Prepare to set your sights on a wedding so classic, it belongs in the dictionary under Classic Elegance with an image of the gorgeous Bride and Groom front and center. Not only is it wildly good looking but this gem is chock-a-block full of vendors we adore and for good reason; they make wedding magic. Like flowers so pretty it hurts by R.Jack Balthazar or elegance in the form of lovely details crafted by Sterling Social. And we can’t leave the images by Jasmine Star Photography off this list. Nope, those are take your breath away from first glance to last. See it all unfold right here.
And if the wedding is the definition of Classic than this film by Artisan Production is the definition of Chill-Inducer.
From Sterling Social…. It’s couples like Sonya and Eric that make us love what we do. The entire day was nothing short of breathtaking. The ceremony took place at sunset on the vast bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The focal point was an existing wood pergola that we draped in diaphanous ivory and champagne fabric. The moment Sonya came into view was pure magic. She was a vision in a romantic Vera Wang gown and carried a hand-tied bouquet of white peonies. As a string quartet softly played “The Wedding Song” from the film Legends of the Fall, Sonya and her father entered the ceremony area through a second arbor structure custom-built to mirror the one on the bluff’s edge.
After the ceremony concluded, guests transitioned into the cocktail space, which offered a sophisticated, seaside flair with the sounds of a lively jazz and rock trio playing. A double-length, dark wood bar was styled with crisp white florals and large, silver-rimmed hurricanes with pillar candles. At their leisure, guests approached two chrome bar carts detailed with silver frames to note their table numbers. As the doors opened for dinner, the flickering candlelight lured guests into the Catalina Ballroom. The most beautiful aspect of this wedding was the various soft metallic tones and lustrous textures used on every surface. We wanted to create an environment reflective of Sonya and Eric’s personal taste, thus the result was clean, chic and modern with timeless romantic details. The dining setting was a masterpiece created by R. Jack Balthazar. Tables draped in both gold leather dot overlays and platinum dupioni linens were set with low, lush tablescapes of peonies, lisianthus and phalaenopsis orchids. Intricately-designed vessels in gold, silver and white lacquer were illuminated by candlelight. Each place setting featured a menu wrapped in a gold and cream paper band, a detail we carried through from the wedding invitation liners. The high gloss dance floor opened up to a covered terrace that was transformed into a chic lounge space. The residential-inspired setting was set with inviting lounge vignettes detailed with mirrored tables and luxe pillows and throws. One of the many highlights of the evening was the decadent dessert display that offered every sweet treat from vanilla bean cheesecake bites to fresh strawberry filled cream puffs. The day was artistically captured by the vibrant Jasmine Star, and the images will forever provide a time capsule for us to all remember its perfection.
From the Bride… Eric and I met through mutual friends while grabbing lunch at Simmzy’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. What started out as just another Sunday turned into the beginning of our love story. It was May 1, 2011, and from that moment on, we started down a path of getting to know each other, dating, spending time together, having fun no matter what we were doing, meeting each others’ friends and family, sharing our lives and falling in love. It didn’t take long for each of us to know that we had found “the one.” So when Eric got down on one knee and proposed up in Seattle on February 5, 2012, there was no hesitation — my answer was YES!
Wedding Photography: Jasmine Star Photography / Wedding Venue: Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, California / Event Design + Planning: Sterling Social / Floral Design: R.Jack Balthazar / Wedding Cinematography: Artisan Production / Wedding Invitations: Traction Press (213-617-8190) + Messex Industries / Ceremony Music: Rossi Music / Cocktail Hour Music: Wilfax / Reception Music: DJ Tendaji Lathan / Lighting Design: Lighten Up, Inc. / Linens: La Tavola / Dance Floor: Designer Event Rentals / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Photo Booth: Capital Photo Booth Co. / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Sarah Daly of Evolve / Makeup: Emma Willis of Contour Fossa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + ML Monique Lhuillier via Nordstrom / Groom’s Tuxedo + Shoes: Elevee