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An Elegant Country Club Wedding

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Remember that lovely Saddlerock Wedding I blogged last week with Dana and Tyler? Well here is the beautiful wedding of her sister Nicole and her husband Jim. Yes I was fortunate enough to plan both of these lovely sisters’ weddings. And both of these lovely girls were raised to be the best of girls. They are even more beautiful on the inside than outside and you can see they are stunning.

My plan with Nicole and Jim was to plan and design a very different wedding from Dana and Tyler. This wedding was set in a country club vs a vineyard.  Beyond using some of the same fantastic vendors that went above and beyond for both weddings, I made sure none of the rustic elements were replicated in this wedding.  I created a very elegant wedding for Nicole and Jim.

Nicole knew she wanted a silver and lilac color scheme for her wedding so that is what we created with Luxe Linens and Butterfly Florals.  And they created just that with the linens they chose.  Designing it was easy with a lovely couple who trusted me to give them the best of the best.

This family loves to party.  I love that they just enjoy being with each other and celebrating everything. In both these weddings, the father of the bride gave the most touching of toasts celebrating the girls and honoring their mother who gave so much in planning both these weddings that happened within 9 weeks. Then the family just know how to get down on the dance floor.   It was such a joy to plan the weddings for this wonderful family and may they always celebrate like they did this past year.

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Cinco de Mayo at Saddlerock Ranch

 

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This past May, I had the honor of planning a beautiful wedding for Dana and Tyler. We had been planning this wedding for 16 glorious months when the wedding happened. Dana found me on the Knot and called me a month after she got engaged. She wanted a vineyard wedding for herself and her fiancé and was in the process of booking the Camp Cabernet Venue at Saddlerock Ranch. We connected immediately and planning was in full swing within a week.  With all my couples I want the planning process to be easy and fun. I am fortunate to work with the greatest of vendors who give 110 percent to my clients, so the process was easy in picking every vendor.

I knew Dana wanted everything to be beautiful and serene for the ceremony and reception with the gorgeous surroundings.  Yet for the cocktail hour we designed a fun and colorful space. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, her mom bought these fun Mexican shawls for people to sit on. Though many enjoyed wearing them as it grew cooler in the evening. We also had mini tequila bottles for the escort cards.

Dana and Tyler wanted to dance and dance they did. We had a 15 piece band playing all the hits and no one left the dance floor. This group knows how to celebrate and they did.  One of my favorite moments was watching the entire family get down on dance floor.

This wedding was one of my favorites  as this family are so special and fun and all enjoyed the gorgeous vineyard.  Dana and Tyler trusted me to plan and design the day of their dreams. They got to relax and have fun every minute. It is a true joy getting to see my couples and their families celebrate in such a fashion.

 

This beautiful day was captured by http://www.wildwhim.com

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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.