Real Beirut wedding: Taline + Raffi

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This past July Chad and I traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to attend the wedding of my dear friend Taline.  Having never been before (though my mom grew up there), I wasn’t sure what to expect, but whatever it was, it exceeded anything I could have imagined.  The reception was held at Domaine de Zekrit, a converted monastery that dates back to earlier than the 6th century AD, and nestled between the hills.  Juxtaposed with the modern white and lucite furniture that was brought in , it was the perfect location for a wonderful evening spent outdoors.  The photos can’t do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular in person!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This is what awaited us for the cocktail hour…

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

veggies at cocktail hour

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

The layout of the dinner portion of the evening was pretty great….flanking the dancefloor were 2 long rectangular tables which had round tables on either side.  Check out that view!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

pyrotecnics at beirut wedding reception

Not a bad entrance when you’ve got pyrotecnics!

white and green tall centerpiece

Normally I’m not a fan of tall centerpieces, but these really worked because there no limit to how high they could go!  It really filled the space nicely.  These were found on all the round tables.

long tables at beirut wedding reception

The long tables had lower centerpieces that cascaded down.

candle decor at outdoor wedding reception

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

This had to be one of the more elaborate buffet spreads I’ve ever seen….all different stations for Lebanese, American, Asian, salads, BBQ and more, ripe for the picking!

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

dance floor at outdoor wedding reception

Beirut’s known for its nightlife, and for this wedding, they really got the club atmosphere down…

dessert buffet at outdoor wedding reception

Insane dessert buffet…

cake cutting with fireworks

Cutting the wedding cake with a sword leading into a fireworks show!

The happy couple!  Congrats Taline & Raffi!

[images by me & Chad]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Allie + Brian

wedding rings and monogram

So excited to kick off this week with a fabulous Brooklyn wedding!  It starts off at the new Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, with a ceremony at a local garden design shop, then ends up with a parade over to the reception at My Moon.  Its fun with lots of fab details, so be sure to click thru for all the wedding-y goodness!

bride and groom at wythe hotel

jenny packham wedding dress

bride and groom at wythe hotel

bride and groom at wythe hotel

arrow tie clip and bracelet

boutonniere & wedding dress back


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Real wedding: Nancy + Steve

Loving the simplicity of the centerpieces from this wedding….so clean and green…my fav!

green and white modern wedding reception

green and white centerpieces

candle decor

green and white modern wedding reception

wedding menu

white and green centerpiece

faceted escort card

[images from Emilia Jane]

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Real Bell House wedding: Sandrine + Lewis

wedding dress

I love how light and airy this wedding is!  Even the simplicity of the table decor is just perfection….goes to show you don’t need a lot to make a big impression.

pink and green bouquet

silver wedding shoes

pink boutonnieres

cool wedding backdrop


wedding couple with pink bouquet

wedding shoe shot

candle and foliage centerpiece

candle and ivy wedding arrangement

wedding invitation poster

CD wedding favors


Hair Stylist:  Dina Jennings
Caterer:  Great Performances
Musicians:  Eliano Bráz
Reception Venue:  The Bell House
Other:  Betsi Ewing Studio
DJ:  DJ Matt Uhlman
Equipment Rentals:  Ace Party & Chair Rentals
Makeup Artist:  Stephanie Peterson
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Pierrepont Hicks
Officiant:  Two-In-Love Ceremonies
Fashion Designer:  Brooklyn Tailors
Pre Ceremony Location:  Mondrian Hotel

[images from Justine Bursoni Photography]

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Real wedding at Loft Seven: Melissa + Bob

sweet moment between couple

Loving this chic palette of greys, whites and greens with just a pop of the burgundy!  More details from their wedding planner below.

black bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen

black bridesmaid dresses and white bouquets

wedding shoes

red calla lily bouquet

bridal portrait on staircase

bridal couple with red bouquet

white centerpieces on grey linens

white floral centerpieces

grey and white wedding reception

grey tablecloth with white centerpiece

all white table setting for wedding

white wedding cake with fresh flowers

From their wedding planner:

Melissa & Bob were one of my favorite couples last year. As soon as I met them, I knew they didn’t want the traditional wedding.  Instead, they wanted a sophisticated dinner party reception with great food, great drinks, and lots of quirky fun.  From the beginning, the bride had her eye on a fabulous loft in downtown LA (LoftSeven) which as you will see really captures the essence of city living in Los Angeles – the noise, the smells, the traffic, who knew!  The couple fell in love with a neutral palate of soft, pale grey, white and green.  We added deep burgundy calla lilies in the bouquet for that extra pop!  Of course no dinner party catered by Heirloom LA can be complete without a full dessert bar with everything from carrot cakes to inside out s’mores courtesy of Cake Monkey.

Catering:  Heirloom LA
Coordinator:  Love in LA Events
DJ:  Red Shoe DJ
Desserts:  Cake Monkey
Dress:  Michelle Rahn 
Florist:  Peony and Plum
Rentals:  Town and Country
Venue:  LoftSeven
Photography:  Picotte Weddings

[images from Picotte Weddings]

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