Bridal shop owner and designer Maria married David almost three years to the day after their first date – which was, believe it or not, Valentine’s Day. After a traditional ceremony in Los Angeles’ oldest cathedral, East and West Coast families and friends collided in a disco-meets-prom, dance-til-you-sweat-out-the-open-bar bash at the HNYPT.
Maria knew from the start that she would be making her own dress. She was immediately drawn to the classic silhouettes of the 1950’s and 60’s, but wanted a modern, edgy twist.
Who’s cuter than these kiddos?
The space, the occasion, and the art direction informed Maria’s gold-studded princess gown, her Westeros-esque hair piece (Heart of Gold), and the contrasting sleek, sequined dresses of her two bridesmaids – all designed and hand-constructed by Maria.
The up-and-coming warehouse venue in Downtown Los Angeles ignited on an unseasonably warm February night. The rustic white brick and vaulted white wood ceilings were a canvas for a dazzling DIY mirror ball installation and gold, silver, and hot pink accents throughout that celebrated both Valentine’s Weekend and the couple’s non-traditional aesthetic –“Deco-Space-Bowie,” as Maria puts it. With the help of family and friends, the couple designed, planned, and executed the entire reception themselves.
With the In-N-Out Trailer serving up all-you-can-eat Animal Style, Love Tempo DJs keeping the dance floor packed all night with hits from the Dianna Ross to Rick Ross, the merriment was so high-energy that an after party was not physically possible.
Photography: Lucky in Love
WeFlowers: Flowers by Isabel
Hair and make-up: Sher my Make Up
Music: Love Tempo
Food: In -N- Out Burger and Lemonade
If we had to sum up Johanna and Matt’s wedding with one word, it would be effortless. As you’ll see, this easy going couple is all about the moment instead of the show when it came to exchanging their vows. We think you’ll love their choice of venue: a beautiful beach side cottage, perfect for a breezy wedding (or romantic getaway!) Do we need to mention how cute their pug is either? Didn’t think so.
The “first look” is oftentimes an emotional moment, and we love when photographers are able to capture such a personal moment between groom and bride with delicacy.
We’re having a hard time deciding what the best feature is in this picture: The dress, the kiss, or the mustache?
Now that’s a bridesmaid dress you can’t miss! Perfect for summer, the dresses are decorated with pretty red and blush roses. The gal’s bouquets almost look like perfect replicas of the dresses summery prints! The colors are lush without being overwhelming, thanks in part to their minimalist venue.
Our effortless bride Johanna walked down the aisle wearing a beautiful gown called Cara, by Truvelle. This is a versatile dress and can be work both off-the-shoulder, or on the shoulder depending on the mood or theme of your wedding. For Johanna, Cara was the perfect amount of elegance needed for a relaxed beachside wedding.
Dress: Cara by Truvelle
Photography: Carolina Wahnish Rivera