Modern Meets Eclectic at this 1970s-Inspired Wedding in Los Angeles

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

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?!

Just wait until you see the stylish frocks Casey Brodley captured at Valentine DTLA!

The Bridesmaids

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

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.

Leopard Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Hello, leopard ensembles! The bridesmaids all rocked these funky frocks from Nasty Gal!

Reformation Wedding Dress

Kate is the co-creator of Witchsy, so naturally she rocked Penelope Gazin kicks from her shop!

pink bouquet

For the florals, Earthbaby Flowers crafted this totally tropical bouquet with pops of bright pink + orange.

Leopard Print Bridesmaid Dresses

The Groom + Groomsmen

green groomsmen suits

So how did Mike get the perfect ensemble to match his lovely bride? This suit was customized by Rusty Cuts!

floral embroidered groom suit

floral embroidered groom suit

So slick. So stylish. So cool.

The Retro Ceremony Space

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

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.

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Oh my goodness, all the emotion!!

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Steel Guitar Players

Recessional: Love's Theme by Love Unlimited Orchestra

First Dance: You and Your Sister by Chris Bell

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Aren’t these looks so fun?

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

The Newlyweds

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

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?!

Reformation Wedding Dress

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

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.

Reformation Wedding Dress

And the birds!!

The Colorful Reception

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

There was no shortage of color when it came to the reception! Peep that signage + all the table numbers!

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

They even had leopard print napkins to match the bouquets + pocket squares for the groomsmen!

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

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.

Wild Western Los Angeles Wedding

pink wedding cake

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

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