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: Sara & Jeremy

Sara and Jeremy's vision for their day combined classic and modern elements. Marrying at the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles, the couple chose to embellish the venue's natural beauty by using a color palette composed of gold, jewel tones, and fall colors. On the menu? Tacos from Koji BBQ Truck, which were the couples favorite, were enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Sara and Jeremy and their enchanting day together!

Photos by Alexander Photography

Day-of-Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue: SmogShoppe
Caterer: Kogi BBQ Truck
Bart: The Whaling Club
Service Staff: Night and Day Productions
Florist: Salted Blooms
Valet: White Label Vallet
Photographer: Alexander Photography
Photo Booth: Flipbooth
Rentals: La Pinta Party Rentals

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: 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: Kelsey & Caley

Kelsey and Caley tied the knot in Los Angeles at a beautiful venue called the Edison. Filled with all sorts of charm, this historical spot had guests loving what evoked a romantic ambience. Whether it was the ceremony or reception, the bride and groom embellished all of this unique decor with personalized details of their own. One of our favorite pieces included the rustic lamp accents that were used as centerpieces. From the speciality drinks, dinner, and dancing, this day was an absolute joy. Congratulations again to Kelsey and Caley! 

Photos by Michael Farmer Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Venue/Caterer: The Edison
Florist: Alicias's Flowers
Photographer/Photo Booth: Michael Farmer Photographer
Videographer: Living Locket Films
DJ: Casey Wixted
Band: Lyndsay & The All-Nighters

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: 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: Sarah & Alex

From the groom's survival kit to the reception games, Sarah and Alex checked off all the to do's. Continuing to keep the guest on their toes, Jason Sulkin Music had the guests dancing all night. Anyone could tell just how much thought was put into every detail. From the outdoor ceremony that started off with vows, to Sarah and Alex ending up in the pool with a big splash! It was truly a fun-filled day that they shared with their family and friends.

Photos by Michael Segal Photography

Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception/Venue/Caterer/Bar: Serves You Right
Florist: Sweet Pea's Custom Floral
Musicians: Jason Sulkin Music
Hair: Kristen Thomas
Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty
Photographer: Michael Segal Photography
Toliets: Luxury Flush LLC
Parking: Chuck's Parking Services
Security: Close Range International, Inc.
Rentals: Town & Country

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: Audris & Michael

Audris & Michael celebrated their love together on a joyous afternoon. The couple recited their vows under the canopy of majestic trees, surrounded by the love of family and friends. With music playing, guests dined on the delicious cuisine. Lighting the path as the evening came to an end, sparklers were held by guests, creating an arched send off for the bride and groom to walk through.

Photos by Kevin Lee Studio

Coordinator: So Smitten Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer/Bar: Happy Trails Catering
Cake: Lark Cake Shop
Band: Lucky Devils Band
Photographer/Videographer: Kevin Lee Studio
Florist: Beauty and Bloom
Hair/Makeup: Echoumakeup

real wedding shenanigans: safura & bradley

Safura and Brad met at a BBQ in 2014, and on March 19, 2017, they were joined together in marriage. Family and friends flew from all over the country to celebrate the union of this beautiful couple at the Ebell in Long Beach, CA.
The festivities began with an Iranian Sofreh ceremony. Family and friends covered the bride and groom with a canopy, sprinkled them with sugar, to symbolize sweetness in their lives, while they said their vows sitting in front of a sofreh table full of items symbolizing many blessings for the couple. A traditional ceremony followed, with a scripture reading from one of the best men. 
The Ebell is a venue with great character and many, many places for great photos; including the women's restroom. Guests enjoyed old-fashioned cocktails and appetizers while the bride and groom made the most of the natural light in the building to get some great photos. One of the best parts about the Ebell, is that you can have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one classic, intimate space. The day combined, old & new, multiple cultural traditions, young & slightly less young, and the lives of two great people. 

photos by Marni and Shaunté for So Smitten
 

photos by Duane Peck Photography

 

Day-of Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Ebell Club of Long Beach
Caterer/Bar: Tres LA
Florist: Magnolia's
Cake: Cake Monkey
Photographer: Duane Peck Photography
DJ: DJ Mike Damn!
Rentals: OC Events
Hair/Makeup: Meg Ohare beauty
Officiant: Mayra Gamez, Hamid Jafarian, & Susan Kavoosi
Pianist: Weinglass Music

real wedding shenanigans: sol & gabriel

Yes, you can have an elegant wedding AND include cultural elements. The beautiful Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, CA was the elegant reception location Sol and Gabriel were dreaming about. The vintage design paired beautifully with the bride's decor. However, guests partied the night away to a live, Latin band featuring Yari More. Who said that you can't pair a gourmet meal with Latin music at a country club? Not this couple! It was a beautiful night, and everyone celebrated their love. 

photos by Marni for So Smitten
 

photos by Karen Cohen Photography


Day-of Coordinator: So Smitten Special Events
Ceremony Venue: Holy Angels Catholic Church
Reception Venue/Hotel Accommodations:  Jonathan Club
Caterer/Bar: Tres LA
Florist: Flowers by Sharen
Photographer: Karen Cohen Photography
Band: Yari More Latin Band
Rentals: OC Events
Hair/Makeup: Susy
Officiant: Father Stephen Washko
Pianist: Joe Soto
Harpist: Ernesto
Cantor: Bradley Franklin
 

real wedding shenanigans: eliza & d'artagan

It was a night under the lights as Eliza and D'Artagan were married. Friends and family of the couple came together for the ceremony at Our Lady of the Bright Mount Polish Parish followed by the reception at the Bel Air Bay Club. As the day wore down and the sun was setting, the couple celebrated their journey together!

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Events 
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Bright Mount Polish Parish 
Reception Venue: Bel Air Bay Club
Wedding Night Accommodations: Huntley
Hotel Accommodations: Huntley, Double Tree Hilton Santa Monica, Best Western Santa Monica
Caterer/Bar/Drinks/Bartenders: Bel Air Bay Club
Cake/Dessert: Bel Air Bay Club
Florist: Wisteria Lane
Photographer: Tommy Lu

 

real wedding shenanigans: jenn & andrew

It was a celebration of love, as Jenn and Andrew were married. The two chose a venue with high ceilings and brick walls, providing the rustic feeling they desired.  As lights draped the venue, candles burned bright, symbolizing the love between the two. The magical day for Jenn and Andrew was a cheerful occasion as family and friends joined in the festivities. 

Photos by Jill Herrera for So Smitten

Wedding Planner: So Smitten Events
Ceremony Venue/Reception Venue/Lighting: 440 Seaton
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: With Love Market & Cafe
Caterer (Drinks): Chichen Itza
Caterer (Appetizers): With Love Market & Cafe
Drinks/Alcohol: BevMo!
Service Staff: NDP
Cake/Dessert: Oaxaca Vegan Bakery c/o With Love Market & Cafe
Florist: Flower Couture by Stephanie
Photographer: Michael Farmer Photography
Photo Booth: Shelby & Kristina Moulden
Band/DJ: Erna & The Erratics
Hair/Makeup: Soleil Salon
Party Rentals: OC Events