Real Wedding Shenanigans: Samantha & Brice

Sweetheart couple, Samantha and Brice, were looking for a wedding venue that encompassed all of their wishes. When taking a look at Calamigos Ranch, they knew this was where they would want to stand before family and friends and exchange their love for one another. Nestled in Malibu, Ca, the ceremony had touches of a traditional wedding and created a romantic ambiance. Attendees enjoyed signature drinks outdoors before being ushered into the dining space for dinner. Following the decadent food, more dancing, and laughter, guests could not get enough of this beautiful day!

Photos by Lin and Jirsa Photography

Video by Yours Truly Media

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Calamigos Ranch - Oak Room
Cake/Dessert: Baby Makes Cakes
Florist: GingerSnap Florals
Photographer: Lin and Jirsa Photography
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
DJ / Photo Booth / Lighting: Vox DJ's
Hair/Makeup: Design Visage
Party Rentals: MTB Event Rentals
Transportation: Riz Transportation

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Melanie & Jay

The Bel-Air Bay Club was the perfect choice for Melanie and Jay when it came to their wedding day. From the venues lush grounds, and scenic views, to its exquisite cuisine, this place had it all. Keeping with their elegant theme, the bride and groom designed the reception with a gold color palette and accents of blush and navy. These colors radiated throughout and every bit of this day was magical!

Photos by Lin & Jirsa Photography

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Real Wedding Shenanigans Brandi & Erik

The wedding of Brandi & Erik was charming inside and out. Symbolising their relationship, memorable photos were framed and placed around the reception. As a fun gesture, individual mason jars brimming with popcorn, greeted each guest as they found their seat at the reception. Adding romance to the decor, vases, filled with blush pink flowers, adorned lace covered tables. When it came time for dessert, two vintage hutch's displayed the delectable treats. A stunning wedding alone, Brouwerjj West truly was the perfect venue for Brandi & Erik to be creative with the space and make their wedding vision come to life!

Photos by The Cali Life Productions

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: Brouwerij West Event Space & Tasting Room
Caterer: Summit Event Catering
Florist: Petals and Pop
Photographer: The Cali Life Productions
Videographer: Michael Farmer Photography
DJ: Soundwave Productions
Party Rentals: Choura Events
Invitations: So Smitten Special Events

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Lindsey & Nick

Oozing with romance and charm, Franciscan Gardens was the perfect secret hideaway for Lindsey and Nick's wedding. From the rustic wooden gates to the courtyard reception, everything was marvelous throughout. Joined by guests, the bride and groom danced through the night to the sounds from The Joneses Band LA. With the picturesque setting, it was a dreamy day celebrating the love between Lindsey & Nick!

Photos by Photography by Paulina

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Franciscan Gardens
Caterer: 24 Carrots
Cake: Great Dane Baking Co.
Florist: Magnolia's Floral Design
Photographer: Photography by Paulina
DJ/Band: The Joneses Band LA
Lighting: Franciscan Gardens
Decor: So Smitten Special Events
Invitations: Vista Print

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Lauren & Michael

Tucked away in the Malibu hillside, Lauren and Michael were showered with love on their wedding day. The couple said "I do" in an outdoor ceremony gathered by loved ones. Trees held dangling chandeliers, lighting the night that incorporated traditional Ukrainian elements with a modern twist. Calamigos Ranch was the perfect spot for Lauren and Michael's personal and intimate day.

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Calamigos Ranch - The Oaks
Rehearsal Lunch Venue: Westlake Village Inn - Wine Cellar
Cake/Dessert: Sweet Lady Jane Bakery
Florist: The English Garden Floral Design
Photographer: Jeff Newsom Photography
Videographer: Fisheye Studio
Photo Booth:VOX DJs
DJ/Lighting: VOX DJs

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Amanda & Michael

Amanda and Michael had a heartfelt, outdoor ceremony at The Resort at Pelican Hill. A dreamy wedding in Newport Beach, set the tone for the breathtaking nuptials. The couples guests were able to enjoy live music and views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Continuing into the reception, this wedding held elegance throughout. From the personalised hexagon cards to the tall trumpet flower arrangements, Amanda and Michael's wedding was exquisite!

Photos by Mi Belle Photography, Video by Yours Truly Media.

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: The Resort at Pelican Hill
Ceremony Musicians: Seaside Strings
Florist: Florals by Jenny
Photographer: Mi Belle Photography
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
Live Band/MC: Jukebox
Rentals/Lighting: Chiavari Chairs Rentals
Hair/Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Guest Transportation: Riz Transportation Services

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Darci & James

A tranquil fountain, set the perfect background for Darci and James' wedding photoshoot. From the photos to the ceremony, Darci and James kept guests on the edge of their seat. Originally built as a toy factory in 1931, the couples venue, LA River Studios, transformed into a divine setting for both the ceremony and recpetion. Decor for this day was inspired by floral colours, creating a lovely scene. Maximising the toy factory's space, a stage was used for the couple to share their vows and later in the night sing as a duo. The day was breathtaking and topped off with a decadent donut bar, just delicious! 

Photos by Kelli Bee Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: LA River Studios
Photographer: Kelli Bee Photography

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Sarah & Adam

In an asymmetrical design, fabric and flowers hung from the wood structure, where Sarah and Adam were married. As the two left the alter, guests showered them with rose petals, that dangled from the aisle way seats. With ambient music playing, guests wandered through the two-story outdoor space where corn hole and meat and cheese horderves were held. Of these unique touches, the couple used Jenga as a way for their guests to write down pieces of advice and memories to share for their future together. Sarah and Adam had so many creative ideas, including a Mr. and Mrs. mirror placed above their sweetheart table. From the horderves to the 4-tier vanilla lemon berry and red velvet cake, this wedding was sweet and special all over!

Photos by So Smitten 

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: Calamigos Ranch
Officiant: Dream Day Weddings
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Florist: Belle of the Ball Designs
Photographer: True Photography
DJ/Photo Booth/Lighting: Vox DJs
Musicians: Devvlov
Hair/Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Riz Transportation

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Linh & Michi

Following their vows, Linh and Michi were radiant as they reached their reception. Arriving in Downtown Los Angeles at the Ocean Seafood Restaurant, the wedding party as they enjoyed their delectable cuisine. With the first reception a success, the bride, groom, and guests departed to Nature Friends Sierra Madre Lodge. Arriving at the rustic lodge, the newlyweds were beaming with happiness. This reception was intimate and private, exquisite from both the inside and outside. Soon after the cake cutting, guests said goodbye to the couple with a sparkler send off. The day was a heartwarming celebration of love for Linh and Michi. 

Photos by So Smitten Special Events

 Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Rehearsal Venue: Our Lady of Peace
Tea Ceremony: Gardena Tenrikyo Church
Reception Venue 1: Ocean Seafood Restaurant
Reception Venue 2: Nature Friends Sierra Madre Lodge
Rentals: LA Party Rentals

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
 

Real Wedding Shenanigans: Kristin & Nick

Mount Palomar Winery was a beautiful, natural setting, for the wedding of Kristin and Nick. Decorated with rustic inspiration and vintage details, white flowers and ruby accents embellished the charm of the reception. Filling everyones sweet tooth, Kristin and Nick incorporated a "Sweets" display. On top of wooden barrels, this display featured desserts of all kinds, including a two-tiered cake from Love Cakes. An overall romantic setting was enjoyed by all throughout Kristin and Nick's enchanting day. 

Photos by Jodi B Photography

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mount Palomar Winery
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: South Coast Winery
Caterer: Once Upon A Wedding
Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Mount Palomar Winery
Cake/Dessert: Love Cakes
Florist: Lovely Stems Floral
Photographer: Jodi B Photography
Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths
Band: The Straytones (Crowd theory Entertainment)
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Giovanissa
Decor: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals

real wedding shenanigans: andrea & david

The all in one, vintage and contemporary vibes of the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles, was the perfect place for the duo Andrea and David to get married. With the ceremony and reception, there was beautiful decor inside and out. The cake and desserts were a mouthful and stunning to look at. We loved sharing the day with the bride and groom and bringing their special day to life.

Photography by Katie Branch

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Events
Ceremony Venue/Reception Venue: SmogShoppe
Hotel Accommodations - Guests: Four Points by Sheraton Westside
Accommodations - Bride & Groom: Hotel Wilshire, A Kimpton Hotel
Rehearsal Brunch Venue: Maggiano's
Caterer/Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Huntington Catering 
Cake: Delicious Arts
Florist: Honeycomb Affair
Photographer: Katie Branch
Videographer: Arroyo Films
Limo/Car/Guest Transportation: Uber
 

Etsy Vendor Love: Pomp and Plumage

Pomp and Plumage has been on our radar for a long time.  You might say we are more than a little smitten with their gorgeous line of wedding accessories.  Not only are Denise and Ian super talented, but they are super sweet, to boot!  We had the chance to ask them a few questions to get to know them a bit better.  Would you like to meet them?  Yes?  Well, today is your lucky day!  Read the interview below, then head to their shop post haste and see all the goodness that they have to offer.


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Pomp & Plumage is a partnership between Denise Cole and Ian Cole, a husband and wife team who live in a lovely little town situated between the farm fields, forests and vast expanse of Georgian Bay in rural Ontario, Canada.  We've been in the wedding market for a year now and maintain a busy Etsy storefront when we're not at our day jobs (Denise is a high school art teacher and Ian is a naturopathic doctor).  Denise is the lead designer and also makes all of our fascinators, veils and garters while Ian makes the boutonnieres and coordinates shipping.


How did you get started creating your beautiful pieces?

Denise has always had a love of good design, and Ian has always been the practical mind behind things, not to mention an exceptional craftsman.  When Denise was young, she designed all sorts of things and sold them along the shore to cottagers in the small beach town she was raised in (including rocks painted to look like valuable gemstones at a low point, and original watercolours at a high point).  We were married last summer and after our wedding Denise was still thoroughly obsessed with wedding design blogs.  So, we started designing some pieces, having designed many things for our own wedding, and soon Pomp & Plumage was born. We aim to provide pieces rich in texture, colour and detail that tell stories of their own and give brides of independent spirit and discerning taste alternatives to the mainstream bridal market.


What are your top three favorite materials?

1. Feathers; silky, wispy, buttery soft, perfectly hued natural feathers.
2. Moss & twigs; they add an element of earthen texture that cannot be found in fabricated materials.
3. Vintage lace, tulle and brooches; they help us craft a rich narrative in our pieces, and they're usually of much higher quality than newly manufactured materials.



What is your favorite part of a wedding?

The ceremony.  Hands down one of the loveliest moments that life has to offer.  A very close second favorite part of weddings is, of course, the design.

Want more?  We thought so. Find Pomp and Plumage all over the internet: web | etsy shop | facebook