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Beverly Hills Wedding from The Charming Little Company + Hugh Forte Photography

Intimate weddings are my favorite.  Maybe that’s because I’ve always pictured my own wedding day as a small celebration with just the closest of family and friends… or maybe it’s because I adore anything cozy and comfy.  My guess?  It’s a sweet combination of all of the above and the reason I can’t stop swooning over this Beverly Hills affair planned to perfection by The Charming Little Company.  It’s what I call pure wedding perfection and you can see every last glorious moment captured by Hugh Forte right here.

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From The Charming Little Company… Robin and John wanted a beautiful and intimate wedding, shared with just a few friends and family members – parents, siblings and spouses. Our goal in designing the feel and look of the space was to keep it beautifully simple while incorporating special touches throughout the space. This included florals that were organic, loose and full of blush colors and a custom made fountain top to hold a large floral piece and alternating sized candles. For the ceremony, we used chunky, ivory dining chairs arranged in a semi-circle to ensure all guests felt included. In the cocktail space, designated for celebration champagne immediately following the ceremony, an iron tea cart held mineral waters and iced tea and two tall tables provided guests with snacks from Belvedere Restaurant. For the dining room, large arrangements, mercury glass and an assortment of candles provided a feeling of comfortable dining at home. The Peninsula’s exclusive, garden-inspired grounds were perfect for photos of the couple and surrounding space, by Hugh Forte.

Photography: Hugh Forte Photography | Wedding Dress: BCBG Max Azria | Event Design + Planning: The Charming Little Company | Hair + Makeup: Joyce Luck | Linens: Fusion Linens | Wedding Venue: The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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Beverly Hills Wedding from Lane Dittoe Fine Art Photographs

If it wasn’t for the title of this wedding, I would swear it took place in the rolling hills of the English countryside. But alas, it’s none other than Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills; a gorgeous spot lost in time and one that fits perfectly with a garden affair. And this garden affair is heavy on the garden with crazy good florals by Flower Wild, vine topped tablescapes and details crafted by the Bride, S. Marie Zins and all so beautifully captured by Lane Dittoe. See even more here, in the full gallery.

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From the Bride…My husband proposed to me by hiding a ring in a book behind pages of a poem he wrote.  He was so nervous that he spent mere nanoseconds on his knee as he asked me to be his wife.  We are both pretty shy people, so after he proposed we imagined for ourselves an intimate little wedding, private and secluded…. That is until we realized, quite joyfully I might add, how many people we needed to be with us on the day we said “I do.”  Our small wedding turned into an affair of around 100 guests and we figured if things were proceeding this way we might as well go out with a bang and in style.

As a florist I was fortunate to have a bit of wedding planning under my belt.  We were lucky to have 11 months to plan our event and it was incredible how quickly they went by !!!!   Most of my purchases and vendor selection came from online.  Wedding blogs and Pinterest were scoured daily for inspiration.  Etsy was my best friend.  I would be lying if I said it was stress free, but looking back it magically came together and every experience was worth it. Our favorite memories from the wedding are:  Hearing our friends, The Belle Brigade, cover a version of Bjork’s “All Is Full Of Love” during the ceremony, having tons of bougainvillea tossed on us after we kissed as well as dancing with our family and friends at the reception.

Processional Music: Prokofiev, Violin Sonata 1 Op. 80 3rd movement
Recessional Music: Louis Prima, Buona Sera
First Dance: Fred Astaire, Cheek to Cheek

My advice to brides would be:  Do not be afraid to ask for help from family and friends, they are a great resource…remember to enjoy every detail, every day during the planning process.  Your wedding is not your marriage, things will go wrong, have fun and make it your own!!!

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Greystone Mansion | Bouquets + Garlands: Kate Holt of Flower Wild | Table Florals, Boutonnieres, Invites, Props, Calligraphy, Creative Styling + Event Design: Bride, S. Marie Zins | Hair + Makeup: Renee Loiz | Decorative Cakes: Jen Griffes (jennifer.griffes@gmail.com) | Rentals: Town & Country | Event Choreography: Annette Garcia Kerslake of Simply Natural Events | Wedding Dress: Saja via Bella Bridesmaids  Tailored + Customized: Marie of West Coast Couture | Veil: Twigs & Honey | Shoes: Pied Juste via Anthropologie

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Beverly Hills Wedding at Greystone Mansion from Duke Photography

I think we can all agree that there’s nothing quite like an al fresco affair in sunny CA, so planning a destination soiree in Beverly Hills?  Kind of a no-brainer.  Which is exactly what these two sweeties did, enlisting the help of the oh-so-talented Bella Destinee to coordinate their French meets English garden dream day at the stunning Greystone Mansion and the fab Luxe Hotel on Rodeo, while they anticipated every last detail from their home in Chicago.  The result?  A breathtaking vision with crazy gorgeous blooms from Dolce Design Studio and an beautiful moment after another captured by Duke Photography. See it all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Knowing that we wanted to have a destination wedding, but not knowing where, I spent a long time reading wedding blogs in search of the perfect venue. I knew I wanted the ceremony to be romantic French/English garden inspired with a unique, modern, glamorous, and intimate atmosphere for the reception. I came across Greystone Mansion and the penthouse at Luxe Hotel on Rodeo in Beverly Hills by chance on Style Me Pretty.  We immediately knew they were the perfect wedding venues for us.

Planning a wedding in L.A. from Chicago wasn’t easy but I found a great wedding planner, Katie Lee from Bella Destinee, that made it all stress-free. Drawing from the inspiration of French and English gardens, we brought in vintage furniture from Found Rentals for the ceremony site. Wanting something different, we mixed vintage settees and chairs with gold chiavari chairs. With fashion editorials and bridal photo shoots as my inspirations, I placed a vintage white couch as a prop along the cypress walkway for my wedding portraits. The photos turned out amazing! Guests were asked to take polaroids and write well wishes.  These were placed in an album as our guestbook that we will always look back on.

The penthouse terrace at the Luxe Hotel had a unique layout and was a blank space with so much potential. With tents draped of white fabric and chandeliers, I wanted a space that drew inspiration from interior design to make our guests feel as though they were entering our home for a dinner party. Our flowers were not elaborate or over the top, but more simple arrangements and vignettes, used to give the space a pop of color. We wanted each of our guest to be reminded that they played an important role in our life.  Each detail had to be personal and we had a lot of fun creating this experience for our family and friends. With my Chinese background and my husband’s Mexican background, we found Don Chow Tacos, a Chinese Mexican fusion taco truck. We ended our night with Don Chow arriving to the hotel to serve our guests.

It may sound cliché, but I’ll never forget us exchanging our vows. We had decided to write our own and I knew it was going to be emotional for me. My husband’s vows were the most beautiful things I have ever heard. In my head, all I kept thinking was “Oh no, my vows aren’t as good as his!” and I could not stop crying, but had no tissues in hand. I saw my husband reach into his jacket pocket, happily thinking he was going to hand me a tissue for my runny nose. Instead, he handed me a tiny blue oil blotting paper. At that moment, I wanted to laugh, because it didn’t help at all. For the rest of the day, our guests told us how amazing his vows were and that it had brought everyone to tears. The day was unforgettable and we are so grateful to all of family and friends who were there for us.

Wedding Photography: Duke Photography | Wedding Venue: Greystone Mansion + Luxe Hotel on Rodeo (The Penthouse) both in Beverly Hills, California | Event Planning: Katie Lee from Bella Destinee | Floral Design: Dolce Design Studio | Ceremony Catering: Jackson Catering | Taco Truck: Don Chow Tacos | Ice Cream Truck: Sweet Lucies | DJ: Prokreation | Rentals: Reflection Rentals | Vintage Furniture: Found | Lighting: The Event Company | Reception Furniture: FormDecor | Reception Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Harp Trio: Ted Nichelson

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