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Huron Substation Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Our heart rate quickens just a bit any time we see a wedding at LA’s The Huron Substation, and even a little bit more when we see that Sweet Emilia Jane is behind the wedding design. Emilia didn’t hold back in making Jenn and Stephen’s wedding utterly memorable, and we’ve got Zaugh Photography to thank for taking control behind the camera for the big day!

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From the bride, Jenn: We wanted to throw a fun dance party where everyone could mingle and enjoy each other. Instead of a sit-down dinner, we opted for a cocktail party with fried chicken sandwiches, pickles, stoli doli’s (our family favorite drink), and non-stop dancing to Motown and funk. We started serving drinks the second people arrived and provided a school bus to take everyone back to the hotel at the end of the night so people didn’t have to worry about boozing it up.


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We really wanted our family to feel like they were a part of the ceremony — being that it’s not just about us, but two families coming together. It’s a Jewish tradition to plant a tree when a baby is born. So we came up with an idea to have our parents and grandparents each bring a jar of dirt from their homes. Some of the dirt was from Canada, there was sand from a beach in Florida, Boston, California… Each family member got up, gave us a blessing, and put the dirt in a single jar. When our first baby is born, Stephen and I are going to plant a tree using that dirt.

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Our wedding was truly a labor of love. We had so many friends step in and donate their time as a wedding gift to make our dream day come true. We’re so grateful to David Zaugh who shot our photos, Holly from My Floral Bliss who created our beautiful flowers, and Alix Hester who baked our amazing cake. And of course very special thanks to Sweet Emilia Jane. She made the day run effortlessly and transformed our space into something more beautiful than anything I ever pinned on Pinterest! We actually have this stunning art piece that she made hanging in our hallway. Every time I see it, I think of how unique and special she made our day.

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Any advice for couples planning their wedding now? Make sure you have a few easy activities beforehand. We threw a shrimp and crab boil in a very confined space where people were forced to wear bibs and get to know each other. By the time the wedding came, it was more fun because everybody was friends. Plus I didn’t feel as pressured to say hello to each person on the day… more time for dancing! Second, hire a videographer. There’s nothing like having a beautiful video to immediately transport you back to day. The Why We Love were so amazing – if they’re anywhere near you, hire them right now. So worth the splurge.

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Be sure to watch the video by The Why We Love:

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Zaugh Photography / Second Shooter: Lauri Lannan / Event Planner and Designer: Sweet Emilia Jane / Floral Design: My Floral Bliss / Venue: The Huron Substation / Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley via The White Dress / Wedding Shoes: Chloe / Hairpieces: Renee Pawele Bride / Hair and Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Klein, Epstein, & Parker / Wedding Caterer: Huntington / Wedding Cake: our friend, Alix Hester / Lighting: SEP Entertainment and Lighting / DJ: Brett Mullins / Band: Dustbowl Revival / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Love vs. Design / Cinematography: The Why We Love / Photo Booth: Robert Beckwith

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From the bride, Frances: We wanted to be married in LA during the spring, have an accessible outdoor venue + caterer that accommodated the whole event + incorporated sustainability. The Smog Shoppe + Thyme were perfect!

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Little decoration was needed because so much was already there. We incorporated geographic elements into our wedding through our wedding invitations that doubled as a map, and with our seating chart and tables. Each tabled was named after a state we had both visited over the years. Our favors were the DIY coaster project and the potted succulents that guests could take home to use or plant in their garden.


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We hired Sweet Emilia Jane so she could help guide our vision. She referred us to several vendors and because of her, Patrick and I were able to enjoy our wedding with our friends and family members.


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We wanted to honor our wedding party’s individuality so the groomsmen wore their own suits and I picked Coralie Beatrix dresses so my bridesmaids could choose their own style and wear it again and Patrick’s was custom tailored. Throughout the entire planning process, I had a litany of friends offer me their services that included, but not limited to, hair + hair piece, makeup, bouquets, vendor referrals, and chalkboards. All the details of our wedding could be tied to someone generously giving their time or talent which made the day truly special.


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Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Venue: The Smog Shoppe / Wedding Photographer: Katie Osgood / Second Photographer: Mike Lee / Event Coordinator: Sweet Emilia Jane / Wedding Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Hair: Jaclyn and Vincy Wu / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coralie Beatrix / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s friends / Wedding Caterer: Thyme / Wedding Cake: Susina’s Bakery / DJ: DJ Phil Barbb / Table Settings: The Vintage Table Co. / Stationery: Victoria Vu of Paper & Type / Calligraphy: Maureen Koo

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Personally, I fell in love with this photoshoot as soon as I saw the mini waffle towers. Seriously, how perfect is that? I love the idea of presenting food underneath an apothecary jar! This shoot of real-life couple Tabitha and Cynthia was made possible by a list of ridiculously talented vendors, including Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal just to name a few. Thanks to such a great team for sharing your work with us! Be sure to check out model Tabitha’s aptly titled blog, Ms. Awesome, here.

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From the stylist, Emilia: I have a soft spot in my heart for intimate at-home weddings of yore that usually took place morning or mid-day. Think of Father of the Bride… no, not with Steve Martin… the original with Elizabeth Taylor. They were on their way out the door for their honeymoon by dusk! I would love to see the mid-day wedding make a comeback. You’ll save oodles by just serving mimosas or a fun build-your-own bloody Mary bar instead of a full bar. Plus brunch food is the best – pancakes, waffles, donuts, loads of syrup! I could seriously eat brunch all day long. That is where the inspiration for this shoot first started.

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But I didn’t want to create a shabby chic, pastel-hued brunch wedding… I wanted it to be a little rock ‘n roll and a lot of fun. We used a ’50s diner as inspiration and brought in bright colors like magenta, teal and coral. Gold tones brought a little elegance to the vintage doo-woppy decor. Sweets Indeed put together an amazing brunch table with mini-pancake and waffle stacks, french toast, donuts… it was all so delicious!

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For a cheap decor element, I used loads of tissue paper for the fringe wall, confetti and the homemade popper favors. Head on over to Wal-mart after Easter (or any major holiday) and you can find packages of tissue paper in a every color for super cheap. And it doesn’t take that much at all to do a lot. My favorite element were the poppers that I made by cutting paper towel rolls into thirds, filling them with confetti + taffy and wrapping them up in paper. Super easy and super cute! Plus they really pop!

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Christa Rose put a spin on the carnation… a poor flower that gets a bad reputation… by mixing various shades with craspedia. She even spray-painted the white carnations gold which looked really awesome! I loved the look of the carnation clusters in the more modern IKEA vases.

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I know this might seem obvious to some people but a fast way to stay within budget is to stick to a small guest list. So many of the major elements – catering, rentals, flowers – are based on the number of guests or at least the number of tables. Keeping the guest count small will keep the bottom line small. We imagined an at-home wedding for about 35 people. Even though we created a tablescape, you wouldn’t even need to have set tables. Create little lounge areas with the already existing furniture and let people mingle and sit where they’d like. You’ll be able to spend more time with the people you love and have more money left over to splurge on something that is really important to you.

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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding photographer: Amanda Doublin / Wedding stylist: Sweet Emilia Jane / Desserts: Sweets Indeed / Wedding flowers: Christa Rose Florals / Wedding dresses and accessories: Lovey Bridal / Wedding Makeup and Hair: Faces of California / Models: Cynthia and Tabitha

Amanda Doublin, Sweet Emilia Jane, Sweets Indeed, Christa Rose Florals, and Lovey Bridal are members of Blue Label.

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