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Indie Los Angeles wedding: Ruby + Victor

September 18, 2012
"you make this place so much better" mural

Ruby + Victor always said that if their wedding was a movie, it would be an indie film. She’s an actress and he is a writer/director, and both connected immediately with films they’ve loved. And as most true independent films are a labor of love, their wedding was as well. Both striving in their fields, they were on a very strict budget, but still wanted to make sure their loved ones had a great night with plenty to drink, eat and dance the night away. Going with a large, empty warehouse helped with costs and gave Ruby a blank canvas to go wild with diy projects.

BCBG dress and Nine West gold sparkle shoes gold wedding jewelry Anthropologie hair barrette BCBG sheer cut-outs wedding dress white dahlias bouquet

A simple, but gorgeous all white dahlia bouquet. Classic!

vibrant green and yellow bridesmaid dresses DKNY plaid groom's suit BCBG wedding dress sheer veil vintage warehouse wedding ceremony paper lantern and pouf garland decor vintage warehouse wedding ceremony

Our ceremony was a big part of the night where we were able to express ourselves with letters we’d written to each other when we first started falling in love, a duet by my brother and his wife (They sang Donovan’s,  I Sing To You. It was just perfect.), and writing our own vows and promises. 

bottled bubble guest gifts and photo garland wild flower centerpieces pencil and postcard guest gifts movie-themed table numbers and floral table cloths

We decided to use our favorite films as our table numbers. We thought about all of our loved ones and sat them at specific tables that made sense to each film. Such as, we sat, along with our bridal party, at It’s A Wonderful Life. Our parents were seated at Parenthood and some of our young, hip friends were seated at Singles. We found they were good conversation starters.

floral-adorned bar custom printed pie signs tea light candles and twinkle lights colorful garlands and twinkle lights vintage warehouse wedding the first dance

You need this advice:

DEEP BREATHS. Take it all in. Be in the moment. Make it personal. That’s what people like. Not how much money you spend. I chose to have two drinks the entire night as I wanted to be crystal clear. It goes so fast. Think long and hard ahead of time about all the choices you have because you have one chance to get it done and in the moment you won’t have the time or the energy to make any decisions while it’s happening. Don’t be afraid to over communicate and don’t feel bad to ask for help. People like to be involved. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, it’s about you and your partner. Don’t lose that in the production of it all. I had to remind myself that constantly. This isn’t just some huge show. It’s a lifetime commitment and all the lead ups to the big day help you figure out how to live the rest of your lives together. How to budget, problem solve, stay calm and plan a party that you BOTH have the time of your life at!

Congrats Ruby + Victor!

photography: Esther Sun Photo / videographer: Andrew Bowser, Stereo Waltz Films / venue: Poodle Parlor / make-up: Bianca Appice / hair: Emily Bowser / wedding co-ordinator: Breezy Delaney, Blissed Out Bride / flowers: Viri Sanchez / bride’s dress: bcbg / shoes: Nine West / bracelet: Una Mae’s Clothing / earrings and hair clip: Anthropologie / DJ: Jon Seltzer / photobooth photographer: Victoria Gloria / taco truck: Border Grill / pies: Jimenez Family Farm / pie toppers: Alicia Starr-Ryan / bunting: Mary Ryan / groom’s suit: DKNY / tie: Penguin / shoes: Ted Baker / bridesmaid dresses: chose their own yellow dresses