Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.
Christian and Evan were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on April 5. “It took our breathes away the first time we saw it!” Christian said. The bride wore a sweetheart drop-waisted trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Since they wanted to stick to their pink, gold, and hint of turquoise color scheme, bridesmaids wore satin pink dresses and carried peony, rose, and anemone bouquets. Notice the “something blue” brooch on Christian’s bouquet? “Everyone loves the little details,” she said. “It was my favorite thing about our wedding.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Choose a seat, not a side. We’re all family once the knot is tied.” The couple said their “I do’s” under a giant oak tree draped in white fabric. The reception followed with dinner and dancing on stage with the band, which just so happened to be the highlight of the night. And no one left on an empty stomach because Krispy Kreme doughnuts were served as late night snacks. Yum!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We were looking for a venue at a hotel and came across The Westin. Once we toured the hotel and surroundings, we fell in love with the location. It had a beautiful courtyard, it was located across the street from the beautiful Pasadena City Hall, and it was within walking distance to a restaurant for our rehearsal dinner.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Photo booth
2. Treat buffet
3. Overall setup of our ballroom. It was gorgeous!
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Saying, “I do” and sharing our first kiss as husband and wife!
There’s nothing like a classic LA wedding with just the right touch of Hollywood glamour. We’re loving the gorgeous outdoor ceremony space, the lush florals, and the modern gray bridesmaid dresses.
From the photographer:“This wedding was held at the recently renovated Hotel Bel-Air. The new hotel interiors have been described as fun, fresh and elegant. The ceremony was set in a non-traditional manner facing the hotel’s famous jewel-like Swan Lake surrounded by lush trees and gardens, including a 100 year-old Sycamore tree.”