Real Wedding Shenanigans: Christen & Brett

Christen and Brett’s family-filled weekend began with an outdoor ceremony on the Oak Tree Lawn at the Adamson House. Creating a romantic bouquet for the bride, Shindig Chic chose to use bright colors and blend many flowers together. These beautiful in-season blooms also created special arrangements that were loved by all.

As guests found their seats, they were stunned by all the detail that went into designing signage for the day. For dinner, the main course included chicken, waffles, and breakfast burritos. Guests paired this delicious cuisine with tableside mimosas could not have been happier! Between the honest exchange of vows, dinner, and photo booth fun, this day was filled with everything Christen and Brett dreamt of. Cheers to the couple as they embark on a life together as husband and wife!

Photos by Mary Costa Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Adamson House
Caterer: The Rooster Truck and Wings & Waffles
Bar: Sunseri’s
Florist: Shindig Chic
Photographer: Mary Costa Photography
Videographer: Amari Productions
Guest Transportation: Riz Transportation
Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals
Cake: Susie Cakes
Photo Both: Porty the Foto Booth Bus
Service Staff: Night & Day Productions

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: Mimi & Rich

With breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Cielo Farms created the perfect setting for Mimi & Rich's wedding day. Draped with cloth and garland, the couple exchanged their vows underneath a rustic wood chuppah. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed lawn games such as corn hole and giant Jenna. From the clear skies to the beautiful sunset, Mimi and Rich's Tuscan inspired wedding was spectacular from start to finish!

Photos by Dez & Tam Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: Cielo Farms
Caterer/Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Contemporary Catering
Florist: Gingersnap Florals
Photographer: Dez & Tam Photography
DJ: Red Shoe
Hair/Makeup: MMB Studio
Invitations: Minted
Party Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals
Valet/Attendant: Mars Valet
Guest Transportation: SmartShuttle 805
Lighting: Vox DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Christina & Alexander

Surrounded by the glow of candles, Christina and Alexander wed in an outdoor ceremony at the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles. Ambient music played in the background as guests enjoyed delicacies from the charcuterie and cheese board. Arrangements on each table featured a mix of cacti and small florals in copper vases, accenting the theme of the venue. Placed in front of a burgundy yarn tapestry, M Cakes designed a beautiful cake that guests enjoyed. The Smog Shoppe created a gorgeous atmosphere for this couple's vintage inspired wedding day! 

 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Smog Shoppe
Caterer: Kogi
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Bear and Stone
Production Staff: Night and Day Productions
Cake/Dessert: M Cakes
Florist: The Little Branch
Photographer: Alexander Photography
Videographer: Justin Holtzen and Evan White
DJ: Dart Collective
Hair/Makeup: Hairroin Salon
Party Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals
Limo/Car: Legends Car Rentla
Lighting: La Pinata Party Rentals
 

Real Wedding Shenanigans Clare & Andrew

Stunning Craftsman architecture and beautifully groomed grounds, were some of the reasons why Clare and Andrew chose to get married at the Women's Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock. Located in Eagle Rock, California, the couple transformed the outdoor space into a Greek theatre setup for their ceremony. Dried orange slices and baby's breath, were tied to the aisle chairs with a blue silk ribbon. From the ceremony to the reception, the color palette of orange and blue for the bride and groom continued throughout. Long rectangular tables were lined with greenery and accented with mini bottles of homemade bitters. Guests enjoyed an intimate ceremony and reception, followed by a delicious three-tiered cake!

Photos by Casey Brodley

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Wedding Venue: Women's Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock
Caterer: Homegirl Catering
Cake/Dessert: The Lark Cake Shop
Florist: The Bouqs
Photographer: Casey Brodley
DJ/Lighting: VIP DJ Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: Glendale Salon Spa
Rentals: Sir Michael's Party Rentals

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Valerie & Pete

As the golden sun set over Valerie and Pete's wedding, 150 guests attended the bright and enjoyable day. Held at Triunfo Creek Vineyards, the couple was married under a majestic tree, decorated with velvet ribbons and marigold garlands, adding the perfect pop of color! The outdoor reception was filled with an assortment of Moon Indigo and Gottail cushions, as well as Tahoe and Socota throws. Enjoying the delicacies prepared by LA Roots Catering Co., guests mingled and listened to Leslie Stevens and the Badgers, six-piece band. With the night winding down, s'mores kits including graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolates were roasted by the fireplace, ending the magical day of Valerie & Pete's wedding!

Photos by Made You Look Studio

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Nobu Malibu
Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards
Caterer: LA Roots Catering Co.
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Cocktail Concierge
Security: Sandman Security
Valet: SoCal Valet
Cake: Lark Cake Shop
Dessert: Coolhaus
Florist: Gingersnap Florals
Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Photographer/Videographer: Christina Looker
Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co.
DJ: Vox DJs
Band: Leslie Stevens and the Badgers

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Kaleena & Mike

This summer evening, Kaleena and Mike celebrated their love for one another. It was a special ceremony. Flowered bouquets anchored the aisle way as loose petals lined the path. The two were married in a gorgeous setting located at Calamigos Equestrian. The day continued with an upbeat tempo from Mariachi Rey de America which had guests smiling through the night. A simply stunning romantic ceremony!

Photos by Ivan Flowers Photography

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Calamigos Equestrian
Cake/Desserts: Portos Bakery Burbank
Florist: Haru Florist
Photographer: Ivan Flowers Photography
DJ: Eddie Nunez
Mariachi: Mariachi Rey de America
Bride & Groom Transportation: Uber
Guest Transportation: American Transportation

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Jessica & Michael

The wedding of Jessica and Michael held a both woodsy and elegant look to it. With gold accents throughout, the couple had guests mesmerized by each detail. The enchanted inspired wedding was complete with a rustic wedding arch. From the four tiered cake to the laid back roasting of s'mores, this wedding was magical all over. 

Video by Michael Farmer Photographer

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Pine Rose Creekside Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Saddleback Grill
Videographer/Photo Booth: Michael Farmer Photography
Photographer: Whimsie Photographie
Cake: Niki's Custom Cakes
Florist: The Bloemist
DJ: Arrowhead DJ & Events

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Katie & Ian

Located in the beautiful natural setting of The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, this was a whimsical wedding! These long dining tables were  laden with white flowers, purple accents and greenery, creating a rustic yet elegant look. As votives and tea lights lit the night, Katie and Ian had their first dance together. Under the lights, they tossed the bouquet, ate cake and kept on dancing! It was the perfect setting for Katie and Ian's big day.

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Photos by Half Full Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Cake: Cute Cakes Escondido
Florist: Kevin Reeder Florist
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Photographer: Half Full Photography
Transportation Shuttles: Highline Charter
Makeup: Blush by M Marie
Hair: Studio O

real wedding shenanigans: leslie & paul

Paul and Leslie hired So Smitten for full-service planning for their stunning wedding. The couple wanted to find an inspiring and unique venue, and landed on the Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar (Orange County). The venue boasts beautiful botanical gardens, a research library full of old books, and old Spanish-style buildings. Inspired by the venue, we wanted to incorporate themes of flowers/garden and old books, as well as add a touch of vintage glam inspired by the couple's favorite movie, Casa Blanca.

For the ceremony, the couple were hitched under a stunning arch draped in a lush garland of greenery and red and pink flowers. Adding that desired touch of glam were draped strands of crystals and pearls, along with a crystal chandelier.  In addition, So Smitten added a rustic table, vintage books and lanterns, and an old-fashioned microphone to complete the look. The couple wanted the ceremony to have a concert-like vibe, so they hired a solo guitarist/signer, who serenaded the crown during the processional, ceremony rituals, and recessional. The couple had two unique ceremony rituals. The first was a unity planting ceremony. Usually done with candles, the couple opted for succulents in accordance with the garden surroundings, and planted three in a special planter box. Two of the plants represented them individually, and the third represented them as a couple. In addition, there was a sand ceremony, which included Leslie's two children. All four participants poured multi-colored sand into a vessel to represent the blending of the new family.

Cocktail hour took place out on the lawn at golden hour, where guests enjoyed live music among the dahlias, a signature sangria cocktail, tray-passed appetizers, and lawn games like giant Jenga, croquet, and corn hole (provided by So Smitten).

At the reception, guests enjoyed a delicious duet of entrees, hilarious toasts, and a surprise choreographed dance performed by the bride and groom. So Smitten designed the tablescapes with champagne lace overlays, vintage books, vintage props like cameras and globes, brass candlesticks, gold mercury votives, custom wood and vinyl signs, and pearl strands. The design complemented the florist's beautiful centerpieces. The party continued with dancing, a fire pit, and a grand exit. The couple left in spectacular vintage fashion in a 1960s Rolls Royce. Congrats to the happy couple, and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

Photos and video by Michael Farmer Photography

Full Service Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Sherman Library & Gardens
Officiant: Pastor James Scheller
Caterer/Bar/Drinks: Pascal Catering
Cake/Dessert: Plumeria Cake Studio
Florist:  Florals by Jenny
Photographer/Videographer/Photo Booth: Michael Farmer Photography
Guitarist: TJ Brown
DJ: Michael Angelo Music
Decor Rentals: So Smitten Special Events
Choreography: So Smitten Special Events
Vintage Car: Classy Chassis

real wedding shenanigans: alanna & david

Alanna and David were married at the Palos Verdes Golf Course situated on the stunning Palos Verdes Peninsula. Their ceremony was held in the outdoor wedding garden under a peoni, rose, and lily-adorned archway overlooking lush green fairways and ponds. Rose petals, mixed floral clusters, and hand made wooden signage 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 escort cards were CDs of the bride and groom’s favorite music. These cards were beautifully hand painted in shades of aqua and gold serving as a lovely musical keepsake for guests. The reception was held in the Spanish style clubhouse with panoramic views of the ocean and city hillsides. Illuminated LOVE and XOXO marquee letters accompanied by bright florals, and glowing gold-trimmed geo vases with navy candles were placed throughout the foyer. The dining space consisted of gorgeous inspirations of navy, aqua and gold. Detailed tablescapes of navy sequins linens, fine gold flatware, glass and gold accented plate chargers, aqua mercury votives, framed hand written love-inspired quotes, unique Brazilian agate table numbers, gold chiavari chairs, and farmhouse tables achieved an incredible chic setting complimented by eye-appealing backdrops of Palos Verdes. Guests savored the lavish array of food stations, delicious eats, wedding cake and signature ice cream sandwiches and soda float bar from Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck. After a memorable evening of celebration and dancing, the bride and groom’s guests gave them a stylish send off under a canopy of bright flickering sparklers as they were whisked away into the night in a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce. Congratulations Alanna and David!

Photos by Marianne Wilson Photography

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Full Service Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Wedding invitations and Custom Website: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Palos Verdes Golf Club
Officiant: Pastor Wayne Chaney
Cake: Torrance Bakery
Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus
Florist: Green Leaf Designs
DJ/MC: Jev the DJ
Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography
Photo Booth: DJ Tempoe
Table Rentals: Rustic Events
Party/Lighting Rentals: OC Events
Flatware Rental: Signature Party Rentals
Car: Classy Chassis
Hair: Cynthia Moultrie
Makeup: Jazzmene Ellison

real wedding shenanigans: kristen & mickey

Kristen and Mickey tied the knot amongst their dearest family, friends and nearby livestock at the Centennial Farms located at the OC Fair and Event Center. Guests made their way to the red Millennium Barn for an authentic down home celebration of cool libations, barbeque, music, and a backdrop of sounds from various animals on the farm. Tables were set with white and pink roses combined with white hydrangeas in wooden crates, burlap wrapped bottles with baby’s breath, tea lights in mason jars and flower seed favors. In lieu of serving traditional wedding cake for dessert, guests were treated to warm, toasty, sweet funnel cake, topped with fruit and whip cream compliments of Feeding Frenzy – Funnel Cake Truck. Delicious! Cheered on by their loved ones, the bride and groom formally departed in a newly-purchased-just-for-their-wedding, vintage white Buick Riviera draped in white crepe flowers, pom poms, and balloons with a “Just Married” sign to complete the look. Congrats Kristen and Mickey!

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Day-of Coordination: So Smitten Special Events
Wedding Invitations: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Millennium Barn at the OC Fair Grounds
Caterer/Bar: Spectra
Dessert: Feeding Frenzy - Funnel Cake Truck
Flowers: Diane Shrake Florist
Officiant: Robert Ladd
Photographer/Videographer: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ/MC: Battleson Entertainment
Photo Booth: DJ Tempoe Entertainment
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Hair: Sarah Tevis and Jen Combs
Makeup: Mallorie Mason       

Video by Michael Farmer Photography

real wedding shenanigans: connie & jason

Connie and Jason were married in the breathtaking rustic garden setting of the Beverly Park at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. The happy couple pledged their love for one another surrounded by beautiful sycamore trees, pristine lush green landscape, and over 350 of their closest family and friends.  Their chic, black-tie North Hollywood gathering continued as they were escorted in a white vintage beauty to Le Foyer Grand Ballroom for the reception. Guests arrived to an amazing ballroom of opalescent lighting, shimmering chandelier, glazed white dance floor, and Disney-themed centerpieces with pink floral and decorative accents throughout. The grand entrance began with a choreographed bridal party waltz, and led into a whimsical, fog-induced dance routine performed by the bride and groom. What a magical introduction to the 3-course, sit-down dinner that took place along with games, photo booth fun, music and dancing. Congratulations Connie and Jason! 

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Day-of coordination: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: The Garland Hotel
Reception Venue, Caterer: Le Foyer Grand Ballroom
Florist: Flower Couture By Stephanie
Cake: La Fleur Pastry
Officiant: Albert Hwu
Choreographer: Brynn Fehir
Reception DJ/MC: Ivan Kwan, MC
Photographer/Videographer: Justin Element Productions
Photo Booth: Element Photo Booth Company
Transportation: Byrd Limousine Service
Hair/Makeup: Luong Lasting

 

real wedding shenanigans: katie & joe

Katie and Joe were hitched at the majestic Adamson House in Malibu. The state park museum and gardens overlooked the Pacific Ocean, with a priceless view and unforgettable ambiance. This sweet ceremony took place under a gorgeous oak tree in the gardens. Guests then enjoyed signature cocktails, food trucks for dinner, and danced the night away under the stars with the ocean waves crashing in the background. 

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Day-of coordination: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Adamson House
Caterers: Peaches Smokehouse and Lobsta Truck
Bar: BevMo!
Servers and bartenders: Night & Day Productions
Desserts: Sugar Babies Cupcakery
Florist: CJ Matsumoto and Sons
DJ: Michael Angelo Music
Photographer: Mary Costa Photography
Rentals: Smart Party Rents
Transportation: Riz Transportation Services and VIP Tours of California

real wedding shenanigans: eryn & mike

Eryn and Mike were married at a private rustic lot tucked away in the hills of Bell Canyon. On that rainy day, miraculously the sun peeked out and the rain stopped long enough to have the outdoor ceremony that our bride and groom’s hearts were set on. Surrounded by their family and friends, along with their dog Henry, all gathered under mists of rain to embrace Eryn and Mike as they exchanged their vows. The reception was held at the private residence and childhood home of the groom, set in a beautifully landscaped backyard under clear tents with strings of market lights and brightly colored yarn tassels. Guests enjoyed “Passion Fruit Habanero Diablo Pops with a Beer” specialty cocktails, tray-passed hor d’oeuvres, and catering from Diablo Taco. Hand potted succulents and mason jars filled with assorted florals placed on hand cut wood rounds with wooden and burlap accents came together perfectly, creating a warm rustic inspired atmosphere. Glasses were raised and toasts were made followed by a great night of music and dancing in the brisk night air. Cheers!

Photos by Jenn Emerling Weddings

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Day-of coordination: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Diablo Taco
Bar Service: Liquid Catering
Cake/Desserts: Crave Dessert Co.
Officiant: Robert Gibson
DJ/MC: The Flashdance
Photographer: Jenn Emerling Weddings
Videographer: Sharkpig
Rentals: AAA Rents & Events
Transportation: Riz Transportation Services 

real wedding shenanigans: jade & derek

Derek and Jade were married at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. The winter wedding had a touch of glam with a whole lot of country. The ceremony took place at dusk, and guests snuggled together with warm blankets and drank warm apple cider. The couple's cute pug Chloe even made an appearance as one of the flowergirls. The reception featured fun choreographed dances, the rockin' live band, Tina Michelle and the Rhinestone Cowboys, and a delicious cake by Portos. Jade is a singer, and she and her friends serenaded the crowd with a mini concert. At the end of the evening, the venue cleared out while the happy couple shared one last dance before running through a throng of guests throwing rose petals as they made their grand exit.

Photos and video by Michael Farmer Photography

Day-of Coordination: So Smitten Special Events
Invitations and custom website: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue and Caterer: Calamigos Ranch
Reception Venue: The Redwood Room at Calamigos Ranch
Officiant: Pastor Jim Bullock
Cake/Dessert: Porto's - Glendale
Florist: Memory Made for You
Bar/Drinks: Coronado Brewing Company
Photographer/Videographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Band: Tina Michelle & The Rhinestone Cowboys
Hair/Make-Up: Maxima Makeup Artistry
Limo/Car: Rental SUV
Lighting: DIY Uplighting
Decor: Memory Made for You

peachy keen color scheme: fall

Fall is aproaching and can we say: We heart Fall! Apples, hot cocoa, mittens.  It's also a lovely season for a wedding, particularly if you are lucky enough to live in a place where the trees change colors.  Walk down the aisle during an outdoor ceremony on a path of gorgeous red and orange leaves.  Serve warm apple pie to your guests.  We also think a hot cocoa bar during the reception would be divine.  In the spirit of Fall, we've put together a color palette for a Fall fête along with a few images for inspiration.

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artistic inspiration: camping

As epitomized by the photos below, camping-themed weddings are fun, relaxed, and nostalgic. Surrounded by the great outdoors, you can intrigue your guests with a campfire, design make-your-own-s'mores-kits as party favors, remind everyone of the happy camping days of their childhood, and provide a romantic evening under the stars.



















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