Celebrate Life Outside the Box

Skybox Takes Flight

featured on the Skynotes Blog by Ngoc Nguyen Lay

Skybox Event Productions Logo
Do you know what’s great about riding in a hot air balloon? Every moment is magical. It doesn’t matter if you go somewhere high or low, imaginable or unimaginable, because viewing the world from the open sky makes anything feel possible.

Skybox has gone through a lot of changes from the inception of the idea. It had started back when I was in grad school. I had no idea where I wanted to take my business, but I knew I wanted to start something that I could call my own. My original logo and concept was based upon the intention to run a catering business. Skybox has evolved so much further than that.

I worked with Nikki from Akula Kreative to rebrand the company

[see logo above] in the Spring of 2012. The new logo was inspired by my hot air balloon photo shoot, and represents that Skybox is going to keep going up and the sky is the limit.

Ngoc and Albert Fly in a Hot Air Balloon to Celebrate Anniversary
photo: Caroline Tran

With Skybox Events, we do our best to make every moment magical, both for ourselves and for the client. I’ve seen plenty of “impossible” happen through Skybox; starting a company, growing into needing an office, writing a book, and so much more. This is why I chose the hot air balloon. Because I want to help others see all their impossible ideas become magical realities.

Skybox is taking the next step in their adventure and a rebrand is in the works again in 2016. A new website will be launched soon! Stay tuned to our social media pages to see the reveal.

The Team

Colorful Attire Make this Team Shot for Skybox Event Productions
photo: Desi Baytan

Located in Southern California, Skybox Event Productions serves all of the region and beyond. With Skybox at your event, you get expertise in planning, food, publicity, and much more! The Skybox Team is full of individuals who bring the very best of each aspect of an event and highlight those details through their individual skills. Whether an anniversary, a wedding, a dinner party, or a business gathering, Skybox Event Productions will always ensure your event will be beyond compare, creating unforgettable memories for all those in attendance.

Ngoc Nguyen Lay – Creative Director and Principal Consultant

Ngoc Wears a Navy Lace Dress for the Photo Shoot
photo: Caroline Tran
Ngoc is one of the most sought after coordinators in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, and the perfect “behind-the-scenes” hostess at your next event. She is always looking for innovative ways to make events memorable. Ngoc attended the University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California and has been working in the industry ever since. With a growing team and clientele, Ngoc thrives on organization and creativity for every event.

“Ngoc is an amazing person and planner and a joy to work with. SoCal is lucky to have her.”
– Heather, Graphic Designer at Pink Shutter

Real Weddings – Skybox + Pink Shutter

We’ve had the pleasure of working with Skybox on two weddings in the Los Angeles / Orange County area. Ngoc was part of the bridal party for the first feature, Jannie and Tom. The couple created a sophisticated, cohesive look to their big day using their monogram, a navy, gray and hot pink color palette and a chandelier motif (with a real chandelier hung for the outdoor ceremony!). See more photos on the Skynotes blog.

Reception Tables with Pink Flowers
photos: Conrad Lim Photography
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Pose with the Bride and Groom

James & Thao hosted a bold, timeless wedding in red, black and white. Attention was paid to every detail with their monogram appearing on the menus, the floor lights, the photo prints and their photo booth backdrop. A Pink Shutter video booth captured heart felt messages from the couple’s guests. So sweet!
Read up for more details and a photo gallery.

Red and Black Wedding Reception Decor
photos: Conrad Lim Photography
Bride and Groom Cut the Cake Together

Q & A

Get to know Ngoc a little better with some lighthearted trivia.

Citrus Themed Escort Cards
photo: Adrienne Gunde
Q: Late night or early morning?
A: Morning
Q: Night on the town or quiet night in?
A: Night on the town
Q: Traditional or outside of the box?
A: Outside of the box
Q: Pink or blue?
A: Both
Q: Domestic trips or international travel?
A: International
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Tea!
Q: Flowers or balloons?
A: Flowers
Q: Need for speed or just cruisin’?
A: Just cruisin’
Q: East coast or West coast?
A: West Coast
Q: Summer or winter?
A: Summer
Black and White Wedding Photo Shoot
photo: Iris and Light

Connect with Skybox

Contact Ngoc and the team through their website or social media pages to plan your next event!
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2017-04-24T12:17:21-08:00Categories: Events, News, Press|Tags: , |

SXSW // Discover the Here and Now

In March, we traveled to Austin, TX to be part of the SXSW festival. The week-long event was full of energy and creativity, and the city is a hipster’s dream. Attendees were invited to panels, trade shows, networking sessions, presentations and performances at the Austin Convention Center and other local businesses. The conference is all about innovation and technology, specifically in the areas of music, film and interactive media.
Movie Theatre Marquee Welcomes Festival Attendees
Texas Quotes Shown in Mural
Austin, TX Streets Packed with Festival Goers
Multiple Venues Hosting DJs
img credit: @sxsw @jamaal4prez @nicholaseroberts @thekatalysts
2016 marks 30 Years of SXSW and it continues to grow each year. We were stoked to be a part of the Launchfest at Maggie Mae’s with three photos booths running simultaneously, each with its own custom backdrop. SXSW is an important piece of our culture and we were there to photograph the occasion, documenting the up and coming, the startups, the inventors.
SXSW Off Site Event with Music and Photo Booths
Artist's Guitar Ready for Set
img credit: @jsanchud1 @voxtroller
SXSW brings together people from across the spectrum, even keynote speakers POTUS Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama! The President’s main message was about technology and its role in civic engagement. Do your part to better your community and country? We can get behind that. Michelle shared her message and efforts on the importance of educating females around the world. SXSW landed in the middle of Women’s History Month, so it was the perfect time to spread the word about Let Girls Learn.

Last, but not least, scroll to see some of the shenanigans from our booth setups. All three locations were open concept with custom printed backdrops, photo prints and Animated GIFs. Join the conversation #IgnitionSXSW #SXSW16.

Props and a Custom Backdrop Complete the Look of GIF Animations
4 Photos Turn Into 4 Frame GIFs for this Couple

2017-04-24T12:35:42-08:00Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

The Perfect View ~ Haiku Gardens

The vendor spotlight falls on Haiku Gardens, a venue and restaurant in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Event Specialist Tamara Suyetsugu has worked with us on two weddings so far and we can’t wait to go back. Haiku Gardens has been awarded the coveted Best of Wedding from theknot 2013 – 2016.

The venue boasts breathtaking views of the natural surroundings, bold architectural elements perfect for photo backdrops and a sense of place that is an integral part of what makes the Island so special. The grounds feature multiple ceremony sites, an outdoor garden and a covered, open-air chapel. Locals and destination weddings alike seek out a place like Haiku Gardens knowing they will have amazing photos and memories to look back on.

Newlyweds Drenched in Light for Photo Shoot
img: Bianca Photography

Post on the Bridge or Under the Gazebo on the Lake
img: L’Amour Photography

Real Wedding ~ David & Daralyn

In February 2016, our Honolulu branch celebrated with this fun-loving couple, a.k.a. Peanut and Goobie. We love the bright colors captured by L’Amour Photography. Picket Fence Florist put together beautiful arrangements that complemented Daralyn’s floral gown and added a modern touch to the day’s details. David and Daralyn’s invites and matching photo booth prints featured hand drawn pineapples. Maile and other tropical flowers completed the look with pops of green, red and orange. The reception was hosted at the on-site restaurant, Haleiwa Joe’s.

Bright Tropical Flowers Line the Aisle
img: L’Amour Photography

The Bride is Escorted to the Ceremony Site
img: L’Amour Photography

Tropical Leaves and a Personalized Message Complete Each Seat
img: L’Amour Photography

The Bride and Groom Smile on the Venue Grounds
img: L’Amour Photography

Bride and Groom Kiss on the Bridge
img: L’Amour Photography

Insta Love

Instagram loves Haiku Gardens too. Family and friends are all smiles in the lush gardens; every spot is picture perfect. Contact Haiku Gardens to plan your special day and don’t forget to ask for a photo booth!

Blue Dresses and Red Bouquets Make a Colorful Party
img: lamourphoto
Wedding Guests Enjoy a Sunny Day
img: coliebee
Ceremony Held on the Grounds of Haiku Gardens in Honolulu
img: haikugardens

img: colibee
2017-04-12T13:52:42-08:00Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

There’s a New Rebel in Town

We are excited to share the news that A Modern Vow, Amy Shackelford’s wedding planning company, has re-launched as Modern Rebel & Co. Amy is a “Rebel with a Cause” and is bringing some pretty awesome things to the industry. Not only is she branching out to coordinate all types of events, but each of her events is in some way connected to a non-profit or other worthy cause.

Modern Rebel & Co is part of a trend running through the event industry; it’s ok to deviate from the norm, the “traditional.” Make your event your own, make a difference on a wider scale and have people like Amy help you achieve those goals.

Modern Rebel and Company Alternative Events and a Social Impact
Event Planner Amy Announces the Launch of Modern Rebel
A portion of proceeds from every event Modern Rebel coordinates goes towards your choice of four organizations, The JED Foundation, Center Against Domestic Violence, Homes for the Homeless or B.E.A.T. Help us and help Modern Rebel raise awareness and funding for emotional and mental health, efforts against domestic violence, jobs and shelter for homeless families and educational and cultural programming for youth.

Launch Party in NYC

On December 6th, Modern Rebel & Co. had its official launch party where we joined them at People Lounge. Kandylion was there with some mad beats and Mama D’s Tasty Treats made our sweet tooth mighty happy. Even though the party was hoppin’ we can’t forget the real reason we were there, to support local New York charities. A total of $500 was raised that evening alone; thank you to all contributors!

Sandwich Board Sign at People Lounge NYC
Gold Balloons Spell Out REBEL
Event Planner Takes Photos in the Photo Booth with Prints
img credit: @modernrebelco, @dollsofthecity, @emmajshack

About Amy and Modern Rebel & Co.

Modern Rebel is an alternative event planning company with a social impact focus.

It’s really important to me that we’re making event planning more accessible, affordable, and also keeping perspective. My mission is that I will never do an event that is not in some way connected to a cause.

Guests Blow Bubbles at Newlyweds Jordan and Tim

We worked with Amy at Jordan and Tim’s wedding at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. Good times were had by all. Image courtesy of @timrwatson.

Be a Part of Something Bigger

Modern Rebels Art Show at Milwaukee Art Museum
img credit: @k_suzanne
New York is not the only place feeling the tide of change. This past summer, the Milwaukee Art Museum featured an exhibition called “Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels.” The signage uses the red and black seen in Modern Rebel’s logo. Sometimes you have to be bold, be loud, be heard. The artists in the collection dared to be different, paving the way for creatives that followed.
If you’re planning an event in the NYC area, Modern Rebel and Pink Shutter are practically neighbors and would love to party with you. Contact us here.
2017-04-24T17:03:01-08:00Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

6 Awesome Ways to Observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1. Wine, Women and Weddings

Enjoy Bites and Sips As You Raise Funds for Breast Cancer
photo: @urlocalbride
Girl’s Night Out Fundraiser 10/15 + Charity Gown Sale 10/17
Get your TICKETS here.

Join East Bay Bridal for a night of fun and fashion, benefiting HERS Breast Cancer Foundation at the Redwood Canyon Golf Course. Food will be served by local firefighters, wine donated by OneHope Wine.

Two days later will be a shopping event featuring gowns donated by Weddington Way and Katie May.


2. Paws for Pink LA

Bring Your 4-Legged Best Friend Along to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer
photo: @pawsfurpink
Hearty Hound 5K Fun Run/Walk 11/15

This event is put on by Paws Fur Pink Los Angeles. The organization also works in Orange County and San Diego and will soon be in the Inland Empire! Proceeds go towards funding mammograms from Susan G. Komen LA County.

Don’t miss the 1 Mile Walk, costume contest, Expo, or awards ceremony that are happening in conjunction with the Run/Walk. 4-legged participants encouraged, but not required.


3. Pink Ribbon Place Resource Center + Thrift Shop

Find Affordable Fashion and Support Breast Cancer Cause
photo: @thepinkribbonplace
Pink Ribbon Place is a local gem that provides services for those with Breast Cancer. Created as part of the Riverside Community Health Foundation, the Resource Center offers wellness programs, diagnostic services, an American Cancer Society wig bank and more.

The thrift store associated with the center is small, but has wonderful treasures. One of our team members has been there!

#thepinkribbonplace #shopforacause

4. Donna Marathon

A Pink Arch Marks the Entry to the Runner's Village
photo: @262withdonna

The 9th Annual 26.2 with DONNA Marathon Weekend 2/12 – 14, 2016

26.2 with Donna hosts “the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research and care.” This is made possible through work with their partners: The Donna Foundation, Jeff Galloway Training and Mayo Clinic.


5. Susan G. Komen LA County Fundraiser

Participants and Their Horses Don Pink at the Los Alamitos Track
photo: Los Alamitos Facebook
Betting on a Cure 10/10
Get your TICKETS here.

Susan G. Komen LA County hosts an annual event called “Betting on a Cure.” Pink Shutter was honored to be a part of the 2013 event, donating a booth, party props and custom prints.

Enjoy a night at the races as you wine and dine for a cause at the Los Alamitos Race Course. Purchase tickets for a raffle, which features prizes from WSS Shoes and the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.

#BreastCancer #BreastCancerAwareness

6. BCRF Fundraiser

LF Stores Partner with BCRF
photo: @lfsoho
thru 10/31

Two of our favorite food groups have joined forces to support the work of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For details, visit Share Your Story BCRF.

$25,000 was donated by Tropicana and Quaker. $1 will be added for every post on Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #TROPQUAKERBCRF, up to $50,000. So get sharing!!


2017-04-25T09:40:18-08:00Categories: News|Tags: , |