Creative Wedding on the CBS Backlot: Lauren + Andy

blush bridesmaids

The title of today’s feature probably grabbed your attention and you might be wondering how Lauren + Andrew thought of (and secured) the CBS Studios Backlot for their wedding venue – we know we were! Well, since they are both scriptwriters for television in Los Angeles, they had access to the studios and it was a pretty easy decision to go with a place that represented them so perfectly. They decided to theme their wedding “I heart LA” (L for Lauren, A for Andy… and, obviously, also standing for Los Angeles!). And they incorporated some really fun, and very “LA”, details into the day, like writing a script for the ceremony, having their guests walk the red carpet (complete with paparazzi!) and a funny powerpoint presentation thank you speech from the two of them at the reception. We just love how much personality this wedding shows + can’t thank Jonas Peterson enough for the awesome photos!

Justin Alexander Wedding Dress

LA record invitation

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

red carpet wedding

Lauren + her girls, looking like starlets! Her dress is by Justin Alexander and the bridesmaids wore sparkly frocks from Rent The Runway.

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

Andy: It’s cliché, but it was honestly watching Lauren walk down the aisle. I was filled with such an overwhelming sense of gratitude and excitement thinking about how this was the beginning of my greatest adventure. Didn’t think I was going to cry, but I did.

Lauren: Someone had given us the (awesome!) advice to sneak off during the reception and watch the festivities from a distance. A wedding is so special because it’s the only time in your life you’ll have everyone you love (your friends, your family) in one place. The only time you’ll see your Grandma boogie-ing down on the dance floor next to your college best friend. So while our guests were walking the “red carpet” Andy and I spied on everyone drinking, laughing, and posing for the paparazzi cameras.

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

L + A tell us more about their “scripted” ceremony, where their friends acted out their entire relationship! Our officiant narrated as Lauren’s cousins acted out vignettes. Mini re-enactments of our “Meet Cute,” “First Date,” “Proposal”, etc. They wore signs that said “Lauren” or “Andy” and our DJ provided the soundtrack. Of course the story culminated at “The Wedding” section, which is when we took over and finished the love story with our vows.

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

Processional: Moms: Hey Mama – Mat Kearney; Bridal Party: Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey (they thought it would be a funny to choose a cheesy 90s song from those middle school days); Bride: Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Chocolate – Snow Patrol

First Dance: You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

giant guess who

Lauren says, For cocktail hour we decided to give people a glimpse into our first date, which included some old-school board games. So we made GIANT versions of the games we played (Connect Four and Guess Who). We even put our guests’ faces into the Guess Who game so people would get to know everyone at the wedding.

lemonade stand

CBS Backlot Wedding

The reception, which took place on “New York Street” (where Brooklyn Nine-Nine is currently being filmed), was beautified with the help of the team at A Stunning Affair + Joji Rose floral design.

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

^^ LOVE IT! ^^

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

CBS Backlot Wedding

See more this super fun wedding in the film below by Joe Petrilla of SparkStory:

We’re sure everyone’s gotten the same advice—the most important thing is celebrating the two of you and sharing your day with people you love, make it unique to you, don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy every minute, don’t drive yourself crazy trying to “out Pinterest” your friends—and, yes, all of that is 100% true. But for the brides/grooms looking for more practical advice we have this—wear flats (no one sees your shoes!), when in doubt include videography, and HIRE A DAY-OF COORDINATOR. Ours was a total life savor and made our day look effortless (which it definitely wasn’t).

photography: Jonas Peterson // venue: CBS Studios Radford Lot Studio City, California //  event design: We did this crazy thing ourselves // event planning: Lina Wallace of A Stunning Affair //  florals: Joji Rose // wedding dress: Justin Alexander ‘8659’ // hairpieces: Clip was borrowed, veil was made by Carlos from Moises Gomez & Associates // shoes: Via Spiga Lilac Ballet flat in Silver // bridesmaid dresses: Rent The Runway (They all picked their own “glamorous getup”) // hair + makeup: Kasia Bohos at Kasia B Makeup, Michelle Avedissian from Benefit & Denise Alonzo from the Studio Salon at Warner Brothers // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss, Groomsman’s were “The Rat Pack Outfit” rented from The Black Tux // videography: Joe Petrilla of SparkStory // paper goods: Daniel at Sonic Print // catering: Events D’Elegance and In-N-Out // cake: Hillary Naishtat (friend) // rentals: Most rentals were through Joji Rose, Draping over ceremony was done through Sandy at Premiere Party Rentals, Trees and hedges were from Jackson Shrubbery //  officiant: Matthew Rodrigues (host of POPSUGAR) // music: The Flashdance (Michael Antonia) // av: Herb Lehmann Projection // production designer: Allesandra Said

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Industrial Distillery Wedding Inspiration

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Dillion’s Small Batch Distillery in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada provided the perfect backdrop for today’s industrial wedding editorial, designed beautifully by Shaw Events & Sue Gallo Designs. Hoping to capture the youthful and fun-loving personalities of their real couple, Megan + Keela, the team (which also included photographer, Ally KristensenHair by RioSakura June ArtistryAlicia’s Infinity + more) incorporated vibrant blooms, fun design elements, and killer cocktails into the setting.

The informal, open-air venue lent a super stylish, but relaxed vibe, and that feeling was further represented with casual eats from The Dirty South food truck + treats from One Sweet Bike Mobile Desserts. We think the fun setting this team created is the perfect inspiration for an indoor event with a whole lot of industrial style!

indigo invitation

Best For Bridal

black hair piece

tropical bouquet

Such a pretty bouquet filled with hellebores, parrot tulips, peonies + orchids!

chalkboard backdrop

metal letter

Distillery Inspired Wedding

The Warehouse 84 rental inventory had the perfect pieces for bring this scene to life, like those metal industrial tub chairs!

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Those cocktails look so pretty + refreshing!

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

Distillery Inspired Wedding

And let’s wrap this one up with a crazy pretty cake (topped with fresh flowers + macarons!) by The Dessert Room!

macaron cake

Such a fun shoot! Thank you so much to the talented team below for sharing!

photography: Ally Kristensen // planning + design: Shaw Events & Sue Gallo Designs // venue: Dillion’s Small Batch Distillery Beamsville, Ontario, Canada // florals: Sue Gallo Designs // furniture rentals: Warehouse 84 // wedding cake + macarons: The Dessert Room // hair: Hair by Rio // makeup: Sakura June Artistry // stationery, signage + jewelry: Alicia’s Infinity // hair jewelry: Frilly Bits Custom Hair Jewelry // gown: Best For Bridal // black jump suit: Melanie Lyne // up cycled leather jacket + shoes: The Salvation Army // styling: Warehouse 84Sue Gallo Designs // catering: The Dirty South food truck // ice cream: One Sweet Bike Mobile Desserts

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Intimate Joshua Tree Wedding: Monica + Rob

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Just when we thought we couldn’t love a Joshua Tree wedding more, Monica + Rob’s s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g 29 Palms Inn celebration hit our inbox and we were so smitten. Their intimate celebration was filled with plenty of meaningful touches and they each lent their own creative talents to the day, as well. Rob designed all of the printed materials himself and Monica designed + crafted her own succulent bouquet and the table arrangements. From Monica’s perfect Free People wedding dress to the desert-inspired color palette, to the sweet, sweet vibe of the day, we’re loving it all, and are so glad that Mike Cassimatis was there to capture everything so perfectly!

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

When asked about the inspiration for their day, M + R say, This question is easy! Nature. It’s a huge part of what brought us together, and most of our free time and weekends are dedicated to it. The entire wedding revolved around nature, from the animal-themed invitations to the beautiful desert setting of our wedding weekend.

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

colorful desert invitation

This killer invite suite Rob designed (printed by Elysia Mann + Paper Chase Press) really must have set the perfect tone for the wedding weekend!

free people dress

Free People Wedding Dress

We just can’t get enough of Monica’s gorge Free People dress!

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DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

free people dress

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

free people dress

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

M + R’s two dress-wearing pups are so amazingly cute and must have been a really fun part of their celebration! If you missed our post yesterday, all about incorporating your dog into your wedding, you can read that here!

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Monica: The most memorable moment was watching Rob choke back sobs as he cried his way through the amazing vows he wrote. Rob is so wonderfully sentimental and cried for about six months leading up to the wedding and straight through the ceremony. I bet he's crying now. Haha. It was very emotional though, everyone was crying! We wrote "vows" to one another, but neither of us really "vowed" anything as much as we talked about how hard our lives were before we became friends and later lovers, what we've learned from each other during the past few years together, and what we love about each other and envision for our future. It's still weird and yet not weird at all to me that we both did it that way. I guess we each decided to say what we needed the other one to hear, and it was much more meaningful to us than googling "wedding vows" (which I totally did before deciding to write what I felt in my heart). There's some advice! Write that down!

Rob: It's very hard to pin down one specific moment. The entire event was a blur of pastel colors, smiles, tears, and cacti. However, I think the moment I remember the most was mid way through reading my vows trying my damndest to hold back tears. I was a mess, crying my way through it and trying to finish each sentence as our friends sat silently waiting for me to finish. About half way through, I finally looked up to the crowd and said "Wow! I really am Emo!" Thankfully the eruption of laughter powered me through the rest of my vows and I didn't have to cry nearly as hard until Monica started reading hers.

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

dogs at wedding

succulent bouquet

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

succulent mason jar centerpieces

succulent mason jar centerpieces

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

Processional: Rolling Thunder – The Adobe Collective

Recessional: I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles Cover) – The Adobe Collective

First Dance: In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine and Iris DeMent

DIY Joshua Tree Wedding

I bet everyone says this, but keep it simple. Don't get too caught up in details. It's too easy to stress over little stuff, even if you're a cool laid-back girl who normally would not worry about something as silly as the candles matching the invitations. Remember that when everything is said and done, it's the moments you will remember, not the things you bought or rented. Like how your very pregnant Maid of Honor and future husband had an impromptu push up contest a couple hours before the wedding (I have no idea why that happened), your brother's hilarious speech which he wasn't prepared to give and was more like watching stand-up comedy, or your weird improvisational dancing because you didn't realize exactly how long your first dance song is and you had to fill the time. I honestly don't recall what the silverware looked like and I couldn't care less.

photography: Mike Cassimatis // venue + catering: 29 Palms Inn Joshua Tree National Park, California // event design + planning: Bride & groom // florals: Bride // wedding dress + shoes: Free People // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair + makeup: Hair by friend Jami Dale, makeup by the bride // groom’s suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Designed by the groom, silk screen printing by Elysia Mann, insert cards printed by Paper Chase Press // cake: Auntie Em’s Kitchen // officiant: Charlie Ohmsted // music: The Adobe Collective

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