Come Fly with Me...

This wedding was featured on the theknot.com this week! I met Joe and Adam two years ago as I worked the ticket counter and behind the scenes at the Pan Am Experience. One of my best friends from childhood owns a full-sized vintage Pan Am 747 jet. I have been art directing and designing everything from the carpet and wallpaper to the signage, tickets, and paper goods for the Pan Am Experience. Once onboard, passengers are treated to a night of authentic first-class dining, fashion shows, photo ops, and entertainment. Adam and Joe are avid fans and collectors of Pan Am. They hired the fabulous Los Angeles-based wedding planner Holly Gray from Anything But Gray Events to design and plan their wedding. Flying Pan American Airlines was the epitome of glamour and was the foremost iconic airline in history... and so we incorporated just those features into Adam and Joe's wedding.


We started with an engagement shoot on the airplane and then moved on to the wedding day. Visuals by Arpit shot the entire affair in his bold and colorful style. I went for a mid-century modern feel in the paper goods highlighting Pan Am's historic Super Jet Blue, Galaxy Gold, and Pan Am Teal colors. The invitation suite featured our authentically replicated Pan American ticket jackets to house the entire suite. The invitations were printed on my luxurious triple-thick museum matte board to give them a modern twist on the mid-century modern aesthetic. Corresponding items like details and reply cards pushed the vintage aviation vibe as well. I created a little wooshing airplane mark that emblazoned most of the paper goods.


The ceremony was truly astounding at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Holly and the Paper Moon Shoppe designed a gigantic photo backdrop of a 747 jet soaring above the clouds. Victoria and Christopher can custom design and build any backdrop that you can imagine. They also shoot and print photos of your guests right on the spot as well. 


I created the escort cards to embody the vintage bag tags Pan American Airways gave to their customers. Large city codes in navy, gold and teal marked the entryway and corresponded to the table number cards and matched the round menus for each guest. I designed the wedding programs based on the actual safety instruction pamphlets that sat in the original seat back pockets of Pan Am airplanes. They were filled with the wedding party information, memorials, Jewish traditions and fun historical facts about Pan American. The “safety” programs made for a fun and memorable keepsake for guests. Check out a few of the fabulous photos of this mid century modern vintage aviation wedding below!



Adam and Joe - photo by Visuals by Arpit

Venue/Catering/Bar: Skirball Cultural Center / @skirball_la

Planner/Designer: Anything But Gray Events / @anythingbutgrayevents 

Photography: Visuals by Arpit / @visualsbyarpit

Paper Goods & Signage: Gilded Swan Paperie / @gildenswanpaperie

DJ: Señor Amor / @thesenoramor

Backdrop & Photobooth: Paper Moon Shoppe / @papermoonshoppe

Lighting and Chuppah: Lights for Nights  / @lightsfornights 

Florals: Flower Duet / @flowerduetla

Cake: Susie Cakes / @susiecakesbakery 

Pan Am Rentals & Flight Attendants: The Pan Am Experience / @panamexperience 

Lounge: Town and Country Rentals / @tacer_losangeles

Male Grooming & Beauty: Betsy diFrancesca / @betsybmu 

Suits: Friar Tux / @friartux 

Napkins: For Your Party @foryourparty 

Grooms: @jgoldca & @agreensfo 


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