CHRISTIE & ARTHUR | Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Christie and Arthur came all the way from Missouri to have their wedding in Palm Springs. Christie and her family have been vacationing there for years and its a special place for them. Christie’s sister got married there too! We emailed and chatted by phone for a year leading up to their wedding and it was so fun getting to know them. All of the beautiful details were custom made by Christie’s Mom, and were a surprise to the couple. Thanks to Rafunzel at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas for making their day perfect!

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Venue: Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Coordinator: Rafunzul at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Catering: Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Florist: Artisan
DJ: Oscar Alverez at Music Media Entertainment
Cake: Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Clarice’s Bridal
Makeup & Hair: Chakra Salon and Spa
Photo: Steph Fowler

Zully & Roberto | Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Zully and Roberto’s wedding was filled with so many unique and colorful details, I had a blast getting to know these two and documenting their beautiful day at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The gallery is one of my favorite venues! I always like to hear how couples meet and where they gather their inspiration, here’s what Zully had to say:

“Roberto and I met through friends of friends and hit it off through our shared appreciation for indie music and animation. It was important for us to have a wedding that reflected who we were as a couple and the end result was so personalized that we hand picked or made almost everything. Roberto works in the animation industry and is an independent game developer. It was only fitting that the venue, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, is an art gallery for the created of many famous characters such as Bugs Bunny. The crisp white walls with original illustrations was a perfect backdrop for the contemporary and whimsical wedding we had. Our electronic save the date was an online game created by Roberto where players helped guide me though obstacles to save Roberto from an evil villain. Roberto (with much of my input) created all of the printed materials such as the invitations, seating charts, menu cards, and tote bags. We had guests send us a doodle along with their RSVP, and as a surprise we displayed their responses on a pin board, incorporating their art amongst the other artwork on display at the gallery.

I love children and have dedicated much of my life work to helping youth in need. Above all, I treasure the children in my life and they were just as important guests in our wedding as the adults. We wanted to be sure that they were equally considered, so we created a custom activity book & kit to keep them entertained.

We decided to go with a geometric theme because the contemporary clean lines appealed to our aesthetic and it felt like it would be a fun theme. Roberto and I also love bright colors and wanted our wedding to be vibrant with life. The walls of the gallery worked as a perfect canvas for our paper geometric shape backdrop and pops of fuchsia, teal, and coral. We wanted our guests to bring out their inner child and have fun throwing multi-colored pom poms and paper airplanes while we walked down the isle.

We also had the help of very talented friends–the best man owns a 3D printer, so we 3D printed our table numbers and spray painted them rose gold. A talented graphic designer friend created the geometric shaped box for wedding cards and accompanying logo. Everything was personalized, from the geometric vases we found in LA’s Flower District, to the kale and coffee beans in my bouquet.

All of the DIY was time consuming but it was worth creating the vision that we had for a wedding that incorporated our personalities.”

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Venue: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Coordinator: Taryn at SoCalWedding Consultant
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events
Florist: Allie at Flower Allie
Cake: Frost My Cake
DJ: Blackbook Social Club
Photo Booth: SoCal Shutterbooth
Dress: The Ivory Suite
Photo: Steph Fowler

Goodbye Venice

Louie and I have been living in the same little apartment in Venice Beach for over 12 years. We’ve only lived together in this place, and we have so many beautiful memories here. He asked me to Marry him in the living room! We weren’t really looking to move, we are creatures of habit and familiarity, but we found a great place in Old Town Torrance that we couldn’t pass up. We’re looking forward to a quiet neighborhood, more space, and a house with history and style. I know I will miss Venice Beach with all its color and craziness, but I’m ready for a change.

A photo of us last Christmas, maybe we’ll eat at a table in our new home.
Steph and Louie Christmas

Kimberly & Franklin | Santa Margarita Ranch

Kimberly and Franklin have known each other since they were kids. Franklin told me the story of how they met…

“We’ve known each other for nearly 50 years. Our parents were very good friends and they were God parents to each other’s children. However, her parents moved to Hawaii for several years and that’s where Kim was born. They moved back to the mainland when Kim was 7. We met at summer camp that same year. I was 9.

We were on a hike and it was very hot. Kim fainted. I carried her back to the nurse. It was an instant connection. We were best friends from that moment and remained best friends even though we married different people and Kim moved with her husband to the middle east for several years.

When my first marriage ended, Kim was already divorced and was living in Culver City. She helped me through my divorce and, somewhere along the way, I realized she was no longer just my best friend and I did not want to be parted from her.

I was very nervous about telling my best friend that I was in love with her. What if she didn’t feel the same way? She’d been my best friend literally my entire life and I didn’t want to lose that! When I finally got up the nerve to tell her, she told me she’d known for quite a while and was just waiting for me to figure it out.”

I love how their invitations reflect their childhood connection. They were Married at beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch surrounded by family and friends.

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Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch
Coordinator: Debra Meadows of Meadows Events
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Harris at Artista Makeup
Catering: Ribline
Cake: Christines Cake Creations
Music: Jimmy Keegan
Photo: Steph Fowler