Today’s wedding took place on the autumnal equinox — the day of the year which is equal parts light and dark. Inspired by this, Tatum + Nate crafted a white, black, blue, and gold color palette; even their guests were asked to wear white + navy blue (so fun!). A cute little cottage on the cliffs of La Jolla set the stage for the day. The duo invited Tatum’s childhood best friend to be their officiant, and the ceremony started off with a yoga-inspired breathing, along with a ring warming practice. Since Tatum is a talented jewelry designer — Love Tatum — it’s no surprise that she had quite the vision for the day; Urban Shindigs helped her bring it to fruition!
Tatum shares Nate is a landscape architect who promotes sustainability of low-water use plants in San Diego, so we wanted our ceremony backdrop to have the natural wild agave/succulent plants. I am a gemstone jewelry designer, so we had crystals scattered throughout the venue. I designed our constellation rings and had our cocktails named after gemstones! We even had our French bulldog, Dumpling, serve as our flower girl!
Let’s see all the sweet details captured by Hannah Costello!
We’re diggin’ this modern + luxe invitation suite by Nic Roc Design!
Our music choices were full of variety. We had steel drum players for cocktail hour, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline during dinner service and DJ Luis spinning Tropical House for the dance party!
You bet Love Tatum designed those rings!! Hers is a Yellow Gold Crown Point Grey Diamond Ring; his is a White Gold Brown Diamond Constellation Ring.
Colored smoke bombs + a French bulldog?! LOVE!
Tatum shares We DIYed a teepee made out of copper pipes for our escort table! We secured the top with nautical rope (so it was super affordable), and had our florist, MV Florals, add cascading ferns + draping palms to the top. We completed the look with chunky black crystals and used it again as our favor table!
Snake Oil crafted specialty cocktails, made from puréed local farm fruits. (That makes them healthy, right?!)
Marble + crystals galore!
SO PRETTY!! The white, black, dark green, + gold palette is such a tropical luxe combination.
Tatum shares My mother and I made the name cards! I purchased two black poster boards + created a diamond shaped piece to outline all of the diamond shapes onto the poster board. Then she painted each name, plus wrote in Chinese the beef or vegetarian option on the cards to pay homage to my Chinese roots. I loved the white and black combo, but above all, I loved spending that time with my mom and sharing that memory together!
HELLO geode cake!! This masterpiece is by Hey There, Cupcake!
Be yourself. There are no rules these days and being unique and nontraditional is way more fun for you and your guests! It's easy to get distracted by the idea of ‘what a wedding should look like’, but honestly your wedding shouldn’t look like others because you are not like other people. You are YOU and that should shine most on your big day.
Additionally, choose a reputable vendor and let them do their thing!! I told my florist, "I want white flowers with deep green tones," and gave her a description of the venue + inspo board! She absolutely nailed it. I did the same thing for our cake, paper goods, cocktails, and caterer! They created absolute magic. Bottom line is — they are creatives and you found them for a reason. Their art spoke to you, so let them CREATE; they will wow you in the end!
Congrats Tatum + Nate!! Want some more? Check out this sweet clip from Audrey Alba Films!
photography: Hannah Costello // venue name: Martin Johnson House, La Jolla, California, USA // event design: Love Tatum // planning: Urban Shindigs // florals: MV Florals // wedding dress: Sarah Seven 'Sullivan' // wedding dress boutique: The Dress Theory San Diego // bride's shoes: Prada // bride's ring: Love Tatum, 18kt yellow gold Crown Point Grey Diamond ring // makeup artist: Emily Mejia // groom attire: Nordstrom // groom's ring: Love Tatum , 18kt White Gold Brown Diamond Constellation Ring // videography: Audrey Alba Films // paper goods: Nic Roc Design // cake: Hey There Cupcake // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven // furniture rentals: Adore Folklore // music: DJ Luis The Beast