If you caught Part 1, our first feature on the Love & Splendor workshop, you’re ready to check out Part 2, Angel’s farewell dinner, which is brimming with steal-worthy details for incorporating into your wedding or event! Or if you’re a new wedding creative, trying to break into the industry, we hope this two-part feature gives you lots of insight into what goes into a wedding workshop and all the benefits to be had from attending one :)
Angel’s workshop, photographed by Ryan Ray, shared invaluable styling + design insight with her attendees. Angel tells us, As a grand finale to my first Love & Splendor workshop, I invited guests and some of our speakers and collaborators to join me for dinner at a secret location. I didn’t reveal the dinner location until the night of the event itself, and provided direct transportation for my attendees to keep the excitement high. With the help of The Venue Report, I landed on The Washbow as the perfect backdrop for this celebration. This modern gem in Culver City has a sprawling indoor space that is an ideal blank canvas for any event. For my more intimate event, however, we kept the festivities outside in their beautiful urban garden. There is a striking metal “pergola” that exists on-site at the Washbow that was perfect for hanging charming bistro lights, along with foliage draped chandeliers from JL Designs. It set the tone for the romantic autumn feel I was hoping for, inspired by a magnificent mountain lodge.
I embraced a jewel-toned palette of mostly oxblood, burgundy and crimson, with texture everywhere, from wooden tables and chairs, to fabrics like wool, tweed and velvet, to sprawling fall foliage used alongside the most sumptuous blooms of the season. Once again, Carissa from JL Designs made the perfect collaborator as she brought my visions to life. I especially loved her use of dramatic amaryllis and whole pomegranates in her design.
Casa de Perrin’s tabletop wares stole the show in a variety of textures: walnut florentine chargers as a base, white collection china, gold flatware and a mix of red and cut crystal goblets for an extra pop on the tables. The look was unabashedly luxurious while still feeling accessible. The table had a warmth to it. I set each seat with a wooden box filled with curated treasures like a travel candle and beautiful matches, my homemade gluten free granola, handmade Malvi marshmallows and Solstice Canyon almond butter. It was a final opportunity to spoil these precious new friends.
Heirloom LA blew us all away with a phenomenal family style meal featuring all the best the season had to offer: a red grapefruit salad with speckled lettuces, fresh figs and sunflower seeds; grilled coho salmon and crispy pork belly served alongside roasted root vegetables and a warm sunchoke salad. It was easily one of the most wonderful meals I’ve had, thanks to Chef Matthew Poley and his incredible team. I loved looking up and down the table, watching new friends share and indulge in this meal together. It was magical. Desserts were provided by Sweet and Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucie’s (my favorite ice cream, hands down), and guests mingled and hopped into the fun Flipbooth until we had to say farewell.
This workshop looks like it was not only so beneficial, but SO much fun! We can’t thank Angel of Love & Splendor enough for giving us this peek into what attendees who are considering a workshop can expect – and for inviting Jen to speak to the attendees also! And, of course, those who aren’t attending a workshop in the future, but are looking for a dose of design inspiration instead, it delivered BIG time!
Hoping to attend the next L&S workshop? You’re in luck because Angel has just finalized the dates for her 2nd workshop, September 14th-17th in San Luis Obispo! For more details about attending or working with Angel for your wedding or event, stop by her website today!
photography: Ryan Ray // venue: The Washbow Culver City, California // event planning, design + styling: Love & Splendor // catering: Heirloom LA // florals: JL Designs // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // lighting: A Rental Connection // ice cream cakes: Sweet and Saucy Shop x Sweet Lucie’s collaboration // ice cream: Sweet Lucie’s // photobooth: Flipbooth LA // hair + makeup: 10.11 Makeup // calligraphy: Anne Robin (placecards and menus) and Miss Multee (signage) // venue scouting: The Venue Report