We have often found that the realities of hosting an outdoor sleepover have a way of stalling plans. Camp’d Out is a full-service luxury tent company that accommodates off-the-grid locations with ease. Pick a patch of desert or an unoccupied hillside (with permission, of course) and this female-founded company will handle the rest. Tents are spacious and decked out with comfortable blow-up mattresses, organic sheets, rugs underfoot, and handy storm lamps. Camp’d Out will also tailor the campsite to your event with heaters, a camp butler to help with the drinks, a fire pit to ward off the chill (and toast a few s’mores), and an outdoor lounge area to maximize the under-the-stars experience. Go big and book Moonrise Standard to cook a feast. You won’t regret it.
Night and Market Song Catering
Kris and Sarah Yenbamroong have all of LA under the spell of their interpretation of Thai street food—served with their well-curated, biodynamic wine list. Kris Yenbamroong has no formal training, but no matter: He learned how to cook in both Bangkok and the kitchen of old Thai mainstay Talésai. Not a week goes by without a handful of goop staffers crowding a table at one of the couple’s three Night + Market restaurants in Silver Lake, West Hollywood, and most recently, Venice. Night + Market Song’s flavorful, vegetarian-friendly Thai food is also available for catering. One (very appealing) option is for chef Yenbamroong to come and set up kitchen in your home to personally cook for a dinner party or small event. For weddings and larger events, the whole team gets involved. Serving plates of crab fried rice; short rib curry with crisp, oil-slick roti for dipping; the sweetest coconut sticky rice; and eye-wateringly spicy papaya salad at your party is unexpected and significantly more exciting than boilerplate hors d’oeuvres. Available in the Los Angeles area only.
This string ensemble, made up of four friends and music school grads, is a fun and elegant option for virtually any type of event. Musically, the Cattus repertoire ranges across classical, jazz, pop, and rock—and they're happy to take requests. (Read: they'll gladly play everything from Pachelbel's Canon to Guns N' Roses with equal aplomb.) A secondary passion for these players—aside from their music—is animal welfare, so a portion of the proceeds from their performances goes directly to charity. Photo: Morgan Hydinger
Jon & Vinny’s Pizza Oven
While you won’t be able to spot this truck out in the wild, it is available for private bookings—meaning you can get your Jon & Vinny’s fill without braving the line at their brick and mortar location on Fairfax.
A Guy + A Girl Photography LA
The spirited duo behind A Guy + A Girl, Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti, are masters at capturing shots that feel full of life. Their portfolio is playful in the best way, and every wedding they shoot looks more fun than the last. Typically, Michael and Lauren shoot separately (with a second photographer), but you can book them together. They’re fully bi-coastal, with posts in both NYC and LA.
Poste & Co.
923 20th St., Santa Monica
Lily Lasuzzo produced trailers (Up, Mamma Mia, Sex and the City) before turning her creative talents to invitation design. (She discovered her passion for paper products when she was planning her own wedding, and, not satisfied with the custom options available, decided to make her own.) Poste & Co. does event branding for essentially every occasion from kids’ birthday parties to showers and weddings, and styles range from classic to clean and whimsical.
A Merry Riot
Jenet and Erica are long-time publicists that met working together at a big entertainment PR firm—it was their shared love of easy, casual parties that led to A Merry Riot. They specialize in the kind of casual event design (kids birthday parties are actually their bread and butter) that makes all of the guests want to take their shoes off, in a good way. They’re also full service, meaning they can handle catering, décor, florals, music, and more.
A combined florist and event services boutique, Honeycomb Affair is known for lush, whimsical bouquets, gorgeous greenery, and arrangements that romantically spill out of their vases. They also offer a day-of package to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.
While photographs certainly capture the visuals and aesthetic of a wedding, nothing captures the actual experience like film. Naz Melconian shoots weddings and other events on Super 8 and edits them into 5-minute videos that can be easily shared with friends and family. Melconian is very much an artist, so these aren’t exactly your dad’s home videos; they’re gorgeously shot and edited, and the finished product has an emotional quality that’s enormously powerful. He's based in Toronto, but travels to New York and LA frequently for shoots.
Gina & Ryan Photography
Gina and Ryan are industry veterans who have been taking photos together (and been adorably in love with each other) for more than ten years. They have a special talent for getting camera-shy guests—and grooms—to come out of their shell, and they also set up a preview of the photos at the reception; a nice touch that includes guests who aren’t members of the bridal party or close family, and usually get left out of the special moments right after the ceremony. They offer a special price for elopements, and their gallery offers a convincing argument that even small ceremonies should invest in professional photography.
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