I always thought of myself as someone who’s drawn to color and that translates into photography as well. Color images set my heart a flutter but Steve Steinhardt is here to throw that theory to the wind. Not only are his color images insanely gorgeous but his black-and-white images will blow your mind. Crafted and floraled to perfection by Allyson Levine of Bob Gail Special Events, this is glamour as seen through the lens of an artist and there’s even more right here in the full gallery. Not to mention the gorgeous film shot by New Classic Films below. It’s a total must on the play list.
From Alexi Marquina with Bob Gail Special Events…This early December wedding at the Hotel Bel Air was the epitome of classic design complete with crisp and clean black, gray and white and softened with hints of lavender and purple hues. The bride and groom’s families traveled all the way from Taiwan to attend the gorgeous event and to see the bride in her stunning Vera Wang gown. The existing white Swan Lake garden gazebo was draped with flowing white chiffon, which was tied back with clusters of white hydrangea, ivory and white roses, and white anemones. A crystal chandelier was placed in the gazebo amidst the flowing chiffon, adding an element of elegance to the outdoor ceremony atop green grass and under the December blue sky. Bundles of ivory spray roses, white hydrangea, and white roses were tied to the ivory and grey lanterns that lined the grassy aisle. The bride’s bouquet was a textured gathering of white hydrangea, anemone, roses, spray roses, and veronica all tied with a satin ivory ribbon. The black and white custom chalkboard sign added a personal element of decor as it listed the bridal party and the ceremony sequence. A string trio filled the ceremony space with harmonious notes and ended the ceremony with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
The guitarist, cellist, and violinist then moved to the cocktail hour area to resume the beautiful background music. The natural outdoor elements continued from the ceremony to the cocktail area, where guests found their escort cards surrounded by white pillar candles, ivory and grey hand painted lanterns and a natural birch container filled with hydrangea, roses, anemone and white veronica. Under the blue December sky, guests enjoyed the signature “Monroe’s Passion” cocktail—a nod to the former frequent guest of the iconic Hotel Bel Air.
Transitioning inside for the reception, the softness of the outdoor décor elements was paired with the modern and classic sleekness of the reception design. Textured La Tavola linens contrasted beautifully against the sleek black chiavari chairs. Tall black glossy candelabras outfitted with simple white taper candles were surrounded by white vases filled with white roses and white anemones and clear vases containing dusty miller, roses, Queen Anne’s lace and white hydrangeas. The traditional classic black and white color scheme was softened with lavender uplighting, which complimented the ballroom’s existing beauty. For the low centerpieces, a mirrored serving tray was surrounded by candles and white hydrangea, spray roses, Queen Ann’s lace, white anemone and white glass bowls and black pedestals. For the grand entrance, the bridal party entered to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”, which set the joyous mood for the entire night. The bride and groom shared a memorable moment as they danced their first dance to Michael Buble’s “The Way You Look Tonight”. It was a Saturday in December painted in classical black, gray and whites, romanticized with delicate florals, and enjoyed by family from around the world.
Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Event + Floral Design + Planning: Bob Gail Special Events, Allyson Levine | Cinematography: New Classic Films | Ceremony + Reception Location: Hotel Bel Air | Ceremony Music: Bob Gail Special Events String Trio | Reception DJ: Eric with Bob Gail Special Events | Invitations: Urbanic Paper Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Dress: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola