Two things that I seriously love more than words...the insanely awesome Los Angeles venue, Marvimon that literally overflows with coolness. And Our Labor of Love by Heidi, the fab photographer who snapped this next set of gorgeous pics. Put them together and you have total wedding magic. Oh and add to that little equation, a bride who screams chic, a whole mess of perfect peonies, anemones and the prettiest vintage styling a girl could ask for and you have the recipe for SMP perfection. But the best part? There is SO much more in the galleries.
From the Bride...After visiting almost ten different venues and contemplating even a destination wedding, we chose Marvimon as our venue because it captured the essence of what we ultimately wanted our wedding day to be...an intimate dinner with our very closest friends and family. My daily morning ritual for almost eight months, bordering on obsession I'd say, was to "research" wedding blogs to help me create our beautiful day. To create the romantic vintage-esque ambiance, we used ivory lace runners down the two exposed wooden tables at Marvimon and sprinkled them with vintage oil lamps my sister-in-law Yuki had purchased from flea markets throughout her years. The guests dined on square tables covered in ivory striped linens. We used a palette of fuschia, pink, and ivory with accents of coral and spring green for our flowers -- peonies, anemones, garden roses, ranunculus, and viburnum held within a mix of clear glass, vintage bottles, and brass bud vases. Lots of candlelight thanks to oil lamps of varying heights.
Although we had a day-of coordinator for the wedding, the "styling" of the wedding was a combined DIY effort between myself and my friend Shantel. I purchased the stationary we used for the backdrop of our table numbers and "escort cards" on zazzle.com or minted.com. Shantel purchased differing frames in either gold, brass, or wood and framed the table numbers she created herself. Her husband built and painted the wooden stand we used to hang the "escort cards" which Shantel decorated with tissue paper florals in pink/white/brown (created by her sister Sarah!) and white lights. We purchased mini-desserts from Sweet & Saucy and macaroons from a local Japanese bakery which our wedding coordinator elegantly displayed along a backdrop of white IKEA vases filled with peonies.
To keep our wedding intimate, our friends and guests played crucial roles in our wedding. My friend since I was twelve years old Reverend Steve Jin married us, my brother-in-law Danny sang "Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli during the ceremony, and my friend Merlin Peck acted as the MC when necessary and DJ. We decided to forego some of the more traditional components of a wedding like the bouquet or garter toss. Our processional song was "Eres Tu" by Mocedades and we danced our first dance to "Amazed" by Lonestar with Casablanca playing in the backdrop. It was an absolutely wonderfully intimate day and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding!
Ceremony + Reception Location: Marvimon / Wedding Photography: Our Labor of Love by Heidi / Caterer: Heirloom / Rentals: Elm Concierge / Day of Coordinator: My Bride Story / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Floral Design: Holly Flora / Wedding Cake: Kings Hawaiian / Mini-Desserts: Sweet & Saucy + Patisserie Chantilly / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride's Make-Up: Tiffany Briggs / Bride's Hair: Kelly Niems