Taylor designed the paper suite (she owns and runs Surcie Fine Gifts and Stationery) and taught herself calligraphy so she could address the invitations.
By sticking to graphic green prints on white backgrounds for the linens, planner Blake avoided the “too Lilly” look that the bride wanted to sidestep. “Nothing against Lilly, I love her!” Taylor laughs
Taylor says she tried on 200 dresses at five bridal stores in three different cities before finding this beauty by Naeem Khan.
One of the couple’s priorities was having no lines at the bar, which they avoided partly thanks to roaming servers offering rosé.
Four different patterned linens were used throughout the reception.
Bridesmaids acted as greeters for the guests and sat in the front row, while Taylor’s sister walked the aisle and stood with her during the ceremony. While the bridal party wore pastel gowns, the maid of honor wore a palm-print frock.
Filling the tent with lounge appointments—leather sofas, crystal chandeliers, gauzy drapery—in vivid hues was a lively departure from the site’s usual “blush and bashful” trappings, said planner Mary Martha.
Like the tent ceiling draping and the palm-covered linens, the matchbooks were both coordinated and mismatched.
Floral arrangements by Gathering Events paired fluffy pink blooms with tropical leaves and green berries for a look that was both lush and preppy.
Boxwood walls framed the aptly named Emerald Empire Band. Palm hand fans (of course) sat at the ready for overheated dancers. (above) Taylor used “The Hills” font on the cocktail napkins, as it was the closest she could find to that of the Beverly Hills Hotel sign.