A Modern Handmade Los Angeles Wedding: Sarah + Dean

Sarah is a graphic designer and Dean is a photographer, what a perfect combination! Together they own a small branding + design company called Broad Daylight. Their wedding was full of handmade details, including paper flowers and lots of air plants that Sarah collected. Their ceremony was small and beautiful, with all of their vows consisting of “we do’s” rather than traditional “I do’s”- love that twist on the tradition! Congrats to Sarah + Dean and thanks so much to Amanda McKinnon for the photos.

airplant bouquet

airplant bouquet

My bouquet is an airplant that I found at a nursery while I was on vacation this past year. All off the other live plants were succulents and airplants that I had grown.

bridal portraits

first look

airplant bouquet

architecture venue

We found the location for our wedding while we we out for the night watching some live music. The venue was amazing and while looking around noticed that it was was available for event rental and we were sold. We wanted an evening low on formality and full of time to spend with friends and family, many of whom flew from all over the country. We have a common love of and history with photography, so we set up a photo booth in the reception area and hung our photography on the walls with the aim of creating an atmosphere of fun and conversation.

bride and groom running

tissue flower ceremony backdrop

bride and groom at altar

Most memorable moment? When we came down the aisle together at the beginning of the ceremony, looking around to see the faces of family and friends who had come from near and far to celebrate with us. We walked down the aisle & exited to songs by Jose Gonzalez, I can’t remember which ones exactly, we love his music and chose the two that spoke to us that week.

airplant centerpieces

reception decor

paper flower centerpiece

paper flower centerpiece

modern reception venue

sweetheart reception table

cupcake cake tier

The main thing that I would like to add is that we couldn’t have pulled everything off without the help of friends and family – everyone pitched in for our very DIY wedding! From the rustic candleholders made by my family, paper flowers and chains that friends helped construct, a music loving friend who volunteered to be DJ, the many friends who showed up early to help with the decorations & photo booth setup and an amazing friend of mine without whom the entire wedding could not have happened.
photography: Amanda McKinnon // venue: Eagle Rock Arts Center, Los Angeles CA // wedding dress: J crew // hair + makeup: Vennice James // groom suit: J crew // invitations+ paper goods: Broad Daylight, the favors were pulpboard coasters that we stamped with a monogram we created. // catering: Homegirl Cafe (amazing food first & foremost, also a great program we wanted to support) // music: Garth LaSota

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  1. wow!!!! gorgeous! and those paper flowers = amazing!

  2. The air plant bouquet is such a great idea. I also love the ceremony decor.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedding! so many adorable details and i’m especially in love with the “wait, wait” sign…brilliant!!!

  4. her gown is so simple but so beautiful!

  5. Seriously in love with that dress! Stunning! Beyond beautiful….

  6. The brides dress is so classic! The back is absolutely incredible.

  7. Love the details and the air plants! I’m having my wedding there this spring so it’s great to see ideas. Where did they do the outside portraits?

  8. Love the air plants and the horse shoe details.

  9. Great wedding! The air plants and succulent-only florals give it such a whimiscally elegant vibe!
    Super gorgeous wedding by people who should know! I can’t imagine how hard it was to find a photographer with the groom being one! Looks like they picked a good one, though!

  10. Love all the DIY details. Love the backdrop behind the Bride & Groom. Always love the Pasadena Court House, so pretty!!! Lovely wedding!!!!

  11. oooh! what an adorable bouquet! :)

  12. The outside area is in Pasadena (the fountain water area) behind the Westin Hotel. The running part and archways the Cityhall of Pasadena.
    I congratulate the couple and the design team because making this Eagle Rock venue as pretty as shown in their photos was surely a task. We almost got married there too but didnt have enough imagination how it could look like. Thanks for sharing and showing others and myself, that its possible to look amazing!!! xoxox Wishing the best to you guys!!!

  13. Hi,
    lovely couple and wishing them happy married life nice pics …..

  14. The altar looks fantastic with all the paper decor–what a fun idea!

  15. PLEASE tell me where you got your dress! your wedding was absolutely beautiful!

  16. The bride’s bouquet is incredible!

  17. I love this post gorgeous wedding!

  18. I’m considering using Homegirl Catering for my upcoming wedding but my fiance has some reservations. Would love if the bride and groom could provide me with some info and if they would recommend them. Thanks! Your wedding looked beautiful!

  19. Beautiful. Simply stunning all around! I am dying to know what style of dress that is from J Crew? I must have that gown!

  20. Hi there!!

    Your wedding looked amazing!! Congrats! I am planning on getting married at Center for the Arts. Just wanted to know what you did with your guest while the room was being flipped from ceremony to reception? Did you hire professional staff to help you with this? Any words of advice would be great, thanks :)


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