Real Wedding Shenanigans: Bianca & Carlo

Following a memorable ceremony at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bianca and Carlo celebrated the rest of their day at the Westin Long Beach. Stunning floral arrangements were feaured throughout the reception, including the couple’s half moon sweetheart table. Embellished with vibrant napkins, the bride and groom’s color palette of navy blues and peaches, filled the room with a beautiful ambience. Tossing the bridal bouquet and dancing through the night, these guests were having a great time! Cheers to Bianca and Carlo's enchanting moments together, we are so excited for your future!

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Reception Venue/Caterer/Bar: The Westin Long Beach
Florist: California Petals
Photographer/Videographer/Photo Booth: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ: Elegance Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: Amy H. Makeup

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Teresa & Hoang

Facing the breathtaking mountain side, white garden chairs were lined together for Teresa and Hoang’s wedding day celebration. Teresa walked down a white aisle runner, where she met her husband-to-be under a rustic arch with floral arrangements clustered on the sides. Sipping on cocktails, guests shared their wishes and advice to the newly wedded couple, as they wrote down their thoughts in Teresa and Hoang’s photo album. The day was sealed with dancing under the tree twinkle lights and joyous times together. Congratulations again to Teresa and Hoang, we wish you both the best! 

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Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: MountainGate Country Club
Cake: Jaqki's Cake Creations
Transportation: Riz Transportation
Florist: Flower Couture by Stephanie
Photographer: Mary Costa Photography
Videographer: Theatre 10 Films
DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth: Vox DJs
Hair/Makeup: Amy H. Makeup

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Itzel & Nestor

When planning the wedding for this couple's big day, they knew a venue overlooking the water was a must have! Finding their dream space, Itzel and Andrew chose to have an outdoor ceremony at the Bel-Air Bay Club. From the wooden arch, to the exchange of vows, every detail was flawless. With the happiest of emotions in the air, friends and family shared memories of the couple over light drinks and hors d'oeuvres. As the main course was on its way out, guests found their seats amongst beautifully decorated details, embellished with spectacular floral arrangements. This summer day could not have been more ideal for Itzel and Andrew's romantic wedding!

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Bel-Air Bay Club
Cake: Peregrina's Flowers
Florist: With Love Floral Co
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Videographer: Foolishly Rushing In
DJ/Photo Booth/Lighting: Vox DJs
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Ceremony String Quartet: Atlantic String Quartet
Valet: Quality Parking Service Inc. 

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Michaela & Martin

Michaela and Martin began their morning off with an enchanting ceremony at the 1909. This woodsy wedding with natural lighting, created the perfect ambience for the bride and groom's exchange of vows. Following this heartfelt ceremony, Michaela and Martin snuck away for some photos of just the two of them. With the celebration continuing, the couple rejoined their guests for an exquisite candle-lit dinner. A truly magical day, we are so excited for Michaela and Martin's journey together! 

Photos by Aga Jones Photography

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Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: The 1909
Caterer: Wood Ranch BBQ
Bar: Sunseri's
Cake: Lark Cake Shop
Florist: Gingersnap Florals
Photographer: Aga Jones Photography
Videographer: Our Westward Hearts
Transportation: Warner Center Limo Service
DJ/Lighting: Electric Entertainment DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Pip & Andrew

Pip and Andrew planned their dreamy wedding day at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. A private ceremony on the San Fernando Courtyard combined natural and rustic themes. Dark wooden chairs and fresh petals along the aisle way, added gorgeous color to the freshly manicured lawns. After the two said "I Do", close ones to the bride and groom gathered around for some lawn games and light appetizers. As the time came for dinner, guests made their way to the main courtyard. Combined with vibrant blooms and gold details, this mix and match array of outdoor furniture was beautifully accented. To top off the night, guests were able to fill up on their sweet tooth cravings with mini cupcakes from Half Baked Co! A lovely day it was, we are so excited for Pip and Andrew!

Photos by Gris Photography

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Los Angeles River Center & Gardens
Caterer: Summit Event Catering
Bar: Sunseri's
Hamburgers: Fusion
Cupcakes: Half Baked Co
Florist: The Bloemist
Photographer: Gris Photograhy
Rentals/Lighting: MTB Rentals
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
DJ: Vox DJs
Hair/Makeup: Cheek to Cheek

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Erin & Lucius

Beginning their wedding festivities, Erin and Lucius wed in a lovely ceremony with a reception in the Green Room. Inspired by modern elements, the decor for the day was combined with green and white stripped sofas, as well as accented details with acrylic designs. This romantic day was perfect for the bride and groom, who were so excited to have shared such a special time in their life with those closest to them. From the mesmerizing setup to the beautifully documented photos, this day was amazing throughout and we were so happy to have joined Erin and Lucius!

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Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Grass Room
Cake: SusieCakes 
Caterer/Bar: Little Nelly
Photo Booth: DJ Tempoe
Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Invitations: Minted

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Peri & David

Peri and David celebrated their love together in a beautiful venue, the Loft on Pine. Adding personal touches to their big day, a custom copper arch was built for their ceremony creating the perfect backdrop with a flair. The day was catered by 24 Carrots, who devised a unique menu based on the couple's favorite choices. Smitten with the day, we are so excited for Peri & David's future together!

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Charlene & Calvin

Charlene and Calvin's dreamy wedding took place outdoors on a warm day at Calamigos Ranch. In addition to the multitude of unique elements, that created an enchanting experience, the couple had a custom floral arch built for their ceremony. Their color palette was infused with shades of gray, rose gold and blush. Enhancing the receptions tablescape, bundles of flowers and lanterns were centered on each table. As the sun was setting, the bride and groom's family and friends gave heartwarming speeches. Evoking a magical ambience, this sweet and intimate day was absolutely breathtaking!  

Photos by Jenny Smith

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Calamigos Ranch
Cake: Jennifer Park
Florist: Little Thistle Design
Photographer: Jenny Smith
Videographer: Buckley Videography
Rentals: Arcadia Rentals
DJ/Lighting: Vox DJs
Hair/Makeup: Kelly Zhang

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Stephanie & Tony

Stephanie and Tony celebrated their love in a customized semi-circle curve at the Bel-Air Bay Club. Accenting the ceremony decor, ivory petals lined the way to a beautifully wrapped floral arch. After declaring their love for one another, cocktail hour began on the patio. Creating a magical ambience for the guests, Los Angeles musicians from the Cattus Quartet played a timeless ensemble that trickled on throughout the night. Unique details for the reception included a slideshow of the bride and groom as well as their monogram on the walls and dance floor. This formal affair was complete with Photo Booth pictures, and of course, a delicious cake. Congratulations again Stephanie and Tony, we wish you both the best!

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Bel-Air Bay Club
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Florist: City Flowers
Photographer: Kristina Adams Photography
Videography: Yours Truly Media
Rentals/Photo Booth/Lighting: Bliss Entertainment Event Group
DJ: Vox DJs
Hair: Hello Darling Hair
Makeup: Beauty Lounge LA
Ceremony Quarter: Cattus Quartet
Cocktail/Reception Pianist: Pianist on Call
Butterfly Supplier: Cloverlawn Butterflies

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Julie & Daniel

On the day of their nuptials, Julie & Daniel wed in an outdoor ceremony with amphitheater seating. After the beautiful exchange of vows, hand written signage, welcomed guests to light appetizers and drinks. Woodsy decorations enhanced the venues warmth and charm, as did the rustic glower centerpieces with vibrant blooms. Picked out by the bride and groom, this stylish reception and delicious cuisine were absolutely divine. Cheers to Julie and Daniel and their amazing future together!

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Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Caterer: Lucille's
Bar: BevMo
Cake: Polly Ann Bakery
Service Staff: Night & Day Productions
Florist: Massey's House of Flowers
Photographer: Ivan Chen Photography
Transportation: Riz Transportation
DJ/Photo Booth/Lights: Micheal Angelo Music
Makeup: Lepique Beauty
Rentals: MTB Rentals

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Emily & Daniel

Fitting for this couple, Emily & Daniel were married in an outdoor ceremony at MountainGate Country Club. During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on the signature cocktails and tasted the delicious selection of prepared hors d'oeuvres. Table finishings for the reception were made up of lantern centerpieces, acrylic table numbers, succulent napkin treatments, and gold votives. The sweetheart table was placed under a beautiful chuppah, draped with ivory linens and clusters of greenery. Unforgettable memories made together, we were so happy to have been included on Emily and Daniel's special day!

Photos by M.Hart Photography

Video by Light Up

Photos by So Smitten Special Events & MountainGate Country Club

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Bar/Caterer: MountainGate Country Club
Cake: Jaqki's Cake Creations
Challah: The Bagel Factory
Florist: Flower Couture by Stephanie
Photographer: M. Hart Photography
Videographer: Light Up
DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth: DJ Jack Farmer
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Leigh & Chris

Family and friends joined Leigh & Chris, as they wed on this sunny day in Malibu. The couple was married under a wood arbor with eucalyptus garland, overlooking a gorgeous water view. From saying "I Do" above the water, to taking their bridal party photos on the beach, this day was absolutely breathtaking. The outdoor reception featured an intimate setting, as floral garland decorated the tables and candles surrounded the mixed centerpieces. Dining on small bites before dinner, guests enjoyed a variety of dishes including Prosciutto de Parma wrapped with Melon and drizzled with Fig Syrup and Truffle Ristto Fritters. Simply magical, we were so happy to have been a part of Leigh & Chris' big day!

Photos by Taylor Cole Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Wedding Venue: Malibu Property
Caterer/Bar/Service: Made by Meg
Cake: Whole Foods
Florist/Decor: Carol Lazaro
Band: L'avventure
Party Rentals: Premiere Rentals
Photographer: Taylor Cole Photography
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Guest Transportation: Malibu Limousine

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Alejandra & Bernardo

Surrounded by those near and dear to them, Alejandra and Bernardo committed their love to one another in a romantic ceremony, underneath a heart-shaped arch. In an outdoor setting, the venues catering team designed a unique menu for the couple, including some of their most divine dishes. Knowing they wanted to treat their guests to a personalized day, the bride and groom had every detail covered from specialized menus to personalized party favors. This heartfelt day was truly amazing and we send our best to Alejandra and Bernanrdo! 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: The Grand Long Beach
Cake: Rossmoor Pastries
Ceremony Musicians: Seaside Strings
Videographer: Sergio Anthony Films
DJ: Geo Beltran

Real Inspiration: Wedding Planning Tips

When planning your wedding, there are many things to consider that include everything from shopping for the dream dress to executing the wedding shenanigans. That and so much more can begin to overwhelm many couples and even cloud the importance of the big day. To help eliminate those worries, we have complied some ideas that will help you and your partner hold that same dreamy day you both envisioned while saving money and staying in the moment! 

Photo by Whimsie Photographie

Wedding Planning Tips:

1. Opt for heavy tray-passed appetizers instead of a full seated dinner for a meet-and-mingle, cocktail party-style reception.
2. Find a venue/space that is so naturally beautiful or already has a lot of character to cut down on the amount of flowers and decor you may need.
3. Double the photo booth photos as the party favors for guests.
4. Opt for a beer and wine-only bar instead of a full premium bar.
5. Find a used wedding dress online (it's probably only been worn once!).
6. Have a friend or family member get ordained online and be your officiant (and hope they don't charge you a fee for performing your ceremony!). 
7. Use Uber/Lyft for day-of transportation.
8. Get a small one or two-tier cake for the cake cutting ceremony, and have the rest of the cake in sheets in the kitchen ready to be cut and served. Or opt for mini desserts instead of cake.
9. Use an email invitation service like Paperless Post for your save-the-dates.
10. Stay at an Air BnB instead of a hotel the night of the wedding.
11. Hire a wedding planner to guide you through the process, help you make good decisions with your money, and get you discounts with vendors! ;)

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Kat & Bryan

Following a church ceremony, family and friends met Kat & Bryan at Villa del Sol d'Oro for the reception. Beautiful signage welcomed guests to the private villa, where they then dined to some appetizers and beverages made by Santa Anita Gardens Catering. With extravagant floral bouquets, this couple's color palette was infused with gold accents. A dream setting, their four-tiered cake was delightful, creating a whimsical explosion of flavors. Capturing these precious moments, Kat & Bryan hired a Photo Booth company and made sure that guests took home their pictures as memorabilia and a token of the day. Congratulations again to Kat and Bryan, love is in the air!

Photos by Alyssa Marie

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Dominic Catholic Church
Reception Venue/Caterer: Villa del Sol d'Oro by Santa Anita Gardens Catering
Cake: Susie Cakes
Florist: Violettes Flowers
Photographer: Alyssa Marie Photography
Videographer: ScenEmotion
Bar: BevMo
Dj/Lighting: DJ Moejoe
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Geeks
Hair/Makeup: Bright Crystal Weddings

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Tiffany & Tyler

Castle Green's lavish grounds, created the ideal setting for Tiffany and Tyler's wedding day. Centered around an exquisite magnolia tree, friends and family of the couple, gathered together for the romantic ceremony. Following the services, a cocktail party included hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks. Shades of gold were featured throughout, enhancing the venues natural beauty. A memorable day for all, we wish Tiffany and Tyler all the best!

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Castle Green
Caterer/Rentals/Bartenders: Castle Catering
Cake: King's Hawaiian
Bar Drinks: The Bottle Shop
Florist: Vave Studios
Photographer: Shane Karns, Inc
DJ/Photo Booth/Lighting: Vox DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Stephanie & Matthew

Stephanie and Matthew were married in Pacific Palisades, Ca at the Bel-Air Bay Club. On beautifully manicured lawns, this outdoor ceremony created a lovely setting. Rose petals lined the pathway for the stunning bride to meet her handsome husband-to-be. Guests mingled over cocktails and enjoyed gorgeous views from the patio. The dining space consisted of clear votives and pillars in hurricanes on a bed of greenery. Accenting the tablescape, greenery hung from the chandelier. Guests savored on innovative dishes, as well as, a dessert and cappuccino bar. Unforgettable memories made together, the wedding of Stephanie and Matthew was absolutely wonderful!

Photos by Miki & Sonja Photography

Video by Shutter and Sound Films

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Bel-Air Bay Club
Cake: Fantasy Frostings
Florist: The Bloemist
Photographer: Miki & Sonja Photography
Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films
Guest Transportation/Valet: Quality Parking
Band/Guitarist: Jukebox Productions
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Lights/Draping: Stage Labs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Kavita & Kiran

Kavita and Kiran were married at Hilton Universal on March 10, in Los Angeles, Ca. As ambient music played during the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed appetizers and the couple's signature drink, a Moscow Mule. Taking a step inside the reception hall, glass hurricanes vases were filled with tall leaf centerpieces, set on gold mirror trays. Accenting the tables, fern leaves were laid on each napkin and placed together with Burgundy chiffon ties, making for lovely decor. From the grand entrance to the fresh and flavorful cake, this wedding covered every detail imaginable. A magical day it was, we loved celebrating Kavita and Kiran's wedding together!

Photos by Anza Foto + Film

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Venue/Bar: Hilton Universal
Caterer: Diamond Palace
Cake: Porto's Bakery & Cafe
Horse: Enchanted Carriages
Photographer/Videographer: Anza Foto + Film
Photo Booth: Photobooth Geeks
Rentals: OC Events
DJ/Lighting/Dhol Player: Sound Nation
Hair/Makeup: Dolled Up by Lulu
Mandap Rental: Krushna Mandap

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Desiree & Aviram's Engagement Party

Breathtaking views and gorgeous greenery were just the start to this magical day. Desiree and Aviram celebrated their engagement party surrounded by family and friends at Mountain Gate Country Club. From the twinkle lights, to the delicate draping, each detail was exquisite. The color palette for this party was infused with dark reds, gold, and of course, some glitter! Complete with a rose petal flower dance, this engagement party was spectacular and we had so much fun celebrating with Desiree and Aviram!

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Photographer/GIF Booth: Michael Farmer Photography
Venue/Caterer/Bar/Cake: Mountain Gate Country Club
Florist: The Bloemist
DJ/Lighting: DJ Arin
Cake: Hansen's Cake
Hair: Dry Bar Beverly Hills
Makeup: Sephora Beverly Hills
Challah: Delice Bakery

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Erica & Jesse

Tucked in Los Angeles, Ca, Erica and Jesse's wedding was held at the SmogShoppe. An intimate venue, their stylish ceremony featured a backdrop covered in an array of greenery, creating an incredible ambience. Enjoying the contemporary and vintage atmosphere, guests tasted delicious hors d'oeuvres and cocktails outdoors. Decorated with votives, the indoor reception was lovely and beautifully accented by a display, showcasing the couple's name. After heading to the dance floor for a song together, Erica and Jesse cut the cake to their mix-n-match display of cake and cupcakes. With a super-fun photo booth to top off the night, this day was simply divine!
 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: SmogShoppe
Caterer/Bar: Little Nelly
Cake: Sweet Lady Jane
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Valet: White Label Valet
Photographer/Videographer: Mandee Johnson Photography
Rentals: MTB Event Rentals
MC/Band: Black Crystal Wolf Kids
Hair: Kurlfriend by Kat
Makeup: Meg O'Hare