A Modern Wedding in an Art Museum: Jomie + Ricky

I’m absolutely in love with Jomie + Ricky’s wedding! Their wedding is infused with so much of their personality and it really shows. They love food + the arts and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate both (and within a budget). They wanted a wedding that was fun, modern and creative and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art was the perfect space for their artistic vibe. And it was also a meaningful location for them since Ricky had proposed to Jomie by surprising her with a piece in the gallery during an art show there. How sweet is that! Thanks so much to photographer Chaz Cruz and Christina of Simply Modern Weddings for letting me share this wedding with you guys today!

succulent bouquet

star wars wedding rings

modern wedding invitations

succulent bouquet

bride and groom portrait

black belt wedding dress

fun wedding photography

fine art wedding photography

From Christina (their wedding planner), “When we spoke further about things that inspire them, Ricky kept mentioning his love of artist Henri Matisse’s later work that was influenced by elements in nature. What I wanted to do in the design was to infuse those nature elements back into the wedding in an artistic way. I loved the design he came up with for the invitations, and so we played off the idea of floral blooms as our focal point, bringing in pops of the fun colors that Jomie loved. I especially loved the look of the floating blooms in empty frames as their ceremony backdrop!

modern art wedding backdrop ceremony

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Stay with you by John Legend

art museum wedding ceremony

art museum wedding ceremony

wedding cocktail

For the flowers and decor they choose to use succulents, and it was conveniently cost effective for them since they were able to use plants from Ricky’s parent’s home which he planted years ago. And how great are those frames of succulents they hung in the reception space – beautiful (and I think I need to recreate some of them for my house!)

succulents in frames

sliders at a wedding

The big hit at their wedding was The Burnt Truck!! Jomie + Ricky wanted to make sure that their wedding dinner was an unexpected twist for their guests and the gourmet cheeseburger, fried chicken, and vietnamese pork sliders did the trick! Yum!!

food truck at a wedding

food truck at a wedding

modern wedding reception

modern wedding reception

modern cupcake display

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? There were so many!

Jomie: One of the memorable moments for me was when we were there during the ceremony as our officiant was reading our vows and we were looking at each other. It was moment of “wow, this is it! we’re getting married right now!” My heart was beating a mile a minute and my hands were shaking. Another memorable moment was our first dance. It was a moment in time to really soak it all in and feel so in love. Lastly, our speech, as I reflect back at where my life would be without him and how much he’s been a true partner during this planning process made me so much more thankful and happy to be married to this amazing guy!

Ricky: I would say that a moment that really comes to mind when I think back on our wedding day is when I first saw Jomie as the ceremony began. She looked so beautiful, and her father looked so happy as they walked up the aisle together with the sun at their back. After so many months preparing for this day, that was the moment that I took a deep breath and felt a quiet sense of joy mixed in with nervous anticipation. I was so ready to marry this cute girl!

Any advice for those planning now?
Get inspiration from many different sources and be flexible with your ideas as well as your budget. Think beyond the usual caterers. Start planning early and try not to procrastinate or you will be left scrambling to finish projects days before the wedding (yeah that was us). Seek out collaborative partners not just “vendors.” We felt so fortunate to work with people that we could really rely on and completely trust in their vision and expertise. Get an experienced planner that you connect with; he/she will keep you on track and make the wedding day seem like it came together effortlessly. Friends with skills and a generous heart are amazing and we are so grateful for their time and contributions, but you have to be careful to not overwork anyone – they are there to have fun too.

photography: Chaz Cruz photography // wedding planning + design: Simply Modern Weddings // venue: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art // floral: Star Events Floral // caterer: The Burnt Truck // wedding dress: designer Jacquelin, dress purchased at Deborah’s Bridal in the city of Upland with a custom sweetheart neckline // groom suit: Hugo Boss // star wars cuff links: Crimson King // bartending: Sunseri’s // dj: dj impact // officiant: Nick Metz Ministries // rentals: Baker Party Rentals // staffing: Argyle Events // invitations + menus: Jomie + Ricky

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  1. Love it! Beautiful couple and the geek in me loves the little Star Wars Lego figures. haha

  2. the food looks so yummy…
    I think the cupcake presentation was unique and elegant! :)

  3. Wow! The details really make this so special. Love everything about it. What a cute couple!!

  4. Hello!! •♥•
    I like your site and I´ll write about in my blog.
    Kisses from Madrid.

  5. this wedding is so PERFECTLY styled! i love it! their wedding coordinator did an amazing job working with them to have everything turn out perfectly. the shot with all of the chairs/tables and the table decorations is so visually exciting!

  6. I’m crazy about the florals on this one — those succulent walls, the little flower heads on the male/female symbols, all of it — really nice job!

  7. I love the black bridal shoe trend. It’s perfect with her gorgeous gown with teh black sash and bling.

  8. This wedding is totally awesome! This is the best ring shot EVER!!! And I love the framed plants and flowers, thats genius!! Gorgeous all around!!

  9. My new favorite bridal bouquet!!! you can’t go wrong with pink roses, craspedia, and succulents…and I even have an exact replica of one of the table arrangements sitting on my desk as we speak…lol (no joke 3 craspedia in a white IKEA bulb vase!) LOVE IT! <3

  10. modern, but they kept it fun and light! love it!

  11. One of my favorite weddings I’ve seen in a while! Amazing design!

  12. omg!
    Absolutely cute wedding(>_<)

  13. Such a wonderfully light and creative way to have a lovely wedding on a budget. Kudos to the couple!!

  14. Her dress is absolutely fab! I also appreciate the sprinkles cupcakes. YUM!

  15. Oh wow, love the styling of this wedding! Such a great balance between minimal cool mixed with cute colourful touches, lovely!

  16. Chaz is such a great photographer!!! This wedding is gorgeous!

  17. Stunning series!! I LOVE that ring shot!

  18. :D this wedding makes me happy!!! As if the gorgeous bouquet, the stunning belt and the too cute ring shot wasnt enough they spoilt me with their use of frames throughout the decor and how they managed to turn displaying cupcakes into something breathtaking!!

  19. thank you so much for featuring our lovely couple! we had so much fun designing and planning with jomie and ricky, so it was crazy fun to see it all come together!!! and thank you everyone for the great response…i know that makes jomie and ricky so happy!! ;)

  20. OK this modern wedding is so simply stunning!!! So many unique details for a modern fete. I LOVE IT!!! The bride is also stunning…

  21. Love this wedding! So sleek and modern! I especially love the dress. I’m wearing the same exact one in July for my wedding except I am keeping the neckline straight across. :)

  22. This is one rad wedding! So nice to see something so modern and not overdone. That ring shot might be the cutest I’ve ever seen. The photography is beautiful and I love the simple/clean decor. Extra love for the food truck!

  23. Another gorgeous and unique wedding to be sure. It would certainly help others planning their weddings if posted the estimated total cost/time spent planning a wedding like this!

    I know all of the vendors (“collaborative partners?”) are listed, but presumably you the bloggers could provide a more accurate estimate.


  25. aaah… this is soooo cute! :3

  26. I want these invitations, anyway you can get me in contact with them!?!

  27. freaking love the whole feel of this wedding! what a team!

  28. this is fabulous!! christina always designs beautiful weddings!!!

  29. love the lego guys with the rings

  30. Pinned lots of darling details from this wedding!!

  31. Simple, modern and absolutely stunning wedding. Love all the details, especially the cupcake bookshelf tree (genius!). Plus anybody who can feed my geekiness by mixing Star Wars and Legos into a wedding is a huge win in my book!

  32. The framed florals and plants are a great twist on displaying flowers, especially for this venue!

  33. That wedding was amazing. I loved that the succulents were planted by Ricky years ago.

  34. Hi!

    I love your idea of museum and food trucks! But I’m curious… how where you able to accommodate all your guests with just 1 food truck?


  35. Hi Jomie,
    I’m not sure if you’re still checking these comments, but I’m considering getting married at OCCCA in January and would LOVE some input on the area, and what else is in the area (hotels and such).


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