Jordan & Lisa | Drive-In Film Noir Wedding

Pepperdine University Chapel, Malibu Wedding Photographers

 • 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!

• Did you do any DIY projects? Which was your favorite? Can you explain how you did it?  The “concessions” stand was a big project. I had some friends help put ribbons and labels onto vases and jars that I found at thrift stores and Ikea and then fill them with candy. I cut and pasted letters onto a banner and then attached the banner to some dowels to make the signs for the concessions stand and cocktail table. Recycled coke bottles filled with corn kernels helped to weigh the signs down. My veil was another DIY project that my grandmother actually made. She cut the veil and sewed on the lace and comb. My grandmother made my mom’s wedding dress, so I wanted to have her make something for me too.
• Did you create a Pinterest board for your wedding? Can you share the link?  Oh yes. Pinterest was one of my primary sources for inspiration.  I had 2 boards, one for the wedding itself and one for the dresses/hair/makeup. I started the pinboard a few months before we got engaged because I got tired of pinning wedding things to my generic “pretty things” board. I finally broke down and made my “Stop Pretending This Isn’t Why I Joined Pinterest” http://pinterest.com/mcginger/stop-pretending-this-isn-t-why-i-joined-pinterest   I would show that to my fiance while we were planning, but he wanted to be surprised about how I would look, so this was the page with my fashion inspiration:  http://pinterest.com/mcginger/dressy/
• Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be?   Get a wedding coordinator!  My coordinator, Carole Grogan from Bright Blue Events, was the best investment I made (not counting my photographers).  I did a lot of work myself, but Carole was there to help me at every stage.  She found our reception venue and referred me to the caterer (Command Performance) and she was absolutely crucial to making the day of go off without a hitch.  As stressful as wedding planning can be, I would do it again with Carole by my side.

• 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.

Wedding Coordinator: Carole Grogan, Bright Blue Events 
Ceremony Venue: Pepperdine University, Stauffer Chapel
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.

The jewelry came from Jordan’s uncle in Austin, Texas: Copeland Jewelers. The earrings and necklace that I wore were on loan (and are for sale!). I love rose gold, so Jordan selected a rose gold engagement ring and had his uncle set a gorgeous champagne diamond into the band. Jordan wanted some rose gold in his ring as well, so he had a custom ring made: white gold with a rose gold inlay.

 

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