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LA River Center Wedding with Handmade Charm

By | David Crane Photography, Wedding Decor | No Comments

When I met Jill and Jeff, we clicked right away.  They are a sweet, sophisticated couple who had recently moved to L.A., and hired me for partial planning services.  They fell in love with the LA River Center, and from there, with Mother Nature as inspiration, their design vision came together.  The mother of the bride, Jennifer, is a landscape architect and wanted to create all the florals.  She and I worked together for about a year, discussing ideas, techniques, and careful strategy so that she could make all the pieces the week of the wedding without the stress or unnecessary worry of doing everything last minute.  I purchased the flowers from a wholesaler I work with, and in the rented house she stayed in the week of the wedding, she whipped up truly stunning florals.  She is a true artist at what she does!  The bride also had a hand in creating  the exquisite programs, escort cards, and many other elements of the wedding.  We assisted on some of the creative elements, including a tree arch for the ceremony made of two ficus trees.  David Crane took the gorgeous photos,  LA River Center served as the venue, and Truly Yours worked like a Swiss watch on the catering end.

The fountain at LARC is one of its architectural highlights

When we work with a client that will create the florals, we almost always factor in their budget an additional day-of assistant.  This person provides support on the wedding day for unloading and installation of the florals, so the client does not have to do the ‘dirty work.’  On this particular event, a former colleague, Heather Hazelwood, was on hand, bringing her talents from her design producer experience working on HGTV programming and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, amongst others. Experience like that is priceless when it comes to implementing creative ideas on a tight timeline!

Our team assisted in the aisle flowers, shaping the petals in curliecues

You may kiss the bride!

Handmade escort cards, with gold and peach elements

Photographer David Crane's photojournalistic experience adds a special perspective to his work.

Design Notes: All About Chairs

By | Chiavari Chairs, event design, Kyoto Grand Hotel, Planning, SmogShoppe, Wedding Decor, Wedding Design, Westin | No Comments

Scintillating post title, no?  But truly, if there’s one thing event designers love, it’s good chairs.  Many times venues will have dated or so-so chairs – a color that clashes with the theme, or a casual wood chair where a dressy event demands more – and clients have to bring in seating. In my book, bringing in chairs (along with lighting) is one of the best ways to transform a setting style-wise, and it’s worth the extra rentals expense.  It’s great when a venue has some that are already gorgeous, I personally love the Westin’s chairs and also the Kyoto Grand‘s.

Another venue with fabulous chairs is SmogShoppe.  Their selection is a carefully curated blend of mostly bistro-style wood chairs, with a vintage feel of being well-loved (yet still in excellent condition).

The variety of SmogShoppe's chairs create interest, yet they form a cohesive look when all used together.

We’re planning a wedding at a Redondo Beach venue this winter, a French-Asian restaurant called Maison Riz that is literally right on the water.  The view is tremendous, and the chairs are so cool – appropriate for a location on the pier, these “captains” chairs  have a 70’s charm with their beige cushion and carved wood back and arms, but they match the dark wood and white tablecloths of the space and fit in easily with the classy-nautical vibe of the space.

The cool Captains Chairs at Maison Riz have character that still blends in with the dark wood and decor of the space.

Most rental companies offer chiavari chairs, folding wooden chairs, and bistro.  Bistro are my faves, but for a dressy event, chiavaris are perfect.  You can interchange the cushions depending on the colors of your wedding; velcro’d cushions have a cleaner look, are a bit more expensive but don’t have the tiebacks interrupting the clean lines of the chair.

These chiavaris have the velcro'ed cushions for a polished look.

Less expensive are folding chairs.  All white are crisp and classic for a daytime outdoor affair (or an indoor one utilizing light colors in the decor).  A good compromise for budget is using dark wood or fruitwood folding chairs – the darker wood has a sophisticated sheen, without the expense of chiavaris.

Handsome wood chairs set up for an outdoors ceremony. Photo by Jeromy Robert Photography.

Yes, I just wrote a blog post about chairs – chairs!!  But trust me, they’re a huge element of any event.  Save room for them in your budget when discussing rentals – pick your battles, and you can have beautiful chairs without spending a fortune.