There is just something about a vintage typewriter. Perhaps we all fantasize that a handsome chap composed beautiful love notes to his far away love, or that a famous poet stroked the very same keys. In any case, this wedding had me hooked with all the vintage flair and DIY moments. Floataway Studios nailed the vibe of this one-of-a-kind soiree with their beautiful images. More of this storybook romance can be seen here in the full gallery. And with that, we bid you all adieu. xoxo
From Float Away Studios…When thinking about their wedding, Taylor & Coyote were immediately inspired by their venue, The Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, which to them felt like an oasis in the city where they feel in love. The venue has a natural beauty with classic vintage Spanish architecture, climbing vines, and old-growth trees that didn’t need a lot of embellishment, so they took their color scheme from the mint tiles and pops of orange dahlias surrounding the garden’s striking center fountain and worked to enhance and personalize the stunning environment already there. They wanted a rustic, intimate wedding with touches of vintage whimsy that reflected their casual and playful attitude towards love and marriage. After stumbling upon a pile of used decking at a friend’s house and combing flea markets for vintage bottles and mason jars, they decided to theme their wedding around a classic LA farmer’s market that featured old crates and rediscovered treasures.
They incorporated a lot of DIY elements, including their alter with a suspended window, the place-card holder, menu and welcome signs, as well as homemade wooden boxes. Their extremely talented florist, Liz Rosales, who is also the mother of the maid of honor, created amazingly unique floral arrangements with a variety of textures and various shades of coral flowers in old bottles that mixed beautifully with potted succulents. She also helped the bride and maid of honor make homemade apricot jam for the favors, and the bride created all of the paper goods and signage, including the origami paper balls that lined the aisle. It all came together to create a warm, welcoming space where friends and family sipped signature cocktails (Moscow mules) out of mason jars, kicked off their heels in favor of gifted flip-flops, and cut a rug under the twinkling lights of a perfect summer night.
From the Bride…Our advice would be to take your time making decisions and to work together. It took us a long time to find our venue, but once we did, everything fell into place, and when working on a tight budget, like we were, you need the time to find the best deals or recreate something you can’t afford. Also, the day goes by in a flash, but we built so many fun memories creating our DIY elements over the months leading up to it, that the wedding felt like a culmination of all the time we had spent working together, which made it even more special. I would also remember not to stress the small stuff. A lot of little things went “wrong” on the day of the wedding (a broken shoe and toenail, a burnt forehead, a forgotten marriage license, and an almost-missed toast), but ultimately none of that matters once you’re looking at your partner saying “I Do.” Just enjoy it and don’t let the little stuff that will ultimately go wrong worry you.
Wedding Photography: Mary Chrisman for Floataway Studios / Wedding Venue: The Los Angeles River Center & Gardens in Los Angeles, California / Floral Design: Liz Rosales / Wedding Catering & Rentals: Huntington Catering / DJ: Trent Wolbe / Wedding Dress: Gracie by Sottero & Midgley / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Wedding Hair: Lori Bissada of Strands and Hands / Wedding Makeup: Huntington Hotel & Spa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Tinley Road from Piperlime / Flower girl dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen’s Attire: H&M / Ringbearer Pillow: Giggleroom / Father of the Bride Cufflinks: White Truffle / Car: Family Friend / Wedding Favors, Design + Crafts: DIY by the Bride