California Wedding Day's Best of 2019 Gala at Vibiana

Best of
A Celestial Evening Amongst the Sun, Moon and Stars

The votes are in for Best of 2019, California Wedding Day's sixth annual awards event of the year, sponsored by Aisle Planner, toasting the most innovative and talented professionals in the wedding industry. The achievement honors the top wedding vendors across Southern California - from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura/Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo - as voted upon by industry peers through an open voting process held online at Check out the list of this year's winner's here!

DTLA’s historic Vibiana set the stage for the awards show on May 14th, where the wedding industry was celebrated and winners were announcedThis year’s event design was truly heaven on earth, flawlessly coordinated and executed by the creative teams of Nicole Alexandra Designs, Bella Vita Events, Kristeen LaBrot Events and Flawless Weddings & Events who joined forces with Vibiana, and lead planners Salynn Simon of Events with a Kick and Natalie Sofer of Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events, plus a talented team of vendors (see full list below) to create an ethereal evening. To create the overall vision and branding for the event, our CWD team worked closely with the creative Jasmin Michelle Designs, who artfully turned out the invitations, signage, dance floor design and more for the evening. Taking the reigns to introduce the guests to the evening, Bella Vita Events and Belle of the Ball Designed created a mystical entrance to the cathedral as if guests were entering the gates of Heaven. From there, Nicole Alexandra and FlorUnique along with Rebelle Fleurs Event Design greeted guests with a beautiful, moon-inspired design. Guests gathered next to a pink-shaded balloon wall by Balloonzilla for selfies and photo booth pics while incredible candle decorations by Vogue Candles illuminated the entire cathedral. Found Rental created a stunning seating scene with a gorgeous ombre setting of blush, gray, white and black chairs throughout the space. David Krieger of Krieger emceed the event introducing Publisher Thea Hargrove and Editor-In-Chief Lara Burnap, who wore a beautiful design by local bridesmaid dress designer Pia Gladys Perey,  and both were glammed up by Best of 2018 hair and makeup winner and 2019 finalist, Page Beauty

After the winners were announced, guests mingled in the exquisitely designed spaces by Kristeen Labrot Events and LA Floral Couture in the Vibiana Courtyard and Flawless Weddings and Events in the Garden at Redbird. Stay tuned for in-depth articles and full image galleries on each of the four design spaces coming up next week! 

The premiere gala was beyond one’s wildest dreams, sweeping guests’ off their feet and into the celestial realms where they relaxed amongst the tranquility of middle earth and were transported up the heavenly bodies. Attendees danced the magical night away while enjoying fantastical nibbles from Chef and Owner Neal Fraser of Redbird | Vibiana and artisanal libations from Greenbar Distillery and Tobin Shea of Redbird | Vibiana as well as wine from Ancient Peaks Winery in San Luis Obispo. Scroll through our sneak peek of images captured by Lucas Rossi Photography and come back next week to see enjoy more from this amazing evening celebrating Southern California's top wedding vendors. Click here to view all the winners! 

And take a journey through the different spaces created by the design teams: 

Gates of Heaven Design by Bella Vita Events & Belle of the Ball

Editor's Picks for the Best of 2019

San Diego Winners 

Orange County Winners


Los Angeles Winners 

Ventura and Santa Barbara Winners

San Luis Obispo Winners

A special thank you to the wonderful sponsors and their incredible vision!


Chef Neal Fraser and Redbird 

Greenbar Distillery
Oyster Ridge
Specialty cocktails by Tobin Shea of Redbird | Vibiana

Natalie Sofer Weddings & Events
Flawless Wedding and Events
Nicole Alexandra Designs
Bella Vita Events

Jasmin Michelle Designs


Belle of the Ball Designs

LA Floral Couture

Flawless Weddings and Events 


Rebelle Fleurs

Waveform Events

Aisle Planner

Music: Luminous by Etude
Magician: Johnny Wu Magic
Flower Models & Tree: Elite Entertainment Global

Luxe Linens

Found Rentals
Signature Party Rentals
Theoni Collection

Candles - Vogue Candles
Balloons - Balloonzilla
Scent - ScentEvents

Angel Wings - Amazon

Page Beauty