a planner, who I desperately wanted/needed to help me navigate the unknown waters of wedding planning.

Since our very first meeting Amy was so honest and helpful. When I contacted her to upgrade to the more expensive package, she actually told me I didn't need it. Whhaatt?!? A vendor with integrity? I could hardly believe it. From then on I knew I was working with an incredible company who I could truly depend on. And even though I didn't get the more expensive package she still treated me like I was the only client in the world. She was always accessible, gave incredible recommendations, and actually helped us stay on budget. Also I should mention when vendors told us certain things were not possible (aka having a slideshow play during the father/Daughter dance because of the way the venue was set up), Amy made it happen! She did all this while having a newborn and planning her own wedding. In my eyes she is a super woman.

If all the help she provided planning the wedding wasn't enough, the day of the event she was like my fairy godmother. I was completely unorganized, I had a billion DIY projects that I dumped on her the day before the wedding. I was supposed to leave a general guideline for Amy to help her navigate the tornado I had left for her and I ended up not having time to write it out. But she still managed to take my disaster and transform it into an event more awe inspiring than I could have ever imagined. Plus I had a million special surprises planned and she made sure they all went off flawlessly.

Bottom line, you cannot afford to not to hire First Comes Love! Amy is amazing and I can't recommend her enough! Read less
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Thomas
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We had Lindsay as our day-of coordinator for our September 2014 wedding ceremony in the sand on Coronado and our reception at Stone Brewery Liberty Station. Even though we only purchased the "day-of" package (at a very reasonable rate), I felt that we got so much more. I had been in contact with Amy and Lindsay many times even before the month of the wedding, asking questions, getting vendor referrals and discussing our vision for our wedding. They have a lot of experience and connections in the industry. Lindsay came to our final meeting at Stone and met with us and the coordinator there. She was prepared and contributed greatly to problem solving and the planning process. I thought that it might be difficult to get all of our guests out on to the beach for the ceremony and then to the reception, but Lindsay and her assistant took over all the worry starting with the rehearsal. They worked so hard all day to make sure everything ran smoothly. I cannot thank Lindsay and FCL enough for giving me the ability to actually ENJOY my wedding day!!
We had Lindsay as our day-of coordinator for our September 2014 wedding ceremony in the sand on Coronado and our reception Read more...
We had Lindsay as our day-of coordinator for our September 2014 wedding ceremony in the sand on Coronado and our reception at Stone Brewery Liberty Station. Even though we only purchased the "day-of" package (at a very reasonable rate), I felt that we got so much more. I had been in contact with Amy and Lindsay many times even before the month of the wedding, asking questions, getting vendor referrals and discussing our vision for our wedding. They have a lot of experience and connections in the industry. Lindsay came to our final meeting at Stone and met with us and the coordinator there. She was prepared and contributed greatly to problem solving and the planning process. I thought that it might be difficult to get all of our guests out on to the beach for the ceremony and then to the reception, but Lindsay and her assistant took over all the worry starting with the rehearsal. They worked so hard all day to make sure everything ran smoothly. I cannot thank Lindsay and FCL enough for giving me the ability to actually ENJOY my wedding day!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/5/2014
2.2/5.0
First of all, I work in the wedding industry on the hospitality side and know what it takes to put together a wedding. I did all of the planning myself, but hired Amy for her day of coordination to take some of the stress off of us and our friends and family. We actually liked working with Amy herself and she made our lives much easier with providing the timeline to our vendors and being there for our rehearsal and ceremony. Amy said that she would see us at our reception, but never ended up showing up. She claimed that she had to pick up every rose petal up (I'm sure that this is not very uncommon) and that the rental company who she had referred was late to pick up the chairs and she had to fend off a homeless person. By contract, Amy was to be onsite as our day of coordinator.

When we all got off of the motor coach and walked in to the reception site, no one greeted us and told our guests that the seating was open. On our timeline, it specified that an appetizer plate would be left at the table for us, but this never happened. It would have been nice considering that we hadn't eaten all day. Amy's two associates seemed inexperienced barely introducing themselves to us. At the end of the reception Kiersten just blurted out that our guests may take the flowers off of the table. This would not have been an issue except that my mother and I had collected blue antique glass bottles and I did not want these to be taken. Only my mother and a friend took an arrangement, due to the fact that all of our guests were from out of town. Kiersten misunderstood this to mean that I did not want the clear glasses of which there were 15 or so and just left them behind with my ipod. Amy basically blamed us and tried to say that our guests left with them when I knew that this was not the case (I rode back to the hotel on a motor coach with them). She did not take any responsibility for her assistants errors and was not apologetic.
First of all, I work in the wedding industry on the hospitality side and know what it takes to put together a wedding. I Read more...
First of all, I work in the wedding industry on the hospitality side and know what it takes to put together a wedding. I did all of the planning myself, but hired Amy for her day of coordination to take some of the stress off of us and our friends and family. We actually liked working with Amy herself and she made our lives much easier with providing the timeline to our vendors and being there for our rehearsal and ceremony. Amy said that she would see us at our reception, but never ended up showing up. She claimed that she had to pick up every rose petal up (I'm sure that this is not very uncommon) and that the rental company who she had referred was late to pick up the chairs and she had to fend off a homeless person. By contract, Amy was to be onsite as our day of coordinator.

When we all got off of the motor coach and walked in to the reception site, no one greeted us and told our guests that the seating was open. On our timeline, it specified that an appetizer plate would be left at the table for us, but this never happened. It would have been nice considering that we hadn't eaten all day. Amy's two associates seemed inexperienced barely introducing themselves to us. At the end of the reception Kiersten just blurted out that our guests may take the flowers off of the table. This would not have been an issue except that my mother and I had collected blue antique glass bottles and I did not want these to be taken. Only my mother and a friend took an arrangement, due to the fact that all of our guests were from out of town. Kiersten misunderstood this to mean that I did not want the clear glasses of which there were 15 or so and just left them behind with my ipod. Amy basically blamed us and tried to say that our guests left with them when I knew that this was not the case (I rode back to the hotel on a motor coach with them). She did not take any responsibility for her assistants errors and was not apologetic. Read less
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First Comes Love Weddings & Events responded with the following comments:

To respond to Lauren's complaints, first off, she hired us for day-of coordination for a ceremony in La Jolla and reception in Escondido with the transport time during rush hour. In speaking with the reception venue they were unable to allow us to set-up earlier in the day even though the client had told us we would have access to the space early when booking us so I explained to Lauren that I would have to bring in additional staff for her event. I secured an additional event manager and assistant to make sure that she was well attended to and did not charge her for this. After the ceremony there was a homeless man who came and started trying to throw the chairs over the cliff to the ocean. I have NEVER in 7 years experienced something bizarre. The rental company was running behind and given that I did not want the couple to be charged for missing chairs, I stayed to deal with the situation. A park patron ended up calling the police because the man wouldn't stop and was bothering people and I was forced to stay to give detail for the police report. Thankfully, I had an event manager at the reception venue along with an assistant. I also had a second assistant transferring all of her ceremony flowers (which I did not charge for).

When the bride and groom arrived at the reception we asked if they wanted any appetizers or drinks and they said they wanted to relax and found chairs. We sent the staff over to them multiple times to offer them food and plated their meal for them.

At the end of the night Kiersten did tell guests they could take the flowers, which is what the bride indicated to us in our pre-event paperwork, but as soon as the bride said she wanted to keep the vases, Kiersten collected them and packed them into the car for her. They left the venue without their iPod however we returned it to their hotel the next day. I have tried to contact Lauren to discuss her wedding but she is unwilling to get on the phone with me.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
If you're considering Amy for your wedding planner, look no further. You will not find better. She is just amazing! She truly excels at her job. Our wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla was the best day of our lives and went off without a hitch despite a very large wedding party and many vendors, thanks to Amy. Amy really knows what she's doing and it shows in her work. She made excellent vendor recommendations and kept us on track with all of our planning throughout the year. She's also a really nice person and was a joy to have monthly calls with! We really felt like she had our back throughout the whole process. When vendors were difficult, she was great at tactfully but firmly dealing with them. On the day of, she was doing a million things behind the scenes (most of which even now I'm sure we don't realize) that ensured that we were stress-free and having a wonderful time. Even the bridesmaids and mothers kept saying, "Amy is amazing!" Amy was the most important person we hired and we are so glad that we did!!
If you're considering Amy for your wedding planner, look no further. You will not find better. She is just amazing! She Read more...
If you're considering Amy for your wedding planner, look no further. You will not find better. She is just amazing! She truly excels at her job. Our wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla was the best day of our lives and went off without a hitch despite a very large wedding party and many vendors, thanks to Amy. Amy really knows what she's doing and it shows in her work. She made excellent vendor recommendations and kept us on track with all of our planning throughout the year. She's also a really nice person and was a joy to have monthly calls with! We really felt like she had our back throughout the whole process. When vendors were difficult, she was great at tactfully but firmly dealing with them. On the day of, she was doing a million things behind the scenes (most of which even now I'm sure we don't realize) that ensured that we were stress-free and having a wonderful time. Even the bridesmaids and mothers kept saying, "Amy is amazing!" Amy was the most important person we hired and we are so glad that we did!! Read less
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Kyung
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
we worked with First Comes Love for our recent October 2013 wedding. It was the best wedding related decision we made. I cannot fully express in words how great it was working with them (you'd have to see my happy dance in person to get the full effect :)). We primarily worked with Amy and Tanya, and they were both wonderful! Amy and Tanya both have a calming and assertive persona, which are a perfect combination when it comes to planning details, making decisions, and herding my large family around during rehearsal and family portraits day of ;). I would not change anything about my wedding, and it's all thanks to First Comes Love!
we worked with First Comes Love for our recent October 2013 wedding. It was the best wedding related decision we made. I Read more...
we worked with First Comes Love for our recent October 2013 wedding. It was the best wedding related decision we made. I cannot fully express in words how great it was working with them (you'd have to see my happy dance in person to get the full effect :)). We primarily worked with Amy and Tanya, and they were both wonderful! Amy and Tanya both have a calming and assertive persona, which are a perfect combination when it comes to planning details, making decisions, and herding my large family around during rehearsal and family portraits day of ;). I would not change anything about my wedding, and it's all thanks to First Comes Love! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We contracted with First Comes Love for a partial planning package for our September destination wedding in San Diego. From the very beginning, Amy was wonderful. She anticipated our needs and kept us on task at every step of the way. She was so key in recommending vendors for us in San Diego and she worked directly with all of our vendors on our wedding timeline. She politely made recommendations and suggestions all throughout the course of our wedding planning months. She successfully ran our rehearsal and kept the entire rehearsal to under 30 minutes. Amy was instrumental in communicating with our vendors the day of the wedding, so they were not asking us many questions - she took care of everything for us!

On the day of our wedding, we realized I forgot the card box at the hotel. She quickly and creatively snapped into action and made a box for us (admittedly it fit better with our theme and looked better than the one that I purchased). Before our first dance, I also discovered how off my seamstress was with the hemming - the dress was majorly too long and the bustle was inadequate - Amy proceeded to pin my dress for me so I could enjoy my first dance and not trip over my dress. These are just a few examples of how Amy/FCL goes above and beyond to ensuring your wedding exceeds your expectations. Amy truly made our wedding wonderful. The day after our wedding, my husband stated that hiring Amy/FCL was the best decision we made for our wedding. And, I completely agree. Amy was calm and relaxed - because of this, we were not stressed and completely enjoyed our wedding!

If you are a couple getting married in the San Diego area, look no further than First Comes Love to ensure your wedding is successful!
We contracted with First Comes Love for a partial planning package for our September destination wedding in San Diego. Read more...
We contracted with First Comes Love for a partial planning package for our September destination wedding in San Diego. From the very beginning, Amy was wonderful. She anticipated our needs and kept us on task at every step of the way. She was so key in recommending vendors for us in San Diego and she worked directly with all of our vendors on our wedding timeline. She politely made recommendations and suggestions all throughout the course of our wedding planning months. She successfully ran our rehearsal and kept the entire rehearsal to under 30 minutes. Amy was instrumental in communicating with our vendors the day of the wedding, so they were not asking us many questions - she took care of everything for us!

On the day of our wedding, we realized I forgot the card box at the hotel. She quickly and creatively snapped into action and made a box for us (admittedly it fit better with our theme and looked better than the one that I purchased). Before our first dance, I also discovered how off my seamstress was with the hemming - the dress was majorly too long and the bustle was inadequate - Amy proceeded to pin my dress for me so I could enjoy my first dance and not trip over my dress. These are just a few examples of how Amy/FCL goes above and beyond to ensuring your wedding exceeds your expectations. Amy truly made our wedding wonderful. The day after our wedding, my husband stated that hiring Amy/FCL was the best decision we made for our wedding. And, I completely agree. Amy was calm and relaxed - because of this, we were not stressed and completely enjoyed our wedding!

If you are a couple getting married in the San Diego area, look no further than First Comes Love to ensure your wedding is successful! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
You cannot afford NOT to hire Amy for your wedding. If you’re even considering a wedding planner, go with First Comes Love. If you think you got it together and don’t need a wedding planner, do yourself a huge favor and go with First Comes Love anyway. Amy and her team were an enormous help during the planning process and an absolutely indispensable part of the wedding day itself. I had no idea what actually goes into pulling an event like this off, but once I figured it out, I had no doubt that I needed a pro like Amy.

Amy will guide you through the bewildering world of wedding planning by recommending only time-tested vendors while keeping you within budget and on schedule. She will save you money by planning a meticulous budget and garnering industry discounts. Most importantly, when you feel stressed and overwhelmed or confused or indecisive, she will be an email or a phone call away to take that load off your shoulders. There’s no need to shop around for wedding planners: First Comes Love is professional, well-respected in the industry, knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared for anything. On top of all that, Amy was a pleasure to work with and get to know on a personal level. I had an absolute dream wedding, and I owe it all to the team at First Comes Love.
You cannot afford NOT to hire Amy for your wedding. If you’re even considering a wedding planner, go with First Comes Read more...
You cannot afford NOT to hire Amy for your wedding. If you’re even considering a wedding planner, go with First Comes Love. If you think you got it together and don’t need a wedding planner, do yourself a huge favor and go with First Comes Love anyway. Amy and her team were an enormous help during the planning process and an absolutely indispensable part of the wedding day itself. I had no idea what actually goes into pulling an event like this off, but once I figured it out, I had no doubt that I needed a pro like Amy.

Amy will guide you through the bewildering world of wedding planning by recommending only time-tested vendors while keeping you within budget and on schedule. She will save you money by planning a meticulous budget and garnering industry discounts. Most importantly, when you feel stressed and overwhelmed or confused or indecisive, she will be an email or a phone call away to take that load off your shoulders. There’s no need to shop around for wedding planners: First Comes Love is professional, well-respected in the industry, knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared for anything. On top of all that, Amy was a pleasure to work with and get to know on a personal level. I had an absolute dream wedding, and I owe it all to the team at First Comes Love. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
FCL made our wedding day so seamless!!! Lindsay and Amy were GREAT to work with and really helped us plan and select AWESOME vendors! They really knew our venue, Admiral Kidd Club, well, and it made everything SO easy!!! They are so knowledgeable and really know what they are doing!!
FCL made our wedding day so seamless!!! Lindsay and Amy were GREAT to work with and really helped us plan and select Read more...
FCL made our wedding day so seamless!!! Lindsay and Amy were GREAT to work with and really helped us plan and select AWESOME vendors! They really knew our venue, Admiral Kidd Club, well, and it made everything SO easy!!! They are so knowledgeable and really know what they are doing!! Read less
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