Hollywood Rooftop Wedding at Mama Shelter – with a Modern Tropical Twist!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Jordan + Logan met once before, in college in Chicago. But the second time was a charm for these two when they met once again, online and in LA! Their wedding was totally casual (see: her perfect little white dress) and cool (see: Hollywood rooftop). With design + planning by Tasteful Tatters, J + L’s wedding day came together with a tropical ceremony arch and colorful family-style reception table set against LA’s sunny skies. Oh, and that undeniably hip venue? Jordan’s got the story:

Logan and I bought a home together shortly before we were engaged—and our home has roof deck, which is our version of a “yard” here in Los Angeles. That’s where Logan proposed to me—and so for our wedding, we thought it would be cool to find a roof-top venue with a killer view of the city. We got so lucky when we found Mama Shelter in Hollywood. Not only did they have a beautiful view, but the decor—a bright, unpretentious and playful vibe filled with native SoCal plants—was the clincher for us. It just seemed like a happy place—and it turns out it very much was. Honestly, the folks that work there couldn’t be nicer and it was an absolute joy to work with them to create the celebration.

Rad + In Love captured the photos of this rad + in love couple—simply meant to be!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Mama Shelter is a funky little hotel with locations all over the world. Think: Paris, Rio, and Marseille. J + L’s wedding was the first at the Hollywood location!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Sophia Webster heels

midi dress

Jordan shares more about her dress (and shopping experience) below, but she wore the Emery Midi Dress by Dress the Population paired with Sophia Webster’s Angelo Mid Sandal and we are HERE FOR IT. (And, side note, isn’t this a perfect dress for holiday party season??)

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Logan suited up in Rag & Bone and we’re officially in love with their couple style.

pink garden rose bouquet

Foxtail Florals designed Jordan’s colorful bouquet with pops of magenta and marigold.

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

I feel like the hardest part is finding the right venue—if you choose right, the rest just falls into place. Find somewhere that feels comfortable, that feels ‘you guys’—that doesn’t necessarily mean 'expensive,' either. Some of the best weddings have been in beautiful outdoor spaces that the couple have imbued with their own particular style. I think your guests will enjoy the originality and specificity of your choice. Just because other folks do their wedding one way, doesn’t mean you have to follow their rules.

Also, don’t be deterred by wedding dress shopping. I was turned away from multiple ‘proper’ wedding dress retailers because my wedding was only 4 months out, but there are so many beautiful white dresses out there without having to cram your body into some ridiculous sample size that only makes you squirm and itch, then try to ‘imagine’ what it looks like when it does fit. That all just seemed crazy to me for those prices. I say, buy retail and then alter it to fit. Mine was only $260!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

So perfectly So-Cal cool.

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

tropical fan backdrop

This arch!! Loving the mix of palms with eucalyptus to match Jordan’s bouquet. Thoughtful details and design by Foxtail Florals!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Green Arrow by Yo La Tengo

Recessional: Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead

First Dance: La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The most memorable moment was hearing my soon-to-be-husband cite my habit of wearing a goofy banana suit every Halloween in his wedding vows—that, and the fact that my brother officiated. That made for a very special, very funny ceremony. There were many laughs through-out.

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

instax guest book

File this one under: “easiest and cutest wedding DIY ever”

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

This table is a party in itself, right?

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

The tabletop rentals are from Hostess Haven and those fun chairs are Circa Vintage Rentals!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Nothing like dinner surrounded by the Hollywood Hills and loved ones!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

The thing that kept me sane through the planning phase—and we went quick, 6 months from start to finish—is to remember there is no version of your wedding being anything but awesome. It may rain, grandma may say something off-color, you may spill wine on your dress, but no matter what, you are pledging your love to the most important person in your life, surrounded by those who love you the most, so there’s no version of it being ‘wrong,’ and whatever hijinks you encounter will just be amazing stories for future dinner parties. Planning a wedding is great preparation for all the unpredictable challenges one encounters in a marriage and in life—that’s why it’s a rite of passage! And besides, perfection is overrated!

Glam Hollywood Rooftop Wedding

And for a final bit of color + sweetness: perfect little macarons from Bottega Louie.

rainbow macarons

We love that last bit of advice from Jordan—perfection is definitely overrated, but this wedding certainly comes close, regardless :) Congrats, you two!

photography: Rad + In Love // venue name: Mama Shelter, Los Angeles, California, USA // event design: Tasteful Tatters // planning: Tasteful Tatters // florals: Foxtail Florals // wedding dress: Emery Midi Dress 'Dress the Population' White // wedding dress boutique: Cape was handmade by my friend Erin Benach, who is a costume designer // bride's shoes: Sophia Webster 'Angelo Mid Sandal' // bride's ring: ring and band from Brilliant Earth // hair stylist: Katy McClintock // makeup artist: Katy McClintock // groom attire: Rag & Bone // groom's shoes: Mephisto // groom's ring: Brilliant Earth // paper goods: Ink Topiary // catering: Mama Shelter // desserts: Bottega Louie // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven // furniture rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // music: Dart Collective // officiant: Bride's Brother // second shooter: Amy McCafferty

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