A Fuchsia-and-Orange Whimsical Restaurant Wedding in California

The Happy Couple

Nancy Neil

Heather Taylor, the creative force behind the popular blogs L.A. in Bloom and Chef Speak, has hosted more than a few parties. On June 5, 2011, the sun was shining as 150 guests gathered in the blossom-filled yard of the couple's home to watch Heather and Alex exchange vows. Then it was off to one of the couple's favorite restaurants, Campanile, via double-decker bus, for a family-style Tuscan feast, music, and dancing.

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The Bouquet

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Heather carried a bouquet of lush pink garden roses, geranium leaves, and passion vines. "I didn't want any bells and whistles, just the most exquisite flowers," she says.

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Invitations used calligraphy to evoke an Old World feel.

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The Venue

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The couple's charming West Hollywood home.

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The Ceremony

string quartet in courtyard
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A string quartet played underneath the orange trees. During the ceremony, loved ones read "[love is more thicker than forget]," by E.E. Cummings, and "Airs and Angels: This Night Only," by Kenneth Rexroth.

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Grand Entrance

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The bride's parents walked their daughter down the aisle.

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The stylish newlyweds share a moment together.

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For the Guys

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Boutonnieres featured orange roses and tiny California succulents.

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The Littlest Attendant

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The flower girl prepared quietly for her big debut.

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Something Blue

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Heather's gown came with this blue bow and monogrammed doily sewn inside.

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"I fell in love with the 'Spanish princess' feel of my dress," says Heather, here with her sister, the maid of honor.

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Groom's Attire


Thick as Thieves, custom suit makers in the San Gabriel Valley, made Alex's wedding-day attire after a 15-minute meeting in the parking lot of the Alhambra Public Library during which he was measured and selected fabrics. The suit arrived four weeks later and fit like a glove.

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Children's Attire


The ring bearer and flower girl wear J.Crew Crewcuts -- including the sparkly flip flops.

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Ring Pillow


The ring bearer took his work very seriously. Dressed in a J.Crew Crewcuts seersucker suit, he kept an eye on the moss pillow to which the couples' wedding bands (hers an estate piece from Claude Morady, his a custom band by Kathryn Bentley) were tied with a white satin bow.

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Double-decker buses, decorated with Mexican paper flowers, whisked guests to the celebration.

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Reception Venue


Choosing to do the reception at always-elegant Campanile kept the rental needs very low.

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The Guest Book


Judging by the pretty scene set using one of Heather's favorite tablecloths purchased on an annual family trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, and accented with a vintage vessel filled with bright peonies, guests would never know the book they were signing had been purchased at nearby Soolip Paperie just an hour before.

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Reception Decor

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For the reception at Campanile, "we went for a romantic Romeo and Juliet vibe," says Heather. Holly Flora, run by Holly Vesecky and Rebecca Uchtman, upped the romance of the space by draping orange blossom vines to highlight dramatic architectural details like skylights, arches, balconies, and paned-glass windows.

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Bright Palette

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Vases of sweetpeas and bowls of bougainvillea provide vibrant bursts of color. "Our palette was inspired by my bachelorette weekend in Mexico," says Heather. "I loved the Bougainvillea I saw there."

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To create a full but functional tablescape, Holly Flora filled a variety of 1960s-era ceramics and Heath pieces from Heather's personal collection with an abundance of peonies, poppies, and garden roses.

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Simple Touches

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Communal tables were dotted with dahlia-filled vessels, some from Heather's personal collection.

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Last-Minute Decor


A week before the wedding, Heather was still looking for an easy way to elevate classic white tablecloths. A quick trip the fabric store yielded a subtle, cream-colored textile with a French tea towel-feel that was used to make simple runners.

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Table Numbers

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The table numbers had a floral design.

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The Menu


The couple worked with chef Mark Peel to create a multicourse meal inspired by a Tuscan feast that Heather spotted in an old issue of Gourmet. The promise of fresh pasta with crabmeat, peas, and chili, as well as sausage-stuffed calamari, tempted guests from the thick card stock menus, letterpressed by Jennifer Brandt and Nic Taylor of Thunderwing Press.

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The Newlyweds


Heather and Alex stole a moment to sit and take in everything during their reception.

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Wedding Guests


The couple's close friends Sherry Walsh and Miguel Nelson, owners of eco-friendly event spaces Marvimon and Smog Shoppe. They often served as sounding boards for logistics, estimates, and resources, including the baker responsible for the array of wedding desserts.

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Recycled Decor


Once dinner was over, it was time to dance. Tables needed to be moved in order to make space, so the flowers, candles, and vessels were cleared and transferred to the nearest shelves, coincidentally making the service station a much prettier place.

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Father/Daughter Dance


Heather's father, who grew up less than a mile from the reception site, takes his daughter's hand for a dance set to the Temptations classic "My Girl."

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One of four cakes: almond-cornmeal pound cake with mascarpone cream and strawberries. The others: Tres leches cake with dulce de leche frosting, Scharffen Berger chocolate cake with dark-chocolate ganache, and lemon-soaked cake with candied lemons.

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Exterior Design: Tory Polone

Flowers: Holly Flora

Stationery: Thunderwing Press

Catering: Campanile

Cakes: Veronica Rogov of TSP

Wedding Photography: Nancy Neil

Gown: Carolina Herrera

Bride's Accessories: Estate earrings and bracelet, Claude Morady

Groom's Suit: Thick as Thieves

Reception Music: Max Goldblatt

Day-of Coordinator: Jeff Fleming

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Double-decker trolleys, Starline Tours of Hollywood

Hair: Cristina Rocha at Andy Lecompte Salon

Makeup: Carola Gonzalez

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