Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Welcome to Max and Rachel’s gorgeous, touching, celebratory wedding – an enigmatic event to be sure and a night to be remembered by all. Held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, this dinner party-centric celebration was excruciatingly elegant and stylish. Yet, as a Rebel Belle Wedding is often known to do, it nodded every so subtly in the geek direction with its chic Game of Thrones inspired dinner seating for 160 sophisticated guests around one long “U” shaped table. Such an unusual event could only have come from the minds of a wonderfully unique couple, and Rachel and Max definitely qualify.
By trade, Max is a musician and Rachel a librarian and thus they are self-described as Daria meets Ace Frehley, (pausing for the visual). Both are quick-witted as well as equal parts worldly and grounded. And it is no exaggeration to say that each is capable of inspiring true hair envy in those around them. Therefore, it makes complete sense that their wedding day began with a little his & hers primping…
…followed by a few wedding party snaps captured by Rad + In Love that appear to have floated directly off the pages of Vanity Fair Magazine.
“Lush” was a word used quite a bit in the design process, and here is where it begins – with the mind-blowing bridal floral created by The Little Branch.
Now if you’ll just step right this way, we’ll head over to the ceremony in the African Mammal Hall.
Subito Strings set the perfect mood, softly opening with “Panis Angelicus.”
The Father of the Groom, no stranger to public speaking, served as the ceremony officiant…
…and concluded the service with the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass.
As a surprise for her husband, Rachel arranged for Subito Strings to finish the ceremony off with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” for their recessional.
While the guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and time to explore the museum, the North American Mammal Hall was set for an intimate dinner party on a rather grand scale.
Since the massive dinner table ran the entire length of the hall, the couple chose to enter together and then split upon the Grand Entrance, each of them processing down opposite sides of the room and ultimately reuniting on the dance floor for the First Dance.
About Thyme Catering presented a sumptuous plated dinner and poured Kamen wines along with Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, a champagne with subtle yet significant family meaning, for toasts.
This special champagne was one of a few very light-handed touches sprinkled throughout the evening as quiet nods to family history. Another was the addition of a select offering of pies served for dessert alongside the wedding cake, both provided by Sweet Lady Jane.
As you can see, food and drink were very focal and meaningful at this celebration. Once the meal concluded, DJ Greg Corner seamlessly transitioned the party from dinner into festive dancing, great conversation, and laughter all around.
Rachel and Max – as you celebrate your first anniversary, my team and I wish you many, many more years of good friends, close family, great meals, little touches that make life special, wonderful memories and, of course, love. And please say hi to those adorable pups for me!!
Max and Rachel’s All Star Event Team:
Event Planning and Coordination: Rebel Belle Weddings
Catering: About Thyme
Photography: Rad + In Love
Floral Design: The Little Branch
DJ: Greg Corner
Sound Tech: SIR
Bar: Liquid Catering
Bakery: Sweet Lady Jane
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Makeup: Jessica DeBen
Hair: Hair by Shaylee
Rentals & Lighting: Town & Country
Chairs & Chargers: Classic Party Rentals
Table Numbers: SweetNCCollective