After becoming engaged, Jen Winston and Jordan Dinenberg spent the weekend celebrating and then jumped right into preparing for their big day. One of the first steps was meeting with Linda Howard of Linda Howard Events. “Her deep sense of care, warm energy, and energetic spark is what sealed the deal. Although I had arranged meetings with other planners, I told Linda right in that first moment we met that we needed to work together,” affirms the bride. In fact, she says working with Linda was her favorite part of the planning process. The consultant’s relationship with other top vendors in the Los Angeles area allowed the lovebirds to create their own “Dream Team.”
A piece of beloved jewelry in a starburst design as a nod to the era of Art Deco, was the inspiration for the overall aesthetic of the wedding day – from the invitations to the reception décor. They didn’t want to play anything safe, and their planner was always there to encourage Jen to push the envelope and choose elements that would create a wow-worthy event. Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles was the perfect venue to set the tone for the look the couple desired.
Since the pair desired an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, the celebration began in the courtyard of the venue. In lieu of florals, the aisle was instead lined with dramatic pampas grass, which led to a chuppah featuring blossoms arranged in a unique fashion that included gilded eucalyptus branches. Suspended from the middle was a bullion orb with sunbursts. Due to a surprise heat wave, the bride had quickly ordered black-and-gold fans to help keep everyone comfortable. “It actually ended up looking really cool when we glanced at our guests from the chuppah,” Jordan reveals. He was mesmerized as he saw his bride walk down the aisle in a sleek beaded gown and a glittering headpiece reminiscent of the Jazz Age.
Following the ceremony, guests moved indoors for the festive reception. More pampas grass filled the room, as well as unique gold sunburst structures and bullion-painted baby blue eucalyptuses. Cocktail napkins highlighted fun facts about the newlyweds, and textured gilt linens from Luxe Linen paired beautifully with the customized furniture from Revelry Event Designers to tie everything together. Candles were placed in hurricanes wrapped with merlot calla lilies and held aloft on stands that featured golden cubes with ebony squares. Low, geometric vases in the same metallic hue showcased amaryllises like the ones seen in the bridal bouquet.
Befitting the Art Deco aesthetic, the five-tier wedding cake alternated in fan-inspired designs with a standout rectangular layer displaying a gold starburst made with small three-dimensional shapes. The groom usually considers himself a planner, but he was happy to let Jen take the lead for the style of their special day. “It was really fun to not know what it would look like,” he shares. The choice paid off, and upon viewing the space he saw his new wife’s style reflected brilliantly throughout the striking venue with the help of her “Dream Team.” “As every bride knows, wedding planning is filled with many decisions and emotions, and it can be a very overwhelming experience at times,” explains the bride. “Having Linda by my side with an unconditional smile on her face is why all of her brides call Linda a ‘fairy godmother’ – Linda is watching over all of us with love, pride, and admiration.”