Nicole and Addison planned an incredibly glam LA wedding at one of our fave venues: Marvimon. We absolutely love the modern vibe, and can’t be more jazzed about this sparkly fun wedding shot by Britney Moore. It’s got us excited for our New Year’s Eve plans!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I went to a few different boutique bridal shops in the Pasadena area on the hunt for the perfect dress. I knew that I wanted a gown that was form fitting and one that would encompass the whimsical/modern feel of our big day. After trying on a variety of styles, (you have to try on every shape, right?!) I almost chose a gorgeous all lace fit and flare gown but decided that it had a little more of a rustic feel than I was looking for. Ultimately, I went with a beautiful Allure Bridal gown that I found at La Soie Bridal Salon. For me, the dress’ details were chic and contemporary with just the right amount of glamour and whimsy.
What made the wedding special and unique?
One of the most important things to both of us throughout the planning process was that our wedding be a fun and memorable party. We didn’t want an over the top elegant affair, we wanted the day to be unique and enjoyable for those that we love. Instead of a sit-down dinner, we opted for more of a cocktail party/lounge vibe which fit perfectly with our venue, Marvimon. Rather than having a huge three-tier wedding cake, we went with a dessert table full of a variety of sweets, a milk & cookie bar, and a small cake for the two of us to cut. We loved the idea of having different options for our guests to choose from so the idea of a sweets section was perfect! Going along with the more free-flowing party feel,we chose to let our bridesmaids and groomsmen choose what they were going to wear. I love the ombre look so giving the girls free reign over choosing a pink dress worked out perfectly. I’m so happy with how all of the colors blended together in the photos and glad that each bridesmaid was able to choose a dress that they liked and that looked good on their body type. I have ten little nieces and nephews, all seven years old and younger, who acted as our flower girls and ring bearers. They looked ADORABLE marching down that aisle paving the way for my entrance and it was so fun to include them all in our special day. We also had a Tattoo Bar where guests could choose just the right one (or ten) for them. It was a blast to see everyone having a great time with them and people who would never dream of getting a tattoo loosening up and playing inkmasters for the night. One thing I was so happy we had at the reception was a Polaroid photo booth complete with hand painted props by my talented mother-in-law. Addison didn’t want to have a traditional photo booth so using Polaroid 300 cameras we were able to create our own version and people were able to capture some awesome moments that we otherwise wouldn’t know about. I highly recommend having some sort of “user friendly” interactive photo experience at your wedding or any event for that matter.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Because we had to keep costs down as much as possible, we did a lot of DIY projects to make this day happen. I can’t tell you how many cans of gold spray paint I purchased to create the mini succulent favors, the stands for the milk dispensers, the cute little gold dinosaurs seen at the bar, or the gilded flamingos set up in the ceremony space. I loved transforming simple things into glorious golden wonders and really think that all of those touches allowed me to tie in some enchantment without overdoing it. My husband also created a logo for our wedding which we included on the match boxes that were displayed in a fun over-sized brandy glass at the bar. We now have the logo on a wall in our home and we will continue to use it throughout our life together. After having a hard time settling for run-of-the-mill dresses, my sister-in-law’s sweet mom made each flower girls’ dress out of a sequin fabric that we purchased in the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles. I adore the way that they turned out and love that they are unique to my wedding!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
For me, the most memorable part of the day was the ceremony itself. You could feel the love and joy between both of us and there was such an air of excitement that filled the ceremony space. I was so grateful to have been able to soak that moment in and to focus solely on my husband and our commitment to one another. My father-in-law married us so that was also very special and something that I will always cherish. For Addison, he loved the ceremony and the sparkler send-off. It was incredible to be surrounded by our loved ones in such a beautiful environment with the glow of the sparklers leading the way. Some of our favorite photos from our day were taken during the send-off.
Tell us how you met and became engaged!
Addison and I met in a screenwriting class at California State University Northridge where we were both students in the film program. We dated all through school, working on various film projects together and becoming each other’s very best friends. Addison proposed after 4 years of dating by creating a movie trailer which was shown before an actual film in a local theater.
Vendors: Photographer: Britney Moore // Venue: Marvimon // Videographer: Richard Chambers, World Enterprize // Cake/Macarons: Sweet & Saucy Shop // Cake Toppers: Little Cat Design Co. // Cupcakes: Hansen’s Bakery // Cookies: Pam Nusser // Mini Donuts: Krispy Kreme // Sweets/Cheers Banners: Confetti Design Shop // Flower Girl/Ring Bearer Flags: Larkspur and Linen // Bouquets: White Fig Designs // Catering: Smokey Canyon BBQ // Dress: Allure Bridal // Sequin Table Linens: Koyal Wholesale // Matches: For Your Party // Tassel Garlands: Blush Bazaar // Invitation/Program Printing: Smart Press // Save the Date: Love vs. Design // Tattoos: Tattify and Tattly