Forget What You Know About Church Weddings! This Cathedral Ceremony Will Blow You Away

Anthurium Church Wedding

What comes to mind when you think of church weddings? Perhaps mesmerizing stained glass windows, pews in neat rows, and high ceilings. This timeless concept was reimagined in a modern way with fresh ideas, like an extraordinary anthurium display! Vibiana in Los Angeles is a former cathedral-turned event venue that offers all of the grand beauty of a church with the freedom to customize every element down to the perfect detail.

With a Flair Events helped soon-to-be husband and wife duo, Kimberly and Raul have their dream wedding at this amazing venue! Neutral, nude tones with a pop of color were set to be the theme – and trust us, they nailed it! NeBella Floral Concepts truly outdid themselves in creating a unique and exciting floral ceremony space. Photographers Joel & Justyna did a fantastic job capturing the emotion and essence of Kimberly and Raul’s wedding day.

Dressed to the Nines

White anthurium wedding bouquet

Kimberly’s style can be described as modern, glamorous, and all-things luxurious! Without even seeing her wedding dress, her signature style is noticeable in her all-white wedding bouquet, dripping with style.

Galia Lahav Real Bride

We told you Kimberly’s style is impeccable! The blushing bride wore an immaculate gown by Galia Lahav on her wedding day. Between the off-the-shoulder sleeves, unlined bodice, and incredible beading, we can’t pick just one favorite part of it!

Butterfly Wedding Heels

Did you think the stylishness stopped there? Nope! Kimberly wore those jaw-dropping butterfly heels by Rene Caovilla. These are just one of the endless amazing wedding shoes online!

Anthurium Church Wedding

Black Tux Groom

Groom Raul was dressed in his 007 best by Indochino!

Church wedding first look

The beautiful couple shared an incredibly sweet first look! Raul and Kim couldn’t take their eyes off each other as they prepared to say their vows in just a few short moments.

Church wedding first look

Anthurium Church Wedding

WOW! I tried on so many dresses before I found one. My time at Galia Lahav was amazing. They helped me find the perfect dress. My dress is exactly what I envisioned myself getting married in. Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to wear sleeves. I wanted to be in something that was romantic but still very fashion-forward.

Anthurium Church Wedding

We’ve got MAJOR heart eyes for this cathedral-length veil!

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium Church Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

It's so hard to just pick one memorable moment! However, the moment that I replay over and over again would be our first look. That moment was so special because I hadn't seen Raul all day and he is who I wake up to every morning. At that moment I was even more excited to marry him later that day! -Kim

For me, it was also the first look, the first glance at Kimberly truly took my breath away and was the most reassuring moment of my life that I was marrying the love of my life. - Raul

Cathedral of Dreams

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium Church Wedding

Look at those amazing ceilings! The venue was beautifully decorated with a minimalist white and black color scheme but with a pop of red up at the alter. Don’t worry, we’ll give you the full scoop on that giant flower display!

Anthurium Church Wedding

As you may have noticed in the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, there’s been a bit of a floral theme here…anthuriums! These beautiful flowers are lauded for their heart-like shape and tend to symbolize happiness, abundance, and hospitality. Perfect for a wedding! NeBella Floral Concepts went above and beyond in creating this imaginative life-sized display for the lovely bride and groom.

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium Church Wedding

Aside from the amazing flowers, a plethora of lit candles lined the alter where Kim and Raul would soon say their vows.

Our Musical Choices

Processional: ILYSB (STRIPPED) by Lany

Recessional: You are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

First Dance: My Side of the Fence by Dan + Shay

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium Church Wedding

Congratulations to the bride and groom!

Anthurium Church Wedding

After browsing through many different inspirational photos on Pinterest everything started to look the same to us. We knew we wanted to do something different that matches who we are as a couple. Our team executed our vision beyond our imagination and we were completely blown away.

A Glowing Reception

Anthurium Church Wedding

The ceremony space was quickly transformed into an elegant and sophisticated reception. A mixture of white and ghost chairs offered visual interest amongst the wedding’s classic theme.

Anthurium wedding centerpiece

Anthurium wedding centerpiece

Tall centerpieces are trending, and there’s a clear reason why! This display bursting with color and flowers is so chic, and the acrylic helps offer height while keeping the visual obstructions to a minimum.

Anthurium Church Wedding

Anthurium wedding centerpiece

Baby’s breath will always be a hit! Adding in just a few roses is a great way to add color without detracting from a minimalist aesthetic.

Anthurium Church Wedding

clean white wedding cake with red flowers

This four-tiered wedding cake was simple and clean, much like the rest of their wedding!

sparkler wedding exit

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Allow your wedding planners and vendors to do their job and bring your vision to life! That's exactly what we did and we are still so blown away with how stunning the turnout was! We would LOVE to relive the day every year if we could. - Kim

To add to what Kim said, beyond finding great professionals, make sure you are working with great people who truly care about your needs and wants. We were so lucky to have that from our amazing Wedding Planners, With a Flair Events, and with all the wonderful vendors they recommended. Everyone lived up and exceeded our expectations so much. We truly miss our Zoom calls and design meetings. There is a very special human element in their approach, so much so that we feel we've made lifelong friends while working alongside vendors who are masters of their craft. The end result being happy newlyweds having their dream wedding! - Raul

Congratulations to Kim and Raul from the team here at GWS!

photography: Joel & Justyna // venue name: Vibiana, Los Angeles, California, USA // event design: With a Flair Events // planning: With a Flair Events // florals: NeBella Floral Concepts // wedding dress: Galia Lahav // bride's shoes: Rene Caovilla // bride's ring: Desert Wholesale Diamonds // hair stylist: Olivia Rose // makeup artist: Faces by Mesh // groom attire: Indochino // paper goods: Pateel B Designs // catering: Vibiana // cake: Shirin Bakery // tabletop rentals: MTB Event Rentals // furniture rentals: MTB Event Rentals // linen rentals: MTB Event Rentals // music: Check One 2 Entertainment // photo booth: Check One 2 Entertainment // cocktails: Vibiana // brow lamination: Skin With Katy // nail artist: Master Michelle // spray tan artist: Sunkissed Bottoms // luxury candlelight staging: Vogue Candles // scenic artist/backdrop: Narbeh Leon

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