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May, 2009 in Manhattan Beach

"We had a lovely, intimate wedding at the Belamar on a sunny day in mid-May. The venue had a lovely courtyard and adjoining ballroom. We had an amazing group of vendors, two of which exceeded our expectations, Sweet and Saucy Shop and Jesi Haack Weddings. The hotel offers the option to go with Torrance Bakery as part of the package, but don't be persuaded. Sweet and Saucy Shop worked with us to create a totally custom dessert display, and we got around the $3pp cake cutting fee by doing mini desserts. Jesi Haack Weddings turned an otherwise average location into a gorgeous setting and thought of every last detail to make our day perfect!"

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Ceremony: The Belamar Hotel
Reception: The Belamar Hotel




Cakes/Candies Vendor:

Sweet and Saucy

6400 Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA, United States


Jesi Haack Weddings

Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

Ceremony & Reception:

The Belamar Hotel - Ceremony & Reception - 3501 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266

The Belamar Hotel

3501 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Third Street Promenade - Shopping - 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, United States

3rd Street Promenade

3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA, US

"Popular shopping area with great restaurants, theaters and street performers. It's in the same neighborhood as the Santa Monica Pier, so it's easy to make a day of shopping, dining, and beach activities. Free three hour parking before 6pm is located along 2nd, Broadway, and 4th."


Old Town Pasadena - Shopping - E Colorado Blvd & Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, US

Old Town Pasadena

E Colorado Blvd & N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA

"Now the heart of Pasadena, this historic area has plentiful restaurants, great shopping, and theaters."


Rodeo Drive - Shopping - Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA, 90212, US

Rodeo Drive

Wilshire Blvd & S Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA

"Visit this famous shopping mecca for star sightings, designer fashions, and a glimpse of the Beverly Hills lifestyle."


South Coast Plaza

S Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA, US

"You'll find everything from Gucci to the Gap in this OC mega mall"


Sunset Junction Neighborhood - Shopping - 4019 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Sunset Junction Neighborhood

4019 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"Sunset Junction and the surrounding neighborhood of Silver Lake have so much to offer. Art galleries, restaurants, and some of the best local shops including Yolk, A+R, Show, and Reform School."


Farmer's Market & The Grove - Shopping - 6301 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Grove and the Original Farmers Market

6301 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"With a mix of upscale retailers and restaurants at the Grove and the adjacent historic Farmers Market (since 1934), you'll enjoy an experience like no other in Los Angeles. Our favorite dining options are found in the Farmers Market. Check out Loteria Grill for authentic Mexican food, Sushi A Go Go, and Bennett's Ice Cream."


Apple Pan - Dining - 10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"In a city known for its burgers, this is the clear winner as best burger in Los Angeles! The one and only Apple Pan has been serving Angelenos since the 1940's. Other great burger places to try include: In N Out - locations throughout the city www.innout.com Father's Office - Culver City & Santa Monica www.fathersoffice.com Pie N Burger - Pasadena www.pienburger.com The Habit - With 9 locations in LA County, the closest one to the Belamar is in Torrance www.habitburger.com"


Baja Cantina

311 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA, United States

"Delicious Mexican food...need we say more?"


Cafe Verde - Dining - 961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA, United States

Cafe Verde

961 E Green St
Pasadena, CA, United States

"This small, cuban-inspired eatery is a great option for lunch/brunch. The shrimp plantains in squash blossom sauce are one of the best dishes we've experienced!"


Father's Office - Dining - 1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Father's Office

1018 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA, United States

"Upscale pub with one of the best burgers in Los Angeles and a killer selection of handcrafted beers. There's also a much larger location in Culver City. Expect to wait in line at the Montana location. Also, don't ask for ketchup, don't try to custom order the burger, and do try the sweet potato fries!"


Gingergrass - Dining - 2396 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States


2396 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"We've known of this restaurant for quite awhile, but until recently hadn't tried it. We had been missing out! This is great Vietnamese food with a great atmosphere, located in one of Los Angeles' most unique neighborhoods. Imbibe the basil-lime elixir and don't miss out on the bread pudding with coconut custard sauce."


Hole Mole

5109 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA, United States

"Everything on the menu is great, but the fish tacos will knock your socks off!"


Mashti Malone's Ice Cream - Dining - 1525 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Mashti Malone's

1525 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"Whole Foods is now carrying this one of a kind Los Angeles ice cream, but why not visit the original location for an authentic experience. With unique flavors, like rosewater saffron, Mashti Malone's is not to be missed."


Mayflower Seafood Restaurant - Dining - 679 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Mayflower Seafood Restaurant

679 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"This is Cezanne's favorite non-dim sum chinese restaurant in Los Angeles (his favorite dim sum being Ocean Star). Try the Squid in Spicy Salt or House Special Shrimp."


Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant - Dining - 145 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA, United States

Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant

145 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA, United States

"Delicious dim sum! If you're feeling adventurous try the chicken feet...sounds gross, looks gross, tastes great!"


Philippe the Original - Dining - 1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"The birthplace of the french dip sandwich - this is a must if you're exploring the downtown area."


Pie N Burger - Dining - 913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA, United States

Pie'n Burger

913 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA, United States

"A runner up for the best burger in Los Angeles (that title belongs to Apple Pan in Westwood)."


Pinks Hot Dogs - Dining - 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Pink's Hot Dogs

709 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"LA's best dog now that The Wiener Factory is gone :(. They sell more hot dogs than Nathan's on Coney Island. They have a long list of toppings and you'll have plenty of time to concoct your dog while waiting in their long, long line (even at 2 AM) but it's worth it! Free parking."


Reel Inn Fresh Fish Restaurant - Dining - 18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, United States

Reel Inn Fresh Fish Restaurant

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"Fresh seafood from around the globe is the reason to head to this glorified seaside shack. Steamed green lip mussels overflow from a pail, looking and tasting like they were just brought in from the beach. Although the fried platters are sure winners--especially the sampler filled with snapper, calamari and shrimp--don't miss the fresh-caught fish, such as ahi, grilled or covered with Cajun spices. All dinners come with your choice of fresh, steamed veggies, creamy homemade coleslaw, or your choice of mashed or fried potatoes."


Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches - Dining - 9497 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, United States

Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches

9497 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA, United States

"For a delicious and affordable lunch option in the Beverly HIlls area, try this sandwich shop. Bonus - a chocolate chip cookie comes with every order!"


Spago - Dining - 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210


176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA, United States

"This is the flagship restaurant in the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. We celebrated our first anniversary here! If you're looking to splurge (on a meal that's worth every penny!) go here for dinner or lunch is a more affordable, but equally delicious option."


Sushi King - Dining - 1330 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Sushi King

1330 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA, United States

"Sarah's favorite! A low key spot for delicious, affordable sushi."


The Hat - Dining - 491 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA, United States

The Hat

491 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA, United States

"World Famous Pastrami"


Adamson House Museum - Attraction - 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, United States

Adamson House Museum

23200 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"This historic beachfront home is filled with beautiful tilework - if you're interested in classic California architecture, this is a must see."


Cinerama Dome - Attraction - 6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Cinerama Dome

6360 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"A success story of the LA Conservancy, the Welton Becket designed Cinerama Dome is a Hollywood landmark and Arclight cinema boasts a premium movie experience."


Disneyland - Attraction - Disneyland, Anaheim, CA


Anaheim, CA

"If you don't know about this place I'm calling Homeland Security..."


Hollyhock House & Barnsdall Art Park - Attraction - 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, C.A., United States

Hollyhock House & Barnsdall Art Park

4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, C.A., United States

"This Frank Lloyd Wright home in Hollywood has one of the best views in Los Angeles. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays."


Hollywood & Highland - Attraction - Hollywood Blvd & N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, US

Hollywood & Highland

Hollywood Blvd & N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA, US

"The heart of Hollywood! Home to Grauman's Chinese Theatre (where you can still see newly released movies), the Kodak Theatre (where the Oscars are held) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame."


Long Beach Museum of Art - Attraction - 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA, 90803, USA

Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA 90803

"Free every Friday!"


Los Angeles - Attraction - Los Angeles, CA, US

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, US

"If you'd like to learn more about Los Angeles architecture, its historic theaters and the evolving skyline of downtown, visit www.laconservancy.org for information on walking tours held every Saturday morning."


Los Angeles County Museum of Art-LACMA - Attraction - 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Los Angeles County Museum of Art-LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"LACMA’s collections encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art. Among the museum’s special strengths are its holdings of Asian art, housed in part in the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world."


MOCA - Attraction - 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States


250 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Home of one of America's finest collections of American and European art created since 1940."


Museum of Latin American Art - Attraction - 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA, United States

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA, United States


Museum of Neon Art - Attraction - 136 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Museum of Neon Art

136 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"One of the most unique museums in Los Angeles, see a great collection of vintage signage that once lit the city at the height of the neon craze."


Olvera Street - Attraction - Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA, US

Olvera Street

845 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"Olvera Street is the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument. The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza area. Wander around the marketplace and shop for souvenirs including handcrafted Mexican wares typical of old Mexico. There are also free docent tours by Las Angelitas."


Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA

"The Queen Mary is like the Titanic, only it's still above water. Don't forget to check out the engine room...it's HUGE!"


Getty Center - Attraction - 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"The Getty Center presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views."


Getty Villa Malibu - Attraction - 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272, US

The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, United States

"The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria."


Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens - Attraction - 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA, 91108, US

The Huntington: Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA, United States

"The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens. The Huntington Art Galleries include one of the most distinguished collections of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside London, including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, Joshua Reynolds’ Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse, and John Constable’s View on the Stour near Dedham."


Center of Music Center-Performing Arts: Walt Disney Concert Hall - Attraction - 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States

"L.A. has world renowned architecture and one of it's most popular architectural landmarks is this 1990's Frank Gehry designed concert hall, which is home to the L.A. Philharmonic."


Bolsa Chica State Beach

Huntington Beach, CA, United States

"Beautiful beach that's less crowded than Huntington. Just know that there are fewer restaurants and amenities in this area."


Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach, CA, US

"Surf City USA - This is where surf culture got its start. Many great shops and restaurants border this picturesque stretch of beach."


Long Beach

1 Bennett Ave
Long Beach, CA, United States

"Not the best beach in L.A., but considering it's within walking distance of our apartment, we're fans."


Manhattan Beach - Beach - Manhattan Beach, CA, Manhattan Beach, California, US

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

"Lovely beach conveniently located near the Belamar, with many great dining options and boutiques. There is also an aquarium at the end of the pier. Neighboring Hermosa Beach and Redondo also have plentiful restaurants, shops, and nightlife."


Newport Beach

Balboa Pier
Newport Beach, CA, US

"For serious beach lovers, travel south and include Balboa Island and Newport Beach in your itinerary. It captures OC living at its best."


Paradise Cove Beach & Cafe - Beach - Paradise Cove Rd, Malibu, CA, US

Paradise Cove Beach & Cafe

Paradise Cove Rd
Malibu, CA, US

"Enchanting stretch of beach in Malibu, which also features a great restaurant. Snag a lounge chair on the beach front and spend the afternoon feasting on ocean fare and sipping your favorite beverage."


Santa Monica Pier - Beach - Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA, US

"The last stop on the infamous Route 66 - Santa Monica Pier features a historic carousel, ferris wheel and carnival games. Located along 'The Strand', it's great for people watching. Free 3 hour parking before 6pm is readily available in garages on Broadway, as well as along 2nd and 4th Streets."


Will Rogers State Beach - Beach - Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA, US

Will Rogers State Beach

Pacific Coast Hwy
Los Angeles, CA, US

"Popular beach in a convenient location with ample parking"


Zuma Beach  - Beach - 6701 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA, United States

Zuma Beach County Park

6701 Westward Beach Road
Malibu, CA

"The best beach in northern Los Angeles county. It's cleaner and much less crowded than Santa Monica."