Santa Monica Wedding from Max Wanger + Margaux Elliott
March 7, 2013
United States
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The beauty of this wedding lies in so many of the vibrant details. It's cultured and magnificently bright; all with a layer of whimsy woven throughout by Orange Blossom Special Events . And I honestly can't think of a better husband & wife duo to capture such beauty than Max Wanger & Margaux Elliott. Together they have given us a glimpse of the magic behind this three day event. See so much more right here in the full gallery.
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From the bride...Matt always wanted a destination wedding. I loved the idea but couldn't imagine getting married somewhere that had no special meaning to us. Knowing this,  Matt planned a surprise trip to Malibu over Easter and proposed while hiking! Although we looked at places in Minneapolis where we live, our hearts were still in LA and when we found The Annenberg, we knew it was where we were meant to get married.

Planning a wedding in LA from Minneapolis while I was working full time and finishing up grad school meant that we had to pick the right partners and simplify wherever possible. We focused our budget on things that would impact our guest experience (because literally everyone flew in from all over the world) and that we would have forever. We made sure to work with small businesses whenever possible; more importantly, we picked people we would be friends with in real life (if we lived in LA!) This ended up being incredibly important - we trusted all of our team so much that we didn't have to think about the details or nuances of the day, we knew they would make it work.

I knew i would wear some sort of white sari, but never really imagined myself in a white dress. I was in love with a watercolor Matthew Williamson but kept looking for the perfect white dress...when the watercolor dress went on sale for 50% off, I decided it was meant to be! The dress was the inspiration for all of the fun wedding elements... stationery, colors, etc. Our party was very casual - we had lounge seating and incorporated all of our favorite foods (tacos), desserts, and cocktails. The goal was to spend as much time dancing as possible, and I'm happy to say that we did! We literally didn't stop until security made us turn off the music. Everyone we worked with went above and beyond our wildest expectations - the food was amazing, the champagne bar was so popular we had to order a second case of champagne before the reception, the music was perfect, Jeffrey and Jihan killed it with the decor, and Brooke put everything together just perfectly. We haven't been able to stop watching Max and Margaux' photos or Steve's video since we received them... it's getting a little out of hand. We'll never be able to articulate how amazing it felt to have everyone we love in one place, but we know it is something we will remember forever. It was the perfect start to our new lives!


Welcome Party Venue: Big Red Sun | Welcome Party Catering: Heirloom LA  | Welcome Party Photography and Wedding Photography: Max Wanger & Margaux Elliott | Planning & Design: Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events  | Florals and Design: Mr. Cabellero Creative | Decor and Design: Jihan Zencirli , Geronimo Balloons | Cinematography: Steve Pappin of Son of Shark Pig | DJ: Ian Gottler of Red Shoe DJ | Wedding Venue: Annenberg Beach House | Caterer: Joan's on 3rd | Beverage Caterer: Red Carpet Wine & Spirits | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Mandap: Krushna Mandap | Bride's Dress: Matthew Williamson via Shopbop altered by L'atelier Couture | Bride's shoes: Miu Miu | Bride's jewelry: Doloris Petunia and Erickson Beamon | Hair and Makeup: Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie | Groom's suit: Jil Sander via Mr. Porter altered by TopShelf | Groom's Tie: Lanvin  | Groom's shoes: Tods | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors | Custom Straws: I Go You Go | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Officiant: Dilip Bhatt | Pre-Wedding location for Groom: Viceroy Hotel  | Wedding Website: Wedding Jojo  | Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Robert Foote Jewelers