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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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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

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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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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):

Toast

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?

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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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Congratulations Faith and Devon!

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What do you get when you cross a stunning black wedding gown, a tabletop sauropod topiary and a wedding cake with a dragon crawling up the side with one super-artsy couple? Must be another wedding at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles!
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The ceremony took place in our Grand Foyer under the ever-watchful eyes of our iconic dueling dinos. The couple was serenaded by a personal friend who delivered a stirring a Capella performance.

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Cocktails were help in the same area and guests rocked out to the sounds of P3 as they celebrated the newlyweds! Afterwards, the party moved into the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Hall of African Mammals for dinner…

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Dancing…

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And dessert!

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A huge thank you to Jessica Schilling for the use of her gorgeous photos. If you would like to see more of her work, please visit Jessica Schilling Photography at http://jessicaschillingphotography.com or call 323.529.3686.

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Congratulations Jill and Erez!

The Rotunda served as a dramatic backdrop for the wedding of Jill and Erez here at NHM back in January! This couple was determined to show their guests a good time and they did not disappoint!  

After the ceremony, cocktails were served in the Grand Foyer where the guests drank martinis from the trunk of an ice-sculpted mammoth as they waited for dinner in the African Mammal Hall to be served. Our dueling dinos have been the centerpiece of many a cocktail hour here at the museum and seldom fail to impress!

As guests took their seats for an amazing dinner provided by John Kinderman and his team at About Thyme Catering (http://aboutthymela.com/), they were greeted by wooden jungle animals that the couple purchased from our own museum gift shop. They even had special gift tags ordered with the couple’s name and wedding date!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was such a beautiful wedding- no detail was overlooked.  Everything from the flowers to the food was simply stunning, it was almost hard to believe that this was our African mammal hall!

 

These amazing photos were taken by Joel Eckman Maus at EMP Studio Photographer (http://www.studioemp.com/), rentals were provided by Town and Country Rentals(www.townandcountryeventrentals.com), Ixora Floral Studio (www.ixoraflorist.com) designed the gorgeous floral arrangements and the chuppa that was used in the ceremony was provided by Dina at I Love Chuppas (www.ilovechuppas.com). To check out the favors or other gift from our museum gift shop, please visit www.enssc.com/default.aspx?store=301 or stop by the museum!

Congratulations Jill and Erez!  Thank you for choosing to spend your special day with us here amongst the dinos and mammals! We hope to see you both around the museum!

For more information on holding your wedding here at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 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 Josh and Alyssa!

We gave you the save-the-dates, then came the invites and now… The Korwins!

On Saturday, July 3 Josh and Alyssa became husband and wife right here at the Natural History Museum! The happy couple opted to use the Grand Foyer for their ceremony. The Dueling Dinos were surrounded by handmade tissue flowers with colored LED lights in the center. Josh’s brothers Zach and Devin provided the musical accompaniment on their acoustic guitars. Instead of traditional bridal vows, the couple read limericks! They really are too good not to share… (taken from Josh’s website)

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Honesty and friendship are key
To have a good marriage with thee
But when things get funny,
I swear I won’t runny
And make my new home in a tree.

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I vow to be honest and true,
loyal, and kindhearted too.
We’ll author each page,
and grow old in age.
And one day, I’ll clean up your poo.

 

The reception was held in the African Mammal Hall. As we mentioned in a previous post, the couple was going with a  “1960s-concert-in-the-park-meets-prehistoric-hipster-safari” theme. Their centerpieces included items from our own member’s loan collection, some books, cars, birds… well, maybe I should let the groom explain the centerpieces in his own words:

“So when faced with dressing the tables in the African Mammal Hall we decided on a sort of Eclectic Safari Picnic theme. To start it off we definitely wanted to have the classic red and white checkered Italian tablecloth. To have that picnic look, I wanted to incorporate some green grassy elements and found some 16″ moss sheets that worked perfectly.

The rest of the decor was pretty much a scattered bit of eclectic craziness on my part.

First came the Glowing Sun-Jars: made with glass Mason jars from Ikea, sprayed with glass-frosting spray and outfitted with a color changing glowing orb inside.

Second were the Birch bark log vases: cut from Birch firewood logs and drilled out by my dad. We then outfitted them each with a fabric daisy, a few grass strands and a flower bud puff. For some reason we never realized the vases were the same height as the Sun-Jars (which threw the balance of the decor off) so my mom scrounged together some vintage books to stack them on! 

Next came the little BMW Isetta wind up toys from Kinsmart. There wasn’t really much of a reason for choosing these beside the fact that Isettas are one of my favorite production cars ever (because they are just so out there and awesome). I decided to incorporate them into the decor purely for guests to play around with. Some people also got vintage porcelain sparrow figurines on their tables as well. 

And last but not least… the Chocolate covered Almonds. My dad over-ordered these cute little boxes for a client. All we had to do was make a few more “Future Korwins” stickers and we were all set to go!”

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 I also could not wait to share their attire! Josh was decked out in a navy blue velvet jacket, floral shirt and red desert boots!

Alyssa began the day in a beautiful floor length gown that she made herself.

After the ceremony she changed into a BCBG Max Azria mini with gladiator sandals and what may be the coolest piece of dinosaur jewelry we have seen here!

Mark Rivera from TGIS catering (http://www.tgiscatering.com/) was on hand throughout the evening to make sure that all the guests were well fed. The couple opted for food stations that served Korean street tacos, gyros, japanese salad, glazed salmon and designer mini cupcakes.

All of these amazing photos you see here were taken by Sakura Photography. Check out her blog post from Josh and Alyssa’s wedding at http://www.sakurakoontzblog.com/?p=1924 

Also, Carel Struycken, a friend of Josh and Alyssa’s created a picturebubble! If you would like to get the feeling of standing in Grand Foyer during a wedding ceremony, please check this out: http://www.picturebubbles.com/gallery/alyssajoshwedding01.html

So a big congratulations to Josh and Alyssa!

It was great getting to meet both of you as well as your families. Thank you for choosing to spend you special day with us. Everyone here at the museum wishes you a lifetime of happiness and non-dirty limericks! 

For more information on holding your wedding here at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 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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