With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought what better way to get you all ready for cozy gatherings and gorgeous tablescapes then with a fall inspiration shoot that has all of the above. Crafted by Perfect the Event, with autumnal hued florals by Penelope Pots, this gem pairs gold details with rose colored velvet table linens, herbs and greenery and that gorgeous Lombardi House backdrop that we so love. Pore through Alicia Mink’s images for even more inspiration.
From the Photographer… Originally built as a modest one and one half story, shingle style residence, this historic estate was expanded in the 1930s to include colonial revival additions. Once owned by United States Senator Cornelius Cole, who maintained the property for his horses, it was also home to J. C. Newitt, one of the founding directors of the Hollywood Board Trade. The estate was then acquired by Philip and Sylvia Lombardi, retired Vaudevillian performers who moved west from New York City in the 1940s. As vocal coaches to some of the era’s most renowned performers of opera, film and Broadway music, they made their mark in Hollywood coaching Eddy Nelson for his ole in the film, Rosemarie, as well as country singer Johnny Horton. Lombardi House soon became known among the Hollywood elite for the hospitality and discretion of its owners who entertained with great style and aplomb. Music, song and raucous laughter filled this historic Hollywood home as guests dined on fine china and crystal, enjoying the luxury and trappings of this grand estate. Son Raymond Coari Lombardi carried on the family tradition maintaining the property until 2004. He is still remembered warmly by his neighbors for his charming humor and “big heart.”
Upon choosing the venue because of it’s clean slate design and rich history, we wanted our bridal editorial at The Lombardi House to be something that felt warm and seasonal to play off of cool, clean design of the venue. We kept the white on white vibes but throw in cozy colors and oddly unique details. Our Kennedy gown from Sarah Seven was chosen for it’s clean, old Hollywood design, while a loose hairstyle and wild bouquet kept the details true to the warmth of the shoot.
Photography: Mink Photography | Event Design: Perfect The Event | Floral Design: Penelope Pots | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair + Makeup: Chantel Matteau | Wedding Venue: The Lombardi House | Dress designer: Sarah Seven | Jewelry Designer: Susie Saltzman | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model: Taylor Paige | Modeling Agency: Willow Model Management | Paper Goods: Fawn Lettering | Rentals: Baker Party Rentals | Silk Runner: Tono + Co | Table top rentals: Cherished Rentals | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box