Every inch of this Los Angeles wedding is oozing old Hollywood style glamour from the private residence near Malibu where it was held (that only hosts one wedding per year!) to the bride’s incredible one-of-a-kind Lazaro gown.
Positioned on a top of a cliff, with breathtaking views across the beach and the Pacific Ocean, the residence is normally used for filming and photo shoots (I’m talking Rihanna’s cover shoot for Vogue no less) and it’s impossible to imagine a more beautiful or romantic setting for a wedding. The ceremony took place on the beach right by the shore, under a stunning chuppah and one thing’s for sure, if you’re planning a romantic, dreamy beach-y wedding, this post will be taking over your entire Pinterest planning board!
Unusually for a Jewish wedding, the whole event took place on a Saturday, so the ceremony had to take place after sunset. This meant for a an unconventional order of events, with the cocktail reception happening prior to the ceremony. As I always say on Smashing The Glass, it’s your wedding, do it your way — Ali and Duncan certainly did…
Everything about this W Day brings a modern twist to old Hollywood glamour and Marianne Taylor‘s photography captures it all brilliantly — some of these shots could be taken from a glossy magazine! I know you’re going to adore the decor with an abundance of candles everywhere and pretty accents of soft whites, metallics and copper thrown in for good measure…
Without further ado, I give you Ali and Duncan.
Choosing to get married in Los Angeles by the ocean…
Ali, the Bride: We chose to get married in a private home in the Huntington Palisades in Santa Monica because what is a California wedding if you are not near the ocean! We chose this house because we felt it was the quintessential Los Angeles wedding venue. We wanted to be married on or over looking the ocean and this house gave us that old Hollywood feel while also being on the water.
We wanted to emulate elegant old Hollywood glamour by using soft whites, metallics and oxidised copper, and decided to do less flowers and candles everywhere because we did not want anything taking away from the view.
Our wonderful wedding planner
We used a wedding planner (Chris Albanese from Argyle Event Staffing) who helped with small things and took over all coordination two weeks before the big day.
We had our invitations designed by my friend Beth Barbaglia (Founder of Noma & Dolly Design Co.) She saw our venue and understood the look and feel we were going for. She used an old postcard photo from the 50’s of the coastline where we got married.
a one of a kind Lazaro dress
My dress was a one of a kind Lazaro gown from a sample sale at JLM Couture Bridal Boutique in Los Angeles. It was completely opposite of what I thought I wanted but once I saw it on the hanger I knew it would be perfect.
I borrowed a full length veil from a friend and wore vintage earrings from BHLDN.
I wore 2 inch champagne glitter Jimmy Choo‘s.
Twig & Twine did our flowers. We used a lot of small white roses and baby’s breath in small metallic vases. The view was the real focal point of the evening.
our fabulous photographer
We chose Marianne Taylor and could not have been happier with her work!
We asked the family members who gave speeches, to focus on us as a couple and not use their speeches to talk only about us as individuals. I did not want it to turn into a roast.
Advice to other couples currently planning their wedding
Invest in an event planner at least for the day of! Do NOT have a family member do it….
Ali & Duncan’s Little White Book
Photography — Marianne Taylor
Second photographer – Nick Ray
Wedding Planner — Chris Albanese from Argyle Event Staffing
Venue — Harolds House
Catering — RoomForty
Flowers — Twig & Twine
Bride’s Dress — Lazaro from JLM Couture Bridal Boutique
Bride’s shoes — Jimmy Choo
Bride’s earrings — BHLDN
Hair & Make Up – Star Niccole Perez
Rentals — Classic Party Rentals
Cake — The Butter End Cakery
Chuppah — Happy Chuppah
Transportation – Angel City Limo
Rabbi – Rabbi Adam Greenwald