11 Jul

1950’s Retro Southern California wedding: Dominique + Ron, part 1

categories Real Weddings

We’re starting the week off with a super fun, retro summer wedding shot by the ever so lovely Taryn and Shelby of Joielala Photographie. It has us feeling all giddy inside, and was flawlessly executed for $11,000! Recognize these two drop-dead gorgeous, rockin’ lovebirds? They’re Dominique + Ron, super talented photography duo behind Love Me Sailor. Now it’s their turn to be in front of the camera and show off their special day. We’re loving on their wedding so much that we had to turn it into a three part mini-series. Enough talk, let’s get into it. There are too many goodies to see!

1950's retro southern california wedding

1950's retro southern california wedding

With us being wedding photographers, we see a lot of weddings, both as we shoot them and on the blogs we sift through. Luckily, without being overwhelmed, we had a very clear vision of what we wanted ours to look like. We were double as lucky to have one of our very dearest friends (and one of Ron’s groomsmen), Jeffrey Caballero, a killer visuals designer, work closely on every visual element of the wedding. He couldn’t have done a more amazing job at executing our kooky ideas, while still giving them great style.

1950's retro southern california wedding

My dress was quite a project. I found it at a flea market for $175, but the skirt was plain flat linen. I had the incredible Daniela Kurrle in West Hollywood remake the entire skirt for me and also had her add a vintage rhinestone necklace as a little belt. It was my dream dress and she went above and beyond!

1950's retro southern california wedding

1950's retro southern california wedding

1950's retro southern california wedding

Jeffrey and a few other friends made our chuppah out of bamboo and tissue paper streamers and flowers. A ton of our supplies came from Moskatels & Crafts store in downtown LA, the tissue paper from Nashville Wraps, and the tissue fan bursts from Devra Party Online.

1950's retro southern california wedding

For both decor and flowers, I believe we spent close to $2,200. Jeffrey did all the floral design, and me, my mom, and another friend were his assembly assistants for the arrangements.

1950's retro southern california wedding

1950's retro southern california wedding

Coming from a long line of musicians, music was of huge importance to them, especially since Dominique is also a singer (photographer + singer = double threat!), so you better believe there were great tunes at their wedding! Ron and the bridal parties walked in to “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups and Dominique walked in to the hauntingly dreamy and romantic  “Sleepwalk”, by Santo and Johnny.

Listen to “Sleepwalk” here:

1950's retro southern california wedding

There’s more where this came from, so don’t go anywhere! Here are parts two and three of this fabulous wedding!

Photography: Joielala Photographie / Event and floral design: Mr. Caballero Creative / Bride’s dress: Vintage & re-design by Daniela Kurrle Couture / Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bracelet & earrings: Vintage / Necklace: Gift from Groom / Hair: Danny Rishoff / Makeup:  Joyce Bonelli / Groom’s suit & bowtie: Vintage / Groom’s shoes: Re-mix Vintage reproductions / Bride & Groom flowers: The English Garden / Catering: Appetizers, cakes & bar: Whoa Nelly! Catering / Dinner: In N Out truck & Ricky’s Fish Tacos (from Silver Lake in Los Angeles) / Rings: All vintage – Bride’s band was her grandma’s & Groom’s ring is from Claude Morady Beverly Hills / Kettle Corn: Diego’s Kettle Corn (805) 512-2260 / Rentals: Ace Party Rentals

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  1. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen in a while. The bride and groom are so stunning!

  2. I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful and unique wedding!

  3. Squeeeaaal! Oh my… I don’t know what I love most. Stunning with cherries (and stars!) on top! LOVE this!

  4. This is gorge!

  5. what a fun wedding! LOVE her shoes and dress! so unique and pretty. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  6. What a gorgeous couple! And such a lovely fun wedding – love the colours in the decorations and flowers!

  7. What an amazing tiara! Do you have any info on it….one of the most gorgeous bride and grooms I’ve ever seen!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous, creative, original. What a gorgeous couple who look so in love.
    When you say chuppah, was this a Jewish wedding?

  9. Loving the colors, and I love her dress!!

  10. What a gorgeous bride! Her hair and makeup is rockin.

  11. People in the biz always have the most intersting weddings! Love it 😉

  12. I love the pink flamingos!

  13. WOW!! i want to see more! what a stunning wedding. and this couple is insanely gorgeous!

  14. this makes my heart happy :)

  15. I love all the little details in this one – the bride rocks that red hair and that beautiful dress!

  16. The paper fans, the glittery chipboard letters, and THAT DRESS!!! Holy MOLY…she looks like a spunky ballerina Swan princess :)

  17. The image of them walking back down the isle is one of the most amazing shots I’ve ever seen! Amazing!

  18. I always adore the ever amazing joielala girls! They are crazy talented :)

  19. Awww, gosh. Thank you SO so much everyone. We are feeling the love!! It was the best day of our lives, and we’re so glad you guys are enjoying it too ! xx

  20. Absolutely lovely! The paper flowers are stunning. Wondering where the paper lanterns were purchased? I don’t see them in the sources.

  21. Oh I LOVE this wedding. Great unexpected color combinations. Stunning.

  22. An adorable couple in (web)print and in person! The photos are gorgeous– but hardly justice for the consummate style of the bride who certainly had the most magical affair with flowers, decor and ambiance. Mr. Caballero is a Wizard, PS.
    Can’t wait to see more photos.

  23. Amazing in every way. Seriously, it just about knocked me over! Love it!

  24. this is one of the most beautiful weddings i have seen in a while. the color scheme is my fave, and all the little details come together perfectly. congratulations to the couple!

  25. They’r like Barbie and Ken from the fifties in a dream wedding! LOVE everything in it!

  26. oh……my god…..

  27. Very special and absolutely gorgeous – we love it!

  28. Wow……those Mont Jules Peonies look very good on you Dominique!!

  29. I am dying over this wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!! So amazing!!!!!!!!!

  30. Is there a video?!?! I so want to see a video!!!!

  31. I cannot even express how much I love this post. Every little detail is perfect- pink flamingos to remind me of John Waters and I absolutely love Sleepwalk. This wedding is so great because it has that great rockabilly vibe to it. I just want to make Dominique my friend- how fun to all of these guests look?

  32. I totally love this! Not only is the whole theme retro cool, but those pretty decorations in pastel hues look gorgeous. This is a great example how you can achieve a designer looking wedding on a realistic budget!

  33. What a lovely looking couple! I love the brides dress, lipstick, hair, and tiara combination! LOVELY. And those flamingos! How wonderful.

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  35. I was actually looking for California 1950’s ideas for my kitchen and ran across your wedding photos by accident. Very beautiful wedding! Congratulations and best wishes on your future!

  36. Hi Dominique, do you remember where you got the tattoo on your left leg from, or what artist? it looks fabulous! xxx :)

  37. Does anyone know where this venue was?

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