Venue: InterContinental Los Angeles-Century City
After searching high and low for a venue, we booked the InterContinental before ever seeing it person. We based our decision on pictures my dad and bridesmaid took and were slightly nervous about it, but once we saw it in person we knew it was perfect! Formerly the Park Hyatt, the InterContinental is a hidden gem in the heart of Century City that had the elegant, contemporary look we were going for. It has a nice courtyard and bar area that we used for the cocktail hour. We also liked that the property was small, intimate and only booked one private event at a time. Since the change of ownership, I believe the service has actually improved.
Florist: Greenleaf Designs
This is one vendor I didn’t have to do any research for. Shelby came highly recommended by my wedding coordinator. She is super sweet and does amazing work for a very reasonable price.
Photographer: Sir Harrison
Sir Harrison and his wife Rosie are young, hip, and great to work with. Our bridal party loved working with them. Rosie even helped us gather all our things from the hotel room before we left for the ceremony when we were running late, and still managed to take some shots along the way.
Videographer: Today’s the Day Weddings
We initially did not have a videographer in our budget, so we didn’t have much to spend on one. After searching high and low, we were beginning to think we we’d have to settle for an ultra cheesy video until we found Joe. We were so impressed by the demos he showed us and even more impressed with his prices. We haven’t gotten our video back yet, but they were a joy to work with on the wedding day. I’ve been to weddings where you consciously notice the videographer because the camera is right in your face, but Joe and Mike were so unobtrusive that we almost forgot they were there.
DJ: Brady Westbrook, Props Productions
Brady had a great personality and mixed the music well, but he did mess up on what we had planned for the girl/guy who caught the bouquet/garter and fumbled on introducing certain people. What disappointed me most was that he was not able to control and rally back some of the guests that were getting drunk and rowdy from drinking. I suppose it was partly our fault for having an open bar, but I also feel that part of the DJ/MC’s job is to be able to control and lead the whole evening, and he could have done much better in that department.
Lighting: Props Productions
Props did a wonderful job with the lighting. They also did our custom gobo.
Wedding Coordinator: Carrie Goff, Exquisite Event Planning and Design
There aren’t enough good things I can say about the amazingly talented Carrie Goff! Carrie was a godsend when we started planning our wedding from Michigan. At first we had no clue what we wanted, but she had such wonderful and creative ideas and I don’t think our wedding would have turned out the way it did if it wasn’t for her. Carrie and her team were on top of everything on the day of our wedding. I never once had to worry about a single thing. There were some minor hiccups and she managed to take care of all of them behind the scenes. On top of that, she’s so wonderful to work with and so down-to-earth. Of all the vendors, she gets my highest endorsement.
Cake: Cake Divas
I really wanted red velvet for our wedding cake and I was surprised to find that not many bakeries/pastry chefs offered it as a flavor. I finally stumbled across Cake Divas and not only did they have red velvet, it was to die for! Paired with the cream cheese filling, it was probably the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had. They also give you an anniversary cake for your one year anniversary.
Bridal Gown Designer: Melissa Sweet
Bridesmaids Dresses: Theresa, Los Angeles
Theresa is a seamstress I found through another bride online. She does AMAZING work. I fell in love with Lazaro bridesmaid dresses but I didn’t want my bridesmaids to spend a fortune on them, so I was really lucky to find Theresa. All we had to do was buy the fabric, zippers, and lining from the garment district downtown. Each dress cost 1/3 of the price of the real thing and they turned out beautifully (they looked store bought to me). She also made the flower girl dress and threw in a ring bearer pillow she made with the extra fabric at no additional charge.
Hair and Make-up: Joyce Luck
I still think Joyce does amazing work and does magic with make-up, but I wish that my hair would have looked more like it did during my trial.
Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. and The Facets Collection
Invitations and all Paper Products: Teresa Lang
We had a very limited budget for invitations but still wanted them custom designed. Teresa was really able to make that happen for us. It was a bit difficult to get a hold of her at times since she only does invitation design on the side, but she is really sweet and her work is still very good.
Limo: World Wide Limousine Service
Finding a limo company with a good reputation that has luxury limos in its fleet wasn’t easy. We had no problems with WWL. They showed up on time and the car was immaculate. We loved our 7-series limo! They have a great rating on the Better Business Bureau.
Linens: Fusion Linens
LeRoy at Fusion Linens was probably one of the most accommodating vendors we worked with. He really goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you are happy. He had the most competitive prices on the chocolate pintuck linens we were looking for and the quality of the fabric is top notch.
Chiavari Chairs: ChiavariChairRentals.com
Steve offers competitive prices for good quality chiavari chairs.
Honeymoon: Bora Bora (InterContinental Thalasso Resort & Spa) and Taha’a (Le Taha’a Private Island & Spa) through Laurel at True Tahiti Vacations. I highly recommend Laurel. Booking our honeymoon through her was virtually hassle free. She lives in Moorea, so she has a lot of local knowledge about the islands. She was also very quick to respond to any questions we had.