Have you ever seen a couple wear matching rhinestone + embroidered ensembles, with bridesmaids in leopard print? We certainly hadn’t until today’s eclectic wedding! Kate and Mike share: Our biggest inspiration was 1970s country stars style and their “Nudie Suits.” Slightly down to earth but covered in rhinestones. We wanted to be loud with the clothing and cake design.
Our invitations requested that our guests wear bright colors or animal prints. We wanted our friends to be a part of what made the room beautiful and bright. Everyone came in dressed to the nines and it added an element of beauty to the room that we could not have planned and incorporated everyone into being an element of the day.
We’re not surprised by how fashion forward these folks are though…Kate and her maid of honor co-own the e-commerce site, Witchsy, and their startup story gained so much notoriety that it was recently announce it’s going to be turned into a movie starring Brie Larson! How cool is that?!
Everything included our friends. Each little touch from the music (our friends played Steel Guitar and our DJs for the evening were our friends Doug and Johnny), to desserts (made by our friend and head pastry chef for Hotel Bel-Aire Puck, Tiffany Pascua), photography (our friend Casey shot our entire wedding), wine (provided by Eric Warehiem and his winery, Las Jaras), signs (drawn by Hannah Nance) were all brought in by us and working with our close friends to create and source everything. It was super important for us to know that everyone was apart of this with us.
Hello, leopard ensembles! The bridesmaids all rocked these funky frocks from Nasty Gal!
Kate is the co-creator of Witchsy, so naturally she rocked Penelope Gazin kicks from her shop!
For the florals, Earthbaby Flowers crafted this totally tropical bouquet with pops of bright pink + orange.
The Groom + Groomsmen
So how did Mike get the perfect ensemble to match his lovely bride? This suit was customized by Rusty Cuts!
So slick. So stylish. So cool.
The Retro Ceremony Space
Kate shares: Our wedding was at the Valentine in The North Sea neighborhood area of DTLA. The venue was a former hotel in the 20s, then a grow house and now an event space! Quite the transformation, huh? It had so many pieces of history, fully grown trees, chandeliers, and a beautiful glass ceiling that covers the main room. We wanted to feel like we were outside without having to worry about the weather (even though our wedding day was perfect temperature!) and this was a perfect balance.
Oh my goodness, all the emotion!!
Processional: Steel Guitar Players
Recessional: Love's Theme by Love Unlimited Orchestra
First Dance: You and Your Sister by Chris Bell
Aren’t these looks so fun?
As for that gown? The base is from Reformation + it was customized by Jessica Owen with the teal underskirt + embroidered florals. Such a fun idea, right?!
Make a plan for the actual day and how you want to celebrate with your partner. All of the details and the planning disappears when the day arrives so try not to let them eat up too much mental space. People have a good time because of the mood you've created, not the color of the napkins. Mike and I made a plan that the day of the wedding we would do everything we could to not be separated (and it absolutely will happen because EVERYONE wants to talk to you). It's incredibly easy to get separated so it's good to go in prepared. Making that plan was one of the most important parts of our day because it made sure we shared every moment together.
And the birds!!
The Colorful Reception
There was no shortage of color when it came to the reception! Peep that signage + all the table numbers!
They even had leopard print napkins to match the bouquets + pocket squares for the groomsmen!
OMG the cake cutting experience... The DJ started remixing 'Cut It' while we did the cake cutting and it became a VERY extended sexy cake cutting experience. Bump, grind and cut cake. Everyone lost it. I don't think I've seen a cake cutting like that before and being a part of it was funny and just set the tone that the rest of the night we should all prepare for some serious dancing.
Now THAT is how you forgo tradition + make everything just as you like it. Way to go you two!
For more of their modern meets eclectic 1970s-inspired wedding, check out this clip from Casey Brodley:
photography: Casey Brodley // venue name: Valentine DTLA, Los Angeles, California, USA // event design: Burlap & Rose // planning: Burlap & Rose // florals: Earthbaby Flowers // wedding dress: Reformation (customized by Jessica Owen) // bride's shoes: Penelope Gazin // bridesmaid dresses: Nasty Gal // hair stylist: Kim Leuthe // makeup artist: Nikki Parrish // groom attire: customized by Rusty Cuts // videography: Casey Brodley // handmade details: Penelope Gazin // catering: Huntington // cake: Wolfgang Puck // music: DJ Douggpound & Johnny Pemberton // officiant: Spencer Olson // photo booth: Oh Snaptastic! // late night snack: Cena Vegan