Max & Rachel’s Game of Thrones Inspired NHMLA Wedding

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

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…

Rachel + Max Wedding Hair by Shaylee and Makeup by Jessica de Ben

…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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding .. Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

“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.

Lush Game of Thrones Inspired Bridal Bouquet 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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Subito Strings set the perfect mood, softly opening with “Panis Angelicus.”

Natural History Museum Wedding Ceremony Trio Subito Strings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

The Father of the Groom, no stranger to public speaking, served as the ceremony officiant…

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

…and concluded the service with the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass.

Natural History Museum Wedding Jewish Breaking of the Glass Mazel Tov

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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

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.

Natural History Museum Wedding Long Table Dinner Seating

Natural History Museum Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Table Number by

Natural History Museum Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Table Place Setting

Natural History Museum Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Decor

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding Kamen Wine

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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding About Thyme Catering

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding

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.

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding Pies by Sweet Lady Jane

Sweet Lady Jane Wedding Cake and Sugar Skull Dia de los Muertos cake toppers

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding Wedding Cake 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 + Max Natural History Museum Wedding DJ Greg Corner

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

Rachel + Max Natural History Museum Wedding // Rebel Belle Weddings

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!!

Adorable Dogs in Wedding Photos // Rebel Belle Weddings

Max and Rachel’s All Star Event Team:

Venue: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Event Planning and Coordination: Rebel Belle Weddings

Event Design: Rachel Bernstein (bride), Rebel Belle Weddings, and The Little Branch

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