When Jessica and Ilya first met in high school, she was a sophomore with a crush, and he was a senior who thought she was too young for him. But nearly a decade later -- after Jessica tracked him down on Facebook -- that was no longer the case, and they began dating. Two years later, Ilya proposed, and the couple began planning their wedding celebration, which included a rehearsal dinner on April 21, 2012, at a friend's Los Angeles-area home.
Long tables were decorated with white flowers and pillar and taper candles, and black lampshades hung from overhead, for a modern bistro atmosphere.
The family-style meal, prepared by Joe's Restaurant, began with a cranberry-and-goat-cheese topped salad, as well as a couscous salad. Grilled salmon, chicken ravioli, and veal followed.
At each seat rested mini loaves of bread from La Brea Bakery, wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with lavender and green bakers' twine. The finishing touch? Tags reading "bon appetit." The colored string coordinated with the green-and-white striped tablecloths and helped set off the dramatic black dinnerware.