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.
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.
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!
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.
We are pleased to share a guest blog from one of our favorites photographers, Jeremy Chou Photography:
Karen & Henry are married! They were married at one of my favorite wedding venues, The Langham Resort Huntington in Pasadena and it was a gorgeous wedding. It was one of the longest weddings I’ve ever shot (about 15 hours), but it was well worth it. Henry & Karen’s families wanted their Hong Kong and Chinese traditions to be infused into the wedding so we had two types of tea ceremony, an American ceremony, and finally a gorgeous reception. Karen had her gown and her bridesmaids’ gowns custom made and shipped from Hong Kong. It was probably one of the most intricate design I’ve ever seen for a wedding gown! The groom and his guys had to play quite a few games before they can see the bride. Including eating wasabi muffins, drinking vinegar….yeah you get the idea. Those poor guys. At the reception, Henry surprised Karen with a song, then the groomsmen sang a song as a tribute to the couple as well! Overall it was a great day of fun, and I’m so honored to have been part of it!
Wedding Photographer | Jeremy Chou Photography
Associate Photographer & Assistant | Sidney Morgan, Vanessa Dube Caron
Wedding Venue | The Langham, Huntington, Pasadena, CA
Wedding Ceremony | First Evangelical Church, Arcadia
Wedding Planner & Stationary Design | Sherrien Shui, Twogether Events
Cinematography | Visual Masterpiece
Florist | Figaro Flowers
Chair Rental, Lighting, DJ, MC | Jack Hou, TMM PRO
Photo Booth | LA Color
Furniture Rentals | Found Vintage Rentals
Makeup & Hair | Beauty Creator
Laid out more than 3500 years ago, each custom in the ceremony has a deep meaning and purpose. Through these rituals, the couple is united in a bond of love, mutual respect and everlasting commitment.
Elephants have played a prominent role at wedding and ritualistic processions from times as early as 1500 B.C., the so called Vedic period. They have been carriers of the Kings and the Lords in mythology. Royal weddings in ancient India saw it prestigious for the Prince to come around the province on Elephants on his way to the wedding venue. It was considered a symbol of their power.
Jai Mala -
Bride and groom exchange garland welcoming one another into their lives.
Ganapathi Pooja -
The Bride and Groom enter the Mandap ( wedding canopy ). The priest conducts the Ganapathy Pooja- a prayer to the Lord Ganesh, remover of obstacles and provider of good luck.
A sacred thread is placed around the left wrists of the Bride and Groom and signifies that they are ready to take the vows of marriage.
If a wedding is in your plans for this year or a future year, you’ll want to attend the I Do! wedding show which will take place at the hotel on Sunday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. We have partnered again with Christine Zohrabians, Fancy That! Events for another spectacular show.
I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride.” will be located in the hotel’s stunning Huntington Ballroom, the elegant affair is a one-stop source for wedding planning. Stylish brides-to-be will have the opportunity to preview the latest couture fashions, mingle with top bridal experts, and enjoy a refreshing cocktail while perusing the innovative design showcases and exploring the stunning gardens and historic ballrooms of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
To attend the event, visit I Do! Bridal Event and receive two complimentary tickets by entering promotional code LanghamBride. Additional tickets are available for $30.
For more information about the show, please call (626) 568-3900 extension 3602 – and stop by The Langham booth and say hello!
We’ve asked Kat Minassi of Kat Minassi Events & Design to guest blog for us today about a Hollywood Glamour themed wedding she recently worked on at our hotel. It was such a beautiful, unique wedding and we had so much fun working with Kat and her team that we just had to share!
The Langham Huntington’s grand and historic ground is a sight to be seen upon approach to the hotel. Add their staffs impeccable customer service skills to the mix and you suddenly get an intimate and charming feel to this grand hotel. You can imagine what a pleasure it was working not only with a delightful couple, Ibeena and Edwin, on their wedding, but to also be working at The Langham Huntington with their superb staff.
As a wedding and event planner, it is important for me to define the client’s personal taste and style, then create an event that is unique to them and them only. After spending time with the couple and learning that the groom was a restaurant and nightclub owner in Hollywood, what would better suit the couple’s personality and style then a Hollywood Glamour inspired event?! Silk draped linens, silver art deco chameleon chairs, crystal chandeliers, white tufted lounge furniture, crisp white dance floor, silver beaded chargers and fabulous lighting straight out of the Oscars. Welcome to our Hollywood Glamour inspired wedding. Here are a few of our favorites from the event.
Event Planner and Designer: Kat Minassi Events & Design
Flowers: Eddie Zaratsian of Tic-Tock Couture Florals
Photos: Garo Photography
Rentals: Royal Events Inc.
Rentals: Chameleon Chair Collection
Stationary: Creative Works Design
One of our colleagues was recently engaged and in her wedding planning came across the stunning Riley & Grey website. Riley & Grey is an innovative, unique, wedding website option for brides looking for a visually stunning website to share with guests for their special day.
Visit the Riley & Grey website to browse through limited edition, customizable wedding website templates by some of the industry’s best designers and web developers.
Plus, we love that these websites categories include: The Couple, where you post your history and photos; The Wedding Party, where you can post bios of your friends and their photos; Registry; Travel, Accommodations and Schedule; plus a unique RSVP section where your guests can tell you where they will be staying, if they have any food allergies and an “I’ll see you on the dance floor when they are playing (name of song)” option!
A vendor which we work closely with on many events throughout the year is Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment, so we found it fitting to ask JP Hunten of Wayne Foster to share some insight on the value of having live music at your wedding:
The Value of Music
“What is the price for a band?” This is a frequently asked question we get at Wayne Foster Entertainment. The answer is far more complex than the question. We like to perceive music in terms of value rather than price. Price can vary dramatically but value remains the same. It is also important to take into account the effect that music can have on people and their environment. With so much in our lives becoming price driven, it is equally important to consider value. The intangible features of music establish a value much higher than most anything else. Since music is so closely linked to our most cherished memories and helps us mark our most important personal celebrations and moments, it could be considered priceless. In the same way that it is intangible; it lasts forever.
People often use music to identify a time and place. A song can conjure even the faintest echoes of the past. Cultures are similarly defined by music. Music can take you on the longest journey in the shortest amount of time. Music may even be the most effective form of time travel yet discovered!
It’s important to select the music carefully since it can have an effect on every other element of the evening. From the food to the decor, all aspects of an event will be experienced through the veil of the music. When the music is perfect, everything turns out better including the pictures. So invest wisely and the rewards will be exponential.
The value of music lasts long after an event; for days, years, and even a lifetime. Music has the ability to literally and figuratively move people. You may not remember the sights and sounds of an event but you will always remember the way you felt.
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