Real Wedding Shenanigans: Tory & Michael

Tory and Michael’s guests were in awe of their modern and chic day that took place at the Hudson Loft. Picture this: rose gold chairs lining the way, as the beautiful bride walked down the aisle to meet her soon-to-be husband in the most exquisite veil. This intimate ceremony was just the beginning of a picture-perfect day for Tory and Michael. When guests made their way into the reception area, floral chandeliers, custom table decor, and accents of darker colors made this space a jaw-dropper. To Tory and Michael, their future together, and a life filled with so much happiness, cheers!

Photos by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Video by Shutter and Sound Films

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Hudson Loft
Caterer: Summit Event Catering
Bar: Sunseri’s
Cake: Susie Cakes
Desserts: Chunk-n-Chip and Milk Bar
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Photographer: Jenna Bechtholt Photography
Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films
Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co.
Magician: Rmax Goodwin
DJ: Vox DJ’s
Hair/Makeup: Cheek to Cheek
Transportation: Riz Transportation
Rentals: MTB Event Rentals, Archive Rentals, Nights of Neon and Trees by Steve

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Adrian & Amber

Adrian and Amber chose to celebrate their love the best way they knew how. The couple wanted to have their wedding be as reflective of them as it could. While the SmogShoppe provided a unique and earthly venue, Adrian and Amber chose to add elements that would match this esthetic while also showing off their personal style.

For the ceremony, the bride and groom used a mix of bench and couch seating. Including tasteful decor options, the couple used a four-tone color palette which was comprised of blacks, deep purple, grey, and succulent green. White pumpkins, and floral centerpieces that were made up of these colors created the most beautiful decorative adornments. When it came time for the dinner, guests could tell that the bride and groom truly knew what would taste best. Two stations with the yummiest foods included: tacos, chips, rice and beans, while the other featured Huntington sliders, mac and cheese, and french fries. Adrian and Amber’s dream day was heartfelt, filled with laughter and tons of amazing food!

Photos by Photography by Priscilla

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: SmogShoppe
Caterer/Bar: Huntington Catering
Cake: Cake Monkey Bakery
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Valet: White Label Valet
Photographer: Photography by Priscilla
Photo Booth: Party the Photo Booth Bus
DJ: Black Book Social Club
Hair/Makeup: Design Visage

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Selby & Dylan

Surrounded by family and friends, Selby and Dylan wed in the outdoors of Malibu. With an abundance of greenery and shades of soft yellow, this day was an absolute dream. The two partook in many traditional blessings that made the day that much more special for each. After being announced as the newly wedded couple, guests were treated to a bevy of hours d'ourves and cocktails. Following those tasty bites, heartfelt speeches made by the bride and grooms closest made all laugh and tear up. With a little dancing and a lot more signing, Selby, Dylan, and their guests enjoyed the rest of the night!

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Calamigos Ranch
Dessert: Carmela Ice Cream
Florist: Matriarch LA
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Videographer: CineStory Films
Shuttles: Riz Transportation
DJ'/Lighting: Vox DJ’s

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Edlin & alex

Triunfo Creek Vineyards, a private estate in Malibu, was the ideal location for Alex and Edlin as they said “I Do.” The couple had an outdoor ceremony under the majestic trees. Enjoying the venues beauty, guests dined on appetizers while listening to ambient music. For the reception decor, rustic wood tables were set in front of the vineyards farmhouse, creating a truly stunning backdrop for the evening. Following the delicious dinner with a three-tiered cake, all joined the married couple on the dance floor for some fun. With family and friends in attendance, this day was a dream come true!

Photos by Emily Magers Photography

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Photographer: Emily Magers Photography
Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co.
Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyard
Caterer: Command Performance
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Cocktail Concierge
Cake: The Butter End Cakery
Florist: Mr. B’s Flowers
DJ: Vox DJ’s
Hair/Makeup: Check to Cheek Artistry
Security: Sandman Security

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Ana & Chad

Los Verdes Golf Course provided a gorgeous photo location, where the special day of Anna and Chad was captured. Feeling nothing but happiness, the two were surrounded by family and friends as they recited their vows. Shades of green throughout the venue’s landscape and floral arrangements added sweet elegance, making this day unforgettable. Congratulations to Ana and Chad on their magical day together!

Photos by Chloe Atnip Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Los Verdes Golf Course
Cake/Desserts: Los Verdes Golf Course
Photographer: Chloe Atnip Photography
Florist: Flower Duet
Video: Robles Video Productions
DJ: Carcano DJ
Hair & Make Up: Golden Glow Beauty
Photo Booth: AMP Booths
Late Night Snack: The Churro Man

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Nicole & Tom

Nicole and Tom celebrated their wedding day at the Garland, a stunning venue in Hollywood. The two chose to add onto the venues natural beauty and fill the center of the tables from the reception with floral arrangements and votives. One of our favorite details from this day were the disposable cameras placed on each table, inviting guests to document their fun while saving those memories for the bride and groom. The happiness between these two radiated throughout the day and we wish them all the best!

Photos by Jenny Smith & Co

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Photographer: Jenny Smith & Co
Videographer: 5 Star Productions
Venue: The Garland
Caterer: The Garland
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: The Garland
Cake: Hansen’s Cake
Florist: Vave Studios
DJ: Vox DJ’s
Invitations: Paperless Post

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Annabelle & Terry

Annabelle and Terry chose the vineyards of Triunfo Creek as the perfect ceremony backdrop. A chuppah with white dropping and floral arrangements, enhanced the space for the two as they exchanged their vows. Basing the color palette off of the venues beauty, Annabelle and Terry chose to use a natural color scheme for the rest of their details. The neutral tones and enchanting grounds created the most breathtaking ambience for all to enjoy!

Photos by Chloe Moore Photography

Day-of-Coordinator Concierge: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards
Caterer: Command Performance Catering
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Cocktail Concierge
Late Night Snack: In-n-Out Truck
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Photographer: Chloe Moore Photography
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
Rentals: MTB Event Rentals
Party Rentals: A Rental Connection
DJ/Photo Booth: Vox Djs
Cake: Lark Cake Shop
Ice Cream /Desserts: Mr. and Mrs. Creamery
Desserts: Emil's Patisserie & Cafe
Hair/Makeup: Nicol Artistry
Security: Sandman Security
Valet: SoCal Valet

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Caroline & Nathan

Caroline and Nate's chic wedding day began outdoors at Calamigos Ranch. This Malibu venue created an enchanting feeling as bride Caroline walked down the aisle to meet her groom. After reciting their vows to one another, these two were showered with love and laughter as all joined them for the reception. Smitten with this day and all of its beauty, we were so excited to have been a part of Caroline and Nate's special time together! 

Photos by Lex and the Lotus

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Calamigos Ranch
Cake: Delicious Artistry
Florist: Exotic Green Gardens
Photographer: Lex and the Lotus
Videographer: Theater 10 Films
Band: Atlantic String Ensemble
DJ/Lighting: Music by Bonnie & Co.
Hair/Makeup: Blushing Beauty

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Elisha & Colin

Walking into this dreamy day, Elisha and Colin were married at Sogno del Fiore, a private estate in Santa Ynez. With the scenery taking center stage, the bride and groom chose the perfect spot at the vineyard for their ceremony and reception. Delicious food, great music, and a romantic atmosphere, created the ideal setting for these two. Cheers to happily ever after!

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Photographer/Videographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Venue: Sogno del Fiore
Caterer: Pure Joy Catering
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Pure Joy Catering
Cake/Dessert: Solvang Bakery
Florist: Renae’s Bouquet
DJ: Modern Symphony
Hair/Makeup: Meg O’Hare Beauty
Party Rentals: Pure Joy Catering
Bathrooms: Major Event Trailers
Security: Triumph Protection Services

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Lizette & Sergio

Overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains, Lizette and Sergio celebrated their day at MountainGate Country Club. Highlighting the spectacular scenery, the couples florist created a lovely floral arch, outlining the perfect backdrop. While the two snuck off for some memorable photos, guests were treated to the sounds of Ocadima Strings, as the harpist played during the cocktail hour. Wowing their guests, the floral designs captured the effortless beauty of the property. It was a lovely day as all celebrated the wedding of Lizette and Sergio!

Photos by Hitched Photo

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Mountain Gate Country Club
Cake: Hansen’s Cakes
Florist: Flowers by Laurel
Photographer: Hitched Photo
Videographer: Atherton Media Group
DJ: Ultra Event Group
Harpist: Ocdamia Strings
Mariachi: Mariachi Divas
Photo Booth: Vox Djs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Shermeen & Sean

Shermeen and Sean’s wedding day was extraordinary from the beginning. Tucked away in Woodland Hills, the couple chose to rent an air BNB for their venue. A lovely setting surrounded by luscious greenery and trees, this “Greenhouse & Gardens” wedding was absolutely breathtaking. The bride and groom shared heartfelt vows, and after their first kiss, they snuck away for some romantic photos of the two of them. Meeting back up with the rest of their guests, all dined on an exquisite dinner made by Spotted Hen Catering. Aside from the delicious meal, this reception tablescape included blue carousel water goblets and rose gold accents.  Following the spectacular dinner, all gathered as the bride and groom cut the cake and shared their first bite. Congratulations to Shermeen and Sean on this beautiful and intimate wedding day celebration!

Photos by Jenn & Pawel Photography

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Air BnB "Greenhouse & Gardens"
Caterer/Bar/Cake: Spotted Hen Catering
Rentals: MTB Rentals
Florist: Beautiful Savage Flowers
Photographer: Jenn & Pawel Photography
DJ: Tempoe Entertainment DJs
Hair/Makeup: Beautiful Crave by Jennifer May

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: 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!

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

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 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: 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: 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

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Carla & Bob

Tucked inside Malibu Wine Country, this December wedding was fit with warm weather and luscious greens. Be-side the flagstone pathway, rows of white garden chairs were tied with green and silver ribbons. This outdoor ceremony was centered around an enchanting Gazebo draped with florals. Soft white uplighting hung above the reception, as guests found their Champagne glitter table numbers. A dreamy day it was, Carla and Bob's wedding was filled with magical touches!

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer: Calamigos Ranch - Redwood Room
Cake/Dessert: Lark Cake Shop
Florist: Wisteria Lane
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ/Band: JK Wedding Events
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Guest Transportation: Riz Transportation

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Anna & Jackie

November 11, was a memorable day for Anna and Jackie as they wed at St. Denis Catholic Church. Following the ceremony, both of the couples families enjoyed tea and lunch at the groom's parents home. Reuniting with their guests, the wedding reception was held at Union Station in Los Angeles, California. Built originally in 1939, this station has been home to a number of people for decades. Its unique architecture and design, were perfect for Anna and Jackie's celebration of their big day. 

The color palette for the day included sage, white, ivory, and taupe. Filled with Fruitwood Chiavari chairs and Ivory cushions, the reception was breathtaking. Menus for this 10-Course Family Style meal, were accented with sage napkins, ribbon, and greenery. Unique elements to this wedding such as a personalized slideshow of the couple, was enjoyed by all. A beautiful day for all, we loved Anna and Jackie's exquisite wedding!

Photos by OceanGraphy, Inc.

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Denis Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Union Station - Old Ticket Concourse
Caterer: Panda Inn
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: BevMo Pasadena
Cake: Kee Wah Bakery
Florist: Flower Couture by Stephanie
Photographer: OceanGraphy, Inc.
Videographer: A2K Creative Solutions
MC/Sound Equipment: Hilo Productions
DJ: DJ Cito
String Quartet: Clover Strings Quartet
Party Rentals/Lighting: OC Events
Makeup/Hair: Luong Lasting
Photo Booth: Photo Booth 3
Guest Transportation: Riz Transportation