Get ready for a dream wedding. This Hotel Bel Air wedding is … how do we say… magical. Yes. From the JL Designs floral arrangements, to the guests attire, to the bride’s Vera Wang gown, this wedding is black and white from head to toe. The color scheme isn’t the only classy thing about it either. A ballroom covered in candles, a ceremony secluded in trees, and a bridal party all in black. Not to mention the bride’s sleek ponytail (we love!). With Sterling Social at the helm of the design, and Jana Williams capturing it all the affair is one to remember.
From Sterling Social…
The ceremony took place on Swan Lake at Hotel Bel Air on a gorgeous summer evening, surrounded by the hotel’s infamous swans and lush garden setting. At the start of the curved aisle, phalaenopsis orchids were set in black lacquer vases on top of clear acrylic pedestals as an entry statement. Ivory rose petals lined both sides of the aisle, making a soft path to the existing hotel arbor structure that was used as the Chuppah. The structure was draped in a luxe champagne colored fabric and pulled together with large black tassels. A trio of Moroccan inspired pendants hung from the inside of the structure for added detailing. The ceremony design was kept very clean and contemporary, allowing the beauty of the lawn to shine through as well as Brittney’s incredible black and white Vera Wang gown.
The renovated Hotel Bel-Air ballroom already has a streamlined, contemporary and glamorous look with its chic color palette in shades of silver, pewter, and soft white. We wanted to build upon the existing aesthetic and tie in special touches to make the setting a unique reflection of Brittney and Shany’s personal style.
Overall, Hotel Bel-Air offered the best of both worlds – a lush, private and romantic outdoor setting for the Ceremony, along with a chic, sexy and sophisticated indoor setting for the Cocktail and Dinner Receptions. The overall color palette was neutral, yet bold, with soft and romantic touches. By starting with the base tones in the existing ballroom, we decided to add crisp and tailored pops of black to make a statement along with nude and rose gold details for a feminine touch.
The design had many layers of textural elements such as mirror, glass, suede, cut crystal and raw silk. The most incredible detail was the contemporary glass candelabras that reflected glowing candlelight along the 24’ mirror top tables. Between the tall candelabras were silver and pewter vases with textural designs all filled with white and cream florals (no greenery). Mixed in were petite vases holding nude reflexed roses. As a contrast, the round tables had ruffled black linens and displayed a complementary trio of floral vessels and accents of candlelight. The modern table numbers were etched into clear acrylic and mixed subtly with the décor. The dinner menus had a landscape orientation and featured the same rose gold paint swoosh from the Save The Date design. A great focal point in the room was the 16’ bar and back bar shelving that served as the backdrop to the head table. Overall, the room was residentially-inspired and very inviting for guest’s to dine and dance the night away.
From the Bride…
We met in 2010, and had our first date in what seemed like a regular sushi restaurant, on a regular Saturday night. What didn’t feel so regular was the fact that we felt like we had known each other forever. We instantly bonded and had an innate sense of comfort with one another; it was as if we had been dating for a long time. Our instant chemistry and ease with one another was not just seen and felt by us but later in the evening we met up with friends and a total stranger asked my friend “How long have they been dating, they look so happy.” True story! We both knew we had something special and definitely not ordinary. Our relationship started with an amazing date and continued on the right path that led to a tremendous amount of trust and an unbreakable bond.
After two and a half years of dating, Shany and I went on a business trip to Miami where he also surprised me with the proposal in our SLS hotel suite after a very nice dinner at Juvia restaurant. When we got back to the room, it was full with flowers and candles everywhere. The bed had “Will you marry me?” in rose petals. I walked in first and was very surprised to see the rose petals on the bed, as I turned around I saw Shany on one knee with the ring in his hands. I was pretty much speechless and all I could say was “I don’t deserve this”.
Event Planning & Design: Sterling Social
Photography: Jana Williams
Venue: Hotel Bel-Air
Floral Design: JL Designs
Printed Materials: Pitbulls and Posies
Furnishings: Revelry Event Designers
Reception Band: JB Project from West Coast Music
DJ: Cheyne Tilly of Bang Bang Creative
Cinematography: Cloudless Weddings
Lighting: Lighten Up, Inc.
Linens: La Tavola
Photo Station: Open Air Photo booth
Hair: Allie Paronelli
Make-up: Jocelyn Rivard
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids Gowns: L’Agence
Groom’s Attire: Dolce & Gabbana