Anthony, a nurse, and Mark, a banker, are avid Disneyland fans who often frequent the parks, as well as the Disney cruise line with their son, Greyson. So it’s fitting that when it came time to plan their nuptials, The Tower of Terror, based on the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel “constructed in 1929,” had to play a role.

Anthony and Mark’s Tower of Terror engagement photos at Castle Green in Pasadena, California, and their subsequent wedding transformed The Ebell of Los Angeles into the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel. This theme set the tone for the couple’s spooky fall wedding full of juicy details, exciting surprises and immersive experiences for their intimate guest list.

Black sign with The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror written on it next to a pile of wooden hand fans

Two men embrace while watching the sunset - tops of houses are in the distance

skull wearing a bellhop hat with the words The Hollywood Tower Hotel

Hourglass and silver votives


Tucked away right off of Wilshire Boulevard in The Miracle Mile district is The Ebell of Los Angeles. With three levels and 75,000 square feet, this Renaissance-inspired structure is a noted architectural treasure and a registered National Historic Landmark.

The Dining Room includes a small stage drenched in burgundy, velvet curtains perfect for creating a star-studded Old Hollywood atmosphere. This stage became the elevator facade of The Hollywood Tower Hotel.

photo booth for wedding guests with plush red chairs and Tower of Terror theme. The camera operator is wearing a red and gold bell hop costume


The stage was built out with a gilded elevator created and hand-painted by Paper Moon Shoppe. The couple surprised their guests with a grand entrance through the double elevator doors, cascading with fog as they entered, then transitioned into a fully immersive photobooth for guests to enjoy as they walked up the stairs, entered the “elevator” and proceeded to fall into the Twilight Zone.


Gilded Swan Paperie, the go-to source for custom vintage-inspired wedding invitations and stationery, built a complete suite that was used through the engagement shoot and then, later, wedding day to breathe life into the alternative universe we had created, step by step. The crafted stationery included custom save-the-dates, invitations, wax seals, a crest featuring the couple’s initials, as well as skeleton key tags, luggage tags, do-not-disturb hotel room tags and letterhead with calligraphy by SophScript Co.

With a custom illustration of The Hollywood Tower Hotel, first painted on canvas and then converted to digital by famed artist, Dale Sizer, the imagery of our tower slowly but powerfully emerged. Our version of the tower, with warmer tones of plum, burgundy and port created a color story that was warmer than the original, cooler-toned facade.


The grooms were outfitted in tuxedos by Friar Tux. Actors were hired to play hote bellhops and wore custom bellhop costumes created by Anthony’s mother. Male grooming and SPFX makeup by Diamond Beauty Hair & Makeup.

A group of people in vintage costumes standing in a makeshift hotel lobby for a wedding


Thespians, adorned in costume, portrayed the check-in desk management as guests checked into the hotel and were handed their room key (seating assignment), bellhops fumbled with luggage, and socialite guests of the hotel interacted with wedding guests. Mixing and mingling with guests, the actors provided witty banter and entertainment during cocktail hour.

When it was time to enter the dining room for dinner, violinist, Ben Hoyt, led guests down a long, spooky hallway all while engaging them with live music. The Equally Wed heart is a trademark of Palladino Publishing, LLC.

Doors decorated to appear like an elevator with the floor indicator above the door and an out of order sign. The doors are flanked by red curtains.

Two grooms hold hands with their other hands in the air while coming out of a smoky elevator and red curtains

Two grooms

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Wedding venue, catering and bar: Ebell of Los Angeles, an Equally Wed preferred venue
Planning & Design: Anything But Gray Events, an Equally Wed preferred vendor
Photographer: White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Videographer: Plug Films
Behind-the-scenes videographer: Elevate Films
DJ: Dj Senor Amor
Violinist: Ben Hoyt 
Officiant:  Roger – Great Officiant
Wardrobe: Indochino, Friar Tux
Dresser: Debra Shirley
Beauty & Grooming: Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup
Stationery & Signage: Gilded Swan Paperie
Calligraphy: SophScript Co.
Cake: The Butter End
Linens: Luxe Linen
Florals: Flower Duet
Vintage Rentals: Gracefully Vintaged Rentals 
Photo Booth and backdrops: Paper Moon Shoppe
Custom painting and graphic: Dale Sizer
Transportation: Riz Transportation

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Tower of Terror engagement photos at Castle Green in Pasadena, California