In an ironic twist of fate, Jenna Marine and Andrew Sahn met in a class about California divorce law. In the early weeks of law school, Jenna lent Andrew her computer charger and the two became study buddies. It wasn’t long before they started dating. Andrew knew immediately that he wanted to propose, and when the time was right, he approached his future father-in-law. “I mentioned that I would like to take him to dinner at his earliest convenience to discuss something important,” notes Andrew. “He immediately ran over to my future mother-in-law and told her what I said!” After arriving to the restaurant an hour early and indulging in a few shots of tequila for courage, Andrew was able to have the all-important conversation with the father of his beloved.
With the blessing secured, the hopeful groom had a ring with a personal history made. “My great-grandparents married at 19 and at the time, my great-grandfather couldn’t afford a ring but promised my great-grandmother that he’d buy her the ring she deserved one day, just as soon as he could afford it,” shares Andrew. “He worked his entire life to fulfill that promise and on their 50th wedding anniversary he presented my great-grandmother with a beautiful ring that was eventually passed down to my mother, who unfortunately passed away before I met Jenna.” When he told his family he was ready to propose, Andrew's aunt shared this story and offered the ring for him to use.
Under the guise of attending a charity event with her family at the beach, Jenna met up with Andrew wearing pajamas, expecting to change before the event started. When she walked inside, she found a path of rose petals and a photographer to capture the moment she said yes. “I got engaged in a Beauty and the Beast sweatshirt!” exclaims the bride. The surprise continued with their families meeting for dinner, and Andrew’s aunts and Jenna’s best friends flown in from the East Coast to celebrate with them.
When it came to the venue for their big day, the decision was clear: “I always knew that I wanted to get married at home, so it was never even a discussion,” Jenna admits. The team at Geller Events helped plan the Beverly Hills celebration, while Samuel Lippke Studios captured each moment beautifully. From a design perspective, it was important to the bride that there was plenty of color. A variety of blooms in vibrant shades of pink adorned both the ceremony and reception.
Before the procession started, the bride’s two sisters sang Jeff Buckley’s arrangement of “Hallelujah,” which – along with the other music selected for the walk down the aisle – gave the conservative Jewish ceremony a personal touch. Jenna was dreamy in a strapless, A-line gown featuring lace floral appliqués, and the groom was dashing in his navy suit. An unexpected 12-minute intermission interrupted the service due to rain, but soon it was time to celebrate. “Andrew breaking the glass under the chuppah was the most fun, magical moment,” the bride gushes. As cries of “mazel tov!” filled the air, rose-petal cannons went off and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder was played – a nod to the couple’s wedding hashtag of #SahnSealedDelivered.
Keeping with the color story of the day, pink and red florals filled the clear-top reception tent. In addition to the stunning centerpieces, willow branches with roses cascaded down from the ceiling, giving the appearance of a fairy-tale forest. The custom dance floor with watercolor embellishments provided another splash of color to the vibrant party. Completing the palette, pink roses were placed on the charger plates of every attendee at the reception. The 315-person guest list was more than the couple initially anticipated, so they wanted to make sure everyone felt included throughout the big day. Personalized menus with each name engraved helped to achieve this goal. Andrew’s favorite part of the celebration was when every single person was on the dance floor for the first dance and the newlyweds were surrounded by friends and family. “It was an extremely powerful moment I’ll never forget,” he affirms. “All I cared about was people dancing all night and having a blast.”