Laidback Los Angeles Wedding: Jeanne + Alex

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Guys, say hello to Jeanne + Alex, a super cute duo who loves LA, good food, live music and – of course – each other! They tied the knot at one of Los Angeles’ raddest venues, Elysian, an urban oasis that runs right alongside the LA River. Their goal was to keep the day simple, and focus on love + community. So inviting some of their close friends to play live music throughout the ceremony + reception was a must and family members came together and helped bake desserts + decorate the venue.

We’re totally loving the berry + green color palette, the plethora of pretty eucalyptus garlands, and Jeanne’s stunning sheath dress from Paris 1900. And let’s face it, there really couldn’t have been anyone better than the talented gals from Rad + In Love to capture J + A’s fun and laidback day! These images are just so pretty…

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first look

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first look


Jeanne made her lovely, protea-filled bouquet herself!

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Alex: All of the times our friends and family played music, especially when my dad got got up there.

Jeanne: After our entrance as a married couple, when we stood in front of everyone and looked out into the faces of all of our loved ones.

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bride and groom

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We love the simplicity of the tablescape, and the pomegranate details provide such a perfect pop of red!

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From Rad + In Love, At one point Jeanne got up and surprised Alex by beautifully singing Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End”. The funny thing is, Alex had wanted to sing that to Jeanne on their wedding night but chickened out! He sat and watched her with a smile on his face tears in his eyes.

songs

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Processional: O Leãozinho – Caetano Veloso (Played live by friends)

Recessional: Scenic World – Beirut (Played live by friends)

First Dance: Moon River (Played live by friends)

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Ask for help! We couldn't have done it alone, and having our friends and family involved made it so much more meaningful. Alex's father and several of our friends played the music, my sister designed and baked delicious cookies for favors that my whole family decorated, our friends helped design and decorate everything, as well as haul flowers/liquor/you name it to the venue. Our wedding day was truly a labor of love. Also, just know and accept that while things will inevitably go wrong, the only thing that matters is that you're marrying the person you love.

 
And to get an even better feel of the music from their wedding, Dart DJ put together this fun mix below!

photography: Rad + In Love // venue: Elysian Los Angeles, California // event design: Friends and family // event planner: Kayla Ton of Happily // floral crown + personal flowers: Clementine Floral Works // bouquets: Bride // floral (ceremony/reception): Friends and Kayla Ton of Happily // rentals: La Piñata // wedding dress: Paris 1900 // shoes: J. Crew // bridesmaids’ dresses: Macy’s // hair + makeup: Neihule Salon // groom suit: J. Crew // paper goods: Invitations by Minted and everything else by family and the groom // catering: Elysian // bar: Liquid Catering // cake: Lark Bakery decorated by Kayla Ton of Happily // favors: Sister of the bride // dj: Dart DJ // musicians: Friends and family // valet: Jeffrey Valet // officiant: Friend

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryDart DJ and Minted are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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GWS Hearts Our Talented Advertisers!

Happy Saturday, lovelies! We hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! We wanted to take just a moment to give a special thanks to the talented advertisers who help us bring GWS to you everyday!

Let’s start with Bella Figura, designers of some of the prettiest letterpress wedding invitations around! At Bella Figura, their goal is to help you find your dream wedding invitations, and then customize them to make them a perfect fit for your big day! Here are a couple of our Bella Figura faves…

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Have you ladies seen the gorgeous new summer collection from BHLDN yet? It couldn’t be more perfect with its textured, light fabrics, dreamy pastel shades + fresh silhouettes!

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We’re pretty in love with Forever Fiances business model! Not only do they design super lovely wedding invitations + paper goods, but their signature handmade recycled paper is embedded with wildflower seeds, so you + your guests can plant the paper in soil and water after the big day and watch beautiful flowers grow! Talk about a lasting memory from your special occasion!

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Our love for Twigs & Honey knows no bounds! Their romantic, delicate veils + bridal accessories are a perfect fit for brides who are looking to add a little bit of vintage elegance to their wedding day look. The new 2014 collection is incredibly intricate, featuring tiny beads, petite rhinestones and sweet charms. Below are a few GWS faves…

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If you haven’t yet heard of Marry Me Charlie, it’s time that changed! They’ve created a user-friendly online wedding marketplace where listing + selling your dress, accessories – and even decor – after the big day is fun + easy! And 3% of Mary Me Charlie’s proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, making them a company we all can feel good about supporting + working with!

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And a big welcome to some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists! Our Guide is full of some of the most talented and passionate artists in the wedding community. Check out the Guide to find the perfect artists for your day!

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Some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists include:

Paige Jones Photography
• Planning + Design by Orange Blossom Special Events
W&E Photographie
• Fashion from a&bé bridal shop
• Planning + Design by Pomp & Circumstance
Kate Breuer Photographers

And we’re excited to share that our preferred artist Betty Clicker Photography is offering 20% off all wedding photography packages for teachers (brides and/or grooms) getting married in 2014/2015 in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month! Good for weddings booked by the end of May // Please contact Kate (bettyclickerphotography (at) gmail (dot) com) for specific details about rates + availability

Check out more of our Preferred Wedding Artists in the Gallery. If you’re interested in becoming part of the GWS Wedding Artists Collection, click here to apply!

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Vintage-Inspired Engagement Session at an Airplane Hangar: Katie + Robert

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When Katie + Robert began thinking about what they wanted for their wedding, they quickly realized that rather than a big fancy affair, they wanted to run off to Paris + elope! (Um, you don’t have to convince us on that idea…totally perfect!) Once the plan was set, they realized their engagement images would prove to be more than just a fun photo sesh. They wanted to not only capture the excitement of this time in their lives, but be able to use the images as announcements to later let friends + family know they just returned from a romantic adventure overseas – and they also tied the knot!

Katie + Robert were smart to employ the talents of Vine & Light Photography, who did such an amazing job of capturing their love at Fantasy of Flight, an incredible Florida airplane hangar! Let’s have a look…

vintage airplane engagement

vintage airplane engagement

vintage airplane engagement


The vintage luggage was from a local thrift store + the luggage lock was custom made with Katie + Robert’s initials!

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These two are the cutest!

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vintage airplane engagement

vintage airplane engagement

vintage airplane engagement

vintage airplane engagement

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airplane save the date postcard

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Big, huge congrats to Katie + Robert! We love that you decided to do things your way!

photography by Vine & Light Photography shot at Fantasy of Flight

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