When I first met with Danielle and Jared together, I was struck at how thoughtful and calm they were. They carefully evaluated each decision about their wedding, but didn’t obsess; they listened to their vendors’ advice and trusted all of us, which was so wonderful. (And when she showed me her dress from BHLDN, I was smitten!) I was also excited to work their venue, the Hotel Portofino and Marina, based in Redondo Beach. It was pretty much a beach wedding – we were just a few feet from the water! In fact, as the couple were getting their photos taken (by the awesome photographer Brady Puryear), a boat passed by in the nearby inlet and the passengers hooted and waved in congratulations.
Danielle had a beautiful aesthetic: clean, pretty lavender colors with touches of greenery and fresh hydrangea. It worked so well in the space. We provided design consultation to help flesh out her ideas, and her florist, friend Bea Tran who owns Floral Event Production, came up with beautiful ideas for seamless execution. The beach wedding feel was set off by the fresh florals and light colors.
Personal touches, such as lavender cones with seeds to toss at the couple during the ceremony, as well as a thoughtful ceremony by a dear friend, made the wedding truly individual and unique. As the sun set, Danielle and Jared got some great photos by the water, and guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio. Their DJ, Mike Tinio, spun music all night and got the crowd dancing literally to the very end!
The hotel served outstanding cuisine, wedding cake, and also provided lighting as well. The Portofino became a turnkey solution for many elements of the wedding. It was really one of those smooth, fun experiences that make you want to be come a planner in the first place! Our congrats to the couple and thanks for bringing us along for the journey!