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Tour the Ebell With Wedding Planner, Holly Gray

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We love it when wedding planners visit our historic wedding venue. We love it even more when they write a fun and informative blog as Holly Gray, owner of Anything But Gray did. Here are the highlights of her detailed blog. We highly suggest you visit and read the full blog!

Words by Holly Gray
Photos by Aurelia D’ Amore Photography

The Ebell of Los Angeles is tucked off Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district. With three levels and 75,000 square feet, this historic wedding venue features Renaissance-inspired architecture and is a registered National Historic Landmark.

While it hosts many weddings and events, this philanthropic, educational, and social club was built by women for women and has been in this Hancock Park location since 1928. In fact, The Ebell of Los Angeles is the longest-running women’s club in Los Angeles. The Club, founded in 1894 and now in its 125th year, The Ebell Los Angeles has been empowering women since day one.

The revenue generated by the Special Events Department supports the operation, preservation, and mission of this historic Ebell Club, Clubhouse and Theater. This support allows the Club to remain accessible and inclusive of ALL women, regardless of social status, and supports the philanthropic, educational, and social services of the Club.

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PERSONAL MEMORIES OF A HISTORIC WEDDING VENUE

I grew up in Hancock Park, right down the street from The Ebell of Los Angeles (no relation to the Ebell of Long Beach). My brother and I attended Cotillion classes there as a child. Cotillion comprises of dancing parties emphasizing manners, social graces, and basic social dance skills. I remember these walkways well as my patent leather shoes would squeak while walking on them.

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Wedding Ceremonies can either take place on the garden stairs or inside in the ballroom. Both options are equally beautiful!

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In the middle of the garden lives The Fountain of Honor, crafted in 1928. Designed by Henry Lion in memory of Ebell members’ sons, husbands, and brothers whose lives were lost in World War I. for being almost 91 years old, she looks amazing and is plastic surgery-free!

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Designer Henry Lion crafting this immense statue circa 1928.

HISTORIC WEDDING VENUE: THE GARDEN & PATIO

For those looking to experience all that The Ebell of Los Angeles has to offer, there is the Full First Floor Exclusive. This gives clients exclusive use of the historic Ebell Clubhouse for their event and their event only!

The Dining Room & Garden Combination provides an outdoor setting for guest arrivals, ceremonies, and cocktail reception with a grand ballroom featuring carved archways and a built-in stage for presentations, reception dining, and plenty of room for dancing the night away!

The dining room has a built-in air conditioning system. The Lounge and Art Salon do not have built-in systems, so it’s encouraged to rent an external air conditioning system for hotter month events from July-September. When opened, the French doors create natural cross ventilation and let in a lovely, evening breeze.

The Ebell of Los Angeles is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting options to create the ambiance, atmosphere or vision you have in mind.

The rental of the dining room includes up lights on the arches, column faces, and perimeter. The Dining Room includes a small stage drenched in burgundy, velvet curtains perfect for creating a star-studded Old Hollywood atmosphere.

There is vintage furniture included in the rental in almost every room of The Ebell.

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What it costs for an event at a Historic Wedding Venue

Exclusive First Floor of The Ebell of Los Angeles (Lounge, Art Salon, Garden, Dining Room with 2 green rooms) rental for Saturdays is $9000 + $20,000-$25,000 Food and Beverage minimum depending on the season with 125 or more guests. A 21% Service charge and Current Sales taxes are also applied to this total. Couples should plan at least $40,000 for Food & Beverage costs with an average overall wedding budget of $70,000+. Clubhouse rental includes up to 9 hours of access and their inventory of tables, chairs, vintage furniture, tableware, and barware.

Another shining feature of The Ebell of Los Angeles is their adjacent parking lot which is included in the rental fee. As all Angelenos know, parking in the City of Angeles can be hell! To not have to worry about additional valet costs or offsite parking for your guests is a huge plus to this venue.

There are thousands of architectural, design, and style elements within this historic wedding venue that make it a one-of-a-kind property. From hand-carved ceiling details, vintage light fixtures, metalwork, stone columns, original wood floors, and Art Decor furniture, The Ebell of Los Angeles is dripping in old Hollywood glamour and grace.

At The Ebell of Los Angeles, an outstanding culinary experience is just as important as the ambiance and architecture. The artwork is both on the walls as well as the plates coming out of the kitchen. The close-knit team at The Ebell of Los Angeles is here to make sure, from start to finish, your event is picture perfect!

There are many rooms in the historic wedding venue that are not seen by guests on a daily basis. The third-floor theater, music room, and Fine Arts costume closet, which holds a vast collection of vintage costumes, hold some of the hidden histories of The Ebell of Los Angeles.

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Thank you Ebell for the tour! You make me feel like a 1930’s starlet!

I leave you, dear reader, with these fun facts about this historic wedding venue…

  • Judy Garland was “discovered” on our Wilshire Ebell Theatre stage.
  • Amelia Earhart made her last public appearance at The Ebell.
  • The Ebell has been a favorite location for film and media. The historic building has been featured in over 50 movies including Forrest Gump, The Artist, The Wedding Crashers and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Planning: @frankie_clusterevents | Photos: @jennysmithandco_ | Venue: #ebellevents | Flowers: @milieuflorals | HMU: @kohnur / @fennielin_hairandmakeup | Music: @viva_band | Dress: @madewithlovebridal / @lovelybridenyc
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TIMELESS ROMANCE. A special moment framed forever by roses and touches of greenery 🍃

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Thank you @graceandgoldevents for these beautiful words...and this stunning image! You captured exactly what it is that makes our team so proud to walk through the grand doors of The Ebell of Los Angeles every day!

Of the Ebell, she writes ... "Where vintage meets chic. A historic property brimming with old-world charm. Home to Los Angeles' longest-standing women's club, dating back to the 1890's. ​​​​​​​​​​​Elegant + grand features. Romantic corners + many stunning spaces. A true architectural masterpiece. It's was an absolute treat working in such an extraordinary venue. ​​​​​​​​"
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The team on this gorgeous event: Coordination | @graceandgoldevents​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ | ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Photographer | @victoriagoldphotography​​​​​​​​ | Florals | @shawnayamamoto​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ | Rentals | @rentalavenue​​​​​​​​ | ​​​​​​​
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FAQ time! One of the most frequently asked questions we get is about parking, which makes sense. We are located in Los Angeles, the capital of car culture, and that means that parking is an important part of the guest experience! We are happy to provide the answer -- The Ebell offers two large, on-site parking lots which are complimentary to guests.

Photos: @lily_tapia_photography | Planner: @kissandsayido | Floral: @lovehermadlylb | Bridal gown: @lasoiebridal | Tux: @friartux | Car: @slickbrandon1955
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We're ending a week of ICONIC wedding moments at The Ebell with this gorgeous blend of historic Los Angeles and Indian culture. 

​Planner & Stationery: @agapeplanning | Venue: @ebellevents | Photographer/Video: @linandjirsa | Linens: @luxe_linen | Florist: @lvfloralevents | Rentals: @teamimpulseevents
Rentals: @sweetsalvagerentals | Silverware, glassware: @signatureparty | Bakery: @thebutterend
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THE I C O N I C BRIDE ||  ​What makes a bride iconic? The staircase entrance at The Ebell is one of our most photographed -- and cherished -- moments of a wedding. And it wasn't lost on the bride and her planners that a long veil would create the ultimate iconic moment!

​Venue, Catering, Bar: @ebellevents | Wedding Planner: @moxiebrightevents | Photography: @mikiandsonja | Florals: @winstonandmain | Linens: @luxelinen | Makeup: @slimsheadymakeup | Hair: @farmercarla | Gown: @lihihod | Veil: @julieharrisdesigns 

​It's architectural elements such as this that helped The Ebell make the @herecomestheguide list of Top Iconic Wedding Venues in Los Angeles!
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I C O N I C ! So many of the architectural elements at The Ebell of Los Angeles lend themselves to that iconic moment during a wedding or event, such as this one! We don't think Dominique and Ryan will ever forget this classic swoon before our historic and elegant wrought-iron gates!
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​Venue and Catering: Ebell of Los Angeles | Photography: @kimfoxphoto | Event Planning: Chic Ambiance Events | Florals: @larchmontvillageflorist | Band: @americaneventsnetwork | Cake: @thebutterend | Videography: Sweet T Studios

It's moments like this that helped the Ebell be named one of seven Los Angeles ICONIC Wedding Venues by @herecomestheguide!
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What makes The Ebell an iconic venue?* Beautifully apportioned ballroom steeped in the history of California. Wedding couples have the chance to create their own version of lush,  Bridgerton-style, historic romance without having to leave Los Angeles. 

​*The Ebell was named one of 7 Iconic Wedding Venues in Los Angeles by @herecomestheguide*
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​About this photo: 
​​Planning: @kissandsayido | Concept and Backdrops: @papermoonshoppe | Floral: @lovehermadlylb | Photos: @lily_tapia_photography | Rentals: @brighteventrentals | Bridal gown: @lasoiebridal | Tux: @friartux | Models: @thevintagevoyageur @sethjubb | Invitations: @gildedswanpaperie | Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails | Makeup: @makeupbysaharai | Women Tuxedo Jacket: @lexweddingfilms | Vintage Ring: @jewelsbygrace
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*Blushing* Thank you @herecomestheguide for naming us one of Los Angeles' seven iconic wedding venues! With so many venues in this city, we are truly honored that we made this very exclusive list.

According to the article -- "If you're looking for a one-of-its-kind, iconic wedding venue then this list is for you. We've gathered the most sought-after locations the City of Angels has to offer. With their stellar reputations, distinctive style, and impeccable service, these prime properties will take to your celebration to a whole new level!"

Our special features that helped us make this list include Greco-Roman Revival architecture from the 1920s, a serene courtyard garden enclosed by picturesque fountains, flowering shrubs, and trees, carved columns and tall French doors open from the elegant Dining Room to the light-filled courtyard.

We'd love to show you around! Email Jenny! Address in our bio.
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Sunday mood... Striking a pose in the Art Gallery/Lounge.

​​Planning + design: @heartthrobweddings | Videography: @margaretandcorey | Design: @tropicofflowers | Floral design: @tropicofflowers and @whit_hazen | Paper design: @tropicofflowers | Photography: @caseybrodley | Venue: #ebellevents | Tabletop: @latavolalinen and @casadeperrin | Rings: @shopesqueleto | Treats: @nicolebakescakes | Models: @grey.c and @chriscovone
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That perfect moment during the wedding when all the world just drops away and its just you and your beloved. 
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Planning: @kissandsayido | Concept and Backdrops: @papermoonshoppe | Floral: @lovehermadlylb | Photos: @lily_tapia_photography | Rentals: @brighteventrentals | Mini cakes: @finaleefloralcakes | macarons: @loveandsugar.cakery | Bridal gown: @lasoiebridal | Tux: @friartux | Models: @thevintagevoyageur @sethjubb | Invitations: @gildedswanpaperie | Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails | Makeup: @makeupbysaharai | Women Tuxedo Jacket: @lexweddingfilms | Vintage Ring: @jewelsbygrace | Vintage car: @slickbrandon1955
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Did you know that we call oursleves #StudioEbell when we are lucky enough to host filming? Filming can include feature films, commercials, trailers, photoshoots, and interviews.

In honor of Women's History Month, we partnered with CBS mornings to host Melinda French Gates who along with Jamie Yuccas, interviewed three amazing women who are "changing the game".

In this second of three interviews, Dr. Corbett shares a mantra that will empower us as women, "I am strong, I am beautiful, I have a voice."

Repeat daily and believe it!

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A visit from @anythingbutgrayevents turns any day into a Technicolor adventure! Holly's tour of our event venue and full campus turned into a blog that is a fun and informative look at this historic wedding venue through the eyes of a top Los Angeles-based wedding planner!
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​​Link in bio for a behind-the-scenes look at The Ebell.😉
​A must read!
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Happy St. Pat's Day!☘️
​​The Queen's English is one of our favorite cocktails to enjoy today. Our mixologist Alex Sierra uses vodka, pressed cucumber, house made celery shrub, and lime juice then garnishes it with cucumber spears and cucumber flowers. It's delicious and just the right amount of green. You won't get pinched while drinking it ... unless you want to! 😉
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A classic Los Angeles love story isn't complete without the right ride. The Chevrolet Bel-Air was THE car of the '50s in America. No doubt it transported many newlyweds to their lives together. Here, our Ebell wedding couple get ready to take off in this beautifully restored model.  ​

​Planning: @kissandsayido | Concept and Backdrops: @papermoonshoppe | Floral: @lovehermadlylb | Photos: @lily_tapia_photography | Rentals: @brighteventrentals | Bridal gown: @lasoiebridal | Tux: @friartux | Models: @thevintagevoyageur @sethjubb | Invitations: @gildedswanpaperie | Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails | Makeup: @makeupbysaharai | Women Tuxedo Jacket: @lexweddingfilms | Vintage Ring: @jewelsbygrace | Vintage car: @slickbrandon1955
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As a women-centered and women-led arts, education, and service campus for all of Los Angeles, we were honored to host CBS Mornings during Women's History Month.

"In this series of 'Changing the Game', CBS News Correspondent Jamie Yuccas sits down with philanthropist Melinda French Gates and labor activist Ai-Jen Poo, who are drawing attention to an undervalued workforce. They say uplifting the country's caregivers is critical to a well-functioning society."

Did you know that 91.5% of domestic workers are women and 52.4% are women of color?

With a national average income of $18,000/year, domestic labor and care workers take care of others and are not able to care for themselves and their own families.

Ai-Jen Poo is the Executive Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance that represents over 2.5M women who work "inside our homes".

Shot on location at #StudioEbell. Stay tuned for two more in this series that were recorded on our campus.

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Does this room look familiar?

In January we hosted two commercial shoots for The Superbowl. It will air during the 3rd quarter in U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, Miami, San Diego, Austin, Seattle, Charlotte, and Raleigh.

The commercial, entitled "Declaration," features a humorous take on the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and highlights how having all of your work in one place would have made life easier for our founding fathers.

Enjoy!

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Paul Rudd + Seth Rogen reminisce about the good old days just before Seth gets hitched. Talking on steps, ceremony and reception shot in our courtyard and Dining Room. ...

If a dreamy wedding day is on your list, we’ve got what you need.

Hannah and Sarah were the first to ask for low lying fog and we are so happy with the results!

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Photographer: @julieshufordphotography (This photo was taken by an Ebell Team Member)

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