I don’t know if there’s ever been a more appropriate wedding for a Valentine’s celebration. It’s romantic times a trillion with a pinch me it’s so perfect palette of blushing hues and enough sweets from Sweet & Saucy Shop to feed a small nation. Now THAT is how we like to celebrate the Day o’ Love. And the photography by This Modern Romance? Not only appropriately named but it also happens to be devastatingly gorgeous. See it all here!
From the bride… The wedding was an outdoor affair at a country club nestled up in the Bel Air mountains of Los Angeles. With beautiful views of the mountains, it truly was a gem of a place to find in LA. We had 300 guests which made the task of making the wedding personal quite a task. We ordered glassine bags, filled them with our favorite childhood candies, sewed a zig-zag pattern on them with a sewing machine to close them off, then used zig-zag scissors to make the edges look uneven and put a personalized sticker on each one. For the dessert cupcakes, we bought bags of heart-shaped wood pieces from a craft store, spray painted them red and hot glued them onto popsicle sticks. Each cupcake that was served had this and it made for a magical feel. We decided to use pink lemonade bottles from Trader Joe’s in our table numbers. We soaked them in water to get the tags off and then glued lace around them, replaced the cap with a cork, cut a slit in the cork and put the handmade table numbers in the cork. Total success and a perfect way to bring in some of the pink that was in our color palette.
We also wanted mercury glass at our wedding and had a very difficult time finding it! We ended up making weekly trips to TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods. We were able to find 90 mismatched vases for all the tables because we wanted three tiered vases per table. We were the proud owners of 40 vases (!!!) until the country club loved them so much that they bought them from us to use at future events! PERFECT! Our table seating chart was made of a privacy screen found at a flea market combined with tulle, ribbons and antique frames. The antique bike was a way to tie into our wedding invitation that featured a tandem bike. One trip to Del Mar and some haggling presented us with an awesome feature that tied everything together. We bought a bike basket and had the florist fill it up with flowers, giving it a very natural feeling. The fingerprint bike was also specially made to feature a tandem bike and the fingerprints present balloons pulling the bike into the air.
For our the cocktail hour tables, we bought many antique books and old tea sets to make up the centerpieces. Every centerpiece was a different old piece of a tea set with different flowers inside each one. The lemonade stand was also a collection of old wine boxes that we found and lemonade dispensers that we purchased. We made lollipop towers by covering styrofoam cones bought from craft stores with ribbon and sticking lollipos in them. We bought many boxes of gray and white straws and printed our initials on them. One night while watching TV, we put them all together using a zigzag scissor to cut the edges. We made a mobile to hand above the dessert table using needlepoint circles, lace and different fabrics. For music during our cocktail hour, we only played Beatles songs. People loved it! It was also important for us to somehow incorporate our grandparents, who are no longer with us, into our wedding, so we had a table with all of their wedding pictures.
Wedding Photography: Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance / Wedding Venue: Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, California / Day-Of Coordination: Wendy Ramos of Just Wenderful / Flowers: Taka of Be Buds Florist, Inc. / Passed Appetizers: Robert’s Catering / Wedding Cake + Dessert Table: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Table Numbers, Dessert + Lemonade Signs: Pertyfultings / Fingerprint Sign: Bleu de Toi / Ring Bearer Pillow + “Sweet Love” Sign: Victorian Station / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Amsale / Personalized Hanger: The Painted House and More / Ring Bearer + Flower Girl Outfits: J.Crew / DJ: DJ Kamakaze / Mercury Glass Vases: T.J.Maxx, Marshall’s + Home Goods