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We are so lucky to have resources available to us for wedding ceremonies, receptions and gatherings for all occasions right here in our local areas of Long Beach and Lakewood. Here is some information that might help in planning an upcoming event. This article includes venues to consider along with some tips on simple but elegant backyard nuptials and some contact information on finding a local “Home” wedding cake baker.


The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood next to City Hall on Clark Avenue

With amenities to include over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, state-of-the-art A/V equipment, professionally trained event technicians, and professional full-service catering and event planning, this is the perfect place to celebrate your next special occasion. They even have an on-line event cost calculator to be found by visiting …


Monte Verde Park ~ The S. Mark Taper Vista Lodge . 4626 Shadeway Rd in Lakewood. Ceremony and Reception Areas . 562-866-9771 x 2497

A little more economical is the natural beauty of Monte Verde Park and the outstanding facilities of the S. Mark Taper Vista Lodge which can be reserved for community and family use through the Recreation and Community Services Department. There are resident and non-resident rental fees but keep in mind that alcohol is NOT permitted in Monte Verde Park or any other Lakewood park facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Vista Lodge is a 3,000 square-foot reinterpretation of a classic mountain lodge with exposed beams, "great room" with a fireplace and a wall of windows that provides a panoramic view of the park and covered patio. Beyond this is a landscaped amphitheater and fire ring. More information can be found by calling the number above or by visiting

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I found these talented people by asking on one of my Facebook group pages “Who is a Home Baker?” I was able to gather together information for the following …

GETTING CAKED – Shoshanah Abraham /// … 562.285.7178

MISS CAKE BAKES – Andrea Cabral /// Facebook Page … 562.400.9927

HOMEMADE HAPPINES – Jennifer Tomlinson /// Facebook Page … 562.852.1478