WeddingWire and The Events Boutique recently hosted a modern garden party community event in Long Beach, California. Engaged couples, wedding party members, family, and friends from throughout the LA and Orange County areas gathered at the Museum of Latin American Art for an afternoon of mixing, mingling, and wedding inspiration. Talented LA and OC wedding vendors joined the Sunday soiree to share expert advice and create a beautiful event that was bursting with big day excitement. From interactive food walls and stunning decor to creative cocktails and live entertainment, there was no shortage of “I Do” inspiration! Read on for a glimpse into the stunning soiree, with images captured perfectly by Scott A. Nelson Photography.
Anna and Rodney were married at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. on October 18. “We knew it was the one because the venue had beautiful gardens and art installations, but also several different places for the events of the day to take place,” Anna said. The bride wore a custom-made blush ball gown with an embroidered bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pleated dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “I Do,” directing them to the Vineyard Lawn and another wooden sign that said, “Ceremony, where the I dos happen, Cocktail Hour, to celebrate the fact that ‘WE DID,’ dinner, off to the tent where fine dining, drinking, and memories will be made, and Back to the Barn, head to the dance floor, grab some sweets, and P-A-R-T-Y.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, with everyone standing, music playing, slow motion, and anxiety,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, vintage books, and votive candles, surrounded by mix ‘n’ matched chairs. In lieu of a cake, there was a cake pop tower. Fun fact: a gobo monogram was projected behind it! However, favors were pashmina shawls. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Excel is your best friend,” Anna said. “From the very beginning, keep lists for everything like your guests and vendors with as many line item details as you can and keep it up-to-date. If you get it all in there, (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, emails, meal preferences, etc.) it will make things that much less stressful when it comes time to confirm attendees, final counts for rentals, catering, reminders, thank you cards — too many things to list.” At the end of the night they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Jessica and Kevin were married at Twin Oaks House and Gardens in San Marcos, Calif. on February 2. “When I walked through the archway and saw the garden covered in greenery and twinkle lights, all surrounding an old schoolhouse, I knew it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Tieks’ comfy flats, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted to the ceremony with a heart-shaped chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! Today two families become one. Please choose a seat not a side,” and encouraged to grab a handkerchief “for happy tears.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 140 witnessing. Cocktail hour began at the “Wet Your Whistle” beer and wine bar followed the reception shortly thereafter inside a pole tent draped with fabric and hung with crystal chandeliers. “Besides seeing Kevin for the first time, I would have to say seeing the venue for the first time with all of my do-it-yourself decor was my favorite moment,” she said. “I had this image in my head for so long of what I wanted the day to look like and seeing it come together surpassed all of my expectations.” Tables were decorated with white linens, blush napkins, vintage plates, candelabra centerpieces, and favor bags at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. In addition, there were cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If you are planning and crafting a lot by yourself, keep an inventory of everything you buy or make throughout the year,” Jessica said. “Also, note where you want to place it. I had so many little things I had bought during our 15-month engagement. It would have helped to keep track of everything.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in London, Paris, and Rome.
Natalie and Tommy were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega, Calif. followed by a rehearsal dinner at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 22. Then, they were married at Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 23. A two-day event! The bride wore a short off-the-shoulder silk dress, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie on Friday, whereas the bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, floor-length veil, and a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder fuchsia silk dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, and orchids. Guests arrived at half past three o’clock. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss overlooking the Mayacamas Mountain Range, it was official. Cocktail hour began with signature drinks and reception shortly thereafter inside the estate. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, trophy vase centerpieces, and floating votive candles, surrounded by lacquer chairs. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served concluding an organically-farmed dinner, but it was the ’80’s cover band, Tainted Love, that kept everyone dancing. The favors? Heart-shaped cookies in addition to the candy bar. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a vintage Packard convertible car, and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Laura and Omar were married at Bella Montagna in San Jose, Calif. on July 12.”There were beautiful views from every angle,” Laura said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Steve Madden strappy high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin pink dresses with capped sleeves and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Guests were greeted with a citrus-infused water station to beat the heat. Aisles were lined with petals and altar was draped with fabric and lit with a crystal chandelier. “It gave such a romantic feel,” she said. “It was exactly what I wanted. To be honest, it was when our officiant dropped my wedding band during the ceremony, and we were looking for it. People got out of their seats to help. We didn’t find it until after the ceremony, but it makes for a great story and something neither us or our guests will forget.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, mercury glass centerpieces, and pillar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “There was a mix of American and Afghan music,” Laura said. “The cultural blend brought our family and friends together.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, signatures were inscribed onto a picture frame. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what you want and not worry about traditions or what people might think,” she said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.