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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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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

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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.

NHM 100th Anniversary Gala

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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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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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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Congratulations Leah and Alan!

 

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In December the Natural History Museum was very busy with weddings! Towards the end of the month we were happy to congratulate Leah and Alan, who were married in the Haaga Family Rotunda.

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Whimsical centerpieces along with colored uplights really brought a sense of fun to our North American Mammal Hall where guests danced the night away under the watchful eyes of the bison!

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And no wedding would be complete without a photo shoot in the adjacent Exposition Park Rose Garden! The Haaga Family Rotunda can be seen in the background of this fun shot! On your wedding day at NHM we encourage you to advantage of all the wonderful areas for photo ops! All the amazing photos on this page were courtesy of James Johnson. You can see more of his work at www.jamesjohnsonphotography.com

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Their wedding planner Tobey Dodge (www.tobeydodge.com)  was so thorough and thoughtful, no stone was left unturned! Our good friend Mark Rivera from TGIS Catering (www.tgiscatering.com/) once again provided an amazing dinner and helped coordinate the rentals from Signature Party Rentals (www.signatureparty.com)

Thank you to Leah and Alan and their families (Hi Denny!) for choosing to spend this very special day at the Natural History Museum. We enjoyed meeting you all and hope you come back to visit! Here’s to a long life of happiness for the Ticklers!

 For more information on holding your wedding here, please call the Special Events Information Line at 213-763-3221, email us at specialevents@nhm.org or visit http://www.nhm.org/site/about-our-museums/event-rentals-filming/event-types/weddings.

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Congratulations Lauren and Mike!

On July 3rd the Natural History Museum was the location for the celebration of Lauren and Mike’s Wedding! Their ceremony was held in the Exposition Park Rose Garden, just a short walk away from the Natural History Museum.

Cocktails were held in the Grand Foyer and dinner and dancing took place under the watchful eye of an African elephant in the African Mammal Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The happy couple also made sure to take advantage of the rest of the museum for some amazing photo ops.

The gem hall shots were too funny!

This wedding would not have been the same without the careful eye of event producer Nathaniel Neubauer and manager Jenny Dennis, both of Contemporary Catering (http://contemporary-catering.com/index.php).

Lee Dyson from Hey Mr DJ (http://www.heymisterdj.com/indexb2.htm) provided both ceremony and reception music, Jackie Combs (http://www.jackiecombsfloraldesign.com/) designed the beautiful florals for the evening, the cake came from Joleen Medina at A Sweet Design (http://asweetdesign.info/) and the rentals were handled by Rob Kuehn and our friends over at Town and Country Rentals (http://townandcountryeventrentals.com/).

And please check out the website of Alex Neumann at http://www.alexneumann.com/. He is the man behind these stunning photos! I still can’t figure out how he made our rainforest look so big!

And of course a huge thank you to Lauren, Mike and their families for choosing to spend their special day at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County! For more information on holding your wedding here, please call the Special Events Information Line at 213-763-3221, email us at specialevents@nhm.org or visit http://www.nhm.org/site/about-our-museums/event-rentals-filming/event-types/weddings.

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