Love at the Ranch House

 

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This wedding between Renee and Niki completely touched my heart. I had known these beautiful ladies for years and it was a complete honor when they asked me to consult with them and coordinate their wedding.  We met a year before their big day and I got to understand what they wanted which was a celebration of their love together witnessed by their closest friends and family.

The Ranch House with the very intimate setting was perfect for them and what they wanted to create for their family. This wedding was to honor their commitment to each other in the most sacred of ways. Their officiant was a close friend of theirs that spoke to the core of their partnership. And the friends chosen to speak at the wedding were so generous in their love for Niki and Renee.

I referred one of my closest vendor partners and friends Bryan Chesters of Lets Party LA Entertainment. Together we had the best of times in creating the beautiful day and night for such a great couple.

The beautiful day was captured by http://www.imagesbyinda.com

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Romance at Greystone Mansion

Stephanie and Chris were married at Greystone Mansion. What I love about Greystone is the beautiful scenery.  The design can be as simple and lovely and you will have a gorgeous wedding.  Their wedding felt like a romantic fairytale. Any bride and groom experiences the magic of the beautiful views and  the stunning rose garden where many of the couples get married. It is pure elegance and you feel like royalty to get married at this gorgeous estate.

Stephanie and Chris wanted elegant and white. Town and Country provided all the rentals and Silver Service served a dinner fit for kings and queens. After dinner, the guests danced to the Motown hits carefully chosen by the bride and groom.

Joel Danto of http://www.dantophotography.com captured the beautiful day.

 

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Purple Elegance at the Terranea

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Aasha and Carlon came to me last Summer with a vision for their wedding with a beautiful view.  Their parents happened to be in town at the end of the week so I took them to my favorite ocean view location in Southern California, The Terranea in Palos Verdes.  They all loved the ocean view location and the choice was easy. We would have 3 events at the location. The first was a welcome dinner for all their guests at Nelsons, the second was a Mendhi brunch the morning of the wedding at the Catalina Lawn overlooking the ocean, the third was a fabulous wedding in front of the Pacific Ocean which I will share with you all.

Aasha wore a lace gown from Panache and looked just beautiful. She gifted her bridesmaids lovely bangles

 

The ceremony in front of the ocean looked absolutely gorgeous. Since it was an Indian wedding, we had two floral elephants greeting the guests. The weather gods smiled upon the day and we could not ask for a more perfect day.MARK3552MARK3573

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We brought on Butterfly Florals to design all the florals.  They wow me and my couples every time as they put so much love in everything they do.

 

The cocktail hour took place at Catalina Terrace at Terranea. The guests feasted on delicious appetizers prepared by Natraj and sipped on champagne in front of the ocean. We had gorgeous lounge areas for our guests to sit down. I purposely did an extended cocktail hour so all the guests could enjoy the view.

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Aasha and Carlon looked radiant on their wedding day. Dmitry Shumenav of Shumanev Production captured all the beautiful images throughout the weekend.MARK4005RED_5438MARK3257MARK3277

It was purple perfection in the dining room with gold accents everywhere.  I wanted to keep everything romantic and lovely.

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Thank you so much to my team of amazing vendors especially Shumanev Production who captured the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic in Redondo Beach

 

Kit and Nat got married exactly one year ago today so I wanted to post this blog in honor of their very first anniversary. Happy Anniversary to a fun loving couple. I met them over 20 months before their big day. They knew 7,1, 17 was their date and did a great job in hiring everyone so many months in advance.

They booked the Portofino Hotel for their big day and they were off. By the end of 2015, they booked Vox DJs and then Lin and Jirsa to capture the day. Kit knew she wanted a romantic beach wedding for their closest friends and family and that was they got. They such a fun loving couple and planned a very fun wedding for all.  The guests danced the night away and then ended the night outside giving our happy royal send off complete with sparklers.

 

Thank you so much http://www.linandjirsa.com for capturing the day.

 

 

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Red and Fabulous in Downtown LA

 

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Richard and Robert came to me through their fabulous interior designer Ever Salcedo who also did all the design consultation for their beautiful, sexy, red and beyond fabulous wedding.  I met Ever at the Frontiers Wedding Show over 4 years ago and we stayed in touch over the years.

I count myself very lucky to have such fabulous clients as Richard and Robert who not only have beyond stunning taste but also have a flair for the dramatic and the more drama the better.  I was very inspired to direct an affair of the fabulousness for these very stylish gentleman and that put their hearts into every single detail.

Lets start with their fabulous wedding wear from their white tux jackets, to their black jackets to their velvet jackets for the after party.  Everything was beyond stylish!

 

 

 

 

The ceremony took place on the steps at South Park Center or the old AT and T Building.

We had a fabulous singer from Your Magical Party sing from the fountain as they simultaneously walked down each staircase and met in the center. Alfred from Le Fleur Floral Couture designed a fabulous red rose wedding ceremony and reception.

 

 

We had cocktail hour at the top of the building.  The guests feasted on delights by Truly Yours Catering while sipping Veuve Cliquot and listening to the singer Morganne Picard

 

 

 

The Dining Room was out of this world. The beautiful mirrored tables were filled with tapered candles and roses. There was a stunning fountain behind the grooms’ table. The dance floor had their amazing R and R decal. The grooms pulled out all the stops in having everything be beyond dramatic. Luna Rentals provided all the rentals for their wedding. It is all in the details.

 

 

The guests moved into the reception room and awaited the dramatic entrance of Richard and Robert.  Dancers from Your Magical Party opened their entrance and then the grooms followed. Truly Yours Catering provided a fantastic dinner. Then the piece de resistance was the dramatic cake cutting as 6 handsome waiters wheeled in a fabulous cake bigger than the grooms. We ended the night at 1am with a fantastic after party when DJ will took over.

The amazing photography was captured by the very talented Gloria Mesa of http://www.gloriamesaphotography.com

The videography was captured by Mission Visual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Romance at Tiatio

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                 Butterfly Florals designed a beautiful wedding with wine, ivory and blush roses.

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Luxe Linens provided .all the beautiful linens

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     Joanie and Leighs provided the yummy desserts

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Crooked Calligraphy scribed all the chalkboards and escort cards

 

 

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A and T were married April 29th 2017 at Tiato.  When we initially met a year before, we discussed that we wanted a fun hip location to host all their friends for a wedding reception.

We looked at other locations but came back to Tiato for their unique ambiance that was so relaxed and oh so chill.  Wine and champagne were important to my couple. Guests were greeted by beer wine and champagne upon arrival and then it was free flowing till the end.

The ceremony was beautiful yet fun as A and T picked fun TV theme songs for the processional and recessional.   The casual fun atmosphere continued throughout the evening up to midnight as the guests danced to the very end.

 

Photography http://www.linandjirsa.com

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Elissa and Matthew at Carondelet House

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Design Visage perfectly had my bride feel like a queen on the day.

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Parties Petals and Paper designed a beautiful wedding

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Tres La catered a fantastic wedding

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Such a pleasure to coordinate the wedding of Elissa and Matthew who met on the dating app Bumble and it was love at first site.

Here is their story from the bride.

“Story – We’re both only children. Our initials even spell “ME.”  But in our vows I promised to put “WE before ME.” Sadly, our fathers both passed away last year – before the wedding. We inserted a few touches for our fathers at the wedding. For my wise father, Mark Shenkman, a donut wall with a piece of advice he gave me, “Enjoy the Donut, don’t focus on the hole.” And for Matthew’s father, Enrique Fainchtein, a feisty Jewish man from Mexico, a bar menu with signature drinks like, “The Latin Lover” and “The Mexican Hangover.” Our friends and family devoured these all night long.

Bridal procession – I walked down the aisle to the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” because we wanted to put the “Long cold lonely winter” behind us and look forward the sunny days to come! It was important to us to adequately honor our fathers and address their absence from the night, but also make sure it was a celebration and not a sad occasion.

1st dance – we danced to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Tea for two.” It’s a fun, upbeat standard about starting a life together and a throwback classic that went with our vintage mood. We didn’t want guests to watch us sway side to side for five minutes so we took a few classes to learn how to swing dance. We learned that we love dancing together and even a “customary pre-wedding squabble” didn’t last long as soon as we started practicing our dance.

Escort cards – travel is a big part of our relationship, so we calligraphed everyone’s names on the back of vintage postcards from places we’ve been together, with the background behind each place. Guests would flip the card over to find out where they’re going.

Story behind masks – Avid fans of movies, and with my career at a movie studio, we thought it would be fun to do a little wink to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And let’s be honest, it’s a little creepy and cool which we thought was fun and fit with the unique venue!

In the same vein… our save the date was a movie poster designed by my talented friend, Mikel Samson, which we blew up and framed for the wedding, and now our home. (It says “Limited Engagement” because it was a short engagement.)

Matthew works in commercial real estate. I am VP of Events at Lionsgate.

And also FYI – we got engaged at the Carondelet when we booked it!!! In the stairwell. Which is why we took that amazing photo there.”

 

The amazing photography was captured by hazelnutphotography.com

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Houdini Mansion sets the stage for a New Orleans Wedding

 

Cate and Max came to me wanting a New Orleans style wedding. They were set to get married at the Houdini Mansion in December. Both of them are very active in the LA Theatre scene and had a community of friends and access to fun props to accentuate their vision for their wedding.

It was important that wedding was authentic. Silver Service Catering provided a delicious New Orleans menu. And we included a brass band called the No Jazz band that performed for ceremony and cocktail hour and ended with a 2nd Line on the dance floor. Later Bryan Chesters of Lets Party LA emceed and spun tunes till the wee hours of the morning.

Max and Cate are both incredibly creative and resourceful and brought their magic and vision to create a beautiful special day for their friends and family.

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A Beautiful Persian Wedding at the Ritz Carlton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mona contacted me last year needing a planner. She is absolutely stylish and beautiful like most of my brides, and she worked at FIDM which meant style and design meant to much to her. It was important that the design was absolutely impeccable for both of us.

I brought on my favorite vendors to give her exactly what she wanted and that they did. I made sure of that. The beautiful blush, romantic tones was so present in the beautiful ballroom and the ceremony. We transformed the ballroom and tennis court at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey to a stunning romantic setting.

475 guests feasted on absolutely everything and danced the night away to the band of LIV Entertainment Group.

I gave Mona and Yitzy the best vendors and the best team in the planning of her wedding. It took 8 months to plan. I am glad we had the time as it was important to set them up with the very best of everything.

The amazing photographs were captured by Adi Benner of http://www.nextexitphotography.com

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The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Mona walked down the aisle to Nessun Dorma sung by Eli of LIV Entertainment. At the end of the traditional Jewish ceremony, there were 2 CO2 blasts to add drama to the breaking of the glass.

 

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Engagement Season is upon us

 

Congratulations to all the newly engaged brides and grooms. Planning a wedding can be a daunting process. There are so many vendors out there. Hiring an established wedding planner is key to have your day go beautifully and the way you have always dreamt about.

At Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events, I am here to help you and guide you in creating your perfect day. With the 100s of weddings I have planned over the last 10 years, I will show you how you can create the perfect day with none of the hassle.

We are proud to be in the Knot Hall of Fame and have won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice award for the last 5 years.

Here is to your perfect day.

 

 

Mitra and Hugo get Married at Saddle Rock

This past summer I had the pleasure of planning a lovely wedding at Saddle Rock Ranch for Mitra and Hugo.

This wedding was one the sweetest as the couple is so lovely and put all they could in the planning process to make it a beautiful event for their friends and family many of whom traveled far and wide to witness the nuptuals.

It began with champagne before the beautiful outdoor ceremony, then a Mexican fiesta cocktail hour before dinner and dancing.

Hats off to a super team that included Harry’s Party Rentals, Masrour Catering, Arte Florals and DJ Sepi.

The amazing video and photographs were captured by http://www.shumanev.com

Here is the beautiful video.

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Disney Inspired Wedding at the Roosevelt

 

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The Inspiration.  We really wanted to combine our style interests along with the things we love. When we chose the Roosevelt we wanted to have Old Hollywood glamour without it being too stuffy so we chose a boho/jungalow type vibe for the flowers and all decor. That allowed us to bring some of Adventureland into a swanky location – especially with the monstera arch for the ceremony that was converted into the greens that surrounded our table. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a warm, open, super fun party. At the same time, we do love Disney. We wanted to introduce some of that concept without it feeling like a Disney wedding (not that there’s anything wrong with one!) or too in your face. We did our engagement photos at Disneyland and had the amazing ability to have our first look photos at Disney’s El Capitan Theater using their Old Hollywood Curtain Show as the backdrop.  At the actual wedding we had small touches mostly in our music. For example, we had our first dance to the Sherman Bros classic “On the Front Porch” from the film “Summer Magic,” and we cut the cake to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid.” 

The Dress I feel like the glimmer of gold adds a royal touch. — The dress is from the now defunct Alfred Angelo. It was the 2016 Rapunzel dress from the Disney collection. It was again a way to have a Disney touch without it being too much. I chose the option with the gol d accents because I thought it really made the dress pop. I was super nervous about the whole concept of a wedding dress but that one felt right for me. 

The Design I knew I wanted something “different” and at the same time I’m obsessed with both bright colors and basic tropical greens like palm, monstera, bird of paradise. When it was suggested that we could mix the two – alternating table centerpieces and using both at our sweetheart table it seemed great. Honestly I cried when my bouquet was brought in as I was getting ready. It was exactly what I had envisioned.

Invitations The whole suite was from the “Mr. Boddington’s Studio” collection on Paperless Post. Over half of our guests were traveling to Los Angeles from the East Coast for our wedding so we thought these would be a perfect way to invite everyone and keep the welcoming theme going once they were at the ceremony and reception. We had looked at different options and settled on this look as both classy and casual but still working with the rest of the wedding. 

Flowers: Love the vibrant pinks and greens, can you talk about the goal of the flowers (bouquet as well) and what it was meant to bring to design? List of florals used. — I talked about this a bit above but in terms of the goal I would say to bring a tropical vibe into a traditionally glamorous setting, and to match our personal style. Stephanie from Seed Floral at Fairfax and Santa Monica was really incredible with taking my babbling about color and tropical feel and creating the amazing atmosphere that resulted. She used a lot of ranunculus, succulents, palms, monstera, etc.

 

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The beautiful images were captured by Camryn Clair Photography http://www.camrynclair.com