Jacqueline & Erik's Vintage Wedding At The Culver Hotel
WORDS: ENRICA NICOLI ALDINI
IMAGES: AURELIA D’AMORE
A reality show set the stage, quite literally, for Erik and Jacqueline’s love story. The couple met in 2012 while filming Breaking Pointe, a docudrama based on Ballet West. She was on the cast, as a soloist. He on the production crew, as the sound supervisor. Soon they started dating, and eventually tied the knot on July 18, 2015.
THE CULVER HOTEL
The classic boutique hotel where “vintage glamour meets modern chic,” located in the heart of Culver City, inspired the theme of the wedding. At Erik and Jacqueline’s elegant nuptials, guests wore formal attires, and the hotel’s rich cinematic history inspired the wedding party’s hairdos and the reception photo booth props.
PINK IS THE NEW WHITE
Velvet Finley at Gateway Bridal & Prom helped Jacqueline pick her tailor-made gown, in tune with the bride’s vision for the style and palette of the wedding.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
The all-white Parisian Room was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The wonderful natural light accentuated the raw herringbone oak floor and the extensive moldings complete with lovebirds, crystal chandeliers and white orchids, and provided a romantic French ambiance for Erik and Jacqueline’s “I do.”
A KNOT WITH HOLLYWOOD TIES
Erik and Jacqueline’s love story blossomed behind the camera. The Culver Hotel’s cinematic history incorporated Erik’s connection to Hollywood into the wedding theme. During the reception, The Wizard of Oz projected silently in the Velvet Lounge.
The Crystal Dining Room, with its black and white checkered floor, dark paneling and stunning chandeliers, perfectly accented the touches of Art Deco design that had blended into the wedding invitations, bridal accessories and overall neutral metallic color palette.
RING ON DISPLAY
The French ambiance inspired the geometric glass wedding ring display box. Jacqueline had planned on designing the wedding rings, but when she found a unique engagement ring and wedding band she fell in love with, she changed her mind. She now wears the ring she had always dreamed of.
BLUSH & SAGE
Dionne Anderson with Arrange Flora provided the vision for the floral arrangements. Jacqueline loved them so much, she even took the bouquet on her honeymoon!
“Diamonds Are Forever”
The couple’s first dance echoed the occasion for their first meeting: ballet! Jacqueline’s former ballerina colleague choreographed a shortened version of “Diamonds Are Forever” for the newly-weds. Jacqueline wore a costume purchased from a “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom professional, and the performance intentionally wasn’t recorded. The couple’s first dance together was a once in a lifetime event!
AURELIA D’AMORE PHOTOGRAPHY
GATEWAY BRIDAL & PROM