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The Best of 2018: The Industry's Top Wedding Vendors

Roll out the red carpet for this year’s stars of the wedding industry!
By: 
Lara M. Burnap and Harmony Walton
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The votes are in for California Wedding Day's annual awards program, Best of 2018, honoring the most innovative and creative talent in the wedding industry from Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura/Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County. The finalists were chosen by their peers through an open voting process held online at californiaweddingday.com. Plan your day with this incredible list of talented vendors who will make your wedding dreams come true. 

Winners were announced at wedding industry’s event of the year at Vibiana on May 15 and are published in the Summer 2018 issue of California Wedding Day. The gala whisked guests on a road trip through the bounty of the Golden State, from Napa Valley to Palm Springs. Under the helm of our audacious leader, Lisa Khan of Lisa Khan Events and Jason Rhee of Rheefined Events, with incredible support from Rayce Pr, we joined forces with a talented team of vendors to create a quintessential Californian experience … all the way from the 405 to 101 to Mulholland Drive and all the way down the PCH. 

THE WOW FACTOR

OVERALL VENDOR

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design
Known for: From romantic, cascading floor-to-ceiling florals to modern statement pieces that will delight design buffs, Eddie and his team create fanciful and creative installations that will transform any space into another world.
Finalists: Cielo Farms, Contemporary Catering, Marisa Nicole Events

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
24 Carrots Catering and Events
Known for: An exceptional culinary team boasting house-made ingredients, thoughtful pairings and creative presentation with an avant-garde twist.
Finalists: Found Vintage Rentals, Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, Pure Lavish Events

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Percy Sales Events
Known for: His calm and cheerful demeanor combined with a carefully curated design aesthetic and unique approach to every event.
Finalists: Event of the Season, Lucas Rossi  Photography, Party Pleasers Event Rental Co.

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Greengate Ranch and Vineyard 
Known for: A retreat-like experience, this working ranch in Edna Valley wine country includes a pole barn, lakeside ceremony lawn and vacation homes available for family accommodations or getting ready.
Finalists: All About Events, The Cliffs Resort, Karson Butler Events

Photography by from left, Brian Tropianoa for Braedon Weddings, Chloe Moore Photography,  Next Exit Photography
From left, Eddie Zaratsian, Best Overall Vendor, L.A.;  Marisa Nicole Events, Best Wedding Planner, L.A.;  Lotus and Lily, Best Florist, L.A.

EVENT DESIGN

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Kristin Banta Events
Known for: Designing a couple’s wedding through visual storytelling, an eye for details and typically a grand surprise or two.
Finalists: Encore – Leslie Kaplan Event Design, Kristeen LaBrot Events, Sterling Engagements Event Design and Production

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Pure Lavish Events
Known for: Sweet details, a delicate touch in both design and client management, and outdoor events that blend seamlessly with their environment.
Finalists: A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production, Leilani Weddings, Shawna Yamamoto Event Design

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Event of the Season 
Known for: Curating weddings with an effortlessly chic sensibility and an eye for picture-perfect, dazzling details.
Finalists: An Enlightened Event, Onyx and Redwood, Percy Sales Events

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Karson Butler Events 
Known for: A pair of fun-loving twins and their team who have a chic sense of style and creativity and are continually reinventing wedding design as if each client were their only one.
Finalists: A Lovely Creative, Danae Grace Events, Lovelyfest Event Design

WEDDING PLANNER

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Tie: Bluebell Events
Marisa Nicole Events
(Bluebell events)  Known for: A love of love that is felt in the celebration of planner Charley Izabella King’s clients, through her soft design touch,
and dedication to flawless execution.
(Marisa Nicole)  Known for: A methodical yet fun-loving, family-style approach to planning a wedding with creative execution every time.
Finalists: At Your Door Events, Master Plans Events and Designs, Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Platinum Weddings by Kerrie
Known for: Kerrie’s spirit of celebration in every decision, a vast knowledge of her craft and the ability to honor cultural traditions, even when merging the most diverse of families together.
Finalists: Confetti Skies, Events by RobinKelsey Events

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Bella Vita Events
Known for: Bringing the meaning of their name “beautiful life” to the forefront of all experiences, including co-creating with their clients to bring their dreams to fruition while staying on time and on budget.
Finalists: Star Hansen Events, Wedding Kate, Wheat and Honey Weddings and Events

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Amanda Holder Events 
Known for: A Rolodex of local vendors at her fingertips combined with excellent communication, a calm demeanor and attention to detail. Holder excels at creating flawless weddings and stress-free moments—plus, you can count on her to appear with a glass of Champagne at just the right moment.
Finalists: Nanci Bernard Wedding and Event Planner, Le Festin Events, Vanessa Noel Events

Photography by from left, Jenny Quicksall; Maya Mayers Photography; Lin and Jirsa Photography
From left, XO Bloom, Best Florist, Ventura/Santa Barbara; Maya Myers, Best Photographer, L.A.; Lin and Jirsa Photography, Best Photographer, O.C. 

FLORIST

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Lotus and Lily Floral and Event Design
Known for: A modern approach to design, an eye for the original and a one-of-a-kind style that marries effortlessly with yours.
Finalists: Flower Duet, Lilla Bello Floral Artistry and Event Styling, Rebelle Fleurs Event Design

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Flowers by Cina
Known for: A long history of carefully crafted creations using fresh seasonal florals that express each couple’s personal vision.
Finalists: The Bloom of Time, Bottles and Blooms, Lavenders Flowers

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
XO Bloom
Known for: Inventive weaving of flowers into almost anything (including fashion for the wedding day!). This design duo has a background in event production and an eye for elegant creations.
Finalists: Casa Blanca Event Design, Knot Just Flowers, Unique Floral Designs

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Noonan’s Wine Country Designs 
Known for: Rustic elegance, casual glamour and true craftsmanship, as seen in its captivatingly pretty center-pieces and floral-clad tents.
Finalists: Adornments Flowers and Finery, Precious and Blooming Floral Design, Wilder Floral Co.


Photography by from left, Varolie Darling; Jim Kennedy Photographers; Allison Maginn Photography  
From left, Quail Ranch, Best Outdoor Venue, Ventura/Santa Barbara; Flowers by Cina, Best Florist, O.C.; Vibiana, Best Indoor Venue, L.A.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

PHOTOGRAPHER

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Maya Myers Photography
Known for: Crisp, clean and romantic imagery paired with a deep care and love for her clients that shines through each heartwarming and memorable photograph taken by Myers.
Finalists: Brian Saculles Photography, Next Exit Photography, Valorie Darling Photography

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Lin and Jirsa Photography
Known for: Sharp, clean photographs, striking colors and attention to detail. Lin and Jirsa’s photojournalistic eye captures everything from large-scale Indian weddings to intimate affairs around the world.
Finalists: Brett Hickman Photographers, Chard Photographer, McCune Photography

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Jenny Quicksall
Known for: A passion for life and a warm personality that translates effortlessly into every photo Quicksall captures. From outdoor affairs with beautiful soft light to the perfectly placed pair of high heels in the bridal suite, Quicksall’s wedding-day coverage will make you swoon.
Finalists: Lucas Rossi, Michelle Beller Photography, Miki and Sonja Photography

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Jen Rodriguez
Known for: Capturing sweet moments when no one is looking and getting couples to push the limits of where they’ll pose for dramatically beautiful results. And with her mantra, “Every moment is a gift,” clients know their images will be stunning.
Finalists: Alexandra Wallace, Cameron Ingalls, Kelsea Holder

Photography by from left, Sally Piinera; Jarrod J Photography; Courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn
From left, Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, Best Wedding Planner, O.C.; Pure Lavish Events, Best Event Design, O.C.; Ojai Valley Inn And Spa, Best Resort, Ventura/Santa Barbara 

VIDEOGRAPHER

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Blue Kite Cinema
Known for: Quality, technology and expertise, whether in the far-off reaches of the world or in your own private garden back home.
Finalists: Hoo Films, Samson MediaWorksThe Siren and Co.

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Hoo Films
Known for: Capturing real moments, true excitement and unfettered celebration. From quirky personal stories to swanky soirees, the team documents each event with a timeless, yet modern approach.
Finalists: Boffo Video, Fisheye Studio, Luxury Lifestyle Studios

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Lucas Rossi
Known for: A power combination of photography and videography. Although Rossi is known for exceptional service in both genres, his wedding videos tell stories that take couples to the heart of every meaningful moment of the day.
Finalists: 618 Studios, I Heart My GroomPatrick Ang

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Patrick Ang
Known for: An exceptional use of natural light, together with catching the sweet, lighthearted moments and emotional connections. A bonus: He’s also a photographer, so you have the option of having the best of both worlds!
Finalists: Cameron Ingalls, SLOtographySteelhead Cinema


Photography by from left, Courtesy of Intercontinental Los Angeles; Chard Photographer
From left, Intercontinental Los Angeles, Best New Venue, L.A.; Terranea Resort, Best Resort, L.A.

THE PERFECT LOCATION

NEW VENUE

LOS ANGELES WINNER
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown 
Known for: There’s nothing small about this 889-room property: The lobby is on the 70th floor; its Spire 73 is the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere; and the Grand Ballroom, with 1,779 seats, is ready for any South Asian reception. The 94,000 square feet of event space comprises a diverse group of venues, from a rooftop lounge, complete with a unique water and fire feature, to a breezy garden patio with views of Seventh Street’s historic facades.
Finalists: The Garden at Redbird, Rolling Hills Country Club, Valentine and Grass Room

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Huntington Bay Club
Known for: A newly renovated nautical-style design with both indoor and outdoor waterfront event areas, views for days and a private beach.
Finalists: Fête The Venue, Hangar 21

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Hotel Californian
Known for: A prime location steps from the ocean and adjacent to the Funk Zone, the property marries terra-cotta Spanish architecture with a beach vibe. The Alhambra ballroom, full of Moorish flair and with enough space to accommodate 285 guests, is beyond perfect for saying “I do.”
Finalists: Kestrel Park, Villa and Vine

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Rava Wines and Events
Known for: Its picturesque one-stop shop location in the heart of Paso Robles. This vineyard and event venue sits on 505 acres of wine country, complete with a horse ranch, lake, olive grove, ballroom and accommodations.
Finalists: White Barn, SLO Brew

Photography by from left, Brandon Kidd Photography; Brian Tropiano for Braedon Flynn Photography; Jay C Winter
From left, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Best Resort, O.C.; Contemporary Catering, Best Catering, L.A.; Pepper Tree Ranch, Best Outdoor Venue, S.L.O. 

OUTDOOR VENUE

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Cielo Farms
Known for: Panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the family-owned estate boasts 30 acres of olive orchard and vineyard. The rustic, stone Tuscan-style farmhouse, nestled among the trees and hills, is a picturesque and private space for everything from black-tie to casual afternoon nuptials.
Finalists: Bel-Air Bay Club, La Venta Inn,  Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Rancho Las Lomas
Known for: Unique and elegant grounds that include wildlife (there’s even a white tiger!), which inhabit the open-air museum and Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation. The grand El Teatro is the property’s most frequently used site, housing a marble stage and beautifully overgrown oak and sycamore trees.
Finalists: Franciscan Gardens, Old Ranch Country Club, The Ranch at Laguna Beach 

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Quail Ranch
Known for: Family owned and operated, this picturesque avocado ranch, perched on a hill in Simi Valley, is ideal for outdoor events and intimate parties. The Spanish-style historic estate offers an elegant courtyard, flowing fountains and tall pine trees.
Finalists: San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Sunstone Villa

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Pepper Tree Ranch
Known for: A rustic vintage barn befitting the most elegant of Central California’s couples and guest rooms for as many as 22 make this the perfect  domestic destination for saying “I do.”
Finalists: Greengate Ranch and Vineyard, Oyster Ridge at Ancient Peaks Winery, Terra Mia

Photography by from left, Jenny Quicksall; Lorely Meza; LeVie Photography
From left, All About Events, Best Rentals, S.L.O.; Huntington Bay Club, Best New Venue, O.C.; Fantasy Frostings, Best Cakes, L.A.

INDOOR VENUE

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Vibiana
Known for: Lofty ceilings, luxurious white marble, an elegant outdoor garden and impeccable food served by celebrity-favorite chef Neal Fraser. If a grand entrance is what you seek, look no farther than this historic property, which was once a cathedral before reopening its doors as a dramatic event space.
Finalists: Carondelet House, The Ebell of Los Angeles, The Modern

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
The Colony House
Known for: A modern Craftsman-style setting that welcomes guests with a warm and inviting feeling of home for the big day.
Finalists: The 1912, The Estate on SecondNixon Library

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Four Seasons Westlake Village
Known for: Tranquil gardens, vast event spaces and a quality of experience you won’t soon forget. This wellness-focused resort ensures each wedding day is a relaxing and oh so special experience.
Finalists: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Club, Sherwood Country Club

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Tooth and Nail Winery
Known for: A regal castle setting befitting a royal wedding among the vines. The unique event venue offers something different, with several spaces to choose from for both the traditional and slightly more alternative couple.
Finalists: The Cliffs Resort, Dana Powers House and Barn, Rava Wines


Photography by from left, Jenny Quicksall; Dina Douglass
From left, Kelly Patrice, Best Invitations, Ventura/Santa Barbara; Luxe Linen, Best Tabletop Rentals, L.A./O.C.


BEST RESORT FOR A WEDDING

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Terranea Resort
Known for: Being a destination within a destination, this Rancho Palos Verdes property boasts 102 acres along the Pacific Ocean as well as  Mediterranean-style architecture. The outdoor lawn has some of the best sunset viewing spots in the city, and the Catalina Room continues the view with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing an alfresco ambiance.
Finalists: The Beverly Hills Hotel, Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach, Waldorf Astoria

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Known for: A dramatic ceremony site, with its signature rotunda overlooking the ocean, and an incredible staff to serve your every whim. In addition, Pelican Hill features some of the most celebrated chefs in town, rooms and suites you won’t want to leave, and a venue large enough to accommodate—and dazzle—all your nearest and dearest.
Finalists: The Waterfront Beach ResortMonarch Beach Resort, Pasea Hotel and Spa

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Known for: A variety of elegant event spaces, from a beautiful ballroom to a romantic farmhouse setting (coming soon), vast grounds and rolling green hillsides, this location literally has it all—including a pub on property for continuing the party late into the night.
Finalists: Belmond El Encanto, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa BarbaraThe Ritz-Carlton Bacara

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
The Cliffs Resort
Known for: Prime oceanfront property, situated on its own bluff on famed Pismo Beach. With beach access, an oceanfront ceremony lawn and tent pavilion, and a grand ballroom fit for 270 of your nearest and dearest, this newly renovated property is ideal for couples seeking a spot located halfway between their Southern and Northern California friends.
Finalists: Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Granada Hotel and Bistro, Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

AT YOUR SERVICE

CATERER

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Contemporary Catering
Known for: Inventive food design, gorgeous presentations and incredibly creative cuisine. But the heart and soul of the company are just as delightful as the food, with a passionate staff that bends over backward to make every detail perfect.
Finalists: Good Gracious! Events, Made by Meg, New York Food Company

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
24 Carrots Catering and Events 
Known for: Fine dining, exemplary service, exceptional venues and creative design in the California wedding scene. Its exquisite food, inventive menus
and fanciful event design bring weddings to life with a richness of experience that’s filled with fresh, house-made dishes and never-before-seen pairings that delight all the senses.
Finalists: Colette’s Catering and Events, Jay’s Catering, Summit Event Catering

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Command Performance Catering
Known for: Creating a culinary experience for each event that’s as unique as the couple tying the knot. And with an in-house floral designer, rentals and exclusive wedding locations under their umbrella, the experienced staff makes planning your wedding stress-free.
Finalists: 805 Catering, Catering Connection, Seasons Catering, Pure Joy Catering

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Trumpet Vine Catering
Known for: With locally sourced and seasonally inspired menus that keep the environment and sustainability in mind, this chef-owned company
serves California cuisine at its finest.
Finalists: Field to Table Catering and Events, Flora and Fauna Fine Food, Zest it Up

Photography by from left, Lucas Rossi; Mike Larson
From left, Party Pleasers, Best Rentals, Ventura/Santa Barbara; Greengate Ranch, Best Overall Vendor, S.L.O.

WEDDING CAKES

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Fantasy Frostings
Known for: Inventive designs, heartfelt care for their clients, passion in their purpose, and sweets that are out-of-this-world good—it’s no wonder these cake artists have served celebrity clients for decades.
Finalists: The Butter End Cakery, SusieCakes, Vanilla Bake Shop

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Simply Sweet Cakery
Known for: Sweet treats that contain love and heart from each team member. With designs in French buttercream and cake in surprising flavors such as peanut butter and jelly and “strawberry fields forever,” trust us, you won’t want to save your top tier for an entire year.
Finalists: Elise Cakes, Grace and Honey  Cakes, Sweet Art Fine Swiss Confectioner

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Frost It Cakery
Known for: Using organic fruits and goods from local farmers’ markets, ensuring you get the best-tasting treats on your wedding day. Frost It serves up delectable custom cakes and dessert bars, but it’s the creative artistry we love best.
Finalists: Enjoy Cupcakes, Lele Patisserie, Sweet Art Bake Shop

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Paper Cake Events
Known for: An artistic eye, delicate touch and creative spirit—and yes, we’re talking about wedding cakes. Paper Cake Event’s sweet sense of style will wow you with works of art made from a bit more than flour and sugar.
Finalists: Cake Cathedral, Christine’s Cake Creations, Just Baked Cake Studio and Bakery

Photography by from left, Lorely Meza; Studio Emp; Anna Delores Photography
From left, 24 Carrots, Best Catering, O.C.; Found Rentals, Best Rentals, O.C.; Prim & Pixie, Best Invitations, L.A. 

ALL IN THE DETAILS

BEST RENTALS

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Premiere Party Rents
Known for: A vast inventory with all you’ll ever need to throw a party, from delicately detailed china to festive fire pits and clear-top tents, too.
Finalists: 204 Events, A Rental Connection

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Found Vintage Rentals
Known for: Offering one-of-a-kind rentals, including items plucked from a Parisian flea market and Old World tabletop accents, that make any modern wedding look like a masterpiece. Found Vintage Rentals sources impeccable pieces ranging from delicate textiles to mod seating.
Finalists: Archive Rentals, Sweet Salvage Rentals, Sundrop Vintage

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Party Pleasers
Known for: Outfitting weddings with everything you need to say “I do,” such as luxury tents, vintage rentals and chic table accessories.
Finalists: Pretty Vintage Rentals, The Tent Merchant, Ventura Rental Party Center

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
All About Events
Known for: Everything from farmhouse tables and specialty tents to a wine barrel collection for those swanky wine-themed soirees.
Finalists: Avenue Twelve, Embellish Vintage  Rentals, Scout Rental Co.

BEST TABLETOP RENTALS

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Luxe Linen
Known for: Producing and delivering some of the finest linens to your reception table with an eye for style and a delicate touch.
LA Finalists: Casa de Perrin, Dish Wish, Premiere Party Rents
OC Finalists: Bright Event Rentals, Signature Party Rentals, Wildflower Linen

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Theoni Collection
Known for: Quality in craftsmanship paired with perfection of style in the small goods that enhance an event space, from napkin rings to dining chairs and all the details in between.
Finalists: La Tavola Fine Linen, Otis and Pearl Vintage Rentals, Party Pleasers Event Rental Company

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
All About Events
Known for: With its extensive inventory and luxe product lines, from modern stoneware plates to vintage goblets, you’ll find everything you need to sip and dine.
Finalists:  Got You Cover’d, La Tavola Fine Linen, Taylor Rental Party Plus

Photography by from left, Chard Photography; Braedon Photography; Lacie Hansen
From left, Premiere Party Rentals, Best Rentals, L.A.; Kristin Banta Events, Best Event Design, L.A.; Theoni Collection, Best Tabletop Rentals, Ventura/Santa Barbara

BEST LIGHTING AND AUDIO VISUAL

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Amber Event Production
Known for: Visual drama when nothing but the best will do. To elevate the look of any event or detail, its lighting genius is an essential.
Finalists: Images by Lighting, The Lighter Side, Waveform Events Entertainment and Lighting

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Waveform Events Entertainment and Lighting
Known for: Offering personal service and vast experience, Waveform will deliver your dance floor, event lighting and photo booth fun, and ensure no moment of entertainment is overlooked at your wedding reception.
Finalists: Elevated Pulse Productions, Honored Occasions, Premier Event Lighting

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Bella Vista Designs
Known for: Decades of dedicated service that goes beyond excellent technical and lighting skills, offering couples one-stop shopping for furniture, sound and fabric staging.
Finalists: Ambient Event Design, Shine Lighting, Spark Creative Events

SAN LUIS OBISPO
Spark Creative Events
Known for: Creating truly celebratory environments through lighting, fabric draping and sound, while transforming spaces.
Finalists: Bella Vista Designs, Epic Entertainment, Kramer Events

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE

LIVE MUSIC

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Bob Gail Special Events
Known for: Its veteran star talent, long history of quality service and all-around epic dance bands to get the party started and keep it going all night long.
Finalists: Dart Collective, LIV Entertainment, The Replicas Music

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Luxury Entertainment Group
Known for: Headlining acts like Dirty Sugar, and for a vast song list in its repertoire and a variety of sounds, so there’s a celebratory style for everyone.
Finalists: Dart Collective, The Society BandUndercover Live Entertainment 

VENTURA/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
West Coast Music
Known for: The quality of its performers, the  liveliness of its bands and groups, and the creativity that the performers bring to the party.
Finalists: Dart  Collective, Elan Artists,  LIV Entertainment

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Dan Curcio/Moonshiner Collective
Known for: A style all its own—one that mixes indie rock, folk and American music, ensuring everyone at a wedding enjoys the tunes.
Finalists: Bear Market Riot, Matt Cross and the One Night Band

DJ

LOS ANGELES WINNER
David Krieger
Known for: A longstanding professional manner with a background in radio and television, giving him the tools to rock a dance floor like few others can.
Finalists: Dart Collective, Red ShoeVIP Entertainment

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Elevated Pulse Productions
Known for: With the rare ability to blend all genres of music and still work the room on a microphone, these DJs know how to wow a crowd.
Finalists: Luxury Entertainment Group, Vox DJs, Waveform Events Entertainment and Lighting

VENTURA/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Bouquet Sound
Known for: A bevy of top-notch entertainers spinning tunes on concert-quality equipment to ensure every note is a memorable one.
Finalists: DJ Sota Entertainment, Gavin Roy Presents, GTZ Entertainment

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Kramer Events
Known for: A skilled master of ceremonies who rocks the mic and your favorite tunes, plus a dedicated lighting expert who works to create a unique experience of sound and sight that gets your guests on the dance floor.
Finalists: Central Coast Premier Entertainment, Epic Entertainment, Malik Thorne


Photography by from left, Jodee Debes Photography; Stephanie Williams, For this Modern Romance; Sue Bryce 
From left, JLM Couture, Best Wedding Dress Shop, L.A.; David Krieger, Best DJ, L.A.; Erica Elizabeth Designs, Best Bridal Accessories, L.A.; Rmine, Best Custom Dress Designer, L.A. and O.C. 

INVITATION DESIGNER

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Prim & Pixie
Known for: A modern aesthetic with a creative edge, this studio’s talents shine on paper as much as they do on alternative products, such as plexiglass, palm leaves and any party detail you can dream up.
Finalists: Copper Willow Paper Studio, Emily Devitt Designs, Jasmin Michelle Designs

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Honeycrisp Designs
Known for: Working with rich textures and mixed media, and placing a modern touch on the traditional are a few of the ways owner Viv Milne has jumped to the forefront of invitation design.
Finalists: Jen Simpson Design, Darla Marie Designs, Pirouette Paper Company

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Kelly Patrice Calligraphy
Known for: A style of calligraphy all her own and an inventive eye for placing her lettering beyond just the invitation—from wine bottles to marble, cookies and so much more.
Finalists: Brown and Co. Designs, Lazaro Press and Design, Sophia Love Letters

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Fête and Quill
Known for: Large-scale hand-lettered wedding signs, calligraphy on almost anything (even oystershells) and bespoke invitation design with a variety of printing press styles to select from.
Finalists: Bourbon Blue Cards, Rosey  Calligraphy, Salt and Stag Creative

STYLE GUIDE

WEDDING DRESS SHOP

LOS ANGELES WINNER
JLM Couture
Known for: A one-stop shop for the best in bridal couture—offering glamour and sparkle, modern and sophisticated, as well as timeless styles. With designers  like Hayley Paige and Lazaro among the bridal dress racks, you’re sure to find your dream gown.
Finalists: A Bride by Samantha, Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Panache Bridal

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Known for: An impressive selection of gowns, including designs by Sareh Nouri, Berta, Viktor and Rolf, and Pronovias. Opt for the VIP appointment and you’ll find yourself feeling like Hollywood royalty with bridal swag, additional time and store credit.
Finalists: Blush Bridal Couture, Casablanca Bridal, The White Dress

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Camarillo Bridal Boutique
Known for: Quality of selection at a price that keeps you happy during your wedding planning process. With notable brands and collections from David Tutera, Maggie Sottero and Casablanca Bridal, plus stylists who guide you to “the one.”
Finalists: The Dress Bridal, Kay’s Bridal, Panache Bridal Santa Barbara

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Moondance Bridal
Known for: The go-to place for the “romantic and free-spirited” bride, boasting designers such as Theia and Sarah Seven. With effortless romance fluttering through its gown collections and a relaxed vibe in the salon, this is wedding dress shopping without the stress.
Finalists: A Heart’s Desires Bridal and Tuxedo, Down the Aisle, Something Bridal

CUSTOM GOWN DESIGNER

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Rminé Bespoke
Known for: Fashion-forward, daring, dramatic and regal couture wedding dresses. If a grand ball gown suits you, then you’re in luck with designer Arminé Ohanessian at thehelm. Her eye can be bold and even colorful, yet her lines are clean and soft for the ultimate bridal moment.
Finalists: Jinza Couture Bridal, Madeleine Fig, Trish Peng

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA/SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Madeleine Fig
Known for: Unending attention to detail, timeless classics with a modern edge and one-of-a-kind gowns for the bride who seeks something different to walk down the aisle in.
Finalists: Jinza Couture Bridal, RMINETrish Peng

Photography by from left, Emily Magers Photography; Heydey Photos 
From left, Design Visage, Best Hair and Makeup, O.C.; Hey Gorgeous Formal Wear, Best Groomswear, S.L.O.; The Queen’s Bees, Best Hair and Makeup, S.L.O. 

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Erica Elizabeth Designs
Known for: Vintage-inspired bridal accessories, including tiaras, crowns, bespoke wedding veils and other beautiful handmade bridal pieces that are sure to make a fashionable statement.
Finalists: Kendra Scott, Margaret Rowe Couture, Panache Bridal

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Known for: An inventory of bridal accessories, such as veils and a stunning collection of Maria Elena headpieces, that evoke the ultimate in bridal elegance.
Finalists: Camille Christine, Erin Cole, Styled by TC

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA
Kendra Scott
Known for: Celebratory statement pieces, colorful maids’ gifts and a modern yet timeless design aesthetic, with enough variety for any bride’s style.
Finalists:  Erica Elizabeth Designs, Margaret  Rowe Couture, Panache Bridal Santa Barbara

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Untamed Petals at Moondance Bridal 
Known for: Moondance Bridal is the flagship store for Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge; expect the full line of dreamy boho accessories at your fingertips.
Finalists: A Heart’s Desires Bridal and TuxedoTo Have and To Hold Bridal Salon  

GROOMSWEAR

LOS ANGELES/VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA/ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Friar Tux 
Known for: Fashionable inventory and ease of
ordering paired with plenty of variety make this experience a breeze, no matter where you live or plan to wed.
Finalists: The Black Tux, Grooms Grotto,  Men’s Wearhouse, Nordstrom

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Hey Gorgeous Formal Wear
Known for: One-stop shopping for affordable menswear and bridal party attire, with quality of service and product not forgotten along the way.
Finalists: A Heart’s Desires Bridal and Tuxedo, Men’s Wearhouse

Photography by from left, Martin Rusch; Courtesy of Madeleine Fig; Diana King 
From left, Kendra Scott, Best Bridal Accessories, Ventura/Santa Barbara; Madeleine Fig, Best Designer, Ventura/Santa Barbara/S.L.O; Page Beauty, Best Hair and Makeup, L.A.

HAIR/MAKEUP

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Page Beauty
Known for: Creating a truly timeless and natural beauty that seems effortless in sensibility yet modern enough for any bride’s sophisticated style.
Finalists: Cheek to Cheek Artistry, Makeup Therapy, Face It Sugar Beauty Therapy

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
Design Visage
Known for: Standing the test of time and a proven level of excellence. From Brazilian blowouts to bridal makeup, the artists ensure you feel beautiful from head to toe.
Finalists: Face It Sugar Beauty Therapy, Flawless Faces, Vanity Belle

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Known for: Helping clients feel oh so confident on their big day with flawless styling, includingeverything from loose and wavy curls to modern updos and airbrushed makeup.
Finalists: Blushing Beauty, Team Hair and Makeup, Tami Bernard Makeup Artist

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
The Queen’s Bees
Known for: Its collective of hair and makeup artists, who have been handpicked because of their experience and artistic ability. Offering airbrushed makeup, creative updos, plus eyelash and hair extensions.
Finalists: Brit Tarr, Candace Miller Makeup, Tami Bernard Makeup Artist

TIE THE KNOT

OFFICANT

LOS ANGELES WINNER
Great Officiants, Alan Katz
Known for: His ability to make any  wedding ceremony a “fun and romantic adventure,” breathing life into the process while always honoring the ideals of the couple.
Finalists: Pastor Brad JohnsonReverend Clint Hufft, JP Reynolds

ORANGE COUNTY WINNER
JP Reynolds
Known for: A personal dedication to seeking out what matters most to his clients; each ceremony is as unique and individual as the couple.
Finalists: Rev. Clint Hufft, Great Officiants,  Let’s Get Married by Marie

VENTURA COUNTY/SANTA BARBARA WINNER
Reverend Barbara Laughray
Known for: Her charismatic speaking ability paired with an artistic approach to a wedding ceremony that leaves couples and families with a meaningful experience.
Finalists: Great Officiants, Ross BeardsleyKristin Neese, Seaside Ceremonies

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINNER
Rick Comstock
Known for: Creatively helping couples find the right words to express their love and designing wedding ceremonies that reflect just those two individals.
Finalists: Andy Morris, Russ GordonTom Allen