It’ll be box office boffo, baby. Produce a big day that’s more Love Story than Comedy of Errors with our suggestions. You’ll have a guaranteed hit on your hands.
Ron Pruitt and his fiance-slash-fellow-shutterbug Dominique Brown are the brains behind Love Me Sailor. Using a mix of digital, Polaroid, and film, they capture candid moments in dreamy retro tones. Fun fact: Sailor is the couple’s rescue pup.
DJ Heather Thompson’s eclectic sets get the dance floor hopping with ’60s garage and soul hits, Paul Simon, Depeche Mode, and more.
If you’d prefer to strike up the band, tap into the sophisticated jazz/bossa nova/surf pop sounds of The Mattson 2, comprising twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson.
Flour power meets Frank Lloyd Wright at Andrea Boudewijn’s Superfine Bakery. Her wedding cake designs take a page from modern architecture with bold lines and uncluttered fondant flourishes. Top-notch ingredients mean they taste as good as they look.
Day-of hair and makeup can be more stress-inducing than the DMV. Let brow and makeup guru Juliana Landis take the edge off at her private Hancock Park home studio. Pop open a bottle of bubbly and plug in your iPod while Landis gets you and your bridesmaids ready. Outside manicurists, hairstylists, masseuses, and pizza delivery welcome.
Excuse us, Mr. Spielberg. That nipping at your heels? It’s Sharkpig (a.k.a. filmmaker Brian Morrow). Armed with a Super 8 and connoisseurship of indie love songs, he’s cornering the market on adorable wedding videos. Snag him while you can.
A fave among foodies and restaurant industry folk, Meg Hall is that rare bird: a chef and caterer. To wit, her catering company Made by Meg is no scoop-and-slop operation. Farm-fresh ingredients and customized menus take precedence over budgets and head counts. Try the baby pineapples stuffed with slow-roasted pork (guaranteed to upstage the bride).
At long last, a painless bridesmaid dress selection. Log on to WeddingtonWay.com (it’s free) to browse the site’s expansive designer inventory. Drag and drop your top picks and let your bridesmaids rank their favorites via a closed ballot system to which only you are privy. You can overrule or abide by the popular vote.
Show your guests you’ve got all the write moves with Dear Hancock’s painted and illustrated wedding invitations. Husband-and-wife team Gwendolyn Mason and Earnest Merritt’s personalized designs take inspiration from the details of your big day — par exemple, the flowers in your bridal bouquet.
Time to call for backup? Carter & Cook Event Company picks up where you went nuts, er, left off. In addition to a full-service package, co-owners Ashlyn Carter and Heather Cook offer month-of and even week-of planning solutions. They also have an expansive a la carte menu (hotel block management, wedding favors, etc.) for those DIY brides who almost have it all under control.
’Tis the season for established fashion labels to launch wedding collections. In the dress department, we have Bhldn (pronounced “Beholden”), the new bridal line from the folks behind Anthropologie. The collection features house-label designs as well as guest designers like Tracy Reese and Fleur Wood.
For your below-the-ankle needs, check out Loeffler Randall’s fancy bridal footwear.
Or keep it casual with Toms’s new glitter and grosgrain slippers.
Jason Murakawa’s antique china rental company, Small Masterpiece, sets your table with old-world panache. His 3,000-plus piece collection includes one-of-a-kind Haviland Limoge porcelain table settings, early American pressed glass goblets, and heirloom sterling silver flatware.