Prepare yourself for an ultra-romantic summer wedding with breathtaking ocean views that you can only find in Palos Verdes Estates. Mikki and Glenn had their wedding at the historic La Venta Inn which was recently voted Los Angeles' "Best New Venue". Mikki and Glenn wanted their day to be full of romance, timeless aesthetics, and to have modern elements sprinkled throughout. They also wanted to honor the bride's parents and her grandmother as she had recently lost them due to the pandemic.
Their wedding colors consisted of ivory, champagne, and subtle notes of blush and black. They also had lush florals flowing through the entire venue in a mix of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and baby's breath. Rebelle Fleurs created a stunning deconstructed floral arch that framed the ocean views and backdrop of the aisle perfectly.
Fitz Carlile Wedding Photography was there to capture all the romantic details, Amari Productions to film, and Champagne Dreams + Co. planned every detail. Keep scrolling to see all of the beautiful photos and especially how this couple honored their loved ones and created lasting memories for years to come.
Arriving on-site at the historic La Venta Inn, and recently voted Los Angeles' “best new venue”, on the perfect summer day perched up over the pacific ocean (beauty you will only find in Palos Verdes Estates), it is remarkable to see all the vendors set up, piece by piece and work together to create an unforgettable experience for the bride and groom, Mikki and Glenn.
Though one might think this was another wedding seemingly going off without a hitch, it wasn’t a road without trial and tribulations to get here. Mikki did not escape the grief that plagued many individuals from covid-19. Prior to her engagement, Mikki went through the worst possible scenario—she lost both her parents and her grandmother within weeks of each other due to the devastating virus. Being an only child to suffer through such an ordeal is unimaginable. That is until Glenn stepped in to ask her to be his wife… through the obstacles of life, Mikki and Glenn, two new doctors, have both graduated from UC school of medicine and are well on their way to becoming surgeons (all while planning their wedding!).
Having been entrusted by the couple to plan their dream wedding, Sara from Champagne Dreams + Co. knew it was going to be an event of a lifetime and sincerely wanted to create their "happily ever after" moment. The couple wanted the day to reflect romance, and timeless aesthetics with a touch of modern elements that would "wow" their guests, creating memories to be cherished for years to come.
It was also important to Mikki to honor her parents and acknowledge their presence despite not being able to physically be there. There was a concern that this would fall flat and resemble just another wedding "memorial table". Sara was determined to help honor the parents of the bride in a way that would create a lasting impression.
Creating a classic color palette consisting of ivory, and champagne with a touch of blush and a pop of black, the venue was scaled with lush, voluminous blooms starting with the ceremony. To enhance the ceremony site, Rebelle Fleurs created this luxurious open deconstructed arch that framed the stunning views of the ocean backdrop along with running florals down the stairway to the aisle. Roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and copious amounts of baby’s breath set the stage for this couple—and it was stunning!
To honor the parents of the bride, two chairs were reserved and dressed in matching florals with “mom” and “dad” across the back of the chairs, with a blush chiffon runner draped across with a bouquet of flowers placed on the seat for each. A feeling of presence was felt by all guests in memory of their deceased loved ones. It was an emotional sight to see as the bride's two uncles escorted her down the aisle to give her away. No eye was left dry. with her "man of honor" and his "best woman" along with all of their friends and loved ones by their sides, Mikki and Glenn exchanged their sacred vows becoming husband and wife!
The reception followed suit with the florals. Each table was decked out in lush centerpieces with modern glass candelabras dawning black tapered candles. Tables were lined with champagne satin linens and champagne velvet knot-tied napkins from luxe linen. Tabletops were complemented with glass black-rimmed chargers, modern black silverware along with a mix of black bentwood and chiavari chairs provided by Ricky's Party Rentals. Topping off the table details with black menus and black-cast acrylic table numbers to ensure that upscale feel. The sweetheart table was framed with the ceremony arch, providing the last luxurious touch to complete the reception setup. This was the epitome of romance!
Also worth noting, the couple opted to forgo a traditional guestbook. In place, an illustration of the venue and the two of them printed on canvas was provided for their guests to sign and leave love notes. They loved this option as it doubled as a special piece of home décor to display at all times! also, to change up the tradition of a "money dance" with pins poking through their designer threads, they opted to create a "honeymoon fund" sign with a QR code that gave their guests the option to send monetary gifts virtually. No more accidental pokes and a need to carry cash with this route.
The evening continued into La Venta Inn’s ballroom which consisted of two large eye-catching hanging chandeliers that were wrapped in baby’s breath along with an organic balloon garland in all black with pops of florals to frame the venue's majestic 12' fireplace. The night also included the bride surprising her groom with a serenade with adele’s “make you feel my love”. To say she "killed it" is an understatement! The evening concluded with a same-day video edit from Amari Productions as the made by meg catering staffed tray-passed desserts. This was such a special touch to end this celebration of love. This wedding indeed went off without a hitch!