This incredible Beverly Hills Hotel wedding has been featured on the Inside Weddings blog! Tova, the bride, envisioned an Ojai Valley-meets-Beverly Hills on a warm summer evening wedding and that’s exactly what we helped create for her. Click here to read the full story and see more photos on Inside Weddings.
We loved working with Fancy That! Event Design and Coordination and tic-tock Couture Florals to transform the ballroom at the Glendale Hilton into a lush, glamorous reception. We created a feathered back drop to complement tic-tock‘s beautiful sweetheart table covered in white roses and designed a custom, mirrored stage. We draped the entire ballroom in sheer, white fabric to create a warm and welcoming ambiance. This gorgeous reception in all white sparkled with mirrored table tops, candles and soft lighting.
Venue: Glendale Hilton
Event Design: Fancy That! Event Design and Coordination
Photography: Duke Photography
Florals: tic-tock Couture Florals
Draping, Wall Treatment, Stage Design: Revelry Event Designers
The Candlelight Concert, celebrating the Segerstrom Center for the Arts‘ 25th anniversary was filled with old Hollywood glamour and style! We collaborated with Elite OC Productions to transform the concert hall into a sparkling dream where Kristin Chenoweth and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed for 450 guests.
Cartier was the presenting sponsor and had their pages in sharp red uniforms greeting guests as they entered the 3000-seat Segerstrom Hall while the Sonoma Elementary School Eagles Advanced Band played Christmas carols. Trumpet heralds even announced dinner inside the concert hall after guests enjoyed a red-carpeted lounge area with Revelry white leather banquets and decor like silver, ornate mirrors, furniture and custom-designed bars.
Illuminated crystals hung from the ceiling and many chandeliers hung around the room to create a very elegant look and feel. We covered the 30-foot walls in black and white damask panels with red stripes and rhinestone tassels at the bottom. The tables were decorated in beautiful black and white linens with a rose pattern and were adorned with rose centerpieces and crystal candle holders.
This gorgeous wedding at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills was over the top in a very good way! We draped white, sheer fabric at the ceremony and in the ballroom to create a glamorous look for this amazing wedding. We also created custom quilted bars and wall treatments, paper flower backdrops and created a custom-made stage. We also brought along our tufted banquettes, lounges and mirrored tables to complete the look!
We’re excited to announce that our work has been featured in Inside Weddings magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine, which will be on newsstands June 5th.
Revelry: We know you are a mother/daughter team. But how did you come to be event planners?
Levine Fox Events: Prior to forming our event company, I (Diane) worked for 4 years as head coordinator and assistant to the owner of a prestigious event production company in Los Angeles. I was lucky to learn the “biz” through my day to day experiences and from the variety of events that we produced. When that company was sold, Alyson, my daughter, and I decided to partner together and, in the summer of 1997, we created Levine Fox Events. With Alyson’s previous experience in producing high-end events and my original background in interior design, the two of us were ready and able to begin our career together!
Revelry: How would you each describe your personal style?
Levine Fox Events: Our weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and parties are each tastefully designed, run with incredible organization and are always a visual “WOW”! We work hard to ensure that each event has its own personality and is in sync with the current styles and times. Most important, we strive to have each function reflect the tastes and priorities of each of our clients. We emphasize sophistication, dramatic appeal and unified design elements. Our style is fresh; our themes are understated and presented in innovative ways. Designing a perfectly exquisite and unique environment for each event is our PASSION!
Revelry: Tell us about the favorite event you’ve planned and why it was your favorite.
Levine Fox Events: Last October in Palm Beach, Florida, we produced and designed a destination weekend filled with an array of fun parties & exciting activities in celebration of our client’s 25th birthday. The venue, a grand hotel with an old world ambiance and with a variety of elegant ballrooms, proved to be the perfect location. Collaborating with celebrated design sources from across the country, we transformed the interiors of several of the ballrooms into: a tropical spa environment for a ladies’ day of pampering amidst palm trees, the soothing sound of running water from a central fountain and canvas cabanas for private treatments; a whimsical and stylized Alice-in-Wonderland ladies’ high tea with fantasy floral and storybook props and table décor; a Latin nightclub, complete with ruffled fabric backdrops, a striking mirrored dancefloor and chic lounge furniture; an elegantly formal over-the-top six course birthday dinner set against a stunning backdrop of rich royal reds and jeweled accents, with masses of amazing floral creations and crowned with a multitude of black crystal chandeliers; and finally, the “pièce de résistance,” the weekend’s supreme event – a fanciful cirque du soleil inspired theater and lounge dressed in shades of lavender which provided the perfect ambiance for performances by an amazing line-up of entertainment!
Revelry: What is the most difficult part of planning a wedding or event?
Levine Fox Events: Most every event has a budget, whether it is very generous in scale or very restrictive. The most challenging aspect of planning an event is to create a dramatic and inviting setting in combination with a personalized menu and the best entertainment possible which work within our client’s budget. One of our most important jobs is to pick and choose the most important elements necessary to make for a cohesive mix of these elements so that each event stands on its own aesthetically and provides the most fun and festivity possible for all who attend!
Revelry: Tell us about the biggest problem that came up while planning an event (or at the actual event) and how you solved it.
Levine Fox Events: During one of our beautiful weddings years ago, a magnificent five tiered wedding cake which at first looked perfect in every respect began on its own to tilt and slump over during the reception. It was the focal point of our beautifully appointed cake vignette and was positioned under a willowy tree at the entry of the ballroom. (The cake had been created by the pastry chef of the five star hotel where the wedding took place.) Once we noticed the problem we alerted the banquet captain who called out the pastry chef. He carried the cake back to his studio for reworking. Meanwhile, the two of us, together with our team of assistants, stood shoulder to shoulder forming a human barrier, making sure the missing cake was hidden from the guests’ view. Finally the chef returned and the “modified” cake was replaced looking a little more impressive than before. Most guests were not aware of what had transpired because of our success in blocking their view.
Revelry: What inspires each of you?
Levine Fox Events: So many things: the beauty of nature; the extraordinary world of art & architecture both past and present; fashion, furniture and fabrics; flowers and music; colors and patterns and new combinations of each. We are inspired by current trends; by our clients’ new ideas and visions; by sophisticated and understated ways to present themes; by our search to find the perfect mix of décor elements along with new ways in which they are presented. Working at a new event space inspires us to come up with unique design elements and new uses of space! Finally, the aesthetics involved in event planning along with its creative nature inspire us each day. We delight in our work and continually are challenged to create events that are distinctive and satisfy the dreams and visions of each of our clients!
Revelry: We know that you plan destination weddings. Tell us where you’ve been and which place was your favorite and why.
Levine Fox Events: We’ve worked at varieties of venues on both coasts along with the fabulous resorts in Mexico and beyond. We love the beautiful Napa Valley and have produced and designed several weddings at Meadowood. We are inspired by the natural landscape of this resort and although the banquet rooms are small we have captured the magic of the environment in the décor for each of our events there.
Revelry: How is planning a destination wedding (other than the obvious location) different than planning a wedding in LA? And what tips or recommendations do you have for brides interested in planning a destination wedding?
Levine Fox Events: We love working on destination weddings and events! What’s most important is having a strong correspondence network between the planners and those at the location site so that all questions, requests and concerns throughout the planning stages are addressed promptly and completely. Logistics regarding guests’ travel to the destination and guests’ lodging must be handled with great care. Also essential is the creation of very detailed travel and transportation plans for the event vendors arriving from other locations. Attention must be given to informing guests about the variety of local activities, restaurants and sites available for them to enjoy during their multiple day stay. Major emphasis on the organization of every aspect of the destination weekend is essential.
If budget is a concern, finding reputable vendors nearby the destination site might be necessary to alleviate vendors’ transportation costs. Given the internet and access to networking locating these vendors has become easier and less challenging.
Tips to the bride include (a) finding a destination that is easy to access via available means of transportation, (b) making sure there is sufficient lodging in the area for all guests and vendors, (c) confirming that the budget will accommodate the additional costs for her vendors’ travel, lodging and labor, (d) ensuring that guests receive complete information for all aspects of their trip and stay.
Revelry: What trends do you see coming in weddings and events in 2012?
Levine Fox Events: The majority of brides and grooms these days want their wedding celebration to go “on and on” into the wee hours of the morning, long past the time their band has departed. Hence, after parties seem to be the norm rather than the exception. Our brides and grooms continually tell us that their number one wish for their weddings is a FUN “party” with great music and lots and lots of dancing. After parties provide guests with continuing that fun with additional time for dancing (to upbeat sounds from a DJ) and yummy late night snacks for all to enjoy.
Revelry: What are Levine Fox Event’s goals for 2012 and beyond?
Levine Fox Events: (a) Working closely with each client to capture the visions, tastes and priorities each has for his/her event.
(b) Keeping up to date with new design trends, styles and technological advances and utilizing them in smart and upscale ways for décor, entertainment, food presentations and all aspects of our events!
(c) Networking and collaborating with our many capable vendors, tweaking our ideas with theirs to produce the “best of the best” for each party!
Mark Held and Richard David are the amazing floral designers who own Mark’s Garden, part flower shop and part creative design studio in Sherman Oaks. They have an incredibly talented floral design staff and have designed for some pretty huge events including the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. They’ve worked on lots of celebrity weddings too, including Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Ellen and Portia, Katherine Heigl, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Kate Beckinsale, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Adam Sandler and the famous Trista and Ryan wedding.
Mark’s Garden was named L.A.’s Best by Los Angeles magazine and Wedding Trendsetter by Modern Bride. They create beautiful work and are true professionals! Enjoy some examples of Revelry’s collaborations with Mark’s Garden on these Mindy Weiss weddings!
Amy Marella turned her passion for floral design and creative talents into a successful floral design company: The Hidden Garden Floral Design. Amy started by creating arrangements for friends and family as a hobby and this led her to open The Hidden Garden in 1999. She established herself as a top florist in L.A. for everyday flowers, premiere entertainment events, weddings, corporate events, formal galas, awards ceremonies and holidays.
The Hidden Garden creates beautiful designs and their work is often very unique. They’ve appeared in national magazines such as People, Inside Weddings, InStyle Weddings and many more. The Hidden Garden provides daily floral décor services for corporate and private clients including Tiffany & Co. of Beverly Hills and Century City. They also design extraordinary weddings at high-end hotels & resorts such as The Four Seasons, Casa Del Mar, Shutters on the Beach, and The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Lindsay and Jon decided to have a destination wedding in Santa Monica. They live in Chicago and wanted to have a wedding that included sunshine and palm trees. They chose the Fairmont Miramar as their venue and the amazing Alicia Townsend of Details Details created a beautiful wedding for them.
Square tables were decorated with white orchids and smaller arrangements of hydrangea, dahlias, reflexed roses, and lisianthus. The color scheme was mainly white, but with pops of purple. The reception was beautiful and instead of a sit-down dinner, Lindsay and Jon decided on food stations so guests could mingle and eat when they wanted to. Congratulations Lindsay and Jon!
Wedding Planner: Details Details
Furniture and Mirrored Tabletops: Revelry Event Designers
Photographer: Samuel Lippke for Samuel Lippke Studios
Venue: Fairmont Miramar
Floral Design: JL Designs
Band: West Coast Music
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Lighting: Amber Lighting
Videographer: LuvBug Films