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Tealight Weddings & Events

Los Angeles (serving Southern California) , CA
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Los Angeles (serving Southern California), CA US 91405 (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 types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
40-350 people
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Oviatt Penthouse, Calamigos Ranch, Stone Manor, Luxe Hotel, Park Plaza Hotel, Ramsey's at the Club, Saddlerock Vineyards, Los Angeles Central Library (Cafe Pinot), Montage Hotel Beverly Hills, USC Town and Gown, Skirball Center, Los Verdes Golf Course, The Grand Long Beach, Ambassador Campus, Richard Nixon Library, Los Angeles River Center, Malibu Nature Preserve, Marvimon, Stone Manor, Sherwood Country Club, Malibou Lake Mountain Club, Westin Hotel - Pasadena, Temescal Gateway Park, Altadena Town and Country Club, Casa del Mar - Santa Monica, Montage Hotel - Laguna Beach, Twin Peaks Ranch - Ojai, CA,

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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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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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Maria
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events was a breath of fresh air and we knew we wanted her to be our wedding coordinator right away. We hired Carina as our month of coordinator and were so happy we did. Because of the venue we chose, it was very important to have a coordinator to bring all of the elements that we've arranged together on our special day. She was great with email and phone correspondence throughout the month and during our face to face meetings. The day of the wedding she and her assistant were a pleasure to work with.
Our wedding day was a huge success and we thank Carina for making it all run smoothly :)

Thanks,
Maria & Pablo Gonzalez
Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events was a breath of fresh air and we knew we wanted her to be our wedding coordinator Read more...
Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events was a breath of fresh air and we knew we wanted her to be our wedding coordinator right away. We hired Carina as our month of coordinator and were so happy we did. Because of the venue we chose, it was very important to have a coordinator to bring all of the elements that we've arranged together on our special day. She was great with email and phone correspondence throughout the month and during our face to face meetings. The day of the wedding she and her assistant were a pleasure to work with.
Our wedding day was a huge success and we thank Carina for making it all run smoothly :)

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Maria & Pablo Gonzalez Read less
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Nayiri
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Carina? She is absolutely amazing! Not only is she professional and VERY organized, but she's also super friendly, easy to get along with, and very laid back.

I had a very large (like 350 guests large) wedding, plus an equally large wedding party of 18! The last thing I wanted to happen on my wedding day was to have our family members be put in a position where they have to deal with all the problems that will inevitably arise at such a large wedding.

In came Carina. I met Carina about a year before my wedding. I immediately fell in love with her and knew I wanted her to be my day-of wedding coordinator. I saw her again about 2 weeks before the wedding during a walk-through of the venue. She was so organized and professional, asked all the right questions and made sure I was thinking about all the last minute details that needed to get done. Let's just say I was a little bit stressed out at this point in time, but she made me feel like everything was under control and that everything would be fine.

Carina was also there to take care of things when they went wrong on the wedding day. The waiter opened the bottle of Dom we had bought to be opened during the cake cutting. I immediately told Carina, and within 15 minutes, we had a replacement bottle of Dom ready for the cake cutting. Also, a sparkler burned a hole in my dress (conveniently right where the button and the hook for the bustle were). Carina had safety pins and a sewing kit (something that had not crossed any of our minds) and was able to bustle my dress for me, despite the wardrobe malfunction.

All in all, Carina was awesome! If you’re looking for a day-of wedding coordinator (or even a more full-time one), look no further than Carina. You won’t regret it!
What can I say about Carina? She is absolutely amazing! Not only is she professional and VERY organized, but she's also Read more...
What can I say about Carina? She is absolutely amazing! Not only is she professional and VERY organized, but she's also super friendly, easy to get along with, and very laid back.

I had a very large (like 350 guests large) wedding, plus an equally large wedding party of 18! The last thing I wanted to happen on my wedding day was to have our family members be put in a position where they have to deal with all the problems that will inevitably arise at such a large wedding.

In came Carina. I met Carina about a year before my wedding. I immediately fell in love with her and knew I wanted her to be my day-of wedding coordinator. I saw her again about 2 weeks before the wedding during a walk-through of the venue. She was so organized and professional, asked all the right questions and made sure I was thinking about all the last minute details that needed to get done. Let's just say I was a little bit stressed out at this point in time, but she made me feel like everything was under control and that everything would be fine.

Carina was also there to take care of things when they went wrong on the wedding day. The waiter opened the bottle of Dom we had bought to be opened during the cake cutting. I immediately told Carina, and within 15 minutes, we had a replacement bottle of Dom ready for the cake cutting. Also, a sparkler burned a hole in my dress (conveniently right where the button and the hook for the bustle were). Carina had safety pins and a sewing kit (something that had not crossed any of our minds) and was able to bustle my dress for me, despite the wardrobe malfunction.

All in all, Carina was awesome! If you’re looking for a day-of wedding coordinator (or even a more full-time one), look no further than Carina. You won’t regret it! Read less
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rellie1237
Wedding:
8/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Carina is amazingly talented as a wedding coordinator. My husband and I were quite last minute about planning, because neither of us knew what we were doing. Carina was patient, organized, and graceful in her handling of the planning leading up to the wedding. On the wedding day she maintained a calm disposition while orchestrating the wedding, despite that many of my family members were quite free-spirited (i.e. not following directions) for the ceremony. The reception all happened seamlessly, because Carina was there to make sure the music, toasts, dances, etc. were taking place at the right time. She also reminded me to eat to make sure I wouldn't suddenly keel over. All the vendors came and went and everything tied up beautifully in the end, and I presume that is all attributable to Carina's organization (since I was not involved with managing anything on wedding day).

I particularly loved that she was very organized and made sure all of the details to the wedding day were lined up beforehand. She was also flexible in meeting us for the tasting and rehearsal, given that we don't live in town and were rarely around during the months prior to the wedding. She was flexible with working with both me, the groom, and my sister (who helped take over my job in making decisions for the wedding, since I was taking the Bar).

Carina really knows what she's doing, and I would recommend her to any bride!!
Carina is amazingly talented as a wedding coordinator. My husband and I were quite last minute about planning, because Read more...
Carina is amazingly talented as a wedding coordinator. My husband and I were quite last minute about planning, because neither of us knew what we were doing. Carina was patient, organized, and graceful in her handling of the planning leading up to the wedding. On the wedding day she maintained a calm disposition while orchestrating the wedding, despite that many of my family members were quite free-spirited (i.e. not following directions) for the ceremony. The reception all happened seamlessly, because Carina was there to make sure the music, toasts, dances, etc. were taking place at the right time. She also reminded me to eat to make sure I wouldn't suddenly keel over. All the vendors came and went and everything tied up beautifully in the end, and I presume that is all attributable to Carina's organization (since I was not involved with managing anything on wedding day).

I particularly loved that she was very organized and made sure all of the details to the wedding day were lined up beforehand. She was also flexible in meeting us for the tasting and rehearsal, given that we don't live in town and were rarely around during the months prior to the wedding. She was flexible with working with both me, the groom, and my sister (who helped take over my job in making decisions for the wedding, since I was taking the Bar).

Carina really knows what she's doing, and I would recommend her to any bride!! Read less
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elyons2013
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Carina was awesome. We had a great time. I was a wedding DJ for 13 years and I was impressed. Thank you Carina!!!!
Carina was awesome. We had a great time. I was a wedding DJ for 13 years and I was impressed. Thank you Carina!!!!
Carina was awesome. We had a great time. I was a wedding DJ for 13 years and I was impressed. Thank you Carina!!!! Read less
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Sydney
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Carina was the day-of coordinator for my wedding. In addition to her day-of duties, she also provided rehearsal coordination and advised me on various wedding matters leading up to the event as part of the coordination package. She is VERY on-the-ball in organization, communicates promptly and thoroughly (YAY), just has an incredible instinct for coordination.

I am very do-it-myself in terms of planning, since I plan events for work; however, I knew that the best thing for my sanity on my wedding day would be to designate someone else as the air-traffic controller. I am so, so very glad that I hired Carina. She put everyone in our wedding party at ease at our rehearsal, and provided incredible guidance for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception on the day of. The wedding vendors were coordinated exactly as planned, and Carina even sent me text messages per my request to update me on cake status, etc. while I was getting ready for the ceremony. We had a few minor hiccups/delays due to late family arrivals, and Carina really kept on top of checking in with me and shuffling our timeframe as needed to accommodate things. Her management was seamless.

My biggest wish for this wedding was that all of my family and guests would get to just sit back and enjoy the festivities -- especially my mom and sisters, who tend to end up working to run all of our family events. Getting to see everyone really let go and have a great time at the wedding -- without having to lift a finger to work -- was priceless. I can't thank you enough, Carina! :)
Carina was the day-of coordinator for my wedding. In addition to her day-of duties, she also provided rehearsal Read more...
Carina was the day-of coordinator for my wedding. In addition to her day-of duties, she also provided rehearsal coordination and advised me on various wedding matters leading up to the event as part of the coordination package. She is VERY on-the-ball in organization, communicates promptly and thoroughly (YAY), just has an incredible instinct for coordination.

I am very do-it-myself in terms of planning, since I plan events for work; however, I knew that the best thing for my sanity on my wedding day would be to designate someone else as the air-traffic controller. I am so, so very glad that I hired Carina. She put everyone in our wedding party at ease at our rehearsal, and provided incredible guidance for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception on the day of. The wedding vendors were coordinated exactly as planned, and Carina even sent me text messages per my request to update me on cake status, etc. while I was getting ready for the ceremony. We had a few minor hiccups/delays due to late family arrivals, and Carina really kept on top of checking in with me and shuffling our timeframe as needed to accommodate things. Her management was seamless.

My biggest wish for this wedding was that all of my family and guests would get to just sit back and enjoy the festivities -- especially my mom and sisters, who tend to end up working to run all of our family events. Getting to see everyone really let go and have a great time at the wedding -- without having to lift a finger to work -- was priceless. I can't thank you enough, Carina! :) Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Carina was an absolute lifesaver! As a more DIY kind of bride, i debated for a long time whether I needed a wedding coordinator and was beginning to struggle dealing with some vendors as the date neared the wedding day. Carina came to the rescue!! She was so quick in her response to my inquiry from the beginning, and very flexible with timing and punctual, adjusting easily and without hesitation to my hectic schedule. She has great energy and optimism that I felt reflected my own, and thus we got along great! She showed up to vendor meetings and even spoke up for me to protect my interests when I was so frustrated I felt like giving up. She went out of her way to do services that she wasnt necessarily required to do as well. Carina always makes sure you are okay with whatever may need to happen at the last minute instead of just doing it on her own and later risking upsetting the bride. She very organized and she knows what shes doing, and for the lack of a better way to say this, follows instructions and ur wishes to the T. In the end, it was worth every penny and more to have her as my wedding day coordinator. Everything went so smoothly b/c of her and I cannot recommend her enough!! She was like my other maid of honor =)
Carina was an absolute lifesaver! As a more DIY kind of bride, i debated for a long time whether I needed a wedding Read more...
Carina was an absolute lifesaver! As a more DIY kind of bride, i debated for a long time whether I needed a wedding coordinator and was beginning to struggle dealing with some vendors as the date neared the wedding day. Carina came to the rescue!! She was so quick in her response to my inquiry from the beginning, and very flexible with timing and punctual, adjusting easily and without hesitation to my hectic schedule. She has great energy and optimism that I felt reflected my own, and thus we got along great! She showed up to vendor meetings and even spoke up for me to protect my interests when I was so frustrated I felt like giving up. She went out of her way to do services that she wasnt necessarily required to do as well. Carina always makes sure you are okay with whatever may need to happen at the last minute instead of just doing it on her own and later risking upsetting the bride. She very organized and she knows what shes doing, and for the lack of a better way to say this, follows instructions and ur wishes to the T. In the end, it was worth every penny and more to have her as my wedding day coordinator. Everything went so smoothly b/c of her and I cannot recommend her enough!! She was like my other maid of honor =) Read less
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skim2
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding was the best day of my life and I owe so much to Carina for that!

Firstly, my wedding was at an outdoor vineyard that required everything to be brought in… chairs, lighting, generators, cooking stations, etc. I had at least a dozen vendors as well – some of whom had never been to the venue before. It demanded careful planning and execution and Carina was on top of it both leading up to the day and on the day itself.

Secondly, I did some DIY décor and was worried about the placement/logistics on the day of the wedding. Carina, however, helped to make the layout absolutely beautiful and the process went very smoothly.

Lastly, Carina was always accommodating and able to think on her toes. My wedding dress ripped slightly after the ceremony but she was able to sew it up quickly for me during the cocktail hour. Our wedding also ran a little late but she stayed and really hustled to help me get out of the venue on time.

But what I think makes Carina a great coordinator is the fact that she’s very organized and responsive but at the same time has a laid back demeanor. She was always there to do what was needed and tell the vendors what needed to get done but she wasn’t over-bearing like some coordinators can be. She has a great attitude and even my guests/vendors commented on how great she was.
My wedding was the best day of my life and I owe so much to Carina for that!

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My wedding was the best day of my life and I owe so much to Carina for that!

Firstly, my wedding was at an outdoor vineyard that required everything to be brought in… chairs, lighting, generators, cooking stations, etc. I had at least a dozen vendors as well – some of whom had never been to the venue before. It demanded careful planning and execution and Carina was on top of it both leading up to the day and on the day itself.

Secondly, I did some DIY décor and was worried about the placement/logistics on the day of the wedding. Carina, however, helped to make the layout absolutely beautiful and the process went very smoothly.

Lastly, Carina was always accommodating and able to think on her toes. My wedding dress ripped slightly after the ceremony but she was able to sew it up quickly for me during the cocktail hour. Our wedding also ran a little late but she stayed and really hustled to help me get out of the venue on time.

But what I think makes Carina a great coordinator is the fact that she’s very organized and responsive but at the same time has a laid back demeanor. She was always there to do what was needed and tell the vendors what needed to get done but she wasn’t over-bearing like some coordinators can be. She has a great attitude and even my guests/vendors commented on how great she was. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Carina was our wedding planner/coordinator for our Palm Springs wedding last fall and was absolutely fabulous. We wanted someone who we could use as a week-of coordinator, and also potentially add on services during the planning stage if things got too crazy, and Carina was really flexible and reasonably-priced. She was very easy to deal with - friendly and professional, with great ideas and helpful tips but also very willing to listen to what was most important to us. And she really did a wonderful job making sure our rehearsal and wedding went off smoothly, working with our other vendors, managing guests and the wedding party, making last minute adjustments when it rained the day before, handling little odds and ends that we'd run out of time to do, etc. We never had to worry about any of the timing or logistics on the day of, which was exactly what I'd hoped! We highly recommend her for anyone in the LA area!
Carina was our wedding planner/coordinator for our Palm Springs wedding last fall and was absolutely fabulous. We wanted Read more...
Carina was our wedding planner/coordinator for our Palm Springs wedding last fall and was absolutely fabulous. We wanted someone who we could use as a week-of coordinator, and also potentially add on services during the planning stage if things got too crazy, and Carina was really flexible and reasonably-priced. She was very easy to deal with - friendly and professional, with great ideas and helpful tips but also very willing to listen to what was most important to us. And she really did a wonderful job making sure our rehearsal and wedding went off smoothly, working with our other vendors, managing guests and the wedding party, making last minute adjustments when it rained the day before, handling little odds and ends that we'd run out of time to do, etc. We never had to worry about any of the timing or logistics on the day of, which was exactly what I'd hoped! We highly recommend her for anyone in the LA area! Read less
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elizabeth
Wedding:
10/2/2011
5.0/5.0
If you think you should coordinate your own event to save money -- STOP right there. Don't do it! If you want your wedding day to be smooth and stress free, you will hire Carina and Tealight Weddings & Events to take care of you. Carina is amazing!

We had started to look for a "Day of" coordinator about 6 weeks before the wedding. When we met with Carina, we knew we didn't have to look any further. There were so many things left to do and think about, that I just couldn't imagine how they would get done. And as soon we met her, she asked the right questions, discussed structure and important aspects of the event that we would have never thought of and would have certainly fallen through the cracks. Then, as she described what she would do for us as our DOC, I was finally able to breathe.

Among other things, she will handle all of the details you won't want to take care of during your wedding, like making sure your family members and guests are where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there (so they won't bother you!). We were able to just enjoy our big event, because we knew that whatever details needed to be handled, Carina would take care of them. She's kind, caring, amazingly organized and a total professional.

So if having a Wedding Day Coordinator isn't part of your budget, it really should be -- I can absolutely say, Carina is worth it! We don't know how we could have made it through the day without her. Thank you, Carina, it was perfect.
If you think you should coordinate your own event to save money -- STOP right there. Don't do it! If you want your wedding Read more...
If you think you should coordinate your own event to save money -- STOP right there. Don't do it! If you want your wedding day to be smooth and stress free, you will hire Carina and Tealight Weddings & Events to take care of you. Carina is amazing!

We had started to look for a "Day of" coordinator about 6 weeks before the wedding. When we met with Carina, we knew we didn't have to look any further. There were so many things left to do and think about, that I just couldn't imagine how they would get done. And as soon we met her, she asked the right questions, discussed structure and important aspects of the event that we would have never thought of and would have certainly fallen through the cracks. Then, as she described what she would do for us as our DOC, I was finally able to breathe.

Among other things, she will handle all of the details you won't want to take care of during your wedding, like making sure your family members and guests are where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there (so they won't bother you!). We were able to just enjoy our big event, because we knew that whatever details needed to be handled, Carina would take care of them. She's kind, caring, amazingly organized and a total professional.

So if having a Wedding Day Coordinator isn't part of your budget, it really should be -- I can absolutely say, Carina is worth it! We don't know how we could have made it through the day without her. Thank you, Carina, it was perfect. Read less
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Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
When you are planning a wedding everyone says "SOMETHING is bound to go wrong." I can honestly say that nothing went wrong on my wedding day, mostly due to the help of Carina from Tealight Weddings. She put us at ease during every meeting and assured us that everything would go smooth. She was right, and our wedding day was perfect. She is extremely professional, responsive and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her for wedding coordination. Thanks Carina!!
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When you are planning a wedding everyone says "SOMETHING is bound to go wrong." I can honestly say that nothing went wrong on my wedding day, mostly due to the help of Carina from Tealight Weddings. She put us at ease during every meeting and assured us that everything would go smooth. She was right, and our wedding day was perfect. She is extremely professional, responsive and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her for wedding coordination. Thanks Carina!! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
I knew from the beginning that I wanted a “day of” planner for my wedding. Everyone told me that it was the best money they spent in the whole wedding. Boy were they right! Carina from Tealight Weddings was AWESOME! I interviewed several day of planners before talking to Carina but unlike the other planners, I immediately clicked with her. Her experience and professionalism was obvious as soon as we started chatting and in one conversation, my just budding ideas for my wedding started to become more concrete
. We did a walk through at the site and she took notes and asked questions about things I almost certainly would have forgotten or never even thought to ask. Throughout the planning process Carina was always there when I needed advice. I emailed her probably about 10 times in 9 months about details and ideas I had and how things were coming along. She always answered promptly and in detail – SO reassuring when you get close to the wedding and are dodging meltdowns every other day.
On the day of the wedding, Carina was there through it all, working with vendors and even lacing up my dress when no one knew how! I can say with complete happiness that if anything went wrong at my wedding, I had no idea about it and that is why I sing Carina’s praises.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted a “day of” planner for my wedding. Everyone told me that it was the best money Read more...
I knew from the beginning that I wanted a “day of” planner for my wedding. Everyone told me that it was the best money they spent in the whole wedding. Boy were they right! Carina from Tealight Weddings was AWESOME! I interviewed several day of planners before talking to Carina but unlike the other planners, I immediately clicked with her. Her experience and professionalism was obvious as soon as we started chatting and in one conversation, my just budding ideas for my wedding started to become more concrete
. We did a walk through at the site and she took notes and asked questions about things I almost certainly would have forgotten or never even thought to ask. Throughout the planning process Carina was always there when I needed advice. I emailed her probably about 10 times in 9 months about details and ideas I had and how things were coming along. She always answered promptly and in detail – SO reassuring when you get close to the wedding and are dodging meltdowns every other day.
On the day of the wedding, Carina was there through it all, working with vendors and even lacing up my dress when no one knew how! I can say with complete happiness that if anything went wrong at my wedding, I had no idea about it and that is why I sing Carina’s praises. Read less
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Ann
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Carina was amazing! We hired her for day-of coordination, but she was extremely helpful in the weeks leading up to our wedding. She is professional, extremely organized, and a genuinely good person. I remember how wonderful it felt to meet with her when we had our final catering meeting with our venue. She knew exactly what questions to ask the venue to make sure everything went well. She has a wonderful, mellow personality and it's so easy to get along with her. The day of the wedding could not have gone more smoothly and it was amazing just to know she was there to make sure it was that way. I would recommend Tealight to everyone planning a wedding.
Carina was amazing! We hired her for day-of coordination, but she was extremely helpful in the weeks leading up to our Read more...
Carina was amazing! We hired her for day-of coordination, but she was extremely helpful in the weeks leading up to our wedding. She is professional, extremely organized, and a genuinely good person. I remember how wonderful it felt to meet with her when we had our final catering meeting with our venue. She knew exactly what questions to ask the venue to make sure everything went well. She has a wonderful, mellow personality and it's so easy to get along with her. The day of the wedding could not have gone more smoothly and it was amazing just to know she was there to make sure it was that way. I would recommend Tealight to everyone planning a wedding. Read less
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CO925
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
We adore Carina! She helped us pick our wedding venue and was our DOC. Through the whole process, she was incredibly warm, fun, patient, and understanding, yet also a total professional who is meticulous to a tee and will be your advocate each step of the way.

In terms of the venue search: We may not have chosen our venue (Adamson House) without Carina's help. We knew right away it was perfect for us, but its very complicated set of rules and vendor requirements was intimidating. Carina did research on the venue and gave us advice
on what to watch out for, so we were 100% comfortable making the decision to book there. Afterwards, she also gave us a few bits of valuable advice and excellent vendor recommendations (many of which we used, with fantastic results).

In terms of the day-of coordination: During the final weeks, Carina was always available to us and there was never a question that she didn't answer promptly and comprehensively. During our venue
walk-through, she asked questions we wouldn't have thought of and made sure our interests were 100% protected (including having our back when there were errors in our rentals inventory and even a change in catering managers the week before the wedding). She ran our 35-person ceremony rehearsal smoothly and on time so everyone knew exactly what they were doing. On the day of the wedding, she made sure everything went seamlessly. Our guests felt at ease around her and our wedding party knew she was on top of everything. Because of Carina, even though I'm very OCD and overly meticulous by nature, I was able to completely let go of the details on the wedding day and the groom and I had a total blast the entire time.
We adore Carina! She helped us pick our wedding venue and was our DOC. Through the whole process, she was incredibly warm, Read more...
We adore Carina! She helped us pick our wedding venue and was our DOC. Through the whole process, she was incredibly warm, fun, patient, and understanding, yet also a total professional who is meticulous to a tee and will be your advocate each step of the way.

In terms of the venue search: We may not have chosen our venue (Adamson House) without Carina's help. We knew right away it was perfect for us, but its very complicated set of rules and vendor requirements was intimidating. Carina did research on the venue and gave us advice
on what to watch out for, so we were 100% comfortable making the decision to book there. Afterwards, she also gave us a few bits of valuable advice and excellent vendor recommendations (many of which we used, with fantastic results).

In terms of the day-of coordination: During the final weeks, Carina was always available to us and there was never a question that she didn't answer promptly and comprehensively. During our venue
walk-through, she asked questions we wouldn't have thought of and made sure our interests were 100% protected (including having our back when there were errors in our rentals inventory and even a change in catering managers the week before the wedding). She ran our 35-person ceremony rehearsal smoothly and on time so everyone knew exactly what they were doing. On the day of the wedding, she made sure everything went seamlessly. Our guests felt at ease around her and our wedding party knew she was on top of everything. Because of Carina, even though I'm very OCD and overly meticulous by nature, I was able to completely let go of the details on the wedding day and the groom and I had a total blast the entire time. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Carina was literally a life saver. I don't think our wedding would have gone nearly so well if we hadn't had her there.

She was highly organized, available when needed, and superb at dealing with crisis.

On the day of our wedding we had two major issues that Carina handled gracefully and professionally.

1) Our officiant was ill and sent a less then stellar replacement. He messed up our ceremony and Carina seamlessly managed to incorporate neglected parts of our ceremony into the beginning of the reception which went off without a hitch and created a memorable moment.

2) Our cake was in a car accident on the way to the reception, and while luckily no one was injured the cake failed to make it to the event intact. Carina, managed to help us get several small replacement cakes and have the florist decorate them to resemble a dessert bar, which turned out very nicely under the circumstances. If we hadn't had her, and myself or my family would have needed to deal with this cake issue I can guarantee it would not have turned out so well.

Throughout the ceremony and reception, everything remained on schedule and other little bumps along the way were handled easily. Carina was easily the best investment we made for our wedding. She proved to be indispensable!
Carina was literally a life saver. I don't think our wedding would have gone nearly so well if we hadn't had her there. Read more...
Carina was literally a life saver. I don't think our wedding would have gone nearly so well if we hadn't had her there.

She was highly organized, available when needed, and superb at dealing with crisis.

On the day of our wedding we had two major issues that Carina handled gracefully and professionally.

1) Our officiant was ill and sent a less then stellar replacement. He messed up our ceremony and Carina seamlessly managed to incorporate neglected parts of our ceremony into the beginning of the reception which went off without a hitch and created a memorable moment.

2) Our cake was in a car accident on the way to the reception, and while luckily no one was injured the cake failed to make it to the event intact. Carina, managed to help us get several small replacement cakes and have the florist decorate them to resemble a dessert bar, which turned out very nicely under the circumstances. If we hadn't had her, and myself or my family would have needed to deal with this cake issue I can guarantee it would not have turned out so well.

Throughout the ceremony and reception, everything remained on schedule and other little bumps along the way were handled easily. Carina was easily the best investment we made for our wedding. She proved to be indispensable! Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Carina was fantastic! I was a disorganized, stressed-out bride the week of my wedding, and she was just incredible. She swooped in and tied up the loose ends I'd missed, she got people organized, she made sure everything and everyone was where they needed to be when they needed to be there, and she handled last-minute changes calmly and decisively. She made sure I had everything I needed and handled communications with vendors throughout the wedding, and she didn't come to me with any questions unless it was something important. On top of everything, when my maid of honor told me five minutes before the reception that she couldn't give a toast, Carina coached one of my bridesmaids as a last-minute replacement! Thanks to Carina, I actually had a few minutes to relax and enjoy the wedding I had worked so hard to plan over the last year. Thank you so much for everything!!
Carina was fantastic! I was a disorganized, stressed-out bride the week of my wedding, and she was just incredible. She Read more...
Carina was fantastic! I was a disorganized, stressed-out bride the week of my wedding, and she was just incredible. She swooped in and tied up the loose ends I'd missed, she got people organized, she made sure everything and everyone was where they needed to be when they needed to be there, and she handled last-minute changes calmly and decisively. She made sure I had everything I needed and handled communications with vendors throughout the wedding, and she didn't come to me with any questions unless it was something important. On top of everything, when my maid of honor told me five minutes before the reception that she couldn't give a toast, Carina coached one of my bridesmaids as a last-minute replacement! Thanks to Carina, I actually had a few minutes to relax and enjoy the wedding I had worked so hard to plan over the last year. Thank you so much for everything!! Read less
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mfr111
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Carina, from Tealight Weddings & Events, was a lifesaver! I had never thought about having a “day of” coordinator, but as the day approached I realized there were a lot of details that weren’t going to take care of themselves. I was already getting a lot of help from family and friends, but I knew I wanted them (and me!) to be able to relax and enjoy the actual event. Carina turned out to be the solution. From our first meeting, she made me confident that the day would go smoothly, raising questions (and finding answers) that hadn’t occurred to me and reassuring me that everything was under control. On the actual day of the wedding, Carina was invaluable. She oversaw the set up of decorations, programs, place cards, flowers and so much more; coordinated with vendors; got the reception back on track when our ceremony ran over; and made sure everything got returned to its proper place at the end of the night. What’s more, when we realized we didn’t have the song for our first dance, Carina drove to our hotel, got the song off of my computer and brought it back without missing a beat. I truly don’t know what we would have done without her!
Carina, from Tealight Weddings & Events, was a lifesaver! I had never thought about having a day of coordinator, but as Read more...
Carina, from Tealight Weddings & Events, was a lifesaver! I had never thought about having a “day of” coordinator, but as the day approached I realized there were a lot of details that weren’t going to take care of themselves. I was already getting a lot of help from family and friends, but I knew I wanted them (and me!) to be able to relax and enjoy the actual event. Carina turned out to be the solution. From our first meeting, she made me confident that the day would go smoothly, raising questions (and finding answers) that hadn’t occurred to me and reassuring me that everything was under control. On the actual day of the wedding, Carina was invaluable. She oversaw the set up of decorations, programs, place cards, flowers and so much more; coordinated with vendors; got the reception back on track when our ceremony ran over; and made sure everything got returned to its proper place at the end of the night. What’s more, when we realized we didn’t have the song for our first dance, Carina drove to our hotel, got the song off of my computer and brought it back without missing a beat. I truly don’t know what we would have done without her! Read less
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Derek and Gia
Wedding:
7/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Bride:
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I naively had planned to coordinate my own wedding until my venue required that we hire a DOC. After reading rave reviews on Carina we scheduled a meeting. Five minutes into the conversation my fiance was sold – she was experienced and good natured with fair pricing for our modest budget. For the day of the wedding she was amazing to watch – she had confident command of the schedule without being overbearing and to my delight, my simi complicated centerpieces came off perfect in her care along with all the other details. The venue Catering Director, guests and wedding party alike had wonderful things to say about her as well. We can't image choosing anyone else, we can't wait for another excuse to work with her again!

Groom:
It was a delight to have Carina with Tea Light Weddings and Events coordinate our wedding. We met Carina 6 months or so prior to our wedding. Initially, I was just along for the ride being a supportive fiance. I had been hearing this "BUZZ PHRASE" about this is "her day" so the best thing I could do is be a good co-pilot.
My then fiance told me she found a wedding coordinator on line and we would be meeting with her over the weekend.
Sounded fair to me as I didn't have any high expectations. It's a wedding I thought, how hard could it be to plan a party with cake and flowers!?

Well when we met with Carina, she pretty much took us from start to finish of what to expect from her and the enemy..."family" LOL.. All jokes aside, she gave us a realistic expectation of what to expect and assured us she would do everything in her power to make our wedding day go smoothly. Carina was professional and seemed to know her stuff. I was impressed!
Prior to meeting her I had no idea of all the things that went into making that day come together. I knew before our meeting was over that I had no interest in meeting with another coordinator. Carina was the one! I told my fiance, "I LIKE HER!" and if she was fine with it I felt no need to look any further.

Well 5 or 6 months later, we are at rehearsal and the wedding is just 3 days away. Carina walked the entire wedding party through the order of service and it was just flawless. Everyone liked Carina and we heard rave reviews of how she did a wonderful job. I knew she would do an awesome job but it means even more when your family and friends mention your coordinator after the weeding dust has cleared the air..

So Carina, thank you for helping our day be the "magical" day that it was! We love you!
We will utilize Tea Light Weddings and Events for our Black Diamond Party with MonaVie :) www.Drink19Fruits.com
Thanks again Carina..
Bride:
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I Read more...
Bride:
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I naively had planned to coordinate my own wedding until my venue required that we hire a DOC. After reading rave reviews on Carina we scheduled a meeting. Five minutes into the conversation my fiance was sold – she was experienced and good natured with fair pricing for our modest budget. For the day of the wedding she was amazing to watch – she had confident command of the schedule without being overbearing and to my delight, my simi complicated centerpieces came off perfect in her care along with all the other details. The venue Catering Director, guests and wedding party alike had wonderful things to say about her as well. We can't image choosing anyone else, we can't wait for another excuse to work with her again!

Groom:
It was a delight to have Carina with Tea Light Weddings and Events coordinate our wedding. We met Carina 6 months or so prior to our wedding. Initially, I was just along for the ride being a supportive fiance. I had been hearing this "BUZZ PHRASE" about this is "her day" so the best thing I could do is be a good co-pilot.
My then fiance told me she found a wedding coordinator on line and we would be meeting with her over the weekend.
Sounded fair to me as I didn't have any high expectations. It's a wedding I thought, how hard could it be to plan a party with cake and flowers!?

Well when we met with Carina, she pretty much took us from start to finish of what to expect from her and the enemy..."family" LOL.. All jokes aside, she gave us a realistic expectation of what to expect and assured us she would do everything in her power to make our wedding day go smoothly. Carina was professional and seemed to know her stuff. I was impressed!
Prior to meeting her I had no idea of all the things that went into making that day come together. I knew before our meeting was over that I had no interest in meeting with another coordinator. Carina was the one! I told my fiance, "I LIKE HER!" and if she was fine with it I felt no need to look any further.

Well 5 or 6 months later, we are at rehearsal and the wedding is just 3 days away. Carina walked the entire wedding party through the order of service and it was just flawless. Everyone liked Carina and we heard rave reviews of how she did a wonderful job. I knew she would do an awesome job but it means even more when your family and friends mention your coordinator after the weeding dust has cleared the air..

So Carina, thank you for helping our day be the "magical" day that it was! We love you!
We will utilize Tea Light Weddings and Events for our Black Diamond Party with MonaVie :) www.Drink19Fruits.com
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Stacey
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired Carina as our day of coordinator and glad we did. I don't know how we could have done it without it. Planning a wedding is difficult enough but executing it? Nightmare. She was very calm which certainly helped this nervous bride.
We hired Carina as our day of coordinator and glad we did. I don't know how we could have done it without it. Planning a Read more...
We hired Carina as our day of coordinator and glad we did. I don't know how we could have done it without it. Planning a wedding is difficult enough but executing it? Nightmare. She was very calm which certainly helped this nervous bride. Read less
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mellie36
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Hiring Carina was the best decision we made. We loved planning our wedding, but as the big day got closer, we realized that we needed some help orchestrating all the little details. As soon as we met her, we knew that we wanted to work with her. It was really important to us to find someone that understood us and our vision. We clicked immediately! In addition to being so nice, she was also so efficient. Our wedding was perfect and I know it was due in large part to Carina. When I realized we needed our flowers before we got to the venue, Carina hand delivered them herself to our hotel. When we needed someone to set up our cupcake tower, Carina was there. Her sweet caring nature and her attention to detail really make her the perfect wedding planner.
Hiring Carina was the best decision we made. We loved planning our wedding, but as the big day got closer, we realized Read more...
Hiring Carina was the best decision we made. We loved planning our wedding, but as the big day got closer, we realized that we needed some help orchestrating all the little details. As soon as we met her, we knew that we wanted to work with her. It was really important to us to find someone that understood us and our vision. We clicked immediately! In addition to being so nice, she was also so efficient. Our wedding was perfect and I know it was due in large part to Carina. When I realized we needed our flowers before we got to the venue, Carina hand delivered them herself to our hotel. When we needed someone to set up our cupcake tower, Carina was there. Her sweet caring nature and her attention to detail really make her the perfect wedding planner. Read less
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jparisto
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
48 hours later, my new wife and I are still glowing over our fantastic wedding event this past weekend. When we look back at the big day, one of the people who proved to be indispensable was our wedding day-of coordinator, Carina McLaughlin. From our very first meeting to the moment we turned out the lights at the wedding venue, Carina was there with us, guiding us through all the important steps. The combination of her charm and polished demeanor along with her deft handling of moving the event throughout the day was impeccable. Simply put, Carina is amazing, and I hope you all consider her for all she is worth.
48 hours later, my new wife and I are still glowing over our fantastic wedding event this past weekend. When we look back Read more...
48 hours later, my new wife and I are still glowing over our fantastic wedding event this past weekend. When we look back at the big day, one of the people who proved to be indispensable was our wedding day-of coordinator, Carina McLaughlin. From our very first meeting to the moment we turned out the lights at the wedding venue, Carina was there with us, guiding us through all the important steps. The combination of her charm and polished demeanor along with her deft handling of moving the event throughout the day was impeccable. Simply put, Carina is amazing, and I hope you all consider her for all she is worth. Read less
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AmyInLA
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
We were so happy we made the decision to have Carina McLaughlin coordinate our special day. She was professional, punctual and extremely organized. Carina managed to corral our friends and family expertly for the on-site rehearsal making sure everyone knew what to do for the big event.

On the day of our wedding, Carina and her assistant, Amy, carefully tended to every detail that we had requested and worked with our vendors to give us our vision. Carina had recommended several of our vendors, having worked with them before, and they all turned out to be fantastic. Likewise, she came highly recommended by the vendors we used.

Her pleasant and sweet demeanor helped the day run smooth and seamlessly. Carina even saved the day by performing a last minute wedding alteration by removing a hidden pin that had been sewn into the dress that was gouging my leg. Thank goodness she had an emergency kit with her!

The wedding and our reception came together beautifully. As we left that night, we knew the location cleanup was in good hands. A job well done! We highly recommend Carina to bring your wedding dream to life!
We were so happy we made the decision to have Carina McLaughlin coordinate our special day. She was professional, punctual Read more...
We were so happy we made the decision to have Carina McLaughlin coordinate our special day. She was professional, punctual and extremely organized. Carina managed to corral our friends and family expertly for the on-site rehearsal making sure everyone knew what to do for the big event.

On the day of our wedding, Carina and her assistant, Amy, carefully tended to every detail that we had requested and worked with our vendors to give us our vision. Carina had recommended several of our vendors, having worked with them before, and they all turned out to be fantastic. Likewise, she came highly recommended by the vendors we used.

Her pleasant and sweet demeanor helped the day run smooth and seamlessly. Carina even saved the day by performing a last minute wedding alteration by removing a hidden pin that had been sewn into the dress that was gouging my leg. Thank goodness she had an emergency kit with her!

The wedding and our reception came together beautifully. As we left that night, we knew the location cleanup was in good hands. A job well done! We highly recommend Carina to bring your wedding dream to life! Read less
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aimeep81
Wedding:
3/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Carina was the key the making my wedding day run smoothly. She took charge, even put her foot down with my loud bridal party during the rehearsal, which I loved! She was so organized and gave me wonderful ideas. I was always able to vent my frustrations to her and she never made me feel like I was a bother.
I gave her all of my decorations the night before the wedding. The day of she made my venue look more beautiful then I could have every imagined. Friendly, warm, professional, those are just a few of the words that describe this wonderful woman.
Carina was the key the making my wedding day run smoothly. She took charge, even put her foot down with my loud bridal Read more...
Carina was the key the making my wedding day run smoothly. She took charge, even put her foot down with my loud bridal party during the rehearsal, which I loved! She was so organized and gave me wonderful ideas. I was always able to vent my frustrations to her and she never made me feel like I was a bother.
I gave her all of my decorations the night before the wedding. The day of she made my venue look more beautiful then I could have every imagined. Friendly, warm, professional, those are just a few of the words that describe this wonderful woman. Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
9/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Hiring Carina was by far the smartest choice we made in our wedding planning. She was a total pro and was prepared for all of the craziness that comes with planning and coordinating a wedding. Even with her day of planning service she made the vision for our wedding come together. Guests at our wedding loved her and people were even asking us for her contact information to help plan their own weddings. We would recommend her time and time again to anyone planning their wedding.
Hiring Carina was by far the smartest choice we made in our wedding planning. She was a total pro and was prepared for all Read more...
Hiring Carina was by far the smartest choice we made in our wedding planning. She was a total pro and was prepared for all of the craziness that comes with planning and coordinating a wedding. Even with her day of planning service she made the vision for our wedding come together. Guests at our wedding loved her and people were even asking us for her contact information to help plan their own weddings. We would recommend her time and time again to anyone planning their wedding. Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Carina was amazing! She took so much pressure off me the week of the wedding. And there's no way we would have gotten through the rehearsal in an hour without her. We would have been scratching our heads for hours, I'm telling you! There were little oopsies the day of that she totally handled and she even thought of little extra touches that we hadn't like adding a couple flowers to the cake. Little details we wouldn't have thought of. She was the best decision we made! :-)
Carina was amazing! She took so much pressure off me the week of the wedding. And there's no way we would have gotten Read more...
Carina was amazing! She took so much pressure off me the week of the wedding. And there's no way we would have gotten through the rehearsal in an hour without her. We would have been scratching our heads for hours, I'm telling you! There were little oopsies the day of that she totally handled and she even thought of little extra touches that we hadn't like adding a couple flowers to the cake. Little details we wouldn't have thought of. She was the best decision we made! :-) Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Carina was absolutely amazing. I kept hearing from family and friends how great she was and how much work she was doing throughout the entire reception. In the month leading up to the wedding, she helped me come up with a timeline (I had NO clue what I was doing!!), put up with all of my disorganization, and helped me feel comfortable that everything was going to go smoothly on the big day.

On the day of, I forgot my garter (luckily, it's the only thing I was aware of that went wrong) - Carina had it under control. She made me a garter out of rubber band and lace (my very own MacGyver) and no one knew the difference.

If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely hire Carina. She is very sweet, easy to talk to, and helpful. My husband and I couldn't have survived w/out her.
Carina was absolutely amazing. I kept hearing from family and friends how great she was and how much work she was doing Read more...
Carina was absolutely amazing. I kept hearing from family and friends how great she was and how much work she was doing throughout the entire reception. In the month leading up to the wedding, she helped me come up with a timeline (I had NO clue what I was doing!!), put up with all of my disorganization, and helped me feel comfortable that everything was going to go smoothly on the big day.

On the day of, I forgot my garter (luckily, it's the only thing I was aware of that went wrong) - Carina had it under control. She made me a garter out of rubber band and lace (my very own MacGyver) and no one knew the difference.

If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely hire Carina. She is very sweet, easy to talk to, and helpful. My husband and I couldn't have survived w/out her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events!! She was our day of planner and did an incredible job making our wedding run flawlessly. She was organized, prepared, dependable and so easy and fun to work with. I can't recommend her enough!
I highly recommend Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events!! She was our day of planner and did an incredible job making Read more...
I highly recommend Carina from Tealight Weddings & Events!! She was our day of planner and did an incredible job making our wedding run flawlessly. She was organized, prepared, dependable and so easy and fun to work with. I can't recommend her enough! Read less
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misschrissyr
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
Carina was an invaluable help both in the crazy week leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day itself. She was absolutely professional and unflappable, even when my flowers were over an hour late and missing items - she made sure that everything was accounted for, and that the missing item was delivered to the church in time for the ceremony. She was there from early in the morning to the very end of the night, to see that everything ran smoothly...down to making sure that the Father of the Bride had a drink in his hand when he was bombarded by guests and well wishers during the cocktail hour. She truly went above and beyond, and perfectly executed all the months of planning leading up to the big day. I couldn't recommend her enough!
Carina was an invaluable help both in the crazy week leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day itself. She was Read more...
Carina was an invaluable help both in the crazy week leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day itself. She was absolutely professional and unflappable, even when my flowers were over an hour late and missing items - she made sure that everything was accounted for, and that the missing item was delivered to the church in time for the ceremony. She was there from early in the morning to the very end of the night, to see that everything ran smoothly...down to making sure that the Father of the Bride had a drink in his hand when he was bombarded by guests and well wishers during the cocktail hour. She truly went above and beyond, and perfectly executed all the months of planning leading up to the big day. I couldn't recommend her enough! Read less
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Gia
Wedding:
7/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I naively had planned to coordinate my own wedding until my venue required that we hire a DOC. After reading rave reviews on Carina we scheduled a meeting. Five minutes into the conversation my fiance was sold – she was experienced and good natured with fair pricing for our modest budget. For the day of the wedding she was amazing to watch – she had confident command of the schedule without being overbearing and to my delight, my simi complicated centerpieces came off perfect in her care along with all the other details. The venue Catering Director, guests and wedding party alike had wonderful things to say about her as well. We can't image choosing anyone else, we can't wait for another excuse to work with her again!
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I naively had Read more...
Any couple who has Carina from Tealight Events as their coordinator has gained a priceless peace of mind. I naively had planned to coordinate my own wedding until my venue required that we hire a DOC. After reading rave reviews on Carina we scheduled a meeting. Five minutes into the conversation my fiance was sold – she was experienced and good natured with fair pricing for our modest budget. For the day of the wedding she was amazing to watch – she had confident command of the schedule without being overbearing and to my delight, my simi complicated centerpieces came off perfect in her care along with all the other details. The venue Catering Director, guests and wedding party alike had wonderful things to say about her as well. We can't image choosing anyone else, we can't wait for another excuse to work with her again! Read less
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Erinn
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.9/5.0
Carina did month of coordinating for us at our wedding in May.
I met with several coordinators but new immediately that Carina would be the person I hired.
She was the perfect combination (for us) of laid back and friendly along with organized and in charge. She help arrange, place and track my rental order, which was a big deal for me since we got married at home. She asked all the right questions to help keep us on track. On the day of she was calm and collected and 100% in charge while still being amiable and friendly to all the guests and vendors. Having the ceremony and reception at home could have been stressful, but I truly never worried about a single thing knowing that I had Carina on my team. Seriously - hire this woman! You won't regret it. :)
Carina did month of coordinating for us at our wedding in May.
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Carina did month of coordinating for us at our wedding in May.
I met with several coordinators but new immediately that Carina would be the person I hired.
She was the perfect combination (for us) of laid back and friendly along with organized and in charge. She help arrange, place and track my rental order, which was a big deal for me since we got married at home. She asked all the right questions to help keep us on track. On the day of she was calm and collected and 100% in charge while still being amiable and friendly to all the guests and vendors. Having the ceremony and reception at home could have been stressful, but I truly never worried about a single thing knowing that I had Carina on my team. Seriously - hire this woman! You won't regret it. :) Read less
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Mish
Wedding:
2/9/2013
4.9/5.0
I'm so glad I found Carina and her wedding guru-ness when I did. She possesses an addicting calmness that is so necessary for a bride-to-be. I'm a self-proclaimed tomboy. I had NO idea where to start/what to do, but the minute Carina pulled out her perfectly organized planning book all my fears melted. It's good to have an intelligent, kind and patient person in your corner! If you've found planning to be a crazy task that is overwhelming and scary CALL CARINA!
I'm so glad I found Carina and her wedding guru-ness when I did. She possesses an addicting calmness that is so necessary Read more...
I'm so glad I found Carina and her wedding guru-ness when I did. She possesses an addicting calmness that is so necessary for a bride-to-be. I'm a self-proclaimed tomboy. I had NO idea where to start/what to do, but the minute Carina pulled out her perfectly organized planning book all my fears melted. It's good to have an intelligent, kind and patient person in your corner! If you've found planning to be a crazy task that is overwhelming and scary CALL CARINA! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Carina was/is ~7 months pregnant but that didn't stop or slow her down from running the show. We knew instantly that we wanted her to be our coordinator because she just had this "will get it done" kind of attitude. She doesn't try to kiss up to you and pretend to be your bestest friend, but we liked that about her bc she's totally efficient and on top of things. We met with her several times throughout the whole planning process. We hired her for her day-of services, but it's really more like she helps you a few weeks beforehand. If anything went wrong that night, I wouldn't have known it. If there were any crises, nobody told me, which I was thankful for. Carina is great because she really takes charge (but in a kind and professional way), keeps you calm when you are stressed, and helps the day go by smoothly. I am so glad we found her and that she was our DOC!
Carina was/is ~7 months pregnant but that didn't stop or slow her down from running the show. We knew instantly that we Read more...
Carina was/is ~7 months pregnant but that didn't stop or slow her down from running the show. We knew instantly that we wanted her to be our coordinator because she just had this "will get it done" kind of attitude. She doesn't try to kiss up to you and pretend to be your bestest friend, but we liked that about her bc she's totally efficient and on top of things. We met with her several times throughout the whole planning process. We hired her for her day-of services, but it's really more like she helps you a few weeks beforehand. If anything went wrong that night, I wouldn't have known it. If there were any crises, nobody told me, which I was thankful for. Carina is great because she really takes charge (but in a kind and professional way), keeps you calm when you are stressed, and helps the day go by smoothly. I am so glad we found her and that she was our DOC! Read less
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Melisa
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.8/5.0
Carina is an absolute pleasure to work with! She made sure our wedding day ran very smoothly. We hired her as our day of coordinator and were very happy with her services. She helped us with a very detailed day of schedule that ensured we were running on time. Not only did we run on time, we were done with hair and makeup early and started the ceremony exactly when we thought! Anyone who has been to a wedding knows how rare that is! She is calm, patient and resourceful. She's so nice and not fake at all. We interviewed many day of coordinators and she was clearly the best. She has fair prices and you will be very happy if you hire her!
Carina is an absolute pleasure to work with! She made sure our wedding day ran very smoothly. We hired her as our day of Read more...
Carina is an absolute pleasure to work with! She made sure our wedding day ran very smoothly. We hired her as our day of coordinator and were very happy with her services. She helped us with a very detailed day of schedule that ensured we were running on time. Not only did we run on time, we were done with hair and makeup early and started the ceremony exactly when we thought! Anyone who has been to a wedding knows how rare that is! She is calm, patient and resourceful. She's so nice and not fake at all. We interviewed many day of coordinators and she was clearly the best. She has fair prices and you will be very happy if you hire her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Carina has the perfect personality to be a wedding coordinator. We planned to interview many wedding coordinators but once we met Carina we didn't have to look any further. From our first meeting we liked her temperament and loved all of the paperwork and detail she showed us.

We had done most of the leg work in terms of vendors and location. But many of the smaller details we had overlooked. But after meeting with Carina she got us thinking about those things. She was very responsive to emails and phone calls and answered any and all questions that we had.

Leading up to the wedding her help in going over the details and schedule of our wedding day took a lot of the stress away that we hear other people getting married talk about.

The week of the wedding our last meeting with her before the wedding helped us completely map out the day and what things we needed to have for Carina. She also scheduled our vendor arrival for our wedding day as well. Many of our vendors commented to us that our coordinator was very thorough and on top of everything.

Carina also ran our wedding rehearsal. She had already pretty much mapped out everything before the rehearsal so everything ran very smoothly. She also passed out a day of schedule to everyone in our wedding party which detailed when and what time they were expected. Members of our wedding party stated how on top of things Carina was and very helpful in positioning everyone for the wedding.

Day of the wedding there were a lot of moving parts and Carina handled everything perfectly. There were a few issues with vendors in terms of being on time, but Carina handled all of those issues and we knew nothing of them until she told us after the wedding. She did a great job of keeping everything on schedule. Guests have complimented us over and over again how this was best wedding they have been to. And we give a lot of credit for that to Carina and Tealight Weddings and Events.
Carina has the perfect personality to be a wedding coordinator. We planned to interview many wedding coordinators but once Read more...
Carina has the perfect personality to be a wedding coordinator. We planned to interview many wedding coordinators but once we met Carina we didn't have to look any further. From our first meeting we liked her temperament and loved all of the paperwork and detail she showed us.

We had done most of the leg work in terms of vendors and location. But many of the smaller details we had overlooked. But after meeting with Carina she got us thinking about those things. She was very responsive to emails and phone calls and answered any and all questions that we had.

Leading up to the wedding her help in going over the details and schedule of our wedding day took a lot of the stress away that we hear other people getting married talk about.

The week of the wedding our last meeting with her before the wedding helped us completely map out the day and what things we needed to have for Carina. She also scheduled our vendor arrival for our wedding day as well. Many of our vendors commented to us that our coordinator was very thorough and on top of everything.

Carina also ran our wedding rehearsal. She had already pretty much mapped out everything before the rehearsal so everything ran very smoothly. She also passed out a day of schedule to everyone in our wedding party which detailed when and what time they were expected. Members of our wedding party stated how on top of things Carina was and very helpful in positioning everyone for the wedding.

Day of the wedding there were a lot of moving parts and Carina handled everything perfectly. There were a few issues with vendors in terms of being on time, but Carina handled all of those issues and we knew nothing of them until she told us after the wedding. She did a great job of keeping everything on schedule. Guests have complimented us over and over again how this was best wedding they have been to. And we give a lot of credit for that to Carina and Tealight Weddings and Events. Read less
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N
Wedding:
8/28/2010
2.3/5.0
I am really disappointed that my ratings for Carina turned out this way. After reading all of her reviews, interviewing other DOCs, and our initial meetings I had such high hopes and expectations for her as our DOC on our wedding day. Although all of our conversations leading up to our wedding day appeared to be okay, the actual wedding day is what mattered most and it was a disappointment.

I did contact Carina after the wedding with a list of issues and concerns I had to give her the opportunity to explain any misunderstandings, but the fact of the matter is that several things went wrong when they should not have and her professionalism in the eyes of my friends and family that dealt with her was very poor (which I did not find out about until the next day). Some of our vendors and friends were calling me the day of even though we provided her as a POC and I was told that it did not sit well with Carina because others heard her complain (which should not have happened)...

Although she was definitely a Point of Contact for all my vendors that day (which is what any DOC would be) here is a list of issues/concerns:

1) On the day of the wedding, Carina's demeanor was angry, irritable, annoyed, and frustrated which several of our friends and family witnessed and questioned. Even if she felt overwhelmed, they should not have observed it. We were upset and embarrassed this is what our friends and family observed.

2) Carina's concerns during our last meeting (such as the need for an assistant) were not shared with me, so when several things went wrong she brought up her concerns at that time. Not to mention, it was not until a week before our wedding that we found out about her new physical limitations (we wish we had known this much earlier). If she had been honest and communicated with me, some of the issues could have been avoided. Instead she just acted like everything was fine. For example she did not tell me she felt the DIY were too much to handle, we went over in detail the DIY centerpieces and what needed to be done at our last meeting and everything seemed fine but instead they were very poorly put together/sloppy and the flower stems were even upside down (I contacted her about this and she indicated she was not a florist, but I believe it was common sense especially since she's coordinated weddings with similar centerpieces).

3) We had very expensive and beautiful orchids for the centerpieces but we were never asked whether or not we would like to keep them (we assumed no one throws away orchids/centerpieces). The next morning we found out all of them were thrown away even though they would have lasted another week or so.

4) We created labels for the dessert table and candy station, but they were not put up and afterwards I contacted her and she could not remember what was done with them. They were not properly placed in any of the pictures during the reception (so they did not fly away), but they did show up in a stack in one picture that was taken before any of the guests arrived.

5) During the wedding, there were some details that were not executed or that I realized were missing and I later found out that instead of giving me the option to accomplish the details I spent over a year planning, Carina just decided that they were minor and they did not need to be brought to our attention (i.e., missing candy from our candy station).

We honestly would have overlooked all the issues/problems with the details, but when we found out from our friends and family that Carina's demeanor on the day of was not at all favorable we were very upset. We had our bridesmaids and another family friend help her out, but they indicated she mainly insisted that she was "fine."

Carina did try to explain that several of the things she took care of were not in the scope of her responsibilities (although her reviews indicate she did similar things for other clients), but again this was never communicated to me when we discussed the final details and the spreadsheet she gave me almost a year earlier was pretty vague. The words set-up, assemble, finishing were used as three separate definitions in her explanation after the fact, but they really have a slight variation so increased communication would have really helped.

We suggested that going forward she should ask the couples if they want to be bothered about certain things (i.e., execution of details, throw away flowers) because we were never asked, to communicate any concerns especially if it may cause problems on the day of the wedding, and to increase communication before the week of. And of course however angry, frustrated, irritable, etc. she may feel that it should not affect her interactions with any of the wedding guests.

She does respond quickly when you contact her. However, we were not completely happy with her service. All of her other reviews were really good, so that is why we were so surprised with all the issues...
I am really disappointed that my ratings for Carina turned out this way. After reading all of her reviews, interviewing Read more...
I am really disappointed that my ratings for Carina turned out this way. After reading all of her reviews, interviewing other DOCs, and our initial meetings I had such high hopes and expectations for her as our DOC on our wedding day. Although all of our conversations leading up to our wedding day appeared to be okay, the actual wedding day is what mattered most and it was a disappointment.

I did contact Carina after the wedding with a list of issues and concerns I had to give her the opportunity to explain any misunderstandings, but the fact of the matter is that several things went wrong when they should not have and her professionalism in the eyes of my friends and family that dealt with her was very poor (which I did not find out about until the next day). Some of our vendors and friends were calling me the day of even though we provided her as a POC and I was told that it did not sit well with Carina because others heard her complain (which should not have happened)...

Although she was definitely a Point of Contact for all my vendors that day (which is what any DOC would be) here is a list of issues/concerns:

1) On the day of the wedding, Carina's demeanor was angry, irritable, annoyed, and frustrated which several of our friends and family witnessed and questioned. Even if she felt overwhelmed, they should not have observed it. We were upset and embarrassed this is what our friends and family observed.

2) Carina's concerns during our last meeting (such as the need for an assistant) were not shared with me, so when several things went wrong she brought up her concerns at that time. Not to mention, it was not until a week before our wedding that we found out about her new physical limitations (we wish we had known this much earlier). If she had been honest and communicated with me, some of the issues could have been avoided. Instead she just acted like everything was fine. For example she did not tell me she felt the DIY were too much to handle, we went over in detail the DIY centerpieces and what needed to be done at our last meeting and everything seemed fine but instead they were very poorly put together/sloppy and the flower stems were even upside down (I contacted her about this and she indicated she was not a florist, but I believe it was common sense especially since she's coordinated weddings with similar centerpieces).

3) We had very expensive and beautiful orchids for the centerpieces but we were never asked whether or not we would like to keep them (we assumed no one throws away orchids/centerpieces). The next morning we found out all of them were thrown away even though they would have lasted another week or so.

4) We created labels for the dessert table and candy station, but they were not put up and afterwards I contacted her and she could not remember what was done with them. They were not properly placed in any of the pictures during the reception (so they did not fly away), but they did show up in a stack in one picture that was taken before any of the guests arrived.

5) During the wedding, there were some details that were not executed or that I realized were missing and I later found out that instead of giving me the option to accomplish the details I spent over a year planning, Carina just decided that they were minor and they did not need to be brought to our attention (i.e., missing candy from our candy station).

We honestly would have overlooked all the issues/problems with the details, but when we found out from our friends and family that Carina's demeanor on the day of was not at all favorable we were very upset. We had our bridesmaids and another family friend help her out, but they indicated she mainly insisted that she was "fine."

Carina did try to explain that several of the things she took care of were not in the scope of her responsibilities (although her reviews indicate she did similar things for other clients), but again this was never communicated to me when we discussed the final details and the spreadsheet she gave me almost a year earlier was pretty vague. The words set-up, assemble, finishing were used as three separate definitions in her explanation after the fact, but they really have a slight variation so increased communication would have really helped.

We suggested that going forward she should ask the couples if they want to be bothered about certain things (i.e., execution of details, throw away flowers) because we were never asked, to communicate any concerns especially if it may cause problems on the day of the wedding, and to increase communication before the week of. And of course however angry, frustrated, irritable, etc. she may feel that it should not affect her interactions with any of the wedding guests.

She does respond quickly when you contact her. However, we were not completely happy with her service. All of her other reviews were really good, so that is why we were so surprised with all the issues... Read less
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