Get Back To Nature With This Earthy, SoCal Wedding

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Wedding planners and designers have a tough job. Sometimes we honestly don’t know how they come up with the ideas that they do, but they continue to amaze us, and we love it. GATHER Events had the pleasure and challenge of helping to plan a wedding that pulled from Amy’s interest in astrology and her Thai heritage, and John’s obsession with space and nature. When all was said and done, it was an eclectic, but perfectly unified look and feel that Amy and John’s closest friends and family had a hand in creating. And, who better to capture it all than, Rad + In Love!
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When it comes to wedding inspiration, nothing is quite so magical as seeing what real couples do for their big day. Since 100 Layer Cake is our source for peeping the most beautiful ways brides and grooms say "I do," it'll feature weddings from Australia to Napa and everything in between. Brides beware: You're going to want to pin just about everything you see. And even if you're not engaged, you'll want to check it out just for the love story.
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"We just had this vague idea of the day being filled with garlands and flowers and lots of great food spilling out everywhere like a pagan feast you see in some cheesy classical/historical drama (although, perhaps less cheesy). We wanted a sense of otherworldliness — to reference the natural surroundings without pretending to be authentically 'rustic' — so the fabricated prisms in neon colors hanging from the trees, and the gold rocks added this science fictional aesthetic to the environment. We also did without a lot of the traditional aspects of weddings. Instead of creating an aisle that people walk down one by one, we decided to march from opposite sides of the park with our respective families, and come together at the same time. And, instead of a father giving away the bride to the groom, I walked with both parents and John walked with his sister as a symbolic way of joining old family and new on both sides."
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Engagement Ring: Kathryn Bentley for Dream Collective; Meteorite Wedding Bands: The World’s Best Nature Store.
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Hair & Makeup: Nicole Chew; Wedding Dress: Alice by Alice Termperley; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell.
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Their wedding invites had an astrological chart card that indicated the exact time of the ceremony. Invitation Design: Amy Squires (bride).
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Groom’s Suit: Marc Jacobs; Shoes: Paul Smith.
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Bouquet recipe: pampas grass, Dahlias, ferns, fountain grass, pin cushions, millets, and scabiosas pods. Florals + Painted Runners + Guest Book Artwork: Velvetleaf Studio.
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It’s nice to have friends that are crazy-talented. Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop converted a brass flea market find into this vibrant ceremony backdrop using bright colored panels of handmade paper. Sun Backdrop: Bramble Workshop.
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"My mother and her sisters from Thailand all contributed materials to the Thai water ceremony, which is a major part of most Thai weddings. They brought the water blessed by monks all the way from a temple in Thailand. My mother had a traditional Thai outfit made for both me and John in Bangkok."
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Friend and fine artist Alexa Gerrity hand painted the gold rocks that were used as escort cards. Gold Rocks: Alexa Gerrity.
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Geometric Ornaments: Sarah Jones of SLJ Designs.
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The table runners were hand drawn with simple gold lined borders. Such a simple DIY to add a pretty little hint of color, no?
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Catering & Desserts: Four Cafe; Princess Cake: Viktor Benes Bakery.
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So beautiful. Congratulations Amy and John! Photography: Rad + In Love; Wedding Venue: Elysian Park; Planning + Design + Consulting + Production: GATHER Events; Rentals: A Rental Connection; Bar: Sunseri’s; DJ: DART DJ’s; Officiant: Friend of bride & groom.
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