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
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.
http://www.pcweddingphoto.com took the amazing photographs.
This past Summer, on one of the hottest days of the year, I had the pleasure to plan an absolutely stunning wedding for one of the sweetest couples.
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
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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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.
It was such a pleasure working with Katie and Matt on their wedding at the Roosevelt. I always love working at the Roosevelt and to be part of their Disney inspired wedding was a delight. They had so many great things to say about their wedding, I wanted to include their personal words.
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.
The beautiful images were captured by Camryn Clair Photography http://www.camrynclair.com
When Cindy Celis of Luxe Linens asked me to create a holiday table for her Beverly Hills Showroom, I knew I wanted to create something festive, dramatic and fit for a king and queen. Well I am British so I knew I had to add the dramatic flair to the table. There are so many choices for gorgeous linens at Luxe and so many different ways to go to create opulence and glamorous.
We chose the red velvet Giana linen and gold napkins to bring in the holiday glam. I had chosen the Giana for a wedding recently and fell in love so I was delighted to create around this stunning linen.
Borrowed Blu provided all the chargers, china, flatware and glassware. I chose elegance in picking out each item to design the table. I wanted opulence and beauty with every item.
Butterfly Florals provided the perfect holiday centerpieces and gold candlesticks with red tapered candles. Butterfly knows how much I love her drama when it comes to design so I did not have to tell her what to design except I was going with red and gold and she worked her magic.
Copper Willows designed the menus and escort cards. Jill Velez always knocks it out of the park when it comes to calligraphy.
Of course every elegant holiday table has to have the most elegant of crystal to drink the finest wines and champagne. Borrowed Blu has such an inventory of the best glassware, and I chose the perfect stemware to go with the table.
Thank you to all the vendors that provided the best of everything in creating Holiday Splendor. And especially thank you to Loreen Sarkis of http://www.sarkisphotography.com for capturing my vision.
Brandon and Daniella contacted me from Washington DC about a month before their wedding that was a year ago today. They had all their vendors but wanted a coordinator to pull it all together in the final month. It just so happened I worked with most of their vendors so I was well versed in what they wanted and how to work the amazing team of vendors they chose.
It was an intimate wedding for about 60 people at Trump Golf Course. The ceremony took place on the terrace and the intimate ballroom was perfect the guests.
David Newton of Vox DJs was perfect and the guests danced the night away as David knew exactly what to play to keep the dance floor full.
Even though I did not actually meet Brandon and Daniella till 3 days before the wedding, we connected so well and they completely loved their day.
Christopher Todd of http://www.christophertoddstudios.com beautifully captured their day.
This is one of my favorite weddings to date as I had a ball through planning the wedding with Meg and Michaels delightful parents who hired me to take away the stress of planning from their daughter who already had a high powered job at a top agency.
Right away, we all connected on so many levels. Number one being Jewish allowed me to understand everything that went into the planning. I was also moved by everything Meg’s parents wanted to incorporate into the day for their only child. We brought most of the vendors and left the most important item which was picking the band to Meg and Michael. Meg and Michael wanted something fun and unique for their wedding which was to have a 90s cover band. At my first meeting with them, I showed them a picture of one of my favorite bands, The Replicas and they loved it. This was the one and they immediately went to work on creating an all 90s song list for the evening. For the ceremony music, my couple fell in love with pianist Antonio from the Peninsula so we hired him and rented a white baby grand.
For everything else, we had a vision of what Meg and Michael wanted and brought on the vendors that would be a perfect match. I wanted to make it as simple and easy and fun for all and for my couples parents who were planning it with me from Arizona. I chose the very best to take care of my couple. Butterfly Florals, The Butter End Cakes, The Doves by DNA for Hair and Make Up were some of the fabulous vendors. The main thing was to have it be easy and stress free.
Of course all the staff at the Beverly Wilshire treated my lovely couple and their parents as if they were their only wedding. It was nothing short of a 5 star experience for everyone. Each moment of the day was special as so much thought, love and care went into every detail.
Amazing photography was captured by the very talented Sterling Tyler of http://www.sterlingtyler.com
I just love planning an Indian Wedding as the music energy and passion from the families are expressed in color music and food.
Swapna and Andrew’s wedding had all of these elements from when the guests were greeted for a pre ceremony cocktail hour to the fabulous energy of the Baraat Ceremony where the guests kept on dancing to the beat of the drums. It was so powerful. The guests could not get enough of the music and it went on for 20 minutes. My beautiful bride was waiting to go down the aisle and heard the beat of the drum and smiled as the guests welcomed her groom and his family into hers.
The ceremony was beautiful. Andrew’s uncle married them. Then the reception began complete with a henna station, photobooth and dancing.
Chris Schmitt of Www.chrisschmittphotography.com captured the day beautifully. Inna Savluk of Butterfly Florals created beautiful arrangements of pinks and marigolds and together we designed a beautiful event complete with linens from Luxe Linen. DJ Kamal kept the guests on the toes from the Baraat to the last dance. Joanie and Leigh made the delicious cake.
It was such a pleasure to coordinate and plan Stephanie and Chris’s wedding at Greystone last May. It was truly a fairytale wedding as you can see from the video. They are a darling couple and it was a joy to work with them.
It was class from start to finish from Elegant Music playing for the guests as they walked into the ceremony, to the ever classy Mary Jean Valente from Ceremony of the Heart officiating the ceremony, to the overflowing champagne when they walked into cocktail hour, to the amazing dinner catered by Silver Service Events, to the fantastic Motown era after dinner.
This wedding was one of my favorites of last year.
Thank you Anchor Pictures for the beautiful video.
Joel Danto of Danto Photography captured the day.
Working with Jess and Andy was an absolute joy. They contacted me as I had done many weddings at the Redondo Beach Historical Library and wanted someone who knew the space.
Jess and I worked to create a beautiful old library setting. Her mom collected beautiful silver antique teapots and trays from antique marts all around the country. Each one had a special meaning. They became the centerpieces along with old books Jess had collected. The reception was romantic and beautiful.
Jess and Andy declared their vows in front of their 160 plus guests at St Cross Church in Hermosa Beach and then danced the night away at the library. I loved every minute of planning this gorgeous couple’s wedding. It was about giving them everything they wanted even when we were threatened with rain, a guest knocking into the cake, they still had the day of their dreams. It was about being with each other.
The stunning photography was taken by Adi Benner of http://www.nextexitphotography.com
Florals by Butterfly Florals and Designs
Hair and Makeup by The Doves by DNA
Wedding Gown by Maggie Sottero