Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California Gala at The Ebell in Los Angeles, CA

Wow! What an amazing evening at The Ebell for the Wish Upon A Wedding Gala! There were so many talented people involved in putting this heart-warming fundraising event together. And we had the privilege of being graced with special guests including Founder of WUW - Luz Guthrie, Founding President of WUW - Sasha Souza and the first recipients of the wedding granted by the Southern California Chapter - The Reyes Family.

Come with me on a little photo recap of this FAB event! Oh, and I should mention that the theme was Old Hollywood Vintage Glam!

The Ebell of Los Angeles is a beautiful historical venue located off of Lucerne and Wilshire Blvd. Even First Lady Michelle Obama has made an appearance here!
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All guests were greeted via the red carpet.
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Wildflower Linens showed off one of their great linens for this guest seating table.
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I love this cake! It might looks familiar to some of you.
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Ice Bulb showcased a few of their creations. Such beautiful work!
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A silent auction was held as part of the fundraising event.
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This particular auction item had me at chocolate and wine.
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And here is the grand entrance to the dining room! I SO wish I was a better photographer to capture the true essence of this room.
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The Hollywood Esquires Band provided live music throughout the dinner.
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All florals were provided by the ever-so-talented Tic Toc Couture Flowers.
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Here's a little snap of one of the themed table names.
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The menu will make your mouth water a bit so just in case you can't read the picture, I have a description for each course.
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First Course - Olive Oil and Herb Poached Plum Tomatoes with Baby Arugula, Burrata and Aged Balsamic
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Second Course - Slow Roasted Arctic Char Escabeche and Grilled Asparagus with Fermented Black Bean Hollondaise and Taro Chips
(Oops! I ate the food before I took the picture. Yeah...it was THAT good!)

Third Course - Spice Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sweet Potato and Cassava Pancakes and Sauteed Haricot Vert, Grilled Vegetable Risotto with Basil Sauce and Herb Salad
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Fourth Course - Vanilla Poached Pears with Bourbon Anglaise, Strawberry Ribbons and Quinoa Tuiles
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And a snap of the evening's presentation:
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This was the point in the evening that was emotional for most. For me, the most impactful was seeing images from the first wedding wish fulfilled by the Southern California chapter for Sandra and Francisco. You HAVE TO check out their story here with full images. Just be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you do. What is SO heart wrenching is that Sandra's son, Anthony, has been in and out of the hospital as he battles Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. As a mom myself, my heart goes out to them. And I am excited that this very deserving family was granted a wedding by some of the top vendors in Southern California. Sending my love and best wishes!

Following the dinner service and presentation, we all shuffled over to the Supper Club with entertainment provided by Hey, Mister DJ.
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And desserts were provided by Vanilla Bake Shop.
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I got to hang out with some beautiful people. That's Christina from Simply Modern Weddings and Gloria from Grand Engagements.
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Here's Victor from Invisible Touch. Seriously, if you want a fun DJ for your event, be sure to ask for this guy!
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And the owner to Invisible Touch, Robert.
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Thank you to all the generous sponsors for the Wish Upon a Wedding Fundraising Gala!
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And a special thank you to the amazing board of the Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California!

2 comments:

ebelllosangeles said...

Wow! What great photos you took of the Wish Upon a Wedding gala at The Ebell of Los Angeles!! I wish I had been smart enough to take pictures of each course as they came out - I'm so glad you enjoyed the menu as well as the venue and the music of The Fabulous Esquires Big Band. You looked absolutely stunning! Thank you for supporting this magnificent organization...!
~Melissa
Director of Catering & Special Events at The Ebell of Los Angeles (and vocalist for The Fabulous Esquires Big Band : )

Floral Sense said...

Thank you Melissa! The Ebell is so gorgeous and was the perfect venue for the Wish Upon A Wedding Gala. Everything you guys did was amazing and made the evening so unforgettable!
-Joanna