STEPHANIE PEREZ & BRAN­DEN HAMP­TON

STEPHANIE PEREZ & BRAN­DEN HAMP­TON

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Oc­to­ber 23, 2016 West Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Aes­theti­ica Pho­tog­ra­phy

Oc­to­ber 23, 2016 West Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Aes­theti­ica Pho­tog­ra­phy

Stephanie Perez, well into her first trimester of preg­nancy, was in no mood for a date night. Her beau, Bran­den Hamp­ton, was in­sis­tent the two go out for an evening on the town, but Stephanie had been feel­ing ill more of­ten than not. “He fi­nally gave up and pro­posed at home,” jokes Stephanie. The busy pair, who work to­gether as suc­cess­ful so­cial-me­dia in­flu­encers, had the chance to de­sign their per­fect wed­ding dur­ing a five-year en­gage­ment – ample time to fig­ure out ex­actly what one wants in a cel­e­bra­tion. “We used team­work through­out the process – we didn’t have one sin­gle ar­gu­ment!” ex­claims Bran­den.

With the help of their ex­pert wed­ding plan­ner, Lo­ri­ann Serna of Wife of the Party, they crafted an event that fit their larger-than-life per­son­al­i­ties, start­ing with the mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions of the cel­e­bra­tion. “We wanted a beau­ti­ful area that we could mold to fit our ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” ex­plains the bride of their fi­nal de­ci­sion to in­clude three venues through­out the big day. Adds the groom, “The de­tail that went into each space was in­cred­i­ble.”

On a misty Oc­to­ber morn­ing, 109 friends and fam­ily ar­rived at Stephanie and Bran­den’s cer­e­mony, held at a breath­tak­ing Bev­erly Hills man­sion. Sim­ple wooden chairs were ar­ranged to face a beau­ti­ful cop­per foun­tain in the court­yard. The aisle – lead­ing up to a col­lec­tion of vin­tage-in­spired ves­sels cov­ered in blooms – was lined with pas­tel-hued flo­ral ar­range­ments. The beau­ti­ful bride, clad in a cus­tom-made fit­ted gown with a sweet­heart neck­line, in­tri­cate bead­ing, and a vo­lu­mi­nous over­skirt lead­ing into a train, stole the show as she grace­fully walked through the space to meet her groom. Un­for­tu­nately, the weather didn’t seem to match her ra­di­ant glow. “It rained,” ad­mits Bran­den. How­ever, he says, “Rain is good luck, and that no­tion hasn’t been wrong since!”

Fol­low­ing the heart­felt service, which in­cluded spe­cial mo­ments with their three chil­dren, guests were asked to make their way to the sec­ondary venue: a chic and mod­ern ho­tel in the mid­dle of West Hol­ly­wood. Din­ner was held on the rooftop and guests found their ta­ble as­sign­ments from ob­sid­ian name plates dis­played on a marsala-col­ored es­cort-card wall, which also fea­tured the re­cep­tion menu on a grand mar­ble piece. White ta­blescapes show­cased deep pur­ple linens, fall-in­spired flo­ral ar­range­ments, and gilt charger plates. Place set­tings also in­cluded the name of each rev­eler, etched into a mar­ble geo­met­ric shape that com­ple­mented the con­tem­po­rary mo­tif. The space em­bod­ied a warm, yet so­phis­ti­cated, au­tumn glow that acted as an idyl­lic back­drop for the five-star meal. “We put each color on a vi­sion board to map out how it flowed with the event,” ex­plains Stephanie.

Once ev­ery­one had en­joyed the menu se­lec­tions, guests were led down­stairs to the ball­room for con­tin­ued mer­ri­ment. Stylish lounge spa­ces fea­tur­ing white fur­ni­ture and color­ful ac­cents of egg­plant and sil­ver sur­rounded the re­flec­tive dance floor. Rel­a­tives and friends could si­dle up to the bar for a re­fresh­ing cock­tail, nib­ble on a slice of the art­fully crafted wed­ding cake fea­tur­ing choco­late and lemon fla­vors, or even grab a per­son­al­ized “Hamp­ton” cookie from the dessert ta­ble. “Every minute of the wed­ding, in­clud­ing de­tails such as when we would walk some­where, when stream­ers would fly, and when pho­tos were taken, was planned down to a science,” shares the groom. “It made the whole ex­pe­ri­ence amaz­ing.”

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