A Glamorous Black Tie Wedding That Starts With a Sea of Candles

The marble alter at Vibiana is seriously the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s pure magic and we haven’t even gotten to the sea of candles tucked inside this black tie celebration. It’s bringing glamour and romance to downtown Los Angeles with design by Love & Splendor, florals by Kelly Oshiro and the prettiest of imagery by Erich McVey. See it all unfold below and don’t forget to press play on the film from By Design Films.

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From the Bride… When planning our wedding, David and I wanted to create a special night for every person in attendance. We had never been part of a black tie event before, so we chose that as our theme: we wanted to host a celebration where we could all get dressed to the nines and enjoy a formal, luxurious night in the city. Thankfully, The Vibiana in Downtown LA was the perfect venue for what we had in mind! As a cathedral in a former life, the grandness of the main hall was a perfect fit for both our traditional wedding ceremony and upscale reception. We are still in awe of how Angel of Love and Splendor and Kelly Oshiro used hundreds of candles to create a romantic and reverent altar that also served as a backdrop throughout the reception. Since David and I love to eat, another must-have for our wedding was amazing hors d’euvres and food. Vibiana’s Chef Neal Fraser and his excellent staff served a delicious meal in a manner that fit the evening’s elegant mood. (If only we had more time to eat our food, but hopefully our guests enjoyed them!). During the cocktail hour outside, our friends and family took turns taking pictures on a red carpet with a backdrop featuring gorgeous laser-cut wooden calligraphy. After the cake cutting, David and I performed a surprise dance routine choreographed by one of my close friends. After the two of us danced to MKTO’s “Classic”, we invited our parents up for a choreographed “Father-Daughter, Mother-Son” dance set to “This is Home” by Switchfoot. If you knew us and how we NEVER dance (even at weddings!), you’d understand how shocked our friends were. All in all, our wedding exceeded our highest expectations and was the perfect way to start our married life together. We are so thankful to Angel and our amazing dream team of vendors for bringing the weekend to life. We are also so grateful to Erich and Amy McVey for capturing photographic evidence that it wasn’t just a dream, and that it actually happened!

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Videography: ByDesign Films | Floral Design: Kelly Oshiro | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Stationary: Amber Moon | Hair & Makeup: Hills Beauty Club | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings | Wedding Venue: Vibiana | Invitation Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Menu Calligraphy: Betty Ling Calligraphy | Planning & Design: Events of Love and Splendor | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin