Day of wedding: We are so glad our wedding was the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend! It does make planning a bit more important, because vendors can get booked quickly for that day, but it was so great to have a long weekend to celebrate our marriage. Family flying in from out of town also appreciated making a ‘vacation’ out of it instead of a quick turnaround trip. Perfect weekend !
Location of Ceremony and Reception: Our ceremony took place at St. Leon Cathedral in Burbank, and the Reception was at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. The church is beautiful, and the officiants are good. You just have to trust them that things will be perfect, they are not really into ‘meeting’ formally ahead of time or pre-planning things unless you know them personally. The reception was FABULOUS! The venue is beautiful, with a cocktail hour overlooking a waterfall and a ball room with so many rich colors! The food was the best, from options to presentation. Truly the wedding of our dreams! http://www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/
Number of Guests: 270 people. We thought it was the perfect size.
DJ: Sevag, need we say more? :) Perfect sound system, amazing selection of many different types of music. Our crowd was on their feet literally all night. Such a pleasure to work with – professional, courteous, and THE BEST! Skip the band, honestly, DJ Sevag provides everything you will need to have the most memorable wedding. Thank you again!
Photos: Caro Photography and Videography. We took photos after the wedding, because the Four Seasons allows you access to all hotel grounds for photos at no charge when you plan a wedding there. They have so many areas for great shots – it was very convenient to be where the reception would take place later that evening. It made the day flow perfectly for us as the bride and groom, as well as our families, though it meant the church / reception couldn’t be back to back. www.carophotography.com
Cake: Hilda. She has been baking for so many years, and will make almost any style of cake you show her. Beautiful cake, and it tasted wonderful, too.
Dessert Table Sweets: Bitter Baking Company, Paulette Macarons, The Chocolate Guy:
* We ordered French macarons from Paulette’s in Beverly Hills. So tasty, and a perfect bite size treat for everyone. The colors alone add so much to the dessert table. They just opened a store in Pasadena, too!
* The Chocolate Guy did our fondue table, and it was fantastic. They even have someone host the station to keep it neat and provide assistance. They had many options, but we chose milk chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries, dried fruits, profiteroles, rice krispie treats, and pretzels as our dippers.
* Last but not least, Bitter Baking Company. We worked with Erin to design signature cookies for the rehearsal lunch and our gift bags/tags for the hotel rooms. She is absolutely brilliant. She helps you design any logo you want for your wedding based on the style, and gives you many versions of options through email before you pick your final product. Professional, courteous, and VERY accessible considering she isn’t local! Everything turned out perfectly, and we worked with her on our thank you cards as well, which we designed together. She’s the best.
Dress: Lovella Bridal (used to be Jobyna). Great staff, beautiful selection, the best place to get a dress! Christine is the perfect consultant. She helps you find the style of dress that works best for you, and has a great ‘eye’ for what looks good on each bride. It was an absolute pleasure working with them.
Flowers: Dezign Shop (Sera). Beautiful flowers, Sera does a great job picturing what you want for your wedding and makes it happen!
Overall advice: Make a point to remember a few things that touch you throughout the day. It goes by so fast, you will be happy you took a deep breath and just soaked in those few moments. In preparing, try as much as you can to keep things in perspective and enjoy yourself. Your engagement is a special time, and you will never have those months ever again. That being said, I would prioritize booking the DJ, the photographer, and the venues above everything else. They are what make your party memorable! Most importantly, enjoy the Big Day! Nothing is worth getting upset about, and the memories you create that day will truly last a lifetime. Have fun!