WENDY LIEU & ERIC LEE

WENDY LIEU & ERIC LEE

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Au­gust 27, 2017 Pa­cific Pal­isades, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Ether & Smith

Au­gust 27, 2017 Pa­cific Pal­isades, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Ether & Smith

When Wendy Lieu and Eric Lee met as sopho­mores at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Bar­bara, they had no idea they would be ex­chang­ing vows eight years later. When the time was right, Eric se­cured the bless­ing of his beloved’s par­ents and be­gan planning an elab­o­rate pro­posal at the The Broad mu­seum in Down­town Los Angeles. Once the duo skipped the long line, Wendy be­came slightly sus­pi­cious that some­thing was about to oc­cur. As they posed for a photo in front of a mod­ern sculp­ture, Eric got down on one knee. “I of course said yes!” ex­claims Wendy. As an ad­di­tional sur­prise, her new fi­ancé had ar­ranged for her par­ents, brother, cousin, and clos­est friends to wit­ness the spe­cial mo­ment.

De­sir­ing a color palette of ivory, gold, and dusty rose for the dé­cor of the cel­e­bra­tion, the bride worked with Ilana Ash­ley Events to co­or­di­nate the or­ganic, glam, and vin­tage feel of the nup­tials. Since the venue was se­lected pri­mar­ily for its gor­geous view of the Pa­cific Ocean, the pic­turesque vista served as the back­drop for the cer­e­mony. As 170 guests took their seats on ei­ther side of an aisle lined with vanilla flower petals and gilt ris­ers topped with lush blooms, string ar­range­ments of pop­u­lar tunes were per­formed. “We hired a vi­o­lin­ist we found on Third Street Prom­e­nade in Santa Mon­ica who was amaz­ing,” says the groom.

To the sounds of “Truly Madly Deeply” by Sav­age Gar­den, the bride walked down the grassy aisle in a strik­ing trum­pet gown fea­tur­ing a lace bodice; she car­ried an el­e­gant bridal bou­quet com­posed of gar­den roses, quick­sand roses, and café au lait dahlias in soft, muted hues. Wendy met her groom at the al­tar, which show­cased a wooden ar­bor dec­o­rated with green­ery and pale-col­ored blos­soms as well as sus­pended gar­lands fea­tur­ing the same blooms, for a touch­ing cer­e­mony per­son­al­ized by the cou­ple and of­fi­ci­ated by the bride’s older cousin.

“I was sur­prised how emo­tional of a day it was and how fast it went.”

Fol­low­ing the vow exchange, loved ones found their seat­ing as­sign­ments for the re­cep­tion by way of flo­ral-print frames dis­played on gilt book­cases dec­o­rated with green­ery and pho­tos of Wendy and Eric through­out their re­la­tion­ship. As at­ten­dees en­tered the ball­room, they took their seats atop dark wood chairs with ivory cush­ions sur­round­ing round ta­bles strewn with tex­tured me­tal­lic linens. Cen­ter­pieces show­cased loose, or­ganic col­lec­tions of cream and dusty pink roses, green­ery, and Queen Anne’s lace bil­low­ing from ei­ther short bul­lion-hued pedestals or tall gilt stands. Vo­tive can­dles sur­rounded the cen­ter­pieces to pro­vide a ro­man­tic am­bi­ence and il­lu­mi­nate the il­lus­tri­ous ar­range­ments.

The new­ly­weds en­joyed the sit-down din­ner service on a raised stage of­fer­ing a per­fect view of their loved ones. Their vin­tagein­spired sweet­heart ta­ble, which was placed in front of an im­pres­sive hedge wall adorned with twin­kling string lights, was dec­o­rated with a gar­land of vines and roses. A trio of wed­ding cakes atop white milk-glass pedestals were dis­played nearby on an an­tique bar cart. The larger two-tier confection featured an om­bré ruf­fle design on the bot­tom layer, and two smaller cakes show­cased sub­tle golden de­tails to com­ple­ment the dé­cor.

After friends and fam­ily had en­joyed the fare and slices of the sweet treats, danc­ing en­sued for the re­main­der of the evening. To com­ple­ment the so­phis­ti­cated, vin­tage vibe of the cel­e­bra­tion, the bride changed into a bird­cage veil be­fore her first dance with her newly minted hus­band to a remixed ver­sion of “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.

Though the cou­ple made sure to spend plenty of time with their guests through­out the evening – even join­ing the cock­tail hour after tak­ing pho­tos – they still felt as though the fête flew by. “I was sur­prised how emo­tional of a day it was and how fast it went,” ad­mits the groom, who sug­gests other cou­ples should do their best to say hello to each at­tendee. “Take ev­ery mo­ment in, any chance you get.”

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