From the beaches to the hills, Los Angeles has more than enough dreamy ceremony locations for couples to explore. But when you’re planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, complete with a live band, rowdy guests, and late-night snacks, it’s go big or go home! And we can’t think of a better way to “go big” than the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, where you’re immediately greeted by—what else?!—a skeletal T-Rex upon entry. Mike + Andrea’s union ushered in the year with love, fun, whimsy, and elegance, and Rachel Gulotta Photography was there to experience the celebration from day to night!
Rachel tells us, Mike + Andrea’s wedding was the first of many amazing weddings to come from Feathered Arrow Events. The morning started at the DTLA Ace Hotel, which we officially totally recommend always doing. The moody light, textured concrete walls and floors, and eclectic details provided one of the best getting ready backdrops we’ve seen to date. The color palette was a dreamy array of nude/blush/gold tones, which made their New Year theme really shine through in the most elegant way imagined. After the first look on their private balcony and dancing on top of Los Angeles in Elysian Park, the party started at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The whole thing unfolded with the biggest wedding party we’ve ever encountered (I’m telling you, people are just drawn to these two). The night ended with a countdown into 2017 and (of course) a late night snack of cookies and milk.
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Classic LA views from DTLA Ace Hotel kicked off the day!
Ooooh, yes! Footwear fit for a queen by Valentino!
FIERCE, ladies. The bridesmaids sparkled in Adrianna Papel gowns—how perfect for a NYE wedding, right?!
Petals and Pop created the soft + moody florals bouquets, reception flourishes, and Andrea’s stunning hairpiece:
SO PRETTY. She wore a nude-colored gown by Emily Riggs Bridal and Jill Guinn perfected the art of the up-do!
Not feeling the traditional boutonniere? We love this pin idea!
SO COOL! We’re suddenly obsessed with elephant backdrops…
Thumbs way up! We love how Petals and Pop took cues from the animals and natural elements of the space with the floral details.
You guys, this reception space…can you imagine a cooler way to ring in the new year?!
Pieces from Found Vintage Rentals made lounging amongst the animals look straight-up luxurious!
Perfect naked cake by Jay’s Catering + festivities for the party ahead!
Love these two!! See all the sweet details (that first look!) from M+A’s celebration in this video from byDesign Films:
Wasn’t that a blast?! Proof that a NYE wedding can totally be the party of the year. And we are SO thrilled for Mike + Andrea…congrats, you two!
photography: Rachel Gulotta Photography // venue name: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA // event design: Feathered Arrow Events // planning: Feathered Arrow Events // florals: Petals and Pop // wedding dress: Emily Riggs Bridal // hairpiece: Petals and Pop // bride’s shoes: Valentino // bride’s ring: Bhindi Jeweler // bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papel // hair stylist: Jill Guinn // makeup artist: Lynn Simpson // groom attire: Calvin Klein Tuxedo // groom’s shoes: Calvin Klein // groom’s ring: Bhindi Jeweler // videography: byDesign Films // calligraphy: Bien Fait Calligraphy // catering: Jay’s Catering // cake: Jay’s Catering // desserts: Jay’s Catering // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // linen rentals: La Tavola Linens // music: Rembrandt Band