Best of Bride 2014: The Best Los Angeles Wedding Vendors

From: Fall Winter 2014 edition

From the event designer to the dj to the dressmaker, it takes a village to orchestrate a wedding. That's why thousands of you voted for your favorite vendors, thanking them for their gorgeous work.

Here are the WINNERS from our Best of 2014 awards. Voting is now open for Best of Bride 2015! 

All-Around Wedding Vendor

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Winner: Kristin Banta Events

Known for: Creating luxurious residential environments by utilizing custom fabrications, fashion-forward textures and out-of-the-box inspirations.

Wedded wisdom: “Trust your instincts and make it your own. If you think the groom fishing for a garter under the bride’s dress is awful, skip it. If your favorite date nights revolve around tasting menus, treat your guests to a seven-course, wine-paired menu,” advises Banta.

Finalists: Terranea ResortGood Gracious! EventsRrivre Works Event Design and Custom Luxury Rentals

 

Wedding Planner

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Winner: Kristeen LaBrot Events

Known for: A sharp eye for detail and penchant for blending modern and traditional elements with gorgeously unique results.

Wedded wisdom: “Make sure you’re including a detail because it’s special, not because it’s the hot new thing on Pinterest,” notes LaBrot.

Finalists: Expressionary EventsAt Your Door EventsAmber Events

 

Event Designer

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Winner: Tic-Tock Couture Florals

Known for: Eddie Zaratsian’s name is synonymous with luxurious and visionary floral design, and he has the ability to design without borders, from simple and chic to modern or earthy.

Wedded wisdom:“Flowers are to a venue what a wedding gown is to the bride,” says Zaratsian. “Be smart about how you are spending your money.”

Finalists: La Boheme EventsKristin Banta EventsSterling Engagements

 

Florist

Winner: Butterfly Floral & Event Design

Known for: Lush, feminine, beautiful florals with a romantic twist on tradition.

Finalists: LillabelloR. Jack BalthazarPeony & Plum

 

Photographer

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Winner: Next Exit Photography

Known for: Familial-like devotion to clients and magazine-worthy photos full of heart and emotion. Wedded wisdom: “When my brides tell me specifically what they love ahead of time, it makes it easier for me to know to focus on capturing those kinds of moments,” says owner Cat Brenner. “It might be something as simple as laughter.”

Finalists: Brian Leahy PhotographyCallaway Gable StudiosYvette Roman Photography

 

Videographer


Winner: Blue Kite Cinema

Known for: Combining the adventure of love with a passion for capturing wedding videos that truly showcase each couple’s style and personality.

Finalists: Tower FilmsOn Tape Video ProductionsCouture Motion Pictures

 

New Reception Site

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The Loft on Pine

Known for: A beautiful urban venue in the heart of historic Long Beach featuring rustic wood floors, iconic columns, old brick walls and vaulted “barn-like” ceilings with skylights.

Finalists: Carondelet HouseTriunfo Creek VineyardsHollywood Roosevelt

 

Indoor Venue

Winner: Vibiana

Known for: Grand, richly detailed historic architecture (it’s a former cathedral) merged with contemporary dining, libations, hospitality and state-of-the-art amenities.

Wedded wisdom: “Look for a space that is versatile and flexible—make sure to ask about things like rain contingencies, menu customization and any special needs that you might have early on,” advises executive director Anika Warden.

Finalists: The Ebell of Los AngelesThe Langham Huntington, PasadenaMontage Beverly Hills

 

Outdoor Venue

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Winner: Terranea Resort

Known for: A little slice of paradise in Rancho Palos Verdes, the 102-acre peninsula is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and features beautiful grounds and Mediterranean architecture.

Finalists: Calamigos RanchSaddlerock RanchLa Venta Inn

 

Caterer

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Winner: Good Gracious! Events

Known for: British-born owner Pauline Parry brings a fun-filled zest to every dish and event with her cutting-edge cuisine and artisan cocktails, all created from the freshest and most delicious ingredients.

Wedded wisdom: “This is the first time hosting as a married couple,” says Parry. “So be sure you feel comfortable with is served, it should be what you really like so guests feel the same joy about the food and drinks as you.”

Finalists: New York Food CompanyEco CatersContemporary Catering

 

Rentals

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Winner: Designer Specialty Linens

Known for: Adding sumptuous, high-quality texture and patterns to reception tables through custom manufactured linens, napkins, overlays, chair covers and more.

Wedded wisdom: “The linen is the platform on which your entire décor rests. Choosing the right color, pattern and texture creates a cohesive look and enhances the tabletop design,” explains DSL owner Dahlia Wexler. “For a vineyard reception, a natural fabric in an off white, cream or tan color makes an ideal base. The natural fibers are in keeping with an outdoor or cask room setting, and the light color supports either a romantic or rustic look.”

Finalists: Classic Party RentalsTown and Country Event RentalsThe Vintage Table Co.

 

Music

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Winner: Bob Gail Special Events

Known for: Pairing musical talent with the vision of the couple to enhance the spirit of the wedding.

Wedded wisdom: “The most important factor when planning music for a wedding is to book entertainers who have a well-rounded and diverse repertoire, while also being experts at reading an audience, and therefore are equipped to respond accordingly,” says Brian Pincus, executive vice president.

Finalists: Hey Mr. DJVox DJsLuxury DJs

 

Invitations

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Winner: East Six

Known for: Adding a twist on the classic invitation so that it meets the vision of each couple.

Wedded wisdom: “The most creative invitations are those that tie together all elements of the wedding,” say owners Marina Marchisi and Stacey Mui. “We love it when clients come to us with their inspiration and then let us do what we do best.”

Finalists: Copper Willow Paper StudioBliss & BonePrim & Pixie

 

Wedding Cakes and Desserts

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Winner: Superfine Bakery

Known for: Martha Stewart–like attention to detail meets the Museum of Contemporary to create decadently chic treats for a couple’s big day.

Wedded wisdom: Owner and pastry chef Andrea Boudewijn suggests couples focus on creating an edible centerpiece that’s perfectly customized to their event. “We have a maximum number of cakes we’ll [make each day] to ensure a high level of service and quality.”

Finalists: Fantasy FrostingsVanilla Bake ShopThe Butter End Cakery

 

Dress Shop

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Winner: JLM Couture Flagship Salon

Known for: Attentive and personal service and a beautiful, modern space on Robertson Boulevard, which showcases JLM’s labels, including Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Jim Hjelm and Tara Keely.

Finalists: Lovella BridalMonique Lhuillier Flagship SalonPanache Bridal

 

Custom Dress Designer

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Winner: R-Mine Bespoke

Known for: One-of-a-kind couture bridal gowns designed by fashionable Studio City-based Armine Ohanessian that meld timeless and elegant designs with a modern edge and old-fashioned quality workmanship.

Wedded wisdom: “When choosing a custom dress design, the most important thing to take into consideration is the bride’s personality,” explains Ohanessian. “We want to make sure that it represents her, but that you don’t ‘lose’ her in the dress. It is also very important to consider each aspect of the wedding. What is the venue? What size wedding? Is there a theme? Are there traditions that need to be followed? These are all things that play a huge role in choosing the right dress.”

Finalists: Alina PizzanoKirstie Kelly

 

Hair and Makeup

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Winner: Makeup Therapy

Known for: Helping clients feel organized, beautiful and informed through the art of personalized makeup application and its therapeutic benefits.

Wedded wisdom: “Look at bridal magazines like California Wedding Day, and others like Bazaar, InStyle and Vogue for inspiration,”says Tara Dowburd. “Showing images helps us see what a client thinks is beautiful.”

Finalists: Blushington Makeup & Beauty LoungeSymmetry Beauty by NyrieBetsy DiFrancesca

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