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Elegant Beverly Hills Wedding of Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano

Combine one stunning model with a dapper groom, add in a classic California hotel and some beautiful florals, and you have one incredibly breathtaking wedding. Allie Rizzo wed restaurateur Scott Sartiano in an elegant celebration that has me staring at photo after photo in this gorgeous gallery by Dorian Caster; join me here and you just may spot a couple other famous faces amid all the loveliness.

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From the Bride… We planned our wedding in eight weeks. Just enough time for our closest friends and family to make the trip but not long enough to overthink and stress the day. We are both extremely laid back and had put off getting married for a few years to avoid all the fuss that surrounds weddings.

We love the timelessness of the Beverly Hills Hotel and often go for breakfast there. One day while we were there, we inquired about the possibility of holding our wedding on the property. After a ten minute walk through of the Rodeo Room and the Polo Garden we decided that this was the place we wanted to have our wedding.

We loved the storied history of this place and knew our family and friends coming in for the wedding would enjoy the experience. My eighty-four year old grandmother loves John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor and wanted to see all the rooms they had stayed in. My bridal suite was next to Howard Hughes bungalow in the years that he lived at the hotel. It’s the ultimate California fixture having even been used as the imagery for the Eagles landmark album Hotel California.

The ceremony held in the Polo Garden was covered in rose petals and buckets of baby’s breath lined the aisles while the string quartet played Fleetwood Macs ‘Songbird ‘and guests sipped champagne. We loved the outdoor ceremony and the perfect October weather. We both have southern backgrounds so being in a garden with a slightly rustic feel felt familiar and fitting.

After the ceremony guests headed to the Rodeo Room for cocktails followed by a four course dinner and dancing. The tables were set with natural white and green floral arrangements accented by floating candles.

The key word when designing our wedding was “simple.” Our first dance was to U2’s “All I Want Is You” and guests spent the rest of the night dancing to both a live band and DJ Jesse Marco. The flow of the day was perfect and our only regret is how quickly it went by.

Photography: Dorian Caster | Floral Design: CJ Matsumoto | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Joanie & Leigh's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | DJ: Jesse Marco | Music: Clover String Quartet | Photobooth: Bosco | Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Elegant Spring Malibu Wedding

When two music editors get married, you know you’re guaranteed a pretty fabulous fete. Toss in a gorgeous Malibu location, Events Of Distinction leading the way and Vantage Point Productions catching every second and you’re in for a real treat. Catherine Hall captured every picture perfect moment and I’m kicking off the week with some solid time in this fabulous gallery.

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From Events Of Distinction… A native New Englander, Melissa studied Music Production & Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then headed to LA in search of a career in the music business. After a few difficult months trying to find work, she landed an internship with the composer for the film “Black Hawk Down.” Her talents became immediately evident, and Melissa went on to become a music editor for a number of high-profile films, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Her life took another exciting turn when a co-worker (and soon-to-be matchmaker) told Melissa that a fellow music editor had a huge crush on her. Ryan had first encountered Melissa while briefly visiting her cutting room to help her assistant with a small task. He recalls, “I was immediately taken by this beautiful woman.” But in the days that followed, whenever he saw Melissa in the hallway, Ryan was too nervous to say anything more than a passing “hello”. Fortunately, the co-worker stepped in and took it upon herself to invite both Melissa and Ryan out for cocktails one evening after work. They ended up talking for hours, and thus their Hollywood love story began.

After Melissa & Ryan hired Events of Distinction to produce their wedding, we first set out to find the perfect seaside site for their celebration. After seeing several coastal locations, Melissa & Ryan selected the spectacular Stone Manor estate in Malibu. An elegant, gilt-edged letterpress invitation from Bella Figura set the stage for the stylish celebration.

Four darling dachshunds, which had been “adopted” by Melissa from animal shelters, were escorted to their front-row seats by Ryan and Melissa’s mom. As Ryan waited adoringly at the altar, Melissa glided down the aisle in a magnificent Vera Wang gown, while the string quartet played the Beatles’ classic Across the Universe.

After witnessing wedded bliss, guests were graciously directed down a flagstone pathway to the cocktail area and more breathtaking ocean views. Wrought iron cocktail tables were painted antique white and topped with centerpieces of café au lait dahlias and ivory accents. A stylish bar served up two specialty drinks: Jalapeño Margaritas and Cucumber Martinis, while a festive food station enticed guests with Thai Basil Rolls, Belgian Endive Leaves and Ahi Tuna Trumpets.

To direct guests to their dining destination, escort cards were displayed on a rococo mirror with a custom fabric panel insert. The tablescapes were complemented with a collection of candles and a baby glass orb filled with moss, platinum ribbon and blush flower blooms completed the napkin treatment. 

To help guests burn off some calories, the DJ got them revved up on the dance floor. But diets could wait another day – there were more calories to come… Inspired by Melissa’s love of vintage charm a dessert station featured vanilla bean, banana bittersweet, spicy carrot and key lime cupcake babies; Southern banana pudding, dirt cake, Meyer lemon raspberry and peanut butter crunch icebox dessert shots; butterscotch and vanilla macaroons and chocolate truffle and red velvet cake lollipops.

In celebration of Melissa and Ryan’s joyous day and their love of animals, a sterling silver wand and crystal bubble jar was given to each couple to help support LA shelter animals. Melissa and Ryan’s wedding celebrated their love for each other with family, friends and their furry children – Huckleberry, Bowie, Penelope and Zero.

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Event Planning: Events Of Distinction | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Bands: Philip Press | Catering: Along Came Mary | Make Up: The Studio Agency | Ceremony Music: Calder Quaret | Bride's Necklace: Philip Press | Bride's Shoe Designer: Isabel Marant | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stone Manor In Malibu | Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop | Dog Apparel: My Formal Dog | Dog Apparel : Bitch New York | Florist & Decor: Mille Fiore | Groom's Wardrobe And Shoe Designer: Paul Smith | Invitations And Wedding Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Reception Music: Leonard Neil Productions | Rentals: Rrivre Works | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Exquisite Transportation | Wedding Cinematography: Vantage Point Productions

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Romantic Wedding at The Loft on Pine

Every now and then I come across a Bride & Groom that set my wedding-loving heart on fire, that make me blush ten shades of pink… and this duo, is no exception m’dears. From their impeccable style—slightly boho vintage served with a side of elegance, to their ridiculously captivating love for one another, I couldn’t help but pack their wedding feature with mostly charming portraits of them, snapped by none other than The Youngrens. You can crush on it all with me here in the gallery.

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From The Bride And Groom…Adam and Kim met through mutual friends at a birthday party in Palm Springs over 6 years ago. Kim’s girlfriend told her ahead of time that she had a guy for her who’d be there that weekend. Kim didn’t get too excited because her friend had a pretty bad track record of these so-called ‘awesome guys she just had to meet’! But…when Kim and Adam met, it was to her surprise, an immediate connection. Kim thought he was super outgoing, funny, and charming. Adam thought she was sweet. And HOT, of course! They ended up hitting it off and spending time talking the whole weekend. 5 years later Adam popped the question on the Santa Monica Pier. Kim had no idea it was coming and Adam could hardly contain himself the week before. Adam even planned for their best friends to secretly photograph the special moment. Priceless!

Eight months later on August 16th, 2014, Adam and Kim tied the knot at a drop dead gorgeous venue called The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, CA. After a few weeks of searching for a venue Kim and Adam couldn’t find anything that felt like “them”. The moment Kim walked up the stairs to where the ceremony/reception take place at The Loft on Pine, she could NOT believe her eyes. Adam turned and saw Kim’s face as she took it all in. They both knew at that moment, this was IT. The high ceilings, the wood beams, the lightening was PERFECT. They were so pumped!

The wedding colors were champagne gold, blush and ivory. Kim and Adam chose these soft whimsical colors to balance the darker tones of the wood floor and brick walls of the venue. They really wanted all the details to reflect their personalities. Kim is soft and sweet and Adam is a little loud and funny. Everything from the casual look of the groomsmen in mismatching ties to Adam’s maroonish tux coat to the bridesmaids blush pink chiffon dresses to all the little details of Kim’s jewelry and dress really let everyone show off who they are. And Bloomin’ Bride Designs took everything to another level with all the flowers. The venue looked amazing before, but after Kelsie did her magic, it looked STUNNING.

There were a few special touches Adam and Kim wanted to incorporate into the ceremony and reception. During the ceremony, Adam and Kim took communion together as husband and wife for the first time. It was a super special moment for them and the perfect way to kick off marriage. Unbeknownst to Kim, at the end of the ceremony, right before they were pronounced husband and wife, Adam pulled out his cellphone, stopped everything, and snapped a wedding selfie with all the guests in the background. It was the best unplanned detail! Everyone laughed and that (their laughter) was the detail Adam cared about the most. It was SO much fun.

The most “Adam & Kim” detail in the reception was the Boba Bar. If you know Adam and Kim you know they LOVE boba. The owner of their favorite Boba Tea shop came in and setup a Boba Bar for them and all their guests to enjoy. It was a hit! In addition, instead of the traditional buffet or plated meal, Adam and Kim had their caterers setup food stations. It was fun, casual and really got people up and moving and interacting with each other. It was the perfect less-common way to do wedding food and it was awesome! And did we mention they had pie? Yup… no wedding cake. Just pie.

Adam and Kim’s most vivid and favorite memory from the wedding day was the ‘first look’. It was so emotional, intimate and raw. All the emotions and planning leading up to the big day came out in this reveal. When Adam turned around to see his bride, his smile was huge and eyes glistening. They hugged and cried and prayed together before committing their lives to each other. It was a moment they will never forget!

Our wedding favor was the Photobooth from MYphotoboothLA (myphotoboothla.com) The guests raved about how much fun they had in the booth and all of the prop choices were hilarious! Each guest took home a customized photo strip to remember the night by. We had a booth setup during the reception, as well as the cocktail hour. It was a blast!

Hands down, our venue, our photographers, our coordinator, and our family and friends made this a day we will never forget! It was perfect.

Oh, and favorite photos? Try, all of them. That’s what happens when you hire The Youngrens. :D

Photography: The Youngrens | Videographer: Mawwiage Films | Coordinator: Bloomin' Bride Designs | Floral Design: Bloomin' Bride Designs | Ceremony: The Loft On Pine | Reception: The Loft On Pine | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Jay's Catering | DJ: Greenhouse DJs | Gown Boutique: Mary Me Bridal | Reception Lighting: Greenhouse DJs

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