Hollywood Glamour meets Tar Pits!

Congratulations Sam and Emily!

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 These two took their love of working in the film industry and turned it into one amazing wedding!

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The ceremony took place on the upper terrace of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits overlooking the open-air atrium.This is a beautiful space that easily fit their 100 guests. Standing along the railing the couple took their vows as the sun set behind them over the Hollywood Hills. 

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Personally, my favorite touch was the film canisters filled with flowers!

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After a enjoying cocktails on the western side of the terrace, guests were greeted by a costumed usher and directed into the museum’s Hancock Theater. With 3-D glasses in hand, they settled into watch Sam and Emily, along with their bridal party, star in their own film full of mystery and adventure!

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Dinner took place on the west side of the museum gallery which can seat up to 250 for dinner. 

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The fossils were lit in an array of blues and greens which complimented our bright yellow dire wolf wall nicely!

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Table centerpieces and the photobooth continued the Hollywood theme with lanterns and costumes fashioned after all the characters in the 3-D film!

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 Russell Gearhart Photographyprovided these stunning images of the event. You can see more of his work at http://www.gearhartphoto.com/ Brian Armstrong was the wedding planner who helped makes Sam and Emily’s dream wedding come true. You can contact him at williamweddings.com   

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Thinking about hosting an event at the Page Museum, Hancock Park or the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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A Girl, A Guy and a Unity Volcano (Yep, you heard right!)

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So in case you hadn’t heard, 2013 marks the museum’s 100th birthday and the opening of our beautiful Otis Booth Pavilion. So when Shannon and Aaron decided to hold their ceremony in the pavilion, we couldn’t have been more thrilled!

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The top level of the pavilion can hold up to 160 guests for a ceremony. The wedding party made their entrance across the bridge from the garden. The ceremony held lots of personal touches including a 8ft tall enclosure for their unity volcano!

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The couple made good use of the museum for their photos. After all, what’s a wedding with out a trip to the Dino Lab…

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… or the Ralph M Parsons Discovery Center…

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… or the marsh!

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And after all that waking, the bride needed a rest and we got a chance to see the sparkly T-Rex heels!

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Yes, potential brides, I said sparkly t-Rex heels!

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After the ceremony and cocktails guests headed into the Mr and Mrs Samuel Oschin  and Family Hall of African Mammals for an amazing dinner prepared by the folks at Contemporary Catering. Station were set up and included some tasty treats such as a grilled cheese station and Pho.

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The bride and groom were seated in front of the Lowland Gorilla and the best man kept his composure while giving his speech under the watchful eye of an Okapi!

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Centerpiece flowers supported chalkboard signs showing the chemical compounds of some of the couple’s favorite things.

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A beautiful dessert and coffee station invited the guests for some tasty treats after dinner!

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And, of course, the dinosaur theme continued throughout the evening!

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A big thank you to Laura, Megan and everyone at Rebel Belle Weddings who pulled this event together.  Seriously, these folks are amazing and I encourage you to head over to http://rebelbelleweddings.com/ and take a look at their work. Thanks again for another unique and super-fun wedding Laura!

The amazing food came from Nathaniel and Co. over at Contemporary Catering. It’s always a pleasure to work with these folks. They can be reached at 310-558-8190 or http://www.contemporarycatering.com.

Twig and Twine arranged the gorgeous floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception ad DJ Pasha was amazing as always, keeping the music going throughout the evening. they can be found at http://www.twigandtwinedesign.com and http://djpasha-ent.com/#/home respectively.

And a huge thank you to Ryan Williams for these AMAZING photos! Please head over to his website at http://www.rawtography.com/ and take a look at his work, you will be blown away!

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And a huge thank you to Shannon and Aaron for choosing to spend your special day with us! I love that “unity volcano” and “sparkly T-Rex heels” are now common phrases around here!

Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or send us an email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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Happy 100 Years NHM!

On June 8 the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County celebrated its Centennial Birthday! And what birthday is complete without a birthday party?

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As party guests arrived, they were shuttled through our stunning new Nature Gardens in open-air tour buses and dropped off in the East Gardens for cocktails.

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Curators were stationed throughout with pieces from their collection to entice guests to stop and chat while the performance artists were on hand to entertain.

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NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

After cocktails, guests were brought into the Foyer and Mammals Halls for dinner.  The halls were transformed into dining areas complete with hanging terrariums, giant cutouts and nature-themed centerpieces full of lush succulents.

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The meal was created and prepared by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal Restaurant.

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After dinner, guests were ushered out to the After Party in our Nature Gardens and took special reserved seats on top of the car park to watch the unveiling of the new Otis Booth Pavilion.

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Starting the evening cloaked in mystery, a show was projected right on the side of the pavilion.

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NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

After featuring photos chronicling the history of the museum alongside with commentary and memories from trustees, celebrities, employees and other friends of the museum, the new addition was finally unveiled!

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The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying the brand new Nature Lab along and exploring the gardens with the sounds of a DJ spinning in the background. Treats and beverages were provided by Animal Restaurant ,The Butter End Cakery, Frosted Cupcakery, Semi Sweet Bakery, Magnolia Bakery, Smog City Brewing Co, The Brewery at Abigaile Strand , Brewing Co, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, El Segundo Brewing, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Icelandic Glacier, Rosenthal Wines, and E&J Gallo Winery.

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The Grand Centennial Celebration was presented by JP Morgan.  Event production and design by Production Elements and their production partners Radar Creative, Classic Party Rentals, ShowPro, Delicate Productions Inc, La Petite Gardenia, and Z Valet.

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Are looking for a venue for a special celebration? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or send us an email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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NHM is Turning 100!

Only one month left to go!

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First up is the Grand Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 8. We will be  serving cocktails in the new Nature Gardens and you will be treated to a preview of the new Nature Lab and Otis Booth Pavilion. Dinner looks to be an exquisite experience with a menu designed especially for this event!

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The after party dessert reception will dazzle your senses with an amazing light and sound show. With the dual purpose of celebrating our 100th anniversary and unveiling the glorious new Otis Booth Pavilion, this party will be amazing! Also making his debut in his new home in the Otis Booth Pavilion is our iconic fin whale! Hosted cocktails and an array of delectable desserts will top off this most memorable evening!

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Sunday June 9 is the 100 Birthday Bash!

Guests will be able to join Adam Steltzner from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about Mars Curiosity rover, they will enjoy tours of our brand new Nature Garden, and enjoy the delicious food from the ever popular food trucks. Entertainment on hand will be DJs Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez and Canyon Cody in the North American and Mr and Mrs Samuel Oschin Family Hall of African Mammals, and outdoor shows with DEVO and GZA/The Genius!

For more information on tickets for these events please visit http://www.nhm.org/site/about-our-museums/nhm-100/events Tickets are expected to sell out so make sure you check this out right away!

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Congratulations Amanda and Tom!

 Last fall our Haaga Family Rotunda was the setting for Amanda and Tom’s beautiful wedding!

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As the Rotunda does not have a designated “wedding ceremony” area, couples are welcome to choose any section of the room to set up the ceremony. Amanda and Tom chose to say their vows in between two of the exhibit cases at the end of an aisle marked by  rose petals in shades of purple, blue and cream. Fabrics in similar hues cascaded from the mezzanine level to make a lovely backdrop.

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As guests moved from the ceremony to cocktails and on into dinner, nothing could have prepared them for the sight of the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Hall of African Mammals deck out in its finest!

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Dinner tables of various shapes were enhanced with a massive array of flowers, manzanita trees and greenery provided by Romance, Etc (romance-etc.com).

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Salads were pre-set by Tender Greens (www.tendergreensfood.com) prior to dinner being served so the guests would not have to wait to eat as the speeches were being delivered.

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After dinner the dessert bar enticed guests with three wedding cakes from Vanilla Bake Shop ( www.vanillabakeshop.com) and snacks such as lemon and grasshopper bars and shortbread and jam treats!

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Thanks to the fantastic lights brought in by A Rental Connection (arentalconnection.com), guests were able to dance the night away to the sounds of City Connection (cityconnectionent.com) under the twinkling bulbs.

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A big thank you to Kim White at Two’s a Party (twosaparty.com) for all her hard work into making this a spectacular event! Also thank you to Lauren Avila for allowing us to use these amazing photos! To see more of her work please visit www.laurenavila.com.

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Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or send us an email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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Southern Charm Wedding at the La Brea Tar Pits

A sunset ceremony on the terrace and cocktails overlooking the a lush atrium, who wouldn’t find the La Brea Tar Pits the perfect place for a wedding?

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A beautiful fall day provided set the scene for Becca and Ben’s wedding at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. And, as always, local street musician Charlie Cox was at his usual post serenading the guys with his catalogue of music!

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Inside the museum the open air atrium was a great place for the couple to have a first look and make use of the tropical setting for some amazing photos! 

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Once tended by George C Page himself, the atrium is the center of the Page Museum.  This popular exhibit is a quiet spot to stop, take a breather and enjoy the nature. 

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Becca and Ben chose to have their ceremony on the Page Museum Terrace overlooking the atrium and has sweeping views of the La Brea Tar Pits, Hancock Park and the Hollywood Hills. Their 120 guests easily fit in the space and everyone had a great view!

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The arbor  full of local flowers as well as flowers from Ben’s native Australia provided a stunning backdrop for the couple during the ceremony.

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After cocktails on the terrace, guests moved into the Page Museum for dinner with an ice age theme.

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Each table was labeled with an ice age mammal and actual fossils stood guard over the terrariums and tiny ice age mammal figurines. 

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After dinner everyone passed under the tusks of the Columbian Mammoth on their way to the dance floor!

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A big thank you to April and her team at at April Smith & Co. Photography for letting us post these fantastic photos! If you would like see more of her work please head over to www.aprilsmithphotography.com or check her out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aprilsmithphotography. Of course you can always pick up the phone and give her a call at 909-957-5795.

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Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or send us an email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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Preferred Vendors

Considering an event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Then check out our preferred vendors! Each one has been approved by our department for their amazing work and are sincerely a pleasure to work with!

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“John delivers your party with great class, efficiency, on time, on or under budget and, equally as important, with impeccable humor and grace. We heartily recommend John Kinderman and his staff at About Thyme.” -Vanessa Gilbert via Citysearch.com

“The staff was so kind, fun and thoughtful. The food — i feel like we cheated them, it was so freakin’ good (people are STILL talking about it) and Julian, the coordinator for our event ran the night just so smoothly. They took care of everything (and everyone) with such care, calm precision and so much amazing creativity. I’m floored.” -Lauren via Citysearch.com

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“The Butter End Cakery rocks. Kimberly and Rainbow are dedicated, professional artists who also are just super cool people.  They made our wedding cake which was an amazing looking and tasting piece of art. We got something that was beyond our wildest dreams: http://www.flickr.com/ph… The attention to detail was unbelievable. Some people didn’t even realize it was a cake. And it tasted amazing!!!!” -Dorian D via Yelp.com (Millennium Falcon Cake)

“Thank you so much for making us the most delicious and gorgeous cake ever.  Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how amazing our cake was!  Thank you for being so patient with us and designing our perfect cake.  You are a true artist, a pleasure to work with and we couldn’t be more pleased.” – Jim and Laura Roush on their wedding cake

(310) 943-9241

www.thebutterend.com

 

 

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“Ethan & the GOE team were wonderful to work with for our wedding reception and throughout the reception planning process! Prompt communication, flexibility, great food, and amazing service…everything to help ease the mind of a stressed-out bride.” -Dae C, via Yelp.com

“Thanks for another fabulous job well done! You helped make our [Nickelodeon Kids' Choice] awards show run smoothly, and the food was awesome! See you next year!”

(323) 930-5660

www.goecatering.com

 

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“The best food…. the best catering… the best of everything!!! MUST HAVE at any party!” – Wende L. via Yelp.com

“I would recommend this company to any one. Their food presentation is out of this world. If you care about good food and amazing presentation, by all means try them. They are a good company to use for all your events!!!!” – Sophia via Yelp.com

(323) 954-2277

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“LA Spice, I tell people, is the best caterer in town and always hits the mark in all categories: Quality of food, selection, service, and even price. I’ve used LA Spice for years for a lot of things, but when I got married, they were my first and my best call.” -Tracey A. via Yelp.com

“The absolutely delicious and wonderful “green” catering service you provided for our EPA event an aura of style and class. Thank you!” -Nelly Sun, Office of Regional Director, EPA
 

(310) 670-5697

www.laspicecatering.com

 

 

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“The food is impec­ca­ble, the ser­vice is pro­fes­sional and the com­pany really deliv­ers a high-quality event pro­duc­tion prod­uct that makes them one of the best event com­pa­nies in Los Ange­les.”- Jes­sica Rhoades, Madame Tus­sauds Hollywood

“Pre­miere Events is the first com­pany I turn to for any of my food, bev­er­age or venue needs. They are always pro­fes­sional, well orga­nized, accom­mo­dat­ing, knowl­edge­able, and con­tinue to exceed my expec­ta­tions.” — Vanessa Katona, Tele­vi­sion Producer

(323) 934-7777

www.premierela.com

 

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“Seriously – Sweet Lucie’s is as good as it gets! We had the pleasure of having Sweet Lucie’s at our wedding and one month later, our guests are still talking about the unique idea, the freshly made organic ice cream and sorbet (it was made the morning of our wedding), and the delightful staff.”- Courtney O. via Yelp.com

“The owners were very friendly to me and have a great reputation in the wedding & event industry, so now that I’ve tried their delicious ice cream I will definitely be recommending the ice cream truck/cart to my clients!” – Jennifer via Yelp.com

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 “I was wowed by the taste of the various items I sampled during the cocktail hour, delighted by the inventiveness of the food presentation, and appreciative of the excellent care the staff took of the events attendee’s. The dinner and dessert were equally delicious… Kudos TGIS!!!” -Michelle K. via Yelp.com

“Great service from planning the event all the way to the day of the event. When I used TGIS I don’t have to worry about anything going wrong! They can do simple, quiet, intimate dinners in your home to big, extravagant, fantastic enormous parties!!!” – Katrynke via Yelp.com

(562) 492-9555

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“Their.  Food.  Is.  AWESOME!  Our guests included a number of foodies and a few chefs, and everyone raved about how delicious everything was from passed hors d’oeuvres to plated dinner and dessert.” -Deborah G. via Yelp.com 

“The entire crew was fantastic. Thank you for creating such a warm environment for Christopher and I to enjoy our happiest day. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to! And I can safely say I am not one of those brides that didn’t eat at her wedding. I ate…a lot. Please send my compliments to your chef(s)!” – Kristin 11/4/12 Wedding

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Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles? Give us a call at 213-763-3221 or send us an email at specialevents@nhm.org and see how we can help make your next event a memorable one!

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