• Inspiration behind the theme of your wedding? Jordan is a bit of a movie buff, and I am a fan of most things vintage, so we thought an old movie theme would be fun. We didn’t want to go too literal with a straight “movie” theme because it can get a little tacky, especially when you live to close to Hollywood. Since we also love a good picnic, we decided on a 1940s drive-in theme, complete with popcorn, nachos, and corn dogs for hors d’oeuvres and old movies showing during dinner. Having an outdoor theater for the reception venue really helped to solidify the theme, even if the theater was meant for stage plays and not movies. We didn’t have assigned seating at the reception, but I watched enough wedding shows to know that guests get cranky when they have to wait in long buffet lines, so I opted to make escort cards informing guests that they arrived in a variety of old cars from famous movies and then they knew to head to the buffet line when their car was called. Originally we were also going to have a food truck provide dinner, but we ran into logistical problems with the driveway of the reception venue, so we found a caterer willing to re-create the menu of my favorite food truck: Korean-Mexican fusion tacos! The movies we chose were a few Buster Keaton shorts because Jordan loves the humor and they made a great background for dinner since they are all silent films set to music. After dinner guests had the option to dance or to watch the original 1950 version of Father of the Bride, starring Elizabeth Taylor. I absolutely LOVE the Steve Martin version of this movie, and while wedding planning I accidentally came across the original on AMC one day and was thrilled to see that the original was filmed in the same exact house as the modern versions! That house has now become my dream house. Go figure!
• How did you come up with your invitation ideas? Resources? I looked at a lot of different invitations and didn’t like most of them until I went to Paper Source on a whim. They had a bunch of fun styles, but most importantly, they had paper in a shade of yellow that I fell in love with. Pinterest had lots of examples of invitations that were similar to the quirky vintage style that I wanted, so I sent the examples to my amazing graphic designer friend (Stephanie Vazquez) and she made it all come together. After getting them printed I enlisted my fiancé and in-laws to help mount, stamp, ribbon, stuff, and address them. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it! We got so many calls, texts, and compliments about them. The invitations really set the bar high for the wedding, but I think we met expectations.
• What songs played during the ceremony/1st dance etc? Jordan is an audio engineer and his love of music is what drew him to that profession, so he played a large part in the music selection. Some dear friends of mine have this awesome band (Autumn Eyes) and they played for the ceremony. The bridal party walked down the aisle to Jordan’s father’s favorite song: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach. I walked down the aisle to a guitar and cello version of Say Anything’s I Want to Know Your Plans. We walked out to an acoustic version of Justin Timberlake’s My Love (the original version played as we arrived at the reception as well). Our first dance was to Settle Down by Kimbra. Aside from the Bach piece, the other three songs have special meaning to us both because they were all sung to me by my husband when he proposed (there’s a video) . Also, gotta brag, my husband was the premiere boy soprano for the Houston Children’s Choir for 2 years. It would have been 3 years but football seemed more important to him at the time. He is a Texan, after all.
• Your favorite part about being married now? The best part of being married is having dinner every night. We lived 20 miles apart while dating, so we’d have to wait until weekends to see each other. Now we get to sit at our table and talk about our days. I love my dining table and I couldn’t use it at my old apartment because it was too big for the dining space. I’m also really getting into cooking, and it’s a lot of fun to cook for my husband (it helps that he is not picky too). There’s just something so perfectly wonderful about sharing a home cooked meal together. No phones, no TV, just us.
Reception venue: “The 1909” (a former outdoor theater built by the Los Angeles Shakespeare Company. It is no longer owned by the company and this was the first wedding they hosted)
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop (flowers added by florist)
Florist: Belle of the Ball Designs
Ceremony musicians: Autumn Eyes
Dresses: Marylinn’s Bridal &Panache Beverly Hills
Photobooth photographer: Waldyr Olivera Jr. WO Photography
Graphic Designer (invitations and programs): Stephanie Vazquez
Reception DJ: Dave Lockett
• Please share where all the fashion came from (bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen attire, jewelry)? I went to a few places to find my dress. I knew I wanted all lace, so I started scoping out sample sales and trunk shows to find one in my price range. After a few disappointing appointments, I ended up at a Watters trunk show at Panache in Beverly Hills. The representative from the designer was there and she was immensely helpful. We found a dress that was exactly what I was looking for and even though my wedding was less than 4 months away (6 months is standard for wedding dresses, apparently) she waived the rush fee. The shop gave us a good deal on the alterations as well. I liked the experience so much that I actually went to another Watters trunk show at Marylinn’s Bridal in Pasadena (a sister store to Panache) and got the bridesmaids dresses from the Watters fall 2012 bridesmaids collection because they had such a variety of lace dresses that came in black. The groomsmen were given parameters for their suits (shades of gray) and got their suits on their own from Men’s Wearhouse and Zara.