Los Angeles, USA
From his first foray into planning weddings and events in 1985, Wayne Gurnick recognized that brides and others needed a knowledgeable and reliable source to ease the stress associated with the process, leading to the formation of his first event business, InOvations—a successful and inspired company. Today, Moments by Wayne is the updated brand with the same set of values and service. Wayne provides wedding and event planning services around the world, and as a full service event planner, Wayne assists clients with every aspect of their event or celebration—from concept, to coordination and execution.
A native of Los Angeles, Wayne grew up in Hollywood, California, where he apprenticed at the renowned floral studio Crossley’s. He worked on high profile events for clients Hugh Heffner of Playboy, Helen Reddy, Danny Kaye, Marlo Thomas and The Hollywood elite.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with emphasis on Marketing from California State University at Northridge, Wayne is accredited by the American Institute of Floral Designers, a classification attained by only 1,200 professionals worldwide. With this status, Wayne joins the leaders of the design industry forming strong bonds with top-level professionals across the United States and abroad. His work has been featured in television and print media, and his client list includes top names from companies such as MCA Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers, United Airlines, The Grammy Host Committee, Italian Institute of Culture and City of Hope, among others.
Wayne is also the host of radio program Wedding Words of Wisdom where he interviews carefully selected wedding industry leaders and other professionals who offer advice and education to couples in the process of planning their wedding.
Best Reasons to get married in Los Angeles
I love LA – it’s a song and it’s also the reason why nearly 10 million people proudly call this west coast mecca their home. We have choice and diversity in every aspect of our life – nature, entertainment, fashion, food and people.
With so much to see and do, LA is an ideal place for a destination wedding, any time of year. What makes a destination wedding special is the way your family and friends come together to enjoy activities both formal and casual, with the festivities lasting for days. It’s the perfect blend of celebration and vacation. LA offers great entertainment, amazing food, one-of-a-kind experiences, all under the perfect clear blue skies. LA entertains just by being LA.
The LA area welcomes you with a diversity of locations – oceanfront resorts, fashionable hotels, mountain retreats and hillside wineries.
Children of all ages love the magic of Disneyland, sports enthusiasts cheer the Lakers Basketball players, and movie buffs stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and watch in amazement the magic of movies at Universal Studios. You can start your day with a stroll down Venice Beach, spend the afternoon shopping on Rodeo Drive, cool down at a fashionable café on Sunset, while spotting celebrities and top off the night with a dazzling fireworks display at the Hollywood Bowl, the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States.
The LA event and wedding community provides you with world-class resources, creativity and talent. We know how to throw memorable events here – a walk down the red carpet, anyone?
My Favorite Properties
Hotel Casa Del Mar
Photo Credits: Amy & Stuart Photography and Photography by Shannon
There was a time when we truly lived well—an easier, happier age when it was still considered healthy to splurge on the senses, savor lingering days and laugh often. That time has returned.
If these rooms could talk! Casa del Mar, a Los Angeles luxury hotel, has 129 guest rooms and suites with up to four bedrooms, most of which could tell great stories of the glitterati who migrated to Los Angeles and the beaches of Santa Monica in the 1920s for fabulous parties and sunbathing. Today, the views of the Pacific coastline from this luxury hotel are similar, but the beachfront accommodations at Casa now are designed to indulge your every whim.
Casa Del Mar has a sophistication and elegance about it, along with its history – floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and crystal chandeliers. It can accommodate up to 320 guests. One of the “secret” spots for an intimate wedding is on Casa Del Mar Palm Terrace, on the 5th floor, near the pool. Coastline view from Malibu to Palos Verdes creates a dazzling backdrop for a small wedding.
Watch the behind the scenes video of a beach wedding set up at Hotel Casa Del Mar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5obUXvvqYw.
Shutters On The Beach, Santa Monica, CA
Photo credits: Hotel Web site and John Solano Photography
When you walk through the door at Shutters on The Beach, you feel at home. Low key, high style is what they are all about. You are welcome, and they mean it. Couples are attracted to Shutters because it’s more casual than its sister property, Hotel Casa Del Mar. With an outdoor ceremony site, which holds up to 220 guests and offers an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean, your fantasy wedding is about to become a reality. Your guests will enjoy the legendary California-inspired cuisine and the unparalleled service, from luxurious and pampering treatments at One Spa to poolside and beach comforts. It’s your choice how much or little you want to do.
Take a morning walk along the Pacific shore. Feel the sand between your toes, or watch the waves roll in and out. Stroll down to the landmark Santa Monica Pier. Here, ride on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel — bring your camera because the view is breathtaking. Explore your artistic side at Bergamot Station or take in the unusual sights of the original Muscle Beach in the neighboring Venice. Unwind at Santa Monica Place where shopping, dining and sweeping views of the Pacific all come together to offer a unique experience for every taste.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
With its magnificent architecture and an impressive roster of guests, including 9 US Presidents, royalty and countless celebrities, the historic and legendary Millennium Biltmore Hotel has been the “Grand Dame” of LA for over 85 years. You can feel its heritage and history as you explore the opulent architecture of the Spanish-Italian Renaissance and marvel at the photographs of the Hotel’s storied guests. Located in the heart of Downtown LA, the hotel offers a convenient base from which to explore LA Live, the Disney Hall, Olvera Street, the fashion district and many other cultural treasures.
The famous Crystal Ballroom, the legendary spot of the founding of the Academy Awards in 1927, features a hand painted 30-foot ceiling, carved columns, glittering mirrors and lush drapery. The second-story balconies surrounding the ballroom offer a magical setting to overlook the entire scene, while dazzling Austrian crystal chandeliers and shimmering wall sconces highlight table settings and flower arrangements with an enchanting, romantic glow.
With its extensive list of amenities and services, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel dazzles its guests with the blend of historic grandeur and modern luxury. 683 guestrooms and suites are appointed in rich color schemes with stately furnishings and ultra-comfortable down bedding.