If you’ve ever been to Union Station in Los Angeles, you know how gorgeous it is… Built in the 1930s, it’s widely regarded as “the last of the great train stations,” due to its incredible mix of Art Deco meets Mission Revival architecture. Today’s bride + groom, Olivia + Tyler, knew that it would be the perfect place — as it was grand, yet not too fancy, to throw their quintessential California wedding.
They share We wanted a classic Californian wedding; a mix of the wedding in the original Parent Trap movie (that amazing Spanish ranch house), but with the party energy of the wedding in the Godfather (that dance party!). So where else but Union Station? To complement its design, their planner + designer, Amber Events, brought in deep blush and light pinks, navy blue, chartreuse green, along with walnut wood finishes… The combination? Nothing short of spectacular.
Let’s take a walk into a place where the past meets the present and see the photos by Jenny Smith & Co.!
To set the tone for the day, they created an Art Deco-inspired invitation suite in cool shades of blue + neutral.
Blush pink, ivory, and a mixture of succulents rounded out this bouquet by Holly Flora.
A little about her dress: I opted for separates rather than a gown, and had my mother create exactly what we wanted: a conservative and textural look for the ceremony and a “dancing” outfit of a tulle skirt for the reception.
All those tiles!! We can definitely see why they chose this place as their venue… So many interesting patterns to play off and gorgeous color combos.
Olivia shares Our flowers were absolutely stunning. They were a mix of classic art deco floral arrangements and a more wild, rustic Southern California styling.
Tyler wore a custom green suit from Trunk Club + a floral print tie. Can you say, “STYLIN’ GROOM?”
We loved the unique vintage rugs and mix of mid-century modern furniture for our cocktail hour and cigar lounge.
The ceremony was by far our favorite moment. Turning the corner and heading into the courtyard to see everyone we know and love, from different stages in our lives, was utterly overwhelming and beautiful. We are very much “party people”, so we so looking forward to the reception in the grand ticket hall. Then the ceremony on the outdoor patio with the palm trees, and clock tower with its open air setting was just the most perfect place to say our vows and reconnect to what really matters.
How awesome is this escort card display?! Especially the way it’s topped with greenery + protea for an added touch of California cool.
Don’t overthink everything. Relax and be YOU. Focus on planning a wedding that reflects your and your love’s personalities and personal style, not on knocking everyone’s socks off with something they haven’t seen before. Authenticity over ingenuity, because your guests will remember how your wedding made them feel long after they remember a minute detail drummed up on Pinterest. 🙂
Olivia shares We made our own dinner menus inspired by a photo border found on a photo from the ’40s.
We used vessels from pottery maker, Bauer, which has been operating out of Southern California since 1910. The combination was really dynamic and playful — we even had adorable air plants in ice cream cups!
To top off the day, everyone dug into this semi-naked, fruit-filled vanilla cake by Fantasy Frosting.
Want a bit more? Check out this video by Fisheye Studio!
Congratulations, Olivia + Tyler!! That was definitely a quintessential California extravaganza, and we couldn’t be more happy that you shared it with us. 🙂
photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // venue name: Union Station, Los Angeles, California, USA // event design: Amber Events // planning: Amber Events // florals: Holly Flora // wedding dress: Made by the mother of the bride // bride’s shoes: Nine West // hair stylist: Design Visage // makeup artist: Design Visage // groom attire: Trunk Club // groom’s shoes: Cole Haan // videography: Fisheye Studio // catering: Room Forty // cake: Fantasy Frosting // tabletop rentals: Town and Country // furniture rentals: Yeah Rentals // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals // music: Dart Collective // officiant: Leigh Sassone // lighting: Stage Labs // cigars: The Cigar Guys