It’s hard to imagine a more amazing backdrop for a wedding reception than LA’s very own Natural History Museum! Jen + Eric took advantage of the setting with a big, fun celebration full of incredible details + meaningful moments. I love how they were able to bring bits of the environment into the tablescapes in the form of nature-filled shadowboxes, dinosaur figurines + awesome found objects! And the textural, overgrown florals by Primary Petals are so crazy pretty! Here’s a bit more from the lovely bride:
We knew in order to enjoy our day fully, we had to make it a 2 day affair! We had our ceremony on a Thursday at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes with 50 of our closest friends and family, with a celebration dinner after. Friday was spent relaxing by the pool at Terranea. Saturday was the reception at The Natural History Museum in LA. It included about 170 people and was more of a cocktail party feel. I have been in a lot of weddings, so I had plenty of time and experience to figure out exactly what I wanted. We had a destination wedding feel in our own city! Eric’s family was coming in from Illinois and Ohio, so we didn’t want just 5 minutes to spend with them at a reception. We basically got an entire weekend with family and friends. From the Converse groom’s cake, to Neon Nation – our AMAZING 80’s band, the whole weekend was SO us.
We locked a big padlock during our ceremony and threw the key into the water at our favorite beach in Antigua during our Honeymoon. It was so cool. Just the sun coming into Wayfarers Chapel during our dusk time ceremony was magical, and the perfect setting to marry the coolest guy ever!
I’m always a fan of bridesmaid’s picking their own dresses + these ladies did a fab job! Such a chic looking bridal party!
And how beautiful are the glittery tabledrapes + sparkly chevron runner from La Tavola Linen? Beyond in love!
Processional: Can't Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
First Dance: Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
Don't be afraid to do what feels right to you as a couple, even if it isn't "tradition" and people tell you you're crazy! Also, surround yourself with organized people and one awesome Mom! Hire a legit Videographer; wouldn't you love to be able to watch your own parents walk down the aisle and party!? How else will my kids truly laugh at me in 15 years!?
photography: Victor Sizemore // event design + planning: Kristeen LaBrot Events // venue: Wayfarers Chapel and The Natural History Museum Los Angeles, California // floral design: Primary Petals // wedding dress: Jenny Packham // hairpieces: AmieNoelDesigns // shoes: Miu Miu // bridesmaid dresses: Assorted designers and stores. All Bridesmaids picked out their own dresses // hair + makeup: Design Visage // groom suit: Tommy Hilfiger // cinematography: ElmanAdam Films // paper goods: Erica Keuter Designs // catering: Tres LA // cake: CAKEGoodness // pies: I Heart Pies // music: Neon Nation // linens: La Tavola // rentals: The Korman Group // photobooth: Mobile Photobooth