Forever Blue: A Roman-Inspired Design Gets A Modern Makeover With Bold Gem Tones At Vibiana

John & Joseph Photography
Written by
Lara M. Burnap


Winter 2019

Inspired by the marbled beauty of Vibiana, a former cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, Ilana Ashley Events collaborated with Two Hearts Event Design and La Petite Gardenia to create a modern take on a classic Roman-inspired design. To bring a European elegance to the table, sapphire blue is complemented by subtle shades of emerald green and topaz, with touches of gold and an abundance of candlelight. Blooms common to the Roman era, including roses, iris, narcissi, tulips and thyme, are blended with contemporary blooms. A bride in a lace Liancarlo bridal dress completes the scene.

A navy invitation suite features gold calligraphy and vintage postage stamps. A bouquet with lush foliage, viburnum berries and white lilacs cinched with a plant-dyed white silk ribbon. The groom clad in a midnight blue tuxedo sports a pussy willow boutonniere. The bride’s lace Liancarlo bridal gown adds a demure touch with an engagment ring from Octavia Jewelers. Handwritten vows in gold calligraphy bring a romantic note. Mustard and cream floral centerpieces accent gold-rimmed dinnerware, brass candlesticks and cut-glass goblets atop a glass table.

Vibiana and Redbird bar director, Tobin Shea, pays homage to the color palette with his specialty cocktails, Topaz, Sapphire and Emerald. Navy-hued velvet chairs add elegance to the tablescape, which is finished with a navy place card and a twig of viburnum berries. Chef and Owner Neal Fraser of Vibiana and Redbird prepared dishes utilizing the signature colors including chicken bastila, pine nuts and phyllo, chicken liver mousse with fruit mostarda on pumpernickel and Yuzu custard with citrus mousse, basil and bánh tráng.

The Butter End Cakery designed a navy-over-black three-tiered cake to complement the deep navy linens. Sugar pearls and chocolate ribbon rosettes create texture, shadows and dimension.

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