From the Bride... When we got engaged, neither of us were prepared to answer all the immediate questions about getting married that engagement is attached to. So when it came to planning, it was a little rushed at first. We began the process trying to theme it, match this, match that... but we quickly realized that it wasn’t us. So we threw it all out the window & started from scratch.
Jack & I value character, so when it came time to choosing our venue, we wanted something non-traditional & unique with a touch of class. After narrowing down our list, the SmogShoppe ended up being the first and only venue we toured. We knew once we walked in, it was the one! We felt in our gut that it would set the tone for the type of wedding we envisioned.
Being the hands on (aka, particular) people that we are, planning this wedding was no joke! You don’t realize how much teamwork, compromise, thought, budgeting & change of plans are involved when you sign up for creating your day. So our advice? Hire a wedding coordinator! If you can’t afford one, get a second job... just kidding! No, but seriously, hire a day-of coordinator at the least! Better yet, hire our coordinators! Because after putting in your tears & sweat (which you will experience!) you’re going to want to hand it over the day of so that you can take it all in & enjoy the full day with everyone.
For us, we wanted to make sure we were working with a solid team that we trusted completely to execute our vision. We knew we had just that with Vikki & Shannon of All You Need is Love Events. We had met with other wedding planners, but connection is important to us and we clicked instantly with these girls!
Our photographer, Christine Chang, has an insane natural eye to capture those perfect candid moments. And BBQ at a wedding? Why not?! Baby Blues is like family to us, so it was only fitting to have them cater our wedding and everyone raved about how great the food was. Our DJ, Lady Monix, totally rocked it out! We had people dancing on tables & even got a dance train going on! Our hair & makeup, flawless. Our suits & dresses, timeless. Our bellies full and our hearts warm.
It all didn’t necessarily flow on paper, but in person it came together gracefully with a new “theme” emerging of simply, us. And in the end, it wasn’t the knickknacks or things that made our wedding, it was the people, our love for one another & our love for everyone. You could truly feel the energy of love in the air. So to us, that was our success.
Our most memorable moment? As soon as we saw each other for the first time walking down the aisle, we locked eyes, we locked souls & it was like telepathy, we both knew that it had ALL paid off in the end. This was our wedding and we made it our own.
Wedding Photography: Christine Chang Photography | Wedding Venue: SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California | Wedding Coordination: All You Need Is Love Events | Floral Design: Valerie from All You Need Is Love Events | Catering: Baby Blues BBQ | Desserts: Cake Monkey + Bottega Louie | DJ: Lady Monix | Typewriter + Photo Book: Make Collectives | Rentals: La Piñata + Huntington Catering Co. | Wedding Dress: Carlyn Nuyda Calloway via Thumbelina Designs | Bride's Ring: Jewels by Peter B. | Groom’s + Bridesmaids' Rings: Sirciam Jewelry | Groom + Groomsmen Stylist: Warren Baker | Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Leslie Alejandro | Bridesmaids' Hair: Symone Prince | Bridesmaid’s Makeup: Mathais Alan