Unique Football Themed Wedding at Levi's Stadium by Laurel Events
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS KAN
One wouldn’t normally think of Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, as a romantic venue; but Laurel Events LA was able to transform the rugged, masculine space into the perfect place for truly unique wedding unlike any other.
On walking into the lobby of Levi’s Stadium, it was clear that hosting a luxe wedding in sports arena was going to be a challenge. Though architectural the Stadium is quite scenic for the purpose for which it was designed, softening and warming the ambiance was going to take skill and creativity. The key for designing a romantic wedding venue in a stadium: Drapery and Lighting.
Laurel Events LA wedding planners’ first order of business was to conceal the concession stands. Though practical for a stadium, they weren't romantic for a wedding. Drapery was the best solution. Flowing, soft white draperies covered the room, pulling focus towards the beauty of the event itself and away from functional distractions of a sports bar.
Lighting was equally important. Through trusted vendors, Laurel Event LA used floor lights to combat the stadium’s lounge feel. Uplighting helped the draperies to glow, warming the atmosphere of the entire event. Ping lighting on the tower centerpieces once again directed focal attention to the beauty of the wedding and away from distractions.
Color is always an important factor to any beautiful event. The stadium was painted in 49er colors, but the harsh contrast between sterile white and bold red needed to be softened. We decided to follow a merlot and deep burgundy color scheme, a romantic and rich color pallet for a Hispanic styled wedding.
One of the benefits of holding a wedding in such an exotic location was the variety of rooms available for the wedding party. The Groomsmen enjoyed cocktails and the sweeping views from the 501 Club, while the bride and her bridesmaids prepped for the luxe California wedding in the 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader’s dressing room. Hair and Makeup were expertly applied at individual vanities in the large, well-lit Cheerleader's dressing room. Laurel Events LA made sure food and champagne was served to the bridal party as they exchanged gifts and prepared for the ceremony to come.
The turf of Levi’s Stadium had been mowed into the shape of large heart filling the playing field. The unique wedding ceremony took place beneath a Jewish Chuppah, center of the of the Levi’s Stadium. Combining the heritage of the bride and groom, there were ceremonial elements of both a Jewish Wedding and a Hispanic Wedding.
The reception carried well into the night. Laurel Events LA had successfully created a warm and inviting atmosphere where family and friends could celebrate in a spirit of joy. Near midnight the Mariachi band entered to surprise the bride, and energy renewed as dancing flared up for the Hispanic wedding tradition. Guests danced and sang nonstop only to take a break for gourmet tacos, the perfect midnight snack for a Mexican Wedding.