Category Archives: Spotlight on Vibiana

Modern Luxury Weddings California Feature | Melany + Emil

This contemporary ivory wedding was featured in Modern Luxury Weddings California.

Modern Luxury Weddings California Feature | Melany & Emil

Modern Luxury Weddings California Feature | Melany & Emil

Emil Makarian and Melany Melikian always knew there was something special between them. Once they connected, “All of the pieces seemed to fall into place,” says Melany. Five years later, Emil surprised his bride-to-be with a photo-booth proposal at an unassuming L.A. restaurant.

The couple’s low-key proposal was offset by an elaborate ceremony and reception at Vibiana in DTLA. With contemporary style reigning supreme, marble tables were outfitted with lush ivory bouquets peppered with greenery and gold and gray velvet accents. After indulging in specialty cocktails and appetizers—including mini grilled cheese sandwiches—guests dined on a lavish three-course meal. Champagne flowed as guests danced the night away. The couple reveled in the moment they entered their reception, where they were met with 475 loved one’s ready to celebrate their union. “The energy was amazing,” Melany shared.

The newlyweds spent one week in Barcelona, Spain, and another in Madrid. Staying at URSO Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel, in Madrid and Le Méridien Barcelona in La Rambla within Barcelona, the couple immersed themselves in the culture, even attending a FC Barcelona game.

Creative Team:

Venue: Redbird Vibiana
Food + Beverage: Neal Fraser, Tobin Shea
Planner: Fancy That! Events
Photographer: Duke Photography
Floral Design: Eddie Zaratsian
Beauty: Face It Sugar
Bakery: Rafi’s Pastry & Cakes
Rentals:  Rental Avenue Events; A Rental Connection;
White Night Design
Video: White Rose Productions

Modern Wedding Reception Featured on Grace Ormonde

This modern, black, white and green wedding design is featured on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

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Nareg and Taleen’s Wedding Story:
Nareg and Taleen’s wedding day was destined back in high school unbeknownst to the both of them. As a high school junior, Nareg, asked Taleen to her senior prom—and she rejected him—a story Nareg will still not let Taleen forget. Despite this, several years later, Nareg and Taleen cultivated a relationship post college over a love of food, laughter, humor, travel, and restaurants—all of which were important elements in their wedding day.

Having attended many weddings, Nareg and Taleen knew what they wanted right away when wedding planning began: something different. Nareg and Taleen worked with Nira from Amber Events who guided them in creating a sexy, edgy, and sophisticated wedding. Nira stuck by the couple’s side and promised to be with them from the morning of the wedding to being “the last face” they would see at the wedding (which was 100% true!). To go along with the edgy look, Nareg and Taleen immediately knew they wanted to book Dina from Andrena Photography for their wedding day, as her photos are vibrant, artistically stunning, and truly capture emotion candidly. In fact, when they first met Dina, they ended up chatting for a couple hours about everything except the wedding! It was a perfect match—food, humor, and photography. Another certainty for Nareg and Taleen was the venue—the Vibiana. The couple chose this venue for three reasons: high, ornate ceilings, the historical architecture, and the food (courtesy of Neil Fraser).

Being self-proclaimed foodies, it was extremely important for Nareg and Taleen to have carefully chosen food at their wedding. The couple chose their menu items with a discerning palate and took into consideration their guests’ flavor preferences, as well. Nareg and Taleen knew they wanted to join their cocktail hour, so they chose appetizers that they could indulge in, as well! Nareg’s favorite part was sampling the short ribs and Taleen’s favorite part was sampling the dessert bar. To add an element of surprise for their guests, Nareg and Taleen arranged with the Vibiana to serve a midnight snack unique to the couple—the Mother’s Love Quesadilla (MLQ). After college, Nareg opened the TK Truck, a gourmet food truck in Los Angeles, which combined Armenian and Middle Eastern flavors in a tortilla. Taleen used to spend many nights after work helping Nareg on the truck and the MLQ was a fan favorite. Knowing that so many of the original TK Truck supporters would be at the wedding, it was important for the couple to pay homage to the truck and once again indulge everyone’s MLQ cravings. Nareg and his father even made all the cheese for the quesadillas for the midnight snack! Everyone was thrilled to taste the flavors of the MLQ again!


 Venue: Redbird | Vibiana
Food + Beverage: Neal Fraser, Tobin Shea
Planner: Amber Events
Photographer: Andrena Photography
Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto
Beauty: Face It Sugar
Bakery: Superfine Bakery
Band: Hear Beat
Rentals (Chargers): Classic Party Rentals
Calligraphy Mirrors: Calligraphy Katrina
Grey Ghost Chairs & Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rental
Media Placement: Rayce PR & Marketing

Luxurious Tabletop Design Featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

This luxurious, black, green and gold Vibiana tabletop design is featured in the latest issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine.

“When it came to designing the venue, Nira connected the couple to Nicole from Shawna Yamamoto Events. In the original planning meeting, everyone could see Nicole’s wheels turning as she was envisioning a sexy, edgy, sophisticated wedding. At this point, the couple had complete faith in Nicole and

Nira’s partnership. The duo designed a floor plan and floral arrangements that were a first for the Vibiana. There were bronze urns full of green leaves in the middle of 20-person feasting tables, long, acrylic mirror runners adorned with candles and cala lilies for the banquet tables—all accompanied by smoky ghost chairs. On each place setting, was a small jar full of Allepo pepper that Nareg made, which holds a special place in the couple’s heart.”

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Venue: Redbird | Vibiana
Food + Beverage: Neal Fraser, Tobin Shea
Planner: Amber Events
Photographer: Andrena Photography
Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto
Beauty: Face It Sugar
Bakery: Superfine Bakery
Band: Hear Beat
Rentals (Chargers): Classic Party Rentals
Calligraphy Mirrors: Calligraphy Katrina
Grey Ghost Chairs & Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rental
Media Placement: Rayce PR & Marketing