Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Beverly Hills Wedding

We recently created bridal flowers for this couples intimate wedding.

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The bride carried a hand-tied nosegay bouquet of Vendela and Faith roses with a galax leaf collar. The stems were wrapped in champagne ribbon and lashed together with an ombre silk cording.

 

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The outdoor rooftop terrace ceremony provided stunning views of the Beverly Hills evening skyline.  The sides of the aisle were covered with drifts of rose petals and pillar candles.

 

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After sunset, the bride and groom were married under the traditional  hand-help chuppah.

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After the cocktail hour, guests were led into the ballroom for a evening of dinner and dancing.

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The tall glass vases were filled with fully open faith and vendela roses, clusters of Majolica spray roses, and white orchids.

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Artist, Rich Flynn, created this painting of the wedding reception while the guests enjoyed the evening

 

 

Wedding Coordinator – Laurel Sezto - Laurel and Party inc

Photography-  Brandon Wong

Artist-   Rich Flynn

 

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Chinois Birthday Party

We recently created festive party decor for a special clients birthday at Wolfgang Puck’s Asian Fusion Restaurant, Chinois.
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Guests were greeted with  the warm glow of hundreds of ruby red candles arranged around the golden Buddha.
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The stunning custom-made invitations designed by Evie Steinberg, set the mood for an Asian Fantasy in purple and red.
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We suspended clusters of large red paper lanterns and hand painted parasols over the tables.   Royal purple fabric draped the ceiling finshed in Red Chinese tassels.
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The base of the centerpieces were filled with Rothschilds orchids, Mokara orchids, Giant allium and Poppy Pods. Purple dendrobium orchids climbed up tall red lanterns.
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The red silk tablecloths were embroidered with cherry blossoms in pink and gold stitching. Little Buddha place card holders added to the festive occasion.
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Each napkin had a chocolate covered fortune cookie tied with a mokara orchid.
We were so happy to be a part of this special birthday
Custom Invitations and planning – Evie Steinburg –  Be our Guest –       eviesteinberg@gmail.com
Photography       – Kelly O Photography      kellyophotogrqphy@gmail.com

 

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Robinson Gardens Annual Garden walk, ‘Pathways to Paradise’.

We are so happy to share our project  for the Robinson Gardens Annual Garden walk, ‘Pathways to Paradise’. We collaborated with world famous designer,  Hutton Wilkinson of Tony Duquette Studio

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Hutton selected the loggia, an outdoor covered patio, with a view of the famous King palm garden.

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My favorite piece of furniture is Hutton’s coral colored reproduction of an 18th century, Chinese root chair originally in the Randolph Hearst collection. The silk chenille leopard cushions are the perfect finishing touch for this over-the-top, more-is-more  piece.

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Our custom-made temple birdcages were a direct inspiration from the gardens at Dawnridge, Tony Duquette’s Beverly Hills studio.  We fabricated the cages with faux bronze finials and glass bead trim. For the show, we embellished the cages with garlands of fresh orange Mokara orchid garlands and Tillandsia trim.

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The canaries were so happy singing and eating from my grandmother’s seed filled Limoges tea cups and saucers.

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We created a succulent garland on this beautiful wood carved gilded Buddha sculpture. The table and chairs were antique carved ‘Blackwood’ from India painted white.

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We combined the  most beautiful coral peonies, purple Aeoniums. Tillandsia Xerophytum, Mood Moss and string of pearls succulents arranged  in Tony Duquette’s iconic  giant clam shells.

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Hutton’s newly designed line of china in Lapis Lazuli were so beautiful. Purple Rothschild’s orchids formed live floral chargers for a finishing touch.

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A Tony Duquette signed custom-made malachite rug  formed the base for this table setting.  A collection of coral branches, billy balls, succulents and orchid stems filled this vintage mother of pearl mosaic bowl.

We are thankful for the talent and the creative eye of  Susan Bordelon for the beautiful photography.

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Susan Bordelon Photography

 

 

 

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Richard and Hope at the Hotel Bel Air

It’s always a pleasure working at the beautiful Hotel Bel Air. It is such a romantic setting.

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We really enjoyed creating this colorful wedding for this sweet couple.

 

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Our bride carried a Pave Bouquet of white and ivory David Austin garden roses.

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Multiple shades of pink roses and sweet peas were a beautiful spark of color contrasting the platinum bridesmaids dresses.

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Richard, the groom was very hands-on designing and planning their wedding, down to the smallest detail. He did extensive research to select the perfect combination for the most beautiful wedding for his bride. He even had the Santa Monica High School Orchestra play the traditional Filipino song ‘Ikaw’  for the ceremony.

 

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Tall Shafts of Hercules Amaryllis were asymmetrically placed with fully reflexed Titanic roses, sweet peas and Purple Lisianthus in mercury glass flute vases.

 

 

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Each napkin was accented with an open Vendela rose and hot pink ostrich plume.

 

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The cake was lavishly decorated by Royal Cakes.

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This amazing fairytale photo was captured by the talented Lin and Jirsa Photography.

 

Photography – Lin and Jirsa

Lighting TMMPRO

Cake – Royal Cakes 

 

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Lindsay and Oren at Hotel Bel Air

This couple was a complete delight. The perfect weather for this outdoor ceremony allowed them to enjoy every second of their special day

A piece of antique lace from the mother of the bride’s wedding dress was fashioned into a collar around the  pale pink peony and cream spray rose nosegay

The bridesmaids bouquets were composed of semi-double peonies, white sage, white cyclamen flowers and foliage, Vendela roses and Dusty Miller.


Rose filled pendant vases were suspended from jasmine covered iron shepherd’s hooks

 

The gazebo was fashioned from California Pepper branches and White Dendrobium orchids for a natural blooming wisteria effect.

 

In Honor of Cinco de Mayo, the day of the wedding and a major holiday in Los Angeles, the cocktail hour started out with an all female Mariachi Band moving into lounge music later.

 

 

The centerpieces were a loose and casual collection of Hydrangeas, Viburnum, sweet peas, Ranunculus, Creme de la Creme and Vendela roses and blush and white peonies.

 

Each centerpiece was a different combination of these flowers.

A collar of gardenias adorned the Porto’s Wedding cake.

A warm romantic glow was created by the chocolate gels on the pinspots

Photography – Amy and Stuart Photography
Wedding Planner -  Samantha of Samantha Scott Events
Lighting – The Lighter Side

 

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment

Masha’s Surprise Totally 80′s Theme Birthday Party

We love when an adoring husband wants to throw a party for his wife.

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We had a great time planning this fun party with Scott and it was a total surprise for his beautiful wife.

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Masha thought she was stopping for a hamburger on their way to Vegas concert.

 

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Instead she had 120 of her friends completely decked out in 80′s Fabulousness.

 

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While the birthday girl changed into her costume, our Totally Radical staff served up the 80′s shots on neon trays.

 

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Remember Tom Cruise in the movie, ‘Cocktail’?  Well, we had Lincoln and Vince, our flash bartenders doing their slick moves all night.

 

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Shortly after, the birthday girl reappeared as one of the Robert Palmer girls and husband as Teen Wolf.

 

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Masha’s model friends all came as the Robert Palmer girls. What a hot group of ladies!

 

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DJ Craig kept the flashback in full gear in the part tent where multiple Madonna’s, Freddie Mercury and Top Guns danced the night away.

 

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Love the heavy metal rocker and Madonna couple.

 

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Orange Mokara orchids, purple Dendrobium orchids, pincushion protea and turquoise geometric shapes were arranged in frosted glass cubes on zebra print bar tabletops.

 

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The completely insane 80′s designed cake was created by Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes.

Custom-made neon pieces by Heaven or Las Vegas were placed around the tent.

 

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Our very talented friend, graphic artist, Brian Burchfield, created these Patrick Nagle inspired images from some of Masha’s photos from the covers of ’213 Beverly Hills Magazine’. We made buttons and giant framed images to fill the tent.

 

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The Carneys line was in full gear cranking out the hamburgers and hot dogs.

 

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Carneys owner, John, and his wonderful staff took great care of us and helped to make this an unforgettable birthday.

Catering  - Carneys on Sunset 

Graphics – Brian Burchfield, Studio B

Cake- Joanie and Liegh’s Cakes 

 

 

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Andy and Tímea’s Glamorous White Summer Wedding

We recently created a gorgeous wedding filled with wonderful details for Hollywood producer, Andy Vajna, of the Terminator franchise fame, and Tímea Palácsik.

 

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The wedding took place on the grounds of the Banderas/Griffith Estate in Los Angeles.

 

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Starting with an expansive lawn, the entire garden was transformed into an all white magical open-air ballroom.

 

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Shades of white and ivory roses filled the aisle and wedding canopy.

 

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Guests were greeted with a  floral trimmed lantern pathway.

 

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Pre-ceremony cocktails were held on the raised garden patio.  Green grapes, Granny Smith Apples and Vendela roses spilled out of the three-tiered fountain.

 

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Guests were called to their seats for the ceremony by the twenty piece orchestra.  The chairs were adorned with monogrammed cones filled with rose petals.

 

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The bride  carried Vendela roses and blush colored Weber Parrot Tulips, her favorite.  Swarovski Crystals accented this nosegay bouquet tied together with a pale ivory silk cording.

 

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In the European tradition, instead of bridesmaids, the bride had flower girls.

 

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The flower girls carried spray roses and Dusty Miller trimmed petal baskets.

 

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The bride walked down the aisle to the Wedding Processional from ‘The Sound of Music’

 

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The canopy was backed in white organza with garlands of Murano glass beads and white Dendrobium orchid garlands.

 

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The groom, also being a restaurateur, had very specific requests for the evenings menu.  While the guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers prepared by Bread and Butter Catering, we reconfigured the room for dinner and dancing.

 

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Vendela roses, white Hydrangea, Majolica spray roses, Dendrobium orchids and gardenias were arranged around sprays of  little white lights. This created a firefly like feeling on this warm evening.

 

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Sparkle organza sashes on the white slipper chairs surrounded La Tavola’s matte white sequin linen covered tables.

 

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There was amazing star-studded entertainment on this night to remember. We wish much happiness to this special couple.

 

Event coordination and Catering – Bread and Butter Catering 

Photography – Tracey Landworth Photography

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Robinson Garden Garden Tour 2014

We are very excited about next weeks project.  We are exhibiting for the Virginia Robinson Gardens Walk titled this year, ‘Pathway to Paradise’. We feel, it is exactly that.

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Robinson Gardens Estate is a unique historic home, a cultural jewel that transports the visitor back to the birthplace of Beverly Hills. Built in 1911, it was once the residence of retail giants Virginia and Harry Robinson (of the Robinson department stores) and now occupies an illustrious place in history as the first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills. Located behind the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, the beautiful six-acre property contains a breathtaking display garden, mansion and pool pavilion.

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As always, the Robinson Main House will be decorated by prominent florists and interior designers.

Every room is given a transformation involving color, style, and a bit of whimsy via floral arrangements and decor.

 

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We feel so fortunate to be paired with the Grand Marshall, Hutton Wilkinson. He collaborated with the great American design icon, Tony Duquette, for decades. He has redesigned signature residences, and designed custom interiors, home furnishings, table top accessories, and one-of-a-kind fine jewelry for celebrities, other designers, and a veritable who’s who of worldwide clientele.

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After an inspiring tour of Dawnridge and delicious lunch, we collaborated on a design to delight visitors to the gardens.

We will transform the covered patio into the Aviary Loggia complete with all the details that you have come to expect from this fantastic designer.

 

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Here we are presenting our design to board member, Adrienne Horwitch at a beautiful breakfast reception.

This is the only day of the year the house is open to the public to raise funds for the preservation of this wonderful home and gardens. There are still some tickets available, so please join us and see what our collaborative  imagination has created.

 

 

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Tony Duquette

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Jackie and Eric at the Athenaeum

When the parents of the bride send you a note the following morning saying that it was the perfect wedding! Exactly what they had envisioned. We could not be happier.

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The bride carried an elegant cascade bouquet of Crystal Blush Calla lilies.

 

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The Athenaeum at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was modeled after The Athenaeum of London, established in 1824.

In Ancient Greece, the word Athenaeum referred to buildings dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

Members of the London club included individuals known for their scientific or literary attainments, artists of eminence in all classes of the fine arts, and noblemen and gentlemen distinguished as liberal patrons of science, literature, or the arts.
The first formal dinner held in Pasadena included three Nobel Prize winners including Albert Einstein.
This beautiful building  was designed by famed architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, in 1929. It is magical setting for a stylish wedding.

 

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The beautiful Mediterranean gardens were originally designed by Florence Yoch and Lucile Council. This landscape architect couple were know for designing the estate gardens of  many of the movie studios heads of the time.  The mature Olive and Eucalyptus trees create a romantic atmosphere for this beautiful setting.

 

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Inspired by the Great Gatsby the bride requested an all white and black themed formal wedding.

 

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The bridesmaids wore sleek black gowns to complement their nosegay bouquets of Vendela roses and Crystal Blush miniature calla lilies

 

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The challenge of this wedding was constructing a wedding canopy on a flight of stairs.

 

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Full bolts of off-white fabric were swagged down the aisle tied with wide black satin ribbon and Vendela roses.

 

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The translucent off-white linen fabric was pulled back and tied to the columns with Vendela rose tie backs accented with black satin ribbon.

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After the ceremony we turned the canopy around facing the dance floor framing the sweetheart table.

 

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During the cocktail hour, guests were asked to fill out a vintage post card with well wishes for the couple and post it in the personalized mail box.

 

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After cocktails, guests were led into the courtyard which was transformed by romantic candlelight and a beautifully draped fabric tent.

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Dramatic long tables surrounded the perimeter of the ballroom

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Our Art Deco inspired crystal candelabras were used for the first time on this party and set the perfect tone for the Great Gatsby inspiration. Around the base, crystal wrapped black glass bubble bowls were filled with Vendela roses, Crystal Blush calla lilies and Phalaenopsis orchids.

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The black and white Damask napkins were wrapped in a crystal band folded with a pocket for the menu.

 

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The beautiful Art Deco cake created by Fantasy Frostings, was accented with fresh Phalaenopsis orchids

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We wish this stylish couple a lifetime of happiness.

 

Wedding Coordination – Samantha Sisk, La Bella Dia Weddings

Photography- Kate Connolly, Kate Connolly Photography

Cake and Dessert Buffet – Fantasy Frostings 

Venue – Pasadena Athenaeum

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Ava and Ali’s Bahá’í Wedding at Saddlerock

 

 

This was our first Bahá’í  marriage. The Bahá’í faith is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind.

The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Oak Grove at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

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The bridesmaids were all dressed  in shades of coral.

 

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The bride carried Vendela, Cinnamon and Ivory Patience David Austin Roses with ‘Mellow Romance’ Hypericum berries.

 

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Even though the  Bahá’í faith does not require any structure or canopy to be married under, the couple thought it would be nicer to build a floral and birch frame to make the space more intimate.

 

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The sides of the aisle were lined in an ombre effect of rose petals starting from a vibrant bright coral red to soft peach color.

 

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Wooden and galvanized buckets and pails were filled with Cinnamon Roses, Peach Stock and peach Hypericum.

 

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Saddlerock Ranch has so many fun photo opportunities. This area is called Camp Cabernet.

 

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Long wooden tables were covered with  coral colored fabric runners. We created beautiful botanical florals using David Austin peach Juliet Garden Roses, Macarena Spray Roses, green antique hydrangeas, peach stock, peach hypericum, dahlias and variegated tree ivy arranged in white-washed wooden boxes brushed in gold.

 

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As the evening progressed, the romantic cascades of twinkle lights gave a shimmery glow to the special evening.

 

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We just love the ombre and gold detail in the cake.

 

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Unexpectedly the shadows behind the photo booth were as good as the front of the photo booth.

 

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The gorgeous sunset set the tone for a fantastic evening

 

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As always, it was a pleasure working with Laurel of Laurel and Party events

 

Wedding coordination – Laurel Szeto of Laurel and Party Events.

Photography – Brandon Wong , Brandon Wong Photography