A Bohemian Black-Tie Wedding: Diana + Josh

I’m so excited to start the week off with this gorgeous bohemian black-tie wedding. Diana is a food stylist and Josh is a photographer, so you can imagine how unique + beautiful their wedding will be! A whimsical, warm and inviting environment with plenty of flowers and candlelight. Clean, crisp design meets natural, wild beauty is how they described their wedding and I think you guys are going to just love it! So much thought was put into the day! Thanks so much to Cristen + Scott of W. Scott Chester photography for letting me share their amazing photos.

bride getting ready with bridesmaids in robes

watercolor wedding invitation

lace wedding dress flower halo


bride with flower halo

Gorgeous bouquet + dress! Diana’s dress started out as a St. Pucchi dress that she pretty much cut up into a million pieces and completely redesigned + put back together! Amazing…

pink red yellow bouquet

bride with ballet shoes

bridesmaids in vintage dresses

How gorgeous are the bridesmaids!? Diana shared with me that her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law all live in different parts of the country and world. So as a gift to them, Diana hired a yoga teacher to come to their hotel on Venice Beach the morning of the wedding and start the day off with a private yoga class. What a fun and perfect way to relax before the wedding! She also gave them each custom yoga pants as a gift from pretty penny designs etsy shop and robes from plum pretty sugar!

bohemian wedding dress

groom in tux

wedding first look

L.O.V.E. this first look!

wedding first look

wedding first look

bohemian wedding

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Signing the Ketubah surrounded by our immediate family and bridal party. My bridesmaid Sarah, a professional violinist, was playing softly in the background and it completely calmed our nerves and set the tone going into the ceremony.

smog shoppe wedding

Song you walked down the aisle to? Canon in D Exit song? All You Need Is Love by the Beatles

hip bridal party

bride with tattoo

wedding photos by w scott chester

Josh and I wanted to give our guests the true Venice Beach experience, so we decided to rent a restored English double-decker bus to transport from Hotel Erwin to the Smog Shoppe and back at the end of the night. 

double-decker-bus wedding

The idea for our cocktail hour is that we wanted it to feel like a giant, inviting living room. We layered tons of vintage Persian rugs we’ve collected over the past year over the concrete floor and had hundreds of lit candles for a romantic feel. Heirloom LA served champagne and passed appetizers as well as a stationary crostini bar with meats and cheeses they cure and smoke themselves. YUM!

smog shoppe wedding culver city

I LOVE this idea! Escort cards/Wedding Favors: We decided to give vintage bow-ties and vintage silk scarves to our guests as combo escort cards and wedding favors. We scoured ebay and every vintage clothing store in town and managed to find enough actual vintage good condition ones we were so thrilled that we pulled it off! We also made custom clothing labels that our friend Aimee sewed on to each bow-tie/scarf that said “D+J.” 

bow tie wedding favors

bohemian wedding reception tables

wedding menu

bohemian wedding flowers

bohemian wedding flowers

cake display table

smog shoppe wedding culver city

Diana + Josh rented a vintage restored VW camperbus for their honeymoon (driving up the Cali coast!). They got to thinking how cute it would be if they could park the camper bus right in the courtyard of the Smog Shoppe. The Smog Shoppe let them to that, so Diana + Josh decided to use it as a photo booth during the reception and then as their getaway car after the wedding! How fun! :)

smog shoppe wedding culver city

How romantic to play Casablanca in the background! :)

wedding dance under the movies

Any advice for those planning now? Know both your strengths and limitations. If you think you can do it, you probably can! If you know you’re not capable without a little help, select your vendors with the same mindset the Harvard admissions board accepts their students — you’re looking for vendors who are tricks of all trades, or absolute masters in their respective industries. I remember after our tasting with Heirloom LA telling Matt & Tal that they could pretty much just show up and I’d be happy. Everything they put in front of us was the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Consequently I didn’t know (or care that I didn’t know!) what our vegetarian option was going to be until the day before our wedding. You can’t put a price on that kind of trust!

Along the same lines, we wanted to put a BIG thank you out there to Loop Haro of Dovetail Coordination by TACT. He went from being in charge of our day of coordination to talking me down after I’d locked myself out of our house and trapped myself in our backyard the day before our wedding to making sure one of his valet guys could escort us back to our hotel in our VW camper bus/photobooth after the wedding. There is NOTHING that phases this guy. He’d get into Harvard if it were up to me.

I’d like to also note that Diana + Josh are debuting a project they’ve been working on for the past few years: Casa de Perrin – a boutique rental company. From Diana, We provide a certain art and soul of setting a table or decorating a room without limitations for brides, event planners, designers, photographers and small dinner parties. Our one-of-a-kind, bohemian-eclectic collections span continents and time periods. We are very excited to be officially up and running! :)

Thanks so much Diana + Josh and we wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!

photography: W. Scott Chester Photography (you can see even more photos from their wedding here) // venue: Smog Shoppe // day of coordination + management: Loop Haro of Dovetail Coordination by TACT // catering: Heirloom LA // cake: All 11 cakes, tarts and galettes were made by Heather Wong of The Scootabaker // rentals: Casa de Perrin and Found Vintage Rentals // florist: Primary Petals // wedding dress: Started out as a St. Pucchi dress that I pretty much cut up into a million pieces and completely redesigned + put back together // groom’s suit: Dolce & Gabbana // hair + makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup // invitations: Amy Tan of The Treespace Studio (you can see the invite here on her blog) // DJ: Nahchey // string quartet: Dash Entertainment // VW camper: Vintage Surfari Wagons // double decker bus: The Big Red Bus Company

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  1. One of the most gorgeous brides I’ve ever seen!

    Love the long red bridesmaid’s dress. Anyone know who it’s by?

  2. Wow. What an amazing wedding. The bride looks so AWESOME, like a piece of art almost with that raging hair and exquisite dress.

  3. Bravo for this bride taking the dress into her own hands and making it personal!! I hope this encourages more brides to think outside the box! I love all the personal, whimsical, and vintage touches, especially the bow tie escort cards and typed menus…divine!

  4. The bride’s dress is AMAZING!!! Every little detail of the day is so funky, cool and beautiful. The bow ties and scarves as escort card/favors is such a fun idea. Love this wedding!

  5. The bride looks like she stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting…kudos for the bold dress redesign…exquisite! Just when I think these wedding details couldn’t get any more gorgeous, boom, there’s the most amazing table-scape! Vintage bow-ties and scarves! …and those invites!…stop me before I write a novella but suffice it to say thanks so much for the lovely inspiration!

  6. Perfectly beautiful!!! The invites are gorgeous… The Smog Shoppe is my fav… Her dress fit her like a glove… And the VW in the reception… Ahhh love it all:)

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! My standards for a wedding are pretty high but this wedding passed them with flying colours!

  8. Wow, what a stunning bride! Love the flowers, love the dress, its all gorgeous!

  9. what an original wedding from the bridal dress to the table settings. I am about to be engaged and will be contacting Diana and Josh about doing my wedding with their vintage place settings and perhaps some of the other ideas they might have for the invitations.
    I just checked out their website and it is fabulous. The photos of their inventory of place settings, glasses and silverware are the most tasteful I have seen….and I have been looking for ideas for months.

  10. WOW. This entire wedding is absolutely stunning! The bride’s dress is beautiful. The flowers are amazing. And that escort card/favor idea? Love it!! Congrats to the beautiful bride and groom!

  11. Absolutely love everything about this wedding! So beautiful! Just Bohemian enough! The couple is gorgeous, and the venue and all the awesome details!! I mean I literally loved every picture. Makes me so jealous though that I live on the east coast, I mean, where’s our Smog Shop????? Oh well, thanks for the post still :)

  12. What a gorgeous wedding! And that dress…STUNNING! All the little details are so special and the photography perfectly fits the style of this wedding. Lovely.

  13. Whoa, this is amazing. Love the idea of black tie that doesn’t have to be bland. Definitely taking notes for my own wedding!

  14. Such a gorgeous wedding! i love every little detail. especially the bride’s dress!

  15. Exquisite! Every single thought and detail that went into this wedding is absolutely flawless. I’m getting married next summer and will totally be contacting Casa de Perrin – their inventory is to die and the photography is just gorgeous. Love the le mélange collection. Thanks for sharing this perfect vendor :)

  16. her gown is absolutely out of this world gorgeous.

  17. Everything about this wedding is AMAZING! Her dress is so stunning…love everything about her look!

  18. The setting was lush with color, the flowers were dazling and cozy, but her dress is something to remember. The geometric lace? AMAZING.

    Alessandra from Idojour.com

  19. That dress!!! Fabulous! She needs to open a boutique I think.

  20. Thank you all for the compliments on the bouquet, floral headband, and tablescape. I absolutely loved working with Diana & Josh on this wedding and I look forward to working with Casa de Perrin. Check our more of our stuff and the florals that inspired Diana at http://www.primarypetals.com!

  21. This wedding is incredible and so inspiring. I am getting married next fall and will absolutely be renting ALL of their stuff. What a fabulous idea! I can NOT wait!!

  22. what a beautiful couple!!!!
    I love their picture behind the big trees! :) how sweet!
    love the reception too!

  23. Amazing wedding … Love the dress, their style, everything …. It seems that every wedding that is held at the Smog Shoppe is amazing!

  24. Thank you so much for the kind words on the invites, it was absolutely fun working with such an amazingly creative couple as Diana and Josh on them! :)

  25. WOW! Love everything about this wedding – her dress, the flowers, the bow ties, the VW bus, the food, the photos – it’s my DREAM WEDDING!!! Love this site and thanks for inspiring me everyday

  26. Coolest wedding dress ever!!!

  27. Diana and Josh’s wedding was one of our favorite to cater. They knew from the moment they were engaged that they wanted The Scootabaker to create an elaborate and artful dessert presentation. And as Diana is a food stylist, she chose the cakes, tarts, pies and galettes wisely, and it shows. Our desserts found their perfect home set amongst the vintage eclectic ambience. Isn’t she the most insanely gorgeous bride ever!?
    We’ll be posting Diana + Josh’s dessert display on our blog soon http://www.thescootabaker.blogspot.com

  28. Thank you SO much for all your amazing comments!! Josh and I are still on such a high from all the love you sent our way :)

    My dress was definitely a labor of love getting there, but after I-don’t-know-how-many alterations appointments it was finally how I’d envisioned it in my head :)

    Hillary: My MOTHER wants me to let you know that you are her new best friend!! The dress is Issa London.

    rd, Ali & Caitlyn Pamela: We’re so excited you guys want to use Casa de Perrin for your weddings!!!

    Thank you again to all of our vendors for helping to make our day what it was! And a special thank you to W. Scott Chester Photography for capturing everything so perfectly and for Jen of GWS for sharing it with all of you!

    • Hi Diana,

      I am absolutely in love with your dress, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I sent pictures to my mother and aunts, who are incredibly hard to please, and they both loved it too! Do you by chance still have the pattern used for it, or possibly what materials you used? I would never want to copy the exact dress, but definitely something with that material, it is gorgeous!

      If you could help me in any way it would be greatly appreciated, nothing I’ve seen compares to your dress!


  29. Diana and Josh… Goodness…. So many congratultions to you! Sending much, much joy! Thank you for sharing the details of your day. Soooooo beautiful. Thank you for letting us be a part of your day!



  30. Diana and Josh… Goodness…. So many congratultions to you! Sending much, much joy! Thank you for sharing the details of your day. Soooooo beautiful. Thank you for letting us be a part of your day!


  31. I absolutely love the tables and the settings – gorgeous mix and match and the teal tables are beautiful.

  32. So beautiful, creative and personal. Every detail looks gorgeous and filled with love and caring. Many congratulations and much joy to the couple!
    Debbie Zamcheck

  33. One of a kind wedding – LOVE it :)

  34. ahhh I’m dying!!! I love it!

  35. Some great photos, like the hair


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