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Natalie and Scott – Terranea – Rancho Palos Verdes – August 2009

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


Last May, Photographer Kendra Duerst called me and said, “You have to meet Natalie! She needs help with her wedding, and I told her all about you!” Kendra had met Natalie and her sister at a bridal event in Laguna Beach a few months earlier. Natalie and Scott have a ‘blended family’ of 4 adorable dogs and Kendra had told Natalie, “Oh, you’ll love Linda, she’s a dog freak!” So, a quick trip to L.A. was planned to visit Natalie, Scott,….and, of course, the dogs. Over wine, cheese, and doggie belly rubs, we discussed the wedding. Natalie and Scott had booked the Terranea as their wedding venue. It was 10 years in the making and was located on the gorgeous, former site of Marineland in Rancho Palos Verdes. They took a lot on faith, as the site was a construction zone, mainly comprised of dirt, when they booked their wedding. They were only the fourth couple to reserve their wedding there, LONG before it was completed.
Terranea opened their doors to guests in June, so I went up to take a tour. What a FANTASTIC wedding location! Ocean views from every angle – Italian architecture – everything brand new. I couldn’t wait to see how her florist, Joyce, from LA Botanicals would design their ceremony site – Catalina Point, a pergola perched on a cliff overlooking the water. The reception was located in the Catalina Room, a huge ballroom with a full wall of glass towards the sea. My team brought their “A” game and the wedding came off without a hitch. Last minute alterations and ironing of a groomsman’s WAY too short sleeves, locating the little tux & dressing of our cute little ringbearer, and my assistant, Jen, running across the 100 acre property for bridal party hair clips were just a few of our duties. Allie, Roxy, Bubba & Lola (the dogs) were escorted down the aisle with the rest of the wedding party. They were just as beautifully turned out in their flower collars as the rest of the bridal party. Natalie designed her own fabulous gown, which was made by Brides by Liza. Crystal encrusted Jimmy Choo shoes complemented her dress perfectly. Natalie’s parents are the sweetest mom and dad ever! Natalie’s dad, John, had a ‘father’s toasting table’ set up in the reception. I was told it was an Italian family tradition – you MUST have a shot of anisette with the father of the bride to toast the wedding. Of course, I had to comply and had a shot (or two) to toast this fantastic couple. I can’t believe how much we all laughed that night. Natalie and Scott are such a happy, loving, couple and we had SO MUCH FUN being part of their wedding day.