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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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