The final part of our guide to Los Angeles wedding services features everything you’ll need to complete your big day, from invitations to DJs, photographers and floral designers. This exclusive guide is curated by celebrity wedding expert Kristin Banta, and is provided courtesy of Frontiers, LA’s largest and oldest LGBT magazine. You can't go wrong with your nuptials if you follow her recommendations for some of LA's best wedding services.
Aqualillies is a water ballet entertainment company that reinvents the classic art form for the new millennium. Diving off the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire, The New York Times and L.A. Times Magazine, Aqualillies has become synonymous with classic beauty, sexy sophistication, luxury and style. This is a very unique act with innovative spectacles of romance, athleticism and grace that will give your guests something to talk about.
Elan Artists specializes in unique soloists, ensembles and dance bands. Their artists are sophisticated yet fun, representing premier entertainment while avoiding cliché party music. Elan Artists strives to pinpoint each client's tastes and needs in order to make each event truly one-of-a-kind and memorable. The breadth, virtuosity and creativity of their artists, combined with Elan's unparalleled customer service, makes the process easy and enjoyable.
Zen Arts is my source for unique entertainment and world-class cirque artists that will blow your guests' minds. Every artist on their roster is truly gifted, and you can work with Zen Arts to develop creative performance ideas that will allow you to tell your story in a completely fresh way. Their costume designers can do absolutely anything, and their air brush body artists create a visual spectacle that your guests won’t soon forget.
A departure from the typical DJ company, Red Shoe Productions makes the process of choosing the music for your event a collaborative one. Taking inspiration from your personal tastes, the energy of your guests and the feel of your venue, they will create a soundtrack that will be remembered for all the right reasons. No YMCA, no cheesy DJ voice. Just simple, well-timed announcements and a unique playlist that you and your guests will love.
Originally from Ireland and now based in Los Angeles, Mark Hayes has performed at top venues worldwide, providing DJ services for weddings, fashion events, brands, magazines, designers, nightclubs, corporate events and celebrities. Professional, punctual, well-dressed, friendly, easy to work with and able to cover a vast music selection, Mark's aim is to ensure that the music played will set the perfect tone for your wedding day. And you’ll love the accent!
Recently named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by Photo District New (PDN), Jose Villa is a wedding photographer who applies fine art photography to the living, breathing, fast-moving phenomenon that is a wedding. Jose not only captures each important moment at a wedding, he composes, directs and crafts vibrant, energetic fine art images that are as unique as the people in the photographs.
Miki and Sonja are trained in all things technical and have every photo gadget you could imagine. It’s all about uniquely and completely capturing your day, and that is where their original style comes in. Miki and Sonja document all of the stories and details that are specific to you, your families and friends without being obtrusive, by anticipating all of the natural moments. I love working with Miki & Sonja, because I know that with two key photographers present, we’ll have complete and consistently flawless coverage of all aspects of the day.
Amy & Stuart are a photography team that's been shooting weddings for over a decade. They shoot both digital and film, and enjoy using a wide variety of cameras both old and new. Amy & Stuart are all about catching the perfect moment and faithfully documenting the day in the most beautiful and natural way possible, with the goal of capturing images that will stand the test of time. What I love about Amy & Stuart is that they just let the day unfold, observing and capturing moments rather than orchestrating them.
With his portrait and editorial work, Blake Gardner co-creates a relaxed and enjoyable environment that inspires a spontaneous collaboration between himself and those he photographs. With a mixture of whimsy, sass and determination, he captures an intimate story told within a single engaging photo that is clean and classic. He understands there is nothing greater we can do than to love one another, and appreciates that his job is to capture that love with timeless and captivating images that reflect the soul of the source.
As an artist and photographer, Nicol Ragland travels the world in search of stories that evoke images of truth and the art of being human. A love of photography and the wisdom of the indigenous has taken her to work as a photojournalist around the world and as an avid environmentalist advocating for social justice, she aligns her work to serve numerous nonprofit organizations. Nicol, who shoots both film and digital, brings a distinctive kindness and calm to every job she shoots no matter how chaotic the surroundings. Her work is always honest, witty, soulful and beautiful.
With a background in directing commercials, Walter Pawluk has specialized in capturing weddings and live events since 2003, developing a niche in the hands-off, fly-on-the-wall approach. Keeping just the right balance of cinematography and documentary-style shooting while not interfering with the overall experience, the result is not a cute movie trailer—it’s the movie. Walter provides a candid look back at how your day unfolds, without any awkward footage of guests waving at the camera.
Joel Serrato Films specializes in super-8 and super-16 filmmaking for wedding celebrations and anyone in love. Life and happenstance led Joel to become a filmmaker, and he utilizes his love of movement to beautifully capture moments of innocence, laughter, love and life. Joel's life is his art, and his art is capturing life on film.
Based in Los Angeles, the internationally-known filmmakers of Elysium Productions redefine the very essence of the “wedding video.” They create contemporary, cinematic, personal, and beautiful films that document the biggest day in a couple’s life. Using top-of-the-line digital HD cameras as well as 16mm film, their cinematic yet comprehensive approach lets the day unfold as it happens. They recognize that love is all around us and they are passionate about capturing it authentically and unobtrusively.
Florals and Décor
Eddie Zaratsian built a reputation as a visionary floral artisan while at the helm of tic-tock Couture Florals. Eddie is taking his expertise to the next level with the launch of his new brand, Eddie Zaratsian Custom Florals and Lifestyle, in partnership with Restoration Hardware. His work is luxurious with curated restraint balancing a masculinity and residential appeal with a feminine sensuality.
R. Jack Balthazar is a full-service event décor firm based in Los Angeles, owned by Rene and Niki Delacueva. They work closely with the couple to help refine their inspirations and bring their vision to life. With a floral studio, warehouses of luxe lounge furniture, as well as a skilled in-house fabrication team, R. Jack Balthazar is able to design, produce and install all manner of inspired décor and completely transform a space.
Revelry Event Designers is an exceptional visionary team that specializes in designing and installing private and corporate events worldwide. Their downtown warehouse is filled with made-to-order furniture, lighting, custom-made drapery and specialty lounges and bars. Here, you’ll find an abundant inventory of décor and unique pieces to customize the look and feel of your celebration.
Known for their contemporary style, Mille Fiori Floral Design offers the modern couple a unique approach to their wedding that is so much more than just “the flowers." Bouquets or boutonnieres represent a personality for the bridal party. Tablescapes replace traditional centerpieces to add ambience to the venue. Customized organic backdrops create phenomenal photo opportunities, while large statement pieces can change the flow of any event.
Dedicated to providing exceptional service, innovative designs and unique floral arrangements, the designers at Hidden Garden Floral Design use only the freshest flowers and highest quality materials to create floral masterpieces. They specialize in bringing imagination to life and transforming any setting—including backyards, beaches, ballrooms and boardrooms—into an elegant, over-the-top destination.
A full-service design and production shop located in Culver City, Copper Willow Paper Studio specializes in one-of-a-kind design and hands-on care, from paper prep to the final calligraphy on the envelopes. All work is done on-site, and they are happy to give you a tour of their pressroom with a demo of their antique machinery. They have access to the most unique materials, and all designs are created especially for each individual client.
Lehr & Black Invitationers have been designing custom invitations for over 25 years, attracting high-profile and celebrity clients throughout the country. They have revolutionized custom invitations with their use of sumptuous fabrics, fine details and superior workmanship. Their goal is to design an invitation that best reflects you and your event. With Lehr & Black, anything is possible.
Marc Friedland Couture Communications specializes in designing and producing luxury, bespoke pieces, creating a wedding stationery wardrobe from invitations to menu cards for a perfectly unique and extraordinary wedding. Founded by Marc Friedland, they are renowned for their ability to transform their client’s vision into compelling event brands that tell a story.
A boutique design studio founded in 2005 by Stacey Mui & Marina Marchisi, East Six creates beautiful custom designs that truly showcase the style, personality and vision of the couple and their celebration. East Six works closely with clients to design personalized paper accents for every detail of an occasion, imprinting the story and personality of each couple onto all facets of their stationery.
The Lighter Side designs and installs lighting for all special events while striving to be a model of personal service, attention to detail and modern elegance. Their professional team of designers and technicians work closely with you from your initial contact until the conclusion of your event. Lighting is an essential ingredient for creating the perfect mood, and their designs will add layers, texture, ambiance and allure to bring your vision to light.
Owned and operated by Ray Thompson and partner Curt Stahl, Images by Lighting has been servicing the community and event industry with lighting and power distribution systems for over 30 years, specializing in lighting for the social, corporate and entertainment industry. Their team is professional and kind, and their creativity and expertise in the realm of event lighting will transform the look of any event.