Real Wedding: Halli and Nick, VI
January 28, 2009
United States

The gorgeous bride, Halli, from today's featured wedding has stopped by to share a few of the FAB details with us...


From Halli...

From the get-go we knew we were going to throw a wedding centered around our passion + profession—design. Since much of a wedding’s experience and “brand” is centered around the location, we quickly started our venue research. Finding a modern design/architecture-inspired venue in LA for a wedding reception shouldn’t be that hard right? Wrong! For bride-elects who dream of a wedding at the beach, amongst California-Spanish style architecture, or at a hotel/country club, LA provides many wonderful options. However, to obtain a super modern venue we had to do some serious research and site visits.

Thankfully we landed on the Walt Disney Concert Hall + Our Lady of the Angles Cathedral. Both of these locations are breathtaking architectural highlights in the Downtown LA skyline and were incidentally five blocks from each other. How cool was it to say we were hosting our wedding in a Frank Gehry building?!

Most of the design details fell into place after our venues were selected. We relied heavily on style boards throughout the process to further set the mood. Thankfully our spaces were so inspiring as-is, we didn’t have to worry about trying to dress them up to much. Less is more + we let the spaces speak for themselves.

We spent about three months establishing invite and visual design options. For the final solution we ended up using the “+” sign. It served as hard working typographic element, graphic texture when used as a pattern and offered a slight conceptual nod at our last name’s initial...the letter T. With a color palette of Black, Gray, Green and White, here are some of the decor elements that we included to complete our vision...

+ Black leather couches + ottoman lounge / Black chivari chairs and cushions in our reception area / White square chargers to compliment the look

+Dark silver, textured taffeta linens with black taffeta napkins by Tabella

+Black + white candy bar

+Guest wish tree in a hydrangea filled box surrounded by black + white family wedding photos

+Cucumber margarita station and mariachi band for cocktail hour

+DIY black wood cake plateau (my dad made it...just a wood box painted black!)

For our centerpieces, we used phalaenopsis orchids, magnolia leaf, mossy green and horsetail. We had various other arrangements in white hydrangeas, white lily of the valley, horsetail and greens. It was beautiful!

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Other quick notes...Halli and Nick conceptualized and designed the wedding from the paper up. They had help from Evolution Press in Seattle to do their our letterpress and Anne Robin out of New York to do their calligraphy. Their wedding coordinator, Kristin Banta, helped us to execute their vision and work with them to have a seamless day!

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