Nicole + Joey met through the punk scene and wanted their wedding to be just like them – fun, kinda ridiculous, but full of love. They made lots of their details for the day such as the tea cup candles on the tables (which doubled as favors for guests), the embroidered table numbers, the escort cards + display, 7″ vinyl records as favors, and the adorable floral collars for their two frenchies who were their ring bearers! :) They choose the Smog Shoppe in LA (one of my personal favorite venues) which was the perfect backdrop for their day.
Thanks to Brandon Kidd Photography for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Nicole + Joey!
We decided to write each others’ vows and read them for the first time at the ceremony. Somehow, we both wrote REALLY similar ones, both mentioning our puppies, how much fun we better have during our marriage, and how since we met, it just kinda felt right. Joey threw in a quote from Justin Timberlake and had me mention his ‘baby blues’ and I made him promise to love me more than his record collection even when I’m grumpy.
Our favorite memory was when my Man of Honor (my male maid of honor) gave his toast. He is a bitterly sarcastic man and started the speech by complaining that he had to fly across the country to hug strangers. He ended it saying that Joey is the first boyfriend of mine he's ever liked. I am from Boston and my husband from LA, so about half our wedding, 50 people, flew out. It meant so much to us.
Having our babies Ike and Emma Pickles, our two French Bulldogs in the wedding was a huge highlight. Our friend walked them down the aisle and they seemed to have the best time soaking up the attention!
We met through the hardcore/punk scene so we had four of our friends’ bands write or cover songs that meant something to our relationship then pressed a vinyl 7″ to give away to our guests. All of the songs are perfect and we even used one of them as our first dance song. Our friend designed the cover and we pressed the records in blue vinyl to match our cake!
We had the best vendors in the world, Brandon Kidd for photography, Courtney Caplin-Cotter for day-of-planning, Eco Caters, Sweet and Saucy for dessert, and Primary Petals. They were all simply amazing and we kinda want all of them to be our friends!
My advice to future brides is to try not to sweat the details and try instead to make the day represent you. Personally I found that making things myself helped me not only save money but also make the day more personal. Craft nights became a regular thing and were honestly one of the highlights of planning the wedding.
Also, trust your vendors, they do this for a living!!!
photography: Brandon Kidd Photography // venue name: Smog Shoppe, Los Angeles, California // wedding dress: Legends by Ramona Keveza // hairpiece: Blue Orchard Bridal // bride's shoes: Random ebay find! // bridesmaid dresses: All different floral dresses from etsy and modcloth.com // hair stylist: Jenny Hampton // makeup artist: Julia Newbold // catering: Eco Caters // cake: Sweet & Saucy // music: DJ Furn Zavala // day-of-coordination: Courtney Caplin Cotter with LVL Events // floral design: Primary Petals // invitations: Eagle Barber // record jacket design: Eagle Barber // vintage plates: The Vintage Table Co.