A Modern Wedding in an Art Museum: Jomie + Ricky

I’m absolutely in love with Jomie + Ricky’s wedding! Their wedding is infused with so much of their personality and it really shows. They love food + the arts and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate both (and within a budget). They wanted a wedding that was fun, modern and creative and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art was the perfect space for their artistic vibe. And it was also a meaningful location for them since Ricky had proposed to Jomie by surprising her with a piece in the gallery during an art show there. How sweet is that! Thanks so much to photographer Chaz Cruz and Christina of Simply Modern Weddings for letting me share this wedding with you guys today!

succulent bouquet

star wars wedding rings

modern wedding invitations

succulent bouquet

bride and groom portrait

black belt wedding dress

fun wedding photography

fine art wedding photography

From Christina (their wedding planner), “When we spoke further about things that inspire them, Ricky kept mentioning his love of artist Henri Matisse’s later work that was influenced by elements in nature. What I wanted to do in the design was to infuse those nature elements back into the wedding in an artistic way. I loved the design he came up with for the invitations, and so we played off the idea of floral blooms as our focal point, bringing in pops of the fun colors that Jomie loved. I especially loved the look of the floating blooms in empty frames as their ceremony backdrop!

modern art wedding backdrop ceremony

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Stay with you by John Legend

art museum wedding ceremony

art museum wedding ceremony

wedding cocktail

For the flowers and decor they choose to use succulents, and it was conveniently cost effective for them since they were able to use plants from Ricky’s parent’s home which he planted years ago. And how great are those frames of succulents they hung in the reception space – beautiful (and I think I need to recreate some of them for my house!)

succulents in frames

sliders at a wedding

The big hit at their wedding was The Burnt Truck!! Jomie + Ricky wanted to make sure that their wedding dinner was an unexpected twist for their guests and the gourmet cheeseburger, fried chicken, and vietnamese pork sliders did the trick! Yum!!

food truck at a wedding

food truck at a wedding

modern wedding reception

modern wedding reception

modern cupcake display

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? There were so many!

Jomie: One of the memorable moments for me was when we were there during the ceremony as our officiant was reading our vows and we were looking at each other. It was moment of “wow, this is it! we’re getting married right now!” My heart was beating a mile a minute and my hands were shaking. Another memorable moment was our first dance. It was a moment in time to really soak it all in and feel so in love. Lastly, our speech, as I reflect back at where my life would be without him and how much he’s been a true partner during this planning process made me so much more thankful and happy to be married to this amazing guy!

Ricky: I would say that a moment that really comes to mind when I think back on our wedding day is when I first saw Jomie as the ceremony began. She looked so beautiful, and her father looked so happy as they walked up the aisle together with the sun at their back. After so many months preparing for this day, that was the moment that I took a deep breath and felt a quiet sense of joy mixed in with nervous anticipation. I was so ready to marry this cute girl!

Any advice for those planning now?
Get inspiration from many different sources and be flexible with your ideas as well as your budget. Think beyond the usual caterers. Start planning early and try not to procrastinate or you will be left scrambling to finish projects days before the wedding (yeah that was us). Seek out collaborative partners not just “vendors.” We felt so fortunate to work with people that we could really rely on and completely trust in their vision and expertise. Get an experienced planner that you connect with; he/she will keep you on track and make the wedding day seem like it came together effortlessly. Friends with skills and a generous heart are amazing and we are so grateful for their time and contributions, but you have to be careful to not overwork anyone – they are there to have fun too.


photography: Chaz Cruz photography // venue name: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art // event design: Simply Modern Weddings // planning: Simply Modern Weddings // wedding dress: designer Jacquelin and dress purchased at Deborah's Bridal in the city of Upland with a custom sweetheart neckline // groom attire: Hugo Boss // music: dj impact // officiant: Nick Metz Ministries // floral: Star Events Floral // caterer: The Burnt Truck // star wars cuff links: Crimson King // bartending: Sunseri's // rentals: Baker Party Rentals // staffing: Argyle Events // invitations: Jomie + Ricky // menus: Jomie + Ricky