The Pacific coast is one of the world’s most exquisite stretches of land, offering couples a wealth of scenic wedding destinations. At Bel-Air Bay Club, a Mediterranean-style mansion in Pacific Palisades, couples can host gorgeous Pacific coast weddings and celebrate with the ocean as their backdrop – the ultimate in California luxury. We asked Chris Kamps-Silver, Director of Sales and Special Events at Bel-Air Bay Club, to share more about planning a wedding at this exclusive venue.
GO: If you had to describe Bel-Air Bay Club in three words, what would they be?
A: Ocean, breathtaking, exclusive.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a Pacific coast wedding at the club?
A: Please contact us! We would love to speak with you and offer more information, and help you visualize a one-of-a-kind wedding experience at our beautiful property.
GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
A: Photographers love capturing moments at our private sprawling 1920s Mediterranean-style mansion with breathtaking ocean views. Imagine taking once-in-a-lifetime photos of your wedding day on the bluffs overlooking Los Angeles bay with a backdrop of swaying palms, lapping waves, and lush gardens.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about Bel-Air Bay Club’s menu options and culinary team.
A: By focusing on California's rich culinary resources, Bel-Air Bay Club Executive Chef Peter Edwards' unique catering menu offers guests an intimate, personalized, quality experience. Chef Peter has created menus and established award-winning kitchens for a multitude of fine dining restaurants and AAA 5 Diamond resorts. His extensive background includes countless red carpet and premiere events for Hollywood's elite.
Peter has experience working with world-renowned Chefs from coast to coast, including Eric Ripert, Joel Roubuchon, Grant Achatz, and Tetsuya Wakuda. Peter's talent has earned him countless awards and guest Chef invitations across the globe. He has made television cooking appearances and has contributed as a chef instructor for local culinary schools and the farmer's market community.
Chef Peter's cuisine captures his extensive background in travel and offers guests an array of world flavors. He continues to educate himself by working in world-renowned 3 Michelin Star restaurants, and then brings these techniques and trends to Bel-Air Bay Club so our guests receive the unique experience of beautiful gourmet cuisine in a world-class setting.
GO: Service is imperative in the destination wedding industry. What does the club offer couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
A: With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking sunsets, world-class meals, and impeccable service, this historic and centrally located estate sets the stage for memories that will last a lifetime. Savor every minute of your special occasion as we pamper you throughout your event. Our friendly and imaginative Catering Department is dedicated to your event and executes it with care and precision. We will create an estimate for you that is tailored to your needs. It is our pleasure to guide you each step of the way, and help you plan a celebration that fulfills your unique vision.
Sommelier Rod March brings wines from all over the world to fill the Bel-Air Bay Club wine cellar. He continually updates the vintages to ensure that the wine for your occasion is extraordinary. Upon your request, he will happily suggest his connoisseur's choice as the perfect complement to your menu.
GO: Is there any other information you’d like to share about hosting a Pacific coast wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club?
A: Bel-Air Bay Club is a centrally located event venue a short drive from Los Angeles International Airport, and minutes from downtown Santa Monica which offers your guests the opportunity to enjoy a large selection of luxury hotels, exemplary dining options, world-class entertainment, culture, and shopping just minutes away, with the backdrop of waves lapping at our beautiful Pacific shoreline.