Classic elegance + Chinese cultural traditions + playful pink accents in the fashion and decor = a wedding you're going to love! Get ready for some serious beauty in today's wedding of Julie and Henry at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and The London West Hollywood.
The Couple: Julie and Henry
The Wedding: 3.26.11 - Greystone Mansion and The London West Hollywood
What were the top three priorities for you in planning your wedding?
1) Guests: we wanted to do our best to make sure all our guests felt loved and had a fun time.
2) Venue: we wanted to be married outdoors surrounded by gorgeous blooms and an indoor reception space that was effortlessly elegant.
3) Photos: it was important for us to find an amazing photographer to capture every bit of our wedding day and the details.
What wedding traditions or cultural traditions did you incorporate into your wedding and what did they mean to you? Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to see brides in traditional qi pao dresses on their wedding day. Custom-made to fit in a variety of bright fabrics and intricate embroidery, the qi pao is very much part of Chinese culture and often worn at weddings or times of celebration. To be able to wear one myself on my own wedding day was very special to me.
Were there any places where you “broke the rules” in your wedding planning? Henry and I opted to do a first look before the ceremony, which goes against the tradition that the bride and groom do not see each other before the wedding. It gave us the opportunity to have just one moment all to ourselves. It was emotional to say the least and I’ll cherish the feeling always.
What was your biggest wedding planning success? The biggest success was that we were able to pull off a fun party and celebrate with the most important people in our lives!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography
Event Planner: Sassy Girl Weddings & Events
Ceremony Venue: Greystone Mansion
Reception Venue: The London West Hollywood
Videographer/Film Maker: Cloud 9 Cinematography
Officiant: Don Johnson
Invitation Designer: b.t.elements
Cake: NancyKay's Confections
Wedding dress: Priscilla of Boston and Vinshop USA
Bridal accessories: Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid’s apparel and accessories: Netbride
Groom and groomsmen apparel & accessories: Hugo Boss
Hair and make-up: Debbie Celeste
DJ: Premiere Events Group
Rentals: Luna Rentals
Thank you so much Julie and Henry - we adore everything about your wedding! And thank you to photographer Maryanne Wilson for your gorgeous images of the day!
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