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Emerald Dreams: Modern Design Meets Classic Beauty At The Ebell Long Beach

Lainey Dow

Kelsey and Eli tied the knot during a romantic ceremony at the iconic Ebell Long Beach. The big day showcased a lovely palette of emerald green paired with neutral hues of cream and pops of blush and gold. Planned by Samantha Dapper Events, the celebration fused modern geometric elements with classic beauty to create a one-of-a-kind design. Guests were treated to food and beverage from Très LA following their vows to celebrate the bride and groom!

From the bride:

When and how did the two of you meet?

We met our first year in medical school at USC. We were both at a football tailgate when we each lost our friends but found each other.

When and where did the proposal take place, and how did it unfold?

We got engaged after about four years of dating. Eli had worked with a jeweler to design the perfect ring (which I still can't believe I get to wear every day). He took me out to Santa Monica and proposed on the beach, and afterwards we spent the night at Shutters Hotel. It was the perfect night, and it was just in time to celebrate matching into the same residency program in Emergency Medicine.

How did you pick your wedding location?

We were so lucky to have found the Ebell in Long Beach. We knew we wanted a location that had character, and we felt like the location really celebrated in Southern California. As two busy doctors, we also appreciated that the location allowed us to seamlessly have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one location. Plus, the catering company that works with the venue was fantastic!

Did you plan the look of your wedding around a specific theme or color scheme?

There was no specific color scheme that I had in mind going into it. Once I found my wedding shoes (a beautiful emerald green) I knew I wanted to incorporate that color into the event. After finding Shindig Chic, I was able to give them the color and some other inspiration photos of geometric elements and leave them to it! They knocked it out of the park.

What was your most memorable moment?

There were so many memorable moments from the speeches to first dance to getting ready with my best friends, but for me reciting our own vows in front of our family and friends will always be the most special moment. I'm a very lucky girl.

What is your best advice for couples planning their own celebration?

Sit down together from the start and decide what elements are most important for the two of you and focus your budget on those items. From there choose your vendors carefully. I was able to avoid so much stress by trusting my vendors to make decisions without me.

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