Backyard Soiree Wedding: Joycie + Steven

bride with bouquet

Happy Monday everyone! I have such a treat for you all today. When Joycie (whose engagement photos I featured last year) first mentioned that her wedding was going to take place in Montrose, CA (a small town north of LA) with the wedding in the middle of the town square, I couldn’t wait to see it! It just sounded so unique + fun. And then I discovered that one of my favorite photography duos would be capturing their day – Our Labor of Love! I just love their creative approach to wedding photography. A perfect fit for this fun couple! Congrats to Joycie + Steven.

bride in vera wang wedding dress

bride at a bowling alley in wedding dress

How fun are these photos below? Part of the wedding events included bowling! :)

bridesmaids in bowling alley

bride and groom with red bow tie

From Joycie,”We knew we wanted to bring an element of New Orleans to our wedding (we reconnected in New Orleans after a few years apart) and I have a love of the 1930s, so our starting point idea was “A Backyard Soiree for the 1930s Mint Julep crowd.” I was really inspired by The Sartorialist photos from the Governor’s Island Ball from the past few years and the idea of 1930s prohibition parties. We then added a “buy local” theme when we decided to move our wedding from Palm Springs to Montrose (in Glendale just north of Los Angeles where we were living at the time). The city of Glendale really helped us with permits, so we wanted to showcase the town of Montrose. It’s such a charming destination with picturesque storefront and independently owned shops and a really great place to live. We really wanted to support and highlight the local businesses.

bride and groom on truck

bride and groom at bowling alley

band for walk down the aisle

wedding ceremony on a street

wedding on a street in california

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Steve says saying “I Do” was the most memorable. Special moments for me were: when my dad’s four brothers, with whom he was quite close, gave me away in his honor and my dad’s sister walked with my mom down the aisle and seeing my 12 year old son Nicholas beaming and standing proudly next to
Steve during the ceremony.

A humorous moment during the ceremony was when I proclaimed I had a few special things I wanted to share with everyone about Steve and then unraveled a 6 foot scroll of paper. The scroll was blank, but the crowd and Steve erupted in laughter. I used to joke that it was my goal to make other people cry at our wedding (I do at everyone else’s!), but I accomplished the opposite.

ceremony

wedding exit smiling

flower girl with umbrella

bridal party our labor of love photography

I always love fun photos with parasols! :)

bridesmaids with parasols umbrellas

red balloons wedding

red balloon wedding couple

red balloon bride and groom

wedding reception in a street

red checkers wedding reception

wedding invitation fun

wedding map design

Love the super fun invitations by Carolyn Ramos + a dance party by The Flashdance!

flashdance wedding dj

wedding cake red hearts

wedding cake red hearts

first dance

Any advice for those planning now? We both felt it was so important to have a day that celebrated us. Everyone has an opinion and gladly shares their POV, but be true to the two of you. Afterall, you live with the pictures!

I can’t remember how much time we spent with Our Labor of Love on our wedding day, but it’s a lot of time! Pick a photographer whose work you admire, but also someone you have good chemistry with. They’ll practically be your BFFs that day. Also, keep things in perspective. Things may not go exactly as planned, but that’s the beauty of real life!

photos: Our Labor of Love // venue: On the street! Honolulu Avenue in picturesque old town Montrose, CA – just north of Los Angeles // wedding dress: Vera Wang (Saks Bridal Salon, Beverly Hills) // hair: April Ray Salon, Montrose, CA // makeup: Merle Norman, Montrose, CA  // shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // bridesmaid dress: Bridesmaids chose their own, in shades of grey // hairpieces: Pearl comb from Saks Bridal // groom suit: J Crew, Wingtips from Cole Haan // photobooth: Smilebooth // cinematography: 8MM footage: Shark Pig and footage Flo + Stephanie Zavala of Big Skills // Day-of-Coordinator: Ruby Dichirico // Floral Design: Wedding party flowers + ceremony arrangements (Icelandic Poppies, Anemones, Delphinium, Scabiosa, herbs): Peony and Plum (Susan Tom Nellis); Table centerpieces in mason jars by local flower shop: Crescenta Flower Mart // Invitations: Invitation suite + posters designed by the bride’s cousin: Carolyn Ramos, Monogram designed by Florencio Zavala // cake: Red Velvet wedding cake: Jane’s Cakes & Chocolates, Montrose, CA; Assorted desserts, cookies and pies: Home Bakery, Montrose, CA // music: Pre ceremony through Cocktail hour: Gremoli, Dinner + Dance Party: The Flashdance // catering: Cocktail hour hors d’oerves: Gail’s Gourmet A Go Go, Montrose, CA; Dinner: Zeke’s Smoke House

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Comments

  1. So unique! I love how much fun they are having!

  2. A truly unique wedding.
    Great, graphic photography.
    So much fun to look at this wedding.

  3. I am in LOVE with the bouquets and the stationary. Gorgeous and fun!
    idoloveit.com

  4. This wedding is adorable! You can just tell they had a total blast- the bride and groom look SO happy, as they should!

    Cake, decor and everything is so bright- LOVE IT! Our labor of love gets it exactly right every time.

  5. Cute wedding, I love OLOL. Is she planning on selling her dress? I’ve been searching high and low for it.

  6. Thanks for posting! It was an honor to be a part of this wedding. Joycie and Steve are wonderful people and the photos by Our Labor of Love are so incredible.

    XO
    Susan

  7. they sure look like they are having a blast!!

  8. Such a unique, fun wedding! Love it and of course the photography is amazing!!

  9. Such a fun, beautiful wedding! The bride looks absolutely enchanting, I adore her classic red lip. The parasols and bouquets are gorgeous and so fresh. Really beautiful photos

  10. What a great cake! Fondant certainly can be beautiful.

  11. love our labor of love! so much character with this wedding!

  12. love it all!! cute, quirky and stylish – photos always amazing. adorable cake!

  13. great photos…i LOVE the vibe of their outdoor ceremony! jeez, this wedding is beautiful!

  14. I am loving all the vibrant colors! Her parasols are so pretty too.

  15. How beautiful and unique! It’s so wonderful that you were able to preserve your wedding memories in such a colorful and exciting way!

  16. Some great captures here. We really enjoyed this series, thanks for sharing.

    Especially love the first dance on the open patio – beautiful!

    DSP

  17. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND THOSE GIANT ROUND BALLOONS?! IVE BEEN SEARCHING HIGH AND LOW!!! THANK U!!!

  18. What a fun looking wedding. Love all the DIY details. Susan, you did a great job on all the flowers. Love it!!!

  19. I live in Montrose, and totally remember seeing this in the street that day! Such a cool and fun idea for a wedding! Loved seeing the pictures!

  20. Does anyone know where to find these parasols?

  21. Love this wedding so much! I was drawn in by the truck pic, but stayed for the creative and festive overall vibe. Where did you get the truck? Looking for one for my wedding! xoxo

  22. Seems like a super fun we wedding! love it!

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