Alexis and Chase Catalina Island nuptials took place in Avalon Theatre, the island’s iconic 1929 gathering place and Catalina Casino‘s ballroom—a big, open space perched above the harbor with tons of history and room to dance. Then there’s the bride’s vintage wedding dress, which she transformed into an equally spectacular reception look later that night.
When it came to finding a wedding venue there were three musts: it had to be historic, it had to fit 150, and had to be in a meaningful place. And since venues in Los Angeles were a little too close to home, Catalina Island ended up being the perfect mini getaway. The guys were both inspired by the history of the venue and the island, Old Hollywood, and the 1930s. They are passionate about preserving the architecture, music, fashion, films, and stories from that era—it’s so romantic, glamorous, and haunting. They had two separate guest houses on the island as a weekend HQ for friends and fam. Alexis walked down the aisle of this historic theater to meet her groom at the stage. After the ceremony, guests were greeted by all-female mariachi band Mariachi Divas, who escorted them all the way up to the ballroom.
The couple left the color palette open since the Catalina Casino’s colors are mostly shell pink and aquamarine, with black and gold leaf accents. They chose ivory linens and towering tropical centerpieces to complement the high ceilings—a nod to my husband’s passion for tiki drinks and the island’s foliage! The bride ordered boxes of gardenias and calla lilies, Island Blooms arranged them in low vases to scatter around for ambiance and fragrance.