The Great Gatsby, the Video

 

When my clients and I spoke to Cathy Steffan of Parallel Media, We knew she was the one to capture Sam and Ashan’s beautiful wedding. This was their one wedding and they wanted to experience every detail of the day, include the set up, every moment from beginning to end.

We had a production meeting at the Hollywood Roosevelt a month before to go every detail so we left no stone unturned, and every vendor were sure of every single item on the timeline.  We chose to have 3 cameras. One would always remain in the ballroom to capture every moment of the set up from beginning to end. The other 2 cameras would capture Sam and Ashan as they spent hours taking pictures all over the hotel, first by themselves and later with their family. It was a production and it was a beautiful day.

Enjoy their beautiful day!

Thank you Cathy for insuring that Sam and Ashan got experience every moment of their miraculous day.

 

www.parallelmediaproductions.com

 

Andrea and Sindy, Same Sex Wedding at the Oviatt

Andrea and Sindy came to me last year knowing they would need a month of coordinator for their wedding at the Oviatt. They were delighted to hear that I had already planned a wedding at that location and knew the … Continue reading

Same Sex Wedding at The Beverly Wilshire

_MG_5307I met these two wonderful gentleman in March of last year. (Their names and faces I am leaving out for privacy reasons) They wanted to have a wedding close to their home in Beverly Hills. I set to work to find a venue that would speak to them. After about 14 venues as they wanted to keep their options open, we went back to one of our first visits and our first choice. The Beverly Wilshire had everything they wanted, an outside ceremony location overlooking Rodeo Drive and a lovely ballroom for their 1940s wedding reception. My clients are big music lovers and love all the standards like Cole Porter and Girshwin so we had a jazz band and singer to play the standards while people dined on the best of the best and drank fine wines.

The room is very art deco so we chose to have an all red rose reception and it looked stunning. The color was beautiful against the gold tones of the room.

My clients loved the palm trees of Beverly Hills and it became a theme and tied in the décor from the save the dates, invites, menus and the beautiful cake.

The day came and my clients were calm as I had prepared them well for the big day and the fabulous upgrade to a larger suite was icing on the cake. As the day went on and listening to the speeches, I was moved as I came to know what a huge advocate they both are for gay rights in hearing their friends speak so highly of them.

One of my fave teams http://www.peardoncarillophotography.com took all the wonderful photographs of the day.

Butterfly Florals did the all fabulous arrangements.

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Pacific Event Lighting created the 1940s lounge mood.

Pacific Event Lighting created the 1940s lounge mood.

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The Butter End Bakery made the wonderful cake and tied in the palm trees.

The Butter End Bakery made the wonderful cake and tied in the palm trees.

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My team created the twin palms in their wedding suite as a surprise.

My team created the twin palms in their wedding suite as a surprise.

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The Gatsby Rehearsal Dinner

What could be more perfect for my 1920s Gatsby Grooms to have their rehearsal dinner/cocktail party  for 80 people at the Roosevelt. We were checking out the hotel for possible locations for their rehearsal dinner and they discovered the bowling alley. It was fun unique and cool. There was bowling a pool table a photo booth and games.

We chose fun foods like sliders, fries, mac n cheese. The specialty drinks were named “The Grand Entrance” and “The Gatsby”

Guests bowled, played, and had a fun pre celebration before the big fabulous affair.

These are a few of the details of the evening. Stay tuned for party shots.

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Copper Willow designed the fabulous programs. We wanted a 1920s newspaper and included the highlights of 1927 when the Roosevelt first opened.

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Customized gift bags were given to all staying at the hotel. My grooms even thought of advil to help a possible hang over.

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It was a pleasure to plan this fabulous party

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Gifts for the ladies with pearls, 1920s head bands and other fun jewels for the big day.

Customized Candy Bars from Cake and Art

Customized Candy Bars from Cake and Art

The Great Gatsby Wedding

IMG_9483_MG_2966Sam and Ashan were married July 26th at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This was truly one of my favorite weddings. I met these 2 amazing gentlemen at a gay wedding show last year. They wanted a planner to whom they could relate to and get to know not just as their planner but as a friend whom they could trust. Ashan wanted a regal wedding. He had been planning his dream wedding since he was a little boy and it meant to him that his planner did not steer him away from his designs or ideas but only enhance them. I gave them a couple of venue ideas that would support his dream wedding. The second one, the Roosevelt was a hit and it certainly helped that it was set up for a wedding that day. 3 days later on Christmas Day, Sam and Ashan saw the Great Gatsby and it was full steam ahead with planning the Gatsby Wedding of the millennium. We booked the venue, then hired http://www.pcweddingphoto.com to capture the day. One by one the rest of the vendors followed suit.  Ashan wanted white feathers to the ceiling. He drew out a beautiful feather alter that was his vision for where he wanted to get married. http://www.butterflyfloralanddesign.com captured what he wanted perfectly. pearls cascaded not only from the alter but the centerpieces as well. We wanted everything to be authentic to the time period from linens, the white coats that we bought for the servers, the flapper girls, cigarette trays, the gorgeous sequined linens, to the fabulous band http://www.bigluckyband.com. We put together a pro team of over 25 vendors to create this magical Gatsby affair where all the guests were so excited, they dressed authentic to the period. It was a production and it was important to me that my clients were comfortable and happy with every decision and choice. We had a production meeting a month before the big day to go over every detail of the timeline of the day and every design element. This made a huge difference in the planning and every vendor on the same page.

 

The day came and every vendor was in complete partnership. Sam and Ashan got to enjoy their 5 hour photo shoot before the ceremony between popping into the ballroom to see how spectacular everything looked and practicing their first dance. They both put their hearts in to planning this extraordinary day not only for themselves but their family and friends. It was day that all of us will remember. _MG_2411 _MG_2446_MG_2499_MG_2527_MG_2678 _MG_2683_C5A9539_C5A9457_C5A9844_C5A9851 _C5A9880  _C5A0583_C5A9885_C5A9887_MG_2983_MG_3203_C5A0130_MG_3381IMG_9409IMG_9471IMG_9494_MG_2980_MG_2974_MG_2983_MG_2973_MG_2678_MG_3479

Howard and Harris Are Married

Happy Tuesday all,

Here is the wedding video from Howard and Harris’s wedding last June. This is my first same sex wedding this year and a delight to produce. They were a lovely couple that enjoyed having their family and friends in their home to celebrate their marriage.

Videography by http://www.ryanhutchinsfilm.com