Celebrity Wedding Vendors You Can Hire Yourself
The phrase "Stars, they're just like us," is a little misleading. Though the rich and famous are, of course, human, they often experience life on a different plane—one that's the definition of luxury. It's an experience that the majority of us will never have or understand, but one that often leads to lots of glitz and glamour, especially when these A-listers mark major life events (like weddings!). Celebrity nuptials are often on another level. The lead-up is full of hype, the guest lists are star-studded, the décor is bigger—just about everything about high-profile weddings, beyond the fact that two people are promising to spend the rest of their lives together, feels out of reach to the average bride and groom.
But what if we told you that celebrity-level weddings aren't unattainable at all? Believe it or not, the majority of vendors that these A-listers hire for their own big days are available to just about everyone else, non-celebrities included. If you're interested in sharing a photographer, planner, event designer, florist, or cake baker with one of your favorite stars, you're in luck. We've rounded up several creatives for each category so you can curate your own celebrity-approved big-day team. The best part? The fact that they've been hired by the elite means that they're among the best in the business.
Ahead, get ready to discover Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cake baker (she's available for hire in the U.K.!), Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' florist and photographer, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich's event designer, and more. Click through to discover all of the celebrity wedding vendors that you can enlist to bring your own big day to (larger than) life.
Photography: Aaron Delesie
Though he boasts a slew of high-profile clients, photographer Aaron Delesie might be most famous for his work with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend: The creative shot their Lake Como, Italy, nuptials in September 2013. There's a good chance he'll also shoot yours, especially if you're planning a destination wedding (that's his specialty!).
Photography: Elizabeth Messina
Elizabeth Messina may be a favorite in the celebrity sphere—she's captured the weddings of Sasha Pieterse and Hudson Sheaffer, Lauren Conrad and William Tell, Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, and more—but she's also a top choice photographer for those in the wedding industry (and that really speaks to her talent). Other top photographers, including Jose Villa, Joel Serrato, and Corbin Gurkin, have all enlisted her services when they tied the knot.
Photography: KT Merry
Photography: Jose Villa
Jose Villa has been photographing celebrities' big days—he captured Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli's nuptials, which were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, back in 2017—for years, but he's most recently made headlines for shooting Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' epic, multi-part India celebration (yep, he's the man behind that incredible veil shot!). Based in Santa Barbara, California, Villa travels all over the world to commemorate each and every one of his clients' big-day visions.
Photography: Amy & Stuart
Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr, Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard, Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict, Colin Hanks and Samantha Bryant, Duff Goldman and Johnna Colbry, and Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein have all called Amy & Stuart, a husband-and-wife team, their wedding photographers. West Coast couples, you'll want to bookmark this team—they're based in Los Angeles.
Photography: Sylvie Gil
Known for her bright, airy photography and breathtaking scenic shots, Sylvie Gil is a go-to for many newly-engaged couples, including A-list duos. She most recently shot the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, nuptials of 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs and Mad Men alum Michael Gladdis.
Wedding Planning: Mindy Weiss
It'd probably be easier to list the celebrity clients Mindy Weiss hasn't worked with. On the wedding front, she's planned the unions of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, Ciara and Russell Wilson, Duff Goldman and Johnna Colbry (their museum nuptials are pictured here!), and countless others; she's also a Kardashian favorite. Though she and her team are based in Los Angeles and plan weddings in Beverly Hills and Malibu, she's available for hire worldwide.
Wedding Planning: Sharon Sacks
Sharon Sacks runs a comprehensive event planning and design company (including floral work and photography!), which has been utilized by couples like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara (Sacks transformed the couple's backyard into a twinkle-light oasis for their December 2018 wedding). If you're looking to channel these A-listers' dramatic weddings, Sacks is the planner for you.
Wedding Planning: Marcy Blum Associates
Marcy Blum, an internationally sought-out event planner, has played wedding planner to the stars time and again. She's worked with everyone from Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick's to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's (their masculine, candle-lit reception is seen here!), and is known for her ability to blend tenets of theater, cuisine, décor, and atmosphere into every event she creates.
Wedding Planning and Design: Jove Meyer
A California native turned Brooklynite, Jove Meyer Events brings his whimsical, relaxed West Coast design aesthetic into each and every one of his fresh, beautiful New York City events—and celebrities have started to notice. Meyer's services were most recently enlisted by Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant; he planned her Brooklyn wedding to writer Connor O'Malley.
Wedding Design: Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events
If you followed Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich's Couer D'Arlene, Idaho, nuptials you were likely enamored by Troy Williams' work (that epic "I do!" confetti explosion was all him!). He's known for his acute attention—and for executing high-energy receptions (likely the result of his stint planning Academy Awards and Golden Globes parties!), which makes him a sought-after event designer for West Coast couples.
Floral Design: Bows and Arrows
Whimsical, wildflower creations are Bows and Arrows' Alexandra Ricco's signature—which made her the perfect choice for Grammy winner Kacey Musgrave's Tennessee farm nuptials. If you're looking for contemporary floral arrangements, like cascading and hoop bouquets, aisle installations, and dynamic centerpieces, bookmark Ricco (Hollywood does!).
Floral Design: Jenya Flowers
Jenya Tsybulskyi has created breathtaking arrangements for many a high-profile client, including Christian Louboutin and Ralph Lauren Home. You might, however, recognize his name for his work on Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding: He created the bridal party's personal arrangements, including 12 bridesmaids' bouquets, the mother-of-the-bride and-groom bouquets, 13 boutonnieres, and Priyanka’s own clutch. Based abroad, Tsybulskyi regularly designs for destination weddings in Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Turkey.
Floral Design: Of the Flowers
Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith can credit the bulk of their wedding's bohemian vibe to Felisa Funes' incredible floral design—she was responsible for the duo's epic pink ceremony arch, as well as the remainder of the event's florals. The mastermind behind Of the Flowers, Funes is a trained Los Angeles-based artist who cites sculpture and painting as two leading sources of inspiration behind her work.
Floral Design: The Empty Vase
The Empty Vase kept Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cooke's stable wedding venue in mind when bringing their horseshoe-shaped ceremony backdrop, which featured pampas grass and roses, to life. Their reception work was equally as striking (the tabletop centerpieces were so luxe!). The best part? The West Hollywood florist isn't a celebrity-only entity—they're available for weddings (and even flower arranging classes!).
Floral Design: Flowers by Chloe
Searching for rustic, wildflower-centric wedding floral arrangements that speak to your Jackson Hole, Wyoming, nuptials? Make like Beth Behrs and Michael Gladdis and hire Chloe Showell of Flowers by Chloe, a local retailer that works almost exclusively with local floral varieties.
Cake Baker: Fiona Cairns
If you're based in the U.K. you might be able to hire Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake baker—which means feeling like a royal on your own wedding day isn't entirely out of reach. The team at Fiona Cairns' bake shop describes working on the 2011 royal wedding cake as "our most prestigious commission" and a "once-in-a-lifetime experience." The cake, a traditional British fruitcake recipe, was also incredibly elaborate, with sugar flower detailing, multiple tiers, and gold accents. Like what you hear? You can actually give their shop a call.
Cake Baker: Violet Cakes
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nontraditional elderflower confection might resonate more with contemporary couples, which is why its creator Claire Ptak's bake shop, Violet Cakes, should be on your short list. You'll have to plan ahead, however, since Ptak has received a deluge of orders since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's May 2018 nuptials.
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