Above the Palos Verdes Peninsula sits the beautiful and fully restored 1920′s Spanish villa La Venta Inn; a picturesque location with panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean and the place where Melinda and Brian said “I do.”
On a late afternoon in fall photographer Karen Ard captured this geeky couple’s wedding, a mix of Doctor who, gambling, and one incredible nod to Back To The Future. “Filled with amazing details like Melinda’s apple bouquet, subtle Doctor Who references, and fun games acting as centerpieces at each table. The reception was buffet style with a casino theme so everyone wandered from table to table, playing and socializing. Loved it! Melinda and Brian even had prizes for the high rollers and the piñata was filled with candy and lotto tickets,” says Karen a Los Angeles based photographer.
Guests were greeted with a Tardis box for gift cards with a sign reading “cardis” and pens to sign the couple’s Jenga guest book. In the 1930s La Venta became a weekend retreat for glamorous Hollywood icons such as Charles Lindberg, Tyrone Power, Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson. Today, La Venta is managed by the award-winning catering company New York Food Company. As the sun set on their fall wedding guests made their way into a casino themed reception for some award winning food, fun and gambling. Board games were displayed like centerpieces at every table for guests to play when they weren’t gambling.
The couple’s awesome photo booth featured a DeLorean with time machine inspired props for guests to pose with and just have fun.
Want more? View more beautiful photos from Melinda and Brian’s wedding from their photographer Karen Ard at karenard.comVendors: Photographer: Karen Ard Photography/Day of coordinator and venue: the amazing Tim at the historic La Venta Inn/apple bouquet: Be Buds Florist/Cakes: Jackson Market/Casino: Best Casino Events/Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier/Tux: Hugo Boss