How did you meet your (now) husband?
We met at a party in San Francisco four years ago. He approached me as soon as I walked in and hasn’t left my side since.
How long have you been together? Four years.
Do you have a proposal story? Abe proposed to me on my birthday while we were home in Washington DC visiting my family. He and my family organized a huge surprise party that I walked into right after he proposed!
What was your wedding date? December 5th, 2014.
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
2. What made you choose there? The Smog Shoppe is a converted autobody shoppe turned spectatular indoor garden and wedding venue. The raw industrial feel was exactly what I was looking for to give me the edgy modern winter wedding I was looking for.
3. How did you find it?
I searched “unique wedding venues” in Los Angeles and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one!
How was the weather on the day? It was perfect despite having it be in the winter.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I wanted a non-traditional winter wedding so I shied away from winter whites, etc in favor of icy greens, navy, blues and black. I also wanted to play off of the incredible vertical garden that was the backdrop of the ceremony itself so I tried to incorporate as much greenery as possible, from the table arrangements to the bouquets! I also really wanted my bridesmaids to stand out so I styled them in jumpsuits, crop tops and gorgeous color blocked dresses, all in shades of black and navy.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? From nature mostly. We got engaged the the winter and went to Seattle, Washington shortly thereafter. I remember snapping photos of the evergreens and the mint colors and feeling very inspired.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
The best part of my wedding was probably the fact that my friends were in charge of every portion of the design. I’m lucky enough to be friends with the wedding event design duo extraordinaire “Next Saturday Affairs” who brought my vision to life. My good friend Ashley from Ash + OAK floral design made me all of my gorgeous leafy tropical bouquets, my friend Sarah from Arrowart did all of the hand lettered signs, and my best friend and bridesmaid hand drew all of the guests faces for the magnetic escort cards/ wedding favors. It was a team effort and beautifully executed.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
I have always had a love for Australian fashion designers which, unfortunately, are pretty underrepresented in the US. After doing an internet search for Australian Wedding designers, I found the KWH collection and immediately fell in love.
How many gowns did you try? I tried on at least a hundred gowns from traditional designers in the US for almost a year before finding KWH. There was always something missing with every dress I tried on but the moment I tried on the Anya dress, I knew it was the one.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The only bridal boutique in San Francisco that carried KWH was Lovely Bride. I was actually their very first customer on the day they opened and bought the first dress I tried on.
What did you especially like about your gown? I love the fact that my dress fit perfectly with the venue and look and feel of my wedding; modern, different, edgy, icy and gorgeous. The understated sequins were absolute perfection and I added my own touch to the gown by tailoring it to lower the back and adding a deep sharp V to the front.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?
My bridesmaids outfits are also mostly from Australian designers, many of which I actually owned and loaned to my maids. Three were bec and bridge, one jumpsuit was from finders keepers and another was from Cameo.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Uniqlo.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
Lovely turquoise necklaces and earrings to tie in more of the indigo and blue elements and lighten the look up.
Where did you get your shoes from? Stuart Weitzman.
Florist – Ash + OAK
Photographer – Viera Photographics
Videographer – New Classic Films
Music – Dart DJ
First Dance – Only You by Joshua Radin
Stationery – Arrowart studio
Bombonieres – Ash + OAK
Hair – Billion Dollar Hair
Make up – Makeup by Julia Taylor