Holy cow, do I ever love this wedding. As soon as I heard bride Raechel pulled her inspiration from Old Hollywood, glitter, and using local resources, I was hooked! Sarah of Arrow & Apple photographed every bit of Raechel and Jack’s dream wedding day at Marvimon House, one of our perennial favorite wedding venues.
From the bride, Raechel: Our wedding vision was greens, naturals, Old Hollywood and glitter. All though the combination might seem a bit odd together the outcome was amazing. It was also really important that we tried to use local sources as much as possible. We didn’t use any big companies to do anything and felt so proud that we could help keep our money going to local and small businesses (besides our photographer who is in a neighboring state!) We had a lot of DIY projects, partially to save money but also because that’s just who we are. We got some plywood, traced out names in a giant fun font, then cut it out with a jigsaw and glittered it with spray adhesive. It made for a great background in pictures and was an awesome accent on the brick walls of the venue.
We liked the natural feel and look of burlap so we made placemats of burlap for everyone that we thought would look great against the gold chargers and the greenery in the middle. Placemats are something we haven’t really seen at weddings and we wanted to balance the formality of a wedding with an intimate, and casual feel. For the ceremony we wanted something really traditional so we had an actual tying of the knot ceremony which made for great photos and was something some people haven’t seen before (or in a very long time anyway). We hung the knot over the entrance of our doorway as a reminder daily of our wedding and the vows we made to each other! We also wanted something similar to a unity candle but less religious so we did a wishbone breaking ceremony! Everyone was given a plastic wishbones and asked to then break them with their neighbor and make a wish for our new marriage!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice is to have a little extra money even if you’re strict with a budget. We reviewed our budget on a weekly basis and in the end things crept in that I completely forgot about – i.e. wine for our rehearsal dinner! Luckily, we had money coming back to us in the end from security deposits. My second biggest piece of advice which would easily rival with the first is to really write down what you want your wedding to be. Our wedding to us needed to involved only the people we could envision in our future. We absolutely adored our vendors and in the end everyone we worked with was very passionate about making our wedding what we wanted. My brother (bride) was our officiant. It made the ceremony that much more personal for us.
My third piece of advice is to try to sleep. I only got a few hours of sleep the last week before the wedding each night and the moment we checked out on Monday morning from the hotel I was sick as a dog which included being sick on our three week trip to Europe. My fourth and last piece of advice, do not let anyone tell you what your wedding should be. We made our wedding exactly what we envisioned. In the end, everyone told us how personal and unique our wedding was because we stayed true to our own wedding vision.
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Wedding Venue: Marvimon House / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Fergalicious / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Earrings: Bloomingdales / Hair: Dominique Moreau / Makeup: Kelly Carmichael / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicole Miller / Groom’s Suit: Talia / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Wedding Caterer: Field Kitchen / Decorations: Bride and Groom / Wishbones: Lucky Break / DJ: DJ Swon of Red Shoe / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom, Jack and Till / Invitation Printing: Sweet Water Press