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