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Art Deco Inspired Wedding at Skirball Cultural Center

Inspired by the grandmother’s art-deco ring that started their engagement, this stunning soiree is equal parts stylish and sweet. Going through the images from Rebecca Peplinski Photography is like peeling back layer after layer of lovely. From the Brides’ gorgeous gowns to the perfect florals from Blossom Floral Inc. and every detail planned to perfection by Hustle & Bustle, it doesn’t get better than this gallery.

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From The Bride…I proposed to Nicole with my grandmother’s art deco engagement ring. This gorgeous piece served as the inspiration for our wedding ceremony and celebration. From the get go, we felt connected to our family and this glamorous time period. The ring, along with the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains and the architecture of the Skirball Cultural Center, set the tone for the rest of the decor and styling.

Nicole wanted our venue to be outdoors and I wanted it to be modern, but we did not know how to make our vision a reality. The Skirball Cultural Center, like everything else our coordinator recommended, managed to represent both of our visions perfectly. Architecturally modern with an outdoor space complete with a reflection pond and the Santa Monica mountains in the background, we could not have imagined a better venue. Blossom Floral (recommended by Hustle and Bustle), also managed to find the ideal style that fit both Nicole’s and my tastes. I wanted a more organic feel to the flowers, and Nicole wanted a more structural arrangement. Blossom Floral created a Chuppah that was at once free flowing and still structured. She met with us numerous times to ensure we would be happy with the design, and did not leave any detail to chance. Because of the art deco theme we were aiming for, we agreed that we wanted a cake that reflected that era. Lark Cake Shop not only had the most delicious cakes we sampled, but also created a beautiful cake for us right out of the 1920s. H&B also recommended we use Theresa Huang for our make-up and hair. We could not have been happier. Theresa Huang understood the art deco look I was going for, and had enough stylists to help Nicole, me, and our bridesmaids all get ready in time for the big day. In fact, all of our bridesmaids ended up getting their make-up and hair done, despite originally planning on only doing their hair. Finally, we worked with the lovely and talented Emily Schwartz to design our save the dates (and eventually our invitations, etc.), and she perfectly encapsulated our art deco style.

I spent hours upon hours scouring Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, and everything Gatsby for inspiration.

I had no idea my partner would be SO interested in wedding planning. At first, I was floored, and mildly frustrated, as I thought I got to run the show. It was not until half-way through, when I realized our wedding would be reflecting us both, that I was so pleased. I would recommend talking to your partner about the level of involvement you will each have at the outset, and encourage him or her to be active in the decision-making process (there are so many decisions to be made!). If you are able to be on the same page throughout and work together, the end product will reflect you as a couple.

Also, it was not until we got closer to the wedding that I realized that this was not MY day. That I was beyond fortunate that so many people I cared about were able to SHARE the day with my wife and me, and I started reaching out to include and consider our friends and family as much as possible, both throughout the ceremony and the party.

Get a wedding planner (like Hustle and Bustle). Even if you want to plan the big day yourself, there are so many little issues that you won’t want to deal with on your big day that a fantastic wedding planner can take care of without you even knowing about!

Finally, make sure you have a second shooter for your photos. We did not decide on one until the very end, but we are so happy we got one.

When Rabbi Miller exclaimed, “I now pronounce you spiritually and legally wed!” Not only was that the highlight of the day, but without a doubt, the best moment of my life.

When we got engaged, I did not think the Supreme Court would be taking the Prop 8 case. Just in case, we optimistically planned our date to be after the last day a decision could come down, but we were still waiting with baited breath. On June 26, 2013, SCOTUS struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and we exhaled. That moment, when we were finally married, felt monumental. This thing that I had never even thought could happen, had just happened…and I felt so incredibly thankful to everyone who had worked and fought to allow it to occur.

When I saw the chuppah, I was bowled over. Gorgeous. Rebecca from Blossom Floral did a stand-out job.

When I glanced over the railing before descending the staircase into the Taper Courtyard. I could see everyone looking at me, and I could see my wife, standing at the alter, waiting to marry me. All of the nerves and anxiety over seating charts and songs fell away. I was living in that moment, and all I felt was love.

Dancing with Nicole for the first time as my wife. Our good friend, Julia Faussone, offered to serenade us to the tune of “A Sunday Kind of Love.” With Julia’s incredible voice propelling us around the dance floor, I never wanted the moment to end.

Photography: Rebecca Peplinski Photography | Videographer: Randy Chia | Floral Design: Blossom Floral Inc. | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Cake: Lark Cake Shop | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Shoes: Charles David | Hair And Makeup: Theresa Huang | Lighting: Del Rey Rentals | DJ: DJ Jared Newman | Harpist: Katrina Saroyan | Alterations: A Stitch In Time | Coordination: Hustle & Bustle | Photo Booth: Best Booth Plus LA | Reception Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Orchid Party Rental | Second Shooter: Matthew William Photography | Venue: Skirball Cultural Center

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Vintage Inspired LA Wedding

This couple is radiating so much love, I bet you can’t look through this wedding without a smile creeping across your face. If the pictures don’t get you, then the full gallery or the world’s cutest engagement video at the end will. And while we’re being honest about feelings, this bride is a knockout in her silk charmeuse Watters gown. So keep scrolling for Skip Hopkin Photography‘s pictures from the day.

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From The Bride…Brett I and I met about 6 years ago through Craigslist! He put up an ad on Craigslist to start a sketch comedy group, and I responded. We were friends and writing partners for a while & it eventually became more, with a little convincing on his part.

Insight on wedding planning…We wanted an updated take on a classic wedding. We loved the idea of an evening wedding, but that also meant we might end up being short on time between cocktail hour and dinner. Luckily for us, we both agreed that we were not a fan of the traditional sit-down dinner. We thought it slowed down the momentum, when most people want to dance! We cut the formal dinner and opted for pass tray h’our d’oeuvres and an extended cocktail hour. We also served late-night fare. My mom was not a fan of this idea in the beginning but after the wedding, we received tons of compliments on not only the quality of the food, but the speedy service. Not one guest went hungry, and there was still time to hit the dance floor. Carondelet House was the only place we looked at when searching for a venue. I did a photo shoot there when it first opened, before Brett & I were even engaged and it just stood out. I took him there and he loved it. We knew we had found our place. It is the perfect blend of vintage style in an urban environment. My dress was next on my list. I knew I wanted something vintage & sexy, but for some reason I was all about lace. Turns out, the lace dresses were not flattering at all! On a whim I went to Lili’s Bridal in Encino and I found my wedding dress in their clearance section! It was a discontinued dress by Watters brides. Silk charmeuse ivory, extremely flattering, and under $1000!!! It pretty much had my name written all over it. After I bought the dress & had the venue, it made everything else so much easier.

Wedding Details…We both looove cupcakes, and Brett introduced me to drinking whiskey bourbon. One of Brett’s coworkers is an amazing baker, so she made mini-red velvet cupcakes spiked with red wine – packaged with a still photo of me from our engagement video. My husband, Brett, created the bottle favors with an art deco font. He loves bourbon and bacon, so he infused bourbon whiskey with bacon and bottled it with a still photo of his Baxter McBaggington character from the engagement video.

The dessert table was provided by my sister, a culinary chef & food scientist. The chocolate covered bacon she made was a last minute addition to the table, but it was devoured in less than 5 minutes. It was definitely a hit!

The S+ B moss heart was inspired by a Style me Pretty post. I saw a sequined heart over the dessert table & I thought it would be cool to have something like that but with a more organic feel. My idea was moss with twinkly lights and antique gold initials. Mary from Poppies & Peonies really brought the idea to life.

I sourced all of the antique looking little vases for tableware, etc. from thrift stores & Etsy.

Inspired by Pinterest, I used cheesecloth as the runners for the table. It had this really nice soft, dreamy effect.

We had a great time collaborating with Talmadge from Pharmacie on the specialty cocktail bar. We had 4 different cocktails. Brett custom made the bar menus as well. The bar menus had a 30′s art deco feel.

I sourced most of my ideas & inspiration from Pinterest, blogs like Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, One Fab Day.

Reflections for future Brides…Be in the moment! I read it so many times in blogs, but it’s worth saying again. On your wedding day, you have to let go of the details, trust your vendors, and just worry about you and husband. Oh, and don’t forget to have the best time EVER.

Highlights…Before walking down the aisle, I could hear clapping & cheers from the guests. Even during our vows people were cheering. It was a festive ceremony for sure.

My mom and the pianist Vince started a sing-along of “My Girl” during the cocktail hour. Half the guests joined in!

Brett and I love to dance and come from a dance background. So when it came to our first dance, we really cut a rug. A few our guest asked us if we choreographed the whole thing!

During the first look hour I continued a longtime prank between Brett and his friends called ‘dummy-ing’. I basically made a ‘dummy’ of his Baxter McBaggington character, with his clothes, wig, and a balloon face. I pasted a picture of his character on the balloon. He was so shocked, he found it hilarious, and his friends from New York were so proud of me. I’m in the Hall of Fame of Dummy-ing!

Right after the ceremony Brett and I took 30 minutes just for ourselves to revel in the excitement, toast, nosh and kiss. It was nice moment to steal away for ourselves, and we could re-enter the party recharged.

Brett’s first dance with his mother was a goofy dance to the song “Chantilly Lace”. It’s her favorite. It was a fun moment. The excitement on everyone’s face as the late menu was being brought out. It was sliders, French fries, vegetarian hot wings (made with cauliflower instead of chicken).

Photography: Skip Hopkins | Floral Design: Poppies & Peonies | Wedding Gown: Watters | Cake: Superfine Bakery | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Bar Service: Pharmacie | Coordination: Hustle & Bustle | Note Cards: Gold-embossed Note Cards | Venue: Carondelet House

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Samuel was partnered with an amazing team for the day including planner Emma Petievich, florals by Margit Holakoui and Lee’s Orchids, and Julie Hill of Elysium Productions!

Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Videography: Elysium Productions | Cake: Ester Siswadi | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Rings: Cartier | Bride's Dress: Marchesa | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Vibiana | Event Planning : Emma Petievich | Floral Design (Personal): Margit Holakoui | Floral Design (Tables & Trees): Lee's Orchids | Food Truck: In-n-Out Burger | Music: DeBois Entertainment | Photobooth: ShutterBooth

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