These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted for Best of 2020's Editor Picks.
Best of 2019's Gala: Heaven On Earth
We couldn't be more excited to more share photos from our Best of 2019 gala held at downtown Los Angeles's historic Vibiana on May 14th. California Wedding Day hosted more than 600 of Southern California's top wedding industry professionals to celebrate the finalists for Best of 2019 ... and announce the winners! Led by the creative teams of Nicole Alexandra Designs, Bella Vita Events, Kristeen LaBrot Events and Flawless Weddings & Events and lead planners Salynn Simon of Events with a Kick and Natalie Sofer of Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events, with incredible support from a talented team of vendors, we joined forces to produce an evening that was truly out of this world. To create the overall vision and branding for the event, CWD worked closely with Jasmin Michelle Designs, who artfully turned out the invitations, signage, dance floor design and more for the evening.
Following the Best of 2019 awards show in Vibiana's Main Hall, guests had the opportunity to venture throughout the venue including down to Redbird's garden. Inspired by “The Abundance of Heaven on Earth” by Flawless Weddings & Events, the design for the garden was developed around the growing beds of herbs, fruits and vegetables that are sourced for use on the restaurant menu. A modern design incorporated white furnishings and gold accents while an abundance of candles illuminated the atmosphere portraying heaven on earth. Lush florals offered an additional layer of beauty to the environment while rich wood decor and neutral accessories added an earthy appeal.
Guests enjoyed a bevy of fun and sophisticated bites from Chef Neal Fraser of Vibiana | Redbird from a bountiful charcuterie display to stone-fired pizzas, while indulging in specialty cocktails by Tobin Shea of Redbird | Vibiana and organic spirits from Greenbar Distillery. Twinkling lights lit up the setting as goddesses of nature from Elite Entertainment Global captivated the crowd, magician Johnny Wu performed intimate illusions, and lively music from Luminous Etude Entertainment keep guests talking long after the night ended.