Earlier this morning we shared Katie + Jeremy’s ceremony and now we have their reception along with some pretty rad portraits! A bit about the reception from Katie…For the reception, we wanted it to have a Blues club feel. Drinks, good BBQ, and a relaxing atmosphere. Our design was based on a Southern, swampy, bayou feel so we included things like tumbleweed, Spanish moss, steer skull escort cards, and real fish netting found online.
Primary Petals totally understood what we wanted in flowers. I only asked for two things: anemones and dusty miller (but opposed all “traditional” flowers). Oh – and she also wrapped my bouquet in real snakeskin. Amazing!
Paying homage to my family’s time spent living in Dallas, Texas – I wanted to make steer skull escort cards.
And if you love these escort cards, Katie shared a DIY to make these here!
We wanted a different take on the “love is sweet” banner for our dessert table. So I bought some wooden letters off Etsy and painted them mint to go behind our table. It was definitely a sugar coma waiting to happen! Marie of Sweets Indeed created all these amazing southern-inspired desserts. Like banana bread pudding, praline cookies, mint julep cupcakes, and our favorite…beignets!
Prioritize the things that are important to you. Get your dude's input as often as you can. Start planning and DIYing early. Throw craft parties with your friends if needed (so helpful!). Have a coordinator - for sure! Pick the things that YOU want! We butted heads with family on a few things...but it was all worth it. Once the wedding was here and we were all hanging out, my parents said "You were right!" and understood the vision we had planned all along.
And of course, the #1 thing for us (Katie especially) - hire the best photographers for YOU! Do they match your style in the way they shoot? Could you hang out with them all day? (Cause they are there with you all day!) Some things are worth the money – and our photographers were everything we wanted!
We are both so grateful to our parents + friends for their support and help during this awesome experience! We’ll never forget it.
photography: Studio Castillero // coordinator: Carly Rae Weddings // venue: Marvimon Los Angeles, California // venue management: TACT // florals: Primary Petals // paper goods: Good-Heart Designs // portrait illustration: Draw Your Face Off // dress: Maggie Sottero “Carissa” from Panache Bridal // bride’s shoes + jewelry: Nordstrom // bride’s hair piece: Mila Rose Designs // bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew in Dusty Shale // bridesmaids jewelry: custom from Make Pie Not War // make-up: Brittany Reed Artistry // hair: Nicole Berguson from Kallisto Salon // groom attire: Zara // custom groomsmen bowtie + suspenders: Bebecha // photo booth: Katie Pritchard // catering: Lucille’s BBQ // bar tending: Huntington Catering Company // desserts: Sweets Indeed // custom cat cake toppers: Heart Of Clay // band: Bryan Young and the Blues Station // valet: Jeffrey Valet