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Vintage Bowling Wedding

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Be still my vintage-obsessed heart. It’s true that the fifties is one era I will never tire of, but a wedding in a bowling alley is quintessentially retro. Jessica is a designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in the gallery.

We’ve been asked why we chose the 1950’s as our wedding theme. To be honest, we’re really not sure. Maybe it was a love of the music, maybe it was a love of the style, or maybe it was Ryan’s love of Back to the Future. It’s hard to say for sure. It just seemed…natural.

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Our venue–The Doctor’s House at the Brand Arts and Music Library–was a much more conscious choice. We’d lived in the Burbank/Glendale area for many years and the Brand Arts and Music Library offered us the beautiful outdoor setting we both wanted. It was also the site of the career retrospective of Ryan’s favorite artist, Joseph Mugnaini. And since we’re not the sit-down-to-dinner type, the reception was hosted at the Montrose Bowl. A private bowling alley, the Montrose Bowl has appeared in many television and film productions, including Pleasantville and Teen Wolf. We wanted everyone at the reception to have a funny day, play games and maybe feel a little nostalgic, and the Montrose Bowl was the picture-perfect venue for it. Along with open bowling lanes and our ‘photo booth,’ games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tiddly Winks were scattered about to coax out everyone’s inner child.

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The wedding also had a green component. The bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and corsages were made from colorful cut-up clothing catalogues that normally would have found a home in the recycle bin. The bridal bouquet was a blossom of broaches sent by friends from around the world. Realizing that many of our international friends would not be able to attend, I sent out a call for broaches, rings, and pendants. Each piece was symbolic of a cherished memory, a friendship, an absent family member.

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With so many family and friends coming from out of town, we really wanted to share with them a true southern California culinary experience. And what else says southern California like a food truck? In this case it was Seabirds, a gourmet food truck. We chose Seabirds because of their impressive and delicious vegan menu. Seabirds vegan fare was a huge success. One guest even complained that she was “angry [she] couldn’t eat more!”

Taking full advantage of the bowling theme at the reception, guests signed a bowling pin as opposed to a traditional guest book. And keeping with our desire to make the event both fun and memorable, we thanked each guest with a bowling trophy. The trophies sported either a male or a female bowler and were engraved with our names, the date, and the eye-roll-worthy pun “With Love to Spare”.

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Sweetness in southampton

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Beth and Alban’s June 5 2010 wedding was without a doubt, a fabulous event.  The entire day took place in beautiful Southampton and details were the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance.  The bride and groom’s photos took our breath away – we truly hope you relish in their amazing day!  Much thanks to Beth for taking the time to send us the details!

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Alban proposed on a beautiful day at the beach in his hometown of Southampton.  In planning our wedding, we wanted to capture the feeling of the ocean and summer on the East End of Long Island.  Despite our busy work schedules, we were able to accomplish this with the help of talented wedding professionals who shared our vision.

SUMMER LOVE| Hydrangeas are my favorite flower; they remind me of summer!  Heidi of Sugar Magnolias combined gorgeous purple and cream hydrangeas in rustic tins to create beautiful centerpieces. Our bouquets were also comprised of stunning hydrangeas that complemented our dresses.

I had a wonderful time working with Joey, Pam and Jennifer, the staff at Fat Cat Paperie.  I wanted to create an invitation that conveyed the feeling of summer in Southampton.  We designed our pocket foldout invitation in blue and cream with a beach motif.  Insert cards included a list of local attractions so that out-of-town guests could experience some of our favorite local activities.

For the table and escort cards, I used vintage postcards of the East End I began collecting a few years ago when I moved to Long Island – my favorite ones depicted the beaches and towns of the South Fork – and attached White Finger starfish to each.

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SUMMER LOVE| Hydrangeas are my favorite flower; they remind me of summer!  Heidi of Sugar Magnolias combined gorgeous purple and cream hydrangeas in rustic tins to create beautiful centerpieces. Our bouquets were also comprised of stunning hydrangeas that complemented our dresses.

I had a wonderful time working with Joey, Pam and Jennifer, the staff at Fat Cat Paperie.  I wanted to create an invitation that conveyed the feeling of summer in Southampton.  We designed our pocket foldout invitation in blue and cream with a beach motif.  Insert cards included a list of local attractions so that out-of-town guests could experience some of our favorite local activities.

For the table and escort cards, I used vintage postcards of the East End I began collecting a few years ago when I moved to Long Island – my favorite ones depicted the beaches and towns of the South Fork – and attached White Finger starfish to each.

CAPTURING THE SETTING| One of the first things I looked for was a photographer.  I came across Christina Bohn’s pictures and I was drawn to her ability to capture couples in beautiful, natural settings.  As a bonus, we enjoyed her company and she was a pleasure to have around on our wedding day!

Alban grew up in Southampton and we knew it would be the perfect town to host our wedding.  Fortunately, around the time we started looking for a venue, Four Seasons Caterers was opening.  They were completing renovations of their beautiful new space with crisp white walls, clean lines, hardwood floors and large windows overlooking the garden.  This was the perfect canvas for our color palate.

MASTERING THE MOOD| Antonia and the string quartet from Anthology Strings made our ceremony unique and special, and continued to play at our cocktail hour in the garden.  They set a sophisticated, relaxed and joyous tone.  DJ Mandy got the party started with an early dance set before dinner and it continued all night long with a full dance floor through the last song.

Matt Murphy Event Lighting created a beautiful ambiance in the space with lavender, amber and rose lanterns.  While the sun was setting as the evening progressed, the hues were adjusted so that the palate harmonized with the natural light outside.

LOCAL FARE| We wanted to feature local and seasonal ingredients at our reception.  Linda Marie and Four Seasons Caterers did a wonderful job providing fresh local shellfish for the raw bar and many flavorful ingredients for the menu.  We appreciated the attention and care they devoted to creating excellent food that everyone enjoyed.  In addition to traditional cocktail selections, we also included wines from Southampton’s Duck Walk Vineyards and beer from Southampton Publick House.

After dinner, our guests were able to enjoy the beautiful summer night in the garden with fresh custom ice cream by Liquid Nitrogen Creamery including strawberry, blueberry and crème brulee graham cracker.  We also had a bonfire in the garden for our guests to create their own s’mores, a timeless summer favorite.

Shortly after we met, Alban bought me a Marie Antoinette cake from Tate’s Bake Shop for my birthday.  He had worked at Tate’s in high school and it has been one of his favorites since then.  We easily decided that this would be our wedding cake!  Decorated with purple and cream hydrangeas, our guests enjoyed it as much as we did!

Alban and I took great pleasure in planning our wedding. We loved the beautiful event and were so grateful to have shared this day with our family and friends.

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