A Modern, Romantic Wedding at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California

Ann Siritharanukul (33 and a commercial banking relationship manager) and Chris Kwon (32 and a Realtor) celebrated becoming husband and wife surrounded by family and friends at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, during a modern romantic ceremony and reception. Skirball was the perfect venue to accommodate their 150-plus guest list, and it provided ideal spaces for their al fresco ceremony and ballroom dinner reception. Rather than arranging a traditional ceremony setup, Ann and Chris’s guests sat in a circle around them as they exchanged vows in the terrace. “The courtyard was private and dramatic,” Ann says. “Our planner set up the ceremony in a circular style with four quadrants,” she says. “She wanted us be the focal point of the ceremony, instead of having all the guests sit behind us, which is the more traditional way.” Ann and Chris’s reception was held indoors in the center’s chic ballroom, decorated in various shades of pink, white, and gray. “The reception decor slowly evolved along the way after my planner saw the items I picked out starting with my bridal dress,” Ann says. “The theme was focused on modern romantic because it's also my favorite style. We choose gray, fuchsia and white to be the main colors, and we used a lot of shades of this palette throughout the decor.”  Tables were set with a variety of centerpieces: lavish floral arrangements, minimal glass vases with floating candles, and tall glass candelabras with tapered candles. “The ballroom and its high ceilings offered the perfect type of atmosphere,” Ann says of their glamorous contemporary reception. —Marissa Hermanson