Kim Sing Theatre | Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

LOCATION: DTLA | CHINATOWN 
VIBE: VIBRANT, HISTORICAL, UNIQUE

This informative post was created in collaboration with Claudia Casanova of One Darling Day. All images by Brittany at BKM Photography.

View of the courtyard from the main entrance.

View of the courtyard from the main entrance.

ABOUT:  THE KIM SING THEATRE, once a kung-fu movie house in the 1960s, has reopened their doors for the first time in 17 years. The first major remodel was done in 1999 and since then has been turned into a multi dimension space that offers an indoor courtyard, full kitchen and living quarters while still preserving the charm of the theater. 

Interior.

Interior.

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THINGS WE LOVE: 

  • Great location for the urban couple

  • Open vendor policy (insurance required)

  • Non traditional layout

  • Include furnished space with rental

  • 12-hour rental period, weekend buyout optional 

  • Comfortably seats 80-100 guests, 150 for cocktail-style

  • Easy vendor load-in

  • Plenty of space for wedding party to get ready on-site

  • Fun marquee available 

  • BONUS -- "Hotel: Kim Sing" bedrooms available for rent. Sleeps 11. Host all of your out-of-town family and guests on-site!

  • BONUS #2 -- “Good Idea!” A fun street-facing storefront accessible from the main courtyard that can be rented separately for a VIP entrance, lounge, bar, or dessert space. (Let your imagination run wild.)

“Good Idea!” An optional rental space adjacent to the courtyard.

“Good Idea!” An optional rental space adjacent to the courtyard.

THINGS TO CONSIDER: 

  • Located at a busy intersection 

  • Additional rentals needed, such as ceremony chairs and reception tables

  • No onsite parking. A lot nearby has cheap self-parking. Other public lots available for purchase, valet recommended.

  • Switching space from ceremony to reception could be tricky depending on guest count

  • No commercial kitchen (they do have residential kitchen)

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ESTIMATED PRICE FOR FULL WEDDING w/ 100 GUESTS: $25k+

FUN FACT: Katy Perry completely overhauled the space in 2017 for her Witness Tour Livestream Event. She added the loft yurt and sunken lounge area (the latter will be removed by the Kim Sing Theatre in 2019 to make space for more seated guests).

Loft yurt.

Loft yurt.

Thanks to Katie at Kim Sing Theatre for the walkthrough! It was so fun to learn about the space and compile this post with One Darling Day. We’ve so many more venues and vendors to share and can’t wait to bring you ALL of the information.

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The York Manor Wedding | Highland Park, Los Angeles

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I still cry looking back at these photos. Vanessa and Corey’s love is so strong.

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Vanessa and Corey were married at the York Manor in a very very Highland Park, Los Angeles wedding. They had their first look The Hermosillo where they went on their first date almost exactly 4 years prior. At the time, Corey was enlisted in the military and waiting for leave. What was supposed to be "just for fun" turned into a strong, resilient relationship. And that's the crazy beautiful way life works.

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Vendor Team:
Coordinate: Claudia at One Darling Day
Photograph: Brittany and Jana at BKM Photography
Venue: @theyorkmanor
HMUA: Natassha Janae, Heather Pepe, Sesto
Floral: The Little Branch
Rent: La Piñata Party Rentals
Cater: Jennie Cooks Catering
DJ: Rob at Red Shoe LA
Photobooth: Photo Booths For Parties

Côté Est Wedding in Highland Park, Los Angeles

Lauren and Brian threw a sweet, intimate wedding for their mostly out-of-town guest list. They really wanted to showcase their home and neighborhood to their family and friends who hadn’t ever visited. They held a backyard ceremony followed by a courtyard reception at Côté Est in Highland Park, Los Angeles. From their friend officiating to the chill guitarist during reception, the entire event was relaxed and beautiful. I love photographing and getting to know my neighbors!

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Vendor List

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Creative Portraits, Wandering Around Highland Park

On Halloween this year, after #momming hardcore in the morning at 2 separate pre-school costume parades, I made my way to the Ruby Street co-working. I had my big camera with me, and made a day of exploration and playing with my craft. It spurred one of my 2019 resolutions/creative exercises: Bring my big camera with me wherever I go EVERY DAY. Shoot EVERY DAY.

My 2018 word/vibe was a combination of EXPANSION and GIVING. I just wanted to give of myself, my talent and expertise, and be of service to the thriving creative community around me. Through this, I trusted that expansion would follow, and it did. BKM Photography has some incredibly exciting things brewing for 2019. I’m closing out 2018 full of gratitude and love, and I just want to spread it around.

Here’s a bit of what I captured that day:

Lourdes Hernández,   Russian Red

Lourdes Hernández, Russian Red

Claudia Casanova,     One Darling Day

Claudia Casanova, One Darling Day

 
Cory Sargeant,   Sargeant PR

Cory Sargeant, Sargeant PR

 
Daniella and Andanette, the sisters behind   Ponderosa Cactus

Daniella and Andanette, the sisters behind Ponderosa Cactus

 
Clare ’s latest creation for  HiPPO

Clare’s latest creation for HiPPO

 
 

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Sunrise Joshua Tree Elopement

Aimie and Drew woke up before dawn in Joshua Tree National Park on the day of their wedding. They shuffled around their rented motor home in the near darkness to prepare for their exchange of vows at daybreak. Vows that would kick off a long #vanlife honeymoon and a life together. 

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Right before dawn, we found a place where the Big Rocks surrounded us. Aimie and Drew faced one another and made a big promise. 

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It was such an honor and a privilege to be their witness.

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Florals: Clementine Floral Works
Photographed by Brittany, BKM Photography

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Janelle Loiselle, Event Design and Catering at Madeline Garden Bistro

This styled shoot and multi-course menu is entirely the brain child of Janelle Loiselle, a former BKM bride!

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She thrifted the settings, arranged the bouquets, as well as planned AND executed the menu. (All while pregnant, ON HER DAY OFF from her full time gig - she’s a trained chef!) I am in awe. These images will populate her new website for her soon-to-be catering and event planning company.

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Janelle Loiselle is GOING PLACES. I can’t wait to be able to say, “I knew her when…”

 
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Design and Catering: Janelle Loiselle
Venue: Madeline Garden Bistro and Venue
Photographer: Brittany of BKM Photography

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Russian River Wedding, Guerneville, California

Tawny and Drew, finally on the blog! I had drinks with Tawny just recently and it reminded me that I never blogged this gorgeous wedding. (I had a new baby at the time, so client work takes priority. The blog, not so much.)

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Tawny and Drew had family fly in from allll over the country, and their goal was to throw a badass party in a uniquely Californian space. Guerneville meshed their appreciation of landscape, outdoor sports, and craft beer. In short, it was fucking awesome.

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We only had two locations on the timeline, Armstrong Woods and the Russian River Sportsman’s Lodge. We met up in the woods for their *magical* first look.

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Then off to the Russian River Sportsman Lodge. Not a typical wedding venue…a legit lodge! On stilts right next to the river. Complete with vintage member photos and trophy animals on the walls. It was the best cozy vibe.

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For the pre-ceremony cocktail hour, there were kegs of craft beer stuffed into every nook and cranny of the lodge deck. When everyone had a nice buzz, it’s was right to ceremony followed by (of course!) more beer, dinner, and dancing (with a little interruption for riverside portraits).

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I LOVE these two, and being a part of their Russian River destination wedding was a total gift.

 

 

Photography: Brittany at BKM Photography
Coordination: Lidia at Cotton & Oak
Venue: Russian River Sportsman Club
Entertainment: Jeremy of Love is in the Bay
Food Truck: Roli-Roti

Dessert: Village Bakery
Staffing: Party Staff
Transportation: Tour It LLC
Rentals: Party Tents & Events
Rentals: Encore

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Wedding

We met J at her hotel before sunrise. The vibe was super. chill. Everyone had hair and makeup done in an hour (one hour!) and we were on our way to the LACMA for the first look and wedding party portraits.

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There was a little drizzle that morning, but it didn’t stop us from playing. We had so much fun running around the Urban Light exhibit - it was completely empty that early!

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After a short walk around Wilshire, we headed to Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills for the wedding ceremony and reception.

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R changed into his uniform after the ceremony and we grabbed a few more photos in between bites of prime rib and bowls of wine. A perfect lunch wedding!

Photographed by Brittany and Rhea of BKM Photography

Hair/Makeup: Tina Mit Artistry
Florist: Floraland
Photobooth: Softspot Media
Pianist: Steven Solomon
Cake: Kings Hawaiian

Photographers: Brittany and Rhea
Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire
Portraits: LACMA
Venue: Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Coordinator: Stark Events

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