When art history and a love story combine, you’re sure to get a beautiful wedding. This editorial by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design and Hylah White Special Events blends the historic painting ‘The Birth of Venus” with modern day wedding accents like a gorgeous ombre cake, winged wedding heels and halved peaches featured within the decor.
The lush green and peach florals take center stage at the reception, complementing the classic greenery of the Four Seasons Los Angeles. Feast your eyes on the photos captured beautifully by Koman Photography.
Hylah White from Hylah White Special Events:
We drew inspiration from an old Italian Villa and added a Grecian vibe. The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills was the perfect backdrop for this wedding editorial. Every detail was carefully curated to blend perfectly to create some breathtaking ethereal photos by the talented team The Koman Photography.
The couture gown by RMINE with a delicate lace bodes was seamlessly complemented by a delicate airy cape that flowed effortlessly down the hand-stitched train. The amazing bridal bouquet by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design echoed this soft aesthetic with luxurious florals paired with the cascading greenery for an utterly heavenly design.
For the invitations, Jasmin Michelle Designs created a suite inspired by the decor and old Italian villas with a nod to classic design with a soft, modern finishes. The layered invitation included an ornate old world Italian crest printed on a delicate, soft semi-translucent overlay with a handmade peach ribbon wrap treatment. The classic invitation was paired with an unexpected pop of color with the vintage peach illustration of the envelop liner.
Upon entering the reception area, a vision of overgrown lush greens and tranquility take center stage. Nicole and Jeany of Shawna Yamamoto Event Design produced something truly spectacular through their floral design paired with unexpected romantic touches reminiscent of the grandeur of a time long ago. The statue created a dramatic focal point that effortlessly grew from the table center with flowers draping over her and cascading down towards the table.
The grey menus featured the old world Italian monogram for an understated elegance which paired perfectly with the intricate hand scrolls dinnerware from Borrowed blu laid perfectly on Luxe Linen. Their rose gold flatware and gold-rimmed stemware complimented the organic arrangements which included halved peaches as accents.
The draping greens running down the tablescape really added a garden elegance to the overall decor. The romantic and an ethereal Tuscan decor was illuminated through the draping and the lighting really warmed up the atmosphere.
The vintage vignette provided by Sweet Salvage Rentals really completed the overall romantic ambiance with a chandelier adorned with lush greens and an ice sculpture accented perfectly with fresh fruit.
Shawna Yamamoto from Shawna Yamamoto Event Design
The initial inspiration came to us from the planner. She had a very soft, romantic palette with the inclusion of a famous painting ” The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli. When I am presented with famous works of art, I feel it is my duty to represent that artwork correctly. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown. She is surrounded by other gods in the image that represent the wind and seasons, you can see the wind blowing blossoms around and their clothes all have an organic motif to them. The painting is very sensual and we wanted to show her sensuality and beauty by rising up to her – creating a feast of sorts to celebrate her birth and all she would stand for; creating a beautiful garden that would suspend around her.
Selecting fruit was both to demonstrate an offering as well as to depict the sensuality of the woman. We covered up her body to take the painting one step further – you can see she is about to be clothed and is attempting to cover up her body herself. The painting was highly criticized it when first came out for its nudity.
We wanted to nod to that era, however, also celebrate the fact that it eventually came back out of hiding and is now again celebrated. The painting is also very large in scale – using a replica statute helped make it feel larger than life – as if you are standing in front of the very painting and feel that same scale it presents to you in person.
Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design : Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Wedding Dress: R-Mine Bespoke | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Ring: test | Make Up: Blushington | Hair: Face It Sugar Beauty | Lighting: Parde Productions | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Hotel: The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills | Draping: Pipe Dream Events | Ice Sculpture: Ice Bulb | Invites: Jasmin Michelle Designs | Linens: Luxe Linen | Model: Alice Radu | Model: Brandon Moshenko | PR & Marketing: Rayce PR | Planning: Hylah White Special Events | Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Rentals: Marnie Schnabel - Sweet Salvage Rentals | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Ring Box: Amonie Ring Box