For us, this was a dream wedding. A bride with an interesting vision, an amazing family, and a great team to pull it all off.
Two years ago we created a beautiful wedding for Crissy’s sister Nicole at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Naturally, Crissy didn’t want to do the same wedding again. We were delighted with her completely different design aesthetic. Crissy had adjectives I had never heard used when describing the vibe of the decor. She used the words, whimsical elegant swamp plantation. This was really exciting for us.
Crissy really stressed that interesting texture was more important to her, rather than a classic rose bouquet. We created a bouquet using Green Eye roses, Blushing Bride protea, balloon-like Asclepias physocarpa, silver Leucadendron, Japanese Pteris, Millet, Dianthus green ball, Green hydrangea, Ornithogalum, Japanese lily grass and Maranta foliage.
Crissy isn’t the only bride with history attached to her family’s home. On April 29th, 1930, Irene Mayer, daughter of Hollywood legend Louis B. Mayer, married her fiancé David Selznick, and in true Hollywood fashion Mr. Mayer gave Irene her choice of any house as a wedding gift. Soon after Irene chose the same Wallace Neff Normandy estate now owned by Crissy’s family.
Guests were greeted by a floating Champagne tower inviting guests to a magical evening.
The beautiful lanterns were festooned with garlands of antique hydrangea, magnolia, huckleberry, lemon leaf , hanging Amaranthus and fresh Spanish moss.
The escort cards were laid out on a bed of fresh Oregon forest mosses accented with mushroom covered bark and Spanish Moss.
To accommodate the cocktail hour in the rolling front yard, over 10,000 square feet of custom wood decking was built just for the day.
After the cocktail hour, guests were led through the house past a stunning staircase swagged with magnolia and rose garlands to a wooden plank path underneath a giant Coral Flame tree.
The swimming pool area had been transformed into the ceremony area with hundreds of teardrop hanging votives suspended from the trees.
The wedding canopy was created by four sculptural sandblasted Mansanita trees. The trees formed a base for thousands of handmade Sola wood flowers carved into the shape of wisteria, one of Crissy’s favorite flowers. Months before, we commissioned a artisan factory in India to create these floral shapes not available in Los Angeles. These flowers were packed in a container and shipped to Los Angeles arriving just in time for this wedding. Thick garlands of antique hydrangea, white roses and sola wood flowers wove their way up the base tree trunks. The riser was veneered with weathered Travertine with moss in the joints to look as if it were always there. It’s hard to believe, the week before this site was a beautiful formal swimming pool.
After the ceremony, guests were led down a flight of stone steps to the beautifully landscaped tennis court garden. We created an entry of living “draperies” from fresh hop vines topped with a valence of Sola wood Anemones. Many of you might know that hops are used in the making of beer. They also make fantastic organic curtains.
The surrounding manicured French landscape led to the feeling of being in a secret garden. As the sun set, the almost invisible tent structure supported giant grapevine lighted spheres. Spanish moss and Sola wood chandeliers, eclectically placed Edison bulbs and Tivoli lights to create a magical glowing ceiling.
The eclectic tables were glowing in candlelight as the evening progressed. Assorted chairs and different patterns of china were randomly placed around the table. Vendela roses, gardenias, green hydrangeas, cotton bols, and reindeer moss dripped over the sandblasted grapevine trunks.
Organic Spanish moss and Sola wood chandeliers framed the black and white checked dance floor with a view of the sweetheart table and the cake table.
The opulent sweetheart table was draped with a thick garland of antique hydrangeas, clusters of cotton bols,Vendela roses, gardenias and hanging amaranths draping down to the floor.
We created this pavéd foliage and flower table cloth for the fabulous nude cake, baked by Fantasy Frostings. They are the same baker that made celebrity, Hilary Duff’s cake at her wedding. This is a difficult style to do well as the baker can not cover any mistakes with frosting. We used Variegated Hosta leaves, Galax leaves, Maranta leaves, reindeer moss and white ranunculus.
It was truly a magical evening. In photographer Docuvitae’s blog on our wedding they stated so beautifully, “The guests were transported into a perfectly imperfect wonderland of light, texture and beauty.”
Coordinator: Samantha Scott Events
Cake: Fantasy Frostings
Catering: The Kitchen for Exploring Food
Additional detail photography: Tracey Landworth