Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crystal Cove State Park Engagement Session

"Asalya + Ryan are both from Chicago IL, but will be tying the knot here in California later this year.  Asalya + Ryan wanted a fun, romantic, and chic beach engagement session in Orange County. We decided to have the session at the beautiful Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach. Asalya + Ryan are both big champagne lover and Asalya love all things pretty and gold. This session really sums up their personalities and love story: sweet, loving, and fun!" -Lam & Lens Photography


Photographer: Lam & Lens Photography | Location: Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach

Monday, November 24, 2014

Best of 2014 Award Winners

WOW. This was an intense (and slightly overwhelming/stressful) Best of Awards. Over 4,000+ people voted for their favorite SoCal wedding professionals! THAT is mind-blowing!! We capped out on our first form at 3,000 votes (that's one vote from 3,000 different people) and we had to work like little busy bees to get a different form out and got just over 1,000 votes on that. All 4,000+ votes were spread over 15 different categories. This was a real fun way for me to get to know all the different (and favorite) wedding professionals from the SoCal region and I really look forward to getting to know them all! I do want to state that while this was fun and it brought a lot of new vendors to my attention, I will probably not be doing this again next year. 

Now onto the winners and the prizes! There is 1 "first-place" winner and 2 "runner ups" in each of the 15 categories. The first place winners receive our A-List membership (a member profile + a sidebar banner in a shared spot) and the runner ups receive our standard membership (a member profile). On top of that, all members will receive all the perks that come with being a member (which are really cool). PLEASE email us within 72 hours if you have won. We'd love to start setting you up with your profile! With Thanksgiving this week, it may take a little longer to get back to you. But don't fret, we WILL get back to you :)

If you were nominated or were a finalist, you have the opportunity to get 20% off their first year, pending approval. To apply, please email us at thesoutherncaliforniabride (at) gmail (dot) com for information and an application (please state whether you were a nominee or finalist). OFFER ENDS NOVEMBER 30th. 

Again, thank you to everyone who participated, who helped spread the word, and who voted -- you are all so wonderful and this could not have happened without you all. Thank you!

Photo by Eyelet Images | Gown from Love and Lace Bridal

BEST ACCESSORIES:
First Place: Petals & Stones
Runner Ups: Elle & Jae + Untamed Petals

BEST BAKERY:
First Place: Sweet & Saucy
Runner Ups: Frost it Cupcakery + MJB Cakes

BEST BEAUTY:
First Place: Beauty in Motion Studio
Runner Ups: My Girls on Film Studios + Studio mm&b

BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE:
First Place: Blush Bridal Couture
Runner Ups: Camarillo Bridal + Mon Amie

BEST CATERING:
First Place: 24 Carrots
Runner Ups: Jay’s Catering + Summit Event Catering

BEST ENTERTAINMENT:
First Place: Extreme DJ Service
Runner Ups: In The Mix Events + VOX DJs

BEST EVENT PLANNER & DESIGN:
First Place: Love is Sweet Events
Runner Ups: Coastyle Events + A Good Affair

BEST FLORIST:
First Place: Stella Bloom Designs
Runner Ups: Flower Duet + Florals by Jenny

BEST INVITATIONS:
First Place: Paper Crew
Runner Ups: East Six + Copper Willow Paper Studio

BEST PHOTOBOOTH:
First Place: Shutterbooth
Runner Ups: Snapgram Photo Booth + Open Air Photo Booth

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER:
First Place: Katie Jackson Photography
Runner Ups: Brett & Tori Photographers + Closer to Love Photography

BEST RENTALS:
First Place: Party Pleasers
Runner Ups: Rustic Urban Events + Signature Party Rentals

BEST VENUE:
First Place: Serendipity Garden
Runner Ups: The Ebell + The Loft

BEST VIDEOGRAPHER:
First Place: Cloud 9 Cinematography
Runner Ups: Miguel Garcia Studios + Lighthouse Studios


BEST MISC:

First Place: La Tavola Fine Linen

Runner Ups: Designer Specialty Linens + Outside the Bloom

If you were nominated or were a finalist, you have the opportunity to get 20% off their first year, pending approval. To apply, please email us at thesoutherncaliforniabride (at) gmail (dot) com for information and an application (please state whether you were a nominee or finalist). OFFER ENDS NOVEMBER 30th. 

Vibrant Historic Hacienda Wedding Ideas at Casa Loma Temecula by Michelle Garibay Events

For most people when they think of Temecula, they think of SoCal's wine country. While there are some gorgeous vineyard venues there that we love, there is also this brand new historic hacienda that will just make some hearts beat a little faster. Michelle Garibay shares this with us: Michelle Garibay Events is the exclusive event management team at this historic hacienda-style estate in the heart of Temecula - Casa Loma Temecula - the newest private event venue in Temecula. Once owned by Mahlon Vail, it has panoramic views of the area, just like the this rancher did when his cattle roamed the valley. For those couples who desire a romantic and intimate location for their wedding, Casa Loma Temecula offers a unique setting, warm hospitality and Spanish architecture, with quality and service in mind for the most discerning couples. This estate is seemingly a world away, yet minutes away from Pechanga Resort and Old Town Temecula.


Vendors: Photographer: Leah Marie Photography | Venue: Casa Loma Temecula | Design Concept, Styling, and Event Planner: Michelle Garibay Events | Florals & Decor: Soiree Design and Events | Rentals: Madam Palooza Emporium | Cake: Truly Madly Sweetly Bake Shop | Hair & Make-up: Domenica Beauty | Gown: Jaime Elyse Couture | Bridal Accessories: Sandra Nicole Designs | Groom Tux and Accessories: Friar Tux | Invitation: Paper Villa Fine Stationery | Napkins: Designer Specialty Linens | Table Runner: BBJ Linen

   
Casa Loma Temecula and Michelle Garibay Events are members of our Top Wedding Vendor Guide. 
For more information on how to apply, click here.

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