After 11 years of publishing over 50 Wedding & Event Guides and serving as a resource for local couples, we've developed quite the knack for choosing the very best companies to work with. Here you'll find Inside SCV's preferred vendors; these are the pros we've referred our friends and family to - and the ones we've hired ourselves. Only the very best make it onto these pages. Read on to meet our favorites!
photography by Becca Rillo
Becca Rillo Photography is most known for beautiful, natural lighting and the photographer's "sneak peeks." About 24 to 48 hours after your wedding, you and your guests will get to enjoy a huge "sneak peek" of about 150 images from your Big Day on her website. Because of the limited amount of weddings Becca Rillo takes on each year, her brides are her top priority and receive amazing customer service throughout the entire process. She goes above and beyond to make sure every client has the best day ever - and has beautiful images to cherish forever!
Becca Rillo Photography
photography by Becca Rillo LEFT Celebrate Flowers & Invitations RIGHT Garrett Markenson
Since 1991, Celebrate has gained numerous awards and recognition from the community, as well as regional and national press, for their one-of-a-kind creations. Expect individually-tailored service and results that leave your guests in awe. Premium florals and "above and beyond" treatment are standard fare for this chic wedding vendor, which also offers the very best in custom and ready-made invitations. Experts in groundbreaking, luxurious, high-fashion designs, Celebrate is where to go when you want Pinterest-worthy picturesque perfection.
Celebrate Flowers & Invitations
Wedding hair, don't care! Toss trends and be you; wedding hair and makeup should make a statement about your style and personality. Garrett Markenson Coiffure's collection of innovative designers aren't bound to bridal "blah" - they're ready to make a jawdropping impact on your big day. Each is dedicated to cultivating a high-fashion look that perfectly coordinates with your dress, venue and desires.
Garrett Markenson Coiffure
LEFT Valencia Country Club photos by R&R Creative Photography RIGHT Tuxedo Revue photo by Becca Rillo
Valencia Country Club is classic elegance redefined. The full-service venue provides stunning vistas that make for the most exquisite photos; the best in custom catering; and an ambience that is both timeless and trend setting. The private Club's ballrooms and marketplace-lit outdoor sites offer versatility like no other.
Valencia Country Club
Grooms want to look good, too! The Tuxedo Revue carries most of their inventory on the premises, which gives the groom the opportunity to try on different styles to see what looks great on him - and what will complement the bride's dress the best. Your team of stylists will then help coordinate the rest of your wedding party so that everyone feels incredible on your wedding day. The Tuxedo Revue pros can even do last-minute alterations and assist with late rentals, too. They're the best in the business with over 2,500 weddings and half a million tux rentals in their long history.
The Tuxedo Revue
LEFT Hair & Makeup by Blo Out Lounge photo by Becca Rillo RIGHT TPC Valencia
The less-than-perfect-skinned among us have real questions like, "How good is my photographer at Photoshop?" But no one wants to depend on a computer program for the appearance of perfect skin when the real thing can actually be... a real thing. The same goes for your hair. Manage both your makeup look and your 'do at Blo-Out Lounge, where excellence in hair and makeup combine for the most beautiful "you." Really want to make an impeccable impression? Work with the Blo team to get the most gorgeous extensions; they offer the finest you'll find anywhere and their stylists have been specially trained to make yours look natural, full and luscious. Brides receive 20 percent off any extensions purchased in February; Blo offers many styles and top-quality brands. (Call for details.). Ensure consistency among your bridal party with Blo; the company's brimming with specially-trained stylists who can accommodate your whole wedding party all at once, from Grandma to the Flower Girl and everyone in between.
Don't Miss the TPC Bridal Show
Sunday | March 19
On Sunday, March 19 from 11am to 3pm, experience the stunning views, gourmet cuisine and superior hospitality of the TPC Valencia at this complimentary bridal show. Visit with a variety of preferred vendors while enjoying free hors d'oeuvres and wedding cocktails while entering to win raffle prizes and special giveaways. www.tpcvalencia.com
You've invested a significant amount of time and money into your wedding day - and you deserve to have it be perfect! Here are some important things to consider when looking for a DJ.
• You want to make sure your reception is fun for you and all your guests and that the evening flows smoothly. A DJ and MC are key components to making sure that happens for you. They need to be able to take control of the event and make it flow the way you planned it to so you don't need to worry about a thing. They will also make sure your photographer and videographer are present for all of the day's events so nothing is missed.
• It goes without saying you want to hear all the songs you and your guests love. Make sure you go over your list of favorite artists, songs and genres. Just as important as what you want to hear is what you don't; make sure you go over "no thanks" songs and genres, too.
• The most important thing you can do is to hire someone you click with. You're putting your reception in their hands. Develop a quality connection with them and keep the lines of communication open as your wedding day approaches.
Trilogy DJ Productions
LEFT Hyatt Regency Valencia RIGHT flowers by Charmaine's photography by Sun & Sparrow
Hyatt Regency Valencia is a romantic destination featuring beautiful gardens and elegant ballrooms. Located in the heart of Santa Clarita, couples Say "I Do" at Hyatt Regency Valencia to experience an award-winning culinary team and staff with first-class service. Hyatt includes a complimentary stay on your wedding night and even lets you earn points towards a honeymoon at Hyatts worldwide.
Hyatt Regency Valencia
There's no such thing as "ordinary" when you choose Charmaine's Bouquet Canyon Florist for your wedding and reception. Owner Charmaine has dedicated her life's work to creating floral arrangements and bouquets that are distinctive and a stunning representation of the bride's desires. Arrive to your consultation with a fistful of photos or just a loose idea of what you want. Charmaine will wow you with customized designs using the freshest blooms. Want "rare?" This is the place to go for the extraordinary touches, whether you seek a meaningful bloom or want to incorporate family jewelry into your fragrant buds.
Charmaine's Bouquet Canyon Florist
LEFT AV Party Rentals photography by R&R Creative Photography RIGHT Salt Creek Grille Catering
Vintage and Rustic are still the go-to look for weddings, with brides incorporating Shabby Chic into this design, too. But don't just follow a trend - make it "you!" Select elements that make your day distinctive, like market/carnival lighting or a sparkling chandelier. You can also rent farm tables, wine-barrel accessories, vineyard cross back chairs, fruitwood chiavari chairs, fruitwood folding chairs and burlap runners. Gold chiavari chairs are also favorites, often paired with vintage and crystal, for a touch of luxury. These elements coordinate perfectly with outdoorsy venues like farms, mountain escapes and ranches.
AV Party Rental
At Salt Creek Grille Catering and Events, Tamra and her team make every detail easy and stress free. Keep these points in mind when meeting with potential caterers to minimize stress and maximize your experience.
• Know your budget; your catering team can make nearly any dollar amount work, but in order for them to best cultivate a sample menu that fits your desires, they need to know a very close approximation of how much you really want to spend.
• Keep a list of your priorities. Salt Creek Grille Catering and Events has created a Wedding Questionnaire to assist you in your planning. It's free - just ask for it!
• If there's a time gap between the ceremony and reception, let your Salt Creek Catering team know. With creative planning, they can get the party started early.
• Don't set a predictable table; explore new ideas for both the guest tables and buffets.
• Don't settle for pre-determined menus every other couple is also reviewing. Salt Creek Grille Catering customizes and personalizes the menu for your wedding using ingredients based on locality and seasonal availability, incorporating the newest trends, themes, ingredients and display design.
• Be ready for your caterer to accommodate special diets - many people now have dairy, gluten and other restrictions. Work with a caterer who can adapt on a whim!
• Streamline by using caterers who are also event coordinators. Salt Creek Grille Catering can help you arrange every last detail, especially the day of, so that you can enjoy your special day.
Salt Creek Grille Catering
LEFT courtesy of Shutterstock RIGHT flowers by Acton Creative Flowers photography by Chelsea Maras
The Sweetest Skin Co. is where brides go to feel their sweetest! From organic vegan Sugar hair removal (Go for the Brazilian, ladies!) to paraben-free natural-looking airbrush tanning, results-oriented facials and products galore, Angela Lark and her team of Sugaristas will ensure that your skin is gorgeous and glowing on your big day. The sweetest news now: Natalie Cruz has joined The Sweetest Skin Co. team! One of Santa Clarita's favorite makeup artists, Natalie will get you glam on your wedding day for only $55 (Regularly $70.) with mention of Inside SCV. See their ad on page 75 for details and more sweet discounts!
The Sweetest Skin Co.
Outside-the-box creativity is what clients have come to expect from Acton Creative Flowers. Here, the tablescape's rich florals show off the designer's skill; this bride gave the florist total designer freedom while matching the bride's colors, wowing guests and the couple alike.
Acton Creative Flowers
Sunday | March 26
The Wedding and Event Society Hosts The Wedding Social
The Wedding and Event Society invites you to an exclusive wedding social on Sunday, March 26 at the Wolf Creek Brewery beginning at 11am. You'll mingle with event professionals in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying libations and cuisine from Wolf Creek Brewery. You will have a chance to check out the latest styles in reception decor, wedding fashion and more. Each bride will also be given a gift to take home. Get the group together for a fun afternoon as you begin to plan the wedding of your dreams! Be sure to pre-register for three free tickets, plus two drink tickets per guest. Cost is $10 per guest at the door. The Wedding and Event Society is a collective of the most experienced and sought after wedding and event vendors in the Los Angeles area. www.weddingandeventsociety.com
LEFT 24-7 Events MIDDLE Jill's Cake Creations RIGHT courtesy of Shutterstock
The latest trend in the wedding industry is "vintage with a twist." Brides have their vision and want to make it unique. 24/7 Events can deliver just that by providing clients with long wooden dining tables, lace runners, chandeliers and more. Many brides are even adding sequins to introduce some sparkle to their vintage look. The best thing about this trend is that it is flexible. Whether your venue is at a country club or a backyard, you can incorporate vintage-inspired touches by adding lace, a pop of blush, gold flatware and candlelight. The key is customization; make sure you have plenty of variety from which to choose for your dream wedding.
Love the look of a fondant cake but much prefer the flavor of rich, creamy buttercream? You aren't alone, which is why Jill's Cake Creations has been Santa Clarita's favorite special-occasion baker for over 35 years. Their designer cakes are frosted as smooth as fondant, have a rich homemade texture and taste as exquisite as they look.
Jill's Cake Creations
Bridal hair perfection doesn't start on your Big Day; for a look you truly love, your hair cut and color must be on point, too. When you work with the highly-experienced staff at 'N Style Salon, you can be confident that your hair design is a combination of exquisite, rich color and an attention-to-the-details cut that flatters you on your wedding day, honeymoon and beyond.
'N Style Salon
LEFT Dresses by Cruz's Bridal photography by Becca Rillo RIGHT Ashley Harris Makeup at Priscilla's Salon photo by R&R Creative Photography
Feel your dream come alive! You don't need "model measurements" to look like one on your wedding day thanks to Cruz's Bridal. Their team of experts will wow you during your personalized bridal-figure style consult. Find the love of your life - the dress version! - in a cut that will fit fabulously with only minimal alterations. Cruz's carries Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Allure Romance, Alfred Angelo, Bill Levkoff, Bari Jay and many more to guarantee an extraordinary selection. During your appointment you'll discuss your venue, culture and more so that your dress is the ultimate expression of you. They'll even teach your bridesmaids how to dress you and fix your bustle - or do it for you on the big day. They supervise all wedding-gown alterations, too, to ensure perfection. Log onto www.cruzsbridal.com to schedule your appointment.
Known for seven-minute Brazilians and brows, consistent professionalism and intensely-personal service, clients of WAX by Heather Nelson know that a session with Heather will leave them looking and feeling their best. Along with high standards and using top-quality products, Heather's focus on just waxing allows her to be the best in the field. A Santa Clarita star in her own right, with 11 years of experience and a wall full of awards, Heather grew up here and is proud to be looking forward to her fifth year of serving clients at her Sola Salon location. Appointments are booked out four to six weeks in advance and her service has earned more than 135 five-star ratings on Yelp!
A visit to WAX is an investment in your well-being, inside and out.
WAX by Heather Nelson
It's one of the biggest days of your life - and makeup artist Ashley Harris will make it even more exciting! Her style is "you, enhanced" - she's committed to elevating your look by capturing your natural beauty and refining it so that you feel your most gorgeous. Versatile and client centered, she'll make you feel relaxed in her chair. Your jitters will calm as she helps you feel present in the moment and, once you gaze at yourself in the mirror, your confidence will soar. Ashley has years of experience managing the pressures of wedding makeup; rely on her expertise for what might be the most soothing part of your Big Day.
Ashley Harris at Priscilla's Salon
LEFT Nothing Bundt Cake Bundtinis - photo by Becca Rillo RIGHT Wolf Creek Brewery
The literal sweetest addition to your wedding: desserts and favors from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Choose from petite Bundtinis, individual-serving Bundtlets or full-size Bundts (Tier them for a wedding cake that wows!) in 10 different flavors like Lemon, White Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and more. Tip: Order NBC's gluten-free flavor in Bundtlet size so that guests with dietary restrictions can also enjoy a fabulous dessert.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
The Wolf Creek tasting room and brewery is a great place to host private events. Thy have multiple options, including indoor and outdoor spaces that will thrill your guests. You can book the entire venue or just the space you need for an occasion no one will forget. And the food! All the glorious goodness of Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co. can be had, along with their handcrafted beer. Check out this sample menu.
Blackened Shrimp on Warm Quinoa, Citrus Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Albondigas Meatballs in Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Baby Greens & Gorgonzola with Housemade Balsamic, Beer-braised Boneless Short Ribs, Herb-crusted Chicken Mattone, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus in Lemon-butter Sauce
Wolf Creek Brewery
Ma Maison, located in Old Town Newhall, is the best place to find ultra-unique wedding gifts for the bride and groom.
LEFT courtesy of Shutterstock RIGHT Knollwood Golf Club
Fairest of Them All is a makeup artist and hair stylist company that specializes in enhancing your natural beauty. They have over 18 years of experience in photo shoots, film/TV productions, music videos, weddings and special events and take a special, personal interest in their clientele. Fairest believes in providing you with a relaxed, joyous environment while they work to ensure your hair and makeup are absolutely perfect! On the day of your wedding, they travel to you and stay with you for as long as you need. They can accommodate any size party and can maintain the tightest of schedules.
Fairest of Them All Hair & Makeup
Saturday | March 12
WSW Wedding Show Weekend
Held at Knollwood Country Club, this event features rental experts, photographers, florists, djs and much more, including a chance to win up to $20,000 in prizes. www.weddingshowweekend.com
Knollwood Golf Course's fully-renovated ballroom, bar and private bridal room make this convenient North San Fernando Valley venue a smart choice for your wedding. Close to the 5, 101 and 118 freeways, Knollwood's seasoned, knowledgeable wedding coordinators will help you get the most out of the stylish spot that's complete with floor-to-ceiling view windows, a private outdoor patio with firepit and bistro lights, complimentary ceiling organza and a stunning crystal chandelier.
Knollwood Golf Course
818-360-2101, extension 1
LEFT Cobblestone Cottage RIGHT By Invitation Only
Kendra Scott jewelry
From day-of sparkling accents to bridal-party gifts, Cobblestone Cottage is the place for treasures that will be as memorable as your big day.
By Invitation Only (BIO) is your local purveyor of specialty wedding invitations and party favors. This family business is big on relationship building and has dedicated over 20 years in the industry making brides' dreams come true.
By Invitation Only