Today’s real wedding at the legendary Hotel Bel-Air is one you won’t soon forget! The gorgeous couple, Julie and Shervin, have fantastic style, which is no surprise since the bride is none other than the niece of celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. With Mindy and her talented team to collaborate with, Julie and Shervin hosted a simply spectacular Old Hollywood inspired celebration.
The Goals: We really wanted to bring our vision of Old Hollywood glamour with a modern twist to life. We wanted our decor, flowers and colors to create an incredible atmosphere and experience for our guests.
The Design: We really wanted the whole wedding to feel timeless and classic. I wanted it reference the glamour of Old Hollywood but not too overtly. With red and white roses, we created a dramatic look for the decor that was romantic but not over the top. It was important for everything to be clean and classic. We incorporated greys to keep things soft – the bridesmaids wore grey and we even had a grey and white checkered dance floor. For our outdoor areas we chose furniture that matched our style and vibe, including white chaise lounges and black velvet stools.
The Look: My wedding dress was by Vera Wang and I absolutely loved it! One of the best things about it was that I was able to wear it for the ceremony and the reception, with slight modifications that made it feel like two completely different dresses. For the ceremony, I wanted my look to stay romantic and classic, in a more traditional sense, so I kept my hair up, wore a sheer belt and built a lace cover for the top. Then for the reception, I took my hair down and removed the lace cover and wore a silver glittery sash to create a relaxed party feel. Shervin wore a modern Prada tuxedo, perfectly fitted.
The Moments: Our ceremony was very meaningful – Reverend Clint Hufft was our officiant and he did an incredible job. Our vows were amazing and saying them to each other was so memorable. We also had a candle-lighting ceremony and a rope ceremony where we made promises to each other as we wrapped our hands together with the cords.
Throughout the ceremony, we also incorporated music in a modern, yet classic way. We selected our favorite contemporary songs and included them as instrumental versions. I walked down the aisle with my dad to Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child of Mine and they played the Beatles and other bands too.
One of my favorite moments was walking into the reception as husband and wife and beginning our first dance together. It was so cool and exciting to be welcomed in as a couple by all our friends and family. Another great moment was seeing EVERYONE out onto the dance floor dancing to Nocy from West Coast Music. It was so wonderful to see both young and old, both sides of our family, of all cultures, loving him and the energy that he brought.
The Pros: To learn about all of the talented wedding professionals who contributed to Julie and Shervin’s wedding day, don’t miss their page in our Real Wedding Library!
Thank you Julie and Shervin! And Mindy and Joy-Marie! What a simply spectacular wedding!