DTLA MOODY COCKTAIL PARTY WEDDING
Seventh Place is a new venue in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. I wanted to design a moody and romantic wedding that would capture the eclectic spirit of the neighborhood and celebrate Los Angeles. The venue is an old industrial warehouse that has beautiful brick walls and an enclosed patio with a rolling door. It is a large open space which gave us a completely blank canvas to work with. I thought it would be a great space for a "cocktail party" inspired wedding and I was thrilled to team up with super talented photographer (and totally fun to be around), Jes Workman!
LOS ANGELES WEDDING VENDOR DREAM TEAM
The coolest thing about this shoot, was that I was able to hand select my dream vendor team!! For the overall design, I was inspired by the raw industrial space as well as the local street art. I wanted it to be beautiful but a little gritty too. The insanely talented Corie, of Foxtail Florals, spray painted tall wood panels and nailed fresh flowers on top of the dripping paint. Her floral creations and eclectic vessels brought it all together in an edgy but beautiful package. Nikki + Crystal of Thrifted Sister Events have the most eclectic rental and tabletop inventory. It was so fun to work closely with them to style unique vignettes for our ceremony area, lounge, food, desert, and cocktail stations. Boldhouse carried the graffiti inspiration into the poster-style invitations as well as the food and cocktail menus that she created and styled.
We wanted to highlight a beautiful appetizer station rather than a plated dinner tablescape. Amy Jurist of Amy's Culinary Adventures crafted a fresh, delicious, and rustic menu inspired by a trip to the local farmers market. She made beautiful cheese and charcuterie spreads, goat cheese + beet stacks, potato bruschetta, and asparagus caprese. Mama's Medicine crafted two signatures cocktails, one was a peach/ whiskey/ginger punch and the other was a cucumber/mint/ fennel gimlet. Instead of a cake, we opted to roll in the Coolhaus truck to serve ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream by the scoop.
Dart DJ of the Dart Collective curated a play-list for our processional, recessional, and first dance. They also allowed our awesome videographer, Abi Rafael of Lovelit Films, to use a recording of a Django Foxtrot cover (one of their Dart Collective bands) for our video.
We could not have done this shoot without our real couple Nisha + Brandon. They are madly in love and they made our jobs so much easier!!! Jen Martens of Jen Plus Colour created a natural hair and makeup look on our beautiful bride to be Nisha. We pulled the “Sloan” dress Rose and Delilah and a Kite and Butterfly shawl from Bride Boutique, a favorite Los Angeles boutique. I felt that a suit would be too formal so I asked our groom to wear something that he would wear out to a nice dinner, but nothing too formal.
We were able to showcase a down-to-earth/ artsy wedding that a local creative couple might actually want to have in that location. As a Designer and Planner that lives outside-of-the-box, my goal is create weddings that are a true reflection of my couples priorities and preferences, rather than applying a one size fits all traditional wedding format. Be Bold and Do Your Thing!!!
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