We totally realize it may be easier said than done, but why not make it a point to just have fun with your wedding?! Sarah + Jon are the perfect example of a couple who had all the normal nerves when planning, but made it a point to truly enjoy their day. Sarah has some relatable words to share in just a sec + some great advice we think you’ll agree with at the end of the post. It’s all about enjoying the process. And we have to say, S + J’s happy faces in these photos by Orange Owl Photography say it all (And are kinda contagious if you ask us!).
When their planner + designer, the lovely Carly Rae, met them for the first time, she said she’s never laughed so hard in a client consultation. She later found out that Jon is a comedian and spends his days writing, acting, and producing for Comedy Central. But we’re not saying you have to be a comedian to have fun with your wedding! Sarah + John valued good food, killer drinks, and a carefree atmosphere where friends could relax and feel at home. And with a great vendor team on board, all the little things fell into place and everything turned out just as beautiful as could be!
Sarah says, We wanted our wedding to be an excellent summer party with lots of color and without too much formality. Beforehand, I was so looking forward to being married to Jon, but I was nervous and overwhelmed by the wedding planning, and I thought there was no way I would actually be able to relax and enjoy the actual day. I was wrong. Our wedding was probably the best day of my life.
Now that’s a colorful bouquet done right! Bravo, Primary Petals!
Processional: Sea of Love – Sung + Played Live on Guitar by a Friend, Nick Thorburn
Recessional: Matrimony – Gilbert O'Sullivan + Lovely Day (Studio Rio Remix) – Bill Withers
First Dance: Never My Love – The Association
Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Exchanging the vows that each of us had written was absolutely the most memorable moment. That experience was a beautiful, meaningful calm at the center of all of the wedding hullabaloo, and it's why we were all there in the first place. That, and when a giant insect dive-bombed the flower in my hair just as the ceremony started. Though I do not particularly care for giant bugs, I appreciate that particular one because the little break he caused made everyone laugh and helped Jon and me get over our nerves.
Um, their guests?!? Such a funny bunch of guests at this one, right?! :)
Trust your gut, and seek out what you and your partner know will be fun and beautiful for you. The options can be overwhelming, but if you take on one big item at a time, it's manageable. On a more practical note, be aware of rental costs, big and small, from the very beginning and factor those into your budget - they tend to all pop up at the very end and can be surprising!
photography: Orange Owl Photography // venue: Elysian Los Angeles, California // event design + planning: Carly Rae Weddings // florals: Primary Petals // paper goods: Goodheart Design // catering: Whoa Nelly // cake: Superfine Bakery // drinks: Pharmacie // rentals: Yeah Rentals, Borrowed Blu, Baker Party Rentals // officiant: Jon’s brother