Giovanna Ventura


Our friends at Style Me Pretty have recently featured Joanna & Scott's Glam Garden Wedding at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica and we cannot wait to share with you!


Bride and groom under their ceremony chuppah.



A few words from the bride on bringing her wedding to life...


Since we are both transplants to California, we had guests coming in for the wedding from all over the country. We wanted the feel of the wedding to highlight our incredible lifestyle living near the beach. We chose the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica as the center of the wedding weekend. In addition to creating the perfect home base for our guests to gather by the pool during the day and in our Bungalow to prepare for the wedding, it was situated on the beach and helped showcase our active, vibrant California life.


Gorgeous ceremony florals for this garden wedding.


The escort card display full of greenery.



For the concept, we enhanced a traditional ballroom wedding with details that reflected our life in California and helped give our guests a glimpse into what makes living here so special. The key detail was soft but vibrant colors throughout. The bridesmaids' dresses and flowers featured an array of pink, purple and coral colors. We wanted guests to feel like they were in a garden for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the range of purples and pinks offered softness for the ceremony, and a bold feeling for the cocktail hour and reception.


The reception took place in a beautifully draped ballroom.


The reception had lounge vignettes for guests to take a break from dancing.



We had an incredible team of vendors who helped bring the details we envisioned to life. They made the event feel like a truly California affair, taking advantage of the outdoor space for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and presenting flowers that felt organic but elegant. Most memorable was the giant fig tree that served as the focal point for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Our lighting team added lanterns throughout it, which were dimly lit at the start of the ceremony and gradually got brighter as the sun set. The fully-dressed tree created an incredible backdrop for the ceremony and cocktail hour and provided an image that we’ll never forget.


The bride and groom wanted their wedding to capture their California lifestyle.


The bride and groom having a blast during their hora and chair dance.



Event Coordination & Design: Bob Gail Special Events  |  Photography: OneLove Photography  |  Videography: D.P. Weddings  |  Venue: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows  |  Floral Design: JL Designs |  Draping: BAM Specialty Fabric Draping  |  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Found Vintage RentalsDesigner Event Rentals  |  Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting  |  Glassware: Casa de Perrin  |  Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen, Luxe Linen  |  Desserts: Sweet Rose Creamery, Donut Snob, Huckleberry  |  Entertainment: West Coast Music