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Wedding of Alyssa & Lauren at the Ebell

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, a philanthropic club which is a spectacular wedding venue. Offering an elegant historic clubhouse, it features two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon, and a breathtaking courtyard garden That made it a perfect choice for this happy couple.

Wedding program for Alyssa & Lauren

The Ebell - bespoke wedding venue

Welcome to the elegant Ebell

Preparing for the wedding

Just minutes to go

The second bride gets ready

Planning A Wedding At The Ebell, The Perfect Wedding Venue

Alyssa and Lauren were an incredible couple to work with, as their energy and vision for their wedding was infectious. They truly wanted guests to experience fun and unique evening, including details that were both spectacular and unexpected.

Visually they decided to carry out a glamorous Art Deco concept with a bold color story of black, gold and white. For that extra special touch, they selected a gold sequin aisle runner for their ceremony, and gold chairs black satin padding. Cocktail hour arrangements were bourbon bottles adorned with white florals, which tied into the grand reception, bringing all the glamor of Art Deco elements into place. The reception had a mixture of gold sequin and black adorned linen with lush white florals. A rich purple-hued lighting was added for that perfect touch to enhance their reception.

Elegant lighting at the Ebell

Just married!

Let the party begin

Together at last

Selecting Music That Tells A Love Story

Music was a special detail for them. Being in the music industry, Lauren meticulously selected key songs for the day and ceremony songs arranged to tell their love story.  Fun details for their love of music carried throughout the night: their guestbook display was made of actual vinyl records, where guests wrote their well wishes; and as a surprise to their guests, a light projection of Prince, one of their favorite artists, was largely displayed on a wall, overlooking the outside reception.

Seating chart for Alyssa & Lauren

Teh bridal couple enjoying dinner

Feasting On Custom Southern Cuisine

Another surprise element Alyssa and Lauren envisioned was to have a not-so-typical wedding menu.  They worked with The Ebell’s Executive Chef to create a custom menu of Southern cuisine including fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, “fried” green tomato salad, homemade biscuits, 6 cheese Mac and cheese, hush puppies and more- complete with a bottle of Red Rooster Hot Sauce on every table! For the toast the couple offered their guests a choice of libation: champagne or bourbon, to represent each of the brides’ styles.

This lovely couple accomplished their goal and then some. Their guests truly experienced a beautiful, unique and unexpected day they’ll remember for years to come.

Vendors That Made The Day Come Special

The beautiful wedding of Alyssa and Lauren, held at the Ebell, was made possible with expertise the following vendors”

Photographer: Kim Fox Photography @kimfoxphoto

Planner: Chic Ambiance  @chicambiance

Floral: Loris Flowers @lorisflowersweddings

Venue and Catering: Ebell of Los Angeles @ebellevents

Lighting: Stagelabs

Linen: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen @elegantdesignsca

DJ (with their Instagram name): Jess Funk@jsfnkpro

Dessert: Hansen’s Cakes did our cupcakes

Photobooth: Jess Funk  @jsfnkpro

Alyssa’s Dress: Kay’s Bridal; Instagram: kays_bridal

Alyssa’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Alyssa’s Accessories: Alyssa’s earrings were Kay’s Bridal

Rings: Valley’s Gem (Lauren designed both rings)

Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox

Lauren’s Suit: Designed by Lauren, manufactured by Thuy Custom Clothier (@thuycustomclothier), tailoring by Studio Unbiased (@studiounbiased)

Lauren’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti

Lauren’s Hair: Ayesha the Barber (@AyeshaTheBarber), owner of Ninth Chapter Barbershop LA (@ninthchapterla)

Hair Stylist: Monique Powers (website, instagram: @monique_powers)

Makeup artist: Monique Powers (website, @monique_powers)

Paper goods: (Menus, Programs, etc..): Designed and printed by Lauren

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Bio: The Ebell of Los Angeles Is a philanthropic organization founded in 1894 for women, and by women. Its building, an architectural masterpiece designed in 1927 by Summer Hunt, is the perfect setting for weddings and other events..

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, which opens it door to all. For information about booking your big day at the Ebell, check out the details on our website.

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Big guest list or extravagant reception

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You just got engaged – Congratulations! But, now you and your fiance have a decision to make: facing the reality of a finite budget, how will you decide?!

There is a lot to consider, so let’s break it down by decision:

Choosing A Large Guest List vs. An Extravagant Reception

Inviting large number of wedding guests

Invite Everyone:

  • Do you have a big family?
  • Does your fiance have a big family?
  • Will you be getting married locally?
  • Will people be upset if they aren’t invited?
  • Do you or your parents have an extensive list of social or business contacts it is important to invite?

These are all things that you and your beloved will want to think about if you are considering having a large guest list. Couples with large families may feel the pressure to make sure that everyone is included. Having to leave people out could potentially cause family drama, and no one wants that at their wedding! You also may feel the pressure to invite everyone you know if you’re getting married locally to where you work and live since traveling wouldn’t be a burden for people. Another thing to consider is whether or not leaving people off your guest list will offend anyone; you don’t want your wedding to cause hurt feelings.

Just remember that the more people you invite, the higher the costs will be. Wedding venues charge by the head. Even if you plan a massive outdoor wedding at home, you will amass more costs for food and drink with every additional guest.

Planning a lavish reception

Stage An Extravagant Wedding Reception:

  • Have you always dreamt of having special food or features for your perfect day?
  • Do you have expensive taste?
  • Do you want the best of everything?
  • Do you want to spare no expense for your big day?
  • Do you want a destination wedding?

These are just some of the things to consider if you want to have an extravagant reception. Whether you want shrimp appetizers and filet entrees or extra cost items such as a photo booth, a horse-drawn carriage, or high-end venue, especially at a distant location, your cost with being much higher than if you were happy with simpler meal, venue, or wedding events. If having the best is important to your vision of your wedding day, having a large guest list can turn your budget into a costly nightmare.

Lots of people have been dreaming of their wedding days since they were little and have a specific vision in mind. Most of the time, a large price tag is necessary to create your perfect day! If you want to look back on your day and not feel that you cut corners or dug yourself into a large financial hole to create the wedding of your dreams, then an extravagant reception with fewer guests is for you!

At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer. Just focus on the two of you, and your end goal: Getting married! Good luck!

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