Pepperdine schoolmates Angelia De Meistre and Viktor Armand Hammer tie the knot, Fitzgerald style, in an elegant summer soiree in the bride’s hometown of Santa Barbara.
Angelia De Meistre and Viktor Armand Hammer followed the cardinal rule of relationships: friends first, then something more. But when the 23-year-old first met her husband in Spanish class at Pepperdine University during the summer after their junior year, the former college tennis player was immediately struck by his presence. “People paid attention when he walked into a room,” she says. Angelia, an English and religion major, became language partners with the business major Viktor, and after a month, he asked her out on a quasi-date at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica. They bonded over a shared love of reggae and beach living (the groom spent part of his childhood in the Cayman Islands), and Viktor invited Angelia to a reggae festival at the Hollywood Bowl. They quickly became inseparable, and less than a year later, on the summer solstice, he popped the question in Pepperdine’s picturesque Heroes Garden. “It’s a place with a lot of nostalgia for us,” says Angelia of the spot. “It’s where we went whenever we were stressed out.”
Santa Barbara was a natural choice for the ceremony and reception—it’s Angelia’s hometown, and Viktor’s father lives there. Eschewing a planner, the bride and her mother organized the entire production, relying on their insider knowledge of local vendors and locations.
Angelia envisioned a wedding inspired by old Hollywood glamour. “I wanted it to be refined and elegant,” says the bride, who now lives back in town and works as an editor at Santa Barbara Magazine. “F. Scott Fitzgerald is my icon.” To that end, references to the auteur were apparent throughout the ceremony: Gin Rickeys; a super-restrained color palette—whites and blacks with only a few pops of brightness; bouquets in Champagne-colored Sahara roses; Art Deco fonts for place settings; a sexy yet simple St. Pucchi dress that hugged her silhouette.
After a 1 p.m. full Mass at Old Mission Santa Barbara, guests headed to a family friend’s Montecito estate for a proper high tea, complete with Pimm’s, sandwiches and scones. The party then evolved into cocktails and a family-style dinner with open seating. The cake was a decadent mixture of dark chocolate, espresso and mocha, and the music included plenty of reggae.
Nearly everything went off without a hitch, except their getaway car: Viktor’s father’s vintage 1961 Bentley broke down and stranded them in front of the mission without cell phones. “Right after the ceremony, we did a little lap to show everyone the car,” Angelia says, laughing. “Then we took our photographs at the mission. When we got back to the car, it wouldn’t start, and everyone had gone, even our photographer!” No matter. Otherwise, the day was perfect.
By Elizabeth Khuri Chandler.
Photographed by Nancy Neil and Blue Caleel.
Venue Private home in Montecito Cake Jeannine’s Bakery Menu Pure Joy Catering Dress St. Pucchi Florist Jerry at S.R. Hogue & Co. Rings Martin Katz, Daniel Gibbings Entertainment Bruce Barrios DJ Rentals Classic Party Rentals, LBPS Events Videography The bride’s father, director David Wu Honeymoon Maui.