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November Bride-O-File: Olga Sepulveda

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Olga Sepulveda and Roberto Martinez

Wedding Date – July 13th, 2013

Wedding Size – 300

Ceremony – Rotunda

Cocktails – Grand Foyer

Reception – North American Mammal Hall

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How did you meet?

Roberto and I met at my insurance office. He had been my co-worker’s/best friend/maid of honor customer for years for his insurance and taxes.

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What made you choose the Natural History Museum for your wedding?

The museum is a unique combination of art and nature creating a beautiful and unique romantic backdrop for our amazing day.

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Share some fun details about the event! What made your wedding AMAZING?

The ALL WHITE hand-picked designer lounge furniture and white round tufted bar with center dome and accenting crystal chandelier!

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What was your favorite moment?

The entire day was a dream! Our wedding day was something unimaginable even on that day. I could smell the plethora of flowers throughout the entire museum. It was all I ever dreamed it would be and more. The execution of it all was nothing short of perfection.

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And the details(including but not limited to):

Catering:

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Rentals:

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Music:

  • Susie Hanson Latin Band and DJ (323) 224-8006

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Photographer:

  • Bellasposa Wedding Photography (909) 758-0176

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Videographer

  • Buckley Videography (562) 889-9035

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Flowers:

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Beverage Catering:

  • Sunseri’s Bar and Beverage Catering (800) 635-9732

Cake:

  • Portos Bakery and Café (818) 956-5996

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Planner:

  • Velvet Events- Jacky Ibarra

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Dress

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Shoes:

Tuxedo:

  • Emiliano Moreno (562) 544-7464

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Midnight Closing Band

  • Tamborazo “El Huizache” De Jerez Zacatecas (626) 372-0543

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Any advice for future museum wedding couples?

This venue really symbolizes art, sophistication and was such inspiration to us. The coordinating staff was a pleasure to work with. They exceeded professionalism in executing this extravagant event filled with a variety of vendors. The event planning staff are established professionals!

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Anything else you want to share? 

This event was extraordinary. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a wedding of style and distinction whether couples are seeking an elegant black-tie affair or intimate celebration. I couldn’t be happier with the entire event!

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October Bride-O-File: Erin Weller

Say hello to Erin Weller and Casey Crosbie who celebrated their love with a

romantic, laid back, super-fun, California-style wedding!

Romantic 4Wedding Date – July 19th, 2014

Wedding Size – 215

Ceremony – Rotunda

Cocktails – Grand Foyer

Reception – African Mammal Hall

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How did you meet?

We met working for a non-profit in downtown Los Angeles. Both of us have always had a heart to give to our local communities.  It’s something we care about very deeply, and even tried to integrate into our wedding.

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Our ‘centerpieces’ during the reception were actually gift baskets with supplies for the homeless at the shelter where Casey works.

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What made you choose the Natural History Museum for your wedding?

The one thing both of us wanted was to make our wedding as creative and interesting as possible. The venue offered a space that is both entertaining and quirky as well as memorable and more than a little awe-inspiring.  What more could you ask for?!

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Share some fun details about the event! What made your wedding AMAZING?

There are so many things it’s hard to choose were to start. Our goal was to keep surprising people, especially those who hadn’t been to the museum before.  Luckily, there are so many ways to surprise people here!

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We held our ceremony in the rotunda. We chose it because it really has the feeling of a sacred space, and because that way we could guide our guests through the garden outside and have them enter the museum that way.

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After the ceremony we led people through the dinosaur halls to the grand foyer for the cocktail hour. The grand foyer is a really shocking space to see for the first time. Not long after that came the dinosaurs (another surprise), and when the doors opened for the reception the sight of the elephants in the African Mammal hall shocked everyone again.

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What was your favorite moment?

Definitely the times when the dinosaurs came out! After the wedding we kept hearing story after story about the dinos.  The T-Rex made its appearance during the cocktail hour. We had warned parents with young children that it would be out, but the children all were less scared than the adults! 

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The Triceratops came out during our reception. We had our band play the theme from “The Flintstones” when it appeared, and it actually came out and did a dance with us!

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Both dinos also did an impressive number of shenanigans. Two of our favorite stories – the T-Rex stole one of the bridesmaid’s flowers and wouldn’t give it back, and the Triceratops (unsuccessfully) tried to purchase drinks from the bar.

And the details(including but not limited to):

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  • Gerry Rothchild Band – http://www.grbands.com/
  • We both love the classics – If you want a live band that can play classic rock, blues and jazz, we highly recommend Gerry and his team!

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Flowers:

  • Created by our good friend Sarah Sawyer. She taught herself how to make floral arrangements just for our wedding!

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Photographer:

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Any advice for future museum wedding couples?

There are lots of fun ways to use what the museum has to offer – We created a ‘scavenger hunt’ with trivia from the various displays, and printed it on the back of our program. It gave our guests another reason to explore the museum during the cocktail hour. They received the answers during the reception.

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Anything else you want to share? 

Thanks to everyone at the museum – Courtney, the serving staff, security workers and the puppeteers for everything you did to make our night incredible!

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Are you a past Bride or Groom and would like to be

featured in our monthly Bride-O-File?

Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits?

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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July Bride-O-File: ACV2

I am so happy to introduce you to our July profile of Ashley Colleen Vallandingham and Alex Choate Vejnoska (ACV2)!

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Wedding Date: April 5, 2014

Guest Count: 160

Ceremony Location: North American Mammal Hall

Cocktails: Grand Foyer

Dinner and Dancing: African Mammal Hall

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How did you meet?

We met the old fashioned way: on the internet. Alex posted a photo of his dog which happened to look exactly like my dog. I told him so, and the rest is recent history.

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What made you choose the Natural History Museum for your wedding?

Truth be told, I had the venue picked out before the husband. 🙂 The first time I went to the NHM back in 2007, I stood in front of the dueling t-rex / triceratops and said (mentally) “If the day comes, I’m gonna get married here.”

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Share some fun details about the event! What made your wedding AMAZING?
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Where to start?! We had an amazing planner, Kaci Mallat of XOXO Weddings, (xoxowed.com)who made the planning process down right enjoyable and, come the big day, made sure we worried over nothing. So we were luckily set up for success.

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We wanted our wedding to speak to our personalities. Alex is huge into Legos, so we made the escort “cards” out of Lego mini-figs that we customized to look like each guest (or as close as we could get em). This was a pretty big hit.
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Since we’re both into video games, so we used that as inspiration for the grand entrance into the reception. Each wedding party couple entered to a different classic video game song with props.  It ended up being super fun; just the right amounts of silliness and nostalgia.

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I’d like to think the ceremony itself was personalized as well. We wrote our own vows (which we both made it through without sobbing, surprisingly), opted for a wine box ceremony and kept it poignant and a little science-y with readings from the one and only Carl Sagan. We also brought in couches for the wedding party to sit on/around in hopes it’d give the whole thing a less stuffy feel.
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What was your favorite moment?

My favorite moment was definitely the giant t-rex rampaging through our guests. Mr Hunter Rex, as I believe that’s his name, came roaring out of the elevator immediately after the guests exited the ceremony. Not a single phone stayed in a pocket.

And the details(including but not limited to):

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  • Caterer: Savor This Moment (www.savourthismoment.com)  Marlene was a joy to work with. Her food is delicious.

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  •  Rentals: Hollywood Event Rentals (www.hollywoodeventrentals.com) did the lighting. Orchid Party Rentals (orchidpartyrentals.com) did stage and all other rentals.

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  • DJ/Music: Lee of Hey Mr. DJ. Cannot recommend this dude highly enough. Music was a big concern for us. We needed someone who understood the danceable indie vibe we were going for. Lee nailed it. (Info@HeyMisterDJ.com)

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  • Photography: Roger of EP Love.(eplove.info) I’m not the most comfortable photo subject. So, going into it, I had a genuine concern 90% the photos would come out with me looking like I was mid-sneeze. My fears were completely put to rest. Roger and his assistant made me feel totally at ease. Not to mention the photos being beautiful and all.
  • Videography (and Photo Booth): Adam of Best Booth Plus LA. Where else can you get an amazing wedding video, a photo booth and a guest book made out of said photo booth pictures?

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  • Flowers: Bernie of Creative Floral Design. (www.creativefloraldesigns.com) I was planning to do the centerpieces (with the sand and painted succulents and whatnot) myself, but Bernie’s prices were so amazing it felt ridiculous doing it ourselves.

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  • Favors: In addition to the Lego escort cards, each guest was given a “Hangover Preparedness Kit” full of necessities such as Pringles, granola bars, a disposable toothbrush, Alka-Seltzer, water, etc.

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  • Dress: Custom made by Dawn at Atelier. (atelierbydawn.blog.com) I tried on not a single dress. I knew exactly what I wanted and, through the beauty of Yelp, found a pro dressmaker who blew me away.

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  • Shoes: My and my bridesmaids’ shoes all came from ModCloth: the only place I know to find Galaxy print heals. (www.modcloth.com)

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  • Suit: Ted Baker. I asked Alex if there was anything he wanted to say about his suit. He said “It had lapels.” I’ll add that it looked really good. (www.tedbaker.com)

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  • Hair: Jen Shedrock. To any bride (or person in general) who is looking for a slightly out-of-the-box color or style, Jen is the girl to see. (www.facebook.com/public/Jen-Shedrock-Beauty)

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  • Makeup: Angela Tam. I ended up trying out a couple different make up artists. I needed to find someone who understood when I said “dramatic cat eye” I meant just that. Finally I found Angela. She knew what I meant and knew what she was doing. (www.angelatam.com)

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Any advice for future museum wedding couples?
It was really helpful to work with vendors that had experience with NHM events. Getting married in a museum came with it’s own set of concerns, and, even though the NHM staff was wonderfully helpful, having people on staff who knew the ins and outs was pretty clutch in the planning process.

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Anything else you want to share?
I think that about covers it! Thanks so much!

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Are you a past Bride or Groom and would like to be

featured in our monthly Bride-O-File?

Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits?

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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June Groom-O-File: Matt and Gabe

For our June profile we decided to take a break from the brides and introduce you to a groom or two!

June Groom-o-files: Matt Seifert and Gabe Grifoni!

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Wedding Date: October 19, 2013

Guest Count: 150

Ceremony Location: Grand Foyer

Dinner and Dancing: North American Mammal Hall

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How did you meet?

We met at a bar in West Hollywood on a Sunday afternoon while Matt was on vacation (visiting from NY). Gabe asked him out for a coffee date and they started a 9 month long distance relationship until Matt moved to LA.

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What made you choose the Natural History Museum for your wedding?

While we were looking for a venue, we came across the museum and the minute that we saw it, we couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing it would be to get married surrounded by dinosaurs! The architecture, gardens and history were a beautiful setting and our guests love being able to roam about the museum and explore.

Share some fun details about the event! What made your wedding AMAZING?

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o   We used an old 1950s train suitcase for our cards

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o   Topiary trees to hold the place cards

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o   We had mini-pies instead of cake

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o   We did a full loop around the dinosaur where we got married so we could high five both sides of the aisle after the ceremony was done.

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What was your favorite moment?

Being able to get married next to a dinosaur

And the details (including but not limited to):

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Caterer: TGIS (Thanks Goodness It’s Sophia) http://www.tgiscatering.com/

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Rentals: Signature Party Rentals http://www.signatureparty.com/

DJ: Raviv Ullman

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Photographer: Sloan Photographers; an amazing husband and wife couple: www.sloanphotographers.com

Suits

Dress/Suits/Shoes: Men’s Warehouse (Black by Vera Wang): www.menswearhouse.com 

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Flowers: Bought from Trader Joe’s and arranged by the grooms. www.traderjoes.com

 

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Topiaries: Party City www.partycity.com

Wedding Planner: Maryam Forutan www.delicate-details.com

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Any advice for future museum wedding couples?

Enjoy the day. It really does go so fast. The best advice that we got was to step back a few times during the night and just take it in. All of these people are here to celebrate your love and your union.

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Are you a past Bride or Groom and would like to be featured in our monthly Bride-O-File?

Thinking about having your next event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits?

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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NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

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.

NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

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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NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

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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Vintage Chic!

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One of the things we love about our brides here at the Natural History Museum is the unique individualism of each and every one. Back in November we were wowed one again by the vintage-style wedding of Kathy and Guiliano.

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Kathy’s dress was delicate and full of lace, adding to the antique look of the event. The fact that the weather was not cooperative actually added to the old time feel of the photos. The outdoor shots were taken in the Exposition Rose Garden, adjacent to the Natural History Museum.

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The ceremony was in our elegant Haaga Family Rotunda. Prior to the ceremony the groom was so nervous and it was refreshing to see him relaxed and back to his old self once the vows were completed!

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And who could forget the couple’s daughter Sophia who was front and center for all the excitement!

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And of course, what is a wedding at the Natural History Museum without a photo in front of the bison in the North American Mammal Hall?

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A big thank you to Leah and Rob of Vis Photography. The vintage-style photos are truly beautiful. They also do amazing non-vintage work. If you would like to take a look, please visit http://visphotography.com/. They can be reached at leah@visphotography.com or at 951-295-2910.

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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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