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Occasions Bridal Consulting andEvent Design Mary Sushinski comes from the film industry, so when she wields a clipboard amazing thing happens (and nothing fazes her). She's an education co-director for the Association of Bridal Consultants as well as an active member of several industry professional orgs, so she knows her stuff and an abundance of local vendors. I should also mention she is delightful to work with, a gracious and fun hostess, and you will be very pleased with her perceptiveness and attention to detail. Here's a photo spread of a wedding she helmed at the Riveria Country Club for one of my couples--gorgeous! Prices and services for every need--818.548.5297 for more info and consultation.
Kristeen LaBrot Events Kristeen has a deep background in both event planning and art history, plus mad graphic design skillz (she can design and print invites, table cards, and other printed touches) and some major geek cred. Here's the Marvel-ous comic book wedding she coordinated for one of our couples at the Fairmont Miramar; I've also worked with her on lovely intimate weddings and always admire her crafting and design of detail elements. FYI, she is a cat person with fashion accessories to prove it. 818.516.1010.
Angelica's Green Weddings Angelica Weihs is the sort of gentle and soulful person you'd expect to find behind Green Weddings, an event-planning service that is conscious of the environmental impacts of a "traditional" wedding. Not only will you enjoy the lovely details she'll provide for your event, you can find great links to green wedding vendors and earth-friendly products on her website; check out the hemp bridal fabrics, environmentally responsible rental vehicles, and organic caterers and florists. Call her at 323.953.0453 or email her by clicking here.
Dee Gaubert, No Worries Event Planning I know from experience Dee can handle both intimate and elaborate events--we met at a small home wedding and have worked larger, more challenging events together as well, and she rocked them all. She is consistently delightful, efficient, and chill no matter what the occasion, and with her background in TV production she is fully qualified to run your day with absolutely "no worries." Check out her blog for the latest on her (international) adventures, and here are a few of my detail photos of a gig we did at The Mountain Mermaid in Topanga. 310.562.3306 or info@noworrieseventplanning.com.
Christina Cruz, The Events BoutiqueI met Christina when she was coordinating a Dia de los Muertos-themed wedding at MOLAA; she did such a great job, I wished she could be available for other events. Now she's made my wish come true! Christina's out on her own doing wonderful things and getting noticed in her solo career as a "celebration specialist." Blog? Check. She's authentic, thoughtful, and a sweet cookie to work with. 424.261.8887 or oohlala@theeventsboutique.com.
Art and Soul Events You get it from the website: sister team Jessica Carrillo and Ashleigh Acker do offbeat, hip, and smart wedding planning. Their packages named for personality types--Control Freak, Free Spirit, Black Sheep--are designed to let you choose the role they will play in putting together your event. I met Jessica at a Flower Duet class and loved her style; you will too. 310.968.9908 or info@artandsouleventsla.com.
Lina Wallace, A Stunning Affair Wedding Event Planning and Floral Design Lina describes a good wedding planner as "a fairy godmother...ready to give you unconditional assistance" and it's true! and it's her! She offers everything from complete event planning to day-of and hourly coordination services; you can add on floral consultation and design as part of your package. She's a fellow Association of Bridal Consultants member, so she's proved her mettle in the professional world. Call her office at 818.634.2507 or email lina@astunningaffair. com.
Fresh Events Company Ada Chan will help you create a truly fresh and enjoyable experience from start to finish, be it a wedding reception or corporate launch. One of the few companies that can computer-render their designs in a 3-D digital replica of your event location, you'll love their dynamic, expert approach and commitment to excellence. 626.353.6489
Kelley Lee/Picture Perfect Events With a background in both the entertainment and dot.com industries, Kelley has every kind of know-how you need to create an event that's simple, clean, classy, and dares to blend modern trends with old traditions. I can attest to her amazing ability to transform a room to reflect her client's personalities; she also happens to be a real joy to work with (no small praise from us picky vendors). Call 626.893.1054 or email for avail here, or check out her blog--be prepared for one or two photos of her adorable baby along with her wedding posts.
Emily Kelly/Unscene Inc. Do you ever wonder where wedding coordinators come from? Sometimes they are brides that so loved planning their own weddings they decided to go pro. So how do you know your former bride can really plan an elegant, hip, cutting-edge event? Well, it helps if her self-planned wedding was so cool it was covered in Los Angeles Magazine. I've worked with Emily Kelly and her work is worth every inch of column space; great bride-side manner, efficient, effective, great taste and great ideas. Grab her to plan your wedding too, if you can: 310.766.4810 or email her by clicking here.
Bella Donna Special Events If you need full-service planning for an exquisite event, talk to Donna McDaniel. She can hook you up with everything you need, from those first invitations to the last piece of wedding cake (I'm still drooling over those flower-decorated cupcakes and petit fours.) She's also an excellent, detail-minded coordinator--affordable, too! Call 818.704.5032 Tues-Fri 10-5 or Saturdays 10-noon.
Shiryn Event Planning Specializing in American and Middle Eastern (Armenian, Persian & Arab) events, Aileen Azadian and Tifanie Joudeh offer a variety of services and packages, from day-of coordination to comprehensive event planning right down to organizing the budget for you. Grace, elegance, and style are their hallmarks; you'll get to relax and party down without worry. 818.482.5414 or email info@shirynevents.com.
The Bridal Bar - A Complimentary Event Resource Gallery + Showroom A do-it-yourself planning resource! Harmony Walton, former contributing editor to Inside Weddings Magazine, is the genius behind The Bridal Bar: a high-end complimentary planning experience where brides can educate themselves about chic and unique vendors, products, concepts, and locations. She invites you to preview their work with a glass of champagne on a comfy couch--a great way to imagine and plan your perfect event. Los Angeles and San Diego locations, by appointment only: 310.858.0119 or 858.361.2551.

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Event Design and Production

Hiro and Luis--Arriba L&H Event Design and Decor The best in cutting edge, chic event design, planning, and production. The website will give you an idea of their products and services; event concepts, prop rentals, installation, and event management. 323.365.5247 (Hiro) or 323.393.5923 (Luis) to inquire.

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Equipment and Party Rentals

L.A. Party Rents One of our favorite caterers, Jennie Cook's, turned us on to L.A. Party Rents. They can handle pretty much anything, and we LOVE the online photo catalog so you can actually SEE what you're renting before you order (dig the ceramic tiki-ware!) You can also play around in their showroom in Van Nuys and take advantage of their excellent event planning assistance while you're there. Call 310.785.0000/818.989.4300 or toll free: 1.877.LA PARTY.
Ned Shapiro, At Any Event Ned was a location manager for the motion picture industry and did a stint in the Peace Corps, so he knows location logistics and how to turn your undeveloped or unusual venue into an event paradise with power and parking and everything. From scouting to infrastructure planning to clean-up, he'll create the physical structure needed for your guests' comfort and safety. You can reach him at 424.256.2002 or 310.874.6141.
Classic Party Rentals Classic is the big rental dog in California, with rentals available through most of the state. They have everything, Everything, EVERYTHING you can think of and they can accommodate gigantico events for thousands (maybe you have some corporate gigs to plan after your wedding.) You'll pay top prices but receive superb selection and "Critic's Choice" service. Call their Culver City office at 310.202.0011 or check out the website for contact info for El Segundo, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, and Ducky Bob's, TX (well, that's what it says!)
ELS Entertainment Lighting Services ELS offers a huge catalog of rental items, expert consultation, and excellent, well-maintained equipment. Check out the website photos of what they can do for you, download a rental catalog, and call 818.769.9800 or 800.ELS.LIGHTS to schedule a consultation.

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