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Perfectly crafted wedding: Jessica + Joe

September 14, 2011

We’re beginning to see a theme this week: dream vendors coming together to create pure wedding magic – we love it! So, let’s keep going with it, shall we? Jessica + Joe’s wedding is sure to get your inspiration bug a fluttering. If it’s not the florals, it’s going to be Jessica’s Reem Acra wedding gown, or their table setting, or the screen printed tote bags, or their scrumptious “sweets stable”, or even their custom wine labels, that you fall in love with. Promise. Bringing you this perfectly crafted Jewish/Portuguese/Catholic timeless wedding, inspired by a rustic European farm look, are the styling masterminds of Bash, Please, along with one of our favorite photographers, Sarah Yates. Double threat!

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We met at Brooklyn College in New York while I was receiving my MFA in Theater/Acting. We were assigned a scene together for a directing class and of course, he was cast as my boyfriend. It didn’t take long for us to become great friends, but we probably tortured our friends with the amount of heavy flirting that was going on between us. After 6 months of this great, but flirty friendship, we kissed (on a snowy Park Slope night). We’ve been together every since, almost 6 years now.

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Joe’s talented mom, Maria, hand knit all of the kepah’s for the ceremony (about 100) which made for a touching and meaningful gift that guests were able to take home as a favor.

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Bash, Please, our fearless planners, designed our invitations. Those two are awesome in so many ways and make the best twofer company. Two girls = four hands, and they executed everything flawlessly from the floral design to invitation design, which was immensely helpful. The final result of our invitation suite blended our aesthetic perfectly!

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The gorgeous floral masterpiece, created by Bash, Please, was the perfect addition to the natural huppah Jessica’s father built for the ceremony.

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We love how Bash, Please included the tea-stained tag place cards on a stack of logs instead of a table. It not only makes it fun for quests to interact with, but it’s such a perfect way to utilize every square inch of your venue.

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Talk about a gorgeous spread! Heirloom LA knocked it out of the park with these bites. Did you get a look at that specialty cocktail too? Tara at Heirloom LA mixed up a mean red hot julep and even baked the homemade pies you’ll see on the sweets stable. Yum!

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The screen printed tote bags that said “True Love is a Big Deal” were printed by my close friend Nancy. They were such a hit! Inside of the totes were bottles of wine that my dad and cousins bottled from my parents vineyard. The label on the bottles was another personalized touch that my dear friend Elizabeth Azen, an excellent designer in New York, designed for us.

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So happy to see couples are still doing this the old fashioned way!

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Next time one of you Cakelets gets married and has a sweet spread like this, please invite us. We’re practically drooling over these Cake Monkey goodies!

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We hired a fantastic klesmer band, The Shpil that played the most lively version of the Hora that I have ever heard. Plus, they sang Lady Gaga, Nirvana + Beatles songs in a klesmer style during dinner!

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Their first dance song was The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon & Garfunkel.

Listen to it here:

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A small wine vineyard, lush canyons, wild flowers, twinkling views and a beautiful, big barn – all the makings of a dream venue. Congrats Jessica + Joe!

Photography: Sarah Yates /  Design + Florals + Planning: Bash, Please/ Venue: Private home in Rolling Hills, CA /Event rentals + lighting: Classic Party Rentals / Vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Pies + Cocktails: Heirloom LA / Videographer: Shark Pig / DJ: Smiles Davis of Flashdance / Sweets: Cake Monkey / Wine label design: Elizabeth Azen at EA Projects / Cake toppers: Annie Bruce of Brooklyn Owl / Makeup: Kristina Brown / Hair: Megan Last / Bride’s dress: Reem Acra / Grooms Suit: Decades Two, Gucci

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