I love how Lauren + Jacob were able to take lots of things they loved and were inspired by and bring them together for a unique wedding like no other! So many artistic + creative ideas here. Thanks to the creative ladies at Bash, Please for sharing this fun wedding with us today! And a bit into the couple’s inspiration for their wedding…
Our wedding was inspired at first by my wedding dress, which was based off Leslie Caron’s finale dress in the movie Gigi, 1958. Since the movie was set in turn-of-the-20th century Paris we wanted to channel that sensibility into our wedding space. We also love Charles and Ray Eames, American and European Modernity, French New Wave Cinema, House Industry Typography and Contemporary art. This began to take on a schizophrenic mix of ideas so to tone it down we began an inspiration board to edit our imagery and isolate a color palette. My husband Jacob Melchi is an artist and manages the studio for the artist Charles Arnoldi who offered us his studio space for the wedding. This was the perfect backdrop for our inspiration board to come into fruition. Being trained as an architect at Sciarc I was inspired to design and help build our Chuppah to bring in a contemporary feel to the ceremony.
Most memorable moment of your wedding day? It’s hard to isolate one because there were many. Perhaps the most memorable moment of our wedding for me was the moment Jacob and I signed our Ketubah with Rabbi Leder (Wilshire Boulevard Temple) who we are very close family friends with, my sister Michelle and Jacob’s brother Nick. That was the moment we realized we were really married, it was magical. We were holding each other’s hands so tight. Both our family and closest friends were surrounding us at that point to witness. The rest of the wedding felt like a beautiful performance for the rest of the guests.
We brought in incredibly talented event designers, artists, graphic designers and event coordinators to help us flesh out all our ideas into reality for the rest of the space. Jacob’s artwork was hanging on the walls in the dining area as well as a collaboration with Bash, Please and the artists Kevin Appel and Sandy de Lissovoy who used our save the date posters designed by Jessica D’Elena to create paper geometric patterns across vast easels. Bash, Please bought in a touch of Paris with rented furniture from Found and Modernity by suggesting we project Oskar Fischinger 1947 abstract animated films on our walls. Our love for typography was seen in text pieces on furniture and flowers containers.
Any advice for those planning now? Make an inspiration board with your favorite images of film, design, photography, architecture, fashion and typeface. Once you see all the elements together you can edit out what’s redundant and then find continuity. Also it’s a great way to pluck out a color palette.
This wedding would not have happened without the love and support of our families and friends. The talent of our bridal party who helped with many design elements. Bridesmaid Tami Demaree for designing our wedding and engagement rings plus our bridesmaid’s gifts. Bridesmaid Jessica D’Elena for creating our save the dates,invitations and wedding logo. Dan Riley and Katsumi Moroi from MRMc for their help in fabrication of our Chuppah design. Charles Arnoldi for generously loaning us his studio for the event, Heidi Mayne and Tabitha Donegan from Red25events who worked with us for a whole year to make everything happen seamlessly. Our friends Michael Berick and Rachel Rheingold Berick for custom printing our logo on their Wine tote bags. Savore for creating the best Coq Au Vin we had ever tasted and suggesting Chimay beer to accompany it. DJ Thomas J. Stanton who played an awesome mix of Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Funk and R&B Soul. Our photographer Will Keeler for shooting at the hip and making everything look gorgeous. And of course a gigantic thank you to Paige and Kelly from Bash, Please who could flawlessly decode our inspiration board and bring in amazing décor elements and resources to flesh it out just how we dreamed it could be.
Photography: Will Keeler // Event + Floral Design: Bash, Please // Event Planner: Red 25 Events // Venue: Charles Arnoldi Studio, Venice California (Private and not for rental) // Wedding Dress: Custom design by Esther Smith 310-306-7927 // Hair: Dena Ohara // Makeup: Emma Burton // Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale // Hairpieces: The Headband Shoppe // Groom Suit: Haspel // Guest Gift bags: Maptote // Chuppah Design: Lauren Rosenbloom , Chuppah Fabrication: MRMc, LLC Dan Riley and Katsumi Moroi // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Found Vintage Rentals // Invitations/Paper Goods: Design: Jessica D’Elena, Printing: Michael Schwartz, Calligraphy: Hillary Williams // Cake: Sweet & Saucy Bake Shop // Music: DJ Thomas J. Stanton // Catering: Savore, Cuisine // Lighting: Images By Lighting // Security: Premiere Group International // Sound: No Static // Valet: Premiere Valet // Linens: La Tavola Linens