60’s-Inspired Backyard Wedding: Hayley + Gordon

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Hayley + Gordon’s 60’s-inspired backyard wedding was almost entirely handmade by the two of them, with the help of their bridal party + family. The celebration took place on Hayley’s family compound in Camarillo, CA – where several generations of family have tied the knot! The day was filled with so many fun, DIY elements – like hundreds of paper tassels strung everywhere, homemade pie with a vintage cake topper, and a super rad ceremony backdrop made from ribbons + words from one of their favorite songs – wait until you see it! Here’s even more about the day from the beautiful bride:

How did we make our wedding about the two of us? Two things: Tacos and pie. We both have an unrelenting appetite for tacos, so we made sure that that’s what we would be eating on the most wonderful day of our lives. We also both love pie beyond all reason, and for that reason, we decided to forego the standard wedding cake and have pie instead. The best day ever needs to be full of the best food ever; am I right? All the mini pies that fed most of our guests were made by a bakery, but we made our actual “wedding pie” together. It was cherry, in case you were wondering!

Big thanks to Rad + In Love for the gorgeous photography + congrats to Hayley + Gordon!

antique house

wedding sign


How much do you love the bridesmaid’s adorable poofy buns complete with tiny gold bows?! The girls all did each others hair, which sounds like a lot of fun + it turned out so great!

mismatched lace bridesmaids

outdoor first look

60s bride

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Majorly in love with their ceremony altar, which was made with streamers and the words “La La Love You” – a line from their fave Pixies song!

la la love you sign

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bows and buns

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

cigar bar

hanging escort cards

giant yellow balloons


I spray-painted all the terracotta pots that the succulents were in with some help from my mother-in-law and one of my bridesmaids. My sister + I potted a majority of the succulents with help from my mom, my wedding planner, my aunt, uncle, cousins — they were trimmings we got from my aunt’s backyard! The table runners were from fabric I bought in Downtown LA and were cut and hemmed by my officiant and his wife who have a school uniform company. 

succulent table decor

reception entrance

first dance

first dance

When most of our bridal party rushed onto the dance floor after the first dance and danced with us to "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure.

dancing

mini pies

tea length wedding dress

Don't get hung up on the little things because at the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying your soulmate.

photography: Rad + In Love // venue: family home in Camarillo, California // wedding planning + design: Alexis Napier (friend) // bride’s dress + veil: Dolly Couture // shoes: LifeStride // bridesmaid dresses: One of the dresses was bought in a vintage shop in Venice. The rest were all from different stores or websites – Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, ModCloth, Ruche, Dorothy Perkins // hair: Bri Rice // bridesmaids’ hair: Bride did a few of the bridesmaids’ hair, and the rest were either done by other bridesmaids, family members // makeup: Melissa Murdick // flowers: Rose Hut Flowers // catering: Tlaquepaque Restaurant // pies: Gordon and I baked our actual big “wedding pie,” but all the mini pies were made by Marie Shannon Confections // table decor: DIY by bride // groom’s clothing: Suit from Jos. A. Bank, tie from The Tie Bar

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Wes Anderson Inspired Engagement Photos

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Jessie + David met through friends two years ago. What started with a single handwritten letter has since blossomed into a loving relationship filled with lots of adventure and exploration. For their engagement session with Alyssa Shrock, Jessie + David wanted to convey their sense of inquisitiveness + affection for each other, so they set out to explore in the woods bordering the beautiful Floridian coastline. They took polaroids of one another, read books on a picnic blanket together, and finally made their way to the beach…

vintage film camera

vintage film camera

vintage film camera

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

polaroids

wes anderson engagement

books


Super in love with Jessie’s cute yellow dress!

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement

wes anderson engagement


Thanks so much to Alyssa Shrock for sharing this fun, Wes Anderson inspired engagement session with us and big congrats to Jessie + David!

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Los Angeles Industrial Wedding: Kari + Jaime

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From the get-go, Kari + Jaime wanted to make sure their industrial LA wedding would be a super fun party, filled with lots of little details that were reflective of their life together! After a gorgeous ceremony underneath a vine-covered canopy, guests showered the newlyweds with confetti (as a nod to one of Jaime’s family traditions) and then feasted on dinner from two of the couple’s favorite food trucks. With the help of family and friends, Kari + Jaime were able to handcraft almost every single design element, giving the celebration a meaningful + personal feel. Here’s a bit more from Kari about all the love that went into their day:

My brother and I (but mostly my brother!) made the LOVE marquee signs out of foam board and poster board. My sisters made the menu, Instagram sign, photobooth and props. All the rest of the paper goods were designed by me and printed at my work! My mother-in-law was so sweet to make me the loveliest veil I have ever seen. My mom baked her amazing homemade cookies to serve with the coffee and potted beautiful succulent arrangements to compliment the venue. In short, the inspiration was that everything had to be connected to our life and to our family and friends.

Thanks so much to Chaffin Cade Photography for sending this fun wedding our way and big congrats to Kari + Jaime!

La bride

wedding rings

peach bridesmaids


Majorly in love with Kari’s stunning bouquet by Seed Floral – and wait until you see the concrete blocks and glitter dipped gold bottles, filled with beautiful blooms, decorating the reception tables!

pink and green bouquet

peach bridesmaids

peach bridesmaids

groomsmen

ceremony confetti

Kari: Seeing my husband's face as I was walking down the aisle. His face was so full of emotion; I’ll never forget that moment.

Jaime: Waiting at the altar for Kari to arrive and being absolutely consumed by nerves and emotions.

Industrial LA wedding

Industrial LA wedding

Industrial LA wedding

Processional: Planetarium Suite – Chris Lennertz

Recessional: Bibio – Lovers Carvings

First Dance: Little Wonders – Rob Thomas

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Isn’t Studio 1342 such a rad venue?! This awesome hubcap wall is a perfect spot for some fun portraits…

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LOVE light sign

LOVE light sign


And just love the LOVE sign! If you want to make your own LOVE letters, check out this Marquee Letter DIY.

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bride and groom

seating card display

Industrial LA wedding


When it came to the favors, we wanted to give our guests something they could use and something we love. There’s this game we love playing called Michigan Rummy. It’s a family game my grandma taught me — and in turn, I taught Jaime and his family. Every time we have family gatherings we end up playing. Jaime took the time to write out the rules of the game and we gifted guests with a deck of cards with the rules to play!

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cement block vases

menu

cement block vases

Industrial LA wedding

menu

food trucks

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gold cake

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bride and groom with balloons

It’s so easy to get really wrapped up in what your wedding is going to look like, or what other people will think. I was really scared to have a food truck wedding –thinking about my guests waiting in line for food made me feel terrible! Just remember to relax and stick with your gut. In the end it’s about you and your fiancé; make the day reflect you and enjoy!

photography: Chaffin Cade Photography // venue: Studio 1342 Los Angeles, California // rentals: Town & Country Rentals // event planner: Love Sweet Love Weddings & Events // floral design: Seed Floral // wedding dress: Maggie Sottero // hairpieces: veil made by mother of groom // shoes: Modcloth // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21, Anthropologie, Lohmans, JCPenny // hair: Drybar of West Hollywood // make-up: Jamie at Blushington of West Hollywood // groom suit: Friar Tux // chalkboard: Brittany Bunnell – b_bunnell@aol.com // videography: Christopher Wong // paper goods: all DIY by bride // catering: Border Grill Truck + Lomo Arigato Truck

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryChaffin Cade Photography and 1342 are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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