18 Nov

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding planners and designers have a tough job. Sometimes we honestly don’t know how they come up with the ideas that they do, but they continue to amaze us, and we love it. GATHER Events had the pleasure and challenge of helping to plan a wedding that pulled from Amy’s interest in astrology and her Thai heritage, and John’s obsession with space and nature. When all was said and done, it was an eclectic, but perfectly unified look and feel that Amy + John’s closest friends and family had a hand in creating. And who better to capture it all than, Rad + In Love!

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Their wedding invites had an astrological chart card that indicated the exact time of the ceremony.

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Bouquet recipe: Pampas grass, Dahlias, ferns, fountain grass, pin cushions, millets and scabiosas pods.

diy ceremony backdrop | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

It’s nice to have friends that are crazy talented. Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop converted a brass flea market find into this vibrant ceremony backdrop using bright colored panels of handmade paper.

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

My mother and her sisters from Thailand all contributed materials to the Thai water ceremony, which is a major part of most Thai weddings.They brought the water blessed by monks all the way from a temple in Thailand. My mother had a traditional Thai outfit made for both me and John in Bangkok.

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Friend and fine artist, Alexa Gerrity hand painted the gold rocks that were used as escort cards.

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

The table runners were hand drawn with simple gold lined borders. Such a simple DIY to add a pretty little hint of color, no?

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake
Eclectic, earthy Southern Cali wedding | photo by Rad and in Love | 100 Layer Cake

A little background on their special day… We just had this vague idea of the day being filled with garlands and flowers and lots of great food spilling out everywhere like a pagan feast you see in some cheesy classical/historical drama (although perhaps less cheesy). We wanted a sense of otherworldliness – to reference the natural surroundings without pretending to be authentically “rustic” – so the fabricated prisms in neon colors hanging from the trees and the gold rocks added this science fictional aesthetic to the environment. We also did without a lot of the traditional aspects of weddings. Instead of creating an aisle that people walk down one by one, we decided to march from opposite sides of the park with our respective families, and come together at the same time. And instead of a father giving away the bride to the groom, I walked with both parents and John walked with his sister as a symbolic way of joining old family and new on both sides. 

So beautiful. Congratulations Amy + John!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photography: Rad + In Love / Wedding Venue: Elysian Park / Planning, Design, Consulting & Production: GATHER Events / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Catering & Desserts: Four Cafe / Princess Cake: Viktor Benes Bakery / Bar: Sunseri’s / Sun Backdrop: Bramble Workshop / Florals, Painted Runners, Guest Book Artwork: Velvetleaf Studio / Gold Rocks: Alexa Gerrity / Geometric Ornaments: Sarah Jones of SLJ Designs / DJ: DART DJ’s / Hair & Makeup: Nicole Chew / Officiant: friend of bride & groom / Invitation Design: Amy Squires (bride)

Wedding Dress: Alice by Alice Termperley / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Groom’s Suit: Marc Jacobs / Shoes: Paul Smith / Engagement Ring: Kathryn Bentley for Dream Collective / Meteorite Wedding Bands: The World’s Best Nature Store

 
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18 Nov

We’ve talked about our love of Weddings Bespoke before, but they’re adding killer lines of new accessories almost every day to compliment their vintage collection, so we wanted to show you a few of their new beauties. A lot of their jewelry is from the 1920s and later which means you’re getting truly heirloom quality pieces that can be handed down to the next generation. And their new pieces are just as gorge. Take a look at these glam bits & bobs… then make sure to enter to win your own piece!

Weddings Bespoke

Weddings Bespoke

Weddings Bespoke

Weddings Bespoke buyers spend a considerable amount of time researching, finding and purchasing the best vintage jewelry pieces. And it shows! The quality of these pieces is superior to a lot of costume jewelry available today.

Weddings Bespoke

Weddings Bespoke

Gorgeous, right? Something else to love… their “buy back” program for the rare vintage items in the “Private Reserve” section.

Private Reserve pieces are from our own private collection. These pieces feature a guaranteed buyback within 120 days of the purchase date. The program is simple – purchase the item at full price, take care of it when you use it, and then sell it back to us at the Private Reserve Buyback Price shown. You can also elect to keep the piece. Its up to you. Our Private Reserve is a great way to enjoy a beautiful piece of vintage history on your special day while having the assurance you can sell it back within 120 days of the purchase date. The only caveat is that the piece must be returned in the condition it was sent. If it is damaged, we will not purchase it back. Please keep away from hair spray and any other contaminants.

Obviously we think every bride should have some of these unique pieces come wedding day, but how special would these be as bridesmaids gifts too? Don’t forget about your mama or MIL too!

GIVEAWAY

To enter: Head on over to the Weddings Bespoke website, peruse the goods, pick out your favorite piece (excluding the Private Reserve section & Special Order), then come back here and leave a comment below telling us which was your favorite. One winner will be chosen at random next Monday to receive the piece you selected, so make sure to enter by Friday, November 22nd.

 
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18 Nov

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

After a short & sweet, six month engagement, and a grueling final semester of law school (like, literally the day after graduation), this gorgeous wedding took place. Before you swoon over all the details, like the custom cornhole boards & magnolia leaf escort cards, not to mention their venue, know this: they spent zero dollars on their venue by having the wedding at Karissa’s parent’s home. Being that K + B are aspiring attorneys, they admitted to having zero creative bones in their bodies. But Karissa had a vision and knew exactly what she wanted, but she could not be the one to carry out those visions to reality. So because their venue was free, they splurged on a rad wedding team to help execute that beautiful vision. Bash, Please, Our Labor of Love, Flower WildPharmacie LA … just to name a few.

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Custom corn hole set by Bash Please | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cakerina-wedding.36

Bash, Please designed these adorable cornhole bean bags and boards and invitation suite.

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Having the wedding at Karissa’s parent’s ranch in Westlake Village, California gave them the flexibility to add lots of fun touches, and was the perfect marriage of southern accents and beautiful, rustic California scenery.

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

How pretty are these magnolia leaf escort cards by Anne Robin Calligraphy?

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

Do we even have to tell you that there’s a whole lot more pretty inspiration from their wedding in the full gallery?

Southern style California wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | 100 Layer Cake

A few pieces of advice from Karissa… Your wedding day is going to go by in the blink of an eye…. it will all feel like a blur. I would tell other brides to SLOW DOWN and really enjoy their wedding day, pausing to reflect on all of the special moments! Also, if you have a vision, stick with it! Having a theme or story that is close to your heart will really make a special experience for all of your guests! For us, we loved celebrating Brian’s southern heritage as well as my California roots! It was so fun to combine those two themes into one BEAUTIFUL day!

Fabulous work by all the creative folks below! And congratulations to the beautiful couple!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Event Coordinator, Designer: Paige + Kelly of Bash, Please / Photographer: Jesse & Whitney of Our Labor of Love / Videographer: Son of Sharkpig / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Timber Ridge Ranch (Bride’s parent’s home) / Invitation Designer: Bash, Please / Calligraphy: Anne Robin / Hair: Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie (Caitlin) / Makeup: Jay and Rob from the Canyon Salon / Florist: Flower Wild / Desserts: Whoa Nelly / Ice Cream: Sweet Lucie’s / Catering: Whoa, Nelly / Cocktails, bartending: Pharmacie LA / Rentals: Found Vintage RentalsTown & Country Rentals / Glassware and tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin

Wedding dress: Rivini, with vintage belt made by Millie Icaro, purchased at Panache Bridal / Wedding shoes: Anthropologie (Miss Albright) / Veil: BHLDN / Bracelet: BHLDN / Earrings: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Bridesmaid dresses: Madewell / Flower girls: Maliposha Clothes on Etsy, Boots from Target

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