Best Of 2020: Orange County

The Ultimate Guide to California's Top Wedding Vendors

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
24 Carrots Catering and Events
This contemporary culinary team prioritizes quality in everything it does, from the creation of unique menus to thoughtful pairings and gorgeous presentations.
FINALISTS: Found Rentals, Pure Lavish Events, Shawna Yamamoto Event Design

Best Overall Vendor: 24 Carrots Catering and Events (Krista Mason Photography)

Best Event Designer
Shawna Yamamoto Event Design
Known for bringing dramatic visions to life, this floral and event design team boasts custom in-house fabrication, a wide selection of imported florals and a top-tier roster of designers.
FINALISTS: Brooke Keegan Special Events, Details Details Weddings & Events, Pure Lavish Events 

Best Wedding Planner
Events by Robin
Robin Ballard and her Laguna Beach team offer both full-service planning and day-of coordination, and their weddings flourish with ultraromantic, dreamy designs.
FINALISTS: Engaged Events, Flawless Weddings and Events, K.Sage Events

Best Wedding Planner: Events by Robin (The Hearst Haven)

Best Florist
Flowers by Cina
This full-service florist creates stunning floral designs, and specializes in creating beautiful and innovative floral installations.
FINALISTS: Bottles + Blooms, Flawless Weddings and Events, Foxtail Florals

Best Florist: Flowers by Cina (Jon Tommy Lu Photography)

Best Photographer
Ashley Paige Photography
Paige focuses on capturing intimate moments and conveying authenticity in every snapshot, building a relationship with every bride she work with.
FINALISTS: BYC Photography, The Grovers Photography, Lovisa Photo

Best Photographer: Ashley Paige Photography 

Best Videographer
Villa Visuals
Owner Mike Villa’s photography and cinemaphotography studio is known for his dramatic and striking images that tell each couple’s story.
FINALISTS: Boffo Video, Plug FilmsPrince Weddings

Best New Venue
The Executive Hangar at Hangar 21
With a 4,000-guest capacity and floor-to-ceiling rolling doors, Hangar 21’s industrial space in Fullerton can accommodate weddings of every size.
FINALISTS: Alleylujah, The Harper, Terra Laguna Beach 

Best Outdoor Venue
Rancho Las Lomas
This historic Silverado garden estate features a wealth of antique details, such as romantic cobblestones, Portuguese tiles, white stucco and stone fireplaces, all surrounded by California oaks and cacti.
FINALISTS: Muckenthaler Mansion, Ole Hanson Beach Club, The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Best Outdoor Venue: Rancho Las Lomas (Bret Thickman)

Best Indoor Venue
Fête The Venue
This modern Costa Mesa warehouse space offers a backdrop of exposed brick and a ceilingfull of chandeliers, in addition to ample wedding amenities to make for seamless planning.
FINALISTS: The Colony House, The Estate on SecondThe Modern

Best Resort
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Surrounded by olive trees and with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, this Mediterranean-inspired resort has an outdoor space complete with an Italian rotunda; there are also two ballrooms to choose from.
FINALISTS: Monarch Beach Resort, Montage Laguna Beach, The Waterfront Beach Resort

Best Resort: The Resort at Pelican Hill (Jon Tommy Lu Photography)

Best Catering
24 Carrots Catering and Events 
This contemporary culinary team prioritizes quality in everything it does, from the creation of unique menus to thoughtful pairings and gorgeous presentations. 
FINALISTS: Above All Catering, Colette’s Catering, Jay’s Catering

Best Rentals (furniture and accessories)
Found Rentals
Offering a curated collection of rentals and accessories, owner Jeni Maus scours the globe, from California to Europe, sourcing well-loved vintage pieces and reimagined designs to give every event a charming and distinctive look.
FINALISTS: Archive Rentals, Signature Party Rentals, Sundrop Vintage

Best Rentals (furniture and accessories): Found Rentals (Great Woodland Photography)

Best tabletop Rentals
Signature Party Rentals
With 50,000 feet of warehouse space, this rental company has access to a never-ending supply of textures, colors and dishes to bring any vision to life.
FINALISTS: BBJ Linen, The Hostess Haven, Luxe Linen

Best Lighting, Audiovisual and Production
Waveform Events, Entertainment & Lighting 
This full-service entertainment company offers high-performance technical support, including top-of-the-line lighting, AV, video mapping,
DJ services and photo booths.
FINALISTS: Amber Event Production, Invisible Touch EventsElevated Pulse Productions

Best Live Music
Two Towns Entertainment
This musical collective plays any genre, with services ranging from string quartets and harpists to top 40 bands and mariachi bands.
FINALISTS: Undercover Live Entertainment, Moses Lin Music, Christien Anthony Music

Best DJ/Emcee
Vox DJs
This DJ company boasts 20 years of experience in providing professional DJ, emcee, photo booth, AV and lighting services to Southern California, and it can tailor its approach to fit any wedding theme.
FINALISTS: Extreme DJ Service, Invisible Touch Events, Waveform Events, Entertainment & Lighting

Best Invitations
Honeycrisp Designs
Using modern design techniques, finishes and embellishments, this boutique design studio creates custom luxury invitations, signage and stationery.
FINALISTS: Darla Marie Designs, Heidi Davidson Design, Type J Creative

Best Calligraphy
Heidi Davidson Design
Heidi is an experienced calligrapher who takes pride in crafting custom signage and stationery using hand-drawn calligraphy and illustration techniques, specially tailoring the work to match each couple’s wedding vision.
FINALISTS: A Fabulous Fete, Creative Amme, Type J Creative

Best Cakes and Desserts
Simply Sweet Cakes
This bakery specializes in creating highly customized, Instagram-worthy cakes of any shape and size, along with treats and cupcakes.
FINALISTS: Grace and Honey Cakes, Sam Samm Custom Cakes, Sweet Art Fine Swiss Confectioner

Best Cakes and Desserts: Simply Sweet Cakes (Great Woodlands Photography)

Best Wedding Dress Shop
Mon Amie Bridal Salon
This Costa Mesa boutique offers a vast collection of gowns, accessories and bridesmaid dresses.
FINALISTS: Bellasposa Bridal, Blush Bridal Couture, The White Dress

Best Groom’s Attire
Friar Tux
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, The Grotto Custom Menswear, Men’s Wearhouse

Best Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux (Dennis Ray Coronel)

Best Hair and Makeup
Design Visage
Design Visage’s team focuses on giving brides stress-free, pampering experiences, whether that means glam makeup, beach waves or a dreamy updo.
FINALISTS: Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup, Flawless Faces, KG Hair and Makeup

Best Hair and Makeup: Design Visage (Bret Thickman Photography)

Best Officiant
JP Reynolds, JPR Weddings
JP has 20 years of experience in marrying couples of all faiths, genders and cultures, offering a custom ceremony experience for each wedding based on the couple’s story.
FINALISTS: Alan Katz of Great Officiants, Rev. Clint Hufft