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Get ready for some terrific Monday inspiration! Emily and Robert’s wedding at the Huron Substation in Los Angeles ( I think it may be my new favorite venue) is the perfect place for some ideas for your simple event. Rather than compete with the historic building’s cool vibe, they made it the centerpiece of their decor. Smart! Thank you so much to the lovely Corinne Krogh for sharing her beautiful work with Delightfully Engaged!
What was your vision?
Our vision for the day was just a simple, casual elegance. We wanted to make things as easy as possible. We didn’t pick “wedding colors” and had a zero crafts goal. We loved the rustic feel of our venue with the exposed brick and lovely green courtyard and so we coordinated all of the other details around the venue. I chose navy for my bridesmaids in the hopes they’d buy a dress they could wear again and I thought the navy would complement the green backdrop during the ceremony. We chose ivory table linens and our centerpieces were potted herbs we bought at Trader Joe’s. We also made simple, small white flower arrangements to keep everything neutral. We had a ton of candles everywhere which really made the room feel cozy and romantic during the reception.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
We were just so happy to be in a room with all of our favorite people. We limited the guest list to only 50 people and over the course of the day we just kept looking around the room and marveling at every face we saw. Everywhere we looked was someone near and dear to our hearts. It was such an amazing feeling.
Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding as well.
Since our families are all from the East Coast, we decided to have our rehearsal dinner on Thursday night before the wedding and then our friends hosted a casual backyard get together at their home on the Friday night for everyone. We wanted to entertain our out of town guests as much as possible since they had traveled so far to be with us. Hosting these events also allowed our families to meet and get to know each other. By the wedding on Saturday it was as if we’d all known each other forever! On the Sunday after the wedding we let everyone know where we would be hanging out for brunch and most of our wedding guests stopped in for a drink over the course of the morning so we got to see almost everyone again before they left town.
Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started? Relax and forget about the “rules.” You don’t have to craft. You don’t have to have wedding colors. You don’t have to have songs or readings or anything else during the ceremony (ours was just vows because we wanted as much time as possible to party!). You can do whatever you want to because it’s YOUR wedding and no one else’s!
Photographer: Corinne Krogh
Venue: Huron Substation
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Shoes: Banana Republic
Accessories: My mom made the veil! It cost her about $10 in materials and was based on a $300 veil I tried on at the bridal salon where I bought the dress.
Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic
Catering: Heirloom LA
Event Planning: Day of coordination by Rose Lannutti Events (highly recommend her!)
Flowers: DIY. I was especially proud of the bouquets. Already assembled and $5 each at the LA Flower Mart!
DJ: Albert Gonzalez
High school sweethearts Jessica and Hugh made their engagement session even more personal by having it on Jessica’s farm. They also invited along pretty little Bella for the fun! The abandoned houses and old cars make for a rustic backdrop to this very Southern session by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography.
While I do love a good cake topper, I prefer a gorgeous cake stand. Why? I’m practical. Chances are I am not going to re-use the very adorable personalized wood figurines of me and my honey. But a pretty cake stand in pink or silver or blue? Absolutely! That thing is going to be showing off cupcakes and cinnamon rolls and macarons every chance I get! Sarah’s Stands has the loveliest cake stands. You should check them out. Also, go to their site for some serious wedding cake inspiration. Amazing!
I really love this very simple stained soft maple. Perfect for rustic weddings!
I go back and forth on which one is my favorite. Right now, it’s the blue.
This ranch wedding just goes to show you that you can always be elegant, even when surrounded by cows. Tory and Cullen (such fantastic names, right?) were married on her best friend’s family ranch. Very cool! Adriana Klas was on hand to take some spectacular photos (thanks for sharing)! below, Tory shares her thoughts about her wedding planning, which I really encourage you to read. I especially love the last paragraph–this gal definitely has her head on straight!
When planning the ceremony, my husband and I knew we wanted it to really tell our story, and we wanted people to walk away thinking it was a clear reflection of us as a couple. We decided the best way to accomplish that was to ask a friend to officiate the wedding. We asked a family friend to perform the ceremony, and he was able to talk about us and share our story as if we were just sitting at dinner with a few close friends.
My maid of honor is also the daughter of the ranch owner, so we really got married at my best friend’s house! J Everyone loved her speech, and so many guests told me they loved imagining us running around as 5 kids on the ranch property.
I wanted purple to be the colors because I felt it would really pop against the rich green grass on the lawn. I asked my bridesmaids to just find a purple dress that suited them, and it worked out better than I could have imagined with all the girls finding their perfect dress (and they also happened to match perfectly…what are the odds?!).
Overall, my whole vision for this wedding was simple and sweet. I didn’t want to stress about the perfect centerpieces or that everything matched perfectly because I knew that those things weren’t important. What is important is the love my husband and I have for each other, and the love we have for our families and friends. I hope our guests left the wedding knowing how special they are to us.
Photographer: Adriana Klas Photography
Venue: Private Residence, Yerba Buena Ranch
Dress: Allure Bridal
Catering: Weir and Associates Catering
Event Planning: Bryerpatch Inc., Samantha Bryer
Now that you have selected your wedding’s theme–where to display it? Here are some common places to show off your theme:
Pick a pattern that goes with your theme in your colors. And when in doubt, go with basic and elegant. The last thing you want is to send out a country hoedown-style invite when you are having a vintage garden wedding–the horror! (Okay, so I’ve been watching a lot of “Downton Abbey” lately…)
Depending upon where you are having your ceremony, you might not be able to go full-on theme. For example, if you are having a church wedding and a retro reception, you may have to wait to be all about the nostalgic fun until you are at the reception. But at the very least, you can use your wedding colors in the flowers or aisle decor. You can also incorporate your theme into the music at the ceremony. Modern wedding? Have the violinists play covers of alt rock songs.
Use your theme to direct guests in fun ways. Signage lets guests know where they ought to be and what the ought to be doing: Go here, sign this, sit at table 9. Pretty boring. By making your signage beautiful and entertaining, this process can be more fun than the round of Simon Says it seems like.
Centerpieces and Table Decor
Now, this is where you can go all out! Decorate your tables to give a powerful sense of atmosphere around your theme. Rustic affair? Wildflowers and wood accents are a great way to go.
Food and Cake Displays
You are paying so much for these things that having them serve double duty only make sense. Vintage wedding? Drape serving tables in lace and use antique bud vases throughout. Ranch wedding? Serve food in unconventional ways such as turning the back of an old wagon into a buffet area.
Send your guests off with a favor or packaging that highlights the theme of the event. Crafty wedding? Send your guests off with paper-wrapped cookies.
Photo Credit: Jessie Holloway Photography