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  • This gorgeous, floral-filled Montecito wedding is featured on Vogue.

    “Celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions was the mastermind behind all of the festivities. “Sharon has worked with my family since my dad’s 50th birthday, and she knows us extremely well,” says Lauren. “She was an enormous help in making sure everything felt intimate and highly personal.” The aesthetic of the weekend was derived directly from the house and the garden, and the color palette for everything was inspired by the apricot roses, blue hydrangeas, red brick, green ferns, and crimson-color wall ivy on the property.”

    Click HERE to see the full feature.

    Photo by Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae Photography.

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    Photo by Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae Photography.

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    Photo by Amy for Docuvitae.

    Photo by Amy for Docuvitae.

    Photo by Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae Photography.

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    Photo by Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae Photography.

    As seen on Vogue:
    “Lauren Gaba, a creative coordinator at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and Brian Flanagan, the COO of Mythical Entertainment and a co–executive producer of The Night Manager, met at a Christmas party. “My mother introduced me to a group of guys who had all worked in the same building as my father. I immediately took a liking to Brian, as we had both gone to college in Boston—and he was wearing plaid pants!” jokes Lauren. “We talked the entire night over bourbons in front of the fireplace, but he couldn’t ask for my phone number as we were leaving because my mother was right there. On the way home, I told her I thought I’d marry him—naturally she thought I was crazy!”

    The two had been dating for two and a half years when Brian proposed on the balcony of the penthouse at the Sunset Tower Hotel, the same spot where the couple had gone for their second date. “After sabering open a bottle of Champagne, catching our breath, and FaceTiming his parents, my family arrived, followed quickly by our best friends, three of whom had flown in from the East Coast,” says Lauren. “The night ended with Kir Royales and ice cream sundaes!”

    For Lauren and Brian, there was never any question about where they would get married. “While I’m from Los Angeles, my mother and late father have had a home in Montecito, California, since the ’80s,” says Lauren. “I was born there and grew up going there every weekend and for holidays. It’s by far my favorite spot in the world, and it was my father’s as well.” The wedding took place at the house her parents built together—the architecture, design, and garden are all their shared vision.

    “Montecito is unique in that you can get from the coast to the country in 10 minutes or less,” says the bride. “The hills of Montecito are full of deciduous trees and horseback riding, which is incredibly different from the vibe among the palms on the sand. We wanted to show our mostly East Coast guests both, so our welcome cocktails and farewell brunch were on the beach, and then the bridal luncheon and the wedding were in the mountains. We insisted every aspect of the weekend reflect this quintessentially West Coast way of living, and many of our guests stayed in California for a week and made a vacation out of it, just as we’d hoped!”

    Celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions was the mastermind behind all of the festivities. “Sharon has worked with my family since my dad’s 50th birthday, and she knows us extremely well,” says Lauren. “She was an enormous help in making sure everything felt intimate and highly personal.” The aesthetic of the weekend was derived directly from the house and the garden, and the color palette for everything was inspired by the apricot roses, blue hydrangeas, red brick, green ferns, and crimson-color wall ivy on the property.

    Choosing a wedding dress that worked with the venue was a quick and easy process for the bride. “I wanted something classic and timeless, but nothing too old or too serious,” she says. “The dress had to have a sense of whimsy; while I love Victorian styles, I’m a young woman, and we were getting married outside in California.” She knew Oscar de la Renta was the right place to go and found a high-neck, long-sleeved dress with a dramatic silhouette that she loved. For her second dress of the evening, she wanted something she could dance in like crazy. “I didn’t even care if it was white!” she admits. “Ultimately, I found a silk column dress by Zac Posen on Moda Operandi and took the plunge. When it arrived, I couldn’t believe how spectacular it was in person—it was a simple piece, but the construction and fit were artful.”

    For accessories, the bride wore two rings—her mother’s sapphire and her engagement ring—coupled with a pair of diamond earrings set in the shape of flowers. “My mother surprised me and gave them to me on my wedding day,” says Lauren. Her something new was an Edie Parker clutch that said “Mrs. BWF” in gold script as well as white satin Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps.

    Makeup-wise, like most brides, Lauren wanted to look like herself: “Complete with cat-eye liquid liner that I don’t go a day without!” She even had makeup artist Stevi Christine use the lip color she wears all of the time—Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. “It’s my all-time favorite beauty product,” Lauren explains. “I’m also most comfortable with my hair up, and the last thing I wanted to be worried about that day was how curls were faring after being outside for so long.” As a result, she asked hairstylist Trace Henningsen to create a wispy, intricate braided style that complemented the low backs of both dresses.

    The ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking the ocean underneath a huge California Oak right off Lauren’s childhood bedroom. “Walking down the aisle with my mother—to Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’—was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,” she remembers. “It was a very emotional moment for everyone.”

    One of Lauren’s father’s best friends, Gregg Field, became ordained just so he could marry the couple. “Beyond being one of the funniest and kindest people alive, Gregg is a spectacularly talented music producer and jazz drummer who toured with Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald for years,” says Lauren. “The ceremony was deeply sentimental, but there were also lots of light moments and laughs.” The couple worked with Gregg to craft a non-religious service that they felt honored their respective heritages and traditions.

    After the ceremony, guests were ushered to the back porch for the cocktail hour. “We had the doors to the living room open, and there was a roaring fire. We also made sure the property was well lighted so people could safely explore,” says Lauren. “Meanwhile, we absconded to the library to enjoy our first moments as newlyweds, sneak a quick glass of Champagne, and sign the marriage certificate.”

    Dinner was served buffet style so as not to keep people seated for too long. The menu, which was created by the couple’s caterer, the Kitchen for Exploring Foods, included lots of autumnal foods like roasted root vegetables and gourds, harvest salads, wild fish and beef tenderloin, and charcuterie with crusty baguettes. In every decision about event flow, the first consideration was whether or not it would take people away from the dance floor. The couple had a classic big band for the reception that played lots of soul, Motown, and jazz. The result was an evening filled with nonstop dancing and three bars that were packed all night.

    For the after-party, the couple opted for a DJ and spent the months in the lead-up to the wedding perfecting a playlist that included everything from ’90s Euro house to Drake to Huey Lewis and the News. At the end of the night, the newlyweds did the opposite of a send-off: “We are the first ones on the dance floor and the last ones off at everyone else’s wedding, so we insisted on being the last two standing at our own,” says Lauren with a laugh. “At around 3:00 a.m., we called it quits and sat at the kitchen table debriefing over a (very, very late) dinner.”

     

    Planning & Design: Sacks Productions
    Rentals: Town & Country
    Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin, Town & Country
    Décor: Revelry Event Designers
    Floral Design: Jeff Leatham
    Lighting: Images By Lighting
    Photography: Docuvitae
    Videography: Bluecat International
    Entertainment & Sound: Elan Artists
    Cake: Sweet Lady Jane
    Catering: Kitchen for Exploring Foods
    Invitations: Jonathan Wright & Company

  • Sacks Productions is featured on Party Slate as one of the top LA event professionals to follow on Instagram! Are you following @sacks_productions??

    Click HERE to see the full list.

  • This gorgeous wedding is featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine!

    “Life’s most wonderful moments often happen unexpectedly, and the best love stories always contain an element of surprise. Emina Cunmulaj was vacationing in the Caribbean, enjoying dinner with her best friend and his family, when she glanced over at a table on the other side of the room. Immediately, she noticed Sam Nazarian—a handsome stranger staring back at her. “I never believed in love at first sight until that very moment,” she describes. “We began to talk, and spoke every day for the next several months.” Despite having to maintain a long-distance relationship in the beginning, Emina and Sam’s love quickly blossomed. Five years into their courtship, the couple was living in Las Vegas and celebrating Emina’s 30th birthday. Sam had flown in her sister and friends, and Emina was whisked into a car for a surprise girls’ night out. Rather anticlimactically, the car ended up bringing the girls back to the house. “I was a little disappointed,” Emina laughs. When she went inside, however, she was greeted by a lively group of family, friends and a private chef. In front of everyone, Sam got down on one knee and popped the question. A lavish affair in Punta Mita, Mexico, was soon in the works….”

     

    “…We wanted a destination wedding, but we didn’t want everyone to have to spend the whole day traveling,” Emina explains. “My husband had gone there ten-plus years earlier, and he was in love with the place.” Emina also spent much of the planning process traveling with wedding planner Sharon Sacks and her team to the location, and decided the wedding would take place on the 18th hole of the golf course, right between the St. Regis and the Four Seasons. From its inception, the wedding celebration was intended to be a memorable experience that would take place over the course of four days. On the first day, Sam and Emina’s guests arrived at the St. Regis for an all-white party. Every guest and staff member in attendance wore white, and the revelers danced the night away. An exceptional male and female DJ duo provided music, and a special performance was given by fire dancers. The second night was kicked off with an elegant, romantic dinner at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, right next door to the St. Regis. With the dinner party being on a Friday night, Shabbat, the wedding party celebrated the beginning of the Sabbath as well. Once again, a late night of dancing followed—this time, to the music of the Gipsy Kings. “Saturday was the wedding, and a day I will remember for the rest of my life,” says the bride, who wore a one of-a-kind couture gown that was designed and hand-embroidered in Israel. With musical artist Stanaj performing a live rendition of “All of Me” for the newlyweds’ first dance, Emina reminisces, “Looking into my man’s eyes and being surrounded by so much love from family and friends made the night so magical. He gave me the wedding of my dreams.” – Grace Ormonde

    As seen in Grace Ormonde:

    Wedding Planner: Sacks Productions
    Venue: The St. Regis Punta Mita
    Décor: Revelry Event Designers
    Photography: Docuvitae
    Cake: Royal Cakes
    Entertainment: Gipsy Kings, Albert Stanaj, Elan Artists, 90210 Entertainment GroupWest Coast Music
    Sound: No Static AV
    Food and Beverage: Jose Andres / Think Food Group
    Florals: Empty Vase
    Invitations: Lehr & Black
    Lighting: Lighten Up
    Rentals: Classic Party Rentals El Segundo
    Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav
    Groom Attire: Tom Ford

     

     

  • Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions is featured as an Expert Contributor online on Grace Ormonde.

    “Sharon Sacks, President and Founder of Sacks Productions, directs, orchestrates, conducts, coordinates and choreographs extraordinary events for some of the world’s most elite clients. From intimate gatherings to spectacular celebrations, no stage is ever too far or too grand for Sacks. Her premiere hand-picked team dedicates themselves to making each and every event “its own piece of art” and have applied this unique perspective to create memories for hundreds of clients worldwide.

    Sharon has traveled the globe, gracefully coordinating large-scale events to smaller celebrations including celebrity weddings and private parties. Princes and presidents, athletes and actors, entertainers and innovators, and countless Hollywood elite rank among Sacks’ impressive clientele. Sharon has worked on behalf of President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Prince Andrew, Norman Lear, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Kardashian family, the Olsen twins, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Rob Thomas, Rebecca Romijn, Lily Aldridge, Nancy Meyers and Jennifer Lopez, in addition to many other luminaries. The brilliance of Sharon’s designs lies in her ability to consistently incorporate her client’s unique style, while still maintaining her commitment to perfection and glamour.”

    Click HERE to see the full article.

  • Featured on Downbeat LA for the top wedding tips from celebrity wedding planners!

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    2. VALUE YOUR VENDORS

    “Your vendors are your family within the industry. They are the ones who will help bring your vision and ideas to fruition. The vendors I work with trust me and enjoy working with my team. Make sure you are kind to those who work alongside you to help make the event a success. – Sharon Sacks, www.sacksproductions.com (source: www.bizbash.com)” – Downbeat LA

     

    Click HERE for the full article.

  • Being in the wedding and events industry you learn tips and tricks of the trade. Recently Sharon sat down with Then and Now Shop Magazine to share her insights and experience with wedding planning and some tips for bride-to-be’s.

     


     

    Here are some of our favorite parts:

    Q: How do you make sure brides effectively describe to you their vision for their wedding day?

    “A: When I meet with a bride and groom I have them bring in as many visuals as they can. I ask them not to limit themselves to only photos of florals or table settings but to think outside of the box. What architecture inspires them? What fashion do they love? What music do they listen to on their iPod? What are their favourite restaurants? In this discussion we try to focus on words that reflect the emotion they would like represented on that day. Weddings should be about the bride and groom as a couple and the feeling they would like their guests to have throughout the night.”

     

    Q:What’s the most stressful aspect of planning a wedding?

    “A: After 30 years in the business I am fortunate to have put together a large group of vendors who I trust in their creativity, product and execution. I still get butterflies the day of the wedding but knowing that I have amazing people with me helping me in these otherwise stressful fields keeps my stress levels down. You always need to have great vendors! “

     

    Q: Is there a dream venue you’d like to book for a wedding/event?

    “A: Dolphin Island, which is one of the most exclusive private islands near Positano, Amalfi Coast and Capri. It would be a dream come true to book this island for an event.”

     

    Click here to see the entire interview.

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  • Barn turned beautiful – Our completely breathtaking forest wedding is featured in Martha Stewart Magazine!

    Breelayne and Hunter said their vows in front of beautifully strung Blossoms and Clematis Vines while surrounded by hundreds of breathtaking Redwood trees. With 20,000 private acres nestled in the foothills, The Santa Lucia Preserve is breathtaking in itself, and our dream team of vendors created a complete fairytale.  This rustic barn wedding was full of candlelight, more florals than you could imagine, and lush garlands & chandeliers.

    From the barn beams to the tabletops, each floral creation seemed to flow into the next.  Our romantically rustic reception was filled with the most beautiful white blooms and greenery.  The custom designed furniture and iron chandeliers took your breath away as you entered the Preserve’s Barn – all of which created a magical ambiance for Bree and Hunter’s celebration alongside their family and friends.

    Sylvie Gil captured this day so perfectly and we can’t help but relive the magic through her photos. Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to an incredible team of vendors who helped create this dream! 

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    What was the most memorable part of the day?

    Hunter: For me, it was when I saw BreeLayne walking down the aisle…from the moment I saw her in her gown to the moment when we kissed, it was as if time stood still. We locked eyes and didn’t look away from each other during the entire ceremony. I barely remember anything other than the light in her eyes! It was an overwhelming experience.

    BreeLayne: I don’t know if there was just ONE memorable part of the day. The day started in a bit of a fiasco after finding out my veil had been left in Los Angeles, so we went out and bought an impromptu veil. I really think the whole day was a magical moment. It really went by so fast but, like Hunter said, in the moment, it seemed as though time stood still. Being up there on the alter, reciting our vows was something so incredibly magical for me. Hearing Hunter say the most beautiful words to me was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of. I feel so blessed!

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    Breelayne and Hunter were very clear that they wanted a neutral organic feel with a pop of greenery to give a hint of their location but without giving it away – and Tiny Pine Press gave them just that with the most stunning paper goods.

    The save the dates were hand torn cards with a watercolor wreath and foil printing for the hand calligraphy. They were then placed in a handmade sewn tea stained cotton pocket and tied with a twig as an inner envelope. Their mailing envelope was hand torn heavyweight handmade kraft cards that were then tied and we sealed them with a waxed monogram.

    The Wedding invitation was a luxurious hand torn cotton card with a custom watercolor illustration detail and then gold foil printing with the lettering in all hand calligraphy… they were wrapped in tea stained cotton fabric and tied with a fern.

    To top it off, custom boxes were handmade by a local artisan. The covers were laser engraved with the symbol for the heart chakra – BreeLayne and Hunter wanted to make sure the boxes were re-usable so they avoided marking them with a monogram or something only they would value later. the invitations were lying on a bed of moss – like the floor of the forest!

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    Venue & Catering: Santa Lucia Preserve
    Event Production/Planner: Sharon Sacks, Sacks Productions
    Design, Decor & Linens: Rrivre Works
    Floral Design: Mindy Rice Design

    Photography: Sylvie Gil
    Makeup: Stevi Christine
    Hair: Trace Henningsen Bridal
    Rentals: Classic Party Rentals SF
    Ceremony Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
    Antique Tabletop Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals
    Decor, Linens: Rrivre Works
    Printed Materials: Tiny Pine PRess
    Reception DJ/Entertainment: DJ Georges Sulmers
    Ceremony Entertainment: Kelly Productions
    Lighting & Sound: Got Light
    Videography: Paperback Wedding Films
    Cake: Hansen’s Cakes
    Save the Date/Invitation Calligraphy: The Wells Makery
    Day of Calligraphy: Anne Jones
    Ceremony Horse: Seahorse Equestrian Tours
    Officiant: Lauren DaCruz
    Photo Booth: Night Owl Photo Booth
    Bride’s Gown: Inbal Dror & Galia Lahav
    Bride’s Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana and Manolo Blahnik
    Bridesmaids Dresses: Vintage & Dreamers and Lovers
    Groom’s Attire & Shoes: Gucci
    Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew

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    Our recent Santa Lucia Preserve wedding is featured on LA’s Racked for their article on 10 LA influencers and what they wore on their wedding day.

    Via our bride, Breelayne:

    “I am a total free-spirit, so while I was on the hunt for the dress, I thought I wanted something really silky and loose that flowed. I’m really petite — only five feet — so when I tried on those silhouettes, something looked really off and the colors never looked great with my skin tone. About six months to a year into the search, I went to a Galia Lahav trunk show at a local bridal shop with my mom. Before going in, I told my mom, ‘I’m really not sure if this designer will be right for me or not,’ given the fact I had been wanting something really bohemian and minimal, but we went despite my initial reservations. I tried on a few dresses that I wasn’t crazy about and then I tried on the last one. I kid you not, the entire shop stopped what they were doing and gasped. I started to cry and everyone was like, ‘This is the one!’

    It was completely unexpected and not something I thought I would ever love, but once I had it on, there was no question about whether this was it or not. I felt like a fairy princess in it (as silly as that sounds) and the designer was there and made some custom alterations to the dress, given how teeny I am. It was such an amazing experience! I ended up finding these white satin Manolos on eBay because nowhere carried them and I knew that was the shoe I wanted. Luckily, I found a single pair listed in my size. Truly a Cinderella story moment!”

     

    Click HERE to read the full article.

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  • Sacks Productions is featured on BIZBASH as one of the top 25 inspiring event designers to follow on Instagram. Click HERE to see the full article.

    Follow us at www.instagram.com/sacks_productions.
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  • We are featured on Martha Stewart Weddings : The 20 most common questions about wedding planning – Answered!

    Q: HOW CAN I INCORPORATE SOMETHING SPECIAL AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY? 

    A: “Go for an element of surprise. Most recently, one of my brides hired musicians and a gospel choir. The musicians were sporadically seated with guests during the ceremony, and after they said ‘I do’s’ and kissed, the musicians stood and began playing All You Need Is Love as the choir walked down the aisle singing, Love Actually style,” says Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions in Calabasas, California

     

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  • Vogue has named Sacks Productions one of the 26 top wedding planners to follow on Instagram!

    Click HERE to visit and follow our Instagram Account.


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  • We are featured in Vogue for Tyson Chandler’s beautiful Santa Barbara vow renewal.

    “Tyson decided to do the ceremony at a private club in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean and enlisted celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks to help him pull it all off.” –Vogue

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    As seen on Vogue:

    “We’d always talked about renewing our vows after a decade of marriage. We alternate every year on who plans holidays like Valentine’s Day and our anniversary. It was my year to plan our anniversary, and it just so happened to be the tenth year, Tyson explains.  

    Tyson decided to do the ceremony at a private club in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean and enlisted celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks to help him pull it all off.  The party ended up going strong until two in the morning. “We danced, took photos in the picture booth, and had cigars outside on the beach,” says Tyson. “I love Randy’s Donuts, so they were delivered late night to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.” -Vogue

    To see the full feature, click HERE.

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    Creative Partners:
    Event Planner: Sacks Productions
    Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, LaPacifica Ballroom
    Floral Design: Juniper Designs, Flora Vida
    Rentals (Furniture and Chairs): Classic Party Rentals Santa Barbara
    Lighting and Draping: Bella Vista Designs, Inc.
    Sound: No Static AV
    Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
    Cinematography: Docuvitae
    Photography: Simone and Martin Photography
    Invitations/Printed Materials: Tiny Pine Press
    Cigars: The Cigar Guys
    Entertainment: Elan Artists
    Ceremony Performance: Grapple
    Reception Performance: Albert Stanaj
    After Party Performance: Daley
    After Party DJ: DJ Niro

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