A Bohemian Wedding at the Montage Laguna Beach
Just five months after getting engaged on a private island in the Maldives (more on that below!), Sabrina Idels and Yishai Turner said ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ with 100 close friends and family at the Montage Laguna Beach.
Knowing they wanted a beachy vibe, the couple chose the venue for its oceanfront property where they could have views of the Pacific throughout the celebration. ‚ÄúWe wanted to make sure we were somewhere that made us feel good,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says. ‚ÄúWe love the beach. We got engaged on the beach, so it felt fitting for us to get married on the beach.‚ÄĚ
With only a few months to pull it together, Sabrina and Yishai hired Allyson Joseph and Katie Pincus of Bob Gail Events. Sabrina describes herself as ‚Äúmore bohemian than glam,‚ÄĚ so the team ran with that idea: The day included warm sunset colors, sea-inspired textures, dried grasses, rich woods, rattan accents, and terracotta pottery.
The couple‚Äôs laid-back approach really helped on the big day as unexpected weather changed their plans for an outdoor celebration: It rained! In fact, Sabrina admits that ‚Äúaccepting that it was going to rain on my wedding day" was the hardest part of planning. That said, she was pleasantly surprised with "Plan B." ‚ÄúWe ended up being really happy with the tent,‚ÄĚ she says. ‚ÄúWe wanted every part of the wedding to have a view of the water, and we were able to accomplish that‚ÄĒand, it actually ended up being more comfortable and intimate for our guests.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThey came up with a ton of spot-on design concepts,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of her planning team. ‚ÄúEverything was so aligned with our taste. We really couldn‚Äôt have asked for a better fit.‚ÄĚ Some of those details included the invitation suite and paper goods designed by Prim & Pixie. The colors and textured reflected those of the wedding day d√©cor.
Sabrina wore a strapless Marchesa gown. By her side was the couple's adorable pup! ‚ÄúWe love our dog very much‚ÄĒit was important for her to be part of our day,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of including their dog in the festivities.
Sabrina carried a loose bouquet by Holly Flora. It was filled with buttercup, peach, and blush florals, and dried grasses.
Yishai donned a blue Emporio Armani suit that he accented with a pink tie and a boutonniere of Pieris and dried grasses.
We love the beach! We got engaged on the beach, so it felt fitting for us to get married on the beach.
One of Sabrina‚Äôs favorite memories was the first look when Yishai unexpectedly spouted some tears. ‚ÄúI truly didn‚Äôt anticipate his reaction and it made it that much more special,‚ÄĚ she says.
‚ÄúIt was the most romantic surprise,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of Yishai‚Äôs proposal. The couple was on vacation in the Maldives, when Yishai took them parasailing one afternoon. They landed on a private island, where Sabrina was greeted with her favorite champagne, Champagne Billecart-Salmon ros√©. Yishai then popped the question in the sand before they sat down to a five-course dinner. ‚ÄúThe best part was that I had left my phone at the hotel, so we really had no distractions,‚ÄĚ she adds.
‚ÄúI wanted a lot of pretty flowers, muted colors with some pops of pink, orange and yellow,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of the wedding, where large arrangements greeted guests along with yarmulkes for the Jewish ceremony.
The ceremony took place on a lawn at the Montage Laguna Beach overlooking the cliffside and the Pacific Ocean. The couple set the chuppah so the backdrop would be the water and the horizon.
Pampas grass anchored the ceremony florals, which featured a mix of grasses with baby‚Äôs breath. The couple‚Äôs florist used the grass in the chuppah as well as the hedging along the aisles filled with natural wood chairs.
The couple‚Äôs chuppah was covered in pampas grass with dried palm leaves and baby‚Äôs breath for a statement structure for the ceremony.
The ceremony was full of surprises. For one, the couple‚Äôs dog bolted down the aisle toward Sabrina and Yishai. At another point, the skies opened up and guests huddled under umbrellas from the hotel and blankets to stay dry. Sabrina was chilly so she opted to wear her leather jacket during their vows. But the couple took it all in good spirits. ‚ÄúHonestly, the whole combination felt so intimate and just so us,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says.
A solo guitarist played a cover of Phish‚Äôs ‚ÄúWaste‚ÄĚ as the newlyweds exited the ceremony.
We wanted every part of the wedding to have a view of the water, and we were able to accomplish that‚ÄĒand, it actually ended up being more comfortable and intimate for our guests.
‚ÄúOne thing I learned is how important it is to work with someone who not only understands but also likes your vision,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of their planner, Bob Gail Events. Though the couple did add a clear tent, they were able to keep their aesthetic completely. Woven light fixtures accented with pampas grass hung from the ceiling and two long tables were flanked by natural wood bistro chairs.
The bride and groom each had a signature cocktail: Sabrina‚Äôs was a ‚ÄúSmoky Osso‚ÄĚ made with tequila, mezcal, and a chipotle-tamarind syrup, while Yishai‚Äôs was a Ron Zacapa rum-based cocktail, made with yellow chartreuse, pineapple juice, and orgeat syrup, dubbed the ‚ÄúBlackbeard Swizzle.‚ÄĚ
The sunset colors were echoed in the menus at each place setting as well as the handmade terracotta and stone vessels holding the low centerpieces of airy grasses and flowers.
The couple put a lot of time and attention on the menu by working with the culinary team at Montage Laguna Beach. That included cocktail hour offerings like tomato gazpacho with cucumber air and royal Kaluga caviar atop yeast-leavened blini as well as a lineup of wines from California and Europe. Dinner featured Petaluma squab breast, chicken ballotine, and beef striploin. ‚ÄúIt was fun, it was beautiful, it was comfortable, and it was delicious,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of the dinner party.
Everyone moved into the hotel‚Äôs Studio restaurant for dancing, where wrought-iron Moroccan lanterns and Persian rugs continued the bohemian theme. An eight-piece band played a mix of music from Motown to the ‚Äė90s, and the couple, of course, partook in the hora.
‚ÄúYishai was swinging me around all night, and I got to watch him truly get down on the dance floor with his best friend to 70s disco,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of the reception. The newlyweds also cut into a three-tier cake, hand-painted to mimic the sunset.
The newlyweds also cut into a three-tier cake, hand-painted to mimic the sunset.
‚ÄúIt all went by so fast, but it was the best time,‚ÄĚ Sabrina says of the wedding. After, the couple set off on a honeymoon to the Mediterranean, with stops along the Amalfi Coast, Mallorca, and Portugal. ‚ÄúIt was a beachy, foodie dream,‚ÄĚ she adds.