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Meg and Michael at the Beverly Wilshire

WechterWed_0022.jpgThis 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

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Indian Wedding at the Ebell of Long Beach

07280762016900120030I 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.

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Stephanie and Chris at Greystone Mansion

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.

 

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Jess and Andy at the Library

gre_w160507_0753gregg-bloggers_026gregg-bloggers_008Working 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

 

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Brides of LA

beverly-whilshire-wedding-photos-373beverly-whilshire-wedding-photos-330Beverly-whilshire-wedding-photos-130.jpgWhen my favorite salon owner of the Doves by DNA came to me saying he wanted to do a styled shoot highlighting Brides of LA and how they want to be expressed, of course I said yes.

I invited Christopher Todd Griffiths to shoot and he brought on Mon Amie Bridal salon to style the brides.

I invited the Beverly Wilshire to be a part of the amazing day.  And I was so happy they were a yes!

Danny LeClair of the Doves by DNA took a road trip to Mon Amie with the models and found the most perfect dresses for our Beverly Hills Bride, the Sophisticated Bride, the Old Hollywood Bride, and the Stylish Bride

The day came and the models had a full day of hair and makeup and we went to all the different locations the hotel allowed us to work in. I love the hotel and it was a joy to style this day to show off the elegance of the Beverly Wilshire.

Planner http://www.nataliesoferweddingsandevents.com

Photography christopherTODDstudios.com

Hair and Makeup www.dovesbydna.com

Wedding Gowns www.monamie.com

Bouquets http://www.butterflyfloraldesign.com

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Diana and Ryan at the Oviatt

_MAR6717.jpgDiana and Ryan were a complete joy to work with. Their parents came to me a month before their wedding knowing they needed a planner and I was familiar with their beautiful Oviatt Venue.

They had a great DJ and photographer and needed guidance in picking out the rest of the vendors. I gave them a few of my favorites and guided them through their last month.

Their extended family were so amazing and  I supported them in creating a beautiful day that they will all remember.

I would have to say my favorite moment was when Ryan had the DJ play the song “Diana” Well it was Kool and the Gang’s “Joanna” But All the guests sang Diana.

Photography by http://www.komanphotography.com

 

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Hair and Makeup The Doves By DNA

 

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Desserts by Joanie and Leigh

 

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Fantastic Dj was Vox DJs

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Demian and Brooke

jcp_4071img_7549IMG_5936.jpg_r7a9298Demian and Brooke came to me a few weeks before their wedding day in need of a planner. They had most of the vendors but needed someone to manage all the details from that time to wedding day.

It was my intention to give them special white glove VIP service as I knew this couple wanted extra attention to them in these last 2 and half weeks leading up to the wedding.

They are a delightful and fun couple that wanted to share their union with all their friends. The ceremony was officiated by a Rabbi, a minister and a spiritual guide overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades. They were both committed to their spiritual customs and both their religious customs so their beautiful ceremony reflected who they were and what they were about.

Brooke brought in so many special touches she wanted each her guests to experience. This was a union with so much love and joy and commitment. It was a union that every guest was so delighted to see happen as it was so special and so joyful.  Demian and Brooke’s son was baptized during the ceremony and they became a family in front of their friend’s and family members

 

Amazing photography by

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