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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. ūüôā The first time I went to the NHM back in 2007, I stood in front of the dueling t-rex / triceratops and said (mentally) ‚ÄúIf the day comes, I‚Äôm gonna get married here.‚ÄĚ

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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 ‚Äúcards‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôm 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúHangover Preparedness Kit‚ÄĚ 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‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúIt had lapels.‚ÄĚ I‚Äôll 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 ‚Äúdramatic cat eye‚ÄĚ 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

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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?

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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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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 (romanceetc.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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