Laughter + Love + Libation

Friday, December 12th, 2014 Weddings No Comments

This week we hosted a holiday luncheon for 24 amazing and talented Wedding Planners. All braved the pouring rain to convene in The Royce for the afternoon. There was a lot of love and laughter ( and holiday libations ) throughout the afternoon while we dined and shared a beautiful menu of Sweet Yellow Corn Bisque, Jalapeno Corn Bread Crumbs, a Duo of Grilled Filet of Beef and Sweetwater Prawns, and Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa Affogatto.

Our Wedding Planner partners are instrumental in the success of our weddings. They bring their own personal creativity, offer endless resources for solutions and infuse humor into the planning of each enchanting Langham Wedding. We are forever grateful for their support, referrals and endless love!

Carolyn Chen, The Special Day, Kathy Bernabe, The Langham Banquet Manager, Mary Dann, Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators, Jonathan Reeves and Cora Kaplan , International Event Co., Nima Javadi, Group Sales Manager, The Langham.

Holly Chavez, HMC Event Solutions, Jeannie Savage, Chelsea Navran and Alicia Townsend, Details Details.

John Castino, Director of Meetings and Special Events, The Langham, Tabitha Adams, Meetings and Special Events Manager, The Langham, Bob Wyar, Catering Sales Manager, The Langham, Deanna Tat, Chic Ambiance, Madiha Kahn, Exquisite Events, Jayme Vainer and Anna Nguyen, A Good Affair

Madiha Kahn, Exquisite Events, Jayme Vainer and Anna Nguyen, A Good Affair

Janel Gonzalez, Janel Events, Christine Zohrabians, Fancy That!, Beverly Peterson, and Debbie Liaw, Aquafuzion

Mary Sushinski, Occasions Bridal Consulting & Design, Christie Joseph, Senior Meetings and Special Events Manager, The Langham, and Tobey Dodge, The Wedding Connection.

The Royce

Our guests were provided with a fond farewell with Langham cookie boxes filled with baked holiday goodies prepared with love by Pastry Chef, Javier Alcala and his team.

-Jill


Pantone Announces the 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

Monday, December 8th, 2014 Weddings No Comments

Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul.

The  “En Plein Air” (“in the open air”), 2015 Spring/Summer Season colors are high-lighted by aquamarine, a quiet, dreamy blue, cool and calming shade, Aquamarine is a restful color that acts as a stress reducer and pairs well with Pantone Glacier Gray or Marsala…

-Jill


Geen Wedding Shoes talks Pop(sicles)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

If you’ve been following our blog, you know Green Wedding Shoes is one of our favorite wedding blogs.

Not long ago they wrote about Gourmet Popsicles for your Wedding Day. If you are planning a summer wedding, serving unique ice pops is a great way to impress your guest while keeping them cool. There are lots of fun ideas to consider.

The Pop Shop LA has a darling little cart and are Southern California’s original artisanal ice pops. Their pops are 100% pure, guilt-free indulgences, chic enough for adults to savor and irresistible to the kiddos. They are handmade with organic sugar and seasonal farmers’ market produce. There are no preservatives or dyes, and absolutely no high-fructose corn syrup. The wrappers are  compostable.

Their signature flavors vary by week and include but are not limited to: Amaretto White Peach, Avocado Vanilla, Bananas Foster, Blueberry Lemonade, Chili Chocolate, Chocolate Peppermint, Cranberry Clove, Cucumber Lime, Halva, Lavender Lemon, Lemon Basil, Lemon Mint, Lime Mint Mojito, Lychee, Lychee Peachy, Mango Lime, Mango Tango, Mexican Chocolate, Meyer Lemon Ginger, Nectarine Almond, Orange Blossom, Persimmon Pudding, Pineapple Basil, Pumpkin Pie, Pomegranate Orange, Rhubarb, Spiced Cider, Strawberry Balsamic, Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon Lime.

Their cute little cart can be parked most anywhere – indoors or in a garden.

You can read the entire article here: Green Wedding Shoes Gourmet Popsicles for Your Wedding Day.

-Jill


Specialty Coffee Bars

Friday, November 14th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

Adding the element of a specialty coffee bar is a great way to end the evening. Specialty coffee drinks are prepared by a professional barista with the menu including a variety of liqueurs. Mexican Coffee – Tequila and Kahula, Irish Coffee, Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee, Amaretto Coffee are just a few of the many possibilities.

Consider incorporating an espresso-infused dessert display with your Specialty Coffee Station by adding double dark espresso-infused chocolate chip cookies;mint white chocolate macarons with espresso chips, and s’mores with handmade espresso marshmallows. My personal coffee infused dessert favorite is Affogato (Italian for “drowned”). We top rich vanilla bean ice cream with espresso, and add a the guest’s choice of caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.

-Jill


Stephanie & Kosta’s Wedding at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Monday, September 29th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

We are very pleased to share a blog from Ceremony Magazine.

LOVE STORY
The lovely couple met through a mutual friend and they have been in love ever since.  It started with the groom’s romantic proposal that brought them their fairy tale wedding last February. They tied the knot in front of their family, friends, and loved ones, which was all that mattered to the couple.

LOVE NOTE
Stephanie and Kosta’s grand event was detailed to perfection as they said their vows under a crystal chandelier dripping with flowers.

VENDOR LOVE
Photography | Lin & Jirsa Photography
Wedding Consultant | Floral Design | Lighting | Stationery | Favors | Aquafuzion
Venue | Catering | Cake | Langham Huntington Hotel
Linens | Rentals | T&C Rental Company
Entertainment | Elegant Music, Beer 30
Videography | Fond Productions
Hair | Makeup | Theresa Huang Makeup

- Morgan


Indian Wedding by Lin and Jirsa Photography

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

We are very pleased to share this Indian Wedding by Lin and Jirsa Photography.

It wasn’t just planning a wedding; it was planning a wedding that was filled with endless love, support and passion. Jessica and Parag are truly one of a kind. Their warm hearts, kind souls and love for life made their very special wedding day magicial. The love they shared for one another was not only showcased through their vows but through their signature décor, love for priceless food and intricate details that really defined them as a couple.

Jessica & Parag Wedding Highlight Film-SD



The colors! Wow! So bright and vibrant! One couldn’t help but smile as the Baraat began. As the ceremony took place we watched in awe as this couple became one under the Pasadena sun. The Langham truly captured the grace and elegance of this picture perfect day as guests moved into the hotel for an unforgettable cocktail reception followed by dinner, dancing and, of course, libations.

Jessica and Parag’s vivacious personalities truly left an impact on The Langham as they continue to share the images from their wedding day and check in from time to time with the hotel staff. We couldn’t be more thrilled to take part in this very special day with the bride, groom, their family and friends. Cheers to the happy couple!

-Melissa


Wedding Insurance?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

I ran across this NY Times article on Sunday and thought I’d post and share.

NY Times Article – Sunday, July 13, 2014

NY Times Article The Rings, The Cake, the Rice…the Insurance? by Devan Sipher.

If you are a fan of ABC’s Modern Family, you’ll recognize this photo from the two-part finale which aired a couple of months ago. The long-awaited wedding of Mitch and Cam was interrupted by a wild fire that erupted close to the wedding venue.

April Hartley and Michael Wolber had this real life experience when they were married in Rock Spring Ranch in Bend Oregon on June 7th. “April and her father were about to walk down the hillside when fire trucks rushed in with sirens blaring.”

This is an interesting article that poses as many questions as it answers. In the case of April and Michael, they did not actually cancel the wedding, the fire offered only a brief interruption, so it appears they were not covered under a cancellation insurance policy.

-Jill


Wedding Photography

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

We are pleased to share tips on how to select your photographer from Jeremy Fraser, LA Exposures.

Jeremy is one of Langham’s talented preferred vendor partners.

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are many things to consider. You want the day to be perfect and choosing the right venue and vendors make that all possible.

Each wedding is unique, which is why you want to select vendors that fit with your vision and personality. Choosing a photographer that is the correct fit is so important.

When choosing a photographer, there are a few things to remember.

  • You have to love their work, if you aren’t 100 percent sold on the quality of their work, then keep searching for that perfect fit until you are.  This is one day you can’t re-do.  When spending such a large amount on a once in a lifetime day, photos and video are going to be the only two things left over aside from your memories!
  • Remember cheaper isn’t always a good thing, you will find dozens of photographers out there who will give you unlimited time, and everything on disk for less than $1500, but I can assure you that most of what you get on disk you will may love.  You don’t need to spend a fortune for great photography, but this is definitely one area I would increase in your budget to have memories that you will cherish forever.  There is nothing worse than looking back on your big day with regrets because you don’t love your wedding photos.
  • If possible, do an engagement session with the photographer under consideration; it is like a trial run for hair and make-up.  It allows you to establish a rapport with your photographer before the big day, it gives them an idea of angles and styles of photos that you prefer, and ultimately gives them all the tools necessary to turn out an amazing product on the BIG day.

Remember – your photographer is the only one individual who will be literally by your side all day.

  • The last thing I would recommend is to make sure you’re 150 percent comfortable with this person. You will be spending the majority of the day with them, and if they don’t make you comfortable it will definitely show in photos.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding photographer that will help ensure your day is captured beautifully.

-Jeremy


Stylized Wedding Photo Shoot, The Georgian Ballroom

Friday, May 16th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

This week I was fortunate to work with Pye and Jackie from Lin and Jirsa Photography on a photo shoot in The Georgian Ballroom.

Pye has such an elegant approach to lighting as is evidenced in these gorgeous photos.

Jannette Galindo, Elegant Designs and Linens, has created a fabulous new Vineyard Furniture Collection – all made in the USA. I thought it would be exciting to showcase Jannette’s new furniture line set up in The Georgian Ballroom.


These gorgeous photos, taken in a traditional setting, show just one example of how you can create an outdoor look in an indoor setting.

The stunning floral designs were provided by Lisa from Ixora Floral Studio in Sierra Madre. I love the way Lisa varied the centerpieces and designs for each table which is a more innovative style; more pleasing to the eye than the same all around.

Thank you all, it is such a pleasure working with true professionals!

-Jill


Classic Navy and White Wedding at the Langham Pasadena!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 Weddings Comments Off

We are pleased to share a guest blog from California Wedding Day.

Nine years ago, when Megan Kirkpatrick and Todd Linden met during a college internship, they were immediately attracted to each other’s sense of humor. The same humor led to each of them leading comedy-centered careers: Megan, as a television executive for ABC Studios, and Todd as a television comedy writer. Seven years into their relationship, after a day at the beach with their 3-year-old bulldog, Dunkin (named after the couple’s shared love of doughnuts), Todd decided to pop the question. The couple chose The Langham Hotel in Pasadena for its historical ambiance and began preparing for their big day. When it all came together, the ceremony incorporated both Jewish traditions and a Christian blessing. Table numbers featuring Dunkin and an escort card table made to represent the Hollywood hills tied together Megan and Todd’s world beautifully. “We had grown so much as a couple, for so many years before that day, I wanted to celebrate the life we had built together,” says Megan.

Credits
BRIDAL GOWN
BRIDAL SHOES
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
DJ/PHOTOBOOTH
EVENT DESIGN/FLOWERS
GROOMSWEAR
INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS
OFFICIANT
J.P. Reynolds
VIDEOGRAPHY
WEDDING ENGAGEMENT RINGS

-Samantha




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