When Dane Streeter locked eyes with Kristin Deasy at a professional "Drum-off" competition at the famous Wiltern Theatre in Hollywood, he began to consider thanking his best friend for dragging him along. As fate would have it, Kristin and Dane both hadn't planned on being there that evening, but their respective friends had coerced them into attending. After striking up a conversation, the pair continued talking into the wee hours, even heading to world-renowned Jerry's Deli for a late-night snack. Over a year of happiness later, "I was certain I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her," says Dane. When Kristin responded with a gleeful "Yes!" the two began planning.
Not wanting their engagement to last longer than a year, the couple began checking the availability of their favorite hotels. The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa stood out among the rest, not only because it was located near Kristin's home, but also for the beauty of the property. Formerly The Ritz-Carlton, the famed Pasadena structure is set on 23 acres of land overlooking the prestigious area of San Marino. With the help of International Event Company (along with Kristin's mom Sally), the couple began putting together a team of vendors based on reputation and personality. "The best advice we received was to work with vendors you 'mesh' well with," explains the bride. "It really made the planning and wedding day enjoyable."
Knowing she wanted an affair that was understated but elegant, Kristin selected a romantic theme with a soft color scheme of blush, ivory, champagne, and gold. The gorgeous neutral colors were incorporated into every element of the occasion, including the bridesmaids' floor-length satin gowns. The aisle chairs in the Langham's Horseshoe Garden were decorated in muted pink and ivory roses, while the all-white aisle runner was outlined with fresh petals. An elevated platform set the stage for the traditional Christian wedding, complete with a fabric-draped arch tied with large sprays of elegant florals. Wearing a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown, the bride appeared arm in arm with both her dad and her step-father, while Dane waited with his groomsmen -- and a very special "groomswoman" -- at the end of the aisle. "Seeing Kristin for the first time was my most memorable moment," says the groom. "She looked breathtaking."
After the "I do's," the setting switched to the venue's Viennese Ballroom, named for its dramatic chandeliers made in the 1930s for the Hotel of Vienna. Romantic lighting bounced off the high ceilings of the enchanting ballroom, and each table was topped with tall and short vases surrounded with votive candles and filled with hundreds of pale-hued roses and hydrangeas. In addition, every place setting offered a delicious treat of boxed Godiva chocolates accented with a heart-shaped charm as a favor.
In preparation for the best man's speech, guests' glasses were filled with specialty wines that the groom personally selected from a favorite San Luis Obispo winery. Dane's main man was the friend that "dragged" him to the Wiltern the fateful night he met Kristin, a story which gave way to a very amusing and emotional speech. "His toast was another of my favorite memories," says Dane. "It was funny and heartfelt."
The James Gang band immediately got everyone on their feet; attendees only left the festive dance floor to eat the delicious double course of fresh salmon and filet mignon. "The reception was so much fun!" exclaims Kristin. "It was like a party." Kristin and Dane had paid special attention to both the food and music because they felt these two elements fuel an amazing celebration -- and we think they succeeded. "To this day our friends still tell us that it was the best band, music, and wedding!" exclaim the happy duo.