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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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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
6

REVIEWS

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Catherine
Wedding:
7/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Fingers crossed that I'll never have to get married again, but if I do the best upside I can think of is that I'd get to work with Amy again!

I had only six months to plan my dream destination wedding and just the thought of it kept this Seattle bride up late into the night. But once I hired Amy as my coordinator, I felt relaxed and confident. Because I knew I was in good hands, I was able to enjoy every part of the planning process. Amy is professional, fun, detail-oriented, and simply put the VERY BEST at what she does. She goes above and beyond...from putting together my favors by hand the day before the wedding (which she even let me have shipped to her house!) to coordinating my travel itinerary when I visited San Diego to meet and interview vendors. She helped keep my stress level to a minimum and, with my worrying personality, that is saying a lot. For everything she did, what I am most grateful for is how great she was day of. I've been a part of wedding parties where the bride was stressed out having to deal with last minute vendor issues, setting-up, menu changes, family drama etc., that they couldn't even enjoy their big day once it was finally here. Because of Amy, my husband and I had to deal with none of that at all. For all we knew, from start to finish, the wedding was absolutely perfect with no hiccups whatsoever. But, we aren't naive. We know that it only felt seamless to us because Amy made it that way. Our wedding was unforgettable and we owe so much of it to her. We are forever grateful. Thank you, Amy!!!
Fingers crossed that I'll never have to get married again, but if I do the best upside I can think of is that I'd get to Read more...
Fingers crossed that I'll never have to get married again, but if I do the best upside I can think of is that I'd get to work with Amy again!

I had only six months to plan my dream destination wedding and just the thought of it kept this Seattle bride up late into the night. But once I hired Amy as my coordinator, I felt relaxed and confident. Because I knew I was in good hands, I was able to enjoy every part of the planning process. Amy is professional, fun, detail-oriented, and simply put the VERY BEST at what she does. She goes above and beyond...from putting together my favors by hand the day before the wedding (which she even let me have shipped to her house!) to coordinating my travel itinerary when I visited San Diego to meet and interview vendors. She helped keep my stress level to a minimum and, with my worrying personality, that is saying a lot. For everything she did, what I am most grateful for is how great she was day of. I've been a part of wedding parties where the bride was stressed out having to deal with last minute vendor issues, setting-up, menu changes, family drama etc., that they couldn't even enjoy their big day once it was finally here. Because of Amy, my husband and I had to deal with none of that at all. For all we knew, from start to finish, the wedding was absolutely perfect with no hiccups whatsoever. But, we aren't naive. We know that it only felt seamless to us because Amy made it that way. Our wedding was unforgettable and we owe so much of it to her. We are forever grateful. Thank you, Amy!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can't begin to tell you how happy we were hiring Amy and First Comes Love as our wedding planning. Amy simply is amazing. Let me know tell, Amy simply paid for herself with helping us negotiate our contract with our venue. Right off the bat we were happy with our choice. She orchestrated all of our vendors and ensured that we got great deals across the board, made sure they were all set on the night of the wedding. We have over 220 people at our wedding, and everything ran perfectly. not once glitch. First Comes Love and Amy are absolutely professional, knowledgable with what they are doing, and also really fun to work with. I would and have recommended their services to friends and family.
I can't begin to tell you how happy we were hiring Amy and First Comes Love as our wedding planning. Amy simply is Read more...
I can't begin to tell you how happy we were hiring Amy and First Comes Love as our wedding planning. Amy simply is amazing. Let me know tell, Amy simply paid for herself with helping us negotiate our contract with our venue. Right off the bat we were happy with our choice. She orchestrated all of our vendors and ensured that we got great deals across the board, made sure they were all set on the night of the wedding. We have over 220 people at our wedding, and everything ran perfectly. not once glitch. First Comes Love and Amy are absolutely professional, knowledgable with what they are doing, and also really fun to work with. I would and have recommended their services to friends and family. Read less
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vinnie
Wedding:
5/3/2015
5.0/5.0
The reviews that have been previously posted of Amy Ulkutekin and First Comes Love are so glowing that it is a challenge to add anything new. Our experience was so positive that we feel compelled to try. After many failed attempts to find a planner for our daughters wedding we desperately Googled “Wedding Planners La Jolla” up came First Comes Love. It was an amazing piece of luck that we found her. The website is very well done and informative, it seemed like just what we were looking for. We were looking for a larger more professional planner than most others seem to offer. After a long phone conversation with Amy we booked their full service as we were planning this wedding in California from Texas. The fact that she had worked many times with our venue was an added plus. For the next seven months Amy skillfully guided us as we put together the pieces for the big day. She has wonderful contacts for floral, rentals, etc., most of which we would never have found on our own, or at the prices she was able to negotiate. Always there when we needed her, remembering even the smallest of details, keeping us on task, with a smile on her face and always cool and collected. The day went beautifully, without a visible hitch thanks totally to Amy and her staff….
The reviews that have been previously posted of Amy Ulkutekin and First Comes Love are so glowing that it is a challenge Read more...
The reviews that have been previously posted of Amy Ulkutekin and First Comes Love are so glowing that it is a challenge to add anything new. Our experience was so positive that we feel compelled to try. After many failed attempts to find a planner for our daughters wedding we desperately Googled “Wedding Planners La Jolla” up came First Comes Love. It was an amazing piece of luck that we found her. The website is very well done and informative, it seemed like just what we were looking for. We were looking for a larger more professional planner than most others seem to offer. After a long phone conversation with Amy we booked their full service as we were planning this wedding in California from Texas. The fact that she had worked many times with our venue was an added plus. For the next seven months Amy skillfully guided us as we put together the pieces for the big day. She has wonderful contacts for floral, rentals, etc., most of which we would never have found on our own, or at the prices she was able to negotiate. Always there when we needed her, remembering even the smallest of details, keeping us on task, with a smile on her face and always cool and collected. The day went beautifully, without a visible hitch thanks totally to Amy and her staff…. Read less
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holly
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We worked with Lindsay and I cannot stress enough how amazing she was! She was our "day of" wedding coordinator but was so much more than that! Her guidance throughout the process was invaluable! I truly could not have done it without her! From day one, she was so kind, thoughtful and gave such amazing suggestions on how to make our wedding day perfect! On the wedding day, I was stress free and she lead everything seamlessly. I would recommend Lindsay to anyone and everyone!
We worked with Lindsay and I cannot stress enough how amazing she was! She was our "day of" wedding coordinator but was so Read more...
We worked with Lindsay and I cannot stress enough how amazing she was! She was our "day of" wedding coordinator but was so much more than that! Her guidance throughout the process was invaluable! I truly could not have done it without her! From day one, she was so kind, thoughtful and gave such amazing suggestions on how to make our wedding day perfect! On the wedding day, I was stress free and she lead everything seamlessly. I would recommend Lindsay to anyone and everyone! Read less
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Mike
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We are thrilled with our decision to hire Amy as the day-of coordinator for our wedding at the La Jolla Woman's Club earlier this month. Amy started making our lives easier well before the day of the wedding. She simplifies the planning process and is a great communicator.

When we hired Amy we had already hired our other vendors, so what we really needed help with was bringing things together and managing the event itself. Amy was excellent. We most appreciated her patience, as we weren't great at being responsive to emails while we were supposed to be finalizing the timeline. She kept things moving while we got our act together, and provided friendly reminders that didn't make us feel like delinquents.

Once we got to La Jolla, she took the last-minute details off of our hands and did a great job executing the ideas that my wife had for the event. On the day of the wedding, she corralled our families and wedding party while still being fun, which is not an easy task.

Overall, we couldn't have been happier with Amy's work and highly recommend her if you are looking for a day-of coordinator (based on our experience, we think she would be excellent as a full scale coordinator as well).
We are thrilled with our decision to hire Amy as the day-of coordinator for our wedding at the La Jolla Woman's Club Read more...
We are thrilled with our decision to hire Amy as the day-of coordinator for our wedding at the La Jolla Woman's Club earlier this month. Amy started making our lives easier well before the day of the wedding. She simplifies the planning process and is a great communicator.

When we hired Amy we had already hired our other vendors, so what we really needed help with was bringing things together and managing the event itself. Amy was excellent. We most appreciated her patience, as we weren't great at being responsive to emails while we were supposed to be finalizing the timeline. She kept things moving while we got our act together, and provided friendly reminders that didn't make us feel like delinquents.

Once we got to La Jolla, she took the last-minute details off of our hands and did a great job executing the ideas that my wife had for the event. On the day of the wedding, she corralled our families and wedding party while still being fun, which is not an easy task.

Overall, we couldn't have been happier with Amy's work and highly recommend her if you are looking for a day-of coordinator (based on our experience, we think she would be excellent as a full scale coordinator as well). Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
1/24/2015
2.7/5.0
We hired Amy as our day-of coordinator. She was great to work with leading up to the event and seemed to be organized and professional. I felt confident that she knew what she was doing and trusted her to ensure evrything was executed "flawlessly" (as she repeatedly states on her site) on the big day. There was a definite lack of communication and a number of details were overlooked. The way she handled the situations showed questionable judgment. She had many excuses and seemed to blame everyone else. There were supposed issues she claimed demanded her attention and made her unable to fulfill her other duties but it just didn't fit together. She even had an assistant with her for the whole night. Many of these missed tasks would have taken such a short amount of time to do. There seemed to be a lack of attention to detail. I should have been more explicit in advance and micromanaged but I really overestimated her as a professional. I feel I could have paid practically anyone to do what she did with detailed instructions on what I needed done and I would have achieved a better result. I hired Amy for her expertise in wedding coordinating and I really didn't feel that I received anything that I would have expected from someone with experience in this area. Someone heard her say that day-of coordinating was too stressful and that she wouldn't do it again so perhaps this just isn't a good fit for her. Thankfully none of our guests seemed to notice anything. Everyone had a great time and we received many conpliments. II spent a lot of time and effort into planning and making these details and was disappointed my guesrs didn't get to experience them. It may seem petty (hey, I am an ICU nurse) but really that is a lot of what weddings are about-little details. If that is your profession you should be more attentive to them. This was definitely the least value for our money that we spent on the wedding. I would hire a day-of coordinator but just not this one.
We hired Amy as our day-of coordinator. She was great to work with leading up to the event and seemed to be organized and Read more...
We hired Amy as our day-of coordinator. She was great to work with leading up to the event and seemed to be organized and professional. I felt confident that she knew what she was doing and trusted her to ensure evrything was executed "flawlessly" (as she repeatedly states on her site) on the big day. There was a definite lack of communication and a number of details were overlooked. The way she handled the situations showed questionable judgment. She had many excuses and seemed to blame everyone else. There were supposed issues she claimed demanded her attention and made her unable to fulfill her other duties but it just didn't fit together. She even had an assistant with her for the whole night. Many of these missed tasks would have taken such a short amount of time to do. There seemed to be a lack of attention to detail. I should have been more explicit in advance and micromanaged but I really overestimated her as a professional. I feel I could have paid practically anyone to do what she did with detailed instructions on what I needed done and I would have achieved a better result. I hired Amy for her expertise in wedding coordinating and I really didn't feel that I received anything that I would have expected from someone with experience in this area. Someone heard her say that day-of coordinating was too stressful and that she wouldn't do it again so perhaps this just isn't a good fit for her. Thankfully none of our guests seemed to notice anything. Everyone had a great time and we received many conpliments. II spent a lot of time and effort into planning and making these details and was disappointed my guesrs didn't get to experience them. It may seem petty (hey, I am an ICU nurse) but really that is a lot of what weddings are about-little details. If that is your profession you should be more attentive to them. This was definitely the least value for our money that we spent on the wedding. I would hire a day-of coordinator but just not this one. Read less
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First Comes Love Weddings & Events responded with the following comments:

I am very disappointed that Matt did not see value in our service. Unfortunately sometimes people do not see all that we do and though I explained in great detail what we were doing all day, they still did not think we did our job. However, the things they faulted us on were outside of our control. The bakery showed up with a frozen cake and when it was time to serve it, it was still frozen. The florist arrived late at the end of the night so we had to move all of their items out of the ballroom so the client wasn't charged for extra time and they faulted us for the florist not showing up on time (which we communicated several times). I was told the mother of the groom had the sand ceremony items but when she showed up to the ceremony she did not and they blamed me and told me I should have called them sooner but they had left the items in their car. I unfortunately cannot read minds and did call them as soon as I knew they were not in possession of the person who I was told had them. We could not light a candle in the bathroom because the only place there was to put it was directly under the paper towels which was a fire hazard. The client did not rent enough tables so was upset that photos were not moved inside but there was nowhere to move it to because they did not have enough tables and the only way we were able to display them in the first place was to put crates and plywood together to create a table and this could not be moved inside. The caterer took an hour and 45 minutes to serve food and didn't bring enough staff so myself and my assistant were clearing plates and serving champagne. While I appreciate Matt's viewpoint I whole heartedly know that we went above and beyond for this couple to do everything we could to make their wedding as smooth as we could given the lack of information they provided and the unprofessional nature of some of their vendors.
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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!!
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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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