Natural History Museum Los Angeles Wedding

A Wedding Full of Moody Enchantment at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs, a sea of greenery, and romantic lighting, oh my! Mara and Jason turned to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles for their wedding that is as bold as it is enchanting.

“We are really big movie fans. I wanted our wedding to look like a beautiful fantasy escape with nods to our favorite films like Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Braveheart, Edward Scissorhands, etc. etc.. but all at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles,” stated Mara.

They found creative ways to weave in the details they hoped for into the design. A gothic arch window — which was designed and printed with the help of Mara’s man-of-honor — stood tall on the ceremony altar where the couple exchanged vows as their wedding party stood in their stylish attire beside them. “I wanted my bridesmaids to look like ethereal nymphs whimsically gliding down the aisle like water with soft glowing makeup and delicate flowers in their hair,” mentioned Mara. And they surely did!

Post-ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour which included custom cocktails inspired by the couple’s labradoodles and a jazz trio. They were then escorted to their seats with the use of leaf place cards, where they sat at tables with six-foot trees adorned in twinkling fairy lights.

Later that evening, they cut their crystal cake and the two shared a first dance to Edward Scissorhand’s “The Grand Finale.” Music was of the essence as this duo marched to the beat of their own drum (quite literally) with offbeat selections that made the day everything it was. To top off the magic, Jason and his band surprised Mara by performing songs he had written for her over their years together. Mara recalled the moment, “Needless to say, I cried.”

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Brittny Drye
As a lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, I decided to marry my two passions and create a resource where all couples—gay, straight and lesbian—can be equally represented. Armed with seven years in both print and online lifestyle journalism, I dove headfirst into this passion project in 2013 and Love Inc. was born. I’m inspired every day by the couples that grace our pages, from the can’t-live-without-you grasps to the gentle sweeping away of a happy tear, the love that they so clearly have for each other is intoxicating, and drives me to create the best product possible … while enjoying every second of it.
Wedding Vendors!!

Photography & Videography: Christy Kendall Photography

Venue: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Event Planning & Floral Design: Pat Frey Designs

Stationery: Minted

Cake Design: Sweet Art Bake Shop

Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens

Catering: Jay's Catering

Lighting: Images by Lighting

Calligraphy & Signage: Calligraphy Nerd

Wedding Dress and Wedding Party Dress Designer: Aubry Vintage Designs

Wedding Suit and Wedding Party Suits: The Black Tux

Ties: OTAA