This romantic urban wedding is full of inspiration for LA brides on a budget – or any brides, for that matter! From the romantic floral garlands, to the wedding cake piñatas, to the bride’s 20 “friendsmaids” – there’s just so much to love!
“We wanted a more intimate wedding,” says Rebbie, “so we chose to have a small private ceremony in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Having a sort of ‘destination wedding’ made it so that the people who actually made the trip from our hometowns were our closest family and friends.”
What was the best advice you received as a bride? “Make a decision and move on.”
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just make it yours. Make it about your story. Don’t let the details become more important than the fact that you love each other, and that you have this one day with all the people you love most in the world to celebrate that. // Also, at a certain point, you MUST get off Pinterest! It’s an amazing resource, but it can also make you feel like your wedding will never live up to the internet’s standards, which can be pretty unrealistic.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? It’s hard to share budget advice because everyone values things differently. I would just say pick two or three things that are really important to you, splurge on those, and then be smart about the rest.
“We had a more casual ring ceremony where we exchanged letters at our reception venue in front of a bigger group, which was totally different from the temple ceremony but so much fun!”
Did you have any attendants? I’ve had too many amazing friends over the years to have picked just a few to have by my side on my wedding day. I also didn’t want to make them wear a bridesmaid dress (again, I’ve been a bridesmaid a few times). So I had “friendsmaids” instead! My twenty best friends from all stages of my life wore whatever they wanted and we all made flower crowns the day before. Some live in LA, some flew in from all over the country – one even came in from Scotland! I thought they looked so beautiful and I felt so honored to have them all there.
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, intimate, spiritual.
Who officiated your ceremony? My brother in law officiated our ring ceremony. We chose him because he’s the guy you always trust to say the right thing! He’s great with people, and he’s been a huge fan of Scott since the beginning.
Processional: La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong
Recessional: You are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne
What were your vows like? We each wrote a letter to the other and read them.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Hands down, Scott’s letter to me. He is usually pretty reserved, so to hear him read something he had written, and go out of his comfort zone to express his feelings for me so publicly was absolutely heart melting. He was so funny and articulate and I will never forget it.
“I came up with some ideas for flowers with my dearest friend from childhood but it was all really loose,” says Rebbie. “I picked up all the flowers at the LA Flower Market the day before, but I could not believe how beautifully she put it all together. I will never forget walking in and seeing the venue in all its glory. I loved that it was really loose and unplanned. We got what was in season, we were loose with the colors. It just felt very natural and not too perfect, which was exactly what I wanted.”
“Our reception was an intimate, love-filled party. I just wanted it to feel like us. I wanted to look like myself, I wanted to involve our friends, and to make every person there feel like they were a part of our celebration. From a design standpoint, I wanted to bring romantic elements into a hard space. I wanted the contrast between whimsical flowers and romantic greenery with the industrial brick, wood, and cement of our venue.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? Finding a venue in Los Angeles, especially a remotely affordable one, is nearly impossible. For me it came down to a few things: I have been to a million weddings and I wanted something different; downtown LA was special to us because it’s where Scott lived – we had our first date there and Scott proposed on his rooftop, so when I saw the rooftop at 440 Seaton I was kind of a goner; it was indoors (even though it’s LA, I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of possible rain); the tables, chairs and linens were included in the venue cost; they let us bring in our own caterer. When you’re an LA bride on a budget, you’ve got to make some decisions based on logic!
What was your wedding menu? Scott is a Texas boy and a lover of barbecue, so we did a typical barbecue menu with kind of a gourmet twist: smoked beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches on maple bar donuts, apple coleslaw, strawberry spinach salad, fancy cornbread. It was a dry wedding but we had Italian sodas that were delicious and so fun.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? I am much too practical to justify spending so much money on a wedding cake that no one really eats. Instead we made wedding cake piñatas that we bashed, and served ice cream cookie sandwiches, inspired by LA’s famous Diddy Riese.
First Dance: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
Father/Daughter: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett
Mother/Son: “I Hope you Dance” by LeeAnn Womack
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? I have to share two. The first was when we snuck up to the roof right after our ring ceremony. We somehow timed it perfectly right as the sun was going down and the light was PERFECT. I think we’d both tell you it was the happiest, most romantic moment of our lives. The second was when my whole family completely surprised us with a flash mob to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” I was so shocked! My typically shy father came out dancing with a bandana around his head and yes, that was a moment I will never forget!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Honestly my only regret is not taking a moment after the toasts to personally thank everyone for coming. Why didn’t I do that?! // Also, I would pay anyone any amount of money to make the piñatas for me! They took so much time!