Nick Bateman and Maria Corrigan’s Fairytale Wedding on People Magazine

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A decade’s long love, Nick Bateman and Maria Corrigan tied the knot at  Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California, to make their fairytale wedding come true. 

These two Canadians moved to the Los Angeles area four years ago, so it was only fitting that they shared their vows in the dreamy town of Malibu. Their ten-month old son, Chase, joined in on the celebration in his dapper tuxedo onesie. Chase was smiling and happy throughout the entire evening. 

Photographer Jenny Quicksall, captured Nick’s reaction to Maria in her dashing Trishpeng gown beautifully. The model was speechless at his bride’s beauty. Intricate lights by The Lighter Side dangled from what seemed like the sky above while the couple sweetly spoke their vows to one another. An intimate gathering with close friends and family was the picture-perfect scene. When both exchanged their “I do’s” they sealed their forever love with a kiss that will last a lifetime. As the newly married couple strolled down the aisle as man and wife, the guests woo’d and cheered with absolute joy.

The reception was full of plush florals and greenery by Butterfly Floral, stunning glass chandeliers, and delicate linens by Latavo Linen. Nick and Maria danced together for the first time as a married couple while DJ This is Good Music played soft music in the background. The attendees celebrated the night away with The Buttered End cake and Primo’s Donuts- leaving full and happy! Hashtag Photobooth provided a photo booth for guests to use so they could capture the cheerful evening in pictures that would last a lifetime.

Take a look at the beautiful ceremony below and see the full feature on People Magazine HERE!

Planner + Designer: Charley Izabella King | Photographer: Jenny Quicksall | Cinematography: Aziz Studios | Florals: Butterfly Floral Design | Venue: Calamigos RanchGown: Trishpeng | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rental | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Hair: Benjamin Hair Salon  | Bride makeup: Tara Dowburd and Beauty Team | Bridesmaids makeup: 805 Makeup | Cake: The Buttered End | Donuts: Primo’s Donuts | Photobooth: Hashtag Photo Booth | Lighting: The Lighter Side LA | Reverend: Clint Hufft | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Katrina | DJ: This is Good Music | Invitations + table numbers: Occasions to Celebrate | Dance floor + mirror: Harry’s Party Rental

John and Savannah’s Seaside Wedding

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With sweeping views and lush greenery, modern elements and timeless pieces, John and Savannah’s seaside wedding was something from a fairytale. Beautiful in every way, we loved being a part of this fantastic day and we’re thankful to work alongside a talented team of vendors it to bring it to reality!

Keep reading to find out more about all of that pretty details! On a bright sunny day, with ocean views as far as the eye can see, John and Savannah exchanged vows at the Trump Golf Course in Los Angeles in a beautiful ceremony for which we provided the lighting.

The two lovebirds tied the knot on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and celebrated in a fantastic reception surrounded by all of their family and friends as they closed the evening. We were thankful to be a part of shining light on such a special day for such a special couple! See some of the beautiful snapshots of their seaside wedding below!

Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson’s Wedding Featured on Brides Magazine!

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We are excited to announce that we have been featured in Brides Magazine for our involvement in NFL player Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson’s wedding!

Full of twinkling lights and custom chandeliers, it is was a gorgeous garden celebration from start to finish.

Keep scrolling to read an excerpt of the article and see all the details below!

Couple kissing in front of their family and friends

“The ceremony took place in the garden, beneath a sprawling tree draped in twinkling lights. Two oversized arrangements of white roses flanked the aisle, and were later repurposed by the dance floor…The couple spent a year planning their summer wedding, hiring Bluebell Events to create a romantic, vintage-inspired outdoor wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. “I’m from Nebraska and Baker is from Texas, so we both really love the outdoors,” says Emily. “Calamigos was the only venue we looked at because it reminded us of home. It was so romantic, and didn’t feel stuffy or over-the-top.”

Read the full feature on Brides Magazine.

Wedding Planner: Bluebell Events || Venue & Catering: Calamigos Ranch || Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra || Bride’s Shoes: Gianvito RossiNike || Hair: Michelle Hsiung || Makeup: Hailey Hoff || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom’s Attire: Southwick, Allen Edmonds || Groomsmen’s Attire: Southwick || Wedding Bands: XIV Karats Ltd. || Floral Design: Mark’s Garden || Paper Products: Occasion to Celebrate || Cake: Rockiies Cakes || Doughnut Wall: Pop Ink || Ceremony Music: Saga Strings || Reception Music: The Red Hot Band || After Party Music: DJ Krieger || Magician: Frankie Foti || Rentals: Signature Party RentalsChiavari Chair RentalsLuxe LinenThe Lighter SideLight Up My Holiday || Transportation: Corporate CoachesExquisite Transportation || Videography: Custom Made Productions || Photography: Hayley Dolson

Elaborate 30th Birthday Celebration with Revelry Event Design

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Turning 30 is quite the milestone, and while it can come with any myriad of feelings, it’s no secret that the big 3-0 is even more reason to party! We had the delight and honor in teaming up with some of Southern California’s most sought after vendors such as revelry event design, to put together a 30th birthday party like no other! Take a look at the gorgeous details to follow!

Furnishings, Draping, and Design: Matias Doorn for Revelry Event Designers | Floral Design and Floral Dance Floor: The Hidden Garden Flowers | Venue: Hotel Bel-Air  | Lighting: The Ligher Side LA | Scenario: The Scenario Studio | Photography: Alexa Miller Photography | Birthday Girl: Skatie

The Lighter Side Lights Up Caleb’s Bat Mitzvah

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At The Lighter Side, getting to bring together families for remarkable and pivotal celebrations is one of our favorite things. That’s why it was an honor and privilege to be able to provide lighting for Caleb‘s Bat Mitzvah. In a stunning celebration at a private Beverly Hills residence, we produced an incredible event and lively at the night sky right in their own backyard. From inside the home, to lively dance floor, we changed the atmosphere through lighting!

Whether you were at the buffet or were busting a move on the dance floor, every inch of Caleb‘s bat mitzvah was an event to be experienced! We loved getting to collaborate with the talented team of vendors to bring this meaningful and memorable celebration to life.

Thank you to the talented team that helped bring this vision to reality, and congratulations to Caleb and his family! Keep an eye out for more photos coming soon!


Planning & Design: After 8 Event Planning
Floral Design: My Beverly Hills Florist
Photographer: Signature Exposure
Videographer: Lucky Turn Photographer
Rental: LA Best Rental
Lighting: The Lighter Side LA
Entertainment: The One Up Group

People Magazine Features The Lighter Side in Celebrity Wedding Recap

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It is always an honor to be a part of making someone’s big day even more special, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to light up celebrity Nick Bateman’s wedding in Malibu. People Magazine shared all the glowing details in a beautiful feature and we are thankful to have been included.
Keep reading to see some of the breathtaking wedding photos and get a glimpse of our chandeliers that lit up the day!

Wed on their eleventh anniversary of as a couple, Nick Bateman and his new bride Maria Corrigan tied the knot in a stunning outdoor ceremony.

The editors at People said,

“For the couple’s big day (planned by Charley King of Bluebell Events, photographed by Jenny Quicksall and cinematography by Aziz Studios), Corrigan, 33, looked gorgeous in a form-fitting gown by Trish Peng that featured a floor-sweeping, detachable train.

After exchanging vows, Bateman and Corrigan headed to their reception, which featured breathtaking decor that included chandeliers, lush greenery, and white and blush florals by Butterfly Floral.”

Heartfelt and elegant, this wedding was one for the books, and we were grateful to be involved! To see the full feature, click HERE.

Tips for Planning Your Engagement Party

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Your engagement party is the first of a series of events that will lead to the biggest day of your life. Naturally, you want this party to be amazing – but what are some of the things you should keep in mind?

We have seen some of the best engagement parties around, and we have some tips for you!

  • There’s no specified date. You want to set this party early in the engagement, but not too early (i.e. not the very next day). Take your time to let everyone you love know you are engaged, so that you don’t take them by complete surprise when you send them an invitation.

  • No rules about the guest list either. The future bridal party will be invited, together with your parents, siblings, and close friends and relatives – but you shouldn’t feel obligated to invite anyone else other than that, unless you want to. DO keep in mind that people who are invited to the engagement party will have to be on the wedding guest list as well! 
  • Location? Whatever you please. Since this can be a smaller event, it makes perfect sense to have it at home, booking a restaurant is also a nice option, or you can just plan a fun barbecue party over your parents’ house. Whatever works for you and your fiancé – same as the rehearsal dinner, the engagement party is usually one step lower on the formality level than the wedding, so if your wedding is going to be more on the formal side, you can be more casual with the engagement party.

  • Plan some entertainment. Doesn’t have to be a big band or DJ – but think about hosting some games or sharing fun stories about the couple. If you are equipped with good food and drinks your guests will be sure to enjoy themselves!

  • Work on your registry. Yes, it might seem too early in the planning process, but some guests might want to bring a gift to this party too – and a registry will help them choose something you will actually love. 

Have fun! This is one of the most important moments of your life, you deserve to smile, laugh, and create unforgettable memories!

California Wedding Day Features The Lighter Side

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The Lighter Side is thrilled to announce that we have been featured in California Wedding Day for this breathtaking outdoor wedding. Sophisticated in black and white and set in the lushest of venues, this wedding combined a classic color scheme and modern elements. We were proud to see it published on such an esteemed publication and can’t wait to share it with you!

Here’s a little bit of what they had to say,

“David and Stephen treated their guests to a one-of-a-kind experience during their weekend wedding at the Palm Springs Art Museum. A billboard greeted guests on the highway as they entered the venue, a spectacular start to the stunning affair. COJ Events planned the day from head to toe, including the lovely outdoor ceremony, which included minimalist white chairs and modern floral design elements. Guests had a breathtaking view of the mountains as David and Stephen recited their vows and said their “I dos.”

The reception space featured a striking black and white color palette accented with yellows and metallic elements. The Lighter Side gave the room a romantic ambience with warm-hued lighting, and incredible centerpieces by Maggie Jensen Floral Design tied the entire design together. Guests enjoyed a slice of delicious cake crafted by Exquisite Desserts and joined the happy couple on the dance floor to celebrate their big day.”

See the whole feature HERE.
Thank you to California Wedding Day for including us

PhotographyBright Bird Photography

LightingThe Lighter Side

PlannerCOJ Events

VenuePalm Springs Art Museum

VideographyHoo Films

FloralsMaggie Jensen Floral Design

Reception RentalsSignature Party Rentals

EntertainmentDeBois Entertainment

Catering & BarEight4Nine Events

DessertsExquisite Desserts