This wedding is perfect parts sweet and sophisticated, with some serious glamor thrown in for good measure. The result? Pure wedding perfection. Coordinated by Charley King, the entire day played out like a fairytale, and you can see every picture perfect moment from Jeff Shipley right here. And don’t miss the gorgeous film from Charles Lauren Films below…
From the Bride…Andrew and I met once a few long months before we would see each other again, but when luck did finally reunite us, it was amazingly exciting. As my friends and I were waiting in line on a cold winter night in DC of inauguration weekend, I remember seeing Andrew behind us, turning to my friend, and saying “That’s the guy!”. Time sprinted past us since that night and in what seemed like just a moment later (really it was three years) we were engaged. Andrew proposed on the edge of the ocean at sunset while we were on vacation in a beautiful coastal town in North Carolina. He even managed to have a hotel employee pretend to pick up beach chairs nearby so that he could take photos of the whole thing.
Over glasses of wine and cozy fall nights last year, Andrew and I talked about what we wanted most for our wedding. I had big dreams of tiered cakes, decorated sugar cookies and endless desserts…and Andrew wanted an amazing band for us to dance the night away with. What we realized mattered most to us though was having our family and close friends there with us.
Being a California girl at heart I knew that I wanted to marry Andrew in Los Angeles where I grew up. Of course it was pretty difficult knowing that our puppy Rocket wouldn’t be able to join us as the ring bearer…but he did make an adorable guest appearance in our engagement photos.
We chose the Riviera Country Club because it has this amazing old Hollywood feel and plays a historic role in the world of golf, which means a lot to Andrew, his dad and his grandfather. As you can see from our photos, our wedding was filled with family, young and old. My adorable niece and nephews delighted everyone all dressed up and excited for their big moments too. Although there were heavy hearts for the family that couldn’t make it, we felt incredibly blessed to be surrounded by those that did.
The signature components of our wedding were family and tradition. Our Rabbi, who spoke with beautiful words throughout the ceremony, also officiated my bat-mitzvah and is someone who I have deeply admired since when I was little. There were many important elements of our Jewish tradition that became especially meaningful in our wedding. First, we had a tish where the men get together before the wedding and toast the groom. Next we had a ketubah ceremony where we signed our marriage contract in front of our family and closest friends with lots of singing and celebration to accompany the moment. And after my parents walked me down the aisle I circled Andrew seven times before we went up to the chupah together to symbolize that our worlds were now entwined into one.
We had the amazing fortune of listening to our friend Dan play the piano as we came down the aisle, and we chose the Jewish song Erev Shel Shoshanim for him to play, it means Evening of Roses. Speaking of roses, the grand rooms at the Riv were filled with light and flowers and glowed all night long thanks the amazing artistry of Brad Austin, Luna Rentals and their design teams. We also placed gardenia blossoms on the place settings because my home growing up had this enormous and delicious smelling gardenia tree right outside our front door, so it has a very sentimental scent for me.
I must share the most gratitude to our coordinator Charley who saved us from a lost cake, and found Vanilla Bake Shop to bake one for us at the last hour. And in case you’re curious, yes we did in fact end up getting the tiered cake, decorated sugar cookies and an entire dessert bar thanks to the amazing Hannah from Sweets & Celebrations. And yes Andrew got the band that he wanted as well, and we danced all night to their amazing sound. By the next morning it did feel like it was all a dream, and as we left for our honeymoon in South Africa the next night, we felt overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for such a happy day.
Photography: Jeff Shipley | Film: Charles Lauren Films | Coordinator: Charley King | Florist: Brad Austin | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Riviera Country Club | Reception Venue: Riviera Country Club | Hair: Dry Bar - Santa Monica | Band: Jordan Music Entertainment | Dessert Bar: Sweets & Celebrations | Event Rentals: Luna Party Rentals | Ketubah: Gallery Judaica | Make Up Artist: Kelly Zhang Studios | Pianist: Dan Marschak | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard | Venue Coordinator: Kelsie Hopkins