Photographer: Linda Abbott Photography
FROM THE BRIDE:
How did you met? How was the proposal?
We met as wee thirteen year-olds and we “made it official” our junior year of high school. Fast-forward through our college years, the start of our 40 year work lives, and every wonderful day in-between, we got engaged. After a week long road trip through Wyoming, Utah and Arizona, Brandon proposed in pitch black darkness on a bench overlooking the city of Sedona. He had shown his iphone flashlight on a handmade wooden ring box he bought off of Etsy, and I cried the ugliest cry possible. It was a beautiful moment. A year later, we got married on our 10 year dating anniversary.
Overall theme for the wedding: Bringing the outdoors indoors.
We want to hear about the vision; what inspired you to take this direction; what were your most memorable moments of your big day?
We originally wanted to have an outdoor wedding reception, but every venue that was local to us were booked more than a year in advance! When we came across the Hudson Loft (which Brandon found by accident), it had everything we wanted and more. We were practically starting with a blank canvas at the Hudson, but the bones were pretty fantastic. The venue had elements of brick, cement, and factory windows giving panoramic views of a city we love so much- Los Angeles. From there, we knew that our love for all things fresh, green and the Hudson Loft were a perfect match.It’s safe to say that Brandon and I could give a laundry list of memorable moments of our wedding day. It’s been weeks and we still can’t stop talking about it! We miss it every day. When you celebrate love with the people you love, every moment is magic.
Any advice you have for brides planning now?
Get a wedding planner who will give you due dates and keep you accountable, especially since our wedding was practically a family, DIY affair. My wedding planner was amazing from start to finish. Nothing and no-one will prepare you on how to plan a wedding, but your wedding planner will. Make sure to start do-it-yourself projects early if you plan on it. As soon as you think of the idea, start prepping it that day! Trust me. Planning ahead, especially with projects you have never done or do not normally do on a daily basis will probably require lots of time and patience. Even though my husband and family were sweating bullets until the very last moment, the end product was an absolute dream and worth every second.
Details about your DIY elements from your wedding.
- Bridal and Bridesmaid Bouquets and Groom and Groomsmen boutonnieres: She mixed elements of artificial and real flowers which allowed her to work on the pieces way ahead of time.
- Centerpieces and greenery pods surrounding the sweetheart table: Each table had different cement vases and glass vases that my sister and I handpicked ourselves. The votive candle holders were actually made from items we bought at the Dollar Tree. The glass taper candle stand and votive holder were glued together by my siblings to make taller and more ornate glass votive holders (about 80 of them). Same as the bouquets and the boutonnieres, my sister mixed artificial and real flowers (even potted plants that guests were able to take home and continue to let flourish!) within the floral sweetheart “pods” and centerpieces. Because my sister was part of the wedding party, we hired a florist to do setup, which made life much easier!
- Cement escort cards: We used silicone heart-shaped molds that we bought from Michael’s Craft store and quick-dry cement from Lowe’s to make the cement hearts. At the right cement consistency and temperature, we hand stamped the 190+ guest names individually. We bought the stamping letters as a kit and Brandon individually affixed each letter with a dowel using Putty tack.
- Table numbers: It’s all in the details. We had bought some of the cement table numbers through a store on etsy, however, we did not order enough of the number 1 to make table numbers 11-19. So my brother and my dad made a sketch for the number one and instead of using cement, they hand-carved and sanded the number and painted a grey that matched the color of cement. Not only that, some of the pre-made cement numbers could not stand on it’s own on the guest table, so they glued the numbers onto wood slats and it actually looked better than before!