Photography by


Tabitha Salci & Gabriel Can

June 29, 2019. Los Angeles, California


 
“As a young girl, I always dreamt about my wedding to my perfect guy,” says Tabitha. “When Gabriel came into my life, it did not take me long to realize I met my soulmate.”
 
After a couple years of dating, Gabriel planned a romantic surprise proposal using a client dinner as a ruse and excuse to buy Tabitha a new outfit. When the engagement day arrived, the couple made their way to the JW Marriott LA Live. As they rode the escalator up, Tabitha was stunned to see red roses spelling out “MARRY ME,” along with a photographer and champagne. 
 
“He got down on one knee, and I was presented with the most beautiful ring by Noble Diamond,” Tabitha describes. “Once the proposal was complete, he informed me that he chose this specific location because he knew how much I wanted to have our wedding in the ballroom.” 
 
With the venue already settled, Gabriel and Tabitha brought Kat Minassi onboard to lead the rest of their wedding planning process. It was a wonderful journey for the couple, but Kat’s expertise and support came in handy during the more overwhelming moments. 
 
“Figuring out my wedding dress was one of the most stressful parts of the experience,” Tabitha recalls. “Over the course of months, I went to countless stores in New York and Los Angeles trying to find the perfect dress. Unfortunately, I had no luck and panic started to creep in. Luckily, most designers are on Instagram and I found inspiration looking through thousands of photos from lavish Lebanese weddings. I realized that in order to have my dream gown, I would have to customize it. Then one evening, I found my amazing dress designers, Marwan & Khaled Couture, based in Lebanon. Once I saw their work, I knew they had to be the ones to make my gown. All their gowns were over the top, and their attention to detail was unmatched. A month later, my mom, my aunt and I flew out to Beirut to meet with the designers and their team. The design process took several months, but it was worth the wait. My dress arrived in Los Angeles and it fit like a glove – it was everything I hoped it would be and more!”
 
While the bride was finalizing her dream wedding gown, Kat Minassi was putting together a modern and elegant wedding celebration with an architectural design to transform the ballroom. Complete with creations from Butterfly Floral Design, the event space stunned guests as they walked into the ballroom draped in black, with three enormous arches flanking the dance floor. The arches displayed three crystal chandeliers, which were surrounded by beautiful roses hanging down, and flowers covered the entire room for an ambiance that was dreamy, elegant, and luxurious.
 
“The day of the wedding was so magical, it’s almost hard to put into words,” shares the bride. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful team of vendors working together to give us that WOW factor. We really cannot thank them enough for putting together such an amazing day and would highly recommend them to everyone. It took us about a year to plan my dream wedding, but I am so grateful with the result and I know that the long process was worth it.”
Reception: JW Marriot Los Angeles, CA; Planner: Kat Minassi Events Los Angeles, CA; Floral Design: Butterfly Floral Design Los Angeles, CA; Wedding Dress: Marwan & Khaled; Groom's Attire: Tom Ford;