Hello! I want to share the informal photos of our daughter and son-in-law’s Classic Casual Wedding Party in Santa Monica, California last weekend. They were married in Madrid, Spain and this was their “hometown” reception.
I didn’t take my phone to the party (wanted to live in the moment). So these photos are ones I took beforehand or were given to me by friends. There was a professional photographer, so we will have those in about four weeks!
Alexandra and Luca’s vision for the hometown party was: small, intimate, relaxed…more of a cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres and large food stations for dinner. With the added concern of the virus, we wanted a good amount of outside space and open doors.
We investigated several venues months ago and all four of us (Howard, Alexandra, Luca, and I) liked the “vibe” of the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica…and especially after we tasted the food there!
Alexandra and I had a Zoom call and looked at all the options on MintedWeddings.com. We selected a “museum weight” paper with gold foil palm trees. Minted addressed the envelopes and gave us a free website.
“Setting The Stage” For A Classic Casual Wedding Party
We wanted to re-arrange the furniture in what the Fairmont calls The Library for more seating inside and outside where we “annexed” part of the parking lot. And we wanted to create a dance floor! I had the floor plans in mind before the day of the party and with the help of the efficient hotel staff, we got it quickly accomplished.
The Mid-Century Modern Front Room
The Second Room Adjacent to the “Dance Floor” Library
Alexandra printed some photos from the Spain wedding.
We brought the orchid plants from San Francisco and placed them all around with this little tag that I had printed tucked into them…
The Outside Oceanview Deck and Annex
We had bars set up in both outside areas.
The Classic Casual Wedding Party
MintedWeddings.com also made the welcome sign.
Howard is making a funny welcome toast (something about “lots of babies”). I love that guy!
Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dances
There is normally furniture in here. You can see the antipasto and seafood (lobster tails, crab legs, shrimp) stations in the background.
Here’s the Paella station in the “Annex/parking lot.” It will be ready when the shells open.
My sister, Teresa, and good friend Laura (they also hosted Alexandra’s Bridal Afternoon Tea).
My dress is by Theia and Alexandra’s dress is by Zimmerman. Here is she is with her cute friends.
That’s all I have for now. But there was a lot of dancing into the night and even the Hora Dance (a traditional Jewish dance where the newlyweds sit in chairs and are lifted into the air while their family and friends dance around them).
Can you tell how happy we are?
Thanks for joining us!!