Real Wedding Shenanigans: Vanda & Michael

Vanda and Michael had a fun, filled two-day wedding extravaganza. For the first day, the couple's celebration began with a traditional Thai ceremony, and on the next, friends and family joined the bride and groom for a unique, carnival-themed part two of the wedding. From there, the couple and their guests enjoyed dishes catered by Ayara Thai Restaurant, where all fun and games continued. Carnival rides, candy favorites, and so much more were enjoyed by the bride and groom's loved ones at this out-of-the-box wedding day. Cheers to Vanda Michael, we were so lucky to have shared in this special occasion.

Photos by Annie Bang

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Ayara Thai Restaurant 
Service Staff: Night and Day Production
Late Night Snack: Tacos La Guera 
Florist: GingerSnap Florals 
Photographer: Annie Bang
Videographer: Shark Pig
GIF Booth: f/8 Studios
Rentals: MTB Event Rentals
Rentals: Adore Folklore
Restrooms: Luxury Flush
Hair / Makeup: Amy H Makeup
Cake: Angel Maid Bakery 
Dessert: Jeni's Ice Cream
Dessert: BonPuf Cotton Candy
Ferris Wheel: Christiansen Amusement
Midway Games: My Little Carnival
Security: Fidelity Security Services 
Live Artist: Chasing Linen

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Angela & Jonathan

Angela and Jonathan chose to get married outside at the Bel-Air Bay Club. With outstanding views, the couple worked with WenFlorals, to create a gorgeous arrangement where the two stood and exchanged vows. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a mix of hors d'oeuvres and specialty drinks before heading into the reception. Laughter and tears filled the room, as the bride and grooms loved ones exchanged some great stories from the past. After the speeches and some dancing, it was time for another quick bite. Knowing their guests so well, Angela and Jonathan booked the In-N-Out truck for the ultimate late-night snack. A beautiful day this was, we wish Angela and Jonathan all the best!

Photos by Encor Studios

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Bel-Air Bay Club
Late Night Snack: In-N-Out
Cake: Fortune Bakery
Boba: Labobatory
Florist: WenFloral
Photographer/Photo Booth: Encor Studios
DJ/Lighting: DJ Alpha
Hair/Makeup: Beauty in Motion
Valet: Quality Parking Service

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Daphane & Jonathan

Daphane and Jonathan found a hidden gem in Palos Verdes where they said: "I Do". Combining the indoors and outdoors, this glass chapel created an ethereal feeling and was the perfect location for the couples wedding day. After the exchange of vows, all shifted to the cocktail hour where specialty cocktails and savory appetizers were served. Following the grand entrance, Daphane and Jonathan shared their first dance together, where the love between the two was felt by all. Topping off the night with some delicious cake, more specialty drinks, and livley music, this wedding was spectacular and we wish all the best to Daphane and Jonathan!

Photos by Justin Elements Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: Wayfarer’s Chapel
Reception Venue: The Grand
Photographer/Videographer: Justin Elements Photography
Cake/Dessert: Rossmoor Pastries
Florist: Mitsuko Floral
Photo Booth/DJ/Lighting: Station Identification

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: Valentina & Brandon

Valentina and Brandon created a chic and timeless day as they wed in Los Angeles. For their summer themed wedding, the couples color palette was mixed with magenta, yellow, orange and coral tones. Valentina’s bridesmaid’s all joined in the fun and choose a dress amongst the bride’s color palette. These colors were infused throughout the day in all of the details, including colored goblet glasses that added spunk and character to the existing setup. When it came time for dancing, glow sticks were handed out and the venues signature fountain lit up with changing colors. With this light show, music and churros, you could tell that Valentina and Brandon were having the time of their lives!

Photos by Victoria Gold Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Grand Park LA
Bar: Sunseri’s
Food Truck #1: Kogi BBQ Taco Truck & Catering
Food Truck #2: The Habit
Dessert #1: Smore Play
Dessert #2: The Churro Man
Florist: Village Florist LA
Photographer: Victoria Gold Photography
Photo Booth: Get Dapper
Rentals/Lighting: MTB Event Rentals
Service Staff: Night and Day Productions
DJ: Vox DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Rachel & Jeff

Rachel and Jeff were married at The Modern in Long Beach. The venue was full of new and eye-catching elements that enhanced the day. After the ceremony, friends and family mingled over signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while Rachel and Jeff snuck away for some photos of the two of them. Following a night filled with dancing and laughter, Rachel and Jeff departed, beginning their newly wedded life together.

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ/ Photo Booth/ Lighting: Tempoe Entertainment DJ’s
Florist: Gingersnap Florals
Venue: The Modern
Caterer: 24 Carrots Catering & Events
Bar: Cocktail Concierge
Rentals: MTB Event Rentals
Cake: Lark Cake Shop
Hair/ Makeup: Meg O’Hare Beauty

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: 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: Kara & Mark

Between gold chairs, a rug lined the aisle way in an outdoor ceremony for Kara and Mark's wedding day at Big Daddy's Antiques in Los Angeles California. From the ceremony to the reception, this setting was furnished with antique decor. A Macrame backdrop behind two navy, wingback chairs, were just the beginning to this couple's stunning sweetheart table. Their reception included rectangle tables decorated with mix-n-match chairs, rose gold mercury votive candles and breathtaking florals. Focusing on all details, the couple maintained a combination of colors including yellows, peach and navy. All of these colors and designs played a beautiful role in decorating this gorgeous venue!

Photos by Mary Costa Photography

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Big Daddy Antiques
Caterer: Summit Event Catering
Bar: Sunseri's
Cake/Dessert: Lark Cake Shop
Dessert: Coolhaus Ice Cream
Florist: The Bloemist
Photographer: Mary Costa Photography
Rentals: Archive Rentals
DJ: Blackbook Social Club
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
 

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Amanda & Daniel

Amanda and Daniel's wedding at the Ebell Long Beach was filled with romance, tradition, and rituals. The beautifully tiled courtyard uniquely accented this ceremony. Vows under the chuppah symbolized the new home the couple was building together. Following the vows, the groom outlined his promises to his wife through the signing of the Ketubah, a historic tradition. After the courtyard ceremony, guests gathered in the Parlour for drinks and appetizers catered by Tres LA. The King's table, set with linen runners in Iridescent Crush Champagne and Shantung Ivory linen napkins, was beautifully lined for the bridal party, ready to enjoy the delicious cuisine. A gift to all as they departed, guests enjoyed Macaron party favors at the end of Amanda and Daniel's breathtaking day! 

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Video by Michael Farmer Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Ebell Long Beach
Caterer/Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Tres LA
Cake/Dessert: Katella Bakery
Florist: Vave Studios
Photographer/Videographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Hair/Makeup: Heather Roach
Guest Transportation: JTK Transportation

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Sarah & Eric

Behind the gated grounds of La Chureya Estates, this Spanish hacienda was an absolutely breathtaking location for the wedding of Sarah and Eric. With the enchanting garden surrounding the beautifully manicured lawn, the bride and grown recited their vows. One of our favourite details from this wedding was Sarah's bouquet. The gorgeous showstopper, featured green foliage, accented with an array of blue and purple flowers. Sarah and Eric were thrilled to have shared their magical wedding with family and friends and are looking forward to their married life together!

Photos by Jessica Miriam Photography

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: La Chureya Estate
Caterer: F10 Catering
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: F10 Catering
Cake: F10 Catering
Florist: Kevin Reeder
Photographer: Jessica Miriam Photography
Videographer: Press Films and Media
DJ: Vox DJs
Party Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals