This Spring DIY Wedding Was Totally Intimate and Romantic
We read a lot of meet-cute stories, but this one just might take the cake!
Jacqui was working at The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica when Wyatt strolled in with his brother and just asked for her number! Turns out, Wyatt had come in a few times before and this was the first time he worked up the courage to ask Jacqui out. Jacqui herself has never given out her number before, either, but something about this felt very “Fatal Attraction”.
“I knew I was going to marry him from the moment we met!” she gushed.
After seven years, the couple got engaged in an intimate proposal and got to planning their big day! Because the two weren’t working with a large budget, they chose to DIY as much as they could. Wyatt made geometric wooden centerpieces, the bridesmaids and bride did all the flowers, while Jacqui created all the chalkboard signs and photobooth decor. She even did her own makeup, and her bridesmaids worked on her hair!
Despite a big push to DIY, Jacqui chose to splurge on one component: the dress.
“Even though I tried on dozens of really pricey dresses, the only one that really made me feel beautiful was this very simple silk chiffon gown from J. Crew,” she recalled. “I found a matching cape from Reformation, paired with my gold crown and my gold shows and that was it. I felt gorgeous and dramatic and romantic and ethereal, just how I wanted to feel.”
One of the couples favorite parts of the wedding was their chosen venue, the Fremont Foundry. The space has been converted from a real foundry into a “gorgeous industrial space”, complete with a geometric chandelier and a glass dance floor. Additionally, to relive day-of stress, the couple hired a coordinator to make everything perfect — Jacqui even called her coordinator “the best purchase we made of the entire wedding!”
During the ceremony, Jacqui had her father escort her down the aisle. However, when she got to the end, she walked up to her mother to give her a huge hug!
“She is so important to me and even though it felt right for my dad to walk me down the aisle, I felt in that moment like I needed to acknowledge her as well! Best hug of my life!”
The couple didn’t plan an after-party for their big day, instead choosing to “leave it up to fate.” After leaving with a couple of friends, they went to hit up a nearby bar. Unfortunately, the bar didn’t let them in because the bride didn’t have her ID!
Instead, the couple and their entourage ended up at a deserted bar with a few regular patrons.
“The bartender blasted the music and the regulars jumped up and started a giant dance party in our honor. It was honestly the best!”
Photos: George Street Photo and Video | Planner: Afton Van Der Pol of The Invisible Hostess | Venue: The Fremont Foundry | Hair & Makeup: Bride and bridesmaids | Dress: J.Crew, cape from Reformation and crown from Avigail Adam | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Shoes: Anthropologie | Rings: Sholdt Jewelry Design | Tuxes: Bonobos | Flowers: DIY | Catering: Ravishing Radish | Cake: Sweetcakes by Renata