These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted for Best of 2020's Editor Picks.
Best of 2019: Orange County
Planning a wedding has never been easier with this fabulous list of creatives that will make your dreams a reality. Find your perfect match from this guide to the top vendors from Orange County. We also have winners in San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura/Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, and our Editor's Picks.
Jewelry designer Kendra Scott creates statement pieces that can be customized to coordinate with any wedding color palette.
FINALISTS: Mon Amie Bridal Salon, Petals & Stones, Styled by TC
HAIR & MAKEUP
Design Visage’s stylists master a client’s look to ensure they feel beautiful from head to toe, whether that means a glam updo, beach waves or natural makeup.
FINALISTS: Dolled Up by Lulu, Flawless Faces, Vanity Belle
CUSTOM WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER
Designer Peng delivers precise tailoring to hug your curves, transparent pricing and sumptuous fabrics.
FINALISTS: A Bride by Samantha, Rminé, Vene Ai Studio
WEDDING DRESS SHOP
Mon Amie Bridal Salon
This Costa Mesa boutique offers an impressive selection of gowns, including designs by Sareh Nouri, Berta, Viktor & Rolf and Pronovias.
FINALISTS: Blush Bridal, Panache Bridals, The White Dress
Friar Tux Shop
FINALISTS: The Black Tux, Grooms Grotto, Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers by Cina, O.C. Best Florist (The Heart's Haven)
WEDDING CAKES & DESSERTS
Sweet & Saucy Shop
This Long Beach bakeshop makes guests want to eat dessert first with their tiered masterpieces featuring flavorful frostings and fillings.
FINALISTS: Grace and Honey Cakes, Simply Sweet Cakery, Sweet Art Fine Swiss Confectioner
Owner Viv Milne brings a modern touch to traditional stationery design as well as to other paper needs, such as table numbers, place cards and menus.
FINALISTS: Heidi Davidson Design, Jen Simpson Design, Pirouette Paper Company
FINALISTS: A Fabulous Fete, Anne Robin Calligraphy, Heidi Davidson Design
JP Reynolds brings a personal dedication to seeking out what matters most to his clients in order to create unique ceremonies.
Finalists: Reverend Clint Hufft, Great Officiants
Waveform Events, Entertainment & Lighting
Waveform gets the moves on the dance floor happening, and offers a vast array of high performance technical support from the latest in event lighting, AV/sound, video mapping, and interactive photo booths.
FINALISTS: DJ Farmer, Elevated Pulse Productions, Vox DJs
This group of musicians and DJs get the party started with “as seen on TV” talent, such as an instrumental jazz duo, a “remixed jazz” band-DJ-pop vocalist combo or a full eight-piece band with a horn section.
FINALISTS: Elevated Pulse Productions, The Society Band
LIGHTING & AUDIOVISUAL
Amber Event Production
This company creates visual drama that elevates the look of any event and every detail.
FINALISTS: Elevated Pulse Productions, Invisible Touch Events, Waveform Events, Entertainment & Lighting
Luxe Linen, O.C. Best Tabletop Rentals (Dina Douglass)
With an eye for style, Luxe Linen designs and delivers the finest linens to your reception table.
FINALISTS: BBJ Linen, Signature Party Rentals, Sundrop Vintage
RENTALS (Furniture and Accessories)
Offering one-of-a-kind rentals, including items plucked from a Parisian flea market and Old World tabletop accents, Found can make any wedding look like it lept off the pages of Elle Decor.
FINALISTS: Bright Event Rentals, Signature Party Rentals, Sundrop Vintage
24 Carrots Catering and Events
This exceptional culinary team stays ahead of trends, using the finest-quality ingredients and creating interactive and artistic presentations with an avant-garde twist.
FINALISTS: Colette’s Catering & Events, Jay’s Catering, TGIS Catering
Three renovated airplane hangars feature industrial elements such as polished concrete floors and iron beams, high ceilings, open floor plans, and natural light.
FINALISTS: Huntington Bay Club, The Harper, The Yost Theater
HOTEL/RESORT FOR A WEDDING
Montage Laguna Beach
Perched atop a coastal bluff, Montage Laguna Beach offers panoramic views of the Pacific, a serene color palette, five-star service, scrumptious catering, a pampering spa, manicured gardens, luxury amenities and a 500-person ballroom.
FINALISTS: Hyatt Huntington Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill, The Ritz-Carlton
Estate on Second, O.C. Best Indoor Venue (Courtesy of Jay's Catering)
Estate on Second
The bones of the 1923 Southern Counties Gas Company building in Santa Ana have been reimagined as a grand room awash in natural light and brimming with eye-catching details.
FINALISTS: The Colony House, Fête the Venue, Seven4one
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
The Ranch features a variety of outdoor places to exchange vows, including a golf course fairways, a eucalyptus grove in a preserved retro Girl Scout camp, a great lawn enveloped by steep canyon walls and under a natural pine canopy.
FINALISTS: Franciscan Gardens, Old Ranch Country Club, Rancho Las Lomas
Owner Shannon Acevedo documents each event with a timeless yet modern approach and finds quirky, endearing stories behind each couple.
FINALISTS: Boffo Video, Luxury Lifestyle Studios, Villa Visuals
Carissa Woo Photography, O.C. Best Photographer (Courtesy Carissa Woo)
Carissa Woo Photography
Woo encourages her subjects to be their most playful, poised and passionate selves as she expertly commits the details of their day to film.
FINALISTS: Chard Photographer, Lorely Meza Photography, Villa Visuals
Flowers by Cina
This full-service florist has a long history of crafting creations using fresh seasonal florals and greenery to express each couple’s personal vision.
FINALISTS: Bottles & Blooms, Lavenders Flowers, The Bloom of Time
K. Sage Events
Kelsey Sage and her team have almost a decade of curating designs and one-of-a-kind details. Each wedding reflects the couple and makes them feel seen, reining in the drama and eliminating planning stressors.
FINALISTS: Leilani Weddings, Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, Flawless Weddings and Events
Pure Lavish Events
Head over heels in love with all things wedding, owner Carrie Travers and her team of pros bring enthusiasm, organization and creativity to a couple’s most memorable day.
FINALISTS: Details Details, Shawna Yamamoto Event Design, White Lilac Inc.
BEST OF THE BEST
24 Carrots Catering and Events
This exceptional culinary team boasts house-made ingredients, thoughtful pairings and creative presentations with an avant-garde twist.
FINALISTS: Flowers by Cina, Found Rentals, LVL Weddings and Events