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WELCOME TO CEREMONY

LOS ANGELES!

2012 proves to be a big year for both Ceremony Magazine and myself personally. We launch our first Bay Area edition of Ceremony; we publish our three Southern California annual editions for the eighth year; we introduce our all new innovative Ceremony blog; we complete a Ceremony website renovation and makeover; I am on twitter faithfully and for the first time ever; I enjoy a milestone birthday; and together with my husband and Ceremony business partner I celebrate ten years of marriage. Now more than ever, we don’t just aim to inspire, we strive to bring you pure wedding ingenuity. The 350 pages that follow showcase the vendors that make this happen, and we think you’ll agree that they are quite ingenious. This Great List of wedding professionals contains not only many of the best in Los Angeles, but also some of the finest in the country. Through beautiful imagery and brief editorial contributions, together we bring you fresh ideas, the latest trends, and new ways to apply old traditions. Quality is evident and creativity flourishes on pages spotlighting stunning tabletop designs and chic fashion spreads. From cutting edge fashion to the smallest planning detail, Ceremony is for the smart and stylish bride that appreciates refined quality and extraordinary service. If this is you, and you want to see your wedding published in our Weddings of Distinction section, please send an email directly to me at aharrick@ceremonymagazine.com and let me know which of our Great List of wedding professionals you hired after finding them in Ceremony. We will give your wedding special consideration since we know you chose vendors whose quality we can trust. It is our pleasure to continue to showcase more real Weddings of Distinction than ever before! With 48 real weddings in this Los Angeles issue alone, and more than 150 collectively amongst our four California magazines, we highlight the featured vendors we know you can trust. Throughout the entire magazine, we have listed their web addresses alongside their work as a helpful tool when you are flipping through Ceremony Magazine online. You can link directly from the ceremonymagazine.com digital magazine pages to our featured and respected vendors’ websites. We have also included other wedding contributors chosen by our featured couples so that you may make your own informed decisions. As you travel along your wedding planning journey, preparing for life’s wondrous path of marriage and love, we encourage you to put extra special thought into the most significant aspect of the wedding celebration – the

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HOW DO YOU KNOW? PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amy Harrick ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jennifer Petrini ART DIRECTOR Mark Berning VICE PRESIDENT SALES & MARKETING James Harrick ADVERTISING ACCOUNTS MANAGER Lindsey Dieter GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Nikki Li Mihalik Alexei Norris Alexis Ward Brian McCarthy Michael Novido BLOG MANAGER & EDITOR Andie Berning EDITORIAL ASSISTANT & WRITER Autumn Brim Ceremony Magazine 1621 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Suite D San Marcos, CA 92078 phone 760.471.4838 toll free 888.8.CEREMONY web CeremonyMagazine.com mobile CeremonyMagazine.com/mobile blog CeremonyBlog.com email info@CeremonyMagazine.com

Ceremony thanks its many quality professional contributors. While Ceremony has made every effort to bring you only the finest professionals’ expertise and advertisements, opinions expressed are solely theirs and all ads are published based on the representation that the advertiser is properly authorized to publish the entire contents thereof. Ad content is not the responsibility of Ceremony. All information provided is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. Any reproduction of this publication in whole or in part, photographs, text or otherwise, without written permission of Ceremony Magazine is strictly prohibited. Printed in China. Offices, production, and pre-press in California. Those who wish to submit artwork, images, editorials or weddings for publication should visit our website for submission guidelines. To order back issues or any of the four 2012 issues (Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco), please visit our website.

How do you know he is…the one? You may have been asked this question by your parents, your friends, even yourself. The answer isn’t always perfectly clear; he may or may not be ‘ideal’ on paper; you may have known him for only two months or perhaps you’ve been hanging in there a good five years; he may be a cowboy while you were visualizing a business man. The so-called ‘signs’ aren’t always there, but somehow…you just know. At Ceremony, we feel the same way about our Great List of vendors that we recommend. We take this vendor collective very seriously, which is why we don’t put arbitrary consideration requirements in an antiquated form. We don’t have a scholastic checklist to help us come up with an ‘A’ grade. We don’t even have a job application type form to fill out. You see, when it comes to choosing our Great List of recommended vendors, we believe there is no specific formula for choosing who we invite to join our family. Probably not unlike you, we take a looksie at Facebook, we inquire with their friends and colleagues and, most importantly, we get to know them by social networking the old-fashioned way (in person). In the end, we go with our gut. We just…know. You will find that some of these recommended vendors have refined their businesses over the past twenty years, while others bring fresh ideas after having recently started their own businesses. Many of our recommended venues are on the AAA Five-Diamond Resort list; others include charming private estates and everything in between. What they all have in common is that we have a mutual respect for each other; we each genuinely want to see the other succeed; we envision a future together. Do those relationship qualities sound familiar with someone you know? We hope that you will find this varied Great List vendor collective to be helpful in finding your wedding day professionals. There is no single vendor that is perfect for everyone, but there are vendors that are perfect for you. And when you meet them, you will just know.

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WEDDING PLANNING

INVITATIONS & GIFTS

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diane & ramon

ATRERO PHOTOGRAPHY

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lily & cyrus

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EMBRACE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

nikki & andrew CAROLINE TRAN

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gabrielle & gregory DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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TODD JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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MARIA LONGHI PHOTOGRAPHY

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rebecca & emmanual

MARIANNE LOZANO PHOTOGRAPHY

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kristen & walter

BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY

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diane & alex CAROLINE TRAN

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alyssa & ryan STEVE STEINHARDT

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sydney & patrick

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CAROLINE TRAN Inspiring, creative, and fun, Caroline Tran documents life in brilliant artistic angles. With her easy-going and vivacious personality, she brings out the natural beauty in her subjects. Her clients feel as if they have known her for years and that intimacy emanates from her photos. Creating ethereal artwork that expresses elegance and bliss, her candid approach highlights the raw emotions of love and life. Caroline has a unique way of infusing her work with a soft femininity while retaining a carefree quality that also captures the true essence of her subjects.

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Duke’s relentless pursuit to capture the best photos from your wedding day, along with his friendly personality, discreet presence and quick thinking, make him the perfect choice. He will leave your day capturing an abundance of glamorous, photojournalistic and longlasting memories. Duke views each wedding as a fresh and new assignment, striving to capture images that are unique to your wedding. His use of additional lighting and a keen eye to scout out the best locations are essential to his original style in wedding photography.

Marianne Lozano is a favorite in the Los Angeles wedding scene! Whether shooting for a publication or a wedding, she brings her unparalleled sense of style and fresh perspective to every shoot. With her great attention to detail, she approaches weddings as a unique experience to create incomparable images; which is why she is popular among event planners and floral designers. Marianne’s style is fun, fresh, elegant…all with an editorial flair. She has an exuberant personality, holds high work standards, is spontaneous and soulful.

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Jaime and Dennis are two of the most amazing people on earth. They haven’t saved all the whales nor cured cancer yet but are VERY close. Their son is already predicted to be the 2021 Junior MENSA president, and their philanthropic efforts have thwarted the spread of Malaria to several hundred Indonesian Villages. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they treat their work the polar opposite. They appreciate and anticipate every intense, fleeting moment that will tell the story of your wedding day, and they love what they do! When not photographing celebrity weddings (or saving the world), Jaime and Dennis enjoy motor-biking around third world countries, traveling deep into the desert in their camper-van, learning how to be a better person from their 5 year old son, Alex, and basically getting the most our of their lives.

BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY Joe and Mirta Barnet’s style is modern elegance with a twist of fashion and a big dash of fun. They are known for powerful images that portray the chemistry, love and playfulness of every couple they photograph. The Barnet’s work is regularly featured in numerous bridal magazines and other publications. As a husband and wife team, they have a yin and yang approach as they capture every emotion, detail and the beauty of your wedding day. Joe and Mirta love what they do and truly feel honored to create memories that will be cherished by your family for generations.

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It is the combined images from the Great List of photographers that make up a majority of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail, wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages of Ceremony. The covered “short-list” of Ceremony Los Angeles’ advertisers is kept exclusive to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim’s passion for weddings is evident in your first meeting with him. Brides love his relaxed style and easy going personality. Building a relationship with his couples prior to the wedding day is very important to him; he feels this is the key in capturing the personalities of the couple on their wedding day. Jim’s goal: to provide the images that will help relive all of the special moments and emotion that make up the wedding day for years to come. Jim takes pride in the fact that most of his business is based on referrals from brides, wedding coordinators and venue managers.

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EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY With a flair for style and an appreciation for life’s simple joys, Michael and Emi make their job look easy! This talented husband and wife team works with the industry’s top professionals to deliver amazing images time and time again. Because Michael and Emi absolutely love what they do, their passion and personality have built their reputation, establishing them as a sought after duo. They strive to create fresh, modern elegance in images that reflect the beauty and emotion of the day, all while making their clients look their best. Couples continually choose Evoke because they are personable, easy to work with and genuine. Specializing in stunning color and dramatic black and whites, their emotional-driven images are beautifully crafted into albums that are uniquely designed for each client. Visit their website for images of laughter, love, joy and passion.

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A lifestyle and wedding photographer for two decades, Andy calls Los Angeles home. “I am grateful for every chance to travel, meet and photograph numerous people, places and moments. Nothing makes me happier than documenting stories of people’s lives in the most creative way.” Whether you are being photographed by Andy, or by one of his hand picked team members, Andy SEO Studio pursues perfection both in aesthetics and journalism and believes it is most important to understand each couple’s characteristics to create the most honest stories.

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MARIA LONGHI Maria Longhi is a storyteller, photojournalist, portrait wedding photographer and boudoir photographer who captures moments, details and candid shots as classic timeless images. As an artist with a unique eclectic style, Maria loves creating natural, elegant and colorful images. Inspired by nature and architecture, Maria loves to add an editorial look to her photos, depending on the theme and level of comfort of her couple. Every bride and groom has a personal style whether it is vintage, retro, modern, glamour, country or classic and Maria loves to captures their beauty.

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SAM LIM STUDIOS Having spent much time in the cultural Meccas of LA and NY, Sam has crafted a unique blend of both East and West Coast into his photography style while still honing a deep respect for the cultural sensitivities of his Korean heritage. Upon graduation from Brooks Institute of Photography, he interned with the famed Annie Leibovitz and later assisted her for two years. During this time of personal growth and discovery he found his form. “I never forget the tried and true techniques that are the foundation of great photography. Being at the right place at the right time is all that matters, and the elite photographers who actually capture that moment are the greatest storytellers on earth.”

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JAY HSIANG Jay Hsiang is a destination wedding photographer based in Los Angeles and Orange County. He captures and creates the emotion images that show the joy of love and the heart stirring moments. With his unique, artistic, and sensibilities skills, he is able to capture the beauty of the bride and groom and the moments between them in an extraordinary way. Jay’s work has been published by many wedding magazines, websites and blogs; and his has also awarded him 15 prestigious WPPI Accolades of Excellence Awards from 20072011.

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Joel, owner and principle photographer at Studio EMP, has been recording couples and their weddings with still images for over a decade and his focus has never changed: make interesting, reallife images of clients and their guests that reflect who they are and what they are feeling on one of the most joyous days of their lives. Studio EMP never tries to force their personalities into your images just to get a ‘cool shot’. We allow you to be yourself, relaxed and positive in order to capture fresh, dynamic photographic works of art. Take one step into their amazing boutique studio in a historic building in Downtown Fullerton and you will be flooded with their style, uniqueness and ultimate dedication. Studio EMP is always friendly and always professional, as to not take the focus off of the celebration.

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ROYAL GOR VIDEO & PHOTO Royal Gor Video and Photo is an award-winning studio that believes in taking timeless photography that will last a lifetime. Established in 1981 by Khoren Gevorkyan, who named the business after his son Gor, now 29 years old, believes that “moments are captured, not created.” At the forefront of his family’s business, Gor has garnered a reputation for composing the finest artistic imagery with the best possible equipment. His images showcase the true essence of your special day and will absolutely never go out of style. Royal Gor also offers full service wedding videography and is available for worldwide travel.

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Décor: Instead of having a lounge in a separate area, place your lounge furniture around the dance floor. It helps fill up empty space and lets everyone be a part of the action. LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

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If planning a destination wedding to SoCal, consider a location that is in close proximity to an airport, can serve both as the ceremony and location site, has a rehearsal dinner location in close proximity, and has enough for guests to do outside for the weekend. BELLA VITA EVENTS bellavitaevents.com

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Catering: By not having a traditional sit down dinner, but serving the food buffet–style over a longer period of time instead, guests can eat when they want and there is more time for socializing and dancing. LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

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Splurge on: The cake! If it tastes bad or displays an unfavorable presentation, everyone will talk about it for years. BROWNSTONE PLACE brownstoneplace.com

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Heirlooms: Use a veil as a wrap or tie for your bridal bouquet; create a boutioneer of an heirloom brooch; add a family heirloom to the ring pillow or flower girl basket. LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

Décor: Not every DIY decoration has a place in your wedding. Be strategic. The perfect blend of professional and homemade décor will make a huge difference. SKYBOX EVENT PRODUCTIONS skyboxeventproductions.com

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Favors: Edible favors are best, such as grand truffles wrapped as mini gifts.

Décor: Jewel tones such as dark purple, pink, fuchsia give more of a “wow” factor and look better in photos.

Professional DIY: Provide your florist with vases that you’ve found and picked out yourself. Don’t be afraid to use unique pieces. LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

Family Heirloom: One bride had a veil made with her grandmother’s lace wedding gown and used other pieces to make a bolero jacket that she wore with her second outfit - a satin ivory cocktail dress for dancing. LA DOLCE IDEA ladolceidea.us

Budget: Splurge on one high priced signature item such as hanging chandeliers or luxurious linens for just a few tables. This way you get the look without the high price.

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The sky’s the limit with Skybox Event Productions. It’s a one-stop-shop for any couple, where fantasy meets reality in a rare completion of your wildest dreams. From elegant tradition to trendy romance, we create unforgettable memories for each wedding. Be pronounced husband and wife, while Skybox Event Productions takes care of all the details on your special day. As creative director and principal consultant, Ngoc is constantly at the forefront of new style and design. With a BA from UC Irvine and a Master’s from USC, she has been creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for more than eight years.

With more than 30 years of experience skillfully and flawlessly planning elegant affairs throughout the nation and amongst Hollywood’s elite, Ava’s talent is unparalleled in the industry. She is known for her honesty, integrity and commitment, has a meticulous eye for detail and meets any challenge with open arms. Ava’s do-it-yourself attitude helped her build Brownstone Place from the ground up and she made her authorial debut in 2011 with Where IS Your Mother?: A Simple and Suggestive Guide to the Basics of Proper Etiquette and Simple Grace. Ava resides in California and Nevada with her husband, Nicholas, and their dog, Gus.

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Stacy has 15 years of experience planning weddings as both the wedding coordinator at the Pasadena Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and as owner of Stacy Porras Wedding Consulting. Her multi-cultural experience, attention to detail, vendor relationships, and ability to negotiate for her clients are second to none. She makes sure each wedding reflects the true personalities and tastes of the bride and groom. She has personally trained each of her managers and assistants that it’s not just any wedding, but THE wedding; the couple’s unique, once in a lifetime experience.

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Sabrina Cadini founded La Dolce Idea in Italy, where she was born. Her mother always loved entertaining at home with big holiday parties, and her extensive collection of linens, china and silverware was the inspiration for La Dolce Idea. With a background in corporate travel and known for her chic style, Sabrina has a passion for the meticulous tasks of organizing and executing events, whether they are an intimate soirée or an elaborate destination wedding. Sabrina works with the best of Southern California’s locations and professionals to translate her couples’ personality, history and style into the all those little details that make their event one-of-a-kind and forever remembered. Sabrina will create, exclusively for you, a wedding that tells a beautiful story: yours.

Bianca Porrino Whitmore is originally from the beautiful region of Alba, Italy and speaks fluent Italian, English and Spanish. Since 2000, she has been coordinating weddings and events of all sizes around the world, and has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, Italy and San Diego. She has worked with many couples as well as worldrenowned organizations; Hyatt Regency, Bath and Body Works, Hotel Barbabuc, and Langa Turismo. Bianca Weddings provide full service wedding planning and production with packages available for day of events to complete coordination. It is Bianca’s deepest passion to design and plan every single detail and follow through the entire process for beautifully executed weddings and memorable experiences.

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Step out of the box and into the creative designs of Unique Elegance, Wedding Consulting by Sheryal Rozzelle. With over a decade of experience planning the most posh, extravagant weddings, Sheryal Rozzelle applies her sharp sense of design and passion to create perfect events suited to her couples’ distinctive personalities. Mixing her detail-driven expertise and intuitive style aesthetic, Sheryal creates lavish, colorful affairs every bride dreams of.

Lisa Kahn believes that every client is unique and treats each event with the affection and attention to detail that it deserves. As an accomplished advertising account manager, working with some of the top art galleries in New York and Los Angeles, Lisa Kahn’s expertise is in the understanding of the many seamless details required to create a successful and glamorous event. With a Bachelors degree in psychology and art history from NYU, she understands her client’s wishes, anticipates their needs and turns their wedding vision into an aesthetically beautiful reality. This, along with Lisa’s strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and fun sense of humor, make her an undeniable pleasure to work with. 323.573.8181 lisakhanevents.com

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On top of her culturally diverse background, fluency in five languages and cum laude honor in BFA, Debbie is well known for her strong design and creative flair. With 12 years of experience in the events planning industry, she shows her distinctive attention to details and works closely with Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Langham, private estates and other unique locations. Her caring personality, professionalism, and capability to bring each bride’s dream vision to reality has earned her continuous referrals through the years. Aquafuzion is a one-stop-shop that strives to make your special event planning process memorable and enjoyable. ABC Member.

Since entering the wedding industry, Night’n’Gala Events has been perfecting the art of wedding design. The dynamic duo bring a fresh prospective by presenting distinctive and creative accents that perfect their events. Armene has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Mary has a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Combining their education and expertise, they create oneof-a-kind weddings that captivate the feelings and individuality of each and every client, while leaving their guests mesmerized. Mary and Armene inspire, guide, create and orchestrate every step of the wedding process to ensure a flawless event. So relax, enjoy and let them handle all the details!

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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS The diversity of Southern California’s countless venues is here at your fingertips. With a myriad of offerings, from historical landmarks to hidden city nooks, you will find the perfect wedding backdrop in this Great List of Southern California and destination venues.

park hyatt aviara resort Carlsbad

With its airy oceanfront terrace and striking regal ballroom, the resort promises lavishness and romance. { 1000 guests max }

PAUL BARNETT

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callaway vineyard & winery

the balboa bay club & resort Newport Beach

Serving as the only full-service hotel situated on Newport Beach, the California coastal resort provides stunning waterfront views. { 450 guests max }

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trump national golf club Los Angeles

Take in breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the Pacific while standing on top of the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. { 300 guests max }

trumpnationallosangeles.com

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A picturesque garden atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific will provide both a secluded and open setting for your wedding. { 450 guests max }

montagelagunabeach.com

callawaywinery.com

disney's fairy tale weddings & honeymoons Hawaii Kapolei, Hawaii

With the tropical views of Hawaii and all the imagination of Disney, eco-friendly Aulani Disneys new resort and spa opening Fall 2011 is both fresh and enchanting.

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Temecula

Endless stretches of vineyards create a serene and romantic backdrop. { 250 guests max }

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MARIANNE LOZANO

Coronado

Not only is this historic landmark the ultimate in royal sophistication, it provides 28 acres of picturesque beach shoreline. { 20-650 guests }

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disney's fairy tale weddings & honeymoons Anaheim

Southern California

DARIN FONG

The theme park provides multiple magical locations for the ultimate storybook wedding. { 2000 guests max }

luxury estate weddings

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Magnificent private estates of extraordinary grandeur set in Malibu, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego. { max guests varies }

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the lodge at torrey pines

zoological gardens, this California ranch offers a colorful and unique atmosphere. { 400 guests max }

La Jolla

The craftsman style architecture adds to The Lodge’s magnetizing warmth and rustic elegance. { 220 guests max }

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grand tradition - arbor terrace Fallbrook

Paradise is found at this pavilion, known for its waterfalls, gardens and floral draped arbors. Outside catering permitted. { 220 guests max }

coronado island marriott resort & spa Coronado

Celebrate in the fresh air and tranquil view of the San Diego Bay. { 465 guests max }

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the us grant

San Diego

A crowned jewel in the heart of vibrant downtown San Diego. The US Grant sets the standard for modern glamour in a classic setting, boasting unrivaled elegance and grace. { 1200 guests max }

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vellano country club Chino Hills

This venue’s clubhouse sits amidst the sweeping hills and valleys of Chino Hills. { 250 guests max }

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catamaran resort hotel & spa San Diego

This tropical paradise has the waters of Mission Bay in its own backyard. { 450 guests max}

aliso viejo conference center Aliso Viejo

Breathtaking views of Saddleback Valley, lush greens and boundless rolling hills top off exceptional in-house cuisine and impeccable service. { 300 guests max }

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shadowridge country club Vista

Exchange your vows under a beautiful gazebo in an intimate hilltop garden setting overlooking the luscious green golf course. { 300 guests max}

Private and lavish yachts are designed to match your personal style and theme. { 325 guests max }

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Manhattan Beach The Cape Cod style venue overlooks thriving gardens, koi ponds and the Pacific Ocean. { 250 guests max }

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pala casino spa resort Pala

Storybook lawns and gardens with views of Palomar Mountain serve as scenic and secluded ceremony settings. { 500 guests max }

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the beachcomber Crystal Cove

Tucked away in the Historic District, The Beachcomber Café’s multiple event sites with panoramic waterfront views present unlimited possibilities. { 200 guests max }

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talega golf club San Clemente

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Spanish archways, lush landscaping, courtyard, waterfalls and unique underground tunnels make a picturesque setting for a ceremony and reception. { 200 guests max }

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pala mesa resort Fallbrook

The mission bells will be ringing when you say “I Do” at the resort’s antique mission-style pavilion complete with thriving gardens and cascading waterfalls. { 350 guest max )

tustin ranch golf club Tustin

JIM KENNEDY

Manicured fairways, colorful gardens and sparkling lakes with wellappointed clubhouse facilities grants an uncompromising experience. { 220 guests max }

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muckenthaler mansion four seasons westlake village Westlake Village

With its waterfall lawns, stately ballrooms and even a Chinese pagoda, this hotel provides an array of beautiful backdrops. { 900 guests max }

Fullerton

Nine acres of gardens and beautiful landscaping surround the mansion’s ornate architecture. { 120-400 guests max }

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lake arrowhead resort Lake Arrowhead

At this resort you can soak in the natural beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest and the tranquility of Lake Arrowhead. { 300 guests max }

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Elegant courtyards and grand ballrooms fill the resort, which is encompassed by the dazzling Pacific. { 400 guests max }

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coto de caza golf & racquet club

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Coto de Caza

Indian Wells

The Santa Rosa Mountains create a beautiful backdrop for the Mediterranian-style buildings with grand terraces overlooking views of a manicured estate resort. { 500 guests max }

The country club is host to several romantic backdrops, cascading waterfalls, natural terrains and an endless sea of green golf course. { 300 guests max }

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The resort captures the true essence of Hawaii with coconut palms and magnificent views of the Kahalawai Mountains and Wailea Beach. { 500 guests max }

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Palos Verdes Estates The beautifully restored 1920s Spanish villa is a historical landmark on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. { 250 guests max }

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the crosby at rancho santa fe San Diego

The lush greenery of the golf course wraps around this venue’s spacious clubhouse. { 180 guests max }

omni san diego hotel San Diego

This venue takes advantage of its prime location in the heart of Downtown San Diego with open-air terraces that take in exciting 360-degree views of the city. { 550 guests max }

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Los Angeles

Indulge in Hollywood decadence at this landmark location, known for its regal courtyard and dining venues. { 300 guests max }

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the dana on mission bay San Diego

This hotel and marina offers waterfront views of Mission Bay in the middle of a tropical setting. { 300 guests max } JIM KENNEDY

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the richard nixon library Yorba Linda

Sculptured gardens and reflecting pools highlight the landscape, while inside you will find a faithful replica of the White House East Room with stunning crystal chandeliers. { 500 guests max }

nixonlibraryevents.com

aquarium of the pacific Long Beach

The breathtaking Blue Cavern exhibit anchors the Great Hall to create a majestic aura for gatherings large or small. The intimate Café Scuba, with its sunset views, overlooks the Seal and Sea Lion exhibit and Lorikeet Forest. { 550 guests max }

orfila vineyards Escondido

A spacious permanent tent housed on the lush San Pasqual agricultural preserve provides idyllic vistas of a quaint rose garden and grape arbors. { 350 guests max }

orfila.com

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San Juan Capistrano

Escape to colonial Spain inside this luxury hotel near Rodeo Drive, boasting glamorous ballrooms and blooming gardens reminiscent of the golden era. { 600 guests max }

The old world meets the new at this open air plaza complete with fountains, clay pots and arches. { 450 guests max }

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la costa resort & spa Carlsbad

This quaint village setting offering resort accommodations is complete with lush fairways, winding pathways and rolling coastal hills. { 1700 max guests }

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the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel

Huntington Beach

Get a taste of California with endless views of the Pacific Ocean and serene white sand beaches. { 350 guests max }

LARRY CRANDALL

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hilton carlsbad oceanfront Carlsbad

Opening in July of 2012, this brand new beachfront resort offers lavish wedding accommodations and stunning views.

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summit house

Fullerton

This Old English Tudor Manor fascinates with incredible views of the countryside, impeccable service and masterful cuisine. DAPPER IMAGES

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taglyan complex Los Angeles

Old World charm meets all of the amenities offered with today’s technology in a venue prepared to meet every need in luxurious surroundings. { 500 guests max }

w san diego hotel San Diego

rancho bernardo courtyard

The ultimate in Downtown sophistication, W San Diego’s trendy vibe and BEACH rooftop will impress even your swankiest guests.

This hidden Spanish-style courtyard is the perfect setting for outdoor garden receptions. { 300 guests max }

wsandiegohotel.com

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hotel laguna

Laguna Beach

With its own private beach, the Spanishinspired hotel offers an array of oceanfront ceremony sites. { 200 guests max }

hotellaguna.com

the los angeles athletic club Los Angeles

Rich in tradition and luxury, L.A.’s first private urban country club, sets the stage with traditional glamour and modern romance. { 250 guests max }

clubweddings.com

the crossings at carlsbad Carlsbad

With canyons and vistas dipping throughout an immaculate sea of green, this location is natural beauty at its finest. { 215 guests max }

ponte family estate winery

thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com

Temecula

JOSEPH GUIDI

In the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, this location is home to winding vineyards and a 180-degree view of Palomar Mountain. { 300 guests max }

ponteweddings.com

bella collina towne & golf club San Clemente

Truly enchanting hillsides and vineyards adorned with flowing streams and rustic bridges make this a pastoral paradise. { 200 guests max }

bellacollinagolf.com

carmel mountain ranch country club San Diego

The hills are alive at this country club, which is home to a spacious terrace room overlooking the mountains.{ 220 guests max }

clubcmr.com

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grand tradition beverly mansion Fallbrook

The Victorian estate is a dream come true with its enchanting heart-shaped lake featuring a waterfall and swans. { 300 guests max }

grandtradition.com

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You need not travel halfway around the world to have the destination wedding of your dreams. The Dominican Republic is just a short flight from most U.S. Cities. Equally beautiful are the extraordinarily warm, outgoing people of the island – a culturally rich, multi-racial community – who make the island experience anything but ordinary. Weddings on this island paradise are as unique and personal. Exchange vows in a tropical garden setting, a fairytale seaside gazebo complete with horse and carriage, or on the beach with the backdrop of a Caribbean sunset. Or say, “I do” in your choice of indoor venues including private villas, quaint churches and elegant ballrooms. From simple private ceremonies to lavish events, the details of your celebration are personalized to guarantee an unforgettable experience. Combining old-world charm with contemporary style, Casa Colonial is a boutique hotel offering world-class luxury. The resort is located on the captivating northern coast of the island and sits directly on the shore, offering unobstructed views of the turquoise Caribbean waters. Couples indulge in

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pampering spa treatments that are offered in fabulous seaside gazebos or exclusive couples treatment rooms. Sea Horse Ranch is a stunning gated community offering private villas both for sale and vacation rental. Among the exclusive facilities available only to villa owners and guests is the Oceanside Beach Club, situated directly on the reefs and featuring a spectacular panoramic 180-degree view of the sea, ideal for a sunset wedding reception. True to its name, The Palace at Playa Grande serves up royal treatment. An enchanting fusion of Indian opulence and Dominican hospitality sweeps you into another world. This one of a kind wedding venue will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of the Caribbean into the enchanted locales of the East. Meaning “singing sea,” Cantamar Sea Tree Estates is a secluded villa sitting near the edge of spectacular cliffs over the ocean. The open spaces and simple elegance of the property ensure unparalleled serenity. As an added bonus, from January

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to March, humpback whales can be spotted migrated across the ocean. Couples will have their choice of a sensuous jacuzzi spa, outdoor garden showers and glass enclosed showers with lush tropical flowers. Casa Kimball is an exceptional combination of modern design, luxury, and the picturesque setting of the Caribbean. Considered one of the premier wedding villas in the Dominican Republic, this extraordinary cliff-side villa provides panoramic ocean views. The open design incorporates the natural beauty of the landscape, while offering a lavish array of modern amenities, comforts, and full-staff five-star service. Located in the Southern part of the island, Casa de Campo is a 7,000-acre hideaway on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, featuring limestone cliffs, breathtaking beaches, and rolling green hills and gardens. With a couple of hundred villas available for rent, your guests can enjoy the same comforts and luxury as you. From barefoot parties on the beach to a candle-lit ceremony against the stone walls of a Mediterranean amphitheatre, if you can imagine it, Casa de Campo will help you plan it.

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Lying on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana Resort features a choice of luxury accommodations with amenities to satisfy any taste. In addition to deluxe hotel rooms and elegant suites, the resort is home of the exclusive Tortuga Bay villas designed by Oscar de la Renta. Destination weddings relieve much of the stress of traditional planning, allowing you and your loved one to focus on what is truly important – each other. The exotic Dominican Republic promises a destination wedding experience unlike any other.

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How many dishes does a couple get to sample at a tasting? We always warn our couples that they better come hungry! Our tastings vary based on the event, however, for pretty standard tastings we have them try 10-12 hors d’oeuvres, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and a dessert or two. If they are also doing a specialty cocktail, we will have those prepared, too. All of our portions are full-size and are presented to our guests in the exact manner they will be presented on their wedding day.

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What is your favorite wedding menu? Gourmet burgers and fresh-cut French fries! Guests get so excited when they see they are getting something other than chicken, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable medley. To finish it off, we served each guest a trio of mini milkshakes. What do you do when a groom and bride (literally) have different tastes as well as distinctively different cultural backgrounds? We do a fusion menu! This actually happens quite often. It is actually a lot of fun for us, because it gets us thinking outside of the standards, and allows us to create some pretty spectacular combinations. This fusion can be displayed with multiple interactive stations highlighting both the brides and grooms individual requests. Or, we can do a seated dinner where we blend tastes and/ or cultures together on one plate. There is always something for everyone. What trend do you get asked for the most? We are still getting a lot of requests for miniature versions of people’s favorite foods. Who doesn’t love having multiple selections of their favorite foods in bite size form? We are also receiving a lot of requests for “farm to table” style menu selections. We fully support this movement and love working with the local farmers to purchase fresh, organic produce and proteins. Although these items are more expensive, it really makes a difference. One of our most popular “farm to table” items is our Jarred Heirloom Tomato salad. It is a locally organic salad consisting of heirloom tomatoes, avocado, charred citrus, smoked oil, and baby parsley, served in a latched hermetic Italian jar.

What is your favorite ingredient to add to a cocktail? One of our new favorite items is whipped cream vodka. It is a great way to have a creamy taste, without having to use the heavy, calorie-ridden cream to beverages. One of our favorite drinks is the Creamy Orangesicle Martini. What is the biggest misconception regarding wedding catering? The food will be cold and rubbery. For many companies this is true, but we actually cook onsite and do not believe in ‘hot boxing’ food for hours before service time. It is very important for couples to ask where the food is made and how it is transported. Please provide some great rehearsal dinner ideas. Pick the cuisine from your honeymoon location and serve that at your rehearsal dinner. It is a fun way to further the excitement of the next day and the honeymoon that follows.

Do or Don’t? Late night food truck? DO! What a fun way to end your evening. Again, something that is unexpected always gets the ‘oohs and aahs’ from the guests. Just make sure you are working with a reputable one. It would be terrible if they didn’t show up. Champagne toast? DO a toast, DON’T do the champagne! Most people don’t drink it. Do a fun specialty drink instead. Cupcakes instead of cake? DON’T! Been there and done that.

How do you assist a couple in creating their menu? First, we sit down with them to determine what their likes and dislikes are and how they envision their special day. Next, we present a menu based on the first meeting, make necessary adjustments and then have them in for a full tasting. It is during the tasting that we can really customize the menu to their wants and needs. All of our tastings are personalized and only include the couple, their family, and their coordinator.

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Family style dinners? Don’t! One of the biggest misconceptions about family style dinners is that they cost less. FALSE! Caterers actually have to prep more food than a plated dinner or a buffet style dinner. Also, it requires different (and more expensive) rental items, linens…the list can go on and on.

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What is the most peculiar dish you’ve served at a wedding? Split entrée of pine nut and basil seared gardein with lobster mushroom beurre blanc and peppercorn encrusted portobello fillets atop a bed of whipped potatoes with a yellow tomato béarnaise. It ate like the perfect chicken and beef filet menu, however it was entirely vegan. Guests couldn’t stop raving about the quality.

What trend do you get asked for the most? First has been the shift to offering fun, exciting, maybe even a bit exotic foods throughout the entire event. Also, early 50% of our clients are opting to have a fun late night snack. Another more surprising trend has been a move from what were once considered “special dietary concerns” into a menu for all the guests’ enjoyment. Vegan meals, when done with creativity and care, leave even the most devoted carnivore with a new appreciation for what else is out there. Weddings are a great place to introduce folks to new flavor experiences! How many dishes does a couple get to sample at a tasting? At our quarterly “Taste of NYFC,” clients are invited to an open house of sorts where musicians will entertain, the tables and room will be beautifully decorated by some of our favorite florists, fanciful linens will adorn all the tables and our culinary team will wow them with “tastes” from our entire menu. In total, we will typically have 30 to 40 different items for them to enjoy – however this is not about tasting “their” menu – this is about gaining an understanding for the high level of quality and presentation that they can expect once we design their perfect menu. They can additionally arrange for a 1:1 private tasting to fine-tune their personal menu. What is your favorite ingredient to add to a cocktail? Alcohol! Not even picky sometimes. But seriously, we love to incorporate “fresh” into everything we do so fresh fruit juices make a huge difference. Does your catering company have any unique presentation options for serving food at a wedding? If it can be done, we can do it. Orchestrated, choreographed, with entertainment or without. Our most “unique” is providing the correct ratio of servers to guests, making sure the kitchen can get the food out in a timely manner and that the service is impeccable. Shame that this would be considered unique I guess. Do or Don’t?

What is your favorite wedding menu? As caterers who double as event designers, our favorite wedding menu is that one that perfectly reflects our client’s vision. As we tell every inquiring wedding client, “This is your event, not ours.” Options are limitless. What do you do when a groom and bride (literally) have different tastes when it comes to their menu? And for couples with distinctively different cultural backgrounds and guests? When someone quipped, “variety is the spice of life,” there was a reason they utilized a food reference. Split entrée’s are an easy solution – however if true variety is the order of for the day, offering a grazing or station event is the way to go. The dining becomes a part of the party. Guests can mix and mingle, chefs will be preparing unique dishes to order at display cooking stations and once the dancing begins, the party will have already been in full swing.

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Late night food truck: Absolutely not! Tried many times and it has frustrated so many clients, we’ve begun discouraging it. While the street food concept is here to stay and some of the food is absolutely fantastic, the experience typically does not compliment the event. Instead, we created our own Late Night Bites menus offering many of the same dishes but prepared in concert with the rest of our clients’ expectations. There are no long lines, no inconsistency from guest to guest and no separating guests from this fantastic environment you’ve created so that they can go stand in a parking lot or field somewhere. Cupcakes instead of cake: Cupcakes are still a part of the whole but not the only alternative. A lot of folks are opting for a “ceremonial” cutting cake and then offering fantastic mini-dessert displays for guests to enjoy. Family style dinners: Depends on the venue. A lot of people love family style but you must have the room for the right size tables. But don’t think that family style means less money – especially if it’s off premise catering where everything needs to be brought in for the event and service.

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Everyone knows about the standard “Our Wedding” photo album. Most likely you grew up thumbing through your parents’ or grandparent’s books, laughing at mom’s eighties sleeves or awing over how young your grandmother looked. For a long time that was the only way to cement the special day. The sounds (laughter, crying, clinking of glass) – and motions (the veil in the wind, Uncle Joe’s zany dance moves) were only vaguely replicated and invoked. However, that’s all changed. Now instead of just getting frozen snapshots, brides are increasingly turning to wedding videographers to capture their day in all its vivid life and color. “It’s important to capture the most moving moments, like the bride’s parents seeing her for the first time or the kiss at the end,” says Gor Gevorkyan, wedding photographer and videographer for Royal Gor. “Video does that in a way that photography cannot.” And, in case you were wondering, it’s not like handing an iPhone to your cousin with the record button on. Brides who hire videographers can expect a stunning end product that flawlessly run through the highlights of their day. Videographers give the same precision and care to editing wedding videos that filmmakers give to movies or commercials. “When done right the resulting DVD is awe-inspiring,” Gevorkyan says. He suggests reviewing a videographers work prior to booking and getting a sense for their ability. Once you feel confident, book them knowing you’ll get a treasured memento of the day – one that captures every aspect.

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Is he into surfing? Include his board. Are you into shopping? Go to your favorite mall. Do you love horses? Visit the local stable. Go on a bike ride, visit a theme park, dress up for a night on the town or have fun in Las Vegas! Your photographer should give you a little direction here and there, get you in the best light, etc., but mostly it’s about letting you be yourself and having a good time with each other. During the engagement session, there is no pressure. It’s a great time to take a break from the hectic wedding planning and just have fun!. When we photograph our couples, we start two to three hours before sunset, earlier if we’re in the city, later if we’re at the beach. That’s the best light of the day! The session usually takes about two hours and we photograph as much variety as we can, sometimes with a change of clothing. When we go out of town, we usually shoot much longer, depending on where our couple wants to go. In New York we typically start around noon in Central Park, hit the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset and usually end up at Times Square with the awesome lights in the evening. Along the way, we’ll grab some food, ride the subway, walk around, shop and everything you’d want to do with your favorite person in a great city. The main thing is to let your engagement session be a fun experience! Plan something a little different and enjoy your time together. You’ll have an unforgettable day and the images to prove it!

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If you’re like most brides, music means a lot to you and your fiancé. In fact, it probably surrounds the timeline of your relationship – there’s that concert you went to together, that song that’s “our” song, the times spent singing together with the radio. So, of course, incorporating it into your wedding day is important. It tells your guests a little bit more about the two of you, sharing what beats make you both jump up and dance.

11H Entertainment takes original soundtracks and scores them with drums and percussion, wind instruments, and strings--combining the experience of a live band with the quality sound of the original songs. “We aren’t a cover band,” Steven Muchnij, owner and operator of the company, explains. “We infuse each song with new life.” From motown to country, from Adele to Andrea Bocelli, 11H Entertainment customizes the experience for each couple. “It’s about telling the couple’s story,” Muchnij says. “It’s about creating special moments.” No matter the challenges –say you are a diehard Rihanna fan but your fiancé adores classical guitar-Muchnij and his team can come up with a solution.

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From a practical standpoint, music is the auditory guide of the day, telling guests that you’re about to come down the aisle or that the party is about to get started. When it comes to figuring out your musical options, the choices are endless, from a DJ to a band or even cousin Don and his IPod. But if you want everyone talking about your celebration as being the best ever, there’s a new force on the musical block: 11H Entertainment’s Infusion Xperience.

“We had one couple who had very diverse musical tastes,” Muchnij recalls. “The groom liked this unique music. He wanted his guests to experience something that they hadnever heard before. But the bride wanted the top 40 hits.” Muchnij carefully mapped out the evening around both of their needs. Knowing the groom wanted something different, Muchnij’s team crafted an eclecticlive infused mix for the groom that was played throughout dinner. Then, to get the party started, he switched to the bride’s favorites. The couple couldn’t rave enough, saying that they and their guests had never had so much fun. And that’s what motivates 11H Entertainment. It’s hearing that uncle so and so had never danced before and had that night. It’s hearing that everyone, spanning the age spectrum, never returned to their chairs. “That’s what it’s all about,” Muchnij says. “That’s why I love what I do.”

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Need Some NRG? NRG (yes, it is a play on the word ‘energy’) isn’t one of those entertainment groups that come around often. They are chameleonlike, performing every musical genre from the twenties to Lady Gaga. Their repertoire is endless. If you want Broadway show tunes, no problem. Love Frank Sinatra? They’ll fly you to the moon. Looking at NRG now, with their stunning costumes, flawless musical execution, and instant charisma, it’s hard to believe the entire company grew out of one duo. “It was my wife and I,” says Andy Salmonsen. “We were playing gigs and we just blossomed from there. We added three girls then some more musicians and before you knew it, we had the ability to perform a thirty-five person orchestra.” Besides just growing in numbers, NRG stayed on the cutting-edge of the music industry by adapting to each style. “Our strength is really in our diversity,” Salmonsen says. “We have a wide array of performers. Each of them have different strengths and they bring that to NRG.” It’s true, a notion confirmed by one look at their lineup. They have a Puerto Rican drummer who brings the sensual pulse of Latin music for brides wanting a tango. There’s the former Miss Mississippi who can sing ‘Il Bambino’ like it’s closing night at the New York opera. Rounding out the band even more is their horn player, a musician who cut his melodic chops with Ray Charles. Beyond their impressive resumes, NRG is mostly known for its chemistry. Years of playing together and their close-knit community makes for some dynamic performances. “We really are a family,” Salmonsen explains. “And that translates. We appreciate each other and we appreciate each and every family we play for. When we’re singing ‘Butterfly Kisses’ and we see a dad dancing with his little girl who just got married, we have to hold it in. Because we are right there in the moment with you.” And that’s what makes NRG meaningful. They don’t go on and on about their celebrity clientele or brag about the big-name gigs they’ve played. They focus on the heartfelt moments and their gratitude at being able to facilitate them. “Those are the times that stay with us,” Salmonsen says. “That’s why we do this.”

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There are the princess brides – they want the whole Cinderella horse and carriage bit. There are the trendy brides. For them, a suped up limo just off of an MTV music video shoot is transportation perfected. And there are hipster brides. Two-seater bicycle from Goodwill anyone? But for the more, shall we say, restrained class of bride there is something else. Vintage cars and classic limos. Sleek vehicles that add style to any wedding. With Kate Middleton herself arriving at her wedding in a vintage Rolls Royce, it’s an entrance any elegant bride would want. “The car can really make the day,” says Sherry Walters of Classic Limos, a Southern California vintage limousine company. “There are so many ways to incorporate the vehicle into the wedding, from photos to grand exits and entrances.” Classic Limos itself boasts a fleet of fourteen cars collected from various parts of America and Canada. Its crowning piece is an original 1927 Packard, one of the few in the world available for hire.

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When reserving a vehicle, there are a few things to consider, from making sure the limo you rent is mechanically safe to having the driver show up on time. “Select a licensed and insured limo company,” Walters suggests, noting that more than 90% of the vintage limo companies in Southern California operate without a PUC limousine license and valid insurance. She also encourages brides to see the car prior to the wedding day to ascertain its condition and to work with a company that promises arrival times. “Being late is the number one complaint against limo companies,” Walters says. “Choose a company with an on time guarantee that will email you in advance.” For stylish brides who have a penchant for nostalgia, the vintage car is the way to go.

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Gabrielle and Gregory met at a Cotillion in their late teens. While learning to master the art of dancing, they caught each other’s eye and naturally, Greg had to ask the lovely Gabrielle to be his partner on the dance floor. It wasn’t until they were both studying at USC that this pair would begin their romance as a couple. And although

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Family is clearly very important to both Maria and Dayton, so it seemed natural to choose an occasion when both sets of parents were together on a vacation in Lake Arrowhead to pop the question. While the parents stepped out for a leisurely walk, Maria prepared a brunch that resulted in Dayton dropping to one knee, right in front of the oven. Of course, this bride-to-be, said YES and celebrated with the entire family upon their return.

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The bride’s good friend is to thank for this couple’s loving happiness. Meeting for the first time at their friend’s engagement party, Kelly waited patiently in front of the restaurant for Erick and called him when she first arrived. He didn’t answer right away, so she waited for him, in anticipation. Moments later he walked right past her while calling her cell. Kelly picked up the phone and said, “Turn around.” As soon as he spotted her, she said into her cell, “I’ve been waiting out here for five minutes,” and hung up the phone with a smile on her face. They’ve been inseparable ever since and that five minutes was definitely worth the wait.

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In the home of the infamous “French” kiss, Emmanuel chose the romance of France as the backdrop to this proposal.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

inviting occasion invitingoccasion.com [floral design]

balboa bay club & resort balboabayclub.com [location | caterer]

sweet art

sweet-art.com [cake]

lake forest limos lakeforestlimos.com [transportation]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry | mothers dresses]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal jewelry] [ceremony location] laguna beach presbyterian church [coordinator] lisa moon events [linens] fusion linens [rentals] hire elegance [lighting] swank [stationery] where’s the party? [favors] le belge chocolates [entertainment] jordan music entertainment [videographer] little sure shot films [gown designer] kenneth pool [bridal salon] saks fifth avenue [veil] amsale [bridal shoes] manolo blahnik[hair & makeup] flawless face [flower girl dresses] david’s bridal

LOVE STORY

A mutual love of comedy was enough to bridge the biggest difference in Kristen and Wally’s personalities: Kristen is a diehard Angels fan while Wally remains devoted to the Red Sox. Luckily, they met at an improv comedy class, not a baseball game. Love blossomed a year later and Wally, realizing he wanted no other woman to laugh through life with, proposed one night in Pasadena.

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Modern pops of color gave this garden romance a contemporary vibe.

EUPHONIC diane & alex

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VENDOR LOVE caroline tran carolinetran.net [photography]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry]

[location | linens | caterer] the parker palm springs [coordinator | floral design] artisan event floral décor [rentals] poetry photo booths [lighting] psav events [cake] sweet & saucy [favors | stationery] dyc design [gown designer] alvina valenta, marchesa [bridal salon] panache bridal [veil] tessa kim [bridal shoes] chanel, christian louboutin [hair & makeup] kelly zhang studio [formal wear] hugo boss, theory, louis vuitton [bridesmaid dresses] j crew [mothers’ dresses] kay unger [gift registry] honeyfund [honeymoon destination] italy

LOVE STORY

For Diane and Alex, love is in the details. It was those smaller elements, like their names embroidered in blue inside Diane’s gown and Alex’s quirky socks that made them feel connected throughout their day. They even escaped away after the ceremony to enjoy a leisurely moment together in a hammock. Those special instances meant the world to this couple as they became Mr. and Mrs. Chen.

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CHARMED alyssa & ryan

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This charming chateau styled affair was crafted in rustic details, handmade stationery and oldfashioned soda bottles, leading guests to this lovely outdoor reception.

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VENDOR LOVE laura hooper calligraphy lhcalligraphy.com [stationery | signs | details]

[photography] steve steinhardt [location] saddlerock ranch [coordinator] beth helmstetter events [floral design] holly flora [rentals] town & country [caterer] the food matters [cake] susie cakes [entertainment] ace of hearts, dash entertainment [gown designer] jim hjelm [veil] etsy [bridal shoes] kate spade [hair & makeup] fiore beauty [bridesmaid dresses] j crew [gift registries] macy’s, crate & barrel, pottery barn [honeymoon destination] cabo san lucas

LOVE STORY

It was the sweetest finish a dinner could have. Ryan and Alyssa were sharing a casual meal within the familiar comforts of their home, when Ryan mentioned he had picked up a dessert. It wasn’t ice cream. brownies or cupcakes but a delicious ring box. It was the best – and longest lasting - dessert Alyssa had ever shared!

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LOVE NOTE

The bride and groom were wed like royals, celebrating beneath an oldworld style ceiling and seated at two very majestic thrones.

MAJESTIC orenda & travon

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VENDOR LOVE butterfly floral & event design butterflyfloraldesign.com [floral design]

barker décor service barkerdecorservice.com [rentals]

[photography] kris kan photography, want photography [coordinator] fancy that! events [location] park plaza los angeles [lighting] lighting and sound carlos valadez west coast avl [entertainment] dj jiji sweet, dw3 band [stationery] sherry nalbandian creative works design [caterer] summit event catering [cake] torrance bakery [videographer] eric ajoorian [gown designer] custom [bridal salon] karoaza bridal

LOVE STORY

It was clearly a significant first impression. Although both Orenda and Travon were attached to others when they met at a fundraiser, three years later he would waltz into her place of employment and declare the he had come for his wife. He knew they would one day marry. After asking her parents for her hand and receiving their blessings, he choose a Valentine’s Day family soiree to drop to one knee in front of everyone and asked her to be wife for the rest of time.

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A rustic Italian church was the backdrop for these nuptials and a bright, provincial feel was brought to the affair with huge sunflowers.

WINSOME sabrina & fabio

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VENDOR LOVE biancaweddings biancaweddings.com [coordinator]

[photography] idea foto [location] parraocchia s. croce [oral design] pensiero ďŹ orito [gown designer] aimee collection [bridal shoes] amera calzature [gift registries] la bomboniera [honeymoon destination] maldives

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WONDERLAND

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LOVE NOTE

15-foot tree centerpieces covered in white blossoms gave this winter fantasy wedding a feel of magic.

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VENDOR LOVE butterfly floral & event design butterflyfloraldesign.com [floral design]

lovella bridal lovellabridal.com [bridal salon]

four seasons westlake village

fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/weddings [location] [coordinator] gilded events [photography] wind productions [caterer] sharon catering [cake] cake studio cafe [entertainment] moein and band, dj peyman z [videographer] moziko wind [gown designer] ines di santo

LOVE STORY

Donny set the bar very high for all other suitors when he planned his extravagant proposal to Sherrie. Coming to his house for dinner, she was greeted by a personal chef who created an amazing 5-course meal for the couple. After that feast, she enjoyed a glass of champagne as Donny surprised her with a perfect present: an

adorable

puppy.

Delighted,

Sherrie

didn’t even notice the ring box on the pup’s collar…or her (now) fiancé on bended knee!

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SPLENDOR lucy & michael

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The bride’s ode to savory and sweet – changing from the white wedding dress to a magnificent purple kimono-style gown, and offering a fun potato chip and candy bar.

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VENDOR LOVE the special day thespecialday.net [coordinator]

studio emp

studioemp.com [photography]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

[location | caterer] the bel air bay club [floral design] the mille fiori [rentals | lighting] chiavari chair rentals [stationery] minted.com, paper girl [cake] sweet & saucy shop [favors] candy bar & chip bar [entertainment] prokreation, strings by reiko [videographer] loyd calomay films [transportation] crown limo [gown designer] enzoani [hair & makeup] joyce luck style [bridesmaid dresses] bari jay [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

On their 4th anniversary as a couple, Mike took Lucy to the Long Beach Aquarium, the site of their first date. While they enjoyed the scuba diving show, the emcee made a special announcement and wished them a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY in front of the whole crowd. Garnering this little attention, the aquarium staff was happy to take pictures of the celebratory couple. All of a sudden Lucy saw their parents in the mix, and Mike turned her around facing the tank to see a scuba diver holding up a sign that said,

“Lucy, Happy Anniversary!

Will you Marry Me? Love Mike.” He then got down on his knee and made his proposal.

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LOVE NOTE

Fashion-forward greens and ivories popped against subtly romantic details, like the bride’s lace gown and patterned Louboutins.

ROMANCE katy & jason

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VENDOR LOVE la dolce idea ladolceidea.us [coordinator]

hotel del coronado hoteldel.com/weddings [location | caterer]

modern 8 films modern8films.com [videographer]

[photography] tim otto photography [floral design] organic elements [linens | rentals] sweet ribbon events [lighting | entertainment] music mobile plus [stationery] pink star design [cake] cake [favors] grove pastry shop [entertainment] san diego bagpipes, mobile music plus [transportation] five star tours [gown designer] jim hjelm [bridal salon] bridal and formal, cincinatti [veil] paris [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] cara mia [formal wear] the gentlemen’s tux club [bridesmaid | flower girl dresses] watters [mothers’ dresses] dillards [gift registries] honeyfund.com [honeymoon] greece [travel agency] union vacations

LOVE STORY

Jason had it all planned - he surprised Katy with a trip to Steamboat, Colorado for the holidays. The proposal would definitely happen on New Years eve, either over a romantic dinner or on the starry-eyed gondola ride up the slopes However, as fate would have it, the timing just wasn’t right and the perfect moment eluded this suitor. Yet when the pair returned back at the hotel, the universe aligned. Comfortably snuggled in their pajamas watching the year tick away on the clock, Jason knelt in front of Katy and asked her to be his wife. Luckily enough, it was exactly the tender, private proposal

Katy

had

always

dreamed

of.

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Bow ties and simple garden frocks perfected the bridal party’s look while the “newsie” ring bear and darling little flower girl charmed guests with their cuteness.

REFLECTION lindsey & chris

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VENDOR LOVE evoke photography evokephotography.com [photography]

LOVE STORY

For Lindsey and Chris, whose discerning tastes love simplistic beauty, a wedding with vintage touches was their dream. Lindsey, who adores history, knew her wedding would reflect elements that incorporated the past in a sophisticated style of today. Channeling their youth with children’s toys, colorful candies, classic

books,

wildflowers

and

vintage

stylings, this enchanting couple started their new lives together reflecting on the past.

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MYSTICAL pooja & dev


LOVE NOTE

A multi-day celebration resembled a magic carpet ride; rich draperies, dramatic lighting, and brightly colored florals gave the event an exotic enchantment.

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VENDOR LOVE square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | linens]

hyatt regency huntington beach hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com [location]

[photography] global photography [lighting] amber [stationery | bridesmaid dresses | mothers’ dresses] from india [caterer] manohar’s delhi palace [entertainment] sound nation [videographer] robles video [gown designer] tarun tahli [bridal shoes] versace [hair & makeup] ziba beauty [honeymoon destination] greece

LOVE STORY

In the midst of her post-doctoral residency, Pooja met Dev, a lawyer in America’s capital, Washington D.C. Although they both had unbelievably

demanding

work

schedules,

they found the time to spend together and eventually fell in love.

He would choose a

romantic night at the Ritz Carlton in D.C. to ask her that life altering question to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

This stately setting presented the perfect ambiance for a suspended cake confection, dripping in crystal embellishments.

ELABORATE marianna & sargis

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VENDOR LOVE duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

trump national golf club trumpnationallosangeles.com [location]

lovella bridal lovellabridal.com [bridal salon]

[floral design] menuah flower boutique [caterer] roberts catering service [cake] henrique [entertainment] dj heartbeat by vasken [videographer] walter pawluk [gown designer] elie saab [hair & makeup] fames beauty [shoes | mothers’ dress] saks fifth avenue [wedding rings] sasha primak [honeymoon destination] bora bora

LOVE STORY

They knew each other in childhood as Marianna’s father was Sargis’ tennis coach. As time progressed, their youthful friendship grew into a blossoming romance. The pair would be up in the sky, floating amongst the clouds in a hot air balloon ride when Sargis would ask his longtime companion to be his wife.

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BEWITCHING cameron & avesta

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LOVE NOTE

An enchanted forest of dĂŠcor and snow falling crystals lusciously draped the event in glamorous details.

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VENDOR LOVE viera photographics vieraphotographics.com [photography]

[coordinator] events by shideh [location | caterer] the beverly hills hotel [floral design] shirvan design [cake] the cake divas [stationery] invitations by ferial [entertainment] dj behsheed and the 4th dimension [videographer] impressive creations [gown designer] complice stalo theodorou [bridal salon] couture bridal [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] luis maldanado of lmg studio, noseph trinh [formalwear] hugo boss [bridesmaid dresses] vera wang

LOVE STORY

Cameron and Avesta are very smart. Not to mention, both internet-savvy. They love each other so much they went into business together and can still put “happily” in front of their relationship status. It was simply meant to be for these two entrepreneurs. And when it came to their wedding, their natural attributes of business savvy produced an incredibly stunning event.

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MOMENTOUS vanda & tim

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Autumn elegance was woven into the dĂŠcor with flowers rich in shades of the harvest.

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VENDOR LOVE brownstone place brownstoneplace.com [coordinator]

[photography] miki & sonja photography [location | caterer] westlake village inn [floral design] king dahl events [linens | rentals] sitting pretty [lighting] the right light [stationery] personal touch [cake | favors] la starr & company [entertainment] judy chamberlain band [gown designer | veil] hanna hartrell [bridal shoes] stuart weitzman [hair & makeup] alexis williams [formal wear] calvin klein [wedding rings] nerces fine jewelry [gift registries] macy’s, williams-sonoma [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

It was a whirlwind romance for Vanda and Tim. The two met in Hawaii and instantly fell in love amidst the island’s beauty. Shortly thereafter, 11 months to be exact, Tim found himself proposing to his new love at the Milwaukee Art Museum. After their vows, the couple shared a special toast just the two of them, and recall that tender moment as their most treasured of the day.

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The princess bride sparked in a tiara complementing the crystal embellished wedding dĂŠcor.

OPULENT arpineh & sevak

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VENDOR LOVE royal gor video & photo royalgor.com [photography]

taglyan complex taglyan.com [location]

[floral design] tic tock couture florals [stationery] creative works design [caterer] gourgens catering [cake] raffi european pastry [entertainment] dj alex, allen [gown designer] amalia carrera [bridal salon | veil] marilynn’s bridal [bridal jewelry] addicted to be jeweled [transportation] platinum limousine [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] henry atelier [formalwear] karoza [bridesmaid dresses] lili bridal [honeymoon destination] tahiti [travel agency] montrose travel agency

LOVE STORY

How fitting to fall in love at a wedding. It was the marriage of Sevak’s cousin that

brought this

lovely couple together. Arpineh walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid; while Sevak stood in as the best man. They caught each other’s eye on the altar and before they knew it, Arpineh and Sevak were planning a wedding of their own.

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LOVE NOTE

Rich browns and fresh greens created a lovely backdrop to this outdoor event set underneath a tree dripping in lights.

CONFECTION marjan & arman

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VENDOR LOVE royal gor video & photo royalgor.com [photography | videographer]

bloomingdales

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry]

nordstrom

nordstrom.com/weddings [mothers dresses]

[location] saddlerock ranch malibu [floral design] the flower lab [linens | rentals | lighting] palace party rentals [cake] porto’s bakery [entertainment] dj mohsen, dj julius [veil | [bridal shoes] tory burch [honeymoon destination] turks & caicos

LOVE STORY

Arman knew Marjan loved cupcakes. So he decided that there would be no better proposal than one involving the most fabulous cupcake ever. He, of course, picked one of Marjan’s absolute favorites and hid the diamond inside. As they enjoyed the bright blue waters in Malibu, he gave her this perfect confection. There is no doubt this was the best cupcake of her life.

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VIVACIOUS

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LOVE NOTE

All the vibrant colors of the bride and groom’s culture were woven into the ceremony and then enhanced into a more modern, edgier palette for the reception.

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VENDOR LOVE duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

[location] pasadena convention center, tribeca rooftop [floral design | linens] manjits flower cottage [caterer] delhi palace [cake] takes the cake [videographer] robles video production [transportation] enchanted carriages [linens | gown designer | stationary | bridesmaids dresses | mother’s dresses | flower girl dresses] custom [hair & makeup] ziba beauty [bridal shoes] artyce designs

LOVE STORY

Their love story starts way before this pair actually met. It would be in an airport, when a family friend would accidently meet this kind and handsome gentleman, filing Harpreet away as a great catch for a lucky lady. Finding out that Asees was returning from Europe, the friend could see that these two were equal in wits and beauty and asked their families if they would be interested in setting up their children. They agreed and the friend was right – Harpreet and Asees were the perfect pair.

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VENDOR LOVE pixies petals

pixiespetals.com [floral design]

[photographer] true bliss photography [location | linens] the center club [stationery] wedding paper divas [cake] tom girl bakery [entertainment] bill lovelace [videographer] tom smith [ gown designer] maggie sottero [bridal salon | jewelry | shoes] jinny’s bridal [hairpiece & veil] david’s bridal [hair & makeup] smoke n mirrors [formal wear] calvin klein [wedding rings] justin’s jewelry, fullerton jewelry mart [honeymoon] san francisco

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SWANKY emily & curtis

LOVE NOTE

Hot pink metallic pumps mixed with dynamic magenta florals fashioned a ritzy affair.

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VENDOR LOVE paper patch creations paperpatchcreations.com [stationery]

petals by xavi petalsbyxavi.com [oral design]

PASSION diane & ramon

[photography] atrero photography [coordinator] chic ambiance events [location | caterer] millennium biltmore hotel [linens] elegant designs specialty [lighting] amber events productions [cake] nancy kay’s confection [entertainment] ramfunkshus, dj tommy t [videographer] nr3 video productions [transportation] american limousine & parking [gown designer] christina wu [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] theresa huang [honeymoon destination] hawaii

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Touches of leopard print interspersed with a hot pink color palette, sequin linens and the Infusion Xperience brought this swanky Hollywood wedding to life.

FABULOUS lily & cyrus

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VENDOR LOVE butterfly floral & event design butterflyfloraldesign.com [floral design]

the infusion xperience 11h entertainment infusionxperience.com 11hentertainment.com [entertainment]

[photography] embrace life photography [coordinator] bonnie walker events [location | caterer] the london west hollywood [lighting] amber event productions [stationery] party papers [cake] cake and art [entertainment] cale [videographer] charles lauren films [gown designer | bridal salon] stephen yearick [hair | makeup] lea journo salon, mathew besio

LOVE STORY

For most of their lives, Cyrus and Lily lived two blocks away from each in Pittsburgh. Although they knew of each other through mutual friends, their paths never crossed until their official meeting; right before they were both set to leave the state of PA for college. They didn’t think much of each other until they found themselves back home for winter break and this time, the sparks flew. Unable to be apart for long, the couple transferred schools to be reunited together. It would be a picnic at Zuma Beach in Malibu over wine and whale watching when Cyrus would bring himself to one knee and ask her to marry him.

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HARMONY rita & steven

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Rich shades of Fall and romantic lighting highlighted this union, which included the bride and groom’s seven children joining them in the wedding party.

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VENDOR LOVE bella vita events bellavitaevents.com [coordinator]

four seasons westlake village

fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/weddings [location | caterer | cake]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[photography] todd johnson photography [floral design] hidden garden [linens] sitting pretty linens [lighting | entertainment] city connection entertainment [stationery] proskalo [videographer] matrimony pictures [gown designer] rivini [bridal salon] erin cole bridal [bridal jewelry | wedding rings] jason of beverly hills [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] beau ideal [formal wear] zegna [bridemaid dresses] bari jay [gift registries] donations to st. jude hospital [honeymoon destination] cabo san lucas [travel agency] cta travel

LOVE STORY

Steve picked the perfect backdrop for his proposal to Rita: a veranda with a nighttime view of the Amalfi Coast. It was their fifth night in Italy and the fitting culmination of their eight-year relationship. While they lingered over dinner, he asked for her hand in marriage.

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Delicate lace details within the bride’s gown, gloves and cake design created a soft romance to the occasion.

BEAUTIFUL sydney & patrick

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VENDOR LOVE aquafuzion

aquafuzion.com [coordinator | floral design | rentals | stationery | videographer] [photography] lin & jirsa photography [location | caterer | cake] langham [linens] fusion linens [lighting] amber event production [favors] godiva [entertainment] mercury string quartet [transportation] ferrari [gown designer] pronovias [bridal salon] wilshire bridal [bridal shoes] valentino [hair & makeup] theresa huang makeup design [formal wear] custom [bridesmaids dresses] david’s bridal [mothers’ dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] tiffany & co [honeymoon destination] Europe

LOVE STORY

Knowing how close Sydney was to her friends, Patrick included them in his proposal. In fact, he used one of them as the “cover story” to make sure Sydney was surprised. On October 16th, Sydney arrived at her favorite restaurant, thinking she was attending a goodbye party for her close friend. The tone of the party quickly shifted when Patrick got down on one knee with flowers and ring in hand.

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This red haute affair was bursting with luscious roses, a stunning reception gown and floating apples, bobbing within the tabletop dĂŠcor.

VALENTINE jamie& wynda

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VENDOR LOVE sam lim studios

samlimstudios.com [photography | videography]

classic limos

classiclimos.com [transportation] [location | caterer] pacific palms resort [coordinator] behind the scene [floral design] jen k. florals [linens | rentals] fusion linens [lighting] infinity lighting [stationery] I do concept [cake] van’s bakery [favors] photobooth [entertainment] shane jordan entertainment [gown designer] casablanca [bridal salon] loveboat [bridal shoes] badgley mischka, calvin klein [hair & makeup] joyce luck styles [formal wear] jimmy au’s [mothers dresses] tadashi [wedding rings] progems [honeymoon] turkey, greece rome

LOVE STORY

Every year during the holiday season, a special sparkling star appears at the top of the mountain behind Wynda’s house. He took this opportunity to ask Jamie to marry him and confessed that she would be the bright and shining star in his life. Their wedding would be full of fabulous memories but the fondest was the series of obstacles the maids of honor put the groom through during the Chinese tea ceremony. He went the distance for his “star’” and ate bees to win over his bride and, of course, her friends.

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CHANTILLY sally & gerard

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Tendrils of lace were woven throughout the centerpieces and emulated on the cake, lending the elegant event a dose of the English countryside.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

kimberly bradford

kimberlybradfordevents.com [coordinator]

nisie’s enchanted florist nisiesenchanted.com [floral design]

carcano dj

carcanodj.com [entertainment]

st. regis [location]

LOVE STORY

Gerard knew Sally’s penchant for beauty would demand a stunning ring. With Sally’s refined taste dictating the inevitable, the ring was carefully selected. It was flawless; a piece that was almost as striking as its owner. This ring was the epitome of their love and would forever be a symbol of the everlasting.

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GRANDEUR janna & dimitri

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The delicate feathers adorning the bride’s veil trailed her lavish ball gown and complemented her sparkly shoes.

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VENDOR LOVE jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

classic limos

classiclimos.com [transportation]

bloomingdales

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry] [location | caterer] casa del mar hotel [floral design] katy g flowers [linens | rentals] persiano eventals rentals [lighting | entertainment] lsm entertainment, dj tasos [stationery] francis orr [cake] nancy kay confections [favors] lara’s gifts [videographer] artisan production [transportation] ulc limo [gown designer] rosa clara [bridal salon] the white dress [hair piece | bridal jewelry] haute bride [veil] justine m. couture [hair & makeup] hair comes the bride [formal wear] custom, friar tux [bridesmaid dresses] waters [mothers dresses] badgley mischka, jasmine bridal [wedding rings] jewelry by angelo [gift registry] williams-sonoma, macy’s [honeymoon] bora, bora

LOVE STORY

Nine years ago, Janna & Dimitri met through friends, just a few weeks before Dimitri was heading off to law school. While they dated briefly during that time, five years would pass and another chance encounter would bring these two together again. It would be in Dimitri’s native Greece, where he would propose to this lovely woman at sunset in Santorini.

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LOVE NOTE

Enchanting purple butterflies delicately adorned a crystal chandelier, and caramels wrapped in ribbon brought a touch of whimsy to the classic event.

BRILLIANT vanessa & albemar

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VENDOR LOVE the ebell of los angeles ebelloflosangeles.com [location | caterer]

lounge appeal loungeappeal.com [rentals]

[photography] jason q tran photography [coordinator] sassy girl wedding and events [floral design] city of commerce flowers [linens] fusion linens [lighting] amber productions [stationery] papercake designs [cake] scrumptious wedding & specialty cakes [favors] sweet lady jane [entertainment] walter molina, premiere events group [videographer] white rose productions [transportation] executive limousine [gown designer] monique lhuillier [veil] crowning glory [bridal shoes] louis vuitton

LOVE STORY

Albemar had it all planned: he would propose to Vanessa at a restaurant with a gorgeous Tiffany engagement ring and have a willing waitress record it all on video. It was a wonderful plan… except for the few hiccups that developed along the way. First, of course, the camera failed to record. Then, as Ablemar proclaimed his love to Vanessa in a heartfelt speech, she failed to fully understand what was being asked. In fact when she saw the ring box, she thought for sure it housed a pair of earrings. When she heard the words “Vanessa, will you marry me?” her only response was a startled, “are you sure?” After realizing that this was the moment of a lifetime, she quickly changed her response with a resounding YES!

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LOVE NOTE

An essence of Los Angeles noir was embodied in garden setting with the juxtapostion of a city scene for a backdrop.

CITYSCAPE elizabeth & alex

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VENDOR LOVE evoke photography evokephotography.com [photography]

[location | caterer] café pinot [floral design | lighting] flowers on mars [linens] tablecloth factory [stationery | favors] designed by the bride [cake] sprinkles cupcakes [gown designer] marisa [bridal salon] panache bridal [veil] david’s bridal [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] kasia b. [mother’s dresses] adrianna papell [wedding rings] jack the jeweler, parisian [gift registries] macy’s, honeyfund [honeymoon destination] bora bora [travel agency] spg

LOVE STORY

The proposal began on an ordinary Saturday. Knowing

Liz

would

eschew

any

public

proclamations of love, Alex planned to ask her in private, a reflection of their close, intimate lives. That special morning, just like all others, Liz stepped out of the shower in a bathrobe. Only this time there was Alex on one knee holding their dog, flowers, and sparkling engagement ring.

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Lush lighting created a purple oasis, fancied with blooming botanicals to perfect this lively reception.

SENSATION janet & serko

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VENDOR LOVE night’n’gala events nightngalaevents.com [coordinator]

taglyan complex taglyan.com [location | lighting]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry] [photography] couture foto [floral design] petals la [linens | rentals] white night design [stationery] calligraphy katrina [caterer] divine catering [cake] sarkis pastry [favors] wrapped up in details [entertainment] dj international, serenade strings quartet [videographer] bgs productions [transportation] american limousine [bridal salon | bridesmaids dresses | flower girl dresses] marylinn’s bridal [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] talin yepremian, zazil [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

Janet and Serko celebrated their fifth year anniversary at their favorite LA hotel, The London, West Hollywood. It was on that night that Serko proposed marriage and the couple would capture their engagement photos at that very same spot. On their wedding day, Janet recalls the moment her father lifted her veil to kiss her, shook Serko’s hand and said, “take good care of her.” The emotion filling the church will live on as one of the most touching instances in this couple’s joyous ceremony.

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DEBONAIR amanda & trevor

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The keys to a great love were bestowed upon this stylish couple with personal messages from their guests during this vintage-chic affair.

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VENDOR LOVE true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

[location | caterer] shady canyon country club [coordinator] carter & cook [floral design] lauryl lane [linens] la tavola [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] ak johnston productions design [stationery] francis orr [cake] sweet & saucy shop [favors] rocky mountain chocolate factory [entertainment] disc go round [videographer] cloudless [gown designer] justin alexander [bridal salon, hairpiece & veil] marylinn’s couture bridal [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] toni & guy, mac [formal wear] paradise creations [bridesmaid dresses] aidan mattox [mothers dresses] rachel roy [wedding rings] ben bridge [gift registry] crate and barrel, macy’s, target [honeymoon] st. lucia

LOVE STORY

The classic, Great Expectations may have been the inspiration for these nuptials, but it

is also true of their first encounters. Meeting the last day of finals freshman year, Amanda and Trevor, decidedly named the ‘designated drivers’ by their respective friends, spent the night enamored by each other. Inseparable ever since, their first date would ironically be interrupted with an unforeseen automobile accident, proving to Amanda that she was in love with this man, who cared more for her safety than the calamity afforded to his car. His proposal would come 2 years later on the anniversary of this magical night, when they both knew that they would be together forever.

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It was a tropical paradise at this open-air ceremony and patio reception with chic little bridesmaids dresses, perfected for this simple affair.

DELIGHTFUL brooke & julian

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VENDOR LOVE

ambiance designs by shawn adams ambiance-designs.com [floral design | linens]

[photography] cean one photography [coordinator] hmc event solutions [rentals] town & country [lighting] amber event production [stationery] esp graphic design [caterer | cake] lulu california bistro [favors] donations to the humane society [entertainment] a touch of ivory [videographer] vantage pointe wedding films [gown designer | veil] custom [bridal salon] deborah’s bridal [bridal jewelry] kate spade [bridal shoes] anthropology [hair & makeup] dollhouse hair and makeup design [bridesmaid dresses] j crew [mothers’ dresses] st. john, tadashi shoji [flower girl dresses] etsy [wedding rings] k norris [gift registries] pottery barn, macy’s

LOVE STORY

Brooke fell in love not just with Julian but with his family too. So it only made sense for Julian to include them in the proposal. One night, after Julian had tucked his little sister into bed, he offered Brooke some cookies. They were handmade by his sister and written in frosting were the words “Will You Marry Me?”

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Luxurious ornaments embellished this extravagant celebration within the ethnic ceremonies and bride’s costumed attire.

samantha & davy

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VENDOR LOVE sam lim studios

samlimstudios.com [photography | videography] [location] laguna cliffs marriott resort [coordinator] serenity events [florals] entwined designs [caterer] manohar’s delhi palace [cake] some crust bakery [stationery] social savvy [entertainment | lighting] dj ajay, special occasion la [band] dubois entertainment [favors] the magnolia photobooth [gown designer] perla d by pnina tornai [bridal salon] kleinfeld bridal, nyc [shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] kim elias, whimsy salon; reshni aryamane [bridesmaids hair & makeup] Joyce Luck Style [wedding rings] gail jewelers

LOVE STORY

Davy knew that Samantha was the girl for him. As high school sweethearts who had bonded over physics, suffered long distance through college and had settled on going to medical school together, Davy decided that their 6-year anniversary would be the night for the big proposal. Knowing that his love had always dreamed of getting married at La Venta in Palos Verdes but realizing the size of their affair would be too big for this intimate venue, Davy arranged a special surprise dinner for them in the gazebo. Beating the sunset and arriving right on time, Samantha was perplexed realizing the actual restaurant was closed. Davy walked her around back where rose petals, champagne and a gorgeous diamond were waiting for her.

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SERENITY kristin & zander

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The rustic nuptials took place on a grassy knoll beneath a wooden arbor. The sounds of a bagpipe brought a touch of the Highlands to the day.

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TRUE LOVE kristin & zander

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VENDOR LOVE andy seo photography andyseostudio.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[coordinator] mary litzsinger [oral design] michaele [lighting] bella vista designs [cake] backstube [entertainment] sean cummings, yonas media [videographer] sandbox love [transportation] northstar transportation

LOVE STORY

From a professional standpoint, Kristin and Zander are fascinating people. Kristin, a Los Angeles transplant from New Jersey via New York, enjoys acting and showcases her sharp wit through blogging and Twitter. Zander has a high-ranking position with a mass-media

company.

But

together,

this

power couple will likely turn heads for their charming dispositions and stunning looks.

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The celebration was green in glamour with treelike table toppers accented with huge white blooms.

LYRICAL lianna & gevork

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VENDOR LOVE design shop

thedezignshop.com [floral design]

taglyan complex

taglyan.com [location | lighting | linens]

lovella bridal

lovellabridal.com [bridal salon | veil]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses] [coordinator] asila affair [photography] mansurian photography [stationery] rsvp please [caterer] robert’s catering service [cake] arabkir pastry [favors] tea forte [entertainment] dj switch [videographer] arka photography [gown designer] ines di santo [bridal jewelry] lezu atelier [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] stevi christine [formal wear] friar tux [gift registries] macy’s, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] riveria maya [travel agency] svh travel

LOVE STORY

All the details of the proposal were perfect. Fireworks were abound in the night sky overlooking the amphitheater of the Hollywood Bowl for Gevork and Lianna’s magical night. The epic moment went off without a hitch as the universe filled with the operatic beauty of Andrea Bocelli’s voice. When Gevork leaned over to ask his love a very special question, her answer, of course, was yes.

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PARADISE melissa & sabraj

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Traditional bridal details were carefully mixed with fun island touches like Hawaiian dancers.

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VENDOR LOVE unique elegance uniqueelegance.net [coordinator]

[photography] amity mason photography [location | catering | transportation] ritz carlton kapalua maui [floral] asa flowers [linens] bbj linen [stationery] monique lhuillier invitations [gown, hairpiece, veil] marilynn’s bridal [bhindi jewelers] jewelry [hair | makeup] tan heydon [shoes] giuseppe zanotti [bridesmaid dresses] jasmine bridal [formal wear] john varvatos, salvatore ferragamo [prince jewelers] wedding rings [gift registries] pottery barn, williams-sonoma [honeymoon] europe

LOVE STORY

High school sweethearts Melissa and Sabraj shared an intimate proposal along the beach at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. As they strolled along the Pacific, Sabraj wrote “will you marry me?” in the sand. That day marked their tenth anniversary as a couple and the beginning of the next chapter in their lives.

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PLAYFUL tasha & dustin

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A playful nod to their profession included golf balls and clubs on hand for photos, giving a sense of fun to the classically designed evening.

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VENDOR LOVE lisa kahn events lisakahnevents.com [coordinator]

luna gardens

lunagardensevents.com [floral design | linens | rentals | lighting]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry] [photography] david michael photography [location | caterer] el caballero country club [stationery] candi stern stationers [cake] a sweet design [favors] the fry girl [entertainment] debois entertainment [videographer] video artistry [gown designer] no ordinary bride [bridal salon] renee strauss [veil] maria elena [bridal jewelry] family heirloom [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] carol wood [formal wear] sue wong [bridesmaids dresses] bill levkoff [mothers’ dresses] sue wong [flower girl dresses] lili’s bridal

LOVE STORY

It was a mutual love for golf that brought Tasha and Dustin together when they were studying at Washington State University. However, a dorm room fire ignited this relationship, and sparks flew between the pair as they rushed to evacuate the building. Today, they continue to tee off together as professional golfers, keeping the flames alive, but only in their marriage.

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Soft colors mixed perfectly with the texture of the Vera Wang gown, off setting the more dynamic crystal accents used throughout the dĂŠcor.

SWEETNESS janet & stephen

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VENDOR LOVE caroline tran carolinetran.net [photography]

hyatt regency huntington beach hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com [location | caterer]

[coordinator] savvy [floral design] commerce flowers [linens | rentals] fusion linens [lighting] swank audio visual [stationery] irene lee designs [cake] cinderella cakes [entertainment] city connection [videographer] perfect 10 productions [gown designer] vera wang [bridal salon] erin cole salon [veil] lori london [bridal jewelry] majolie collections [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] joyce luck [formal wear] armani collezioni [bridesmaid dresses] priscilla of boston [gift registry] macy’s [honeymoon] aruba

LOVE STORY

While they wanted a traditional wedding with all the timeless details, Janet and Stephen made sure to lend a bit of whimsy to the affair. While dressed to the nines, they didn’t sacrifice their personal style and fun-loving nature. They served cupcakes set amongst personalized cake toppers, sharing Stephen’s love for the New York Yankees, posed for the camera during and after for a fun encore session and managed to get down on the dance floor. This couple got it right and their love will last forever because of it.

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Tropical blooms and the love for the beach made this ocean side affair a lover’s paradise.

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VENDOR LOVE pixies petals

pixiespetals.com [oral design]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [linens | rentals]

[photography] ian andrew photography [location] malibu west beach club [caterer] summit events catering [entertainment] waveform events [gown designer] maggie sottero [formal wear] calvin klein

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TROPICAL chrystal & jason

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VENDOR LOVE viera photographics vieraphotographics.com [photography]

[coordinator] ben bounds [location] private residence [floral design] cori doherty [caterer] joey santos [cake] cake monkey [entertainment] redshoe dj [videographer] shark pig [gown designer] morgan le fay [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [formal wear] ben sherman

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LOVE NOTE

The bride and groom’s sequined piñata was an interactive attraction to their modern, unconventional fete.

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VENDOR LOVE viera photographics vieraphotographics.com [photography]

[location] calliote canyon [floral design] angela’s flowers [stationery] midori sakano [caterer] la piu bella tavola [gown designer] j crew [bridal shoes] guess [hair & makeup] busy babes beauty salon

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CINEMATIC katie & paul

LOVE NOTE

A wreath of wildflowers graced the bride’s natural elegance in this enchanting outdoor nuptial, complete with personalized vintage inspired details.

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A night of magic and marvel included an intriguing display of feathers, masks, and candles.

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VENDOR LOVE skybox event productions skyboxeventproductions.com [coordinator]

the ebell of los angeles ebelloflosangeles.com [venue| lighting | caterer]

[photography] vcs photography [floral design] the flower tray [linens] fusion linens [rentals] red cheese [stationery] bzzy bee, in jane’s head [cake] cake divas [entertainment] h2h entertainment [videographer] kismet cinema [bridal gown designer] winnie couture [bridal salon] the dresser [veil] minhuyen nguyen [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] muse make-up artistry [formal wear] brooks brothers [bridesmaids dresses] mori lee [mothers’ dresses] cachet, tadashi [wedding rings] whitestone [gift registries] macy’s, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] lake tahoe

LOVE STORY

Efrain’s proposal to Y-Co was both quirky and traditional. Y-Co entered her apartment to find it covered in tulips and candles. The actual question, though, was digitalized, a nod to Y-Co’s penchant for the internet. Efrain had created a website based off of perezhilton.com, a bookmarked page of his bride-to-be. The posts reflected milestones in their relationship and ended in a perfect marriage proposal.

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LOVE NOTE

When life gave her lemons, the bride infused them into her dĂŠcor with an organic classic approach to this lifelong mantra.

hollyann & erik

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VENDOR LOVE bella vita events bellavitaevents.com [coordinator]

[photography] jen o’sullivan [location | caterer] bel air bay club [floral design] hearts bloom event design [linens] la tavola [rentals | lighting] town & country rentals [stationery] affectionate digitals [cake] bella donna special events [entertainment] phil birdsell [videographer] matrimony pictures [transportation] majestic limo service [gown designer] eve of milady [bridal salon | veil | bridal jewelry] marylinn’s of pasadena [bridal shoes] bel air shoes [hair & makeup] beau deal [formalwear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] amsale [mother’s dresses] robert ellis boutique [flower girl dresses] baby2bnashville.com [wedding rings] roma design jewelers [gift registries] williamssonoma, sur la table, pottery barn [honeymoon destination] italy [travel agency] countrybred

LOVE STORY

As a single mother of six years, Hollyann prayed and believed she would one day meet Mr. Right. Along came Erik; a man who not only proposed a life together with Hollyann but presented her daughter Savannah with her own ring to join this family in matrimony. The first dance with her new father would be one of the many memorable moments of this blessed event and the start of an everlasting family unit.

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LOVE NOTE

Fusing their proposal and Scottish heritage, the sounds of a bagpiper echoed during the bride’s dramatic entrance down the aisle.

STATELY shelli & colin

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VENDOR LOVE luxury estate wedding & events, pantheon mansion luxuryestateweddings.com [location]

petals by xavi

petalsbyxavi.com [floral design | linens]

[photography] hoffman photographer [rentals] vigen’s party rentals [lighting | entertainment] dj dais [stationery] lauren nigbor [caterer] caliente coastal cantina [cake] pacific bakery [entertainment] bagpiper eric rigler [videographer] xavier vanegas production [transportation] diamond limos [gown designer] maggie sottero [bridal salon | veil} mariposa boutique [bridal shoes | bridesmaid dresses | mothers dresses] deborah’s bridal [hair & makeup] andi blotzer, kathy orozco [wedding rings] my jewelers [gift registry] macy’s, bed bath and beyond, pottery barn, crate & barrel [honeymoon] maui

LOVE STORY

On their first European adventure together, Shelli and Colin stopped in Scotland to visit Shelli’s cousins and see Edinburgh. As they walked up the royal mile to visit a castle, the ring was burning a hole in Colin’s pocket. Shelli, stopping at every shop, and grabbing a bite to eat, didn’t understand the rush. Once they finally made it to the castle, tons of tourists were waiting to get inside. Shelli’s mother suggested they walk down to the gardens when Colin decided to call his parents. Uncertain as to why he would need to call his parents when they were in a different time zone, eluded her until Colin came from behind, rubbing her back and said, “Baby, you promise you will marry me?” and she replied, “in a heartbeat.”

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MARVELOUS jia & john

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The couple’s Yorkie princess Mochi acted as ring bearer, while the bride walked down the pink aisle at this glamorous fairy tale wedding.

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TRUE LOVE jia & john

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VENDOR LOVE jay hsiang

jayhsiang.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrental.com [rentals | linens]

got light

got-light.com [lighting]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses]

[location | caterer] ritz carlton, half moon bay [florist] details by design events [stationery] scroll wedding invitations [cake] just cake [favors] bellenza [entertainment] elite entertainment [videographer] IQ videography [transportation] legrande affaire [bridal salon | veil] bridal reflections [hair piece] hair comes the bride [bridal jewelry] arte madrid [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] annie chao [formal wear] harry fashion [bridesmaid dresses] U dreamy bridal [mothers’ dresses] neiman marcus [wedding ring] sue & sam jewelry [wedding bands] tiffany & co [wedding dance] the rose city ballroom [wedding card box] the wedding main st. [aisle runner] the original runners

LOVE STORY

It was love at first sight for John (part-time college student and full-time homemaster) when he met Jia (a Pro-AM Latin dancer) at a friend’s karaoke outing. He was mesmerized by her beauty and thought she looked like an angel, with an illustrious aura surrounding her. Not being much of a risk-taker in the world of dating, John quickly sought his friend’s advice so he could woo this girl of his dreams. By their third date, he asked her to be his girlfriend and they have been living happily ever after, ever since.

LOVE LINKS

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BRIDAL REGISTRY

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bridal registry

1800 Registry 1.800.734.4787 1800registry.com catering

New York Food Company 310.643.6151 | 949.752.9100 newyorkfood.com

Bella Vita Events 818.874.0776 bellavitaevents.com 63

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Skybox Event Productions 626.327.2100 skyboxeventproductions.com

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The Special Day 877.731.2436 thespecialday.net

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consultants

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Aquafuzion 626.869.8123 aquafuzion.com 59

consultants

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Brownstone Place 805.499.3314 brownstoneplace.com 57

Lisa Kahn Events 323.573.8181 lisakahnevents.com

consultants

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catering

24 Carrots 800.717.1545 24carrots.com

Bianca Weddings 619.313.1823 biancaweddings.com

La Dolce Idea 858.688.5724 ladolceidea.us

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Pacific Coast Bar & Beverage 714.334.1436 pacificcoastbar.com 45

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bridal registry

The Registry at Bloomingdale's 800.888.2933 bloomingdales.com/registry 93

consultants

CONSULTANTS

consultants

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Night ‘n’ Gala Event Design 818.813.4124 | 818.455.3296 nightngalaevents.com 65

consultants

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Stacy Porras Wedding Consulting 818.842.0711 porrasweddingconsulting.com

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consultants

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Unique Elegance 949.291.9966 | 805.717.7929 uniqueelegance.net decor

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Luna Gardens 310.281.2565 lunagardensevents.com

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entertainment

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florist

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florist

Pixies Petals 562.777.6587 pixiespetals.com

entertainment

florist

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Krista Jon 949.218.8018 kristajon.com 165

florist

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Rolling Hills Flower Mart 310.540.3333 rollinghillsflowermart.com CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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Anthony's of Brentwood 310.476.9610 anthonysflowers.com

Design Shop 818.243.2326 thedezignshop.com 149

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Atmosphere Entertainment 714.808.0829 atmospheredj.com

Vadim Brunell 310.801.4212 vadimbrunell.com

Butterfly Floral & Event Design 323.882.8400 butterflyfloraldesign.com florist

decor

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Barker Decor Service 866.630.7564 barkerds.com

Shine Lighting 714.255.8500 shinelighting.com

NRG Music & Productions 888.849.6417 nrgmusicandproductions.com florist

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Archive Vintage Rentals 888.459.6598 archivevintagerentals.com

Found Vintage Rentals 714.888.5811 foundrentals.com entertainment

decor

FLORIST

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FLORIST

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Square Root 949.380.3320 squarerootdesigns.com gowns

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Petalos di Pauli 310.880.8405 petalosdipauli.com limos

invitations

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jewelry

178

linens

photography

Andy Seo Photography 213.387.0101 andyseostudio.com

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invitations

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Paper Patch Creations 818.219.5998 paperpatchcreations.com 179

limos

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Classic Limos 800.550.3125 classiclimos.com 159

linens

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Glow Concepts 562.692.1500 glowconcepts.com

Designer Specialty Linens 310.548.5183 | 949.253.3400 designerspecialtylinens.com 41

Lugano Diamonds 949.720.1258 luganodiamonds.com

invitations

gowns

Nordstrom 818.884.7900 | 714.529.0123 nordstromweddings.com

TangĂŠ Design 562.692.1515 tangedesign.com

Lake Forest Limos 800.300.4546 lakeforestlimos.com

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Laura Hooper Calligraphy 818.259.7605 lhcalligraphy.com

invitations

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gowns

Lovella Bridal 818.246.4637 lovellabridal.com

Pegeen 877.473.4336 pegeen.com

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Barnet Photography 800.608.8545 barnetphotography.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY

photography

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Caroline Tran 626.217.2273 carolinetran.net photography

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photography

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photography

photography

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photography

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Jim Kennedy Photographers 800.264.4558 jimkennedyphotographers.com 210

Marianne Lozano Photography 310.801.4434 studiolozano.com 185

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Evoke Photography 800.388.9401 evokephotography.com

Jay Hsiang 626.589.3955 jayhsiang.com

Maria Longhi Photography 949.636.9303 marialonghi.com photography

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Duke Photography Inc 866.812.3686 | 626.744.9695 dukeimages.com

For His Eyes Only Photography 800.264.4558 forhiseyesonly.com photography

photography

VENUES

photography | video

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Royal Gor Video & Photo 213.792.7102 royalgor.com 204

photography

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studio

EMP Sam Lim Studios 213.291.1359 samlimstudios.com services

L.A. Wedding Sitter 310.804.4561 la-weddingsitter.com

Studio EMP 714.992.5400 studioemp.com 62

travel

Baywood Inn 805.528.8888 baywoodinn.com

Viera Photographics 619.446.6573 vieraphotographics.com 218

venues

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons 407.566.4180 disneyweddings.com/romance CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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VENUES

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The Ebell of Los Angeles 323.931.1277 ebelloosangeles.com venues

Grand Tradition 760.728.6466 grandtradition.com 353

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Miramonte Resort & Spa 800.237.2926 miramonteresort.com venues

venues

venues

venues

Ponte Family Estate Winery 951.694.9444 ponteweddings.com

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venues

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La Costa Resort & Spa 800.854.5000 lacosta.com 21

venues

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Montage Beverly Hills 310.860.7891 montagebeverlyhills.com/weddings 81

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort 760.268.1234 parkhyattaviara.com

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club 213.630.5287 clubweddings.com

venues

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venues

Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village 818.575.3000 fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/weddings

Hotel Del Coronado 619.522.8070 hoteldel.com/weddings

La Venta 310.373.0123 laventa.com

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Electra Cruises 800.952.9955 aboardelectra.com 88

venues

venues

venues

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Montage Laguna Beach 949.715.6220 montagelagunabeachweddings.com 83

venues

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Rancho Las Lomas 949.888.3080 rancholaslomas.com

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venues

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Summit House Restaurant 714.671.3092 summithouseweddings.com venues

BEACH HOUS E MANHATTAN BEACH, CA

venues

Taglyan Complex 877.824.5926 taglyan.com

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venues

Trump National Golf Club 310.303.3220 trumpgolf.com

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