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Urban Rustic Wedding in Los Angeles

Intimate and easy-going, this duo wanted their day to feel like a special family gathering. Their grand vision? A day filled with long Petals & Pop garlands, personalized calligraphy a la the Bride herself, and homemade jam favors. Every detail was seamlessly snapped up by onelove photography, and it’s all waiting right here!

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Summer
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Rustic

From The Bride… We are both very private and quite shy at times. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and easy-going to minimize our stress and to make our special day feel like a special family gathering. What was most important to us was sharing that time with the people we cared about, eating good food, and dancing the night away.

We were so excited about the long garlands that Petals & Pop designed for the event — they kept our tables simple and beautiful. I also took a calligraphy class with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls at Poketo and practiced on our invites during the months leading up. I could still use much more practice, but I felt very proud of the name cards and that personal touch.

It is easy to become a perfectionist as you are planning a wedding. We were very specific (a.k.a. picky) about many of the details we wanted, down to the way we covered our homemade jam favors. Many of the things we had planned did not come together the way we expected that day, but it did not matter. Come up with a grand vision, but don’t spend too much time sweating the details!

Sarah’s favorite memory: I have two. One was dancing with Adam right before the music turned off for the night. During the months leading up to the wedding, we played the Beach House song “I’ll Take Care Of You” over and over again in anticipation of it. It was so exciting when we finally got to dance to it as husband and wife. And of course, the flash mob dance we planned with our friends to “Take On Me” — I never thought we could actually do it!

Adam’s favorite memory: The whole ceremony. We kept it short, but sweet. We had been nervous about having to deliver our vows in front of everyone (neither of us being natural public speakers), but once we were up there it came so easily and both of us avoided bawling our eyes out. Seeing Sarah come down the aisle was a dream come true and the feeling immediately after the recessional was so exciting (mixed with a sense of relief that it had actually come together after all the planning).

Photography: onelove photography | Coordination: Rose Forbes Of Two Tree Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationary: Saint John Street Press | Caterer: Brown Bag LA | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony And Reception: Huron Substation | Florals: Petals & Pop | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Shoe Designer: Swedish Hasbeens

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The Lovesick Wedding Expo + A Discount!

Calling all of you indie-minded, totally nerdy, seriously artistic and all-around fabulous ladies and gentlemen… this wedding show is for YOU.  Yes, I am talking about the Lovesick Wedding Expo, an alternative wedding showcase celebrating its fifth year of complete awesomeness.  Think one amazing party boasting uber-talented vendors and crazy cool inspiration at every corner.

Happening this weekend in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, the Lovesick Wedding Expo will completely rock your world with amazing burlesque performances, giant glowing jellyfish (!), circus performances, skee ball and even more surprises.  Each and every show is completely different (and all sorts of wonderful), from the spectacular live music to the fab cash bar to the thousands in giveaways.

What are you waiting for, lovelies?  No matter your budget or wedding vision, grab your mister or misses-to-be (or just your besties) and plan your trip to the Lovesick Wedding Expo happening this weekend in both Los Angeles (Saturday, February 21st at Unique Space) and Alameda (Sunday, February 22nd at Rock Wall Wine Company).  Tickets are only $10 online, $15 at the door and all money raised from the show’s giveaways will benefit the Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality efforts!

And don’t forget, use the code STYLEME at checkout for a 50% discount on tickets! 

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Elegant LA Winter Wedding

This couple should teach a course on wedding planning. Not only did they prioritize what was important to them, but the final result perfectly reflects their authenticity. From learning InDesign to create their invites, to acting as the MC’s for the reception, they’re pros. Steve Steinhardt captured all the action and I not only feel inspired, but also incredibly motivated, to dive into my own wedding planning ahead.

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Winter
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Club
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Elegant

From The Bride… I found my talented photographer on Style Me Pretty so I’m very honored to share these images! I’d like to start off by thanking SMP for having Steve in their Little Black Book so that I could find someone who can work amazingly under various different lighting conditions with both digital and film. When I first saw his work, I had told him that his work looks like carefully thought-out illustrations and I still think that’s the best way I could describe his artistry.

I love all things antique and traditional, so my vision for my wedding was a very elegant sit-down dinner type of occasion in a very lavishly historic location. When I found The California Club I thought it was perfect – not only is the venue beautiful but the service is impeccable, their food is perfect, and the air conditioning (the air conditioning was really important to me) is heavy. I instantly fell in love with club’s decor from the early 1900s, which was all in pristine condition and how the entire building carried the vibe of old Los Angeles (the city were I grew up, met my husband, and fell in love). I chose the traditional white and green color palette for my florals, but with a very wild texture to contrast against the prim and almost majestic quality that the venue carries with all that dark wood and burgundy curtains.

I invested the most on food, florals, lighting, photography, and music, because my husband and I thought these things were the most important to us. For everything else, we tried to use our creativity to be more economical. I did all of the stationery myself by learning how to use InDesign on Skillshare.com and by finding Johnny at Printing World to print them beautifully. I asked him to print our seating chart and we framed it ourselves – I think it turned out quite nicely. Not bad for a DIY newbie, right?

We also decided to not have a dance floor (which saved us a ton on MC’s, DJ’s, dance floors) and opted to a multi-course dinner with the most amazing jazz music performed by our band. Adam Bravo, our jazz pianist, actually went to high school with me and had signed a contract on the back of my calculus notebook during our senior year that he would one day perform at my wedding. It was touching to have him be there almost 10 years later and perform at my wedding after so long.

To make the wedding much more personal and intimate, our bridal party, my husband and I decided to do most of the MCing ourselves. We wanted to do this so that we would be communicating with our guests constantly throughout the night. It was great and our guests loved it. It also helped that we were all very comfortable with public speaking.

Last but not least, everything went very smoothly with the help of Joyce from Joyce Kim Weddings. I have never met someone in my life who was so organized, detailed, sweet, and an absolute people-person. I really do not think my wedding would’ve been so amazing without her. Jeff and I can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work in keeping us sane so that we could enjoy our own wedding. With her help, I actually managed to finish all of my courses and the dessert AND the cake. If that’s not ease, I don’t know what is.

Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Coordination: Joyce Kim Weddings | Floral Design: Designer Dana | Wedding Dress: Ellis Bridals | Cake: Cake House | Stationery: DIY | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sorella Vita | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Band: Adam Bravo Music | Ballroom: The California Club | Make Up And Hair: Kelly Yi Make Up

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