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An Elegant Bel-Air Wedding That Would Make the Fresh Prince Jealous

There are glamorous weddings, and then there are GLAMOROUS weddings. And this Bel-Air beauty? Well it lands itself squarely in the latter category. Because when you’ve got the talented Kristin Banta Events planning the pretty at the Hotel Bel Air with Braedon Photography behind the lens you know you’re in for something special. See Cara and Ryan’s wedding in The Vault!

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From Kristin Banta EventsClassic elegant garden party in soft creamy whites and lush greens with bold pops of onyx and accented by brushed gold metallic.

Guests will be offered cucumber spa water from a gold bar cart as they enter the Swan Lake ceremony area. They will take their seats in the garden on gold Versailles chairs with white cushions as a string quartet plays from the gazebo. The aisle will feature the couple’s monogram in cream flowers set on the grass leading up to a sophisticated alter set with brushed gold pedestals, overflowing with cream florals and greenery, accented by onyx pillar candles.

Following the ceremony, guests will be led up to the cocktail area where they will be offered old fashion cocktails and strawberry mojitos upon entry. The patio will be placed with outdoor lounges with white cushions, high and low cocktail tables draped in textured luxe cream linens and overhead vineyard chandeliers which will be hung wrapped with green garlands. Guests will find their escort cards from a long table adorned with textured cream linen in a different pattern and set with a series of gold plateau style stands draped in cream florals and green garlands and placed with groups of black cards penned with gold calligraphy. A solo guitarist will play while guests enjoy tray passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks as well as a full open bar.

Guests will be invited to the lawn for dinner as a lively five piece jazz group fills the air. They will take their seats from gold Versailles chairs with white cushions placed at two long tables draped in textured cream luxe linens and set with wine glasses and cut crystal water glasses, stacked gold rimmed glass chargers and gold rim china dinner placed along with cream Swiss dot patterned napkins folded into squares and tied like presents with dramatic black bows. The tables will be accented with cream florals and lush greenery, sparkling votives and hung overhead with a series of vineyard chandeliers overgrown with greenery. Each long table will be divided in 14 table numbers illustrated on hand-made paper, each numbered with gold foil scroll work.

As the sun sets, guests will be invited into the ballroom an after party accompanied by an 8-piece dance band. Cream linen lounge vignettes along with high cocktail tables will surround the dance floor and guests will be able to visit a custom gelato bar throughout the night. A series of cakes with gold painted detailing will be displayed and served from wrought iron console tables and the adjoining bar will remain open all evening. Guests will also be able to lounge amongst exterior soft patio seating under the stars. Upon departure, guests will be offered a lemonchello as a parting gift.

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Floral Design: Lilla Bello | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Lighting: The Lighter Side | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: J. David's | Wedding Venue: Hotel Bel-Air | Event Planning + Event Design + Event Production: Kristin Banta Events | Invitations + Day-of Collateral: East Six | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Linens: Luxe Linen | Photography + Cinematography: Braedon Photography | Specialty Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Tent + Rentals: Town And Country Rentals

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Their Modern Wedding Felt Like the Ultimate Party

This colorful gallery is my ultimate version of happy. For starters, the couple wanted a wedding that felt more like a fun summer party than a formal affair and I’m pretty dang sure they delivered. Many of the details, including the hanging geometric figures were handmade by the duo and the Drunken Pixel photo booth and cheeky paper goods tied it all together. Keep the party going with The Great Romance Photo gallery and film by Memo Collective.

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From the Bride…Sam and I started dating at the age of 19, so it would be an understatement to say that I’ve been dreaming about our big day since…Well, forever.

We’ve always envisioned having our wedding at a very modern chic space, and the Fig House fit our vision perfectly. I remember the exact moment we stepped inside The Fig House for the very first time – we felt as if we were being transported into a secret world and instantly knew it would be the “one.” The art-deco design, the colorful mid-century modern furniture, and the open yet intimate setting of the space was everything we dreamed of.

One of the biggest focuses of our wedding was making sure that our wedding felt more like a fun summer party rather than a formal affair. Despite having a guest count of 160, we created an intimate feel, by confining our cocktail hour and dinner to a smaller space, arranged the dinner tables into long rows, and served American barbeque for dinner.

Majority of our décor was handcrafted because we both personally love DIY projects and creating things with our hands. With the help of our amazing wedding party, we handmade key pieces like the hanging geometric figures, personalized place card holders, and dessert forks. The table florals and ferns were hand-picked from the Los Angeles Flower Market and arranged on our own as well. We tried to keep our décor as low-key and as simple as possible because we didn’t want to take away from the charm of the venue.

My favorite moment of the day was our first dance. About 15 seconds into our (slightly awkward) slow dancing, Sam resorted to his silly self and began lip-syncing the lyrics of our song to me to help me feel more relaxed (let’s just say it’s a little overwhelming to see 160 pairs of eyes watching you dance). I remember feeling incredibly happy and thankful in that moment – everything seemed so timeless.

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Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Cinematography: Memo Collective | Coordination: Sage Event Planning | Floral Design: Twig & Twine | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Out of Thyme | Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Gus's BBQ | Hair + Makeup: E2 Beauty | DJ: IFTW | Groomsmen's Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: No. 33 | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Venue: The Fig House | Beverage Services: IV Events | Desserts: Merely Sweets | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmond | Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel | Tableware Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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See Why Couple Wins the Award for Most Unique Venue!

If there ever was an award for a couple that chose a totally unique venue, then Clara and Tim would absolutely win it. For the venue they chose for their colorful and modern celebration was none other than an old smog check center (I mean, how unique is that?!)! It’s a day that’s both contemporary and crazy chic and thankfully Ether & Smith has captured it all in The Vault.

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From the Bride… One can find love in a lot of places- ours just happened to be in the library memorizing the brand and generic names for the Top 100 Drugs. Tim and I met in USC School of Pharmacy back in 2009. One would think having two meticulous pharmacists plan a wedding could be either a gift or a curse- but one thing was for certain, every little detail of the wedding would not go untouched.

One of the biggest challenges was picking a venue we both equally loved and that represented us as a couple. Tim is your typical guy who loves cars, racing, and video games, while I am your typical girly girl who loves all things bright, sparkly, and pink. We were lucky enough to find SmogShoppe, a gem hidden in the heart of Culver City. It used to be an old smog check center in to 80’s, so it still has old car parts hanging on the walls and bits and bobs from its past life. Tim loved the fact that the reception would be inside of a garage. In addition to the industrial feel, the massive succulent walls and seas of green added a secret garden feel that I loved. Although the venue was beautiful as is, I wanted to add splashes of bright color and Milieu Florals went above and beyond in creating the most beautiful arrangements using all of my favorite flowers.

Since details were very important to us, we wanted someone on our team who thought so as well. We were so blessed to have had the privilege to work with the amazingly talented Catherine Leo (from CCL Weddings) who was our biggest cheerleader throughout the whole wedding planning process. Although there are tons of great inspiration on Pinterest and on various wedding blogs, Cat constantly challenged us to take those ideas and make them our own. For example, we named our signature drinks after prescription drug names, put a silhouette of our dog on our cocktail stirrers, and custom made car air fresheners that doubled as our escort cards/gift for the guests with the phrase “Love is in the Air”.

If Tim and I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of our lives, it would definitely be oysters on the half shell. So it only made sense to have an oyster bar during cocktail hour for our guests to enjoy our favorite food. Hungry Bear Catering made our dream a reality by shucking three different kinds of oysters and serving them along side three delicious sauces. Not only is their food hands down THE BEST catering we’ve ever had (and we’re not just being biased- till this day our guests still RAVE about our food!), their presentation and plating is equally as stunning.

Our favorite moment of the wedding was when the entire wedding party was gathered in the bridal suite as cocktail hour was about to begin. The bridal suite was an open loft so we were able to look down into the crowd and see the faces of all our loved ones gathered together in one place to celebrate our love story. Tim and I just looked at each other and smiled, and knew we were the luckiest couple in the world to have such loving, supportive, and inspirational people in our lives. Surrounded by our family, friends, and vendors who we’ve grown attached to throughout the year, we definitely felt that love was in the air.

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: David Rho | Floral Design: Milieu Florals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven, Practically Perfect | Cake: M Cakes Sweets | Invitations: Small Paper Co. | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Hungry Bear | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Miss DJ Bliss | Ties: The Tie Bar | Venue: SmogShoppe | Air Fresheners: Make My Freshener | Alcohol: Sunseri's | Event Design + Event Coordinator: CCL Weddings & Events | Ice Cream: A La Minute | MC: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Men's Socks: Happy Socks | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Rentals: Modest Peach | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Slo-mo Booth: A Little Scene | Veil + Sash: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge

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