Surprise Carnival Wedding: Lisa + Evan – Part 1

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Lisa + Evan’s wedding is all about fun – a great party and making sure their guests had the time of their lives! :) Finding a venue that wouldn’t kick them out at 11pm was their first priority and The Book Bindery (in Culver City, CA) was absolutely perfect. No ride between the ceremony and reception, no curfew, and their space provided the open canvas for Paige + Kelly of Bash, Please to design the perfect party atmosphere. They also choose to have both a band and a DJ because they knew they’d be going until the early morning hours. :)

A bit more from Lisa…Neither of us felt the need to exchange vows on a bluff in Malibu surrounded by wildflowers; we just wanted an epic rager to celebrate our love so we needed the right space, an open bar, and great music. We also spent a ton of time picking out the right version of The Hora and had assigned some friends to be in charge of getting it going and keeping it going. Nothing sets the tone of your party better than your Hora and if everyone is into it, everyone is ready to let loose and have a good time. Those chairs don’t just get lifted on their own.

Seriously such a fun wedding (would love to have been a guest at this one!) and big thanks to Sarah Yates with Birds of a Feather Photo for the photos!

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Gorgeous lace details in Lisa’s Elizabeth Fillmore dress

carnival bouquet

red bridesmaid dresses

bridesmaid gloves

neon lights


Love the neon walkway connecting the ceremony space to the reception space!

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And talk about the most amazing backdrop! Balloons + hanging white lights?! Yes, please!

balloon wall

string lights

Processional: What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong; I Hear A Symphony – The Supremes

Recessional: Everybody Dance Now – C&C Music Factory

First Dance: We never got to do our first dance. The speeches were running long and we wanted to get the dance party started. But one day we'll dance to Make You Feel My Love by Neil Diamond

hung lights ceremony

balloon wall ceremony backdrop

balloon wall ceremony backdrop


Because we were not having a religious ceremony, we had to create one ourselves and it resulted in an intensely personal experience. We chose Evan’s cousin, Michael, to officiate since he knows both of us really well both as individuals and as a couple. He had the perfect mix of warmth, humor, and solemnity that really gave our ceremony a personal touch. Then we had a bunch of our friends stand up and tell the story of our relationship, each telling an anecdote that they were a part of. It was really nice to share these intimate stories of how our relationship developed with some of our guests who we don’t get to see in daily life, and it was fun for me and Evan to brainstorm, write, and be creative with our friends. That and Evan’s dad showed some videos of him as a child running around naked.

balloon wall ceremony backdrop

balloon wall ceremony backdrop

confetti exit

confetti exit

bride and groom neon hallway


Pretty amazing, right?! Just wait, their carnival themed reception is coming up next!

photography: Birds of a Feather Photo // venue: The Book Bindery Culver City, California // event design, planning + florals: Bash, Please // wedding dress: Elizabeth Fillmore // hairpieces: Bridesmaids were from Miss Ruby Sue, bride’s was Jane Taylor Millinery // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // hair: Lindsey Hunt at Chop Chop // makeup: Kim Greene // groom suit: Giorgio Armani // cinematography: Son of Shark Pig // paper goods: Bash, Please // catering + pies: Whoa Nelly! // music: Cowling Gang Band // cocktails: Pharmacie LA // frill: Geronimo Balloons // dj: DJ Gary Ames of The Flashdance // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Neon Beach Wedding Inspiration

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Summer beach weddings typically have a palette of soft pastel colors, so I love the change up with the pops of neon in this fun summer beach inspiration from Nicole Berrett Photography. The shoot also includes lots of easy DIY details including: a yarn pom backdrop, calligraphy on sand dollars for place cards and sea urchin pots for the cactus favors!

neon earrings

neon grooms socks

neon inspired bouquet


Such a pretty bouquet and love the pops of neon with her nails – pink for her hands and orange for her toes! :)

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pom pom garlands

pom pom garlands

neon tablescape

sea life table decor

sand dollar place setting

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florals in a sea shell

weaved neon tapestry

cactus in shells


Painted sea urchins make the perfect fun containers for pretty cactuses as favors.

geometric cake

neon starfish

fringe balloon decor

fringe balloon decor


Thanks to these creatives below for sharing their talents with us today!

photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography // dress: Bliss Bridal Salon // makeup: Beauty & theBlush Makeup Artistry // florals: Kate Foley Designs // cake: Sugar Bee Sweets // paper goods: The Left Handed Calligrapher // pink feather earrings: Love Sexton // neon weaving: MOONTHANGS // balloon tassel garland: The Flair Exchange // neon linen napkins: Smith Handmade

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Country Chic Smog Shoppe Wedding: Nicole + Joey

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Nicole + Joey met through the punk scene and wanted their wedding to be just like them – fun, kinda ridiculous, but full of love. They made lots of their details for the day such as the tea cup candles on the tables (which doubled as favors for guests), the embroidered table numbers, the escort cards + display, 7″ vinyl records as favors, and the adorable floral collars for their two frenchies who were their ring bearers! :) They choose the Smog Shoppe in LA (one of my personal favorite venues) which was the perfect backdrop for their day.

Thanks to Brandon Kidd Photography for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Nicole + Joey!

floral print bridesmaids

succulent boutonniere

groomsmen

first look

doggie ring bearers

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We decided to write each others’ vows and read them for the first time at the ceremony. Somehow, we both wrote REALLY similar ones, both mentioning our puppies, how much fun we better have during our marriage, and how since we met, it just kinda felt right. Joey threw in a quote from Justin Timberlake and had me mention his ‘baby blues’ and I made him promise to love me more than his record collection even when I’m grumpy.

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pink rose bouquet

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peach and yellow bouquet

escort cards

floral pin escort cards

embroidered hoop table numbers

embroidered hoop table numbers

embroidered hoop table numbers

teacup wedding decor

vintage plates

tea cup table decor

teacup candle favors

Our favorite memory was when my Man of Honor (my male maid of honor) gave his toast. He is a bitterly sarcastic man and started the speech by complaining that he had to fly across the country to hug strangers. He ended it saying that Joey is the first boyfriend of mine he's ever liked. I am from Boston and my husband from LA, so about half our wedding, 50 people, flew out. It meant so much to us.

Having our babies Ike and Emma Pickles, our two French Bulldogs in the wedding was a huge highlight. Our friend walked them down the aisle and they seemed to have the best time soaking up the attention!

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sliders wedding food


We met through the hardcore/punk scene so we had four of our friends’ bands write or cover songs that meant something to our relationship then pressed a vinyl 7″ to give away to our guests. All of the songs are perfect and we even used one of them as our first dance song. Our friend designed the cover and we pressed the records in blue vinyl to match our cake!

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blue ruffle wedding cake

dessert bar

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We had the best vendors in the world, Brandon Kidd for photography, Courtney Caplin-Cotter for day-of-planning, Eco Caters, Sweet and Saucy for dessert, and Primary Petals. They were all simply amazing and we kinda want all of them to be our friends!

My advice to future brides is to try not to sweat the details and try instead to make the day represent you. Personally I found that making things myself helped me not only save money but also make the day more personal. Craft nights became a regular thing and were honestly one of the highlights of planning the wedding.

Also, trust your vendors, they do this for a living!!!

photography: Brandon Kidd Photography // venue: Smog Shoppe Los Angeles, California // day-of-coordination: Courtney Caplin Cotter with LVL Events // floral design: Primary Petals // wedding dress: Legends by Ramona Keveza // hairpieces: Blue Orchard Bridal // shoes: Random ebay find! // bridesmaid dresses: All different floral dresses from etsy and modcloth.com // hair: Jenny Hampton // makeup: Julia Newbold // invitations, record jacket design: Eagle Barber // catering: Eco Caters // cake: Sweet & Saucy // music: DJ Furn Zavala // vintage plates: The Vintage Table Co.

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryEco Caters, Brandon Kidd Photography, Primary Petals, Smog Shoppe, and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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