31 Jul

New venue alert! When Lombardi House popped up on our radar we knew we had to share it ASAP. It would be such a lovely place for a wedding or intimate event. Built in 1904 and beautifully maintained, this venue is quite the stunner:  a Victorian-style farmhouse with a fresh white exterior, brick porch, elegant guest apartments, renovated barn, and 7,000 square feet of space, nestled right in the heart of Hollywood.

Thanks to Diana Marie Photography for these images. Now, just look at this gorgeous façade…

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake #weddingvenue

Lombardi House is unique in that it runs a lot like a luxury hotel with a concierge service that includes on-site management, housekeeping, maintenance, entire property use (including barn), and more.

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

In the 1930s, the property was used to maintain horses. The original stable + barn has been revamped with 35ft ceilings that make for the ultimate indoor-outdoor space. Imagine the possibilities…

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Bookings are broken up into three categories: 6-hour, 12-hour, and an entire weekend. Booking the weekend package means access to the estate for two nights, and could mean having all your events in one package, from rehearsal dinner to ceremony and reception to Sunday brunch. Additionally, the main house accommodates 28 guests, making it perfect for the bridal party to sleep on site.

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Totally feeling all the paradise-y vibes. More info on the suites here.

Southern California wedding venue | Lombardi House | Photo by Diana Marie Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Lombardi House | lombardihouse.com 

1717 Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Total estate grounds capacity: 250
Main house accommodation: 28
Guest suites: 4

As smitten as we are? Pop on over to the Diana Marie Photography blog for more photos and info.

Photographer: Diana Marie Photography / Venue: Lombardi House

 
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31 Jul

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

After Erick proposed to Mara on top of the ferris wheel at Coachella in 2013, they quickly decided a Palm Springs venue would be just right. Two Pinterest boards (here + here), 7 months, and a little rare Palm Springs rain later, they had this rad, artsy Ace Hotel wedding. Thanks to Nick Radford for the photos below.

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

The bride’s bright bouquet recipe: coral poppy, yellow + orange ranunculus, white roses, hookeri succulents.

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara totally didn’t think she’d end up with a bold, beaded gown, but she tried on the Jenny Packham “Joy” dress in platinum at the request of Courtney from Joan Pillow and that was it!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara dreamt of snagging a few gorgeous windmill shots, so they didn’t mind heading out there before the ceremony. Mara says, Once I had time with Erick and got those shots, I was much more relaxed for the ceremony. 

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Geometric mobiles custom made by Hello Bonjour Décor arrived in Palm Springs the day before the wedding!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

All these fab laser-cut signs created by the bride inspired her to open up an Etsy shop this summer!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara’s advice to those planning: Don’t worry about tradition. My family being from Texas had an idea of how a typical wedding should be. Erick and I went against a lot of those ideas: asking our friend to perform the ceremony, walking down the aisle to non-traditional songs, not wearing a veil, not tossing a bouquet, the list goes on. In the end, many of those items my parents gave me such a hard time on they later complimented. So go with your gut on what the two of you want. And one last thing: a day of coordinator is invaluable!

Cheers to Mara and Erick!

Photographer: Nick Radford / Venue & Catering: Ace Hotel & Swim Club / Coordinators: Ace Hotel / Day of Coordinator & Florist: Beverly McAdams of Le Grand Jour Inc / Hair & Makeup: Cassie with Ace Hotel & Swim Club Spa / Invitations & Paper Pieces: Bride, Mara McCumber / Poster Guestbook: Marshmallow Ink / Program Illustration: Friend, Ai Kawashima / Linens: Over the Top / Geometric Shapes: Hello Bonjour Décor / Cake Topper: DSMeeBee / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham from Joan Pillow / Shoes Loeffler Randall / Hair Pins: Erin Cole / Engagement Ring: Stuart Moore / Bracelet: Jenny Packham / Groom + Groomsmens’ Suits: Black by Vera Wang / Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse / Bowties for Groom + Groomsmen: Two Guys Bow Ties / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier

 
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30 Jul

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Veronica & Victor wanted a rustic, romantic wedding with pops of sparkly gold. Luckily, they had a pretty fab team of vendors to help them bring that vision to life: These two were the winners of last year’s Free Love wedding contest—all the gorgeousness you’ll see below = free!

Turned out to be quite the dreamy wedding, shot by Apryl Ann Photography

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

The dress: An Ivory slim trumpet silhouette gown with beaded cap sleeves that accented beaded lace trim, a scalloped hemline with a matching veil.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

These vintage-y shots were extra special since Victor is a photog himself.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

The sweetest. Ever.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Pretty much perfect, no? Bows and Arrows sure knows their way around flowers.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

So much sparkle…

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Can we get a piece o’ this? Dessert c/o Cakewalk Bake Shop.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Congrats, Victor & Veronica!

Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography  / Videographer: I Do! Cinematics / Ceremony & Reception Venue: 333. First Ave / Event Coordinator: Emily Clarke Events / Florist: Bows and Arrows / Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Blush, Something You / Invitations: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Catering: Wendy Krispin Catering / Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Shag Carpet, Love Dove, Xquisite Events, Rent My Dust / Photo Booth: Hot Dog! Photo Booths / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Bridal Couture / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti/ Creme de Luxe Rings: Megan Thorne Fine Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

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