Gorgeous, glamourous, classic, and chic. Four words to PERFECTLY describe this Los Angeles wedding. Gorgeous was the bride, with her mother in law's veil, and her radiating smile. Glamourous was the deep emerald green that ran deep throughout, from my new favorite bridesmaid dresses, to the groom's cufflinks. Classic were the elegant ballroom, the fabulous tablescapes, and the perfect images, from JL Photographers. And chic was the phenomenal floral design from Ariel Yves Design. Definitely one for the books. Click here to see the rest!
We had been looking for our venue for two years. I wanted elegant and classic and my husband wanted a more traditional feel with a great after party. It was extremely hard to accommodate both types and I was about ready to give up. My husband actually came across the Millennium Biltmore and I agreed to go see it. We walked in and were blown away by the classic décor and amazing architecture; the chandlers in every room were the perfect elegant touch. We were able to have two different rooms, one for our ceremony that lent itself so perfectly to having a grand aisle we didn’t even have an aisle runner. The other for our reception where cocktail hour was in the same room as dinner but the dining area was raised in separation. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
As for our style, I wanted it to be more elegant and because the venue was so bold with its decor we didn’t want to add too many details to it, our flower choice was to have clouds of baby’s breath at the tables and keep with colors that picked up the smaller details from the venue. Since we were going to Paris for our honeymoon we incorporated small details like the table card holders into our style.
We had been together for almost 10 years before we got married so the whole wedding was really more for our family and friends. The one thing that was for just us were our vows. We wrote our vows ourselves and oddly (or not so oddly) enough our vows were exactly the same! I think its because we are such a big part of each other, it may be silly but he is my other half, I can feel how I am not whole when he is gone, so saying words that were so personal to each other added that special touch to make the ceremony more for us.
My favorite moment was walking up the steps into the grand ceremony room. We had decided not to see each other before the ceremony and it was so worth it. All I really remember is wanting to leave to be with my husband. It was a great day and a great party and I was so happy to see all my friends and family but I just wanted to be with my husband and talk to him about my day. All in all everything was so amazing to us.
Our DJ was so much more than we could ask for, everyone loved how he kept them all involved and gave them an entire experience. This was great news for us because I had such a hard time finding a good one and when we finally found these guys they wowed us, so we were so glad to sign them two months before our wedding! Our photographers also worked really well with our entire family and everyone loved that fact that they were a married couple that worked together. Everyone commented how it was the best wedding they had ever been to and we actually got a few thank you cards from people thanking us for inviting them to the event of the century. That made us feel great because we really felt the experience was more for them, our love will always and would have always been there no matter what our wedding was like.
Photography: JL Photographers / Flowers: Ariel Yve Designs / Venue: Millenium Biltmore / Invitations: studioTcreative / Dress: Lazaro, from Mon Amie / Veil: Vintage, Groom's Mother's / Rings: Robbins Brothers / Other Jewelry: Swarovski / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dressale / Groom's Suit: Armani / Groomsmen Suits: Men's Warehouse / DJ: Invisible Touch / Hair & Makeup: Hush Hush Bang Bang / Violinist: Tim Espinoza, Invisible Touch