A Wedding at Design Within Reach: Renee + Brett

Renee + Brett wanted an untraditional reception venue. They love mid-century modern design and after walking into the store Design Within Reach one day, they knew they found the perfect location! Design Within Reach even allowed them to use all of their fabulous furniture + decor which gave their reception a lounge-like, yet also a home, comfortable feel. This just goes to show you that you really can think out-of-the-box for your venue! It never hurts to ask – even if the location isn’t a typical wedding venue. Sometimes the most unexpected places make the best + most memorable locations. Thanks so much to Kym Ventola for the lovely photos + big congrats to Renee + Brett!

silver glitter bow heels

succulents wedding bouquet

bride and groom first look

bride and groom first look

bride and groom first look

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? We have two most memorable moments, the first being our first look. It was really great to take a deep breath and have some time together before all of the festivities broke loose, just the two of us. Next, there was a time during our reception where we took a step back and just took it all in, the dancing, the music, the laughter, and all of our friends and family. Our day was so full of love, and we have our wonderful friends and family to thank for that.

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

succulent boutinerre

bridal party at design within reach

pink peony ring pillow

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Married Life from the movie Up and Pachelbel’s Canon in D played during our processional. Our recessional song was All You Need is Love.

bride and groom at design within reach

bride and groom at design within reach

design within reach wedding

design within reach wedding

design within reach wedding

dessert bar

I think this is the most amazing watermelon I’ve ever seen!! What a cool idea – although way too pretty to eat! :)

personalized carved watermelon

tandem bicycle wedding invite

pink peony wedding cake topper

bride and groom first dance

Any advice for those planning now? Don’t forget to have fun and don’t overwhelm yourself! When it felt like we needed a break, we would schedule a weekend off – no wedding planning or wedding events for a weekend. Remember that you’re having a wedding to marry the love of your life, so don’t get too stressed out planning the wedding because what’s most important and what you’ll have when the day is all over is the love and the marriage. Trust that everything will come together and fall into place. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box – we are lucky that nowadays, anything goes when it comes to weddings. Work with vendors that you connect with personally and professionally and hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator – this will help make the wedding planning and the wedding day a smooth and enjoyable process.

photographer: Kym Ventola // venue: Design Within Reach // event planner: A Day to Cherish // hair stylist: The Root Salon // caterer: Fresh from the Kitchen // music: Ray the DJ // bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew // wedding dress: David’s Bridal // cake designer: Honey Moon Sweets Bakery and Dessert Bar


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  1. This is so sweet! I love their first look photos! And talk about a creative venue!

  2. the reception is so chic! what an adorable couple! cheers!

  3. She made for such a beautiful bride!

  4. Wow, this venue is amazing!! I’m loving the funky light fixtures. What a fabulous wedding!

  5. I had the same exact dress for my wedding!!! I smile everytime I see it on other beautiful brides. I love the venue! Lovely pics!!!

  6. Where did they get those adorable bobble head dolls?

  7. Thank you for publishing Brett and Renee’s wedding, Jen! We really love this couple and their creativity!

  8. OH! The dress shot and first looks are just precious!!!
    I love the bubble theme and all the nifty retro mirrors! RAD!

  9. their first look is too cute! so very sweet!

  10. Had the opportunity to share in this day. What a beautiful and amazing couple and wedding day!! love.love.love

  11. Ephram and Donna Cordova on:

    Best wedding and reception ever – loved the out-of-the-box venue for the reception; we are super conservative so at first it threw us off – a reception at a trendy furniture store – but it was an amazing evening – from the guests point of view it was perfect and most of all unique. We absolutely loved the event but not near as much as the bride and groom – love you Brett and Renee

  12. That venue is so cool! I love the location of their first look as well.

  13. The little figurines of the bride and groom are sooo cute, and the photography is excellent :)

  14. What adorable cake toppers! And I love all of the succulents, and the light that’s captured with the palm tree above the couple. Just Breathtaking!

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  15. That shot of the groom wiping away a tear… priceless! Love the photos, and the couple seems so terribly sweet. And the bride looked gorgeous!

  16. Sweetest first look pictures! I love the use of succulents in this wedding. Beautiful!

  17. Thank you so much for featuring our wedding and to everyone for all of the super nice comments :) We are honored to be on Green Wedding Shoes, love this blog!

  18. LOVE how the photographer captured all the emotions during the first look.

  19. I love the pictures of the first look! Love it when a groom tears up when he first sees his beautiful bride- and beautiful she truly was!! Such a chic wedding!

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  20. what is the shoes company? :)


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