A Romantic Fall Wedding at the Garland in Los Angeles, California

Lauren Tarantino (29 and a singer-songwriter) and Phil Buckman (44 and a musician and voice-over artist) had a running inside joke that a twist-tie ring was all they needed to seal the deal; on trips to the grocery store, Lauren would even fill Phil’s pockets with twist ties from the produce department. So when Phil popped the question while they were on vacation in Maui, Hawaii, he got down on one knee in front a breathtaking waterfall and presented Lauren with a twist-tie ring, proudly displayed a beautiful ring box. “It turned out he was actually having a ring made, but it didn’t come in before we left for our trip,” Lauren says. “When we got home, he gave me the beautiful Tacori ring that I had always dreamed about.” 

For their November wedding in Los Angeles, California, the pair pulled off a timeless, romantic affair with plenty of warm candlelight, lush blooms and subtle hints of glitz and glamour. The day unfolded at the Garland, a retro-chic boutique North Hollywood hotel that had once belonged to actress Beverly Garland. With its idyllic garden and elegant ballroom, the Garland provided a breathtaking backdrop for Lauren and Phil’s “I dos.” An outdoor ceremony kicked off the celebration, with Lauren and Phil exchanging vows in Beverly Park. Bundles of pink, ivory and coral roses added a pop of color to the aisle, while ivory rose petals guided the pair to the lush birch-wood arch, under which the ceremony unfolded. Towering sycamore trees with dramatic foliage framed the scene, infusing the outdoor setting with a sense of visual drama and romance. “When Phil and I started dating, I assigned his ringtone as ‘Save My Soul’ by the band Lights. I always pictured walking down the aisle to this song, so I had a musician friend of ours create a piano version, and that’s what I walked to,” Lauren says. The newlyweds then whisked their guests off into the Garland Ballroom for the reception. Taking cues from the ballroom’s elegant aesthetic, the couple went all-out classic, adorning their tables with ivory linens and lush arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and dahlias in white, blush and burgundy hues. “Since we’re both musicians, it was important for us to have an amazing band and a huge dance floor,” Lauren says. After dinner, Jordan Music Entertainment got guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor. —Libby MacCarthy