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Tealight Events by Carina McLaughlin

Los Angeles (serving Southern California) , CA
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Los Angeles (serving Southern California), CA 91405 US (map)

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818-415-0058

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ABOUT US

Tealight Weddings and Events is an event planning company based in Southern California. Our philosophy is simple: this is your engagement and it should be full of fun, excitement and... Read more
Tealight Weddings and Events is an event planning company based in Southern California. Our philosophy is simple: this is your engagement and it should be full of fun, excitement and anticitpation. The last thing you need is to stress over the details....that's what we're here for!

You may have planned your entire wedding from beginning to end and, as the day approaches, a small voice begins nagging that you forgot something. You did, and it's very simple: as your big day draws near, you just need a little help tying it all together. We'll handle all the last minute vendor details (while you're getting a massage). We'll put out the fire when the cake shows up 15 minutes late (while you're getting yoru hair done). We'll help you bustle your dress for the reception (we know you love your mother, but really, how many dresses has she bustled?!)

Or maybe you are one of those brides with a busy schedule and without the time it takes to plan a wedding. Tealight Weddings and Events will design an unforgettable event that your guests will be talking about for years to come. We'll listen to your ideas and thoughts to create an event that reflects you and your fiance's style and personalities.

I have spent nearly 10 years in the catering business, coordinating wait and kitchen staffs and working with countless Southern California vendors for a wide variety of events ranging from intimate dinner parties to celebrity weddings to corporate and fundraising events. After becoming engaged myself and happily jumping feet first into the planning process, I became addicted to every aspect of weddings....love, family and gorgeous, unique details. That is why I decided to use my warm and friendly, yet strictly business, approach to help other couples plan, and more importantly, relax and enjoy the most iportant day of their lives.

In my opinion, being a wedding planner is about being a friend and confidante, giving advice and guidance, not telling you what to do, but listening to your ideas and making them happen. I look forward to meeting you and embarking on this wonderful journey with you! 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, Guest List Creation, 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?
4

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Chau
Wedding:
7/31/2016
5.0/5.0
Carina was so amazing and I couldn't thank her enough. We were very last minute and didn't decide to hire a wedding planner until 6 months before our wedding date in summer 2016. We wanted to do the venue scout on our own, before we realized that no progress has been made after 2 months of search. We booked her for the full service from finding the right venue, selecting vendors, negotiating pricing, decorating, to coordinating the event. Within 1 month, we successfully secured the venue of our dream, the Humming Bird Nest Ranch. It was far from what we had expected and surely exceeded our expectation. She is experienced and has a lot of connections with vendors in the wedding industry which gave us the options to pick and choose the one we like at the right pricing. One of the most important aspect of planning your wedding is to stay within your budget and be mindful with all the expenses. Carina helped us to keep track of the $ amount at every step. She was also very flexible and accommodating when it came to setting out the time to visit the venues and vendors with us, even on the weekend. My fiancee then and I both own our businesses which take up the majority of our time; having a wedding planner definitely guided us through the planning process and helped us to make the right decisions. I always came to Carina for help at the last minute and it was never too much to ask. We didn't plan to have a videographer and 4 weeks before the wedding I decided that I wanted to have one ( I know...) And of course I had a budget and a very specific idea of the videographer's style. She came back to me with a few options which I ended up saying no to. She didn't give up searching for the right one and 2 weeks before the wedding, she found me a videographer who met my budget, my style, and also was available for my wedding date. I couldn't be happier. If I had to do my wedding all over again I would definitely hire Carina as my planner!
Carina was so amazing and I couldn't thank her enough. We were very last minute and didn't decide to hire a wedding Read more...
Carina was so amazing and I couldn't thank her enough. We were very last minute and didn't decide to hire a wedding planner until 6 months before our wedding date in summer 2016. We wanted to do the venue scout on our own, before we realized that no progress has been made after 2 months of search. We booked her for the full service from finding the right venue, selecting vendors, negotiating pricing, decorating, to coordinating the event. Within 1 month, we successfully secured the venue of our dream, the Humming Bird Nest Ranch. It was far from what we had expected and surely exceeded our expectation. She is experienced and has a lot of connections with vendors in the wedding industry which gave us the options to pick and choose the one we like at the right pricing. One of the most important aspect of planning your wedding is to stay within your budget and be mindful with all the expenses. Carina helped us to keep track of the $ amount at every step. She was also very flexible and accommodating when it came to setting out the time to visit the venues and vendors with us, even on the weekend. My fiancee then and I both own our businesses which take up the majority of our time; having a wedding planner definitely guided us through the planning process and helped us to make the right decisions. I always came to Carina for help at the last minute and it was never too much to ask. We didn't plan to have a videographer and 4 weeks before the wedding I decided that I wanted to have one ( I know...) And of course I had a budget and a very specific idea of the videographer's style. She came back to me with a few options which I ended up saying no to. She didn't give up searching for the right one and 2 weeks before the wedding, she found me a videographer who met my budget, my style, and also was available for my wedding date. I couldn't be happier. If I had to do my wedding all over again I would definitely hire Carina as my planner! Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Carina McLaughlin and Tealight Events to anyone without hesitation. Working with Carina and Tealight was easy and enjoyable from start to finish. Fantastic industry relationships and recommendations, impressive responsiveness, calm and friendly at all times--wonderful to work with at every stage of planning. Our wedding had quite a few moving parts (including guest shuttles and setting up a kitchen on-site), and Carina/Tealight made it all fun and a total success! On top of all of that, the pricing options for Tealight's services are a great value (especially in Los Angeles).
I would recommend Carina McLaughlin and Tealight Events to anyone without hesitation. Working with Carina and Tealight was Read more...
I would recommend Carina McLaughlin and Tealight Events to anyone without hesitation. Working with Carina and Tealight was easy and enjoyable from start to finish. Fantastic industry relationships and recommendations, impressive responsiveness, calm and friendly at all times--wonderful to work with at every stage of planning. Our wedding had quite a few moving parts (including guest shuttles and setting up a kitchen on-site), and Carina/Tealight made it all fun and a total success! On top of all of that, the pricing options for Tealight's services are a great value (especially in Los Angeles). Read less
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Britni
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired Carina as a month-of wedding coordinator for our October wedding. From the first conversation we had on the phone, I knew I was in great hands. She was kind, patient, and professional. She made everything easy for me: provided me with checklists, set up Google Docs so we could keep track of all of the vendor information, set up our meetings well in advance (and came to me!), and ran a wonderful wedding. My whole family was impressed by her pragmatic style and approach, and I received many compliments from the wedding party on her professionalism. I can't recommend her highly enough!
We hired Carina as a month-of wedding coordinator for our October wedding. From the first conversation we had on the Read more...
We hired Carina as a month-of wedding coordinator for our October wedding. From the first conversation we had on the phone, I knew I was in great hands. She was kind, patient, and professional. She made everything easy for me: provided me with checklists, set up Google Docs so we could keep track of all of the vendor information, set up our meetings well in advance (and came to me!), and ran a wonderful wedding. My whole family was impressed by her pragmatic style and approach, and I received many compliments from the wedding party on her professionalism. I can't recommend her highly enough! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired Carina for day-of coordination for our wedding. She was friendly, organized, and took charge when necessary, and was a perfect balance of laid back + in charge for us. She helped with organizing and running the ceremony rehearsal the day before, which was a huge help since we had asked a family member to be our officiant. When we arrived at the venue and I saw for the first time how the decorations for the reception had been arranged, I was completely in awe -- Carina had set everything up perfectly, exactly how I had envisioned. Throughout the night, she helped keep us on schedule, but was also able to improvise when needed. Thanks to Carina, I was able to hold over the reins and just enjoy our wedding day!
We hired Carina for day-of coordination for our wedding. She was friendly, organized, and took charge when necessary, and Read more...
We hired Carina for day-of coordination for our wedding. She was friendly, organized, and took charge when necessary, and was a perfect balance of laid back + in charge for us. She helped with organizing and running the ceremony rehearsal the day before, which was a huge help since we had asked a family member to be our officiant. When we arrived at the venue and I saw for the first time how the decorations for the reception had been arranged, I was completely in awe -- Carina had set everything up perfectly, exactly how I had envisioned. Throughout the night, she helped keep us on schedule, but was also able to improvise when needed. Thanks to Carina, I was able to hold over the reins and just enjoy our wedding day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Carina helped us with our rehearsal and our day-of planning, and I don't think we could have done it without her! Our "minister" was a friend who had not performed a wedding, and she helped walk us through the ceremony that we'd planned the night before and had us focus on the things that would be the most important on our wedding day. On the day of our wedding, she was there helping to get things set up, keep things organized, and make sure people were where they needed to be. Her help was very much appreciated! Everything looked beautiful, everything stayed organized, and the event flowed smoothly. Thank you, Carina!
Carina helped us with our rehearsal and our day-of planning, and I don't think we could have done it without her! Our Read more...
Carina helped us with our rehearsal and our day-of planning, and I don't think we could have done it without her! Our "minister" was a friend who had not performed a wedding, and she helped walk us through the ceremony that we'd planned the night before and had us focus on the things that would be the most important on our wedding day. On the day of our wedding, she was there helping to get things set up, keep things organized, and make sure people were where they needed to be. Her help was very much appreciated! Everything looked beautiful, everything stayed organized, and the event flowed smoothly. Thank you, Carina! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My daughter was getting married in LA and I live 2000 miles away! Thanks to Carina, the wedding reception was beautiful and went without a hitch! The wedding was held at a private venue so we needed to arrange for a caterer, bartender, bring in tables and chairs, arrange transportation for our guests, etc. Carina found all the vendors and helped us make the right choices. She even provided lovely floral arrangements when we couldn’t seem to find a florist who understood what we wanted. Carina is pleasant and easy to work with. In short, we couldn’t have done it without her.
My daughter was getting married in LA and I live 2000 miles away! Thanks to Carina, the wedding reception was beautiful Read more...
My daughter was getting married in LA and I live 2000 miles away! Thanks to Carina, the wedding reception was beautiful and went without a hitch! The wedding was held at a private venue so we needed to arrange for a caterer, bartender, bring in tables and chairs, arrange transportation for our guests, etc. Carina found all the vendors and helped us make the right choices. She even provided lovely floral arrangements when we couldn’t seem to find a florist who understood what we wanted. Carina is pleasant and easy to work with. In short, we couldn’t have done it without her. Read less
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Allyson
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I hired Carina for her month-of planning package. Basically I chose all the vendors, negotiated the contracts, etc and then handed it off to Carina the month before to arrange the scheduling and make sure everything was set up the way we discussed it at the walk through. She was also available for questions via phone or email any time prior to the wedding (which not all wedding coordinators do, so that was a really nice feature). I had my wedding at one location (a church) and the reception at a second location, so I knew that day-of coordination would be essential for everything to run smoothly. Carina was everything I could have hoped for in a coordinator. She was calm and collected at every meeting - from the walk-through to the day of the wedding. She was organized, made sure everything ran smoothly, made sure the decorations looked fabulous, and, most importantly, made sure that I and my family had nothing to worry about and could simply enjoy the event. Before I hired Carina, my mom had tried to convince me that a coordinator wasn't necessary. After the event, my mom couldn't imagine having the wedding without her. It was obvious how essential Carina was to the success of the wedding. We were all so happy to have her there and I am extremely glad I decided to hire her. Thank you Carina for making my wedding such a wonderful experience!
I hired Carina for her month-of planning package. Basically I chose all the vendors, negotiated the contracts, etc and Read more...
I hired Carina for her month-of planning package. Basically I chose all the vendors, negotiated the contracts, etc and then handed it off to Carina the month before to arrange the scheduling and make sure everything was set up the way we discussed it at the walk through. She was also available for questions via phone or email any time prior to the wedding (which not all wedding coordinators do, so that was a really nice feature). I had my wedding at one location (a church) and the reception at a second location, so I knew that day-of coordination would be essential for everything to run smoothly. Carina was everything I could have hoped for in a coordinator. She was calm and collected at every meeting - from the walk-through to the day of the wedding. She was organized, made sure everything ran smoothly, made sure the decorations looked fabulous, and, most importantly, made sure that I and my family had nothing to worry about and could simply enjoy the event. Before I hired Carina, my mom had tried to convince me that a coordinator wasn't necessary. After the event, my mom couldn't imagine having the wedding without her. It was obvious how essential Carina was to the success of the wedding. We were all so happy to have her there and I am extremely glad I decided to hire her. Thank you Carina for making my wedding such a wonderful experience! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our review is LONG overdue. We hired Carina for her month-of wedding coordinating services after we had a terrible experience with a previous less than charming wedding planner we hired a year prior to our wedding date. I was disheartened and overwhelmed with our weddings just 2 months out when I found Carina. She assured us we were in a good place and would help tie up the loose ends. She was a complete lifesaver.

We had already booked most of the vendors and such but really needed a point person to coordinate all the details. Carina did a wonderful job picking up where the other planner left off and ran with it. She even caught and corrected potentially disastrous mistakes our previous planner made. Carina was organized, attentive, and such a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Tealight Events. My only regret is that I wish I found Carina sooner!
Our review is LONG overdue. We hired Carina for her month-of wedding coordinating services after we had a terrible Read more...
Our review is LONG overdue. We hired Carina for her month-of wedding coordinating services after we had a terrible experience with a previous less than charming wedding planner we hired a year prior to our wedding date. I was disheartened and overwhelmed with our weddings just 2 months out when I found Carina. She assured us we were in a good place and would help tie up the loose ends. She was a complete lifesaver.

We had already booked most of the vendors and such but really needed a point person to coordinate all the details. Carina did a wonderful job picking up where the other planner left off and ran with it. She even caught and corrected potentially disastrous mistakes our previous planner made. Carina was organized, attentive, and such a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Tealight Events. My only regret is that I wish I found Carina sooner! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I knew from the moment I first sat down with Carina that I would hire her. I'd been meeting with a few other Day-Of Coordinators, and she was the only one who instantly put me at ease during my 1-Year-Out meltdown. In my first interview with her (not yet hired, mind you) she gave me advice on the things that were overwhelmingly stressing me out in my wedding planning. Just talking to her made me feel like I had more of a handle on things than I thought I did. And even though we only hired her as DOC, she was always available to answer my emails with the various questions and concerns I encountered while, for instance trying to hire caterers and figure out rentals. On the wedding day everything went perfectly. I was so glad I was able to let go of worrying about anything; if any problems came up, I still don't know about them. I was so grateful to have her there, and even if you're like me and can't afford a full-time coordinator, Carina is absolutely the best choice because she will always be ready and willing to answer your crazy questions along the way.
I knew from the moment I first sat down with Carina that I would hire her. I'd been meeting with a few other Day-Of Read more...
I knew from the moment I first sat down with Carina that I would hire her. I'd been meeting with a few other Day-Of Coordinators, and she was the only one who instantly put me at ease during my 1-Year-Out meltdown. In my first interview with her (not yet hired, mind you) she gave me advice on the things that were overwhelmingly stressing me out in my wedding planning. Just talking to her made me feel like I had more of a handle on things than I thought I did. And even though we only hired her as DOC, she was always available to answer my emails with the various questions and concerns I encountered while, for instance trying to hire caterers and figure out rentals. On the wedding day everything went perfectly. I was so glad I was able to let go of worrying about anything; if any problems came up, I still don't know about them. I was so grateful to have her there, and even if you're like me and can't afford a full-time coordinator, Carina is absolutely the best choice because she will always be ready and willing to answer your crazy questions along the way. Read less
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Joey
Wedding:
4/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Carina couldn't have been more perfect for our wedding. She was calm, in control and handled everything with great professionalism and a smile. We were so lucky to work together on my wedding, making me reassured that everything was going to happen correctly and in a timely fashion. I can't thank her enough for everything she did for us - from transporting all our handmade items and setting them up to coordinating with all of our fantastic vendors to helping us stay calm while lining up for the ceremony. If you have a need for a coordinator, she is the one!
Carina couldn't have been more perfect for our wedding. She was calm, in control and handled everything with great Read more...
Carina couldn't have been more perfect for our wedding. She was calm, in control and handled everything with great professionalism and a smile. We were so lucky to work together on my wedding, making me reassured that everything was going to happen correctly and in a timely fashion. I can't thank her enough for everything she did for us - from transporting all our handmade items and setting them up to coordinating with all of our fantastic vendors to helping us stay calm while lining up for the ceremony. If you have a need for a coordinator, she is the one! Read less
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