We totally love seeing different, personalized spins on a wedding venue—especially at locations as grand as LA’s wedding-hot-spot Vibiana. So, we were totally excited to see Grey Collective member HoneyFitz Events‘ glam, pink wedding design for Monterey and Matt’ black-tie affair. The team enlisted Little Hill to deck out the venue in all-shades of pink roses and we’re definitely into the pink uplighting on the altar—adding the “touch of modernity” requested by the couple. Fern Lee Photography was the team behind the lens capturing all the moments and custom details of this classic, glam wedding.
from the planner: Monterey and Matt met on a night out for a mutual friend’s birthday at the Edison in Downtown Los Angeles. They were instantly attracted to each other and struck up a conversation that only further cemented their attraction. They hit it off right away and three and a half years later, Matt was readying his proposal.
The couple got engaged at AOC Wine Bar in Beverly Hills. They had been there on a date before and loved the ambiance. Monterey always said she wanted her family present when she got engaged, so Matt arranged for both his and Monterey’s families to be present! Once they arrived, Monterey was surprised to see all their family members at a table on the patio. Before she could ask questions, Matt dropped to one knee and proposed with a custom ring from INTA Gems. She said “yes,” and they started planning their dream wedding almost immediately.
The wedding venue, Vibiana, was chosen for its beauty and proximity to where the couple met and spent most of their time. Being such a grand venue, the couple wanted a classic black tie wedding with a touch of modernity. The bride’s gown, which she created at Lovella Bridal, is a unique combination of a beaded corset by Martina Liana Bridal and full skirt by Watters Wtoo. The groom had a tuxedo custom made to measure by Ralph Lauren in a fabric selection of his choice. Tailored to his measurements and specifications, it’s a navy tuxedo with black satin peak lapels and a few custom details.
Continuing with the theme, Matt and Monterey wanted a full band with a horn section to provide the entertainment for their wedding. The band they found, “AMFM”, exceeded all expectations and set the tone for the entire wedding. Both the couple and their guests were out on the dance floor all night, stopping only to take photos in the “Blank Booth” photo booth.
The bride and groom were given a lot of advice before their wedding, but one recurring piece of advice they received was to “take it all in and enjoy it, because it’s over before you know it.” Keeping that in mind, they made sure to live in the moment and enjoy every step of their big day — they danced all night until the lights came on!
Both Matt and Monterey love details, so there were numerous personal touches that left their mark on the occasion. Being nonreligious, they desired an officiant who knew them well to conduct the ceremony in a solemn but lighthearted way. Matt’s cousin, Sam Blake, was their first choice, and thankfully he agreed. Sam made the whole ceremony very personal to both the bride and groom, and his speech was one of the few moments that almost moved them both to tears.
To celebrate and honor Monterey’s heritage, the couple and their immediate family members performed a Chinese tea ceremony. The tea ceremony requires the bride and groom to serve tea to their elders and allows family members to impart wisdom or blessings on the couple.
Further personal touches were included in every facet of the event. Both bride and groom had their outfits custom made for the big day, and their wedding parties had a few personal touches incorporated into their looks. The groomsmen received white silk Drakes of London pocket squares with their initials embroidered on them in the color of their choice. The bride chose BHLDN belts for her bridesmaids’ dresses and gave them all floral Pretty Plum Sugar robes to wear while they got ready.
Custom cake by Frost It Cakery, flowers by Little Hill Floral Design, invitations and stationery by Song and Pen, furniture from Pretty Vintage Rentals, the supreme coordination efforts by HoneyFitz Events, and the events team and entire staff at the Vibiana helped to create a wedding worthy of the dreams that inspired it. Fern Lee Photography and David Orgill videography documented the event so those moments can live on in more than just memory.
Planning + Design: HoneyFitz Events // Photography: Fern Lee Photography // Florist: Little Hill // Paper Goods: Song + Pen // Venue: Vibiana // Photobooth: Blank Booth // Band: AMFM // Hair + Make-Up: Lindsey Dabalos // Dress: Lovella Bridal // Suit: Ralph Lauren // Videographer: David Orgill // Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals // Cake: Frost It Cakery