Category Weddings

Marcella + Nick’s programs at Wildflowers Photography

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I had the honor of designing and making the invitation suite and wedding programs for my lovely friend Marcella November nuptials. I’ll be featuring the entire suite when I make my online shop live next month, along with another wedding suite I did in May. Marcella and I were introduced by a friend I’ve had since elementary school via twitter (thanks @Katwins)!


(photo credit: wildflowers photography)

Her photographer was Wildflowers photography! I’m so excited to have something I’ve done on their blog. ^_^; Anyway, you all should pop over and check out the WHOLE wedding on both Wildflowers’ blog and Marcella’s blog!

Our Wedding: Bridal Party

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This is my favorite collection of photos from our wedding! I was tempted to leave this as a wordless post, because I’ve been arranging and editing these photos for so long now, I just want to hit PUBLISH! Also, I kinda feel like they speak for themselves. However, I can say a few things…
Let me tell you a little bit about our photographer, Zeke Kamm. I did not want a “wedding” photographer. Zeke is not a wedding photographer. He is a fine art and portrait photographer. I wanted the look to be editorial, and not posed. I hope I don’t sound snobby, but if I do, whatever! I can’t stand the overly posed wedding photos you see sometimes, with all the girls in the same dresses with the same hair. I’m sure some people love the uniformity of it all, but it just makes me cringe, and it certainly was not for me… Anyway, this annoyed at least half of my family. They didn’t understand what I wanted, or why I wanted it. To be fair to them, we did not get a photograph of me and my immediate family, which is something I will probably never live down… But I love the way these photos came out. Particularly the first photo in this post! The composition is so dynamic, it reminds me of a renaissance painting!
I made the headpieces for the entire bridal party, including my birdcage veil and fascinator. It cost me maybe $7 total to make. If you like birdcage veils, absolutely DO NOT buy one unless it is less than say, $10 or encrusted with flippin’ REAL diamonds. It is so insanely easy to make, and the fabric is incredibly inexpensive! I also made the necklaces and earrings the girls are wearing. I feel the Marie Antoinette inspiration came across well! More photos after the jump

My Wedding: Ceremony

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The night before the wedding, I stayed at cousin’s (my maid of honour!) house in Calabasas. I remember scrambling to write my vows (below), and getting very little sleep. We got ready at our aunt’s house (who lives down the street from my cousin). She is a make-up artist, which means I’ve been spoiled most of my life with awesome make-up and having a professional do my make-up for special events. A couple of family friends who are hairstylists (also for TV and movies) did my hair. Both my hair and make-up turned out pretty much exactly how I wanted it to, and I’m still so happy about it. :) A lot of other things didn’t go how I expected it to (even though I was expecting that not everything would go the way I expected…), but, thanks to my aunt and her friends, I certainly looked the way I had envisioned!
We had our ceremony in the round, surrounded by our family and friends. It felt amazing. We had an extremely short (but very sweet) ceremony! It was about 5 minutes long. This was good, because we forgot to write “please be seated” in our ceremony script, so everyone stood the entire time! Also, Tyler was extremely nervous. He still feels fond about the fact that he believes he will never have to get up and talk in front of a large crowd like that again. :) But, a word of advice if you are writing your own ceremony script! Remember to ask everyone to “please be seated”, unless, of course, you want everyone to remain standing! More photos after the jump

My Wedding: Decor & Setting

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Location and Ceremony Setting

We were blessed with totally gorgeous weather on our wedding day! Our wedding venue was the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch, in Moorpark, California. It is a beautiful, serene, as perfect as can be location for a dreamy outdoor wedding. Ceremonies take place under giant walnut trees. Our ceremony was held in the round; we had the chairs radiating out in a circle around the center, where we stood. It was an amazing feeling to literally be surrounded by your friends and family as we were wed! But more on that in the ceremony post.

Flowers & Table Setting

My wedding was almost entirely DIY. We had a tiny budget in terms of the wedding industry, but I think it was a modest budget for a couple of 26 year olds who paid for it themselves; $10,000 (and we did pay for it all! We didn’t go into to debt until later–after 6 months of half-pay (which we will apparently never see), and 3 months of unemployment, and then a birth we had to pay TWICE for; anyway, we will be well on our way out of debt with in the next year or so). Naturally, we went over budget and spent $12,000, but I still think that was pretty great for a nice wedding with 150 guests! So, of course with our limited budget I enlisted the help of my family and friends. My aunt and uncle own a flower shop in Beverly Hills, called Bobbi D’Itri Flowers. They courteously ordered some roses and hydrangea for me at wholesale prices, and we met downtown at the flower mart two days before the wedding to pick them up. I also grabbed some vases, oasis and banana leaves. Then, frantically, Beth (who was with me at the time) and I decided to run by the fabric district and buy some burgundy fabric to make into table runners. I ended up buying about 40 yards of fabric for $30! Fabric that I ended up literally tearing into strips! Another last-minute decision was to cut firewood that was in Beth’s parent’s backyard as menu and table placeholders! It was a total improvisation from the genius of Beth, and the perfect thing to add the touch of rustic I wanted. (I wish we would have thought to use a trunk under the cake!). More photos after the jump

My wedding: Inspiration!

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Tomorrow, if you can believe it, marks the third anniversary of our wedding! And, it also serves as a humble reminder of how I have had intentions of sharing my wedding photos on my blog for the past two anniversaries we have had! Our first anniversary I even made a little post and wrote the first bit I wanted to say about inspiration boards (pinterest has made that pretty moot though) but I was overwhelmed with parenting and work and not liking my blog theme, I didn’t end up getting it all together. Then, October 2010 my HD crashed and I didn’t have a back up of all my edited photos (but I did have the originals). Then, last year was just a haze around this time, and I had barely started to re-edit photos. So, this year, I’m not going to let it fly by me again! It’s now or never. So everything else is waiting; the full post of Laelia’s second birthday, Tyler’s 30th, home updates, everything!

I want to start off my anniversary celebration here on my blog with a solid inspiration board; what I posted in the past was a crappy photo of the bulletin board that was in my office and a digital board I made when I was still working at babystyle, 4 months before our wedding. The images in this board are ALL images I used to help create the mood I was going for when I was designing my wedding, so that means they are pre-May 2009. Also, we are talking pre-PINTEREST here people. My wedding probably would have been very different if I had pinterest, or planning would have simply been faster…

The look I was going for was elegant, colorful and whimsical, with slight touches of rustic (I would have liked to play rustic up more, but it was an element that came in later) and a somewhat subtle bird and feather motif. Sophia Copolla’s Marie Antoinette and the season of spring were the inspirations for the colors; aqua, pinks, reds and corals, with splashes of gold. If I had a late summer or fall wedding, I would have gone with a totally different pallet (think jewel-tones and mustards)!

1/ Big trees and pink dresses. Martha Stewart Weddings
Gray suits! Love this couple! Once Wed
3/ Color inspiration. Martha Stewart Weddings
4/Aquamarine and Gold Earrings. Amirta Singh
5/ Color inspiration. Martha Stewart Weddings
6/ Hairpiece and Colors.
7/ Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette 
8/ Gold Fausta Sandals by Christin Michaels
9/ Lucida in Yellow Gold* Tiffany & Co
10/ Bouquet and Colors. Lorraine Pantic Photography via the Knot
11/ Birdcage & Color inspiration. Source unknown but here it is on Pinterest
12/ CAKE!
13/ General loveliness. Martha Stewart Weddings

I also want to give a general shout out to the type face Affair, by Alejandro Paul of Stupidos Type. Yes, a typeface can influence an event! I know it helped me focus on the sort of mood I wanted; elegant, but not stuffy.

As always, every image here has been pinned and links back to the best source I have to it, so, if you are looking for a specific image check out my pinterest board Jesyka + Tyler! There are other bits and pieces on my board that also inspired my wedding.

So,  I’m planning on breaking up my wedding into smaller posts so it’s not overwhelming for me, and for you! I want to share a lot, from my budget, to the sketches I made for my bridesmaids, to how I pretty much DIYed the whole thing. This will be the first post of my wedding series; stay tuned for:

My wedding series:
- (5/23/12) My wedding: You’re invited 
- (6/01/12) My wedding: Decor and Setting
- (6/15/12) My wedding: Ceremony
- Bridal Party
- Celebration
- Round-up

I will be sure to update this post with links,  as they come!

*No, I do not have the Lucida, my ring just looks exactly like this (very much on purpose). We actually bought a Vatché setting–apparently Vatché makes the Lucida setting, too, but the “X” just wraps the other way! And the stone is Moissanite, which is why it makes rainbows all the time… 


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