Though Adrienne Longoria was weary of signing up for a popular dating app, something about Timothy Brown excited her and she couldn’t wait to meet him. “I just remember feeling like we couldn’t stop talking and were dying to catch each other up on our entire lives in one night,” she affirms of their first date. “The attraction was instantaneous.” The following summer while she was on a family vacation in the South of France, Tim took the opportunity to give his beloved the surprise of a lifetime. “She thought she wasn’t going to see me for two weeks,” he explains; however, armed with her father’s blessing and an heirloom pear-shaped diamond engagement ring, he flew to France to ask a very important question. “One day, we were all outside in the pool and out of nowhere Tim walked through the doors,” shares Adrienne. “It was the best surprise of my life!”
Since they reside in Dallas, Texas, the couple desired a destination celebration in a cool-weather location. “I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding, and there is no better place with perfect weather year-round like Los Angeles,” says the bride. With just three months to plan their soirée, the pair hired the experts at International Event Company to make their dreams come to life. “We had our planners within the first week of our engagement and could not have gotten it all done without them,” she adds. After selecting a luxury hotel in Bel-Air to host the fête, a décor scheme to complement the backdrop of the grounds quickly fell into place. “I wanted a natural, rustic, organic feel,” confirms Adrienne.
On the day of the alfresco ceremony, 200 loved ones found their seats as a string quartet played classics like Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” as well as favorites by The Beatles and Coldplay. Wearing a strapless gown featuring a beautifully draped bodice, the bride was elegant as she carried a bouquet comprised of anemones, roses, and greenery. She walked down the candlelit aisle to meet her soon-to-be husband beneath an impressive floral structure embellished with verdure, ivory blooms, and magnolia leaves. The duo took part in a traditional vow exchange presided over by a priest from the groom’s hometown to add a personal touch.
During cocktail hour, friends and family found their table assignments on escort cards stamped with a custom wax seal featuring the newlyweds’ monogram. To continue the outdoor feel the bride desired, the reception took place in a clear tent adorned with thousands of twinkle lights so guests could enjoy the natural greenery in a romantic, covered setting. Before they arrived, however, Adrienne and Tim took a moment to take in the beauty of the space, which happened to be one of the groom’s favorite moments of the day – in addition to seeing his bride for the first time in her gown. “Both times it was just the two of us. It was nice to have a few moments to ourselves and simply be with each other on our wedding day,” he says.
As loved ones entered the tent, they were astonished at the incredible décor illuminated with string lights and shimmering chandeliers. Attendees found their seats at tables topped with romantic arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, orchids, anemones, and additional blooms in shades of blush and ivory accented with greenery, dusty miller, and thistle varieties, all crafted by Eddie Zaratsian and his team. Each place setting was personalized with a menu card showcasing the guest’s name written in calligraphy, accented with either a single bloom or a fresh sprig of lavender.
Following the dinner service, friends and family enjoyed slices of a five-layer ombré ruffled confection displayed on a table draped with hundreds of blooms. “It was a focal point at the reception,” notes the bride. After the couple’s first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne, revelers hit the dance floor before making their way to a ballroom illuminated with vibrant blue lighting for a joyous after-party complete with additional cocktails and desserts, a photo booth, and specialty LED-wheel performers. “We wanted everyone dancing once the ceremony was over,” declares Tim.
When asked if they would change anything about their whirlwind event, both Adrienne and Tim were in agreement: “Not a thing,” muses the groom. They also note that their short engagement encouraged them to stick to their preferences and not second-guess any decisions. “We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding,” smiles Tim. “I’m sure that’s the most cliché thing to say, but it really was a perfect day.”