Sara + Zach coined the nickname “Bear Team” after working together in a restaurant in LA and becoming an amazing pair in work, in dating, and in life :) Because the name stuck, they decided to incorporate a few fun “Bear-inspired” details (wax seals on their invites, custom “Bear Team” shirts, gummy bear filled hotel baskets and, of course, a #bearteamwedding hashtag) into their stunning Koreatown, Los Angeles rooftop wedding, and we’re loving every bit of it! Below, Sara describes the day in more detail, then it’s onto the gorge photos captured by Jenny Smith & Co.!
Above all else we wanted the wedding to be a celebration of love with the people that we love. The goal was to create a relaxed, honest and fun environment for us and our favorite people. Anyone who knows us is aware of our appreciation for food, music, and wine; and it was important to us that the wedding felt representative of who we are in an authentic way. Our first date was at a sports bar, OB Bear, in Koreatown – a mere 9 blocks from the wedding location. The Hotel Normandie is a gorgeous, restored hotel from the 1920’s adorned with original wood floors, doors, and the dreamiest vaulted ceilings. We called on friends to contribute to the collaborative menu, create signature cocktails and rock funky jazz music during our reception. The goal was to throw our best dinner party yet.
Because Sara grew up in Oregon, around the lush topography of the Pacific Northwest, she was obsessed with the idea of featuring only greens in contrast to the white and black attire of her + Zach and the wedding party. The colorful K-town skyline was definitely an added bonus, too!
Commerce Flowers is responsible for these beautiful greenery pieces!
We love, love, love that Sara’s ladies wore white jumpsuits instead of a traditional “bridesmaid dress”! You can shop this look (which is also perfect for all those warm, summer days up ahead) in our guide below:
Sara tells us, From the florals to the table settings, we wanted to honor California agriculture with vibrant bursts of color. The bold orange of fresh persimmons popped on the place settings, surrounded by lush greenery and citrine crystals.
Stay true to you. Don’t get lost in the stress of the “details” – if you make the details something personal/important to you, they will be easy to identify and execute. Honor your intuition and sense of self, if something feels right, make the decision and move on to the next. Try to avoid the paralysis of analysis or regret. Remember, you’re getting to marry your best friend and have THE best party. Focus on the things you want to remember most and inherently those ever special details will weave their way into being. Just like my bridesmaid jumpsuits, ff you have a clear vision, don’t let it go! You’ll hear so many opinions, try and be flexible, but in the end DO YOU.
photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // venue name: Hotel Normandie, Los Angeles, California // event design: Fizz Pop Productions // planning: Fizz Pop Productions // florals: Commerce Flowers // hairpiece: Handmade // bridesmaid dresses: Assorted white jumpsuits chosen by bridesmaids // hair stylist: Amanda Wright, Paloma & Friends Salon // makeup artist: Katie Sobelman // groom attire: J.Crew // paper goods: Meredith Burchiel // cake: Meadow Ramsey, Sqirl // music: Kyle Crane & Friends // officiant: Dan Tapia -- Former wine director of Mozza Pizzeria // day of planning: Tonye Dunn // wedding dress: Rosa Clara from Panache Bridal Beverly Hills // bride's hair: Erin Athey // esthetician: Katie Sobelman // catering: Christian Page on behalf of Hotel Normandie LA, Ori Menashe, Bestia, Zachary Pollack, Alimento, Windrose Farms, JJ's Lone Daughter, Lodge Bread, Coleman Farms // mixologist: Daniel Zacharczuk -- [email protected] // cocktail menu creator: Daniel Zacharczuk -- [email protected] // rings: SN Queens