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.
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.
Lily Glass Photography
Based out of LA, Lily Glass splits her time between portrait and editorial photography. Her wedding photos are remarkable for their incredibly natural look—they never feel posed or forced, and even the most classic of her shots (bride walking down the aisle) feel somehow wholly original.
Silver Lake Farms (Closed)
Tara Kolla actually started Silver Lake Farms in the backyard of her Silver Lake home—as she tells it, she and her husband "just aren't pool people," so she plowed an acre of land and equipped it with rows and rows of breathtaking ranunculus, larkspur, dahlias, and sweet peas that climb the fences. A degree in horticulture and several seasons later, her business has exploded beyond the farmer's market to become a full-fledged CSA that delivers locally grown, organic bouquets to families and businesses across the city on a weekly basis (though you can still find her at the Hollywood Farmer's Market and a few other spot around town). Tara's also an important community activist for urban farming and the slow flower movement in Los Angeles and nationally; long live the #fempire.
Yasmine Floral Design
Southern California native Yasmine Mei has a magical touch when it comes to flowers. Her vintage-inspired designs are romantic and earthy, but elegantly so. She primarily delivers on the east side but will bring pricier arrangements west. The best way to place an order is via phone, and in advance, as Mei can get booked up.
It can be hard to get really excited about vegetarian food (that can easily go vegan), but Kitchen Mouse makes it wildly appealing—both in the form of their cafe and catering (they do a brisk business in both). They're also nut- and soy-free. Must orders: Crispy Gomasio Rice Cakes and the breakfast sandwich.