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Elysian Los Angeles Wedding

Modern Weddings

If I could ever live in a wedding, I think it might just have to be this one. From the aquamint bridesmaid dresses to the beaded BHLDN wedding gown to the stunning scenery of LA’s Elysian, this wedding from Kym Ventola Photography and Christine Tran had us on our toes right to the end. Let’s hop in!

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

From the bride, Jess: We wanted to have the wedding in Jessica’s hometown of Los Angeles, so that helped us narrow down a vision for the wedding. We wanted a summer sunset wedding in the city, in a unique space where we had a great canvas to create exactly what we wanted. We played on the local flora and flavors and used Los Angeles as our inspiration. We serves Mexican food, including elote, cactus salad, mole, fried potato tacos, and churros! The ceremony and reception space was located next to the Los Angeles River and had a beautiful bamboo and succulent garden, so kept with the simplicity of the industrial area but added in lush greens and succulents where we could.

glamorous wedding gown - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

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Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Roses, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary.

aquamint bridesmaid dresses - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Simple. Authentic. Magical. Simplicity was really important to us. We tried to keep the decor as minimal as possible, and let the natural beauty of the space really shine. It also helped to maintain a focus on the big picture. Authenticity was our guiding principal. We wanted everyone to feel as though they got a piece of us on the wedding day. Some examples: We wrote our own vows as well as the entire ceremony from scratch. Because we met each other in a book club, instead of table numbers we used our favorite authors and hand made “library cards” for the escort cards. Jessica makes pottery, and inspired by the fact that the venue was previously a porcelain mold factory, she made every wedding guest a small wheel thrown porcelain cup glazed in various shades of blues and greens. We also wanted an element of the magical. Jessica’s sister created a video installation for everyone to watch that depicted our crazy love, and we exited the wedding surrounded by sparklers. Jess’s best friend and family serenaded us with our favorite song during the ceremony. We used splashes of golds and silvers and made our own photo booth with an instant camera and handmade backdrop. Each detail had a bit of magic in it!

wedding programs - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

ceremony musicians - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

escort card displays - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

greenhouse wedding reception - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

aquamint place settings - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be there for each other. Stay focused on your love–the thing that is bringing the whole wedding together. Lean into the mayhem and chaos that can ensue! There is an unavoidable amount of thought and work in creating a wedding. There are so many moving parts — especially the day of (!), so have a team supporting you, both in the DIY and event planning stuff as well as the difficult and emotional stuff that can come up. And take moments throughout the actual wedding day to take everything in together because it’s a once in a lifetime chance to have all those you love in your presence!

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

modern wedding inspiration - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

literary themed weddings - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

Elysian Los Angeles wedding - photo by Kym Ventola Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elysian-los-angeles-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Prelude: “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me,” Father John Misty
Groom’s Processional: “Dreams Come True Girl,” Cass McCombs
Bride’s Processional: “Sabians,” Shimmering Stars
Ceremony Performance: “Acrobat,” Angel Olsen
Recessional: “Baby, I Love You,” Aretha Franklin
Grand Entrance: “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,” Talking Heads
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography / Wedding Planner: Christine Tran / Florist: Ashley Novak and Josh Cooper / Venue: Elysian / Wedding Dress and Shoes: BHLDN / Wedding Bands and Jewelry: Lori McLean, Mociun, and Bittersweets NYC / Hair: Mackenzey Forrey / Makeup: Lana Fields / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew and Etsy / Caterer, Wedding Cake and Churros: El Cholo Catering / Rentals: Yeah! Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Union Press /’ Videographer: Elliott Geolat

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Whimsical Castle Wedding

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This wedding brings together the best of both worlds: A+ vendors and DIY charm. The couple, Anna and Jeremy, brought their love of the outdoors to their wedding, utilizing lush moss, little birdies, and, of course, the plentiful trees surrounding their venue. Oh, and… they were married in a castle. Cool much? Top it all off, they used one of Carolynn of Two Brunettes’ downloads for their wedding paper goods. We will be adding an editable version of these darling free downloads this afternoon, so check back soon for the release. Thanks to Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo for sharing her photos with us!

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From the bride, Anna: We really love nature and the outdoors, so we wanted to incorporate that in as many ways as we could. We used lots of moss, trees, and little birds. I took a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs and used things other people did, but adapted them to fit our color theme. I am also a really crafty person, so wanted to make as much as I could, which ended up being all of the decorations… I wanted the opportunity to get better at things like sewing, so I sewed a lot! In the end, the inspiration was ourselves! We wanted the wedding to really represent us.

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After the ceremony Jeremy and I went up to the “bridal suite” and just took a few minutes together. We cried together about being married and how happy we were. I was nice to take that time away right after.

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vintage outdoors diy wedding

Anna’s advice for future brides: Make sure your dress is comfortable. Also, make sure you enjoy yourself and focus on the marriage. Since we put so much work into it, I was more concerned about everyone else having a good time, and it was hard for me to really relax until it was all over. Oh, also, you should LOVE your vendors. They are so involved in your day that you want them to feel invested in the wedding, and really a part of it.

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vintage outdoors diy wedding

The groom, Jeremy, describes his favorite memory of the wedding day: Sitting by myself after getting dressed and making a short video for my wife-to-be on my iPhone about how much I loved her and how I couldn’t wait to be her husband for the rest of my life. I sent it to her just before I walked down the aisle.

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vintage outdoors diy wedding

Jeremy, the groom, also includes his advice for brides and grooms alike: My advice would be to enjoy the experience as much as possible. It’s oftentimes easy to get wrapped up in the financial or planning aspects of a wedding, but when it all comes together on your wedding day and you finally see the fruits of your labor – it all becomes worth it.

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vintage outdoors diy wedding

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Wedding vendors (Agoura Hills, California):

Reception venue: Lobo Castle / Wedding photographer: Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo / Event planner: Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle & Bustle / Wedding cake designer: Gigi Bobb Bakery / Wedding dress: Monique Luo / Photobooth: Vintage Booth / Wedding music: Harry and the Hitmen / Wedding flowers: done by bride / Wedding paper goods: Designed by Two Brunettes, available for download here

DIY Marbled Place Mats

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We’re sure you all loved the Paint Party shoot from Gather Events, so we’re ecstatic to share this marbled place mat tutorial shot by The Why We Love! This project will take at least two days — the first day for priming the mats, the second for the “painting” — but I’d say the results make it definitely worth it! Make sure to check out the video from Tower Films for a little extra help.

For this project, you will need:
-fabric (we cut a canvas drop cloth into 12‘x18” pieces)
-alum (not pictured; found at grocery stores in the spice section)
-2 plastic tubs or containers large enough for your fabric pieces to lay flat
-shaving cream
-hand spatula, ruler or any rigid material with a straight edge that is easy to glide across and
smooth the shaving cream surface
-acrylic paint in multiple colors
-glass jars or paper cups for mixing paint and water
-straws
-water
-thin wooden dowel (you could also use a pencil or end of a paint brush)


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Note: this is a 2-day job as you’ll need to treat fabric the day before you marble it.
Directions for pretreating fabric: (not pictured)
Treating your fabric with alum is not required, but helps the paint adhere to the fabric.
Do this step the night before you plan to marble your fabric. It needs a number of hours to dry. Use rubber gloves when handling alum.
1. Fill a rubber tub with hot but not boiling water.
2. Add 3 tablespoons of alum for every quart of water.
3. Mix alum to dissolve.
4. Place fabric in tub and soak for around 15 minutes. Remove; hang flat to dry.

Directions for marbling fabric:
1. Gather all materials together in your work space. This process goes relatively quickly and
so it’s good to have everything near you.
2. Fill one tub with 1-2 gallons of cold water; set aside.
3. Pour acrylic paints into glass jars or paper cups. Water down slightly and mix until you
have the consistency of heavy cream. Place a straw into each of the paint vessels. Set aside.


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4. Fill the second tub with a thin layer of shaving cream.
5. Smooth the shaving cream with your hand spatula to create an even surface.
6. Take a jar of paint. Covering the top of the straw with your index finger, grab straw and lift
out of vessel to see the paint collected into the straw. Wave your hand about 4” over the shaving cream and release your index finger. Paint will drop out of straw and onto shaving cream surface. The goal is for the paint to sit on the surface of the shaving cream. Don’t release paint too high above surface or the paint will sink too far into the shaving cream.


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7. Quickly repeat with this and the rest of your paints until you have an abstract design. Set paint jars aside.
8. Hold your dowel and place one end into the shaving cream at the top let corner. Glide dowel down and up, creating vertical lines, all the way across to the right. Repeat horizontally. You’ll see a beautiful marbled pattern form with the paint in the shaving cream.


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9. Lay a piece of fabric smoothly onto the shaving cream, patting down gently to remove any bubbles and ensure that every inch of fabric is making contact with the paint on top of the shaving cream surface.
10. Let the fabric sit for a few moments until you see the paint seeping through to the visible side of fabric.


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11. Grab bottom two corners of fabric and slowly peel it away from the shaving cream. You’ll see that the paint has transferred onto the fabric!


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12. Place your fabric into the clean container with cold water. Still holding the corners, gently agitate the fabric for a few moments to remove the shaving cream and excess paint.

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13. Remove fabric from the water to reveal your beautiful marbled place mat. Hang on a clothesline to dry.


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14. You can “double dip” a new piece of fabric into the paint batch you just created to form a more abstract look and save on materials. Otherwise, skim the top paint layer off of the shaving cream and begin again at step 6 with new paint. Replenish the shaving cream as needed.

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