Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trish and Matt's Bel Air Bay Club Wedding

Weddings don't have to take multiple months and years to plan. Trish and I are proof of that! Trish contacted me in June regarding her August wedding. She had just booked the gorgeous Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, CA and was planning an intimate wedding for approximately 90 people for her and her Australian fiance, Matt. We met, clicked, and hit the ground running to get her down the aisle in time! And run we did! At one point we were emailing each other as she was on a 10 day vacation in rural Costa Rica!

Because Trish and Matt are having another wedding and reception in Australia this December, Trish had to pull off basically TWO weddings with one budget. Her willingness to think outside the box (have a Sunday wedding, rent her gown), do a lot of legwork on her own (make her own programs, purchase decor items to give to the florist), and openness to the suggestions I made (skip a formal champagne toast, skip favors) enabled her to have a gorgeous wedding. She's going to have another one in December. Lucky lady!

After an entire month of grey and foggy days, August 23 dawned beautiful and blue with big fluffy clouds in the sky. We did have some drama with the makeup artist who showed up almost an hour and a half late, but because we had padded the Timeline enough, we were able to scramble to make everything workout OK. Whew!

Their ceremony was held out on the lawn and the guests had a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean as they listened to the sounds of the string trio from Perfect Music For Weddings. Family friend and wonderful officiant Barbara White performed a touching ceremony that included a sand ceremony and roses presented to the mothers. The Bel Air Bay Club built a wooden walkway for Trish so that she wouldn't sink into the grass in her 4" Christian Louboutin heels! (she would not budget on that one--can you blame her?!)
Bel Air Bay Club Wedding Ceremony
The string trio continued during the cocktail hour held on the terrace, and guests were escorted into the Living Room for the Reception.

Trish's colors were champagne, gold, cream, and sparkle. Yes, I've just decided that sparkle is a color. The centerpieces for the reception were tall vases with sprays of Dendrobium orchids and Manzanita branches with crystals and candles hanging from them . Gigantic crystals with gold numbers on them marked each table that was covered in a crinkled antique gold linen and scattered with crystals. Orange County florist Jan Wilder of Flower Fusion not only did a wonderful job with all of the florals, but she was a joy to work with.
Bel Air Bay Club Wedding Reception
The day could not have been pulled off without the team of:

Charley Star Photo - Gorgeous Photography
Dash Entertainment - Reception Music and MC
Elegant Designs - Table Linens
Rosebud Cakes - Wedding Cake
Video Artistry - Videography
Floral Fusion - Florals
CLS Limousine Services

A big thank you to the wonderful and professional vendors that worked so hard that day, a huge thank you to my interns Sacha, Amanda, and Nicole, and a gigantic thank you to Trish and Matt for letting me be a part of your day.

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