Santa Clarita Wedding Vendors Help Bride Throw Surprise Backyard Wedding

One Santa Clarita bride shares her story about planning the perfect surprise backyard wedding — and the team of Santa Clarita wedding vendors she used to pull it off without a hitch.

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Family had arrived from all over the country. Live music by Dole | Humphries filled the Valencia backyard with soulful tunes and good vibes. Guests sipped rosé and cold beers on a perfect Saturday evening, commenting on the beautiful new Tilch-Benson home.

“They thought they were all there for a housewarming party!” Amanda Benson-Tilch said as she tipped her head back with laughter. “HA! We had other plans.”

Suddenly, local emcee Ed Masterson appeared with a microphone and asked the crowd to make some room against the back wall. “Hallelujah” started to play, and suddenly, the stunning bride, Ms. Amanda Benson, emerged with her father and son.

“Surprise! We’re getting married!” she screeched, in pure joy.

As the crowd looked around in shock, tears and laughter filled the backyard … and the vows began.

Finding Your Experts

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When Amanda got engaged, she was in the middle of starting a new business and taking a new management position. A busy working professional, Amanda didn’t want to sacrifice anything for her beautiful dream wedding, but she didn’t have the time to mess around, either.

“I needed wedding professionals who have done this a thousand times before,” Amanda said. “I needed people on my team who would help me throw the perfect wedding — without the hassle.”

Amanda landed on the SCWEP website and clicked on the list of members. Then she started calling.

“I didn’t have to go searching the internet for hours on end,” Amanda said. “I’m a busy working mom, so I went to a resource of professionals who were experts in their field. And I found everything I needed.”

A V Party Rentals

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“I had my heart set on those wine barrel high-top tables, and I saw them on A V Party Rental’s Facebook. I picked up the phone, and they help me put together my entire rentals order over the phone. I just looked online then called. It was that easy.”

The expertise of the A V Party Rentals team is a huge part of their value, she explained. They suggested solutions to get the most use from every piece on the order and helped her save money in the right places.

“They even handled the entire contract via email, and delivery and pickup was a breeze — exactly what you’re hoping for the day after the biggest day of your life,” Amanda said.

And, of course, the entire ceremony and reception was stunning. They’d created a scene right out of a winery’s catalog, in Amanda’s backyard.

Cruz’s Bridal

“When it came to the dress, I did not shop around. I went straight to Cruz’s Bridal,” Amanda said. “Adriana knows better than anyone how to pick the perfect wedding dress. I can't tell you enough how much trust I had in her to just fit the dress exactly to my body.”

Amanda had been following Cruz’s on social media for some time, and when she saw them post about a pop-up wedding dress sale, she was there within 24 hours.

It was the best experience she’d ever had while dress shopping, and Adriana continued to take care of Amanda even after the dress was purchased.

“She taught my matron of honor how to pin up my dress. She reminded me when I needed to come in for fittings,” Amanda said. “She handled everything. The attention to detail she gives you is unparalleled.”

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Perfect Day Perfect Look

“They’re such professionals at Perfect Day Perfect Look. They made me feel at ease,” Amanda said of her wedding hair and makeup team. “They created the most gorgeous look, met time frames and just made everything so fun for my friends and family.”

In addition to the bride, the PDPL team did hair and makeup for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride. It was a hectic schedule with a lot of different looks to finish before the ceremony, but the PDPL handled it, well, perfectly.

“We did a full run-through of my hair and makeup on the day of my shower, so I could see how it all looked in different lighting, as well as on camera. So there were no surprises. I could relax knowing they were taking care of everything,” Amanda said. “And I loved it. My hair held perfectly — even after shaking my head back and forth on the dance floor!”

Claire’s Flowers

“Claire is another extremely talented local vendor. She saw my vision immediately and was able to pull out flowers that speak to the season, color and feeling I wanted to create on my big day,” Amanda said.

As a former florist, Amanda had big expectations, and Claire’s Flowers blew them out of the water. Claire’s attention to detail made Amanda feel assured that everything would look perfect. And all the guests noticed. Throughout her big day and after, Amanda kept hearing comments about how gorgeous the florals were.

“She spent so much time showing me samples and options. She asked about my linens and dress colors, and everything turned out exactly as I expected: beautiful and fresh,” Amanda said. “Claire has such an incredible talent for what she does. She took my vision to the next level.”

By Invitation Only

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“I just loved working with Kate at By Invitation Only. Whether she was answering my questions about proper etiquette or showing me samples from her huge in-store supply of fine paper, Kate was my one-stop shop for all things invitations and gifts,” Amanda said.

Amanda first showed up with an idea for a theme: California wine country. Instantly, Kate showed Amanda tangible samples from her shop and asked her questions the level of formality she was going for. Based on Amanda’s ideas, Kate put together a stunning set of invitations — and Amanda didn’t have to do a thing.

“She also has an incredible little shop. I got all the gifts for my bridesmaids, flower girl and the rest of the wedding party right in her shop,” Amanda said.

Advice From The Bride

“Planning a wedding can be so stressful that it takes the fun out of it,” Amanda said. “By using professionals who make weddings their career, you can relax knowing your big day will turn out perfectly — and you can just have fun and enjoy the ride.”

About Santa Clarita Wedding & Event Professionals

Your vision is our passion. The Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals is a united group of the most accomplished and sought-after wedding vendors in Southern California. Together, we form a unique network providing access to a wide variety of services in every stage of planning.

Our goal is to provide prospective brides in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas with a comprehensive list of qualified wedding vendors, including wedding florists, wedding and event DJs/MCs, wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding hair and makeup artists, wedding invitation makers, and wedding planners. Look no further for the most trusted wedding vendors in Santa Clarita and beyond.

The #SCWEPblog provides useful tips and tricks, and our quarterly educational event, The Wedding Stage, brings Southern California’s best vendors together in one room, where they present their best advice for the season.

The Most Stress-free Wedding Venues In Santa Clarita

Looking for a Santa Clarita wedding venue that does it all? Here are 6 ways country clubs take the stress out of wedding planning.

Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita

By Kirsten Quinn-Smith

Weddings are stressful enough. Do you really need the added stress of coordinating every vendor, detail and piece of silverware? Take it from me — no, you don’t.

When I got married, I chose a vast, lush park as my venue. It was a blank slate, which seemed beautiful to me — at first. But then I had to worry about everything from installing lighting to counting trash cans and remembering the salt shakers, and so did my family and friends.

Here are 6 ways country clubs make the wedding planning process easier on everyone.

1. You’re Shielded From The Elements.  

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At a country club or golf club venue, the entire site is set up like a picturesque backdrop — from indoor to outdoor venues. The beauty of having both a rolling green and a luxury ballroom is versatility and coverage. If the weather is too hot in the afternoon, schedule the ceremony inside, and then dance under the stars when things cool down. That way, you don’t need to waste money or time worrying about equipment to shield guests from sun, wind or rain.

2. Everything You Need Is On Site.   

A country club venue has everything you need all in one spot. Both The Oaks Club and Valencia Country Club offer suites for the bridal and groom’s parties on the big day, and they are perfectly designed for gorgeous pre-ceremony photos. In addition to all the stunning spaces you need, clubs also have all the little things — from tables, chairs and linens to catering and your choice of serving ware.

3. You Get A Team Of People Working To Make It Perfect.  

“We have a full team of people on staff to make sure you have the most magical wedding day,” said Tiffany Grummer, director of catering and special events at Valencia Country Club. “We have servers, bartenders and a manager present, just in case something goes wrong. Couples love that because they see, pretty quickly, how much a staff can really add up if you hire them independently.”

4. Many Vendors Are Scheduled For You.  

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Country club venues don’t just offer additional manpower on the day of your wedding.

“Our in-house coordinator walks you through the planning timeline,” said Sue Scharf, private events director at The Oaks Club. “We can help you schedule your catering and cake tastings, plan the rehearsal, and walk you through the little things you may not think about. Plus we also offer a day-of coordinator to help calm the nerves and make sure everything goes off flawlessly.”

5. There’s Always A Backup Plan.  

One of the first questions you should be asking yourself when it comes to choosing a venue is: What’s the back-up plan? If weather is unpredictable, you need to have a plan in place to make sure your ceremony and reception go off without a hitch. Valencia Country Club, for example, has been poised and ready to take on a displaced wedding after fires ripped through the Santa Clarita Valley. With mere hours notice, the club was able to take on a wedding that had lost its venue — and provide the ceremony of a lifetime. That’s a backup plan.

6. You Don’t Have To Clean Up.  

The last thing you want to do at the end of the most magical night of your life is clean up — or ask your friends and family to do it. With a country club wedding, you won’t have to worry about a thing but the honeymoon. And that, lovers, is what it’s all about.

 

 

 Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita

Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita

About Valencia Country Club, A Premier Santa Clarita Wedding Venue  

Valencia Country Club is the premier location for your perfect wedding or event. From exquisite service to luxurious surroundings, Valencia brings the magic of emerald fairways and champagne toasts to you with attention to detail and elegance. Allow our world-class catering and hospitality staff at Valencia Country Club to ensure that your wedding day is everything you dreamed it would be.

To schedule a complimentary tour, contact Tiffany Grummer, Director of Catering & Special Events, at www.valenciagolfclub.com or 661-799-1263. Visit facebook.com/ValenciaCountryClubSpecialEvents for ideas and information.

The Oaks Club in Valencia

About The Oaks Club, A Luxury Santa Clarita Wedding Venue  

Elegant décor and breathtaking vistas create the perfect atmosphere for hosting an unforgettable wedding and reception at The Oaks Club in Valencia. The luxurious Clubhouse emulates old-California ranch style architecture featuring interiors of distressed alder wood trim, vaulted ceilings, stacked stone accents and panoramic views of the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding championship golf course.

Offering four banquet venues, the The Oaks Club features versatile accommodations for hosting indoor and outdoor events for as many as 200 guests. Outdoor celebrations may enjoy the famed veranda, featuring expansive views of the Santa Clarita Valley or couples may choose to wed on the championship golf course with an elegant golf course wedding ceremony.

To schedule a tour of the venue, please contact Sue Scharf at 661-254-4401, or visit oaksclubvalencia.com/special-events/weddings for more information.

About Santa Clarita Wedding & Event Professionals  

Your vision is our passion. The Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals is a united group of the most accomplished and sought-after wedding vendors in Southern California. Together, we form a unique network providing access to a wide variety of services in every stage of planning.

Our goal is to provide prospective brides in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas with a comprehensive list of qualified wedding vendors, including wedding florists, wedding and event DJs/MCs, wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding hair and makeup artists, wedding invitation makers, and wedding planners. Look no further for the most trusted wedding vendors in Santa Clarita and beyond.

The #SCWEPblog provides useful tips and tricks, and our quarterly educational event, The White Stage, brings Southern California’s best vendors together in one room, where they present their best advice for the season.

7 Steps To Designing The Best Wedding Invitations In Santa Clarita

Want the best wedding invitations in Santa Clarita? Here are 7 steps to the most personalized invites — straight from the pros.

By Kirsten Quinn-Smith

When you get engaged, invitations are one of the first items on your to-do list. Today, couples want to have fun with their announcements, and more importantly, they want their wedding invitations to be a personalized expression of who they are as a couple — as a way of showing their friends and family what their love looks like.

1. Establishing Your Vision  

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By Invitation Only in Santa Clarita

Many couples like to start their wedding planning process with invitations because it helps them figure out the look, colors, vibe and theme of their wedding. The decisions you make in your invitations can be carried out through the entire planning process — from menus and escort cards to napkin rings and glasses.

2. Vintage vs. Modern  

Now, establishing a vision for the colors and theme of your wedding can be more overwhelming than it sounds. Myra Harbour, owner of Celebrate, and Kate Clancey, owner of By Invitation Only suggest starting with a simple decision that helps you narrow down a look quickly: vintage or modern?

3. Logos, Monograms & Coats of Arms  

Once you decide whether you want a vintage or modern look, the next big decision is your personal logo or monogram. Many couples are creating customized symbols of their new union by designing a unique logo, monogram or even a coat of arms. For a more modern look, try a computer-generated logo, and for a more vintage look, opt for something hand-drawn.

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4. Custom Artwork  

Once you’ve figured out your personal logo, the next step is to think about some custom artwork to match. “Many couples are working with professional invitation companies to come up with their own artwork. It allows them to create something deeply personal that matches their vision exactly,” Kate said.

5. Textures  

Once you have your look figured out, it’s time to think textures. Couples are getting adventurous and expressive with their textures, and the result is a creative, original masterpiece. “A lot of couples are really thinking outside the box and choosing to incorporate materials they love — not just the standard, traditional white envelope,” said Myra. “We’ve worked with couples to incorporate acrylic, velvet, foil, embroidery thread, twine, ribbon and more.”

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6. Accents & Embellishments  

Once all the main pieces of your vision are in place, it’s time to have fun with the accents and embellishments that can turn something great into something masterful. Here are just a few details that can really rock your invitation: wax seals, fabric ties, letterpress, foil press, wood burning, hand calligraphy, colored ink, and more.

7. Envelopes & Packaging  

You’ve almost finished designing your perfect invitation! Last but certainly not least, the right envelope or packaging can really take your invitations to the next level — and showcase who you are a as a couple. Some couples have asked for fabric-wrapped tubes with wax seals, while others opt for boxes with foil or lace inside. Add a twine-tied tag with your personalized logo, top it with your own stamp, and you’re on your way to the best wedding invitations in Santa Clarita and beyond!

Celebrate Flowers & Invitations in Santa Clarita

About By Invitation Only, For Wedding Invitations In Santa Clarita  

By Invitation Only in Santa Clarita

By Invitation Only began in 1990, when owner Kate Clancey created unique announcements following the birth of her son. Always accomplished in crafts and design, Kate has grown the business from a home studio to a retail store, opening the second quarter of 2013 in the up and coming shopping district of Old Town Newhall.

We offer a complete line of custom designed paper goods to complement your wedding, from save-the-dates to your thank-you cards.  Invitations, RSVPs, maps, registry cards, addressed envelopes, table cards, place cards, menus, and elegant event signage. We do it all.

We will work closely with you to incorporate your style and color palette to enhance your once in a lifetime event. Let us create something spectacular for you.

Contact Kate Clancey at 661-388-5699 to setup an appointment, or visit www.finesocialpaper.com for more information. By Invitation Only is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Celebrate, For Wedding Invitations In Santa Clarita  

Celebrate Flowers & Invitations in Santa Clarita

Celebrate – Planning for an Event to Remember was established in 1991. The store is located in midtown Valencia, on Bouquet Canyon Road. We welcome you to come in and see our vast array of trendy and unique invitations. Our design studio has an extensive selection of custom and ready-made invitations that will satisfy even the most exquisite tastes.

Whether you are a do-it-yourself bride or would like us to create the wedding of your dreams, we look forward to working with you on your special day.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, please call 661-259-8611 or visit www.flowersandinvitations.com.

About Santa Clarita Wedding & Event Professionals  

Your vision is our passion. The Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals is a united group of the most accomplished and sought-after wedding vendors in Southern California. Together, we form a unique network providing access to a wide variety of services in every stage of planning.

Our goal is to provide prospective brides in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas with a comprehensive list of qualified wedding vendors, including wedding florists, wedding and event DJs/MCs, wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding hair and makeup artists, wedding invitation makers, and wedding planners. Look no further for the most trusted wedding vendors in Santa Clarita and beyond.

The #SCWEPblog provides useful tips and tricks, and our quarterly educational event, The White Stage, brings Southern California’s best vendors together in one room, where they present their best advice for the season.