Howard and Harris Engaged

I met Howard and Harris in November. They are a very sweet couple and the first of my same sex couples to get married this year. The wedding take place at Howard’s parents home this Sunday. It will be a day of joy and dancing for all.

Photography credit http://www.stephaniecollins.com

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Lauren and Gian

Ariella Bat Mitzvah the Sequel

Remember all the wonderful images of the details shots of Ariella’s bat mitzvah that Julie Hopkins took while the family was at Temple. Here is the big event captured beautifully by http://www.williamfordphoto.com. He captured the beginning of the day as Ariella was at temple to the fantastic dance party where everyone had a blast. DJ Bryan Chesters of http://www.letspartyla.com kept the party alive and everyone on the dance floor having fun. It was fun day at Maggianos as all came to celebrate Ariella.
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Going to the Wedding Expos

collage pic 8Hello Brides and Grooms,

You have just gotten engaged and all you see are wedding expos every where especially in February when everyone is getting engaged.

Now the expos can be fun or daunting and overwhelming depending on which way you look. Personally I love the smaller expos no more than 60 booths. The vendors can take their time in talking to you and you don’t feel rushed vs the big LA Convention Center where it can be crazy and you have no idea where to look.

I have met some of my favorite clients at these smaller expos. They know what they want in hiring a planner

They have an idea of their wedding date and budget and what they want for their wedding.

Brides I encourage you to talk to your fiancé and discuss budget and date before attending a wedding show. You having some idea of what you want and what you can afford and what you envision for your wedding will make a huge difference. Then when you go to the shows take a friend that you trust, not an entire entourage. You will then be able to relax and visit with each vendor to see if they are a match for you. Spend time with them take a look at their work and see what may be possible.

Planning a wedding takes about 250 hours. Make it fun yet relaxing.

Come visit me at the Engaged show this Sunday at the Taglyan.

Ariella’s Dance Party Bat Mitzvah

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageWhen I met clients at www.maggianos.com last August, her mom told me “I would love you to create a dance party atmosphere in this space. My daughter wants a dance party and I would love it to be here, can you provide a vision for my daughter to see how this can happen”  Well of course. I arrived early and could see what was possible in this 1920’s style room. I know every girl wants to impress and I showed her what we could do. And Ariella was Excited!!! I gave her Mom an few vendor names to contact and she ran with it. She chose designer linens, lighted tables, fun hip furniture and gorgeous daisy arrangements, as well as designing a candy station. I came in at the end to coordinate it all. The vendors and myself took the family’s vision and brought it to life. www.vinispartyrental.com provided draping, fun linens, lights and amazing furniture. We had a photo booth, candy station, chocolate fountain. We also had DJ extraordinaire  Bryan Chesters of LETS PARTY LA and the photo booth  was provided by www.slaterentertainment.com. Bryan had the dance floor filled all the time. www.dylanscandybar.com provided the yummy chocolate fountain. Angira Patel of www.beverlyhillsflowergallery.com provided the beautiful florals.

 

Julie Hopkins of www.cameracreations.net took these amazing details shots while the family was at temple

Leanne and Meng get Married

Leanne and Meng get Married

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageLeanne Foo and Meng were married at the Universal Hilton. Such a fun loving and playful couple.  Leanne found me all the way from Australia and we planned the wedding over email contracting all the weddings across the pacific ocean. When I met her and her wonderful fiance at the time, it was like we had been friends for a long time. All the vendors did a great job and gave her exactly what she wanted.  The day started very early with a Chinese tea ceremony to traditional American ceremony and fun reception and  it ended with a taco truck.
Photography by Stephanie Collins Photography

Happy Holiday from Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events