We think themed weddings kinda get a bad rap these days. And that’s precisely why, when we see a themed wedding done totally right, we get pretty excited about it! Jennifer + Joshua threw an amazing, Star Wars inspired celebration at loftSeven Los Angeles. The beautifully modern space, with views overlooking the skyline, was a blank canvas – perfect for a DIY wedding with elegant details and, of course, plenty of Star Wars touches. Which btw was Jennifer’s choice, not Joshua’s, you guys!
Jennifer says, From the moment we started planning, my now-husband and I decided that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, fun, and a reflection of who we are as a couple. In terms of the details and decor, we tried to create an atmosphere that was whimsical, romantic, and modern. Since I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan, I knew I had to incorporate my fandom into some of the wedding details. The cherry on top for both of us was getting Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion to be a part of the wedding. It was an absolute dream come true!
Thanks so much to Cacá Santoro Photography for these super fun + beautiful images from the day and big congrats to J + J!
J wore a SUPER fun Star Wars belt for the reception. Isn’t it awesome?
We love Jennifer’s bouquet by Primary Petals! That Dahlia! And the desert-y touches of thistle and succulent are so, so pretty.
From photographer, Cacá Santoro, Guests were greeted by two Stormtroopers upon arrival, who also escorted the bride up to the entrance of the aisle and guarded the entire ceremony; the Stormtroopers also escorted the bride and groom during their portrait session on the streets of downtown LA (which was quite a fun experience) and at their grand entrance at the reception.
Processional: Bridal Chorus – Wagner (Played live by String Quartet)
Recessional: Star Wars Main Theme – John Williams
First Dance: Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
Such fun portraits with the Stormtrooper ‘escorts’!!
Additional Star Wars inspired details were spread throughout the reception: table names, coasters, the cake, J + J’s chair decorations and lightsabers on the dance floor!
Keeping a sense of elegance was key. When you throw a themed wedding with quirk or kitsch, also including a lot of pretty elements is the way to go!
It was during the reception when my husband and I finally sat down to eat dinner. As we looked around the room, we saw family members & friends chatting and laughing, and everyone coming together over a delicious meal. I remember my husband and I taking it all in and then turning to each other and just smiling because we both felt so loved and grateful to have all our family and friends there celebrating with us. It was such a surreal moment for us and also the perfect way to begin our new life together!
Perhaps the greatest surprise of all was when Jennifer’s dad dressed up as Darth Vader and entered the dance floor looking for his daughter (complete with Darth Vader breathing and Star Wars sound effects)! So, so fun!
Check out even more in the film below by Jack & Hannah Film & Photography!
If you're going to have any DIY elements to your wedding, start prepping early! Getting a head start on those projects will not only make you feel less stressed, you'll also enjoy the process more. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help! Your family and friends will be more than happy to assist you and you'll definitely need the extra hands if you're making your own wedding decorations. Not to mention, it's a fun way to spend time together!
photography: Cacá Santoro Photography // venue: loftSeven Los Angeles, California // event planner: Stephanie Estes Events // florals: Primary Petals, table centerpieces made by Barbara Busch (mother of the groom) // wedding dress: Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin; Star Wars inspired belt hand made by bride // hairpieces: Be Something New // shoes: Menbur // bridesmaid dress: Amsale // hair: Sabrina Skinner // makeup: Melissa Soriano // flower girls dresses: Red Carpet Tutus; belts hand made by bride // groom suit: Hugo Boss // videography: Jack & Hannah Film & Photography // paper goods + coasters: MaeMae & Co. // catering + bar: Chris Brugler Catering // cake: The Buttered End // rentals: Premiere Party Rents, Yeah! Rentals // officiant: Rev. Dr. Roché Vermaak, Ph.D. from Brentwood Presbyterian Church // music: Naples Chamber Ensembles, Kristen Schreiber and Michael, Joaquin Romero // stormtroopers: Mark Edwards & Michael Bender of the 501st Legion // photobooth: Snap Yourself! // lighting: Images By Lighting