Obsessed would be an understatement when it comes to how we feel about this insane elopement shoot at the Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills! First, the gorgeous couple pulls up in a vintage convertible, looking super chic with the bride in a voluminous mini and pillbox hat and the groom in a tailored tan suit. Then the two relax by the pool before getting into their ceremony looks, a fairytale off-the-shoulder tulle ballgown and a black suit that would make James Bond jealous. Oh yeah, and the ceremony's on a helipad. Yeah, it's that great!
This #GOALS inspiration came straight from the mind of Hugo Flores Events. The moody florals that appear throughout, including the ceremony arch, were designed by Ramona Florals. And, Ari Theel, took these photos that look like they could be stills from the next romance blockbuster. Read on to hear more from Ari Theel about this shoot and be sure to check out the full gallery, you won't want to miss a single photo!
Within the past two years, the wedding industry has been turned completely upsidedown and we have seen every type of unconventional union take place. Weddings with 200 guests have turned into intimate ceremonies, and some couples have simply given up on the idea of a lavish reception altogether. We partnered with the Sofitel hotel to bring a new concept of weddings to the industry. An idea that the word “elopement” doesn’t have to carry a bohemian undertone, require a plane ride crossing oceans, or involve a heavy amount of hiking.
Our couple pulled up to this swanky Beverly Hills hotel decked out from head to toe in vintage-style fashion and riding in a 1960 MGA Convertible booked through Vinty. While their bags were taken up to the presidential suite, they changed into swimwear and enjoyed an afternoon by the pool. With no crazy timelines, guests biding their time, or stress that something could “go wrong” they were able to fully enjoy the time together while snacking on a floating charcuterie board. After their fill of tanning, they were escorted to the presidential suite where they enjoyed a full brunch board of food and changed into their wedding attire together. Without the nerves of a first look, it was a romantic and intimate way to remember getting ready.
After the rooftop ceremony on the helipad overlooking Beverly Hills, they made their way to the luxurious set up of a classic European sweetheart table. No expense was spared on florals, classic silk and textured linens, and stunning table details pulling the look and vibe together. After a statement dress change, the couple hit the bar, rounding out their night with laughs and reminiscing about the day. There you have it–proof that a full-day wedding can still be achieved, captured, and highlighted with even the most intimate of weddings. The bonus of holding weddings at a high-end boutique hotel is that friends and family could also choose to book rooms and be there to spend time at the pool, witness the ceremony, and generally enjoy the day with the couple!
Our advice to couples is to step away from the traditional and focus on what you love. Photographers will capture the best photos as long as you’re having a stress-free, full of romance day, whether that means staying at a five-star resort by the beach, camping out deep in a forest, or just spending the day acting like a tourist in your own town. Plan activities and have fun without worrying about photos or tradition!
The budget for this wedding was $30,000. Please note that prices do change, and this budget breakdown gives you an idea of how much a wedding like this might cost you.