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: Dawn & Brandon

The Ebell Club in Long Beach was an exquisite venue for the lovely celebration of Dawn and Brandon. Filled with architectural elements and unique decor, the two wanted an elegant wedding with some personalized touches to seal the deal. This stunning setting was completed with gold centerpieces and navy blues accents. Cheers to happily ever after for Dawn and Brandon!

Photos by Sloan Photographers

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Ebell Club Long Beach
Caterer/Bar/Bartenders: Tres LA Catering
Cake/Dessert: Sugar From the Heart
Florist: Shawna Beaty
Photographer: Sloan Photographers
DJ: So Cal Premier DJ Co
Rentals: MTB Events Rentals

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Misha & Ian

Amid the overarching trees and serene surroundings, Misha and Ian wed in an outdoor ceremony at Calamigos Ranch. This happy and joyous day was personalized with unique decor elements from the bride and groom. Touches of vibrant blooms and the venues natural beauty added to a dream-like atmosphere. After the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were welcomed inside for a reception followed by a night full of dancing! Misha and Ian’s wedding was filled with unforgettable memories and great times! 

Photos by Little Boat Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer/Bar: Calamigos Ranch
Cake/Desserts: Susie Cakes
Photographer: Little Boat Photography
Florist: The Bloemist LA
Video: Storytime Motion
Band & DJ: Undercover Live
Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek
Photo Booth: Photo Booth 90210
Guest Transportation: CTS Charter
B&G Transportation: 805 Party Bus Limo

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: Tamara & Alexander

White lanterns illuminated by candles with spiral topiaries, anchored the entrance of the First Presbyterian Church Santa Ana. Once the ceremony inside the church was concluded, guests were escorted to Tamara and Alexander's reception at the Estate on Second. The Irish Mule, the couple's signature cocktail was enjoyed by many of the guests. Silver-rimmed chargers on top of shantung linens held each guests spot as the meal was served. Centerpieces were combined with hurricane vases filled of candles and garland, in addition to silver votives placed throughout the tables. Diving into the hot chocolate bar, guests savoured the decadent cake prepared by Jay's Catering, cozied up near the fire pit. Tamara and Alexander's wedding combined traditional aspects with modern twists, creating the perfect vision for their wedding day!
 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Santa Ana
Reception Venue: The Estate on Second
Caterer/Bar/Cake: Jay's Catering
Florist: Flower Couture
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ: Vox DJs
Hair: Jessica Minton Salon
Invitations: Minted

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Kelly & Andrew

It was the beginning of forever, as Kelly and Andrew recited their vows to one another. With an open-air venue, Malibu West Beach Club was elegant and romantic, just what the couple had dreamt of. Smooth sand and blue skies set the tone, while shades of pink were evident throughout the decor. With the beautiful background of the ocean, Kelly and Andrew's wedding was the start to a magical future! 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: Malibu West Beach Club
Caterer/Bar: Truly Yours Catering
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Victorian
Cake/Dessert: Phoenix Bakery Cake
Florist: Florals & Events by Design
Photographer: Marlies Hart
DJ/Lighting: VOX DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Taylor & Mark

The historic Redondo Beach Library served as the perfect location for Taylor and Mark to exchange their vows. Under a flowered arch, and alongside friends and family, the couple said "I do"! With a "Bubbly Bar" lined up and ready to go, guests were able to meander amongst the gorgeous landscape. The vintage decor theme continued throughout the ceremony and reception. The day was jubilant for Taylor and Mark as they began their life as a newlywed couple! 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Redondo Beach Library
Cake: King's Hawaiian
Flortist: FlorUnique
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Photographer: Joey Ikemoto Photography
Transportation Shuttles: Riz Transportation
Photo Booth: Capture POD
Videographer: All Because He Asked
Rentals: Quality Equipment Rentals
Makeup & Hair: The Heart of Makeup
Car Service: Classic Limos
 

artistic inspiration: lemons

Today we're featuring an artistic inspiration spotlighting by this tangy fruit. Incorporate these little guys into your spring or summer soiree - they're sure to add a burst of color, hint of texture, and zing of flavor.












Okay, what really inspired this post was this cake with the lemon toppers. How cute are those?!

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