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Santa Monica, California Wedding at Casa Del Mar from Michael Segal

Ballroom weddings have a way of stealing my heart. And when they’re designed in the hands of Green Ribbon Party Planning Co and Brown Paper Design, you know they’ll be spot-on amazing. From the sparkling chandeliers to the bride’s dreamy Kirstie Kelly gown, the result was basically a fairytale brought to life. Michael Segal was there to capture every moment and this post? Well, we’re only scratching the surface. There’s so much more to love in the full gallery right here.


From the Bride… To start, I was never the little girl that dreamed of a big wedding and all of the details. I always wanted to get married but I definitely did not have it all planned out. When I did meet the man I would ultimately marry, I can honestly say I knew from our very first date that he was and is the one. Over the course of our relationship, he’d ask me every so often when I wanted to get engaged and I’d say things like: “last week” or “tomorrow”. Little did I know that he had been planning to propose for months. Needless to say, it was incredibly romantic and more perfect than I could have ever imagined. And then began wedding planning. Jeff and I are both Jewish and knew we wanted a Jewish, but not too traditional Jewish wedding. We wanted our wedding to be elegant and classy, but also FUN! We wanted our guests to really feel part of our relationship and the new life we were starting together and we accomplished that with all of the little details throughout the night. Our goal was to make sure our guests had an amazing time and create memories we’d hold onto forever.

We actually waited about 6 months to start looking at venues and ultimately set a date. Like any engaged girl I was constantly looking at dresses and weddings online and stumbled upon my dress. Just from the picture, I knew that it was going to be the perfect dress for me…I just had to find it. After a quick search, I found the designer Kirstie Kelly and learned that her showroom was only 10 minutes from my house. It was fate!! I made an appointment and brought my Mom and my future Mother-in-law, and it was literally that simple. I put on the dress from the picture, decided I wanted it to be white, and I had my dress and found a dress for our rehearsal dinner! Kirstie and her team are amazing!!! They are so fun to work with and made the process a breeze. After finding my dress, it was time to set a date.

Jeff and I looked at quite a few venues. We knew we wanted to stay fairly local since both of our families live in Southern California. Jeff and I live a few blocks from the beach and we love how beautiful and relaxing it is to see the water. We gravitated towards venues near the beach, and one day I decided we should go to one of my favorite places to have dinner and drinks: Casa Del Mar. Casa Del Mar has such a historic and romantic feel, but not stuffy. After seeing the insanely gorgeous ballroom and meeting with their impeccable staff, our search for a venue was over. The ballroom is magnificent but not overdone and has floor to ceiling windows that open to a terrace overlooking the beach/ocean. The staff at Casa Del Mar was beyond accommodating during our planning process. They went above and beyond in making our day perfect. Our guests still gush about how amazing the food was and how gorgeous the cocktail hour overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Santa Monica Pier was.

With a wedding date set, it was time to find a wedding planner. Lucky for us, a mutual friend suggested I meet with Nicole Arena of The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. Nicole and I bonded over love of stripes and J.Crew, and she genuinely understood the vision we had for our special day. Nicole was available 24/7 for us, setting up meeting with amazing vendors who made our day absolutely perfect and explaining exactly what we wanted when I was at a loss for words (and memory). Nicole really tied our whole theme/vision together – from making sure color palette was always incorporated, to making sure all of our paper goods used the same fonts – she nailed the details to a T.

Our photographer, Michael Segal, is more than we could ever have imagined. After a weekend trip to Palm Springs, we asked the hotel to send us their wedding information and that’s how we found Michael Segal. Michael’s personality makes everyone so comfortable and he gets the most gorgeous photos. We are incredibly lucky to have had the chance to work with such a talented photographer and team.

We selected Posh Paperie to do our invitations and paper goods and I loved how everything turned out! When I saw the invite I was beyond excited – the gold foil was perfect and I loved the blush pieces and how they all worked with the room décor. All of the extra details really made my wedding look special.

Having a Jewish wedding meant having a Chuppah (wedding canopy) with a Tallis on the top. Jeff and I were lucky enough to have two Tallit from my maternal Grandfather and my Father above us. We also used my parent’s wedding bands for the ceremony, and had our initials and wedding date engraved next to theirs. We intend to pass the rings onto our children and grandchildren to do the same.

After the ceremony, our guests had cocktails and appetizers on the terrace while we took photos. Then came the fun! Our band, Masta from DeBois Entertainment, could not have been any better. From our first dance to the traditional Jewish Hora and being tossed around in chairs, our guests didn’t leave the dance floor until the end of the night because the band was so much fun! Jeff and I wanted our guests to have fun and Masta made that happen!!

Brown Paper Design did an outstanding job with the flowers – creating the exact look I wanted. My bouquet was drop-dead gorgeous and the chuppah looked exactly how I imagined. The whole look of the ballroom was breathtaking and I couldn’t have asked for a better team.

Love is sweet, especially when your cake comes from Sweet & Saucy – BEST tasting wedding cake ever! An of course we had to get a table full of mini desserts after we had the tasting and tried all of their amazing options!

A really special touch, was the same day edit our videographer Imagique did. They put together a short video with things our guests didn’t get to see throughout the course of the day – getting ready, signing the Ketubah, parts of the ceremony and show it at the reception. It was really lovely and so fun to watch and helped our guests feel even more involved in our big day.

My wedding was the best day of my life and I am so happy that I got to marry the man of my dreams and have a wedding I truly loved! It was beautiful and fun – exactly what I wanted!

Cinematographer: Imagique Weddings | Floral Design: Brown Paper Design | Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly | Hair: Shannon | Lighting: Lighten Up | Band: DeBois Entertainment | Cake/Dessert : Sweet and Saucy | Linens: La Travola | Makeup : Fiore Beauty | Paper Goods: Posh Paperie | Photo Booth: Zbooths | Photographer : Michael Segal Photography | Planner : Green Ribbon Party Planning Co | Rentals : Town and Country | Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Santa Monica Wedding at Casa Del Mar from Harrison Long Photography

I may not know this darling duo, but I am fairly certain of one thing: they are a couple that really likes to have a good time.  The kind of couple who throw the world’s most beautiful celebration, complete with purple-infused florals from M.J. Design LA, fab paper goods from Minted and a whole lot of Lakers-inspired awesome captured by Harrison Long Photography.  And after the nuptials and yummy cake from Vanilla Bake Shop?  Well, there’s a crazy awesome dance party.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

And don’t miss a minute of this sweet film from Unboxed Images.  It’s lovely.

From Harrison Long PhotographyLizsl and Geoff are an awesome couple. They are fun-loving and caring people that are always down for a good time – their wedding was nothing short of a reflection of their vibrant personalities. One of the most important things to them was to make sure that all of their guests enjoyed themselves that day. Not only was their wedding absolutely gorgeous, but it truly was a celebration.

Located on the waterfront of Santa Monica beach, Casa Del Mar provided a beautiful backdrop for a modern-chic wedding. Aesthetically it is sophisticated and elegant, and yet at the same time it’s true to its location and holds a cool and casual beach feel to it. It supplied the perfect juxtaposition for Lizsl and Geoff to celebrate their wedding and mix contemporary with vintage for a jubilant party. Libations were free flowing well before the ceremony commenced and cocktail hour featured a whiskey and sausage tasting table. Lizsl and Geoff are huge LA Kings fans. Midway through cocktail hour they surprised their guests with a special appearance by Bailey, the 6 foot lion who wears a number 72 jersey because that’s the average temperature in LA. Upon entrance, Bailey caused a couple near-faintings, held a baby, blessed the whiskey tasting area, and got the crowd revved up. Why Bailey?  That’s just how Lizsl and Geoff roll.

The reception was a mix of modern and vintage. In the middle of the Parisian chandelier ceiling covered ballroom, the head table was a vintage farm table with eclectic chairs. Guest table numbers held a bit of levity to them. Instead of the conventional sequentially ordered seating assignments, table numbers were randomly numbered with glimpses into the lives of Lizsl and Geoff. There was table number 496 with the caption underneath it that read “cost of Geoff’s most recent traffic ticket” and then there was table number 2.1652233 that read “number of times Lizsl and Geoff cry during Downtown Abbey. Per episode.” Each table was different, including table number 234622 which read “Our secret passcode for everything. Just kidding.” below. Even the dessert bar had its own unique touch with a combination of weathered wood crates, milk-glass cake stands, magenta uplighting, bird cages and vintage tables that held delectable desserts. The dance floor got kicked off early with the 80′s band Fast Times covering everything from Joy Division, to the Cure to New Order. Nothing quite gets you energized to cut some rug and shake what you’ve been blessed with, than dancing your head off to “Take on Me” or the Idol’s “Dancing with Myself”. All in all, it was a wedding that fit Lizsl and Geoff perfectly. A blend of love, modern elegance and a whole lot of party.

From the Bride + Groom… We wanted the theme of our wedding to be centered on love and celebration. Of course our love for each other, and family and our many close friends. And also for Geoffrey’s two sons. And for LA, where we live and thrive. The wedding colors were different shades of purple, like the Lakers. Bailey, the LA King’s Mascot was there too! A long time ago, it was a toss up: elope or the wedding. We know now we made the right choice! Throughout the night we heard people say they had so much fun — and that’s all we could have asked for.

Photography: Harrison Long Photography | Cinematography: Unboxed Images | Floral Design: M.J. Design LA | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie | Lighting: G2 Audio and Lighting | Band: Fast Times | Entertainment: LA Kings Mascot Bailey | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musicians: Aaron & Jane | DJ/MC: Dean Henderson | Dinnerware Rentals: Vintage Table co. | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Makeup: Chaili Meng | Table Rentals: Town & Country | Wedding Planners:: A Classic Celebration | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Santa Monica Wedding from onelove photography

I have a confession. Before I found my way into the world of weddings, I didn’t know what a peony was. That’s almost blasphemous, isn’t it?  But now, I’m fully versed in the big fluffy flower genre and that love for the all-star bloom runs deep. I’ve also added a few more loves to the list. Things like branches intermingling with floral centerpieces, little gold details and really good, take-your-breath-away photography; all of which this wedding has thanks to the likes of The Little BranchA Stunning Affair and onelove photography. Have a look right here for even more.


From the Bride…Andy and I were set up through his cousins wife who was a colleague of mine based in Atlanta. I grew up in Los Angeles and Andy was a Midwest guy from Oklahoma who had moved out to LA for film school at USC. Carrie saw something in the two of us and insisted that we meet. Who knew that first date would be the beginning of the rest of our lives? Apparently she did! We both felt something special that night after finishing one others sentences over Brazilian food at a local West LA restaurant, Bossa Nova, and laughing our faces off at his friends underground comedy show in a residential garage, the Comedy Carhole. It was in this same place almost 2 years later that he proposed on bended knee along a street his best friends helped him decorate with personalized luminaries featuring our names!

I think every woman out there fantasizes just a little bit about what her wedding day will be like however when the time came, I was overflowing with ideas and inspiration and frankly did not know where to begin. Andy was happy to just get married and he patiently supported me in every way cooking dinner every night, cleaning our apt and keeping up with laundry so I could focus on our wedding! Budget was a big factor in determining where we would get married. We briefly considered Andys hometown of Tulsa as it would be more affordable but quickly decided Los Angeles was best for our many friends with young families and would be easier for us to plan with our hectic work schedules. Most of our extended family would be traveling anyhow from across the U.S. so we settled on Memorial Day weekend to throw what we hoped would be an unforgettable vacation for the wonderful family who had nurtured us along the way.

It was important to both of us to honor our Catholic heritage so we chose to get married at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. I always knew I wanted the traditional experience of walking down the aisle in a church to meet my handsome husband to be! We are both very laid back when it comes to our personal lives, so it was very important to find a reception venue that reflected our personalities and sense of style playful, quirky and intimate  and fit our budget! Santa Monica is limited when it comes to budget friendly venues  most options are beachfront ballrooms, which were out of our budget and also lacked the character and charm that we were looking for. Our wishes were answered when we visited a cool urban garden called Tiato at the recommendation of a friend!

Tiato offered everything we were looking for in a venue and embodied all of the elements that felt like an extension of our home…an urban oasis with indoor and outdoor spaces with gorgeous succulent walls, a beautiful tree with hanging lanterns that I knew would be the perfect backdrop for our first dance, a cool interior space with a gorgeous Napa-esque bar complete with Edison bulb lighting and rustic details throughout like market string lights, wine barrels and wheeled carts. Needless to say, we swooned and immediately fell in love with everything Tiato had to offer! Andy and I seriously love food so were so excited to find Tiato had an extensive menu to choose from with our favorite comfort food options like truffle mac n cheese and kobe beef sliders! I have a sweet tooth like no other so when I saw this amazing long rustic table at Tiato, I envisioned it covered with our favorite sweet treats  French macaroons, crme brulee shooters, cake pops, mini cupcakes and a rustic 3-tiered cake with layers of red velvet, chocolate with salted caramel and vanilla cake w/ strawberries and crme.

The most memorable moments of our wedding reception happened on the dance floor. Ill never forget the look on my Dads face after nailing our trick move during our first dance to My Girl after spending weeks practicing in the parking lot at work or watching my nephews and mom jump rope with a rope they had fashioned by stringing together glow necklaces. Andy and I had an epic dance off to a mash up of Titanium vs the Proclaimers 500 miles from our favorite movie, Pitch Perfect, while our families surrounded us cheering! Our friend Marcy also grabbed the mike from our DJ and rapped to Vanilla Ice and later my best friend Kelly closed the night with an acapella version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which gave us chills. It was truly the best day of our lives and my feet ached for days following! We are so grateful to all of our friends and family for their help and support and to our amazing vendors who made our day possible.

Photography: onelove photography | Event Design: A Stunning Affair | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Ceremony Location: St. Monica Catholic Church | Reception Location: Tiato | Rentals + Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Linen Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Photo Booth: Smilebooth | Stationery: Smitten on Paper | Transportation: OC Cruiser | Officiant: Monsignor Torgerson | Cinematography: Amanda Madeline Studios | DJ: Ian Gotler from RedShoe LA | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Makeup + Hair: Kelly Zhang | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: J. Crew | Jewelry: Ben Amun | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Veil: Custom, A Stitch in Time | Hanger: BHLDN

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