3 years ago today…I married the most amazing person I’ve ever met.
The weather was touch n go, but that aside, it was the most beautiful day and love was in the air. It was a day I could have only dreamed of!
I was never the girl who had her entire wedding planned before meeting “the one”, so when Jason and I started the planning process…we started with a blank slate! If any of you have ever planned a wedding you know, with all of the options out there, it’s nearly impossible to narrow everything down and make it all work together.
Though, there may be some skeptics out there, I assure you that Jason and I did have 100% control over how this day would play out…all the way down to the tea light candles! But this is not to say we did it without help.
We worked with an AMAZING team to put our special day together. Jo Gartin, our wedding planner, Eden Rodriguez, our wedding designer, and the entire production staff at Next Entertainment were beyond incredible to work with. Planning a wedding in 2 short months is not an easy task, but it went off without a hitch!
With our anniversary coming up, I thought I would share with you some photos and insight in to how we managed to put that beautiful day together!
If you laid out 10 photos of me, chances are I would be wearing green in 7 of them. It has always been my favorite color, so it was easy for me to decide that green would be our color theme. I’m also drawn to very modern aesthetics, so I wanted to add in some black and white to get that more modern feel. Ultimately, green would become the accent color in a room of white and black, which turned out beautiful.
The one wedding detail I was sure of when starting this process, is that I wanted a room full of Casablanca lilies! The bridesmaids bouquets were made up of them, the vases running along the aisle were filled with them, and the dinner tables were garnished with them. We also incorporated white orchids and tulips as well. When I was telling Jo my vision with the flowers, the one requirement I had was that there were NO ROSES
One of the most incredible perks of our wedding was being able to name the designer that I would like to create my wedding dress. This decision came to me very easily…Monique Lhuillier! She makes incredibly beautiful wedding dresses that have a very feminine feel to them. When I walked in to her store, I was blown away by the detail and delicacy of these dresses. We talked through my vision of what I thought I wanted in a dress. I imagined a mermaid silhouette, but I still tried on others just to be sure. My gut instinct was right, because I came right back to my original thought in silhouette. Together we worked through the details that I wanted to incorporate. One of Monique’s signature details are her hand sewn flowers, so there was no doubt this would be a perfect addition to the tail of the dress. After talking through it, she drew it up and production on the dress began!
A few weeks later, I came back to LA to see the dress for the first time. I had that emotional moment that many brides do. It was perfect!
This dress will forever be a keepsake of mine. I have made it a piece of art in our guest bedroom, displayed on a body form, because I just can’t stand the thought of putting it away for no one to see.
The Bridesmaid Attire
An important piece, as I was deciding what the bridesmaids should wear, was making sure they were all things the girls could wear again. They were getting dresses by Monique as well, so it would be a shame to have an incredible designer dress that they could never use more than once. Keeping that in mind, I choose a black, strapless dress for the girls. It was simple and classic. In order to spice them up a bit, they were decorated in custom made green Manolo Blahnik heels, and a green and gold chunky beaded necklace. The girls looked stunning, fit in perfectly with the color theme…and could walk away with AMAZING designer duds that I know, for a fact, they have all worn again
In the slideshow above you will see the ballroom, where we held the reception, before the wedding. The room was very fancy, covered in red and gold carpet and walls. If you look at the “after” photos from the reception, you wouldn’t even think it was the same room. It was completely transformed in to a fairytale land. We covered the walls in white paneling. One of the walls, Jason’s favorite part of the room, was made of old drift wood, to form a “vintage” looking wall. We brought it wood flooring to cover the carpet, and a stark white dance floor to really pop and stand out.
My FAVORITE part of the room was the 13 foot tall trees! Hanging from the trees were bulbs with tea light candles floating in them. The room was enormous, so this brought it down a notch and gave a cozier feel.
The Table Settings
After Jason and I got engaged, I poked around on the internet to get ideas for table settings. I came across a photo of a wedding with different size square and rectangle tables. At all of the weddings I have ever been to you sit at a round table, so this was a fun way to make our reception different from those I had been to before.
Large centerpieces always create a “wow” factor for any reception, but I knew the 13 foot trees would take the “cake” on that one, so I kept the table décor simple. There were short vases filled with white flowers, and even vases simply filled with one flower. This also made it easy for people to see across the table and converse with the other guests. The tables were simple, clean, and elegant.
Another unique aspect was that we had 5 different table designs. Some were white with green and black accents, some green with black and white paisley accents. Another table was wood with a green and white table runner. You can see some of these details in the photos above. It was just a quirky way to make the room different, but it all meshed together with the color scheme.
The table assignments were hanging in little bags from a mini version of the wood wall in the ballroom. Inside the bag was a penny to throw in the wishing well as you entered the room. Guests were asked to make a wish for Jason and me.
Small appetizers were passed during the cocktail hour, along with a signature cocktail and hot lavender tea (to warm them up from the rainy weather).
The cake was layered with 3 different flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate Carmel and Salt, and Vanilla with Berries.
We also had a mini cupcake station that included other flavors among the large cake flavors. On the top of the cupcakes, there was a piece of chocolate with a hand drawn heart, by Jason.
To incorporate Ty into the wedding (he was there…we just didn’t want to air him on TV anymore), we had him draw the table numbers, which we framed and displayed in the center of each table.
We served In-n-Out burger, as a late night snack after all of the dancing and drinking.
Our wedding party and family members were invited to walk through a gifting suite full of free swag including: Kai products, Glassy Baby vases, make-up, cigars, skincare products, and teeth whitening kits among other things. The most exciting gift…a trip for 2 to the Bahamas! My best friend, Dawn, literally started crying when she got this!
All in all, this wedding was a dream come true. All of our friends and family, who are near and dear to our hearts, were blown away with the whole experience. Jason and I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity and we wouldn’t change a thing about it…not even the rain
I am so lucky to have Jason in my life, so here’s to another 50 years…and more