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.
I was intrigued by a recent article in the NY Times by Jessica Bennett discussing the tradition of tossing the bouquet to the “single ladies”. Many feel it’s demeaning and not something they would want to subject their friends to. Excerpts from the article follow. You can read the entire article here:
Diana Nguyen, a 31- year-old television producer in Los Angeles said, “ I don’t like the idea that my value might be attributed to what place in line I am to be married.”
In many parts of the country, the bouquet toss is thriving. Jessen Myburgh, 27, a bride-to-be from Seattle, said “I will guarantee that there will be a crowd of barefoot, elbowing women jumping when I throw those flowers.”
But wedding planners and photographers are saying the popularity has been sliding for some time.
In Minnesota, Natasha Frost became a local celebrity when, at her wedding in April, she presented her bouquet to her lesbian sister and her sister’s partner, as a statement of support for same-sex marriage, which became legal in the state earlier this month.
Rebecca Dolgin, the editor in chief of theKnot.com said she has heard of a number of brides who had tossed loose bouquets, so that everybody got a flower.
One of my co-workers sent me a You Tube video of a recent wedding she attended where, with all the guests watching, the bride quietly handed her bouquet to the girlfriend of her then husband’s brother as he dropped on one knee to propose. It takes a very generous person to share the spot light at her wedding.
Which will feel right for you?
My sister introduced me to Rachel Khoo and her darling program which aired on The Cooking Channel until just recently. Six engaging episodes took place in Paris’ tiniest restaurant: The Little Paris Kitchen. In Rachel’s Paris studio apartment, by reservation, two lucky guests at a time dined on French food the way Parisians cook. Episodes took us to her favorite markets, street vendors and an expert oyster shucker.
Cherry Lush lipstick by Tom Ford.
Breakfast crepes with fresh fruit and yogurt or nutella can be transformed into a dessert crepe with grilled apricots. Consider a creperie for a dinner dessert station or brunch crepes for your day after brunch.
A traditional café treat – Croque-Madame can be served as a delicious wedding brunch presentation when baked in little bread cups. Whereby a Croque-Monsiuer is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, the components of a Croque-Madame include a baked egg.
Dive In! (to frozen adult beverages ) and take the sting out of the heat. Tray pass a refreshing custom-designed frozen adult beverage at your summer wedding.
Here are a few of my favorite frozen drinks:
• 12 large blackberries, stems removed (plus 2 for garnish)
• 4 ounces reposado tequila
• 1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier
• 2 ounces fresh lime juice
• 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup (or more, to taste)
• 3 cups ice
• Mixture of salt and sugar for glass rims
• Lime wheels
1. Blend all of the ingredients (except the salt, sugar and limes) until smooth and frosty.
2. Run lime wedge along rims of margarita glasses, and dip into salt-sugar mixture.
3. Pour the blended drink, and garnish with blackberries and limes.
While the registry will undoubtedly provide the new couple with silverware, bedding and (4) blenders, I love these home additions from Etsy. Here are some of my favorites!
I am a daily subscriber to all things Etsy. While I do not possess a creative bone in my body, I am constantly in awe of what people can/have/do make. Etsy is definitely my go-to website when I’m looking for something handmade, and when this week’s email blast was titled “To Have and To Hold” I knew I was in the right place!
First up in this series – cake toppers!
Cake toppers are not the first item that brides want to buy but I think nothing adds a little bit of whimsy to a wedding cake like the cake topper. Here are a few of my favorites. What did you have as your cake topper?
And my personal favorite!
I’ll share more fun Etsy ideas later in the week!
Back in 2010 (before our wedding blog), I had the pleasure of working with Lauren and Ryu on their fantastic wedding in the Huntington Ballroom. This was my first experience with Taiko drummers for the grand entrance. It was amazing!
I ran across their same day edit video from Elsyium Productions and wanted to share it with you. I can’t get over how creative these videos are. If budget permits, I highly recommend the same day edit!
Indian weddings are one of my absolute favorite types of weddings; there are many ceremonies and receptions held that it becomes an all day (or weekend) event!
We recently held a wedding that started at 8:00am and went through until the evening! The hotel was buzzing early in the morning as preparations for the wedding were getting their final touches. The Mandap was built to perfection; the Elephant was dressed delicately; the Dome was exquisite and the guests couldn’t be more excited to see it all!
The Baraat Ceremony begun and the music was joy to everyone’s ears. As the groom’s side of the family met the bride’s, you could see the excitement in everyone’s eyes. Guests moved into the Mehndi and enjoyed special treats, as they mingled and moved towards their seats to enjoy the Hindu Ceremony, where we finally saw the beautiful bride. It wasn’t long before the guests were able to enjoy delicious Indian Cuisine for Breakfast in the Huntington Foyer as they prepared to enter a portion of the Huntington Ballroom for the Sikh Ceremony. As the clock struck 12:00pm guests enjoyed a large buffet of more appetizing Indian Cuisine before the Doli Ceremony took place through the Hotel Lobby.
The hotel stayed busy as we prepared the Huntington Foyer for an unforgettable Cocktail Reception, followed by a breathtaking Dinner and Dance Reception. As guests arrive for the Cocktail Reception, they were greeted with Action Stations of food and Tray Passed Hors D’oeuvres. When doors finally opened everyone gasped for air as the room truly left every guest speechless. The night was perfect and the bride and groom were enjoying every minute. Their parents were memorized by every little detail and the guests left with lasting memories.
Here are a few pictures of the elegant Huntington Ballroom set up for the dinner and reception:
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