The Wedding Style List—May 2009
edited by Tessa Benson
During the ceremony, all eyes are on the bride. But at the reception, attention turns to the table. So be sure your centerpiece stands out, like Krislyn’s Sea Blossom by florist Krislyn Meyer-Komarov. “Today’s couples go for the whimsical,” she says. “It makes people happy.” We agree. $350. 8216 W. 3rd St., 323-692-7862. —TB
Sipping ordinary champagne? Yawn. A coconut and lychee White Wedding martini? Two more, please. For TJ Ramini of Aroma Events, tailor-made drinks are the way to go. “A wedding is the most important day of a couple’s life, but the bar is always an afterthought. I never understood that,” he says. After consulting with the bride and groom, Ramini concocts custom cocktails with catchy names made with ingredients from local farmers’ markets. Cheers. Call for prices. 310-227-2544. —Allison Kornberg
1. Champagne flutes are a perennial favorite. Put a personal spin on the traditional gift by giving a mix-and-match set. From left: Deborah Ehrlich (first and third), $48; Ted Muehling for Steuben, $160; Nason & Moretti, $68, Turpan, 310-451-9500.
2. When is a fruit bowl not a fruit bowl? When it’s a work of art. Dovetusai’s handmade glass-tube centerpiece looks just as good empty as it does full—maybe better. Chip in with some friends. $845, TableArt, 323-653-8278. 3. Christofle’s By Wine Decanter unites practicality and bold sculptural design, sure to take pride of place in any newlyweds’ home. $750, Gearys Beverly Hills, 800-793-6670. 4 and 5. Who says you need to spend a fortune for good taste? Cost Plus World Market is overflowing with excellent wedding gifts. The Connoisseur glasses (far left)—in bordeaux, pinot noir, balloon and chardonnay styles—are made in Germany by the manufacturer of the world’s finest wineglasses. Buy a set or mix ’em up. The beauty is in the details with these Calista glass votives (left). The tea lights in the cylinders bring that dramatic touch to the dinner table. Wineglasses, $7.99 each; votive holders, $14.99-$19.99.
IN THE AIR
Finding just the right bridesmaid gift is no small feat. Treat your harried helpers to a trip to Marie Mason Apothecary. Besides bath and beauty products from all over the world, the perfume-oil bar boasts more than a hundred scents—from white musk to vanilla to everything in between. “There’s something about perfume—it relaxes you,” says Mason. “Plus, we serve champagne, tea, breakfast. It’s a nice bonding experience because it’s private and individualized.” $35–$500. 310-394-5710. —TB
A picture is worth a thousand words, but that’s so 20th century. Take your memories to the next level with Dinah Minot, a former Paramount Pictures and NBC producer, as well as VP of Television and Content at weddingchannel.com. Her new company, Dinahmite Documentaries, takes existing footage and photographs and sets them to music to create beautifully executed movies that celebrate the bride and groom. “The videos are incredibly emotional. They tell the story of the couple’s love and life,” says Minot. $5,000–$15,000. 1701 Oak St., Santa Monica, 310-963-1433. —AK
OBJET d' AMOUR
1. Think beyond the table setting, and give an unforgettable custom, six-panel comic that tells the story of the happy couple. One of our favorites! $200, someonespoilme.com. 2. It’s all about amour, so a miniature LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana strikes the perfect note. $75, MOCA store, 213-621-1710. 3. The Mrs. John L. Strong Engaged box, with three writing tablets that read “Wedding-To-Do,” “Lucky in Love” and “Blissful Bride,” is the perfect engagement gift for the organized woman. $98. 4. Give the groomsmen something chic with these Simon Pearce for Tempus Fugit signed absinthe glasses, inspired by Belle Époque barware, along with a gorgeous Le Tourment Vert bottle of the spirit. Glasses, $72 each; absinthe, $60, citywide. 5. The SuperHeadz Demekin Fisheye 110 Camera is a fun thank-you for the groomsmen, and the trippy images of wedding merriment will last a lifetime. $38, urbanoutfitters.com. 6. Fete your bridesmaids with the Ladies’ Pamper Hamper from Fortnum & Mason, filled with candles, bath salts, tea and champagne. $185.
1. Light the newlyweds’ way with silver-plated Embassy candlesticks by David Mellor. $325 each, Heath, 323-965-0800, heathceramics.com. 2. This Theresienthal carafe switch-hits as a vase. $275, TableArt, 323-653-8278. 3. One-of-a-kind vessels by Adam Silverman are perfect for aficionados of art and craft. Shown, $250 and $800, Heath, 323-965-0800, heathceramics.com. 4. Give Alessi’s pasta pot, and the happy couple will think of you every time they drain the linguine. $270, 310-276-7096. 5. Beautiful and practical, the Breville kettle has heat settings for various kinds of tea. $150.
READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP
Makeup artist Thierry Pourtoy has made his mark on beautiful women, from the catwalks of Paris to high-end Hollywood weddings. He works magic with an airbrush. “It doesn’t run, and it’s not oily, no matter what the weather,” he says. Before applying the spray, he uses Golden Tulip Anti-Aging cream (made from 18K gold) to guarantee that bridal glow. Salon, $175; home visit, $350; cream, $350 for 1.75 oz. Palette Maquillage at Christophe Salon, 348 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-274-2325. —AK
Positioned between haute couture and ready to wear are the wedding-gown designs of Nanaz Hatami, who will create any garment your heart desires. Want to dust off your mother’s dress and add your own special touch? Nanaz will reconstruct it. Want to design your own finery? You can stop by her West Hollywood studio, or she’ll come to you, listen to your ideas and turn your dream into a reality through a series of sketches and meetings. It’s like having your very own fairy godmother. Prices start at $1,500. 310-975-5331. —TB