Real Wedding: Khali + Potsch’s Whimsical DIY Wedding

Kelty from Steep Street is sharing such a fun wedding with us today. So much goodness – and be sure to read all about the details from Khali – everything was so thoughtful and she has some great advice for those of you in planning mode right now. A bit about the couple from Kelty, “Khali + Potsch are honestly two of the most genuinely good, creative, and hilarious people I have ever met. They’re both actors in LA, and their creativity extends to all manner of talents… they crafted their wedding by hand with more love than I imagined possible, creating a colorful day for their guests as well as one for the books.”

From Khali (the bride), “Our wedding theme was Wes Anderson meets Michel Gondry. Full of color and fantasy with a nice balance of modern, vintage and unreal. We feel so proud to have carried that abstract idea all the way through. HA! Definitely an easy theme to get lost or carried away in. But we were good at putting each other in check.”

outdoor wedding with hanging frames

The rope symbolized each of our independent experiences intertwining and creating our lives together. When Potsch and I came into this relationship we each had a suitcase full of fabric from past and someday projects. It was fun to shred them and tie them together. It was a lot of knots!!!! We got a few good movies in while doing this project. :)

bridesmaids with butterflies


wedding photography by steep street

bridesmaids with butterflies

hanging frames

The center frame was from my dad’s parents who are no longer with us. I have had that frame in my life since the beginning. Our idea with hanging empty frames in tree as our alter was our symbol of this moment being the start our own family tree.

happy couple

bridal party


Potsch had this awesome idea to have his groomsmen in spats to complete a rather gentlemanly look. We searched online for awhile and everything we found were either cheap looking costume spats or very expensive gorgeous spats. We really did not want our bridal part to spend much money on their get-ups so the nice pair were out. So Potsch did as he always does and made up his own pattern. He made 7 stunning pairs of spats! That is definitely one of the reasons I love him. He can make anything possible.

cute wedding photos

bridal party photos in the woods

seating chart

For the seating chart, I wanted to design something graphic and unexpected. We also wanted to utilize the big frames we had and keep that esthetic going. I made my bouquet the morning of the wedding. A bit of a foolish idea. I added the paper flowers that Potsch had made me just before walking down the aisle. On one of our first dates he impressed me at a crappy diner around 2am with his magical napkin roses. I said if we get married I want to carry a bouquet of your napkin flowers. I was blown away he remembered that.

wedding details

wedding details coloring portraits

Napkins and runners/ Spats – Potsch and I have a wearable and usefuls company, HoneyB, where we hand screen shirts and pillows and market totes. It was fun to put the sewing and screening skills to work here. We bought this gorgeous fabric down town and just went to town. I came up with our KP logo and it just made sense to put that on the napkins. At the end of the night people asked to take them home. That made us smile.

billy balls centerpieces

A great way to ease the stress and enjoy friend time is to invite all your bridesmaids over and put them to work. About a week before the big day all my bridesmaids gathered at my house for mimosas and a lesson in terrarium building. It was awesome!!! Everyone got so into it. Each piece was so different and fun. At the wedding it was cool to see people wandering to each table to see the different terrariums and at the end of the night we only ended bringing 5 out of 14 home.

cupcake dessert table

It’s not Michel Gondry without tiny people in a dream world. Potsch and I came up with a design to have our cupcakes, made by my mom, as foliage in dream world. We gathered lumber ruminants from the lumber yard and Potsch build our sweet dream land complete with moss and little hidden stories all around. With the left over wood we made our table numbers and stands for our Terrarium center pieces.

cupcakes at wedding

wedding guests

wedding menu

reception with hanging pom balls

black and white portraits

silent movie stills wedding

Our movie, “Falling for you” by Khali and Potsch. This was one of our very first ideas! It was also the most daunting. We kept putting it off and feeling overwhelmed. We wanted to just forget about it but we wanted it so bad. We tried a few times to write a story but it just wasn’t working out until one day Potsch showed up at my work and for my hour long lunch break we did nothing but hammer out a silent movie love story called “Falling for You”. In one weekend, Oct 2nd and 3rd, Potsch and I , with the help of Potsch’s writing partner, Ali, filmed our movie and that week Potsch edited it. I would say it was our greatest accomplishment of the whole event besides, of course, becoming husband and wife. We premiered the movie during the reception.

Our wedding still has not quite sunk in. Images still float through our brains as clouds. We find ourselves saying “wow it has been 3 months already!” Seeing the pictures brings us right back to that thrilling week full of love, family and friends, tears of joy and soooo much beauty. I still get teary eyed thinking about seeing my almost husband waiting for my with so much pride at the end of the aisle. I can still feel my high heels sinking into the grass as we said our “I do’s” and feeling beyond grounded in that moment. Doing a DIY mostly wedding you would think keeps you so locked into the fact that you two are getting MARRIED but sometimes you can lose sight of the specialness of the day in all the handmade details. I remember getting dressed with all my lovely ladies around me and taking a few breaths to let go of the hot glue gun mind and set the magical in love mind free to feel every second of happiness and surprise. There were so many precious moments at our ceremony – having my brother Tom play an original song for us, holding this handmade rope with every single person at our wedding, staring into my husbands eyes. Everything was just perfect.

In terms of our vendors – we feel like we chose and were blessed with the best and brightest in the field. Each person’s attention to detail and excitement fueled us on.

Photography- Steep Street
Location – Stewart Hall at Temescal Gateway Park
Wedding Planning + Coordination – Anna Brewer of Love and Splendor
DJ – Red Show Dj Ig
Caterer- Brats Brothers
Appetizer, Jam Favors and Cupcakes – (my mom) Chef Cathy Shambley
Videographer – Izzy Gonzalez
Dress – Maggie Sottero
Grooms Suit – H&M
Bridesmaids – vintage and new all over
Groomsmen: H&M vest and shirt / ties from amazon

Thanks so much Kelty for letting me share your photos today and big congrats to Khali + Potsch. We wish you guys so much happiness!

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  1. Love Keltys work and all these DIY detail..AAmmmazing! That desert table is out of this world!

  2. That video was amazing! I was cracking up the whole time (especially with the lipstick at the end…lol).

  3. seriously, this is all sorts of awesome!!

  4. What incredible creativity and such a beautiful couple!

  5. AMAZING! Love all the details. Those butterflies were a great alternative to bridemaid bouquets!

  6. Beautiful post, Jen! Thanks for spreading the Khali and Potsch love. :)

  7. Love the uniqueness of the entire occasion. I like the looseness of the theme; it really showed off the couple and their originality!

  8. Looks like a good old fashioned fun time!! I love laid back weddings like this because they look like such fun! and BBQ is a fave of mine!

  9. How fun to see Khali & Potsch here on your site, Jen! They’re two of our dearest friends, and that wedding was such a labor of love. Thanks for sharing their gorgeous, creative, loving genius with the world!

  10. So many great details! The hanging frames are a wonderful idea!

  11. That video was so hilarious… what an amazing couple! I love the colors and crafting that went into the event, too. Beautiful photos!

  12. I LOVE when I see such a creative wedding and then find out it was diy and they only had a DOC! Such a perfect wedding and beautiful photos!

  13. this wedding looks like it was so much fun! and those cupcakes are amazing!

  14. Love those shoes!! Very interesting idea to have the shoes match, but not the dresses.

  15. spotted dana and hunter!!

    love steep street. work is always so fantabulous. and the details for this wedding blew my mind! love!

  16. OMG! That video is hilarious!! (where can I get one!?) and the food looked to die for.

  17. O>MY>WORD>

    this is too much for me. Im speechless.

  18. What a fabulous wedding it was and a fantastic read, here. I love this chance to discover your site, too. AND those photos…couldn’t be more perfect for the spirit of the whole event.

  19. Absolutely gorgeous. What fun you must have had putting it all together!

  20. This is amazing! Thank you GWS for this feature. Potsch and I worked so hard and it is so special to have our work and thrills celebrated and complimented here. I am big fan! see more on my blog too YAY!!!!!

  21. oh i do love everything about this wedding! Happen to know where the bridesmaids shoes are from??? I want them! :)

  22. Sarah-

    The bridesmaids shoes are from Seychelles :)

  23. Pure magic! Every detail of the wedding was an exciting and surprising reveal… and the topper that blew everyone out of their socks was the debut of their silent film, “Falling For You”. Khali & Potsch are a match made in heaven.

  24. I LOVE weddings like this where you can tell every detail was thought out and executed so well. I adore the terrarium centerpieces and the Billy Balls that are threaded throughout. Also love the mismatched bridesmaid dresses.

  25. the rope? and the frames? and the symbolism behind them? how beautiful and thoughtful. my mind is blown.

  26. jen — thank you so much for sharing this incredible wedding here on green wedding shoes! we are so excited that everyone gets a taste of the magic + wonder that is khali and potsch. looking through these images takes me straight back to the dreamlike day!! xo

  27. Oh my goodness! You had me at Michel Gondry meets Wes Anderson.

    These are some of the sweetest details I’ve ever seen. And that little film is pure goodness. This is definitely an example of a wedding I’m jelly that we didn’t get to shoot.

  28. what a cute couple-this wedding was just beautiful! wes anderson and michel gondry are my two favorites! and to see them incorporated here, is so awesome. the little people are the best!

  29. o.m.g.
    There are so many things about this wedding that I love. The terraniums, the wood stands for the cakes, the photo of the wedding party rocking out, then the bride & groom rocking out, the jam favors and the long material that all their guests held… Love love love love!!

  30. WOW! I loved this wedding.
    That video was incredible!! How creative!
    ooooh! I LOVED IT.

  31. khali and Potsch,
    Pictures of ALL things at your wedding are wonderful. I wish I could have been there to see it in person with you. I love you both so very much. May God richly bless you and your marriage forever.


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