A Glamorous Old Hollywood Wedding with Modern Twists in Beverly Hills

A Glamorous Outdated Hollywood Wedding ceremony with Trendy Twists in Beverly Hills

Megan Richardson and Gretchen Tiernan have been on opposing groups once they first met—taking part in school basketball for Cal State College, Fullerton and College of the Pacific, respectively—however they have been destined to be teammates in life. It started casually. “It was a type of, ‘Hey, inform your buddy I mentioned what’s up!’ moments,” the couple shares. “In a short time, it was one thing that we might transfer mountains to make occur. We dated for 2 years earlier than we formally received collectively. We have been residing eight hours aside and on utterly totally different schedules.” Immediately, Gretchen’s profession introduced her to Los Angeles, the place Megan was ending school, and every part fell into place. 

The 2 grew to become companions not simply in life, however in enterprise. They co-founded Sand Spa, and the enterprise grew to become the muse for an ideal proposal in September 2018. “I stunned Megan by recruiting our PR crew,” Gretchen remembers. “We deliberate an elaborate however very pretend journal interview and photoshoot. We put collectively the longest, most detailed electronic mail chain, understanding Megan would Google every part and everybody concerned.” All the best way to the photoshoot, Megan insisted on working towards the interview questions. They started taking pictures at Will Rogers State Seaside. “As we have been taking footage, our PR crew slipped totally different jackets on and off of us,” Gretchen says. “On the proper second, my jacket mentioned ‘Marry Me?’ and hers, ‘Hell Sure.’ The photographer saved Megan engaged whereas I took a step again after which she mentioned, ‘Okay, now have a look at Gretchen.’ It was the proper shock.” 

They have been married three years later, nearly to the day. “Longest engagement ever, however very, very price it,” the couple says. Their September 17, 2021 nuptials exuded Hollywood glamour and a contemporary, stylish aesthetic that completely aligned with their imaginative and prescient, because of planners Abby Ulf and Caroline Garcia of Abby and Caroline Occasions. “We despatched them our temper board. Once they despatched us their design deck, we have been instantly offered on every part they got here again with,” Gretchen says. “It was a reasonably seamless plug and play. They made planning a marriage enjoyable and pleasant. They’re exceptionally inventive, detailed-oriented, and most significantly deeply caring.”

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Learn on to see all of the glam particulars of their large day, as deliberate by Abby and Caroline Occasions and photographed by John & Joseph.

One tenet the couple lives by is “doing essentially the most”—and so in fact they utilized it to wedding ceremony planning. Their imaginative and prescient for the massive day? “Black tie meets Met Gala,” they share. “A contemporary, stylish, romantic vibe. We wished our company to have an actual, tangible expertise. We wished our wedding ceremony to embrace our ‘doing essentially the most’ life-style.”

The colour scheme was “stylish and crisp,” black and white with pops of gold. Setting the tone from the get-go, a black-enveloped invitation suite featured extremely trendy calligraphy by Emily Snyder and stamps with yellow butterflies, a significant image to the brides. 

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“Toni Maticevski makes artwork to put on,” Gretchen says. “He combines a structural aspect that provides to being very form-fitted, however the place the magic occurs is once you transfer round. I used to be drawn to his work as a result of he’s half artist, half romantic.”

Her two-piece look from the designer consisted of pants and a high with a lovely practice. “It represented precisely who I used to be,” recollects the bride. “It was an outfit that I felt conjures up and drives trendy ladies’s vogue. It wasn’t conventional, nor was it stuffy. It felt like a sculpture that I received to carry to life.”

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Likewise, Megan introduced the Hollywood glamour. “I wished to remain true to my fashion however amplified,” she says. “I wished to really feel equally fabulous and highly effective.” Ending off her magnificence look, she spritzed on her go-to fragrance, Le Labo’s One other 13. 

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Each brides labored with a stylist, Samantha Levis of The Daring and Bridal. “We selected to not see what one another was sporting till our first look on our wedding ceremony day, so it was actually essential to have somebody like Samantha concerned on this total course of,” they share. “We wished our total bridal tales and ensembles to mix collectively completely however nonetheless stand powerfully on their very own.”

Provides Megan: “Each of our appears have been completely ‘doing essentially the most’—the best way we dwell our life—however with good restraint, individually having their very own second however working collectively. Samantha knew my oyster-colored robe with nice element and elaborations could be the proper complement to Gretchen’s look that was stable ivory however equally dramatic in construction and form. We every held our personal and melted collectively so superbly.”

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For his or her venue, the duo selected one thing traditional: the 4 Seasons Lodge Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. “We’ve all the time felt related to and impressed by Beverly Hills,” they are saying. “We’ve shared a few of our greatest recollections as a pair on the 4 Seasons, and now the perfect day of our lives. After we first began venues, it wanted to be a spot we knew however was not utterly recognized to us—timeless glamour with a playful twist.”

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“The promoting level was Wetherly Gardens,” they are saying. “With inexperienced, lush, palm tree-lined partitions, it was the proper backdrop for all of our ceremony moments.” Plentiful florals bloomed behind the final row of chairs (and have been repurposed as stage decor on the reception): backyard roses, candy pea and dahlias from small-batch California farms, and Italian ruscus. “Our flowers have been recent and natural varieties designed in a clear and up to date black-tie fashion.” 

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Each brides’ bouquets have been monobotanical, manufactured from extra-long-stemmed Playa Blanca roses. The floral was a favourite. “Over 1,000 stems of white Playa Blanca roses imported from Holland and Ecuadorian farms have been used for our wedding ceremony,” the couple shares.

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Megan fell in love at first sight together with her Naeem Khan robe when she noticed it at Saks’ bridal salon. “The robe lent itself to a little bit of the Gatsby period, with chevron beading sample and sparse, tasteful feathers—which was enjoyable to play into, given our venue had a flare of outdated Hollywood glam,” she says.

However, every part clicked into place when she heard the robe’s identify. “As I used to be strolling again to the altering room, the bridal affiliate instructed me the costume identify was ‘Lafayette,’” she remembers. “My eyes instantly teared up and I indubitably knew it was the one. My late grandma, Beverly, who I used to be extraordinarily shut with, was from the Lafayette space in Louisiana. I knew this was her manner of being with me on my wedding ceremony day. I by no means imagined having this sort of second with a costume. I didn’t simply really feel like I used to be sporting it; I felt like I used to be reworked in it.”

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Gretchen’s magnificence look was “wealthy, radiant, traditional, and clear,” she says. “I wished a glance that I might describe via tones. I actually like browns and golds as a result of they appear good on my pores and skin. I most significantly wished to seem like myself. I wished my glam to be comfortable and recent.” For hair, she jokes, “I needed to let go and let God. Hint Watkins is a magic maker and I simply actually belief what he sees. I wished to dwell in each second of at the present time and deal with being current, so I simply let him do his factor and I beloved it.”

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When the brides are co-owners of a nail salon and spa, you realize the manicures will probably be on level. Even so, it took numerous trials to get the proper shade. “Since we work within the nail trade, I used to be overly obsessive about discovering the proper coloration for the marriage,” Megan says. “I attempted so many various variations of nudes and lightweight pinks. I saved my almond form with some size on them. I ended up discovering the proper mild pink dipping powder from I Gel Magnificence, Cozy Cashmere, and paired it with Tremendous White from Chisel Nail Artwork. It created the proper bridal ombre nail design.” 

Gretchen additionally visited Polish by Sand Spa earlier than the massive day. She opted for a gel manicure in Humorous Bunny with platinum sticker elaborations. Each accessorized with items from Completely satisfied Jewelers; Megan’s beautiful engagement ring got here from the jeweler as properly. “We’ve labored with them for some time and so they all the time deal with us like household,” she says.

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A nod to their engagement story, the brides donned matching leather-based jackets emblazoned with their calligraphed “MG” monogram.

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“As an alternative of getting bridesmaids, we opted for utilizing the time period ‘Pals of Honor,’” the couple shares. “We had our closest woman and man associates stroll down the aisle in pairs earlier than we despatched our mothers down the aisle. Then, our dads every walked us individually down the aisle.” Gretchen and her father walked out first, to “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West. 

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“Since my costume had a lot occurring, I didn’t actually need to add something excessive,” Megan says. “Olivia from A Sew in Time in Brentwood made me the proper veil that gave that little further pop of bridal however didn’t take away from my costume.” When it was lastly time, Megan processed in together with her father to “The Bones (Acoustic)” by Maren Morris.

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We wished the ceremony to have some conventional elements with our personal twist on it.

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“We wished the ceremony to have some conventional elements with our personal twist on it,” the couple says. “We had one among our greatest associates, Sheera Goren, officiate and our buddy and mentor Angela Manuel Davis ship a blessing.”

Additionally they wrote their very own vows, which have been heartfelt and eloquent with a contact of humor. From Megan’s: “Allow us to all the time bear in mind we’re not meant to be good, we are supposed to be entire. We could have lengthy arduous days, however we’ll by no means have them alone. The place you might be is the place I belong.” From Gretchen’s: “I’m right here with all of the variations of you I’ve met over 10 years of holidays, date nights, and enterprise plans. And even when the purpose of life isn’t simply to be completely happy, I’m, right down to the bones.”

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“We launched 15 dozen dwell butterflies after we mentioned ‘I do,’” Megan remembers. “We love the symbolism of butterflies. We joke that my spouse, Gretchen, is the butterfly whisperer as a result of they appear to land on her day by day.” Surrounded by fluttering wings, the newlyweds recessed out to “Shining” by DJ Khaled that includes Beyoncé and Jay-Z. 

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Each second of the day was distinctive to the couple and made a classy splash—in not less than one case, actually. Synchronized swimmers from Aqualillies danced within the fountain as company moved from ceremony to reception. “No particulars have been left unturned,” the couple says. “We actually did essentially the most!”

With that philosophy in thoughts, although, they used their price range properly. “I believe a difficult side that almost all brides can relate to is deciding what to spend your cash on, and what to go on,” the couple says. “For us, it took quite a lot of thought on the place we wished to allocate funds. We wished all of the issues, however realistically you need to go together with what’s going to take advantage of affect in your company’ expertise. Our planners have been extraordinarily useful—they received absolutely the most out of our price range.”

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We have been one hundred pc true to ourselves and didn’t let anybody inform us really feel about wedding ceremony planning.

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds took within the L.A. skyline. “It’s okay to do issues your manner,” Gretchen advises different {couples}. “We have been 100-percent true to ourselves and didn’t let anybody inform us really feel about wedding ceremony planning. We weren’t married to wedding ceremony developments. No matter you select or don’t, do it for you and your companion.”

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The couple’s imaginative and prescient for the glossy reception ballroom design was multilayered. “We began with a clear slate by carpeting the ballroom in a impartial ivory,” they share. “A wonderful however delicate white-and-black marble dance flooring was the point of interest. We lined the entrance of the stage with greenery and florals to tie within the ceremony and cocktail areas.” A mix of spherical and rectangular tables have been lined with stylish black linens, and a press release 16-foot bar with marble shelving was set behind the lover desk. “The florals on the tables have been white in clear glass vessels, accented with black taper candles,” they be aware.

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“We completed off the look with a traditional black Chiavari chair, black rim chargers, gold flatware, and—our favourite—a champagne coupe,” the couple says. “Our dinner menus have been set atop the black velvet napkins with lovely and suave calligraphy with a contemporary twist.”

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On the menu? “We served a farmer’s market peach, burrata, and arugula salad to start out, adopted by the visitor’s selection of salmon or crimson wine-braised quick rib,” the couple says. There have been additionally a trio of signature cocktails: The GM with tequila and jalapeño, the mezcal and mango Pandemic Proof, and the Virginia Rose (a mix of their center names) with vodka, rosemary, and lime. “We additionally drank Don Julio 1942 tequila all night time and had a bar cart of tequila and watermelon shooters introduced out to the dance flooring later within the night,” they add.

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“We nonetheless can’t recover from strolling into the ballroom and being utterly shocked,” Gretchen shares of seeing the decor for the primary time. “I truthfully thought we have been on the unsuitable venue. Abby and Caroline nailed the aesthetic we have been going for.”

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After the shocking room reveal, it was time for their very own reveal as newlyweds. As 150 company appeared on, Gretchen and Megan kicked off the reception in epic vogue. “We entered the ballroom with an escort of 4 Aqualillies performers sporting gold beaded leotards and carrying black parasols,” they bear in mind. “We adopted them to the dance flooring the place they did a four-minute efficiency to ‘Carry Off’ by Jay-Z and Kayne West, adopted by all of our company being invited to the dance flooring.”

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The brides’ twin father-daughter dance was to a becoming music, John Mayer’s “Daughters.” 

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Kimberly Bailey of The Butter Finish created an edgy, up to date, and classy cake design,” the couple says. “The cake was lined with ripped wafer paper in delicate grey tones, and accented with 23-karat gold leaf.” Inside? Almond cake with toasted-almond buttercream and pumpkin-spice cake with cream-cheese frosting.

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The social gathering was underway—however the brides had extra surprises in retailer, together with an outfit change and grand re-entrance into the reception. For Megan, the social gathering costume was Jenny Packham. “We had postponed our authentic wedding ceremony date and have been in the midst of the pandemic when our stylist, Samantha, despatched me this insane mini costume on sale at Web-a-Porter. They’d one measurement left and it was mine. It was the proper costume to transition into late night time; the sequins and the feathers have been a steadiness of playful and glamorous.”

She made a game-time determination on her hair. “I initially was planning on pulling my hair right into a enjoyable pony after I become my mini costume, however Hint Watkins, our fabulous hair and make-up artist, determined to maintain it down and ‘zhoosh’ it up,” Megan remembers. “I felt like I had Beyonce hair and it saved it enjoyable for social gathering time.”

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Gretchen went shorter too, in Galia Lahav. “It was a lovely mini costume and match like a glove—partly as a result of I wasn’t going to let that child transfer,” she says. “It was quick and tight and every part I’d usually not throw on, however I went for it.” Dubbed Jill, the costume was constructed from woven yarn and silk and lined with iridescent embellished sequins and feathers. “Jill wasn’t out right here taking part in, and neither was I. I beloved each second of it,” she says.

Newly outfitted, the brides stepped via erupting chilly fireworks—every in a blinding pair of Jimmy Choos—accompanied by bottle boys carrying bottles of their favourite tequila, 1942.

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We wished to play off the truth that a lot of our company hadn’t been in entrance of a dwell band in years,” the couple shares. “We employed TC and the Visitors Jamm band from De Bois Leisure and so they have been phenomenal. We requested for all upbeat, enjoyable music that may get individuals on the dance flooring. Since we positioned an enormous emphasis on leisure, we determined to mix in a DJ with the band. Bands take breaks and this was the proper approach to maintain the vitality excessive and our company dancing.” 

Additionally they introduced in a particular visitor. “Our buddy and proprietor of Vox DJs, KC Campbell, emceed our total wedding ceremony. He orchestrated the dynamic of the band and DJ completely and received company tremendous engaged in each second. “It was so enjoyable having him interacting with everybody on the dance flooring whereas the DJ did his factor on the stage.”

However arguably the perfect leisure grew to become one among Megan’s favourite recollections. “My spouse received me on stage to rap an Eminem music,” she says. “I felt like a pop star… till I noticed the movies.”

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“We had a late-night In-N-Out truck serving cheeseburgers and double-doubles on the dance flooring,” the brides bear in mind—one final shock to make the marriage their very own. 

Lastly, in any case the joy, they have been prepared for some leisure. They headed south for a honeymoon in Cabo. “We stayed on the Montage. It’s a beautiful property with unbelievable hospitality—good for a zen honeymoon expertise.”