We just loved helping Janet & James create a winter wonderland inspired wedding at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. From wintery trees, to sequins everywhere to clouds of baby’s breath everywhere, the room was full of wintery warmth as they guests dined on comfort food and danced the night away to a 12 piece band. Loved every minute of it caught on film by Caroline Tran. Check out our instagram photos for some behind the scenes action…
BHE is looking for on-site event managers for the 2014 wedding season and beyond. If you have a love for all things weddings and have luxury event experience, we would love to hear from you. Please send your resume to Esther at email@example.com. In the meantime, here’s a little behind the scenes of what you would be helping to create…
If you’re having a more formal day, chairs with a timeless appeal are the way to go, designwise. Here’s a few of our favorite options out there:
The Versailles chair is the perfect chair if you’re considering an Old Hollywood or Art Deco vibe for your day. It’s classic curves have an old world feel while their polish adds the perfect amount of glam. They were the perfect option for Amy & Jason’s wedding at Vibiana. This image is by Samuel Lippke.
Chameleon chairs deserve their own post all together as they come in so many different versions. For those of you wanting something formal without feeling too stuffy, we love their fleur de lis or fan fare option. They fit in any environment and are the one of the most comfortable options out there. We used them for Tara & Kurt’s Big Island Wedding at the Four Seasons Hualalai shown above from Steve Steinhardt.
Dark wood chivaris are a no brainer when it comes to a classic look. They are lovely both with and without chair backs. We used them at the Bacara Resort for Jody and Patrick’s wedding (Captured by Max Wanger). And then for Jaime & Wes’s Bali Wedding at Amanusa by Steve Steinhardt. While not the first choice for the Bali Wedding, our options were pretty limited, so we were able to make them feel a bit more polished and boho at the same time by creating chair backs. And of course, a beautiful floral detail is always a charming moment.
To further illustrate my post on lighting, here’s a breakdown of the different lighting techniques we commonly use to beautify our venues:
1. Overhead decorative lighting is almost always the most noticeable. For M&C’s Wedding, we mixed crystal chandeliers with rustic lanterns to create a more residential vibe and a soft, festive glow.
2. Pinspotting on the tables allowed the flowers to shine and highlighted the texture of each bouquet.
3. Uplighting draws attention to architectural elements and warms the space while distracting the eye from any eye sores of a space.
4. Candlelight is obvious. There’s nothing like that glow. We had hundreds of candles at this Villa Sevillano Wedding.
Above images by Samantha Cabrera.
5. If we have a band (like Amy & Jason’s 22 piece group), we love to make them shine by highlighting the musicians.
6. When in a space with amazing architecture, wood beams, beautiful chandeliers, a nice diffused textured lighting or soft wash draws your eye to the features of the space.
7. At this Vibiana wedding, we uplit the custom trees so we were able to see the texture of the branches, rather than turning them into dark shadows.
Special thank you to Samuel Lippke for this beautiful capture.
While I love a destination wedding weekend in Aspen, Hawaii or even France, there is something special about creating a destination wedding weekend in your own backyard. For Amy & Jason’s Vibiana wedding, we did just that. Both Angelenos and guests from all over the nation traveled to Downtown Los Angeles to spend a weekend exploring one of the couple’s favorite spots in the world. In case you’re considering this area for your wedding weekend, here are some of the must-dos:
Consider one of the historical venues in DTLA for the perfect introduction to the area. Olvera Street, LA’s first street can be the perfect spot. Dining on cobblestone in front of Pico House gives guests a look at what old LA looked like. Or, if dining outside isn’t your thing, consider a blow out at Union Station. The enclosed gardens and art deco designed waiting room makes for a magical and historical backdrop to start the weekend off. Lastly, if you want a completely different and unexpected experience, consider hosting a private celebration at Hotel Figueroa. With it’s Moroccan decor, poolside bar and hidden rooms throughout, you won’t be disappointed. Consider getting a DJ paired with bongo drummers after having a full on family style feast.
Bottega Louie is a must for any group of ladies looking for the perfect bridal luncheon location. With it’s floor to ceiling windows, marble floors and beautiful desserts on display, the aesthetic alone will make you all warm inside. But then there’s the food…Plan to enjoy an extra long lunch with course after course of delicious salads, portabello fries and handmade pasta. Don’t forget to end with some of their beautiful macarons or budino.
If you’re group is into the arts, plan your wedding weekend around the 2nd week of the month. Every 2nd Thursday, there is an Art Walk in downtown LA that isn’t to be missed complete with tons of authentic LA food trucks. Loosely plan to meet up in the area, or simply add this to your “Must-Do’s” on your wedding website or in your weekend itinerary.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS
LA Conservancy offers historical walking tours every Saturday throughout downtown Los Angeles on a variety of topics from seeing some of the world’s most beautiful architecture and art deco designs to hearing about the rise, fall and current revitalization of the area.
There is so much nightlife in DTLA it’s hard to narrow it down, but if it were my group, I would do a bit of bar hopping through the area making sure to hit the Veranda Bar at Hotel Figueroa, have sunset cocktails at Perch and ending the evening at The Varnish, the hidden gem at the back of Cole’s, where coincidentally is known to have the best french dip in LA.
MORNING AFTER BRUNCH
If it were my wedding, I would likely skip brunch because I know after a wedding at a place like Vibiana, followed by an impromptu after party somewhere like The Varnish, my guests would rather sleep in. Instead, I recommend having a pillow gift waiting for your hard partying guests when they return to the hotel. Inside I would put none other than an assortment of donuts from Nickel Diner. Don’t you dare forget to include Maple Bacon and Red Velvet Donuts and perhaps a little recovery kit (Aleve, water, perhaps a bloody mary kit?). I promise, your guests will love you for allowing them to have breakfast in bed, just this one time!