Heather Taylor, the creative force behind the popular blogs L.A. in Bloom and Chef Speak, has hosted more than a few parties. On June 5, 2011, the sun was shining as 150 guests gathered in the blossom-filled yard of the couple's home to watch Heather and Alex exchange vows. Then it was off to one of the coupleâs favorite restaurants, Campanile, via double-decker bus, for a family-style Tuscan feast, music, and dancing.
Thick as Thieves, custom suit makers in the San Gabriel Valley, made Alexâs wedding-day attire after a 15-minute meeting in the parking lot of the Alhambra Public Library during which he was measured and selected fabrics. The suit arrived four weeks later and fit like a glove.
The ring bearer took his work very seriously. Dressed in a J.Crew Crewcuts seersucker suit, he kept an eye on the moss pillow to which the couplesâ wedding bands (hers an estate piece from Claude Morady, his a custom band by Kathryn Bentley) were tied with a white satin bow.
Judging by the pretty scene set using one of Heatherâs favorite tablecloths purchased on an annual family trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, and accented with a vintage vessel filled with bright peonies, guests would never know the book they were signing had been purchased at nearby Soolip Paperie just an hour before.
For the reception at Campanile, âwe went for a romantic Romeo and Juliet vibe,â says Heather. Holly Flora, run by Holly Vesecky and Rebecca Uchtman, upped the romance of the space by draping orange blossom vines to highlight dramatic architectural details like skylights, arches, balconies, and paned-glass windows.
The couple worked with chef Mark Peel to create a multicourse meal inspired by a Tuscan feast that Heather spotted in an old issue of Gourmet. The promise of fresh pasta with crabmeat, peas, and chili, as well as sausage-stuffed calamari, tempted guests from the thick card stock menus, letterpressed by Jennifer Brandt and Nic Taylor of Thunderwing Press.
Exterior Design: Tory Polone
Flowers: Holly Flora
Stationery: Thunderwing Press
Cakes: Veronica Rogov of TSP
Wedding Photography: Nancy Neil
Gown: Carolina Herrera
Brideâs Accessories: Estate earrings and bracelet, Claude Morady
Groomâs Suit: Thick as Thieves
Reception Music: Max Goldblatt
Day-of Coordinator: Jeff Fleming
Hair: Cristina Rocha at Andy Lecompte Salon
Makeup: Carola Gonzalez