We’ve made it through 2016, and now it’s time for the best part of 2017 to begin: wedding season! From knotted up ‘dos to the fiercest of fierce wedding nails to non-traditional rings, we’ve got you covered on all things bridal in the new year. And now for a little inspiration. Close your eyes and picture the dream Bel Air wedding. Now picture it featuring a black and white color palette, a candle-canvassed ballroom, a secluded ceremony in the trees and a bridal party dressed oh-so-chic in black. Sounds to die for, right? Check out this Bel Air wedding for the classiest of classy wedding ideas.


From Sterling Social: “The ceremony took place on Swan Lake at Hotel Bel Air on a gorgeous summer evening, surrounded by the hotel’s infamous swans and lush garden setting. At the start of the curved aisle, phalaenopsis orchids were set in black lacquer vases on top of clear acrylic pedestals as an entry statement. Ivory rose petals lined both sides of the aisle, making a soft path to the existing hotel arbor structure that was used as the Chuppah. The structure was draped in a luxe champagne colored fabric and pulled together with large black tassels. A trio of Moroccan inspired pendants hung from the inside of the structure for added detailing. The ceremony design was kept very clean and contemporary, allowing the beauty of the lawn to shine through, as well as Brittney’s incredible black and white Vera Wang gown.

“The renovated Hotel Bel-Air ballroom already has a streamlined, contemporary and glamorous look with its chic color palette in shades of silver, pewter and soft white. We wanted to build upon the existing aesthetic and tie in special touches to make the setting a unique reflection of Brittney and Shany’s personal style.


“Overall, Hotel Bel-Air offered the best of both worlds — a lush, private and romantic outdoor setting for the ceremony, along with a chic, sexy and sophisticated indoor setting for the cocktail and dinner receptions. The overall color palette was neutral, yet bold, with soft and romantic touches. By starting with the base tones in the existing ballroom, we decided to add crisp and tailored pops of black to make a statement, along with nude and rose gold details for a feminine touch.


“The design had many layers of textural elements, such as mirror, glass, suede, cut crystal and raw silk. The most incredible detail was the contemporary glass candelabras that reflected glowing candlelight along the 24-foot mirror top tables. Between the tall candelabras were silver and pewter vases with textural designs all filled with white and cream florals (no greenery). Mixed in were petite vases holding nude reflexed roses. As a contrast, the round tables had ruffled black linens and displayed a complementary trio of floral vessels and accents of candlelight. The modern table numbers were etched into clear acrylic and mixed subtly with the decor. The dinner menus had a landscape orientation and featured the same rose gold paint swoosh from the Save the Date design. A great focal point in the room was the 16-foot bar and back bar shelving that served as the backdrop to the head table. Overall, the room was residentially inspired and very inviting for guests to dine and dance the night away.”


From the bride: “We met in 2010, and had our first date in what seemed like a regular sushi restaurant, on a regular Saturday night. What didn’t feel so regular was the fact that we felt like we had known each other forever. We instantly bonded and had an innate sense of comfort with one another; it was as if we had been dating for a long time. Our instant chemistry and ease with one another was not just seen and felt by us, but later in the evening we met up with friends and a total stranger asked my friend ‘How long have they been dating; they look so happy.’ True story! We both knew we had something special and definitely not ordinary. Our relationship started with an amazing date and continued on the right path that led to a tremendous amount of trust and an unbreakable bond.


“After two and a half years of dating, Shany and I went on a business trip to Miami where he also surprised me with the proposal in our SLS hotel suite after a very nice dinner at Juvia restaurant. When we got back to the room, it was full of flowers and candles everywhere. The bed had ‘Will you marry me?’ in rose petals. I walked in first and was very surprised to see the rose petals on the bed and as I turned around I saw Shany on one knee with the ring in his hands. I was pretty much speechless and all I could say was ‘I don’t deserve this.'”



Event Planning & Design: Sterling Social
Photography: Jana Williams
Venue: Hotel Bel-Air
Floral Design: JL Designs
Printed Materials: Pitbulls and Posies
Furnishings: Revelry Event Designers

Reception Band: JB Project from West Coast Music

DJ: Cheyne Tilly of Bang Bang Creative
Cinematography: Cloudless Weddings

Lighting: Lighten Up, Inc.

Linens: La Tavola

Photo Station: Open Air Photo Booth
Hair: Allie Paronelli

Make-up: Jocelyn Rivard
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang

Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Bridesmaids Gowns: L’Agence
Groom’s Attire: Dolce & Gabbana

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