This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get a break from Chicago's chilly weather for sunny Santa Monica, California. My good family friend Bobby got married to his college girlfriend Zoe. The wedding was absolutely stunning! Zoe did a wonderful job planning an elegant event with help from wedding planner, Mindy Weiss. The ceremony was at her childhood home that over looks the Pacific Ocean. All guests were asked to wear light colored attire to coordinate with the all white floral and ethereal decor. After the ceremony, we had brunch in the most beautiful garden with rustic farm tables strewn with white hydrangea table runners, antique china and vintage glass vases with a mix of all white and green flowers. I was in awe and completely inspired by every detail. I am happy to share these photos from this wonderful weekend.
After the brunch, we celebrated with a reception at the Oceana Beach Club Hotel which was transformed from a courtyard pool to a swanky lounge complete with awesome furniture that looked like it was right out of a Restoration Hardware catalog. The space was transformed again the following night for "movie night" where all guests viewed a video from the events the day before followed by Bobby and Zoe's favorite movies.
While we were in town we also went to both the Getty Villa in Malibu and The Getty Museum. The Getty Villa has mostly Greek and Roman artifacts original to the Getty family before it was converted to a Museum. I am inspired by the patterns and design from the ancient artifacts as well as floral and organic shapes from the gardens. I love to travel and feel the fresh inspiration that you can't get from sitting at your computer on Pinterest :)
At the Getty Museum, we were able to see an Ansel Adams exhibit, one of my all time favorite photographers as well as Mural by Jackson Pollack.
Of course, I also had to visit all of the paper shops in the area! We went to the darling nook of a shop - Sugar Paper in Brentwood, as well as the adorable stationery store Urbanic on Abbot Kinney Road in Venice Beach. What a wonderful weekend - now back to reality!