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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.


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, Classic California Wedding in Beverly Hills

Beth Helmstetter is pure genius. Honestly, every single thing she touches I want to marry. Her design sense is off the charts, and this sparkling Beverly Hills wedding is the prettiest proof. With the amazingly talented Holly Flora providing the blooms and one and only Birds Of A Feather on hand to snap up every spectacular moment, let’s just say this gallery is beyond beyond.


From Birds Of A FeatherBeth Helmstetter designed the most elegant, classic, and sophisticated backyard wedding I’ve ever seen at this private home in Beverly Hills. There were thousands upon thousands of white roses everywhere, the bride looked like a movie star, and the reception was held under a canopy of fairy lights.

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to encompass all the things that we love because it was the one day that we could share them with all the people we love. We were inspired by the setting of Michael’s parents’ family home — especially the beautiful garden with its lush hydrangeas and roses. We combined what we both loved — for Michael, the outdoors, dark wooden and rustic accents and, for me, white flowers, romantic lighting and chandeliers. Michael is from England so there were hints of his hometown as well in certain areas of our wedding — Beatles music as we walked down the aisle, English gardens and, of course, tea for all the guests.

Photography: Birds Of A Feather | Videographer: Evangeline Lee | Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Make-up: Kira Nasrat | Hair: Bradin Palestino | Groom's Suit: J Lindeberg | Venue: Private Estate

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High Tea Baby Shower

We took an office vote and decided a baby shower inspired by Laduree is probably the best idea ever. From the patisserie to the elegant table settings, Modern Dame and Holly Flora left no high tea detail unturned for this soon-to-be mom. Who looks mighty gorgeous in her rose floral crown, might I add. If you love macarons, and pink and all things decadent and pretty, then don’t miss the rest of Krista Mason‘s images in the gallery.

From Modern Dame … When I found out my cousin-in-law, Hanna, was pregnant with a baby girl, I was over-joyed especially since I knew Hanna was secretly hoping for a daughter. I was even more excited when she agreed that I could help plan her baby shower. I recalled Hanna telling me that she was craving sweets during this pregnancy, macarons to be specific. So, immediately the famous Parisian patisserie, Laduree, came to mind.

Inspired by the patisserie, I started designing the dessert table first. I reached out to my favorite pastry-designer, Sweet and Saucy Shop to create a one-of-a-kind dessert table. The macaron towers, petite fours, custom sugar cookies and panna cotta shots all emphasized Laduree’s signature details with pretty sugar flowers, glittered bows and roses.

I also had Brag Designs create a romantic and whimsical backdrop for the dessert table. The backdrop she created using fluffy big white roses and pastel-toned butterflies was definitely something everyone talked about. It went perfectly with the dessert table and added that wow-factor.

Holly Flora, who is amazing, created romantic Parisian pink floral centerpieces using dahlias, sweet peas, garden roses, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. She also incorporated vintage tea sets and glass cloche which added perfectly to the theme and looked so elegant.

In order to enhance this Parisian Laduree themed shower, I wanted to have matching china, teacups and gold flatware. Dish Wish’s garden-themed china was perfect! We even alternated different pattern china to give it more a shabby chic look. The gold flatware definitely added that nice touch to the overall table setting. The La Travola floral applique linens were also an elegant and whimsical detail that made a beautiful effect to the dining and dessert table. Hanna and the guest had an amazing time and I was thrilled to hear that the mom-to-be was really happy with the shower and she will forever cherish this shower.

Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Event Planning: Modern Dame | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Invitations: Studio 9 Designs | Favors: Bird Pick Tea And Herb | China And Flatware: Dish Wish | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Floral Backdrop: Brags Design | Rentals: Town And Country

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