These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted for Best of 2020's Editor Picks.
Best Of 2020: Los Angeles
Find your dream wedding vendor from this discerning list of creatives that are sure to transform dreams into a reality. Featuring the top vendors from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, as voted upon by California brides, vendors and our staff. And the winners are..
Best Overall Vendor
Très L.A. Group
Owner Alan Dunn has meticulously restored The Carondelet House and Ebell Long Beach as gorgeous historic venues, while also offering a tight-knit, dedicated catering team
FINALISTS: Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design, Premiere Party Rents, Vibiana/Redbird
Best Overall Vendor: Très L.A. Group (Diana Lake Photography)
Best Event Designer
Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design
From lush florals that cover an entire ceiling to modern statement pieces, Zaratsian and his team design elaborate, creative installations that completely transform a venue.
FINALISTS: Chloe+Mint, Nicole Alexandra Designs, Sterling Engagements
Best Wedding Planner
This full-service planning and design team crafts beautifully detailed designs according to the couple’s vision, and focuses on creating a stress-free planning process for the bride.
FINALISTS: At Your Door Events, Marisa Nicole Events, Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events
Butterfly Floral & Event Design
These florists treat every bride like royalty while crafting lush, jaw-dropping designs, from sculptural centerpieces to exquisite arbors.
FINALISTS: FlorUnique, Los Angeles Floral Couture, Rebelle Fleurs Event Design
Carissa Woo Photography
This team of female photographers and videographers captures the most playful moments of a couple’s wedding day, creating images full of light, color and laughter.
FINALISTS: Jenny Smith & Co., Mariel Hannah Photography, Next Exit Photography
Miguel Garcia Studios
Authenticity and organic romance are the hallmarks of Miguel Garcia’s films. With a unique focus on weaving dialogue into wedding films, Garcia immortalizes the special moments of a couple’s day.
FINALISTS: CineStory Films, Hoo Films, Sergio Anthony Films
Best New Venue
Valentine and Grass Room
Owned by Marvimon Productions, which restores and operates older properties in downtown LA, Valentine is a one-of-a-kind 1920s-era spaces that has been sustainably engineered and boasts a glass greenhouse roof, lush greenery, reclaimed wood and quirky, colorful walls. Its sister space, the Grass Room, which also shares a dramatic greenhouse roof line, is connected via a hidden passageway and can be rented separately or as a part of Valentine.
FINALISTS: The East Angel, Forme LA, Stonehurst
Best New Venue: Valentine and Grass Room (Jenny Smith and Co)
Best Outdoor Venue
Bel-Air Bay Club
The beachside lawn of this expansive estate overlooks
the Pacific and conjures the atmosphere of a secret garden. Inside, the restored 1920s ballroom presents a classic backdrop for elegant affairs.
FINALISTS: The Garden at Redbird, La Venta Inn, Verandas Beach House
Best Indoor Venue
This stately former cathedral, built in the 19th century, combines historical details, such as stunning archways and marble surfaces, with state-of-the-art A/V services and top-tier dining options.
FINALISTS: City Market Social House, The Ebell Long Beach, Millwick, Rolling Hills Country Club
Best Indoor Venue: Vibiana (Holcomb and Co)
In addition to three elegant ballrooms and a ceremony site with sweeping ocean views, this luxury resort harvests many of the ingredients for its ultrafresh, farm-to-table menu on-site.
FINALISTS: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, The Langham Huntington Pasadena, The London West Hollywood
Best Resort: Terranea Resort (Jenny Quicksall Photography)
Très L.A. Catering
This high-end catering team nurtures each relationship with their couples to develop the perfect menu. Flavorful food, impeccable service
and attention to logistics, all work together to createa magical experience.
FINALISTS: Good Gracious! Events, New York Food Company, Whoa Nelly Catering
Best Rentals (furniture and accessories)
Premiere Party Rents
This experienced team offers design services and an extensive rental inventory to suit any style, from modern-chic sofas to vintage-glam velvet furniture collections.
FINALISTS: Collective Rentals Design House, MTB Event Rentals, Papillon Rentals
Best Tabletop Rentals
By producing its own linens, napkins and overlays in-house, this company provides a wide range of curated options, from burlap to glittering metallic fabrics.
FINALISTS: La Piñata Party Rentals, Premiere Party Rents, Theoni Collection
Best Tabletop Rentals: Luxe Linen (Jenny Quicksall Photography)
Best Lighting, Audiovisual and Production
Pacific Event Services
In addition to expert A/V and lighting services, this team offers technical coordination, the running of shows and stage builds, ensuring that every wedding it’s a part of feels like a true party.
FINALISTS: Images by Lighting, The Lighter Side Special Event Lighting, Waveform Events
Best Live Music
Whether it’s a cover of “Shallow” or “24K Magic,” this talented band and its front-man and front-woman duo have the pipes to perform all of a couple’s favorite songs with flair.
FINALISTS: Bob Gail Music & Entertainment, Luminous by Etude, The Replicas Music & Productions
A former MTV VJ, DJ Krieger reads the room and plays to each unique crowd. His experience and passion for weddings makes for an unforgettable and seamless musical experience.
FINALISTS: DJ Crash/Crash Entertainment, Supermoon DJs, Vox DJs
Best Invitation Designer
Jasmin Michelle Designs
By kicking off all client relationships with an in-person design consultation, creative director Jasmin crafts elegant and intricately detailed custom stationery, calligraphy and signage.
FINALISTS: Lazy Creative Designs, Pirouette Paper, Prim & Pixie
Best Invitation Designer: Jasmin Michelle Designs (Maria Sundin Photography)
Offering 16 distinct font options, talented calligrapher Katrina creates stylish invitations, striking signage and exquisite hand-lettered mirrors.
FINALISTS: Copper Willow Paper Studio, Creative Amme, Kelly Patrice
Best Cakes and Desserts
The Butter End Cakery
Whether it’s a twinkling chandelier-shaped cake or a buttercream battleship, Kimberly Bailey’s masterful bakery excels in bringing unique visions to (delicious) life.
FINALISTS: A Sweet Design, Fantasy Frostings, Vanilla Bake Shop
Best Wedding Dress Shop
JLM Flagship Boutique
Brides who visit this charming dress shop leave feeling like royalty, after receiving full access to JLM Couture’s wedding collections, including Hayley Paige, Lazaro and Allison Webb.
FINALISTS: En Blanc, Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Panache Bridals
Best Groom’s Attire
This suit shop offers an extensive collection of fits and colors of suits, tuxedos and accessories to rent or buy, including big and tall and even toddler sizing.
FINALISTS: The Black Tux, Commonwealth Proper, The Grotto Custom Menswear
Best Hair and Makeup
Focusing on fresh, modern looks that are never overdone, Page Beauty takes a soft and beautiful approach to makeup, hair and men’s grooming.
FINALISTS: BreLuxe Beauty, Chiali Meng Artistry, Make-Up Therapy
Best Hair and Makeup: Page Beauty (Mariel Hannah)
Alan Katz of Great Officiants
With nearly two decades of experience, Alan Katz has developed a signature approach that is both fun and romantic. He customizes his style for every couple, ensuring a ceremony that will leave guests laughing and crying with joy.
FINALISTS: JP Reynolds of JPR Weddings, Ken Craft of Dream Day Weddings, Rev. Clint Hufft