If you’ve read SMP for any length of time, you know that I have a love affair with Jose Villa. Aside from being a good person and an even better friend, he is so incredibly thoughtful, so incredibly careful with his work that you can’t help but walk away entirely inspired to make your life just as beautiful. And this wedding made even more lovely by a team of vendors – Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Flower Allie, The Butter End Cakery & more – is nothing if not completely and entirely intoxicating. And there are TONS more Jose photos in the gallery!
From José Villa Photography…Mark and Becky took great care in making sure their wedding was personal and thoughtful, with plenty of charm and elegance. Mark, a Sales Director for a private jet company, wanted a high-rise city backdrop and Becky, an Executive Manager & Event Designer for a Public Relations firm, wanted a classic and romantic ballroom setting. The London West Hollywood was their perfect compromise.
The wedding weekend kicked off with a formal Vietnamese tea ceremony and rehearsal dinner for 100 guests at Il Cielo, Beverly Hills to honor the bride’s heritage. Inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, Becky wore a custom Vietnamese Ao Dai and headdress made of French lace and hand-beaded Swarovski crystals and pearls. In keeping with the Vietnamese tradition, guests presented the couple with red envelopes and shared well-wishes and prudent advice for their marriage.
The London West Hollywood’s rooftop provided a spectacular backdrop of Los Angeles for Mark and Becky’s wedding ceremony the following day. Drawing inspiration from a pergola in an English rose garden she visited in Hertfordshire, Becky enlisted the help of Allison Becker & Nicholas St. Clair of Flower Allie to construct a custom wrought iron gazebo to hold a 300 pound vintage champagne chandelier she had sourced. To bring the English garden charm to Hollywood, cascading white blooms and hundreds of white rose petals covered the ceremony site. A string quartet played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride, wearing a custom Lazaro gown, walked down the candle-lined aisle on her father’s arm. The groom wore a classic Dior Homme black tuxedo and the couple exchanged rings from Harry Winston.
The English sentiment was carried throughout the details of the wedding from the custom crest & letterpressed calligraphy, created by Laura Hooper, to the five-course Gordon Ramsey catered dinner. Escort & seating cards were hand embossed with a gold leaf motif to match the bride’s headpiece – a DIY labor of love from the bride and her mother in-law. Lush arrangements of ranunculus, garden roses, peonies, sweet pea, jasmine and hydrangeas brought the romantic garden feel to dinner. A six tier confection, created by The Butter End, piped in buttercream with delicate lace applique sat on a bed of fresh flowers. Assortments of vintage gold candlesticks, frames and trays accented the reception space to add to the antique mood of the elegant ballroom. A gourmet burger bar provided a much needed midnight snack as the newlyweds and their 180 guests danced the night away to the tunes of West Coast Music’s JB Project and DJ Z.
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Videography: Imagique Weddings | Event Planning And Design: RCamson Designs | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Makeup: Amy Vu Makeup | Hair: Umberto, Beverly Hills | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Band: West Coast Music | Groom's Attire: Christian Dior | Groomsmen's Attire: Mr Tuxedo | String Quartet: Subito Strings | Wedding Venue: The London Hotel | Bride's Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | DJ & Lighting: DJZ Productions | Decor Accessories: Antique & Vintage Gold Pieces Bride Collected Over The Years | Flower Girl's Attire: Hand-made Dress & Belt | Invitations/Paperie: Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Jewelry/Rings: Harry Winston | Month Of Coordinator: Kayla Vie Events | Mother Of Bride & Mother Of Groom Attire: Neiman Marcus & Nordstroms | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Il Cielo Beverly Hills | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ring Bearer's Attire: Custom Tux | Vintage Chandelier Rental: Melrose Gallery