I absolutely adore this couple. I enjoyed every second of working with them, and I hope we can continue to be foodie friends! 🙂 Unfortunately even though they’re completely gorgeous, they’re also camera shy. So they’ve asked me specifically not to feature any photos showing their faces or those of any of their guests. As a result, today’s blog post will only feature photos of the wedding details! Never fear, though – they’re beautiful!
This Rancho Palos Verdes wedding was all about Los Angeles. From the food trucks which served guests dinner and dessert to the table names, made from photos of street signs in the couples’ favorite neighborhoods, the laid-back personal style of this couple and their love for their city was evident throughout. The wedding’s overall feel was handmade but modern, relaxed and celebratory, and the couple was sure to include lots of fun and thoughtful elements. They wanted to make the day comfortable and fun, with an emphasis on family, friends, and food. The wedding itself took place in the groom’s parents’ home, with the cocktail reception, photo booth area, and food truck service in the front yard, the cake in the dining room, and the dinner in the back yard. This entire wedding was put together in just under three months, and the bride and groom’s amazing family members all pitched in to help out.
An enormous thank you to the amazing Heidi Ryder for sending me these lovelies with such a quick turnaround time (and for re-sending them when I needed it!). The full vendor list is below.
First, the program. The wedding invitation (which is now featured here) was a colorful cut-paper affair (the guestbook, below, matches it). But the bride wanted the rest of the wedding day details to be modern and understated, with the look of being handmade. Yes, these ideas can coexist. I’ll show in a later post how we tied the whole thing together, but for now, isn’t this pretty?
One of the groom’s aunts put together all of the flowers for the day (including corsages, boutonnieres, a crown for the flower girl, and these lovely bouquets!):
The ceremony was at a local church; following the ceremony, the bride and groom took photos on the beach while their guests mingled at their cocktail hour, which featured a fun photo booth area.
The morning of the wedding, as we were setting up the photo booth area, I decided that there needed to be something a little more special in the background, so I whipped up some tissue poms. They added just the right touch!
A friend of the bride’s had created papercut art for their wedding invitation; she used elements of the original artwork, plus the kraft paper used in the other printed materials for the day, to create this amazing handmade guestbook!
To welcome guests into the reception, the bride asked for a chalk board. I made this out of a spare cupboard door, and created some artwork to mimic the birds on the wedding invitation and guestbook.
We used belly bars in the front yard to allow guests a space to stand and eat, and the bride requested menus at each table. The mother and aunt of the groom spent a weekend putting together countless succulent pots to decorate the tables for both the cocktail hour and the reception. Each pot was filled with a mixture of plants. The pots in the back yard all matched, while the ones in the front yard were unique. It’s little elements like this that I just love.
The back yard was transformed from a simple grass area into the perfect party. Ambiance AV provided white globe lights to make the space magical.
The same very talented friend of the bride who created the invitation artwork and the guestbook put together this fun seating chart!
You may have noticed the table names on the seating cards. For anyone not familiar with Los Angeles, they’re the names of neighborhoods in the city. The bride and groom are UCLA alums, and have lived in the city for years, and they just love where they live. They made table names from photos of the street signs in their favorite neighborhoods – the resulting table names were a big hit!
Another of the groom’s talented aunts baked and decorated the walnut wedding cake with cream cheese frosting. It was incredible!
The bride and groom are huge foodies and knew that they wanted to feature food trucks at their wedding. They contracted with Kogi for a dinner of Korean tacos and Coolhaus for a dessert (yes, there was cake and dessert!) of ice cream sandwiches, including brown butter and bacon ice cream!
E+D, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day! I adored all the fun little details, the personal touches, and the love that you put in to every single element of your wedding!!
Thank you to the team of amazing professional vendors, below:
- Photography * Heidi Ryder Photography
- Day-of-Plus Coordination and Design * Events by Elisa
- Invitation, Program, Menu, and Sign Design * Events by Elisa
- Photo Booth Props and Design * Events by Elisa
- Lighting * Ambiance AV
- Rentals, Catering, and Service * Huntington Catering
- Dinner * Kogi BBQ Food Truck
- Dessert * Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck
- Artwork (used in invitation, guestbook, program, and custom ice cream sandwich wrapper) and Seating Chart Design * friend of the bride
- Floral Design * aunt of the groom
- Cake Baking and Design * aunt of the groom
- Succulent Design * mother and aunt of the groom
- Reception Location * parents of the groom