Dreamy Romantic Wedding at Historic Los Angeles Ebell Club
When a wedding ceremony begins at majestic St. James' in the City Episcopal Church and ends at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles, you know it is going to be an extraordinary day.
Last month we had the distinct honor of coordinating the wedding of Alexis & Justin. Justin is the son of Los Angeles' most powerful politicians, City Council President, Herb Wesson. Actually, both bride and groom work for the city. Alexis is the Legislative Director for Assistant President Pro Tempore, Nury Martinez, and Justin is Council Floor Director in the Tenth District. Alexis and Justin were a dream to work with and their wedding from beginning to end was filled with family, friends, fun, and romance.
If you have never been to St. James' Episcopal on Wilshire Blvd it is worth popping in some day just to see the gorgeous stain glassed windows that flank both sides of the church. Ten years ago the church celebrated the installation of the final pair of handcrafted stained glass windows, the first of which was installed in 1932.
Rich in beauty and history, St. James' is a sight to behold. Few people know that Nat King Cole helped integrate the church in 1960 by singing at Easter Mass. When Mr. Cole died in 1965 his funeral was held at St. James' and attended by 400 mourners including Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and Robert F. Kennedy.
The wedding invitations were exquisite! The intricate scrolls are reminiscent of the gates of the church welcoming you into the courtyard.
Alexis' dress sparkled in the summer sunlight with hundreds of crystals.
The bridal party got ready at the historic and exclusive 12 story Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. The Jonathan Club was was founded in September 1895 by a group of men who had been active in a Los Angeles marching society and is the oldest social club in Los Angeles.
A very sweet moment captured between mother and daughter.
Justin making sure his dad's tie was just right.
Don't you just love a soft pink bridal bouquet?
This official proclamation is a work of art.
The bride was escorted down the aisle to, "Here Comes the Bride" played on the rebuilt 1911 Murray H. Harris organ. This organ is unbelievable. If you are looking to make an entrance, the organ at St. James' is what you need. It's like nothing you have ever heard before.
One of the highlights of the day was that Alexis' grandmother was able to attend their wedding.
Alexis and Justin steal away for a private moment before heading to the ceremony at the Ebell Club.
We just love that our new bride and groom steal a kiss while everyone else is looking at the camera.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the courtyard of their reception space while the wedding party took pictures.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is a grand and historic property that has been featured in countless commercials, TV shows, and movies. There are two distinct ballrooms, several smaller rooms, and this beautiful garden area. The Ebell was formed as a women's club in 1894 and its purpose was, "to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture." The club adopted as its motto, "I will find a way or make one -- I serve." This is something we here at Wife of the Party are passionate about as well.
in 1994 the Ebell was added to the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as Official American Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you are looking for a place that is steeped in tradition, beauty, history, and elegance this is the wedding venue for you.
Guests located their seating assignment on this custom made mirror seating chart.
Tall floral centerpieces decorated the tables and pink and gold lights created a dreamy and romantic atmosphere.
The groom's father, Herb Wesson, giving a memorable and emotional toast to his son and new daughter.
These young guests were all danced out!
El Canito Cigar Rentals was on hand to roll cigars for the guests.
This beautiful 4 tiered cake was created and designed by another LA institution, Porto's Bakery.
Thank you Alexis and Justin for allowing us to be a part of your special day and thank you Mr. Wesson for the incredible gift in honor of Loriann and Herick's baby girl...they will cherish it forever.
Design and Execution: Wife of the Party
Church: St. James' Episcopal Church
Venue: Ebell of Los Angeles
Florals: Mari Karapetian
Cake: Porto's Bakery
Cake Stand: Merengue Bakery
Photographer: Callaway Gable
Videographer: Foxx Media Group
Makeup: Gladys Diaz
Mirror Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
DJ: Tyree Lacy, DJ Tee
Cigars: El Canito Cigar Rentals
LAPD Security: Rob Cosner
Calligraphy: Yellow & Lace