Leora and Ben - Beverly Hills (real wedding)

Leora Kashani and Ben Parnassi first saw each other and briefly spoke at a few parties and charity events. “Ben would always grab by attention and he instantly became a familiar face to me,” Leora describes. “After a few months of meeting each other, Ben reached out me to wish me happy birthday, and asked to take me out to celebrate. I only agreed to a coffee date, as I wanted to keep the situation as casual as possible until I knew whether or not I liked him. Although Ben agreed at the time, he ended up planning a beautiful lunch at the Bel-Air Hotel which turned into the start of an amazing journey. We instantly felt a connection with one another, as if we have known each other from a past life. I immediately learned that Ben was a pure, kind, and energetic soul with so much love and excitement for the world.”

Fast forward into their relationship, and the couple was at the Bel-Air Hotel once more, revisiting the site of their first date. “Ben never knew that I would daydream about him proposing there all the time,” Leora shares. “It was a place that had so much meaning and the beginning of the most beautiful love I’ve ever felt. Ben told me we were meeting his family for lunch to celebrate his sister and mom’s birthday, as well as parents’ anniversary. Little did I know that both of our families were hiding there, ready for Ben to bring me to propose. It really was the most perfect day – a daydream that turned into everything I ever wanted and more.”

With Ben working in the event industry, the wedding planning process couldn’t have been easier. The wedding day began with the bride and groom getting ready in separate rooms, surrounded by their closest friends and family members. For the bride, she couldn’t wait to experience their first look – a moment she had been looking forward to ever since she started planning the wedding. 

“The moment we looked at each other for the first time was magical,” she says. “Both of us with tears in our eyes and our smiles so big. It was a moment of true happiness and appreciation for one another. The magic continued on under the Chuppah with our families. Walking down the aisle is definitely the most amazing and incredible feeling I have ever experienced. I hope for every bride to get to feel the way I did at their wedding.”

An elegant white and gold wedding reception followed, featuring arrangements of white florals and white orchids hanging from architectural gold centerpiece structures. The dancefloor was lit with varying shades of purple and blue, and custom videos played onstage while the DJ kept everyone partying throughout the night. 

The newlyweds honeymooned in Italy, Israel, and Greece. After fully experiencing the wedding whirlwind, they were excited to take some time to themselves, traveling and simply enjoying being with one another.

>Written by: Lauren Malamala

Ben & Leora || Venue: @bevhillshotel | Planning: @detailsmichelle | Photography: @jessicaclaire | Floral/Design: @shawnayamamoto | Rentals: @palacepartyrental | Lighting: @thelightersidela | AV: @wovaevents | Sparklers: @thelightersidela | Video: @davidmedillproductions | Cake: @graceandhoneycakes | Music: @Liventgroup | Dress: @verawanggang | Bride Shoes: @badgleymischka | Groom Attire: @tomford | Groom Shoes: @louboutinworld | Media Placement: @raycepr ||

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Trendy Wedding Ideas with Marble, Quartz, Calligraphy, and more!

As wedding season was quickly approaching I knew creating a beautiful shoot just had to be done. My thought was to focus on the 2016 wedding trends and so I teamed up with Heather Puhek, owner of Petals & Stones and hair and makeup stylist for Beauty and the Beach, to start the planning process. We were inspired to highlight bridal fashion and trending aesthetic inspiration. We of course had to include the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, but chose to loosely use them throughout to add a different design spin. The other top wedding trends we highlighted are… Lose, organic floral arrangements and bouquets. Seasonal flowers with a variety of textured foliage is still on trend, as well as foraging. We loved using giant artichoke leaves as well as fragrant jasmine and the popular protea and air plants. There is also emphasis on pushing creativity with displays. Paige Schmitt, The Mad Florist, helped achieve this look with her amazing talent and style! For our shoot, we chose stylish gowns from top designers Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Eve of Milady, and Badgley Mischka. Think lots of lace and floral applique this year! With Mary Me Bridal’s stylist, Hope Stanley’s expertise the choices are flawless! We always love styling with Sundrop Vintage pieces. For this shoot we chose their furniture pieces that would best compliment the Pantone colors of the year and they did! The Woodard Collection for the bar lounge makes me smile - big! Their vintage plates with delicate rose quartz details and serenity goblets were the perfect pair.

Cakes are truly an art form in themselves, especially when it comes to those made by Maria, owner of RooneyGirl BakeShop. With multi-layered cakes on trend, each layer offers itself to a separate expression in style, mixing and matching colors and textures and making sure each tier counts. Think of it as each tier as having its own personality. We incorporated crystals, quartz, and geodes as well as copper and marbled fondant. Maria incorporated all of these elements into her incredible design and brought our vision to life, impeccably! When it comes to paper goods in 2016 consider shine and texture with gilded calligraphy, always calligraphy, in copper or gold tones. Calligraphy remains a strong trend, that we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon. Who doesn’t want pretty and romantic lettering on their invitations?! Darla Vietti, Darla Marie Designs, chose copper and rose quartz to use in our lovely invitation suite. Marble is also trending and adds cool tones and textures. We used cut pieces of marble to display our menus and place cards. Adorned with copper calligraphy by Pirouette Paper. We anticipate copper accents popping up more this year in addition to the ever popular rose gold. Beauty and the Beach was onsite to get our models glammed! Natural and romantic are still the buzz in bridal hair and makeup. Braids are still in and are becoming more intricate, so we created a one of a kind braided up do, and multi braid fishtail as well as accentuating some amazing natural curls! In makeup matte and long lasting are replacing sticky high gloss lips. We opted for bright springy colors for a cohesive look. The rest of the makeup was kept soft and nodded to the 2016 Pantone colors.

Even though gold and rose gold are holding their own in jewelry, many brides are still opting to simply echo the details highlighted in their dresses. Petals & Stones provided all the beautiful sparkle that served as the icing on the cake so to speak! Statement earrings, bracelets bold brides are still stacking and always, always a hair accessory! Personalized food and signature drinks are such a fun way to add creative details to your wedding. We absolutely loved how Colette’s Catering used the Pantone colors of the year in their bite sized appetizers and desserts. The Cocktail Concierge created delicious concoctions to highlight the Pantone colors also. Why not start your celebration with pre-ceremony libations? In 2016 it’s all about the textures and patterns for linens. Luxe Linen had the perfect pieces and sparkles to complete our look. -Amy of
All In The Detail Design

Team of Wedding Pros: Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Planning & Design: All In The Detail Design | Rentals: Sundrop Vintage | Cakes: RooneyGirl BakeShop | Videography: Miguel Garcia | Jewelry: Petals and Stones | Bar Services: Cocktail Concierge | Bridal Salon: Mary Me Bridal | Catering: Colette's Events and Catering | Venue: Muckenthaler Mansion in Orange County | Florals: The Mad Florist | Beauty: Beauty and the Beach | Gowns: Badgley Mischka, Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Eve of Milady | Stationery: Darla Marie Designs | Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper Company | Linens: Luxe Linen | Film Processing and Scanning: The Find Lab

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