Jenn and Brett have orange soda to thank for their love story (yep! read Jenn’s account of the day they met below) and onelove photography to thank for some seriously gorgeous wedding day portraits. The couple said and celebrated their vows and Vibiana in a courtyard ceremony and a reception in the dramatic interior of the restored building in Los Angeles. Coordinating is by Bride’s Bestie , florals are by Shindig Chic, stationery is by Shine Wedding and our friends at onelove photography were on hand to capture it all in these lovely images.
What made the wedding special and unique?
This might sound like a Miss America answer, but our wedding was so special because we had all of our family and closest friends in one room to celebrate our marriage. We relished in the idea of how incredibly rare it is to get everyone we love in one room to PARTY!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I found my gown at Lili Bridals in Tarzana, CA. We spent the day driving all over Los Angeles and Lili’s was our final stop. As soon as I tried on the dress, I fell in love with it. Still not trusting my instinct, I tried on a handful of others until I caught myself thinking about “the one”. The dress was designed by Martina Liana. I altered the straps and removed some of the embellishments in order to simplify the dress. My first fitting was a little daunting since I had no clue how my dress would turn out, but luckily it came out perfectly!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
-We had one of our best friends, Todd, officiate our ceremony. Fun fact: he’s a divorce attorney.
-The coordinators of the Vibiana caught wind that we met due to Brett’s infamous “orange soda” order and they placed two cans of Crush on our sweetheart table.
-Our puppy, Bernadette, made a surprise appearance down the aisle. She stole the show!
-Lastly, we wrote our own vows. In my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than expressing your love for each other on your wedding day.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There was a moment when Brett and I said goodbye to each other the morning of our wedding. Brett dropped me off at the Vibiana and walked me upstairs to the bridal suite. We hugged each other tightly and I started to cry- to be honest I have no idea why I was crying. However, I will always remember looking up at Brett, not saying a word to each other, but smiling, and then kissing him goodbye. It was a bittersweet memory because of the emotional farewell, but we both knew that we were about to embark on one of the best days of our lives together.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met on a Southwest flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We sat next to each other and didn’t even notice one another until drinks were served. Brett ordered an “orange soda” and I immediately laughed. His drink of choice sparked an interesting conversation lasting until we landed in LA and the rest is history. And no, there was no orange soda on the airplane.
We LOVE massages. Therefore, it seemed fitting that we got engaged at a Burke Williams in Santa Monica. We were nearing the end of our couples massage. My therapist politely asked me to flip over (facing down) and as my head and eyes adjusted into the cradle, I noticed a gorgeous ring in a black box on a bed of roses. Brett helped me off the table, dressed me in a robe, and got down on one knee. Burke Williams was so sweet; they decorated their rooftop with rose petals and left us with a bottle of champagne and a delicious cake. Needless to say, it was the best massage of my life!
From the Bride (details):
Brett and I wanted to focus on three things for our wedding: 1) our vows because we wanted to express our love and commitment for each other, 2) the food because there’s nothing like good food to bring people together, and 3) the music because we love to boogie and it’s always been our favorite part at other weddings.
In regards to decorations, I wanted to keep things simple, subtle, yet romantic. The font on our invitations was a modern calligraphy with a pale pink belly band a pink envelope liners. The menus for our guests were coupled with greens from the florist and a flowy pale pink ribbon (which I loved!). Clearly, I like pink.
My advice to future brides would be to enjoy the planning process! It’s once in a lifetime and it flies by so quickly so enjoy the ride!
My second piece of advice is to make sure to eat dinner! There were so many people saying hello during the wedding that neither my husband or I got to eat a full meal.
Highlights include our first look (wayyyy more emotional than either one of us expected), our ceremony (it was magical, but again shorter and funnier than expected), first dances, and speeches.
Photography: onelove photography // Coordinator: Bride’s Bestie Erica Kumala // Florals: Shindig Chic // Stationery: Shine Wedding // Venue & Lighting: Vibiana – Los Angeles, CA // Dress Designer: Martina Liana // Makeup & Hair: Kelly Zhang // Caterer: Red Bird // Videography: Anchor Pictures // DJ: Red Shoe // Shoe Designer: Kate Spade