I have spent almost nine years cultivating my vendor list by working with & searching out the best in the Southern California wedding industry.  In order to appear on this list, I must have worked with vendors at least two times, but often, it has been more than ten or twenty times!  These vendors are all LGBTQ wedding friendly, and have a true passion for their craft.

I have based this list on so many factors; but fair pricing, value for offerings, & superior customer experience are some of the criteria.

If you are getting married in Palm Springs, most of these vendors are willing to travel there for your wedding. I have designated a few local Palm Springs vendors as well, but as I have most likely mentioned, most of your vendors will be sourced from other nearby cities.

As with everything in this wedding planning journey, please let me know when and if you have any questions! As is probably obvious, this is an abbreviated list.  If you do not find what you are looking for below, just shoot me an email.  If you want to know more about a particular vendor, I am happy to help.

I have direct contact info to each of these, so please let me know if you would like it.


A note about DISCOUNTS: I have starred those vendors who offer a clear discount for working with After the Engagement.  This doesn't mean the others don't, and you should always ask and mention where the referral came from of course, but these vendors do traditionally offer an across-the-board discount, percentage off, or value add.


(Professional Wedding Officiants) Bethel and Jason Nathan, Ceremonies by Bethel |

(Your friend of family member) PLUS Asked to Officiate Manual | use code atooCT1 for 20% off



Samantha Straus, A MIHO Experience // MIHO Gastrotruck // The Vetted Table |

Orsika Barabas &/or Kerensa Lorton, Crown Point Catering | /

Sandra Acevedo, Tacos y Gorditas taco cart |


Smoke Tree BBQ Bar &



*Matt Phipps, Choice Entertainment |

Christian Palugod, Just4Fun Entertainment |

*Mick Scrivener, Elite British DJ |

Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya |

Kris Valentien, Positive Energy DJ |

David Cutler, Hit it Music |

Josh Bonas or Collin Elliot, Still Listening Productions |
Josh & Collin both sing live AND DJ, and can do a combo for your wedding




*Exquisite Blooms/Lavender Rose Florals |

Leaf it to Lexi |

Branches Floral Studio |

Compass Floral |




*Minted | | use code WEDPLCTIBBETS for 20% off

Etsy |

Nic Roc Designs |

Twinkle & Toast |

Bamboo Star Studios |

Brightly Designed |






*Aaron & Samantha Photography |

*Melissa McClure Photography |

*Let’s Frolic Together |

Honey Photographs |

Plum & Oak |

Chaz Cruz |

*Chris Wojdak |

*Laura Christin Photography |

Andy King Photography |

Allie Lindsey Photography |

Heidi O Photo |




*Light & Memory Films |

Joe Park Films |

Taylor Films |

Side by Side Cinema |



CAKE/CUPCAKES/DESSERTS (typically does not travel, so these are separated by city)


-SAN DIEGO local-

Hey There, Cupcake |

Jennywennycakes |

Babycakes |

VG’s |



Over the Rainbow Desserts & Cakes |

 Hey There, Cupcake |




Caprice Strings |

Eliana Strings |

Josh Bonas or Collin Elliot, Still Listening Productions |

Republic of Music band |

Added Attraction barbershop quartet |

Mariachi de Real |

Miles Moynier |

Harp by Tasha Smith |




Hair & Makeup - Say I Do Updos |

Hair & Makeup - Beauty by Gerine |

Hair & Makeup - Marisa von Sheere |

Makeup only- Ashley Lowe,

Hair only- Audra Rene,



Hair & Makeup - Aide Lopez, Salon 119 |





*Platinum Party Rentals |

CC Vintage Rentals |

*Socialights lighting |

San Diego Events Lighting |



*Kathy Taylor, Signature Rentals, |

Planks & Patina |


TRANSPORTATION (typically does not travel, so these are separated by city)



Elite Image Limousines |

Rolls Livery |

British Bus Company |



Mark Dehe, Lin Lines |

Cardiff Transporation |




Mobile Photobooth |

Starlight Photobooth |

Viva Pops Popsicles |



Classic Photobooth |





Common Sense Events |

Barcon |

The Traveling Tavern |



Mint Bartending |




Common Sense Events |