Long Beach Love Story: Michelle & Ryan Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

As a wedding planner, it is not every day that you get to help an old friend get hitched. So for the second week in a row, we are very excited to share a wedding that is extra special to the Marisa Nicole team.

This is the wedding of Ryan & Michelle! I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan in college, and we’ve been good friends ever since. When Ryan shared the good news of his engagement to the lovely Michelle, I was more than happy to help.

These two lovebirds got hitched at the historic Ebell of Long Beach. This 1920’s architectural beauty is reminiscent of the Spanish-Revival, making it the perfect backdrop for a simple elegant design with DIY touches.

Between the indoor courtyard, tiled floors, sculpted portico, old-school parlor, fountain, chandeliers, and dark-wood dining room, this venue and all of it’s eccentric, vintage decor speaks for itself.

As if this venue wasn’t perfect enough for the couple, it also happens to be located right across the street from one of the couple’s favorite coffee shops. Immediately after running down the aisle, the bridal party followed and the whole group sipped on cappuccinos and espresso before heading back over to join cocktail hour.

Their overall design was clean and elegant. Not wanting to take away from the venues beauty, Ryan and Michelle opted for simple florals. They lined their aisle with long, single-stem pink roses, and repurposed them as their centerpieces.

Their cocktail hour, which took place in the parlor, was sprinkled with dainty florals and candles. This couple proved that bud vases and votives still have the power to transform a room.

This was truly a family affair. With help from both sides of the family (and even their bridal party & friends!), they crafted a seating chart, welcome sign, signature cocktails, and signage for both the bar & dessert table, and table numbers.

Speaking of food, Baked It Myself served up a delicious buffet that left everyone happy and full. For dessert, the couple brought in a new school twist to offset their historic surroundings by serving donuts instead of the traditional cake or small treats. Donut Snob offered up fun flavors like “blueberry earl grey” and “razzy lemon lulu”.

To end the night, the couple was cheered goodbye by all their friends and family -it truly was the perfect end to a perfect night.

So to my dear friend and your beautiful wife, we wish you all the best! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

For more inspiration behind this fab wedding, you can watch their wedding video here.

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