A letter from our Editor, Lara Burnap.
London Calling: 1960's Brit Invasion Sets the Scene for a Bright, Mod Environment
Our travel-themed Best of 2017 gala at downtown Los Angele's historic Vibiana is overflowing with beautiful design and inspiration. California Wedding Day hosted more than 500 of Southern California's top wedding industry professionals to celebrate the finalists for Best of 2017--and announce the winners. Under the helm of our fearless captains, Travis McBurney of True Colors Events and Lisa Khan of Lisa Khan Events, we joined forces with a talented team of vendors to create an around-the-world experience from London to Morroco to the Amalfi Coast.
Inside the dramatically lit Vibiana's former cathedral, Kristeen Labrot Events along with Lotus and Lily Floral Design transported guests to London in the 1960s. "We were inspired by the bold designs that were coming out of London during the 1960's which included bright colors and abstract shapes," explains Labrot. "We were also drawn to the music and fashion scenes coming out of the UK known as the "British Invasion" which included icons such as David Bowie, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of course the first Super Model, Twiggy--all of whom inspired fashion and design throughout Western Pop Culture. We loved the androgynous fashion and images that were portrayed through clothing, hairstyles, art and design. We combined these 1960's styles by utilizing bold colors and shapes while blending vintage furniture with modern designs inspired by the era."
While chilling in 1960's London, guests sipped on the signature cocktails, the Crown Jewel featuring Pomp & Whimsy gin liqueur, Cointreau, dry vermouth, strawberries, and cucumber. In addition, Chef/Owner Neal Fraser and his catering team served up a decadent spread inspired by the region that included salt roasted beets and fava salad with farmers cheese and lemon oil, chef-carved roast beef, duck fat roasted potatoes with rosemary, and curried rainbow carrots. And for a sugar fix, Fantasy Frostings delivered with a dessert spread that included donuts, cupcakes, cake pops and more.
And be sure to check out all the details from our Best of 2017 celebration and visit the other beautiful spaces designed by Marisa Nicole Events and The Little Branch (Amalfi Coast) and Events by Robin and Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design (Morrocco).
Vendors: Kristeen LaBrot Events | Lotus & Lily Floral and Event Design | Luxe Linen | Honeycrisp Designs | Fantasy Frostings | Waveform Events, Entertainment & Lighting | Jackson Shrub | Brian Saculles Photography
Additional Event Sponsors: Vibiana | High Voltage Lighting, Events & Production | Rayce PR & Marketing | 204 Events | Found Vintage Rentals| Expressionary Films | Samson Productions | Jasmin Michelle Designs | True Colors Events | Lisa Kahn Events | Oyster Ridge, Ancient Peaks Winery | Absolutely Fabulous | DJ Krieger | Red Shoe LA | Pipe Dream Events | FotoSpark | Chiavari Chair Rentals | PAGE Beauty