Weddings and Events have taken an enormous toll as a result of this COVID-19 Pandemic. And even though three vaccines look to be promising treatments for stemming and eventually eliminating this horrific virus, people want their lives to go on and to go on now. But how do you safely have a wedding or any kind of event without risking the lives of those in attendance. Unfortunately, weddings and events that have taken place without rigorously following CDC guidelines have met with deadly consequences.
Natalie Sofer Weddings & Events understands the need to celebrate and has successfully executed both weddings and events by creating outdoor micro weddings (see the image above) and a range of virtual Zoom events. So, yes, you can get married or throw a surprise birthday party without putting you and your guests’ lives at risk. Celebrations can still go on safely and intimately.Continue reading “COVID-19 Weddings & Events – Micro & Virtual”
On Friday evening, my first wedding of the year postponed officially. It was set to be on April 5th. I had spent the week discussing health possibilities and what it would look like if we had a smaller wedding. We had plans to do a live stream of the wedding for all the people who could not travel. I requested that the staff wear white gloves. My bride had just bought purel for all her 250 guests. I spoke to all the vendors and gave them the heads up that we might go from 250 to 150. I called them again and let them know we may postpone. Everyone was understanding. Yet I had a feeling that we would actually postpone. There were so many so many important people traveling including my couple and her family. Friday they made the official decision to postpone to the one of the dates the venue provided.
As much as I was looking forward to the wedding in April, I knew they made the right choice on Friday even though I had a small wave of disappointment for a few minutes. All the vendors had been booked for well over a year. I had been on board for 20 months. The wedding was fully planned. We just had a call with the band that Friday morning and I was moved to tears by how fabulous the day would be AND the wedding is about the family and their friends, and I knew what was important were the couple and their guests. It is about them. I knew on Friday when I got the official email that we are still going to have that fabulous wedding but later this year vs in 3 weeks. Then Sunday happened and everything was being shut down. Events are being postponed all over the place.
I had been in action with all the vendors and we have 2 possible dates that everyone can do. My vendors are amazing and giving and all of them are committed to giving my couple the best possible wedding on the day they want. I am so happy we have the entire team on board to continue as each one were hand picked as they were the very best. I know that our new date will be the best ever as it is so special because of everything we are all doing for our couple. I am excited for the day. I am always overjoyed when I see my couples dancing the night away, and this one will be extra special.
To all the wedding vendors out here, I love and am in awe of who you are and what you contribute and especially now. We are in this together and we will overcome this time and gain strength. I look forward to all our event days even more than ever. I don’t take for granted who you are. You literally give your hearts to every event. To the fun we will have in the near future creating amazing weddings for our couples! I am so looking forward to all of it.
To all the wonderful couples. Please don’t worry. Your vendors have your back. We will find a dates that work for you. Hey 10 of my vendors came together to find a date that worked for everyone almost immediately. I am sure by early Summer, we will be back in action, dancing the night away with you. Please stay positive. We can work together right now so you dream visions are possible by Summer.
For as long as I have been planning events I have always wanted to do a black and white theme for a party. When this particular client came to me and wanted these colors mixed with gold, I was very excited.
We set to work on picking the right rentals and tableware to go with everything and I chose top vendors for the event and ones that I knew would deliver beautifully. Butterfly Florals and Harrys Party Rentals were amazing and the room looked stunning
Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles is the perfect indoor venue for any occasion. It is iconic and stunning. It lent itself perfectly for the beauty of the party.
I love when I can be creative and love it when the budget and my clients allow me to pull out all the stops. I look forward to this year being fun creative and designing out of the box.
Thank you to Dina Douglas for capturing the décor. http://www.andrenaphotography.com
When Edwin and Eric contacted me saying they were referred to me from the Kimpton Lapeer, and were having a wedding on June 8, 2019, I was so delighted as it was Gay Pride Weekend in West Hollywood. As an advocate for the LGBT, I had all the weekends in my calendar. Eric and Edwin live in Orange and had no Idea their wedding would be in the heart of West Hollywood Pride.
We set to work on designing the wedding. They both loved the color purple with white and silver accents. We kept the wedding simple and modern to go with the décor of the hotel.
They had already hired the band Dallas and Doll who would perform throughout the wedding. They were wonderful and complimented the day.
It is always extra special to plan a same sex wedding as I believe all people should have the right to be with the one that they love. This was extra special as the weekend was about celebrating pride.
Photography by Bryanhudsonphotography.com
It was one of the hottest days of the year this past July at Quail Ranch; and for Kelley and Ryan, my vendors and my team did everything we could to keep them as cool as possible on their wedding day. We brought out the parasols, the fans, plenty of water and kept them in the shade as much as possible. You would never know it was 100 degrees in the pictures.
It was a beautiful wedding. I was very excited about planning this wedding as Kelley had a vision of her French country inspired theme. When she hired me she gave me her vision and I knew Quail Ranch would be the perfect place for her. She had imagined a beautiful garden wedding that was intimate and lovely. She wanted lanterns hanging from the trees, lavender on the tables, a car decorated with florals, and great food. I loved seeing the vision come together.
All the vendors gave their all. The florals were bright pinks and orange. The food was delicious and the guests danced up a storm while DJ Bryan Chesters played all their favorite tunes.
Photography by http://www.wildwhimphotography..com
When Angie and Ben contacted me to plan their lovely wedding at Rolling Hills Country Club, one of the stipulations was that I provide a Korean assistant since most of the family spoke Korean. Since I am always a yes to my clients, I said no problem and had 2 wonderful assistants on the day of the wedding.
Angela wanted a very rustic, romantic style wedding with bright yellow florals. We chose wooden tables and chairs to compliment her yellow and white florals. The room looked warm and bright. The views of the golf course added to the ambiance.
The lovely ceremony was on the lawn. It was probably one of the sweetest ceremonies I had experienced. I am delighted I had my Korean speaking assistants as they translated a lot for me as very few people spoke English and all the escort cards were in Korean. I could not have done it without them.
The ceremony started and the bridal party went down the aisle and it was gorgeous. But my favorite moment was when the 2 little flower girls started running around the lawn placing petals not only on the aisle but all over. It was so precious and sweet. They later picked up every single petal without a promt.
It was a beautiful lovely day for Angie and Ben
Photography by Andy Seo Studio.
I had the joy of being back at one of my favorite wedding venues last October. The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. This was for a lovely couple Charlotte and Juan. Right away I knew that Charlotte had exquisite taste so we set to work on designing a beautiful wedding that her guests would remember. We created special surprises for Juan that we kept hidden from him till the wedding day. We had fun creating these extraordinary surprises from the beautiful entrance to the surprise dance later on in the evening.
We wanted a spectacular bridal entrance during the ceremony. We draped the ballroom and back lit the entrance so Charlotte would appear in a beautiful silhouette behind the curtain before she made the dramatic entrance
We chose Bryan Hudson to do the photography. Lighter Side was the inspiration behind the beautiful lighting and they did an amazing job for what Charlotte wanted.
Butterfly Florals once again did an beautiful job and the room looked so beautiful. It was the perfect touch of warm romance for what Charlotte wanted.
Lets Party LA Entertainment once again had everyone on the dance floor.
This is the second blog to highlight the gorgeous wedding of Kristina and Karif that was just featured in Inside Weddings. You got to experience the fun Miami colors in their rehearsal dinner. Now is their glorious wedding complete with a stellar team of the best vendors LA has to offer.
Planning for these 2 lovely people who chose me as their destination planner across the country was a complete joy. They fully trusted me in selecting the best vendors for their dream wedding. It began one September afternoon after seeing the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and then we were full steam ahead in planning their gorgeous wedding in just 5 short months.
It was Star Wars that inspired the couple and we tied that in to the wedding in very subtle ways from the music at the ceremony to the cake designed by the best pastry chefs at the Four Seasons.
What I love about this beautiful couple is that they were fully invested in each other having their dream wedding come alive. They had their own voice and were determined to give the very best to their guests and their families.
Enjoy the gorgeousness from one of my favorite photography teams Nextexitphotography.com
Planning the destination wedding for Kristina and Karif was one of my highlights of 2019. They called me from Miami last year wanting a lovely destination wedding in LA as they loved Los Angeles so much. They wanted a beautiful hotel with a garden. Karif called me one morning and said he just came in to town and wanted to see venues that day. We met at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and he immediately fell in love with the venue and texted Kristina pictures of the space. It was one and we were done as this was the space they loved.
We planned the stunning wedding which was just featured in Inside Weddings which I will show on a later blog, and then began the process of planning the welcome dinner for 40 happy guests. The Four Seasons has a beautiful pool terrace and was perfect for their Miami themed dinner. We wanted a casual Cajun dinner. Since we were designing an elegant white and pink wedding, we brought in a colorful feel of teal and purples for the dinner. I brought them to Luxe Linen when they came into town and we chose a dramatic teal linen that was very daring. It went perfectly with our rental lounge furniture. Butterfly Florals added their fabulous touch to the overall look.
Guests feasted on a delicious menu curated by the chefs at the Four Seasons and finished off with a smores bar.
Stunning photography by nextexitphotography.com
Working with Kellie and Raf was one of the easiest weddings ever. Right away we selected the Calamigos Oak Room for their wedding venue. Kellie and her mom loved it and then she showed it to Raf and it was a no brainer for both of them as they loved that location. It was magical and romantic which is exactly what Kellie wanted when she called me.
Kel;ie is a doctor and in the middle of her residency at Cedars so I was committed to have everything as easy as possible. We selected a Dj Photographer and Videographer immediately and then began on the design a few months later. Butterfly Florals designed a beautiful space and it was exactly what Kellie imagined when she saw the room. I was so delighted to see the absolute joy on Kellie’s face as she saw everything. It is exactly what a planner wants on wedding day.
It did not stop there as the ceremony of 2 high school sweethearts who have been together for 9 years was so moving. They continued to dance for joy at every moment. The day was September 21st so it was only fitting that Earth Wind and Fire’s September was the song playing as the bride and groom made the grand entrance. DJ Bryan Chesters had the guests on their feet non stop. They would have continued dancing and we had to stop for a bit to serve dinner otherwise everyone would have continued to dance all night long. The final dance was again September and the guests then sent the bride and groom on a fabulous send off to their marriage.
There are weddings for the history books and this one will go down as one of the most fun in my experience. I was still dancing for a week. It was a major high for me to see the guests on the dance floor tearing it up, the bride and groom delighted, the parents so happy. May all continue to dance!!!
Fabulous photography by dantophotography.com
What an amazing day it was for Shawn and Eedan this past February. I always love planning and coordinating a wedding at South Park Center. It is beautiful and I love the logistics of making everything happen for my couples on the top floor. It takes a village partnership and teamwork to make it happen and that we did on February 17th.
Shawn found me through her floral designer Butterfly Florals with whom I have done over 30 weddings. She is lovely and had all her vendors so she needed me to pull it all together.
The day was perfect after the week of heavy rains we had that week. Jessica Claire was amazing capturing all the beauty of the day including the many hours of time I included for couples and family portraits.
It was a beautiful Jewish ceremony under the gorgeous chuppah designed by the magical Inna Savluk and then confetti canons went off as the bride and groom went down the aisle.
One of the most moving parts of the day was when Shawn’s dad made a toast. Over 30 years ago on February 17th he was shot in a convenience store and was a coma. A miracle happened as he came out of his coma, married his sweetheart, and had Shawn, his miracle baby. He now can have a beautiful new memory of February 17th. The day his beautiful daughter marry the love of her life. This day was so moving for all and it was one of the most fun weddings as it was a huge celebration.
To Shawn and Eedan! What a way to begin the year!
photography by www.jessicaclaire.net
It was such an honor to plan this beautiful wedding for Mitra and Hugo at the beautiful hillside house at Saddlerock Ranch.
Mitra and Hugo are busy professionals and I was determined the process be easy for them. We went with the best Persian vendors and Dmitry Shumanev was the fantastic photographer and videographer who captured the day so beautifully.
There were a lot of moving parts to this wedding as the ceremony and reception were in the same location. We had to flip the space. I wanted the guests to have a wonderful time at the cocktail hour while the amazing vendors transformed the gorgeous space. We had a latin guitarist and the guests dined on tacos and margaritas as we combined Hugo’s Latin culture with Mitra’s Persian culture.
Arte Floral designed the beautiful sofreh where Mitra and Hugo declared their vows and transformed the beautiful vineyard into a fun and romantic reception space along with Harrys Party Rentals.
DJ Sepi kept the party going with great music and David Masrour delighted the guests with the best Persian food.
This was a night to remember for Mitra and Hugo.