Category Archives: Wedding Ceremony

Rustic Wedding: Beautiful Hues at Mountain Mermaid

By | Fantasy Frostings, Flowers, Uncategorized, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Coordinator | No Comments

We’ve worked a lot at Mountain Mermaid, and for good reason – it’s a stunning venue, conveniently located in Los Angeles.  It’s also a very streamlined space logistically considering how unique it is! A perfect place for a rustic wedding. We were fortunate to meet up with a wonderful couple that booked their wedding there that had a really cool perspective on their rustic decor. They wanted artful compositions instead of messy clusters, for a rustic look with a modern execution.  We were happy to be on board as wedding consultants and coordinators, and provide the design and florals as well.

For example, the bride was from the coast and wanted to bring in seashells and driftwood into the mix, without being over the top, so we painted some of the shells and added fern greenery to a shell display for her escort card table.  River rocks, moss, and other natural details were very carefully placed with artistic detail so they looked more like set pieces than randomly placed items.

A soft-hued but no less vibrant palette of peach, lavender, gold, and yellows offset the deep shades of the Mermaid so beautifully. Wood slices from Tire Swing Woodworks added to the look. We also found glass bottles, ceramic goblets, and other unique glassware for the centerpieces and accent pieces.

Our associate Laura Klein has beautiful handwriting and created the custom chalkboard wedding signage, as well, something that also goes well with the rustic wedding aesthetic.  We loved how creative the couple were with their signature cocktails, which were perfectly crafted by their caterer, Huntington Catering Company.

Other vendors included Jillian Rose Photography, who took all of the gorgeous photos you see here; Fantasy Frostings; music by Red Shoe LA; video by Luma House; hair and makeup by Kari Cottom; and lighting by Stage Labs.

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Real Wedding: May at Malibu Rocky Oaks

By | Los Angeles Wedding Planner, Malibu, Malibu Rocky Oaks Wedding, Malibu Wedding, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Decor, Wedding Design, Wedding Planner | No Comments

This last May, el nino threatened our chances of an outdoor wedding, but in the end, love prevailed!  This wedding, with elements of Korean customs, was full of joy, laughter, and tasteful touches of Jackie Combs of Lotus and Lily’s floral and event design. Delicious food and seamless entertainment and beautiful lighting from outstanding vendors made this a hugely successful event, at one of our all-time favorite venues.  The beautiful photos below are from Iris and Light.

 

Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Catering:  Amy’s Culinary Adventures

DJ, Paebeck, and some Lighting:  Valentine Entertainment
Rentals and some Lighting:  A Rental Connection

Cake:  Intricakes

Florals:  Lotus and Lily

Linens:  Luxe Linen

Videography:  Peter Yun

Photography: Iris and Light

Hair and Makeup: Yuri Sinata

 

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Cake by Intricakes

Cake by Intricakes

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Valentine Entertainment coordinated the Korean Paebeck ceremony.

Valentine Entertainment coordinated the Korean Paebeck ceremony.

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Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

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Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

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Real Wedding: Modern and Sleek at the AT&T Center

By | Callaway Cable, Succulents, Uncategorized, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Decor, Wedding Design, Wedding Planning Checklist | No Comments

Los Angeles is known for its unique, out-of-the-box spaces.  With these spaces come a whole lot of logistical conditions and moving parts, but boy, is the end result worth it.  The AT&T center downtown has a fabulous space at the top of the building with an incredible view.  Working in a high rise requires rock-solid logistics and special permits, but with proper planning the whole day went without a hitch.

Sima and Houman wanted a fresh, modern wedding with glam touches and a welcoming feel.  Together we crafted a design that included cool white, silver sequins, and dramatic lighting. As their wedding consultant, I helped build a team of vendors to ensure their big day went off without a hitch.

It was also another opportunity to work with the fantastic photography team of Callaway Gable.  We’re so glad we were able to be a part of this amazing event!

Other vendors featured:

Florals: Flower Duet

Lighting: TMMPro

Rentals:  CMC

 

Gray, white, silver and glitter - all came together at the Penthouse space in the AT&T Center.  Photo by Callaway Gable.

Gray, white, silver and glitter – all came together at the Penthouse space in the AT&T Center. Photo by Callaway Gable.

 

Flower Duet (www.flowerduet.com) helped create these charming succulent seating favors.  www.callawaygable.com

Flower Duet (www.flowerduet.com) helped create these charming succulent seating favors. www.callawaygable.com

 

Hydrangea and roses in modern mirror cylinder vases, with glitter table numbers.  Flower Duet florals.  Photo by Callaway Gable.

Hydrangea and roses in modern mirror cylinder vases, with glitter table numbers. Flower Duet florals. Photo by Callaway Gable.

 

Flower Duet's modern centerpieces, pinspotted by TMMPro Lighting. Photo by Callaway Gable.

Flower Duet’s beautiful monochromatic centerpieces, pinspotted by TMMPro Lighting. Photo by Callaway Gable.

 

Cakery Bakery's glamorous cake, surrounded by Flower Duet's florals.

Cakery Bakery’s glamorous cake, surrounded by Flower Duet’s florals.

 

Closeup of Ceremony Orchid piece by Flower Duet.  Photo by Callaway Gable.

Closeup of Ceremony Orchid piece by Flower Duet. Photo by Callaway Gable.

For the Zoroastrian ceremony, Flower Duet provided sleek, modern stands and elegant orchid centerpieces.  Photo by Callaway Gable.

For the Zoroastrian ceremony, Flower Duet provided sleek, modern stands and elegant orchid centerpieces. Photo by Callaway Gable.

 

One of my favorite shots!  www.callawaygable.com

One of my favorite shots! www.callawaygable.com

 

Guests tucked well wishes in bottles that represent milestone anniversaries.  It's a guest book idea that can truly be treasured for years.  www.callawaygable.com

Guests tucked well wishes in bottles that represent milestone anniversaries. It’s a guest book idea that can truly be treasured for years. www.callawaygable.com

“I Now Pronounce You….” Finding an officiant

By | Alan Katz, Great Officiants, Los Angeles Wedding Officiants, Uncategorized, Wedding Ceremony | One Comment

Alan Katz, owner of Great Officiants, is one of our best resources in the SoCal wedding industry.  He and his staff perform over a thousand heartfelt ceremonies per year, and he is an essential source of knowledge for me – when clients have questions about the ins and outs of securing a marriage license, his authority and expertise as a L.A. County Notary means he has the answer. Even better, he can provide a door-to-door license service so clients don’t even have to wait in line at the County Clerks’ office.

Being an officiant not only means speaking well and providing a beautiful service for a couple, but it also means knowing the legalities and idiosyncracies of securing a marriage license, getting married the proper way, and ordering a marriage certificate. Alan has it down pat. I asked him for valuable insight that benefits couples looking for an officiant.  Here, he offers priceless advice for finding and hiring an officiant.

When couples are getting married they will, at some point in the planning process, need to select someone to perform their wedding ceremony. If the couple attends a church or has family clergy then the decision is easy; if not, then the information below will help guide you.

Our top advice is to tread carefully if choosing a friend to officiate.  There are legalities and essential knowledge that a professional officiant knows well.  Sometimes friends or relatives forget to fill out or send required paperwork, which can be a nightmare. They may not realize how best to position you during the ceremony so the photo and video professionals can obtain the best possible shots.  We advise to be sure to have them understand the seriousness of the responsibility. If you have any doubts about how they will perform, seek a professional Officiant to alleviate those worries.

I daresay this may be the best job in the world...bringing two souls together for life. Alan officiating a ceremony.

When looking for a professional, ask for personal recommendations from friends, your planner or other wedding vendors.

Go to established wedding vendor sites such as The Knot or Wedding Wire; also check out Yelp. (Dee notes:  Great Officiants is the most reviewed Officiant company in the nation). If an Officiant doesn’t have any reviews, then be wary or carefully check references.

Discuss with your spouse whether you want a religious or non-religious slant on your wedding. This is important to make sure you are on the same page. If you are of two different faiths, then consider an interfaith Officiant. If you are not religious then choose one that will focus on your love story. Male or Female?, etc.

Decide on the tone of the ceremony. Do you want it slow, or fun and romantic?  Make sure that you feel comfortable with your choice and make it flow properly. A disjointed and or non-prepared ceremony will cause an uncomfortable experience for all.

Once you have narrowed the field, then use these following interview questions to help make your final decision.

1.              Can you customize the ceremony?

Most professional Officiants will allow full customization of the ceremony. Some just read off a prepared script. It is your ceremony; you should have full control and input towards the final result.

2.              Does the Officiant have sample wording/ceremonies/readings to show you?

A professional Officiant will have many ceremony samples to choose from. You should also be allowed to incorporate additional content that you find or create.

When clients need a Catholic officiant, bilingual officiant, or a Reverend - among other requests - we turn to Great Officiants and their diverse, experienced team.

3.              Do you require Counseling?

If you are getting married in a church then you must comply with their requirements. If you use a professional Officiant they should not make you endure this. Marriage counseling should ONLY be done by a licensed professional therapist NOT a Wedding Officiant. If you really feel you need counseling then see a licensed therapist. Some Clergy are trained to do this but the majority of Professional Officiants are not.

4.              Is your Officiant known and respected in the Wedding industry?

Some Officiants consider themselves a professional after doing a handful of weddings. A good sign is if they have won top awards from The Knot and Wedding Wire and have plenty of reviews. See if they are on venue “preferred lists,” as these are tough to get on.  See if they are active in wedding-related professional organizations such as ABC, NACE, ISES and others.

5.              Do you have back up in case you are sick?

If it is a one person shop, then when they get sick or injured and are not able to perform the ceremony, they may have no back up.

6.             Will you marry us if we are of different faiths, if we have been divorced, or are a Same Gender couple?

If the Officiant has issues with your beliefs, who you are, who you are going to marry and your personal history then they should not be performing your ceremony. A professional Officiant accepts all couples’ life situations with love and compassion.

7.             Would you allow another Officiant to take part in the ceremony?

With interfaith couples sometimes you may want have two different Officiants preside over the ceremony. This is a wonderful option. It is important that they can work together to design a ceremony that includes everyone in a non-offensive manor to either belief system. Please note that your fees will be twice as much so you may want to consider choosing an Interfaith Officiant who can skillfully blend the two belief systems together

8.              Can we choose special readings or music?

It’s your wedding! It can have whatever you want in it. Ask your Officiant and DJ for guidance with this.

9.               Will you give a sermon during the ceremony?

For many couples, a wedding is no place for a sermon, it is a place to celebrate love. Design the ceremony to reflect your beliefs and love story.

10.             Do you issue the Marriage License?

Some officiant companies like Great Officiants will issue you a marriage license if the wedding is In LA County, Otherwise they should guide you on how to get yours.

11.             Will you participate in the rehearsal?

Many times it is helpful for the Officiant to be at the rehearsal. If it is just a small wedding party or a simple ceremony then a personal meeting with the Officiant should suffice. The rehearsal is mostly for the wedding party to figure out where to go. A professional wedding planner can be essential for a larger event to design the ceremony rehearsal with the Officiants help.

12.             Would you like to come to the wedding reception with your spouse?

Unless the Officiant is a friend or you have formed a lifelong bond, a professional Officiant will decline your kind invitation. We thank you for the invite though, and may just stay to mingle with guests and sample an appetizer.  Typically, a professional Officiant will have other events to attend to.

13.             Are there any restrictions as to our attire, or our bridal party’s attire?

Your Officiant should be willing to match your theme. Let them know of you want them to wear a robe, suit or other appropriate attire to fit the occasion. Let them know the colors or style and they can try to match it.

A sand ceremony, wine ceremony, lighting a unity candle - these symbolic gestures can be woven into any ceremony.

14.             Is flash photography allowed during the ceremony?

You absolutely want your photographer to capture your special day, and your Officiant should do what’s necessary to ensure they get the perfect shot! Make sure that they will step out of the final “kiss” shot.

15.             Will you wear a mic if the videographer requires one to capture the ceremony?

A professional Officiant will do whatever it takes to ensure your video is absolutely perfect, including wearing a microphone.

16.             What type of microphone do you prefer for the ceremony?

Each Officiant has a different style. Make sure that the DJ and Officiant communicate to assure that the proper amplification is provided. (Dee notes:  Sometimes we insist on hard wired mic on stand – wireless ‘lavalier’ mics are sensitive to frequency changes, depending on the location.)

These are some of the major questions you may want to start with. Add your own to fit the unique ceremony plans you are creating.