A Geometric and Romantic Wedding: Pamela + Eric

bride and groom

As an English teacher who studied art history, Pamela’s vision for her wedding was torn in two seemingly disparate directions. From Pamela, “I am drawn to the beauty of geometric shapes and pops of cool, fluorescent colors, an aesthetic wonderfully pervasive in Los Angeles. Yet, the other half of me, the romantic who loves to indulge in Regency era literature, has always pictured my wedding as a flurry of soft, muted watercolors, organic, tumbling flowers, and metallic details. I spent months researching art, fashion and flowers that inspired me and hoped the concept could come together cohesively .

Luckily Pamela + Eric worked with incredible vendors who immediately understood the study in contrasts they were looking for. In the Now helped design a perfect mix of lucite + hexagons along with a distinct British garden feel with florals from Honey and Poppies. Big thanks to The Melideos for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Pamela + Eric!

blush wedding invite

gold arrow bracelet

romantic bouquet

first look

first look

first look

romantic florals

bride and groom


romantic blush bouquet

floral halo bride

Megan from Honey and Poppies arranged modern, faceted geometric bowls with delicate protea, dahlias and succulents. She filled handmade Piegon Toe ceramic footed bowls with undone, organic collections of wild flowers, vines, and blackberries. She also created one of my favorite details of the wedding, a stunning blushing bride protea, berry, and wild flower crown. The crown leaves were gilded and tiny blackberries spilled down over the flowers. It is the most perfect thing I had ever seen.

floral halo bride

Processional: Holocene – Bon Iver

Recessional: Finale – BBC's Pride and Prejudice

First Dance: Today is the Day – Yo La Tengo

wedding programs

smog shoppe wedding

smog shoppe wedding

There was this lovely moment right after we said our vows, exchanged rings, and walked up a staircase to a small nook at the top of the venue. My husband was still holding our dog Larry, whom he scooped up as we walked back down the aisle. We both stood together holding hands, laughing, and sipping spicy cocktails. It was the perfect moment of intimacy and calm before the celebration with family and friends began.

signature drinks

hanging escort cards

geometric escort cards

To contrast the romantic florals, I worked with Erika and Amanda from In the Now to design modern lucite invitations, wrapped in soft grey, peach, and gold . Our programs included layered geometric shapes set against cool pastels, all bound together by gold thread. Our escort cards, inspired by a photo I had seen years ago, became a multicolored lucite installation piece, each geometric shape hand vinyled with guest names and tables. It was a true collaboration and labor of love.

geometric escort cards

wooden table numbers

romantic centerpieces

gold chargers

In addition to design and decor, my husband and I had a series of personal details that we wanted to incorporate. Eric has a love of scotch and whiskey, so we knew we wanted to include a whiskey tasting bar. Our venue had the perfect space for this, a small pink closet that we draped in hand painted lanterns. Also, we are both addicted to spicy food and love spicy cocktails. So, we decided we needed to feature drinks that shared our love for all things sriracha. Heirloom L.A created incredible spicy cocktails, the “Pho Swizzle”, which featured ginger bourbon and homemade sriracha swizzle stick/lollipops, and a spicy, smoky tequila and chili based drink called “Mezcal Viet”. It combined our obsession with Los Angeles’ incredible collection of food and culture. Our favors were bottles of homemade sriracha salt, a huge group effort, that we bottled and labeled with tiny metallic bows and cardstock printed with facets and geometric angles.

bottle favors

smog shoppe wedding

hanging triangle bunting garland

cool haus wedding

smog shoppe wedding

menu chalkboard

The last important detail was finding a way to honor my father, who passed away 12 years ago and who was never able to meet Eric. My dad John was English and raised me on classic British comedies, so we decided to play episodes of Fawlty Towers, his favorite show, on the large projection screen in the front of the venue. It was difficult, but wonderful, to be dancing with my husband, family, and friends, and to look up to see such a wonderful memory I shared with him.

The best advice I have for anyone planning a wedding is to work with people you trust and respect. Each and every person we worked with throughout the planning process was incredibly generous with their time, energy, and support. I chose many of our vendors based on who I wanted to be around the day of our wedding and I was not disappointed. They all love what they do for a living and loved love. I feel as though one of the many joys of this wedding was getting to work with such a creative, inspiring, and dedicated team of professionals.

photography:The Melideos // venue: Smog Shoppe in Culver City, California // event design + planning: Erika Unger In the Now // floral design + floral crown: Honey and Poppies // wedding dress: “For Brooke” by Ivy and Aster // hairpieces: “Athena” by Jennifer Behr // shoes: Repetto // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // makeup: Alyssa Warner at Blushington // hair:  Drybar // groom suit: J Crew, The Hill-Side // invitations + paper goods: In the Now // catering: Heirloom L.A. // ice cream sandwiches: Coolhaus // music: DJ Nahchey // lucite escort cards and signage: I Love Lucite 310-966-0740 // hand painted geometric lanterns: The Society of National Industry  // jewelry: Odette NY and Raia // chuppah rental: I Love Chuppahs

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  1. I love the graphic elements and the lucite pieces they used for the place cards.

  2. This wedding is adorable. I love the clear invitations, so creative. And what a sweet couple!

  3. Every detail is so unique! I especially love all the lucite details and the postcard display. Sweet Little Photographs are great too! Love it all.

  4. Amazing wedding, those escort cards are stunning!

  5. We LOVED this couple! Their impecable sense of style and abundant love for each other made the wedding journey SO fun.

    And of course, a fantastic team of vendors made the night even more magical :)

  6. I went to this wedding and it was seriously gorgeous! The bride should be a wedding planner–her aesthetic is incredible!

  7. Thank you so much for the feature, Jen! I absolutely loved working on Pam and Eric’s wedding with such an amazing group of fellow wedding vendors!

  8. Gorgeous wedding details to. Marvellous.

  9. everything about this wedding is perfect. what a team behind the scenes. love the geometric theme!

  10. Loving the geometric theme and the lovely colour palette! x

  11. Unbelievable..definitely a dream team here.

  12. I think you were able to incorporate the geometric shapes seamlessly into your wedding, while still getting a romantic vibe! Beautiful!

  13. Another wedding seemed to be decorated just for me! ;) Love, love, love it!

  14. Gotta love a bride with bangs!

  15. Love the gold leaf bracelets on the invitation. I’ve never seen the geometric theme before and love this unique idea.

  16. This wedding is SO cool! They weren’t kidding when they said geometric. I love the wedding invitations, though simple but oh-so-elegant. You could easily get yourself DIY wedding invite kits and do them yourself. So easy to do, but beautiful in the end. And I love the garland of geometric colour plastic. I might do that for my kids room :)

  17. The flowers are almost as beautiful as the bride – and the flowers are HOT….so they are the perfect pair!!!!!! Gorgeous!

  18. That’s my beautiful cousin! Such a gorgeous wedding.

  19. Great post! I bookmarked your site so I can look around when I have more time. I’m looking forward to it!

  20. erika @ IN THE NOW on:

    What an amazing day celebrating the 3 of you! (yes, I included Larry!) You are both such beautiful people and it was a true honor helping to create the most stunning wedding of the century! LOVE you guys!

  21. I DO LOVE your wedding photo collection!!! and creative wedding ideas! very impressive!!!

  22. This wedding has such a neat, cool vibe to it. The geometric details are fantastic and the bride’s dress is beautiful.

  23. reat details and floral work! Whimsically sweet. I want one of those macarons! Love everything about this wedding. Simple & tastefully done!”


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