DIY Studio City Wedding from Callaway Gable
August 20, 2013
United States
DIY InspiredCasualOutdoor Weddings
This wedding is soooo cool.  Like that kind of cool you couldn't even replicate if you tried.  It's an amazing backyard setting meets a plethora of fabulous DIY details meets a crazy awesome Lucky Number 7 theme. And the duo behind the day?  Well, they are amazing.  Because any twosome that puts together this kind of celebration most definitely deserves a place in the SMP Hall of Fame.  See it all captured by Callaway Gable Studios in the full gallery.
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From the Bride... Casey and Maya's wedding took place on July, 7th 2012, and had somewhat of an underlining "lucky number 7" theme as the bride and groom were celebrating their lucky 7th year together, now as husband and wife, and they were wed exactly at 7pm on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year. A signature cocktail, appropriately named "Lucky No. 7," was served to guests upon arrival and throughout the night. And as the signature drink became an apparent real hit with everyone attending, it later became know as "7 deadly sins"....

The event was laden with so much personal detail and attention that nothing was left untouched. But the very best detail of all is that the wedding was held at the Groom's parents house in Studio City, CA, the house he had grown up in, and planning and designing a wedding there came with very specific space limitations.

After much consideration and planning, the guest count had to be limited to 100 guests, all of which were going to have to be seated directly above the area where the pool was located in the backyard for the ceremony, and the only space for the dinner reception would be along their 100 ft driveway. The bride, a designer, took it upon herself to plan and design the entire event, making it a totally personal experience for her, right down to the decorations.

To make the wedding work at their family residence, the 100ft driveway was decorated to dine 100 of their guests and the backyard pool had a riser built above it, where guests floated above the pool for the ceremony and later became the dance floor. The wedding colors were burlap and white silks with lavender accents. Leading up to the wedding day, the bride had scoured online sources such as eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist to collect various antique lavender glass bottles, ranging from antique medicine bottles to very vintage alcohol bottles, and those became the centerpieces filled with gorgeous hush pink Dahlias and white Veronica lining the center of all tables along the driveway.

The bride literally did *everything* - she made and assembled all their invitations, she designed and printed out the dinner menus and name cards, she personally sourced and selected all the linens, flatware, stemware and lavender colored drinking glasses, she wrapped and styled all the bridal party bouquets, and she was even caught assembling all the groomsmen wedding boutonnières while she was getting her makeup and hair done (there's a picture of that too)! And the most meaningful detail of all was that guests attending the wedding took home numerous gifts which included a heart shaped rock, wrapped in leather cord with a custom made coin that read " LOVE ROCKS" and "M + C, 7-7-12", to represent the heart shaped rock that the bride and groom found while on their first vacation together.

Everything was wrapped in detail and design and guests proclaimed it as "the best wedding/party they have ever been to". To this day, their friends still talk about how amazing it all was. And that was the bride's goal in orchestrating the entire event - to throw an incredible party for their closest family and friends to celebrate life and all the happiness it can bring. More of a well curated party rather than a stuffy and formal wedding.

It was natural, organic and easy going, just like the personalities of the bride and groom.


Photographers: Allison + Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable Studios | Venue: Private Residence, Studio City, California | Planner + Event Design: Maya Jazner of Conceptual Designs | Day-of Coordinator: Nicole Myden of NMPR | Floral Design: Mayesh Wholesale Flourist | Caterer: Chef Jamie Klein | Dessert + Pastry Chef: Frank Bonventre of Wolfgang Puck Catering | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Makeup: Jeniffer Daranyi | Hair: Ernesto Lozano of Eddy James Salon